Genesis 5020

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Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephan Kendrick and Alex Kendrick August 11, 2015

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

My thoughts:

This is a sweet book for your youngest little prayer warrior. The rhyming cadence of the prose makes this a catchy, fun read.

This book gives a good lesson that although you can draw away and pray you can also pray anywhere and anyway you want. The greatest thing is that our kids have the desire to prayer.

There was a little surprise at the end for the kids (or you) to write down things they are praying for on a big poster they could hang up in their room. And what child doesn’t love stickers? This book includes stickers your child can use to mark off when they prayer.

I love the idea of this book. My son, who is nine, felt it was a bit young for him but he thought it was nice. So I would recommend this book for preschool and early elementary age children.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

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Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls and Boys July 6, 2015

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LOL Pocket Doodle Joke Book.inddQ: What’s the worst thing to leave home without?

A: This book!

Stuck in the car on a long trip? Bored out of your mind in a waiting room? Have a few minutes before bedtime? Then you have enough time to let your imagination run wild!

Laugh-Out-Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls lets you

· tell jokes that will have people laughing out loud
· complete hilarious doodles
· entertain everyone around you!

More than one million copies of the Laugh-Out-Loud joke books have been sold. Grab your pens, pencils, crayons, or markers and see what all the fuss is about!

Q: What’s the worst thing to leave home without?

A: This book!

Stuck in the car on a long trip? Bored out of your mind in a waiting room? Have a few minutes beforeLOL Pocket Doodle Joke Book.indd bedtime? Then you have enough time to let your imagination run wild!

Laugh-Out-Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys lets you

· tell jokes that will have people laughing out loud
· complete hilarious doodles
· entertain everyone around you!

More than one million copies of the Laugh-Out-Loud joke books have been sold. Grab your pens, pencils, crayons, or markers and see what all the fuss is about!

Rob Elliott is the author of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, Laugh-Out-Loud Animal Jokes for Kids, Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids, and Laugh-Out-Loud Doodles for Kids. He lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and five children. Learn more at http://www.laughoutloudjokesforkids.com.

Jonny Hawkins is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in over six hundred publications, including Reader’s Digest, Parade, the Saturday Evening Post, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, many page-a-day cartoon calendars, and Laugh-Out-Loud Doodles for Kids. He lives in Michigan with his wife, their three children, four cats, and a dog.

My kid’s thoughts:

I had my kids look through these books and take them with them on our vacation. Then I asked them to share what they thought. My daughter is thirteen, a bit old for this book but she was willing to take a look. My son is nine and probably just on the verge of being too old or just about right, I think it depends on the child.

Here are my daughter’s thoughts about the girl’s book: “Great for long car rides. I recommend it for younger kids. Overall very fun.”

Here are my son’s thoughts about the boy’s book: “The book is good for people who like to joke around with people. It’s good for people five or older.”

There you have it. A neat little book that will get your child’s nose out of their electronics:)

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Copies of these books were given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Miracles from Heaven by Christy Wilson Beam June 2, 2015

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In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

My thoughts:

You might be thinking the same thing I did when I first saw this book, “Another I-went-to-Heaven book?” Yep, I thought that and almost passed on the opportunity to review it.

I’m so glad I didn’t.

Although, yes, Christy’s daughter did go to Heaven the focus on the book isn’t on that. Only a tiny bit is mentioned. The focus is more on the blessings and God’s goodness.

Something about this book drew me to it day after day. I couldn’t wait to read it and see what happened. It is truly an amazing story of healing. A Genesis 5020!!

This fall could have killed Anna but instead God healed her and now she is sharing that hope with others.

I actually enjoyed reading this even more than Heaven is for Real. The narrative is beautiful and I loved Christy’s writing voice.

There were times I was brought to tears as I read. I worry so much about my kids but we have never had to deal with a sickness like Anna has had to deal with.

Overall, I was just amazed how God used this little girl falling into a tree for bring Himself glory. Isn’t He over-the-top? Wow.

If you’re looking for a good non-fiction book this is a great one I highly recommend.

Visit Christy here.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck April 28, 2015

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She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.

When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.

Or let it be lost forever?

My thoughts:

If you haven’t read anything by Rachel Hauck yet all I can ask is “What are you waiting for?”

I have read several of her books and have never been disappointed.

Rachel has a deeply spiritual way of writing, there is much more going on then meets the eye. I love the spiritual growth of the characters in her books and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Corina is hurting and she just wants to understand why she is. She doesn’t’ know how her brother died and Stephen knows the answer. She also doesn’t understand why Stephen abandoned her. Could the two be connected?

Stephen hates the secret he has to keep and it’s even harder when he has to face Corina. He is definitely not your typical prince.

Can these two come together and overcome the past? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Visit Rachel here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or  your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

On the Edge: A Solo Hiker’s Journey by Stacie J. Ourlian April 21, 2015

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Filled with disappointment and confusion, a solo hiker travels 2,000 miles away from her home to the mountains of Sedona, Arizona, in search of peace. While on the trails in the wilderness and mountains, the hiker meets people and experiences situations that can only be credited as an amazing intervention from God.

With a different experience each day, the four-day vacation prepares the hiker for a new beginning. Although in search of peace, she finds something that will continue to be with her for the rest of her life: religion. Feeling as if God has wrapped his arms around her, the hiker spends the next four days seeking a relationship with Jesus. By the last day, she feels the overwhelming need to write about everything that she experienced in the wilderness and mountains of Sedona. No longer feeling on the edge, the hiker retells her incredible story in the hope of bringing others peace, contentment, and a stronger relationship with our Lord and Savior.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading about Stacie’s journey as she hikes the Sedona mountains. I love encountering God’s presence outside in nature. That’s why I love camping.

The book starts with a bit of history about Stacie and how she got to the point of needing to truly encounter Jesus. I always love transparency and Stacie certainly gives the reader that.

Then we have seven chapters that share her journey. The first part of the chapter is very scriptural based and eventually ties in with what she will share on her journey for that day, which is the second part of the chapter. She did a great job describing the scenery and atmosphere. I could really picture being there myself. And the pictures she included where beautiful.

She has some “only God” meetings that I appreciated. Things that only God could orchestra. It almost seems unreal, yet if we believe that our God is as big as He says He is it isn’t unreal at all but completely possible.

For me personally I did struggle with the use of the word “religion” on the back cover blurb and the word was used a couple of times in the first chapter. When I think of religion I think of rules and rituals and going through the motions of church. I grew up with a lot of religion and had no relationship with Jesus. Therefore, I prefer the word relationship. But that’s just me and as I read the book and got to know Stacie’s heart I don’t feel she means the word in the way I interrupt it. So if that word tends to rub you the wrong way don’t let that scare you off from reading the book.

This book is a good reflection piece and inspired me to truly notice my surroundings and how God is working in all aspects of my life and not to take any encounter lightly.

Visit Stacie here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert April 14, 2015

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Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together.  But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?

My thoughts:

I have read everything Katie has written and there is a good reason for that. Her work is amazing and I think gets better with each book she puts out. Her characters are always real and relatable and such is the case with The Art of Losing Yourself.

First of all, the very title always has me singing From the Inside Out by Hillsong. If you’ve heard the song you’ll know why.

A change from the inside out is what both of the women in this book need. They are very focused on their hurts and wounds and don’t seek God for comfort.

Katie perfectly portrayed the crumbling of Carmen’s marriage. She wanted to show love to her husband but didn’t have the energy. I wanted to scream at her to stop pushing him away. He just wants to love her. But I have definitely been there and I think many other women will relate as well.

Gracie…grrrr. She was so frustrating. She too is an expert at keeping people at a distance and not letting them in. One boy in particular kept pursuing her and wanting to be her friend and she just wouldn’t let her walls down, at least for a while.

I couldn’t wait to see these women break. That sounds bad, but it’s in the breaking that we can be put back together and made into all God has planned for us. I knew when that happened Carmen and Gracie would see themselves so much more clearly.

I am highly recommending this book. Katie has woven together a story that will leave you reflecting on the words you have read long after the last page.

Visit Katie here.

This book doesn’t release until April 21st. Grab your copy at your local bookstore, or pre-order your copy now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis April 7, 2015

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She Crossed the Sea to Save a Legacy…

Finding Love Was Not Part of Her Plan

 

Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda’s family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovely and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the Union navy tightens its noose around Southern ports, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate contemplates joining the Glorious Cause—not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-threatening decision put the union between him and Amanda in jeopardy?

My thoughts:

I was very much drawn into this book initially. The plot and characters captivated me and I couldn’t wait to discover what would happen when Amanda reached America.

My interested waned a bit after she got to America but then was pulled back as things began to progress again.

I liked the character of Amanda, a strong woman who holds fast to what she believes is right and tries not to let other people’s opinions influence her.

I liked Nate too, although I struggled to see him as strong and manly as the book tried to paint him.

I never trusted Jackson, Amanda’s brother-in-law. He seemed very self-serving. He added a nice dimension and tension to the story.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and the storyline. I good read for those who like Civil War stories and romance.

Visit Mary here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.