Friday, March 30, 2018

Cute but Doesn't Read the Best - My Review of I Prayed for You

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Jean Fischer
Illustrated by: Frank Endersby

My sister is longing for a baby. She is waiting to get pregnant, and I am praying for her. When I had the chance to read and review I Prayed for You, I really wanted to get the book to save for that day when my sister says that she is expecting.

This book is written from a mother bear's perspective, and it shares about how she prayed for her little one, and it includes the prayers that she prayed.

I Prayed for You (picture book)

The illustrations:

The pictures throughout this book are really cute and I like them.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good gift for any expectant or new mom.

What I liked:

The pictures are really sweet.

The overall idea of the book is nice.

The book is a cute one and one that mothers will appreciate.

What I didn’t like:

This book isn't really for babies as much as it is for mothers. It doesn't really read well when read aloud. It doesn't flow like I want it to.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this could be a special gift for my sister one day.

I give I Prayed for You 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.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fun Book About Heaven - My Review of I Can Only Imagine

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling
Illustrated by: Sumiti Collina

I Can Only Imagine is such a popular song, and I have heard it a million times since it first came out. I was excited to read and review this children's book based on the song and the concept shared in it.

The book, I Can Only Imagine, shares the imaginings of a child as they think about Heaven and all that it might be.

I Can Only Imagine (picture book)  -     By: Bart Millard


The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and fun to study. They are a bit realistic and I think that children will enjoy looking at them.

Who This Book is For:

This would be a good gift for children of those who love MercyMe. This could be given to anyone from babies to about age six or seven.

What I liked:

This pictures are fun.

The story simply questions what Heaven might be, it doesn't make up things about it.

The text is fun to read.

What I didn’t like:

There is not anything in particular that I didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a special book.

I give I Can Only Imagine 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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fun Little Book that Would Make a Great Gift - My Review of Bountiful Blessings

Published by: Bethany House
By: Susie Larson
Art by: Carolyn Williams

I love the idea of adult coloring books and I think that they are a great gift option. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Bountiful Blessings because of that.

Bountiful Blessings: A Creative Devotional Experience

What I liked:

Each "devotional" in this book is super short and really just a blessing over the one who reads it.

The pictures in this book are detailed and fun and very different from one another.

The size of this book is nice, I like that it is relatively small.

What I didn’t like:

The book does not open well enough to make coloring easy. I wish that it was spiral bound or something.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a fun book to use as a gift.

I give Bountiful Blessings 4 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.

Another Great Read from Terri Blackstock - My Review of If I Live

Published by: Zondervan

Written by: Terri Blackstock

I  have loved the writing of Terri Blackstock for years, but I had forgotten how much until I had the chance to read and review If I Live. It had been too long since I had read anything from this author.

This book tells the story of a woman who is wanted for murders that she did not complete and her struggle to prove her innocence while also staying safe from those who want her dead.

Who This Book is For:

Anyone looking for a suspenseful read with a bit of a love story mixed in will love this book.

What I liked:

I liked that I was able to "get" this book without reading the start of the series.

I really felt like I got to know the characters and came to really like them by the end of the book.

The story was interesting and different.

This book kept my attention the whole way through.

What I didn’t like:

I don't really have any complaints with this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give If I Live 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.

Very Fun Pictures - My Review of Night Night, Jungle

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Amy Parker
Illustrated by: Virginia Allyn

I am always interested in checking out another children's book for my nieces and nephews so I was happy to read and review Night Night, Jungle.

This book is so colorful and the cover drew me in right away.

Night Night, Jungle

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are very colorful and a lot of fun. I know that my animal-loving nieces and nephews are going to appreciate seeing all of the animals in this book. They are somewhat realistic and yet cute.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good book for babies and toddlers, and a little older of kids will probably think it's fun, too.

What I liked:

This book is simple, with a text that will help little ones know that it is time to go to sleep.

The pictures in this book are colorful and fun.

The animals that this book is focused on are different than the typical animals in children's books.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing that I really didn't like when it comes to this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a fun book.

I give Night Night, Jungle 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.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Refreshing Look at Creation for Children - My Review of God Made the World

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Sarah Jean Collins

I enjoy reading all kinds of children's books but there are times when the number of them that are focused on certain Bible stories can be a little overwhelming. How do I pick one book about creation that is better than all of the others? I was happy to have the chance to read and review God Made the World because I wanted to see what it is was like, to see if it somehow stood above other creation-focused books out there.

This book shares the story of creation in a way that is simple and yet interesting. The pictures are artsy. The book, overall, is one that I found to be interesting and refreshing.

God Made the World

Who the book is for:

This is a book that is good for babies, toddlers, and even a little older of children. Anyone who needs to hear the story of creation.

What I liked:

This book covers the story of creation in a fresh and new way that got even me thinking.

This book is colorful and the pictures are fun for children.

This book stays true to the Bible, as far as I could tell.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this book.

I give God Made the World 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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Weird. Very Weird. - My Review of Steal Away Home

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Billy Coffey

I was excited to read and review this book because it sounded unique and because it had a baseball theme. I grew up following baseball and thought this book would be an interesting read.

Steal Away Home tells the story of a mine living with regrets. Through flashbacks, this book shares the story of the man's past all while a baseball game is playing out in the present.

Steal Away Home

Who This Book is For:

I thought this would be a good book for baseball fans, but I don't really know who will like the whole weirdness of it.

What I liked:

The story definitely kept my attention, even if it left me confused.

The characters were interesting.

What I didn’t like:

I don't get this book at all. I don't really know what the ending was supposed to mean. I don't know what the message was supposed to be. I don't know who in the story is supposed to be "good" and who isn't. I don't really understand any of it. Is it pro-suicide? Is that not what happened? Is it all imagined? I don't know if it's just me but I really did not get the book.

There are some elements that Christians might not appreciate, including some language.

My conclusion:

Overall, I don't get this book and it left me feeling confused.

I give Steal Away Home 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.