Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review-Soul Coats: Restoration A Coloring book created by Rohadi


Soul Coats:  Restoration-Adult Coloring Book
With Bible Scenes and Verses
By: Rohadi
Publisher: Robarry Publications

If you are like me and have been bitten by the Adult coloring book craze and crave anything Biblical in theme, then you are in luck with “Soul Coats-Adult Coloring Book”.  It has it all.  When I went to Soul Coats website, I saw that I could download a free study course guide that has questions and reflections for every scene in the 72-page coloring book.  I love how each time you color a page the study guide encourages you to pray before you start your coloring.  As I read the guide for the page I was coloring, it brought me such peace as I reflected on the scripture while coloring.  These are not your typical pages to color; they are very intricate and unique.  They reflect the tried and true Bible stories with a modern flair. 

At this point I have been reading more than coloring as I think it would be great to have a couple ladies over for coffee and use the coloring book and study guide as a time of devotion after the holidays are done.  In my opinion it will be the perfect beginning to the New Year. 

The coloring book measures approximately 10 inches by 10 inches.  The pages are thicker than most of the books I have colored.  This is going to be a remarkable journey from beginning to end.  I would encourage anyone purchasing this book to also connect with Soul Coats and download the study guide.  You will not be disappointed.  I love this different approach to Scriptural-based coloring.   Although there are no page numbers in the book to correspond with the study guide, so far I have not found it to be a big issue to match them together. 

With Christmas just around the corner, this would be the perfect book to give to someone as a gift just to say I am thinking of you in a special way or if they are struggling with issues in their lives.  I highly recommend this book because it is the first time I have ever done coloring with a purpose and time for reflection on God’s word. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book by the publisher Robarry Publications.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Review-One Monday Prayer By T.K. Chapin


One Monday Prayer
Diamond Lake Series
Book 5
By:  T.K. Chapin

Mr. Chapin, thank you so much for this wonderful series and for providing me with the opportunity to read and review your wonder work.    With each book I read, I claim it is the best yet and…”One Monday Prayer” is the best yet.  They just keep getting better with each book!

In “One Monday Prayer” Angie is the main character and Serenah’s cousin.  Although it has been two years Angie, is still reeling from the loss of her husband and to top it off she is dealing with a fire in her apartment.  Serenah reaches out to her cousin and invites her to spend the holidays at the Inn on the Lake. 

We are also reintroduced to Connor, Katie’s brother.  Angie and Connor’s meeting was meeting of chance.  Angie is fearful of flying and Connor, a perfect stranger helps her pray through her fear.  Little did she realize that Connor would re-enter her life and she would once again be dating and enjoying life.

This book is filled with real-life situations that show life definitely isn’t perfect, nor does it always go the way we planned.  However, it does show just how much God is in control of the past, present and future.  As Angie struggled with the guilt of enjoying dating again God put Emma in her path to show her that God didn’t expect her forget, her husband Ted’s memory, but that He gives us what we need when we need it if we are a willing recipient.  I was glad that Emma lived long enough to share her story with Angie. 

This book is filled with romance, heart break, letting go of the past and embracing the future with the help of God to guide you.  I was hooked from page one and didn’t put it down until I finished the last page.  I highly recommend this series.  Mr. Chapin takes real-life situations that seems almost unsurmountable and shows through his writing how God can work them out.  All you need is prayer, faith and patience.  Although this is a series and it would be better to read them in order, you can easily catch up on the characters, however once you read this book, I can promise you…you will want to go back and read all of the series.

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Review-Devotions for Christmas...A Celebration to bring You Joy and Peace

Devotions for Christmas
A Celebration to Bring you Joy and Peace
Publisher: Zondervan
Cover Designer:  Adam Hill
Interior Designer:  Mallory Collins


I was delighted to receive this little Christmas Devotional.  If you are like me, you find the month of December nothing but a whirl of activity, often leaving no time for relaxing and spending time in God’s Word.  Often we find ourselves leaving God out completely and not even recognizing HE is the reason we celebrate Christmas.  However Zondervan had published this little book that only takes a few minutes of your time each day through the month of December to reconnect with God and the true meaning of Christmas. 
At first I promised myself I would only read a few days, but found myself reading more and more until I had read the entire Devotion…now I can’t wait until December 1 to go back and really spend more time in reflection. 

This book is a hard cover small book perfect for putting on the night stand by your bed to read when you first wake up or before you go to bed.  It is beautifully illustrated on the cover and the inside as well.  Each day has a Scripture and a reflection/story and a prayer. 
This would also be a wonderful gift to give to someone during the Thanksgiving season, so they too could begin the right celebration of Christmas.  Scriptures used are from several versions of the Bible, including ESV, The Holy Bible, NKJV and NIV, just to name a few.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you have difficulty making time to reflect on God’s Word during the busy holiday season. 

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan through BookLook Bloggers , Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review-NIV Wonders Of Creation Holy Bible Illustrations to Color and Inspire

NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible
Illustrations to Color and Inspire
Zondervan

From the back of the Bible:
The wonders of the created world filled with the hues of your imagination.
With detailed black-and-white illustrations of amazing animals, landscapes and other wonders of creation, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features Include:
Lay-flat binding made for the perfect coloring experience.
Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored.
Key verses called out on each coloring page.
New International Version translation.
Presentation page for gift giving.
Ribbon Marker.


What I liked about this Bible:

It is a delightful Bible geared to ages 8 and older or grades 3 -7.  It is a great way to encourage your child to read the Bible.  The pages to color are thicker than the actual Bible pages helping to prevent bleed-through.  The font in the Bible is crisp and clear, making it easy to read.  It is a beautifully illustrated hard-cover Bible.  The size is just right for carrying in your back pack.  It comes with a presentation page that can be colored, along with a table of contents making it easy to look up the books of the bible and a ribbon marker to help keep your place.  The back of the Bible has a page of common weights and measures used throughout the Bible. I also like that when it is opened it lays flat. 

I am sure it would make a great birthday or Christmas gift.  If you are a fan of the NIV Bible and are looking for an easy to understand Bible or a way to keep your child interested in reading the Bible this one fits the bill!...  It has been my experience that sometimes crayon will rub off on the other pages, so I would recommend a good quality color pencil rather than crayons.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan  Z Blog Squad Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion—all opinions and musings are my own.



Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review-One Sunday Drive By T.K. Chapin


One Sunday Drive
Diamond Lake Series # 4
By T. K. Chapin

Letting go of past hurts can seem to be unsurmountable, leaving us with inability to forgive and often times we have to learn the hard way that God can take all those hurts, doubts and fears and use them for His glory IF we are willing to step out on faith.

Once again, Mr. Chapin brings us a story of everyday life through the characters of Katie, a photographer and Joe Maxwell, a construction worker.  These two have a past and will they be able to let old hurts go and have a future?  Only by turning the pages will you find the answer that question…and more...

This book begins with Katie committing to do a wedding photo shoot for someone she knows, Charlie Dillard and she is really nervous about the whole thing.  Little does she realize, shooting the pictures for the wedding is going to be the least of her worries.  Joe, her ex-boyfriend is also a friend of Charlie’s and he is at the Inn at the Lake and life suddenly gets complicated and interesting as old sparks begin to reignite long buried feelings.  Katie will have to learn to forgive and to trust again, not only in her personal life but in her family life too in order to find peace and happiness.

Thank you Mr. Chapin for once again giving us another novel of God’s love and forgiveness…along with a little romance thrown into the mix. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook by the author T.K. Chapin for review.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Book Review-From this Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling


From This Day Forward
Song of Blessing #4
By:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  Bethany House

As the town of Blessing, North Dakota grows, the hardships and trials multiply with it, but as the Bjorklund family continues their journey of life, they give insight on how life can become messed up when you leave God out of it and how sweet forgiveness can be.

In “From this Day Forward”, Deborah Mac Callister, head nurse, at Blessing Hospital is the featured character.  Deborah’s friends are all married with families and that is what she longs for the most.  She has loved Toby Valders since they were in school, but for some reason, even though he cares for her, he cannot commit to a relationship or even think about marriage.  However when the new school teacher, Anton Gendarme, comes to Blessing, jealousy rears its head and Toby suddenly realizes he may lose the one person he loves…but is it too late?

The twists and turns of Deborah’s journey will lead you through the maze of desire for marriage and longing to put God first. 

This is another delightful book of the Bjorklund Family.  Even though it is a series book you do not need to read the previous books, however once you have read this one…you will definitely want to go back and read the other three!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House. through the blogger review program, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-The Lord's Prayer ...Words of Hope and Happiness

The Lord’s Prayer
Words of Hope and Happiness
By:  Author, Rick Warren
Illustrated By:  Richard Jesse Watson

This dynamic duo, author, Rick Warren and illustrator Richard Jesse Watson collaborated on publishing one of the best (in my opinion) books about the Lord’s Prayer for your pre-school  age children ever!

They take each line and explain, in easy to understand language, what it means along with a line of thanksgiving.  It not only teaches your child the Bible, but also teaches them prayer and praise. 

The book its self is a beautifully illustrated hard-cover book and those illustrations don’t stop there…they continue through-out the entire book.  Each page will be sure to delight your child as you read them the story of “The Lord’s Prayer”.  The pages are board-like pages making it easy for your little one to grasp as they turn the pages and easy to wipe off from those sticky little fingers. 

In my opinion,  this is one of those “WOW” books.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review-The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book


The Berenstain Bears
Christmas Fun Sticker & Activity Book
By:  Jan & Mike Berenstain

About the Book:

Celebrate Christmas fun with the Berenstain bears and the rest of the Bear Country gang. 
It is an interactive book  filled with fun and Christmas Scripture messages.

What a truly remarkable interactive book for your 4-8 year-olds.  While this book subtly teaches your little ones the true meaning of Christmas, it is also educational.  It has mazes, counting, cross word, color-by-number, fill in the blanks and patterns just to name a few and it’s all topped off with delightful stickers to make the pages and learning even more fun…and they are reusable! 

If you want to teach your young child in education as well as scripture using Christian values then this is a must-have activity book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review-NIV Holy Bible for Girls


NIV Holy Bible for Girls
Publisher: Zondervan

“A perfect way to apply scripture to your everyday life.”

Features Include:
Lines on each page for journaling and notes.
Thicker paper perfect for writing with pencils or pens
A Presentation page for gift-giving
A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot
Ribbon marker
The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

What I  Like:

1.       Hard cover with uplifting design that any girl/woman would love.
2.      Presentation page so you can easily give it as a gift.
3.      Easy to understand how use this Bible page.
4.      Crisp clear font.
5.      Thicker pages so you can craft your journaling or note taking, and lots of space to do so.
6.      Easy to handle size
7.      Sub titles in the chapters to show what the verses are about.
8.      Clarification helps at the bottom of the page.

Things I Didn’t Like
Just one—although the font is crisp and clear, it could have been a little larger.

If you are a note-taker or journaling fanatic, or want to encourage someone to start doing so, I would highly recommend this Bible.  Also I was recently at a craft show and someone had a Bible very similar to this one in which they had stamped and colored to enhance their devotions.  I was so impressed with it; I thought this might be the perfect Bible to give that a try. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review-One Saturday Afternoon by T.K. Chapin


One Saturday Evening
Diamond Lake Series:  Book 3
By: T. K. Chapin


I originally wrote this review when the book was released under another name.  I have rewritten my review to reflect the author’s changes in book and title. 

Charlotte grew up in Newport and after she and Bradley’s divorce that caused deep hurt, she decided she wanted to raise her daughters in her hometown.  She is working at Dixie’s Diner while trying to keep up with her daughters and has no time for a relationship of her own…until Dylan moves in next door. 

The Atkin and Townson families are at odds over something that happened hundreds of years ago. Although Charlotte is not a member of the Atkins or Townson families, her alliances lie with the Townson family because of her childhood connection with them, so when Dylan moves in next door she is not sure what her next step should be…but he sure is easy on the eyes…and has a personal relationship with God, which in her opinion is all she could ask for…but he’s got family ties to the wrong family!

In this book Chapin steps the romance up a notch, which I love, but still incorporates God’s love and inspiration throughout.  It is filled with learning to trust after devastating situations… and also gives new meaning to…love thy neighbor!  Way to go T.K. Chapin…Keep up the good work and keep the inspirational novels coming. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.