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Made for a Purpose

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Made for a Purpose, by Kristie Wilde, is a simple and adorable children’s book with a very powerful message. It’s important to instill our young ones with encouragement and inspiration so they know they are important not only to us as parents and caregivers, but they’re important to God. He created each of us for a purpose, with different gifts, abilities, and talents. The opening sentence reveals the theme of the book: God made everything for a purpose. Although Kristie Wilde has illustrated other children’s books, she authored and illustrated Made for a Purpose, the first book in the Joyful Creation series. The illustrations are fun and contain entertaining depictions of nature, animals, and children, and the sturdy pages are full-page watercolor schemes focusing on the uniqueness and purpose of beavers, ducks, frogs, woodpeckers, turtles, fish, chipmunks, and especially the reader. I like the glossy cover, detailed watercolor paintings, and lovely message th

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is the first book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series. The charming English village setting is illustrated with a neighborhood map in the front of the book making it easy to visualize the neighborhood. I sunk into this setting and time period rather easily. I cared about the Inn, and was able to relate to the two widows, Jane and her mother-in-law, Thora, but there were so many secondary characters that I found it difficult to focus or become dedicated to any one person in particular. The pacing was also rather slow, at least in the first half of the story, so my interest tended to wane here and there. I am not giving up on the series, but hope the next book is more succinct and faster paced. All in all, this is an interesting read with interesting characters, but moved along slower than I prefer. 3 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 448 Pace: Slow/Steady ISBN: 978-0764218132 First

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

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What a sweet little devotional book (approximately 4.5” x 6.5”.) I love devotionals, especially ones that are short, to the point, and easy to digest. This book is perfect for women on the go, fitting easily into a purse or computer bag, and makes a thoughtful gift as well. Too Blessed To Be Stressed opens with a witty, fun-to-read introduction, and gives a feel for the author’s entertaining personality. Each daily devotion includes a Scripture verse, a straightforward, thought-provoking message written in an enjoyable, conversational tone, and closes with a succinct and sincere prayer. There’s also a handy Scripture Index in the back. I love the look, ambiance, and motivation behind this book. The perfect gift for the New Year! 5 Stars Cover: Love it Title: Love it Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Pages: 384 ISBN: 978-1634098106 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to pos

A Spectacle of Glory

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I love devotional books, for myself as well as giving as gifts for the New Year. It is important to glorify God in our daily walk and to recognize Him working in our everyday trials and successes. This little book (approximately 4.5” x 6.5”) holds a treasure trove of one-page devotions to read each day of the year. In addition to each of the devotional passages are Scripture verses, and closing prayers. The wording is simple and direct and inspires the reader to allow God’s Light to shine through us. Just a few short minutes of daily reading draws us closer to Him and prompts us to embrace all things (even the tough times) knowing He is faithfully guiding us. A Spectacle of Glory is especially stirring knowing the author, Joni Eareckson Tada, recognizes all too well how God leads and guides us over the peaks and through the valleys. 5 Stars Cover: Love it Title: Love it Publisher: Zondervan Pages: 400 ISBN: 978-0310346777

Cooking for Picasso (Audio Review)

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L’eau trouble est le gain du pΓͺcheur sage. She told me it meant, “In troubled waters the wise fisherman benefits.” I always assumed she was reassuring me that if you persevere in difficult times you get rewarded for your efforts. ~ prologue excerpt Cooking For Picasso, by C. A. Belmond, tells the story of Celine, who seeks answers from the past by going to the town where her grandmother Ondine worked for Pablo Picasso. It is fun to visit well-known people in a fiction story. Historical fiction provides a way of learning more about ourselves as we learn about the past.   This dual time period story switches between Celine’s quest in present day, to her grandmother Ondine’s life back in 1936 France. “I am thinking of my shy, secretive mother who expectedly set my feet on this improbably path as if she’d passed a baton to me, just as her own mother had wanted to do with her.” ~ prologue excerpt The characters are nicely developed, and the descriptions are rich, but