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Monday, February 8, 2016

Soul's Prisoner by Cara Luecht

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Soul's Prisoner
(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))
by
Cara Luecht


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.





ABOUT THE BOOK

She'll fight for her future...but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

M is for Manger by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley

http://tyndale.com/M-is-for-Manger/9781496401953#.Vp2loVlCiR4
Travel through the alphabet with this beautiful rhyming storybook that tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Begin with the angel who tells Mary that she is God’s chosen vessel and follow along until you reach the zillions of stars that paled in comparison to the star that announced the birthplace of the newborn King. Beautifully illustrated and written, this book will be a classic for parents to read to their children every Christmas season.

Visit Crystal Bowman's website here.
You and your child can learn about Jesus birth in chronological order from A-Z.  M is for Manger tells of the birth of Christ in rhythm and rhyme.  What better way for youngsters to learn then short and to the point, easy-to-read messages.  Each letter stands for a word.  Each word has a short 4 line rhyme telling the Christmas story along with a scripture verse to add to the message.  Read the  book all in one setting or use it as a devotional the whole month of Dec., a letter a day, to look deeper into the birth of Christ.  This one will be added to the church nursery.  It's a keeper.  One you'll want to add to your Christmas book list.

Crystal Bowman is an author, speaker, freelance editor, and Mentor for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). She has written over 70 books for children and three books for women. She also writes stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and lyrics for children’s piano music. Her children’s books come in all shapes and sizes and many of them have become best sellers. Whether her stories are written in playful rhythm and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, she tries to make them so enjoyable that kids will want to read them over and over again. “But the most important part,” she says, “is to teach children that God loves them and cares about them very much.” Crystal and her husband live in Florida and have three grown children and one granddaughter.


A copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by Tyndle House Publishing




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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A giveaway for the Hearties......

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Yes, I'm a Heartie!!!!  I love When Calls the Heart.  It is a wonderful family series.  Season two is just what the above picture says....Twice the looks, drama, friendship, joy, promise and love.  There are many twists and turns. You never know which way the drama is going to end up going, sometimes not the way you think.  Season 2 leads us with a real cliffhanger.  It was definitely a season of trials for Elizabeth and one you wonder where her heart is going to lead her. I can't wait til season 3 gets on the shelf.  I don't have TV so I can't watch it while it is airing, which is next month. Edify Media has given me a copy of the complete second season to use as a giveaway so please if you are a Heartie please tell me in your comment.  I'd love for a Heartie to win this set.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  I'm going to have to limit this to US residents only since I will be paying the postage to mail this.  I'll draw a winner on Feb. 13th. 



  • Elizabeth and Jack face a life-threatening experience together and finally discover the truth about what has been keeping them apart. Later, all of Hope Valley witnesses a shocking arrest and an unexpected proposal.
  • Elizabeth and Jack try to put their differences aside to stop Julie and Tom before they make another mistake, while Gowen targets Abigail’s Café in his next underhanded scheme.
  • Elizabeth and Jack receive upsetting news from their families in Hamilton that could tear them apart. Meanwhile, Abigail tries to find forgiveness in her heart for Bill as Lee enlists Rosemary’s help to fight Gowen and keep Hope Valley from falling apart.





  • When a visitor from home arrives in Hope Valley, Elizabeth begins to question the direction of her heart and feelings for Jack. As Abigail struggles with how to help her daughter-in-law, Bill delves deeper into an undercover investigation.
  • Abigail travels to Hamilton to stay with Elizabeth’s family and is compelled to accept Bill’s help on a personal matter. A heroic act by Jack brings him closer to his ex-fiancée, Rosemary. Elizabeth returns to Hope Valley and she and Jack come together to consider what the future holds.
  • Elizabeth and Jack remain worlds apart and Abigail finds out the devastating truth about Bill Avery.
  • Elizabeth and Jack are closer than ever after their first kiss and Jack gains a new understanding of Elizabeth’s high-society family life. Abigail confronts Bill about a shocking discovery that could put their romantic future on hold and the mining disaster trial takes a surprising turn when a shocking witness is called to the stand.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for my review. All opinions are my own.*

http://www.edifymedia.com/


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young with giveaway


About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.  

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years

Jesus Today is a beautiful hardcover book.  I like that it has its own ribbon for a book mark already.  It is a good choice for 6-10 year olds to pick up and be able to read and understand the message each day.  It is a great book to use during family devotion time if you have children in this age group.  I really like that it is written as if Jesus is talking right to the child in words they can understand.  I also like the scripture index at the back of the book.  If you are looking for a devotion to go with a particular scripture you can look it up there.  
Want to take a look inside check the book out here.
How about it would you like to win a copy?  I have one to giveaway to one of my blog readers.  Leave me a comment sharing with me how you handle devotions with your children.  Do you have a set time, place, way you'd like to share with me.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.  I'll dray a winner on Sat. Feb. 13th. 






About Sarah Young: 
Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.



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Monday, January 25, 2016

Good Night, Little Love by Laura Neutzling.

http://store.faithgateway.com/good-night-little-love

Good Night Little Love is a chunky cardboard book written in rhyming verse.  The pictures and plot are whimsical and warming just the thing for putting young ones to bed.  It assures them of things you'll do tomorrow as they drift to sleep with assurance of your love and most of all God's love.  I totally recommend this book.  I will be adding this book to our church nursery.  It is just right for 1-4 year olds. 

Book Description

Getting ready for sleepy time has never been so sweet.

It’s time to put on pajamas, snuggle up, and look forward to all the happy adventures and togetherness that God will bring tomorrow. Help your child wind down with this imaginative lullaby with whimsical illustrations, and then drift off to sleep reassured of your unconditional love and affection.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

RAINBOW OF FRIENSHIP by Joni Klein-Higger

Rainbow of FriendshipTitle: Rainbow of Friendship
Author: Joni Klein-Higger
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
“Is it safe to play with colors different than you?” This is the question a little red girl asks herself when she moves from the safe comforts of her little red town to Rainbow Row City. On her journey, she discovers that friendship comes in many colors, shapes and sizes.
Suggested age range for readers: 2-8

Charming, colorful and cheery are words to describe Joni Klein-Higger's book Rainbow of Friendship.  It's a wonderful story in rhyming meter to teach diversity.  Shape, size, color it doesn't matter we all need friends and that is what this book teaches.  Rainbow of Friendship is a book that will be enjoyed by preschool aged as well as the beginner reader.  You couldn't asked for a more needed book than one that teaches diversity, tolerance and friendship all in one. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hockey Agony by Donna McDine


Hockey AgonyTitle: Hockey Agony
Author: Donna McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 25
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand. What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game? Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth.

Donna McDine's book Hockey Agony is just the book for a young reader that is interested in sports especially the hockey lover.  It is also a good book to use if you want to talk about honesty, peer pressure, attitude, respect or responsibility.  These are all good themes that the author has incorporated into Hockey Agony.  I felt this book was very well written and the message is right to the point.   It was a book that kept me wanting to see what was going to happen.  It was very well paced in plot, not too slow.  I have read many of McDine's books this is at top of my favorites of hers. Yes, I highly recommend this book. 
a pdf copy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by....
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