Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Willie Out West" by Rhonda Walker

Willie is a young walrus who is bored with his daily life. He longs for adventure even though he is young. What would it be like to live somewhere else? What would it be like to be a hero? As Willie waits for meal time, he starts to daydream....

This is a short story with a big message, well, messages. Willie is still young and things can be scary, but there are times to stand up and be counted. This comes into play when Willie dreams of being in the wild west with a bully of a whale. Can Willie overcome his own fears to help out the town folk? Can he learn to be content where he is? Young readers will enjoy figuring this one out!

I enjoyed this story and had the opportunity to read it to some children who also enjoyed it. They were caught up in the drama and were voicing their ideas of how things were to be handled. The illustrations were also a big hit. It you are looking for something fun and short to read out loud, or to have a young reader read to you, this book is a great choice. Thank you to the Book Look Bloggers Program for my review copy. The words and review are mine.

"Dinner for Dinos" by Tommy Nelson

It's time for dinner, and while most of the dinos were going for healthy options, Bronto didn't want anything to do with vegetables! What were they going to do? How could they all eat together and make something that everyone could enjoy? Children will learn the answer when they hear or read the story in this book. The book cover is hard but has a squishy component and the colors and illustrations are brilliant and fun. 

Shopping together, singing great songs, and talking about the benefits of eating good foods are three of the points readers will find in here. No, it's not an in your face type of book, but instead one with some fun. Parents could even sing and/or create different voices for the pages. Nothing gets kids more interested that making reading fun!

I like this book and so did the children I read it to. They liked the heavy duty pages, the bright colors, the pictures, and the voices I created for these characters. It is a short book with a great message and I encourage people who love children to add this to their shelves. Many thanks to the Book Look Bloggers program for my review copy. The review and words are totally mine.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"The Bones Will Speak" by Carrie Stuart Parks

So many things draw a reader into this book. A dog finding a skull, a serial killer on the loose, a cabin in the woods, a tortured victim, and a forensic scientist with a target on her back; all parts of this murder mystery by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen Macey is a forensic scientist and her dog is the one that found the skull. Drawn into this serial killer's mind and path, Gwen decides to try to find him/her, only putting herself in peril. 

Suspense is definitely the hallmark of this book. Whether following Gwen's leads and trails, or whether they are trying to catch this serial killer, readers are in for an emotional and suspenseful ride. Why is this person killing? Why is Gwen targeted? Come join Gwen as she endeavors to discover who is doing the killing and how they can be stopped. You won't regret picking up the book.

I really enjoyed this book because I couldn't put it down. I had to know the full story. I had to help follow the trail. I had to be sure that Gwen and others were ok. The writing is excellent. You will see and hear everything. If you enjoy books filled with suspense and mystery, you will love this book!

Monday, April 23, 2018

"When God Says 'Go'" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

Our lives are so hectic that it sometimes seems that we don't have the strength or courage to do something new. We look at people from the Bible like Moses, Mary, Rebekah, and Jeremiah and wonder how they found the strength to follow God's leading. The world didn't want them to anymore than it wants us to, but there is strength found in God's direction. In this new book, Elizabeth L. Thompson provides direction in where to find God's direction and what to do when He says "Go."

Go is an action word that implies that we are to move forward. But, sometimes that moving creates fear in us, making us doubt that we can do it. Sometimes we may even doubt that God is telling us to go. How can we find the answers to our questions, to our fears? One proactive step is to search the Bible and study the many examples God has provided for us. God gives us examples of moving forward (like Joseph and Job), of accomplishing big tasks (like Moses and Mary), of using the talents He has given us (like David and Paul), etc. We just need to trust and Go!

I really enjoyed this book and will be sharing it with others. Too many times we think God only tells missionaries to "Go," but that isn't true. This book will help readers understand that and find ways to overcome fear, anxiety, and complacency. I recommend it to Christians who want to hear and do what God says.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

"The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal" compiled by Barbour staff

Have you ever wanted to track your prayer life to see how God has worked? Have you ever wanted to look at how effective your prayer life is? In this new creative journal by the Barbour Publishing staff, you can do just that. Each "prayer map" documents things like what you are thankful for, what you are worried about, what you need, what is happening, etc. It provides an area for as much detail as you wish to include. The colorful pages offer a place to quiet your mind and really talk to God. 

Prayer journals are becoming more popular all the time. Why? Because people want to see how God works, how He answers prayer and provides on a daily basis. I love this little journal because I can date it and then write down what I am talking to God about. Later, I will be able to see exactly how God worked and how He provided. What a great tool! I plan to buy more so that I can enjoy using this journal without fear that I will run out of recording places. If you are looking for something new to pump up your prayer life, this just might be the tool for you. I highly recommend it to people of all ages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Friday, March 16, 2018

"Imagine: The Ten Plagues" by Matt Koceich

Imagine, you are transported back to the time of Moses, Aaron, and Pharoah. Imagine that you witness the ten plagues that fell on Egypt before the Pharoah let God's people go. That is what this new book by Matt Koeich is about.  Imagine.... 

Kai can't stand bullies but isn't sure how to battle them except to protect those who are picked on. But, when she is confronted by the bully and tries to stand her ground, she is hit so hard her mind takes her on a trip to ancient Egypt. There she meets Amenken and his wife Betrest, who were trying to help a young girl get water to help her people. One problem, the Egyptian soldiers were bullying them to stop. Needless to say, Kai also gets involved in trying to help Lily. Does her help work? What was it like to witness the plagues? Who is Naaji and what is special about his book? And, who is the "falcon?" All these questions and more are answered within the pages of this book.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to families with children ages 8 - 12. It is a great book to read aloud and discuss together. Children will also love picking it up and reading it for themselves. It will also help with the discussion of bullying. Thank you to Barbour Publishing, Inc. for my review copy. These words are my own and I am under no obligation to provide a review.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

"The Invention of Wings" is an amazing book. While it is fiction, the story does contain facts. The Grimke sisters were indeed abolitionists and many of the other people mentioned (such as Denmark Vesey) also existed. The settings were real places and the horrors meted out were real. But, the story is a fictionalized account, handled expertly by Sue Monk Kidd. This is a story of two sisters and how they fought not only for their own identities, but also for the freedom of others. It kept this reader glued to the page wondering what was going to happen next.

Too many times we read about a historical time and forget that real people were involved. This novel brings the fight to abolish slavery to life, as well as the fight for women's rights. I love how I was put right into each setting and felt like I got to meet each and every character. I could actually see the quilts! I don't think I will ever look at a bird, especially a black bird, the same way again. There were times I wanted to cry, or laugh, or cheer. If you enjoy books that make you think, that pull you in, and that bring history to life, this book is for you! Come meet Sarah, Angelina, Hetty, Charlotte, Sky, Denmark, Goodis, and so many others.They will draw you into their story completely and won't let you go until they are done.