Saturday, November 22, 2014

NOAH Picture Book Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

NOAH Picture Book Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

NOAH Wordless picture book
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?
This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God - and a formidable engineering challenge.
Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness and her family thought of this beautifully illustrated wordless picture book.
Would you like to win the NOAH picture book? This giveaway begins on 11/21 and ends on 12/3 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from Propeller Consulting, LLC in the past 90 days on any blog, you are ineligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review:44 Animals of the Bible by:Nancy Pelander Johnson

 44 Animals of the Bible
About the Book:
Each beautifully illustrated animal includes details to help clarify its meaning for children, important cultural information, and connections between the historic world of the Bible and our world today! God once told Job that animals are important to Him, and that they are a big part of His creation. God watches when the doe gives birth to her fawn. He makes the leopard swift to hunt its prey. He commands eagles to soar. Animals are important to God. He loves them and cares for them, and wants us to do the same. Many of the animals mentioned in the Bible are featured in 44 Animals of the Bible.

About the Author:
Nancy Johnson graduated with a B.A. from the University of Colorado, and continues to write and travel throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Lloyd R. Hight worked for various advertising agencies, designing several covers for RCA records, and developing a variety of projects for Master Books.

My Review:
 Complete with scripture the publishers at Master Books have published a book to help your child get a visible image of 44 Animals of the Bible. Included in this book are several animals that are comparable to modern day animals but you will see a few you don't recognize. Such as an Asp, an Asp is a snake similar to a Cobra or a Gier a large bird similar to an Eagle.With each animals description is a short summary of how they were used during Bible times. Master Books works hard to bring to life each and every creation of God to life for our children. I always find their products God focused and that makes my heart sing.

 The author and illustrator have produced a lovely book geared for ages 4-8. The illustrations are colorful and each animal has one. The scripture and wording are simple enough for early elementary and of course, it is a great read-aloud for those unable to read. The price for this book is $9.99 for hardcover or $6.99 for downloadable version---if interested here is the link. Joshua enjoyed reading about "God's" animals!

If you would like to read more reviews, you can do so at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Master Books and my part on the Moms of Master Books Blogger Team.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway Sponsored by Colavita Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway Sponsored by Colavita

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deliciously Savvy and Deals of Sweetness

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness loves Italian food but has been stuck in a rut with the same old recipes and ingredients. She was excited to broaden her horizons with Colavita.
Colavita's history goes back a long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. One family operated a stone mill for crushing homegrown olives used to produce fine extra virgin olive oil. The other family gathered the durum wheat harvest, milled the wheat into semolina grain and ultimately produced fresh pasta for the local market. Over time, both families became experts at their trade, passing their knowledge to the next generation, who in turn did the same. The two families had much in common not only in perfecting time-honored production methods, but also in name. They were both Colavita families.
Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts with American consumers for over twenty years.
Emilee got to try her hand at a new Italian recipe using the amazing ingredients included in the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket.
The Simply Italian Gift Basket includes:
  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
  • Colavita Eggplant & Sweet Peppers
  • Colavita Olive Bruschetta
  • Colavita Marinara Sauce
  • Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Colavita Penne Rigate
  • Dal Raccolto Capellini
  • Dal Raccolto Orchiette
  • Almond Cantuccini
Doesn't it sound amazing? One winner will receive the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket! (ARV $75.00) This giveaway begins on 11/20 and ends on 12/13 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Review: The Tree of Water by:Elizabeth Haydon

 The Tree of Water (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, #4)
About the Book:
The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus "Ven" Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.

As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…


About the Author:
ELIZABETH HAYDON is the author of the bestselling Symphony of Ages fantasy series, which began with Rhapsody. The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, set in the same enchanted world, is her first series for young readers. She lives on the East Coast with her husband and children.

My Review:
 Ven once again finds himself on an adventure, this time under the sea. With his friends Amariel, a merrow and char, and a human they adventure deep into the sea, exploring the depths of a coral reef. Going under the sea proves to be harder than he once thought. Especially since the Thief Queen is searching for Ven. Then when Madame Sharra visits before they go back into the ocean, he realizes that there maybe more added to his already full plate.

 Madame Sharra leaves him with a dragon scale, possibly belonging to a sea dragon. While on this wild adventure under the sea, they now have to accomplish two things---one, finding the sea dragon and two, finding the amazon Tree of Water in the hopes that they will save thousands of lives.

 The Tree of Water, is a fantasy book filled with crushing defeat yet intense optimism. The group must really rely on their own inner strength to battle the unknown.

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

Why Do We Call it Christmas? DVD Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Why Do We Call it Christmas? DVD Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Why Do We Call it Christmas?
Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus' birthday? More than you'd think! 
Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world's most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don't miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas? See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought about this great Christmas DVD.
Would you like to win the Why Do We Call it Christmas DVD? This giveaway begins on 11/20 and ends on 12/2 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Litfuse Review: Love Without End by:Robin Lee Hatcher

Love Without End (Kings Meadow Romance #1)
About the Book:
Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end.


About the Author:
 Robin Lee Hatcher is the best-selling author of over seventy books. Her well-drawn characters and heartwarming stories of faith, courage, and love have earned her both critical acclaim and the devotion of readers. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA® Awards for Best Inspirational Romance, Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards for Americana Romance and for Inspirational Fiction, the Carol Award, the 2011 Idahope Writer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of American (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Catching Katie was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin began her writing career in the general market, writing mass market romances for Leisure Books, HarperPaperbacks, Avon Books, and Silhouette. In 1997, after several years of heart preparation, Robin began to write stories that included the faith life of her characters and she hasn't looked back since. She has written both contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance for a number of trade publishers (Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Revell, Steeple Hill, Tyndale House, Multnomah, and WaterBrook).

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).
My Review: 
 Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a heart attack almost three years ago. As a result of that she lives with her best friend. Due to her lack of funds, she really doubts she can afford the lessons her daughter needs after recently been given a very rowdy pinto. Chet Leonard's wife abandoned both him and their two boys, after their third son died in a car accident. Now he does all he can to provide and care for the family that he has left.

 Chet agrees to tame Kimberly's daughters horse for her but only if she will help around the ranch. As her daughter helps out around the ranch she grows closer to 84 year old Anna McKenna. Everyone loves Anna so there is no wonder she has become attached to the older woman. Soon everyone learns the connection this woman has to the Leonard family. If you are interested in learning more, you can here.

 Robin Lee Hatcher is a great author that develops her characters well. She can take any situation and make a story out of it. Love Without End is a story that shows us love can exist even after it seems that all attempts are exhausted.

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: The Case for Christmas by:Lee Strobel

 ISBN: 9780310337669
About the Book:
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you d expect from an award-winning legal journalist.

About the Author:
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole.  He and his wife live in Colorado.  Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.

My Review:
 True to journalist form Lee Strobel , takes apart and investigates the true identity of the Christ child. He consults many so called authorities on the subject. In the somewhat short findings that this book finds in just under 100 pages, Lee Strobel does in fact believe that there was a Christ child and that He come to save us all. Many people get away from the real reason that there is a Christmas in the first place and it is really disheartening to know that Jesus was sent for all mankind, yet all mankind doesn't believe.

 The author manages to find lots of opinions on the subject and is able to provide proper consensus on order for some to make a knowledgeable decision. As we move on from Thanksgiving on to the day we celebrate the birth of our Saviour it is my sincere hope, that all of us stop to consider the price that was paid for us. Christmas is a time for love and time with our families that is definitely meant for enjoyment and reflection. If you are interested in learning 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.