THE WOMEN WHO MET JESUS

1 07 2019

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This was quite an enjoyable book.  You have different types of writing all together.  You have where Dorothy Valcarcel writes a story of an experience of either her, her family, or a friend that goes with the scripture for that chapter.  You then have a fictionalized version of what could have happened to go with that scripture.  Then you have the devotional that helps you learn how to act/react to similar situations.  At the end of each chapter are questions to ask yourself.  This helps you to dig deep within yourself, but at the same time, to identify with the person Dorothy is talking about in that chapter.  All in all, I recommend this.  I could not go through this quickly, as it made me go deep within myself and want to change, which is the better.

 

Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.
Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.

 

Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for TransformationGarden.com–a global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on Crosswalk.com.

 

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

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ARCADE AND THE TRIPLE T TOKEN

31 05 2019

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This is an addictive book and I had problems putting it down.  Even though it is a preteen book, this adult got into it!  If I could rate it higher than a 5 I would.  I am looking forward to book 2 coming out.

Arcade is a young boy who is living in NYC.  Having just moved there with his parents and older sister, Zoe, he starts school in March.  Being put in teams for a career expo, Arcade is being bullied by the Tolley twins.  But at the same time, this token, which was given to him while in the library, is transporting Arcade and Zoe to different places and they are “working”  at different jobs – and they are adults!  Where do they go and what are they doing?  How will the bullying of the Tolley twins turn out?  You will need to read the book to find out!

In Arcade and the Triple T Token, eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has a problem. Several, actually. The Tolley twins, a.k.a. neighborhood bullies, are making Arcade’s move to a new city even harder than it needs to be. They expect him to do their research papers and interactive displays for the sixth-grade career expo’s theme: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Besides doing their work, Arcade doesn’t even know his own answer to that question.

While at the library—Arcade’s favorite place to chill—a mysterious old woman gives him a golden arcade token that grants him a unique gift. A gift that allows him to time travel between different places including his own future. From sitting in the dugout with Babe Ruth, to hanging on to the back of a bucking bull, to performing life-saving surgery on a dog, Arcade has no shortage of adventure! Together with his older sister, Zoe, Arcade explores life’s biggest thrills and challenges, and the two also have a big mystery to solve. Who is the rightful owner of the incredible Triple T Token that leads to such astounding adventures?

Arcade’s circle of friends begins to widen as the Triple T Token hangs from his neck. Pulsing. Beckoning another adventure. The question for Arcade, Zoe, and their new friends is no longer, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s, “Where will we go next?”

RASHAD JENNINGS

I was surprised and impressed that this was written by a NFL football player.  Rashad Jennings did a great job with this and kept me glued!

New York Times bestselling author and retired NFL running back, Rashad Jennings is an impactful influencer, inspirational speaker, and nationally recognized personality. Throughout his successful eight-year career in the NFL, as well as during his championship-winning Season 24 “Dancing with the Stars,” Rashad gained the love and support of fans throughout the country. Today, Rashad is driven to make a national impact and lasting legacy through The Rashad Jennings Foundation, established in 2013. This award-winning foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth through the foundation’s Flagship Literacy program which is currently successfully implemented in 12 of the 32 NFL cities, in addition to providing mentorship and promoting health and fitness nationwide. Follow Rashad on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Arcade and the Triple T Token became available January 29, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

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WALKING WITH HENRY

28 05 2019

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This was an enjoyable book.  You feel for Rachel, the author, with all she goes through with the donkeys.  At first I was put out with this book because you have the story of the donkeys and then she goes into the lesson she learned in life from them.  I then warmed up to this because her life lessons were very interesting and sometimes clicked with what I had gone through in life.  I was not impressed with the Common Book prayers, but I was not brought up on them.  That was just me, so that is why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  Enjoyable.

Just when you think it’s the end of your story . . . grace shows up.

Sometimes it arrives as a moment of joy in the middle of despair. Sometimes you find it next to a trusted friend along an old, well-trodden path. And sometimes, grace has fuzzy ears, a bristled mane, and hope for a new start.

Join Rachel Anne Ridge, author of the beloved memoir Flash, in a journey back to the pasture. As she adopts a second rescue donkey as a little brother for Flash―a miniature named Henry―she finds that walking with donkeys has surprising lessons to teach us about prayer, renewing our faith, and connecting to God in fresh ways.

Readers all over the world fell in love with Flash and with Rachel’s thoughtful, funny, and poignant stories about what life with a donkey can teach you. Now, meet Henry and join him on a walk that could change everything about how you hope, trust, and move forward from past regrets.

rachel anne ridge

Rachel Anne Ridge is an artist and writer in Texas. Together with her husband, Tom, she bootstrapped her way through the Great Recession, raised three kids, and rediscovered God in the midst of the everyday juggle of life. Her blog, HomeSanctuary.com, helps women around the world find beauty and faith in the unexpected, and often unappreciated, moments life brings. Rachel’s Book, Flash, The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances, reveals how God uses ordinary, sometimes humorous means to help us see Him—and to change our lives forever. She is now a Nana to 5 littles, and has two adopted donkeys.

Flash (the book) has been optioned as a movie by PureFlix Studios.

Walking With Henry became available for sale March 5, 2019.

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

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THE REFUGE

18 05 2019

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This was a very good book and kept be enraptured. You have two stories entwined into one and it keeps you trying to figure out how they are going to get together. You have Darcie and Walter who move into the Shaker community in 1849 to escape the cholera epidemic. Walter dies in an accident and leaves Darcie alone. She never had the chance to tell him she was expecting and she needs to find a way to get out of there before the elders separate her from her baby.

You then have Flynn, a widow, who has a daughter, Leatrice. They are living with his father-in-law, Silas. Flynn ends up putting Leatrice in the Shaker community temporarily. But Leatrice ends up helping Sister Darcie with the baby and Flynn meets her when he comes to visit his daughter.

Will there be a way that the two get together? Will Darcie and her baby be separated? You will need to read this book to find out!

When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique–and lonely–position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann’s website at annhgabhart.com.

The Refuge became available for sale April 30, 2019.

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





HAPPY STORIES FOR KIDS

23 04 2019

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This was an enjoyable book to read.  I have seen the Robertson’s on TV, but it was nice to read about them, like when Willie was a young boy; or even about their children.  We each have a story; probably plenty of them.  So Korie and Chrys have compiled some of these stories and put them together.  Each chapter is a different story.  With each story is a scripture to go with it.  There are also questions on some things in the story and if you have gone through something similar.  At the end of each chapter is a short devotional that goes along with the story.  Very well written.  Holli Conger did an awesome job with the illustrations, too.

Have you heard about the birthday sleepover where Will forgot one very important item?

What about Survivor Day—a special day at camp when the kids are given a really big challenge?

Or did you hear about the ski trip when 2-Mama and Bella got lost and everyone learned a big lesson . . . ?

Well, cozy up and listen close, because you’re about to hear all these stories—and more!

Full of mostly true-ish stories from the Duck Pond comes Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Korie Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, have partnered to bring you hilarious and heartwarming stories that demonstrate valuable lessons and family values. Whether it’s the importance of being prepared, working hard, or relying on God when you’re scared, the Duck Dynasty gang has a story for you!

Featuring lively art and solid moral lessons, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids will illustrate these ideas in fun, engaging ways. Cuddle up with your kids, and laugh together as you read about the silly antics of America’s favorite family—and talk about how the same principles are true in your life too.

Sometimes the silliest stories can teach us the most important things about loving others and being kind. With its fun illustrations and sweet messages, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is the perfect way to share these truths with your children.

Korie Robertson

Korie Robertson is known for her role on A&E’s hit reality television series Duck Dynasty. The mother of six is known for her domestic and international philanthropic work and serves on the board of Help One Now, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and caring for orphans worldwide. Korie and her husband Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander®, are active advocates for adoption and foster care—having adopted two of their own children—and were honored for their work at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Gala in Washington D.C. in 2013, and they now serve on the CCAI board. Korie and Willie also founded the Drive Adoption Fund in 2016, which was created to promote domestic and international adoption awareness and education.

Korie oversees several business ventures including their local Louisiana-based retail store Duck & Dressing and also serves as a spokesperson and advocate for women on behalf of the natural skincare line made for women of all ages, Naturmetic. Korie is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing credits include The Women of Duck Commander, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Strong and Kind: Raising Kids of Character. Follow her online @bosshogswife or DuckCommander.com.

Chrys Howard

Chrys Howard is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of the A&E® hit TV show Duck Dynasty®. She was a senior editor and creative director for Simon & Schuster. She has edited and cowritten more than 100 books and is the author of nine books with more than 1,000,000 copies in print in six languages. She received a Silver Angel Award from the Hollywood based Excellence in Media organization, the J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award, and has been named among the Who’s Who of American Teachers. Chrys Howard lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with her husband, John. They have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.

Holli Conger

Holli Conger has been a professional artist for 20 years and has had the opportunity to use her artistic talents as a graphic designer, children’s book illustrator, licensing artist and a three-dimensional fine artist specializing in found object/mixed media art. She has worked one-on-one with over 100 illustration and design clients, licensed designs to over 25 manufacturers from all over the world. From magazine, greeting cards and advertising, to CD covers, packaging and children’s books, she approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s (and parent’s) face. A Nashville native, she left the land of Country Music for the land of Krispy Kreme and currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where her husband, daughter and son give her plenty of inspiration.

Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids has been out since February 21, 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

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PSALMS FOR LITTLE HEARTS

15 04 2019

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Psalms for Little Hearts is a book that children would definitely like. Dandi Daley Mackall picked out 25 psalms and wrote poems that the children would identify with. It is written in a sing-song pattern, which will make it fun for kids. Cee Biscoe also did a great job illustrating. The pictures match each “psalm” perfectly. Good job, gals!

With over 1 million copies sold, A Child’s First Bible has taught countless children to love God’s Word. Now the series continues with Psalms for Little Hearts.

I will still praise you and sing you my song.
You pour your love on me all the day long.

This rhyming paraphrase of 25 of the best-loved Psalms is both playful and tender, perfect for soothing your child before they sleep or for encouraging them in morning devotions. Instill a lifelong love of the Psalms in your child as you teach them that God’s Word was written for them.

Features:
25 rhyming Psalms are written just for your little one
Topical table of contents helps you find the right Psalm for every occasion
Beautiful, kid-friendly, four-color illustrations throughout make Scripture accessible
Scripture from the original Psalms bring you and your child back to the Bible

dandi daley mackall

Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.

cee biscoe

Cee grew up surrounded by paintings and sculptures and was encouraged to draw from an early age. After school, she studied Graphic Design and began a tentative illustration career whilst at college, designing punk record covers and gothic stationery! Then she had other jobs for many years, which were totally unrelated to art. It wasn’t until 2000 that she focused on drawing again and once she had some commissions she left her office job to concentrate on illustration, starting with greetings cards and craft designs. In 2008, she attained her MA in Children’s Book Illustration and since then she has illustrated several picture books and board books. She finds inspiration in nature and has a fondness for creepy crawlies, which means they often turn up in her pictures! She paints in watercolour and acrylics and loves getting messy in her studio (a converted shed in the garden), where she watches the birds from her window.

Psalms for Little Hearts became available for sale March 5, 2019.

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

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WHEN LIFE DOESN’T MATCH YOUR DREAMS

8 04 2019

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I was not impressed with this book and quite disappointed.  When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams is written like two books rolled into one, but in a confusing style.  You start out with the woman from the bible as a narrative fiction style, then you go to teaching, then back to the narrative, then back to the teaching, and then you end up with discussion questions – all for each chapter.  Very confusing.  It would have been better if Jill Eileen Smith had written two books, instead of putting it all into one.  I had to force myself to read this book.  I will say that the fiction part was the more interesting part of it.

Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side–even when he feels far away.

Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarai, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, and more.

Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right–and even what they did wrong–when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.

jill eileen smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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