Monday, November 23, 2015

Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book)

My youngest son loves board books. He literally reads about 20 or more per day. I always try to keep Christian ones around so he can learn more about God and Jesus. I was given Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book) by in exchange for a review. This is a short and sweet little book for young children. It is illustrated by Holli Conger.

Monkey (who is my two year old) was so excited to add this book to his collection. He had me read it to him immediately...and then about 200 more times after that. Haha. This little book has a different word on each page that describes Jesus. Some of them include: Teacher, Loving, King, Cross. Each page has a beautiful illustration that goes along with the word.

It starts off with the birth of Jesus and goes all the way through his life and ministry here on earth. It ends with an empty tomb and Jesus appearing to his disciples after His resurrection. In this book, they use a few words to tell the big story of Jesus and his ministry. He loves us so much that He died on a cross so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven.

This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for your little one. It is a great addition to any board book collection. You could also get this for a baby shower gift to start a new parent's collection for their little one. For any occasion, Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book) is a wonderful book with a sweet story.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Amish Christmas At North Star {Four Stories of Love and Family}

I love all things Christmas! It is not a secret in my family. I also love Cindy Woodsmall. She can write Amish fiction so well it makes me feel like I am actually in the book. She has collaborated with Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert to write Amish Christmas at North Star. It is a four-part story that interlinks the characters to create a unique story with one person in common throughout. I love this kind of book because you get four stories for the price of one.

The common thread in each novella is Rebekah, the midwife who delivered four babies in North Star, Pa. twenty five years ago. Each story follows one of the baby's all grown up.

In the first story, Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert, an Englischer named Chase Wellington is investigating the disappearance of an Amish baby from twenty-five years ago. It leads him to Iowa where he finds Elle McAllister and his revelations could turn her world upside down.

The second story, Mourning Star by Amanda Flower, is about a young girl named Eden Hochstetler and the death of her friend Isaac. She is curious to find out who is guilty of his death, Isaac's great-nephew Jesse, who is also an Englischer, or someone else? I love a good mystery and this one was very well written.

Third, we have In The Stars by Cindy Woodsmall. Kore Detweiler is in love with Savilla Beiler but her feelings are not of love. She rejects his love and thinks she will never see him again. A phone call from far away sends Kore and Savilla back together again. They must help one another in a crisis and just may find love in one another after all.

In the fourth novella, Star of Grace written by mother-daughter duo Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Andy Danner leaves North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi.His little brother plans to bring him home for Christmas to reunite with his one-time love Nellie. The two were meant to be together but can they get past their differences and move into a future with love?

I definitely enjoyed reading this book and it got me ready for more Christmas reading. With the holidays coming up I would add this to my list to give away to someone who loves Amish fiction.

*I was given this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Prayers That Changed History {By Tricia Goyer}

Tricia Goyer is an award-winning author who has written many books in her life. Some of them are: The Promise Box (which I reviewed a while ago and loved), Mom's Night Out (they made a movie out of this one), and The Big Sky Series (an Amish fiction series). She is well known for her Amish Fiction writing and loves giving advice about being a Christian (and what that means). I have so many of her books and now I can add one more to the shelf. Her newest book, Prayers That Changed History, is geared more toward a younger crowd, maybe 13-17. But, I enjoyed reading it very much as well.

In this book, Tricia Goyer gives us a brief history lesson about each person/prayer. Some of the prayers include those from:

  • St. Patrick of Ireland
  • Martin Luther
  • John Eliot
  • Catherine Booth
  • Billy Sunday
  • Helen Keller
  • Mother Teresa
  • Corrie ten Boom
Each chapter is a different prayer. She begins with who said/wrote the prayer and a little bit about them. There is so much history in this book. I learned things I didn't know. My favorite story was about Mother Teresa. I sure wish I would have gotten to meet her. What a woman of God! After an introduction to the person and a brief history she gives you the exact prayer they said/wrote (and it is highlighted in gray so it is easily found). She then goes on to talk about how the prayer changed history and what it meant to the world at the time it was said/written. Finally, she gives examples to back up the prayer from the Bible.

I found this book very easy to read and understand. This could easily be used in any setting as it is very family-friendly. For instance, you could use it as a devotional for family dinnertime. Reading about a person and their history as well as how they made a positive contribution to God's Kingdom is a wonderful way to start or end a day. It also gets children asking questions about the person who said the prayer. It may lead to a trip to the library to find out more about each person. But, I found myself digging into my Bible to find the passages that pertained to each prayer and highlighted them so I could easily find them.

I recommend this book to those young and not-so-young. There is always something to be learned from a good book and this is definitely a good book. Tricia Goyer has never left me unhappy after reading her works.

*I was given this book by in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Living The Braveheart Life {Review}

Have you ever heard of the movie Braveheart? How about The Man In The Iron Mask or Pearl Harbor? Perhaps you have even heard of Secretariat or Heaven Is For Real. All of these wonderful films came from the mind of one man: Randall Wallace. I have seen most of these films and read the books as well. I was given a copy of his newest book, Living The Braveheart Life, from in exchange for a review. I was very pleased to be chosen for this review since I am a huge fan of Randall Wallace.

He wrote this book as a memoir about how he made his dreams come true. Twenty years ago when the movie Braveheart came out and became a box office hit, he had no idea it would be that big. He tells the story about the journey that led him to the famous Scottish warrior William Wallace and how it changed his life forever. It is written in small, short stories that blend together to create HIS story. He gives advice about engaging in the battle going on in the human heart. A battle of good versus evil.

Randall Wallace's story is one of adventure, struggle, and conquering fear. He reflects on his childhood, family, and faith in God. The emotions and honestly in this book are beyond what I expected. I laughed and cried. He really got me thinking about what I wanted out of my life and how I can make my dreams come true as well. He inspired me to look deep into my heart and seek out my faith and what that means for my life.

I highly recommend this book. Living The Braveheart Life will bless you in so many ways. It will cause you to dig deep and reflect on the wounds that have caused you to press on or give up. We all have something that has hurt us. This book guides the reader to follow your heart and keep being strong in any circumstance.

Pick up a copy for yourself and be inspired by one man's journey of following his heart and making his dreams come true through all of the trials of life.

*I was given this book by in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bill & Gloria Gaither Christmas Favorites Cd {Review & Giveaway}

I love the Gaithers. My in-laws got me hooked and now I enjoy listening to them so much. They are a Gospel singing group that has been around for many years. They invite other Gospel singers to tour with them and they pack entire arenas full of people wanting to hear old hymns and new songs laced with God's word. I was so happy that I was chosen to review their new Christmas music CD with all of their favorites included.

Their CD is called Bill & Gloria Gaither with their Homecoming Friends Christmas Favorites. You can find it on Here is a run down of the songs included:

  • Joy To The World
  • White Christmas
  • Mary, Did You Know?
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • The Christmas Song
  • Jesus, What A Wonderful Child
  • Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
  • O Holy Night
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Away In A Manger
  • Silent Night, Holy Night
Some of the featured artists include David Phelps, Terry Blackwood, Larry Ford, Amber Thompson, and Amy Lambert. These are all wonderful artists with so much talent and love for the Lord. Every time I hear a Gospel song by the Gaithers and their friends, I get a warm feeling. It is like God is giving me a hug. When you add in Christmas music, the songs take on a whole new meaning.

My opinion of this Christmas CD is...I LOVE IT! Please, go out and buy one right away (unless you feel like winning one at the bottom of this post!). My husband has deemed track #3 his favorite (that would be Mary, Did You Know?). We played this CD over and over. My three children (all boys who are 7, 5, and 2) danced and sang along. They declared that we should go ahead and put up the Christmas lights. Ha! I think we will wait a little longer for that.

If you love Gospel music and the Gaithers and Christmas music, then you will love this CD. My whole family enjoyed it and I am pretty sure it will get played so much we will memorize every single harmony. It has really made this coming Christmas even more special for us because it lifted our spirits. Please visit to find out more about this wonderful new Cd.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 {Review & Giveaway!!}

From the creator of Veggie Tales comes Phil Vischer's latest Buck Denver adventure. Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 is a must-see for children of all ages. My little ones are 7, 5, and 2 and they all loved this new movie. This movie will be available for purchase starting on October 20th so don't miss out on your chance to own it for your family.

Buck Denver put together a team to go into space (Sector 9) to fix a transponder. It is sort of a spoof about Star Wars or Star Trek (which I absolutely love...I am a nerd). He wants to do something "Big" for God and fixing this transponder will help others to have access to the Good News of Jesus. When he arrives on the planet (that is supposed to be uninhabited) he meets a man who teaches him all about God's plans for our lives.

Buck learns that walking with Jesus is the most important thing in life. The way we know we are walking with Jesus is by the "fruits of the spirit" found in Galatians. We must learn to hear God's voice and be obedient to what He wants us to do. If He puts someone in our path we must do everything we can to help them. That is showing God's love to others.

This movies explains how a relationship with God works and what it looks like. Buck thinks he must do something extraordinary in order to serve God but the man he meets on Sector 9 explains that all Jesus really wants is us. He wants our whole heart.

All three of my boys laughed and enjoyed this short film. The puppets are amazing, as usual. Phil Vischer does a great job of explaining doctrinal and theological ideas on a child's level. My children asked questions afterward and told me the things they learned while watching this movie.

The movie is approximately 40 minutes long so it holds a child's short attention span. It covers topics such as missionaries, fruits of the spirit, God's plan and purpose for our lives, and how to truly know you are walking with Jesus. I highly recommend this movie and plan to purchase it for my children for Christmas.

Just in case you can't wait until you buy the DVD, this movie is available on JellyTelly right now.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Ties That Bind {By: Cindy Woodsmall}

I have an obsession with Amish fiction. I especially love it when that Amish fiction is written by Cindy Woodsmall. She is one of my favorite authors and has such a love for the Amish community. She lovingly tells stories about their lives and makes it accessible to everyone else in the world. Her new book and the first in the series The Amish of Summer Grove, Ties That Bind, is such a wonderful and delightful book to read. There are twists and turns and events that keep you on the edge of your seat...and it's all in a book.

Ariana Brenneman is the main character. Her story is so unique and full of so many plot twists. Her life in the Old Order Amish seems normal to her. She has aspirations to open a café to help support her family. But, someone in her life wants to lure other Amish people into the English lifestyle. Are his plans to help her or bring her harm? She wants to find out and when she does it is the biggest surprise of all.

Her family has kept secrets from her that Quill Schlabach wants to reveal. Will he be successful or will he be stopped before the truth comes out? No matter what Ariana does, Quill keeps showing up in her life. This time, he has information about her family's secrets and how that could affect her in the long run.

I love everything about this book. The Amish lifestyle is explained very well. Sometimes when you read Amish fiction it can be confusing. Cindy Woodsmall does a fantastic job walking the reader through every part of the Amish life and explains why they do what they do. Since she is so connected to the Amish community she has "insider" information and knows the ins and outs of their day-to-day life. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the sequel.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.