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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: Hope Harbor by:Irene Hannon

Hope Harbor
About the Book:
Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans.
When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

My Review:
 Tracy Campbell returned to Hope Harbor, Oregon after being widowed, when her husband died suddenly. Now she does her best to help keep her family's struggling cranberry farm afloat. As everything seems to be falling apart all around her, she feels that she is being pulled in every direction. But when she meets handsome Michael Hunter, things seem to be looking up finally.

Michael Hunter came to Hope Harbor to get away for life, from the heartbreak of his wife divorcing him. He finds a place to stay, to bad it's with a lady, who is a bit odd.  After causing a cyclist to fall, then scaring her half to death at church, he feels he must do something to make it up to her. Oh but he did not expect her to volunteer at a charity, in which she needs some assistance in handling. This get-away just got a lot more irritating, but on the plus side, he'll be around the very pretty Tracy Campbell.

Michael and Tracy each have a lot to heal from. Maybe when the healing starts, love with blossom.

Hope Harbor is an amazing book. I just love Irene Hannon's books, each one has it's own uniqueness. I really enjoyed reading this book! This author is a must read and a page-turner. I so ready to see what Irene Hannon will right next.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Litfuse Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by:Beth K. Vogt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Destination Wedding #1)
About the Book:
Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

My Review:
 Vanessa Hollister had a whirlwind marriage and after only two years together she and Logan Hollister got a divorce. They each had their minds set on different things, and as teenagers, they believed the world was their ouster. Now eight years later, she is headed to Florida to plan her wedding, her second wedding, to the man she believes is the guy of her dreams. And suddenly in the middle of it all, something terrible happens.

Logan Hollister and a pretty woman must fight against the waves to pull a drowning teenager to shore. But when they catch their breath, he discover's that the woman is none other than his ex-wife Vanessa. And boy, do those hidden feelings strike a chord in him. Logan knows he can't just let her walk away again.

With storms all around, Logan and Vanessa must decide what's best for their lives. And if love is worth taking second chances.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is A Destination Wedding Novel.  I just love romance novels and this book is just add to the best of them. Beth K. Vogt is a wonderful author and I can't wait till another one of her books comes out!

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: N Circle Doozers DVDs for your Preschooler


**Disclosure** These DVD's were sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review from N Circle Entertainment.

About the DVDs:
Created by the Jim Henson Company, Doozers focuses on a team of best friends who live in Doozer Creek, a fantastical, modern and eco-friendly community.  Dubbed the “Pod Squad,” these four pals embark on fabulous adventures that encourage preschoolers to play, design and think outside the box.  Doozers will be available for purchase in August at Target and all other retail outlets in September.

The Squad decides after seeing their competition at the Starlight Concert that they will have to step it up if they want to win.

My Review:
 What a fun filled time your preschool aged children will have when introduced to the Pod squad. A great group of little 3 inch tall green people that love to learn, play and have fun! N Circle creators of Mike the Knight bring you Jim Henson's Doozers for a new unique perspective of some green people that love to have as much fun as any preschool child would. N Circle has a knack for great children's entertainment and this latest addition to their already great entertainment is no exception.

 Each of these DVDs are available for preorder on the N Circle website and after release in August will be available at Target and other retail outlets. Suggested retail price is $9.99 each and they are geared for the preschool audience. If you would like a chance to win a set of both DVDs, then enter below! Good Luck!





Review: Biblical Archaeology (Curriculum Pack) by:Master Books

About the Product:
Experience the biblical lands as you discover sites, artifacts, and history first revealed in God’s Word. Learn the civilizations thought to be biblical myths until the sands of time and exploration revealed their existence. From the history of Israel to the powerful Egyptian pharaohs, discover these ancient peoples and cities, and the science of finding their place in history!

Lesson
Planner
Weekly Lesson Schedule
Student Worksheets
Quizzes & Test
Answer Key
10th - 12th Grade
1 Year
Bible/Archaeology 1 Credit

Package Includes:
Unwrapping the Pharaohs
Unveiling the Kings of Israel
The Archaeology Book
Lesson Plan

My Review:
 Master Books has made it real easy for those of us that wish to homeschool our children for through High School, real simple. They have taken most of their their electives and turned them in to credit building curriculum packs. so you get the pack and your child will get a full complete credit and not to leave us short but they have come up with some great ideas---some of which I hadn't thought of. My son is in 7th grade but we tend to graduate our children early usually by one to two years. So with that being said they start earning credits in 7th grade. This is one of the courses we have chosen for him to learn from and hopefully build his knowledge of the Bible. 

The Bible Archaeology Curriculum Pack is good for one full credit and it covers your child from 10th-12th grade. The set includes Unwrapping the Pharaohs, Unveiling the Kings of Israel, The Archaeology Book, as well as the lesson plan. The cost is $73.97. These books are a wealth of knowledge and can definitely help your child to gain some background information concerning the Bible and its foundation. I have summarized each of the books below.

Unwrapping the Pharaohs:
 Unwrapping the Pharaohs, is a get place to start on this exciting adventure. This book is a wealth of information on how the Pharaohs line up with the Bible. I'm so delighted as a homeschool mom to have this resource available to me. As we all know many of the Egyptians artifacts and such are not exactly that clear but with some very well thought out research and your Bible you will soon be on your way of lining everything up so that you understand it a lot more and the more clear it will become.

 Along with breathtaking photographs each chapter is dedicated to several pyramids from Ancient Egyptians well as explaining the connection that each of the beautiful artifacts contained therein that they have to the Bible and many of the individuals from the Bible such as Noah and his descendants. Many times after the annual flooding of the Nile, there would be many ruins because of the destruction it caused. As a result, subsequent Pharaohs would help themselves and remove stones from them. This, as the book states may be why so little is left of these ancient ruins.

Unveiling the Kings of Israel:
Learning about the Kings of Israel is pretty pertinent information when studying the Bible. It helps you identify the time period as well as learning more about each unique individuals that God used throughout the Bible and how He used them. This is information that I feel will be beneficial to my children. So my husband and I have tried looking for and finding books such as these that would help and enhance our children's Bible study.

 The Bible is an instruction book on life and how it should be lived but many people fail to see its cultural and historical significance. The author is able to start from the beginning and work his way to the Dead Sea scrolls. He offers us complete explanation of several dynasties during that time as well as many facts and extraordinary photographs of different artifacts. Within its 169 pages my son has an even more in depth study of the Bible and learned the history behind Israel's kings and how God used them to do a mighty work for His people.

The Archaeology Book:
This book is one of Master Books that is created to teach multiple grade levels all in one book. This one for example has three different levels. You follow along in the book based on the page color that is designated for whatever grade level you are wanting to teach.

The entire Bible, it's people and the culture during that time has a lot of archaeology and artifacts that fascinate young minds and will draw them to a deeper understanding of all the Bible has to offer. There are numerous facts in the book as well as a glossary. Each day you read the material in the book as outlined in the lesson planner and do the worksheets that are available in the lesson planner.
 Speaking from a homeschool mother that has homeschooled for 10 years believe me the less fuss over this next phase the better and these curriculum packs provide this and is a tremendous help.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation in the Moms of Master Books Review Team. 




Review: Unveiling the Kings of Israel by:David Down

Unveiling the Kings of Israel
About the Book:
Unearth the history of the small nation of Israel - the troubled and devastating periods of loss and exile - once lost to time. Far from being a book of myths, the Bible is an amazing historical record, and each year, more archaeological discoveries continue to prove its validity and significance. Follow the intriguing clues found buried in ancient cities, on the walls of early monuments, and in the written records of our world's oldest civilizations. Walk the ancient streets, explore the distant temples, and unearth the compelling history that continues to resonate with the world today.

My Review:
 Learning about the Kings of Israel is pretty pertinent information when studying the Bible. It helps you identify the time period as well as learning more about each unique individuals that God used throughout the Bible and how He used them. This is information that I feel will be beneficial to my children. So my husband and I have tried looking for and finding books such as these that would help and enhance our children's Bible study.

 The Bible is an instruction book on life and how it should be lived but many people fail to see its cultural and historical significance. The author is able to start from the beginning and work his way to the Dead Sea scrolls. He offers us complete explanation of several dynasties during that time as well as many facts and extraordinary photographs of different artifacts. Within its 169 pages my son has an even more in depth study of the Bible and learned the history behind Israel's kings and how God used them to do a mighty work for His people.

 We are using this book as part of earning high school credit in our Biblical Archaeology study. In the study we learn more about the Bible than ever imagined. Not only history but science and overall religious study that will help my son have a further knowledge of the Bible he uses every day. That's a good thing! It is priced at $23.99 as a hardcover book but is also available for download at $9.99. This book alone will not work on its own as a curriculum you will have to add things with it. It is a great go along book and it's full of interesting facts. Master Books makes great products that will give our children a well rounded education.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation as a Master Book Mom and by Master Books.

Review: The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival by:Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival
About the Book:
In this newest addition to the Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival, it s autumn in Bear Country and the Chapel in the Woods is celebrating its first ever Harvest Festival.

Kids will delight in joining the Bear family and all their friends as they gather at Farmer Ben s farm for this new tradition filled with the fun of apple-picking, pumpkin patch wandering, and more. Reflect with Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they and the rest of the folks from the Chapel thank God for the blessings that autumn brings." 

My Review:
The Berenstain Bears are at it again!

We get the awesome privilege to reading about this very fun, faith filled Bear family and if we are lucky we might learn a thing or two about something bigger than ourselves. In The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival we get to take a break from our heat filled summer to spend a few minutes in autumn, my favorite season. Who doesn't love the pretty fall colors and the yummy treats we make during that great weather time of year?

 Amongst the apple picking, the pumpkin pies, bales of hay, and corn shocks the people from the chapel in the woods gather together for a fun-filled time celebrating the harvest season. As the festival was winding down the friends hunkered down for a meal to celebrate this special time of the year and to give thanks to the Lord for all He has done.

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

Review: Truly Free by:Robert Morris

Truly Free: Breaking the Snares That So Easily Entangle
About the Book:
An important reminder on what keeps us from being truly free Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). As believers, we have Christ and never need to be afraid. Yet it's also true that we are not immune to the effects of evil. Christ has conquered sin and death, but in his infinite wisdom--for reasons that are often difficult for us to understand--evil is still permitted to exist. Even if we're saved and trust in Christ, we may still find areas in which we just can't get victory. Maybe it's a sin we've confessed again and again or a constant struggle with depression, anger, or lust. These long-imbedded patterns of shameful living continue to entangle us day after day, month after month, and even year after year.

My Review:
 What is it like to totally be free in mind, body, and spirit? What would freedom look like to someone that is bound completely each and every days by so many afflictions, too many to even mention? To that individual freedom seems some what if not impossibly out of reach. We all know at least most of us, that to be in God and following His will is complete freedom, but unfortunately we still live in a sin ridden world that would love to swallow us up rather than see us succeed in Christ Jesus.

 In Robert Morris' Truly Free, the author shares with us different afflictions and the causes how to to be delivered from them. You may learn after reading Truly Free, that the most undesirable things that you or someone you know may be doing is actually inviting demonic possession into your home. And that ain't good?! We all need to read Truly Free so that we can begin and continue that life of freedom that God promises us all.

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