Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Nocturnals: The Chestnut Challenge by Tracey Hecht

In The Chestnut Challenge, the nocturnal trio of silly animals are off on a new adventure in their neck of the woods. While the friends are playing a game of chestnut checkers, they discover some new competition: Chandler the chinchilla. Chandler challenges Tobin the pangolin to a game to determine the true checkers champion. But it turns out that Chandler the chinchilla is nothing more than a checkers cheater. When Chandler is caught in the act, the friends are upset, but they offer the chinchilla grace and forgiveness for his mistake. All is well in the land of The Nocturnals and a second chance leads to a new friendship.

The Chestnut Challenge is a Level 3 Grow  and Read book that will appeal to children in Grades 2-3. The vocabulary is challenging, phonetic, and appropriate for the targeted audience. The book is educational and contains fun facts about the obscure animals that are featured in this light-hearted read. This is a great way to teach children about animals that they may not have heard of before. Also, the obvious highlight of this book is the lesson to be learned. Teaching children about moving on from mistakes is something that is essential and this book teaches that concept well. Children will learn character development while finding joy in the pages of this humorous read.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Scripture Memory Map for Women

This creative journal is a wonderful companion book for daily Bible study. Each daily entry encourages scripture study, memorization, and life application. Choose your own favorite verses to meditate on or use the handy list that highlights 145 powerful scriptures. This journal is spiral bound and sturdy which makes it a perfect choice to toss in your purse when you're on the go. In this busy world we live in, books like this one are so helpful for reflection and prayer.

I love this book! I can't wait to use it with my daily Bible study. Journaling is such a great way to express creativity. Also, writing down the scriptures is an ideal way to memorize more of The Bible. This book provides the perfect opportunity to draw nearer to God. Take a breather, grab your colored pens, and enjoy this journey through God's Word.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt by Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin takes us to church in this motivating and inspirational read. He uses scripture and stories from his own life to show his readers that we are going to go through major roadblocks in life, but there is always hope. He offers biblical advice to help us fight for what's important in life, and triumph over seemingly impossible situations. It is so hard to persevere when someone hurts you, but Franklin shows us how to forgive and how to love anyway.

This book is a hope-filled sermon that soothingly speaks to the heart. Franklin has a direct delivery that makes you feel like he is speaking specifically to you as you read. You will feel as if you have just attended one of the best church services of your life as you reach the last page of this motivational masterpiece. If you need a pick-me-up, be sure to read this book! Thank you so much to Jentezen Franklin and Chosen Books for the chance to read and review this book!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter

"Thank God for fresh starts."

Maddy's life as she knows it is over. She's lost her job, her boyfriend, and now her grandmother is missing. What else could go wrong? When Maddy travels to her grandmother's beach house to find her, she runs headfirst into her stubborn sisters, Nora and Emma. The sisters have a lot of catching up to do and they all need to learn the power of forgiveness. Their family secrets have caused so much heartache, but God is always there to provide a fresh start.

This book started off really good, but seemed to go downhill a bit about midway through. It just didn't seem like the Denise Hunter books I have read in the past and almost seemed like it was written in a hurry. There was a bit too much drama for my taste. The situations were very soap opera-esque and just over the top. I also felt like the characters were not fully developed as their seemed to be conflicts with their stories. I also still had unanswered questions at the end of the book that I wanted to have the answer for. On a high note, I love the cover and I did find inspiration in the first half of the book. Thank you to the author and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

This book is strange and different yet hard to put down. This is the first book I have read by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. The story jumps back and forth between main character Cohen's childhood and his adult life. Cohen's life has been anything but easy and when he stumbles upon his father's seemingly lifeless body, the traumatic events from his past come to light.

This book is unlike anything I've read before. It's shocking and twisty yet a glimmer of hope remains beneath the surface. I can't say that this is something I would want to read again as it left me feeling sad and uneasy, but it definitely held my interest and kept me flipping the pages. The author is very talented and has an obvious gift for storytelling. Thank you so much to the author, bookishfirst, and Revell for the chance to read and review this book!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

Where the Fire Falls is the second Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett. This book takes place in the wondrous beauty that is Yosemite. The author is a former park ranger so she used her experiences and inspirations from her past career to provide the beautiful descriptions of scenery throughout this novel.

This book is a perfect blend of adventure, suspense, and romance. Artist, Olivia Rutherford, has taken a job painting the sights of Yosemite for a magazine. There she meets a park guide named Clark Johnson. He turns out to be an even more wonderful surprise than the beauties of the wilderness. Their newfound romance will not blossom without a bit of peril and mishaps, of course. What is Yosemite without a little bit of adventure?

Karen Barnett has done an excellent job on researching and developing this book. The setting alone is enough to make you want to pick this one up. I especially love the title of the book and the event it represents. I could just imagine myself in this beautiful park while I was reading. This is definitely a book to sweep you away! It's a perfect vacation read and it gets 5 stars from me! Thank you to WaterBrook and Karen Barnett for the chance to read and review this book!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Breaking the Power of Negative Words by Mary C. Busha

Too many times, we allow ourselves to be affected by negative talk. Whether the negativity is coming from others or even our own self, the results are detrimental to our well-being. In this inspirational book, Mary C. Busha teachers her readers how to use positive words to heal and how to get rid of the negative thoughts that can easily take over our lives. This book is separated into three different parts: words spoken to us, words we speak to ourselves, and words we speak to others. Each one of these categories is essential to living our best life. Mary C. Busha uses scripture passages and her real life experiences to encourage and inspire positivity.

This book was so helpful and encouraging to me. I especially loved the section that focused on words we speak to ourselves. It is so easy to let our insecurities take control, but God doesn't want that for us. I also really liked the section on forgiveness, which is often difficult but necessary. This book was just a great overall read that everybody can gain insight from. Thank you so much to Revell for the chance to read and review this book!