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Kane Miller Books
Hardcover, 32 pages
Recommended ages 3-7
From highly acclaimed picture book maker, Rachel Bright, comes a visually stunning, feel-good picture book filled with Yu Rong’s distinctive, awe-inspiring papercut artwork. The snow is coming but Bear is sick! Can Squirrel bring some wintery magic to his friend?
Reviewed by myself and a just-turned-three little guy. We really liked the story. It held our interest and had good opportunities for conversation about the story. Addressed feelings, friendship and sharing. The illustrations were absolutely perfect for the book. With so much detail we sometimes love to just look through the pages. 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Miriam Drennan

Thomas Nelson

Hardcover: 224 pages

Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches

Book Description

Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence.

There’s nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It’s the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity. Devotions from the Garden takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God’s creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.

About the Author

Miriam Drennan is the author of Devotions for the Beach and the Days You Wish You Were There and Soar Above the Madness: Surviving Office Politics Without Losing Your Mind, Your Job, or Your Lunch. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoys gardening and playing with words. Drop her a line at http://www.that-writer.com.

My review: 

This book has many beautiful photographs to go with the devotions. It’s the photos that really make this book stand out. There are ninety devotion/chapter titles and each one has a Bible verse, devotion, and prayer format. Each can be read in a few minutes but more time may be needed to ponder over them. The devotions are perfectly written for a gardener or nature lover. The book has a ribbon bookmark and a gifting page at the beginning (To: From: ) This book would make a great Mother’s Day gift. 

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

 

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Overview

Bath, England 1810

At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.

In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.

But when a thief ’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument … with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.

Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

Prelude for a Lord  -     By: Camille Elliot

 

Zondervan Publishing 

Paperback, 352 pages

Prelude for a Lord is a Regency-era Christian novel. Author Camy Tang provided me with an autographed copy (Jer 31:3) that I’ve enjoyed immensely. At first, I was intimidated by the size (as in number of pages) of the book and speculated if I was actually going to like all of it. With mystery, friendship, romance, and faith, I enjoyed the story/characters as I read from chapter to chapter. The two main characters grew in their relationship and reliance on God. The book’s spiritual message is that you are not alone, God loves you, and He will take care of you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Read a little bit about the author, Camy Tang. More at Camy Tang, Romance with a kick of wasabi

I am a fourth generation Japanese American married to a third generation Chinese American (hence my Chinese last name). I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawai’i, a small town right in the center of the island of O’ahu.

When I first started writing, I didn’t know if God was going to allow my novels to be published, but the entire experience has taught me more about entirely, completely, totally depending upon Him, and submitting to Him aspects of my life that I never realized I was trying to keep control over. A lot of that struggle is mirrored in my characters’ struggles in my books.

Now, I try to trust in His plans for me—I know that what I write is for Him to use for His own agenda. He knows how He wants to use me, so I just need to go with the flow.

A complimentary copy was provided by the author for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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Connected. Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling alone Together

Erin Davis, B&H Books 2014, paper back, 208 pages

Sure we have “friends” and even “followers” – but why are we still plagued by loneliness? And what does God know about feeling alone? Sharing her answers to what’s causing the pain of solitude to gnaw at our hearts, Erin Davis offers practical applications and personality-driven takeaways based on research and real-life experiences of women from across the nation. A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God’s Truth with others.

Erin is a great writer. She includes personal examples and bible verses in making her point that God made us “wired for connection”. Many areas are addressed as the things that are blocking us from true connections with people. I highly recommend this for small groups and book clubs. Written for a women audience, the remedies for loneliness equally pertain to men. A good choice for teens, too. 

Chapter 9 “The Golden Rule Is Tarnished” was a favorite chapter for me.  An excerpt from that chapter, ” I hate to pop your bubble, sister, but that bubble is keeping you cut off from the world. As I’ve wrestled with loneliness, I’ve learned that there’s more on the line than simply having great friends. If we can feel desperately lonely as wives, daughters, sisters, and friends, the antidote must be found in the quality of our relationships, not the quantity. The Bible teaches a paradoxical truth (again). The depth and quality of our relationships hinge on what we give, not what we get.”

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B&H publishing provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Ken Ludwig

Broadway Books

Paperback, 368 pages

A foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare

To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. His plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poems, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Pride and Prejudice to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to inspire an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare is a guide and not a step-by-step curriculum. A great resource for literature study, the book covers twenty-five passages of Shakespeare. The learning/memorizing starts with a single line and moves on to complete speeches. And while memorization is key to the teaching concept of the book, it reaches in further to teach the language, vocabulary, metaphors, plots, and so forth, of Shakespeare’s writing. Similar to learning a foreign language, Ken Ludwig’s method incorporates reading, hearing, and speaking Shakespeare.

Having no previous Shakespeare familiarity,  I found this book interesting. I would have appreciated it during our homeschool years and will be using it in a few years from now with my grandson. “No” on intimidation. “Yes” on  fun.

Make use of the free printable QUOTATION PAGES to memorize & AUDIO CLIPS of each passage. link below

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

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Christine Litavsky
CrossLink Publishing

Via true life stories from the author’s everyday life, Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days reminds us that God is always at work, even when it’s hard to see His hand in our daily routines. It helps readers pull often-elusive glimmers of grace out of our chaotic world, examine them, and rest in the assurance that we are loved by God. Whether we’re struggling with a divorce, remodeling a kitchen, or chaperoning a field trip, glimmers of grace are there, free for the taking, but we do need to reach out and grasp them. Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days helps us remember we can.

Christine -Christian mom and former newspaper column writer- put together the writings from her column to make this book. They are short reflections on her ordinary life experiences. “Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days is a book about finding grace in all areas of daily life. It helps readers pull often-elusive glimmers of grace out of our chaotic world, examine them, and rest in the assurance that God is always at work.” (preface)

Each chapter is a simple story with a bit of a lesson to be realized. They are cutely entertaining and serve a purposeful reminder to be thankful and slow down to enjoy the blessings He gives us daily. No corresponding bible verses for the chapters. Would make a great coffee-table book. My favorite chapter was “The Turtles”. Coincidental, all the chapters end with a little turtle image.

I’d like to thank Christine Litavsky for sending me a copy of her book, Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days. This book was received in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Champions In The Wilderness

Fifty-Two Devotional Readings to Guide and Strengthen Emerging Overcomers

By Bob Santos

Published by SfMe Media

A division of Search for Me Ministries, Inc.

Description

Have you ever felt as though you were navigating desolate spiritual territory? Do you find yourself parched, wondering why your spiritual life seems so dry? You are not alone! The reasons we enter a spiritual wilderness may be many, but one thing is certain, our heavenly Father wants us all to emerge as flourishing champions of the Christian faith.

What is it that marks the difference between a resounding victory in the wilderness and a total disaster? It all comes down to understanding the nature of our journey and responding in a manner that honors God. The fifty-two devotional readings of this book will both challenge and inspire you to grow in God’s grace, helping you to break free from unhealthy mindsets that keep you shackled in a sub par spiritual existence. Why are you waiting? There is no better time to begin than right now!

Winner of the 2013 Bronze Illumination Award in the Devotional Category

One of the best books I’ve read. Bob Santos is the author and also the founder of Search for Me Ministries. The devotions focus on our spiritual health, our faith, and our purpose. The 52 chapters can be read one a week or one a day. Because there is so much value in our spiritual wilderness experiences, I highly recommend this book for every Christian. You won’t want to part with it so here’s a great gifting book. 

Each devotion begins with a bible reading; it ends with a probing question, action step, closing prayer, and further reading. Many times Bob includes personal life stories. I also have to say that I love the cover design!

Excerpt from Chapter 8:

I’ll tell you one thing about fruit: you will never see a fruit factory. Isn’t that right? You see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is not fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience.

This chapter addresses spiritual maturity in our wilderness experience. Looking at the fruitfulness of Genesis 1:26-28 as it includes the spiritual in addition to the physical – “Fruitfulness, at its core, is about reproducing who we have become.”  

Where does God want your character to go?  

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SfMe Media

I’d like to thank Bob Santos/SfMe Media for sending me a copy of Champions in the Wilderness. This book was received in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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