Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Empire of Gold" by Jo Amdahl

"Empire of Gold" is a series of stories that helps readers meet Bible characters like Jeremiah and Nebuchadnezzar in a new way. Jo Amdahl takes the time to give her readers the facts as well as some background color in order to being these historical characters and places to life. Readers learn a lot about Jeremiah and his mission.

Historical records bring the past to life, letting us meet people like Jeremiah, a prophet from his youth; and Daniel, who stood for God even when he had to stand alone. As Jo Amdahl tells their stories, readers really get to meet them. What was life like for them? How did they make the decisions they did? How did others like King Nebuchadnezzar affect those around them? Why was/is Jeremiah so important? This book will help answer those questions and encourage you to keep reading.

I enjoyed this book. I have grown up knowing the story of Jeremiah and those who lived during his lifetime, and yet still found some new things about each of them. I love when a book does that for me! If you enjoy books that help you glean new information and encourage your soul, this book is a good choice for you. I recommend it to everyone. I received my free review copy from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. The words and rating are mine.

Monday, August 13, 2018

"Unbreakable" by Sara Ella

In book three of her "Unblemished" trilogy, Sara Ella takes readers back to Verity and the Void. She takes us to the place where Reflections could cease to exist, where darkness could take over. Can anyone stop this?

Verity has a queen who would rather be anything but queen. Eliyana doesn't want to have the fate of others on her hands but finds she must move between Reflections to find the answers she needs. Along the way, two men fight for her heart. Ky and Joshua both have secrets, yet Eliyana finds herself torn between them. Can Eliyana find the solutions she needs for both Verity and her heart? Come, finish the saga and find what choices are ultimately made.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me stop and think so many times as I walked along with the characters. We each have good and bad inside of us and what we choose in each situation affects so many others. Ultimately we also need to choose between the light and darkness. I recommend this entire trilogy to readers of all types. Sara Ella will pull you into her story and keep you there long after you are done reading. I received my free review copy from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. The words and rating are mine.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"A Light So Lovely" by Sarah Arthur

Madeleine L'Engle is a much beloved author. Most everyone has read, "A Wrinkle in Time." Add to that others in that trilogy and her other works, and you have someone whose life continues to shine after death. In this new book, Sarah Arthur takes readers inside the life of the woman whose strong faith and imagination worked together. Come, take a look inside her life and get to know Madeleine L'Engle.

Madeleine L'Engle was a woman who was beloved and unliked at the same time. She wrote from her heart and imagination making some think it was too spiritual and others not spiritual enough. Yet, she still entertains and challenges her readers today. Book groups continue to have lively discussions about what she meant about this or that. A movie was even made about "A Wrinkle In Time" that caused quite a stir in many places. Sarah Arthur has opened Madeleine's life to readers so that they can see the woman, the author, the icon.

I love Madeleine L'Engle's work, which is why I wanted to read this book. She found a balance in her life that few find or are able to continue with. The chapters are insightful and entertaining, the writing inviting and easy. Sarah Arthur will draw you in and leave you content but also wanting more. I recommend this book to readers everywhere. You won't regret picking it up!
Special thanks to Handlebar Publishing for my review copy. This review is mine.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"If He Had Not Come" by David Nicholson

What if Jesus had not come to Earth? What if He had never been born? In this book by David Nicholson, youngsters, and adults, get to explore that question through the story. 

Jesus has made an incredible impact on this world. What would it be like without that impact, without His influence? This story has been around for many years and is a favorite of many as it lets people of all ages really reflect on what things would be like without Him. The opportunity for discussion occurs throughout the book, and there are discussion questions at the back to help facilitate the family/church group discussion. It will become a Christmas tradition for you if it hasn't already.

This is a great book and story for the family as well as Sunday School groups. Just thinking about what things would be like without Jesus can help unbelievers believe. It can help families grow closer around the Bible. I recommend this book to all. Thank you to the BookLookBlogger program for my review copy. The words and review are mine.

"Early Readers Bible - NKJV" - Tommy Nelson

Do you have a child who wants a Bible of his/her own? who wants to learn more about the Bible on their own? This new NKJV Early Readers Bible may just be the fit for them. This is a pink and glitter hardcover Bible for at girls ages 7 - 10.

A good Bible should have tools to let the reader see where things are happening and get extra help in understanding what they are reading. This Bible does just that. There are maps scattered throughout to point out specifics, there are helpful tables like the one on "Jewish Feasts," an illustrated Word List, an illustrated Bible history, a One-Year Reading Plan, and many other helpful things to get your youngster actively reading and understanding God's Word.

I really like this Bible because it has a good sized print and so many helps. I also like that the words of Jesus are in red. It will attract young girls because of the color and glitter. If you have a daughter, granddaughter, friend, etc., who needs a Bible, why not check this one out? I highly recommend it. Thank you to the BookLookBlogger program for my review copy. The words and review are mine.

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.