Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Bunny's First Spring by:Sally Lloyd-Jones

 Bunny's First Spring
About the Book:
When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author's Sally Lloyd-Jones' latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail's whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones' inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature's rebirth.

About the Author:
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner and ALA notable, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. She has written many picture books for children, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City.

My Review:
 Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal for all living things. This is just a precious picture book, perfect to teach your child about the world around them and what springtime is all about. Bunny sees such a beautiful, perfect world around him when it's spring. Each day he is awakened to some new growth such as a plant or flower or some new sound such as the birds singing. Each day his world is alive with activity, but soon the seasons begin to change and he is so afraid that the world is dying. His parents are always by his side reassuring him to be patient. And just as he is use to the winter, it turns and welcomes spring all over again.

 This is a precious children's book, filled with touching prose and beautiful illustrations! A sweet book to read at Easter!

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

Review: Patriots, Redcoats & Spies by:Skead/Skead

 Patriots, Redcoats and Spies
About the Book:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail."
My Review:
 John and Ambrose soon learn the true involvement of their father in the Revolutionary War. After their father is shot Lamberton Clark has to get his secret message to General George Washington, but how? Thats when he realizes, his two 14 year old twin boys will have to help him. After the boys learn of the importance of the secret message and how now all the responsibility now rests on their shoulders---they set out to help their father any way they can. It's not long though before they catch on to the fact this adventure, isn't so easy and they are definitely in for a trying time.

 My boys ages 9 and 12, love reading of war adventures especially when it involves boys just like them. The authors did a great job of creating an atmosphere for my boys to escape to. A great story with a Revolutionary War backdrop!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my participation in the Z Blog Squad.

Litfuse Review: Get Your Joy Back by:Laurie Wallin

 Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family
About the Book:
An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who's been there.

"It isn't the long day of monitoring a child's precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it's the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents' greatest stressor and source of pain." --Laurie Wallin

Parents of specials needs children are exhausted. They've done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children's needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents' mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.

About the Author:
Laurie Wallin strives every day to live out her message for families: that no matter the challenge, in Jesus they can have joy and confidence. She is mom to four girls, two of them with mental and developmental special needs. She has been a certified life coach for over a decade, and is a regular speaker at women’s events and retreats, a popular blogger, and the author of Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful.

My Review:
 Get Your Joy Back, takes the problems that face many special needs parents and throws them at the feet of God and dares the devil to take charge. Special needs parenting takes a toll on these parents that frankly many other parents may not face daily, if at all. Most of the time parents of special needs parents become weary because they are soul care givers that never receive a much deserved break. These parents along with many others in similar situations have to be reminded to look to God for their strength and that is what the author Laurie Wallin instructs them to do and she not only instructs them but also shows them how to get their joy back.

 I believe the author has tackled a common problem among special needs parents that needs to be addressed. She tackles it and explains how to get a hold of it!

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by:Kristen Feola

 The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast
About the Book:
The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast is an inspiring resource for Christians who want to pursue a more intimate relationship with God through the 21-day commitment to prayer and fasting known as the Daniel Fast. As you deny yourself certain foods such as sugars, processed ingredients, and solid fats you will not only embrace healthier eating habits, you ll also discover a greater awareness of God s presence. Author Kristen Feola explains the Daniel Fast in easy-to-understand language, provides 21 thought-provoking devotionals for each day of the fast, and shares more than 100 tasty, easy-to-make recipes that follow fasting guidelines. In a conversational style, Feola helps you structure the fast so you can spend less time thinking about what to eat and more time focusing on God. You will also discover that to fast means to feast on the only thing that truly nourishes? God's powerful Word. 

About the Author:
Kristen Feola is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, an encouraging and engaging resource for individuals, small groups, and churches participating in the Daniel Fast. Her blog,  inspires thousands of people around the world. Kristen is a frequent contributor to Pentecostal Evangel magazine, and her writing has appeared in a variety of Christian and health-related publications. She has worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritional consultant. Kristen lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and two daughters.

My Review:
 To have a more intimate relationship with God, is a good thing. We should always strive to get closer and closer to Him. Daniel, from the Bible story Daniel and the Lions Den had a very strict eating plan. And he was also a very strict follower of God and all He possesses. The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, is a way to grow closer to God, by eating better but it is suppose to be more than that. It is a 21 day fast with lots of structure and besides the plan you get more than 100 recipes that follow the guidelines to help you adhere to the rules to complete follow through.

 Scripture is a strong proponent of the plan and is one sure to get you through the tough times of detox. Growing closer to the Creator will definitely result from the fast. Many people have tried it and explain its do ability. I looked over some of the recipes and I am anxious to try the Ozarks Sunset Fruit Salad and the Marinated Vegetable Salad. Very spiritual devotional and HUGE help to staying on the right path on the Danial Fast.

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

Review: Veggie Tales:Noah's Ark DVD

 Noah's Ark DVD
**Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Family Christian. 

About the DVD:
Noah and his family together with a zoo full of animals take an adventure aboard an orange slice ark. After 40 days and nights of rain, everyone's faith has been tested, and they're ready to jump ship. Will they chart a new course, or will they remember to trust God's promises?

My Review:
 The Veggie Tales rendition of the beloved story of Noah and his obedience to God is a classic that will never be forgotten. Trusting God is never easy in our modern times or in Noah's day but it should be. The Bible shows many examples of people obedient to God. And in each story all participants that were obedient reaped many great rewards for doing so. In this instance Noah and his family were spared their very lives, which is an AWESOME feat in itself because everyone not on that boat did not survive.

 Along with Noah, his wife, and family there were several different species of animals in pairs of course that accompanied them on the boat. Veggie Tale style Noah, has a few veggie twists as always. The songs were catchy and my children loved them, as always. Veggie Tales Noah's Ark will be just as popular as all the other Veggie Tales movies. The character lesson in Noah's Ark is about Trusting God. Not just trusting Him in the good times, but trusting Him also when it doesn't make much sense or doesn't feel right. A great character lesson for all ages!

 Set to release on March the 7th, you can pre-buy it here

Review: Bible Favorites:One Sentence Storybooks by:Nancy I. Sanders

 Bible Favorites
About the Book:
This set of 10 delightful mini books will help beginning readers recognize basic vocabulary words while learning about 10 favorite Bible stories. These creative books teach reading in the strongest way possible using repetition in a way that draws children in and brings them joy. The last word of each sentence part in the story is the featured vocabulary word on that page for a total of four featured vocabulary words for each mini book. Each page builds on the previous one both in art and text. The final illustration is always the whole scene of the story, giving an understanding of the sentence as a whole.

My Review:
 I have to say, I love this little collection of books! Perfect for little hands!

 Each box includes a set of 10 small booklets perfect for tiny preschool hands. Each booklet speaks in simple words with word building sentences perfect for young learners. Bible Favorites:One Sentence Storybooks is geared for the 3-5 age group. The illustrations are just as sweet as the books are. My four year old son was happy to "help" mommy read the books. We read them together aloud and he seemed very happy learning what each book was about.

 There is a vocabulary safe for four words per booklet. The ending illustration shows the complete sentence as well as complete illustration. Based completely upon scripture, there is also a verse and prayer included as well. Each booklet is entitled as follows:

The Sun and Moon

Two Mice and the Ark

Moses and the Bush

David and the Giant

The City Wall

The Star and the Kings

Jesus on the Water

The Good Shepherd

The Sad Son

The Angel and the Cave

This little book set is the perfect gift for a preschooler or early reader! It introduces them to the broad world of reading as well as Bible reinforcement.

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New from Elizabeth Camden | ‘Beyond All Dreams’ Kindle Fire Giveaway and Author Chat Party

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release, Beyond All Dreams. From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Beyond All Dreams
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at Elizabeth's 2/17 Beyond All Dreams Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for the opportunity to win some great prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 17th!