Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book
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.   

Loads of coloring fun and faith for little ones! Children can now color to life more than sixty favorite Bible stories and characters from The Beginner’s Bible. After coloring, the pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories.

My Review:
 The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book has over 60 pages and is perfect for any age really but is specified for ages 4-8. This coloring book is a little different than typical coloring books. First of all, it has the animated characters from the series. Secondly, it takes several scenes from the bible and made them into a coloring book. The book begins with Genesis one and follows all the way through to the New Testament showing Jesus' ministry.

 I like the coloring book the most because it is ideal for our home school and to teach with for your Sunday School class. Great pages that display God's word, perfectly.

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

Review: The Beginner's Bible Activity Book by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Activity Book
About the Book:
Bible stories have never been so fun and interactive.

This activity book provides young children with mazes, connect-the-dots, word puzzles, matching games, and more, all using beloved characters and stories from The Beginner’s Bible.

My Review:
 The Beginner's Bible puts together some great products for our kids. My boys love all their books and activity books. Their activity books are a great time stealer for my children. If I need a few minutes to myself or time to make a phone call, I just give my youngest one of these and I don't hear from him for at least a half hour, maybe longer. These little books give my children something to do while helping me instill the morals we have placed before them.

 This book in particular consists of over 60 pages of goodies that range from comparisons, tracing, mazes, word searches, and so much more. The age group on this one is 4-8 years. Complete with all the animated characters that seem to work so well with this series. A group of products. Love their products and my kiddos do too!

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: The One True Love of Alice-Ann by:Eva Marie Everson

The One True Love of Alice-Ann
About the Book:
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother's friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she'll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear--having lost her fiancé in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together.

 But then Mack's letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend's war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she'll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

My Review:
 Those coming of age stories are really hard most of the time. Poor Alice-Ann just wants to be loved. She has her heart set on Mack, her brother's good friend. But when he goes off to war it seems all too soon that the relationship they developed starts to fade or so it seems. Soon Alice-Ann is very busy taking care of Carlton, her best friends brother that is home from the war. Carlton soon takes her mind off of Mack in more ways than one. This is a crossroads that Alice-Ann now finds herself.

 This down home country story is so lovely and refreshing. It reminded me of my childhood here in Alabama, even though the time periods were completely different. It reminded me of old country porches, dirt roads, and banana popsicles. Its a story that will take you back and remind you about what is important in life.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Waking Up Slowly by:Dave Burchett

 Waking Up Slowly: Spiritual Lessons from My Dog, My Kids, Critters, and Other Unexpected Places
About the Book:
What if we are stubbing our toes on the sacred every day and not realizing it?We are the most connected culture in history but arguably the most disconnected from the awareness of God's presence. "Waking Up Slowly" is author Dave Burchett's personal challenge to live "in the moment" and find the everyday joys he misses in disconnected busyness.What moments of joy do we inadvertently miss as we stare at our screens? What performance idols destroy our ability to appreciate God's gifts? 

 Dave Burchett sets out to find out how life might look differently if he awoke each morning consciously looking for the easy to miss "postcards from God." "Waking Up Slowly" is an intimate, warm, and touching story of discovering how to more fully appreciate living in the moment. During his discovery, the author finds regular reminders of daily joys from his Labrador pal, Maggie."Waking Up Slowly" challenges the reader to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the ways that God reveals himself daily. Through regular people, everyday situations, cuddly creatures, and stunning nature, God's presence is real and discover-able. We just need to wake up to it.

My Review:
 It is hard to learn our lessons about life sometimes. The smallest lessons are usually the ones that need to be learned the most. In Dave Burchett's book entitled Waking Up Slowly the author begs of us to live in the moment. Don't get so busy that life that you are chasing is actually passing you by. I absolutely love books that challenge me to be a better person and to live better, especially spiritually. And this book is one of those books.

 My favorite chapter was Getting Outside of Yourself. I really enjoyed the authors thoughts and commentary on the subject of Paul and contentment. I love to serve at my church. I always have even as a little girl. I just absolutely love it. I feel that this is something God placed in me and I love the freedom to do it. Some time ago someone that I helped regularly with church events and activities told me not so politely that they didn't need or want my help anymore. Needless to say I was devastated. So incredibly hurt.

 I went to God about it and did for several months. I have to help. I love to do this for my Father. I love to serve people. I was made for this. I still do not understand to this day why this individual said these things to me. But I had to immediately nip it in the bud before bitterness turned to anger which in turn would turn to hate. God chose for us a life of servant hood. We are to serve those around us and to have a smile on our face while we are doing it.

 But as the author points out, sometimes thats not so easy and this is where we really have to rely on the Master. I absolutely love the life lessons that the author went over in his book and using his own lessons was very smart. This was a great read!

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

Litfuse Review: Lost & Found by:Kendra Fletcher

Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace
About the Book:
What happens when you lose your religion? Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, took pride in having it all together the right schooling, the right theology, the right church. Everything was right. Then it all fell apart. Three of their children were taken to the brink of death in a period of eighteen months. 

 As wave after wave of crisis hit their family, they learned that getting religion right wasn't a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. As they learned about their misplaced identities and false hope, they found that religion couldn't save them only Jesus. Only Jesus gives the grace we need to survive and thrive. Only in Jesus will our lives overflow with his grace, love, and mercy spilling out over our families like the life-giving good news it is meant to be.

My Review:
 I'm going to tell you right now, you never know what God is protecting you from and you don't know what He will happen in your life. You will be happily moving along living life and then all of a sudden, your life is turned upside down. You won't see it coming and you won't understand why it is happening. But what is so great about having a Savior is that He does know all the answers to your questions. He does so we don;t have to. Isn't that amazing?

 Kendra Fletcher and her family know this all too well. They know what its like to happily be living life is interrupted. They say that God allows these things so that we will cling ever tightly to Him. Having gone through a lot in life myself, I would have to say that this is so dead on. Love will come through sacrifice and pain. We experience this through the growing and the stretching that He allows us to go through and in the midst of the pain and sacrifice we grow closer to Him.

 Kendra thought, believed, and lived that as long as she did everything "right" than God had her back. She wouldn't go through "stuff", especially the bad stuff. But she learned very quickly that this is the wrong way to look at life and God was determined to show her this error in judgement even if it was through pain and sacrifice. Because to God this is worth it if it brings us closer to Him. 

 Kendra takes you through the fight, the struggle, and the lessons she and her family learned. she shows you how to fight and win and get to the other side. An amazing lesson in all things God!

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

Review: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by:Jennifer Ryan

 The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
About the Book:
"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!"

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead 'carry on singing'. Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir", the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives.

Told through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit -- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past -- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life.

In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the home front, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict.

My Review:
  The Chilbury Ladies' Choir reminded me so much of novels written in the 1950's. I loved the nostalgia of this story and the words written about these women. The second World War takes the world by storm as well as the lives of several people in the families of these women. In this story we are ask to follow along as these women cope with the war among their daily lives.

 We watch and see how they react and how it affects each and everyone of their lives and how they respond to it. I loved watching how each lady responds to the controversy surrounding the war and how their lives are changed by it.

 i don't want to give too much away but the stories behind each of the characters was refreshing and it will tug at your heart strings, for sure. The writer does a fantastic job of taking us inside the lives of each character and and convinces us who to root for in the midst of their struggles. It was a great read and I hate that it was over.

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

Review: Long Time Gone by:Mary Connealy

 Long Time Gone (The Cimarron Legacy, #2)
About the Book:
The Boden clan thought their troubles were over with the death of a dangerous enemy. But with new evidence on Cole's shooting, Justin can't deny that the plot to take their ranch was bigger than one man. While the doctor and his distractingly pretty assistant help Cole, Justin has to uncover the trail of a decades-old secret as danger closes in.

My Review:
I will tell you wait, Mary Connealy's books can really be made for tv or the movie screen. That is how much fun they are to read. Each one is packed to overflowing with action, romance, and suspense. Another positive note, as well is that it starts from page one. You won't have to read too far into her writing before things start heating up.

 In this being the author latest addition to The Cimarron legacy we find out that things were thought to be going fine for The Boden family since Cole's shooting but no such luck, my friends. Its back to a suspenseful non boring life for the entire crew. Justin has to get down to the bottom of the latest evidence so that they can figure out whats going on now.

 But sparks are flying in between Justin and Angie but thats not all that going on here. As always, in Mary Connealy's books there are several more dynamics at play here. You really need to get this book so you can get all of the juicy details. Mrs. Connealy hit this one out of the ballpark!

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