Thursday, February 26, 2015

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard

This week I was able to review the newest book in the Duck Dynasty "Duck Commander" Collection! My family has always been a big fan of Duck Dynasty. We love watching the show since it has wholesome family values and crazy antics by the brothers and Uncle Si! So naturally, my girls were also super excited to see this book arrive in the mail!

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard has definitely got to be my favorite kids devotional yet. I really have a hard time finding devotions that are age appropriate, have stories to go along with the Bible verses and are something my children are interested in. This book were 100% perfect on every level. My girls and I both loved it.

Each devotional contains a Bible verse, a short story about Willy, Korie, Phil, Miss Kay, John Luke, Bella, Sadie, Will, Missy, Mia, or someone else from the Robertson Clan. It's followed by a prayer and a "Duck Commander in Action" which pretty much breaks down the story you just read. I absolutely loved the stories in this book! Our girls love snuggling up next to me listening to the story and prayer. Sometimes our oldest will even take charge and read to her two younger sisters. Since the devotional is not marked by dates or numbers, it is really not necessary to read the devotions in order. But if you choose to, the book contains a handy built-in bookmark to keep track of what day you are on.

This book is by far, the best children's devotional I have ever seen and it's something that our entire family enjoys reading and listening to! I would highly recommend this devotional to families with children of all ages. Our 8 year old enjoys it, but then our 3 year old also loves hearing the stories. And our 9 month old even enjoys looking at the colorful pictures! So it's a win for the whole family!

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.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux

It all began under a Tamerind tree on a mountainside in Haiti. At 24 years old, Megan had no idea where she was going in Haiti or what she would be doing there, but she did know one thing. God was calling her there for a purpose. After she sold all of her belongings, Megan stepped off a tiny airplane and ended up on Bellevue Mountain where she began feeding hungry children and started a school.

At night, she heard the beating of voodoo drums on the mountaintop. She wondered why God would send her to this place? This place where she would meet her adopted daughter, who was desperately hungry and being used as a slave. This place where she would build a school for poor children who had nowhere else to go. This place where a pastor and his wife prayed for years for God to send someone to minister to the children there. It all began under that Tamarind tree.

I absolutely loved this book! I loved reading Megan's story about how God called her into a place that she knew nothing about. The way she speaks about the orphans living in Haiti is sure to tug on your heart strings. I guess what surprised me most was finding out how widespread child slavery is in Haiti. Oftentimes, if a child is an orphan or if the parents cannot afford to keep a child, they sell him or her into slavery. This is done with some children as young as 4 years old. It breaks my heart to know that this kind of thing takes place all around the world with children who cannot defend themselves.

I really enjoyed reading Megan's story. It gave me a good insight to what life is like in Haiti and how I can better pray for her and others there. I rate this book as 5 stars. To find out more about Megan's organization please visit www.respirehaiti.org

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, February 9, 2015

"Food: A love Story" by Jim Gaffigan

"Food: A Love Story" is the most recent book out by famous comedian, Jim Gaffigan. This book is basically Jim's memoir to what he knows best- food! Travel all around the country with Jim as he shares his favorite eateries and cuisines! If you love comedy and food, you will love this book!

This is the second book I have read by Jim Gaffigan, with the first being "Dad is Fat" which was absolutely hilarious. I thought this book was pretty good as far as comedy goes, but to me, it fell a little short. He had quite a few "bits" that were from previous books and dvds. Still hilarious, but not exactly what you would expect from a brand new book.

What I really do appreciate about Jim Gaffigan is that for the most part, he is a clean comedian. He steers away from inappropriate content and for that reason, I will give this book 4 stars!

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


My Princesses "Learn to be Brave" and "Learn to Share"

To my three year old's delight, I was able to review these two lovely books this week! "My Princesses: Learn to be Brave" by Stephanie Rische and "My Princesses: Learn to Share by Amie Carlson". Both are equally adorable and perfect for any toddler who loves princesses!

In "My Princesses: Learn to be Brave" Princess Grace learns what it means to be brave. Grace and her friend Hope are playing at the park when a little boy says some mean words to them. Grace is reminded of a Bible story about a girl named Esther who was just a regular girl until one day when she married the King! Queen Esther learned to be brave even though a mean man named Haman was trying to hurt her people. She asked God for help, and because Esther was so brave, her people were saved!

In "My Princesses: Learn to Share", Princess Hope learns what it means to share when Grace and Hope get in an argument over a dress they both want to wear. The dress gets ripped and Hope's mom reminds the girls of a story in the Bible where a little boy shares his lunch with Jesus. Jesus used the little boy's lunch to perform a miracle and feed a huge crowd of people with only five loaves of bread and two fish!

I think these two books are adorable! The stories are easy to understand and each of them presents an excellent moral appropriate to toddler age children. The stories are also relatively short, so my 3 year old has no problem sitting through one of them. (Or even two sometimes!) The illustrations are also super cute! As a family of three small girls, we really enjoyed this series! I rate these books as 5 stars each and would highly recommend them!

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