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MY GREAT BIG GOD - STORY BOOK REVIEWED


My Great Big God
By Andy Holmes
Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#978-0718-097370
40 page BB Preschool and Up

ABOUT BOOK: My great big God takes care of me! My great big God loves me! Find out just how great and big God really is in this adorable Bible storybook for little ones.  
Bestselling author Andy Holmes takes children on a special journey through 20 of the most loved and known stories in the Bible that illustrate the character of God. Each story is told in adorable rhymes and ends with a fresh takeaway that even the youngest child will understand: My great big God is good! My great big God is powerful! Parents and children alike will love to read these stories together and learn about how wonderful our God is.

With bright, eye-catching illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens and thick pages perfect for little hands to hold, My Great Big God will be a family favorite for years to come.

REVIEW: I liked this colorful board book that has 20 bible story illustrations. The author says these are to build a Great Big Faith on; I think he’s right. I liked how he goes about telling amazing faith building stories which include bible references so you can go deeper – depending on the age of the child.

Each story starts out with the phrase, “My great big God…” then it has about 8 rhyming stanza’s to depict the story and then it ends with “My Great Big God --“Made Everything”, Same line but the last words change for every story.

Here’s a sample “keeps me safe…” –Made me” - …”Guides me!”….”has a plan for me”…”makes big things happen.” All these statements say that we have a great big God who cares for me personally and in many different ways. He’s not too big to care.

After the story about when Jesus goes to the cross the story title is, “A Great Big Job.” And the last line is “My Great Big God Wants Me to be His Helper!”

The author encourages readers to go out and tell others about what Jesus did for us. Show His love to others. Be an encourager.

I liked the stories and the way this was laid out. This is soon to be a family favorite at bed time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook 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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NIGHT NIGHT TRAIN -ADORABLE BB REVIEWED


Night Night Train
By Amy Parker
Illustrated by Virginia Allyn

ABOUT BOOK: Chug-a-chug, the night night train Is a’rumblin’ ’round the track!
Choo! Choo! All aboard the train to Sleepytown! After a fun-filled day, it’s time to snuggle in, and dream the night away.

Join these adorable puppies in pajamas as they say night night to the train, to their mommy and daddy, and to God. Your little ones will rest their sleepy heads knowing that the God who made them loves them and keeps them safe all-night long.
Night night, train!

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

REVIEW: This is a colorful, sweet padded Board book I just loved reading. It reminded me of a family favorite book by Margaret Wise Brown; called Good Night Moon. Unlike that book, this adventure takes place on a train. It opens with a train pulling up to Laurelwood station where a family and a few others wait to board. The second page shows everyone boarding the train. The next page says, “Hurry, now, and find a seat. “Choo! Choo!” the whistle blows. The engineer is ready now – to Sleepytown we go!....”Night Night, people.” “Night Night, town.” “Night Night, sun, going down.”

Each page takes the family closer to sleepy town. They go to the dinner car, read a book. Take a bath, brush their teeth, say prayers and finally get in bed. The pictures are cuddly adorable and reading the book warms your heart and makes you smile.

I liked the last paragraph, “God’s creations all around – He cares for us, big and small. We rest peacefully knowing that His hand’s hold it all.”

This is a precious story can easily become part of any bed time routine!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook 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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Hearts of Purpose: Real life stories from ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. (The Call) 
By Gail Nordskog

ABOUT BOOK: Following the example of Joan of Arc, who sought God on her knees, received a directive from Him, and then stood and followed His leading, you too can be inspired and equipped to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Hearts of Purpose brings you nine real-life stories from ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. These powerful stories are inspirational and reflective, and will help you open the door toward exploring His call in your own life.

As Gail Grace Nordskog professes, quoting Song of Solomon 2:4, His banner over me is love. Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too have the banner of God s love over our lives. Nordskog reinforces this affirmation throughout her book, reminding readers of God's love: the touchstone that directs our hearts and lives.




ABOUT AUTHOR: Gail Nordskog hosts “Hearts of Purpose,” a television show encouraging Christians to seek God’s will for their lives and to live out their lives with action and a passion for God and others. Many of her guests are missionaries who serve all over the world. Prior to this, Gail was the TV host of “A Message for Women.” She also co-hosted with Dr. Ted Baehr – founder and president of MovieGuide.org – his TV show, where she had the pleasure of interviewing the incredible Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side), and movie stars like Kirk Cameron (Fireproof) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side). As co-publisher with her husband Jerry of Nordskog Publishing, Gail established the “Gail Grace Nordskog Collection” to produce inspirational and reflective prayer journals as companion pieces for selected books. Upon reading Susie Hobson’s powerful yet simple message in Loving God with All Your Heart, she knew that a prayer journal based on this message would be a perfect tool to help people grow in their love of God. Gail is always seeking new ways to communicate through print and media the precepts and truth of God’s Word in all areas of daily life. She has served on the board of an international adoption agency and as a branch director of the Ventura Office of Family Connections Christian Adoptions. The Nordskogs live in Ventura, California, where Gail is a full-time wife and mother, spending the majority of her time raising their four school-age children who were adopted from China.

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SWITCHED AT BIRTH STORY - AMISH & ENGLISHER WORLDS COLLIDE - REVIEW

Gathering the Threads
By Cindy Woodsmall
(The Amish of Summer Grove series)
Published by Waterbrook
ISBN#978-1601427038
352 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Finally, back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. 

REVIEW: I've just finished reading Gathering the Threads. I am blown away. I’m astounded at how the story and message of this novel are relevant to everyone. If you didn’t read books one and two have no fear about jumping into the third and final installment of The Amish of Summer Grove series. The author begins this book by quickly catching readers up to speed in the first few pages. Ariana and Skylar were switched at birth. Ariana was raised in an Amish family and Skylar outside. The girls discover this near their 20th birthday. Each family wants a chance to get to know their biological offspring. Thence the girls' year-long journey of living in strange new worlds.

When this novel opens the girls have lived with their biological families for three months.  Arianna was grateful to return to a place she called home. The reunion with family wasn’t as joyful as anticipated.  Ariana’s eyes have been opened and the house and family didn’t feel like home anymore. She’s learned many things living in the world with all its newfangled technology but one of the main things she took away from being there was the fact that she can read the Bible and apply what she’s read to her life without Old-Order leadership dictating her every thought and move.

 This is a powerful story that deeply touched my heart as I saw these characters earnestly try to grasp and practice concepts from the Bible into their lives; even if it dispelled what they originally thought was true. I was delighted when it was revealed to their hearts that the “truth” would set them free in so many ways when they identified the lies they'd believed and had the courage to walk in the truth about God, themselves and others. I’m thankful for the way this author ended the series. I’m so glad this author had the courage to walk the path God had for her and write what she’s felt called to write. This author is a Blessing. Her work is phenomenal. This is a masterfully written must-read novel.  It's one I won't soon forget.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and 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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ABOUT AUTHOR: Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of THE PROGENY, ISCARIOT, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, DEMON: A MEMOIR, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

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STORY OF LYDIA BROUGHT TO LIFE IN NOVEL BREAD OF ANGELS REVIEWED

BREAD OF ANGELS
By Tessa Afshar
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-2310-8
384 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances—along with her father’s precious dye—help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

REVIEW: No one brings the Bible to life and touches your heart and mind like author Tessa Afshar. In her newest novel, Bread of Angels; this author brilliantly transports readers to biblical times and has them get to know Lydia and her father in an up-close and personal way; allowing readers to walk in Lydia’s shoes, experiencing challenges they faced in creating a vibrant color purple like no one else had and feeling their struggles in overcoming fear with faith. This is a moving tale showing what women faced in business and giving a realistic glimpse of what life might have been like in ancient Palestine.

The past collides with the present. Lydia has a choice to stand firm in her faith and trust God at His word or let fear have its way and sweep her into the darkness. I liked this feisty, passionate woman who was determined to face her fears. I like how her father describes his own fight, ““Fear became like a chain that bound me. Then I realized that I would never achieve anything of worth until I wrestled with this monster in my heart. You know my dyes are different from everyone else’s here in Thyatira. Do you think I was born with formulas already composted? “No” “But trial and error, I discovered them. I found them in dark of confusion…I failed. But then, in the end, I found my way to places no one else had.” He encourages Lydia to step out and do what he taught her. He had equipped her with all she needed to be a dye master of the color purple.

Readers will be forever changed by the power of Lydia’s story as this author has them feel her pain and anguish as hopes and dreams are crushed. Things turn around for Lydia when she hears Apostle Paul speak of Jesus’s message of surrender, forgiveness, hope, and love. The reader will rejoice and feel renewed along with Lydia as God helps her pick up the pieces of her life to create something she never imagined possible.

I felt like I was learning right along with Lydia as she discovered her ability to be an overcomer and allowed God to give her the courage she needed to face her fears. She is an inspiration. This story is powerful, moving and one I won’t soon forget. I love novels that make me go to the Bible and to find out more. This book is a keeper and one that would work well in a book club setting.

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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ENCOURAGING LOVE LETTERS FROM GOD REVIEWED


Love Letters from God
By Glenys Nellist
Illustrated by Rachel Clowes
Published by Zonderkidz
ISBN#978-0-319-752835
Pages

ABOUT BOOK: In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

REVIEW: This hard-back book is lovely inside and out. I liked its scrapbook style layout that included love letters from God and beautiful illustrations. The author introduces fourteen women from the bible and their stories to young readers. There is the scripture reference on the top of page, the story retold and a love letter (with a stamp and everything) attached to the page for the reader to open. These intimate letters are written by God. They encourage you and make you think.

The stories inside these pages are Eve, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Naaman’s Servant Girl, Esther, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, The Samaritan Woman at the well, Women caught in sin, Martha, The Widow’s Mite, Mary Anoints Jesus ‘feet, and Mary Magdalene at the Resurrection.

The story of Miriam is titled The Trusting Girl from Exodus 2:1-10. First line “Miriam was hiding….her eyes fixed on the little basket that was bobbing up and down at the water’s edge.” The tagged scripture is titled, “God’s Wonderful Words to you from Isaiah 41: 13 ,”I am the Lord your God. I take hold of your right hand. I say to you, “Do not be afraid.”

Excerpt from letter says, “…Imagine..that my great big strong hand is holding on to your little one. Trust me. Let go of your fears and trust me. Love, God.”

I found comfort in the letters and a great reminder of some strong women in the bible and how God used them in big ways. This makes for a great devotional and bedtime story for young ones and those for the young at heart. It’s an encouraging read I highly recommend.


ABOUT AUTHOR:  Glenys Says, “Although I live in Michigan, USA, I was born and raised in a little village in northern England.

I grew up in a big old house, with two wonderful parents and seven siblings. My dad was the one who introduced me to the gospel. My mum was the one who encouraged me to work with children.

And at primary school, my teacher was the one who urged me to write. One day a week, I was one of the lucky few withdrawn from the classroom to sit in big, comfy armchairs in the teachers' lounge. There, in front of a roaring log fire, with pencil and paper at the ready, I would write.

I never would have imagined that four decades later, I would be blessed enough to be an author of children's books, or be married to a wonderful husband, or be mum to four sons, and a grandma too. But of course, no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9) And to God, alone, be the glory.”

ILLUSTRATOR: Rachel Clowes grew up in South London and studied illustration at Cambridge school of Art. She began her career in children’s magazines and has been illustrating ever since. Rachel lives in Yorkshire, England with her husband, also an illustrator, her three sons and two cats.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher through the BookLookBloggers 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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FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS DAY

Bless Our Gramps and Gran
By Mike Berenstain
Published by Zonderkidz
ISBN#978-0-310-769844-1
24 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the Cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.

It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the Cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.

REVIEW: It’s summer time and the Berenstain Bears are bored. No holidays or fun insight. Things liven up when their parents tell them they are going to begin a new family tradition and start celebrating Grandparents day, which falls on the Sunday after Labor Day. Everyone is excited as they contemplate ways to celebrate this special day. They think about how much they enjoy being with their grandparents and talk about how they enjoy their grandparent's giftings. This brings up a discussion of  Noah's family and all the grandchildren they had. What could they do to surprise and honor their grandparents? This is a delightful story that gives some suggestions on how to celebrate Grandparents day the Bear Country Way!


ABOUT AUTHOR: Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bears books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually, he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from his studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.



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