Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Visions of the Last Adam by:Rafael Garcia

 visions of the last adam
About the Book:
Michael and his angels have kicked Satan and his angels out of heaven, becoming the servants of God called the Elect, Predestine or the Lost to battle the whoring hearts and eyes of humans on Earth. Satan, a control freak who wants all the best things in life, uses quantum mechanics to claim ownership of foreign lands. Jesus Christ captures the gentile god as God the Son confronting oppression, bringing in the Word of God to rescue servants of God when they take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, bringing a new type of resurrection of Jesus. Their goal? To create a new Jerusalem and provide a portal between the new Heaven and the new Earth.

About the Author:
Rafael Garcia’s debut novel, offering a unique and fascinating take on end-times prophecy.

My Review:
 If you have looked around the world lately, you may have noticed a somewhat looking towards the future or just plain yearning to get to Heaven. Many of us, can't wait for the rapture to take place because of the weariness this world brings. There are so many situations and terrible calamities that its hard to keep up with sometimes. Rafael Garcia is new to the scene, he has taken the end times prophecy and written a somewhat fictitious claim on true to life events. This book is anything but boring but I'm sure the magnitude that will actually take place will far outweigh anything we could ever create in our own minds.

 If you would like to take a peek into someone else's view of what this Heavenly battle will look like than you are in for a treat! To learn more, please visit this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bostick.

Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook by:Gina Homolka

 The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
About the Book:
Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste

Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.

With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.


About the Author:
Gina Homolka is the creator of Skinnytaste.com, an award winning blog filled with hundreds of easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste, is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you'd swear are anything but.

Each month millions of readers visit Skinnytaste and learn how easy it is to cook healthy recipes for the whole family. Her work has been featured on Fitness Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour.com, Oprah.com, among other media outlets. Gina lives on Long Island with her husband and their two children. 
 
My Review:
 I have been a fan of the Skinnytaste blog for a long time, so when I seen this review cross my path---I was overjoyed!! I'm so glad Gina is getting to share her awesome recipes with the entire world and on a bonus note I noticed that this cookbook is now a best seller. Love it! She deserves it for all she has done to help us all eat a little healthier! Love this lady and her food!!! Now on to all the yummy stuff this book has to offer.

 This cookbook has a lot to offer all of us no matter what type of food lifestyle you follow. Gina also gives the basic run down on a "skinny kitchen". She does this in order to get you ready for all those delicious recipes up ahead in the book. Her cookbook has a gourmet type feel but as you will see there are recipes for Chicken Marsala along with Fish Tacos--so she is able to touch each palate as well.

 Not to be undone with all the vibrant tastes and flavors there is also a "sweet" section. How does a Silky Chocolate Cream Pie sound? Or maybe you are in the mood for Summer Berry Cobbler made with blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries. YUM! This cookbook would make a great gift this holiday season, with over 300 pages and 150 recipes along with brilliant photography, you just can't lose! If you would like to learn more, you can at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Review: Our Presidents Rock! by:Juliette Turner

 Our Presidents Rock!
About the Book:
Did You Know John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator? Ulysses S. Grant received a ticket for riding his horse too fast down the streets of Washington, D.C.? Gerald R. Ford briefly worked as a fashion model? You are invited on a totally unique journey through presidential history with Juliette Turner, the National Youth Director of Constituting America. Through fun cartoons, quotes, great graphics, and Juliette s quirky sense of humor, you ll discover tons of fun new facts about the presidents of the United States and the role of the executive branch. These aren't just a bunch of old men in suits! Many of them were ordinary people like you who overcame trials in order to become America s leader, and all of them entered the political arena with the goal of protecting the country they loved. Written for kids by a kid, Juliette s passion and excitement breathes new life into American history and the role of one of the most powerful positions in the world. 

About the Author:
Juliette Turner is an honor student, singer, dancer and the National Youth Director for Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress and radio talk show host, Janine Turner, on their Texas ranch caring for their herd of twenty-five longhorn cows, six dogs, pony, AB; and cats, Sparkle and Meow.

My Review:
 As a homeschool mom, it is extremely hard to find really good reference books for my children that will give them all the information they need to get their work done each day. This book is n excellent one that states all the facts about each president and then some. Juliette has done an outstanding job on the book! she takes all the boring facts or ones that children would consider boring and rounds it out with some additional fun facts about the president and his family. She begins with George Washington and ends with the current president Barack Obama. She even throws some things in a bout the first ladies as well.

 For example, did you know that First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt were the tallest First Ladies in U. S. history standing in at 5'11" tall. Or that during Washington's first term, he visited each state because he believed that each state should get to know who was running the government. This book was fun and informative and gives you a brief timeline on each president as well as so much more. My children had lots of fun reading and looking through it to learn more about our government.

If you would like to learn more about this book, you can here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad.

Review: The Beauty of Believing:365 Devotions that will Change Your Life by:Faithgirlz Contributors

 The Beauty of Believing: 365 Devotions That Will Change Your Life
About the Book:
Are you ready to blossom?

Faith is like a flower. In order to grow, it needs soil, water, and sun food for the spirit. That s just what this devotional is. Spiritual food to help your faith grow strong and beautiful.

Featuring 365 days of wisdom from your favorite Faithgirlz! authors, as well as quotes and questions from real girls like you, this devotional offers pages of inspiration on everything from navigating friendships, to taming the tongue, to trusting God in everything, big and small. Growing up can be tough, but Jesus is guiding you every step of the way.

Beauty of Believing combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, and their words of wisdom will help your faith bloom and flourish as you grow into the girl God wants you to be.


About the Author:
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Former senior editor at Reader’s Digest, Allia Zobel Nolan is the bestselling author of over 160 books for children and adults. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond, and their two cats.

 Friend of families Lois Walfrid Johnson is a speaker, teacher of writing, and former instructor for Writer's Digest School. She is the author of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning series Let’s-Talk-About-It; Stories for Kids, the best-selling Adventures in Northwoods novels, the Riverboat Adventures series and the Viking Quest series. Readers from more than 40 countries have written to say, "I love your books. I can't put them down." Lois and her husband are the parents of three married children.

Kristi Holl is an award-winning author of dozens of middle-grade novels and six devotionals for girls. As a writing instructor with a background in elementary education, Kristi's books are on many recommended reading lists and have been nominated for numerous Children's Choice Awards. Kristi is married and has three grown daughters. She lives in San Antonio, TX. Visit wwwkristiholl.com to learn more.

Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 30 children's books and also writes 19th century historical fiction. In addition to writing and speaking, Mona likes to read mysteries and love stories, hike Arizona, travel to Africa, play table games, and play Wii Tennis. She lives in central Arizona where she spies roadrunners, quail, cottontail rabbits, and even an occasional skunk in her yard.

Tasha K. Douglas is a daughter of the Father, a wife, and a mother of four. A believer in the trans-formative power of stories, Tasha communicates the message of the Father’s love to women and girls, whom she calls sister friends. A native Texan, Tasha and her family live near Dallas.

My Review:
 Having worked with Nancy Rue recently, I truly treasure this devotional for girls. She along with other contributors were able to pull of this devotional in a way to inspire young girls to believe in themselves and live like God has called them to live. She as well as these contributors are a gift! In the devotional there are 365 entries---enough for every day of the year. Each entry has a scripture verse, encouraging wisdom, several more verses to help identify with the content, questions or thoughts to ponder, and an awesome prayer to God to confirm what was learned.

 My favorite entry is #127 on loneliness, it speaks of a mom guiding her daughter to look above first to realize she isn't alone and second that God is ALWAYS right there. It also encourages us to take God's word and make it more personal by using it to refer to ourselves and speak it out whenever needed. Encouraging girls from all walks of life to let God's light shine through them is a great way for my daughter to be reminded of God and His love for her. This book was written for girls ages 8-12 years of age, retails for $9.35, and is available at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad.

Review: Dare U 2 Open This Book: 90 Ways to Rock Your Faith by:Carol McAdams Moore

 Dare U 2 Open This Book: 90 Ways to Rock Your Faith
About the Book:
D-I-R-T. What kind of dirt are you? Eyeballs are on U. U know it. What kind of light R U? Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. With prompts to get your mind thinking and your creative ideas flowing, turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles, fill in the prayer blanks, solve puzzles, and more. Each of the short, single-page devotions includes a topic, quote, Scripture summary, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them---everyday. ---Dare U 2 Open this Book challenges guys to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.

About the Author:
Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life.

My Review:
 Just like the authors devotional book for young girls, there is also one she has written for our boys. Written in the same style as the Just Sayin' devo so we have, Dare U 2 Open This Book: 90 Ways to Rock Your Faith. A great devotional to encourage and inspire young boys to be all that God has called them to be. Along with 90 scripture references it has room for activities, doodlings, and just many ways that a young man can express himself in a natural way.

 I enjoy reviewing these type of devotionals because it can really help a young person that is struggling as well. They have so many things that they are tempted with on a daily basis and these type of devotionals show them how they can relax in Jesus. My boys enjoyed it because they love the activities. Momma loves it because the current thread throughout the whole book is Jesus. This book retails for $8.99 and is available link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad.

Review: Just Sayin': 90 Ways To Rock Your Faith Devotional by:Carol McAdams Moore

Just Sayin': 90 Ways to Rock Your Faith
About the Book:
Soft heart, hard heart, which R U? Throwing stones? No! Stop the rocks. Silver, gold---B.L.I.N.G. That is Y-O-U in God s eyes. Just Sayin isn t your typical 90-day devo for girls. It s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and more! Each of the short, single-page devos were designed for girls just like you, with relevant topic, quotes, Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, and unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them---everyday. Just Sayin challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever."

About the Author:
Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. Her writing credits include work for David C. Cook; Urban Ministries, Inc.; Christian Education Warehouse; Clubhouse; Clubhouse, Jr.; Lifeway magazines; and The Christian Communicator. Her desire is that every child will answer Jesus’ call and discover God’s purpose for his or her own life.

My Review:
 Our girls these days have a hard time remembering what they are in God's eyes. That is why I'm happy to see devotionals like these.  Just Sayin': 90 Ways To Rock Your Faith Devotional, is dedicated to teaching girls that they are not what this "world" says they are. It is a devotional designed to encourage, inspire, and uplift them to be the beautiful creature God sees. But this devo doesn't stop there, it is filled with 90 scripture passages along with activities to draw the heart out of any young girl that feels she is not worthy.

 As a parent of a 17 year old daughter, I can see what this world will do to our little girls. And I'm glad that there are devotionals like these on the market used to help our girls find who they are in Christ. This book retails for $8.99 and you can find it at this link

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad..

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Litfuse Review: Becoming Bea by:Leslie Gould

 Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4)
About the Book:
Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?

About the Author:
Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The Courtships of Lancaster County series and The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, coauthored with Mindy Starns Clark. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.

My Review:
 Relying on God is a good thing, but having to wait on that unanswered pray isn't so much for Bea---she is a very impatient girl and doesn't have a lot of patience with anyone actually. Bea is always withdrawing from the world and slipping off into a good book. She would much rather deal with those characters than the ones in the "real" world. Soon Bea's quiet escape from life is interrupted by Ben the guy that irritates her the most. The friends of Bea and Ben think they see a love match between the two bickering people and decide they need to see if there is more beneath all the arguing.

 Leslie Gould is a great writer of Amish Fiction and her series The Courtships of Lancaster County, based on Shakespearean plays have proved well for her fans. She has taken different plays of Shakespeare and written characters to fit them. I think that this was an interesting turn that has suited her well. If you are interested in learning more, you can at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.