Saturday, March 18, 2017

Seven-Mile Miracle by Steven Furtick

In the latest book by Steven Furtick, he encourages readers on a journey to study the last words spoken by Jesus and what implications they have on our lives now.

There are "7 Mile Markers" which define Jesus' last sentences. Those 7 are:

1. Forgiveness
2. Salvation
3. Relationship
4. Abandonment
5. Distress
6. Triumph
7. Reunion

The author had some amazing points and subjects to think about. Things that will really make you take a closer look at the God we serve. One of those coming from just the first mile marker. Jesus' words here were a plea to God to forgive these people because they don't know what they're doing (paraphrased). At this point, Jesus had been ridiculed, harassed, abandoned by friends, betrayed, beaten and tortured, and so much more. I seriously doubt my first inclination would have been forgiveness. But it's what Jesus was thinking. What an amazing testament to how loving and forgiving our Creator is!

You will love the way that Steven Furtick writes! He uses a lot of stories and analogies from present day and from Biblical times. The book itself is not very long but it packs a punch. You will get a lot out of "Seven-Mile Miracle!"I would recommend reading it in preparing our hearts and minds for Easter! I rate this book as 5 stars.

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Angels in the Bible Review!

"Angels in the Bible for Little Ones" by Allia Zobel Nolan is an adorable 32 page board book perfect for preschoolers, toddlers and babies!

It includes stories about Abraham and Sarah, Elijah, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Mary (Jesus' mother), Joseph and Mary, and Jesus. Each story is approximately 4 pages long, with an average of 2-3 sentences on each page. I found this to be the perfect amount to hold my five year old's attention! My 2.5 year old was also very interested, but she was not able to sit still as long.

The angels are depicted much like most books describe them. They are wearing long, white gowns with sparkling translucent wings.

The stories were written very well, which made it extremely easy for my children to understand and follow along. I love how durable the book was! The front and back covers are thickly padded, and the pages are super durable board pages. It's also the perfect size for tiny hands to carry around!

I thought this book was adorable. I'm sure it will remain a favorite in our house for years to come! I rate this book as 5 stars.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Can Be Kind by Amie Carlson

"I Can Be Kind: My first manners book" by Amie Carlson is a fun lift-the-flap book for toddlers and preschoolers to learn kindness and manners!

It features actual examples of how children can learn to share and show kindness. It also includes Bible verses from the NLT Bible on
 almost every page.

The pictures were adorable and eye-catching and there were just the right amount of words on each page. I would say it's aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 5, but older children could benefit from it as well.

My only complaint is the quality of the book itself. Although it is a lift-the-flap book, the pages are not "board" material as you might expect. They are actually just very thin pages. Unfortunately after handling the book for just a few minutes, my 4 year old and 2 year old managed to rip one of the pages and flaps. I loved the colorful photos and the lessons, but I would be wary purchasing if you have a young child who might accidentally tear a page. I rate this book as 4 stars.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Book Publishers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni has faced a lifetime of hardships throughout her adult years. From being resigned to a wheelchair, to finding out she has breast cancer, Joni has dealt with so much heartache. But as readers will find out after reading "A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining Through Me Every Day", she doesn't let her circumstances define her. Joni wants others to see Jesus through her and her actions.

This devotional contains 365 short daily devotions. They are each dated and include a key Bible verse, prayer, and a short message.

Many of the devotions have to do with suffering, hardships, and heartache but they are very uplifting! God created us to live for Him each and everyday. To enjoy Him, display Him, and demonstrate His presence. We need to be able to live out our faith in good and bad circumstances.

I honestly did not know much about Joni Eareckson Tada before reading this book, but I was greatly encouraged after reading her story and the beautiful words she has written here! Her writing really makes you think and take a hard look at how you are living your life. There is nothing going on in your life that God can't handle. If we just gave all our worries and problems to God, we would be amazed at what he would do! One of the devotions really stuck out to me:

"Here's an understatement: Battling stage III breast cancer is no fun. One day when my husband, Ken was driving me home from chemotherapy, we discussed how sufferings are "splash-overs of hell" -gritty, gut-wrenching reminders of the horrors Christ rescued us from. As Ken pulled into our driveway, we then wondered, "What are splash-overs of heaven? Are they easy, bright times when everything's going right?" After a long silence, Ken looked at me and with wet eyes whispered, "No, Joni. It's when we see Jesus in our splash-over of hell."

I would definitely recommend this book to others, whether they're dealing with hardships, or feeling completely at peace. I rate it as 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, February 17, 2017

Drop-dead Easy Knits

If you're looking for those knitting projects that you can just work on while on the go, then I'd highly recommend "Drop-dead Easy Knits" by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur." Their book is perfect for the novice or expert knitter!

Each project lists the difficulty level, materials needed, sizes of project, and stitches used. What I think is awesome about these patterns is that they are distinguished by how much you have to pay attention to complete it. For instance, many of the patterns are created specifically for the knitter to be able to just pick it up, knit for 5 minutes if need be, and to be able to pick up where you left off.

Other patterns require more concentration but are still very user friendly.

Patterns include shawls, socks, cowls, arm warmers, sweaters and much more! All in all, this book includes some amazingly beautiful patterns. I would definitely recommend to all my fellow knitters! 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, January 20, 2017

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee Audio Book

It's not too often I get to review an audio book, so my girls and I were very excited to receive this one!

Barbara Gordon has always been a smart introverted teenager, staying in the shadows working in the tech department. When Supergirl sees her talent and recruits her to Super Hero High, Barbara will get a chance to really let Batgirl shine!

I loved the story line of this book! I think it's amazing that the main character, Batgirl, is essentially just a normal girl. She's intelligent, hard-working, and perhaps most importantly, she doesn't even have any super powers. Everything she does is based on her talents.

Another thing that is interesting to me is that even though she's a superhero, she deals with many of the same issues as average girls, such as peer pressure and fitting in. I can confidently let my girls listen to this story and not have to worry about any negative influence. I know we'll definitely enjoy listening to these stories together!

My only complaint is the narration by Mae Whitman. I felt that in some ways, it fell a little flat and could have used a little more emotion. However, I don't feel as if this has affected the story in a negative way. I rate this audio book as 5 stars.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

I was pretty excited when I saw this book was available for review! I love Lysa Terkeurst's books, and I was definitely eager to read this one! With a name like "Uninvited," it tends to draw you in.

Lysa begins with sharing about her childhood. A father who abandoned her, and countless times of rejection. She just wanted to feel safe. Instead of feeling down and rejected, what if we could look past other people's actions and moving forward in God's truth about us? What if we could stop falling apart and blaming our offenders, and instead process our hurt in a positive God honoring way?

I can honestly say this book was not what I expected. While I felt that there was a great message in her words, I didn't feel as if I could totally relate to many of the examples used. Many of them had to do with hurts from years past, such as a broken heart or a dysfunctional upbringing. But the message was still fantastic and I feel that it could minister to a great many people. It just depends on what your past issues have been. I rate this book as 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes

"Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community" by Amelia Rhodes is just what it's name implies. What would happen if we told people we'd pray for them and then actually did it? Purposefully, intentionally, thoughtfully, lovingly prayed for them?

A lot of times we want to pray but just don't know what to say. Amelia Rhodes has changed the way I think about prayer. What if we prayed for people by topic, going through the entire alphabet?

What I think is fantastic about this idea is that you can customize each list. Your list might not necessarily be the same as mine based on what is going on in your life and in your friends lives. You can definitely read through this book and use it in your own daily prayers. I would highly recommend reading through it even if you end up making your own list.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author broke up each letter of the alphabet. Each letter includes 5 topics. The first three topics of each letter are prayers of petition and the last two are for prayers of praise and acknowledgement of God.

I'm a big fan of books on prayer. Prayer is a vital part of our walk with Jesus and sometimes when we're struggling, we just don't know what to pray. I love the concept that Amelia Rhodes has created here. This would be a fun book to go through as a Bible study or Sunday School Class that is focusing on prayer. It's the perfect size to take with you everywhere you go!

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss

"Classic German Baking" by Luisa Weiss is a beautifully illustrated baking cookbook which features over 250 pages of traditional and tasty dessert recipes!

It includes recipes of Cookies, Cakes, Yeasted Cakes, Tortes & Strudels, Savories, Breads & Rolls, Christmas Favorites and Basics. Each recipe includes the English name and the German name, which I thought was fascinating considering I'm of German lineage! It was fun to learn a little about German culture and baking.

For example, in most of Europe, Vanilla extract is unheard of. Instead they use an ingredient called Vanilla Sugar or Vanillezucker. Most German baking recipes will call for Vanilla Sugar instead of the extract, so this book does include an easy recipe to create your own!

This recipe book has a little something for everyone. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can make your own dough and bake Swabian Potato-Cheese Flat Bread or Kartoffel-kase Dinnede as it's called in Germany. Or you can try something more simple such as Blitzkuchen or Almond-Sugar Cookies.

I loved the pictures of Europe and the recipes although I was slightly disappointed that the book didn't include more pictures of the recipes. The back index also includes pronunciation of all German words as well as a directory of websites to purchase different foods from. I rate this cookbook as 4 stars only because I wish it had more pictures of the scrumptious delights.

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


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Doodletopia Fairies by Christopher Hart

"Doodletopia: Fairies" is the newest drawing book by Christopher Hart. Readers will learn how to draw Fairy heads and faces, Fairy bodies, Magical clothing and accessories, Fairy wings and flying poses, Fairy dwellings, as well as some miscellaneous items here and there.

The fairies you will learn to draw are actually pretty adorable! You will learn to draw fairies from all different angles and sides, and how to draw different shaped faces. Despite the fact that the fairies are all drawn in black and white, it is actually a pretty colorful book. It features 159 pages of many different types of fairies.

My only complaint is that it does not give step-by-step directions. So someone with little or no drawing experience may have a hard time following along with it. It might also be difficult for a child/tween to be able to follow along. Other than that, I thought it was a very fun book put together very nicely. I rate this book as 4 stars.

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