Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran by:Mike Berenstain

 9780310748441, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, Mike Berenstain
About the 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.


My Review:
 Grandparents Day, is an unusual holiday and most of the time forgotten. But in The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran, Brother, Sister, and Honey find a way to bless their grandparents mainly because their grandparents are always blessing them.

 Grandparents are often those people that try so hard to be a part of our lives even when they don't fully understand it just so that they can get some one on one time with us. The cubs find out all about this special day and how they can honor their own. The author has included some ideas to celebrate this special day with our own families.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.: A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity by:Tim Tebow

 Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.: A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity
About the Book:
The World Does Not Define You!
Nobody said your life would be easy. And the older you get, the more difficult it seems to become. Deep down you may know your value as a person isn't defined by wearing cool name-brand clothes, scoring points for a sports team, or even by having a huge number of social media followers. And you're right! Your identity resides in something--in fact, Someone--much greater than anything this world can offer:

The only identity worth having...is found in Jesus Christ!

American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it's like to face pressure head-on. In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he's learned--not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are--by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

Get ready to live bigger than ever before...with your faith and identity secured in a God who loves you beyond measure!


My Review:
 Tim Tebow in our home is known more for his stand for Christ than for anything else. His ethics and morals have catapulted him far above any celebrity out there to date. My family real respects him and we always listen if he has something important to say. He has a lot of people, especially young people looking up to him and following him everywhere throughout social media.

 He is using his soapbox moment to teach our kids that there is more out there than the right phones, trendy gadgets or fast cars. We need to encourage them to hear him out. This book is especially geared towards homeschoolers so I just had to get it for my boys.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are--by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture


A great way to start the upcoming school year off right and in the right direction. I'm going to give this book to my 15 year old and hopefully I will see a change in him throughout the year, especially how he views academics.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Litfuse Review: The Captain's Daughter by:Jennifer Delamere

 The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1)
About the Book:
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.


My Review:
The Captain's Daughter is all love story and tragedy and it is okay by me. A great way to spend a hot summers day under a shade tree reading all about London. When I was a young girl I just knew that London was cold and foggy all the time mostly because of all the movies I watched that took place in London. So for me a book like this on a hot day is just perfect!

 The Captain's Daughter is about a young woman by the name of Rosalyn Bernay, that has found herself in the need of money and rather quickly. She finds a job in the theater which is a place that she feels quite at home because she has a talent all her own. She becomes fascinated with all the talent there.

 What fiction story would be perfect without some love and romance? That's where Nate comes into the picture. He is in the regiment and it is something he takes very seriously. He is recovering from an injury and wants to get back at it as soon as possible. He is very anxious to get out of London but soon fate steps in to change his plans because he meets the lovely Rosalyn Bernay. After meeting this beautiful woman, she has him second guessing everything.

 A sweet lovely romance set in London in the late 1800's. Perfect read for the beach!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: It's Okay About It by:Lauren Casper

 It's Okay About It: Lessons from a Remarkable Five-Year-Old About Living Life Wide Open
About the Book:
Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.


Five-year-old Mareto finds color and light in the ordinary happenings of every day and delights in beauty just waiting to be found. Those are lessons he shares, often unknowingly, with his mom, Lauren Casper.


For Lauren, living with Mareto is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth, they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.


From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when life is painful or difficult, things will be okay because God promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, and to love others even when it doesn’t make sense.


For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.


My Review:
 They always say from the mouths of babes, you can learn so much truth. Popular blogger Lauren Casper can attest to this when she refers to her five year old source for this book, her son Mareto. Children have a way to get us to think. They get us back to our foundations. Mareto had a way of doing just that in this book. But the author takes a brave look at life through the eyes of her son and she writes about it. She dis so, so perfectly. This little guy will draw you in instantly because he looks at life through no lens at all.

 The lesson that Mareto teaches through his simple yet profound words will cause you to give life in general a second glance and possible learn more about yourself as well as those around you. A great book that will teach you a lot!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

I Am Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God by:Diane Stortz

 I Am Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God
About the 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 worshipped


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.


My Review:
 A devotional is a good way to teach our children as well as ourselves a proper way to study the Bible. It is always good for beginners, as well as veterans that need to study the Bible. It gives us a kick in the backside to get us interested in God's word and sometimes it takes that to get us going again in the right direction.

I Am Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God, is a book created for ages 6-10 and the set up is pretty simple it consists of scripture, devotional/lesson, prayer, questions, and dig deeper verse. These can be read any way you like. There is indeed a hundred to choose from and no set way to make use of it. Just dig in! A great starter devo for youth ages. Even has some illustrations in it.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Litfuse Review: Israel - God's Heart by:Ron Gafni

 35253785
About the Book:
Many of us only dream of traveling to the Holy Land. Very few, like Israel's top aerial photographer, Ron Gafni, soar above the craggy mountain ranges of Masada, the salty Dead Sea, and the iconic locations where Jesus walked. "Israel - God's Heart - Landscapes and Legacy," beautifully captures the ancient landscapes of this great nation, as well as presents the legacy of God's Redemption plan for the world.

As you slowly turn the pages, you will find unexpected vantage points, such as the Tower of David surrounded by city lights and fast paced cars. And, a hot air balloon floating over a field of cotton. From a bird's eye view, you will also experience a vibrant, bustling, modern Israel. Biblical references and thoughtful narrative, by Author Kathleen Barrett, intertwines with awe inspiring photography to bring you to the Holy Land time and time again.


My Review:
 Traveling to the Holy Land has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I don't know that I will ever achieve this dream but it is always in the back of my mine to travel the roads that Jesus did and to be baptized in the Jordan River.

 Israel-God's Heart take you through some breathtaking countryside pictures as well as beautiful landscapes found only in God's land. With amazing photographs this book transforms into a virtual field trip with just a flip of a page. I found it to be a neat little coffee table book that has my dream within its cover.

 Now this book is a bit smaller than most of the coffee table books I have but the pictures are fascinating and would make a great conversation piece for family visitors to your home.

Sample of the book!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Octonauts:Calling All Sharks! Sponsored by:N Circle Entertainment

 Octonauts: Calling All Sharks
**Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from N Circle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:
Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookie cutter Sharks, look after an injured Lemon Shark and stop a White tip Shark who is chasing the Gup-A!

My Review:
 The Octanauts know how to have a good time. They explore depths to which we have never seen and they help others while doing so. This time around they will explore the ocean and learn how to protect sea creatures' habitats because that is really important, too. Adventures are always fun with this crew in this dvd there are a total of 6 different fun filled episodes to explore. They are all having to do with the ocean and its inhabitants.

 Our favorites were as follows even though it was hard to pick just two--Cookiecutter Sharks and Porcupine Puffer. Each of them have some really great moments. We loved watching this DVD as a family. Look below for your chance to win one of your very own!