January 19, 2017

Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids

Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids is an amusing book for children in primary school who enjoy silly puns, knock-knock jokes, puzzles, and fun Bible facts.

Here are a few examples of the what to expect:

Knock, Knock
Who’s there?
Methuselah who?

Which two of these foods did John the Baptist eat?
A.    Locusts
B.    Snakes
C.    Chickens
D.   Honey

Like a gold ring in a _______________’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. (Proverbs 11:22)

The value of this book far surpasses the entertainment value. There are great learning opportunities and prompts to get young readers to dwell on important topics and Biblical lessons.

With all the inappropriate forms of entertainment young people are exposed to, it’s nice to have a counterbalance with fun, harmless, and edifying books such as this one.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-0764218460
Target Age: 6-8
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

The Willow Basket

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So, maybe the experience in the attic wasn’t scary at all. Maybe it was meant to console me. Which brought up another question: Why would someone like me receive such an extraordinary gift? ~excerpt

The Willow Basket, by Adrienne Peterson, centers on Cecilia (Ceci) Bouchard and two women she is connected to from the past by a unique willow basket. This isn’t the usual genre that I read, and it took a bit of getting used to before I sunk into it, but it’s an interesting tale that makes you think…”what if…”

If you enjoy historical fiction, or are fascinated by family ancestry, I think you’ll enjoy this book. The storyline flows nicely and the characters are easy to sympathize for. I like how the transitions between the past and present storylines aren’t jarring, allowing the flow to continue seamlessly. The spiritual and paranormal aspect of the story is unique, and adds so much to fullness of the story.

Not only was I entertained, but also made more familiar with the struggles and prejudices the early 1800s Irish immigrants endured, as well as the unrest during the Mexican-American war of the mid-1800s.

It is evident the author did her research, due to the historical significance conveyed and the spiritual elements that imbue the story.

4 stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 368
First lines: All are alive. Strange thought to appear out of nowhere. Chilling the way it hit me along with the waft of stale air from inside the old steamer trunk.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Speakeasy network. I was not required to write a review.

January 18, 2017

The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition

“The secret that will revolutionize your relationships.” ~front cover

Everyone has a particular love language, and this book describes each in a clear and concise way. We feel loved, validated, and appreciated in different ways. Some love to be touched and others prefer others to stay out of their bubble. Some want verbal avowals, while others feel appreciated when someone gives them thoughtful gifts or performs tasks to help them.

The book provides thirty pairs of statements in which you choose which one better reflects your preference. After you answer each pair, you can decipher what your love profile is, and how to interpret it.

This isn’t just a book to determine how your love language affects a romantic interest, but also non-romantic relationships and acquaintances. I love the premise of this book and feel it can help people to better understand themselves as well as their friends and loved ones. Discovering more about ourselves, and how we can and do affect others will only enhance or experiences and make us grow.

The 5 love languages are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Pages: 256
Publisher: Northfield Publishing

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Because You're Mine

 “Amid the beauty of Charleston, not all is as it seems.” ~back cover

What initially drew me to this book was, first and foremost, the author. I’ve read many books by Colleen Coble. She’s a talented author with a soft spiritual voice and a knack for suspense and romance. Her stories suck me in quickly and keep a good grip, and the characters she creates are memorable and easy to relate to.

I was also drawn in by the lovely cover art. Eye-catching. The fact that Thomas Nelson published this book is also a big plus, for they distribute top-quality books with lovely, meaningful messages.

Because You’re Mine feels different than the other Coble books I’ve read. It has a different atmosphere, a different tone. It felt heavier on suspense and a little softer on the spiritual side. Just my opinion. But, even though I got off to a slower-than-usual start, the pacing picked up as the story went along. I enjoyed the Irish feel and brogue. The characters are diverse and realistic—some I like more than others—and the story (somewhat predictably) ties up nicely in the end.

This isn’t one of my favorite Colleen Coble books, but it’s still a good read. I prefer her Sunset Cove and Hope Beach Series, finding them easier to sink into and less edgy/anxious type of read.

4 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 336
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
First Line: She’d never get through this final set.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.

January 9, 2017

You Carried Me

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

I can’t imagine finding out I was the result of a botched abortion. Especially receiving this news during teenage years, when it’s more difficult to process things due to all the other emotional and physical changes going on.

Melissa Ohden does a spectacular job of conveying her emotions upon this discovery, and the difficulties in her path as she disclosed her innermost feelings and pro-life beliefs as an advocate for women’s rights.

I was especially touched by what a young girl in this book revealed about her feelings on life– (paraphrasing) a baby becomes a person the moment they are conceived.

You Carried Me is a powerful, emotional, inspiring book that deals with acceptance, repentance, and forgiveness. A powerful memoir that shows we all have a purpose in God’s divine plan.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
Pages: 184
Pace: Steady/Fast
ISBN: 978-0874867886
First Lines: A thick manila envelope arrived at my home in Sioux City with the afternoon mail one sunny day in May 2007. I knew without even looking at the return address that it came from the University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City and contained the medical records that would answer some of the questions I had been agonizing over most of my life.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Handlebar.