Monday, June 3, 2019

Sweet Bedtime Poems - My Review of Bedtime Blessings

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Julie Sawyer Phillips

There are a lot of kids books out today. Some share stories, some share poems. I was excited to read and review Bedtime Blessings because it looked like a cute book that might make for a fun gift. This book shares a number of bedtime poems to help kids get ready for sleep.

Really Woolly Bedtime Blessings  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen    Illustrated By: Julie Sawyer Phillips

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute and fun to look at. The cover of the book has glitter on it, which I like.

What I liked:

Each of the poems is really sweet and cute.

The pictures are fun.

The poems are accompanied by a Bible verse that goes with them.

The book is positive and affirming.

What I didn’t like:

I don't know how interested kids would be in listening to poem after poem, and that is what this book is made of. Seems kind of weird for a board book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a cute book of poems.

I give Bedtime Blessings 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, May 21, 2019

How to Create a Good Home - My Review of Restoration House

Published by: Zondervan

Written by: Kennesha Buycks

I have a sister who is interested in decorating and the farmhouse style and all of that. When I first had the chance to read and review Restoration House, I thought it would be a design book that she would be interested in. This book is less of a how-to, decorating book and more of a book focused on creating a peaceful and good home, overall.

Restoration House: Creating a Space That Gives Life  and Connection to All Who Enter  -     By: Kennesha Buycks

Who This Book is For:

Those who are interested in design but also interested in more than that. This book is all about creating a home with God's help.

What I liked:

This is a nice sized book and it feels good in the hand. The cover is pretty and it would look good sitting out.

There are some really helpful tips in the book, like what to do when you have guests showing up and you do not have time to fully clean before they arrive.

The author shares bits and pieces from her life in this book.

What I didn’t like:

I wanted more pictures of designs and decor and that kind of thing.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a nice book.

I give Restoration House 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.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cute and Meaningful Bible Storybook - My Review of God's Words to Dream On

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


There are a lot of Bible storybooks out there and it can be overwhelming to figure out which of them are the best and are most meaningful. I was attracted to God's Words to Dream On because of the look of its cover, I was happy to have the chance to read and review it, and I feel that this is a Bible storybook worthy of attention.

God's Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers  -     By: Diane Stortz    Illustrated By: Diane Le Feyer

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and fun.

What I liked:

I like the way that the stories in this book stay very true to the Bible while sounding natural and conversational.

I like the colorful pictures in this book.

I love how many different Bible stories are included in this book - there are some that are not often covered in children's Bible storybooks.

I like the glitter on the cover and the ribbon bookmark that is built into this book.

What I didn’t like:

There wasn't really anything in this Bible book that I found irrelevant, wrong, or unfit to be part of it.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really like this Bible storybook.

I give God's Words to Dream On 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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

An Enjoyable Novel Focused on Family - My Review of Glory Road

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Lauren K. Denton

I love fiction that is focused on parents and families and more than just a couple getting to know one another. I was excited to read Glory Road because of that.

This book tells the story of a single mom and a single dad and the history that the two have with one another. This book also focuses on an aging mother and her health struggles. The book shares the story through the eyes of three generations of females.

Glory Road  -     By: Lauren K. Denton

Who This Book is For:

Those who love contemporary fiction that focuses on families and relationships between parents and their children will appreciate this book.

What I liked:

I appreciate the fact that this book has the perspective of a teenager in it. Not many books do that and I thought it set it apart.

The story of this book is interesting and it drew me in.

I enjoyed every part of this book and found it enjoyable to read.

The characters in this book are all likable.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I didn't like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

I give Glory Road 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.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Interesting but Also Disappointing - My Review of The Baggage Handler

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: David Rawlings

I am interested in all kinds of fiction and I chose to read and review this book because I thought that it sounded like it could be interesting.

The Baggage Handler shares the stories of three different individuals and the baggage that they are taking with them as they go through life. This book shares how those individuals must deal with their baggage if they want to move on with their lives.

The Baggage Handler  -     By: David Rawlings

Who This Book is For:

Those who are feeling weighed down by baggage in their own lives might appreciate this book. This could be something that almost any adult would appreciate and find to be applicable in their lives.

What I liked:

This book is really easy to read. The chapters are short and I liked that.

The characters in this book seem really real.

The message of this book is good for the most part, and freeing...

What I didn’t like:

...but the message is flawed. *SPOILER* There is a man in the book who is dealing with the fact that his wife cheated on him. In order to release the baggage that he is dealing with because of that, he is told that he must forgive her and basically that he must go back to her and repair their marriage. He is also shown how he is to blame for her cheating on him.

The book just wasn't as deep or emotional as I wanted it to be.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this book was interesting but also disappointing.

I give The Baggage Handler 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.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Bit of Flawed Theology but Otherwise Interesting - My Review of Still in the Game

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Devon Still with Mark Dagostino

I love football! I love the NFL! I am interested in the players and the stories behind them. I was very excited to have the chance to read and review Still in the Game even thought I had never heard of Devon Still before I picked up this book. I wanted to get to know a former NFL player and find out what his story was.

Still in the Game  -     By: Devon Still, Mark Dagostino

Who This Book is For:

Those who love football will be interested in this book. Those who have been affected by cancer will also appreciate the book.

What I liked:

This book is written in a way that kept me interested the whole way through.

Devon is not afraid to share his heart and the emotions that he went through. He is very real in this book.

There are pictures in the center of this book that help to bring the story to life.

This book shares a positive message.

What I didn’t like:

There are some flaws in the theology that Devon Still shares in this book. Unlike him, I don't believe that God would make a child sick because of poor decisions that the child's parents made. I don't believe that God would make a child better because the parents change their lifestyle. I don't believe that works save us. I don't believe that children are punished for what their parents have done. I don't really believe that God reaches down and gives us physical punishment here on this earth for the wrong decisions that we make.

My conclusion:

Overall, I liked this book for the most part.

I give Still in the Game 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.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Colorful and Fun to Read - My Review of Jelly Bean Blessings

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Maddie Frost

I was attracted to this book because the cover is so colorful and fun but I really think it is something that my nieces and nephews are going to love. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Jelly Bean Blessings so that I can add it to the Easter basket of one of my nieces or nephews.

Jelly Bean Blessings  -

The illustrations:

It is not only the cover of this book that is colorful, the pictures all throughout the book are really bold and fun.

What I liked:

I can't stop looking at the cover of this book.

I like the way that this book reads, how each page has three words that are repeated, like "yum, yum, yum". My littlest nieces and nephews love books like that.

I like how the book talks about all of the different things that make spring special.

What I didn’t like:

I didn't find anything in this book that I didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I love this book.

I give Jelly Bean Blessings 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, February 14, 2019

Fun Easter Book for Kids - My Review of An Easter Prayer

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Amy Parker
Written by: Alison Edgson

I am excited to put together Easter baskets of some kind for my nieces and nephews soon and I was happy to have the chance to read and review An Easter Prayer because I knew it would be a good addition to one of those baskets.

This touch-and-feel book shares a simple Easter prayer of gratitude to God.

An Easter Prayer--Touch and Feel Book   -     By: Amy Parker

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and bright - and made extra fun because of the touch-and-feel accents.

What I liked:

The text of this book reads well.

This book talks about all that Easter is about, and finishes by thanking God for sending Jesus.

I like the textured spots that kids can feel - especially one really soft flower.

What I didn’t like:

There isn't really anything that I disliked when it comes to this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a good book.

I give An Easter Prayer 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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cute, Sweet, and Funny - My Review of Don't Close Your Eyes

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Mark Chambers
Written by: Bob Hostetler

I love checking out children's books and am always eager to get my hands on a new one. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Don't Close Your Eyes. I think that one of my nieces will really like this book - and I look forward to passing it on to one of them.

Don't Close Your Eyes  -     By: Bob Hostetler    Illustrated By: Mark Chambers

The illustrations:

I was attracted to this book because of the cute owls on the cover, and the rest of the book is full of fun pictures, too.

What I liked:

This book is really interesting and different. It encourages children to stay up, to not close their eyes. It shares a bunch of reasons why a child should stay up and I thought that was funny and cute.

The pictures in the book are fun.

The book ends in a surprisingly sweet way.

What I didn’t like:

There isn't a single thing that I didn't like in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I love this book.

I give Don't Close Your Eyes 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, February 8, 2019

A "Gentle", Feel-Good Love Story - My Review of Who I Am with You

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Robin Lee Hatcher

I have read some books by Robin Lee Hatcher in the past and she is a pretty good author. I decided to read and review Who I Am with You because I thought that the story sounded interesting.

This book tells the story of a pregnant woman who lost her husband and young daughter in a car accident. This woman is hiding away from the world when she suddenly gains a new neighbor on her quiet street. The man next door butts into her life, while dealing with problems of his own, and a friendship grows between the two of them.

Who I Am with You  -     By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Who This Book is For:

I think that those who enjoy all kinds of love stories will find that this one is interesting  and unique and one that they will enjoy reading.

What I liked:

I felt like I really got to know the characters in this book.

This book kept my attention and is well written.

There is a hopeful message to this book.

The story in this book is unique.

What I didn’t like:

I felt like this book could have used a little more heart, a little deeper of a story.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a good book.

I give Who I Am with 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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

An Interesting Book on Faith for Little Ones - My Review of God, I Know You're There

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Lucy Fleming
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

I love the cover design of this book. It really made me want to read and review the book. I chose to read and review God, I Know You're There because I enjoy finding new books to share with all of my nieces and nephews.

God, I Know You're There  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

The illustrations:

I really like the pictures. The cover of the book is interesting and fun, and the inside pictures are great, too.

What I liked:

I appreciate the pictures in the book and think kids will enjoy looking at them.

I like the unique size and shape of this board book.

I like the message of the book - believing in those things that we cannot see.

I found this book to be interesting and unique.

What I didn’t like:

There is not anything that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a good book for kids.

I give God, I Know You're There 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, January 25, 2019

Kind of Cute but Could be Cuter - My Review of You're My Little Sweet Pea

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Annette Bourland
Illustrated by: Kit Chase

I am always eager to read and review kids' books. Especially when those books have cute titles and covers. I was excited to read and review You're My Little Sweet Pea and I was drawn in by the look of this book.

You're My Little Sweet Pea Boardbook  -     Illustrated By: Kit Chase

The illustrations:

I like all of the pictures in this book. I like the cute little animals that are part of the book.

Who This Book is For:

This book seems appropriate for babies and toddlers, and preschool aged kids might like it, too.

What I liked:

The "story" of this book is pretty sweet. It shares the love that a parent has for their child.

I love the pictures in this book.

I love the size and shape and feel of this book.

What I didn’t like:

There is just something about this book that doesn't work for me. It feels like a parent would have made it up on the fly for their child at night. It is not a carefully written book that all kids/parents are going to connect with and love.

There isn't anything Christian in this book, even though it does come from ZonderKidz.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this book but I don't love it.

I give You're My Little Sweet Pea 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.