Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Ready, Set, Find Easter by:Zonderkidz

 Ready, Set, Find Easter
About the Book:
Get ready to follow Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, shares the Last Supper with His friends, and walks in the garden of Gethsemane. This holiday board book is perfect for young children who will love finding the 48 objects hidden on the pages while reading the classic story of Easter, accurately retold and with scripture references. On your mark, Ready-Set-Find!

My Review:
 Our kiddos are so lucky! They get to follow Jesus all the up to Resurrection day in this neat little board book. As you read along you can find things hidden in each picture. Perfect for little hands and ages 4-8. With big, beautiful, and bright pictures that show every seen whether it's the Last Supper, Palm Sunday or the Crucifixion it is all in there. significant moments in history that helped our Savior save us from sin. 

 Great Easter basket filler! I really loved the illustrations the best on this one!

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

Review: The Berenstain Bears: Easter Fun Sticker&Activity Book by:Jan&Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book
About the Book:
The Berenstain Bears come to life this joyful Easter season with puzzles, activity pages, and more than 50 reusable stickers in The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book.

Featuring Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister, and Honey and the rest of the Bear Country gang, kids are sure to find lots to do helping Honey Bear find hidden Easter eggs and chocolates around the Bear family tree house, doing crosswords and word searches with Brother and Sister, and even helping out at the Easter sunrise service at Chapel in the Woods.

My Review:
 The Berenstain Bears are at it again with this fun little activity book entitled, The Berenstain Bears: Easter Fun Sticker&Activity Book. Along with all the great stickers this book provides your child will get to do so much more. There are mazes, adding, matching, and coloring to name a few.

 With the characters from The Berenstain Bears series your child will experience spring as well as Easter. The book is simply too sweet for words. My son loved working on it. It is something that can occupy his time without looking at a screen--which I love.

 This would also make a great item to put in the Easter basket on Easter morning.

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Promises for You Coloring Devotional by:Zonderkidz

 Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional: 60 Days Discovering God’s Hope and Love
About the Book:
Take time to enjoy God’s Word and color images from his beautiful world. In this 60-day coloring devotional filled with unique illustrations and patterns, you will read about God’s unchanging promises through NIV Bible verses, paired with detailed line art. Each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, metallic pens, or colored pencils, you will have a chance to reflect and journal about each promise from Scripture, and find inspiration for every day. Perfect for girls 8-12.

My Review:
 This coloring book is somewhat different than the ones I have reviewed in the past. This is a hard cover coloring book that just happens to be a devotional. The adult coloring books are starting to go the other way now and include daily devotions, as well. Each devotion is standard scripture based with a short paragraph that summarizes the verse and an area to write down any thoughts. And the surrounding picture is there to be colored.

 Very simple and straight forward and very relaxing. There are over 100 pages, enough for 60 days worth of readings and doodles. This is for 8-12 year old girls but can be used for older women. But to me for an older woman it would have to have more meat to it. With a beautiful hard cover this would make a great gift!

 Love the pictures! They are simply beautiful!

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

Review: Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness by:Charles F. Stanley

 Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness: How Pain Reveals His Deepest Love
About the Book:
Is it possible to be broken and blessed at the same time?

Life brings so many hardships, from failed marriages to lost jobs, from health crises to broken relationships. How can we stay strong in our faith in spite of these obstacles? Trusted pastor and bestselling author Dr. Charles F. Stanley answers these questions and more in Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness. “Affliction acts as spiritual fertilizer on a believer’s faith,” he says, and can enrich our hearts and spirit.

Perhaps you’ve already experienced circumstances so shattering that you may wonder if it’s even possible to pick up the pieces. And maybe you can’t. But God can—and the good news is He wants to reassemble the shards of your life into a wholeness that comes only from Him.

My Review:
 Charles Stanley if you have ever seen him on television and listen to him speak you quickly realize he seems to be a quiet spirit. Leading his flock but always gets straight to the point without a hitch or obstacle in the way. It is always very important to make sure we all understand him and the thoughts of the Father that he is trying to convey.

 When in pain we tend to look for a way out only half-heartedly. I don't know whether we are weak from looking for a way out or we just don't care that much anymore. Its hard to move on from the brokenness. Its hard to stand back up and fight. We get weak from hit after hit after hit. God tries to help us but He can't do much unless we plead for Him to step in.

 Throughout the book Pastor Stanley takes us through some of the thoughts and emotions that may be plaguing us and shows us that it is in those difficult places God reveals Himself.

 This book is hard cover and just 160 pages of inspiration and it would make a great gift book.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book
About the Book:
The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.   

Loads of coloring fun and faith for little ones! Children can now color to life more than sixty favorite Bible stories and characters from The Beginner’s Bible. After coloring, the pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories.

My Review:
 The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book has over 60 pages and is perfect for any age really but is specified for ages 4-8. This coloring book is a little different than typical coloring books. First of all, it has the animated characters from the series. Secondly, it takes several scenes from the bible and made them into a coloring book. The book begins with Genesis one and follows all the way through to the New Testament showing Jesus' ministry.

 I like the coloring book the most because it is ideal for our home school and to teach with for your Sunday School class. Great pages that display God's word, perfectly.

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

Review: The Beginner's Bible Activity Book by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Activity Book
About the Book:
Bible stories have never been so fun and interactive.

This activity book provides young children with mazes, connect-the-dots, word puzzles, matching games, and more, all using beloved characters and stories from The Beginner’s Bible.

My Review:
 The Beginner's Bible puts together some great products for our kids. My boys love all their books and activity books. Their activity books are a great time stealer for my children. If I need a few minutes to myself or time to make a phone call, I just give my youngest one of these and I don't hear from him for at least a half hour, maybe longer. These little books give my children something to do while helping me instill the morals we have placed before them.

 This book in particular consists of over 60 pages of goodies that range from comparisons, tracing, mazes, word searches, and so much more. The age group on this one is 4-8 years. Complete with all the animated characters that seem to work so well with this series. A group of products. Love their products and my kiddos do too!

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: The One True Love of Alice-Ann by:Eva Marie Everson

The One True Love of Alice-Ann
About the Book:
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother's friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she'll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear--having lost her fiancé in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together.

 But then Mack's letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend's war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she'll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

My Review:
 Those coming of age stories are really hard most of the time. Poor Alice-Ann just wants to be loved. She has her heart set on Mack, her brother's good friend. But when he goes off to war it seems all too soon that the relationship they developed starts to fade or so it seems. Soon Alice-Ann is very busy taking care of Carlton, her best friends brother that is home from the war. Carlton soon takes her mind off of Mack in more ways than one. This is a crossroads that Alice-Ann now finds herself.

 This down home country story is so lovely and refreshing. It reminded me of my childhood here in Alabama, even though the time periods were completely different. It reminded me of old country porches, dirt roads, and banana popsicles. Its a story that will take you back and remind you about what is important in life.

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