The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

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Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?

What I Think

The Christiansen Family Series has been a fantastic read. The Wonder of You is the story of the Christiansen family’s youngest, Amelia. Amelia was surprised to return home and find not one, but two guys with their eyes on her. She must choose between her highschool sweetheart Seth, or the very handsome Roark. Join the exciting journey with Amelia and her romantic life.

Susan May Warren has again outdone herself writing this fifth book of the Christiansen Family Series. I love the characters in this family, and Amelia is one of my favorites. I was glad to read her story.

 

NIV Bible for Men Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World

NIV Bible for Men 

Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World

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Book Description

A much-needed devotional Bible designed for a new generation of young adult men.

Combining the current writings of key young authors and pastors with a clean, accessible design, the NIV Devotional Bible for Men fills a critical gap in the Bible marketplace: a highly approachable yet spiritualty challenging Bible targeted specifically at young adult men.

This compelling new Bible speaks to the topics, challenges, and expectations that will instantly connect with men ages 18-34. It covers such critical issues as career, sexuality, leadership, pornography, relationships, financial stability, spiritual growth, substance addiction, culture, character, education, self-image and more. Each of the 260 devotions is carefully designed to ensure extensive, sustainable immersion into God’s Word, leading to meaningful life impact.

Sensitive to the technologically connected, time-starved lifestyles of today, the NIV Devotional Bible for Men offers the quick impact and deep spiritual engagement that young men can’t get with any other Bible.

NIV Devotional Bible for Men features include:

  • 260 devotions of 600-800 words apiece
  • 2 methods to engage: reading through the Bible canonically from Genesis to Revelation or topically, using the topical index
  • “Leveled” Scripture engagement that allows readers to choose between 1-minute, quick topic summaries or deeper, 10-minute devotional experiences
  • Devotions from young pastors and leaders such as Matt Chandler, Shane Claiborne, Craig Gross, Gabe Lyons and Jud Wilhite
  • 52 “Myth Articles” state commonly accepted myths in our culture today, then refute those myths with answers from God’s Word.

 

My Review

There are many Bibles on the market today, and I really like being able to review different ones. This one is a nice NIV Devotional Bible with the devotions written with men involved. There are 260 unique devotions that cover issues men struggle with in their everyday life. Another thing I found unique is the 52 myths that are listed in this book. Myths like “My anger is justified”, and this list the myth, as well as insights into what you can do to help you realize what it wrong with these myths.

I really like this new NIV Bible for me, and I highly recommend it for all men wanting to strengthen their Bible study and devotions. There are many insights in the Bible to help you grow in the Word! I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and post a review. This is my opinions about this Bible.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

 

 

Amish Christmas at North Star by Four Great Authors

Amish Christmas at North Star

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On a snowy night in late November, 1990, Rebekah Schlaback’s home was bursting with excitement and tension because four very pregnant young women were there for Rebekah to deliver their precious little one. These four stories generated from that night; Guiding Star, by Katie Ganshert, Morning Star, by Amanda Flower, In the Stars, by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark  and Emily Clark.

Each story was written about one of those four babies born 25 years earlier. I am glad I had time to read each story without putting the book down, because they had me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this wonderful book of four stories written around the Christmas Season. Stories that will warm your heart and find a place there.

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‘Faithgirlz Bible

‘Faithgirlz Bible 

Book Description

Bestselling Faithgirlz Bible now available in the New King James version!

Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz sparkle. Through the many in-text features found only in the Faithgirlz Bible, girls will grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime.

Features include: * Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book * Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story * Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself * Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common * Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing * What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words * Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about The complete New King James Version (NKJV) translation Features written by bestselling author Nancy Rue

My Review

This is a really neat Bible for young girls. I love the colors, and I know every young girl would be more than happy to carry this Bible, as well as read it. Some of the features are: the Dream Girl sections that allows girls to put themselves into the story. The Bring It On sections give you quizzes to test yourself.  Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You? to see for yourself what you have in common. and there are Words to Live By and What Happens next, and Oh, I Get It section to help enhance what you have read. I would highly recommend this Bible for the young girl in your life!

I rec’d a copy of this Bible from Book Look Bloggers to read and review. The opinions here are mine, and they are my honest reviews of the Bible.

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack Published by Zondervan

 NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

Published by Zondervan

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Book Description

Bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand pack for young readers that includes the complete New International Reader’s Version Holy Bible, and 365-day devotional.

This pack contains a hardcover full-text Bible and a softcover 365-day devotional.

Based on The Beginner’s Bible brand, the NIrV Beginner’s Bible, Holy Bible is a perfect first Bible for a child. With easy-to-read print and full-page illustrations, children will better understand stories in Scripture. Using the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), this Bible pairs beautifully with The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions to encourage lifelong Bible reading habits. Simple connections to Scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Bible passage, story and art relate. The NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack is a perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE/DEVOTIONAL

This is an awesome Bible/Devotional set for children. I was very surprised and pleased when I rec’d this. It is much nicer than I expected.  The Bible is a full text Bible, written in a little larger font to make it easier to read. And the NIrV has not notes, which makes it great for reading only. The Devotional is adorable. It has a verse for each 365 day of the year, and the devotion is a small paragraph. When my 6 year old niece saw this she immediately started reading the devotions. I love that it is simple enough that she could read it at six years old, yet it is the same Bible promises and truths that we read every day.

If you are looking for a new Bible and Devotional for your child, this is the one to check out. You will not be disappointed in this one!  I received this book from BookLook BLoggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

NIV Faithgirlz Bible Published by Zondervan

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Published by Zondervan

Book Description

Bestselling NIV Faithgirlz! Bible with a fun, new magnetic closure binding.

This special binding of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible offers a trendy and unique magnetic closure. Packed with exciting features that help tween girls better understand themselves and Scripture, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible teaches girls that the Bible is real, relevant, and, best of all, that the story of God and his people is also their story. With in-text features written by tween expert Nancy Rue, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible uses the bestselling New International Version (NIV).

Features include:

Book introductions-Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book Dream Girl-Use your imagination to put yourself in the story Bring It On!-Take quizzes to really get to know yourself Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?-See for yourself what you have in common Words to Live By-Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing What Happens Next?-Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words Oh, I Get It!-Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about The complete New International Version (NIV) Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.

My Review

This is a great Bible that any young girl would love to carry. The cover is beautiful, love the colors and graphics. And the best part I think is the magnetic flap to keep the Bible closed. There are a number of features, its pretty much like the first Faith Girlz Bible, but I still recommend this new and different color one. Here is what you will find inside.

Dream Girl–Ever wondered what it was like to live in Bible times? This feature uses your imagination to show you what it may have been like to witness some key events.
Bring It On–This is a personal favorite of mine. They are scattered throughout and they are quizzes and each answer is backed up with a Bible verse.
Oh I get it! Q&A explaining some of the things you may not understand.
Treasure This!–Good verses for memorizing!
Is there a little____ in you?–Quizzes that will help you understand some Bible characters–and yourself–a little better.
In Your Own Words–You get to summarize some key events in Scripture in your own words.

If you are looking for a Bible for the young girl in your life, they would be very pleased with this one.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Fried Chicken Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic…by Rebecca Lang

Fried Chicken

Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic

by Rebecca Lang

An irresistible cookbook featuring more than 50 family-friendly fried chicken recipes–including classic Southern, globally Influenced, and skillet- and deep-fried variations.
Fried chicken is comfort food at its finest. Served alongside a biscuit, atop waffles, or just on its own, fried chicken is one of the most universally loved foods around. In Fried Chicken, Southern chef Rebecca Lang collects 50 of the most tantalizing, crowd-pleasing variations on the classic. There are perennial favorites like Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken Smothered in Gravy; Tennessee Hot Chicken; kid-friendly Chicken Fingers; and even Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken. Also featured are internationally inspired recipes, such as Saigon Street Wings, Chinese Lollipop Wings, Mexican-Lime Fried Chicken Tacos, and Korean Fried Chicken with Gochujang Sauce. All of these recipes are impeccably tested, foolproof, and will have the whole family singing the praises of perfectly fried poultry.

My Review

You think Fried Chicken is Fried Chicken, but this recipe book takes Fried Chicken to a different level. There are tons of recipes that gives you different twists and ways to fix finger licking good fried chicken. The different spices, and such gives each recipe a unique taste. I like that way that the recipes are laid out and explained so easily, with step by step instructions. And the pictures throughout the book are mouth watering, and inviting, helping you to choose the right recipe for you. Rebecca Lang does an fantastic job with this recipe book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

The B Bears BibleBook Description

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is perfect for young children. Now toddlers have a padded board book edition designed just for them, with simple text, bright art, and a padded cover. This cute and durable edition provides an overview of the Bible with eight stories from the Old and New Testaments that follow the Bear family as they explore Scripture. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is fun and enlightening for kids and a great resource for parents and educators.

My Thoughts

This is a cute little Bible Story book for any little one. If you have small children, you would be wise to invest in this book for them. The colors are nice and bright, and the cover is just plain cute! It has Papa, Brother, Sister and Honey reading, which is one of our favorite things to do here. The book is made just for smaller kids with thick sturdy pages that a child cannot tear, so you don’t have to worry about them playing with this book. And you will enjoy reading these Bible stories and teaching your child about Jesus.

This book was provided by BookLook Bloggers. The opinions here are mine.

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God…by Joanna Weaver

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack:

Finding Your Place in the Heart of God…

by Joanna Weaver

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About this study!

Journey to the Tomb of Lazarus…and Hear Jesus Call Your Name

Mary worshiped. Martha served. But what did Lazarus do to experience Jesus’s lavish love?

Filmed in the Holy Land, this DVD companion to Joanna Weaver’s book Lazarus Awakening explores the incredible truth that Jesus loves us apart from our works or our worthiness. He wants to call us out of our tombs and into friendship with Him.

Designed for use with the book and companion study guide, this three-disc DVD Bible study is formatted for both individual and group use, with content suitable for both men and women.
·         In-depth Bible study: Features eight 15- to 17-minute video sessions.
·         Bonus “Israel Moment” videos explore the life of Christ and the Holy Land.
·         Designed for use with the study guide and book.
·         Leader’s guide, promotional material, and retreat format included.

My Thoughts…..

This is an amazing, detailed study based on the life of Lazarus. I have always been interested in Lazarus, and loved the story of this man in the Bible. Ms. Weaver takes us on a journey with Lazarus through the Holy Land, with short video sessions of the Bible study that goes along with the study guide and the book. I watched the DVD and read the book for this review, but I plan to go back through this study, at a slower pace. I love the DVD and that it was filmed in the Holy Land, the extra Bonus of the Israel Moments, and the detailed study. Joanna Weaver sure knows how to write an amazing Bible Study and I very highly recommend that you pick up your copy soon! This study is awesome for a small study group or a Sunday School class. Check it out!

I received this book from Bogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Among the Fair Magnolias by By Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love, Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser

Among the Fair Magnolias  

Four Southern Love Stories

by By Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love,

Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser

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Book Description

Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything-her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray

When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love

Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser

Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

About the Authors

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at http://www.tameraalexander.com Facebook: tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. Facebook: dorothylovebooks Twitter: @WriterDorothy

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book is made up of four Southern Romances by four amazingly great authors. The stories are:, To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander; An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray; A Heart So True by Dorothy Love; Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser. In all four of these stores, these interesting ladies have to make decisions that will be life changing. And with each of these authors, they make their story, characters and plots interesting enough that readers will be back for more. These stories are short, but they are really good. Perfect for the times you don’t have enough time to read a full blown book. Southern with a little bit of romance, now that makes for an entertaining and exciting read. Don’t wait to pick up your copy!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

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Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

Getting God’s Love from Our Heads to Our Hearts

We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God?

For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.

In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.

Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Lazarus Awakening invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves.

My Review

There is so much in this book, its going to be difficult to put it all here, so I will just highlight a few of the things I have learned here. As with her other Bible studies, Joanna Weaver goes above and beyond, writing a Bible Study book that will change your way of thinking, changing your way of living, and well, just change your life altogether.  This study on Lazarus takes us back to the story in the Bible of Lazarus, we have all heard it before, and I have to say, it is one of my favorite Bible stories. But now I see this story in an entirely different light. Applying the principles of this story to my everyday life showed me things in my life that are dormant, totally away from the way God wants me to live. A couple of sentences in the bonus chapter of this book sums it up pretty good for me. It says, “Though our spirits have been fully resurrected by Christ, and we’ve been born again, remnants of our flesh still linger. Loose ends of our lower nature dangle around our lives, threatening to trip us up in our walk with God.” As I thought our that loose flesh dangling around, it made me sick, just at the thoughts of it. Yet this is what I have been letting happen. I want to do more studying in this series, with the DVD that goes with it, to further learn what God wants me to do. And this is an amazing Bible study to do that! Thanks to the amazing Ms. Weaver, we can get help in our walk as a Christian.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. And to give my honest opinion of the book.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at http://www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

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Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor with Rachel Holtzman

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with Rachel Holtzman

Two years ago, Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor announced he was going to hole up in the woods near Germantown, New York to write a cookbook for Random House. In the September/October 2012 issue of SPIN, he explained:

It doesn’t have a title yet, but at the moment it’s 20 dinners, fully coursed, all seasonally relevant. I think a lot of people open a cookbook and they’re like, “Where do I start?” And this is just like: “Make this dinner.” It’s making cooking approachable for people in a different way. I love throwing dinner parties. I used to have a fire pit until I got the cops called on me.

Now, the cookbook is finished: it’s called Twenty Dinners, and it was co-authored by Ithai Schori. Check out the cover above.

For me, a cookbook needs an eye catching cover to capture the attention of cookbook lovers! And this one passed the course for me. The interesting cover will draw attention, and have people snatching it up to see what is in it. Even though a lot of these recipes are ones I would never use, I think there will be many, many people who fall in love with this really nice hardcover book. It is interesting that the recipes are for a complete meals, even down to the drinks. And for many people, this will save loads of time, because there is no planning. Just look at the dinner you want, and go for it!. The layout is really nice, and the pictures throughout the book are amazing. If you love cookbooks, this is sure one you do not want to pass up!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews

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“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

 “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

MY REVIEW

I love Mesu Andrew’s books because she has such an amazing talent of taking Bible characters, putting them in a historical Biblical setting and creating a story that will pull you in and keep you long after you finish the book. When I finish reading a Mesu Andrews book, I have a new, clear insight of the Biblical character the Book is about.

The Pharoah’s Daughter is another one of those books. I have always loved the story of Moses being put in the river in a basket as a baby by his sister. And Pharoah’s daughter claiming Moses for her own, and raising him as her own. Ms. Andrews takes this story much deeper, bringing us into the home of Pharoah’s daughter and now the home of Moses. I have always has questions about how this or that happened, and in this story, Ms. Andrews answers some of those questions in her fictional way. This was a special time in history, and I appreciate this awesome author for taking on these characters and this time in history. And I also appreciate the knowledge and research it took to write a story like this. Needless to say, I was in awe of The Pharoah’s Daughter and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves historical, Biblical, or just a good fiction story.

Blogging for Books provided this book for my honest review. The review is my views alone.

About the Author

Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical
world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the
2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love’s
Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to
great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.

From BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan……NIrV Study Bible for Kids

NIrV Study Bible for Kids 
Published by Zondervan

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Description

An updated study Bible with an all-new design for kids ages 6-10 using the NIrV written at a third-grade reading level. The bestselling NIrV Study Bible for Kids starts early readers ages 6-10 on the rewarding path of reading and studying God’s Word. This Bible uses the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version® (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level and is perfect for those learning to read. With colorful artwork, easy-to-read Bible text, and fun features, kids will engage with the Bible in a way that makes it stick. Features include:

  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • 32 full-color pages include illustrations to bring Bible characters and events to life plus helpful study information about the Ten Commandments, how to become a Christian, prayer, and more
  • Check It Out: sketches and descriptions of what life was like in Bible times
  • Brain Game: questions to help kids remember important Bible themes
  • Soak It Up: great verses for kids to memorize
  • Book Introductions: brief overviews of each book with an outline of key events
  • Dictionary: Bible words for quick reference
  • Map section

My Review

Wow what a neat Bible for Kids. With Bibles like this, your child will want to study the Bible more than ever. It has all kinds of study tools to keep your child’s mind active while they read this new Bible. The Brain Games will help reinforce what they have read. There are neat things throughout the Bible on Color pages, the first I say was The Ten Commandments, its also many other key parts of the Bible that your child will find while reading, studying and flipping through this Bible. I love the Soak it Up Bible Verse section, and your kids will too because it will help them remember Bible verses. The Book introductions are geared toward kids and they will love it. The Check it Out sections will have sketches and other things that will help kids know how things were during Bible Times. And it goes on and on with neat things in this Bible. I highly recommend this for your child!

BookLook Bloggers provided a copy of this Bible for me to read and review. An honest review was not required, just my honest opinion.

A Heart’s Betrayal by Colleen Coble from BookLook Bloggers

A Hearts Betral

Book Description

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.

When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered a terrible truth. A woman she’s never met reveals that she and Emmie shared the same husband and that the bigamist had never divorced his first wife. The home and farm are not Emmie’s property after all.

Suddenly displaced and powerless, Emmie realizes she can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana, any longer. She makes for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, where her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning await her. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s carrying a child, conceived before her husband’s death. Was the new start she’d hoped for only a mirage?

At Fort Laramie, a soldier named Isaac Liddle begins to court Emmie, prompting her to wonder whether she could ever really be his-and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at http://www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Heart’s Betrayal is the fourth book in Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heat Series. This series is a previous series from Ms. Coble, this one is a very short book for each story. In this story, Emmie Croftner finds out that her late husband wasn’t the man she thought he was, the home and everything she had wasn’t hers after all. After relocating, Emmie meets a soldier that just might change her life.

As usual, Colleen Coble writes a story with characters are interesting and intriguing, and make the story interesting. The situations in Emmie’s life leave her with a life of tension, so much so that she can’t stay in her town any longer. This change in her life leaves a more and different type of tension, because of her new place and new people in her life. The one thing with these short books is that you have to wait a month to read the next short installment. For me, it is much easier to read the entire story at once. I am keeping all of these books and will read them again one after the other!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

A Hearts Desire by Colleen Coble

A Hearts Desire by Colleen Coble

a hearts danger

Book Description

On the brink of war with the Sioux, a young woman risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, Ben Croftner and Jessica DuBois prepare a trap for Rand Campbell.

Bitter from rejection and backfired plans, Croftner has enlisted the help of Rand’s new fiancée to keep Rand from ever returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah is simply trying to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell-the man whose love she craves-and Croftner-the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

MY REVIEW  This is book three in the six-part novella series, Journey of the Heart. This series is a reissue of earlier writings from Ms. Coble, the Wyoming series. It is fun getting a new book each month to read, and they are all short, and can be read in one setting. In this book, Will Rand return home to marry Sara, the women he loves, or will deceiving circumstances cause him to marry another? Tensions are thick as this story unfolds and the truth comes to surface. Ms. Coble creates characters that make the story one that readers will not want to put down. But one thing with these short books, but the time you really get into the story, the book ends, and we have to wait another month to get the next book! Personally I would rather have the books in a shorter book series, to give us more to read at one time!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at http://www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

Easter Stories and Prayers (Little Blessings) by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Easter Stories and Prayers (Little Blessings) 

by Kathleen Long Bostrom

easter stories and tales

Celebrate the real meaning of Easter with your kids. This special edition of Little Blessings books includes four books in one: Who is Jesus, Why is there a Cross, What about Heaven, and What is Prayer.

Each title is designed to help kids learn more about Jesus and his sacrifice for us. This volume includes a special note from author Kathleen Bostrom on how to help kids understand the meaning of Easter and the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

Full-color art of the adorable characters draws kids in and makes them want to hear the stories over and over again. Scripture references support each answer to the questions so parents can study more.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a beautiful little book inside and out. The Easter Stories and Prayers has four different stories, with adorable illustrations for each story. Each story is short enough to read at one setting and each story has scripture reference so that you can read the scripture along with the story. If you are looking for a really good children’s book to tell the Easter story, this is one that you will love, and your child will love you for purchasing this wonderful book. What a wonderful addition to an Easter basket.

Or if you are buying this after the Easter holiday, you can still read these stories to you children, and your child will love looking at the pictures. The story of Easter is one that should be told throughout the year, and what better way than having a precious book like this.

I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

A Heart’s Obsession by Colleen Coble

A Heart’s Obsession

A Journey of the Heart Series 

by Colleen Coble

a hearts obsession

Book Description

Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust?

When Sarah Montgomery’s father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother’s will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

From captivity in her family’s home, Sarah makes her decision-and begins the perilous journey to Wyoming by train.

But even in the company of Rand’s brother, Sarah does not receive the reception she had hoped for. The necessity of a military wife has preempted her, and Rand is already engaged to Jessica DuBois, the seductive daughter of the post commander.

With her heart broken and her life in ruins, Sarah has no choice but to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . the obsessive Ben Croftner has just shown up in Wyoming.

What I think

 Sarah Montgomery finally gets to join her fiancée Rand Campbell, in Fort Laramie, Wyoming but is he really excited to see her? Seems like he has found someone else to occupy his time, making life difficult for Sarah. But then when ex-fiancé Ben Croftner shows up in Wyoming, things get a little more exciting, or maybe we could say tension was filling the air more than ever.

A Heart’s Obsession is another short story in Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart Series.  a reissue of the Wyoming series published around a decade, and back this time in 6 short books. Though I like short books sometimes, its kind of frustrating that we as readers have to wait so long for the next chapters in the book. Its like reading a few chapters, putting the book down, and after a month picking it back up again. I am just not fond of this type of reading myself. But as far as the story, I love it! It is awesome, just as all of Colleen Coble books are!! I will keep them all, and read them again in the order of the series, and will enjoy them much more. I hope this is not a trend that publishers are heading toward, but it will be interesting to see.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at http://www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

PUYB Presents…..Healing Ruby by Jennifer Westall

Healing Ruby 3Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle

Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she’s already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces

losing both her father and the boy who’s stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father’s death.

Through her pain, she’s able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who’s mere presence at his brother’s funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa’a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the “gift,” she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again.

But faith and doubt can’t reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby’s constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she’s opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can’t see deeper than the color of one’s skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?

“A fast-paced story that will leave readers wondering what’s next for Ruby Graves. This soulful, often poignant novel explores difficult subjects such as death, racism and religious hypocrisy, while still remaining hopeful. One of its greatest strengths is its cast of well-drawn secondary characters, including the…vengeful preacher who tries to thwart Ruby at every turn. Ruby’s unlikely friendship with a cast-out African-American woman and her child is a particularly bright spot in this often heavy novel.”

– Kirkus Reviews

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What an amazing story, and I love the setting being in the 1930’s! Ruby was a special young lady, always willing to help those in need. Ruby’s life of heartache and disappointments in life leaves her with a passion and love for people, even so far as leaving out her own needs to help others. I love the feisty and determined spirit Ruby has in this book, and I appreciate the author sharing the faith that was so strong and evident in Ruby’s life.

This is my first book by Jennifer H. Westall, and one I thoroughly enjoyed! The characters were well created and developed so well as the story unfolds. I found myself wrapped up in the middle of the characters several times as I was reading. Healing Ruby will have you sitting on edge because you want to finish the book to see what happens! Since I don’t like giving away a lot of the book, I’ll not go into details about it, but I will say that it is full of twists and turns that make the story fun and interesting. I am really looking forward to more books for this author! I want to encourage you to pick up your copy of Healing Ruby for many hours of enjoyment and fun entertainment!

I received this book from PUYB to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

The Dandelion Field

by Kathryn Springer

The Dandelion FieldThe Dandelion Field (Zondervan, January 2015)

This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn’t need a man to fight her battles.

After Raine’s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter’s youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that’s compromised when Raine reveals she’s pregnant.

Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend’s son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: “The baby is mine.”

Knowing gossip of Raine’s pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin’s reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin’s feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke.

As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

Find out more and purchase a copy at Kathryn’s website.

My Thoughts

Raine and Ginevieve have always been alone, never staying in one place long. On one of their runs, they ended up in Banister Falls, Wisconsin. Their car wouldn’t make it any farther, so Gin decided to stay for a while. Little did she know that this little town and its people would change their lives forever.

I loved this book, and Kathryn Springer did an excellent job writing this story. The story deals with many issues that people face today on a everyday basis. Gin was a single mom, working and doing her best making a home for her daughter, but she made sure the walls were always so thick around her that no one could get in. That was, until Dan Moretti happened into her life. She didn’t want anything to do with Dan, but circumstances kept throwing them together, and the silent sparks kept flying. Raine and Cody’s issue is not going away, so just deal with it. But it was more difficult than anyone thought. The suffering, the hurt, the deception, and rejection, its all there. And Dan seemed to be the only one that was reasonable enough to stay calm and see the problems as they really were.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Kathryn Springer

Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.