Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Review: This is my first time reading a book from the Sit for a Bit series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I Can is a wonderful book that teaches small children the popular Bible verse – Philippians 4:13. The way the author has laid out one to two words per page and then given explanation/description on the next pages is great method to teach small children Bible verses. This is definitely not a new method, but the author’s way “putting it on paper” is both simple and so enjoyable. While this book may be for smaller children, no doubt you can use it to teach scripture to anyone.
The illustrations are lovely. The watercolor effect is beautiful and each page has something that also catches the eye and can generate additional conversation about God’s creations.
In the front of the book, the author shares a gentle reminder to parents about our responsibility to not only to know and hide God’s Word in our hearts, but that it is also our responsibility to teach Scripture to our children. It’s more than just a responsibility – it’s our opportunity to grow our children in the Lord. This book – I Can – is one that I most definitely will be sharing with my grandchildren and probably will be gifting to my grown children for their children. A wonderful book!! (rev. P.Howard)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network review program on behalf of the publisher and author.
About the book: Follow little spring lamb’s adventures as Easter draws near! Your little one will love counting God’s many springtime blessings.
Review: A very nice “counting” book for your toddler. Even though it references Easter, this book can be read year around. I adore the cover – I know, I know…that may seem a little dramatic, but the cover is beautiful. A picture of a sweet little lamb and glittering flowers just grabs your attention. The 3D effect on the front is a great sensory item for little one’s hands. The book’s pages are thick cardboard and easy for little hands to turn the pages. The illustrations are beautiful as well -- simple, but very colorful and enjoyable to look at.
“One Spring Lamb” is so easy to understand for toddlers. The way the author has written in a rhyme style that is one of my favorite for small children. Each page is full of items to talk about with your little one and #7 is probably my favorite page because of the “hide and seek”. Children love looking for things while reading and the author accomplished this through both her writing and illustrations.No doubt that you may have several “counting” books already on your toddler’s book shelf, but “One Spring Lamb” is a must add to your collection. (rev. P.Howard)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the BookLook Blogger Review program on behalf of the publisher and author. Opinions are those of the reviewer.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself…and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.
Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heart break.
Review: Keeper of the Stars is the third book in the series A Kings Meadow Romance by Robin Lee Hatcher. I have not read any of the other books in this series and as I found out, you do not have to have read the other books before reading Keeper of the Stars. There is no confusion of the characters or storyline.
When I started reading Keeper of the Stars, I anticipated it to be your typical romance novel and while it didn’t have any great surprises, it was very enjoyable to read. I found myself sympathizing with both Penny and Trevor in how they were dealing with the loss of a brother and a friend. I like how the author had “flashbacks” from the brother’s perspective that filled in details of why Brad was with Trevor when he died and also why he wanted Trevor to go to Kings Meadow.
Even though the book is fiction, there is nothing fictional about the way Robin Lee Hatcher writes about the forgiveness of God. It is woven through each chapter of this book. True forgiveness only comes from God and can only be extended to others through the help of God. The author makes this very clear in her writings and I enjoyed that aspect as much as the actual story and characters.
“Keeper of the Stars” is a keeper! (rev. P.Howard)
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again…and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the Survival List?
Review: Step by Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert.
When I started reading this book, I did not realize this was a series, much less the second book in that particular series. However that did not keep me from enjoying this book. The characters are easy to like or dislike and the story line is not too challenging to follow.
Candace Calvert knows “her stuff” when it comes to writing medical mysteries and Step by Step does not disappoint. Good, clean fiction books are getting harder and harder to find. Candace Calvert is an author you can depend upon to give you good characters and good story lines; and when an author also includes in her writings the underlying note that ultimately God is in control, then that is a win-win all around and Step by Step falls in this win-win category. (rev. P.Howard)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
No doubt the Nativity Story is one of the greatest true stories ever told and generally one that is easily retold and enjoyed. However, I absolutely did not like this particular re-telling of the Nativity Story. To be more definitive, the illustrations used to re-tell the story I immensely dislike. They feel very depressing and the illustrator has included these strange looking cats in most of the pictures. The drawing that I dislike the most however is the one at the very end of the book that is apparently her thought of how Christ looked as a young boy. It has a very effeminate and unreal look. While we cannot know exactly what Christ did look like, I don’t believe he looked like a girl!“The Story of the Nativity” has no obvious errors as retold, it most definitely is not a re-telling that I enjoyed. There are other books that have done a far better job in both the story line and the illustrations and would be a better investment of both your money and time. (rev. P.Howard)