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ALL IS BRIGHT CHRISTMAS COLORING DEVOTIONAL REVIEWED


ABOUT BOOK: This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

REVIEW: I have included a few pages I've colored in this book. I think it's a book that can be used all year long. I started coloring this devotional book before Christmas and found that I wanted to spend more time on coloring the pages and soaking in the devotion.

Once you've completed the coloring pages it can be used again. In the back the author has activities that can be done with your family. There are discussion starters and coloring pages for little ones as they look forward to the holiday season. It will help you get across to them the significance of who Jesus is and what he came to do. The topics are The Spirit of Giving scripture reference Acts 20:35, At Home with Jesus John 1:14. Faith to Believe Luke 1:28-30. Jump for Joy Luke 1:41-44. The Gift of Jesus John 1:12 NIV Discussion starter is from Romans 8:32. Ending prayer "Jesus, we receive you! We welcome you into our home and into our hearts this Christmas. Show us what it means to unwrap this incredible gift we've been given and put you at the very center of our day-to-day lives."

There are several more topics I didn't list. Just wanted to give you a sample of what she to help you and your family ready your hearts for Christmas.

This is a devotion I will refer to all year long.
 ABOUT AUTHOR: "God has been preparing me my whole life for teaching his Word," says Nancy Guthrie. "He has blessed me with so many sound Bible teachers to sit under--from my days as a college student in Bible classes, to terrific Bible Study Fellowship leaders, gifted pastors -- as well as several teachers like Tim Keller and John Piper that I listen to almost daily on my ipod." 

Nancy's life experience--dealing with the loss of two of her children--has significantly affected her teaching substance and style. "I've had to dig into God's Word in search of answers to hard questions about how he works, …my listeners usually have the same struggles and questions. And while I openly share the deep hurts in my life, I also like to laugh. People who hear me teach say that I'm very real, and that is certainly what I want to be." "To me, God's Word is a treasure to be mined," Nancy says. "The deeper I go in it, the more I see its wisdom, the more it authenticates itself, the more it reveals to me the amazing mystery of God."  








The devotion is on the left and the coloring page is on the right. I liked many of the pictures that took a few days to color. I didn't a little bit here and there.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this book Amazon. 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

Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

KELLY KLEPFER UP-CLOSE and PERSONAL GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY





ABOUT AUTHOR: Kelly Klepfer - She had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite a while ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Modern Day Mishaps, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons. Zula and Fern Hopkins and their shenanigans can be found at Zu-fer where you always get more than you bargained for.

What do you hope readers take away from Out of the Frying Pan?  

Kelly: A friend who purchased two copies of my book told me she had given both away and still hadn’t been able to read it yet. I loved hearing that her sister adored the book, but teared up when she said that the other went to a friend who is having her husband read it out loud to her during chemo. And another gal wrote Michelle a note and told her that she’d had a dark and heavy couple weeks and Out of the Frying Pan was the only light, the only laughing she was able to do and thanked Michelle for that. Our book is not spiritually deep or full of fascinating takeaways like many novels. But you do get some pretty real and charming characters who can take you out of your present circumstances and leave you with a smile. If our novel, our hard work, our soul-searching edit process can leave someone undergoing chemo a chance to laugh and escape cancer for a time, then, wow, what a gift for me as an author to know that.

Nora: You and Michelle do have a way with words and making people smile. I look forward to reading your debut novel. I know it will be good for my soul!

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

Kelly: I’m having wow moments now. I’ll tell you, it’s really, really weird to put out a huge 250+ page book and have people who know you actually read it. So weird. My co-worker told me I should buy an office copy for people to read. Good idea. So the quickest reader grabbed it first and mostly read it over her lunches. She walk past my desk and give me feedback. So weird. She’s real melancholy so Zula freaked her out a bit but she couldn’t help but laugh. She’s also real detail oriented so I was waiting for her to point out a glaring plot hole we missed. Whew. Skated by that. One of my physician’s assistants is taking it to Portland with her in a couple weeks. She and I talk about our minimalism journeys and quirky ways of eating and stuff. This book thing is so not something we’ve discussed. So I guess all that to say that I am feeling a little like I’m always tugging on my skirt and walking carefully to because I’m pretty sure my slip is showing. The other wow moment would be the amount of soul-searching and growth and self-assessment one must subject themselves to during the editing process. When I wrote something I loved, but others didn’t it was a little battle in my brain. At the end, you willingly murder those darlings and are glad you did, but in the process it’s a little rough!

Nora: Thanks for sharing your heart and journey my friend. I'm so excited for you and Michelle!

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?  

Kelly: I’m not going to give the Sunday School answer. As much as God, Jesus, the Bible and Prayer are my-should-go-tos’ I sometimes stumble onto them after other things don’t work. I’m very self-sufficient, frustratingly so, and mostly laid back so I don’t get real stirred up and fretful. But I love my dogs, silence and stillness. I adore coming home to raucous greetings at the door, and cuddling with them before bed. My beagles drive me crazy often, but their enthusiasm for me recharges me. And in the quiet I can sort out my thoughts and give to God what He wants from me, and let go of what is of no value or not good. In those times I find myself singing or humming praise songs which restore my soul as well.

Nora: Amen! Amen!

What three things are you most thankful for in life?

Kelly: I am very thankful that God is patient. I was a hard nut to crack. And I still try His patience and a regular basis. I’m also so thankful for the blessing unfolding in front of me where I can watch my adult children flourish and grow in Christ’s plan and timing. Finally, and some days my most enthusiastic joy is my grandkids. Delight of my soul!

Nora: Watching our children love on our grand babies is a blessing. Getting to see them laugh and be able to share precious moments with them and at the end of the day send them home with their parents; a Double blessing! Grin!
           
Can you share your testimony with us?

Kelly: Here’s the real basic version. The other would require the whole magazine. I was “saved” at 6 while watching Billy Graham with my parents. But I never had any security that I was saved. Our Baptist church instilled in me that I wasn’t a “good Christian” so I did a lot of rededicating my life after so many failures I couldn’t keep track. When I was newly married my church had an ugly split and we saw a few things that wrecked us. We stepped away from hypocrisy and into real lives (yeah, worldly, and ugly). For about 8 years we ping-ponged between being “Chreasters” (Christmas and Easter attenders) and unchurched. My husband began drinking heavily, I was a worldly, selfish woman and our marriage began crumbling. When I was pregnant with our middle child we separated due to his drinking. We reconciled and a few years later he quit cold turkey without Christ leading the quitting and entered into an affair. I found out on our anniversary while getting ready for a date when his former girlfriend called me to tell me she was pregnant. That was my second rock bottom, but I still had one more to go before I submitted to Christ’s headship. Again, we pulled out of that through grit, determination, stubbornness and worldly counseling.

We returned to church and started “growing” and got real involved and the whole time my mindset was that as long as the good outweighed the bad in my marriage I’d stay with him. And that he’d better be good and make it up to me. He owed me. (Lovely, isn’t it? So harsh in the black and white of words!)

My final rock bottom seems so tiny in comparison to alcoholism and an extramarital affair, just the constant fighting and list making on my part. I would critique his actions and choices regarding our family. He’d have to work extra to help pay child support and to pull off visits with our youngest, his daughter. He couldn’t make me happy. No matter what decision he made. I finally just couldn’t handle it anymore one night and wept to God and begged Him to change my husband. God spoke directly into my heart and asked me why I thought I was right. Couldn’t answer that one honestly and still respect myself, because I was not. Our church was starting an inductive class on marriage a few days later. I told God I’d actually follow His plan and die to myself finally and try things His way. I honestly believe that was the moment I was saved. Because everything changed.

I’m so, so glad God wrestled me down and allowed the pain and consequences in our lives. Our youngest, his daughter, MY daughter moved in with us when she was nine. She is now 25 and a mom of the most precious one-year-old and has a little stepson as well. She is stepping back toward Jesus. My relationship with her is one of the greatest joys in my life. She calls me mom and we call each other friend. Life would be so much less without my daughter from another mother. Our two older kids are living their lives seeking Jesus with all that they are. I couldn’t ask for children who could bless me one bit more. And they each will say that my surrender to Christ showed them an authenticity that they could count on as real. And it made Christ real to them, too. I used to struggle with sorrow over the lost, worldly years when we didn’t pour truth into our children. God showed me that He is the Author and Perfecter of my life in Hebrews. Jesus wrote my story to be exactly what it is to show His power, to tell the truth about Him to the portion of the world that interacts with me. And the ripples of my life and my choices have continued into the next generation and beyond. And I’m still discovering that dying to self is daily. And that when I do, it’s worth it.

Nora: Wow, Thank you for sharing your heart and the journey you've been on my friend. I know that wasn't easy. I know that in sharing you will (and have encouraged many).  

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

Kelly: We have been talking about continuing with this group of people we’ve come to love. Zula and Fern need more adventures. And we have a couple of ideas. The next title is going to be Into the Fire and it’s going to involve...wait for it….fire! And not just any fire. Oh no, not with Zula around! When will it be out is a big question. Probably a couple of years. I’m hoping we can shave off maybe 6 years since we worked on Frying Pan for 8. Not even kidding!

Nora: This sounds fun and fun direction and time.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

Kelly: I would stay in the here and now. That sounds strange I think. But I don’t know that I belong anywhere but in this time and place. I would travel. I would want to see all the miles of all the beaches and touch the sand and play in the surf. Years ago we went to Maui with my parents and our oldest two kids. We went to a different beach every day. Black sand, white sand, hardened lava tide pools. It was really amazing to see the difference of each and every beach. I’d also want to go into Europe and experience the little villages and the vast beauty. The Holy Land is fascinating and I’d love to touch places that are maybe things Jesus touched. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon or the East coast in autumn. My travel then would then include massive cross country road trips. Route 66. Pacific Coast Highway. The Redwoods. The Blue Ridge Mountains. Goodness, maybe my friend just needs to provide me with a series of different vehicles so I can get done all that I want to do. :  )

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite? I don’t immerse myself in sound all the time. When I’m alone I usually am just silent. No background soundtrack or television. I think maybe I’m sensitive to sound so that’s why I choose silence most of the time. Instruments, almost any, simple instrumentation or the human voice can just knock my socks off. The sound of my husband’s voice reverberating in his chest when we hug or snuggle and talk calls to my heart. And the laughter of my people, the kids, the adults, the laughter of those I love just makes me feel alive. I cannot listen to a baby laugh without smiling like an idiot and until my face aches. Laughter. A glorious gift! Water. Waves crashing, or lapping, falling from the sky onto a metal something or other so it tink-tink-tinks. Yes. Those are my sounds.

Nora: Funny out of all the author's I've asked this question to only one other person answered the way you did. They didn't want to use the time machine. That person was Francine Rivers. You are in good company! Thanks for your response!













ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 

Kelly: Just a hearty thank you! If you’ve made it all the way through the article or have read our book, or purchased it to read, or if you’ve read my column. Thank you!!!!!

Nora : Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your debut novel Out of the Frying Pan , Kelly. I wanted to tell you that I’ve enjoyed your monthly articles in Book Fun magazine. You talk about to things I love books, food and ways to have fun at book club. Your ideas help to create memorable book club experiences! It’s a win! Win! Thanks for giving away a signed copy of your new book!




TO ENTER - Answer ONE of the Following Questions:

1. What do you like most about a Cozy Mystery?

2. If you are in a book club, what do you like most about that experience?

3. What three things are you most thankful for in life?

4. Why do you read? For Knowledge, for escape, for learning how to write, looking for what you would and wouldn't read?

5. What characteristics do you tend to admire in fictional characters? Are these characteristics you have or ones you'd like to develop. Give examples for the characters if you want. Example: I would want to be as fearless as Ma Ingalls.

6. If you could set up life in a fictional or real setting where would it be and why?

Nora: These are Great Questions Kelly! I think readers will have fun answering these and readers will enjoy their answers! Be sure to check out Kelly’s Full Review in the November issue of Book fun Magazine.

Kelly is giving away One signed copy of her book. The LAST Day to enter is JANUARY 1st. 

Have a Blessed Christmas! Check back in the new year.

CONGRATS goes to KRISTINA M. ANDERSON her name was drawn. THANKS to everyone that participated. 

HAPPY 2017

THANKS!

Sincerely,

Nora :o)

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com
The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

CHERI SWALWELL UP-CLOSE and PERSONAL GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY













ABOUT AUTHOR: Cheri Swalwell. Cheri is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She enjoys writing regularly for Book Fun Magazine and Life to the Fullest. Her Spoken from the Heart Series is available through Deeper Shopping in both eBook and paperback versions. To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at: http://bit.ly/1gRp9oK. She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at clSwalwell99@gmail.com or “like” her on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1h4eudV.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

Cheri: I always wanted to live in the “Little House on the Prairie” days - where families had lots of children running all over the place, you lived and worked all together, grew your own food, had canning parties, etc.  However, I really love indoor plumbing (even more than electricity) and I was a sickly baby so it’s a good thing I didn’t “live” during that era because I probably would have died. 

If I went back, though, to visit, I would make sure and take my family and friends with me.  Because I don’t think I would enjoy it nearly enough without having my family and friends surrounding me - that would be the whole point of living during that time (or visiting).

Nora: I liked the Little House on the Prairie show. I’m with you on the indoor plumbing! I’d like to join you on your trip! It would be a blast!

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

Cheri: So many to name.  The sound of my name when a loved one says it.  Also, “Mom and I love you” are music to my ears.  The sound of authentic laughter, a nice, gentle rain with the windows open as you are falling asleep, certain types of music, any kind of water (river, ocean, waterfall), or just nature in general.  I love nature and feel the closest to God when I’m in His backyard. 

Nora: I like how you put this! Fun!

Would you rather speak every language in the world or play every instrument? Please explain.

Cheri: I LOVE music and can’t wait to enter Heaven and get to worship God in song for eternity, joined alongside people from every nation and tribe, all singing beautiful harmony together.  I can hardly fathom but can’t wait to hear all the different styles of music, some I probably haven’t even been introduced to yet.  Eternity won’t be long enough to enjoy it all.

However, having said that, I don’t necessarily have the desire to play - I love to sing and I attempted piano lessons and saxophone lessons briefly… very briefly.  So I guess I would have to say a chance to speak every language.  I love accents.  I think they’re beautiful and when I hear someone new speaking, I have a hard time concentrating on their words because I get lost in their beautiful accent.  So to be able to understand everyone from every language in the world would be incredible. 

Nora: This was a tough one for sure. You explained your passion well.

If you could write yourself into a novel, which book would you choose and what would your character do?

Cheri: Not very many people know this about me (although you all do now because I talked about it above), but I would write myself into one of my fiction books.  I like having control and if I was writing the book, then I could control what my character did and didn’t do.  My character would definitely be married and have children in some capacity.  Showing the world the true definition of a Biblical marriage and family life is my deepest desire, both in real life and in fiction.  However, I think every author writes a little bit of him or herself into their novels.  That’s what makes the books so realistic and amazing to read. 

Nora: Fun!

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you wake up tomorrow and do?

Cheri: If I knew I wouldn’t fail, I would give the dream of “knowing I wouldn’t fail at whatever I tried” to my husband.  He stepped out first, not knowing whether or not we would fail, but believing in “our” dream and “our” ministry, sacrificing a lot so that I could experience the joy of pursuing whatever journey this is that God has our family on.  It’s certainly not finished yet, and I’m still excited to see where God is leading us.

However, my husband has dreams of his own that he has put on hold for our family.  I would give him the chance to pursue his dreams, walking in confidence that they wouldn’t fail.  I believe down the road that God will interweave my husband’s dreams with mine, but until then, I’d gladly give him the chance to step out and fulfill his dreams, being his biggest supporter and greatest prayer warrior. 

Nora: These are new questions I’ve started to ask in my interviews. You are one of the first to answer it. I loved your response. I really liked where you went with your answer. (I used the question from a wonderful book titled Come to the Family Table by Ted and Amy Cunningham. Great book on bring families together)

ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?
 
Nora: Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’ve worked with you for a long time now and have been encouraged by your, your books and prayers. Thanks for this opportunity to share you with others.

THANKS for the giveaway a signed copy of your new book. I hope readers check out the November Issue of Book Fun Magazine where they can read the rest of this interview.

ANSWER ONE of these Three questions to be entered into the drawing of ONE copy of her books.

1. If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you wake up tomorrow and do? 

2. If you could write yourself into a novel, which book would you choose and what would your character do? 

3. Would you rather speak every language in the world or play every instrument? Please explain. 

CONGRATS goes to JOAN BAXELL her name was drawn.
THANKS to everyone that participated. 

HAPPY 2017

You are A Blessing! 

Sincerely,

Nora :o)

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
Book Fun Magazine  www.bookfunmagazine.com
The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com 

Link to REVIEW of Spoken From the Heart : Connections http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2016/08/spoken-from-heart-connections-by-cheri.html 

GLUTEN-FREE for GOOD REVIEWED

Gluten-Free for Good
By Samantha Seneviratne
Published by Clarkson Potter
ISBN#978-0-8041-8632-2
207 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: No meal should be defined by what's not there. Gluten-Free for Good has 100 easy, healthful recipes that are so delicious you’ll never miss the gluten.

Here are weekngiht dishes you may have thought you'd never enjoy again—not without resorting to expensive packaged gluten-free foods that aren't as delicious or healthful as the real thing. These quick-cooking meals are for any time of day, all made from scratch without hard-to-digest processed additives like xanthan or guar gum. Recipes include:

Miso Shrimp with Snap Peas
Roast Chicken with Whole-Grain Sausage Stuffing
Leek and Carrot Brown Rice Risotto
White Pizza with Blistered Tomatoes
Spanish Tortilla
Parmesan Cheese Crackers
Loaded Oat Bars
Upside-Down Skillet Plum Cake
Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Blondie Bars

REVIEW: This author helps readers navigate cooking gluten-free. First, she helps with suggestions about setting up a pantry to make cooking Gluten-Free easier. She helps readers embrace new techniques and asks them to think about abandoning some familiar ways of doing things to help make tasty meals and treats. I like that this author lists alternative flours, for recipes. There are many beautiful color photos throughout the book, about every third recipe had a picture.

In the beginning, she lists flours; tells where they come from; describes what it tastes like and its characteristics when used in cooking. For example, Coconut flour – “This high-fiber flour is made from dried defatted coconut meat. It has a very light coconut flavor and is great for baking. Coconut flour is very thirsty, so be sure to add extra liquid when using it/or just follow a recipe designed for coconut flour.”

An index of recipes is listed in the front of the book under categories such as – homemade essentials, breakfast and brunch, soups, sides and salads, hearty mains, sweet and savory snacks and deserts.

I made the Maple-glazed Butternut Squash bread. The instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients can be found at the grocery store. What I liked about this recipe is the fact that is was a basic bread. You can easily add to the recipe and be creative. For example, add chocolate chips, nuts, M and M’s etc. The bread was more like a type of coffee cake. I was surprised at how moist it was; how easy it was to make and how good it tasted.

I liked the variety of recipes and how creative this author is with the ingredients she uses. I also liked that she used different flour blends, she didn’t say use a gluten-free flour blend you can purchase at the store. No, she gives the measurement in cups and as a weight. This way the user can get familiar with the different blends; how they taste and how they bake up so they can be creative too!

The other recipes in this book I’d like to try are: Gingery Chicken soup with spinach and egg, Carrot Fritters, Carrots with miso Orange butter, Garlic Saffron Asparagus, one pot chicken thighs and wild rice and leeks Lemongrass pork meatballs, white Pizza with Blistered tomatoes, saluted lemony gnocchi, sweet pea and ricotta ravioli, chocolate and orange cheese cake, oatmeal and chocolate chunk ice cream sandwiches. I look forward to trying these and many more in the new year.

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

Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com 

SCRIPTURE DOODLE GOD'S PROMISE REVIEWED


Scripture Doodle
God’s Promises
By April Knight
Published by David C Cook
ISBN#978-1-4347-1043-7
120 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God’s Word in all circumstances.

REVIEW: “April Knight is an artist and a worshiper who loves all colors and loves stories of God’s Faithfulness.”

She starts out this 6 week devotional book with information on how to use this book use in order to get the most out of these coloring, activity pages. The author states, “Recent research shows that doodling helps people stay focused, grasp new concepts, and retain information. It can be used to 1) Focus on things above 2) Worship God 3) Grasp biblical truths 4) memorize scripture 5) enhance bible study and devotional experience.

She starts out with some practice pages, talks about basic materials and coloring tips. She has a Jump-start page with tips on helping your creativity flow, shows readers how to create different styles of lettering and boarders. I colored a lion and put a bible verse at the bottom of the page. It felt good to be creative.

The author had many bible verses and bible stories for the reader to take deeper. One of them was “The Walls of Jericho” the scripture verse was Philippians 1:2 esv Then she had Prov 3:5. She has the story of Noah’s Ark and God’s faithful promises. She had readers finish the page she had started. 

There were scriptures on how God cares for us. Another page had readers delve into a Journey of Generosity. She states, “Generosity is a gift not just for the recipient but to the giver as well. 

The author states, “…Pause to pray about it before you begin, and then fill in the blanks provided. Once you finish fulling out the game plan, add color…”

Another page she talks about, “One word REST Matt 1:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and Burdened and I will give you rest. Fit together Eph 4:16 NLT He is faithful to hold us, John 10:27-30.”




















This is so much more than a coloring devotional. It’s an engaging worship experience that helps readers tap into their creative side.

One word REST Matt 1:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and Burdened and I will give you rest. Fit together Eph 4:16 NLT He is faithful to hold us, and John 10:27-30 He is faithful to hold us.

This book stretches readers to worship, memorize scripture and dig deeper into bible verses and helps them connect with our heavenly Father in creative ways. It's a win, win!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

SCRIPTURE DOODLE by APRIL KNIGHT REVIEWED



Scripture Doodle
By April Knight
Published by David C. Cook
ISBN# 978-0-7814-1469-2
120 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.

More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle. Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader’s imagination and helps integrate God’s Word into everyday life.

REVIEW: This is more than a coloring devotional, it’s a creative tool to help readers tap into their artistic side and learn how to worship in new ways. It also allows them to look at scripture in a whole new light. The author says, “Allow God to reveal his word to you visually, it aids in scripture memory and shares the truth of Jesus.” 


The author walks the reader thru the best ways to use this 6 week devotional. There is a page on how to create borders, different ways to print the scripture’s and how to use different color shades when coloring. Nothing has to be perfect. It’s a way of stretching us to experience in a new form of worship!

I found her information on basic materials and coloring tips helpful. The first scripture she started with was 2 Cor 2:17 …”where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” She has a picture of a horse. I colored this first and meditated on the verse. I was surprised at how it turned out.

Most devotions have full pages to color with a commentary on the opposite page to help bring the scripture to life., This author mixes things up for readers. There are a few full pages to be colored, others she has started for you and asks you to finish, other pages are activities to bring scripture to life and some are pages with just boarders; leaving room for you to express yourself.


The author helped readers stretch in many ways creatively, learning scripture memory verses, and looking at this as a form of worship. There are no rights or wrongs. The author helps the reader to be free to make a joyful expression unto the Lord. It’s a win, win for everyone!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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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READ AND PLAY BABY BIBLE

Read and Play Baby Bible
Published by Zonderkidz

About Book: The Read and Play Baby Bible offers parents priceless opportunities to cuddle up with their child and enjoy time together learning about God’s Word. With 22 fun stories written just for little ones and activities like tickling bellies and singing along with David and his harp, children will learn that God loves and cares about them. The Read and Play Baby Bible fill story time with lots of love, hugs, and kisses.

Review: What makes this baby bible board book unique are the helpful instructions for parents found on the opposite page from the bible verse and paraphrase. For example Revelation 21:3-4 paraphrase is “Don’t cry, my little one. Wipe away your tears. Laugh and play and remember: There are no tears up in heaven!”

Activity on the next page: “Oh, little Baby, cry no more tears. (Wipe Baby’s cheeks.) Wipe your cheeks, once and twice, and know you are never alone. (Tickle and hug Baby.) Tickles, laughs, and love are what you will find in heaven.”

The fun and colorful illustrations look like they’ve been taken from an animated movie. Twenty three scripture bible stories are brought to life for the young at heart and the little one being read to. Memories are made with your special little one through reading the story, hand motions and song. This is a book you’ll enjoy read again and again!

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
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

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PRAYERS and ANSWERED PRAYERS JOURNAL REVIEWED


God Loves You Prayers
By Thomas Nelson

ABOUT BOOK: Prayers and Answered Prayers will engage young minds and hearts as kids learn more and more about how God answers prayer.

With its two-in-one format, kids will have the chance to write down their prayers and thanks and then record how God answers their prayers as well. With examples of the great prayers throughout the Bible, many Scripture verses, and guided prompts for children to grow more comfortable in their prayer lives, and ways to help them discover how their prayers were answered, this two-books-in-one format will be a fun, attractive way to learn one of the most important pieces of faith—talking and listening to God.

Designed as a first prayer journal for young believers, the book features two smaller booklets in one bright, full coverage glitter cover.  Kids can write down prayer requests and then record how their prayers are answered inside.

Prayers and Answered Prayers engages children with prayer through an interactive, unique format that will draw the attention of parents and children alike!

Help your young children learn about God’s way of communicating and loving His children through the unique prayer journal Prayers and Answered Prayers.

REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised at what was inside this special book. The size of the book from the outside is about 5 x 10 picture frame. When readers open the book it’s then broken down to two books. On the top is the book titled PRAYERS it says, “Whether you’re worried, excited, or just thankful for something, God wants to hear from you! Use this book to help you talk to Him.”

On the next page is a space for you to write your prayer in a large index size space. There are also pages throughout the prayer section for the reader to fill out. For example there is one page titled, “What are the five biggest Blessings in your life?” It lists lines for you to fill in the blanks.

On the bottom of the Prayer book is one titled Answered Prayers. It says for the best way to get the most out of this book is to “fill in activates in this book to learn more about God and how much He loves you!”

“You can complete this book on its own, or fill in each page alongside the Prayers book. This may help you hear what God might be trying to say to you.”

One of the activities in the Answered Prayer section is titled, “Who Do You Think Gives You Your Blessings?” It correlates with the Prayer activity above.

Under the title is says, “Read James 1:17 and write down why you are thankful for your top five blessings.”

These youthful looking fun pages help readers get to know about God, Prayer and how to see Answered prayers in their lives. It’s a great way to see the Holy Spirit move in unexpected ways. It’s not only an encouragement to the reader but to everyone they come in contact with. It also makes it easy to share what they prayed for and show how it was answered. A book like this where answered prayer is documented is encouraging to the reader when things aren’t going as they had hoped!

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
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

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THE LORD'S PRAYER by RICK WARREN REVIEWED


The Lord’s Prayer
By Rick Warren
Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
Published by Zonderkids

ABOUT BOOK: This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.

REVIEW: This book has beautiful vibrant color illustrations that brings scripture to life. Each page has a sentence taken from the Lord’s prayer, gives a brief explanation of the passage and then mentions something to be thankful for.

For example the scripture passage, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

A simple explanation. “God has promised to take care of all my needs, so I will trust him and not worry.”

Something to be thankful for, “Thank you, God, for your gifts.”

The picture for this passage shows on the front cover. It’s a young girl feeding small birds outside.

On the last page of the book is The Lord’s Prayer in its entirety. Rick Warren then talks about prayer. I found this book encouraging and the lovely illustrations inspiring. I can’t wait to share this treasure with my grandkids.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from 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
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

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