Bergers Book Reviews

Always Fall Forward


Author: Todd Gerelds
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Genre: Christian / Inspiration
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2480-8
Pages: 240
Price: $17.99

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Todd Gerelds, author of Woodlawn, learned a lot of life lessons from his father, Coach Tandy Gerelds, as he was growing up. Always Fall Forward explores some of these words of wisdom from on and off the football field.

Since Coach Gerelds often shared his life advice using analogies from football, Todd takes a similar approach in these 52 short weekly chapters. Each opens with a Bible verse and closes with some additional recommended reading, along with a couple of probing questions. Mindset, preparation, offensive, and defensive tactics offer insights into human nature and how to live a Christian life to the fullest.

Coach Gerelds had a strong faith, as well as a great work ethic, and Todd shares some his dad’s best advice in this book. I highly recommend Always Fall Forward, especially for men.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Christian, inspiration | Leave a comment

Decluttering at the Speed of Life


Author: Dana K. White
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: House & Home
ISBN: 978-0-18080600
Pages: 240
Price: $16.99

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Living in a messy home is stressful and inefficient. But how many times do we buy the latest and greatest organizing system, only to fail in our attempts to use it? The problem most likely isn’t our lack of ability, but merely the overabundance of stuff cluttering our lives.

Rather than tackling all this extra stuff with the intent to organize it, Dana K. White of A Slob Comes Clean provides the steps needed to declutter, making organization so much easier. White asks two simple questions designed to determine if an item is useful or valuable, and where it belongs if it passes both tests. If it doesn’t, it’s trashed or donated. These questions are applied to each room in the house, as she guides us through the decluttering process. Beginning with our most visible places, we tackle each spot, one at a time, making progress as we go.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life doesn’t asks that we make a huge mess while we declutter. We can grab a few moments as we have time, maybe clearing off a kitchen counter or dining room table as we go. But as we continue to follow these steps, we’re guaranteed to have a neater home. I highly recommend this wonderful resource.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 23, 2018 Posted by | home | Leave a comment

Bigfoot Seek and Find Books


Title: Bigfoot Visits the Big Cities of the World
Author: D.L. Miller
Publisher: Happy Fox Books
Genre: Seek and Find / Geography
ISBN: 978-1-64124-001-7
Pages: 48
Price: $14.99

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Bigfoot has decided to travel around the world, making stops in New York City, Athens, London, Venice, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco, Istanbul, and the Forbidden City. A tour guide to each city precedes the search and find puzzle. Kids are asked to not only find Bigfoot and his legendary footprint in the two-page picture, but also several other people and items that might normally be seen in the city.


Title: Bigfoot Goes on Vacation
Author: D.L. Miller
Publisher: Happy Fox Books
Genre: Seek and Find / Geography
ISBN: 978-1-64124-000-0
Pages: 48
Price: $14.99

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Bigfoot has decided to take a vacation, taking a cruise, going camping and deep sea diving, visiting the carnival, the African Plains, Yellowstone, the beach, a farm, a balloon festival, and Mini-Golf World. A visitor’s guide to each activity precedes the search and find puzzle. Kids are asked to not only find Bigfoot and his legendary footprint in the two-page picture, but also several other people and items that might normally be seen in the area.

Seek and find puzzles are challenging and fun activities for kids. In these two Bigfoot books, they not only have the opportunity to work on the puzzles, but also to learn a little bit about the cities and vacation spots described. I highly recommend them both.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 20, 2018 Posted by | adventure, children, geography | Leave a comment

Don’t Ask a Dinosaur


Authors: Deborah Bruss and Matt Forrest Esenwine
Illustrator: Louie Chin
Publisher: POW!
ISBN: 978-1-57687-841-5
Pages: 32
Price: $17.99

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It’s fun to have dinosaurs at your birthday party, but be careful what you ask them to do! Decorating, wrapping gifts, baking birthday cakes, and blowing up balloons can get pretty chaotic. Some of these beasts just don’t have the necessary skills for a job well done.

In Don’t Ask a Dinosaur, the results of these party preparations are shown with hilarious effect. Along with reading a giggle-worthy script of messes and mistakes, kids will see various dinosaurs, matching their names to the illustrations. A glossary describing each one is also provided at the end of the story.

Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures, and kids will love reading these unusual names as they laugh at their comical actions. I highly recommend Don’t Ask a Dinosaur.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 17, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

My Faith Journey: 52 Week Guided Devotional with Scripture


Author & Illustrator: Robin Pickens
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Creativity
ISBN: 978-1-64178-002-5
Pages: 128
Price: $14.99

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Bible journaling has become very popular, as folks discover the joy of adding their own inspired art to Scripture. But if coloring in your Bible doesn’t appeal to you, My Faith Journey might be a perfect fit.

Each of the two-page spreads in this 52-week journal is designed to be completed in a week. A question opens the week as a prompt, with space below for making notes. The opposite page is a Bible verse or segment with illustration in pen and ink, which is meant to be colored.

Creating meaningful art can be difficult and time-consuming, but there is so much joy in adding color to God’s word. Spending time in prayer with this journal would be perfect for artistically challenged folks who want to experience Bible journaling in a non-intimidating manner. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 16, 2018 Posted by | art, Christian | Leave a comment

In the Flesh – My Story


Author: Michael Gabriele
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Christian
ISBN: 978-1979417297
Pages: 370
Price: $14.99

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The Gospels tell the greatest story ever told. But when we read these books, there are many things the authors have left out. Movies like The Passion of the Christ and Jesus of Nazareth show us some of the actions and scenery from this story, but there is still so much more to be explored.

In this first person account, we hear the Gospels as told from the perspective of Jesus himself. While some might see it as impossible or sacrilegious, Michael Gabriele handles this in a masterful way. The actions and thoughts of Jesus flow directly from the scenes portrayed, and they are completely believable to those familiar with the Bible. Jesus makes it very clear to the reader that His whole life is directed toward doing the will of the Father out of love for humanity.

It would be impossible to share everything from the Gospels in a work of fiction, so some of the parables and stories have been left out. A significant portion of the text is devoted to Holy Week, and reading it during the Lenten and Easter seasons is a powerful and moving experience. This beautiful novel makes it very clear to the reader just how much Jesus loves each and every one of us.

If you’re looking for a book that brings the Gospels to life in a new and exciting way, I highly recommend In the Flesh – My Story.

April 3, 2018 Posted by | Christian | Leave a comment