Sunday, December 16, 2018

"The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones" by Kathy Lee Gifford

Kindness is something we should all exhibit constantly and the sooner we show our children by example the better. In this new book, Kathy Lee Gifford gives children ideas of how to help others and uses language they will understand.

How can a child make this world a better place? There are so many wonderful ideas in this book. Simply being kind to others, realizing that God made each of them special and that that trait was meant to be shared, being kind to animals, using their talents, and being a team player are just a few of the lessons little ones can learn from this book. It will make a great addition to any family library.

I love this little book with its bright drawings and practical lessons, and can't wait to share it with my grandchildren. It is easy to understand and the pictures reinforce each message. I recommend this to anyone with young children in their home. It is a priceless library addition. Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for my review copy. This review is completely mine.

Monday, November 12, 2018

"Ancient-Modern Bible" NKJV Edition

There are many Bibles on the market today, each with their own appeal. In this new edition, Ancient and Modern scholars are included to give their wisdom and study helps. Readers are treated to articles and commentaries from voices they may never have read, but will aid in their search and study of the Scriptures.

This Bible is hard-covered and comes in a protective box. It has beautiful maps in the back, along with some beautiful "Art of the Church," which readers may or may not have seen. Articles include: "Creation and Fall," "Meditating on His Word," and "The Church." Throughout the Bible, readers will find biographies of people like: Maximus the Confessor, Thomas Merton, William Tyndale, and Eusebius. 

I really like this Bible. It is well laid out for study and it has been fun to learn about some ot the great Christians of the past. Each book has an introduction that includes quotes, the theme, and its purpose. I especially enjoy reading the quotes by men like John Calvin and Ayhanasius. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys studying the Bible and going deeper each time. Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for my review copy. The review is my opinion and words.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

"All the Colors We Will See" by Patrice Gopo

The quest to belong can often times lead us through painful struggles, the pangs of growth, worry, and love. It is a journey that can involve race, religion, immigration, and more. It is not an easy journey for everyone, and most people have times in their lives when belonging seems out of reach. In this new book of reflections and essays, Patrice Gopo shares her heart and lessons learned along the way in her quest to belong. 

Patrice is the child of Jamaican immigrants who lived in Anchorage, Alaska. Her experiences gave her the subjects to write about, and her words bring them to life. Her essays are beautiful and captivating. Readers can feel her heart as she opens up to the "colors" of her life. This world is only a temporary home for us, but we all struggle to belong sometimes. These personal essays will open readers' eyes to the struggle that others might be facing and encourage more compassion and grace.

I recommend this book to readers of all ages and types. It is a book that will make you think and reflect. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for my copy. This review is an honest account of my thoughts.

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.