365 Classic Bible Stories, inspired by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible, illustrated by Alessia Girasole

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365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories is the perfect book to start a child on their way to taking time from each day to study from the Bible. Starting from Genesis and ending with Revelations, this book takes the majority of the Bible and makes it easy for children to understand. The illustration in this book is beautiful. The pictures are so clear and colorful and will keep the younger child’s attention while being read to. This is a great book for reading to the young child as well as a great book for the young reader .

This is a hard cover book with thicker than normal paper to help with tears from normal use. The paper is shiny to help keep it clean. The illustrations go all the way to the edge of the pages so the different colors show when the book is closed.

There are many things about this book that I really like. I like the bold font as it makes it easier to read. I like the index at the back to help the child find a specific person or event they are searching for. I love the red ribbon book mark. And, I like the very first page, being a page that the giver can write the child’s name and date of presentation. This will make a very nice gift.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Ages: 3 and up

384 pages

Publisher: Shiloh Kidz (Barbour Publishing)

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Donna Chapman

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings is written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Donna Chapman. The book contains 18 sections that are titled “The Blessing of”. These blessing include Jesus and the things associated with his birth as well as different things we include in our Christmas traditions. Each of the 18 sections is made up of a bible verse, a poem and end with a short prayer.

This is a hard covered board book that is very durable for young children. The pages contain brightly colored pictures and are easy to clean. There are little animals that follow through the story for children to point to. The little lamb, bunny, duck and chipmunks are really adorable.

This is a cute story book for older toddlers. Being a board book I expected to see more pictures and less words. With the 8 lined poems on each pages, this book really is not a story book to read through at one sitting for the youngest children. With the sections ending in prayers, this is a good book to help young children learn to pray to God. I think this book could be used to introduce per-schoolers to devotional time.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: Really Wooolly (By DaySpring)

Age: 2-5 years

40 pages

Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Bonnie Ricken Jensen is a best selling author who has won awards for her books. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio and her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running and sunshine.

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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

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Sarah Hollenbeck has recently divorced her husband. He has cheated on her though out their marriage and had not shown affection to her for a long time. She decided to become an author. She wrote stories filled with steamy romance that quickly became very popular. When she becomes a Christian, she attends church with her friend. She bumps into the pastor in the hall and starts to fall for him. He is a widower with a little girl, and he develops feelings for her.

Sarah needs to figure out how to fulfill her book contract by writing a Christian novel. And Ben is faced with certain members of the congregation that do not feel his and Sarah’s relationship is right.

If you are the type of reader that likes to read read about touchy subjects, this book is for you. The story is well written with a lot of humor. I especially liked the part of the rules Sarah and Ben set for when they are dating. The part of the story that really touched me was the pain Sarah endured with her ex-husband. He withheld affection from her while having affairs and would not allow her to have a child. The story is very realistic story of a new Christian who is trying to move from their past past into their future. For these reasons this is a very good book. I have to give this book a 4 as I felt the reference to sex was to overwhelming in this story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

296 pages

ISBN: 9780800727666

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://seebethanywrite.com/

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Lady Jane Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Lady Jane Disappears is Joanna Davidson Politano’s first novel and what a great story it is. I believe we are seeing just the beginning of what the author is yet to bring us. This story has such a well written plot that it takes you away to England in 1861.

Aurelie Harcourt was raised in debtor’s prison by her father who was a popular writter and went by the name Nathaniel Droll. When he dies he leaves Aurelie an unfinished story to write.

Aurelie is taken away to live with her father’s family at their estate, the estate that her father has make famous though his writings. As Aurelie finishes her fathers story, she tries to dig deeper in to her mother, Lady Jane, disappearance.

This is such a great story. It is written so well you can feel the tension building as the family reads about themselves in the story. This is a good clean story with so much mystery and suspense it kept me reading. This story has just enough romance to please those who enjoy romance novels but not enough to turn off those who don’t. This story will be well liked by those who enjoy historical Christian stories, Aurelie’s strength and faith are very evident through out the whole story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Pages 388

ISBN: 9780800728755

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: www.jdpstories.com

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All That Glitters by Lisa J. Flickinger

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All That Glitters, by Lisa J. Flickinger, takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush period.

When Mr. Connor becomes ill, he moves his family to their Aunt Margaret’s home. Ginny Connor has met Logan Harris who leads her to believe they would get married and travel to Carson City, build a hotel and make it rich. Vivian Connor has gone to speak with the doctor to find out what her parents are not telling her. While walking there she gets hurt. Ben McCormack is in town, checking for a letter from his intended and sees her. He lends her a hand while going to the doctor. When Vivian gets home, she finds out Ginny is gone. Vivian lets her foot heal a few days and then takes the train to find Ginny. At the same time, Ben is taking the train to go to his intended.

This is a good story. The author has written this in such detail that it is easy to envision Ginny spending her time in her room on the train and to feel the pain she suffers from Logan. And it is easy to imagine how Ben must have felt when he found out who is intended really is. This is a great story of love, forgiveness and redemption.

I received a copy of this book from the BookCrash book review program. This is my honest review.

255 pages

ISBN: 9781620205488

Publisher: A E Books

Lisa Flickinger lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and dog, Zeke. This is her first novel.

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Perennials by Julie Cantrell

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Lovey and her sister Bitsey were very close until another girl comments on how they look. After that Bitsey no longer plays with Lovey. Instead she lies about Lovey and blames her for things she does not do. When Lovey turned 18 she left Mississippi and Fisher, the boy who asked her to marry him and moved to Arizona. She now has a successful career and could possibly be making the deal of a lifetime. She gets a call from her parents that she needs to come home to help prepare for their 50th anniversary. They have made travel arrangements for her for the next day.

When Lovey gets to Mississippi, nothing has changed with her sister. Her sister still lies about Lovey and falsely accuses her. But her father has a surprise for her mother for their anniversary. He has hired Lovey’s Fisher to make a memory garden. Lovey helps with the garden and gets reacquainted with Fisher.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading about the different plants as well as the different places the family visited. I really liked when the parents talked about their wedding. Especially the part of the preacher story. Eve was not formed from Adam’s feet to be below him or from his head to be above him, but from his rib to walk beside him, to be equal partners. The rib came from by his heart to be loved by him, and from below his arm to be protected by him.

I got frustrated at Lovey’s family when they commented on her not being home for so long. I was relieved when Lovey commented they could have come to see her as she seems to not speak up for herself. This is an awesome story of family relationships.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Blogger. This is my honest review.

349 pages

ISBN: 9780718037642

Publisher Thomas Nelson

To read more about the author go to: https://www.juliecantrell.com/

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Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

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Colors of Christmas is a book of two contemporary stories by Olivia Newport. These are not your typical Christmas stories with everything going perfect. These are stories of loss and dealing with those loses at a time when one is expected to be in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Gold is a story of an elderly lady, Astrid, who has fallen and her children now feel it is best for her to be in an assisted living facility. As Astrid is making the adjustments, she is remembering Christmas of her past as a child in war-torn Germany. A tree in the facility has been decorated in gold. Astrid has kept three gold ornaments since finding them in her father’s destroyed building in Germany. Now she is looking through all her boxes to try to find these ornaments. Her Christmas plans are also being threatened when her son is stuck out of town on business and her granddaughter becomes ill.

Christmas in Blue is the story of Angela who does not want to celebrate Christmas. Her friend use to take care of decorating the town and eight days before Christmas, Angela is informed she is doing it this year. It seems like everything that can go wrong does. The candles are set on a heater and melt together and she can only get blue ones. The lanterns have been cut wrong and she cannot get any more. The storage area where the decorations have been kept has an undetected water leak and all the decorations are ruined. She is left turning to a young boy and a stranger in town to help her bring Christmas to this town.

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author focused on the loss at Christmas. In these stories, Astrid is dealing with the loss of her home and freedom to do what she wants when she wants. For Angela, it is the loss of a very close friend. This story really spoke to me. Christmas after losing someone you love is really hard. As well as spending Christmas alone when the children have grown and moved away. Even though this is not a cheery Christmas story, it is a realistic one. I think this book will be enjoyed by many.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

317 pages

ISBN: 9781683223351

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

To read more about this author go to: http://www.olivianewport.com/

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author has done years of research to write this story showing the spiritual and religious upbringing that Laura and her family had. The author has written this book to show us how Laura’s and her family’s faith brought them through all the difficult times in their lives. He explains to the reader that the Ingalls girls more than likely learned their Christian teaching from their mother, in their home, and that their father often played worship and praise songs on his violin. The author shows the importance the Ingalls put on fellowship. The Ingalls moved several times and at points in their lives did not live close to a church, so they had church services in their homes. Charles was also instrumental in helping to bring church services to Walnut Grove and De Smit.

I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the Ingalls and Wilder families. Just like the author, I have loved the Little House books since I was very young. We have read them to our children and taken our children to De Smit to see where the Ingalls lived. This book gives a very good description of where buildings were in De Smit. I wish I had know that when we visited there. The parts of the book that I enjoyed the most was reading about Laura and Rose’s relationship as well as the friendships Laura had. This book also includes a section that has recipes from the pioneer women. I especially liked the authors notation regarding how they tasted. Anyone who enjoys the Little House stories will learn a lot from also reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.

183 pages

ISBN: 9780735289789

Publisher: Waterbrook

Stephen Hines is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has written several best-selling volumes on her life and is a contributor to http://www.littlehouseontheprairie.com.

This book will be available February 6, 2018. It can be preordered from:

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, focuses on 32 different women in the bible. It shows us the strength these women had to live in the time that they did. This book also tells us about the men in the women’s lives and how they affected them, such as Tamar and Bathsheba.

The books is suggested to be used as a devotional or a Bible study, but I enjoyed reading it just to learn more about the women in the Bible. I like how the authors used only Bible scripture to give the reader the biography of each woman and then tells of her role in redemption. I also enjoy the little touches of humor the authors write into the book, such as wondering what Elizabeth’s reaction was when Zechariah was not able to speak. I would recommend this book to anyone who longs to learn more about the women in the Bible.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764219627

Publisher: Bethany House

The authors are both graduates in Master of Theology. Aaron works for Insight for Living ministries and has authored “Everything the Bible Says about Parenting and Children” and “What Does God Say About That?” Elaina owns and operates a small business and writes curriculum for ministries.

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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life by Mark W. Baker, PhD

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Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life is written by Mark W. Baker, PhD. The book is broken up into eight sections that deal with the key emotions we all have. Each of these sections is broken up into several small, easy to read chapters. Each of the chapters starts with a Bible verse and then the author uses his personal experiences or clients stories to bring across what he is trying to teach the reader. In these chapters the author shows the reader how to deal with these emotions to be able to heal from emotional pain. The author uses his counseling experiences to help the reader to understand and learn how to deal with emotions.

This book is well written and gives a lot of very valuable information, but I personally feel it is not written as a self help book. I feel that this is more a resource for professionals who deal with helping those struggling with problems. The author explains emotions differently that I typically would think. Some examples would be: anger is energy to solve a problem and grief is a way you make room in your heart for future love.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9780800728823

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://www.drmarkbaker.com/

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