Monday, January 30, 2023

Review: Good Night, Body by:B Winn Lee

 Good Night, Body: Finding Calm from Head to Toe

About the Book:

Bedtime can be full of big emotions for kids! Calm anxious, busy thoughts with this body scan meditation designed to help kids relax and prepare for sleep. This mindfulness practice will help children let go of the worries, stress, and excitement of the day as they reach their arms like a telescope, let their mouths hang like a hammock, dance their fingers like wind chimes, and listen to their hearts beat a reassuring cadence, "you're loved, you're loved."

From Britney Winn Lee, author of popular books The Boy with Big, Big Feelings and The Girl with Big, Big Questions, comes another powerful book for helping children navigate stress, form positive self-perceptions, and strengthen their hearts and minds. Good Night, Body echoes the comforting chants of Goodnight Moon as it leads children in greeting, moving, and relaxing each body part. With lyrical text and body-positive illustrations, this mindfulness picture book guides kids in connecting with who they are inside and out.

My Review:

 With little wondering eyes and minds our children and those around us are so incredibly inquisitive. They are like little sponges soaking up the world around them. Good Night Body, is a sweet book that its intended purpose is to calm and sooth, particularly right before bedtime.

 The book starts out with each body part first getting all the wigglies out then moving on to our head and mind. Before long the tips of our toes. In a calming and soothing way to get your child focused on putting their body to sleep for the night.

 A great book with muted illustrations and a calming effect to help even the squirmiest child off to dreamland!

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

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Review: The Rose and the Thistle by:L Frantz

 The Rose and the Thistle

About the Book:

 In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley's father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems--a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies--and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.

My Review:

 If historical fiction is your favorite than Laura Frantz, has to be one of your go-to's. She can write a book and her books are nothing short of amazing. She goes into great depth and detail. You will literally get a first hand experience in the novels setting. You feel like you are watching the story and are immediately taken back in time.

 The Rose and the Thistle takes place in the early 1700's and is centered around Lady Blythe, as she is the main character. As in most period novels you read or even studying about that time in history there is sure to be something amiss and tons of things happening. This story presents just that. Lady Blythe and Everard are thrown together and so begins their stories.

 The two of them have a lot of unpacking to do, figuratively for sure. So begins even more things to sort through. This story is long but worth it to set up the storyline, successfully. 

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

Review: What I Would Tell You by:L Tolsma

 What I Would Tell You

About the Book:

DNA Test Unlocks a Family Mystery
Sephardic Jew Mathilda Nissim watches in horror as the Germans invade her beloved city of Salonika, Greece. What angers her most is the lack of resistance her people put up to their captors. In secret and at great risk to her life, she continues to publish her newspaper, calling her people to action. She doesn’t trust God to help them. When she and her husband find out they are expecting a child, Mathilda may have to resort to desperate measures to ensure her daughter’s survival.
Three generations later, college student Riley Payson and her cousin take a popular DNA test only to discover they don’t share any common ancestors. In fact, the test shows Riley is a Sephardic Jew from Greece. This revelation shakes Riley’s tenuous faith and sends her on a journey to discover what happened to her great-grandmother and how all this relates to her faith and her life today.

My Review:

 What I would Tell you, is a dual timeline type novel. We have Mathilda's point of view and Riley's point of view. Mathilda had to go to some pretty daring lengths to save her child's life after the German's invaded her town. She was already a very outspoken critic of the war and this made for an easy target. She hated the fact that her people were not gutsy enough to face the opposition. Sh she did something that would change their lives forever.

 Riley on the other hand is taken by surprise when she learns of her ancestry. And off to Greece she goes and an adventure--to say the least. Riley must learn many hard truths along the way that makes her question a lot of things. But in the end she comes to realize a lot and it all comes full circle.

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


Monday, January 16, 2023

Review: Her Heart's Desire by:S Gray

 Her Heart's Desire (A Season in Pinecraft, #1)

About the Book:

Mary Margaret Miller needs an escape from her small Amish community. She boards a bus, all alone, for a vacation in Pinecraft, Florida. Meeting Betsy and Lilly on the way, she's amazed to find two kindred spirits. They become fast friends and determine to have the best two weeks of their lives. For Mary, it starts when she meets Jayson Raber. The handsome and charming carpenter is taken by Mary from the get-go, but he has responsibilities back home in Kentucky--including a girl he's supposed to marry.

When someone from Mary's past shows up in Pinecraft, it seems like her perfect vacation is ruined. But that's nothing compared to what's coming when she realizes what Jayson has been hiding.

My Review:

 New Year! New Series!! Pinecraft here we come! As per her usual Shelley Shepard Gray gives an outstanding performance. Each character is raw and fresh. They make me feel at home. Florida is my birthplace and the beach is my favorite. Mary is just going along on her merry way and its almost if everything changes in an instant. She finds friendship and a promise of sorts that kinda took her by surprise.

 A well rounded book with great promise! I cant wait for the next book in the series!

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Review: The Weekly Prayer Project for Kids by:M Hodgin

 The Weekly Prayer Project for Kids: Journal, Pray, Reflect, and Connect with God

About the Book:

The Weekly Prayer Project for Kids?helps children 8 to 12 discover the power of all types of prayer and the impact it has in their lives. This year-long guided prayer journal encourages young readers to talk to God about their blessings, hopes, fears, dreams, and more.  

Fun journaling prompts and beautiful photos and illustrations will keep kids engaged, while Bible verses and mindful reflections will deepen their faith as they develop their own personal relationship with God. And the weekly format is perfect for busy schedules while still building a regular habit. 

My Review:

 This is a great prayer journal for kids aged 8-12. It has some really great features that will help them with their praying and with writing down their overall feelings and thoughts. Each selection has scripture, a brief explanation. Then it has a place to write thoughts and inspirations as well as prayer requests. 

 This prayer journal contains 52 weeks worth of journaling and is divided into sections. Each section has a summary then dives into the weeks of journaling. The journaling will be weekly. It is a really good intro to journaling for young ages and is sure to help them navigate journaling in the future.

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

Review: I'm So Glad you Were Born by:A Earhardt

 I'm So Glad You Were Born: Celebrating Who You Are

About the Book:

Parents and children both have big dreams—about their life and the wonders the future holds. I’m So Glad You Were Born celebrates those dreams as well as the wonder of everyday experiences like sweet and special snuggles and cuddles, fun times and learning times too!

My Review:

The day that your child or grandchild is born is such a special time that brings about so many hopes and dreams. You want the best for them and you love and protect them beyond measure. Celebrating them goes beyond just words, actions or deeds. You want them to feel loved but better than that you want the to feel cherished because they are. Our job is to convince them of just that.

 In I'm So Glad You Were Born, the author is telling the child just how important they are to them and the entire world. They can achieve anything and they themselves need to see just how loved and cherished they truly are.

Great Read!

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

Review: Known: Psalm 139 by: S Jones

 Known: Psalm 139

About the Book:

Inspired by Psalm 139, Known's lyrical text reminds little ones that God sees them, knows them, and loves them more than they could ever imagine. Trust Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Jago, award-winning illustrator, to encourage even the smallest believer and share God’s love in this uplifting board book.

Known shows children God sees them, He knows them, and He loves them – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

Known is perfect for babies and infants ages 0 – 4 and features:

lyrical text inspired by Psalm 139
a reassuring message that reminds kids that God fully knows them and fully loves them, no matter what—a foundational truth to comfort and inspire children
a padded cover that is a perfect fit for little hands
beautiful, colorful illustrations that are a great gift for a new baby, First Communion, or birthday

My Review:

 Based on Psalm 139 is such a precious board book perfect for little hands, hearts, and minds. The Psalm is a perfect reminder of God's love for His children. He is always near us, ready to receive us and hear what we have to say. Or if we are afraid He is always ready to draw us near. A Perfect Father indeed!

 This board book is the best for little hands and for read alouds. It touches your heart and shows your child that God is with them at all times and cares for their needs. It would also make a good gift idea!

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