Friday, December 9, 2016

When There is No Miracle by Robert L. Wise (Book Review!)

When There is No Miracle

Finding Hope in Pain and Suffering (Revised and Expanded Edition)

by Robert L. Wise

(received in exchange for an honest review)

When There is No Miracle

Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 168

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4425-8

There are many tragedies happening around the world every second.  They have become a daily part of our lives.  Robert Wise has written this book to help answer the question people always ask, “Why?”  Over the years he has learned answers from his questioning  and searching in the Bible.  He shares what he has learned in this book.  As you read this book, you’ll be able to see that God is always there, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

About the Author-

Robert L. Wise has written thirty-four books under his name and the pseudonyms, Spencer E. Moses and Ed Moses.  He is an archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches.

My thoughts-

This book gave me a lot to think about.  There is so much tragedy and pain in the world.  You can’t turn on the television or look on the internet without seeing a natural disaster or one that man has caused. 

This book is full of Bible verses and personal stories from Wise.  There was a lot that I think was very useful, but you’ll want to read it for yourself according to what you believe.

I think Wise has written a book, which will help many people learn how to better deal with pain and tragedy.  They will always be able to see God in everything that happens.

You should pick up a copy soon.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received When There is No Miracle, by Robert L. Wise, for free from 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, December 2, 2016

Candle Day by Day: Bible by Juliet David and illustrated by Jane Heyes

Candle Day by Day: Bible

By Juliet David

Illustrated by Jane Heyes

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Candle Day By Day Bible

Genre- Christian / Juvenile /

Published by- Candle Books

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 368

Age Group- Young children (5-7)

Description of book- hardback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78128-281-6

This is a flip calendar edition of the Bible, which has won Children’s Book of the Year; CRT Awards 2015.  There are accounts of Jesus, Jacob, Elijah, and others from the Bible.

The language is easy for young children to understand.  The illustrations are subtle and relevant to the daily devotion.

About the Author-

Juliet David lives in London with her family. She has written Bible activity books and children’s stories. She enjoys traveling to Israel and other Bible lands.

About the Illustrator-

Jane Heyes currently lives in the South of France.  She has established her own publishing company.  Her artwork has been in children’s books, ceramics, textiles, wall art, and more.

My thoughts-

This flip calendar is perfect for young children to begin to know the Bible.  Each day they can either read or have the story read to them while they look at the illustration.  I think that it would have been nice to have if each day had the relevant Bible verses next to it.  Some children might enjoy knowing more about the story.

I also would have enjoyed a day of the month not just a number of the year.  My daughter and I had to use the computer to find out what number matched our date.

I enjoyed reading the text and looking at the illustrations in this book.  I think the young children in your life would like it too.  It would make a good present.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Candle Day by Day: Bible, by Juliet David and illustrated by Jane Heyes, 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, December 1, 2016

Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus by Juliet David and illustrated by Jane Heyes

Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus

By Juliet David

Illustrated by Jane Heyes

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Candle Day by Day Walk with Jesus

Genre- Christian / Juvenile /

Published by- Candle Books

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 48

Age Group- Young children (young readers)

Description of book- hardback, listed price- $9.99, ISBN 978-1-78128-291-5

This book contains 40 days of readings to help young children learn more about Jesus.  For each day there is a Bible verse, question, and short story.  The Bible verses come from different versions of the Bible.  The different readings are based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The language is easy enough for toddlers to understand and simple enough for younger readers.  The illustrations are subtle, but realistic, and come off the page.

About the Author-

Juliet David lives in London with her family. She has written Bible activity books and children’s stories. She enjoys traveling to Israel and other Bible lands.

About the Illustrator-

Jane Heyes currently lives in the South of France.  She has established her own publishing company.  Her artwork has been in children’s books, ceramics, textiles, wall art, and more.

My thoughts-

I liked the story, Bible verses, and questions in this book.  I feel that David did a good job of including the most important parts of Jesus’s life. 

I thought that the illustrations were subtle, but captivating.  They will keep a young child interested while the short story is being read to them.  You’ll want to make sure you have your Bible on hand, because you might need it to answer some of the questions.  Your young child might have more questions about the story as well.

There are some of the stories that you might want to add to, because there just wasn’t enough space for David to add enough information.  Those readings that needed more involved the end of Jesus’s life on this Earth. 

I enjoyed reading the text and looking at the illustrations in this book.  I think the young children in your life would like it too.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus, by Juliet David and illustrated by Jane Heyes, 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, November 17, 2016

End of the Roadie by Elizabeth Flynn (Book Review!)

End of the Roadie: A Mystery for D.I. Costello

By Elizabeth Flynn

(received in exchange for an honest review)

End of the Roadie

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Mystery

Published by- Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 204

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-205-3

Oliver Joplin is found murdered after Brendan Phelan’s  rock concert.  The show was full of bass, guitars, cracking whips, and the sounds of gunshots.  Detective Inspector Angela Costello and her team are called to investigate.  They soon discover that very few people liked or trusted Joplin.  He had a lot of shady deals.  Who could have killed him?

About the Author-

Elizabeth Flynn has written Game, Set, and Murder and Dead Gorgeous.  She currently lives in London and has experience in theater in stage management and as an actress.

My thoughts-

This book was intriguing.  I had a hard time putting it down.  It was one of those books that I couldn’t read before going to bed, because I wouldn’t be sleeping until late in the night.  I didn’t expect those who were guilty to be guilty.  I was kept guessing until the end.  The relationships between the main characters grew in this book.  Detective Constable Gary Houseman and Angela grew closer, because they worked together, and he dated her stepdaughter.  They worked well and were able to solve the murder with the help of their team.  

I enjoyed reading a mystery where the D.I. was a woman and one of the main characters.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received End of the Roadie, by Elizabeth Flynn, 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, November 11, 2016

Refresh by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green (Book Review!)

Refresh

Spiritual Nurishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Refresh

Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Devotional

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 282

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4403-6

It can be difficult to raise children.  For those who have special needs, it can be even more difficult.  The parent needs to be a parent, nurse, caregiver, and more on a daily basis.  It can get overwhelming.

Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green understand the difficulties that come when raising children with special needs, and they have written this book for those parents who have children with special needs.  They also share the lives of others with special needs children.

About the Authors-

Kimberly M. Drew and her husband have three children.  One of them has severe disabilities.  She is an elementary school teacher and blogs at www.promisesandperspective.blogspot.com.

Jocelyn Green and her husband have a son who has congenital hypothyroidism.  She has written other books, Faith Deployed,  Wedded to War, and others.  You can learn more about her and www.JocelynGreen.com.

My thoughts-

The title of this book, Refresh, describes this book perfectly.  The parents of special needs children will be refreshed when they read the different short devotionals.  The different sections that they can chose devotions from are:

  • “Uprooted: When Life’s Landscape Changes”
  • “Sowing Seeds: Cultivating Truth and Faith
  • “Pulling Weeds: Digging Out That Which Entangles”
  • “Parched: When Hope Withers”
  • “Drenched: Nurishing the Soul”
  • “Sunlit: Turning Toward the Son”
  • “Pruned: When Pain Produces Fruit”
  • “Branching Out: Touching Other’s Lives Through the Journey

Each of these devotional style chapters contain supporting Bible verses, digging deeper questions, prayers, and the stories of the authors and other parents.

I’m not a parent of a special needs child, but I know that this book will bless those parents out there who need support on a daily basis.  It has blessed me.  This is a perfect way to learn the different Bible verses that may help sooth rough days.  Each chapter is short, which will help on those extra busy days.  There is a section at the end of the book to help those who don’t know Jesus personally.  There is also a section of resources.

I highly recommend this book for parents of special needs children. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Refresh, by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green, for free from 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, November 4, 2016

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran (Book Review!)

The Name I Call Myself

By Beth Moran

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Fiction / Christian

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 351

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN: 978-1-78264-207-7

The Name I Call Myself

Faith has a wonderfully rich and handsome boyfriend, who she is engaged to marry, soon.  Her future mother-in-law in trying to do all the wedding plans, totally unlike the way Faith wants it to be, especially the dress.

Faith knows exactly the way she would like her wedding and goes to her mother’s church to talk to the minister about holding a small ceremony there.  She doesn’t expect to find  someone who will make her feel safe.  She has secrets that many people don’t know.

Will she stay engaged?  Will her secrets stay hidden?

About the Author-

Beth Moran currently lives in Nottingham with her three children and husband.  She helps lead a national women’s network, Free Range Chicks.

My Thoughts-

This was a delightful book.  I couldn’t put it down.  I just had to read it until the end.  The characters, Faith, Marilyn, and the others became like sisters to me as I read their story.  I could feel Faith’s pain over her engagement and the trouble with her brother.  I could feel the support from Marilyn and the rest of the women from her mother’s church.  Moran made me feel hope for the future.   That no matter the struggles in our lives, there is always hope.  We can look forward to the next day.  Support of friends is also very important.  We can more easily have hope if we have the support of wonderful friends.

I also liked the reading guide questions at the back of the book.  They made me think.

If you liked Making Marion and I Hope You Dance, you’ll like this one too.  You don’t need the other books to read this one!

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Name I Call Myself, by Beth Moran, 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, October 28, 2016

Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart (Book Review!)

Life Creative:

Inspiration for Today’s Renassance Mom

by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Life Creative

Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Inspirational

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 207

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4410-4

Are you a creative person?  Are you a mom?  Do you have problems fitting your creativity into your life as a mom?  This book can help you.

Life Creative helps creative moms fit their creativity into their day to day life.  It is a new Renaissance time.  Some of the women who are talked about are Melissa Michaels, Lisa Leonard, Angie Smith, and Ellie Holcomb.

About the Authors-

Wendy Speake has written Triggers.  She is also an actress.

Kelli Stuart has written Like a River from Its Course and 30 Days to Becoming a Writer.  She is a speaker and blogger. 

My thoughts-

This is an inspirational book.  I liked all of the definitions of words, quotes from the text, and stories about the women.  The stories about the different women helped me realize that there is a time and a place for everything.  Your creative side might have to wait until the children are older, or you might need to find a way to have child care while you are being creative.  It is just important to remember that while you are important, the care of your family is more important and that the time will come that you can unleash your creative side.  You might even be able to be creative with your family.  If you like baking, you can do it for them until you can bake full time for others.

It would have been nice if there had been questions and/or a summary at the end of each chapter.  It would have given me a lot of good ideas to do in my life.

I highly suggest that you find this book, enjoy reading and learning from it, then pass it on to other creative women that you know.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Life Creative, by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart, for free from 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.