Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Review: Molina by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan

This book is a deviation from what I normally review here. Almost all of my reviews have been on fiction titles. This  is a non-fiction work,  so we are branching out here at JABG.

I received this book as a gift from my in-laws and was very excited to receive it. I'm a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and have been watching Yadier Molina play for many years so it was interesting to get some insight on his life and upbringing through the eyes of his brother.

This book is well written and very readable.  Some non-fiction titles are slow and hard to read but not so with this book; it reads like a fiction title.

The story of the Molina family is very amazing if you think about it. One family that put three children into the Major Leagues and all of them as catchers. This book takes us on the journey of the boys learning to play from their father, who is referred to as Pai throughout the book. Pai was a beloved member of his community and quite the baseball player in his own right. It was so amazing to see the influence he had on not only his family, but his entire town.

It was also pretty cool to see life through the eyes of Bengie Molina who worked hard to get into the major leagues. He seemed to have to put in more time and effort than his brothers did. It was a great story of perseverance.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is into baseball or into books that have a great message for life in general about not giving up and seeing your dreams through to the end.

Overall I give this book a 4/5

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An unplanned break

Hey all, it's been a long time since my last post. I apologize for that. Apparently I decided to take a 6 month break from posting. Rest assured this blog is still alive and well and will have new content soon. I'm reading 3 different books right now that should be done within a week or so and then there will be new posts happening again. As always, thanks for the support of this blog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Book Review: The Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion




Last Words of the Holy Ghost is a Gothic short story book. A little disclaimer here; short stories and gothic are not two genres I generally like to read in. So, there was some bias coming into my reading of this book.

As I read the first short story I must say that I was not a huge fan because I didn't like the language and I feel like the story just ended very abruptly without closure of any kind. This is what drives me nuts about short stories; I never feel like the story is developed enough or that it ends in a way that is satisfying to me as a reader.

I tried to read a couple more of the stories and just couldn't get into them.

Having said those things, I think that this book will indeed appeal to folks who enjoy short stories and the gothic genre. I'm just not that person.

I would like to thank University of North Texas Press for an opportunity to take a look at this book. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Book Review: Grief Light by Julie Yarbrough


Grief Light by Julie Yarbrough is a wonderful devotional that talks about grief. She breaks it down into 6 sections. They are entitled: 
  1. Shadow Light
  2. Life Light
  3. Grace Light
  4. Love Light
  5. Hope Light
  6. Joy Light
Each section has devotions that focus on each kind of light. The layout of this book is very well done. The devotions are each about 2 pages long. They begin with some thoughts from Julie or a story about her life and her dealings with grief and then she transitions into a paragraph or two on thoughts from the bible and always includes a bible verse that's applicable to the topic and then ends it with a short prayer. This is a very well done devotional and it's well worth having on your shelf, if not for yourself then for someone you know who is struggling with grief. It would make a great gift for someone who is going through the grieving process.

Julie is a fantastic writer. It's sometimes hard to get all your thoughts in and make them coherent in a two page layout, but she does it well. I didn't find any of these devotions to be disjointed or all over the place as some people are in the habit of doing. They are on point, well thought out, and written wonderfully. 

This is a great devotional and you can't go wrong picking up a copy for yourself. 



Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Addition to the website...Bookstore!

There is now a new section of justanotherbookguy! We have a bookstore page now. You can go here and be linked up to some of my favorite books for purchase. Our first taker on the book store is Veda Stamps with her wonderful book Flexible Wings. I hope that you guys find this helpful and convenient for you.

If you are an author and would like to have your books on this new part of our website please contact me at justanotherbookguy@gmail.com to discuss pricing and other details. I also ask that you send me a copy of the book so that I can post a link to my review of it.

I'm looking forward to expanding the website over the coming months. Check back often for new content.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blog Tour: AD 33 by Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker is a master of his craft. He's a phenomenal story teller and has a way of drawing you into his books. This series is my first look into the writing of Ted Dekker and I have to say that I enjoy it very much. This is the second book in the AD Series.

For those of you that read my blog quite often you know that I look at a few different things. I look at plot, character development and readability. Lets take a look into those things.

The plot of this book is very well written. You can tell that there was a lot of thought given to how the stories fit together and flow with one another. Sometimes when there is a series involved an author has trouble with trying to make the plot too complex so that they can fill the books out. That isn't the case here with Mr. Dekker. He does a magnificent job.

The character development is very well done. The characters aren't over developed in any way. What I mean by that is that sometimes the author tries to give you way too much information on the character and half of it ends up being irrelevant to the story. Not so in this book. The characters slot in well to the plot and the overall makeup of the story.

The readability of this book is very good. It has great pacing and it's easy to read. Someone who is a faster reader could sit down and knock this book out in half a day. It's not an intimidating read and it flows very well. I like the writing style very much.

I think this book would make an excellent gift for the person in your life that enjoys reading and reading series books. You should consider this book for your holiday shopping needs. It can be picked up online or in stores and it's very easy to spot with the beautiful red cover that it has.

Disclaimer: I know this review is vague. I strive very hard not to give away any of the plot of the book because I hate when that happens. I just try to present a well written book and suggest it to my readers. This is a well written and well done book. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps

Flexible WingsFlexible Wings by Veda Stamps
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Flexible Wings is a wonderfully written story about a military family, swimming, and friendship, to name a few of the themes. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book as it didn't immediately jump out at me when I read the excerpt of it. I was pleasantly surprised however and ended up enjoying it very much.

The character development is done very well. Sometimes with short books it's hard to get enough info on the characters or you get too much info on them and the plot doesn't get as much time as it needs. Neither of these issues showed up in this book. The author does a wonderful job of character development throughout the story.

The plot of the story was pretty straight forward. There weren't any major twists and turns that caught you off guard, but sometimes that's refreshing in the story and that was the case with this. I didn't find myself wanting any more or less when I finished the book. That's the mark of a good story to me.

The writing style of this book was probably my favorite part. It was just so down to earth. I could imagine myself having this conversation with my family if we were in these situations. There were not outlandish parts that made it unbelievable in any way. The only thing I didn't like, and this is going to sound weird, was the titles of the chapters. I didn't like them because they gave away what was going to happen in each chapter. There wasn't really much buildup as a result because you kind of knew what was coming based on the chapter label.

I enjoyed the readability of this book very much. You could easily sit down and read it in 2 or 3 hours if you had that kind of time to commit in one stretch.

This books touches on many wonderful topics of family dynamics. The sibling interactions are wonderful to watch as they develop. The arguments with mom and dad are very down to earth and applicable. I think this book has the capability of helping many young readers cope with some family angst they may be having. The topic of moving and making new friends is also a big one in this book. That is such a hard thing to do, moving to a new home and school, and I think that lots of kids cope with this everyday. The author tackles in a very straight forward way and doesn't pull any punches about how hard it can be. I appreciate that very much.

Overall I gave this book 5/5 stars. It is a solid read that I would recommend to anyone that would ask me about it. Veda Stamps has crafted a wonderful novel that touches on some tough issues. She approaches these issues with a grace that is sometimes lost in the world today. Well done.

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