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THE MIRACLE OF MYSTERIA REVIEWED


The Miracle of Mysteria
By Leonid Belov
Published by
ISBN# 978-0-9965513-2-8
131 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: When the Black Death is coming, what can you do—except wait to die? In the year 1348, as the deadliest of all plagues approaches the community of Rundschau in the Swiss Alps, villagers use their last remaining hours to stage the Passion of Christ. As their performance turns into prayer, the village becomes a temple. What happens when the whole community reaches out to God? The miracle of Mysteria—the sacramental and mysterious experience that takes place when people meet God.

Heaven IS listening... This story is inspired by the real events that took place in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. The Passion of Christ has been staged there every decade since 1634, when the village was miraculously spared from the bubonic plague. The next performance is scheduled in 2020.

Prologue: This voluminous manuscript was discovered on October 22, 19xx, in the archives of the magistrate of the city of Geneva. In all likelihood, it is the work of Arnold Enke, a doctor of medicine, considered to be one of Geneva's most worthy and devout citizens, who rendered invaluable aid to the city throughout its frequent pandemics, in particular the outbreaks of the black plague. Although Doctor Enke had the good fortune to live to a ripe old age, his final hours were not spent peacefully in bed. Compelled both by his sense of professional duty and his Christian conscience, he traveled to Bern during a cholera outbreak in 1419, to treat the victims there, and ended up succumbing to the disease himself. His last words were: “Ave Crux, triumphator, victoria Christi, Gloria christiani.”[1]

Upon presenting you with this translation of his notes, we have taken it upon ourselves to make some stylistic changes to the original transcripts in order to add a dose of dynamism and make the narrative style sound less dated to the modern ear. In all other material aspects, the manuscript has been preserved almost without change.

REVIEW: A divine intervention, faith, hope, worship and unity messages are packed inside this 131-page novel I found fascinating. In 1348 a small town named Rundschau awaited their fate as they saw an unstoppable plague wipe out cities all around them. “…Already it’s black mask seemed to stare into all our windows.”

The town seemed dead already as they were trapped in the clutches of fear. Then the sound of church bells awakened them. The shepherd of this flock called them together to instill hope and a purpose. Father Theodor Riechmann told his congregation, “We must not lose heart….Death marches through the world like a victorious army of the evil one. Is there anything that might halt this onslaught?”

“I have prayed, wept and beseeched the merciful Lord…in the darkest hours, it dawned on me. “The cross!”…”The gospel’s power! Our weapon of victory over death, our hope of redemption, our gateway to resurrection and eternal life!” …”Therefore our duty is to never lose heart over hell’s apparent triumph, but to resolutely proclaim the Lord’s victory….”
…”The people of Rundschau, who just an hour earlier had filed into the church as if for their own funeral, were now transformed.”…”I heard expressions of excitement from every direction…..How amazing this seemed to me! The danger was still present; the plague lurked silently in our homes, ready to show itself; but our fears had melted away. No longer were we simply waiting to die; we were part of something new and fascinating, a divine act – the Mysteria.”

This was their final finest hour. They would simply enact from the Gospels, line by line, the holy Passion of the Lord to be performed in the streets of Rundschau. They would glorify the Lord with their bodies and voices for all to see. This sparked an excitement in their souls as they had one week to prepare for the performance of their lives. Everyone took this seriously and did their best. Somehow, they gathered an orchestra from other cities which added to the enthusiasm about this event.

None of them expected a divine intervention. No one knew their lives would be changed forever, no one knew they would get a peek at the Glory of the Lord. The man who played Jesus said this to his friend, “…I never imagined anyone could see me like that, understand me like that….I’m still dazed by that kind of love.”

No sooner had this amazing miracle happened to the town and it’s people; the enemy tried to snatch it away. Destroy the works of the divine. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. You’ll be astounded and want to read what happens next and learn what is still happening in the small town of Rundschau! Oh, Wow! This story will encourage your soul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
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SHELLIE RUSHING TOMLINSON'S NEW DEVOTIONAL REVIEWED


Devotions for the Hungry Heart
By Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Published by Shiloh Run Press
ISBN# 978-1-68322-432-7
272 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern, is back with a devotional guide for the Jesus-hungry heart. Grounded in scripture and offered in the author’s signature storytelling style, this devotional invites you to God's table for a continual feast. With six prominent themes including Sharing, Needing, Celebrating, Praying, Surrendering, and Being Intentional, you'll be challenged and encouraged to develop God-honoring traits in your spiritual life.

A delightful companion book to Tomlinson’s Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce, Devotions for the Hungry Heart features a bonus full-color insert featuring more than a dozen mouthwatering recipes plus photos. You're guaranteed to find nourishment for your body as well as your spirit!

REVIEW: I had read Hungry Is a Mighty Fine Sauce and adored this author’s sense of humor, her passion for the Savior and the fact she can tell a good story is a bonus. I like her transparency too.

Here’s a peek into how she kicked off a devotion talking about a sign she read walking in the woods that said, “Walk at your own risk.” This got her thinking of her Christian walk. “…to follow Christ is not merely to risk our lives; it is to lose them. So I’ve been thinking: perhaps we should add a similar caution to our church signs….Follow Jesus at Your Own Risk. Details Inside.” …(message not a big draw she admits) but, ”When we die daily to walk with the God-man, we soon discover that His presence is worth every single step.”

This devotion is filled with scripture, hope, fun thought-provoking stories to encourage your faith along with beautiful pictures and yummy looking recipes. It’s a winning combination.


ABOUT AUTHOR: Shellie is the fun-loving energetic storytelling host of ATS LIVE, a radio talk show that airs live every Monday evening on TALK 540 out of Monroe, Louisiana. In addition, her pretaped All Things Southern radio segments air Monday through Friday on 28 affiliates across the south. Shellie is a popular humorist, speaker, and the author of the nonfiction humor titles Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On” and Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!” Both received nominations for SIBA Nonfiction Book of the Year and led Jeff Foxworthy to call her, "Laugh out loud funny!" Kori and Missy Robertson of A&E's Duck Dynasty endorsed Shellie's latest release and debut book in the faith market, Heart Wide Open, saying it will fuel your desire for a deeper relationship with God. Watch for Shellie's upcoming storytelling cookbook, "Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce", set to be released from Barbor Publishing October 2016!

Get a peek into her humor as she goes about telling everyone about her new cook books. LOL!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Jeanne Wynn publicist. 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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INSIGHTFUL,HILARIOUS, PRAYER PILGRIMAGE YOU'LL WANT TO BE PART OF

A Year of Living Prayerfully
By Jared Brock
“How a curious traveler met the Pope, walked on coals, danced with Rabbis and renewed his prayer life.”
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-14143-9
331 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Follow Jared on a 37,000-mile trip around the world as he...
* Dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
* Discovers the 330-year-old home of Brother Lawrence
* Burns his clothes at the end of the Camino de Santiago
* Attends the world's largest church in Seoul
* Visits Westboro Baptist Church
* Tries to stay out of trouble in North Korea
* Meets the Pope and has lunch at the Vatican
* Attempts fire walking (with only minor burns) 
  
A Year of Living Prayerfully is a fascinating, humorous, globe-trotting exploration of prayer that will help you grow your own prayer life. Jared's witty reflections on his fast-paced journey will both entertain and inspire you to think about your own prayer journey.

REVIEW: I enjoyed this couple’s thought-provoking journey that had them searching the globe to learn about prayer. What is it? How is it done? This young couple had been passionate about prayer and their faith since middle school, but lately, their prayer life was stale. They were sensing a deep need to connect with God again, especially after becoming aware of some horrific realities in the world as they filmed a sex trafficking documentary. The author says, “These issues towered over us and exposed the gaping holes in our spiritual walk”….”We wanted to be prayer warriors, but we felt like prayer wanderers.”

The author explains that prayer had become a mechanical routine. He admits, “If I’m really honest, God was my Santa Clause.”

The author describes their journey, “For our year of living prayerfully, I compiled a list of Judeo-Christian faiths, sects, and denominations. The plan was to research their prayer methods, traditions, and beliefs. We’d travel the world to meet religious leaders, prayer experts and everyday people who have made prayer a vital part of their lives.”… “This book is simply an old-school record of a prayer pilgrimage, for all those who, for whatever reason, can’t go on one for themselves.”

I liked how they systematically went about getting answers about prayer from all points of view. I enjoyed the many quotes that started the chapters. This is one of my favorites, “Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.”

I felt like I was walking by their side on this journey and saw things through their eyes I’d most likely never see in person. I also loved the author's sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times. There was an amazing turn of events that allowed Jared and his wife to get a face to face meeting with the Pope. It was a divine appointment. Here’s an example of his well-timed humor.

 There is a side note to readers about how they were dressed to see the Pope. He states,….”On such short notice, we didn’t have time to make a shopping stop….”

“I had asked our host in Rome if I could borrow a few items….The shirt was enormous, reminiscent of billowing ship sails. The pants, on the other hand, were 4” too short, exposing both my white socks and my pasty white ankles.”

“I pulled my pants lower, not unlike a Brooklyn gangster whose arrest we had witnessed a few months earlier. I looked in the mirror. I looked like a mafia bodyguard in a parachute at a funeral.”

“I had kept the shoes and shirt, but switched back to denim. My wife, on the other hand, had no alternate clothing options. They say that success in life is doing the best you can with what you’ve got, and we had tried our best.”

“We met the Pope in jeans and yoga pants.”

That scene still makes me laugh. I liked how the book was divided into various places their research took them. They started in Hamilton, Ontario, then they traveled to New York. City, Israel, Mount Athos, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Eastern USA, the Outer Limits, Korea and England.

This is a young couple’s search for a deeper, more alive and meaningful prayer life. It made me think about my own faith walk and how I pray. I was inspired not only by what they discovered on this adventure but by how the Lord orchestrated many “divine” moments for them.  This book was fun, informative, honest, inspiring, and entertaining. It was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t get enough of. It’s a keeper.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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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The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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CINDY WOODSMALL'S NEW CHRISTMAS NOVEL REVIEWED

The Gift of Christmas Past
By Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall
Published by Woodsmall Press
ISBN# 978-0-9987538-0-5
247 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them. 
Promises shattered. Lies spoken. She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.




Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

REVIEW: I was instantly drawn to the characters and their situation. The depths of hurt, healing, and love in this book are remarkable, this story has all that I look for in a book written by this author. I loved the bonus features that were included in this novel for book clubs. There are three yummy looking recipes and thirteen discussion questions to help create a lively and inviting atmosphere for the discussion time with your group.

I look forward to this writing team’s next novel. This story and its characters stayed with me long after I closed the book. I highly recommend it.


Cindy and Nora 2014 @ ICRS Conference


ABOUT AUTHOR: Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative ones to the most liberal. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of North Georgia Mountains.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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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Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!


GOD BLESS MY FAMILY REVIEWED

God Bless My Family
By Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Steve Whitlow
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#98-0-7180-9216-0
Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Family time makes each day more fun!
These furry families are enjoying each moment together. Whether splashing in puddles with cousins after a rainy day, going on a walk with Grandma, or having a fun summer picnic, everyone has a special place in the family!

REVIEW: This adorable board book is packed with pictures of families enjoying time together; from Dalmatian puppies on the front cover to several types of cute puppies. I liked the rhythmic phrases on each page that showed different size families having fun. The author also shows puppies having fun with their grandparents and other relatives. There is a grand celebration at the end of the book where the author states, “…We’re each so glad to be a special part of one big heart – God Bless My Whole Family.”  T

his story brings a smile to my face and reminds the reader just how important family is. This book is a great reminder during this Thanksgiving season how thankful we are for one another.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of The book Look for Bloggers 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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ANN VOSCAMP'S THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS INTERACTIVE ADVENT FAMILY CELEBRATION REVIEWED



















The Wonder of the Greatest Gift:
An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent
By Ann Voskamp
Published by Tyndale
ISBN# 978-1496427991
Board Book with Ornaments


ABOUT BOOK: Based on her bestseller Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp expands her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree with this beautiful keepsake that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations. Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page. At its foot are 25 doors, one for each day of Advent, which hide meaningful, beautifully detailed ornaments―including the Christmas star―that are ready to be hung on the tree. Also inside is a simple devotional book with a reading for each ornament. Create precious holiday memories with The Wonder of the Greatest Gift pop-up book and recapture the sacredness of the Advent season as you celebrate the epic pageantry of the coming of the Messiah.

Includes the following:
·         13-inch 3D pop-up tree
·         Booklet with 25 family devotions
·         24 ornaments with hangers
·         Star-shaped tree-topper


ABOUT AUTHOR: Ann Voskamp is wife of one good farmer, the home-educating mama to a seven exuberant kids, and author of the four New York Times Bestsellers,  The Broken Way, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping The Greatest Gift, and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller which has sold more than one million copies, the royalties of which the Voskamp family has given all away, the joy always in giving the gift back. 



Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, and a partner with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children, Ann's a regular loser of library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon, and believes that the sky and fresh mercy over the farm is large and all is grace. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty: www.aholyexperience.com


REVIEW:  I was thrilled to receive this book in the mail. When I opened it up, I screamed with joy at this unexpected surprise. This hardback book unfolds as a pop-up opens up into a lovely white Christmas tree.  There is a mini book (within the book) titled The Wonder of the Greatest Gift; that is filled with 25 devotions for your family to read as they count down the days until Christmas


There are ornaments to be put on the tree for each. The author states in the invitation, 
“…come, and unwrap His story. Come, and unwrap the wonder. Come, and find yourself wrapped in the most miraculous love you’ve ever known.”

Each day starts out with a scripture December first is from Isaiah 11:1 “Out of the Stump of David’s family will grow a shoot- yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.”

Here’s a peek at part of the first devotion “…This is a story about a family that was big like a tree, with branches that reached to the sky!”

The ornament for the first day is a cute big tree. The beauty of this book is that it can be placed anywhere. The Jesse tree booklet includes instructions and devotions is a wonderful way to start a new family tradition and help you and your family focused on keeping the main reason for the season. This is a brilliant interactive advent calendar for your family. It makes a wonderful gift too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
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TIM TEBOW'S NEW BOOK REVIEWED

Know Who You Are
Live Like It Matters
By Tim Tebow
Published by Waterbrook
ISBN#978-0735289949
196 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: The World Does Not Define You!
Nobody said your life would be easy. And the older you get, the more difficult it seems to become. Deep down you may know your value as a person isn’t defined by wearing cool name-brand clothes, scoring points for a sports team, or even by having a huge number of social media followers. And you’re right! Your identity resides in something—in fact, Someone—much greater than anything this world can offer:

The only identity worth having…is found in Jesus Christ!

American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it's like to face pressure head-on. In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he’s learned—not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are—by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

Get ready to live bigger than ever before…with your faith and identity secured in a God who loves you beyond measure!

REVIEW: Tim Tebow starts sharing with readers about his homeschooling experience and why he wrote this book for them. His mom homeschooled him and his two brothers and two sisters. His mom did this at a time when many thought homeschooling was illegal. He goes on to share that they worked hard to graduate High School. He shares how him, and siblings got scholarships for college. Then he writes an encouraging note to parents and how to effectively use this study guide with their kids.

This is an interactive study to get kids thinking about their true identity. He starts out with a key verse and a story to explain the verse. One example, verse is Proverbs 5:21 “For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths. He has questions to answer after the lesson. One of the questions is “How does it make you feel to know that God’s eyes are always on you?” He recommends praying before readers answer the questions at the end of the lesson. Then leaves readers with something to think about… he talks about integrity and what it is, he says, “When no one will ever know the good or right thing you do but you do it anyway.”

This book has 36 weeks of lessons. I like how the author shares examples from his own life and others when he talks about failures and about trusting God when things didn’t go as expected, how God helped him through rejection and used him in his foundation to help kids all over the world. I like how he shares these examples and those from other famous people kids would know like Thomas Edison. He encourages kids to walk in faith, think outside of what the world tells them, be creative and explains that we were made for relationship with God and others.

I really enjoyed this book because of the transparent way Tim Tebow shares about life, the challenges he’s faced and how God has used him through the years in unexpected ways.  I highly recommend this book for everyone to read. It be can be used as a daily, weekly or monthly devotional.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received 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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REALLY WOOLY CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS REVIEWED


Really Woolly Christmas Blessings
By Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by Donna Chapman
Published by Thomas Nelson
40 Pages Board Book 2-5 yr old Preschool-Kindergarten

ABOUT BOOK: Enjoy the blessings of Christmas!
Christmastime is full of blessings, and the Really Woolly characters celebrate every part of the season—from time with family and friends, to sledding and decorating, to the joy of giving to others.
Cuddle up close with your little one, and enjoy the precious rhymes, meaningful Bible verses, simple prayers, and endearing illustrations that teach about the greatest Christmas gift of all—the birth of Jesus

REVIEW: The spirit of Christmas is brought out in this adorably illustrated board book filled with the Christmas story and ways we can celebrate the holiday keeping the reason for the season the main thing.

I liked the note to the parents on the ways to use this book and the fact that there are seventeen topics covered. The book has short devotions, prayers, scripture quotes that can be read daily, weekly or all in one sitting. It can fit into your families schedule.  One of the passages I liked is this bible verse “Hebrews 3:6 “We are God’s Family” The devotion, “Family time is special, Love and joy are all around...God created families, and He always gives what’s best. I’m thankful for my family and all the ways we’re blessed.” The Prayer: “Dear God, I’m happy to be in your great big family filled with love.”

This is a book that will warm your heart; help you and your family focus on the reason for the season and grow in your faith. It makes a great gift too!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookforBloggers 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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LISA BEVERE'S FIRST PICTURE BOOK REVIEWED


Lizzy the Lioness
By Lisa Bevere
Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#978-0-7180-965-8
32 Pages Ages 4-8 Preschool – 3rd grade

ABOUT BOOK: Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help! Encourage your little ones with the true meaning of bravery through the beautiful story of Lizzy the Lioness by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere.

Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. When she sees someone in danger, Lizzy tries her best to help, but she quickly learns that sometimes being brave means asking adults for help.

With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or loud roars but often is found in the tiniest people who have the courage to speak up when no one else will. By asking God for help and then bringing grown-ups into the picture, Lizzy shows kids that being brave doesn’t have to happen by yourself—it happens with help!

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere’s first picture book will make waves with its unique and compelling message for families everywhere. Parents and children alike will enjoy the beautiful artwork as well as the story of communication and teamwork.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Lisa Bevere’s authentic, passionate, and hilarious approach weaves profound biblical truths with practical application. Her books—which include Fight Like a Girl, Lioness Arising, and Girls with Swords—are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband, John, are best-selling authors and the founders of Messenger International. She is a grandmother and Sicilian mother of four sons.


REVIEW: This is a beautifully illustrated hardback picture book with a great message. I like how this author defines being courageous. The author teaches kids how being brave comes in many forms. We don’t talk about this topic enough with our kids.  

Lizzy the lion cub wants to be grown up now so she can be included in what the adults do, like go hunting. Lizzy’s parents instruct her about what to do when they are away. She’s feeling sad to be left behind until she notices a little girl in trouble. Lizzy realizes she can’t help the girl by herself. It was too dangerous a situation for her to handle she needed to call for backup. Lizzy prays for the girl and then runs for help. Because Lizzy had the courage to stand up for someone else and the wisdom to get the help needed she becomes a hero in the eyes of the little girl and that of her family.

The take away is asking for help is not a weakness but its wisdom. Seeking the help of others is important. It takes courage to recognize the circumstances are bigger than yourself. She also learns that her parents are looking out for her best interest, they are guiding and protecting her as they wait for her to be big enough to participate in what adults do; like hunting.

The author has a note to parents at the end of the book and a short prayer I liked. The author has a few questions listed to help open up a dialogue with your child about this topic. One of the questions is, “Have you seen someone bigger be mean to you or to someone else?”

She goes on to talk about how asking for help is not tattling and has the child think about who they could ask for help if they found themselves in a dangerous circumstance. The scripture quoted is Psalm 28:1 “The righteous are bold as a lion.”

I highly recommend this book, the message and the fun you’ll have reading it and going on adventures with Lizzy; the illustrations bring the story to life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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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