July 22, 2017

Imagine: The Great Flood

Imagine: The Great Flood is a fast-paced adventure story for ages 8-12. It reveals the struggles of a young boy, Corey Max, when he learns he and his family will be moving from Texas to Florida. It’s difficult to leave his friends and school for the unknown.

After falling and hitting his head, young Corey is transported back to Bible days, when Noah and his family were gathering and guiding the animals to the ark. Corey faces confusion, dangers (including giants!) and doubts, but he ultimately learns valuable divine lessons from Shem, Noah’s son.

I love the underlying message of this book—that God loves us, and is always with us, through tough times as well as the good. This is powerful storytelling with a mighty purpose. I look forward to future books in the Imagine series!

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 112
Publisher: Barbour Books
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Truth: 365 Devotions for Teens

I love one-page devotions, especially when their brevity doesn’t compromise their inspirational value and impact. The title is timely, eye-catching, and appropriate for young readers.

#Truth covers a year of daily devotions, with each month carrying a collective theme, rather than in a random pattern. Although the target audience of this book is teens, the messages apply to all readers, despite their ages.

Each page contains a date, title, Bible verse/reading(s), devotion, truth, and prayer. (Most scriptures are quoted from the NLV, but many others are also included.)

One of the objectives of this book is to help teens/readers make a solid connection of faith to their lives. The devotions are easy to understand, concise, and insightful.

5 Stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Pages: 384

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

July 18, 2017

Freedom's Ring

Oh how I love a dual time-period story! A mysterious antique ring binds the stories of Annie David and Liberty Caldwell—Annie, at the Boston bombing of present day, and Liberty, during the Boston Massacre of the 1700s.

I love historical fiction that feels exceptionally real. Especially when it is encircled with historical facts and people. This is a page-turner, easy to sink into and become totally invested. The characters are easy to relate to and sympathize with, and the descriptions put you in the scene.

Freedom’s Ring deals with overcoming adversity, facing fears, relinquishing guilt, and finding inner strength. This is a good read that will leave you changed.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Pages: 400
Publisher: Tyndale Publishers
First Line (Prologue): Death’s threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat.
I received a complimentary copy via Tyndale publishers and Netgalley.