Thursday, April 27, 2017

REVIEW: It's Okay About It Lessons from A Remarkable Five-Year-Old About Living Life Wide Open By Lauren Casper

It's Okay About ItLessons from A Remarkable Five-Year-Old About Living Life Wide Open

By Lauren Casper
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.
For Lauren Casper, living with her five-year-old autistic son, Mareto, is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.
Mareto has a number of mantras, scripted phrases he says over and over. They seem silly at first, but as Casper has thought about them over time, she’s realized he is actually sharing important life lessons. From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when things are painful or difficult, things will be okay because of the God who promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, to love others even when it doesn’t make sense, and to find joy in unexpected places.
For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.
Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.

MY REVIEW: 
Where to start... This is a VERY well written book that will grasp you within the first chapter. I am a mom myself of two little girls , and I too was told I would NEVER have babies, but I ended up with 5 miscarriages, and two very healthy little girls. My passion has been to work with children, over the past 10 years I have worked with Handicap Adults and Children. This story is is so profound, true, full of love, and raw emotions. You will love this book so much you will find it hard to put it down. Mareto was adopted by a VERY loving christian family as a little baby( Lauren and her husband) from Ethiopia . They did not realize he was Autistic until they went to adopt their daughter . I do not want to spoil it for anyone so I will not go to far in depth but I will tell you this book will leave you feeling  refreshed, not alone, and complete. Lauren is a Blogger and if you have not gone to her blog yet, please do so.  http://www.laurencasper.com/      http://www.laurencasper.com/blog/
I am so happy I received this book to review, it was so worth it! I rank this book at 5 stars out of 5 stars!

REVIEW: Mystery at Manatee Key

Mystery at Manatee Key 

About the Author


Nancy Stewart has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education.  Having lived in London for ten years, she was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books and the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, a young girl whose life was forever changed by Winter, the dolphin (Guardian Angel Publishing.)  Her writing of One Pelican at a Time was featured on the PBS special, GulfWatch in 2011.  Nancy’s YA-LGBT novel will be published by Interlude Press autumn of 2017.  She is a member of the Rate Your Story organization as a critique judge.

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About the Book:

Title: MYSTERY AT MANATEE KEY
Author: Nancy Stewart
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 36
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Bella and Britt love to explore along the beach and at more remote places like Manatee Key as well.  It is there that they discover a manatee smuggling ring. 

The manatees have already been netted, so the girls must act fast!  But a kidnapper snatches Bella, hustling her into their hideout.  When Britt sneaks a look in the window, she discovers that the ranger is being held, too.  Now it’s up to Britt.  But what can a single girl do?

MY REVIEW :

What a cute story that young readers will really enjoy to read. It has adventure, mystery, bravery, and some fun characters. I read this book in ebook format and it took me about 30 min. to read so I feel kids will really enjoy this book because it is fun, and also not to drawn out. The illustrations were so adorable, Manatee are my all time favorite animals and they actually look like manatee, some illustrations out there do not capture them well, but this was executed very well. 

I loved this book,  the words were written very well and I loved that the words were not on all the illustrated pages so you can enjoy the illustrations .I did notice there were some big words that the young readers will need help with pronouncing  and learning the words but they can read the book for the most part on their own. Britt was so very brave and smart,she really saved the day in this cute little story! I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars only because of the big words, other than that AMAZING little gem!


Mystery at Manatee Key is available at Amazon


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Title: MYSTERY AT MANATEE KEY
Author: Nancy Stewart
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 36
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Bella and Britt love to explore along the beach and at more remote places like Manatee Key as well.  It is there that they discover a manatee smuggling ring. 

The manatees have already been netted, so the girls must act fast!  But a kidnapper snatches Bella, hustling her into their hideout.  When Britt sneaks a look in the window, she discovers that the ranger is being held, too.  Now it’s up to Britt.  But what can a single girl do?

Mystery at Manatee Key is available at Amazon

 


 
Book Excerpt:
 
A dark animal circled slowly in the shallow water of Manatee Key. Walking closer, Bella whispered. “A baby manatee. And it has a patch of white near its snout.” Britt frowned. “But where’s the mother? It must be hungry. We should tell the ranger.”
“Yeah,” Bella said. “This one’s too young to be without her mom. Let’s go.”
The friends worked their way through the jungle-like brush back to their bicycles. Britt took the lead. “It’s really hot, but we gotta make time.” 
After a twenty minute ride down dusty paths leading to the main road in their coastal town, they reached the ranger station. “It’s quiet in here today,” Bella said.
 The ranger’s assistant glanced up from his reading. “Hi, girls. Can I help you?”
“We need to see the ranger and report an orphaned manatee,” Bella said.
He frowned. “She hasn’t come in today, and that’s not like her. I’ve called her phones. Nobody answered. And no one’s seen her. Have you by any chance?”
“No,” they answered at the same time.
 “Well, it’s a mystery,” he said. “I won’t call the police yet. But I’m getting worried. Now, about that manatee. Can you take me to it?”
 “Sure,” Britt said. “If you can bring us back to town. We rode our bikes here.” He nodded. “Of course.”


Nancy Stewart has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education.  Having lived in London for ten years, she was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books and the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, a young girl whose life was forever changed by Winter, the dolphin (Guardian Angel Publishing.)  Her writing of One Pelican at a Time was featured on the PBS special, GulfWatch in 2011.  Nancy’s YA-LGBT novel will be published by Interlude Press autumn of 2017.  She is a member of the Rate Your Story organization as a critique judge.

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About the Author


Nancy Stewart has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education.  Having lived in London for ten years, she was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books and the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, a young girl whose life was forever changed by Winter, the dolphin (Guardian Angel Publishing.)  Her writing of One Pelican at a Time was featured on the PBS special, GulfWatch in 2011.  Nancy’s YA-LGBT novel will be published by Interlude Press autumn of 2017.  She is a member of the Rate Your Story organization as a critique judge.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: Nordic Wilderness a coloring book By: Claire Scully

Nordic Wilderness: A Coloring Book 

by Claire Scully (Illustrator)


Untouched nature, deep blue fjords, impenetrable forests, rugged cliffs, wolves, owls, and bears – journey into the wild landscape of the Nordic Wilderness with this new coloring book by artist Claire Scully. Discover the species that populate the region and bring the wild beauty of the North to life with your own colors. With some perforated foldout pages that provide scope for panoramic coloring, this irresistible book offers the perfect escape from everyday life.

My Review:
Claire did an amazing job on the art work in this book, there are a total of 80 pages , some fold out to amazing scenes . The ONLY bad thing about some of the pictures that take up two pages would be the fact you can't color in the crack of the book. I am afraid to try to put the pages out , I do not want to rip them lol. The quality of the paper is very nice, and I see no reason for bleeding through the paper honestly ( maybe paints and some markers) . Please check out www.laurenceking.com Please enjoy some of the Images I am sharing with you from this awesome book. 



review: Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table


Taste and see God’s goodness from the heart of your home—the kitchen table.
A simple meal shared around a table. A fresh cup of coffee and God’s Word in the quiet hours of the morning. The joy of laughing with friends and family.
Devotions from the Kitchen Table invites you to slow down and appreciate the gifts that are right in front of you. These ninety devotions will inspire you to sit in God’s presence, nourish your soul, and cherish the people who grace your kitchen table.
Take a seat at the table and reflect on the extraordinary blessings that are wrapped up in the most ordinary moments at home.
MY REVIEW:
Fantastic 224 pages of colorful photo's , devotions with scripture to go along with the picture and devotion. I highly enjoyed reading this book all the way to the end, and have recently gifted it to a member at church I felt drawn to give it too. If you are like me and LOVE inspiration through god's followers and his word then this book is just right for you. Here are some pictures of a few of my favorites in this book, please enjoy and remember this book for gift ideas please.

REVIEW: THE NKJV WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE | BLOG TOUR AND GROW IN THE WORD GIVEAWAY

THE NKJV WOMAN’S STUDY BIBLE | BLOG TOUR AND GROW IN THE WORD GIVEAWAY




You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
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In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.
Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, 
The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:

-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance

Mr Review:

This Bible has to be by far my favorite bible I have reviewed to date. As you can see there are full colored maps, amazing data through out the bible, time lines , and my favorite the front of the bible where you can enter in family history, mothers history, and more. he only thing I wish different about this bible would be that it was NIV and not KJV . I have decided to give my copy as a gift to a dear friend of mine who I think will love this bible as much as I do. This Bible will make an amazing gift to any woman. So out of 5 stars I rate this a 5 stars and like I said this would make a fantastic gift, mothers day, birthday, Easter, any time of the year.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

REVIEW: The Beautiful Word Devotional: Bringing the Goodness of Scripture to Life in Your Heart

The Beautiful Word Devotional: Bringing the Goodness of Scripture to Life in Your Heart












He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Your devotional time is precious as you draw near to the Lord and experience His love in your life. The Beautiful Word Devotional is the perfect companion to help you experience His goodness through His Word as beautifully lettered Scripture.
This devotional includes:
  • 182 verses illustrated in full color

  • Special places to write your own reflections

  • Warm devotions for each day of the year
  • Dive into 365 devotions to nurture your spirit and encourage your heart as God’s Word washes over you with its promises. With lovely devotions and inspiring images, The Beautiful Word Devotional will refresh your heart daily as you seek to enjoy God’s Word in a creative way.                                                                                                                                                                MY REVIEW:                                                                                                                                    This is such a beautiful hardback book that is not just another adult coloring book ,this is a devotional filled of scripture and encouragement! There are 182 full color verses and beautiful devotions for each day. What I like the best are the places that are left blank so I can write my own thoughts and draw and color my own pictures. 
    When I draw or write the verses that stand out to me, I remember them so much better than just reading them.
    I was drawn to this devotional because of the cover, beautiful full of  color and beauty.
    This is one devotional that I can’t wait to give to my friends and sister this year as gifts. So this book is one of my top favorite’s I have reviewed this year so far.