Friday, May 12, 2017

The Joy of Letting Go: A Book Review

About The Book:


With readings of encouragement and inspirational quotes, this devotional helps parents prepare their hearts for their children’s independence, whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or graduating from college.
Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.
About The Author:
Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on "Starting Points," Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
My Review:

A fantastic resource for any parent who is going to be entering the teen years! It is full of encouragement and wisdom and would be a fantastic gift idea for anyone in your life. A great reminder of the ideas we can pass on to our children to help them navigate the ups and downs of being a teen. But more than helping out parents of teens, this is honestly a book for parents of children of all ages. It has great ideas and tips, and you will be better for reading this book. I promise! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 
BUY IT: You can purchase The Joy of Letting Go here
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Friday, May 5, 2017

Last Chance Hero: A Book Review

About The Book:

What happens when your heart is intercepted before you even know it's in play?
The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with this football-obsessed town when she admits that she's never seen a football game, isn't really interested in doing so, and in fact doesn't know a first down from a goalpost. 
Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like this game is over . . . 


You can read an excerpt of Last Chance Hero, here in PDF format

About The Author:

Cathleen Armstrong lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction. She is also the author of One More Last Chance and At Home in Last Chance. Learn more at www.cathleenarmstrong.com.

My Review:

Each book in the Place To Call Home series has been so good. And book 4, Last Chance Hero, was no different than the others. With characters that you would want to be friends with in real life, to a few little twists and turns, these clean romance books will have you reading late into the night. Last Chance Hero introduces a new character in Dr. Jess and she is remarkable! I think honestly my fave character from all the books. It was a light read and a great way to wrap up the series. 

I recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Last Chance Hero at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Innocent: A Book Review

About The Book:

She longs for peace--for her land and her heart--but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?
Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.

The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.


You can read an excerpt of The Innocent here, in PDF format

You can access a book group study guide here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as Angel SisterSmall Town GirlLove Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

My Review:

I have read a number of author, Ann H. Gabhart's novels and with each one I get more and more impressed with her writing. The style flows nicely, has great story lines and characters that you find yourself rooting for and I absolutely love the character development. It was no different with her most recent release, The Innocent. This was an intriguing novel, and I found myself not wanting to getting anything else done but read it, including reading late into the night! A great read that I highly recommend! 

BUY IT: You can purchase The Innocent at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible: A Book Review

About The Book:

Do you feel like you should read the Bible more?

This book will help you 
want to read it.
Keith Ferrin has been talking to churches for years about enjoying God's Word. Here he shares the most helpful ideas and habits you can start using today. You will find ten proven tips that are equally practical whether you are a longtime Bible student or simply exploring what this life-changing book is all about.

Aimed at deepening your relationship with God, these simple suggestions will help you focus more easily as you read, remember Scripture better, and most importantly, enjoy the Bible and its Author more than you ever dreamed possible.

Includes Discussion Questions and Reading Suggestions for Small Groups


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

You can read the study guide for this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Keith Ferrin (www.keithferrin.com) is an author, speaker, storyteller, and blogger who strives to help people realize that the living Word of God is a reality, not a phrase. Keith is the founder of That You May Know Ministries, and he holds to the idea that people can believe the Bible is not only true and applicable but also fun, engaging, and enjoyable. Keith's one-man, dramatic, word-for-word presentations of whole books of the Bible have been seen by thousands around the country. 
Keith loves writing, movies, hiking, baseball, coffee, ice cream, and seeing the light go on in someone's eyes when they realize that the Bible isn't boring. Keith is a husband to one and a father to three. They all live just outside of Seattle.


My Review:

I have been a Christian since the age of 13, and grew up in a Christian home all my life. However, that does not mean it has always been easy to sit down and read my Bible. Sometimes it has been easy for sure, but other times (particularly when I "had" to read it as a textbook in Bible college) it has been almost a chore (especially, honestly those geneologies and mega long names). So how can one really enjoy reading God's word and apply it to our everyday lives? 

Author Keith Ferrin does a fantastic job sharing 10 tips to make reading God's word more enjoyable than most find it to be. My favorite part of the book was the 60 Day journey you can do. I am in the process of doing it with the Book of Philippians and its been so life changing!

If you are a student of the Bible, whether its a new thing for you or you have read the Bible for years, this is a fantastic resource that every Christian needs to read. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fear Fighting: A Book Review

About The Book:

We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can't do or will never be. But that's not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters--women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God's peace-, purpose-, and joy-filled callings.

With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to

· Cultivate unstoppable faith by harnessing God's Word and promptings
· Usher in lasting peace through prayers that reduce panic, blood pressure, and stress
· Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God's greatest gifts
· Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed throughout the day
· Participate in a twelve-week study guide to foster new courageous habits
 
Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.


You can read an excerpt of Fear Fighting here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Kelly Balarie has lived her subject matter. Her faith was built as she battled through an eating disorder, depression, serious health concerns, company failures, family tragedies, job losses, and times without income. Throughout it all, Kelly has looked past the pain to pursue God's always-unfolding plan. Kelly is a featured blogger at Crosswalk.com and iBelieve.com. Her work has been featured on Relevant, (in)courage.me, and Today's Christian Woman. She lives with her husband and two toddlers near the sun-soaked shores of the East Coast.

My Review:

Fear. It is something that can completely freeze you up from living life or it can be squashed and tossed so we can life the full, fearless life that God so badly wants each of us to do. Sometimes fear is shortlived (like the way I feel during a thunderstorm) or it can be completely debilitating (like anxiety). Author Kelly Balarie realized that fear comes in all types and walks the reader through her own journey through many situations that could have paralyzed her with fear (and did for some time). Through God, she fought those fears so she could ultimately become an inspiration to other women who deal with similar situations. She writes with a exurberance and friendliness that was so incredibly refreshing and made me feel like it was only her and I having a great conversation over tea. She goes through some of the more common fears we has as women and gives great practical ideas for overcoming them so we can be fearless for Him!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Fear Fighting at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this book. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, May 1, 2017

Out Of The Spin Cycle: A Book Review

About The Book:

Following Jesus shouldn't be just one more thing to do
Motherhood sometimes feels like a list of expectations. You may be busy or even overwhelmed. But you are also strong and brilliant. And here's a secret: a lot of those things on your list of expectations are things Jesus never expected you to do on your own.
In Out of the Spin Cycle, author and speaker Jen Hatmaker takes the words and deeds of Jesus, adds the humor of a young mom's life, and offers messages of grace and encouragement. Covering areas such as worry, marriage, priorities, money, and the comparison trap, this dynamic Bible teacher brings Jesus's message alive in short, to-the-point devotionals for your busy life. This is a devotional for you--the woman inside the mom--the Bible student, the learner, the world-changer.
So put aside that to-do list for a moment and discover the ways Jesus can lighten your mother load.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Jen Hatmaker has written eleven books and Bible studies for women, including the New York Times bestselling For the Love and Interrupted. At least partial credit goes to her kids--Gavin, Sydney, Caleb, Ben, and Remy--for supplying a steady stream of material. Jen has been happily married to her husband, Brandon, for twenty-two years, and they live in Austin, Texas, where they planted Austin New Church. Jen speaks at conferences all over the nation. Check out her blog and travel schedule at www.jenhatmaker.com.

My Review:

Jen Hatmaker has been a favorite author and speaker of mine for several years, and I absolutely adored reading this collection of devotionals. It was so encouraging to read that I am not the only mother out there that often times feels overwhelmed with the list of things I have to do in my home, work and as a wife and mom. This book would make an ideal baby shower gift or new baby gift. Jen Hatmaker is raw and vulnerable as she shares life experiences that she has had. I felt like I was right in my living room having a cup of coffee with her. I love that it is not a dated devotional so you can go through it at your own leisure. Each one is short and gives a practical idea at the end of each chapter too. So fun to read and inspirational all in one! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 

BUY IT: You can purchase Out of the Spin Cycle at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Without Rival: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is a reason we look at others as rivals and limit ourselves to comparison and competition. We have an enemy assaulting our mind, will, and emotions in the hope that we'll turn on ourselves and each other. It's a cycle that isolates us from intimate connections, creates confusion about our identity, and limits our purpose.

In Without RivalNew York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere shares how a revelation of God's love breaks these limits. You'll learn how to stop seeing others as rivals and make the deep connections with your Creator you long for--connections that hold the promise of true identity and intimacy. With biblically sound teaching filled with prophetic insight for our day, Lisa uses humor and passion to challenge you to

· Flip rivalry so it brings out the best in you
· Stop hiding from conversations you need to be a part of
· Answer the argument that says women are unfit, easily deceived, and gullible
· Dismantle gender rivalry and work with the men in your life

It's time to step forward to live a life without rival.


You can read an excerpt of Without Rival here, in PDF format

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About The Author:

Lisa Bevere is a sought-after international speaker, the author of New York Times bestseller Without Rival, and the cohost of The Messenger television program, which is broadcast in more than two hundred countries. The author of Lioness Arising, Girls with Swords, and Fight Like a Girl, Lisa is a frequent guest on Life Today and has been a speaker at Women of Faith, Joyce Meyer conferences, and Hillsong Church. She and her husband, John, have four sons and live in Colorado. Learn more at wwwlisabevere.com.

My Review: 

Lisa Bevere has a passion for women, but more importantly a passion for her Lord! And she takes both of those passions and combines them by creating a fantastic read that will encourage and inspire all who take the time to read Without Rival. 

Through the book, Lisa Bevere, encourages women to remember that we are incredibly precious to God and we need to step out and allow Him to use us for His purpose and not fear this call. With lots of scripture quoted to back up her words, Lisa is inspiring with each word she writes. God has used her greatly within the pages of this book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Without Rival at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communciations Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Warrior Chicks: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is a lot in life we cannot control--a cancer diagnosis, the choices our children make, a spouse who leaves, disappointments in our career, a broken heart. But in those tragedies, big and small, we still have a choice: 

Lie down and give in or stand up and fight.
In this inspiring call to arms against victimhood, Holly Wagner challenges women to enlist as Warrior Chicks. She shows women that they are beautiful just the way they are, they are destined to be overcomers in this life, and that the battle is already won for us. She shares the secrets of being equipped to fight the good fight and do more than just survive. As one who has battled many things in her life, including breast cancer, Holly shows how you can be either a casualty of the pain or a warrior who overcomes. 

So what's it going to be?


You can read an excerpt of Warrior Chicks here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Holly Wagner is copastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, California, and reaches thousands of women each year through conferences, books, and other resources. She is a popular conference speaker known for her challenging, humorous style and honest approach to real-life issues. Holly has written four books, including GodChicks and Daily Steps for GodChicks. She and her husband, Philip, have two children.

My Review:

An uplifting and inspirational read that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all who read it. If you are going through a particularly difficult season in your life, this book will absolutely lift you up and encourage you. If you know someone in a hard season, please pick this up and gift it to them. You will not regret it. I also loved that it has a study guide, making it perfect for individual study or a small group study! I underlined a lot of the book and even used a lot of post it notes as I read through.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Warrior Chicks at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group 

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Friday, April 28, 2017

As Love Blooms: A Book Review

About The Book:

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.
Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park--and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her . . . or to capture her heart?

Against the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love CallsWhile Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at www.lornaseilstad.com.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and in particular, I have enjoyed learning about the Suffrage movement that many women were a part of. I love that it is very evident that the author did much research to make the book as historically accurate as possible. The characters were very well developed, both in this final series book, as well as all within the series itself. It is a clean read, quick read and I found myself very impressed with the story lines involved.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase As Love Blooms at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Hot Mama: A Book Review

About The Book:

It's easy for us moms to slip into the habit of letting the craziness of our days interfere with our relationships with our husbands. We simply don't have the energy or the ideas for a spicy, satisfying sex life. We're usually just amazed we made it to the end of the day without collapsing or throttling someone.

Hot Mama to the rescue!

In this witty book, hot mamas Kathi Lipp and Erin MacPherson share hilarious stories and creative ideas from moms everywhere to help you build a relationship with your spouse that's happy, healthy, and fun. From building confidence and banishing guilt to flirting (remember that?) and wearing clothes that get you--and him--in the mood, Kathi and Erin show you how to take your sex life from ho-hum to sizzling hot.


You can read an excerpt of Hot Mama here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Kathi Lipp is the author of Praying God's Word for Your HusbandThe Husband Project, and I Need Some Help Here! She is a conference and retreat speaker who reaches thousands of women each year and has been a guest on numerous national radio programs, including Focus on the Family. She and her husband have four children and live in California. Learn more at www.kathilipp.com.

Erin MacPherson 
is a wife, mom, speaker, and writer. She is a staff writer and editor for a number of major online parenting and educational publications, including Nickelodeon and Dun & Bradstreet. Her popular blog, ChristianMamasGuide.com, offers women godly, tell-it-like-it-is advice and information. She and her husband have three children and live in Texas.


My Review:

This book took a somewhat delicate, and little talked about in church, topic and with respect, wit and fun, helped women to reclaim their sex lives. It helps those readers who may be struggling for true intimacy in their marriage and allows the reader to understand what a healthy, God filled marriage can, and should, be. These two ladies wrote fantastically together and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next. It was a great read, and fast read! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Hot Mama at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I receive a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Max Rhymes: A Children's Book Series Review

About The Books:

The Max Rhymes series are simple, yet very effective books for ages 0-7, and created to instill values such as manners, gratitude, & personal responsibility, while building higher self-esteem, whereby the process is scientifically proven to work.

Because we have learned that ninety five percent of what is programmed in your child’s subconscious mind happens by age six, from what they hear, see, touch and feel, our books are specifically written and illustrated to help this download process by providing nurturing, loving, moralities and manners within the rhymes. Read more about the science behind our rhymes by watching the video above or by clicking here.

Inspirational Nursery Rhymes are scientifically written to help your child excel into and through adulthood. Rhymes were created to help with learning as far back as the Romans and by reading our rhymes daily, your child will be programmed with limitless possibilities.



 In Be Responsible Like Max, Max shows us he’s responsible by making his bed, getting dressed, cleaning up his toys, clearing the table and more.


 In Get Inspired with Max, Max teaches us to get inspired by showing how he uses his imagination and thoughts to create happy outcomes.


In Give Thanks with Max, Max shows everyone how easy it is to give thanks for everything in his lifesuch as flowers, trees, birds, friends, family and more.



In Max Gives Thanks To God,  Max shows everyone how he thanks God for all the simple things in his life and that gratitude will stay will him as he grows into an adult. In addition, by reading over and over, God will be in the mind of the child forever!

You can see a preview of the books in this series here

About The Authors:

Todd J. Courtney has lived in San Jose, CA most of his life. He has spent the past 25 years as a business owner/investor and during the last 5 years, he was teaching what Wallace D. Wattles calls “thinking stuff” to business offices in San Jose. During this time of teaching, while raising three kids of his own and teaching them the same techniques, he realized his passion lies with helping our youth understand that they too can create the life they truly dream of.

While teaching adults for the prior 5 years, it didn’t take Todd long to realize why most of our youth get trapped in the same cycles as their parents, with the primary reason being that parents cannot teach their children what they don’t know or don’t understand themselves. After researching the teen and young adult market, it seemed a lot more work needed to be done to help our youth during this time of a rapidly changing world. Todd’s premise is this; “If we expect our youth to change the world, we have to start by changing our youth.”

In addition to his first book, “Thinking in One Direction”,Todd created TeensCanDream.org as a “go to” site for teens to find an array of short eBooks on a variety of topics, as they seek the answers to their individual questions. This site is dedicated to all the teens, pre-teens and young adults out there who are looking for answers, but didn’t have a single source to find them.

In addition, he and his wife, Jackie, created a new genre of nursery rhymes, Inspirational Nursery Rhymes, with the purpose of helping our youth during the early years of learning. Not stopping there and seeing how disease such as cancer, diabetes and obesity are affecting our youth at younger ages, Todd created the first ever animation video to help kids with leukemia think themselves healthy during treatment with their doctors. When asked, “Why leukemia? Does someone you know have it?” he responded with a, “No. It was just an idea in which I felt compelled to create.” With absolutely no experience on how to create an animation video, Todd explains in detail how things came about in divine order. For more information on his video go to, JustImagineIf.org.

Jacqueline “Jackie” was also raised in San Jose, CA and spent her career as a primary school teacher for 16 years before retiring to raise their children and embark on the journey of co-creating Inspirational Nursery Rhymes with Todd. From her years in teaching her students, many of whom were from underprivileged families, Jackie saw firsthand for the need to empower children and provide them the self-confidence needed to grow up leading a satisfied and fulfilling life as an adult. In combining her passion for children and desire to make a difference, along with Todd’s research, the idea of creating a brand new series of board books for toddler’s was born. With most of our current nursery rhymes written over 200 years ago, the objective was to create something for the 21st century that would enhance children’s futures.

My Review:

What a delightful series for young children! Teaching children character lessons happens primarily by modelling behavior by the adults in their life, but finding high quality products like books to add to that teaching is one of my favorite ways to teach concepts like gratitude, manners and more. As an early childhood educator one of my passions that I advocate for is early literacy. I know personally and professionally how important reading to young children is, and how they learn from repetition. That is where the Max Rhymes series is the perfect books for little ones. The rhyming that occurs is so catchy and the illustrations are fantastic. The children in my family child care program have absolutely adored these books. So much so that we have read them almost daily since I received them. The next book in this series, Max and Molly Learn Their Manners, releases this month, and I will definitely be getting it for my collection. I also love that these books come in board format, and are small in size, perfect for even the youngest of readers. They are durable and can be cleaned with a damp cloth very easily. These books are all delightful, engaging and are perfect to read with a little one snuggled in your lap as you read. 

These are the perfect gift idea for a new baby, birthday, baby shower gift and even Christmas gifts and would be a wonderful addition to any child care program. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase the entire Max Rhymes online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of the above, courtesy of Bouyancy PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

To Capture Her Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:

In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart. 
Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York. 


About The Author:

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart, book one of The Southold Chroniclesa series inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad; and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Rebecca lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.

My Review:

This was book two in the Southhold Chronicles series, and I quite enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and very apparent that much research went into the writing of this book to make as authentic as possible for the reader. I loved all the characters and the progression of developing them as the story went on. The book kept my attention throughout and was very pleased with it overall.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase To Capture Her Heart at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The NKJV Women's Study Bible: A Book Review

The Woman’s Study Biblepoignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance

My Review:
The new and updated NKJV Women's Study Bible is an absolutely stunning Bible. I was given a choice to what kind of cover I wanted to review (choices were hardcover, leather or clothbound) and I chose the leather. The first thing I noticed was the adorable full color box that the Bible comes in. It was very spring like with a floral pattern to it. Once I opened the box I immediately was drawn in by the unmistakable smell of fresh leather. There is something astonishing about opening a brand new Bible. It is crisp, soft to the touch and included a lovely satin ribbon marker. Each book includes some wonderful study tools like Bible introductions, with themes, outlines, maps and also includes many encouraging quotes throughout the entire Bible. The NKJV translation is a lovely way to read the original translation of the Holy Bible in easy to read and understand English, as compared to the originaI. I loved that all the charts and extras are in full color and also have a great index making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The study notes are extensive, allowing the owner of such a remarkable Bible to do a plethora of studying without having to use a lot of tools and extra books. This would be a beautiful gift for birthdays, baptisms, Mother's Day or even a special wedding anniversary for any special woman in your life. 
I highly recommend this Bible and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The NKJV Women's Study Bible here
***I received a complimentary copy of this Bible, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***