Review of BUM MAGNET

It is not often that I don’t finish reading a book that I have started.  Never have I  attempted to write a review of a book I did not read from cover to cover.

Until today.

K.L. Brady’s Bum Magnet is the first.  I tried to read it.  Honest I did.  It sounded like a fun, easy read.  Here is what is printed on the back cover of the book–

She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent blessed with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a much better tolerance for designer vodka, and a gorgeous plus-size body.  She has a dream house, a luxury car, and an appetite for life’s best–like good food and great sex.  So why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame?  Why does Rissey seem to her own special talent as a bum magnet?

The cover goes on to talk about some of the men that Rissey has been involved with.  Looking back, I can see a lot of clues in this description that shows the book may not be for me.  Still, I wanted to give it a chance.  But no matter how hard I tried, I could not get beyond chapter 7.

Nothing against K.L. Brady or her writing style.  I actually found her voice very conversational and humorous.  The problem I had was with the type of conversation in the book.  It seemed like every time a mouth opened in the book it was to utter an expletive.  And Rissey—well, even though she made a “pact” with herself to not fall into bed with another unworthy man, she was unable to keep her clothes on for long at all.

I don’t believe that every conversation needs to be full of swearing or that dating a man means that you have to sleep with him.  Those beliefs make it very uncomfortable for me to read a book that doesn’t reflect those beliefs.

I did have a big problem with Rissey, too.  She is portrayed as some strong, independent woman.  Yet her actions make her seem much less than that.  To me, an independent woman is one who may want to have a man in her life but knows she does not need one.  Rissey is a career woman who has done very well for herself.  But she still seems to think that she needs a man to be complete.  I don’t know–it was too conflicting for me.

Over all, I would not recommend this book to others.  The language and sexual situations are too strong, too prevalent  for my tastes.  But if you don’t mind that and are looking for a quick beach read, you might want to check this one out.

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Peter: Rock Star of Galilee

Ugh.  Bible study.  Is there anymore boring way to spend my time than that?

Does that sound at all familiar?  I know it’s a thought I have often had, especially when I was a teen.  Studying my Bible seemed like something I needed to do, but it was rarely something that I wanted to.  The Bible studies that were available weren’t much help, either.  Even the ones that said they were for teens felt like they were written for older people.  I couldn’t ever find anything that explained the Bible or God or Christianity in a way that made any sense to me.

Had Sherree G. Funk been writing Bible studies back then, I would not have had that problem.

Funk has written four Bible studies for teens.  Her latest, Peter: Rock Star from Galilee, is the only one I’ve read.  But if the others are anything like it, they are worth reading as well!

Peter: Rock Star from Galilee is a very “user-friendly” guided Bible study for teens.  It focuses on the life of Peter, one of the 12 Apostles.  Peter wasn’t perfect, but he loved Jesus.  There are lessons to be learned in both his imperfections and his love, lessons that apply to teen life (and adult life!) today.  This book teaches those lessons, without boring the reader.

This study combines Bible reading, prayer, and music to really dig into the life of Peter.  Ms. Funk doesn’t gloss of the more negative aspects of Peter’s life.  Instead, she uses his so-called mistakes to teach teens the way they should live.

From the moment I received my copy of this book for review, my 10-year-old son has been begging me to finish with it.  He can’t wait to dig into this Bible study.  When he is done, the youth leader at my church has asked to look at it.  I am more than happy to pass it along.

If you are looking for a deeper understanding of how God can use ordinary people in daily life, this is a book that is worth checking out.



Well grounded in biblical Christianity, Sherree G. Funk is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of God’s Word with the next generation.  She has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degress and holds a Certificate in ChristianStudies from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Sherree leads small groups of teens at Ingomar UMC.  Her other teen Bible studies are available at

Peter: Rock Star from Galilee is available at at the following link


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Synopsis (from the author’s website

After being brutally attacked, Catherine Wilcox must discover her own strength and courage as she struggles to piece her life back together. She finds herself falling in love with the emergency room physician who treats her, but soon realizes the attack has left her so emotionally scarred that she is forced to turn away the only man who truly loves her. And at a time when she feels her life is finally beginning to heal, Catherine must then face the devastation of learning that her dearest friend has terminal cancer.  In  A Soul Less Broken we follow Catherine as she discovers the depth of true friendship, the healing power of love, and the stamina of the human spirit.

My Review  

In A Soul Less Broken, Helen Laibach has written a touching story about love, friendship, and healing.  In the opening moments of the book, we meet Catherine just moments after the death of someone close to her.  In thinking about how much she will miss this woman, Catherine looks back on their friendship and the events that brought them together.

I loved the idea of this story—following Catherine from a devasting attack, through her grief, into healing, and finally into realizing that she is worth loving and being loved.  What I didn’t love so much was the way the story was told.  Don’t get me wrong—Ms. Laibach has a strong voice and handled the story very well.  The story could have been much stronger if it had been written a little differently.  The way it was written felt like a biography.  Rather than seeing the story through the eyes of the main characters—Catherine, Madeline, and Alan—I felt as if it was being told by a third party who had heard the story through interviews with the main characters.  It was just kind of odd for me.  It kept the story from being as powerful as it could have been.

One of the best things about this book has very little to do with what is written between the covers of the book.  Ms. Laibach has generously announced that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Soul Less Broken will go to two charities—RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) and the National Brain Tumor society.  To understand why she would choose those charities, I guess you will have to read the book!

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