Thursday, January 19, 2017

Keith Korman's 'Eden' Kindle Fire Giveaway


Eden Keith Korman

Return to the story of Jesus and read it from a new perspective in Keith Korman's Eden: The Animals' Parable. In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals-especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden. Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

Settle in for some winter reading and enter to win a copy of Keith's book and a Kindle Fire!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Eden
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on January 24. The winner will be announced January 25 on Keith's blog.




Book info
About the book:

Eden: The Animals' Parable (Liberty Island, April 2016)
"Ask the animals, and they will teach you." -Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals---especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice---the animals follow their master's journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings---even if they don't fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2icLyBY
 
About the author:


Keith Korman
is a literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally-known writers of fiction and non-fiction at his family's literary agency, Raines & Raines. The idea for Eden first came to him as a child when he saw the little calf jump across the stable in the prelude to William Wyler's Ben Hur. And he's been thinking about it ever since.








My Review:
"Eden: The Animals' Parable" was such a fun, and touching read.  Told from the perspective of animals, the reader is taken through the gospels seeing them in a completely new light.  The stories that are shared are more than just stories; they are a retelling of Biblical accounts and a way to introduce people to the Bible and the truths within or bring someone back to the truths offering a new perspective and reminders.  The book is written in such a way that it flows nicely and makes the reader seem as if they are right there with Eden and the others.  Eden is very devoted to Jesus and has been with him through childhood and his journeys and interactions with people in His ministry.  Eden is a great example of unconditional love and devotion to Jesus and also looking at and seeing people for who they really are inside, not just what people see with their eye at first glance.  This is an interesting read that will be sure to delight. 

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

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


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Liked"


Book Description from the publisher:

Would you rather be liked online—or loved in person?

Social media can be great. But for girls growing up in a generation saturated with social media, getting enough “likes,” comments, and online friends can become an unhealthy obsession.




In Liked, Kari Kampakis offers positive and powerful insights to help girls navigate the digital age. Applying God’s timeless truths to modern realities, this unique resource dives deeply into topics like social media, friendship, identity, and faith—while ultimately encouraging habits that lead to real and lasting relationships.

Liked can help girls think through those questions that may stir wildly in their mind and heart, such as:
Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I change the world and make an eternal difference? How can I love myself when I feel unlovable? For anyone tired of the quest to impress—and ready to rest in God’s unconditional love—Liked is the answer. This book is a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart and addressing the need for approval with wisdom, hope, and grace.

My Review:
"Liked" is a must-read for parents of pre-teen and teen girls!  In today's society, social media is such a big thing and it does become an obsession as far as how many friends and "likes" people can get on their pictures.  While this can be an issue with boys as well, it more seems to be more of a hot topic with girls as they tend to express more of their unhappiness with body image and just how they feel about themselves overall, not to mention how sexualized girls are at young ages.  Kari does a great job with diving into this issue and offers ways to connect in person, most importantly how mothers and daughters can connect and offer wisdom with being safe and smart on social media, but most importantly feeling good and comfortable with yourself and how God has created you. 

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"A Moonbow Night"

Laura Frantz takes the reader back in time to the frontier of Kentucke in the late 1700s and the lives of strong, brave individuals with pasts and secrets.
The Tucker family has settled in at an inn, and while the family has secrets, Tempe is also guarding her heart.  Tempe is hired to lead a group through the wilderness as she is the best in the area for knowing the area and has strong survival skills.  While this is unusual for a woman, Sion wants the best to lead his group and he goes along with the plan. 
Laura writes in such a way that it is so easy to become lost in the story and transported back in time to a life so different from today, yet it comes so alive and real.  I love how the setting comes so alive from Laura's descriptions, it is easy to picture various places on their journey, the inn and the path they took.  History is woven into the story, both events and individuals and this just adds so much to the story.  I highly recommend "A Moonbow Night" for those whom enjoy historical romance fiction!


*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Friday, January 6, 2017

"60 Days of Happiness"

"60 Days of Happiness: discover God's promise of relentless joy" is a 60 day journey that is sure to change your mindset and your life.  Bestselling author Randy Alcorn shares his thoughts and carefully selected Biblical passages in order to show that God wants each and every one of us to live both holy and happy lives. 
Each passage is a short read, yet each one is still thought-provoking and in-depth on the subject.  This book is seriously a great way to begin each day or take a few moments out each day to refocus on the wonder of each day and the joy and happiness that can be experienced in every day life and also help turn the focus back on God. 
This book is a nice, small, hardcover edition that can be tucked into a handbag and taken anywhere to sit, read and reflect. 


*Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

31 Women we can learn from

"31 Women of the Bible" is an absolute wonderful little devotional book that highlights 31 different women whom today's women can learn from. 
Each woman has her own section that is beautifully displayed with colorful illustrations, highlights of her story that is shared in the Bible and last but not least things that can be learned from her.   One of the highlighted women is Ruth, whom is labeled as the "dream daughter-in-law." The takeaway from Ruth's story is how there are difficult relationships in our lives and how to approach these with grace and seek forgiveness and make amends as needed.
I really enjoyed the Takeaways for each of the stories that are shared and the reflection questions as they were thought-provoking and made me think about changes I need to make within my own life to be a better person.  This is a book that I will revisit often I'm sure. 


*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"Buried Memories"

"Buried Memories" is the latest read from Carol Post and it is a page-turner that will keep you up way past your bedtime reading!
Nicki was hoping for a fresh start and is trying to move on with her life after the broken engagement.  However, she discovers that someone is out to get her as her home is broken into and odd messages are left in the chaos.  Also, Nicki's former best friend is also back in town as he is helping his brother; however, Tyler has his own past that he is trying to start over and move on from.  As Tyler and Nicki find themselves working together to find out whom is behind the scares and why, why now and what is the purpose?
Carol writes in such a way that the characters come to life and the reader is completely immersed in the story.  I found myself completely wrapped up in the story and in Nicki's and Tyler's lives.  I felt as if I was transported to this town and was a part of the drama. 
I highly recommend this for those whom enjoy romantic suspense; be prepared for some fast-paced drama!


*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"The Cherished Quilt"


Book Description from the publisher:

Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.
Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.
When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

My Review:
"The Cherished Quilt" is the 3rd book in Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series and it is another sweet story that is easy to become lost in.  Chris leaves home carrying a huge burden on his shoulders as tragedy has hit his family and he has guilt and pain.  Chris carries this along with him to his new life in Bird-in-Hand and he cannot hide this from Emily, whom is curious about this new man working in her father's shop.  Emily shows friendship and kindness and she and Chris ease into a friendship and Chris begins to share his story with her.  Emily has an idea of how she can help him, but she also finds herself falling in love with Chris.  However, Chris is still now sharing everything and when he must return home suddenly, Emily wonders if she will ever see him again. 
This is a quick, easy read that will draw you into the readers' lives.  Emily is such a sweet girl and she is easy to like. Chris is hurting so deeply and it was so easy to like him and to empathize with him as he is on this journey of healing and starting a new life.   While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone, but it is would be nice to read the first two if you have the chance as some of the characters are mentioned from the previous ones. 


*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*