Posts

Showing posts from May, 2018

The 5 Love Languages of Children

Image
I’ve read a couple of versions of the five languages of love, and have learned a bit from each of them. This version focuses on finding what language your child responds to, the one that best feeds their emotional well-being. The five love languages: Physical touch Words of affirmation Quality time Gifts Acts of service This list sounds fairly simplistic, but after digging a bit deeper, it becomes evident which language pertains to your particular child. Telling a child how much you love them, (words of affirmation) may not be as effective as playing ball or building a Lego tower with them, (quality time.) 4 Stars Cover : Like Title : Like Pages : 224 Publisher:  Northfield Publishing I received a complimentary copy from MPNewsroom.

Angel Bumps - Review

Image
What an inspiring way to describe signs from the spirit world— Angel Bumps! It’s exciting when loved ones and guardian angels give us a “hello” or nudge to remind us they are with us and love us. This book shares a compilation of touching and inspiring personal accounts of  angel bumps.  The stories are exciting, meaningful, and sometimes even amusing—when butterflies, birds, or other personal signs remind us of our loved ones who’ve passed, and the love still shared. I believe we receive these signs to make us aware of the spiritual presences in our lives. Anne Bardsley  has crafted a stimulating and thoughtful book. I enjoyed the uplifting stories presenting often-overlooked touches from Heaven. It urges us to calm the busyness in our lives so we’re better able to see the signs and not miss out on some of life’s most tender blessings. 4 Stars Cover : Like Title : Love Pages : 236 Publisher: Mill Park Publishing First Line (Introduction) : I am a believe

The Captured Bride - Review

Image
The Captured Bride is book 3 in  The Daughters of the Mayflower  series. I’m not sure how many books the series will hold, but I love that they are written by various authors, giving each book it’s own voice and unique feel. When stories merge fiction and history, I’m interested. Just as in biblical fiction, when imagined accounts incorporate true biblical events, I feel as if I’ve not only been entertained, but have learned something as well. I know very little about the 1700s French and Indian War, but got a taste of it in Mercy and Elias’ stories.  With flavors of loyalty, adventure, and a developing romance, this story fills my literary hungers. A fast and filling read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. (And what a gorgeous cover!) 4 Stars Cover : Love Title : Love Pages : 256 Series : Daughters of the Mayflower #3 Publisher:  Barbour Books First Lines : “It ain’t right. You ain’t right.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ba

No Less Days - Review

Image
I’ve never read speculative fiction before, and doubt it’ll grow to be a favorite genre, but I must admit  No Less Days  drew me in and kept my interest.  It was interesting to imagine what it would be like to live without the fear or certainty of death. I imagine I’d be similar to David Galloway, isolating myself in a hoard of books (only half-joking here.) The spiritual aspects of this story are meaningful and wonderfully threaded throughout. I sympathized with the “good” and “bad” characters, and rooted for them.  If you enjoy speculative fiction, or stories with mystical and spiritual properties, I think you’ll be satisfied with this intriguing story. 3 Stars Cover: Like Title: Like Pages: 320 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press First Line: His books were burning. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

All We Ever Wanted (First Impression Review)

Image
First Impression Reviews are written after reading the initial ARC chapters/excerpts of a book. They are not whole-book, full-story reviews. Wow. This is my first introduction to Emily Giffin's writing, but after reading the provided ARC chapters, I'm a new fan! I love it when a story sucks you in from the start.  The first two chapters reveal alternating viewpoints. I had no trouble distinguishing who's POV I was reading, for Nina and Tom's chapters have a completely different feel to them. Nina is unhappy and unfulfilled, and she expresses that without whining. I am drawn to her and sympathize with how her life has seemed to fade into a wealthy emptiness.   Tom has a firm yet loving approach to parenting his teen daughter and I like him immediately after meeting him. I really look forward to reading more of this story, as well as Ms. Giffin's other books! I received an excerpt from BOOKishFIRST.

A God For All Seasons, by Pattie Tingen - Review

Image
I love when a book can inspire and encourage me to grow closer to God and spend more time in devotion to Him.  A God For All Seasons  is a unique devotional in that it encourages us to focus on each season of our lives—winter, spring, summer, and autumn—and to recognize, appreciate, and trust in God’s plan. This is a stimulating and thoughtful book that reassures me of God’s love, and that He is a constant companion navigating every season of my life. It contains the author’s personal accounts, illustrating how God reassures and invigorates her. (I especially enjoyed the significance of rainbows in her life.) Even the epilogue propels me forward, seeking God particularly in the quiet, still moments of each day. Fitting Scripture verses accompany each season and month, and are taken from varying versions of the Bible— NIV, NAS, NKJV, NLT,  and  The Message. "Both day and night belong to you; You made the starlight  and the sun. You set the boundaries of the earth,

The Dinner List (First Impression Review)

Image
First Impression Reviews are written after reading the initial ARC chapters/excerpts of a book. They are not whole-book, full-story reviews. We've all played, or at least thought about the "What famous people (living or otherwise) would you invite to your dinner party?" And what fun it is to think it through. That is the premise of this story, and the peek into it was interesting. The writing is clear, the dialogue is natural, and Sabrina is charming. The cover art is simplistic, yet bright and fun. I received an excerpt from BOOKishFIRST. I was not required to write a favorable review.

How To Be A Perfect Christian - Review

Image
If you’ve ever visited  The Babylon Bee , a website offering Christian news satire, then you have a good idea of the witty sarcasm to expect in this humor infused book. In  How To Be A Perfect Christian,  The Babylon Bee  has created “Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living.” This subtitle itself is funny. If you’ve ever felt a modicum of displeasure at your church, even if just for a fleeting second, get out of there immediately and find a new one. ~C. S. Lewis This book exposes and pokes fun at Christian customs, quirks, and behaviors, without being impious or offensive. It’s good clean fun with a tart twist. There is fun stuff throughout that gave me way too many giggles. I especially enjoyed reading the conclusion—it congratulated me—because  I’ve arrived! When they ask how you are doing, always say “fine.” Did your dog die? The answer is “fine.” Are you having doubts about your faith? “Fine.” Are you terminally ill? Fine!” Never, ever let on that a

My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado - Review

Image
I love historical fiction, and I’m enjoying the  My Heart Belongs  series. The books are set in various U.S. cities, and written by diverse authors with unique styles and themes. My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Millie’s Resolve  took me to a beautiful mountain town in the late 1880s, where I walked in Millie’s shoes and survived the myriad of emotions she put me through. This is a quick read, like the other books in the series, with short chapters, wonderful scenery, and an important spiritual message. The characters are interesting and the romance follows a tangled, yet satisfying path. If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong spiritual thread, this book (and series) is a fun and meaningful choice. 4 Stars Cover : Like Title : Love Pages : 256 Series : My Heart Belongs series #9 Publisher: Barbour Books First Line : It was his voice. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing (and NetGalley) and was

Together Forever - Review

Image
Together Forever  provides a double win—two of my favorite genres, Christian fiction and Historical fiction, packed into one. This story delves into the history of the orphan trains during the 1800s, and quickly pulls the heartstrings. It’s easy to sympathize with the cruelty and heartbreak the children deal with, as well as those who try desperately to place them in good homes. Andrew and Marianne are grieving their own pasts as well as harboring guilt. They are drawn into a friendship with each other while transporting the orphans to the West. (And yes, that friendship develops into something more.) I love the budding romance, the spiritual elements, and the seeds of tenderness Ms. Hedlund plants throughout this story. Though this is book 2 in the Orphan Train series, it serves well as a stand-alone. (Marianne is one of the Neumann sisters from the first book in the series— With You Always.) I enjoyed the historical trueness of this story and learned so much abou

Send Down the Rain - Review

Image
I don’t think it’s possible for me to not love a Charles Martin book. His writing seeps to my core and squeezes every drop of emotion out of me.   Send Down the Rain is beautifully written, entwining two stories together and sealing them with passion and everything heart-squeezing. I love Jo Jo Brooks and his compassionate soul. He’s a great main character that won’t soon be forgotten. This is a great read, oozing with powerful themes and overflowing with heart. Get your tissues ready. You’ll need them. 5 Stars Cover : Love Title : Love Pages : 352 Publisher: Thomas Nelson I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook and NetGalley.

The Complete Guide to Dream Interpretation - Review

Image
I have very vivid dreams—sometimes I forget them shortly after I wake, and other times they linger with me for some time. I know that they can hold powerful messages, for I’m shown that time and time again in the Bible. But I also believe dreams can oftentimes stem from demanding, stressful, or highly anticipated events or circumstances in our lives. The Complete Guide to Dream Interpretation  serves as a tool to help us understand the meaning of our dreams and how God directs us through them. The author displays many of her own personal dreams as well as those told to her, and how she interpreted them. Although I found some of the information interesting, I’m cautionary with its advice. After all, the guidance is, in large part, in my opinion, a matter of opinion. Almost fifty percent of the book provides a Dictionary of General Symbols and a Dictionary of Theme Symbols. These sections are the most interesting, to me. The definitions are clear and concise, with corres

Free books with MyReaderRewards!

Image
Looking for an easy and rewarding way to earn free physical BOOKS & BIBLES? Check out Tyndale's ReaderRewards!   It's  easy  to earn points.  YOU EARN POINTS WHEN YOU: Shop at Tyndale.com or NavPress.com Refer a friend Write reviews Take surveys Sign up for e-newsletters and e-devotionals And more!   Sign up  HERE ! Enter through the link above to receive your first 25 points free! There are lots to choose from: Fiction, Children's books, Bibles, Non-fiction, Parenting, Audio, and Ministry Resources.  Here are just a few of the books you can earn:                 Zero cost. Not even shipping. myreaderrewardsclub.com/login?pc=hlb4-nhn5-47fa-tf40

Quantum Faith - Review

Image
Quantum Faith  is a short read with easy-to-understand, life-changing truths and concepts. This faith-building union of science and Holy Scripture principles gives us essential tools to bring positivity and change to our lives.  To be honest, the wording and phrasing gave me pause and perhaps an eyebrow raise here and there, but I’m glad I chose to keep an open mind.  Overall, this book opened a new pathway in my life. Big statement, but true. Highly recommended. 5 Stars Cover : Don’t Love Title : Love Pages : 32 Publisher:  Capps Publishing    

Falling For You Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Image
On Tour with  Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Falling for You By Becky Wade We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed the Facebook Chat, go check it out here . If you missed any of the stops  you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author ... Falling for You stars both Corbin and the oldest Bradford sister, Willow. The two had a romantic relationship long ago, so when I thrust them into each other’s path again (kicking and screaming, I might add) fireworks ensued, which was so much fun to write. I enjoyed their banter. Willow’s strength. Corbin’s charm. And the chance to explore the novel's theme of reconciliation. I hope Falling for You steals your heart! Warmly, Becky Amy Watson Author - Excerpt & Review Text message from Corbin to Willow fifteen days before their breakup: Corbin I miss you. It feels like forever since you left. Willow I just left Dallas yesterday. Cor