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Home Before Dark

Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Mary Danielsen
Publisher: Mary Danielsen
ISBN: 9781095412282

Home Before Dark: Observations from the Road is a collection of observations and encouragements from the journey, written to illuminate the path and help the believer to keep their priorities straight in light of the rapidly falling darkness, indicating the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ,” the back jacket states in Mary Danielsen’s book.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-sixty pages, this paperback targets those who like to be reminded of God’s truths, Biblical prophecies, and the imminent return of Christ. Using mainly the King James Version of The Holy Bible, acknowledgments and a prologue begin the book, while an epilogue and the author’s biography complete it.

Containing almost seventy short chapters, this book concentrates on how we, as Christians, metaphorically need to be sure we are home by dark as we anticipate the Rapture, making sure our priorities are looking upward while not being distracted by things of this world. Being less than two pages long, each vignette begins with a title, followed by several paragraphs about the topic, ending with an applicable written-out Bible verse. Some topics included are Knowledge Shall Increase, I Think Therefore, The Wonderful Counselor, Turning to Fables, Descent into Dissent, I Will Watch, Exponentially Speaking, Charm is Deceitful, and It’s Not Rocket Surgery.

~Why ~
I appreciate non-fiction reads that have little information about the author ‘s experiences but focus on God. The stories are brief and to the point, correlating to God, Jesus, the Rapture, and both positive and negative future events. Old and New Testament verses are included. I enjoyed the baby-boomer writer’s brief discussions on Jesus’s Pre-tribulation Rapture stance as well as the warnings of the Gap Theory, New Apostolic Reformation, prosperity movement, Dominion Theology, yoga’s Hindu background, Bitcoin Blockchain, and The Message.

A favorite of mine was People Get Ready regarding the expectation of the upcoming Rapture with its signs of a global government and economy, one-world spirituality, changes in nature, the rebirth of Israel, spiritual signs, and technological advances. The Bible verse from Luke 12:40 is written out about being ready for the Son of Man.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on the Lord’s return. Others may wish the chapters were deeper in thought and length as they usually are only one and a half pages each.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the book included a table of contents and topical/verse indexes so one could look up subjects such as King Solomon, China’s Life Score, Biblical communion, or verses.

~ Want ~
If you like a book that reminds us that Jesus could be returning in the next second while being aware of Biblical prophecies coming to fruition and warnings of the world’s darkness, this would be a quick, reliable read.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Home-Before-Dark-Observations-Road-ebook/dp/B07QXF13SD/

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Restoration House

Title: Restoration House
Author: Kennesha Buycks
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09206-3

“Our Father is intensely present in all aspects of our lives, large and small. As you place Him at the center of your restored home, you’ll find yourself, and all those who enter, restored–heart and soul,” Kennesha Buycks writes in the ending of her book, Restoration House: Creating a Home that Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to restore their house into a comfortable, God-honored, and beloved home. Containing full-page, full-color photographs, there are grayed highlighted boxes, sidebars, and a few paragraphed lists. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the English Standard and The Message versions are also included.

After an ownership page and introduction, this book is divided into three sections that contain four chapters each: Restored Home, Restored Soul, A Restored Space for You, and Sharing Your Restored Home. The ending has plans plus dreams, acknowledgments, sources plus credits, and the author’s biography.

In this compilation, the author examines how she never felt at home, having moved often during her early married years. She explains how to design a place to restore your identity, a free zone area that promotes the power to dream again both creatively and spiritually. By making a new name for yourself and finding your place where your senses help guide you, it is vital to make space for God in your life. Dealing with imperfection and comparison, one can entertain in style and grace while inviting others into your restored home and soul.

~ Why ~
This book is geared for those who want to consider how God has created them to be restored in His love and grace, even at and in the home. While I appreciate the tips to restore, redo, and refinish furniture, use the right items in small spaces that make a big impact, repurpose useful products, design multifunctional areas, grow low-maintenance plant options, display with scents and charcuterie boards, have a let-go list, and decorate seasonally, I found the input on letting God intercept our lives through prayer, worship, and reading His Word was most important for restoring the soul and spirit.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may avoid this read. Others may not like books that focus on how God is the One who helps us feel at home within ourselves and our homes, not things, objects, or our accomplishments. Some may prefer books that have less of the author’s experiences and memories, but this one is not over-bearing.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the book included a topical index, but that may be hard to do. I wish more Bible verses were added.

~ Want ~
If you want to have peace and less stress decorating your private abode, this book that includes the Almighty is a wonderful reminder that He should be the focal point in our rooms and heart. This would make the perfect housewarming gift for a woman who is setting up her first home or needs to renovate her life’s purpose involving God.

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

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/305lSyd

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What a Great Word for Grads

Title: What a Great Word for Grads
Author: Karen Moore
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-5460-3561-9

Each word is genuinely directed toward aligning your work, your spiritual growth, and your hopes and dreams as you are molded and shaped into the person God intends you to be,” Karen Moore writes in the introduction of her book, What a Great Word for Grads.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-thirty-four pages, this small hardbound is designed to encourage, challenge, and bless recent graduates. Using mainly the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NCV, NIV, NKJV, NLT, MSG, KVJ, and CEV. The beginning has a presentation page, while the ending includes one page of God’s promises, acknowledgments, an alphabetical listing of words used, and the writer’s biography.

The book is separated into four sections, with each containing ten chapters of ten different words from the Bible. The divisions include Attitude, Finding Success, the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Prayer of Saint Patrick. Some of the random words concentrated on include attitude, goals, love, wisdom, kindness, integrity, laughter, and victory.

Each word is the entire focus of a chapter, beginning with the word title, byline, and a written-out Bible verse. Several paragraphs are included regarding the topic, followed by quotes by famous individuals and sometimes Bible verses. The ending has a prayer written out in blue ink.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are encouragements for the graduate that promote focusing on God, not themselves. Including the quotes further exemplifies the word topic. The prayers are uplifting as they worship our Savior and thank Him for what He has done for us. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.

One of my favorite chapters was on the word character with the Bible verse from Romans 5:3-5 written out. The paragraphs urge the graduate to be the real by using the sense of integrity and pride to face life’s obstacles, showing the strength of character by knowing God is always with you. Quotes are from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Dwight L. Moody, John Wooden, an adaption from Henry Ward Beecher, and an unknown author. The prayer asks the Lord for the ability to become a person of character and thanks Him for family members who can be proud of him or her.

~ Why Not ~
Students who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. With the book only containing forty chapters, it may not be for some recent graduates who are looking for a daily or yearly devotional. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain the Bible verse in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily time with God.

~ Wish ~
Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal. I prefer using the King James Version for most Bible verse translations.

~ Want ~
If you like a quick read with quotes about keywords in the Bible and how they relate to graduating and moving into the next adventure of life, this would make a great gift for that son, daughter, relative, or friend finishing high school, college, or a master’s program who wants to be reminded and encouraged of God’s presence. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWords, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2GYwesl

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Moleskine 2019-20 Weekly Notebook Diary/Planner


18-MONTH WEEKLY JOURNAL / APPOINTMENT BOOK IN 6 COLOR CHOICES

~ What ~
With a Moleskine hardcover and matching elastic cover band, this 8.3 by 5.3 by 0.7 booklet includes July 2019 to December 2020 box calendars by month plus weekly pages with daily sections and lined pages. The book is available in 6 color choices of black, magnetic green, ripe yellow, sapphire blue, scarlet red, and snappy pink. The book also contains a world map, highlighting stickers, an article about the history of Moleskin, and an attached matching ribbon. It arrives wrapped in sealed cellophane.

~ Why ~
There are people who still love keeping daily planners that have to be written into, and these are high quality and lovely as they are the perfect size. I love that there are plenty of lines in the weekly section for keeping notes on each day of the week on the left side of the page while the other side has over 30 blank lines for journaling or using as a diary. The paper quality is high enough to handle ink and gel pens and pencils.

~ Why Not ~
Some individuals may prefer to use their smartphones to keep track of their appointments, but this book is handy and efficient when it comes to keeping more detailed notes. Others may wish there were more colors of the jacket or more months were included, but a year and a half should be ample.

~ Wish ~
I wish the cover options included patterns in geometric or floral designs.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a diary-journal-appointment tracker that will last a long time and has plenty of writing space, this is a keeper.

Thanks to Hachette Group for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2VbKuXv

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The Book of Comforts

Title: The Book of Comforts
Authors: Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, Kaitlin Wernet, and Cymone Wilder
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-45206-5

“… while all of our stories differ in circumstance, they don’t differ in the common goal: to find comfort in the God of the universe through the love letter He wrote for all of us,” Angie Smith writes in the foreword of the book, The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound targets those who are seeking comfort and support after dealing with tragedy. After a foreword by Angie Smith and authors’ note, eighty-nine chapters cover various discussions of dealing with pain and sorrow by finding comfort in Christ. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the CEB, CSB, GW, KJV, and NKJV are also referenced. The ending includes a conclusion and the authors’ biography; a satin marker ribbon is attached.

Divided into five sections that concentrate on God alone, praise, dark places, restoration, and truth, the concept of comfort is reviewed through the writings of three individuals (the fourth author is the illustrator) who have suffered loss and have found encouragement through God and His amazing attribute. From one to three pages each, the chapters begin with a written out Bible verse, followed by several paragraphs about the topic. Full page large-letter poster-like inserts are spread throughout that are to bring encouragement to the reader.

~ Why ~
Most of us have had to deal with the sorrow, loss, and heartbreak of life, whether it is the death of a child, parent, or loved one. I like that this book mainly focuses on the positive while learning to deal with the pain, loneliness, and uncertainty by looking toward the Almighty as the answer.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to have a book such as this, but it may help give them peace as they deal with their issues. The book contains what I call “me” content, often being only about the writer’s experience while offering little relating to the reader or God and Scriptures. I found this particularly true of one of the writers.

~ Wish ~
Since this book is about God and how He is the best Comforter, I wish it contained more Scripture and how God answered the prayers of comfort and peace. Including personal information about likes, dislikes, childhood memories, and travels were hard to correlate to feeling God’s comfort. The pictures lacked vivid colors and seemed dull and flat.

~ Want ~
If you like a book that focuses on how three individuals sought God for comfort during trying times, this is a viable option that could be given as a gift to a loved one, but it may not be exactly what you are expecting.

Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be found at https://amzn.to/2LfWTVH

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What a Great Word for Moms

Title: What a Great Word for Moms
Author: Karen Moore
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-5460-3564-0

Each word is genuinely directed toward aligning your work, your spiritual growth, and your hopes and dreams as you are molded and shaped into the person God intends you to be,” Karen Moore writes in the introduction of her book, What a Great Word for Moms.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this small hardbound is designed to encourage, challenge, and bless mothers at any age or stage of life. Using mainly the New Century Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NIV, NKJV, NLT, KJV, and CEV. The ending includes a final poem by the author, acknowledgments, an alphabetical listing of words used, and the writer’s biography.

The book is separated into four sections, with each containing ten chapters of ten different words from the Bible. The divisions include Training Your Children in the Way They Should Go, There’s No One Quite Like Mom, The Lord is Mom’s Shepherd, and God’s Promises. Some of the random words concentrated on include attitude, kindness, hope, prayer, patience, courage, compassion, think, heart, family, laughter, and beauty.

Each word is the entire focus of a chapter, beginning with the word title, byline, and a written-out Bible verse. Several paragraphs are included regarding the topic, followed by quotes by famous individuals and more verses. The ending has a prayer written out in red ink.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are encouragements that promote a “you can do it by trusting in God” and “the Lord will get you through this” attitudes. Including the quotes further exemplifies the word topic. The prayers are uplifting as they worship our Savior and thank Him for what He has done for us. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.

One of my favorite chapters was on the word persevere, with Hebrews 10:36 NIV written out. The content reminds us that God is always with us so we need to keep moving forward, trusting in Him in all we do. Quotes are from H. Jackson Brown Jr., Bernard of Clairvaux, the Mom’s Creed adapted from Brother Lawrence, Aesop, Calvin Coolidge, Helen Keller, and 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV. The prayer asks for patience during the challenges of parenting, perseverance when exhausted, and thankfulness for the family He has given.

~ Why Not ~
Mothers who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. With the book only containing forty chapters, it may not be for some women who are looking for a daily or yearly devotional. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain the Bible verse in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily time with God.

~ Wish ~
Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal. I prefer using the King James Version for most Bible verse translations.

~ Want ~
If you like a quick read with quotes about keywords in the Bible and how they relate to motherhood, this would make a great gift for that mom, sister, aunt, or friend who needs to be reminded and encouraged of God’s presence. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWords, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2UIe0nv

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40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith

Title: 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith
Author: Laurie Polich Short
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3256-2

“My hope is that the insights in this book will provide you with new confidence when you experience the fear, disappointment, and silence that play an integral part of your relationship with God,” Laurie Polich Short writes in the introduction of her book, 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-seventy-three-pages, this small paperback targets those who enjoy reflections from mostly obscure verses in the Bible and how they can be applied to everyday living. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ESV, NASB, and NLT.

After a table of contents and introduction, this book contains forty chapters, each one being three pages long with a title at the top of the page and a Bible verse written out. Several paragraphs follow related to the topic. Each chapter’s ending contains three questions of reflection regarding the topic that are applicable to the reader.

In the same order as the Bible, thirty verses of the Old Testament begin in Genesis and include ten from the New Testament that cover Matthew to I John. Some of the discussions are about the fall of mankind, the Israelites wandering in the desert, Samuel hearing God’s voice, Job’s trials, psalms and Ecclesiastes, Jonah running from God, John the Baptist’s questioning, Jesus weeping, and Paul’s imprisonment to name a few. Some viewpoints mentioned are that God gives second chances, everything is in His timing, leaning on Him is best, and He often leads us silently from behind.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God, and this book does that, rarely mentioning herself. The topics are short and to the point, easy to be read in a few minutes. The author explains the verses and summarizes circumstances surrounding them and how they can be applied to us today in regard to worry, fear, doubt, insecurity, hope, trust, and more. I like the way the three questions at the end of each chapter are asked, often deep in concept.

One of my favorite chapters was on Esther 4:14 titled “A Story within the Story” about how the new queen was already involved in protecting the Jews without knowing it. To become the deliverer of her people, she had to overcome her fear while giving up her silence. The questions cover God’s purpose in our lives, looking back on past situations, and considering the gifts, talents, and positions God has given us.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on having more faith and trust in the Almighty by reviewing rogue verses. Others may wish there were more than forty verses.

~ Wish ~
Although I love the format of this book, I wish more verses were included and that short prayers were added with applicable Bible readings.

~ Want ~
If you like reading lesser-known Bible verses and applying them to your daily walk with Christ, this would make an excellent choice or gift for someone who needs encouragement via Biblical resources.

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

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2HVJZtg

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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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