Sunday, May 21, 2017

If You Were Me

If You Were Me and Lived on Mars
Corole P. Roman
33941064
This book is part of a series designed to introduce children to how other people live in different countries, during different time periods, and in different places. Using a mixture of illustrations and photography, the author talks about children who might someday, in the future, live on Mars. She talks about the location, family, food, and fun. The difficult or unfamiliar words have a pronunciation beside them and are all included in a pronunciation guide at the back of the book.
 
My children really enjoy this series and look forward to each one. While the style of the book is laid out like a story, this is non-fiction and more informative. Children will learn quite a bit about the the history from the view point of other children around the world while having fun reading. I would recommend this book for family fun or for schools as an addition to curriculum.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Glory of the Messiah

The Glory of the Messiah
An Adult Coloring Book
Susan Perlman and Shelley Skoropinski
31580659
The Old Testament scriptures pointed to a Messiah who would come and rescue the world. The author and the artist were raised in Jewish homes and came into this collaboration with a background of looking towards the Messiah. The left pages contain a Hebrew word to color, the interpretation of the word and then a thought and scripture to tie them together. The right pages are the coloring pages that fit with the Hebrew word on the preceding page.

The book could be used as a supplement to a devotional since it follows a theme and has key words and scriptures. I liked the concept of the book and thought it was unique and interesting. The drawings are more simplistic and large than I am used to coloring, but I think they fit well with the theme and were still enjoyable. The pages are thick card stock and didn't bleed or have any ghosting, even when I used markers and gel pens. Overall, this was a great book that I enjoyed working through. It would also make an excellent gift.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

What Hope Remembers

What Hope Remembers
Misty Willows #3
Johnnie Alexander
32510897
Amy Somers is now back home in Misty Willow. She's staying in her grandmother's cottage while she regroups and tries to figure out where she's headed in life. She misses the big city in some ways, but she can't go back to who she was and what she did. When she sees Gabe again after many years, she pretends she doesn't know him. It isn't because of his recent release from prison. It's because she needs to protect her heart. And who would want her anyway, when they realize what type of person she is.

This was a sweet, but complicated story. I've read one of the previous books, so I knew the characters. But it took me a few chapters to refresh my memory and place everyone again. There are still complications going on with the land and the people who live there. The author added drama, a little bit of mystery, and lots of faith and romance. The characters fit their parts well and played off of each other to the benefit of the plot. I enjoyed the story, although it did have some sad elements. Overall, readers who enjoy Christian fiction with a touch of drama and sweet romance will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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A Love So True

A Love So True
Teaville Moral Society #2
Melissa Jagears
32510785
Evelyn loves working at the orphanage and is grateful to her parents form making it happen. But she feels a huge pull towards the women who work in the red light district and have no way out. She hopes to provide a home and occupational training so they have a way out of that life. She has a donor agree to help her, but she must get the support of two other business men before she can have his help. When she bursts into the office of David Kingsman she hopes that he will help her by becoming a supporter. But David is only there to sell the business and doesn't see a reason to go against his father's wishes just to leave the project in a month or so. 

This was a fun book. The characters from the previous book were brought back, but the book was written in such a way that I think it would work as a stand-alone. The author uses the plot and characters to bring out some moral issues that sadly, still trouble us today. She touches on several things, but the one that stood out the most to me was the treatment of others and how we aren't better or worse that anyone else in God's eyes. While there is a lot of spiritual emphasis, I didn't feel preached at while reading. The two main characters mixed well together and their relationship was sweet. There were a few surprises that I didn't see coming and those were fun. Overall, this was a good story that spoke to me several times, while at the same time being a very enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Heart-Shaped Life

The Heart-Shaped Life
Karen Moore
32201575
 The author has written a book about love and how God fits into our lives and our hearts. Each devotional begins with a scripture, has a devotional thought, and ends with a short prayer. The colors of both the cover and the interior are beautiful and eye-catching. There is a ribbon bookmark as well. The days are numbered, but include a February 29 so the book can be used any year. The back of the book includes a scripture index for all of the texts used in the devotional. I read through the devotions and thought the author did a great job of creating thought provoking snippets that can be read quickly for the busy individual, but leave the reader contemplating them throughout the day. They are relevant and inspiring.

This book would make an excellent gift, but I recommend purchasing one for yourself as well. You will be blessed by the thoughts and hope that the author brings into her writing. The cover will tempt you to pick the book up and give it a try. Overall, I would definitely recommend you get this devotional if you are looking for something with short, but thoughtful passages.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

You Know You're a Dad

You Know You're a Dad
Harry Harrison
30649450
Fatherhood begins when you find out that you're pregnant. And it lasts until you take your very last breath. You'll always be a father. But every father will admit that he now says or does things that he never would have imagined before he became a dad for the first time. Follow the author through the stages of fatherhood as he lists things that make you a father.

This was an entertaining book. Some of the things were spot on and some didn't quite fit our family. My husband isn't big into books like this, but said it was amusing. I think this would be a great gift for a father of any age. The book is small - fits in the palm of my hubby's hand - and would fit into a small purse or book bag for those times when you only have a few minutes to read. The hardcover and attractive cover make it appealing. The companion copy "You Know You're a Mom" matches this book and can be combined for gifts or your own library.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.