February 25, 2018

I Will Love You Forever

To say I enjoyed Cori Salchert’s story might sound inappropriate, seeing as it embraces the loss of precious babies’ lives, but this  book holds so much love, respect, and selflessness that I appreciate so much. What a sweet book, and what a sweet and giving heart.

I truly thought this book would be sad, and it is, but it’s wrapped in so much love and joy that it’s far from a depressing read. Ms. Salchert’s HALO heart is truly unique, and a great testament to the difference God’s love, mercy, and many blessings make in a life.

I am so inspired and uplifted. Each of use holds talents and gifts, given to us by our Creator, and if we are obedient and true to Him, He will direct our paths and fulfill our hearts.

I highly recommend this book. I was totally immersed from the first page, and found it difficult to put down. I Will Love You Forever is a hope-filled, inspiring, and uplifting true story.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 256
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
First Line: The first time I laid eyes on the unnamed baby girl, I fell in love.

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

February 12, 2018

The Mayflower Bride

I love fictional stories that incorporate actual historical events. They take me on a journey to the past and not only entertain me, but educate me.

The Mayflower Bride has a different feel from most books I read. I’m glad the author chose to use modern language, making it easier for me to read and understand. The glossary of terms and the list of characters in the front of the book proved helpful.

This is a fast read, and flows well. I only wish I was pulled deeper into the characters emotions. I learned from this book, and look forward to the others in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

4 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 256
Series: Daughters of the Mayflower #1
Publisher: Barbour Books
ISBN: 978-1683224198
First Line (prologue): A splinter of wood pierced Mary Elizabeth Chapman’s thumb as she crept behind her lifelong friend Dorothy Raynsford.

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

February 10, 2018

Secret Keeper Girl: Mom * Daughter Devos

Secret Keeper Girl Mom * Daughter Devos is a cute devotional/activity book for tween girls 8-12 years old. It is meant for moms and daughters to work through the book together, with two pages a day for seven weeks. (There are also parts designed for the tween to do on her own.) The span of time it takes for each devotion is perfect for this age group.

The devotions are fun, thought provoking and creative, with coloring, journaling, and fun challenges.

With entertaining activities and practices, it not only gets young girls worshiping and learning about God’s Word, but also provides quality time between mothers and daughters.

I received a complimentary copy from Moody Publishers.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Target Ages: 8-12
Publisher: Moody Publishers

Pages: 128

February 6, 2018

NJKV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible is loaded with perks, such as the verse-by-verse insights at the bottom of each page. Personally, I love the clarifying notes that describe the original language, the meanings of Hebrew words, putting things in context with surrounding verses, etc.

I enjoy having maps to refer to when something is in question, and this Bible includes 14 color maps in the back of the book.

Another thing I find extremely useful are the multi-paged descriptions for each of the 66 books. They offer valuable summaries of what you will find in the following chapters.

This Bible isn’t loaded with illustrations, but the ones included are helpful. There is also a table of monies, weights, and measures, and a customary concordance in the back.

Like I said, there are lots of perks – family trees, the timeline of Jesus, etc. If you enjoy the NKJV version, there’s no reason you won’t like this hardback study Bible. This is not a large print Bible, but I can easily read it without my readers. (9-pt font)

An insightful red-letter hardback Study Bible with a sturdy jacket cover.

5 Stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 2304

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

The Masterpiece

Francine Rivers has a way of getting into the nitty-gritty parts of life and reveals them with a thread of grace, understanding, and forgiveness. There are things in The Masterpiece that aren’t usually in a lot of Christian fiction, but true life is messy, and I appreciate the authenticity. It is by God’s grace that anyone rises above life’s messiness.

Roman and Grace are interesting characters and their lives are shadowed by the past. They are far from flawless, and this reveals their need for God.

I really enjoyed ‘viewing’ Roman’s artistry, and how his life of ‘things’ don’t fill the void inside him.

I was drawn into Grace’s life, and the struggles she has endured being a single mother. It was easy to sympathize with her.

I’m pleased with the interesting—if not unconventional—way the story closes. Francine Rivers has not lost her touch.

4 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 512
Publisher: Tyndale
First Line: Roman Valasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TyndaleBlogNetwork.