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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”

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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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THE STORY TRAVELERS BIBLE REVIEWED


The Story Travelers Bible
By Tracy Madder
Illustrated by Tim Crecelius
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-0915-7 HB
4-8 year old’s

ABOUT BOOK: Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible. High-quality illustrations, engaging sidebars, and scripture passages draw kids into the narrative. The Story Travelers Bible teaches kids that the Bible is more than just a bunch of tales told by parents and Sunday school teachers, but the Bible documents God’s work in and for His people from the beginning of time. The Story Travelers Bible will take kids on a ride through 85 Bible stories.

REVIEW: This reminded me of Superbook animated series my kids watched growing up.  The kids would jump into the Bible that was all lit up. Then they’d get dropped in the middle of an event that took place in the Bible. They had a firsthand adventure with the stories from Bible times. In a similar way, Lana, Munch, and Griffin get caught up inside a mini bus that wildly spins them until it vanishes with the kids.

Before the bus vanishes, they’ve had a discussion among themselves about reading the Bible. Each of them says they don’t do it much or if at all. I liked the kids’ honesty. This book teaches kids that the Bible documents God’s work in and for his people from the beginning of time. The story travelers’ Bible will take kids on adventures through 85 Bible stories.

There are things to look at and learn about with every story told; from the sidebars and information boxes. There are Learn More sections, Build your faith boxes and Memory verses. This book is told in an engaging storytelling manner with colorful animated illustrations and activities that allow children to dig deeper into the Bible for themselves. Both children and parents will like this contemporary and fresh narrative. This hardback book will catch kids’ attention and imagination as it’s filled with adorable animated pictures that bring Bible stories to life and help kids get a deeper understanding.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Tracey Madder is an author and content creator for children. She has over ten years of experience in the entertainment industry, working internationally as a model, actress, and photographer. Then she stepped out of the spotlight to raise a family, and now it is the title of “stay-at-home mom” that she is most proud of.

Inspired by her four kids, Tracey began creating children’s content in 2014. She is the author/creator of The Story Travelers Bible and the Prayer Monsters brand.

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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I AM DEVOTIONAL REVIEWED


I Am Devotional
By Diane Stortz
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN# 978-0-7180-9673-1
205 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: The God Who Saves. The God Who Provides. The Holy One. The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us—explore the glory and the goodness of God in I Am Devotional.  

Children will learn to trust God in everything as they learn about the names and character of God in the I Am Devotional. Through 100 devotions, children will see how God’s names reflect His love, strength, trustworthiness, etc., and what that means as they develop a strong faith.

Name of God: I AM
Meaning: God is to be worshiped
Application: Worship God by how you live!

Diane Stortz has a proven history of connecting well with both children and parents in her writing. With sales of 500,000 inspirational books for children, Diane is a trusted name for Christian families. The art of Diane Le Feyer has captivated readers of I Am and will continue to delight in this accompanying devotional with vibrant illustrations throughout and a vivid cover embellished with foil and lots of striking glitter.
The I Am Devotional is the perfect companion to I Am, the Bible storybook that first introduced children to the names and character of God.

REVIEW: I was blown away by the hardback cover, how it glows and the fact that it’s textured and sparkles. I also thought the animated illustrations by Diane LeFeyer were inviting and beautiful. This devotional starts out with a short note to parents and kids letting them know how to use this devotional and what to look forward to.

I loved how this devotional started out with Moses and the burning bush and what God told him his name was. The next devotional looks into What’s in a name? The author talks about names and that many of the names in the Bible often told about the person. She talks about Adam and Eve and what their names meant. Then she says that sometimes God changed people’s names to reflect a change in who they were.

The author states, “God’s names have meaning. I am Who I Am is the name God told Moses, but the Bible has many other names for God. As you go through this book and learn more of God’s names, you will get to know Him better and trust Him more. And you can start today!”

Devotions in this book are based on forty of the many names for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit found in scriptures. They are written to help children develop an understanding of what the names tell us about God, how we should respond, and how we can see those characteristics of God at work in our own lives.

Each devotion includes discussion questions, prayer, and a Go Deeper Bible verse to explore. Families can work through the book together, and older children can enjoy using the book for grown-up-style devotions on their own. I liked that it also had a section that asked the kids questions that made them think like, “Have you ever made a promise you couldn’t keep? What happened? What do you think is the best thing about God’s promises and power? It helps make things a little more engaging.

The author states, “my prayer is for Psalm 9:10 to be true for you and your children every day: “Those who know your name put their trust in you” Has a purple ribbon to mark your place

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

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REGENCY BRIDES SERIES by CAROLYN MILLER BOOK 1 REVIEWED

The Elusive Miss Ellison
By Carolyn Miller
(Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)
Published by Kregal Publishers
304 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war, he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

REVIEW: I realized the beginning of the story felt slow to me because I didn’t know where the author was leading me. Things pick up around chapter four or so. I started to connect with strong headed Lavinia, whose emotionally elusive, feisty, good-natured, religious, who is the heroine. It was easier to understand where the new Earl of Hawkesbury was coming from. He was handsome, rich, prideful, self-centered and insensitive at times with people that were beneath his rank.

Unexpected events cause Lavinia and Nicholas to interact in close courters allowing them to see another side of the other. During this time, they have a spiritual spark ignite inside their hearts. I liked how the author has this naturally evolve, it wasn’t forced or preachy. It was realistic. It was noteworthy not just to have faith in Christ, but to allow God to work in your heart and lives daily during that time.

It was interesting to read what the Earl’s mission and expectations were for a small village in that Era. The small village was thrilled to finally have a new Earl of Hawkesbury. Nicholas was not so thrilled as he noticed that many of the mothers were grooming their daughters well in hopes of making him their new son-in-law. Lavinia, on the other hand, wasn’t interested in the least in finding a husband. Her concerns were more that the Earl do more for the poor.

When Lavinia meets Nichols, she is disgusted by his demeanor. Nichols feels the same way about her and her attitude of superiority and her keen sense of duty to the less fortunate. He hates the fact that this job has been forced upon him by his social position. Playful banter happens as they battle wills; these two couldn’t be more different.

Tragedy is a game changer for Nicholas and Lavinia; sparks start to fly and love tries to bloom, but misunderstandings and hurt feelings stunt its growth.  Lavinia’s strong personality consistently sprouts miscommunication and pain. I did enjoy the light-hearted moments filled with humor. I enjoyed the musical entertainment and some surprises that happened at the balls. I almost felt like I was there. Things are kept lively with disappearances, many mysteries with surprising twists and turns I didn’t see coming; making this an engaging read and a fun escape. I look forward to reading book two titled, Captivating Lady Charlotte.

FROM AUTHOR: Hi, I'm Carolyn Miller, author of 'The Elusive Miss Ellison'.

I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

I'm married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre - funny, that!).

My favorite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I bought this ebook on 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”

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GOD BLESS MY SCHOOL - CHILDRENS BB REVIEWED



 God Bless My School
By Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by Steve Whitlow
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN#978-0-7180-1109-3

ABOUT BOOK: Are you ready for some brand-new fun—at school?
These cuddly critters have got their school supplies and are ready for big adventures! Help your own little learner look forward to exciting activities and new friends and—most of all—remember that God is with them everywhere they go


ABOUT AUTHOR: Hannah C. Hall is a bestselling author, award-winning blogger, lover of Jesus, lover of Josh, mother of four, cooker of meals, changer of diapers, and an unashamed enjoyer of desserts. Hannah C. Hall estimates that she has read approximately 4,500 bedtime stories to her children over the last few years. She is thankful to get to add her own books to their daily rotation. Hannah and her husband, Josh, have five children and live in a small town in Arkansas. Visit her at HannahCHall.com

ABOUT ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Whitlow lives in northern England, on the top of a (very) windswept hill, with his wife and young family. Steve followed his artistic calling from an early age and was first published at age 16, producing vibrant characters for greeting cards and then children's publishing. With no formal art training and only his natural talent, Steve has now been working as a professional artist for more than twenty years. “My kids are my critics,” says Steve. “The best reaction I can hope for is an exclamation of ‘Cool, Dad!’ from either Sam or Ethan—or both.”   

REVIEW: This is a cuddly feel good adorable book to look at and read. This board book introduces little ones to the concept of leaving home and getting ready to go to school. The author shows little animal friends getting ready for school. They put on their new shoes, put supplies in their backpack for school, hug mom goodbye and they’re off.

There are different adorable animals illustrated throughout this story. One of the furry friends is pictured flying the nest it reads, “I’m off on big adventures now! I’m brave as I can be. And I won’t cry when I say, “Bye.” I know God goes with me.” Ahhhh!

Mom’s will have to remember that message too as they hug their precious little one’s goodbye!

The author shows kids gathered inside the classroom learning the teachers' name then all the different activities they get to do. There is lunch time, nap time, and then fun on the playground. This gives parents and child to talk about the fun they will have ahead when they go to school. It’s not scary but fun. 

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

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A TRAIL OF CRUMBS REVIEWED

A Trail of Crumbs
By Susie Finkbeiner
Published by Kregel
ISBN#978-0-8254-4446-3
311 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That's one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But then a devastating tragedy throws the whole family into a tailspin--and signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now the Spences are fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland for an unknown life in Depression-era Michigan. Pearl isn't sure she'll ever see home or happiness again. Will any trail of crumbs be powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel.

REVIEW: This novel picks up four months after book one ends. Pearl and her family have experienced a great loss and they try to carry on but times get tough. I lost my heart to Pearl in book one, A Cup of Dust, because she is an enchanting little girl who is honest, brave and insightful beyond her ten years. She’s endured more than most could imagine (now because of health issues); their family leaves everybody and everything they've known to start over and reconnect with family in Michigan.

This author brilliantly slips readers into the shoes of loveable eleven-year-old Pearl and has them see and feel the anguish and weariness her family’s experienced through her eyes. This is not an easy read but it was encouraging to learn about the community support system that sprung up during the great depression era.

My favorite parts to read were the times on the farm. I learned that the author loved visits to her family farm each year - she says, …”I based the town of Bliss on a southeastern Michigan farming community called Blissfield…. I have rich and happy memories”…”For this city girl, my days on that family farm were magical and I look back on those visits as some of my favorite memories.”….”This novel recaptures part of my childhood.” The farm times were magical in the book too.

I enjoyed fun moments at the library when Pearl comes up against Mrs. Trask an older Librarian who won’t let her check out adventure stories of Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket. She leads Pearl to the section of proper lady books she can check out. Her Aunt tells her that Mrs. Trask knows the power of story and doesn’t want to corrupt her impressionable mind. Grin! She does manage to read The Wizard of Oz and Hanzel and Gretel. I loved hearing about how Pearl divisors and re-reads these tales and what she thinks about them. There are 11 discussion questions to help create lively discussion with your book club group. The author leaves things up in the air at the end of this novel. I hope book three will be out soon!

ABOUT AUTHOR: Susie Finkbeiner is a story junkie. Always has been and always will be. It seems it's a congenital condition, one she's quite fond of.

After decades of reading everything she could get her hands on (except for See the Eel, a book assigned to her while in first grade, a book she declared was unfit for her book-snob eyes), Susie realized that she wanted to write stories of her own. She began with epics about horses and kittens (but never, ever eels).

It takes years to grow a writer and after decades of work, Susie realized (with much gnashing of teeth and tears) that she was a novelist. In order to learn how to write novels, she read eclectically and adventurously (she may never swim with sharks, but the lady will jump into nearly any story). After reading the work of Lisa Samson, Patti Hill, and Bonnie Grove she realized that there was room for a writer like her in Christian fiction.

Her first novels Paint Chips (2013) and My Mother's Chamomile (2014) have contemporary settings. While she loved those stories and especially the characters, Susie felt the pull toward historical fiction.

When she read Into the Free by Julie Cantrell she knew she wanted to write historical stories with a side of spunk, grit, and vulnerability. Susie is also greatly inspired by the work of Jocelyn Green, Rachel McMillan, and Tracy Groot.

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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