THE FIRST LOVE

14 01 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  Of course, with it being Amish, that is my favorite genre.  You feel for Maggie, who turns 18 during this book, who has a debilitating illness.  With her using a cane because of this illness, she feels as if no boy would want the added responsibility of taking care of her and she is unable to be the vibrant woman that a man would want.  

She then goes to a Mennonite tent revival and gets turned on to Jesus.  She is now reading her Bible all the time.  She hears about healing and wants that more than anything.  Will she get her healing?  Will she fall in love and be a wife to someone special?  You will need to read it yourself to get those answers.

It’s the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with chronic illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life.

To make matters more complicated, Dat has recently remarried, less than a year after her mother died. And while her stepmother is kind, Rachel is much younger than Mamm, and she simply doesn’t understand Maggie or her illness the way Mamm did.

When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie is curious, and the words of the Mennonite preacher challenge her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream?

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Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of Amish country—Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the tender age of nine, she began writing short stories and poetry. Prior to that, she made up lyrics to the “little fingers” piano pieces she learned, at the age of five.

“My mother saved everything I wrote, even the stories I dreamed up during my grade school years,” Beverly says. One such tale is semi-autobiographical, about a young girl whose parents can no longer afford to give her piano lessons. The manuscript was 77 pages long and titled “She Shall Have Music,” penned under the shade of a lone willow tree. “Reading, writing, and playing piano have been top three on my list of favorite things,” she says.

Not until her own children were well into middle school did Beverly seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular Cul-de-Sac Kids series of chapter books—see list of Bev’s children’s books).

The First Love became available for purchase September 4, 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.

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GOD’S GOOD NEWS

10 01 2019

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This was a very good book, which does the stories Genesis to Revelation. I did not agree with all of Dr. Graham’s assessments of the scriptures, but we all have different interpretations of the Bible, which is why I gave it a 4-star. Other than that, it was very good. They said this was for 4-11 year olds. I would say that 4 year olds would not understand most of it. Also, I believe all pre-teens would enjoy this.

This had just about every “story” from the Bible. Scott Wakefield did an awesome job with the illustrations. They made the “stories” come alive.

 
Invite the children you love to experience God through powerful stories from the Bible. They will imagine the walls of water in the parted Red Sea, figure out why Joseph chose to forgive his brothers, read about a paralyzed man Jesus healed, and discover God’s exciting plan for their lives. Most of all, this Bible storybook helps children understand God’s incredible love for them. Each story is equipped with a takeaway devotion from Rev. Graham. The takeaways will help children focus on God’s Word, apply it to their lives, and begin walking with God and sharing the good news from an early age.
With Bible stories told in actual Bible text, this storybook teaches that God loves us, saves us from our sin, and invites us into a new life with Him. Each entry includes the wisdom of Billy Graham, who spent his life helping people all over the world understand and respond in faith to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loves us, and that is good news!

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Billy Graham was an American evangelical Christian evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Graham is best known for his evangelistic missions or “Crusades.” He believed God knew no borders or nationalities. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions around the world. He met and prayed with every U. S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

Graham authored 34 books, including his memoir, Just As I Am. In 1983, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. In 1996, Graham and his wife, Ruth, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a private citizen.

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Scott Wakefield has worked as a freelance illustrator in children’s book illustration, serving national publishers such as Harper Collins, Sterling Publishing, Scholastic, and McGraw Hill. Scott is currently represented at the national level by Shannon & Associates. His portfolio can also be found at http://www.scottjwakefield.com. Although versatile with nearly any medium, much of Scott’s work is done in traditional media such as oil paint, ink, pastels, and acrylic, bringing richness and nostalgia to his unique style. Scott’s work demonstrates engaging characters, effective storytelling, and a strong sense of life and light. At home, Scott and his wife, Kori, enjoy the unique personalities of their five children, serving in their church, and family activities such as sidewalk chalk art and rock climbing.

God’s Good News became available for sale October 23, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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A BOUND HEART

6 01 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  This is set in 1752-1753.  You get drawn into the lives of Lark and Magnus.  But you also wonder if they will ever get together.  Lark gets falsely accused for the murder of Lysa, Magnus’ wife.  Then when Magnus goes into court to defend her, wearing the Scottish kilt, which is against English law, he gets arrested.  Lark is exiled from Scotland to the Virginia Colony in the States, while Magnus is sent to Jamaica.  Will their love endure their separation?  You will need to read the book to find out!

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees–and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

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Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” 

A Bound Heart became available for sale January 1, 2019.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for this review.





DINOSAUR DEVOTIONS

14 12 2018

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I absolutely loved this book!  Yes, this is for preteens, but even adults can learn so much from this!  There are many interesting facts about dinosaurs that I never knew.  I also did not know there were so many species of them.  Then Michelle Medlock Adams was able to put how that particular dinosaur was into life applications along with scripture.  Very well written.  I also was impressed with the illustrations by Denise Turu.  She was able to put a picture in your mind how that dinosaur really looked like.  Good job, ladies!

Dinosaur Devotions will help your middle grade children dig deeper into the Word while uncovering fascinating facts about dinosaurs! These 75 devotions also include segments like Dino Stats, Bible Excavation, Digging Deeper, Did You Know?, and Jurassic Journaling. Dinosaur Devotions blends fun dinosaur facts with a deeper understanding of God’s Word, making your child’s faith journey an extra fun adventure! 

Award-winning author Michelle Medlock Adams offers Dinosaur Devotions—a fun way to help your dinosaur-loving kids connect with God. These 75 devotions include bright, colorful illustrations and uncover facts about specific dinosaur species while providing spiritual insight and easy-to-understand takeaways that will encourage your children to take their faith to the next level! Your kids will also love segments like Dino Stats (a dinosaur’s measurements), Bible Excavation (a main Bible verse), Digging Deeper (self-reflection questions), Did You Know? (fun facts), and Jurassic Journaling (creative writing opportunities) that make this devotional interactive and even more memorable.

Michelle Medlock Adams

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.  Michelle is a published author of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Michelle Medlock Adams include What Is Halloween?, Jessica Simpson (Blue Banner Biographies), Sister for Sale: Biblical Values, Level 1 (I Can Read Books), and You Grow Girl! A Young Girl’s Guide to Becoming Beautiful and Healthy… Inside and Out (An Interactive Devotional).

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Denise Turu was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She developed her art career in New York, London, Paris, Dublin and Barcelona.  She is an author and illustrator of several children books and graphic novels.  She currently lives in Barcelona and works worldwide.

Dinosaur Devotions became available for sale Oct. 16, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for this review.

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1 12 2018

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Becoming Gertrude is one woman’s wisdom on the beauty of spiritual friendship and God’s unfolding grace over the course of a life lived for Him. Jan uses the term spiritual friendship to capture this idea of journeying with others through life, sharing experiences and wisdom and seeking God together. In Becoming Gertrude, Jan wants to be your spiritual friend, sharing what she’s learned and painting a picture of what you might uncover as you seek to develop these kinds of relationships in your own life.

Join Jan in exploring the critical pieces of spiritual friendship: hospitality, encouragement, acceptance, serving, and caring. With seasoned wisdom and winsome stories, Jan uses personal experiences to walk you through what each of these things can mean in your life. You can have rich, rewarding, faith-filled friendships that emerge from the everyday rhythms of your days—and Becoming Gertrude will lead you on that journey.

This was a very good from the beginning.  The only reason why I put it down to a 4-star is because she used the Message Bible, which I am not too fond of.  Spiritual Friendship is the main topic of this book and a very good idea.  I have thought of mentors – but not friendships.  This puts it into the personal, which is very good.  She brings out 5 points: Caring, Acceptance, Service, Hospitality, and Encouragement.  We all need to learn to do all 5 of these.  I put this as a should read.  It is not very long, so easy to read.

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Janice Peterson is the wife of beloved pastor and author Eugene Peterson and the mother of three. Becoming Gertrude, her first book, illustrates the legacy of a life of faith and intentional relationship.

Becoming Gertrude became available for sale November 6, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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ALWAYS IN GOD’S HANDS

26 11 2018

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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most respected early American theologians. In Always in God’s Hands, Owen Strachan recovers the real Jonathan Edwards—the thinker, the compassionate father, the courageous reformer—as opposed to the caricature of him that is often presented. Edwards believed God was ever-present in each of our lives, caring and encouraging us in every moment. In a moving letter to his daughter, he reminds her of that comforting truth by describing her as “always in God’s hands.”

Through daily quotes from Edwards’s letters and sermons, this inspirational devotional reveals the soaring theology and comforting spirituality of one of history’s most faithful and gifted pastors. With each meditation, compiler Owen Strachan offers refreshing and relevant insights, encouraging you in your walk with God.

I was very impressed with this devotional, which I would label as “deep”.  Being a Christian for 40 years, there were times I needed to digest this.  There are many good nuggets in here.  What was also nice, was getting to know Jonathan Edwards.  I had heard about him, but never really took the time to get to know the man – his thoughts, his words of wisdom.  What he wrote has made me grow deeper in my relationship with Christ.  

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Owen Strachan is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In addition to being a contributing writer for the Gospel Coalition, he has written for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, OnFaith, First Things, Christianity Today, The Federalist, and the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. Owen also regularly speaks to media outlets, including FOX News, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and the Eric Metaxas Show, and works as a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is married and is the father of three children.

Always in God’s Hands came out for sale November 20, 2018

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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JESUS CALLING: THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

8 11 2018

 

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Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas uniquely teaches the Christmas story to your children by starting at creation and sharing that Jesus has always been present and that God has always had a plan for Christmas. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book with foil and glitter on the cover.

Teach your children the story of Christmas . . . starting from creation! In Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, children will discover that God always had a plan for Christmas.

Christ was chosen before the world was made.

—1 Peter 1:20

The Christmas story began long, long ago. Before the angel Gabriel told Mary she would have God’s Son. Before the shepherds saw the angels and before the wise men saw the star.

From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save his children. That plan was Jesus!

This was enjoyable from cover to cover.  There are 13 small devotions for kids.  The pictures are very well done to cover what Sarah Young is trying to bring across.  This begins before the earth was ever formed and goes through when Joseph and Mary moved with Jesus to Nazareth.  This is easy reading and I believe kids of many ages would like this book.  This would make an excellent Christmas gift!

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Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 25 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.

Jesus Calling was written to help people connect not only with Jesus, the living Word, but also with the Bible-the only infallible, inerrant Word of God. Sarah endeavors to keep her devotional writing consistent with that unchanging standard.

Sarah spends a great deal of time in prayer, reading the Bible, and memorizing Scripture. She especially enjoys praying daily for readers of all her books.

Katya Longhi

Katya Longhi was born in 1984 in Modica, a small town in Southern Italy.
She grew up in Trento and studied at the Art Academy in Florence.

Since then she has studied illustration at Nemo NT Academy of Digital Arts.

When she was a child she drew everything she saw – she has countless drawings of ice cream and Snoopy!

Katya completed several animation and illustration workshops, which she found

invaluable as they helped her to establish her style, and has found the stimulation for her passion.

Katya works digitally but she begins by drawing with pencil on paper.

In her spare time, Katya loves to read and watch on tv fairytales and collect snow globes.
She currently works as a freelance illustrator based in Trento, where she lives with her very own Prince Charming!

She has also exhibited in numerous art exhibitions throughout Italy.

 

Katya Longhi was born in 1984 in Modica, a small town in Southern Italy.
She grew up in Trento and studied at the Art Academy in Florence.

Since then she has studied illustration at Nemo NT Academy of Digital Arts.

When she was a child she drew everything she saw – she has countless drawings of ice cream and Snoopy!

Katya completed several animation and illustration workshops, which she found

invaluable as they helped her to establish her style, and has found the stimulation for her passion.

Katya works digitally but she begins by drawing with pencil on paper.

In her spare time, Katya loves to read and watch on tv fairytales and collect snow globes.
She currently works as a freelance illustrator based in Trento, where she lives with her very own Prince Charming!

She has also exhibited in numerous art exhibitions throughout Italy.

 I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.