Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook


Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.


Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!
The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action!
Interactive features include:

  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel


Soar across the skies of beautiful Israel and visit contemporary and historic sites beckoning visitors to stay and explore.

The beauty of Israel from above is captured by top aerial photographer Ron Gafni. As you sweep over ancient ruins, fly high in hot air balloons, and view vignette's of Israel's modern lifestyles, Holy scripture will also come alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers reflective narrative with scripture pointing to God's redemption plan for the world.

My Thoughts:

The older I get, the more I want to travel. While we're working, slowly, on getting more travel into our lives, a trip to Israel probably isn't happening anytime soon. (A recent 2 day trip to Memphis, TN was a pretty exciting adventure for us, so....) Looking at all the beautiful pictures within this book helped with my urge to travel, though. (Well, it helped me be more motivated than ever to save more for traveling, anyway.) Plus, it's always great to get better visuals flowing through my mind with Bible reading.

Though it is on the smaller side, as far as "coffee table" type books go, it has a tremendous amount of photos packed within the pages. The unique part about this book is the fact that almost all of the pictures are from above, giving us a "bird's eye view" of various parts of Israel.

On a more personal level, this book made me think of a precious lady I miss. Every time I hear about travels to Israel, I think of one of the sweetest, most worthy of being a role model women that ever lived. She's already with Jesus, but just looking through this book made me think of her and her trip to the Bible lands, and it's always a good thing to think about her.

Alongside the photos, there's also Bible verses and narratives. I don't agree with every thing that was said(thoughts on baptism, for example), but that's nothing new, huh? ;) I still feel the need to mention it most the time, though.

I've greatly enjoyed looking through this book, and seeing all the lovely photos. It's a beautiful little book!

If you'd like to take a peek inside the book, here ya go.....

**I was given a copy of this book.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Few Recent Reads....

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

This is a sweet book. I enjoyed it, and think that most younger readers that enjoy fantasy will, too. It's an excellent book for those that want just a touch of darkness, but still need things on the lighter/brighter side.

For me, though, this is one of those book that I can't think too hard about. Why is such a young person being sent out on their own? That was the biggest issue my mind had. Too, with the beginning and end(as far as testing goes), it left a bit of pondering as to the middle. It's not a deep read, but as a quick, rainy day read, it's quite satisfying(at least for me).

Overall, it's a nice, enjoyable story.

*I got an ARC through Amazon Vine.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

This book is compared to Uprooted, but I'd put it closer to The Legacy Trilogy by Cayla Kluver(which I had mixed feelings about, in general). I wouldn't actually compare it to Uprooted at all. The Waking Land is *not* a fast paced story. When I first started it, I was in love with it. It was just as beautiful as the cover. I found the nature references appealing, and I was intrigued. That didn't last long, though. I don't know what happened, but by the end, I was forcing myself through it. If not for review, I don't think I'd have finished it, nor do I plan to read any future books at this point. It gets really slow by the end, and I didn't even care what happened by then. (I don't even mind slower books, in general, but this one didn't work for me.) Too, just like in the Legacy Trilogy, the main character annoyed me more than not.

This book wasn't for me, but it does have enough going for it that it might be the perfect read for you. If you don't mind investing time in a slower moving read and the content doesn't bother you, go ahead and give it a try.


There's a sex scene(which I found confusing...the scene, not the fact that it was there...though I'd have preferred it had been left out), mild profanity, and violence. To me, it's in between YA and Adult.

*I got an ARC through Amazon Vine.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

The content kept me from truly enjoying this book. The F-word is used frequently. (There's also a few sex references.) This is a short, very quick read, so it's a lot packed into such a small story. I'd did a bit of research on this author, and thought I was getting a clean read. Just because an author writes one clean book doesn't mean they all will be. That's a lesson one would think I'd have already learned.

Aside from the content, it would have been a nice choice for a rainy day. It has its sweet moments. (Arthur is the best!) It also has its annoying moments! It's not a deep read, by any means, but it does pull on the heartstrings.

If you're like me and don't care for "extra" content, pass this one up. If you don't mind the content, and want a quick and light read on the sentimental side, this might be just what you want. On a personal level, though, I don't recommend it at all.

*I got an ARC through Amazon Vine.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NKJV Journal the Word Bible

My Thoughts:

This Bible is very similar to the KJV Journal the Word Bible I just posted about. Its cover is cloth bound, though, and definitely looks more geared to women. It's partly covered with turquoise cloth and partly with flowered cloth. It's lovely!

The pages are thicker than the average Bible, but still not super thick. (That would result in a much larger, heavier book!) The letters are larger than the average Bible also, making it much easier for eyes to see. It has a blue ribbon bookmark attached, and has lines on the sides of each page.

Just like the KJV Journal the Word Bible, this one is plain and simple, other than the cover. It doesn't have extra notes, comments, quotes, or pictures. It just has titles to sections, like most other Bibles, along with the words of Jesus in red. Otherwise, you're just getting God's Word, in the NKJV.

This NJKV Journal the Word Bible would make a perfect gift for special occasions(involving females). It's also a wonderful choice if you're looking for a simple NKJV Bible to fill with notes and/or creativity.

*I was given a free copy of this book.

KJV Journal the Word Bible

My Thoughts:

Journaling Bibles have many wonderful uses. I wish so much that we'd had one at our wedding, so that people could have wrote us notes and advice, and let us know their favorite verses. They're wonderful presents to give to children, or to leave behind for them one day. They're also great for simply writing study notes in.

This one is simple, but elegant. There are quite a few that are lovely for women, but it's harder to find them for men. This one is perfect for men to use(and women, too). The pages aren't super thick, but they're much thicker than the average Bible. They're also off white in color. The writing is larger than average, but not huge. The cover is thick and sturdy.

Other than the lined space for writing on the sides of each page, the titled sections(as is normal with most all Bibles), along with the words of Jesus in red, this is a basic, no extras Bible, in KJV. There's a black ribbon bookmark attached, along with a black elastic band to hold the cover closed. There are no extra notes, comments, quotes, or pictures. It's just a plain and simple Bible.

This KJV Journal the Word Bible is a nice choice if you'd like something simple, but elegant. It has lots of room for creativity and/or notes.

*I was given a free copy of this Bible.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Everything Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Inspiration and Reflection


Rediscover the beauty around you.

Open this coloring book and be reminded of splendor everywhere. Beauty abounds in the extraordinary and the ordinary…and even in the mundane. Whatever your circumstances, beauty is there, waiting to be noticed and cherished.

Allow yourself the time to stop and see the beauty our God has fashioned in creation, in one another, and in His grace.

Each perforated coloring page features an original design from one of nine different artists, beautifully illustrating an inspirational quote from hymns, Scripture, writers, preachers, and teachers.

So grab your colored pencils and your closest friends and take some time to relax and reflect on the beauty all around you.

To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the “Everything Beautiful” Spotify playlist is included.

My Thoughts:

This is a nice, simple coloring book. Many of the pictures are on the larger side, making them easier to color. Sometimes coloring pages like this are better for releasing stress. (And then sometimes I prefer more detailed coloring pages.) This is a nice one to color in at the end of a long day.

The pages are thick, with the illustration on only one side of the paper. The other side has quotes, Bible verses, song lyrics, and a bit about the writer that each one comes from, along with the name of who drew the illustration and did the hand lettering. I admit that there are many authors that I don't care to support. I did enjoy the Bible verses and song lyrics, though.

Overall, if you want a coloring book in the simpler realm, this is a good choice.

*I was given a free copy of this coloring book.