Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A great resource to include in Christmas traditions.

"Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas" by Ann Voskamp is a beautiful collection of stories and activities for families to read and share together in during the month of December leading up to Christmas to learn and celebrate the real meaning of the Christmas season.
Each day consists of a reading, followed by thoughts to discuss with your children and family and family activities to participate in together.  This book is filled with wonderful readings and a variety of discussion questions and activities that can enhance your family time this Christmas season.  I have read some discussions about some of the readings in this book and the author's interpretations of the reading that some may not agree with.  However, I see this as ideas to add to traditions that I already do with my children and some of the days I may use completely and others I may pick and choose from based on my beliefs, the ages of my children and what fits in best with my family and Christmas celebrating. 

*Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, November 24, 2014

Adorable creations!

First of all, this book is absolutely adorable!!!  "Gramma Nancy's Animal Hats (and booties too!)" is filled with adorable hats and booties that can be knitted for babies and toddlers.  The hats are divided by type of animal and each one is just so cute!  The directions are specific and easy to follow and the pictures are wonderful, I could page through this book so many times!  This book is a must-have for anyone whom enjoys knitting and creating little treasures that children and parents both will love.  I highly recommend this as a gift for that crafty person on your list (including you!).

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*"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review"


International Suspense at it’s best! {Kindle Fire Giveaway!}

NLB Horton The Brothers' Keepers
Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

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About the book:

The Brothers' Keepers
| RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

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About the author: After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

Find NLB online: website, Facebook

My Review:
This is a great book for those whom enjoy suspense and also historical details as this book has both and NLB Horton has an incredible talent for bringing history to life.  I wish I had read the first book in this series first, but I still enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading it in the near future.  I found it so hard to stop reading as I wanted to find out what would happen next as the characters and the setting came so alive to me and I found myself completely lost in the story.  There are so many powerful moments in this book and it is an awesome reminder that God is in control. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review - "Trading Secrets:"

"Trading Secrets" is another excellent Amish teen fiction novel by Melody Carlson that is enjoyable for teens and adults alike.
This was such a fun read that began years ago with a little misunderstanding when students were assigned pen pals.  Micah was mistaken to be a boy and she never corrected the assumption, but now it is time to meet her pen pal face to face.  As this journey sets off Micah and Zach are faced with the truth and neither are prepared for how this meeting will end.
This is quick read that I completely enjoyed just as her other Amish teen fiction novels.  Melody does a great job with bringing the Amish culture to life, specifically how it is for teenagers, and mixing the  Amish way of life with the English. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "The Christmas Cat"

Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella, "The Christmas Cat," is a sweet read that will get you in the spirit of giving and remind you of the important things in life.
Garrison has been out of the country for almost a decade and has felt lost since returning to the states.  Now he feels even more lost when his grandmother passes away, his only relative.  Now he more than just without a job, he without family and must deal with taking care of his grandmother's final wishes, even with how odd they are. As Garrison tries to fulfill his grandmother's wishes, he finds himself meeting people whom he probably would have never met otherwise and he finds himself thinking more about his dreams and also his future.
I really enjoyed this book, it was short, sweet story that I will probably be rereading each year at Christmas time.  I loved the interactions between Garrison and the other characters such as Cara, Elliott,
and Vincent and the roles each of them played with Garrison finding himself and finding peace and home. Melody does a fabulous job with creating the scene as I felt as if I was right there with Garrison inspecting the homes and meeting the families as well as when he was fixing up his grandmother's home.  I highly recommend this book to be put on your to read pile at some point in the next month.

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.* 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Discover God's Heart"

Book Description from the publisher:

A new read-through-the-Bible Bible divided in manageable portions and featuring deep and relevant devotionals that bring readers close to the heart of God.

As they journey through the Bible from cover to cover, readers will appreciate how the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible will help them through tough spots such as Numbers and Leviticus while giving them deeper understanding of the Scriptures and connecting them with the heart of its Author. Readers will experience rich insights into the original contexts of Scripture, and God's heart will be unveiled in new ways.

This Bible includes 365 engaging devotions to serve as your tour guide, walking you through Genesis to Revelation in manageable portions. Each devotion includes a summary section of the Scripture passage, an application section that reveals God's good heart, and an insight section that ties each passage into the rest of God's great story.

As you experience God's Word through this devotional Bible, you'll see his divine fingerprints from beginning to end, even in the most unexpected places. And you'll encounter a deeper, fuller picture of the Jesus you thought you knew.

Whether you are starting out on your first steps or a seasoned traveler, let the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible open your eyes to God's good heart. Join him in his story. And experience a more intimate walk with him.

My Review:
I really like the layout of this devotional Bible as it is reader friendly.  There are several options for what reading plan you would like to follow at the time, ranging from short-term to long-term.  Each devotional is right with the Biblical passage that it corresponds to which I love instead of having to flip through several pages and searching for either the reading or the passage.  I would highly recommend this for someone whom is hoping to learn more about God at a deeper level or for a new Christian as this really shares God's love, God's character and background information on the authors of the various books of the Bible and details helping the reader to gain a clearer understanding of Biblical passages. 

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Handmade Home

"A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space," by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, is a fantastic book for anyone whom is looking for ideas for decorating and do it yourself projects in the home.
Elsie and Emma created A Beautiful Mess blog on which they share so many things and some of these are inside this book, a convenient collection of inspiring ideas and pictures to help you decide how to make your house into a space that is perfect for you.
This book is divided by room and I love this as it makes the book so user-friendly. I was surprised by the variety of ideas in here and I love flipping through the pages looking at all of the beautiful pictures.  I cannot wait to try so many of these projects!  These two sisters are truly inspiring and I loved being able to spend some time inside their worlds.

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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."