Mar 312014
 

I was provided a copy of God’s Amazing World from Ideals Publishing through FlyBy Promotions as a part of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received. A copy was also provided for the giveaway.

Book cover for God's Amazing World

I love a good picture book. Yes, even at my age. So do my girls (7 and 6). I was thrilled when we received God’s Amazing World by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Melanie Florian. This book is beautifully written to explain through nature the days of Creation and the illustrations are bright, cheerful and just lovely.

You follow Gracie as she teaches Bo about the start of the world all from their back yard in an afternoon of nature study and exploration. The children are excited to see the order that God made the world they know and to see all the different things He created. They run from piece of creation to piece of creation excitedly discovering the life that comes next. After finding everything in the six days of creation work, they are exhausted and have to rest in the back yard.

My girls love this book. They look at the pictures and can tell you what was created when. I love this book just as much as they do. It stays to the Biblical narrative in the order of creation, and makes nature study so accessible to young children in their own back yards, with no special instruments needed. I would so use this to introduce not just Bible, but also science into their world. This book is an excellent choice for a preschool unit study on creation on through early elementary and for use in a child’s Sunday School class.

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About God’s Amazing World!

Gracie and her cousin Bo explore the seven days of Creation, all without leaving the backyard! As Gracie tells the story of how God made the world, she and Bo find evidence of each day’s work right there around them. When they get to Day 2, the day God created the
sky, they take a moment to cloud watch. Day 3 leads them to play in the water, and on Day 6, they imitate the cows and pigs and lions God made.

This sweet, clever picture book by Eileen Spinelli overflows with enthusiasm for God’s Creation, and children will catch the excitement and will begin to view their own surroundings as a tour of God’s lovely world. Parents can use this beautiful book to introduce
children to the concept of God’s work in the world and to encourage appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the world around us.

Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Mélanie Florian
Available now!
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages
ages 4 to 8

Author Bio
Eileen Spinelli is the author of numerous children’s books, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; The Best Story, and Two to Cuddle. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator Bio
Mélanie Florian is an illustrator with dual lifelong passions for storytelling and helping children discover the world. Both passions guide her work today creating vibrant, whimsical illustrations. Mélanie enjoys her inspiring surroundings as she works in the French town of Annecy, in the midst of mountains and a beautiful lake.

To win a copy for yourself, leave a comment below telling me how you like to teach your child/ren about Creation. Giveaway open to residents of the U.S or Canada. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Contest closes on Friday April 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

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Mar 112014
 

In accordance with the FTC, I was given a copy of Balanced by Tricia Goyer for review as part of her launch team. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

I am a stay at home mom. My days are spent homeschooling the girls, keeping up the house and wondering how in the world it is the end of the day already and it seems I have gotten nothing accomplished. I have dreams of several big projects that have been swimming in my head for several years now. This blog being one of them. Yet, it seems that when I sit and work on my dreams, the house falls apart, the girls need something right that minute, and the doubts come creeping in that maybe my dreams really don’t matter. Then things seem to settle down in our lives (can we say the last year and a half has been super chaotic at times?) and I make plans to start working on my dreams and another surprise comes down the pike at full speed.

Tricia Goyer wrote Balanced to show that it is possible to live out the dreams that God has placed in your life while being a mom (and homeschooling), a wife, volunteer and living the life we are called to. She makes no bones about it being easy, but lays out the foundations for us women who work at home in any capacity to show us that with the proper attitude and priority we can get more done. This book is centered on faith and being grounded in God and how everything else stems from there.

Be encouraged, you can work from home successfully as a super busy wife and mother. It isn’t some elusive dream that is unattainable until you finally drop your last child off at college. My girls are 7 and 6 now, they are in the super hands-on stage of homeschooling for me, I have a house to take care of, meals to cook, groceries to buy, and in October a new baby to add to the mix. I know the journey towards the fulfillment of the dreams God has given me will never be easy. It will always be easier to just put it off until later. But later never comes. Balanced has given me the hope that even though life keeps happening, there is still time for dreams I have in my heart.

Grab yourself a copy of this book if you are wondering how in the world you can get anything done with your life. You will be so glad you did. This book blessed me beyond words and it will do the same for you.

Feb 222014
 

The following is a review of The A-Z of C.S. Lewis. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Are you a fan of C.S. Lewis? Think you know everything there is to know about him? Wish you had an encyclopedia of sorts to reference while you are reading his books or are talking about him to other people?

Look no further than The A-Z of C.S. Lewis. This book is exactly what you may be looking for.

Arranged like a dictionary, Colin Duriez (a C.S. Lewis scholar and author) has put together quite the reference tool for any C.S. Lewis novice or expert.

In this book, expect to find references to all of his writings, places he visited, friends, nearly anything you could think of to reference about C.S. Lewis. It is laid out easy to use like a small encyclopedia. In the back of the book is quite an impressive bibliography for your further reading and research.

This is a terrific book for anyone who loves C.S. Lewis. Colin Duriez took a ton of time and care in putting this wonderful resource together.

About the book:

A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia.

C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work-his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man-written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”-to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/tzmgH

About the Author:

Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).

Feb 192014
 

The following is a book review of Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan and was provided through Litfuse. I received a copy of the book for the purposes of this review, all opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received.

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Janette Oke Where Courage Calls

Beth Thatcher is trying to find out what God’s will is for her life. She accepts the call to go teach in a remote mining village that is days away from all she knows. The trip there is punctuated with disasters and rain and when she finally arrives, all she has left is the clothes on her back. She steps into a place that is years behind in modern conveniences, full of prejudice and is nothing that she had prepared herself for.

Can Beth last for the duration of her teaching contract? Will she learn to listen to God’s direction for her life? Will she even survive the year?

Where Courage Calls takes you on a trip back in time to the far Western mining communities in Canada to what nearly amounts to another world. You are drawn into the community of Coal Valley with the grief of the widows from the recent mining accident that took nearly all of the town’s husbands and fathers, to the abject poverty of life out in the mountains with ladies who have nearly no way to support themselves in the economy of the company town. It is a story of grief, acceptance, hope and ultimately perseverance and triumph. You journey with the town of Coal Valley as they are picking up the remaining shards of their lives to move on into the future and hopefully teach their children that there is more than a destiny in the mines when they become adults.

This book was a fun read and I can highly recommend it. It is by Janette Oke, who is basically the Grandmother of Christian historical romance fiction, so you know it is well written.

Janette Oke’s newest book, Where Courage Calls (co-written with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan), is receiving rave reviews. It is the companion story to Hallmark Channel’s TV series When Calls the Heart, set in the Canadian west.

Janette and Laurel are celebrating with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.

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One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the Where Courage Calls Facebook Party on March 4th. Connect with Janette and Laurel for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more!


So grab your copy of Where Courage Calls and join Janette and Laurel on the evening of March 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!