Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome by:Nancy C. Anderson

 Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair-Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage
About the Book:
Extramarital affairs are certainly not the social taboo that they once were, and may be more prevalent now than ever. Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt. With the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of personal mobile phones, the temptation to cheat on one's spouse has fertile ground to grow.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence--and returning to find forgiveness and restoration--Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it's watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome focuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it.

This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons' own marriage before and after the affair from Ron's point of view.

My Review: 
 The author shares some somewhat painful experiences from her own life in a way to help fix other marriages that may be in trouble or at least seemingly headed that way. These days affairs run rampant around us whether you are in a christian marriage or not nothing seems off limits for the devil to infiltrate and literally destroy within seconds. The author shows how easy this can happen and how at every turn we should be on guard and ready to fight for our marriages and our families. 

 The author shares many life lessons from others as well and she shows us that there are questions we can ask ourselves and tidbits to look for that may warn us of impending trouble. A great guide to realizing that the spouse God has chosen for us is the perfect mate for us as long as they love the Lord, want to create a better long standing marriage and will do everything in their power to protect it, at all costs.

 A great guidebook to all things marriage! Great wedding gift! 

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life by:Karen Moore

 Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life: Inspiring Prayers for Living Life "Heart First"
About the Book:
Live Life Heart-First

What if prayer could help you view the world through the lens of the heavenly Creator?
What if prayer could inspire you to walk “heart first” into every situation, no matter what it was?
What if prayer could cause love to become your number one priority?

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:2: "If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do?" . . .the Heart-Shaped Life series will encourage you to live life “heart first.”

Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life features more than 200 prayers that will inspire you to draw closer to your heavenly Father as you spend time in quiet conversation with the author of Love Himself. Each refreshing prayer and related scripture selection will help you discover the best path to the good life. . .which is LOVE.

My Review:
 Prayer is used for so many things but when you are backed in a corner or up against a way prayer is what you rely on most definitely. It can mean everything to someone that is hurting for someone to pray for them or even say that they will pray for them. In Karen Morre's book, Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life she shows you how to incorporate prayers into your every day life by giving you the scripture and then a prayer.

 I was glad that they were not short simple prayers. Sometimes a girl needs a little bit more information to give to God. These prayers do just that. Some of them are 17 lines long or more. Really good thorough praying helps God to see where your heart is truly at. These prayers help you develop a relationship of love and fun that will last generations. This book is small enough to fit in your purse so you can take it everywhere with you. Great for a gift, too!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by:Angie Dicken

 My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice
About the Book:
Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

My Review:
 Speaking to those of you that haven't read the My Heart Belongs series, when you read this series you will learn much more about the history of each state that is the topic of each book. In this addition to the series, we are introduced to Castle Gate, Utah. In Utah we already know about the Mormon religion but this place had so much more going on before the introduction of Mormonism.

 Because everyone is looking for work and they hear that there is work to be found in this old mining town people flock there, even immigrants. The Greek immigrants go there to find work for there families and with all things that people don't understand prejudice are formed. Soon, people are having to make decisions not only based on income or the lack thereof but because of the anger and angst that has been introduced to the story.

 Leanna learns all too quickly the pain behind all of the craziness that has now enveloped this town and she is ready to be done with it. Leanna is always having to make choices because of this dead end town and she feels that she has given up everything because of it. By the end of the story and all the ups and downs she really will have to give up a lot, hopefully it will all work out.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: The Books of the Bible: My Bible Story Coloring Book by:Zonderkidz

 My Bible Story Coloring Book: The Books of the Bible
About the Book:
Children can now color their way through 32 beloved stories from the Bible, featuring text from the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). Favorite characters such as Noah, Daniel, Mary, and Jesus are brought to life in this 144-page coloring book. After coloring, the pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories.

This book is perfect for young children just beginning their journey through the Bible.

My Review:
 The coloring book fad is not really big news to our little guys. But a coloring book created in the fashion that this one is, is possibly a new concept to our children. It has the white pages with the pictures drawn with dark black lines very similar to most of the adult coloring books out there. In this one though there are Bible stories that go along with each coloring page.

 With 16 different sections and writings from the Old Testament and New Testament combined. Within the over 100 pages of this book your children will learn a lot about God and His Son. Everything is done real simply and thorough, as to not overwhelm the child. With every page colored my little one is sure to soak up every bit of this book as he colors and learns more about Jesus.

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by:Asheritah Ciuciu

 Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional
About the Book:
Do you wish you could experience the awe you once felt as a child on Christmas morning? Now you can. Rediscover the beauty of the greatest gift of all by unwrapping His Names one at a time.
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is an Advent devotional for women who want more from the season than holiday parties, hors d'oeuvres, and a new leather purse. You want a deeper walk with Jesus. You want to know Him and touch Him. You want to find rest in Him and talk with Him.
In this devotional, Asheritah Ciuciu provides brief but insightful devotionals and family activities that will help you
* Grow in your understanding and love for Jesus
* Create fun memories with your family
* Worship Jesus as you never did before
By unwrapping the many facets of Jesus' character, you will experience the Advent season in a fresh way and wake up on Christmas morning excited to herald His coming.

My Review:
 Christmas is suppose to be a joyous time with our Father. You add family to the mix and its not long before we get so caught up in the worldly view of Christmas that God gets put on the back burner. I loved the introduction to the book that the author wrote about her childhood and how Christmas was in her family. I love it when an author shares personal stories.

 She said that Advent is a time spent worshiping God. Not checking Him off your list or trying to do one more thing for Him but spending time in worship. The names of Jesus are many and the author unwraps them day by day and one by one until Christmas day. Challenging us each step of the way to give God the praise that He so deserves not just now but every day.

 Christmas to me is a really good time to slow down and embrace the quiet stillness that surrounds us. In that stillness we can meet God there and share our praises with Him. He has our hearts but He wants our daily lives and our dedication, too. This time of the year is a great time to explore this side of ourselves as well as that side of Jesus.

 This book is great as a gift, as well. The names of Jesus is a fantastic subject to explore and learn more about. I plan on giving my copy away for a Christmas gift along with some hot tea. A great gift sized book. A beautiful sentiment this holiday season.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: Daniel and the Lion's Den by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Lions' Den
About the Book:
The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

This retelling of the story of Daniel and the Lions shows young readers how Daniel bravely stood up for his faith and faced a den of lions with God’s protection. Featuring vibrant art from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible, this book is great for children learning to read.

This My First I Can Read!™ book, with basic language, word repetition, and great illustrations, is perfect for shared reading with a child.

My Review:
 Everyone knows the story of Daniel and the Lions Den. This story shows the loyalty that Daniel has to God and the discipline it takes to be a Christian and to follow God with all your heart. He was not willing to give up, no matter the cost. Our children can now read this story for themselves in Zonderkidz I can Read, My First level readers.

 This level is for readers that are still learning the ins and outs of reading a long with phonetic awareness you can teach your kids all about Daniel and what a great servant he was for God.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls: Hundreds of Verses to Color by:Zondervan

 NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls: Hundreds of Verses to Color
About the Book:
With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls was created just for girls ages 8–12. Thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling. The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Features of this treasured Bible include:

Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible; the New International Version (NIV)
Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
Ribbon marker
Beautiful debossed and screen-printed leathersoft over board binding

My Review:
 Like I have said in previous posts, coloring book items are the trend these days. Bibles have recently become part of this trend, as well as devotionals. This gorgeous Bible is next on the list and it has tons of features, besides the coloring book portion. The first thing you notice is the beautiful teal leathersoft cover. The coloring pages are many and they are more geared towards a younger female. In the Bible there is a place for plenty of notes in the margin.

 With just over 1400 pages this is a somewhat heavy Bible. But is perfect for a large tote or to carry in and and the type of cover it has makes it a good, sturdy Bible. This Bible would made the perfect gift for a girl ages 8-12 years old.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest  review from the author. All opinions are my own.