April 18, 2019

Put on Your PJs, Piggies!

Put on Your PJs, Piggies! is an adorable bedtime storybook for preschoolers. The uniquely shaped board book is sturdy, and the glittery accents on the cover are eye-catching.

In a smooth rhyming cadence, three piggies try their best stalling tactics after being told it’s time to put on their PJs and get ready for bed. Eventually, they snuggle up together, say their prayers, and sleep in their PJs.

The lilting rhymes are entertaining, and the colorful illustrations of Sunshine Farm and its various barnyard animals are so much fun. The story encourages little ones to prepare for bed and get the rest they need to enjoy a brand-new day in the morning. 

Playful, cute, and sweet.

**Note: The page illustrations and quotes that are on Amazon and Barnes & Noble are NOT in the book. I’m not sure why. The cover art is the same, but what is shown online must be from a previous edition—even though it states it is from March 2019.

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Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Series: Bedtime Barn
Pages: 20
Target Age: 2 to 5 years old
Source: I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) from BookLook. 

April 17, 2019

What a Great Word for Moms

What a Great Word for Moms is a fairly unique devotional focusing on various words from the Bible that motivate, uplift, and challenge us (moms.)

Pros: I really enjoy devotionals. I like the numerous Scripture verses, prayers, and quotes that are used, and the conversational tone is engaging. A presentation page is included for gifting.

Cons: I wish the book was a little more cohesive and structured. It feels a bit busy and disjointed. The font is rather small.

Overall, I like the concept of this hardback devotional, but I’m not fully drawn in by it, and wish each devotion had designated lines or spaces for personal thoughts or note taking. 

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Author: Karen Moore
Publisher: FaithWords
Pages: 144
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not obligated to write a favorable review.

April 16, 2019

The Four Habits of Joy Filled Marriages

I love the brain science included in this compact book. I’m fascinated with what makes people tick and why.

The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages is filled with wonderful examples, plans, and exercises that help us reach our relationship potential. This book (easily read in an hour or two) presents straight-forward, easy to follow practices that reveal “why” and “how” we act and react the way we do. 

Not only have I learned more about my spouse, and our life together, but I’ve learned so much about myself. These practical habits and exercises not only have the potential to strengthen the joy in our romantic relationships, but in our relationships with family and friends, as well.


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Author: Marcus Warner & Chris M. Coursey
Publisher: Northfield Publishing
Pages: 160
First Line (Introduction): One of the most startling revelations to come out of the latest breakthroughs in brain science is the discovery that there is no more powerful motivator in life than joy.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the MPNews blogger program and under no obligation to post a positive review.