Monday, February 19, 2018

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner

Bright, bold colors infuse illustrations that evoke childhood wonder.  The book starts with proclamations of light from God.  The story told in poetry form describes all the marvelous ways God gives us light.  These range from the summer sun to fireflies to the moon and twinkling stars at night.  The ways the light helps us is explained through word and picture of plants growing and children playing.  Then the book takes a turn to spiritual light.  In terms that are child friendly the author explains how God’s light keeps us safe and free of fear.  The book ends with a promise of the gift of God’s light being in us to shine out to other.

I received this book from Blogging for Books but was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe is given her great grandmother’s diary.  Her father explains that as each generation passes the precious diary on it is given to the family member who needs it most.  As Phoebe is pondering why her father chose her as the recipient of this family heirloom circumstances that eerily parallel some of her Great-Grandmother Mary’s past confound Phoebe in her own life.  As Phoebe struggles to understand what faith really means and who she can trust she discovers a mystery that could change many lives.  Unbeknown to her there are those who would not hesitate to take a life to uncover or keep covered secrets of past and present.  This is a fascinating and quick paced tale of the early Quaker faith and life on a Nantucket Island.  Gripping and emotional scenes play out on land and sea and in the hearts of the characters.

I received this book from Revell but was not required to write a positive review.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne

From the scrumptious looking photos to the delectible descriptions of the recipes this vegan recipe book is a hit.  Inside the pages of this recipe book you'll find 100 easy to make and easy to fall in love with recipes.  The author experienced the change from a meat based diet to one entirely based on plants.  She's experimented over the years to come up with tasty dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time.  In the introductory pages Ms Claiborne discusses how she made the transition to plant based meals and basic steps to healthy eating choices.  She gives a list of essential tools for the kitchen as well as instruction on what types of vegetables, fruits, grains go best in certain types of recipes to produce the flavor and textures you desire.  Whether you're vegan or not this is fun recipe book with yummy results!

I received this book free from blogging for books but was not required to write a positive review.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Easter Love Letters from God (Bible Stories) by Glenys Nellist

This is simply a goregous book!  A precious and beautifully told Easter story that will have meaning all year round.  It is a children's book that has depth to it so that adults will gain meaning from it as well as the child.  The stories that lead up to the death and ressurection of Jesus are told in gentle, loving language.  The author, Glenys Nellist, captures the emotions of each segment of the last days of Jesus' life in way that will reach young children's hearts.  The story of the crucifixion dwells on Jesus love not on the suffering.  It is told in a way that is not frightening to young children.  Vivid word pictures combined with the absolutely magnificent illustrations in this book make a perfect presentation.  I especially enjoyed the section on Jesus in Gethsemane and on the cross. Jesus felt alone but the author uses scripture references and the "letter from God" to help the children understand that we are never alone.  We may feel alone but God has promised to never leave us.  The flap "letters from God" add a special touch.  Children will anticipate lifting the flap and discovering what message God has for them.  Each letter matches the story on the previous page to personalize the Bible story to present day child appropriate themes. 

I received this book from BookLook for review but was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Meet three intriguing heroines as the story hurtles you back in time to the French Revolution, World War II and back to present day time.  Aveline is from French Nobility.  Violet is hiding in France during Hitler's reign.  Ellie wants to make her grandmother's wish come true and travels to modern day France to find answers to a mystery romance hidden in her grandmother's memories as she suffers from Alzheimers.  As I read about Aveline I became so engrossed I forgot there were other seasons to this story.  But then Violet's encounters as she strives to remain hidden and alive in war torn France captured my attention.  Ellie's story was seeped in mystery upon mystery keeping me anxious to know the outcome of her discoveries.  It is impossible to be bored while reading this book because each young lady has so many facets to her tale and then as you get further into the pages of the book and see how all three are actually very entwined with each other it just becomes that much more engrossing and fascinating.  Kristy Cambron knows how to tell a story and tell it beautifully with deep emotion and purposeful meaning.

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

To say this is an inspirational book is an understatement.  Katie’s honest and open heart felt words really impressed me with their simplicity and depth.  Simple in that she isn’t putting on airs or using high- brow theological terms.  She shares her testimony through stories of pain, sorrow, doubt, fear, turmoil, anger, etc.  The one thing that really stood out for me is when she shared that sometimes God does not answer our “whys” but that His presence is still made evident to comfort and carry us through those experiences.  I was encouraged reading how she felt even closer to God after experiencing horrendous times of grief and upheaval.  Katie writes in vivid emotional detail so that you are drawn to her and her children and friends.  You feel your heart strings tugging and breaking over their stories as if you were there with them.  There is so much spiritual comfort and insight in this book.  Katie covers many different types of “trials” but through each one she demonstrates how a very real God gives love each and every time.  This book came to me just when I needed it!  A real blessing and answer to prayer!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Entralling and enticing!  You won't be able to put this book down.  It will rip off scabs of things you may have wanted to deny exist.  It takes the reader in a stronghold that doesn't let up till the last page is turned.  When you shut the pages of this book you may feel like:  What just happened?  It is at once shocking, revealing, condemning, forgiving and always pointing back to a God of mercy who intervenes in our personal, every day details in ways that are astounding.  You'll be introduced to three families.  Each with incredible stories of their own but as they entertwine throughout the book in unpredicable ways the Hand of God is unmistakable.  Katie Ganshert has incredible dialogue between characters and in their ponderings I found such profound wisdom it blew me away.  Ganshert is truly a master at literary art!  I've read all her books and this one is the best one yet!  Don't miss it!  Words in a review cannot possible do this book justice!  It is THAT good!