Friday, October 14, 2016

He Knows Your Name ~ Linda Znachko

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825444047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825444043

When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted—God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead.
Linda found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted—a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.
Today, Linda has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God.

My take on this book:
This is one of those books that grabs hold of the heart and holds it from beginning to end. The ministry that Linda allowed God to lead her into wasn't always easy but the hope and healing that flows from the pages of the book shows how God can turn despair  into hope and healing. I kept thinking about the scripture where God says that when you do for the least among you are doing for God as well! I found myself becoming absorbed in each story and found myself wondering if I could be as obedient. A story that inspires and shares the wonderful way God can use us if only we will let him. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

  • Hardcover: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310445574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310445579

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.
 The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
 Features of this treasured Bible include:
  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
My take on this Bible:
I love this Bible, from the eye catching dust cover, to the wide margins this Bible is great! First off I was provided a copy of this Bible by Thomas Nelson's Booklook for review, so on with the review. If I had to choose one thing that I like about this Bible is the wide margins that are lined. I take plenty of notes and this space is perfect for that, or drawing pictures or whatever. The presentation page is very pretty, and the bookmark ribbon is a pretty aqua color. The size and weight  of this Bible makes it very portable and the text size is readable. There are random footnotes and a table of weights and measures included too.  This Bible would make a wonderful gift for young and old alike. I for one love it and enjoy coloring the pages. I will be watching for it in other translations. 

NKJV Study Bible ~ Review

  • Imitation Leather: 2336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 2 Lea Rep edition (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718009266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718009267

The NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition is the most comprehensive study Bible available! It has the most complete study system for pastors, teachers, or students who desire accurate study in God's Word. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has "the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor." Thomas Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the study system to reach for when accurate study in God's Word is the goal.
Features include:
  • More than 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • 150 Bible times and culture notes
  • 114 articles on key Bible doctrines
  • 350 word studies with Strong's numbers
  • "Christ in the Scriptures" feature
  • Topical index
  • Deluxe Nelson concordance
  • Full-color maps

My take on this Bible:
I received a copy of this Bible from Thomas Nelson's Booklook program for review, and if I was to sum up the review in a sentence or two I would say that I am not impressed with this Bible, and the reason I say that is because I own the older version of this Bible and I like it better, also I have become somewhat spoiled with the Bibles that have color pictures but that is just me. To be fair there are plenty of things that I do like about this Bible. First of all the color is very pretty, and the imitation leather soft feels very nice and durable. The silver gilded edges of the pages are also very pretty and gives this Bible a high quality look. This Bible is boxed and has a presentation page both things that makes it good for gift giving. There is a center column reference section, plenty of study notes and in text maps, but those maps are in black and white, and honestly I have gotten spoiled using Bibles that provide color maps in text. I will say that there are several color maps at the back of the Bible but it's basically what you find in most study Bibles. There are several study helps, such as word studies, a concordance, plenty of articles as well as a topical index. I do wish that Thomas Nelson would have color coordinated the inner text and coloring with the outer cover instead of just using the same tan colors that was used in the hardback version. Overall, this is a good study Bible especially if you are not a fan of the full color edition. This Bible is also available in a hardcover edition, so if you own that the only difference is the leather soft cover. While I like this Bible it really isn't my favorite because it lacks the color that I have become used to.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible NIV

  • Hardcover: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special ed. edition (August 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310431581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310431589

ou’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.
That’s what the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.
Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.
The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.
The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings to life the ancient world of Scripture for modern readers.

  • The full text of the NIV
  • Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written
  • Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages
  • Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features
  • Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics
  • 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world
  • Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Additional study Bible tools: cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps

My take on this Bible:

Whenever I review a Bible I head into my favorite book of the Bible which is Ruth so that's where I formed my opinion of the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. On the opening page of Ruth I found a bit about the author, the historical setting which included an approximate date of when the events of the book took place. There is also a tiny box labeled key concepts which is just what it says it is, a few key concepts about the book of Ruth. The study notes were very good, they delve into the hazards of being a widow during the time period while also touching on difference between then and now. There are plenty of reference, actually a center column runs down the text but I also found additional reference verses embedded in the study notes as well. The color pictures enhances the text and touch on topics that are relevant to the particular scripture where they are placed. There are a few things that I didn't like about the Bible, and one has to do with the quality of the print, I feel like the text could have been darker, although the size of the text is great, even the study notes are printed in a decent size that is readable. The cover is plain and doesn't match the dust cover, which I prefer, but that's just me. I do like that there is a presentation page. Overall, not my favorite study Bible but one that I feel would be beneficial to me in my Bible studies.  This Bible was provided for me to review.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

They Were Like Family to Me by Helen Maryles Shankman ~ TLC Book Blast

 They Were Like Family to Me: Stories

    They Were Like Family to Me
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (October 4, 2016)
“An absolutely dazzling triumph…A singularly inventive collection” (Jewish Book Council) of linked stories set in a German-occupied town in Poland during World War II, where tales of myth and folklore meet the real-like monsters of the Nazi invasion.
1942. With the Nazi Party at the height of its monstrous power, Hitler’s SS fires up the new crematorium at Auschwitz and the occupying army empties Poland’s towns and cities of their Jewish citizens. As neighbor turns on neighbor and survival depends on unthinkable choices, Poland has become a moral quagmire, a place of shifting truths and blinding ambiguities.
“Filled with rich attention to the details of flora and fauna and insightful descriptions of the nuances of rural and small-town life” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Helen Maryles Shankman shows us the people of Wlodawa, a remote Polish town at a crossroads: we meet an SS officer dedicated to rescuing the creator of his son’s favorite picture book; a Messiah who announces that he is quitting; a Jewish girl who is hidden by an outspoken anti-Semite—and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are the enigmatic Willy Reinhart, Commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect “his” Jews, and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker and his family, struggling to survive.
“Moving and unsettling…Like Joyce’s Dubliners, this book circles the same streets and encounters the same people as it depicts the horrors of Germany’s invasion of Poland through the microcosm of one village….A deeply humane demonstration of wringing art from catastrophe” (Kirkus Reviews), They Were Like Family to Me (originally called In the Land of Armadillos) is a testament to the persistence of humanity in the most inhuman conditions.
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About Helen Maryles Shankman

Helen Maryles Shankman’s stories have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She was a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s Story Contest and earned an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers competition. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewGargoyleCream City Review2 Bridges ReviewGrift,, and other publications. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Color of Light and the story collection They Were Like Family to Me. She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and four children.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

NKJV Word Study Bible

  • Hardcover: 1760 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718076567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718076566

The NKJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. By looking into these ancient texts we are able to read scripture as it was originally written and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. As you study you will discover the richness and significance of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.
Features Include:
• NKJV paragraph-style text with in-text subheadings and translators' notes
• Book introductions
• Words of Christ in red
• Word studies
• Indexes
• Concordance

My take on this Bible:
Studying my Bible is something that I do daily so I am always looking for one that can enhance my understanding of what I am reading and I think this one does a good job because it includes seventeen hundred easy to understand word studies. The thing that's great about the word study is basically they are provided within the pages of the Bible instead of clumped together at the end, in a lot of instances the you will find the word study on the same page or very close to where the word is used in scripture. Speaking of that the word that is in the study is underlined in the particular area where it occurs in the corresponding scripture. Along with the word study there is also reference to other scriptures which actually lends to a great way to study a particular word in different scriptural settings. This would make for a great way to turn each word into a particular study of it's own. Another thing that I liked about this Bible is that the words of Christ is in red, something that isn't mandatory for me, but I do find it useful. Lets touch on a few of the features, the Bible has a sturdy hardback cover that matches the dust cover, I like that because I normally take of the dust cover and so having a colored hardback cover makes this an added bonus for me. A presentation page makes it perfect for gift giving and because this Bible is presented in the NKJV text it would be appropriate for a seasoned Christian or someone who wants an easier to understand translation. While the size of the print is okay I do wish that it would have been printed a little darker. Overall I feel like this would be a great beginner Bible for someone who wants to grow in their faith and increase their understanding of what the scriptures really mean based on the in depth word studies. The size makes it portable enough to carry to Bible study or church. 

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

God Made The Moon ~ God Made The Sun ~ Mary Manz Simon

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919818

An engaging die-cut board book that introduces little ones to the concept of moonlight and nighttime
God Made the Moon is a celebration of God's gift of nighttime to the world. Beginning with the first sleepy yawn and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds little ones that God's love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will be a welcome addition to any child's bedtime rituals.

My take on this book:
God Made The Moon is a wonderful way to share with your youngster why God made the moon and the reminder that it provides each night. Filled with delightful illustrations the colorful pages will certainly capture the imagination while the words will certainly capture their minds and may even provide a few chuckles as the character of the story goes through the same nightly ritual that they themselves may preform as they ready for bed. Most of all though this book shares the love of God. I could easily see this book becoming a nighttime ritual, and easily a favorite book that youngsters will want to read again and again. There is a bit of rhyming prose with easy to read words that will easily have youngsters wanting to read along with mom or dad. What a delightful way to prepare your youngster for their nightly ritual while also teaching them that God's love is always shining down on them. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919801

An engaging die-cut board book that introduces little ones to the concept of sunlight and daytime
God Made the Sun is a celebration of God's gift of daytime to the world. Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this book reminds little ones that God's love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will serve as a welcome reminder of God's presence in our lives.

My take on this book:
A beautifully illustrated book where the illustrations allow the book to come to life. The bright colors really pop from the pages but it's the wonderful message of God's love that really makes this book the perfect read for youngsters. This book is a sturdy board book with rounded edges which is something that I always like to see. The pages are shiny and sturdy enough for repeated use and the words are easy enough that youngsters just might start recognizing the words and even read along. The positive message of God's love is wonderful. I can imagine that this book would become a favorite. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Friday, August 19, 2016


fetching sweetness FNL.inddStanding between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

My take on this book:
Loved this book! It's cute little cover had me wanting to read it as soon as I received it in the mail, but it was the storyline that kept me hooked! To be fair I had read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this one. The storyline really held my attention, because it was funny, while also providing snippets of spiritual insight. The characters seem very realistic and it was easy to be drawn into their story. I always love a book that is also incorporates animals into a story and Fetching Sweetness certainly does that! Anyone who enjoys a sweetly funny story that blends romance, humor and tidbits of inspirational wisdom will certainly want to check this book out. I really can't wait to read the next book in the series. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Dana MentinkDana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

God Made You Just Right ~ Jill Roman Lord

A bright and cheerful reminder that God made each of us special and unique
Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: You're brilliantly created and there s no one else like you! With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book. Ages 2-5.

  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (August 9, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824919769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824919764

My take on this book:
If you are looking for a cute little book that will capture your youngsters eye and provides the positive message that they are one of a kind this little book is perfect! I loved the delightful illustrations, and they are paired perfectly with the text of the story. I love that this book is a durable board book, with rounded corners for safety, and shiny, easy to turn pages that will withstand many, many readings!  I think one of the best features of the book is that it ends with a scripture verse from the Bible. Overall this is a lovely little book that put a smile on my face, but more than that it held the attention of my neighbor as we read it together. I think it would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. I would consider it a self esteem building book that helps youngsters realize that they are indeed special and that God made them just right!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Monday, August 1, 2016

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece ~ Carole P. Roman

  • File Size: 10936 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Street, Inc. (March 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. 

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. 

If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. 

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

My take on this book:
If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece will allow young readers to learn some very interesting information about what it might have been like to have lived in ancient Greece. The first page starts with an illustrated drawing of Greece today and then we get an illustration of what it might have been like during 350 B. C. The author shares what a boy or girls name might have been, a little bit about how the government worked, how someone might have dressed and where their clothes might have came from. The olympics is even touched on, there is even a list of gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece. Very informative and the illustrations really enhance the historical telling, allowing one to really visualize what it might have been like. Perfect for homeschooling but really great in any educational setting. A neat way to teach youngsters about history.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

f You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America ~ Carole P. Roman

  • Series: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1523234075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523234073

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

My take on this book:
Reading a book written by Carol P. Roman always provides an educational experience presented in a fun and easy to understand way. With this book it's no different and readers will learn when Englanders traveled to the New World. More than that though we learn about various characters that lived during that time, and there is even a handy section that allows the reader to learn about six people who lived during colonial times. Along with that is a glossary of words used and their definitions for greater understanding. The illustrations really bring the prose to life allowing me to further visualize the time period. Youngsters are going to learn history in a fun way but older readers just might learn something as well. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Among the Wicked ~ Linda Castillo

  • Series: Kate Burkholder (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250061571
  • ISBN-13: 978-125006157

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.
Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.
Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.

My take on this book:
I can't believe that this is actually the eighth book in the Kate Burkholder series, but I will say this I hope this series continues forever! Ms. Castillo keeps the character of Kate Burkholder and her storyline fresh and once I start reading there is no way that I can put the book down until the end! 

Among the Wicked is probably the best book I have read so far this year, and actually it's probably the best book in this series. With this story Kate goes undercover in an Amish community that is several hours from Holmes County in order to figure out what happened to a fifteen year old girl. Thing is it doesn't take Kate long to figure out that there is something isn't right but her questions not only put her in danger but also the people whom has befriended her in the community. The things that she starts to uncover is more than anyone could have ever imagined, and it looks like Kate might pay the ultimate price for solving the case!

Page turning suspense where what I thought I knew wasn't nearly as bad as what was finally revealed. Zig zagging plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what might happen to Kate, but also trying to figure out what was going on in the community. Ms. Castillo knows how to plant an idea in your mind and lead you down a path making you think you are figuring the plot out and then she provides a zinger that takes you in another direction. The surprising twists at the end totally blindsided me and made me feel like I had been on one wild ride! I will admit there were a few poignant moments woven into the story, one could feel the longing that Kate felt as she wondered how her life might have been different if only she hadn't left her Amish roots. The continuing relationship with Tomasetti adds another layer to Kate's story as she struggles to be independent and make her own decisions while also being in a relationship where Tomasetti doesn't always agree with her. I highly recommend this book and the entire series for that matter. Whether you're a fan of Amish fiction or not anyone who enjoys a suspense filled plot will certainly find this book fits the bill.

Another great read provided by my local library.