Friday, September 22, 2017

God Made the World By Debbie Rivers-Moore and Illustrated by Emma Haines (Book Review!)

God Made the World
By Debbie Rivers-Moore
Illustrated by Emma Haines
(received in exchange for an honest review)
God Made the World
Genre- Young Children / Nonfiction
Published by- Kregel Children’s book
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 4
Age Group- Young Children
Description of book- soft fabric cover and pages, listed price- $11.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4520-0

This soft fabric book, which closes with Velcro and has a hanging tab, so it can be attached near the infant or toddler, is full of engaging illustrations.   This book also includes a child-safety mirror and cloth which crinkles.

About the Author-

Debbie Rivers-Moore has written several children’s books, Tractor Ted and Lamb Loves Springtime.

About the Illustrator-

Emma Haines in currently in Nottingham, England.  She is an illustrator and designer.

My thoughts-

When I opened the box, I was impressd that it came in a bag with a header card (that means it could be hung for display).  The packaging keeps it in the best condition before it goes to that special someone.  I did have questions after I read the back of the card.  The packaging says that it is machine washable, and that it should only be surface cleaned.  After looking and touching this cloth book, I would only surface clean it.  I think that putting it in the washing machine would damage the materials that make the crinkle noise and also the mirror.  The mirror is a nice addition, but it made my face look strange, perhaps it wouldn’t do that for a smaller face.  I liked the handle at the top.  A small hand would be able to carry it, and it would help it to attach to other objects, like strollers, so it couldnt get lost.

The illustrations were realistic and colorful.  Young children will enjoy looking at the pages.  Parents can tell the children what the different animals and plants are, with greater details.

Young children will enjoy this book.  I recommend it.   

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received God Made the World, by Debbie Rivers-Moore and illustrated by Emma Haines, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 15, 2017

An Asian Harvest by Paul Hattaway (Book Review!)

An Asian Harvest

An Autobiography

by Paul Hattaway
(received in exchange for an honest review)
An Asian Harvest
Genre- Nonfiction / Christian / Missionary / Autobiography
Published by- Lion Fiction
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 320
Age Group- Adult
Today Paul Hattaway leads the ministry he founded, Asia Harvest, which has supplied milliions of Bibles to Christians in Asia, including China.  Life wasn’t always so successful for him.  He grew up in New Zealand and left home at the age of 16.  He moved to Australia where he befriended a coworker, who taught him about God.  Hattaway knew God was calling him to be a Bible courier in China.  He went to Hong Kong and soon began carrying Bibles across the border.  This was the beginning of his missionary work, and this is the book that tells that story.

About the Author-

Paul Hattaway grew up in New Zealand.  He has been a Bible courier and missionary.  He is the founder and director of Asia Harvest, which serves and supports the Church in Asia with Bible printing and helping missionaries.

My thoughts-

I was inspired as I read An Asian Harvest.  Paul Hattaway has a very strong faith, which should inspire everyone.  He prayed, focused, and knew what he needed to do to accomplish what he felt God was telling him.

There were many Bible verses and quotes from other Christian missionaries and teachers.  They were the right quotes at the right time.  The best part of the Bible verses was that they were chunks and not just small snippets.  I find that there is a lot more to get out of a chunk of verses, instead of one verse or part of one.

I thought this was a good book.  I highly recommend you read it, because you will see what true faith in God means and will be inspired. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received An Asian Harvest, by Paul Hattaway, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Pair of Miracles by Karla Akins (Book Review!)

A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined Parenting
by Karla Akins
(received in exchange for an honest review)
A Pair of Miracles
Genre- Nonfiction / Family & Relationships / Autism Spectrum Disorders
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 224
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4484-5

Karla Akins’s twins were born with autism and fetal alcohol disorder, and she was warned that they would never be able to function independently.  She wanted to prove that through God anything is possible. 

She has written this book to show that through God many things are possible.  She shares her triumphs and mistakes with humor and lots of practicle advice. 

It is with Akins’s faith and love that her twins are now grown and able to function independently in many ways by helping their father in the church and with other jobs.

About the Author-

Karla Akins has written five books, is the mother of five, and is a co-minister with her husband at Christian Fellowship Church in Indiana.  She has experience with homeschooling, private schools, and public schools.  Her website is www.KarlaAkins.com.

My thoughts-

A Pair of Miracles can be an extremely useful tool for any parent who has a child with autism.  This book is full of pertinent information and encouragement.  I had a hard time putting this book down, because I was laughing and crying as I went on Karla Akins’s journey with her newly adopted twins.  I learned how important it is to have a support system, go with what your instincts are telling you, and the best ways to educate the children.

While the entire book was helpful and had great strategies, I really enjoyed reading the appendices.  I learned different strategies for occupational therapy, different objects that can be used for fidget toys, a list of functional skills, and there are even more resources.

This is a well written book.  I recommend it to you!  I plan on making our homeschooling library aware of this tool.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received A Pair of Miracles, by Karla Akins, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Unreformed Martin Luther by Andreas Malessa (Book Review!)

The Unreformed Martin Luther: A Serious (and Not So Serious) Look at the Man Behind the Myths
by Andreas Malessa
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Unreformed Martin Luther
Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / History
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 176
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-0-5254-4456-2

What do you know about Martin Luther?  Are you able to separate the truth from the fiction?

Andreas Malessa has written this book which contains 25 chapters with ideas about if Luther was a warmonger, the first Lutheran, was married in secret, and much more. 

About the Author-

Andreas Malessa currently lives with his wife in Germany.  They have two daughters.  He is a radio and television journalist, author, lyricist, and theologian.

My thoughts-

I began reading this book with little knowledge of Martin Luther.  When I finished reading the book, I felt I knew more about him.  Now when I read about Luther, I will have a better idea about what is true or false.  I really appreciate that Malessa wrote this book.  I’m sure it will help many people who have ideas about what Luther did or said, and now they will have a greater sense about the truth.

The bibliography was very helpful.  It lists many sources, so the readers and I can do more research about the truth of what Luther said and did.  There are subject matters like drinking and sex in several of the chapters, so if younger children want to learn about Martin Luther, I would read the book with them.

This is a good and well written book.  I recommend it to you!

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Unreformed Luther, by Andreas Malessa, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sacred Mundane by Kari Patterson (Book Review!)

Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy
by Kari Patterson
(received in exchange for an honest review)
Sacred Mundane
Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 216
Age Group- Adult (Women)
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-5254-4447-0

Do you wish your life was more?  Are you feeling trapped in all the of the day-to-day tasks?  This book is designed to help you realize that your daily tasks are to build you and others up.  You need to focus on Jesus and and the spiritual strength he’ll give you. 

This book has chapters that have been given specific words to help you grow.

  • Let (in)
  • Look
  • Listen
  • Engage
  • Embrace
  • Trust
  • Thank
  • Let (out)   

Sacred Mundane also inlude a small group study section, notes, and more about Kari Patterson.

About the Author-

Kari Patterson’s royalties from Sacred Mundane will go to World Vision and their work with women and children.  She is a mentor, Bible teacher, homeschool mom, and wife of a pastor.  She can be reached at www.karipatterson.com.  She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My thoughts-

As I read and studied this book, I found that I was learning a lot about really becoming peaceful in the life that I have.  I need to be active about reading the Bible, praying, and letting Jesus into my life.  If I do that, then I will find joy and peace in everything I do and show it to everyone I meet. 

  • I liked all of the personal stories from Patterson.  It helped show me how hard it has been for her and how it takes a lot of effort to become peaceful when life doesn’t go as planned.
  • Almost all books have their study questions or small group study sections at the end of the book.  I enjoy having those sections at the end of the chapter, because I’m able to easily find the questions while I’m reading the chapter.  I think that with this small group study that it was nice that it was at the end, because I could concentrate on reading the chapter and not worry at the time about what I need to do with the study (which was very thorough and helpful).

I know of other women who would gain a lot of understanding and peace during and after they have read about being able to live peacefully and happily in a life that seems mundane.  I would recommend this book to them and those I haven’t had the pleasure to meet.  It would also be perfect for small group studies.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy, by Kari Patterson, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz (Book Review!)

The Soldier Who Killed a King
by David Kitz
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Soldier Who Killed a King
Genre- Fiction / Christian / Historical
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 286
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4485-2

David Kitz has written an intriguing novel from a different perspective of the Holy Week. 

Marcus Longinus is the centurion who is in charge of keeping the streets free from rebellion, because of the king who arrived on the back of a donkey.  King Herod, the Jewish high priest Caiaphas, and Pontius Pilate are all players in this final week of Jesus’s life.  This book shows the plotting of King Herod and the confrontations between Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate.  Marcus spends time with Jesus and begins to change his mind.

Will he change his mind about the man everyone is talking about or will he think the same as Caiaphas  

About the Author-

David Kitz has written Little Frogging Explores the BIG World and Psalms Alive! Connecting Heaven and Earth.  He is an outreach minister with Foursquare Church and a Bible dramatist.

My thoughts-

I thought a book that was about Jesus’s death would make me feel a lot more emotional, but this book didn’t.  It could be that since it was written from a man’s point-of-view, there wasn’t as much emotion as there would be if it was written from a woman’s point-of-view.  I think that men would like this book more than women, since it was written from Marcus Longinus’s point-of-view.

I liked how well each character was written, and I especially liked the eiplogue which talked more about the main characters of Herod Antipas, Joseph Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, Jesus, and the centurion.     

I would recommend this book.  It has an interesting perspective from that of the Romans.  It is also a good book for those who want to learn more about Jesus and the week leading up to His resurection.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Soldier Who Killed a King, by David Kitz, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller (Book Review!)

The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace, Book 2
by Carolyn Miller
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Genre- Fiction / Christian / Romance
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 310
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4451-7

Lady Charlotte Featherington wishes to marry for love.  Her father wants her to marry a widowed duke, not the man she thinks she loves. 

The widowed ninth Duke of Hartington is still hurting from his first marriage, which ended in scandal.  He doesn’t know if he can trust the young lady in their arranged marriage.  He feels as if he will never be able to trust her and any relationships she may have with other men.

These two will have to learn to trust each other.  If they don’t her mother and others will tear apart their relationship forever.

About the Author-

Carolyn Miller currently lives in Australia with her husband and children and has long enjoyed Regency Romance.  She is a member of the Australian Christian Writers and the American Christian Fiction Writers.  Her website is www.carolynmillerauthor.com

My thoughts-

Many stories have characters we love because they are so sweet like Lavinia and Charlotte.  There are also those characters who we love to dislike, because of their actions and attitudes.  This book had Charlotte’s mother and William’s sister.  William’s sister was simply trying to protect her brother and Charlotte’s mother was everything society expected her to be.  She reminded me of Mrs. Oleson from Little House on the Prairie

I was impressed how Carolyn Miller wrote those characters and all the rest of the characters.  She made the Duke, William, a person who didn’t go with what society expected.  He took an active interest in his lands and the improvements that needed to be made.  Charlotte and Lavinia were also memorable characters, because of the way they cared about others and pulled on their faith in God when trouble came.

This was a great book in the series.  I always enjoy reading a romance novel that also draws on the strength of God.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

I recommend it!    

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Captivating Lady Charlotte, by Carolyn Miller, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.