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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

"The Invisible Library" by Genevieve Cogman is a new young adult fantasy series!

The main character, Irene is a professional spy for the Library, a shady organization that collects important books from different time periods. She was born into this job, and has done her share of perilous assignments, but this new assignment is like nothing she's ever done before.

Her supervisor has given her a newer recruit named Kai to help with this mission. They've been charged with the retrieval of a dangerous book. In addition, it's in alternate London, which means it's chaos infested! Enter werewolves, vampires and other mystical creatures. To make matters worse, the book is already missing when they arrive!

Irene finds there is a lot more at stake than what she first imagined.

I was extremely excited to read and review this book! Young adult fantasy is one of my favorite genres of books to read. The story was interesting but it took a bit getting into for me. It took me until about chapter three to fully understand what was going on in the book. So, yes it was good, but I wish the beginning was explained a bit better and the main character was a lot more developed.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. I rate this book as 3 stars.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Drawn In Bible Study: Ruth by Eugene H. Peterson

The "Drawn In Bible Study: Ruth" by Eugene H. Peterson is the newest way to do your Bible study!

In between the Bible readings and spaces to fill in your answers, you'll find beautiful pictures to color in! I've never seen anything quite like this, and I've owned multiple coloring books and postcards to join the latest craze.

The questions are fairly basic, but bring up excellent discussion points and topics. The author takes readers through Ruth and Naomi's journey, beginning with the loss of their husbands. It goes through Ruth meeting Boaz and God's blessing upon the two women.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was that it is very easy to understand. It is appropriate for women in all walks of life, and something that so many women can relate to! If you work on a chapter a week, it works out very well. The chapters are not super long, so I just work on a few questions a day.

The only thing I disliked about this book was the way the passages were written out. It didn't specifically say which passage you were reading as you went along. For example, the instructions would say to read verses 8-9 but the passage was labeled as verses 1-12 and didn't label which were 8-9. Of course when doing a Bible study, one expects to use a Bible, so this really isn't a big deal, but I thought it was worth noting.

I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this Bible study and I look forward to doing the other two books as well! I received this book for free from Tyndale book publishers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Monday, June 26, 2017

ICB Blessed Garden Bible

The ICB Blessed Garden Bible is an adorable woodland creature themed Bible aimed at 6-10 year old children.

The front cover is made to look like an old fashioned fairy tale book, with a faux lock and lots of scroll symbols. It features an adorable fox, as well as snails, birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, bunnies, raccoons, owls and many other woodland creatures.

There are 24 full color pages with adorable animals and flowers throughout the Bible! These pages show a Bible time line, important verses to remember, places to write down your favorite verses, and answers to common questions children might have. Questions such as "How do I pray?", "How do I forgive?", and "How do I study the Bible?".

The end of the Bible has an index for miracles performed in the Bible, the names of the disciples, and kids from the Bible. There are also 4 pages of Biblical maps located in the last few pages of the Bible.

All in all, I thought this was an adorable Bible! I don't typically buy ICB versions of Bibles but it would be an excellent beginner Bible for a child who has just learned to read. This version makes the Bible very easy to understand for young children. The illustrations were absolutely adorable! They were bright and colorful, with a sort of whimsical design. The front cover itself is bright colored and even has glitter on some of the pictures.

I rate this Bible as 5 stars! I received this Bible for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kids' Visual Study Bible

Having four kids of my own, I love getting the opportunity to read and review children's books and Bibles!

The Kids' Visual Study Bible NIV contains over 700 colored images! It features fun little tidbits at the beginning of each book, including:

"Who wrote this book?"
"Why was this book written?"
"What do we learn about God in this book?"
"Who are the key people in this book?"
"Where did this happen?"
"What are some of the stories in this book?"

Each page has a small pop of color. In the yellow portion of each page, it paraphrases what is being read in each chapter. Throughout the pages, readers get to see photos of items specific to that date in time. Photos include pictures of maps, fruit, animals, plants, buildings and much more!

One thing that I thought was really cool, was a graphic of the breakdown of Noah's time in the ark! It's such a fun way for kids to visualize what actually happened, and it lets the story soak in a little deeper!

This Bible is aimed at children between the grades of 3-7, but I think it could potentially be used for younger children as well if the parent were doing the reading. There are many interesting colored photos to look through while listening to the stories. Overall, I found it to be a fun and interesting Bible that will keep a child engaged while reading! I rate this Bible as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Know Who You Are by Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is back with another amazing book! Tim has written his newest book "Know Who You Are: Live like it Matters" specifically for kids who grow up like he did- Homeschooled!

This book is broken down into 36 weeks worth of lessons, with the goal of reading a short 2-3 page  devotion, and then filling out a couple questions each week. Tim covers a wide variety of subjects, but really encourages readers to be a positive role model and to think about the big picture when making big decisions. 

Ordinarily, I am not a fan of football. It's not my favorite sport, most likely because I just don't understand it.  but I love Tim Tebow! He's a great role model for kids to look up to, and he continues to set the bar high year after year. I love that he shares his downfalls and weaknesses. It just makes him that much more relatable.

This is the second book of his that I have read this year, and I was just amazed by the noteworthy content. I would gladly give this book to my child! It doesn't require a large amount of writing, so if you have a child who doesn't enjoy writing, don't let that deter you! It's spaced very well! I rate this book as 5 stars!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Finally Focused by James Greenblatt, MD

Finally! A book on ADHD that caters to a more natural approach!

Dr. James Greenblatt has seen thousands of men, women and children with symptoms of ADHD- hyperactivity, inability to focus, impulsiveness, and sometimes irritability. Instead of just prescribing a medication, this doctor actually listens to his patients, trying to help them find out the root cause of their symptoms.

Through his work, Dr. Greenblatt has found numerous triggers for ADHD, including food allergies, dysbiosis, sleeping difficulties, and nutritional deficiencies. After diagnosing the root cause, he is able to make changes to the individual's diet and sleep habits to help their ADHD! Sometimes he still has to prescribe prescription medication, but the integrative approach tends to minimize the harsher side effects.

I found this book to be a breath of fresh air! So many doctors just want to prescribe medication without looking at other possible treatments. Having one child with ADHD, this book greatly encouraged me! I am going to try some of Dr. Greenblatt's natural approaches before we try a prescription medication.

This book is a fantastic resource for anyone looking for a more natural approach to their health or their child's health. Highly recommend! I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

Kristin Schell knew there was more to life than busy schedules and running from one activity to the next. When she made her previous homeowner a deal that she would continue the summer picnic, she had no idea then what that would entail!

It was just one event over the summer. Not much stress right? Everyone comes out with their families for one fun day in the sun, and then it was over. Everyone goes back home until next year's party.

But after a few years, Kristin realized that she still didn't know all that much about her community. To be honest, she wasn't even sure who lived where! She knew there was something she had to do, but what?

And then the turquoise table happened. She planted it right in her front yard, right out by the road so that anyone walking by could stop and chat. Anyone was welcome. It was a great conversation starter, and even led to some deep and meaningful conversations.

Kristin encourages readers to create their own turqoise table! She used a picnic table but just work with whatever you have!

I really loved this book. Community is so important, and yet so often overlooked! I'm such an introvert at heart, so this would probably seem difficult for me in the beginning, but I think the important thing is to start small and just make yourself available for when others need you.

Another thing I thought was awesome about this book was all the recipes the author included! Recipes that won't take too much time or effort, and will feed people in a hurry! I would definitely recommend this book to others! I rate this book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Bible Explorer's Guide Review!

I love getting the opportunity to read and review children's books, and this one looked especially exciting! "The Bible Explorer's Guide: 1,000 Amazing Facts and Photos" is a new book published by Zondervan!

It features full color photos, illustrations, and maps, and showcases people, places objects and buildings in Bible times. With over 1,000 interesting facts, it's sure to keep your little one captivated! It is recommended for ages 8 and up or grades 3rd through 6th.

This book is jam packed with tons of fun information on the Bible! It would work wonderful as an addition to a children's Bible study or homeschool supplement! It would even be excellent as a resource to gather research from for school projects. I would definitely recommend!

I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hello Stars by Alena and Wynter Pitts

I love finding wholesome yet adorable books for my daughters to read and that's exactly what I found here with "Hello Stars"written by mother and daughter duo, Alena and Wynter Pitts!

Lena is just your average 10 year old who suddenly gets the opportunity of a lifetime! When her favorite Christian artist runs a contest for a chance to meet her, Lena jumps at the chance and sends in a video entry. Only after she won did she realize that by winning, she would also be starring in a major motion picture! Lena will have to move to Los Angeles for the summer and work everyday. Being a big movie star is hard work. Lena doesn't know if she can do it.

There are so many positive elements in this story that I'm not sure where to begin! Lena's parents are strong, godly role models who pray with their four daughters every day. Her father reads scripture with the family everyday before the girls go to school. Nearly all of the chapters end with Lena writing a note in her journal addressed to the stars, or to God. I was a little confused by the star part until later in the book when it made more sense.

Another reason I loved this book was because of the strong moral values throughout the story. Lena's parents were encouraging throughout Lena's journey to stardom, yet mindful of her responsibilities, making sure Lena took this job seriously. 

This book is aimed at girls between the ages of 8-12 years. My oldest is 10 and has already devoured it since I gave it to her! We are very much looking forward to the second book set to release in September 2017!

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

"I Am No One" is the newest thriller from award winning author, Patrick Flannery.

Jeremy O'Keefe has returned to his life in New York after spending the last ten years in England as a Professor. A bit lonely at times, he's still getting used to life back home when strange things begin to happen. It appears someone is watching him after he receives strange packages in the mail. Not only that, but he believes someone is following him, and his elderly mother is being harassed on Jeremy's behalf.

Perhaps most troubling to Jeremy, is that if someone really is following him, why do they want him to know about it? Has he unknowingly committed a crime? Is he imagining things or is he truly in danger?

This was a book I had a very difficult time getting into. The story seemed a bit too wordy at times and it just didn't keep my interest like most thrillers I have read. Also, the big reveal at the end was a bit disappointing. I probably would not recommend.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.