Monday, December 31, 2018

Really Cute/Sweet Children's Book - My Review of When Do I Love You?

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Marta Cabrol

I always enjoy giving books to my nieces and nephews and I was happy to have the chance to read and review When Do I Love You? so that I can pass it on to one of them. I couldn't stop thinking of my little niece who will be born soon as I was reading this book, imagining my brother reading it to her and sharing his love for her in that way.

When Do I Love You?  -

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute, interesting, and fun.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good book for babies but also for toddlers and kids who are a little older. It would be a good book for a child to have when they are young and keep reading as they grow up.

What I liked:

I love how this book shares the unconditional and always-present love that a parent has for their child.

The text is easy to read and sweet.

The pictures are fun.

The size and shape of this book is nice.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing that I particularly didn't like about this book but it is important to note that it does not have any out-rightly Christian content in it. It does not mention God.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a sweet book.

I give When Do I Love You? 5 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, December 18, 2018

Another Great Read from Denise Hunter - My Review of On Magnolia Lane

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Denise Hunter

I love Denise Hunter and I was excited to read another of the A Blue Ridge Romance books by her.

On Magnolia Lane tells the love story of two individuals who have known each other for quite some time but who are just starting to really care for one another. Deception is a big part of this book and it plays a role in how things work out for the two people.

On Magnolia Lane  -     By: Denise Hunter

Who This Book is For:

Those who enjoy contemporary romances will appreciate this book.

What I liked:

The characters are so interesting and likable.

The story is interesting and different from the traditional romance book.

I was interested in what I was reading from start to finish.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give On Magnolia Lane 5 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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

A "Meh" Kids' Book - My Review of How Do You Say Good Night?

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Catalina Echeverri

I have read many children's books through the years and not all of them stand out as being especially cute or especially interesting. I was happy to have the chance to read and review How Do You Say Good Night? because I love reading books to share with my nieces and nephews. I was disappointed with this book, though, because it did not seem to be anything special.

How Do You Say Good Night?  -

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are a little bit cute and fun and interesting but I've seen better.

Who This Book is For:

This book is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers.

What I liked:

The story of this book is kind of cute.

This book introduces children to animals that they might not have heard of before.

What I didn’t like:

The story of this book is fictional - of course - yet I think children might be confused by it and think that animals actually do the things described in the book.

This is written in a kind of long and dragged out way and I think it is kind of boring.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't think this book was anything special.

I give How Do You Say Good Night? 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.

Monday, November 19, 2018

An Interesting Read - My Review of Boundaries for Your Soul

Published by: Nelson Books
Written by: Alison Cook, PhD and Kimberley Miller, MTh, LMFT

I like to read books that can help me grow and deal with issues in my life. I was excited to read and review Boundaries for Your Soul because I thought it might be a book that would help me to grow.

Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies  -     By: Alison Cook PhD, Kimberly, Miller MTh LMFT

Who This Book is For:

This book is meant to help people deal with anxiety, shame, and other emotions that mess with a person's life. Those who are in need of healing for their souls can grow through the reading of this book.

What I liked:

I appreciated the stories that are mixed into this book of real life people and the ways that they changed.

I like how the different parts of this book are focused on different issues.

There are a few little tidbits and quotes that I got from this book that I feel will help me change my life in a positive way.

What I didn’t like:

I felt like there was just something missing with this book and it wasn't as helpful as I wanted it to be.

This is a little boring and hard to get through/the chapters are a little long.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this book was interesting.

I give Boundaries for Your Soul 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.

So Affirming - My Review of You Are

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Emily Assell
Illustrated by: Lauren Copple

My nieces and nephews LOVE to read. I am always on the lookout for new books for them. I was very happy to have the chance to read and review You Are.

This book shares about all of the things that the Bible says a child is, including "chosen" and "a delight".


Who the book is for:

This book seems to be made for babies and toddlers but I can see older children appreciating it as well.

What I liked:

First of all, I love the sweet and gentle look of this book and the cute pictures. It is so modern and fun and special.

I love the way that this book affirms a child's worth and helps them know what they are in God's eyes.

I like that this book includes Bible verses to support its claims.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing about this book that I didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really like this book.

I give You Are 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.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nice Little Christmas Story - My Review of Catching Christmas

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Terri Blackstock

I love Terri Blackstock and all of the suspense books that she writes. I was excited to read her special Christmas book even though it's not a suspense book.

Catching Christmas tells the story of a cab driver who is haunted by his past, a lawyer focused on keeping her job, and the little old lady who brings them together.

Catching Christmas  -     By: Terri Blackstock

Who This Book is For:

Those who love a good Christmas book will like this one. Those who like romances with heart will also enjoy this book.

What I liked:

I like the male character in this book. He is interesting and funny.

This book kept my attention the whole way through and I liked the short chapters.

I like the look and feel of this book.

What I didn’t like:

I wasn't a huge fan of the younger female main character. She just wasn't the kind of person I enjoy reading about.

My conclusion:

Overall, I liked this book and think it is a good one for Christmas time.

I give Catching Christmas 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cute and Simple Horse Story - My Review of Horse Gentler in Training

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall

My niece loves reading. She also seems to love horses lately. I was excited to have the chance to read and review Horse Gentler in Training because I thought this book was something that she might like.

This book tells the story of a young girl who is trying to learn how to train horses like her mom does. Her family is at risk of losing their ranch and her sister believes that everything will be okay because everything is possible with God.

Horse Gentler in Training: Winnie--The Early Years  -     By: Dandi D. Mackall

Who the book is for:

This is a good book for ages eight through ten or so, and some younger children might like to have it read to them.

What I liked:

This story of this book is cute and the characters are realistic.

The length of this book and its chapters seems good for young readers.

I like that there are some pictures mixed into the book.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything in the book that I didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think my niece will love this book.

I give Horse Gentler in Training 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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Short Writings About Various Faith Issues - My Review of Praying the Promises

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Max Lucado and Andrea Lucado

I have enjoyed various books from Max Lucado through the years and I thought that this sounded like a good one.

Praying the Promises shares topics from the Bible, promises that God has made, and it helps us see how those topics affect our lives.

Praying the Promises: Anchor Your Life to Unshakable   Hope  -     By: Max Lucado

Who This Book is For:

This book is good for anyone looking to grow in their faith but it is also good for those who are struggling or those who have not come to believe in God yet.

What I liked:

I like how short each of the writings is. They are easy to get through.

I like how there is a lot of supporting scripture shared in this book.

The way that this book is written makes it interesting and easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this book and think that many others will like it, too.

I give Praying the Promises 5 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.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Cute but Not Written Well - My Review of Nighty Night and Good Night

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki
Illustrated by: Tod Carter
Painted by: Chuck Vollmer

Most of us know who Michael W. Smith is. I thought it would be fun to read a book from him. I chose to read and review Nighty Night and Good Night simply because he wrote it.

Nighty Night and Good Night, Boardbook  -     By: Nawrocki Smith

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are pretty fun and cute.

Who This Book is For:

This book seems to be made for babies and toddlers.

What I liked:

I like the overall look and feel of this book. The cover is cute, the color unique.

I like the pictures in the book - they are fairly cute.

What I didn’t like:

I showed this book to my sister and she right away said how it didn't flow well. I think she said that it was the poorest written children's book she had seen. I have to agree with her quite a bit. This is like anything anyone would make up as they are laying beside their child at night - it's not really written well.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this book could have used some work before getting published.

I give Nighty Night and Good Night 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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

This Book Would be a Beautiful Gift - My Review of God Always Keeps His Promises: Unshakable Hope for Kids

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Max Lucado, adapted by Tama Fortner
Illustrated by: Alessia Trunfio

I have enjoyed many books from Max Lucado so I was curious to read and review this book that is made especially for children.

God Always Keeps His Promises: Unshakable Hope for Kids shares many messages from the Bible, promises that God has made. It helps children - and families - grow in their faith.

God Always Keeps His Promises: Unshakable Hope for Kids   -     By: Max Lucado

The illustrations:

I like the pictures in this book. They are a good mix of realistic and cute.

Who This Book is For:

I think that this would be a great gift for families. I plan to give this gift to my brother who has children ranging from babies to elementary school age.

What I liked:

I like the overall look and feel of this book. It is a quality book and would make a great gift because of that.

I like that this book has a built-in ribbon bookmark.

I like that each chapter of the book has a number of Bible verses on the topic discussed.

I like that there is a mix of devotional-like content and Bible stories in this book.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I don't like about this book. If I had to complain about something, I would say that maybe the chapters are a little long.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a great book for families.


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.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Not Like What I've Read from Elizabeth Camden Before - My Review of A Daring Venture

Published by: Bethany House
By: Elizabeth Camden

I have loved some of Elizabeth Camden's books. When it comes to historical fiction, I feel like she writes some of the best books out there. I was super excited to have the chance to read and review A Daring Venture.

This book tells the story of a woman who is working to change the way that water is purified. It also tells the story of a man who is fighting against what this woman is doing. It tells the story of the two of them clashing and all that comes after that.


What I liked:

It was interesting to read about the start of chlorine being added to water.

I liked the male character in this book...

What I didn’t like:

... but I didn't like the female character at all.

This book didn't really have any exciting parts like I expect from Elizabeth Camden and it was not that interesting. It was slow moving and kind of boring.

The morals in this book were kind of weird - one of the main characters was doing some pretty sneaky things.

My conclusion:

Overall, I was disappointed with this book.

I give A Daring Venture 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. 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, August 2, 2018

End Times Debate Starter - My Review of I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Diane Stortz
Illustrated by: Diane Le Feyer

I am always excited to check out different children's books and I was happy to read and review I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones.

I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones  -     By: Diane Stortz    Illustrated By: Diane Le Feyer

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and nice.

Who This Book is For:

This would be a good book for parents of preschoolers and young school-aged kids to read together and discuss.

What I liked:

I love the glitter on the cover of this book.

I like the pictures in the book.

I like the overall idea of this book but...

What I didn’t like:

I don't really get why this is a board book. It would make more sense as a hardcover book for families to read together. It's not really for babies or toddlers.

I know that everyone has their own beliefs about what is going to happen at the end of time but I did not like the fact that this book shared one type of belief regarding that as fact. I do not fully understand Revelation or what is to come in the future but I would not feel comfortable reading this book to children and sharing it's talk of Jesus coming back to reign on earth.

My conclusion:

Overall, I cannot recommend this book.

I give I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones 2 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.