Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bible Review-The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible
NKJV
Signature Series
Executive Editors:  Phil and Al Robertson
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

Join the Hunt for the Truth That Can Transform Your Life!

Ducks may be their business, but for Phil and Al Robertson, faith in Jesus Christ comes first.

The Roberson duo has spent a lifetime exploring God’s unconditional love.  The corner stone of their lives is based on five core values:  faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness and freedom.

Features of this Bible
Ø  125 articles by Phil and Al Robertson
Ø  Personal welcome note from Phil and Al
Ø  Topical index
Ø  Reading plans
Ø  Supplementary scripture references
Ø  Lifetime guarantee from Thomas Nelson Publishing on the quality of this Bible
Ø  Free online Study download from Thomas Nelson Publishing

This hard-cover Bible is illustrated in true Duck Commander style.  The jacket boasts the Duck Commander logo with a picturesque scene of a lake at the bottom.  Underneath the jacket, the cover is off white with wood grain.  The spine is brown with white lettering and the front also has the Duck Commander logo.   Inside the cover you will find a presentation page,  Phil and Al’s welcome, contents,  introduction of the editors, 52 days of what Phil and Al each have to say about their five core values divided into the five categories, Lifechangers index, 30 days of Lifechangers articles by Phil and Al, an explanation of the translation of the NKJV and then the actual Bible Scripture.  All throughout the Bible there are articles by the Roberson duo called “Set Your Sights” which are also based on their five core values, with the value of each article being in bold at the top.  At the end of each article is a section called “On The Hunt” which is a list of more scripture that coincides with the article.

In the back of the Bible is an index for the articles in “Set Your Sights” broken down in the topics such as anger, anxiety, belief, etc.  To finish it off there are articles or charts on, the ABC’s of Salvation, 30 days with Jesus, Ministry of Jesus, Parables of Jesus, and miracles of the Apostles. 

My opinion:
This is a beautifully illustrated Bible filled with articles by the Robertson duo, Phil and Al.  These articles are based on true experiences involving their family and their core values.  When I first started looking through the Bible for my review I read the first 20 days without even realizing it.  I am impressed with their willingness to share not only the good in their life experiences but also the not so good experiences.  This shows they are just as normal as the neighbor next door.  I loved how they turned these situations into glory and honor for God.  As for the Bible its self, I found it to be pretty typical of the NKJV.  To me the print was somewhat small especially for those of us who are older. 

All in all I would recommend this if you are looking for helps and articles that deal with everyday situations and life issues in general.  Also if you are a fan of the Robertson family this is a must-have.  It would be a great gift for the male in your life

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Bloggers, program 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.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review-NKJV Adventure Bible

NKJV Adventure Bible
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Age:  8-12

The NKJV Adventure Bible is the number one Bible for kids.  It will take your child on a fun and exciting journey through God’s word.

A few of the features of this Bible are:
·          Beautifully illustrated hard-cover
·         Life in Bible Times – articles and illustrations of life in ancient times
·         Words to Treasure – Scripture to memorize
·         Did you Know? – facts to help your child understand God’s word
·         People in Bible Times – close-up look at some of the amazing people in the Bible
·         Live It – Activities to help your child apply the Bible to their life.

In addition to those, it has a large concordance, subject index, money, weight and measurement chart, map index and gorgeously illustrated maps.  Also near the back of the Bible are instructions on how to care for your Bible and instructions in the front on how to use this Bible.

My biggest disappointment is the lack of red-letter words spoken by Jesus.  I remember as a child turning the pages of my Bible and the excitement of easily finding and reading the words that Jesus spoke in red letters, which meant to me, it had to be important!  All in all I was very impressed with this Bible.  The true test came when my granddaughter picked it up and asked if once I was finished with my review if she could read it.  My immediate answer---CERTAINLY—but you don’t have to wait for my review, you can read it now.  Since I gave it her, she has called me with questions about things in the Bible and I couldn’t be happier, however I still encourage her to compare it with the JKV Bible.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, ZonderKidz, 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-OneThousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp


One Thousand Gifts Devotional
(Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces)
By:  Ann Voskamp
Publisher:  Zondervan


How can we find real joy when we are struggling with debt, daily obligations and stress?  Ann Voskamp has compiled 60 reflections of grace that will help you to keep your life focused on Christ. 

A beautiful hard-cover book with lined pages for your reflections and an attached ribbon page marker are just a few of the things that make the physical part of this book appealing.  All of the devotions begin with scripture from several versions of the Bible, such as KJV, ESV, NEB, MSG and NASB just to name a few, making it easy to understand and all the devotions end with a short prayer.  MS Voskamp often asks a question in the course of the devotion that will cause some deep soul-searching such as “What makes God angry?” “What is the root of sin?”  She then takes it a step further and helps you explore the answers to the questions posed.  She also shows again and again by the scriptures when we fail, God doesn’t turn away from us. 

When I first started reading this devotional for review, I randomly chose them by title, but soon realized I would be going back and daily read these devotions as they deal with things that sabotage my lack of daily happiness, such as thanklessness, lack of grace, anger and pain, etc. 

These are beautifully written and thought-provoking devotionals.  I would highly recommend them, especially if you are looking for a way to have a closer walk with God.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, 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-A Light in the Wilderness

A Light in the Wilderness
By:  Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher:  Revell

To Letitia nothing is more important than papers she has that says she is no longer a slave.  Although she cannot read, she knows the words on those papers give her the right to a future without a master and having her children sold into slavery.  Through a course of events she meets Davey Carson, an Irish Immigrant, who falls in love with her.  Although it is not proper for them to be married hey have their own ceremony with the traveling tinker as a witness.  They begin their journey West, by wagon train in hope of finding a future free to live their lives without ridicule.

This novel is a remarkable story of the journey of three women, Letitia, a freed slave, Nancy Hawkins, a white woman and Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian, as they find friendship and courage to face the future in the American Wilderness.

Ms. Kirkpatrick in my opinion certainly created a master piece with this novel.  The characters were so real I could feel their emotions.  It made me laugh, cry and even hate some of the hardships they had to endure.  This is a book that will stay with you long after you have read the last word.  I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading about the American Wilderness and its history. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Revell, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review-A Secret Colton Baby By Karen Whiddon


A Secret Colton Baby
By:  Karen Whiddon
Publisher:  Harlequin

Theo Colton, an ex bronc-riding cowboy suddenly finds himself with a baby dumped at his door by her dying mother stating she is his daughter.

Ellie Parker, cook for Theo’s ranch hands, finds herself being nannie to Theo’s daughter, Amelia.  She also realizes that the past she thought she left behind has caught up to her.  Her stalker has found her.  The drama for Theo, Ellie and the town of Dead River thickens as the mysterious virus that killed Amelia’s mother puts the town in quarantine, along with Ellie’s stalker and a thief.

This book is jam-packed with multiple subplots.  At times I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to keep up with who was on first.  The storyline went from Theo’s background story, to whining that life dealt him a bad break, to his family loving him enough to rally around and support him, to finding himself saddled with a baby, to Ellie Parker and her background story, the mysterious virus, the attraction between Theo and Ellie, the stalker and the thief. Wow! That’s a lot packed into one book.  It was filled with suspense, mystery, romance and tons and tons of drama.  It was fast paced enough to keep me reading to the end. I hope the next book will shed light on the cause of the mysterious virus and if they found a cure and if they caught the bad guys. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-The Heart of Christmas By Brenda Novak


The Heart of Christmas
By:  Brenda Novak
Publisher:  Harlequin

Eve Harmon, a romantic at heart, just can’t understand why she hasn’t found Mr. Right.  All of her friends are married and having children.  She loves Christmas more than any other holiday, but this year finds herself restless, wanting more in life than running her family owned B & B, Little Mary, in the small town of Whisky Creek.  After recently celebrating her 35th birthday she realizes she wants love, a husband and a family.  However husband material is in short supply in her small community, until a handsome stranger comes to town and Eve throws caution to the wind.

Ms. Novak is one of my favorite romance authors.  Her books always have a great plot and easy to follow storyline that is believable and the characters are real.  She tastefully intertwines the romantic parts, which I find refreshing and keeps explicit language to a minimum.  This book was filled with romance and even a little mystery and intrigue.  It is an entertaining book and great for the holiday season.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-Maverick Sheriff By Delores Fossen


Maverick Sheriff
By:  Delores Fossen
Publisher:  Harlequin

Cooper Mckinnon, a Texas sheriff saves the life of a little boy, but it opens old wounds from the loss of his own baby son two years ago.  Jessa Wills is Liam’s adoptive mother and Assistant District Attorney.  She and Cooper are at odds since she has decided to open an unsolved murder involving his astranged mother. He and his brothers are also accused of tampering with evidence.  However things quickly change with Jessa’s accident and the need for her son to have blood transfusion.  His blood type is very rare.  It seems that Cooper has the same blood type.  When he sees Liam for the first time he feels sucker-punched because Liam looks just like his missing son.  With someone trying to kill Jessa and kidnap Liam, Cooper and Jessa have no choice but to join forces and find out who is behind it. 

In the beginning the book seemed to have great potential and then it waned.  There was a mutual attraction between Cooper and Jessa, but nothing really happens until suddenly in the middle of the book they acted on their attraction during an attempted kidnapping of Liam.  I felt it was out of place at this time in the book.  I was somewhat disappointed in the storyline, but hope the next book will give it and the characters more depth.  It did however have enough drama to keep me reading to the end. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-Stranded With the Rancher By Janice Maynard


Stranded with the Rancher
By: Janice Maynard
Publisher:  Harlequin

Drew Farrell and Beth Andrews are sworn enemies.  He is a billionaire, used to getting his way and Beth is his poor neighbor and a thorn in his side.  A tornado causes them to take refuge in Beth’s storm cellar, where they call a truce and pray for their lives.  As the storm rages they become trapped in the cellar.  Once they are rescued they find Beth’s home is ruined and their community has been devastated by the storm.  In spite of their own loss they volunteer to help rebuild their town and their lives.  The attraction they have for each other grows until Beth’s less-than-stellar past catches up with her.  Will Drew be able to look beyond her past?

This is a fast-paced novel with lots of drama and a somewhat predictable ending.  However it is a romance story that will tug at your heart-strings.  It is a great book that you can easily read in one afternoon.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-An Amish Second Christmas


An Amish Second Christmas
By:  Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, Tricia Goyer
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman:
Katherine Zook and her children will face the holidays for the first time this year without her husband and their father, Elias.  She knows it will not be easy and has no idea how to lessen the hurt for her family.  However a mysterious Englischer comes to town with photographs of her late husband and she has no idea how he came to have them, since the Amish don’t like to have their pictures taken.  She befriends him by having coffee with him and finds there may be blessing in store for her and her family this Christmas in spite of their loss.

This story shows that losing a loved one during the holidays is exceptionally hard, but if you put your trust and faith in God there will be something good come out of the sorrow.  I found this to be a beautifully written story about family, love and faith.

“Her Christmas Pen-Pal”  By Ruth Reid
Joy Stolzfus expects Henry to propose to her, but instead he turns his affections to another woman because he feels Joy is ignoring him since she is single-handedly trying to keep her family’s bakery business from going under. It seems she has no time for him.  In her despair she writes a ten-page letter to her cousin, only to have it mistakenly delivered to the wrong person….a cabinet maker, Noah Esh.  He decides to respond to her letter, giving her advice about Henry and her baking.  They continue to correspond back and forth which causes them to begin to have feelings for each other, but since they have never met…or have they, will they have a chance to explore their feelings and will Joy keep her family business from going under? 

This is a lovely story about trust, love and finding friendship in the most unusual way.  It also shows that God has a way of providing what we need even if we don’t know we need it.

“A Gift for Anne Marie”  By:  Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie Smucker feels life in general is pretty good, except she is confused about the changes in her relationship with Nathaniel.  On top of that, she discovers her widowed mother has been keeping a secret…she has re-established a friendship with a widower that he knew a long time ago and they are getting married…. And…they will all be moving.  Anne Marie has a difficult time adjusting to her mother’s upcoming wedding and to move.

This is a sweet story about friends who could possibly become more.  Anne Marie always tried to be happy for others even when she was hurting.  This is a beautiful story of friendship, love, compromise and compassion.

“Christmas Aprons”  By Tricia Goyer
Esther Glick is single and afraid of what people will think of her, which causes her to feel like she does not fit in or belong.  She loves to bake and bakes her signature Vanilla Crumb Pie for a bachelor auction to raise money for the local fire department.  Little does she realize that the winning bidder also wins a date with the baker.  Ammon Schwartz wins her pie and her.  They become good friends. Will their friendship blossom into something more??  Where do the aprons fit into all of this?  Those will be answered as you read the story of Esther and Ammon.

This is a beautiful Christmas story of love and acceptance.

This book is a compilation of several short novellas  about the Amish written by four acclaimed authors.  If you love reading about the life of the Amish this is a book you want to miss.  It is a great book for the upcoming holidays.  It is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-Forever Christmas By Robert Tate Miller


Forever Christmas
Robert Tate Miller
Thomas Nelson


Andrew Farmer is a mover and shaker in the literary world.  He is constantly going out of town to meet prospective clients and to make a name for himself.  He can’t see that he is much like the father he hates because he was never there for him or his mother and he is never there for his wife, Beth. On Christmas Eve and out-control taxi driver changes Andrew’s life forever by taking Beth’s life.  Lionel, an angel gives Andrew three days to try and mend the wrongs between him and Beth, but only one gift will save Beth’s life.  Can Andrew figure out in 72 hours what the one thing is that will save Beth’s life or will he lose her forever.

This book has it all from happiness to profound sadness.  I couldn’t put the book down.  I was hooked from the first page.  Mr. Miller did a fantastic job in portraying how easy it is for life to get in the way, causing those we love, to feel they are unimportant or taken for granted.  In reading this book it gives you hope that true love does exist and can be rekindled.   If you are looking for a great inspirational book, with a message of hope you won’t want to miss this book. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Book Review-Spectrum By Alan Jacobson


Spectrum
By:  Alan Jacobson
Publisher:  Open Road Integrated Media

1995 NYPD’s newest patrol officer, Karen Vail’s first day on the job finds her at the crime scene of a brutally murdered young woman.  Being new to the job, Karen is not sure what it all means.  The murder is unsolved and will weigh heavily on her for the next 20 years as the serial killer, kills again and again.  Karen’s life will take some unexpected twists and turns.  She becomes a top FBI profiler and hopes she will be able to solve the murder of the young woman and find the serial killer in what is now known as Hades. 

This is a fast-paced novel filled with mystery, intrigue and suspense that will keep you turning the pages to the end and is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.  With each murder the case becomes more puzzling.  The plot was easy to follow and the sub-plots kept me guessing.

Although this is the sixth book in the Karen Vail series, you do not have to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one.  However you will WANT to read the others in the series, especially if you love, murder, mystery, suspense and intrigue.  This series definitely has it all.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Open Road Integrated Media, through NetGalley blogger program 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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pre-Release Book Review-The NKJV Study Bible - Thomas Nelson

New King James Version Study Bible
Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  October 21, 2014

Bible Description:
The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God's Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has "the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor." Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God's Word is the goal.
Features include:
NEW attractive full-color page design
NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
NEW in-text maps and charts
Full cross-references with textual notes
Word studies and indexes
Bible Times and Culture Notes
Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names

My Review:                                       
This is a hard-cover Bible with a jacket.  Without the jacket it is brown marbleized and very masculine.  The spine has gold lettering.    
This is my first experience with the NKJV Bible as I am old school and still study the KJV, yet I found it to be very user friendly.  I was very impressed with the study helps located on each page.  The maps, photos and timelines are very impressive.  I would say on average about one-third to one-half of the page is devoted to scripture and the rest to study points, thus making the book very heavy.  It is not a Bible that I would find myself carrying to church, but it is one that I would refer to in my studies. I loved the cross-references, text notes and especially was impressed with the prophecies full-filled.    I was somewhat disappointed that Jesus’ words were not in red, although I can adjust or use my KJV to read the red-letter verses and the print is very small so I would not recommend it for the visually impaired.   All in all I am happy to have this as part of my Bible Study Library.  I can see me using it often, maybe not as my daily use Bible, but definitely as a study help.  I would recommend this to anyone who is seeking a Bible Study reference that is very detail oriented.  I am very impressed. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Blogger program 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

the Jesus Storybook Bible By: Sally Lloyd-Jones


the Jesus Storybook Bible
(Every story whispers His name)
By:  Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator:  Jago
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

This Bible is a wonderful companion with the book and CD collection “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing.  My review can be seen at Sally's Creative Corner. This combination would make a wonderful Christmas gift!

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s hard cover Bible.  This brings to life the story beneath the stories in the Bible….Salvation.  They will learn that Jesus is the missing piece of the puzzle.  He is the piece that fits it all together from beginning to end.

I am blown away with these works by Sally Lloyd-Jones for children.  As I read this Bible I was drawn in particular to the story of Leah, who thought no one wanted her, only to find that God would bestow favor on her in a special way.  The next age-old story I was drawn to is that of Zacchaeus, the man no one wanted anything to do with, much less have as a friend, but Ms. Jones brings to light the true meaning of the story in a simple way with a profound impact.  Time and again as I read these ageless stories, I was reminded of God’s love through a child’s eyes. Sometimes it is nice to go back and relearn from that simple point of view.

I would highly recommend this Bible.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, 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.


Andi Under Pressure By: Amanda Flower


Andi Under Pressure
Age Group:  Tween
By:  Amanda Flower
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

Andora (Andi) Boggs a 12-year-old and her new best friend, Colin Carter is excited to be chosen to attend science camp at a local university in Killdeer, Ohio. 

From the first day weird things are happening, like missing markers, stolen scales and crickets being let loose, but things go too far when the chemistry professor is injured in an explosion in the lab.  Campus security thinks janitor Polk is responsible because he is a little weird, but Andi is not so sure.  Being weird doesn’t mean you are guilty so she and Colin try to unravel the mystery before the danger ends camp for good.

Love, love, loved this book. It was filled with twists and turns that made it fun to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen next and how Andi and Colin would deal with it.   What a great modern-day Nancy Drewish book for Tweens.  Being a Fan of Nancy Drew when I was a few years younger, this is a perfect series for anyone who wants to introduce their child to a good clean mystery series that portrays positive goals, honesty and integrity.

I can’t wait to introduce my grandchild to the Andi series.  I think she’s going to love it as much as I loved reading it. 

Although this is the first Amanda Flower book I have read and reviewed, it definitely won’t be my last one.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, 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.

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door By: Denette Fritz


Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door
(The Next Door Series)
By:  Denette Fritz
Illustrated by:  Gene Barretta
Age Group:  4-8

Conrad Bates is a tenderfoot but is not troubled by that at all because in all his escapades in the book, he has his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit!  He goes to Uncle Clint’s ranch to learn how to become a cowboy.  He finds out it is harder than he thought.  His biggest challenge was learning to deal with Imogene Louise Lathrup….the girl next door…and she was a know-it-all!

This is a hard-cover book that is beautifully written and illustrated.  It shows time and again how Conrad forgave Imogene for her unkindness, but also how he helped her when she needed it.

I feel this would be a great book in helping teach your youngster at an early age how to deal with bullying and learning forgiveness even when it hurts.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, 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.


Adventure Bible for Toddlers By: Catherine DeVries


Adventure Bible for Toddlers
By:  Catherine DeVries
Illustrated by:  Jim Madsen
Publisher:  ZonderKidz


This is the perfect Bible for your toddler.  The cover lists from ages 4-8, but I think the illustrations are so beautifully done, that even a younger child would enjoy it.

There are ten stories from both the Old and New Testaments.  This is a board-page type Bible that is compact, yet not too small even for the younger children.  The pages are easy for little hands to turn and easy to wipe off, should those little hands leave some sticky grime.

This is a beautiful way to spend time sharing God’s word with you child from an early age.

Beautifully written and superbly illustrated.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, 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.

To Everything a Season By: Lauraine Snelling


To Everything a Season
By:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  Bethany House

The Bjorklund family, 1905, Blessing, North Dakota

Haaken Bjorklund is getting older and Ingeborg worries about him.  She has these feelings that things  are not right, but puts him into God’s protective care, with a prayer for acceptance and understanding of God’s will concerning her husband.

Trygve Knuston works on a construction crew building the town of Blessing.  He loves God, his family and the community, but since Miriam, a nurse sent from Chicago to get practical training comes to town, Trygve cannot seem to keep his mind on anything but….her!  Miriam however plans to return to Chicago’s Women’s Hospital in one year to take a position that has been offered to her, so she can continue to support her family.

At this point I will not say more about the storyline as I don’t want to give too much away, but this book was a fun one to read once I got all the characters straight.  It was serious, yet at times lighthearted enough to make you laugh, especially when the attempt at robbing the bank went very wrong.   When Miriam is called back to Chicago because of an emergency with her family, you could feel the uncertainty about her future and especially in leaving Trygve. 

Ahhh what a perfect love-story.  This book left me wondering what the future will hold for the town of Blessing, the Bjorklund family, Miriam and her family and her future.  It definitely left me wanting to read the next in the series.  If you are a fan of Ms. Snelling you won’t want to miss this series.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House blogger program 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.

End of the Line By: Sharon E. McKay


End of the Line
By:  Sharon E. McKay
Publisher:  Annick Press, Ltd

Wartime Amsterdam, Holland 1942

Beatrix finds herself left at the tram station, as the Nazis take her mother from the tram.  Lars, a tram operator tells the Nazis Beatrix is his niece.  He and his brother Hans have no idea how to even begin to cope with a 5 year old and yet they are willing to try eventhough if they are found harboring a Jew it will mean certain death.  They enlist the help of their neighbor, Mrs. Vos, who although does her best, she cannot always shield Beatrix from the horrors of war as she waits daily for her mother to return.

In today’s society it would be hard to understand that a perfect stranger would be willing to jeopardize their lives to save the life of someone they didn’t know, since we are taught from a very early age to not speak to strangers, yet that is exactly what happened to 5-year-old Beatrix, as her mother is taken away by the Nazis.  This book tugged at my heart strings.  I felt their fear as they waited for the “all-clear” to sound from the bombings, their hunger and their cold and the uncertainty of their future as they waited for the war to end.  All throughout this book the horrors of war brought out the worst and best in people.

This is definitely a book I would recommend, especially if you like a book based upon historical fact about World War II.  I can promise you, it is a story that will stay in your thoughts long after you have read the last word.  Superbly written!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Annick Press, Ltd, through NetGalley blogger program 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.


Monday, October 6, 2014

The Legend of the Candy Cane-By Lori Walburg

The Legend of the Candy Cane
By:  Lori Walburg
Illustrated by:  Richard Cowdrey
Publisher:  ZonderKidz

This is an adorably written and illustrated board book, perfect for your child from ages 4-8 about the “Legend of the Candy Cane”.  What better way to teach your little one about the love of God and the promise of hope through the candy cane.

What more can I say about the story of the candy cane?  Although I have read the legend many times, it still gives me a sense of hope and love each time.  This book is well written in easy to understand language for the little ones and so beautifully illustrated right down to the cat on the shelf and the mouse on the scales.  The pictures alone will insure that the child who cannot yet read will spend lots of time looking at the pictures.  This is a book your little ones will want you to read to them over and over again. 

This would be a perfect book to impress upon your little ones there is more to Christmas than receiving gifts…they will learn in this book that God gave them the perfect gift…Salvation when Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  Highly recommend this book!  A must read for the Christmas season.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, through BookLookBloggers, program 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.

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet By Sara Hagerty

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet
By:  Sara Hagerty

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Quote From The book flap:

“Here you will see a God who is present in every changing circumstance.  Most significantly, you see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.”  Sara Hagerty takes her everyday life situations and shows God’s purpose and plan for each situation and more importantly shows how to listen when God speaks to your heart.

When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be another book about infertility and almost put it in my “to read later” pile, but as I kept turning the pages I couldn’t put it down because I found things that began to relate to my life.  It has left me “longing to know more”.  Although I have been a Christian for many, many years, I often long to feel the closeness of God in bad situations that Sara feels.  I often find myself begging God to talk with me and show me the way and am often disappointed when it feels there is no answer.  Sara shows through her life story you can have that kind of relationship, but it is something you have to work at and have to be willing to put God first.  I think that is often the downfall of me and probably most of us, because when troubling situations arise, I forget to pray about them before I act, rather than praying after nothing I have tried works.

This is a book I will read again but this time with pen and paper as there are many scriptures listed after each chapter to help you continue your pursuit in learning God’s truths.  This book could easily be used as a women’s group Bible Study.

Eventhough this was a difficult review for me to write, because I am struggling with so many emotions that came to surface while reading it, I would highly recommend this book especially if you are struggling with things in your life that leave you unhappy and wanting more of God in your life.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan through HarperCollins Christian Publishing, 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.


Renewing Your Mind By Neil T. Anderson

Renewing Your Mind
By:  Neil T. Anderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Romans 12:2
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Fourth study in the Victory Series of eight levels of growth.

Being a believer in Christ means you must first be rooted “in Him”.  Trials in life will cause you to grow spiritually if you are willing to be obedient to God’s will.

In this study Dr. Anderson shows step by step how to renew not only your mind but your faith and how to become more centered in God’s will.

One of my favorite chapters is “Emotional Honesty”.  He used Saul and David as an example of un-repented emotional anger. I loved this study because it deals with everyday thoughts and life in general.  It brings home how human nature causes us to get ourselves into situations that make us unhappy in our spiritual life, but it also shows how to overcome these situations.

The study is one you won’t want to miss if, just to name a few, you are struggling with emotional insecurity, anger, depression and anxiety topics.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House blogger program 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.