Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review: The Forgiving Jar by:Wanda Brunstetter

 The Forgiving Jar (The Prayer Jars #2)
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)

My Review:
 I guess you can say that each of the author's books are stand alone books. She does give a little background to previous books in the series, but it really is worth it reading from the beginning. Wanda treats her readers like family and from the beginning of each story to the end you are caught on her every word. The Forgiving Jar just like its previous predecessors in the series is just as captivating as the last.

 Sara the main character is off to learn more about her family, but what she discovers instead throws her for a loop. It is major drama at its best. Sara has a thing about honesty and if you cant be honest she's over it. With all shes been through I couldn't blame her. Soon Sara finds a jar that could ultimately change her life forever--if she just believes.

Review: Better Together Life Is Best with a Friend Like You

 Better Together: Life Is Best with a Friend Like You
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. 
About the Book:

Wouldn't life be boring if we were all exactly the same? And although each of us is unique, we're really not so different after all. And it's our differences that truly make us Better Together.
Better Together combines adorable photos of unlikely animal pairs alongside poignant quotes on topics for friends of all stripes on subjects such as love, respect, and compassion. Memorable, wise words alongside sweet photography beautifully and humorously communicate the truth about and magic of friendship—that although we may not be exactly the same, we're really not so different after all.
Quotes from George Washington to Bono focus on friendship, unity, strength, and on harmony between people with diverse viewpoints, lifestyles, or beliefs and include inspiring quotes such as:
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" -Abraham Lincoln "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" -C. S. Lewis "'Stay' is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." -Louisa May Alcott  "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light." -Helen Keller Better Together is full of reminders of the very best things about friendship and is the perfect way to tell someone you love: "Life is best with a friend like you."

My Review:
 Better Together is a great book for the coffee table, at least that is what we have done with ours. It has great pictures in it of friendships between different animals. The pictures are just too sweet. It also includes quotes from many famous people, authors, presidents, etc. The book is hard back and is small in size but has tons of pictures. A great conversation starter, too. Its just a really good book to look through and read through. I really enjoyed it.

Review: I Love You, Funny Bunny

 I Love You, Funny Bunny
 **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. 

About the Book:
Together, parents and children will giggle their way through I Love You, Funny Bunny as they discover the fun and loving parts of their own relationship. Illustrated by Sean Julian, I Love You, Funny Bunny is a picture book perfect for sharing at bedtime or any time of day. With read-aloud rhymes and adorable illustrations, readers will have fun turning the pages to discover all the ways this parent bunny loves little funny bunny.

I love you, Funny Bunny, from your whiskers to your toes.

I love the way you hop around and wiggle your cute nose.

I love the way you make me laugh, then melt me with your smile.

And no one in this great big world can match your sense of style.

Ideal for baby showers, birthdays, or Easter baskets, this jacketed hardcover book adorned with spot gloss and foil is the perfect gift for the funny bunny in your life.

My Review:
 What a sweet book, that is perfect to show that undeniable love between a parent and a child. This sweet book was precious. I read it to my son and then he read it to me.  The illustrations are so sweet, as well. This book is perfect as a gift or to add to the home library. My son just started reading and only needed help with a few of the words. Perfect book for a little snuggle-time, as well.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Review: Confessions of an Adoptive Parent by: Mike Berry

 Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Know That You Are Not Alone on This Journey

Adopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand. From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day.

Mike Berry knows the loneliness and isolation you can easily feel in your particular parenting role—because he's been there. He's still there, and he wants to give you the hope and encouragement you so desperately need.

There are plenty of how-to guides out there on parenting, but this one-of-a-kind book is specifically designed to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child. With a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you'll discover you are definitely not alone on your journey and God has a very special plan for you and your family.

My Review:
 So whether or not you are an adoptive parent or foster parent there is tons to learn from the author. He has had struggles that he has taken from and to show us the in's and out's of something that could be amazing both in the eyes of the parent or the child.

 I love the fact that the author recommends finding a support system from the community. I really do believe that sharing your struggles and successes with others really helps in the immediate and in the long run.

 He offers you hope through all that he has learned but through Biblical teaching, as well. A great help!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by:Pepper Basham

 My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins his uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel's imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel's father's drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?

My Review:
 In each of the "My Heart Belongs" series you are transported to a different time and place. I like the books and writings because it never gets old. Each one is different and unique in its own way. Poor Laurel she has always held out hope that her life would eventually get better and she thought it had when she met Jonathan but setbacks were bound to happen as they sometimes do.

 Soon the two of them were met with many different things design to bring upset and possibly disaster but they have to decide if they will let that hold them back or just make them stronger.

 A great story that teaches you to keep getting back up after you have been knocked down and that true love maybe waiting around the corner.

A great Pepper Basham book, indeed!

Review: The Snowman Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Snowman
 **Disclosure**This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy's world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, THE SNOWMAN is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

My Review:
 What child doesn't love snow? I dont know of many. This movie actually came from the book, The Snowman. The snowman is a curious fellow that brings so much delight yet is such a mystery but in this story he comes to life for one little bow. Both the snowman and the boy go on an adventure unlike any other and the two of them share something o magical that it would only happen in make believe to you or me. But in this story imagination is life and life is imagination.

 This was a great movie to watch with the kids and NCircle brought the story to life, very well. This movie retails for $7.99 and can be found here.

Review&Giveaway: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot about Christmas Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
 **Disclosure**This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph's Christmas wish? to be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!

My Review:
 Christmas would not be Christmas without the Cat in the Hat and his crazy adventures. Cat and his friends want to help Ralph have the Christmas of his dreams. I really enjoy seeing the Dr. Suess characters played out in film rather than in books. The characters really come to life for me and I get to see my son's delight in it, as well.

 NCircle Entertainment has many of this series and it is showing our children true character qualities that hopefully will instill something positive in them. This company has a lot of great educational videos to share with my son and my family, as a whole.

 Winter is still upon us and seems to be hanging in there--this is one of those cuddle up by the fire types of videos. My son and I grab some hot chocolate and some buttery popcorn and sit by the fire while we watch Cat and his friends. It always makes for a great day!

The link to this video is here and it retails for $6.99.