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GOD GAVE US FAMILY REVIEWED

God Gave Us Family
By Lisa Twan Bergren
Illustrated by David Hohn
Published by Waterbrook
ISBN#978-1-60142-846-9
Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Little Pup’s wolf family is on their way to a special reunion—with lots of cousins, games, roasting marshmallows, and fun! As the young wolf thinks about The pictures are fun, expressive as they go about their adventures in the woods.
an inquisitive child about the families that God brings together. Some families are big and others are small, some are led by grandparents or just one parent, and some families include adopted little ones– yet each family is truly special.

Even the members of Little Pup’s pack make up an important role in his family, although they sometimes pester him. Papa gently reminds his son

REVIEW: Another home run for this author who reminds me of the children’s books I’ve read by Max Lucado. This author gives a unique insight into what makes up a family. The story starts out with Max’s family heading to a get together of wolves. Max looks around him at other families and asks his dad why his family only has one child. His father explains that there are lots of different families. He tells him how they are thankful for him. When he arrived they became a family.

Each page has adorable colorful pictures to illustrate the diverse types of family. And the character of these families. The pictures are fun, expressive as they go about their adventures in the woods with other animals.

The dad goes on to explain that some families are quiet, some loud. They do this and/or that. One not being better than the other just different. Then the mom talks about how God’s family works. “He brings together those who love him to create an even greater family.”


Great message and so many opportunities to discuss lots of topics such as adoption, single families, and the family of believers. I can’t wait to read this one to my grandkids.

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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YOU'RE CLEAN AS A WHISTLE REVIEWED

You’re Clean as a Whistle!
By Cynthia Klingel
Illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole
Published by: Child’s World
ISBN# 978-1592969050
24 Pages HB 7-10 Yrs old

About Book: Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind such weird idioms as 'You're clean as a whistle!'

REVIEW: I checked this book out of the library. I was curious to see if this book told where these sayings came from and if I truly understood what they phrase and/or saying meant. This book does not tell the origin but does explain the meaning quite well.

I adored the colorful fun illustrations that brought the saying and/or phrase to life. It’s silly when you actually think about the words being said. For example, “Kill two birds with one Stone” there is a little girl looking at two birds on her head with a rock in her hand trying to get those birds.

I like how the author gave an example in which someone might actually say this phrase. Then the author gives the meaning: “To save time or effort by doing two things at once.”

Another example is the phrase “Have cold feet”
Picture of feet on a block of ice.
Meaning: To suddenly decide not to do something; to stop something you’ve already started.”

This was a sweet and helpful book to help parents and children understand each other better. It’s also helpful for those learning English phrases.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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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THE LIFE GIVING TABLE by SALLY CLARKSON REVIEWED

The Life Giving Table
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-3063-2
291 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love.

Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.

In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

REVIEW: It takes a little planning to bring your family together regularly for meals but it's well worth your time and effort. American culture has gotten busy. Families eat on the run. This author quotes, Leonard Sweet, from Table to Table. (community is formed), “For Jesus, the home is not what defines the table; the table is what defines the home. I like how this author put it, “If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustain-er of life and health.”

Author Sally Clarkson is transparent and real about struggles in bringing her families together for meal time even after the kids are grown and on their own. She says, “Make your table a delightful, life giving space where your family and friends long to be – where they will find rest, renewal, inspiration, and a loving welcome.”

The ideas and recipes in this book are not just pie in the sky but doable and practical. I like how the author takes into account that every family is different. Yours may not get together for dinner it might be breakfast and/or lunch. This couple shares the intentional ways they made eating together a priority. They talk about making memories and creating a fun "life giving" table that –“ knits hearts together to form tight bonds that will not easily be broken.”

The reader can learn from this author about what worked and didn’t work with her family dynamic. This is an encouraging read with inspirational topics to talk about ways you can develop a meaningful time at the table with your family. I look forward to trying a few of the meals and bring up some of the topics at my next family get together.

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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EXPERIENCING GOD'S LOVE DEVOTIONAL GIVEAWAY SIGNED BY AUTHOR


ABOUT AUTHOR: After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than fifty books. 

Sandra's series of historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, published in 2017. Sandra is excited to continue writing Gothic romance and will be adding books to that genre beginning in October 2018 with Tyndale House Publishers.

Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, this time for women, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions. Her latest book, The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional, will be published in October 2017.

REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised at what is in this devotional. For example, in a devotion dated Feb 25th “Experiencing the Love of God,” She mentions that she loves to bake, so much so that she bakes her own birthday cake every year. She looks forward looking over recipes and creating something special. In this, she mentions long-held dreams. She asks the question, “Can you bake your own cake (or fulfill whatever dream is in your heart)? “You bet you can. Don’t wait around for anyone else to do it for you. Pray for guidance, sustenance, and encouragement, and then “Ready, set, go! Experiencing the love of God means acknowledging that he has set dreams within your heart.”

“Come on, Be brave. Write down your dream today….. ”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

I also liked that she had a benediction (prayer and scripture) for each month. In September’s benediction the author says, “I find great peace in seeing people like me – sometimes stubborn, sometimes yielding, always in need of grace – in the Bible. …Through these pages and the power of Scripture, I reach my hands out to and over you, as your sister in Christ, and pray that you will know that…” She then quotes Romans 11:33-36.

There are many uplifting stories and relatable experiences like the one I’ve mentioned above that make this devotional fun and engaging. I liked the variety of the devotionals for example on July 12th the author discusses, Psalm 91. She has a fill in the blank section for readers. On December second she has traditional Advent verses for readers to kick off the celebration of Jesus’s birth.

On July 29th she has a list of books she loves to read and lists some biography’s and says, “…Reading their stories gives me something wonderful to look forward to.” Then she quotes Rev 7:9-15.

On December 11th this author talks about a Christmas movie and what her family looks forward to doing each year. It made me think about our family and what we do. It also made me want to watch this movie and get a unique perspective on it as it relates to the holiday season. The author quotes the scripture Philippians 3: 13-14.

Another fun aspect to this devotional is the fact that the author has sprinkled recipes throughout the year. Showing readers that focusing on God’s word doesn’t have to be too serious. The author reminds us even in our broken world we can look for and experience God’s love and grace daily. God is always with us. I’m a fan of this authors fiction books. I’ve become even more of a fan reading this devotional as she is transparent in her struggles, hopes and dreams. I look forward to Experiencing God’s Love in different ways in 2018. It’s nice to have a mentor drawing us closer to Jesus in an encouraging, delightful and intentional way.

CONGRATS to Catherine DeYoung 
Whose Name was Drawn for a Signed copy of this Devotional


PLEASE ANSWER ONE Questions to be entered into the Drawing

1. When I say the word Book Club, what comes to mind. 

2. Are you part of a book club? If so, what is the title of a book your club LOVED?

3. Have you been a part of an online book club? If so, what was your experience like?

4. Which do you love more a face to face book club and/or an online one?

5. What do you love most about the book club experience?

6. If you are in a book club has your club done any special events, field trips? Do tell!


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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A CHILDREN'S STORY ABOUT PRAYER & TRUST REVIEWED


R.J. Fright Kicks Away Her Fears
By Tracey Madder
Illustrated by Bonnie Pang
Published by Tyndale Kids
ISBN#978-1496408716
4-6 years old Preschool- First Grade
32 pages Hard Back

ABOUT BOOK: What’s a tough little monster to do when she’s afraid of spiders, dogs, and the dark? She takes time to pray, of course! R. J. Fright learns that true courage comes when we trust God with our fears.

Children and their parents alike will fall in love with the Frights. This funny and endearing family of monsters will teach kids the importance of talking to God first when they are afraid, when things go wrong, or when they need guidance for making good choices. And they will learn that God always answers prayer.

REVIEW: I enjoyed reading this book with my grandson. He loved the illustrations and could relate to R.J. Fright and her struggles. Readers meet her large family in the first few pages. R.J. has an older brother named Pi. Then Zeppi and R.J. (she’s a middle child) and Tora and the baby of the family Booyah.

After the family introductions, the kids go outside to play soccer with their friends. R.J. takes readers outside. Shows them having fun and reveals some of the things she’s afraid of. When she leaves her friends to go inside. They say to her, “You are one of the toughest girls I know. “you are Fearless”…”I’m glad you are on our team.” She leaves her friends not feeling very fearless. She hopes her friends don’t find out her real feelings.

R.J. climbs into bed. Their mother turns off the light after tucking them into bed and kissing them goodnight. R.J. becomes anxious. Her sister asks what’s bothering her. She is reluctant to share but when she does she feels better. Together they pray. Peace fills their hearts, allowing them to sleep. The book ends with Philippians 4:6-7 ….”His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

My grandson loved the fact that R.J. admitted her weaknesses and then came clean with her sister and they prayed. He admitted some fears of his own and we both prayed the prayer at the end of the book. I liked that he could see the scripture verse at the end it helped to validate the message of the book. I loved that. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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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SANDRA BYRD'S NEW DEVOTIONAL REVIEWED


The One-Year Devotional Experiencing God’s Love
By Sandra Byrd
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN#1496413180
Pages 399

ABOUT BOOK: When was the last time you took a break to experience God’s love? To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him.

Experiencing God’s love takes time. Love unfurls its blossoms in our lives when we concentrate all of our senses on the small gifts we pass by every day. Time slows, and we finally get to hear God’s beautiful background hum to our lives.

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional helps you intentionally carve out those moments in your day to savor God and his love for you.

REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised at what is in this devotional. For example, in a devotion dated Feb 25th “Experiencing the Love of God,” She mentions that she loves to bake, so much so that she bakes her own birthday cake every year. She looks forward looking over recipes and creating something special. In this, she mentions long-held dreams. She asks the question, “Can you bake your own cake (or fulfill whatever dream is in your heart)? “You bet you can. Don’t wait around for anyone else to do it for you. Pray for guidance, sustenance, and encouragement, and then “Ready, set, go! Experiencing the love of God means acknowledging that he has set dreams within your heart.”

“Come on, Be brave. Write down your dream today….. ”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

I also liked that she had a benediction (prayer and scripture) for each month. In September’s benediction the author says, “I find great peace in seeing people like me – sometimes stubborn, sometimes yielding, always in need of grace – in the Bible. …Through these pages and the power of Scripture, I reach my hands out to and over you, as your sister in Christ, and pray that you will know that…” She then quotes Romans 11:33-36.

There are many uplifting stories and relatable experiences like the one I’ve mentioned above that make this devotional fun and engaging. I liked the variety of the devotionals for example on July 12th the author discusses, Psalm 91. She has a fill in the blank section for readers. On December second she has traditional Advent verses for readers to kick off the celebration of Jesus’s birth.

On July 29th she has a list of books she loves to read and lists some biography’s and says, “…Reading their stories gives me something wonderful to look forward to.” Then she quotes Rev 7:9-15.

On December 11th this author talks about a Christmas movie and what her family looks forward to doing each year. It made me think about our family and what we do. It also made me want to watch this movie and get a unique perspective on it as it relates to the holiday season. The author quotes the scripture Philippians 3: 13-14.

Another fun aspect to this devotional is the fact that the author has sprinkled recipes throughout the year. Showing readers that focusing on God’s word doesn’t have to be too serious. The author reminds us even in our broken world we can look for and experience God’s love and grace daily. God is always with us. I’m a fan of this authors fiction books. I’ve become even more of a fan reading this devotional as she is transparent in her struggles, hopes and dreams. I look forward to Experiencing God’s Love in different ways in 2018. It’s nice to have a mentor drawing us closer to Jesus in an encouraging, delightful and intentional way.

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
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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COME AND EAT REVIEWED YOU WON'T LOOK AT DINNER TIME THE SAME


Come and Eat
Bri McKoy
Thomas Nelson
ISBN#0718090616
241 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Come with your brokenness, your celebration, and your worries, but most of all come and eat.

In today’s busy and often superficial world, we all crave something deeper and truer. Maybe it’s relationships that go beyond the surface or gatherings that allow for joy and pain. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! All we need is a table, open hearts, and a simple invitation: come and eat.

McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with a bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, “Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so, I offer you my heart.”
For all those who are hungry and craving more of God’s kingdom in their homes, Come and Eat offers recipes, tips, and questions to jumpstart the conversation, while reminding us that fellowship in God’s love is always the most remembered, most cherished nourishment. Because when we make room for others, we make room for God, and our homes become a vibrant source of life, just as he means them to be.

REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised at the richness found in the pages of this book. It’s not just an idea book of ways to get your family and friends around your table it’s so much more. I liked the authors' transparency as she admits she was not found in the kitchen growing up since she battled health issues. She didn't ponder ways to create meals and food was not the number one thing on her mind. Meals were a way of getting what her body needed to heal. The game changer came in the first year of marriage. With her husband in the picture and the hopes of a family in the future, she grew to "like" being in the kitchen. Actually fell in love with being there. The problem then was how to combat her worn out feeling at the end of the day. Looking at meal time as another thing to check off her to do list. 

The thing that really turned things around for this author was what she discovered in scripture, which I found fascinating and had not looked at meal time this way before. She says, sharing a meal is, “about securing relationships and partnering with God to show more of His love to a hurting world.”

“…Sharing a meal together with someone can be deeply personal. If you take the time to feed another person, if you nourish their body, they naturally start to reveal their heart. Food is the answer to a basic need, and it can become a gateway to the need: redemption from a loving Savior.”

She goes on to talk about how Jesus went to people’s homes sat at their tables to share a simple meal with a few or thousands feeding them fish and loaves of bread even had wine to overflow at a wedding. I had never looked at Jesus and how he was intentional in how he went about meeting people and feeding them.

This author does give ideas to readers in creating special times for friends and family; as each chapter ends with a Prayer, a question, and a recipe for your time at the table,  What I found helpful was in the appendix section all the recipes are listed together, and a shopping list is there for you to use. She also talks about your vision for the table. Plus, several other topics such as, “A celebration of love and grace around the everyday table.” This author gave me a new perspective and appreciation for intentionally eating together.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or stressed. She also shows how fellowship with one another feeds our soul and is just as important as the nourishment we feed our bodies. I highly recommend this book to everyone. There is so much in here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLookBloggerSite. 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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IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRIST'S BIRTH REVIEWED


It Was the Night Before Christ’s Birth
By Vivian E. Wulf
Published by WestBow Press

ABOUT BOOK: Children will enjoy the life of Jesus from birth and all the miracles he has done and is still doing.

REVIEW: It’s written in the poetic rhythm of the classic The Night Before Christmas. I was given the Kindle version of this book. The pictures and the pages with words were separated, disjointed. They were colorful and lovely but the pictures had their own page. The words had an empty purple square above the words to look at.

The first line in the story is, “It was the night before Christ’s birth and all through the town, not an inn was open there were none to be found.”

The story takes in Jesus all grown up and mentions the miracles he performed. It also depicts him ascending into heaven. The author also gives an invitation at the end of the book for you to ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins and be saved.

I do not recommend the eBook version of this book. It was very disjointed not a pleasure to read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLookforBlogger 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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I'M NOT A SCAREDY CAT REVIEWED

I’m Not a Scaredy Cat
By Max Lucado
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#978-07180-7491-3
22 Pages HB Grade level 2- 3


ABOUT BOOK: I’m a big cat. I’m a strong cat. I’m not a scaredy-cat . . . except when . . .
From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado comes I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, a hilarious new picture book to help kids manage their fears and worries and learn to trust God.
Follow a silly series of misadventures as scaredy-cat faces his worst fears: an appalling abundance of (gulp!) yellow and pink sprinkles on his donut, an elephant on the verge of a ginormous sneeze, and the terrifyingly loud chime of a clock. For each of the fears, Max provides this reassuring child’s version of Philippians 4:6–9:
“God, you are good.
God, you are near.
God, you are here!
And, God, you love me.”

A fun read for children and parents, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat will open doors for important conversations about fear in a non-threatening way and help you instill godly bravery in your kids.

REVIEW: I adored this picture book. I was excited to read it because I've been deeply moved by many of Max Lucado’s children’s books through the years.  He starts out by telling readers about an event in his childhood that caused him to be fearful. He talks about how his father helped him through. He wanted to create a tool parents could use to help with fear and dealing with scary things in our world. He says, “…parents help our children to face their fears. We can’t remove all the sources of angst, but we can prepare our children to face them. As we give them tools to face the fears of childhood, we are actually preparing them to face the anxieties of adulthood….“…. May God use it, and use you, to instill a godly bravery in the heart of your child.”

This was illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez. She understands how cats look when they are scared. The reader can see the cats fearThe pictures in this story evoke emotions of this cat through Fun/loving- colorful adorable pictures. I like how the cat goes through his day encountering strange things and what he does about it. He doesn’t let fear control his every move. He tells himself when he feels queasy and uneasy to pray a short prayer that makes him feel better. Its the same prayer throughout the book.It’s a great reminder for parents and the child they are reading to.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the 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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HOW TO SET A TABLE REVIEWED


How to Set a Table
By Potter
Published by Clarkson Potter
ISBN#978-0-451-49802-1
128 Pages PB

ABOUT BOOK: This hip, fabric-covered guide includes creative ways to style a table--whether for a sit-down dinner, cocktail party, brunch buffet, picnic in the park, and other fun get-togethers

Whether you live in a small apartment or sprawling suburban kitchen, How to Set a Table features stylish, modern ideas for welcoming family and friends in your home. This gift book, wrapped in a pretty, printed fabric, serves as a practical step-by-step guide to entertaining--with extra information on etiquette, place setting basics, centerpieces, mixing and matching, essential glassware, and napkin folds. With unexpected ideas for using all the great tableware, you can find at flea markets, chain stores, or around the house, How to Set a Table updates a classic topic for a new generation of hosts.

REVIEW: If you like to be imaginative with table settings, have fun times and enjoy making memories with friends and family this is the book for you. The first topic discussed is Dinnerware Basics. It tells you about items you’d need to set a formal and informal table. Also, how to mix and match things. I got a kick out of the napkin folding section. I loved that they had pictures of the step by step folding process. The pictures were helpful. They also discuss putting finishing touches on a table to add a special charm and/or mood.

This book shows how to create fun memories with family time feasts, casual times such as movie night, coffee table take out night, weekend breakfast and more. I adored the beautiful table setting pictures that illustrate these events.

This book is all about the table decorating and creating a special and enjoyable atmosphere. This book reminds me of a lovely magazine you’d look at to give you ideas for your kitchen, living room, bathroom etc. The pictures are lovely. This is a small paperback book filled with lovely ideas that will make any time at your table special and memorable.

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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JUST SAYIN' GIVEAWAY & INTERVIEW WITH DANDI DALEY MACKALL


ABOUT AUTHOR: DANDI DALEY MACKALL - I love to write. I even love to rewrite. Before I could hold a pen, I was making up stories in my head. I’m blessed to have come from a family of great storytellers. My two favorite words growing up were: ‘Member when . . . I started out writing for grown-ups . . . and then I had kids. When my children were little, I wrote board books, then picture books, then easy readers, and so on to young adult novels. But I never stopped writing for any age group, which means I get to write for all ages. How cool is that! I grew up in Missouri, have lived in many cities and towns since, and now write from rural Ohio, surrounded by my wonderful family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel or raccoon.

Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you?

DANDI: I love being an author, and I’m so grateful I’ve been able to write books for nearly four decades. (In case you’re adding up my age, that first book came out when I was two. Okay—not really.) I’ve always loved to write, but I didn’t think I could make living writing books. So that was one great surprise. I used to be awed by writers and think they deserved to be on pedestals. Surprise—no way! Writers are hopefully doing what God calls them to do, whether they publish or not. And that’s what we’re all called to do—whatever God calls us to do, right?

Nora: Amen! Amen! I’m amazed at the diversity, range, and depth of your writing. I’m going to be checking out your other books. Grin!

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

DANDI: I have a continual “wow” every time one of my books is published in other languages. I was a missionary behind the Iron Curtain until I was kicked out of Poland and Czechoslovakia. When one of my books first was translated into Polish, I cried happy tears, knowing that God was being the missionary with my words, without me.



I still can’t believe God let me have a book made into a movie. My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark movie and is shown several times a year on the Hallmark Channel. It was such a gift to share with my sister, as we got to be on the set for the last week of the filming. Wow!

Nora: Congrats! I bet it was a blast to be on the set and share that with your sister. I’ll have to check it out. I just watched the movie trailer. It looks like fun! I loved the names of the dogs Adam, Eve, and Shirley. LOL! I can’t wait to watch the whole thing.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

DANDI: I think I have writer ADD. It seems I’m always working on very different projects!

Wow! The Good News in Four Words—a picture book that was just released.

Winnie the Horse Gentler: The Early Years—I’ve gotten more fan letters for Winnie than I have for every other book combined. In fact, Winnie has received more fan letters than I have. So I’m excited to be writing about her early years in these chapter books, releasing in 2018.

Psalms for Kids—a book of thirty rhyming Psalms (my favorites) in kid-friendly language, also releasing in 2018.

I admit that I’m also working on an adult book about my heroic aunt, who was an army nurse in the Philippines in World War II. Her story ties in with my parents’ World War II story, which I told in With Love, Wherever You Are. And I’m writing another Christmas picture book and a grandparent’s book and a board book and another mystery and . . .

Nora: OH MY! To say you are busy is an understatement. It’s amazing you can juggle all this. I’m looking forward to reading many of the books you mentioned. Especially the one about your Aunt and the Christmas book.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

DANDI: Well, for sure no one will ask me to cook or clean. I’d happily gather wood for a bonfire and be head storyteller each evening. And I wouldn’t mind walking around the island to see what wildlife or adventures might be lurking around the corner.

Nora: I nominate you for those jobs. We’ll need some entertainment and campfires for sure.

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?

DANDI: The call of a mourning dove on a pre-dawn morning
The laughter of our little granddaughters
My husband’s voice when he’s talking (not so much singing)
A horse’s nicker

Nora: Fun! Thanks for sharing!














DALEY MACKALL, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 

DANDI: If you’ve stuck with me this far, thank you! I love to hear from readers. Please contact me through my website www.dandibooks.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dandi.mackall

DANDI: Hi, Nora! Hey, thanks so much for the invitation! Fun interview! Glad you liked JUST SAYIN’. Thanks for your kind words about WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE too. It was reading all of my parents’ war letters that got me letter-centric and gave me the idea to write JUST SAYIN’ to see if I could write an entire book with letters for a generation of kids who text, rather than write letters. Hope we get to meet outside of cyberspace one of these days!
Dandi

Nora: Hi, To you too Dandi! THANKS for the "behind the scenes" peek at both books you’ve written.I liked the rest of the story you told about your parent’s letters and how the novel came about. Fascinating. I laughed out-loud most of the way through Just Sayin’ I’m so glad to be able to share your stories and books with readers. I loved them both. l

THANKS for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’m thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity.

CONGRATS TO SALLY PECKHAM
NAME WAS DRAWN FOR a copy of Just Sayin'

**TO READ the Rest of this interview that includes beautiful pictures Dandi shared to read the INTERVIEW IN BOOK FUN MAGAZINE go to http://www.bookfun.org/ 
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TO ENTER DRAWING PLEASE ANSWER ONE of the following Questions.

1.    If you could pick one thing to do all day long, what would that something be?
2.    What is your favorite worship song? Why do you love it?
3.    If you could time travel would you go to the past or future? Why? If both which one first why?
4.  Do you hand write letters? If so when was the last time you did it? When was the last time you received a letter? How do letters make you feel when you get them?


Sincerely,

Nora St.Laurent
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