30 06 2018

bible stories cover

Instill a deep love of the narrative of the Bible in your children’s hearts with this richly illustrated storybook. 100 Bible Stories for Children uses beautiful, traditional art and clear language to teach children ages 5 to 8 one hundred of the best-loved stories from the Bible, and it includes a ribbon to mark your place. The detailed illustrations will captivate your children as you read with them at bedtime or at Sunday school, and independent readers will return again and again to learn the stories of the heroes of the faith. You and your family will treasure this classic collection of Bible stories.

I was a little disappointed in this book, as I felt as if the stories themselves needed to be expounded.  What they emitted or condensed completely changed what had really happened.  I feel as if they needed to be more true to what the Word says.  I understand that they did this for children, but I would prefer the children know what happened correctly.  So, that is why I gave a 3 out of 5 stars.

This book is by Copenhagen Publishing out of Denmark.  The principal business of Copenhagen Publishing is the CREATION, DEVELOPMENT and PRODUCTION of premium-quality illustrated Bible books & Bible apps for children.  Since their formation in 2007, their books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have been shipped to over 55 countries. Their Bible apps available for iOS and Android have been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  They believe in the importance and value of Bible stories for the children of today. These time-tested favorites have extraordinary backlist potential as steady sellers which can reprint for years.  Copenhagen Publishing features well established illustrators and also publish the work of new skillful artists.  Their Bible books have been carefully edited to respect the Bible text and Christian tradition.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.



15 06 2018

Before I Saw You Cover

Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.

Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer—not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

I enjoyed this book very much, even though I personally don’t know much about the drug scene, having never been exposed to it. I really felt for Jaycee. First, her mother gets hooked on heroin. Next her baby brother dies. Next, her mother goes to prison for her brother’s death. Then, she gets pregnant by an abusive boyfriend. Then Gabe comes into town and befriends her. I so much wanted to tell her what to do. I enjoyed the romance part of this book. It got to the point I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see how it turned out. I call it a must read. Amy Sorrells did an excellent job with this.

Amy K. Sorrells

Amy K. Sorrells is a long-time believer in the power of story to change lives. Her diverse writing career includes more than two decades of freelance writing, including medical journal publications and a popular op-ed newspaper column.

The driving mission behind all her writing is to bring words of hope to a hurting world. Praised by reviewers for the way they both poetically and accurately portray real-life hardship and hope, Amy’s novels are inspired by social issues that break her heart and the Bible stories that reflect God’s response to those issues.

In addition to being a writer, Amy is also grateful to be a practicing registered nurse at a busy suburban hospital. She loves doting on her husband, three young-adult sons, and their golden retrievers at their home in central Indiana. If there’s leftover time after that, she enjoys up-cycling, gardening, binge reading, exercising, and Bible journaling.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.



6 06 2018

armor of God

We have the armor of God that He has given us.  I can safely say that we most likely don’t put it on.  We put clothes on in the morning…but what about your armor?  There is a big bad world out there, and we can’t do it on our own.  A lot of us expect God to take care of it, and He does…with our help.  This is a communion – you do your part, He does His.  Your part begins with putting on the armor.  How do you do that?  The Word.  Speak His Word every day when you get up.  Quote Ephesians 6.  Personalize it.  When those trials come upon  you, you have your armor on.  But also, as it says at the top of this picture, pray in the Spirit.  What is that?  That is your heavenly language when you get baptized in the Holy Spirit.  This is a whole different experience after salvation.  It’s a gift.  Any questions about this, you may ask me.  My recommendation is to read Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14.  This should help clear some of it up for you.

So, my question for you today:  Do you know about the armor?  You have read it.  But…have you put it on?  We need to put it on.