Monday, June 29, 2015

I Love that This Option is Out There for Early Readers - My Review of Brave Queen Esther

Published by: ZonderKidz
Illustrated by: David Miles

I love the fact that there are Bible books out there for beginning readers. It is great that children can have the opportunity to read Bible stories while they are learning to read. I chose to read and review BraveQueen Esther so I could see just what this kind of book is like, and so that I could share it with my nieces and nephews as they learn to read.


The story:

This book tells the story of Esther as she becomes queen, and it tells it in a simple way.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are pretty cool – cartoons, but still kind of realistic.

How strong is the book?

This is a paperback book that seems reasonably sturdy.

Who the book is for:

This book is for children who can read some with help from adults. It is a level two reading book.

What I liked:

I love that this book is available for those children who are learning to read.

I like how the story is pretty true to the Bible.

The pictures are colorful.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a cool option for kids.

I give Brave Queen Esther 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Book Look. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

An Inspiring Journey - My Review of Hiding in the Light

Written by: Rifqa Bary     
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I enjoy reading books about those who are inspiring and have lived great lives. I believe that Rifqa Bary is one of those individuals.

Hiding in the Light tells the story of a young girl who was raised Muslim but converted to Christianity. Her faith conversion upset her parents and put her on the run.


Who the book is for:

Those who would like to know more about the Muslim culture. Those who are interested in reading about someone who risked her life for her faith. Teens and adults.

What I liked:

The author is very open and honest about her life and her feelings.

This book kept me interested.

The story of this book is very inspiring.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like about this book, the whole thing is very inspiring.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this book interesting to read and inspiring.

I give Hiding in the Light 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Few Issues Keep It from Being Great - My Review of Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

Published by: Tommy Nelson

I enjoy reading to my nieces and nephews, and I thought it would be fun to have a devotional to share with them. I chose to read BedtimeDevotions with Jesus in the hopes that it would be something that I could give to them.


The story:

This is a book of short devotionals for young children.

The illustrations:

This book does not contain a ton of pictures, but the ones it does have are cute.

How strong is the book?

This is a sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

This book would be appropriate from age two to about six.

What I liked:

I like the cute cover and images.

Some of the devotionals seem like they would be very good for children, especially the ones confirming God’s love for them.

The devotionals are simple.

There is a ribbon bookmark built into the book which I find nice.

What I didn’t like:

I found it a bit odd the obedience is the main theme of the book. I don’t know why those putting the book together felt the need to have devotional after devotional about obedience instead of just mixing it in with the other topics and having a couple about it.

There is one devotional that is titled “Do Not Be Shy” which I thought was really out of place. Young children should have a healthy fear of those around them, and it is okay to be shy.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to.

I give Bedtime Devotions with Jesus 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Great Characters and Story - My Review of The Wonder of You

Written by: Susan May Warren       
Published by: Tyndale Fiction

I am loving all of the Christiansen Family novels, and I was very happy to have the opportunity to read and review this one.

The Wonder of You tells the story of the youngest Christiansen daughter and her life after she returns home from an adventure that didn’t work out as she had planned.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy fiction with characters who you can really know. Those who have read the other Christiansen Family novels.

What I liked:

The characters are so real and likeable!

The book is all interesting and fun to read.

I love the setting and all that goes on.

This book had some surprising twists that have me longing for the next (and final) book in the series.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I don’t like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really love this series and this book.

I give The Wonder of You 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Story of Picking Up Broken Pieces - My Review of Love Arrives in Pieces

Written by: Betsy St. Amant
Published by: Zondervan

I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, so I was happy to choose to read and review Love Arrives in Pieces.

This book tells of a woman who feels broken after a divorce, and the healing that she finds through some unusual sources.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy a deeper kind of love story. Those who enjoy reading a book about a project that is taking place and the way that it comes about.

What I liked:

The characters are the kind of characters that I like in a book, and they are relateable.

The story is interesting and different.

This book is easy to read.

I liked following along with the project that is being completed by the main characters.

What I didn’t like:

There’s not much I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book pretty good.

I give Love Arrives in Pieces 4 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Fun Read - My Review of Once Upon a Summertime

Written by: Melody Carlson             
Published by: Revell

I used to enjoy Melody Carlson’s books when I was a teen and young adult, so I decided to check out her writing now.

Once Upon a Summertime tells the story of a young woman who heads to New York to find a management job in a hotel. Will she sacrifice love for her job?


Who the book is for:

This book seems almost like it was written for teens, but I still found it interesting – and it actually was written for adults.

What I liked:

This is the kind of book that gets you interested and keeps you interested. It was easy to read.

The characters and story are fun.

I found this book interesting and different.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I disliked.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give this Once Upon a Summertime 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.