Thursday, December 7, 2017

Murder in Disguise (Review)


This review is for "Murder in Disguise" by Donn Taylor. This is a Preston Barclay mystery, which I had never read before, and I definitely have to say I want to read more about Preston Barclay! I loved this character! Barclay is a history professor but he somehow finds himself a detective in murder mysteries as well. In this book, it's a friend who has committed suicide that has Barclay curious. This friend exhibited no signs of suicidal tendencies, and his widow begs Barclay to investigate.

I loved all of the characters, and the twists and turns of this book. It definitely held my interest. I would love to read another book in this series.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Most Important Women (Review)


This review is for the book "The Most Important Women of the Bible" by Aaron and Elaina Sharp. I loved this book! Every chapter that I finished, I couldn't wait to move on to the next one! Each chapter focuses on a woman in the Bible (or a group, like "Mary and Martha"). There is a nice quote about each woman, and then the scripture reference where we can find her. The authors give us her biography - as much as they can - and then her role in redemption, which really digs into the scripture. One really cool thing about this book that I have never seen before was something at the end of each chapter. The authors would say "By the Numbers" and then have some very interesting statistics. For example, when talking about the widow who gave two mites, at the end of the chapter, it says "Mites placed by the widow in the temple collection: 2. Minutes of labor it took to make two mites: 5." which was very interesting! Then with each chapter they also had "things we wondered" which were really intriguing questions!

I highly recommend this book. I think everyone who reads it will really enjoy it!

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hope Toler Dougherty's 'Rescued Hearts' Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway


This review is for the book "Rescued Hearts" by Hope Toler Dougherty. I love her books, so I was excited to get my hands on this one! In this novel, we meet clothing designer Mary Wade. Unfortunately, as we meet her, she is being kidnapped. Fortunately for her, one of the kidnappers is actually an undercover agent, so he is able to get her out of the situation. UNFORTUNATELY, this puts them both in danger. Mary Wade and Brett are thrown together in this situation and that makes for high emotions, but they can't totally attribute their attraction to one another just based on the high emotions. And it turns out that Mary Wade is stronger than she gives herself credit for.

I loved this book and the characters. You will fall in love with Brett's spunky grandmother! Great story and I look forward to reading more from Dougherty!

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Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Counseling Under the Cross (Review)



This review is for the book "Counseling Under the Cross" by Bob Kellemen. I was really intrigued about this book because I have learned a lot about Martin Luther recently, and the subtitle of this book is "How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life". This book was incredibly interesting and an in-depth study on Luther's theology, but somehow written in a way that keeps the reader's interest.

In this book, Kellemen spends a chapter on a specific theology of Luther's, and then follows up with a chapter on his methodology. For example, he explains Luther's theology of suffering in one chapter, and then in the next he shows how he applied that theology to everyday life. The book also begins with a background of Luther so the reader becomes more familiar with his spiritual journey.

I loved this book and found it very fascinating. I definitely recommend it!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

When God Made You (Review)



This review is for the book "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner. My kids absolutely love these types of books and stories, so I had to get this one for them. This book is really cute. The illustrations are beautiful, creative, and colorful, and my kids loved them. The book talks about how special each one of us is, which is a really important thing for kids to grasp. The book rhymes, which of course usually is more entertaining for kids and more fun for us adults to read out loud! And what a great premise - that God made us exactly the way He wanted us. I love it. Perfect for the kids in your life!

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book.

Beginner's Gospel Story Bible (Review)



This review is for the book "The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible" by Jared Kennedy. I had barely even taken this book out of the box it was mailed in when my 8-year old daughter grabbed it, curled up on the couch, and began reading it. By the next night, she had finished the whole thing.

Now, I will say that this Bible is probably meant for a younger child, I can see why she devoured it. The pictures and illustrations are colorful and fun. The text is in a font that is very easy to read, and there isn't "too much" on a page as far as wordiness goes. There are questions strewn in for the kids to think about when reading it alone or with parents, such as "What is your favorite thing God has made?" when reading about creation, or "Have you ever been afraid to speak up for someone else?" when reading about Queen Esther.

This is one of the best Bibles I have ever seen for young children. It focuses on the promises of God and how the promise of salvation is throughout the Bible, but it will most definitely keep their attention and be fun for adults to read as well! Well done, with this book.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

All Things Now Living (Review)



This review is for the book "All Things Now Living" by Rondi Bauer Olson. This is the first book in her series about the Seventh Daughter.

In this book we meet Amy, who is sixteen years old. Almost the very first thing that happens in the book is that she "accidentally" gets trapped in New Lithisle, which is a home in a dome where she's always been taught that the people who live there are mutants who deserve to die. She's terrified based on what she's heard about these people her whole life. Turns out that her father is a sympathizer for these people, and Amy is pretty special herself.

The book focuses on Amy's relationship with the New Lithisle people (particularly one named Daniel), and her journey to save them before the dome collapses.

This book was really interesting, and although there were some things that I felt were a little confusing to me, the story as a whole is a great adventure and is intriguing. I'll be very interested to read the rest of the series and find out what happens to Amy.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

The Gift (Review)




This review is for the book "The Gift" by Shelley Shepard Gray. She is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors, and this book was not disappointing at all. This is the second book in her Amish of Hart County series. Unfortunately, I have not read the first book yet, but fortunately, that did not matter when I was reading this book! It was very easy to keep up with all of the characters and the backstory.

In this book, Neil Vance and his family are upset over losing their family farm, and they're kind of taking it out on the Schwartz family who have moved onto the farm. But soon, the daughters of the Schwartz family seem to have some really awful luck - getting shot at, falling into an icy creek, etc. Neil and his brother start to think that maybe those accidents aren't just bad luck. They all begin working together to do some investigating, and throughout their time together, they start to form some relationships.

I really liked this book because it had a little bit of everything - romance, suspense and mystery, and I really liked the characters. I can't wait to read the next one!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Total Christmas Makeover (Review)



This review is for the book "Total Christmas Makeover" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book contains 31 devotions to prepare you for the upcoming Christmas season. I really love books like this, and this book was no disappointment. Each devotion focuses on something different, such as serving, or forgiveness, or rest. Each chapter begins with scripture and then there is a short devotion, a prayer, and then questions for reflection and ideas for how to put the devotion into practice. For example, the chapter on serving suggests signing up to ring the bell for Salvation Army, or offering to help with children's classes at church during the holidays.

I loved this book because it was really easy to find time to read the devotional each day, and it gave me a lot of ideas for how to slow down and really appreciate this season as it approaches. I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Letter From Lancaster County (Review)



This review is for the book "A Letter from Lancaster County" by Kate Lloyd. In this book we meet two sisters named Rose and Angela. Even though they are grown, they still struggle with jealousy and sibling rivalry. When they receive a letter from Lancaster County, both sisters decide to travel to see their Aunt Sylvia, who is a Mennonite. Aunt Sylvia is just the ticket for these girls, plus getting away from their everyday lives and getting a new perspective on each other. As they all find out some secrets about their family, they actually do become closer.

This book was very well-written and I really liked the characters. I see that this is the first book in a new series so I will look forward to reading the rest of the series!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Secrets (Review)




This review is for the book "Secrets" by Jonathan Daugherty. In this book, we meet Jonathan, a real man who is seriously struggling with the secret of sex addiction. He was able to hide this secret very well from his wife for a long time, but when the secret was exposed, it almost ended their marriage.

In this book, Daugherty is open about his addiction and how hard he worked to get through it and restore his marriage, and also his relationship with God. The book is not graphic or anything like that, just honest and very straightforward. I would be willing to be there are a lot of people who need to read this book and know they are not alone.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of this book.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Small Book about a Big Problem (Review)



This review is for the book "A Small Book about a Big Problem" by Edward T. Welch. This book is about anger, patience, and peace. It is primarily about anger and how to tame your anger and have more self-control. Each chapter is a short, to-the-point snippet about anger. One chapter is about getting angry when we judge others. One is about how forgiving God is. One talks about how sometimes anger looks right to us. This book really made me think, because sometimes I get angry over the silliest things. This really made me take a look at myself and think how I can change, and there is a lot of great scripture throughout the book.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star (Review)



This review is for the book "A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star" by J.A. Myhre. This is the third book I have read from her and I absolutely love all of them. In this book we meet 13-year old Kusiima. Kusiima and his sister and his grandmother live all alone and Kusiima takes every possible job in order to help feed his family. Unfortunately, at times, that means he has to get involved in things that are risky and not necessarily legal. When he goes on a journey in a forest, something goes wrong, and Kusiima is afraid for his life as well as being afraid of the evil things that are happening around him that he now knows about. His sister's life is at stake because of her poor health, so he is dealing with that as well. This adventure is one you won't soon forget!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Daring to Hope (Review)



This review is for the book "Daring to Hope" by Katie Davis Majors. I love her story so I was really excited to read this book. Katie moved to Uganda, founded an organization and adopted several children all while she was barely an adult herself. In this book she shares many of the struggles she has been through. She has such a compassionate, servant's heart, but that means that she is in the position often to get her heart broken. For example, there is a family she takes in and the mother ends up dying. Katie's heart is broken for the loss of her friend and the fact that the children have to go somewhere else to live. Katie is honest about her struggles and fears and doubts and sadness, but she finds great comfort in her faith as well. I love her outlook and I really enjoyed reading about her story.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Too Far Down (Review)



This review is for the book "Too Far Down" by Mary Connealy. I have read a handful of her books and really enjoyed them all. I read the first book in this series, somehow missed the second book, and then read this - the third book. I am sure I would have liked the second book, but it wasn't necessary to read that before reading this one. This is part of her The Cimarron Legacy series. In this book, Cole Boden has returned to his family ranch because of his father's living will. He enjoys running the mines, but something is going on that is targeting his family and some of the miners. He has to solve the mystery of what is happening before his entire family gets attacked. Melanie Blake, a family friend, is also around and is determined to help the Bodens. Unfortunately for both Cole and Melanie, they find themselves falling for one another, even though they are an unlikely couple.

Great story with twists and turns and I really like the characters!

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Prayers for New Brides (Review)



This review is for the book "Prayers for New Brides" by Jennifer O. White. Although I am not a newlywed, I really enjoyed this book which made me think about the battle that we are in daily for our marriages. There are so many things to pray about in our marriages, such as knowing our enemy, trusting God to defend your marriage, seeing yourself and your spouse through God's eyes, and how to honor your spouse and your marriage, among many other things.

Every chapter is a short devotional and then she gives a lot of scripture you can read that goes along with the chapter, and a "call to action". This book is so good! Easy to read but there is a lot of wisdom in here that will go a long way in a marriage, whether an old or new marriage!

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book.

Descriptions and Prescriptions (Review)



This review is for the book "Descriptions and Prescriptions" by Michael R. Emlet. This book is a Biblical perspective on psychiatric diagnoses and medications. Emlet begins the book by talking about how most psychiatric problems get diagnosed, and how many times there are problems with those diagnoses. He talks about how our culture influences psychiatric issues, how many times the abnormal becomes the normal, and about redefining behavior. And he talks about what this means for us in ministry. He also delves into the different classes of psychoactive medications which was really interesting because I didn't know anything about these medications. The author talks about how effective these medications are, and how to be wise when taking them or referring someone to take them. He goes through the spiritual aspect of certain diagnoses as well. All in all a very interesting book by someone who obviously knows what they are talking about.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of this book.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Pretender (Review)

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This review is for the book "The Pretender" by Ta'mara Hanscom. In this book, we meet Tillie Caselli and Noah Hansen. This book was set in the 1970's. Tillie is a 17-year old who goes away on her first overnight trip for an art show. She meets Noah Hansen there, who is the epitome of a "bad boy" and they seemingly fall in love at first sight. They make plans to meet (and even to marry), but before they can see each other again, Tillie is whisked away by her teacher during a snow storm. They have no way of getting in touch again, but they mourn for one another for a year. During that time, they really grow as individuals. Will they come back together eventually?

I really liked the premise of this story and the characters. What I didn't like is that the conversations between the characters felt stilted and unrealistic. I don't know anyone who actually talks like this, and it seemed a little cheesy. I was able to get over it and enjoy the book anyway. I'd be interested to read the other books in the series.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Woman Overwhelmed (Review)




This review is for the book "A Woman Overwhelmed" by Hayley DiMarco. I loved this book! I loved her style of writing. This book felt like we were sitting in my living room sharing a cup of coffee and just talking and commiserating, and encouraging one another. I felt like Hayley was reading my mind, especially on such topics as creating our own laws (telling myself what I need to do, not what I actually have to do), or not asking people for help, but rather, making a lot of noise in their general direction until they volunteer to help me. Hayley had me cracking up, nodding my head, and taking a hard look at myself! Great read, and I highly recommend it for all women!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Living the Spirit Formed Life (Review)


This review is for the book "Living the Spirit-Formed Life" by Jack Hayford. In this book, the author talks about how we have such busy lives where we are so easily distracted, and how that means that we often overlook the work of tending to our spiritual lives. I think this was a great book and very well laid out. He goes over ten disciplines we can have in order to be firmer in our faith. These are things such as finding forgiveness, reading your Bible, and being submissive when appropriate. I really enjoyed the discussions that he had and felt that he used scripture correctly to go over these disciplines.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Proving (Review)






This review is for the book "The Proving" by Beverly Lewis. I love Beverly Lewis and this book did not disappoint me at all. In this book, we meet Amanda Dienner. Mandy was raised Amish but she was never baptized into the church and she has been living as an Englisher for the past five years. She is shocked to learn one day that her mother has passed away and left an entire Amish bed and breakfast to Mandy. What's more, this comes with a stipulation that Mandy must keep the bed and breakfast profitable for 12 months, or she won't inherit it. Mandy takes a deep breath and goes back to the community she left. She has to face her family, her old friends, and come to the realization that these people really want the Amish experience - some of which she has forgotten! It's a struggle and a journey for Mandy throughout the 12 months. I loved this book and I enjoyed the characters and storyline a lot.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dark Deception (Review)



This review is for the book "Dark Deception" by Nancy Mehl. This is the second book in the Defenders of Justice series, but I easily read it without reading the first in the series. In this book, we see Kate O'Brien. She is the key witness in a murder trial, and so she is in witness protection in a small town called Shelter Cove. When the evidence gets thrown out of the trial, her would-be murderer is let out of prison, and he is on the hunt for Kate. Tony DeLuca is the deputy marshal who was her protector during the trial, and Kate only feels safe when he's around.

This book has so many twists and turns, your head will be spinning! I thought I knew who the bad guy was, then I thought I knew again, and then I quit trusting this guy over here, and then I thought it might be this guy over here... wow! What a story. I really enjoyed the characters of this book and all the twists and turns. I read this book in two nights because I couldn't put it down. Really great read that will keep you interested the whole way.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide (Review)



This review is for the book "The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide" by Basyle Tchividjian and Shira M. Berkovits. This book was extremely eye-opening and helpful. Churches are supposed to be a safe place for children, but the reality is that many children have abusive experiences within the church. This guide helps faith communities put policies and procedures into place to protect children, and to address possible abuse. The book defines abuse, talks about indicators and people who abuse, and then goes into the protective practices churches should put into place. Then it goes over how to respond to child abuse accusations and policy violations, and then most importantly, how to support survivors. This book is a wealth of knowledge, with policies, procedures, and forms filling up the pages. I think that this is a really important book for church officials to read and put into place.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Gathering the Threads (Review)



This review is for the book "Gathering the Threads" by Cindy Woodsmall, who is one of my favorite fiction authors. This book is actually the third book in her Amish of Summer Grove series. Although I had not read either of the other books in the series, it did not take me long to catch on to the story. It definitely helped that Woodsmall put in a section in the beginning to go over the background story. Even with the background story, I was a little confused at who everyone was, but by about chapter three, I understood what was going on.

This is an interesting Amish story because it is so unlike other ones I have read. Ariana has found that she is actually "Englisch" although she grew up Amish, and spending time with her "Englisch" family has opened her eyes to some things about the Amish community that she isn't entirely sure about. She questions their trust in the bishop and some of the rules. This is hard for her family to understand, especially as she grows closer to Quill, her friend who actually left the Amish and helps other Amish leave the community. This is a great journey of faith for Ariana, though. I really enjoyed watching Ariana discover herself throughout this book.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Two of Us (Review)






This review is for the book "The Two of Us" by Victoria Bylin. In this book, we meet Mia Robinson. She has had her heart broken one too many times, so she's sworn off men and she's focusing now on being a medical missionary. Suddenly, though, her 18-year old sister becomes pregnant and decides to get married, and Mia puts her plans on hold to try to help Lucy through this big step. Meanwhile, Lucy's husband has a friend named Jake who is a former police officer. Mia and Jake hit it off, which makes her life that much more difficult. She ends up trying to decide if she wants to see where her relationship with Jake goes or if she wants to fulfill her dream of being a medical missionary.

I really liked the characters in this book - they struggle with doubt, and they're honest about how they're feeling. Mia is torn because she wants to be with Jake but she thinks she's not trusting in God if she doesn't do the medical missionary gig. Lucy wants to trust God, but she's afraid of health issues that come with being pregnant. It's just a great story with romance thrown in there. Can't wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lifestyle of a Watchman (Review)






This review is for the book "The Lifestyle of a Watchman" by James W. Goll. In this book, Goll takes the reader on a 21-day journey to being a mature prayer intercessor. Goll does a fantastic job of pointing out scriptural references to intercessory prayer and using examples of people from the Bible, and then switching to people who use intercessory prayer in modern times. Every chapter ends with a suggested prayer for the reader to pray, and then questions for you to ask yourself and dig deeper. I really liked the stories he used for examples of intercessory prayer. The chapters go over so many situations, such as praying in a crisis, not giving up when you feel like you've been praying for so long, how to fast, how to trust in God for answers, and so on.

I really enjoyed this book and think others would like it as well.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book.

Monday, September 4, 2017

A Name Unknown (Review)



This review is for the book "A Name Unknown" by Roseanna White. This is the first book in the Shadows of England series. In this book, we meet Rosemary Gresham, who has no family to speak of except the other thieves who have become her family. She actually lives with all of them and they have taught themselves to be "high-class" thieves so that they can survive. Rosemary is quite good at her job, and she is given a job which will really help the family if she succeeds.

She is sent to the home of Peter Holstein to find out some secrets about him. She has to pretend to be a librarian so that she can work for him. The time is drawing near to England being involved in WWI, and many people are afraid of Holstein because of his German name. Rosemary has to find out where his loyalties lie, and she also has to try to keep safe, because someone is out to get either her or Peter. They're both in danger. Not only that, but in the midst of trying to find out his secrets, they are actually starting to fall for one another.

I really liked the characters in this book, and the story, even though I was a little confused at Peter's present-day relationship with Germany, as well as why so many people hated him so much. But I truly enjoyed reading the book and I'd like to read more in the series.

Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

God's Smuggler (Review)



This review is for the book "God's Smuggler". This is the young reader's edition of this book. I have read the original book but I was really excited to read the young reader's edition so that I could make sure it was on a good reading level for my daughter to read it. I am so happy to say that it is perfect for her reading level - I would say anyone on a 4th grade reading level up will enjoy it and understand it - and it has some great action pictures in it which kids will really enjoy. I have read so many stories of Brother Andrew over the last few years and I am always amazed at what he has accomplished in his 89 years. I highly, highly recommend this book for all children and adults to read. It's an absolutely amazing story of what God can do!

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book.

Called and Courageous Girls by Harvest House Publishers

Called and Courageous Girls

It's time to be brave! Growing up as a slave girl, Miriam learned how to be brave-and smart. When her baby brother, Moses, was in grave danger, Miriam and her mom saved his life. As Miriam matured, she became a gifted musician and discovered other God-given talents. And when God called Miriam-along with her siblings-to guide the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, she was ready to lead. With God's help, you can be just like Miriam-called and courageous!

Called and Courageous Girls - Bible Heroes That Inspire Your Child's Faith in God
Called and courageous girls are disciples, political and spiritual leaders, philanthropists, moms, businesspeople, evangelists, prophets, and so much more. Called and courageous women of the Bible face overwhelming odds, finding strength, faith, and courage to join God's Story.
Through examples of steadfast faith and-ultimately-God's direction, the Called and Courageous Girls series invites your children to answer God's calling to discover and use their talents, passions, and gifts to journey with Him on a lifelong adventure.
God is calling every courageous hero-including your child- to arise, trust in Him, and join the Greatest Story.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grounded Hearts (Review)



This review is for the book "Grounded Hearts" by Jeanne M. Dickson. In this novel we meet midwife Nan O'Neil. She is a widow who happens to be hounded frequently by a local officer who continues to profess his love for her. He's really just a bother until the day that a wounded Canadian pilot on her front door. This means trouble, because Ireland is neutral in the middle of World War II, so helping either side of the war means facing imprisonment. Nan feels pity for him though, and tries to nurse him back to health. He doesn't get better as quickly as she'd like, and she not only has to fend off the interested police officer, but has to involve some of her local friends to help the pilot - which could mean jail time for them all.

I loved this book and the characters. It was unlike any other book I've read and it was interesting to think how this really could have happened. Nan is not looking for love, but she finds it, and she also finds her courage, strength and faith throughout all of this mess as well.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!

 

Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

 

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST.  Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God’s Word—each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings—for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features—conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index—the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted (Review)



This review is for the book "Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted" by Ron Citlau. Citlau is a pastor who has actually dealt with same-sex attraction in his life. In this book, he shows love and encouragement to those who have feelings of attraction towards the same sex. He does not bash them or show anger towards them. He understands it. But he also shows them that there are options such as celibacy and singleness that are biblical. He encourages people with this struggle to look at those options.

He shows how you need to be plugged into a church and a small group of people who will hold you accountable and also encourage you. He speaks to church leaders and provides ways that they can support these individuals instead of judging them and pushing them away.

Great book, and should be used to encourage those who struggle with these feelings.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Essential Guide to Prayer (Review)



This review is for the book "The Essential Guide to Prayer" by Dutch Sheets. This entire book is on the power of intercessory prayer. He begins by talking about why this is such a priority, and goes into how to be an intercessor and why this is so important. He uses scripture to show great intercessors in the Bible, and how we can use that power today. Every chapter ends with a section called "Did You Understand?" where there are discussion questions to help you think about each chapter more in depth. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those wanting to learn more about intercessory prayer and why it is so important.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book.

Dragon Seed (Review)



This review is for the book "Dragon Seed" by Marty Machowski. I really enjoyed this book and can definitely see older teenagers, young adults and older adults enjoying it as well.

In this book, we meet Nick, an angry teen, who is told by his mother to read a book about their family history. She is at the end of her rope in dealing with him, and hopes this book will change his heart. As Nick reads, he is introduced to the story of Lord Dragon, and how he spreads his dragon seeds. I love this allegory. We learn about how Lord Dragon has minions to spread his dragon seeds in people, which bloom into selfishness, evil, greed, etc. Unfortunately for him, there is a Prince who comes, and when a person is a follower of the Prince, the dragon seeds cannot take root in the person's heart.

I loved this story of good versus evil. I will admit the characters of Nick's family seemed a little corny to me, but the actual story about the dragon seeds was full of excitement and turmoil.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.





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Winning the Battle (Review)




This review is for the book "Winning the Battle for the Night" by Faith Blatchford. This book focuses on God's intent for nighttime, sleep, and rest. Our world is so fast-paced that many of us struggle with nighttime anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, or brains that just won't quit. We don't get the rest we need, and then we are more vulnerable to anger, mood swings, and even throwing off our appetites and desire to be healthy.

One of the best things I read in this book that I had never thought of is that the dark doesn't belong to the devil. God created the darkness, and it therefore belongs to him. I am safe in the darkness because it belongs to God. His angels watch over me during the night. These are all promises that I can rely on when I am restless or afraid at night.

I really liked the premise of this book and I think that a lot of people could really use this to reclaim their sleep.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book.

True to You (Review)






This review is for the book "True to You" by Becky Wade. I think I have read nearly all of the books she has written, if not all. I love her fun style of writing. She makes it easy to enjoy reading her books. This particular book is the first in her Bradford Sisters Romance series.

We meet Nora, who is a genealogist and the complete opposite of a risk-taker - especially after a tough breakup three years ago. John Lawson is a former Navy SEAL and seems to be everything that Nora isn't. But he needs her help because he found out he has an inherited condition, and he is adopted. He asks Nora to help him find his biological parents. As they begin to work together, a relationship starts to form. But they're so different, and both of them have some qualms from previous relationships. They are going to have to work through those to form a solid relationship.

I love the characters and the plot. This book is different from any other stories I've read, so I like the uniqueness of it.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stepping on Cheerios (Review)




This review is for the book "Stepping on Cheerios" by Betsy Singleton Snyder. I have to say that this is, without a doubt, one of the funniest, most honest books I have ever read. And because of that, I can relate tremendously to it!

Snyder takes us through all the aspects of parenting - the Legos, the anxiety over your children, the lack of self-care we sometimes have, the accidents that can occur right in front of our faces... she relates to all parents, and does it in a way that makes you laugh at yourself and your past mistakes.

I highly recommend this book to all parents. We take ourselves way too seriously, and this is a great reminder that MOST of those things that happen on our watch just don't matter that much. And we can find God in the midst of all our chaos.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spiritual Warfare (Review)



This review is for the book "Spiritual Warfare for the End Times" by Derek Prince. I have read several books by Derek Prince and I do appreciate his perspective on challenging topics. Prince starts off by talking about what exactly evil is and how Satan works. He basically says if we don't learn how to overcome evil, evil will overcome us. He explains how Satan attempts to destroy us, but because we have victory in Jesus, we can overcome this. He goes over the church's responsibility and how we need to not only learn how to do this in our personal lives, but as a church body. It was a very interesting book and I enjoyed reading his perspective on this topic.

Thank you to Chosen Books for a copy of the book.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pray About Everything (Review)



This review is for the book "Pray About Everything" by Paul Tautges. I really enjoyed this book, and especially the perspective of the author that prayer is proof of God-dependency. Each chapter speaks about a different aspect of prayer, such as "constant" prayer, community prayer, and who to pray for. Also discussed are things such as how to pray with thanksgiving, and remembering to include praise in your prayer - don't just make it a bucket list of things we want. He even touches on praying for our government, our elders, and how to pray when we don't even know what to pray about.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it as a good read.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Daughter's Legacy (Review)



This review is for the book "My Daughter's Legacy" by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. This is part of the Cousins of the Dove series. In this book, we meet Therese Jennings from Virigina, 1864, but we also meet Nicole Talbot, of present day Virginia. As we read the story we are finding that their lives are intertwined.

I really liked this book because it tied together historical fiction (with romance and suspense) in with a present-day mystery (and romance). We know Nicole's story and what she's dealing with, but as we read the book, we realize how much Therese's story ties in with Nicole's - and we find out a lot of answers.

The characters are great and the story is interesting, so you won't get bored!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Kindness Challenge (Review)



This review is for the book "The Kindness Challenge" by Shaunti Feldhahn. I absolutely loved this book. I cannot WAIT to put it into practice. In this book, the reader is challenged to think of a relationship that is tough, or strained, or could just be better in general. Feldhahn asserts that we can make small steps to improve these relationships.

What is really amazing is how much this book made me self-reflect. I consider myself a very kind person, but I realized that I can definitely improve in a lot of areas, especially towards my husband and children. For example, one of the chapters talks about thanking my husband for the little things - washing my car, mowing the lawn, etc. These are the things I take for granted that he does. But when I thank him, it's an affirmation of love for him. I also realized that there are times I will thank someone in my family for something and then show exasperation right after. For example, "Thanks for changing the baby's diaper, but I really like for the tabs to be fastened this way", or "Bonnie! You know we don't do it that way!" These things make us lose perspective.

I could go on and on about the tips found in this book and the realizations I've had from reading it, but it would make this review really long. Please grab this book and try it for yourself.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book.

Friday, August 4, 2017

His Guilt (Review)



This review is for the book "His Guilt" by Shelley Shepard Gray. Gray is one of my very favorite fiction authors, so I was excited to read this new book of hers. This is part of her Amish of Hart County series. In this novel, we meet Mark Fisher, who was wrongly accused of assault and left Hart County. We also meet Waneta Cain, who is unsure of Mark's innocence, but is willing to give him a chance to prove himself. They work together, so they start to form a relationship. Unfortunately, it isn't long before an Amish girl is attacked. Everyone in the community believes it's Mark because of the accusations from years ago. The community is afraid and Waneta wonders if she's right to trust Mark.

This is a great book about second chances, trust, building relationships, learning how to love, and getting over your past. I really like the characters and I'd love to read the rest of this series.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

The Good Book (Review)



This review is for the book "The Good Book" by Deron Spoo. In this book, the author goes over forty chapters in the Bible that reveal the biggest ideas from the Bible. I absolutely loved this idea and was really excited to read it. I really was not disappointed and found this book very interesting.

For example, the author discusses Genesis chapter 3, where "everything broke". Judges 16 which proves that God can use your failures. Matthew 6 which tells us not to worry. Acts 10 which proves that God loves the people you can't stand.

Every chapter actually has the chapter from the Bible, then the author's commentary on why this is such an important chapter, and then questions for reflection. I definitely found this book interesting and don't know that there is another book of its kind out there. I would highly recommend it.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Counterfeit Comforts (Review)




This review is for the book "Counterfeit Comforts" by Robia Scott. This book was so, so good, and talked to me about something I didn't even realize I needed help with. Scott points out that we all have a familiar go-to stress reliever - a glass of wine, ice cream, a television show, online shopping, etc. These are fine for temporary relief, but none of them can leave us with a lasting satisfaction. And some of them lead to harmful and addictive behaviors.

In this book, she talks about overcoming her own counterfeit comforts and encourages readers to make it past these temporary "feel-good" situations and find more permanent peace. Sometimes that means letting go of people, changing your thought process, and self-evaluate. She gives really great steps on how to do all of these things and find a more permanent comfort in your relationship with God.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Captain's Daughter (Review)



This review is for the book "The Captain's Daughter" by Jennifer Delamere. This is book one in her series called London Beginnings. The book is set in London in 1879. Rosalyn Bernay is alone and penniless in London, with no references for work or any help. Fortunately she is offered a job at a theater backstage. She falls in love with the theater and would love to pursue it, but she does have some issues from her past that need to be dealt with. While at the theater, she meets Nate Moran, a soldier who was sent home due to a hand injury. Nate was quite sure he couldn't wait to get back to his regiment until he meets Rosalyn, and then he's not so sure what he wants to do...

This story is well written and has plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. It is one of the best historical romances I have read in a while because there is so much going on in the story, and I really enjoyed the characters as well.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.