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GOING ON A TRIP? CHECK THIS OUT

How to Pack
Travel Smart for Any Trip
By Hitha Palepu
Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers
ISBN#978-1-101-90564-7
112 HB

ABOUT BOOK: It’s time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.

When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination—and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you’re exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you’ll learn about: 

·Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
·The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
· Folding versus Rolling: What’s right for which items
· Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great
· The Packing Timeline: How to avoid “I’m forgetting something” syndrome
· Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip

REVIEW: Taking a trip? This book describes in detail how you can prepare for that trip. The cover of this book looks like a piece of luggage with name tag included, it fits easily into most purses and has wonderful information inside. This little book screams pick me up and look inside. So, I did. Since I don’t travel much this is a great reference book to have. I loved the fact that this book has visual aids to help me navigate my way in preparing for different types of trips.

The book has several Pre-preparing pages for you to fill in the blanks as you get ready for your trip. She has a packing time line that is seven days out. The author mentions things to avoid like, “I’m forgetting something” syndrome. She has a test to find out what kind of packing personality you have. Fun to know, useful information in planning.

A few of the visual aids I found helpful were the ones that included pictures of different pieces of luggage and which would be best for the trip you’d be making. I appreciated the visual on the carry-on crash course and the one on finding the right organizing accessories along with choosing clothes that will work for your trip. The author also talked about power pieces to mix and match.

I thought the other topics were helpful too like how to pack and fold for maximum space; toiletry needs and beauty must-haves, packing the in-flight bag and helping you navigate a security line like a pro. Then after your trip is said and done she talks about unpacking. This is for the frequent flyer as well as the beginner like me. This author packs a lot of information into the 114 pages. I look forward to using as my go to book in preparing for my next trip. The author thought of most everything so you don’t have to. It’s a win, win.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging for books site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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BOOK that CELEBRATES GRANDPAS

Thank You, God, For Grandpa
By Amy Parker
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#978-0-7180-8929-0
20 Pages Board Book


ABOUT BOOK: Thank You, God, for Grandpas,For Pops and Papas too,For Granddads, Gramps, and Grandpappies— They’re great, grand gifts from You!

No matter what you call him, there is nothing like the love between a grandpa and his grandchild! With whimsical rhymes and charming illustrations, Thank You, God, for Grandpa encourages little ones to treasure God’s special gift of grandfathers.
Grandpas and their grandchildren alike will love this heartwarming story that celebrates their sweet relationship.

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

REVIEW: This is an adorable board book I’m going to love reading to my grandchildren. The illustrations are bright, colorful and fun to look at. The message is encouraging and delightful. It shows little monkey’s having fun with their grandpa. They enjoy his hugs, they love to learn from him, play with him and enjoy when he teaches them things he did with their dad. They also enjoy hearing stories about what life was like back then.

They also show how grandpa talks about Jesus and teaches them how to pray. He trusts God with his whole heart. This book helps everyone to be grateful for relationships. The little ones say, “Thank you, God, for Grandpa; There’s nothing I can do to make my grandpa love me less – Grandpa, I love you too!”

This is a beautiful precious story. One that you and your little one will enjoy reading over and over again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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LOVE A GOOD MYSTERY? FASCINATED BY ILLUSIONISTS? Check this out!

The Illusionist’s Apprentice
By Kristy Cambron
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN#B1HAK32UC
368 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Not all illusions happen on the stage.
Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to

escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor’s death, intent on burying her true identity.

But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth—and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI’s investigation. All the while Houdini’s words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it’s what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface—and shatter her carefully controlled world.

Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician’s Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life’s stage


REVIEW: The opening scene is that of a famed medium named Horace Stapleton whose hosting a defying death ceremony for the public. At that event are two agents Elliot Mathews and his partner Connor Finnegan. They are there to discover the truth hidden behind the illusion. Another audience member is Wren Lockhard, who is a Vaude performer, and has a few secrets of her own besides those of Harry Houdini; she’s not willing to share. She used to be Harry’s assistant.

Both agents Elliot and Connor are at the event to discover the truth hidden behind the illusion. Things go crazy and they end up looking into more than how the trick was done; which has them knocking on Wren’s front door.

I was excited to read this novel because I was touched deeply and spell-bound by two other books I’d read by this author titled The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin. I read up until chapter nine. I concluded the fact I couldn’t get into the book was because I was unfamiliar with what an illusionist apprentice does and just as unfamiliar with Harry Houdini.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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WHERE'S MY T.R.U.C.K?


Where’s My T.R.U.C.K?
By Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow
Published by Dial Books For Young Readers
ISBN#978-0-8037-3222-3
32 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Tommy's not himself today. He's lost his T-R-U-C-K! And no matter what Mom, Dad, sis, brother, and Grandma offer, it's just not as fun as his best red truck. The family dog isn't as picky, and sharp-eyed readers will wonder what happens to the cast-off toys Bowser gets his mouth around. Meanwhile, Tommy tears through the house and yard to hilarious and poignant effect, only to discover, in a grand moment of triumph, sneaky Bowser's secret stash. Hooray! Tommy's found his T-R-U-C-K! Come on Bowser, let's go play!

A welcome addition to the community of strong-willed but endearing picture-book protagonists, Tommy proves you can be in a funk and still be a sweet kid. Tommy's not himself today. He's lost his T-R-U-C-K! And no matter what Mom, Dad, sis, brother, and Grandma offer, it's just not as fun as his best red truck. The family dog isn't as picky, and sharp-eyed readers will wonder what happens to the cast-off toys Bowser gets his mouth around. Meanwhile, Tommy tears through the house and yard to hilarious and poignant effect, only to discover, in a grand moment of triumph, sneaky Bowser's secret stash. Hooray! Tommy's found his T-R-U-C-K! Come on Bowser, let's go play!

REVIEW: Pictures paint a thousand words! Illustrator David Catrow brings the authors words and emotions to life as readers feel the pain Tommy feels about not being able to find a red truck. It’s his favorite toy.

Family members try to distract Tommy; asking him to climb a tree or play a game but they can’t stop him from thinking about the red truck. Tommy is on a mission to leave no stone unturned as he seeks to find his truck. Everyone is helping him in this mission, they know there would be no rest until that truck is found.

He searches high and low and thinks, …”I had my red truck yesterday. A toy truck can’t just drive away.” He yells in pain while his family watches and he yells, “I want my T.R.U.C.K!”

Tommy is not comforted by anyone or anything. He bows his head and thinks, “I loved that truck. I love it still. I always, always, always will.”

Tommy and family rejoice and cheer when he finds his beloved toy in the most unlikely hiding spot that will make readers smile. The entertaining and loveable pictures bring the message across. This book will open up an interesting dialogue between children and parents on a few topics; at the same time it’s just plain fun.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out of the public library. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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SEQUEL to GOD'S NOT DEAD - NOVEL REVIEWED

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2
By Travis Thrasher
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-1364-1
400 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: God’s not dead . . . but they’re trying to kick him out of the public square!

Welcome back to Hope Springs . . . where Christian Grace Wesley teaches high school history. She is on the hot seat with the school district after she answers Brooke Thawley’s question about Jesus during a classroom discussion. Suddenly, Brooke becomes a pawn in an epic court case that could cost Grace the career she loves.

Tom Endler, a lawyer with the teachers’ union, is tapped to reluctantly represent Grace in her fight for her First Amendment rights. He finds himself fighting for a cause he doesn’t even believe in. Tom’s research leads him to Amy Ryan, a reporter and former skeptic who found faith while battling cancer and watching the classroom battle unfold at Hadleigh University a year ago,. Both are soon on a journey to understand what genuine faith really means as they fight to save Grace’s job and avoid a court decision that could cripple the free speech rights of all Christians in the marketplace.

Based on the movie sequel, this novel tells more about the story behind the new blockbuster film and gives fans an update on favorite characters from the original film.

REVIEW: I’d seen the first movie and thought it was powerful. I looked forward to seeing the sequel. I wanted to read the book before seeing this second movie for two reasons, one; there is always more information in the book and second I am a Travis Thrasher fan.

The sequel is set in the same town as last book, Hope Springs. This time the situation takes place in a high school. Grace Wesley is a twenty-eight-year-old teacher, taking care of her 80-year-old grandfather. She has taught in in Martin Luther King Jr. High School for six years, was voted best teacher of the year just last year.

It’s a surprise to everyone that Ms. Wesley finds herself in trouble with the school district because she won’t apologize to them for talking about Jesus in the classroom. Here’s a peek at what happened with her students the day in question. She tells her attorney, “…we were discussing Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and exploring the idea of peaceful nonviolence during class. With all the violence happening in our country today, I thought it made sense to talk about what Gandhi and Dr. King did…..then a young woman asked a question related to this.”

“About Jesus?” Her attorney said.

“Brooks asked if that was what Jesus meant when he said we should love our enemies. So, I said yes, that’s exactly what he meant.”

Attorney’s reply, “That’s exactly how you said it?”

“I agreed with her and then quoted scripture.”

“After that, a student tried to bait me – just to try to get me or the class riled up.”

Seems more than a few students got upset. The whole community and country are watching this event unfold. Protestors for both sides are out in full force. There is an explosion in the court room too.

The opposing attorney states in his opening comments, “Ms. Wesley refused to apologize to make things go away...” He goes one to tell the jury that her main objective in the situation is to turn an innocent question into an opportunity to “preach rather than teach.”

Grace’s attorney explains what’s really on trial here. The attorney says, “Are we now in the business of making people deny their faith?” “The opposition is using this teacher as a pawn to achieve their own agenda; which is to smash faith in the public square debate.”

The battle rages on every side and in the middle, there is Amy Ryan a blogger and reporter. She was battling cancer last year and had a perspective change. She embraced God whole heartily when she thought the end was near. Now she’s in remission and is not sure what she believes. She watches this battle closely. She starts her personal investigation into the existence of God by interviewing students at the High School. She will not be swayed by her near-death experience and all the emotion that came with that. She sought the truth, not emotions involved.

This novelization gives readers an overall view of the “separation of church and state” issue. I found it informative, interesting and liked how they showed this topic from very personal points of view. It will get you thinking about what’s really on trial here. Travis Thrasher makes this novelization work with this style of writing which clearly show the matter at hand in a thought-provoking way with a little touch of romance thrown in for good measure. It’s a win! win!
 
2014 I met cast members from First Film
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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DO YOU HAVE A BOOK ITCH?

The Book Itch
Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Published by Carolrhoda Picture Books
ISBN# 978-0-7613-3943-4
32 Pages


ABOUT BOOK: "In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. 

REVIEW: This is a charming picture book that talks about a remarkable man I wanted to share with you. Lewis Henri Michaux’s hunger for the written word was contagious and that passion changed his life and affected those around him in an astounding way.

In the back of the book there is a bio about Lewis and challenges he went through to open up the book store. Once he got the store he went out into the streets and sold books like they did newspapers back when. The author states in the bio, “Lewis, known for his wit and candor, referred to his store as “The House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda.” The community just called it Michaux’s.” This book store was a part of a community where people sought out stimulating conversation and advice. The book shows some famous people that came to speak at the store and how it brought the community together.

In the back of the book there was a picture of Lewis inside his store. I was glad to see his smiling face as he was surrounded by books.  Another interesting thing is the fact that Vaunda Micheaux Nelson was Lewis Henri Michaux’s great-uncle. Vaunda also shares a fascinating section on the history of the African National Memorial book store in Harlem.

Books are gifts of learning and freedom. Oh, the places you can go when you are able to read a book. This book is recommended for ages 7 – 10 year olds they will have to be good readers as there are a few paragraphs printed on each page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out of the public library. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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FLOWERS ARE MORE THAN JUST BEAUTIFUL


 HARVEST
By Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis
Published by 10 Speed Press
ISBN#978-0-399-57833-5
214 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden--not just vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.


REVIEW: Beautiful pictures are scattered throughout this fascinating and informative book. The author states, “Harvest is a practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide to living with an edible landscape. In this book, you’ll find ways to make your garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often well-known garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your garden.”

They list 47 projects inside this book. They talk about food safety and organic gardening and beneficial insects. This book is divided into seasons. I was amazed at not only could you eat these flowers but they can also be made into teas, beauty products and other health-ful use-able items.

Each ingredient has a description of the plant, it’s history and how to care for it in order to get a good harvest. The book’s first vegetable is Rhubarb; the recipe is for a small-batch, quick-pickled rhubarb. They also list lilac the recipe is for Lilac Flower Cream, Bachelor’s buttons is after that the recipe is for Blooming Butter and another interesting plant is a Salad Burnet made from Early-Season Herb Salad. It was amazed at how flowers can be more than something beautiful looking in your house; there are recipes for teas, spices to enhance the flavor of food, to edible vegetable plants to plants that are used for face cream that are all natural.

There is a list of project Ingredient alternatives. I found this helpful and the fact that they had a list of terms and techniques for me to refer to in the back. Along with a list of resources and an index for easy reference.

I haven’t started a garden yet but this looks like it could be for beginner gardeners (like me) to the more experienced ones. The plants and recipes inside these pages can put a sparkle in your yard, beauty on your table and boost of flavor in your mouth. It’s a win win on many levels.


Disclosure of Material Connection: II checked this book out of the public library.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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POWERFUL STORY OF LOVE & HOPE

https://www.amazon.com/Long-Highway-Home-Elizabeth-Musser/dp/1542362725/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488399823&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=the+long+way+home+elizabeth+musser
The Long Highway Home
By Elizabeth Musser
Published by Create Space
ISBN# 978-1542362726
408 Pages

Back Cover: Sometimes going home means leaving everything you have ever known.
When the doctor pronounces ‘incurable cancer’ and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her niece, Tracie, on a trip back to Austria, back to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start twenty years earlier.  Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss…

Bobbie and Tracie are moved by the plight of the refugees and in particular, the story of the Iranian Hamid, whose young daughter was caught with a New Testament in her possession in Iran, causing Hamid to flee along The Refugee Highway and putting the whole family in danger. Can a network of helpers bring the family to safety in time?  And at what cost?

Filled with action, danger, heartache, and romance, The Long Highway Home is a hymn to freedom in life’s darkest moments.

REVIEW: This author has penned a riveting, beautiful inspiring story of courage, healing, and faith. She showed how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. It made me look at the world with fresh eyes and see things I hadn’t noticed before. It made me realize how quickly things can change. I wondered how I would act given the same scenario. Would I be as strong as the refugees facing this life-threatening event? I had read the author notes where she tells readers this novel was based real life stories. It made what Hamid faced heartbreaking and surreal. The author is currently a missionary in France and talks passionately about the courageous people she’s met and how their faith has gotten them through unimaginable situations.

There are two heart-felt stories running hand and hand throughout this book. One is of two women; Bobbie and her niece Tracie. They set out on a urgent pilgrimage after Bobbie is diagnosed with cancer. They’ve talked about going on this trip for years. They plan on making this dreams come true. Bobbie is excited to finally take Tracie to The Oasis. There they learn about a refugee named Hamid. He is running for his life along The Refugee Highway. His family is hiding trying not to be captured. There are flashbacks of Bobbie’s life as she remembers her time at The Oasis. She shares with Tracie some heart-wrenching stories that changed the path of Bobbie’s life.

Here is a peek at the refugee, “Hamid listened to a radio program, broadcast from The Netherlands but in his tongue. The voice in the box spoke of the Bible, of Christ – Isa al Masi – of hope, of a Savior. Hamid’s heart swelled to hear the words, foreign words, dangerous words! Why was he drawn to them so? These were the words that had forced him to flee in the first place.”

Hamid was trying to become a refugee in another country. The definition of a refugee – a person who has been forced to leave their country in-order-to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationally, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”

Hamid and his daughter have accepted Christ as their savior. Hamid’s wife is not so sure about all this. Why bother when it’s so dangerous? There are suspenseful nail-biting moments for Hamid and his family as they try to get to safety.

Bobbie shares a story with Tracie,” Fred was part of The Barracks team…He trained with us in the US and planned on smuggling, like the rest of us, but when the rubber hit the road, he just couldn’t do it. He found he couldn’t lie, couldn’t keep a straight face and swear that he wasn’t carrying anything illegal into the East. So here he was – stuck in Vienna for a two-year term of service, with a huge amount of guild because his religious convictions wouldn’t let him smuggle Bibles.” …

….” Fred started visiting the refugee camp in our village, and before long he was teaching the women and children to read and write in English…pretty soon many who came from Communist countries were learning about Jesus and wanting to be Christians.”

Several times my throat tightened and tears ran down my cheeks as this author described unimaginable grace in the midst of brutal and inconceivable conditions. It was stunning and humbling to see how hope shone through the dark places. I was encouraged at how hope and healing sprang up despite tremendous pain and suffering they encountered. The reader could clearly see the source of hope and healing, was Christ Jesus! The situation reminded me of a book I read years ago, called God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrews.

This novel grabbed me from the start and never let me go. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to read this powerful faith building; life changing book. It’s an inspiring story of courage, faith, survival, and hope. I couldn’t stop thinking about this story and its characters when I closed the book. I honestly think it's this author’s finest work! This would make a great book club selection.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and The Book Club Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK

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By Matthew Paul Turner
Illustrated by David Catrow
Published by Waterbrook
ISBN#978-1-60142-918-6

ABOUT BOOK: From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

“‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!”

REVIEW: David Catrow is an imaginative illustrator I adore. He is a master at splashing fun throughout this adorable picture book with a powerful message. This writer and illustrator team help make memorable moments for parents and child.
I never forget books that this illustrator has created.

This book helps generate a dialogue between parent and child; about how God has a plan for their life and how it changes as the child grows and explores the world around them.

The author writes, “Cause when God made you, somehow God knew that the world needed someone exactly like you!”

Near the end the author pens this, “I made you…A you who views others as sisters and brothers and lives by three words: Love One Another.”

Author Matthew Paul Turner says this about his book, “It gives little ones the assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe will encourage them to spread their wings and fly.”

The message and the incredibly fun illustrations will have you and your little one putting this picture book on the nightstand to read over and over again.


ABOUT AUTHOR: Matthew Paul Turner is the best-selling author of "When God Made You," "Churched, “and "Hear No Evil." He, and his wife, Jessica, along with their kids, Elias, Adeline, and Ezra, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

ABOUT ILLUSTRATOR: David Catrow says, “I am primarily a writer and illustrator of books for children; having over 70 published works in print. My scholastic book series MAX SPANIEL to name one example, has sold over a million copies and I have several NYT best sellers and two NYT Best Illustrated Books. I continue to develop projects with Simon and Schuster, Penguin Putnam, Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin, Harper-Collins, and the list goes on.


In addition to my publishing work in have worked extensively in film/TV, spending over a year creating the visual development for films such as HORTON HEARS A WHO, DESPICABLE ME, and others. In addition, I have done development work adapting the animated Stuart Little for television and extensive development work on the animated television series PLANTZILLA, which was based on the popular children’s books written by Jerdine Nolen.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BloggingforBooks site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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AWESOME ANONYMOUS

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AWESOME ANONYMOUS
By David Ralph Smith
ISBN#978-1-5323-2978-4
74 Pages

NOTE FROM AUTHOR: “I wrote this book because I wanted to start a movement that would encourage people to love the Lord in a way they didn’t know or had simply forgotten. I wrote this book because I wanted others to experience the victory I have experienced. I wrote this book because I had grown tired, and I challenged the Lord that his yoke is easy and his burden is light, and he showed me his strength. I wrote this book because I saw someone that was hungry for Jesus and they needed real answers. I wrote this book to honor the Lord and to teach others how to honor him with their lives. I will continue this journey of living awesome anonymous in Jesus. I hope you will join me.”

REVIEW: Don't judge a book by it's cover. This is a refreshing message shared from a transparent heart. This author gives readers a peek at situations that have moved him in a way that gave him new revelations of God. This author saw how he was making his “testimony” in Jesus complicated. Things got simply when he truly realized that …”God is love, he moves and operates in love; his deeper motive is love, and it always has been.”

The author states…”I love Him, because He loved me first.”…”I knew then that love for the Lord has to become the foundation of all I did from sunrise to sunset.” …”Love is the deepest revelation, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.”

Amen! Amen! It doesn’t get any better than that. I liked how the author shares stories from his life that reinforced the fact that God is Love. I liked the practical way in which he gives readers a way to apply the message to their lives. The first application is on love.

PRACTICE: The author says, “Stop and think who has the Lord placed in your life. Make a list of 10 people. (Family and those you call friends)

Application – “Take a week or two per chapter. “Pray that the victories you experience in your life will be experienced in the life of those around you. Pray that the freedom you find will be found by them.” “We need to be intentional with our hearts all day long.”

…”When you commit your heart first daily, then every hour, every minute, and finally every second to loving the Lord by serving him through it changes everything. Your outlook, as well as your response to life, will be totally enveloped by your service to the Lord.”

I liked this authors reminder about the fact that God is love and I’m not in this alone. We can be intentional about what we do and not be swept up into the tornados that life can throw us.

I liked the many prayers this author has at the end of the chapters. Here is an example of one. PRAYER” “Father, you have taught me, that whatever I do unto the least of people, I do to you. Please forgive me for not protecting, serving and covering you when you needed me to. Father, I believe that where I am weak, you are strong. I cannot serve people every day without the strength you provide.”

Looking for a new bible study? Want a devotional to help testimony in Jesus. Look no more. This is a small book with a powerful message I highly recommend. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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