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God's Easter Miracles

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Yay! Another adorable book in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. God’s Easter Miracles, by Lee Ann Mancini, shares an important message through the lovable sea kids of the coralhood. In Sunday School, at the sea kid church, Miss Linda’s class hunts for special Easter eggs. The ones with crosses on them will allow a sea kid to pick a special prize from the classroom treasure chest. When Paul, a classmate with Autism, has a difficult time finding a cross egg, the teacher hopes a classmate will choose to share one with him. Through the act of sharing, and also praying for a fellow classmate who is hurt, the sea kids learn the meaning of Easter, and the sacrifices Jesus Christ made for us because he loves us. This is a cute and meaningful story. The hardcover is durable, the story is easy to follow, and the colorful full-page illustrations are fun. I love how the story uses a diverse group of sea kids. Paul’s Autism is subtlety addressed, revealing a deeper message

A Note Yet Unsung

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Oh my. What a lovely book! A Note Yet Unsung is a beautiful blend of faith, love, and musical history. The rich storytelling and extraordinary characters not only entertained me, but taught me so much about women and music during the 1800s. Why was she so anxious? She’d auditioned for a symphony a thousand times—in her dreams. ~Excerpt I love the mix of fictional and historical characters, and the imagery throughout this story is magnificent. I have nothing negative to say about a single aspect of this story. Even the length, over 400 pages, which I’m not usually fond of, is the perfect span to tell this tale. As I neared the last page, as I often do with a spectacular book, I read slower, in an attempt to make the story last as long as possible. I went through a myriad of emotions as I read. I was frustrated, soothed, surprised, saddened, angered, and inspired. What a gift Ms. Alexander has. I can’t wait to read the other books in the Belmont Mansion series. S

When God Made You

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This is one of the most adorable children’s books I’ve ever read! Bold statement, but I stand behind it. It contains fun rhymes, brilliant illustrations, and most importantly, a gorgeous, powerful message. Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places. ~Excerpt When God Made You is a lyrical blend of inspiration, empowerment, and wonder. Every child should read this book or have it read to them—over, and over, and over again. It shares how God made you unlike anyone else ever known, and He instilled a unique purpose and voice inside you. He created special talents, dreams, and life adventures for you . This book is incredibly encouraging. It rouses a sense of authority to boldly be who you are—a one of a kind gift to the world. Out of the billions of people on this earth, nobody else was made to be YOU! A confident you, strong and brave too. You being you is God’s dream coming true. ~Excerpt Matthew Paul Turner

All the Pretty Things (Audiobook Review)

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“I don’t know how old I was the night the trailer burned down—or if the rumor was true that Daddy was the one who set it on fire…” Excerpt I love books that take place in the south, and enjoyed the Appalachian setting in this memoir. The story shows how not having a strong male figure in the family can damage a young girl’s self-esteem and heighten the need for approval and acceptance. Even if you didn’t have a difficult childhood, it is easy to empathize and relate to Edie’s story. I really had no idea what this story was going to be about prior to reading, and wasn’t aware it was a memoir, but in a way that made it all the more intriguing. My heart went out to young Edie and the things she overcame, such as an alcoholic parent, adult responsibilities as a child, etc. but I also admire her inner strength and desire to be something bigger than her upbringing. The chapters are titled with the name of country songs (Ring of Fire, On the Road Again, Free Bird, etc.) So fi