Thursday, March 08, 2018

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron is a split-time novel, following three different couples at three different times but in the same location. A beautiful castle in the Loire Valley in France. Whether it be lady and Julian or Quinn and Ellie or the Duke of Vivay and Aveline, all three couples have amazing adventures.

This novel is enchanting and enticing once the story really picks up. For me, that wasn't until halfway through. I had a hard time adapting to the jump between the time frames especially since sometimes specific time frame characters jump back and forth between their own time frame. I may not have always been paying close attention to the dates, which is what brought on the confusion. It's not until past the halfway mark, that you get to see the connection between the three different couples. The story is well orchestrated and very well written, it's enticing and a definite page-turner by the end. It touches on three different time frames, the French Revolution, the Second World War and current day.

I was very excited to learn that this is the first book of a series. I have grown attached to the characters and can't wait to see what will happen next for Ellie and Quinn. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys history based romance and adventure novels.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bearded Gospel Men by Jared Brock and Aaron Alford

Bearded Gospel Men by Jared Brock and Aaron Alford is a witty and knowledge filled book. Each chapter is devoted to a Bearded Gospel Man. A man, with a beard and a life devoted to God. 31 stories, each with one of these men at the epicenter of it. Each one accorded a verse, a quote to contemplate and a prayer, as well as questions to get your mind going! These chapters are adorned with meme-style beard posters, which really embellish it. The layout of this book would make a great 1-month devotional.

I love manly bearded men, especially Gospel men... especially, my husband. I am sure he will get a kick out of this book, as much as I did! It is funny and real and inspiring. I love the design of it, the "wooden pages" and beard quotes. The authors, Jared Brock and Aaron Alford, did a wonderful job showcasing these Bearded Gospel Men.

I would definitely recommend this book to other bearded Gospel men as well as future bearded Gospel men :) This next generation of guys need the inspiration and push to be men. And this book will greatly help with that. Perfect for graduations and 16th birthdays!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Really Woolly's Christmas Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Really Woolly's Christmas Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a small board book with a lot of Christmas! With Donna Chapman's delightful Woolly illustrations, this book is simply charming. Filled with blessings and verses and lovely rhymes, it is sure to add to the magic of Christmas.

I loved that the first pages are about Jesus, the announcemelnt to Mary, the travels to Bethlehem, His birth and the Shepherds. Each have their own poem, verse and prayer. Then come all the blessings. Short stories and rhymes about all that makes Christmas so special. From winter and it's snowflakes and blessings of giving and songs and friends, all that reminds of Jesus's ultimate gift of love, put together for our little ones to enjoy!

My 3 kiddos enjoy short little board books, or rather, I enjoy them! They make the perfect "anytime is story time" books, they are great for "past you bedtime" stories, or even great gifts for little toddlers on your shopping list! And since it's a board book, no torn pages, and they can handle a little chewing! This Really Woolly's book is no excepting to those qualities. Especially if you have a thing for that adorable little sheep and it's buddies!

I liked this little book and would recommend it. It does a good job talking about Christmas and the Reason for this joyful season!

I agreed to review this book from Book Look Bloggers, in exchange for a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion and is not biased. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Jesus, I need you. Honest Prayers from a Trusting Heart

Jesus, I Need You - Honest Prayers for a Trusting Heart is a beautiful devotional journal that I recently received form Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. It is a well designed and beautifully made book. I enjoyed the look and design of the cover, it is very appealing. The design and layout of the devotional and journal. There is plenty of space to write thoughts and reflections.

Each day has a prayer, a Bible verse and devotional, thought provoking journaling suggestion, followed by a space to write your thoughts. With beautiful foliage decorating the pages, it is delightful to write in.

The book is separated in chapters that touch different topics. From guidance, comfort, disappointment to wisdom, faith and hope, many topics are touched and make for a well rounded and dispersed subject matter. For a total of 9 different chapters. Each chapter is finished off with a few pages for notes on the closing topic.

This book also includes a gift giving page, which makes this book a great gift for those going through any new challenge in their life and who proclaim their need for Jesus! Or for any one who would like to deepen their relationship with Him.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When Parenting isn't Perfect by Jim Daly and Paul Asay

When Parenting isn't Perfect by Jim Daly and Paul Asay is a book I first heard about, months ago, in the Focus on the Family magazine. The introductory article, also by Jim Daly, really spoke to me and captured my attention. I decided it was definitely a book I wanted to read even before the opportunity to review it came up!

Trying to be the perfect parent is every mom and dad's true goal. But every day life challenges that, every day! Being the perfect parent and having the perfect child are two things that are completely impossible, yet we strive for it. And holding our children and ourselves up to that high a standard can actually go against what God wants for us. He gives us the gift of Grace, and we should remember to extend that Grace to our children and of course, to ourselves.

This book isn't a cure all book. But it can help guide and direct you back on the right track. Being a good, strong family is about loving and forgiving each other. Allowing each other grace is the first step. Sometimes things will get hard and testing, but sharing God's Grace will make things smooth out a little.