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God Loves Daddy and Me

Everyday is full of moments where God shows us how much he loves us. We are often to busy to take notice, but they are there. “God Loves Daddy & Me” is a gentle reminder to for daddies and their little ones to take notice of those special times that God gives us.

“God Loves Daddy & Me” is a wonderful story about the bond between a father and his child, and the God who loves them both. It will remind both dad and child of how much they are loved.

The author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, has written a book about the special moments that we share with our children everyday. We often take these moments for granted and the story reminds us that each of these moments are a gift from God. Each moment the author shares with us is a moment that most children can relate to – taking walks, doing chores and even acting silly.

The illustrations are simply beautiful. They are soft and have a comforting feel to them, absolutely perfect for bedtime. I love the expressions on the faces of the characters as they go about their day. The illustrator does an amazing job showing the love that Daddy and Little Raccoon have for each other.

In the summer we love to roast marshmallows over the campfire, just like Daddy and Little Raccoon. The story reminds us that we need to take the time to cherish the moments with each other, they don’t last forever. My favourite moment in the book is where the author reminds us that God loves us even when things are going wrong. I love the lesson that this teaches our little ones about loving each other. The love between parents and children goes beyond right and wrong, it’s a love that lasts forever.

The best part of the day for Little Raccoon and Daddy is when they spend time in prayer. It’s a great reminder that we need to take the time to Thank God for all the things, big and small, that he give us.

“God Loves Daddy & Me” is a wonderful story to share with your children at bedtime, or anytime, to show them the special ways that God and Daddy love them. Purchase your copy today on Amazon or other major retailers.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Loves Daddy & Me” from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

God Loves Mommy and Me

At the end of  a long day, we sometimes need a reminder of how much God loves us. When the kids are screaming or when Mommy is grumbling it can be hard to remember that.  “God Loves Mommy & Me” is a beautiful children’s story about how God shows how much he loves us in the little everyday moments.

“God Loves Mommy & Me” is beautiful story that celebrates the love between a mother and her child, and the God who loves them both. It is a gentle reminder to parents and children of how much they are loved.

I love how the author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, has taken the little everyday moments to show how much God loves us. Each moment is something that my children can relate to. One of our favourite things to do in the springtime is to blow the dandelion fluff, the story reminded us that it’s one of the ways that God shows us how much he loves us.

The story is full more great moments to share with your little one. All to often when it rains we become grumpy and upset. I love that the story shows the Mommy Bunny playing in the mud puddles with her little ones. It shows that God even sends the rain to show us that he loves us. Playing in the puddles at the campground is one of the things we do when it rains. People always look at us funny, but we still splish, splash and splosh. “God Loves Mommy & Me” reminds me that I need to cherish these moments with my children.

The illustrations by Laura Watkins, are beautiful. They are soft and have a comforting feel to them, absolutely perfect for bedtime. The characters are adorable, you can see the love that the mother rabbit has for her little one in every page. I love the expressions of Mommy and Little Bunny when they are playing on the slide. You can see the fear in Little Bunny’s eyes, and the look of encouragement on Mommy Bunny’s face.

“God Loves Mommy & Me” is a wonderful story to share with your children at bedtime, or anytime, to show them the special ways that God and Mommy love them. Purchase your copy today on Amazon or other major retailers.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Loves Mommy & Me” from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

We all know that one woman who doesn’t dance to the same music as the rest of us. When the world says she can’t, she says she can. “The Elusive Miss Ellison” is such a woman, she dances to the beat of her own drum.

“The Elusive Miss Ellison” is the story of Lavinia Ellison, a ministers daughter who doesn’t always play by the rules. She isn’t above getting herself dirty in order to help those less fortunate and she is known for her outspoken opinions.  When Lavinia meets the Nicholas,  the new Earl of Hawksbury, their personalities clash.  Lavinia believes him to be arrogant with little regard for the welfare of his tenants on his estate.

Guilt, family obligations and the legacy of war have called Nicholas home. He never believed that his cursory visit would turn his world upside down.  Lavinia challenges him see the need of his tenants and look past his preconceived notions.  Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

“The Elusive Miss Ellison” written by Carolyn Miller is set in St. Hampton Heath, Gloucestershire, England in 1813. A time when class distinction was clear. The story makes us question do we help others because we want to, or simply to help ourselves? As Nicolas learns, when he helps those on his estate he in turn helps himself. And so it reflects in our own lives. When we help another who needs it, something in us changes. Our hearts change and we begin to see others in a new light.

The story shares a message of forgiveness and God’s grace. Lavinia needs to look inside herself to forgive those she feels responsible for taking away the person she loved the most. Nicholas needs to learn to forgive his brother and himself.

With vivid descriptions of the English countryside and London and intriguing historical detail, Ms Miller, transports you back to Regency England. You will find yourself lost in a story of forgiveness, love and God’s grace.

Check out the author’s website for most information on this and her other books, or get social on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.

 

I received a complimentary copy of “The Elusive Miss Ellision” from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Brave Girls 365 Devotional – A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls!

I recently overheard a conversation between my daughter and husband.  They were discussing how we need to put good foods into our body to grow strong and healthy. It started me thinking about how we need to put “good” things into our minds and hearts, to grow strong in our faith and knowledge of God. “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a great way to put faith-filled thoughts into the heart and minds of your little girl.

“Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a daily devotional filled with 365 devotions that encourage your daughter to spend time daily in God’s word. She will join the “Brave Girls” – Faith, Hope, Glory Honor and Gracie as they explore God’s word and how he is working in their lives.

Each devotion follows the same format. They are all dated and cover 1 to 2 pages. The length is great for reading any time of day. My daughter tends to read her devotions just before bed, but the length is perfect for reading just before school as well.

Each devotion starts off with a title followed by a scripture verse. I love it when my daughter reads her Bible, but she often gets frustrated when directed to find a particular chapter and verse. The scriptures are written directly at the top of each devotion making it easy for her to learn what God has to say to her, without the frustration of trying to find it in the Bible.

The devotions are written in everyday language and use situations that most girls can relate to. Your little girl will discover amazing things about God’s love and how it applies to her life. Each devotion will help build her faith and draw her closer to God. She will learn that with God’s power working in her, she can do anything. No matter how difficult the situation, God is bigger!

Each devotional ends with a “Prayer Pointer”.  These are a great addition for any believer in Christ. If your little one struggles with starting her own conversation with God, these pointers are a great place to start.

My daughter is 7 and she would like more colour and images in the book. It is very “pink”. I think older girls will like the more mature feel to this devotional.

The “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a wonderful daily devotional that will grow your child’s faith and encourage her to grow up strong in God’s word. It is available at most major retail outlets including Tommy Nelson.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

I’ll often tell my children that they have a Guardian Angel watching out for them, especially when they’ve done something that should have rendered them injured. This has made them curious to know more about Angels. “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a great introduction for little ones who are just beginning to explore their faith and want to know more about Angels and what they do.

 

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” by Allia Zobel Nolan is a board book for children that introduces them to the Angels we read about in the Bible. The book covers both the Old and New Testaments, retelling stories of how Angels interacted with Elijah, Daniel, Mary and many others.

The illustrations are beautiful created by Alisa Massari. The colours are rich and each image has a comforting feeling. I love how the author shows the emotion in the faces of each being illustrated. While we don’t know exactly what an angel looks like, I like how the author depicts them in a way that is familiar to what my children are accustomed to seeing. The pages are sturdy cardboard, perfect for little hands to hold.

Each story is short, covering about 4 pages. Read one story at a time or the whole book. Each story shares a scripture reference so that you explore each story in more depth.  The stories in “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” are told so that even the littlest child can understand. They read wonderfully out loud making them perfect for sharing at bedtime or Sunday School.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” shares the stories of the Angels in the Bible, sharing their messages of love from God. I love how the first story of “Abraham and the Three Visitors” tells us that while the three visitors looked like men, they were really Angels. This story is a great time to talk to your children about the Angels we may encounter in our own lives.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a wonderful introduction to the Angels that we read about in the Bible. The book is available at most major retailers including Zondervan Publishing.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 

 

Would you like to know? Collection

I’ve been taking my children to church since they were born. They’ve been learning about God, Jesus and the Bible for as long as they can remember. The have heard the story of the Nativity and Easter each year, and love to hear them over and over again. The lessons started off simple and now as they are getting older, they are asking more and more questions. The “Would you like to know? Collection” is a great way for my children to explore their faith on their own time.

“Would you like to know? Collection” is a set of six books for children to help build their Christian faith. Each book will encourage your child to explore key concepts of the Christian faith, such as who God is and How to pray in a way that they can understand.

 

The boxed set contains:
“Would You Like to Know About God?” – This book begins with an introduction to God and continues to answer questions that children have about God like “What does God Look Like?” and “What does God do?”. It ends with the assurance that God loves us and his love will never change.

“Would You Like to Know How to Pray?” – This book explains why we pray and how we can start talking to God. There is a sample prayer at the end the helps guide your child in a simple prayer.

“Would You Like to Know Jesus?” – This books explains who Jesus is, why he is important and how we can come to know him as a friend. It shares a Bible verse that is familiar to many of us, John 3: 16.

“Would You Like to Know the Bible?” – This book tells us what the Bible is, what it consists of and how we should use it.

“Would You Like to Know the Story of Christmas?” –  This book is a simple retelling of the very first Christmas and what it means for us today.

“Would You Like to Know the Story of Easter?” – This is a simple retelling of the Easter story from Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem, dying on the cross and rising again.

The illustrations in each are colourful and remind me of the books I used to read in Sunday School as a child. Each book includes a presentation page which makes it perfect for giving as a gift or an award.

Our least favourite book is the “Would you like to know The Story of Easter? , we found that it wasn’t as clear as it could be.  The book does tell the story of Easter and how Christ rose from the dead, but we found that the last couple of pages could have used a little more detail.  It says “At Easter we remember that Jesus died…and that he is alive forever!” We feel that this brief summary is missing the detail that he rose from the grave.

Our favourite book is “Would you like to know How to Pray?”. Sometimes my children get stuck on where to begin when they start to pray. The sample prayer at the end of the book helps them begin their prayer and then finish using their own words. I love how open ended it is, and listening to how my children talk to God and hear what is on their hearts.

“Would you like to know? Collection” would make a wonderful addition to any child’s library. Matthew 13: 23 says “ But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” This collection of books helps sew the seeds of God’s word in your child’s heart.

I received a complimentary copy of “Would you like to know? Collection” from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Ellie Camps Under the Stars

The snow is melting and spring in in the air! The kids are excited for camping season and are counting down the days until we head out to the campground.  Until that happens, we’ll be planning our summer vacation and all the adventures we take! Maybe we’ll find some inspiration from Ellie and her friend Pudgy as we read “Ellie Camps under the Stars”.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” by Marci and Elle Fair is the 6th installment in “The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant” . Ellie the Elephant and her best friend Pudgy the Penguin go on a camping adventure and explore the world around them. They set up a tent, go hiking, play games, make s’mores and go star gazing. What do Ellie and Pudgy discover in the world around and about themselves?

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” takes your child on a camping adventure, from hiking through the mountains, setting up a tent to making s’mores. Your child will discover all the fun things they can do while camping.

The illustrations are simply adorable, done in a scrapbook style, using a combination of “real-life” photos and scrapbook elements to create amazing imagery that any child will love.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” has many lessons to teach us. As Ellie and Pudgy set up their tent we learn about teamwork and perseverance. This is a great time to talk to your kids about how they can work through difficult situations. Do you get angry and quit or do you take a moment to laugh and enjoy the moment for what it is?

We also learn about caring for the environment. After  Ellie and Pudgy have their meal they are careful to pick up all their mess. Take a moment to talk about why it’s important to clean up after yourself especially when you are exploring the world around you.

One of my favourite thing about Ellie and Pudgy is that they can have amazing adventures without the use of technology. They spend the day and evening together without using a tablet, cell phone or a computer. Instead they enjoyed the world around them and spent the evening making s’more and gazing at the stars. I love how the author’s take the time to show us both the Orion and the Big Dipper. My son can not wait for the first clear night so that I can show him the constellations in the sky.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” is a fun story about two best friends who have the most amazing adventures together. Visit the author’s website for information or Amazon to purchase.

 

**Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Ellie Camps under the Stars” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna – #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

“Welcome to Fireside, Texas – Where no strangers are known! Home of the free and the brave, and the everlasting polite person. We never take the last cookie. No one eats beets, but we thank the hostess for them, anyway. Population: eight hundred forty-seven. Climate: cheerful and cozy. Main industry: minding our children and our neighbours business.” (page 7 “When We Last Spoke”)

I live in a place similar to this. Everyone knows everyone and when you need a helping hand there is always one, two or three offered.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else. “When We Last Spoke” brings to life a small southern town where you are never a stranger for long.

“When We Last Spoke” by Marci Henna, tells the tale of two sisters, Juliet and Evangeline. The girls were raised by their grandparents, Walt and Ruby, after their mother leaves them to follow her dreams in New York City after their father dies in the war. Walt and Ruby love the girls and do their best to protect and raise them, but they can never erase those feelings of abandonment. A rift tears the girls apart and only after the death of their grandparents do they being to find each other again.  As the girls spend time in Fireside, Juliet hopes that healing memories will smooth the rough roads ahead.

“When We Last Spoke” is a touching story that will pull at your heart strings. Ms. Henna will transport you to a another time and place through her very descriptive storytelling.  She will make you feel a full range of emotions from tears to laughter. She shares in vivid detail the characters memories and personalities to the point where you feel like you are really there, sharing in the moment.

The book is full of down home folksy sayings. I have mixed feelings about this. Without them I feel that the book would loose a little of it’s “small town” feel, but at the same time I found it detracted a bit from the story for me.

“When We Last Spoke” will bring to mind how each experience in our lives, helps to make us who we are today. We each have a choice to make,  do we let those experiences makes us bitter or better?

“When We Last Spoke” is a book to be read with your feet up, a mug of hot chocolate in your hand and fire fire in the fireplace.

Check out “When We Last Spoke” on FacebookTwitter, GoodReads and FiresideTexas.com. It is available for purchase on Amazon, Softcover or
Kindle.

The eBook will be available for FREE on Amazon.com from Feb 20-24, 2017! 

I am having a giveaway of the softcover copy of “When We Last Spoke”. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and closes February 25, 2017 at 4AM EST.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 
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Pepe Builds A Nest

Like most children, mine argue with each other a lot. While it’s tempting to step in the middle and resolve it myself, I try to stand back and let them come to a resolution themselves. Some days that is the hardest thing to do, especially when I can an easy way to solve the problem. As a parent it’s important to help your child learn to resolve conflicts on their own. “Pepe Builds a Nest” shows how Pepe handles a conflict with another Penguin who threatens his nest.

“Pepe Builds a Nest” by Theodore Jerome Cohen, is the story of a penguin named Pepe. Pepe and Miss Amber need a nest and it’s up to Pepe to build it. He searches high and low for the best rocks to build a perfect home but another penguin keeps stealing his stones. Discover how Pepe and his friends work together to resolve the problem.

Written for children in grades 1 and 2, “Pepe Builds a Nest” addresses the important topic of bullying. We like to think that bullying doesn’t happen, but it does and it needs to be talked about.  Our children need to know how to recognize when we or a friend is being bullied and how to deal with the situation. The story reinforces the idea that it’s important to stand up for ourselves and others when we feel bullied.

“Pepe Builds a Nest” reminds us that there are consequences to each choice we make. When Otto sees Pepe’s nest of stones he is jealous and makes the the poor decision to steal his stones. Take this time to talk to your little ones about what they would do differently than Otto.

The story also demonstrates how we can find friends in unlikely places.  Pepe’s story is one that my daughter can relate to. Last year she encountered a bully at school and like Pepe, instead of retaliating she decided to be his friend.

The illustrations are simply adorable. My children loved the penguins. Our favourite page is the one of Otto tip-toeing (can penguins tip-toe?) over to steal the stones. The story is easily read aloud, perfect for reading in the classroom. The author has even included links to some penguin activities on his website. My daughter loved the last image in the book the best, a picture of Mr. Cohen and the penguins in Antarctica.

 

“Pepe Builds a Nest” is a beautiful story about two penguins that become unlikely friends. Check out “Pepe Builds a Nest” on Mr. Cohen’s website to learn more.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Pepe Builds a Nest” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

“Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles”

We all have our purpose in life. It seems that while some struggle to find meaning in their lives, others know exactly why they are here and what they need to do. Finding our reason for being can be difficult, especially when you add demons, angels and deep dark secret into the mix.  “Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles” is a story of forgiveness and trust.

“Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles”  continues the story of Elizabeth Brantley, a warrior of God, here to fight against the demons who threaten her world. Liz finally feels like she can have it all. She is about to marry the man of her dreams and has accepted her position as a warrior. That is, until a secret from her past is revealed.  As her life begins to crumble around her, demonic forces threaten to tear apart the lives of those she loves the most.  Has Liz made a mistake putting her trust in God, her guardian angel and Ryland?

“Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles”, by Amy Brock McNew is a story of the battle between heaven and hell and the humans who are caught in between. As Liz struggles with her faith, we are reminded that God is always there for us. Even during her lowest moments, he is there protecting her, just as he is there for us. When life is at it’s most difficult, we need to put our trust in Him.

Liz struggles with forgiveness. She carries her past hurts around with her, until they threaten to consume her. Forgiveness is difficult. All to often we want to cling to those past hurts and lash out at those who hurt us.  We mistakenly believe that by offering forgiveness we are forgetting the injustice that was done to us. The story reminds us that we need to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us, or we find will find ourselves falling further and further away from God.

“Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles” also reminds us that we need to take time to listen to what God wants to tell us. Sometimes it will occur in the heat of the moment, but other times we need to sit and listen during the quiet moments too. God has given us free will and it is up to us to choose to follow him or go our own way.

“Reconciliation: Book Two of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles” is a great sequel to “Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles“.  It is a stand alone book, but I enjoyed it more after taking some time to re-read book one and reacquaint myself with Liz and Ryland. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Connect with Ms. Brock McNew on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, or her website. You can purchase her book from the L2L2 website.

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