February 28, 2017

Book Review: Mornings with Tozer


Mornings with Tozer: Daily Devotional Readings, by A. W. Tozer is a devotional book, which was complied by Gerald B. Smith from the author's previously published books and recorded sermons.

In the Preface, the editors wrote that this book is "a collection of 366 daily readings from the heart and mind of Dr. A. W. Tozer, the beloved former pastor in the mid-20th century. The selections have been gleaned from his taped sermons, with additional excerpts from his published books and from his incisive editorials.... His helpful personal illustrations, testimonies, and spiritual concerns have been scattered throughout these pages, all glorifying the Person of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord."

Each daily devotion features the title, scripture verse, devotional text, and quick prayer for each day of the year, including an extra devotional for leap year. Since the devotions are listed by date, it's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

Mornings with Tozer is geared towards various age groups, from 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 a great way to start setting aside time each morning to spend with God.

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." Psalm 143:8


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, 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: Harvest


Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants is written by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis with photography by David Fenton. This hardcover book is a seasonal garden guide with a variety of step-by-step projects.
  
The inside cover states, "This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will make your garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of step-by-step projects--from cocktails to flower arrangements, beauty products to handmade gifts--using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your yard."

This book is divided into the following three main sections: Early, Mid, and Late. Other sections include the Foreword, Introduction, Project Ingredient Alternatives, Terms and Techniques, Resources, Acknowledgements, and Index. 

According to the Introduction, the authors shared, "The plants in this book are not only remarkably useful, but they make for stunning additions anywhere in your garden. You'll find something exciting to harvest and create from one growing season to the next.... We encourage you to use this book as a guide to choosing plants with seasonality in mind."

While featuring brilliant full-color photographs, Harvest is geared towards 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.

February 27, 2017

Book Review: Undulation


Undulation: Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young, by Anita Boser focuses on the restored range of movement through only ten minutes a day.

With step-by-step instructions and corresponding pictures, this book features forty-eight therapeutic exercises.
 
This book is divided into the following three main chapters: How to Get the Most Out of Undulation, The Fountain of Youth, and Characteristics of Youthful Body. And these chapters are divided into other sections: The Fundamentals, For the Low Back and Hips, For Neck, Shoulders, and Arms, To Counteract Aging, For Better Posture, For Core Strength, For Scoliosis, For Hypermobility, To Enhance Body Awareness, and For Fun

According to the Foreword, "The process of aging, as most people experience it, involves a gradual diminishment of the east and grace of movement.... Anita Boser skillfully guides you through a program of innovative movement designed to restore the natural undulate flows in your body.... The restored range of movement in your body will result in new opportunities for self-expression. By following her advice, you will refresh your spirit as well as reawaken your body."

Undulation: Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young is geared towards adults of all ages, from young adults to older generations. 


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.

February 23, 2017

Book Review: The Plans I Have for You Bible


The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible is a New International Version Bible, which is designed to help children learn and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible.

Throughout this Bible, there are two-color shades of blue illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, as well as 50 features titled God's Big Plans and 25 prayers titled Promise Prayers by Amy Parker. Both are also the author and illustrator of The Plans I Have for You picture book. The fun, yet slightly too youthful cover design is by Jamie DeBruyn. 

In the introduction, Parker shares, "If there were one thing I could tell every person in the whole wide world, it would be this: God has BIG plans for YOU.... And guess what: you are holding that plan in your hands.... This is a book that you spend time with every day, you read again and again, and you keep with you for your entire life.... These are the plans God has for YOU. And they will change your heart, your mind, your life--for eternity."

In addition to the Old and New Testaments, this hardcover copy of the Bible also includes the following back sections: Introduction titled Letter from Amy, Preface, Table of Weights and Measures, Scripture Index, Index to God's Big Plans, and Index to Promise Prayers.

In the Preface, it states that "the goal of the New International Version (NIV) is to enable English-speaking people from around the world to read and hear God's eternal Word in their own language." Also, the Preface explains about NIV biblical translation, as well as discusses Translation Philosophy, Textual Basis, and Footnotes and Formatting.

The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible is designed to hopefully encourage children to read their Bible more often and have a deeper understanding of what they are reading. This Bible is recommended and geared towards young readers, particularly third to eighth grades, yet any age group would benefit from reading this Bible.

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11


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.

February 20, 2017

Book Review: From the Grave


From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional, by A. W. Tozer is a devotional book, which was compiled from the author's previously published books and recorded sermons.

According to the Introduction, "From the Grave is a collection of forty daily readings from the beloved twentieth-century pastor and writer A. W. Tozer (1897-1963). The selections have been gleaned from his recorded sermons--which have been edited for print--his published books, and his editorials.... Each reflection has been carefully selected for the season of Lent." 

Traditionally, Lent lasts for forty days, and it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Easter Sunday. The Introduction states that "the purpose of the season of Lent...is to prepare believers for commemorating Jesus' self-sacrifice, especially as it is displayed in His death and resurrection, and to help them experience in a concrete way the Christian journey from death to new life."

This book has forty daily devotions spanning across the seven weeks of Lent. The first week has devotionals for four days, while the other weeks have devotionals for six days. Each daily devotion features a scripture verse and devotional text.  

As stated in the Introduction, "For each day, you will find one or more passages of Scripture included with each excerpt from Tozer. The editors of this volume suggest that the reader contemplate each devotional throughout the day and how it unpacks the truth of Scripture."

From the Grave is easily supplemented into on-going personal devotional time or plan to start setting aside a few minutes each day to spend while God, while reading and reflecting on the Scriptures. This book is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations, seeking a devotional focused on the Easter season.

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Matthew 28:6a


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, 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.

February 19, 2017

Book Review: Meatless


Meatless: A Fresh Look at What You Eat, written by Sarah Elton and illustrations by Julie McLaughlin, is quick glimpse into life as a vegetarian.

This children's book may be utilized as a family guide to vegetarianism. Within the What Is a Vegetarian Exactly? chapter, the author shared, "A vegetarian is someone who chooses not to eat meat.... But only a small percentage of people are true vegetarians.... That said, more and more adults--and kids, too--are becoming vegetarians. And some people who do eat meat are deciding to have less of it."

In addition to the Introduction and Conclusion, this book is divided into four sections, which includes the following: A History of Meat-Eating, Why Go Vegetarian, If Not Meat, Then What, and Becoming a Vegetarian. At the back of the book, there's a helpful Glossary, as well as Index, Sources, and Further Reading.

Meatless is geared towards young readers, particularly fourth to eighth grades. However, this book is a helpful resource for all ages interested in learning more about vegetarianism. 
 

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.  

February 16, 2017

Book Review: Hope for Each Day


Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids is written by Billy Graham and adapted by Diane Stortz, and it's an enjoyable devotion book.

In the Introduction, Graham shared, "Every day I turn to the Bible to give me strength and wisdom for the day and hope for the future.... May God use these daily selections to encourage you both to live more fully for Christ each day and to trust His great love--no matter what comes your way."

As the title indicates, this book consists of 365 devotions. Each daily devotion features the title, scripture verse, and devotional text for each day of the year. At the end of the book, there's a section called Reading the Bible, which features two reading plans: 30 Days with Jesus and 90 Days through the Bible. It's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

According to the back cover: "Each day's devotion corresponds with the theme and Scripture of the adult devotional, making it easy for families to share devotional time together."

Hope for Each Day is geared towards children and teenagers, particularly third through eighth grades. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to family or personal devotional times, and it's a wonderful way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.


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.

February 12, 2017

Book Review: Investigator's Holy Bible


The Investigator's Holy Bible: Uncover the Truth of the Bible is a New International Version Bible. It focuses on a detective theme for children to learn and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible.

Mateo and Isabella are children detectives featured throughout this book. According to the Introduction, Mateo and Isabella share that they "love to solve mysteries and do detective work.... We are often confused by things we read in the Bible.... So, we decided to put our detective skills to use. We both sat down with pastors, parents, and teachers to find as many clues as we could about the Bible.... Then we sat down and helped the grown-ups write these notes for you. With a few comments from us too!"

This hardcover copy utilizes color illustrations of Mateo and Isabella, as well as their dog, Clooney. Throughout this Bible, there are numerous sidebars, which are titled as the following: The Evidence, Breakthrough, The Witnesses, The Scene, Check the Facts, and Case Closed. And these sidebars are explained in detail in the Introduction.  

In addition to the Old and New Testaments, this Bible also includes the following back sections: Table of Weights and Measures, Index to Features, Concordance, and Maps.

In the Preface, it states that "the goal of the New International Version (NIV) is to enable English-speaking people from around the world to read and hear God's eternal Word in their own language." Also, the Preface explains about NIV biblical translation, as well as discusses Translation Philosophy, Textual Basis, and Footnotes and Formatting.

The NIV Investigator's Holy Bible is a positive way to enhance reading and designed to (hopefully) encourage children to read their Bible more often and have a deeper understanding of what they are reading. It is recommended and geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to ten, 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.

Book Review: Chicago Monsters


Chicago Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book is written by Carine Laforest and illustrated by Lucile Danis Drouot. This book is part of the City Monsters series, which "takes you on a sightseeing adventure. Find the hidden little monsters as you discover big-city landmarks."

As an interactive story, children will learn about the city of Chicago, as they search and find adorable monsters throughout the colorful illustrations of city landmarks, such as Cloud Gate, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, and Lincoln Park Zoo.

According to the back cover, "The Windy City is such a great place to live that even little monsters have taken up residence there.... Have fun spotting them all as you explore some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks and sights."

This easy-to-read book is a charming children's travel book, which is geared towards younger readers, particularly ages three to eight.
 

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.

February 10, 2017

Book Review: When God Made You


When God Made You is a children's book written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow. 

According to the back cover, "From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe will encourage them to spread their wings and fly."

In about forty-eight pages, this hardcover book portrays acceptance and God's love in an easy-to-read manner for children. With every page turn, there are vibrant and lovely illustrations accompanying this interesting story. 

When God Made You is geared towards young readers, particularly ages five to ten. However, this book is a wonderful story for all children. 


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.

February 6, 2017

Book Review: Praying the Psalms


Praying the Psalms: Drawing Near to the Heart of God, by Ben Patterson is a devotional prayer book.

In the Introduction, the author shared that this book "is a beginner's guide to learning to pray the Psalms. My aim is not to tell you what to pray, but rather to say just enough about each psalm to stir your heart and imagination to lead you into prayer.... The Psalms are God's prayer book, and they teach us to talk to God in his own language.... I invite you to begin this journey of praying the Psalms, and see how you are changed."

This book focuses on 50 selections from the book of Psalms, which features the scripture passages and devotional thoughts by the author. Also, it includes an index of Psalms for Specific Needs. This almost pocket-size book in a deluxe leather-like binding was adapted from God's Prayer Book.

Praying the Psalms is geared towards adults, and it's an easily incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day.

"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3


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.

February 5, 2017

Book Review: Little Elephants


 
Canticos: Elefantitos and Little Elephants, by Susie Jaramillo is a bilingual board book, which provides a fun way for children to learn English and Spanish.
Within ten pages, this book features adorable illustrations accompanying a story about elephants and counting to five, which is considered to be based on a traditional Mexican counting song.

Little Elephants is an enjoyable easy-to-read board book, and it's geared toward young children, particularly ages two to four, yet it's recommended for all children.


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.

February 3, 2017

Book Review: The Story Travelers Bible


The Story Travelers Bible, as created by Tracey Madder and illustrated by Tim Crecelius, is an intriguing and educational way for children to learn about the Bible. 

With full-color illustrations, this book incorporates biblical stories from the viewpoint of the three Story Travelers. 

According to the back cover: "The Story Travelers--Lana, Munch, and Griffin--go on the adventure of a lifetime, with front-row seats to some of the most captivating stories in the Bible.... Your child will be drawn into the Scriptures like never before, learning new things along the way about the geography, culture, and lifestyle of biblical times."

While learning about the Bible, the story travelers engage in adventures from various books of the Bible. From the Old Testament, there are 14 stories from Genesis, six from Exodus, one from Numbers, four from Joshua, three from Judges, one from Ruth, four from 1 Samuel, two from 1 Kings, three from 2 Kings, one from Jonah, two from Daniel, one from Esther, and one Ezra and Nehemiah. Some of the 43 adventures from the Old Testament include the following chapter titles: The Journey Begins, A Very Long Cruise, Detour to Egypt, Rules of the Road, A Secret Trip to Jericho, Going in Circles, Quest for a New King, Voyage to the Belly of a Fish, Four Friends Far from Home, An Overnight Stop in a Den of Lions, and A Very Long Walk for a Queen.

From the New Testament, there are 29 from at least one or a combination of two or more from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, 12 from Acts, and one from Revelation. While some of the 42 adventures from the New Testament include the following chapter titles: The One Who Will Prepare the Way, Journey to Bethlehem, A Mad Dash through Jerusalem, Down to the River, Follow the Leader, An Unusual Way to Travel by Sea, Staying with Friends, A Trip up a Tree, A Parade for Jesus, All Together One Last Trip, Nobody Travels Like Jesus, Paul's First Missions Trip, and A Dangerous Traffic Jam. 

Throughout this hardcover book, there are sidebars about geography, culture, fun facts, and memory scripture verses, as well as sidebars titled Build Your Faith and Think About It. Plus, the story travelers are featured in the Introduction and Conclusion of the story.

The Story Travelers Bible is easy-to-read and entertaining for all ages, yet particularly geared towards elementary school age children. Highly recommended adding this book to your child's library.


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.