January 26, 2017

Book Review: Precious Prayers Bible


Precious Moments: Precious Prayers Bible is a New King James (NKJV) version of the Bible, and it enhances reading the Bible for younger ages.

Throughout this Bible, there forty-eight pages of full-color Precious Moments artwork, as well as scripture passages and children's prayers accompanying the illustrations.

According to the back cover copy, this Bible "features prayer pages with themes of thanks, prayers of praise, prayers for school, mealtime, bedtime, friends, family, faith, and so much more! This beautiful plush padded Bible will be a treasured keepsake in any child's library."
 
Each book of the Bible features a mini-introduction focusing on the following: Author, Time, Key Verse, and Theme. While the Precious Prayers Bible primarily consists of the Old and New Testaments in a 9.5 font size, there are additional sections to assist with reading and studying the Bible. These sections include the following: About the Bible, How to Start Reading the Bible, Getting to Know God, About the New King James Version, Ministry of Jesus, Miracles of Jesus, and maps of Abraham's Journey, Desert Wanderings, Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem, and Palestine in Jesus' Life.

The Precious Prayers Bible is designed to encourage children to read their Bibles more often and have a deeper understanding of what is being read. This wonderful resource is geared towards young readers, particularly elementary school ages in second to fifth grades, yet any age group would benefit from reading this Bible.

Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

January 23, 2017

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids



Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids: Everybody Can Help Somebody is a children's book written and illustrated by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Previously, it was published as Everybody Can Help Somebody.

In about thirty pages, this book portrays the true story of Denver Moore and Ron Hall in an easy-to-read manner for children. With every page turn, there are interesting illustrations accompanying this compelling story. 

In the introduction, Ron Hall shared, "For nearly ten years Denver and I traveled across American telling our story and hoping to make a difference in the way people view and treat the homeless.... We finished this book shortly before Denver left earth to join Miss Debbie in heaven. This wise and godly man had these final words for the children: ‘Tell them nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!’ Denver’s dream and my hope is that through the pages of this book, your children will be filled with compassion and with the desire to make a difference in the world around them by helping somebody.”

Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids is geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to ten. However, this book is a wonderful resource for all ages! This children's book is based on a 2006 adult non-fiction book: Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, which is also recommended.

"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done." Proverbs 19:17


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

January 22, 2017

Book Review: Choose Joy


Choose Joy: 3-Minute Devotions for Women is an enjoyable devotional book complied by Babour Staff.

According to the Introduction, "These devotions are especially for those days when you need a bit of encouragement and a gentle reminder to: CHOOSE JOY! Three minutes from your busy day is all you'll need to refresh your spirit and fill your cup to overflowing with joy for the journey."

Each daily devotion features the title, scripture verse, devotional text, and prayer. Also, a Scripture Index is included at the end of the book. Unfortunately, the font and illustrations are depicted in a faded blue color, which is slightly harder to read.

Choose Joy is geared towards women of all ages, particularly young adults to older generations. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current personal devotional time or it's a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High." Psalms 9:1-2


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

January 19, 2017

Book Review: Eat Beautiful

 
Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out, by Wendy Rowe is a cookbook plus skin care suggestions.

In the Introduction, Rowe wrote, "If you asked me years ago, I would have said that great skin is mostly due to makeup and skincare.... But I've come to see that skin troubles are a reflection of what's going on inside. To get perfect skin and maintain it, you need the right balance inside and out.... I've written this book because I wanted to inspire you to think more about the food you eat and what it can do for your skin, with recipes and beauty tips that are simple and accessible and can easily be integrated into your daily routine."

This book is divided into the following four main sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Other sections include Beauty and Food, Beauty Tips, Healing Herbs and Spices, Supplements and Superfoods, and Guide to Nutrients, as well as the Foreword by Sienna Miller.

On page 8, the author shared, "A seasonal approach underpins this book. I've tried to present foods according to the season in which they are grown, or according to what's best for you health and your skin at a particular time of year. And because looking after your skin on the outside is important, too, I've added a section on skincare...and self-help tips for skin types."

While featuring lovely full-color photographs, Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out focuses on healthy recipes and skin care suggestions. This book is geared towards women of all ages, from young adults to older generations. 


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

January 16, 2017

Book Review: Good Good Father


Good Good Father for Little Ones is a charming children's book written by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, as well as illustrated by Lorna Hussey.

Within twenty-five pages, this board book features adorable illustrations. It's a charming story that focuses on answering the question: "What is a Good Good Father like?"

According to the back cover, "Grammy Award-winning music artist Chris Tomlin and worship leader Pat Barrett are both daddies of little ones who wanted to infuse the powerful message about God's great love into the hearts of their children and yours."

The Good Good Father for Little Ones is an easy-to-read book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Recommend adding this board book to your child's book collection.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

January 15, 2017

Book Review: Bible Memory Plan


Bible Memory Plan for Morning and Evening, by Jean Fischer is delightful devotional book with lovely illustrations.

According to the introduction, this book "is a plan to help you grow closer to your heavenly Father through insightful devotional thoughts, prayers, and scriptures. As you begin and end each day with the Lord, you will find yourself more prepared for whatever life brings."

Each daily devotion features the Memory Verse of the Day, Morning devotional text and prayer, and Evening devotional text and prayer. With one devotional per page, this book is a a wonderful way to start setting aside time each morning and evening to spend with God.

Bible Memory Plan for Morning and Evening is geared towards women of all ages, particularly young adults to older generations.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

January 12, 2017

Book Review: Power Vegetables



Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts, by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach is a vegetable-focused cookbook.

This book is divided into eight sections, which includes the following: Starters, Salads, Pies and the Like, Soups/Soupy, Ensembles Players, Mains, Mainly Potatoes, and Bread and Cake.

There slightly over 100 recipes, and a selection of the recipes are Hummus, Leeks Vinaigrette Terrine, Tabbouleh, Caesar Salad, Buffalo Cucumbers, Snap Peas with Buttermilk and Chives, Celery Salad, Tomato Pie,  Quiche Lorraine, Zucchini Pizza, Carrot-Juice Curry, French Onion Soup, Mushroom Mapo Tofu, Asparagus Like a Steak, Roasted Vegetables with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Fran's Stuffed Artichokes, Sweet Potato Burritos, Falafel, Eggplant Marinara, Turnips Garlic and Anchovies, Jerusalem Artichokes with Ketchup, Carrot Cake, Potato Rosemary Bread, and Parsnip Cake.

There are plenty of full-color photographs corresponding with the recipes, yet some photographs, including the front and back covers, are quite unusual.

Also, this book features mini-interviews with chefs. On page 10, the author shared that "you will notice there are four spots in the book where we stop with the relentless recipeness of it all and talk to some chefs about what a power vegetable is to them. David Chang, Brooks Headley, Julia Goldberg, Jessica Koslow, and Ivan Orkin all weigh in."

In the Introduction, Meehan wrote, "The idea of what constituted a power vegetable mutated over time.... The biggest and most important change is that meat is gone." However, this isn't entirely accurate, since this book is geared more towards semi-vegetarians, pescatarians, or carnivores wanting to introduce more vegetables in their diet. 

Despite the title of Power Vegetables, this is definitely not a vegetarian cookbook. However, there are vegetarian (and even vegan) recipes included, but it's not a recommended cookbook for vegetarians.


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

January 9, 2017

Book Review: Kingdom Family Devotional


Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together is a family devotional book by Tony Evans and Jonathan Evans.

In the Introduction, the authors share that "this devotional is designed to be a tool for you as parents to use with your children to instill biblical truth and spiritual values in the minds and hearts of the next generation.... This book was also written with flexibility in mind, so that you can adapt the principles and projects to the various ages of your children.... Each devotion has been written in first person for a parent to read aloud.... Our prayer is that these devotions will support your role in raising kingdom kids who learn to consistently live all of life under God's divine authority."
 
Each daily devotion features a scripture reading and devotional text.  There are 260 devotions with five devotionals per week, and each week concentrates on a new topic or theme.

The weekly themes include the following: Love, Respect, Purity, Salvation, Spiritual Warfare, Spiritual Growth, Faith, Purpose, Self-Control, Money, Prayer, Giving, The Holy Spirit, Friends, Family, Manhood, Womanhood, Sin, Forgiveness, Witnessing, Idolatry, Truth, Righteousness, Integrity, Trials, Servanthood, Peace, Perseverance, Goals, Teamwork, Priorities, Hard Work, Communication, Worship, Church, Fear, Discipleship, Obedience, Greatness, Unity, Eternity, Wisdom, Success, Courteous Speech, Identity, Temptation, Maturity, Jesus Christ, Repentance, Kingdom, and Discipline. 

With one devotional per page, the Kingdom Family Devotional may easily be added to your family's devotional time or it's a a great way to start setting aside family time each day to spend with God.

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15b


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

January 8, 2017

Book Review: 30 Days in the Land of the Psalms


30 Days in the Land of the Psalms: A Holy Land Devotional, by Charles H. Dyer is a devotional travel guide.

In the Introduction, the author shared, "My goal is to take you on a virtual tour to Israel--to help you see the land in a way that allows you to read this section of God's Word with greater clarity and insight. Our trip will explore the landscape that forms the backdrop to the psalms."
 
Each daily devotion is actually a chapter that features a scripture passage to look up and read, as well as the devotional text and a section titled Walking in Our Land. Plus, there are full-color photographs depicting life in biblical times, such as the View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, Banias waterfall near Mount Hermon, Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem outside the Citadel of David, and Zion Gate, one of the eight gates in the walls surrounding Jerusalem.

30 Days in the Land of the Psalms, which is geared towards adults, is a one-month devotional travel guide focused on the book of Psalms.

"I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord' Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem." Psalm 122:1-2


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

January 3, 2017

Book Review: Quiet Time for Your Soul


 
Quiet Time for Your Soul: 5 Minutes with Jesus is a daily devotional book by Sheila Walsh with Sherri Gragg.


With about fifty daily devotions, this is an ideal book to incorporate into personal devotional time or to utilize to start spending quiet time with God each day. Each chapter includes the devotional text, as well as a section that's titled Five Minutes in the Word, which consists of several scripture verses to read.
 
In the Introduction, the author shares, "Some days my life feels like a thrill ride that has slipped past fun and into the realm of chaos...the invitation I am offering you today: the chance to step off the thrill ride of life and into the arms of your loving Savior.... He never intended for you to live a frenzied, exhausting life.... Jesus longs to give you the gift of rest, and it can begin with five minutes a day.... Five minutes to receive God's sweet rest for your soul."

Quiet Time for Your Soul is an encouraging devotional book, which is geared towards women of all ages.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: God Made You Nose to Toes


God Made You Nose to Toes is a children's board book written by Leslie Parrott and illustrated by Estelle Corke.

Within twenty pages, this board book features how God created each individual through rhyming text, as well as charming illustrations of various animals, particularly a toucan.

According to the back cover: "Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful book...little ones can follow along with Toucan...as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely."

God Made You Nose to Toes is an enjoyable easy-to-read board book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

January 2, 2017

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