Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries

Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries
Finding Peace in all Kinds of Weather
Kathy Collard Miller

If you are a worrier, someone who fears the unknown, or just get the occasional trail, check out this book. The author has taken something that overcomes each of us from time to time and written the steps to not only overcoming, but also finding peace in Christ.

Written as if conversing with a friend, the author has chosen to bring you into some of the painful portions of her life to show how healing the power of God is. Her writing is filled with Biblical references, personal experiences, and practical solutions. Since I tend to worry a bit more than I should, I found the book to be very helpful in pinpointing some of the triggers for my worries. Even if you don't consider yourself a worrier, check out the book. It can be a blessing to anyone.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Simple Faith

Simple Faith
The Peacemakers Book 2
Anna Schmidt

Anja lost her husband and daughter when the Nazis came to rid Germany of the Jews. But instead of letting the grief swallow her, she starts an underground rescue to get fallen soldiers out from behind enemy lines. One evening her young son finds an American airman who has been shot down and is wounded. It takes everything she has to rescue this man, but in the process she might find love.

The author has taken drama, suspense, history, and romance and woven them together so expertly that I felt I was living the story. The characters were relatable and had depth. The storyline was not only believable, but gripping. So often stories written about WWII are dark and depressing. While there were some darker moments, the author was able to pull through the redeeming parts of faith and saving grace. It was beautifully written and I'm looking forward to checking out the other books by this author.
This book is part of a series, but I was unaware of it until after I'd finished the book. At no time did I feel lost or confused. It works perfectly well as a stand-alone book. But I will definitely be checking out the first book.

I received this book free of charge from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Treasuring Christ

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms
Gloria Furman

Moms are very busy. It doesn't really matter whether you have a full time job outside the home, homeschool your kids, or just brought your first child home from the hospital - you are incredibly busy. And often we tend to put aside things so make room for those wiggly little bodies. But one of the most important things we put aside is our relationship with Christ. The author has written this book in hopes that we'll find moments in our day to treasure Christ.

The book reads more like a prayer journal with some diary entries thrown in, instead of the devotional I was expecting. If you are super busy, one chapter can't be read all at once. But that one tiny thing aside, this was a wonderful book. The author clearly has children and so therefore can relate to the things I'm experiencing right now. Each of her thoughts and stories points me back to Christ and developing a relationship with Him. I really enjoyed reading the book, but was also touched and convicted by several things she wrote. This book will make an excellent gift for a mother at any point in her life.

I received this book free of charge from Crossway in exchange for my honest review.

Free Books - You Won!!!

The contest ended on the 4th. So my apologies for just now getting you the results. If you did not leave an email or way to contact me in the comments please comment on here or email me at timamurrell@ymail.com to claim your books. Books not claimed by the end of this week go to the next person in line.

Thank you!

Alicia won:
Christmas Bliss
Love Me Slender
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us

Enna won:
Footprints in the Sand

Beth-Anne won:
Be Still My Soul

Kimily won:
What Once Was Lost

Thank you for participating and be sure to contact me if you didn't leave an email address in the comments.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blood Diaries

Blood Diaries
Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire
Marissa Moss

Edgar isn't the coolest kid in 6th grade. But being a secret vampire might have something to do with it. It's the rule that vampires are not allowed to tell or show humans their secret. But Edgar gets mad one day when he's being bullied and the secret is out. If he can convince his school that he isn't a vampire then he might be able to finally have some peace.

What a fun little story. Granted I'm reading this as an adult, but it was so fun. Written as a journal and told from Edgar's point of view gives the story a personal feel and makes it entertaining. Kids will love the illustrations sprinkled through out the book.Quite a few will be able to relate to being different or not being cool enough. So while the story is entertaining, it also teaches acceptance, following the rules, and about making friends. 

I received this book free of charge from JKS Communications in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Minnie & Moo

Minnie & Moo
Hooves of Fire
Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo have planned a talent show to raise money for their farmer, who needs a new tractor. But Minnie is worried. The fox, wolves, and hyenas are planning something devious. The farmer might return too soon, and Elvis the rooster is taking too much stage time. But Moo thinks Minnie is worrying needlessly.

My kids really enjoyed this book. The words are perfect for a young reader just getting into chapter books. The illustrations are hilarious and fit perfectly with the story. The little bit of drama and mayhem throw into the story will delight young readers and keep their attention. Both of my children want me to get more Minnie & Moo books.

I received this book free of charge from JKS Communications in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cock-a-Doodle Oops!

Cock-a-Doodle Oops!
Lori Degman

Rooster is feeling the need for a vacation. But he's the only one who can wake the farmer up. So he devises a plan for each of the barn yard animals to take a turn at waking up the farmer. He returns to a disaster.

Bright colorful illustrations paired with a funny story will delight the children and amuse the parents. The funny little twist at the end had my son laughing. The vocabulary is simple enough that my 2nd grader could read it to himself, but the 5 yr old enjoyed listening to me read the story. A fun little book that will be finding a place on our library shelves.

I received this book free of charge from JKS Communications in exchange for my honest review.