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The Third Jihad

The Third Jihad: Overcoming Radical Islam's Plan for the WestTitle: The Third Jihad
Author: Michael Youssef
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-3150-9

“The Third Jihad has already begun–a holy war conducted not only with terror and violence, but also by stealth and intimidation,” Michael Youssef writes at the beginning of his book, The Third Jihad: Overcoming Radical Islam’s Plan for the West.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets those who want to better understand Islam’s intentions and plans to conquer and rule the world. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, its ending includes discussion questions, author’s biography, and notes. Due to topics of torture, mutilation, murder, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.

Divided into twelve chapters, the book explains how our country could feasibly become the Islamic States of America. By dissecting how our forefathers dealt with extortion of Barbary pirates, the first jihad in the seventh century when Muhammad had his vision in an Arabian cave, and the lengthy Ottoman Empire that conquered Constantinople, the chapters contain riveting information how the next jihad has already begun around the world and is being established to absorb America. The ending offers ways Islam is interjected into our society and how we Christians can survive, revive, and be not afraid.

~ Why ~
As Ecclesiastes states, there is nothing new under the sun, and writer Youssef reminds us how history repeats itself with Satan being the ultimate terrorist. Well written, the book goes into detail on how Islam means surrender, jizya is the tax of submission, and dawa is a stealth form of jihad. I appreciated learning about the three types of Muslims  (moderate, militant and political) and how each plays a part in jihads with the forced implementation of Sharia law, especially through current day indoctrination of the next generation, the exploited welfare state, liberal immigration policies, multiculturalism, and political correctness in our country.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may have no interest in this book nor want to consider thinking about how Islam is on a quest to have the world surrender to its global caliphate. Many Muslims will not approve of the book and consider the writer and readers as Islamophobic. Some Christians will not feel the call of action to stand up for Christ when they are persecuted for promoting the Gospel.

~ Wish ~
I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you do not know the background or history of Islam and how a planned jihad manipulates society and religious beliefs throughout the centuries, this is an excellent, well-documented source that will make you question the daily news when it comes to America’s freedom in regard to the growing Islamic civilization.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for this book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-third-jihad-michael-youssef/1129055515

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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook

5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook: 150 Easy, Quick and Delicious MealsTitle: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook
Author: Marilyn Haugen
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0608-0

“With the Instant Pot and this cookbook, you will be able to quickly and easily put together meals for any time of the day using only 5 ingredients, many of which are pantry staples,” Marilyn Haugen writes in the beginning of her book, 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook: 150 Easy, Quick & Delicious Recipes.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page paperback targets those interested in making quick recipes with their Instant Pot supposedly using only 5 ingredients. Containing recipes that cover one to two pages each, the book offers many variations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts while also adding sixteen full-page colored photographs.

After a preface and acknowledgements, the first chapter is about getting to know the Instant Pot and how to use it properly for pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and other functions. Next, there is a section on making Instant Pot staples that range from broths, stocks, rice, and sauces. The following eight chapters have recipes for breakfasts; soups, stews, and chilis; beef and pork; chicken; fish and seafood; beans, grains and pasta; vegetables and sides; and desserts. The ending has cooking timetables and an index.

Each recipe has a bold heading followed by a descriptive explanation. The quantity, cooking program, and ingredients in used order are on the left side of the page while the instructions are on the right in numbered paragraphs. Sometimes tips or variations are included.

Some interesting recipes are Foolproof Jasmine Rice, Egg-Stuffed Bell Pepper Boats, Streusel Coffee Cake, Senate Bean Soup, Northern Beefy Chili, Easy Colorado Burritos, Vietnamese Port Ribs, Tender Chipotle Chicken, Moroccan Chicken, Spicy Poached Cod, Fish and Pineapple Tostadas, Mediterranean Cannellini Salad, Lemony Bulgur Tabbouleh, Wilted Beet Greens, Braised Red Potatoes, Chocolate Ganache Cake, and Decadent Crème Brulee.

~Why ~
If you love using an Instant Pot, you will enjoy the plethora of delicious sounding recipes. I like that the recipes are varied, with some of them being unique. The introduction has helpful information and tips on how to use the small appliance to get the most out of it.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or use an Instant Pot will have no need for this book. Others may wish there were more than only sixteen photographs. Some may want caloric and nutritional information if they watch their diet.

~ Wish ~
I have to mark the book down as it is it could be considered misleading that most the recipes have more than five-ingredient recipes; this is because the author does not include in her five ingredient count what she calls freebies: cooking oil, butter, salt, pepper, water, broth, or stock which are in most of the dishes. I wish the book included the preparation time it takes to make each dessert.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cookbook for your Instant Pot, this may be a good option, but I think it would be best if you ignored the author’s references that each of them only having five ingredients as it is not completely true.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Robert Rose for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/5-ingredient-instant-pot-cookbook-marilyn-haugen/1128283516

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Home Buying in 30 Minutes

Home Buying In 30 MinutesTitle: Home Buying in 30 Minutes
Author: Jim Morrison
Publisher: In 30 Minutes Guides
ISBN: 978-1-6418-8023-7

“You won’t always have all the choices, information, time, or money that you wish you had to get the house or condo of your dreams, but I hope this book will help as you navigate the process,” Jim Morrison writes in the conclusion to his book, Home Buying in 30 Minutes.

~ What ~
At one-hundred pages, this paperback targets those who are considering buying a house or condo without having the usual frustrations and delays. After an introduction, there are six chapters that briefly dissect the topic, ending with a conclusion, index, and bonus book introductions on LinkedIn, Genealogy, and Google Drive and Documents.

Beginning with two rules determining how much of a home one can afford, two full chapters follow on hiring a knowledgeable real estate lawyer and experienced local realtor. A section is dedicated to getting a mortgage broker in advance. The final two chapters are about touring homes while being aware of interior and exterior flags and making a realistic offer. Also included in the final chapter are home inspections, negotiating issues, final walkthroughs, and closing the deal.

~ Why ~
Buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions a person or persons make in their lifetime. Having done it several times, I find it is helpful knowing what you are getting into and the most about a potential residence before purchasing it. I appreciated the explanation of being pre-approved, pre-qualified, and pre-commitment for those who cannot make full cash payments. I agree with the information on revisiting the home a second time before making an offer as well as being present during a thorough home inspection before signing. There are a few added tips of how to avoid or win bidding wars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to buy a house or no longer own a house may not be interested in this read. Others may not like the book’s insistence on professionals such as real estate lawyers, realtors, mortgage brokers, and home inspectors, although some of their knowledge can be beneficial and save money and time.

~ Wish ~
With the book being short and to the point about a somewhat complicated financial decision and purchase, it would be helpful if the guide included lines or spaces in the chapters to take notes or have lists to do as one progressed. Since my husband and I are older and experienced in home ownership, I did not learn any new information.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that quickly explains in 30 minutes of reading how to find, buy, and finance a house or condo, this book would be a good source for the first-timer. Do note that the book is to learn about buying a house in a half hour, not to actually find, buy, and seal the deal in that short of time – which would be amazing and a dream come true!

Thanks to i30 Media Corp for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at http://www.in30minutes.com

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Modern Real Estate Investing

Modern Real Estate Investing: The Delaware Statutory TrustTitle: Modern Real Estate Investing
Authors: John Harvey, CPA, MBT, Trawnegan Gall, and David Dangas
Publisher: Page Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64298-342-5

“The DST has become a means for the private investor to build and preserve wealth within a regulated investment environment using institutional-grade real estate on a tax-deferred basis while enjoying tax sheltered passive income,” John Harvey, Trawnegan Gall, and David Dangas write in the first chapter of their book, Modern Real Estate Investing: The Delaware Statutory Trust.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-thirty pages, this paperback targets those who have excess funds and want to invest in large real estate deals without having full property ownership. After acknowledgments, foreword, and the authors’ biographies, the book is divided into four sections that total twenty-four chapters, ending with appendices and endnotes.

Beginning with the vision, advantages, and structure of a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST), also discussed in the first section are the disadvantages, risks, fees, who may invest, tax implications, and an introduction to the 1031 Exchange. The second part explains the industry and how to choose a broker, sponsor, and DST property as well as the closing process, hold period, and final disposition. Next is analyzing the DST offering that includes due diligence, PPM document, debt structures, diversification, depreciation, risk factors, the TIC, and history of these types of investments. The final section involves private trusts, real estate, and other funds.

~ Why ~
With real estate values soaring from coast to coast and commercial/residential building expanding, this books is an in-depth study of investing in office, retail, multifamily, senior living, hotel, and industrial real estate. I appreciate the detailed, well-written explanation of private placement investing in fractionalized real estate purchasing. The book has the step-by-step discourse of the tax ramifications of profit or loss, the recommendations choosing the right investment team, and the process from start to selling of the DST including reinvesting in replacement property.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a minimum $1,000,000 net worth or make $200,000 annually ($300,000 if married) are not allowed to buy into a DST so will forgo an interest in this book. Others may feel that there may be too much risk involved investing in mega-building property during the current economy that may drastically change in the next year or two. There are some who may consider this to be a shell game of tax-shelter strategizing that only the wealthy can participate.

~ Wish ~
Since the book covers mainly the DST while briefly mentioning the TIC and REIT of real estate investing, it does not have a full range of examples of purchases, sales, or losses. I wish an index was included so one could look up a specific topic quickly.

~ Want ~
For those who are interested in diversification of their passive income while building wealth investing fractionally in real estate as a tax shelter, this may be a good source of information.

Thanks to Westwinds Communications and the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/modern-real-estate-investing-mbt-john-harvey-cpa/1129236116

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The Daily Question for You and Your Child

The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual JournalTitle: The Daily Question for You and Your Child
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-0-525-65092-8

“With questions that tap into your youngster’s creativity, interests, feelings, and spiritual insights, this journal helps you record daily details from your child’s unique perspective,” the back jacket states in the book, The Daily Question for You and Your Child.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their young children by using a daily three-year spiritual journal. Geared toward calm, enlightening, and peaceful conversations, children ages four to twelve years old would benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

After a front flap to insert a photo, ownership page, and introduction, one page is dedicated to every day of the year with monthly division pages. Having no pictures included, the top of each page has the date with a short question that is asked. There are three sections of five blank lines each that cover three years to write down answers to the question.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal way for an adult to read out loud the day’s question to a young child and write down his or her response. Because it covers three years of journaling, it records a child’s thoughts, fears, accomplishments, growth, and thinking about a topic. It would be an excellent socialization tool at the dinner table, bedtime, or during a time that promotes talking.

Here are some engaging questions asked:
What makes you feel brave?
What is the biggest thing you can jump over?
If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?
Who makes you laugh the most?
Do you think you are competitive? Why?

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book. There are some questions that young ones may not understand based on its comprehensive wording. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you may not want to ask some questions to your child. However, there are only two to four per month, and they are not too in depth.

Some of the questions are:
What is your favorite Bible story? Why?
What do you think heaven will be like?
Who can you pray for tonight?
What do you need most from Jesus today?
How does God communicate with you?

~ Wish ~
A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in five lines.

Some of these include:
Write a story about a puppy.
Make up a short story about a robot.
Make up a short story about a talking grapefruit.
Make up a short story about going into space.

~ Want ~
By stimulating thoughts and concepts with young ones, this is a creative book that starts the process of not only thinking about how a young one acts, feels, thinks, and reacts, but it also promotes learning and knowing about God. Having read a similar shorter book to our five-year-old granddaughter who was captivated by being asked eclectic questions, I think this would be a fun parent/child project both would enjoy.

Rated: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Thanks to WaterBook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-daily-question-for-you-and-your-child-waterbrook/1128515160

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100 Days of Thanks

100 Days of ThanksTitle: 100 Days of Thanks
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1113-2

“What is one small change you can make today for a more gratitude-filled life?” asks the question in the “Make It Doable” devotional in the book, 100 Days of Thanks.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-sixty-pages, this small hardbound book targets those who are seeking a three-plus monthly devotional about being more remindful of thanks and gratitude. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEB, CEV, ESV, KJV, MSG, NASB, NCV, NKJV, NLT, NRSV, and The Voice. A gold ribbon marker is attached.

After a table of contents and introduction, this book contains one hundred devotions, each one being one to two pages long with the number of day and title in purple print at the top of the page with a Bible verse or two written out. Several paragraphs follow related to the topic. An applicable statement to apply personally is at the end along with 4 lines to write down thoughts. Colorful photographs, watercolor drawings, and flower and fruit designs are added on about half of the pages.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God, and this book does that. The topics are short and to the point, easy to be read in a few minutes. Some samples of the devotions are titled God Uses All Things for Good, Our God is in Control, One Egg or a Dozen, It’s More than a Dirty Dish, Boycotting the Blues, The Blessings Dry Chicken Brings, Make Music to the Lord, the ABCs of Gratitude, What Will You Spread, and On Forgiveness.

A favorite was Day 19 titled Our God is in Control, with the reference verse of Isaiah 41:10. The devotional discusses worrying and how it gives us the illusion of control. When we turn our heart toward God, we can thank Him for having everything under control. The question is “What are you worrying about or trying to control today?’

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on getting closer to the Almighty. Others may wish there were enough devotions that covered a full year. Some may find the content rudimentary and not in depth. I prefer prayers to read at the end of a devotional.

~ Wish ~
With a dozen Bible versions listed, the book often uses loosely translated verses. I wish there were less version used.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals related to thanks and gratitude, this would be a nice gift for someone special.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/100-days-of-thanks-thomas-nelson/1127455175

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10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms

10 Minutes in the Word: PsalmsTitle: 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09125-7

“The psalms are loved and memorized by so many because of their relatability in addressing many of life’s most significant questions,” the introduction states in the book, 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two-pages, this small hardbound targets men and women seeking a short devotional taken from the Psalms. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, forty-six chapters cover the one-hundred-and-fifty chapters. A fill-in ownership page, table of contents, introduction, and notes, as well as a ribbon marker, complete the book.

In this condensed book, from one to several Psalms are included in each of the chapters that cover four pages. After a title, a couple of Bible verses are written out, followed by instructions to read specific Psalms. Two pages cover the topic, usually first discussing what the verses mean and who wrote them, ending with an application to the reader. A prayer and highlighted reminder tip complete the chapter.

Some topic titles include He is Your Rock (Psalm 18), Fear of the Lord (Psalms 34-37), Restoration (Psalms 51-54), Do Not Be Fooled (Psalms 72-74), Make a Joyful Noise (Psalms 79-81), All His Benefits (Psalms 103-104), Songs of Ascent (Psalms 130-134), and Victory is Coming (Psalms 144-146).

~Why ~
I like that every chapter of Psalms is included and in numerical order in the book. Having a little background information about who wrote the psalms and why is educational and interesting as most may think the book was only written by David, which it was not.

One example I enjoyed was Psalms 119 by David, titled Hide His Word in Your Heart, reminding us to hide God’s Word in our heart. The devotional is about God’s amazing and powerful Word, calling us to seek and search for Him in Scriptures. The prayer is about diligently reading the Bible and yearning for the Lord’s guidance with the tip being about making God a top priority.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate this read. This is not an in-depth devotional so may be best for new believers and not replace daily reading of the Bible. Some may not care for the referred Bible version.

~ Wish ~
Not a fan of the NIV, I wish other Bible versions were offered in this lovely gift book.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a classy gift for someone special who loves reading about the Psalms, this would make a thoughtful choice if you like the NIV.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/10-minutes-in-the-word-zondervan/1126606208

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Famous Faces Decoded

Title: Famous Faces Decoded
Author: Dan Hill
Publisher: Sensory Logic Books
ISBN: 978-0-9997416-2-3

“Facial coding provides a strong, viable opportunity to gauge others through the actions evident on their faces, and on-going usage will make the tool even sharper in your own hands,” Dan Hill writes in his book, Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook to Reading Others.

~ What ~
This 215-page paperback targets those interested in celebrities and how their facial expressions show their emotions. After several pages of review accolades, a table of contents, and introduction, the book is divided into three parts, followed by an epilogue.

While covering a myriad of well-known personalities who include actors, athletes, politicians, musicians, and more, the book dissects seven core emotions of celebrities using facial coding. The first section approaches anger, happiness, and sadness while the second part spurns contempt and disgust; the final part covers reactive emotions such as surprise and fear. The first two parts include flash portraits of family, romance, and parallel careers, and the book ends with a chapter on lying, a chart of emotions, comprehensive results, notes and sources, celebrity index, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and additional information.

~Why ~
With 23 facial muscle movements, we each reveal consciously and unconsciously our emotional reactions. I like that the author has done extensive research to find out the emotional why, what, and how of 173 famous individuals. I enjoyed perusing the top ten celebrity lists of the most and least of these emotions and how others perceived the individuals compared to their actual behavior or rare showings. I found the four forms of the seven emotions engaging, while the portrait comparisons intriguing.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about the emotions of famous faces will not be interested in this book as it segregates celebrities into different lists. Some may not like that there are no celebrity photographs or facial charts of them showing emotions. Others may feel several of the examples of the same woman’s features overlap and look identical. I found book’s theme contains more of the celebrities’ actions and words, not their facial movements. Thus anyone could come to the same conclusion of their emotional status without using facial coding.

~ Wish ~
I feel the book could be titled Famous People’s Emotions Decoded as there is little reference to actual facial muscles of the celebrities. Instead, it includes an abundance of quotes or stories about them.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that categorizes the emotions of many well-known people into different groups and also has pictures of one woman’s different emotional facial features as tell-all examples, this may be a decent read, but I kept waiting to see portrayed the glint in the eye of a shady politician, a pouted frown of a talented musician, or raised eyebrows of a favorite actor.

Thank you to Bookpleasures and the author for this complimentary book I am under no obligation to review.

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Road Rules for Retirement

Road Rules for Retirement: Set Your Destination Enjoy The JourneyTitle: Road Rules for Retirement
Author: Mark Fried
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
ISBN: 978-1-59932-797-6

“A Wealth Strategy anticipates problems before they happen, provides answers to questions beyond just what asset allocation you should use, and always keeps you on track,” Mark Fried writes at the beginning of his book, Road Rules for Retirement: Set Your Destination & Enjoy the Journey.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-four-page hardbound targets those planning or getting ready to retire from work. After acknowledgments, a preface, introduction, and word of caution, it contains ten chapters, ending with a conclusion and wealth strategy checklist. With a few black and white photographs and charts, each chapter ends with questions to consider.

An expert in the financial services industry, the writer purports that there are specific post-retirement strategies that can be enacted to enjoy a less stressed-out lifestyle when one is no longer employed. Covering topics such as considering how to take disbursements of pensions or tax shelters, Social Security, and savings accounts, it also discusses tax ramifications, life and long-term insurance, and creating a legacy. The last chapter promotes using the author and his team at TFG Wealth Management to aid in the retirement process.

~ Why ~
I like that this book advocates one should be aware of what is ahead when retirement approaches. Since my husband and I are to retire next year, we already know the tax laws if cashing in on IRAs, TSAs, and pensions. I appreciate the details regarding these three avenues of income in the book and how taxes should be considered.

~ Why Not ~
While the book is well-written, there is plenty of the writer’s personal experiences and touting of his wealth management strategies that surpass all others, especially since he approaches it supposedly differently. There is little dialogue of downsizing a home for income or suggestions of what to do with savings accounts that have already been taxed (except for any interest earned). I found the promotion of long-care insurance a sales pitch, while it also noted to buy a large over-priced life insurance policy if your spouse is ill and use it to offset the taxes when your loved one passes and your status changes from joint to single.

~ Wish ~
While reading this book, I felt it was a written infomercial to contact Mark and use his services as they are better than any financial advisor’s. Since I did not learn anything new (except for the life insurance trick), I wish it had charts to fill out for tracking instead of simplistic questions to ask.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a wealth management advisor, you may want to take advantage of contacting the writer to get a free “second opinion” consultation, but, sorry, I was not too impressed with this book. Not knowing the future, I wonder what the best strategy for the money we have accumulated over the years is, so most likely my best option is to continue to trust God for guidance as I keep reading any material about retirement that is available to me.

Thanks to News & Experts and Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/road-rules-for-retirement-mark-fried/1126956519

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Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’

Surviving 'Uncle Hitler': Journey of a German GirlTitle: Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’
Author: Dorothea Wollin Null
Publisher: First Steps Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-937999-49-2

“Because we never knew what the next day would bring, my fears became an integral part of my life,” Dorothea Wollin Null confesses in her autobiography, Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’: Journey of a German Girl.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-one-page paperback is an autobiography of the life of a young girl who was born and raised in Germany when Hitler rose to power. With no profanity, a few adult situations and topics on war may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes acknowledgments and a foreword and brief biography on Adolf Hitler with the ending having an afterword and suggested reading.

Dorothea Wollin Null was born in 1936, and she lived to tell about being homeless, starving, and a Fremma in her own country as she and her family moved to escape Allied bombings, live in refugee camps, and go to school as an outsider. The now-eighty-plus-year-old woman conveys her childhood was racked with fear, the inability to speak, loss of memory, and state of shock while living with a severe attachment disorder. As she explains her birth to being an eighteen-year-old who comes to America, she expresses the lessons learned as a child, parental observances, and how God’s constant provision kept her and her family safe.

~ Wish ~
Because the book only covers the first twenty years of the writer’s life, it is abrupt and leaves the reader wondering what happened to her the next sixty-plus years as it is so vague. I struggled with the written sectional format that lacked depth and emotion. Had she concentrated on several highlighted accounts of her life and went into greater detail, it would be a more engaging read.

~ Want ~
This book that focuses on a young German girl’s perspective of living in Germany during World War II to fleeing to America is a quick read that perhaps those who know her or have heard her speak would be more inclined to enjoy.

Thanks to BookCrash, First Steps Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/surviving-uncle-hitler-journey-of-a-german-girl-dorothea-wollin-null/1124127452?ean=9781937333492

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