Saturday, April 18, 2015

The One O’ Clock Miracle: A True Story About Trusting the Words of Jesus


The One O'Clock MiracleBook Information
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (April 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910307432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910307434
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
Second in the new Tales that Tell the Truth series comes The One O’clock Miracle.

Based on the healing of the official’s son in John chapter 4, this wonderful storybook will teach children about the instant power of the words of Jesus, and that they should trust Jesus because he is God’s Son.


My Impressions 

This is the second book I have read and reviewed by Catalina Echeverri and Alison Mitchell. In this particular book we find the story of the healing of the official’s son as told in John 4. I adore these books. In my opinion they are great for teaching young children biblical concepts in a way they can understand and relate to. Children receive so much of a story by looking at the pictures, so you need a strong illustrator that can bring the story to life in a simply, yet impactful way that Catalina does beautifully. 

My 8 year old loved the story and illustrations. He really enjoyed the book when he realized he knew the story from the bible and how it was going to end already! I appreciated how the text was multiple sizes, with the important words bolded and larger to draw attention to their significance in the story. 

I highly recommend this book for those seeking after Jesus.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC) on behalf of The Good Book Company. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Catalina Echeverri
About Alison Mitchell: 

Written by Alison Mitchell, author of The Christmas Promise and several of our children’s tracts.
This book is perfect for children aged 3-6 years old and makes a beautiful gift.

About Catalina Echeverri:
Catalina Echeverri is a Colombian freelance illustrator and designer specialising in children’s illustration. Catalina is based in London, UK.

Stunningly illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, author and illustrator of several bestselling children’s books, including Monty’s Christmas, as well as the first two storybooks from The Good Book for Children, Alby’s Amazing Book and The Christmas Promise.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Talisma


  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SLI804G

Thrilling fantasy, dramatic twists and a stirring love story! Why did Kaja – a bearer of good fortune – suddenly run out of luck? Shadow creatures lurk in the dark, one misfortune leads to the next, and her fear of being claimed by the aristocrats increases by the hour. Furthermore, she is torn between her seaman and the wild wood wanderer, before whom all warn...

Can she escape her superior opponents? And how will her heart decide?

Who does not love a good love triangle. There are so many movies, tv shows and books based on this premise alone. So I knew things were going to get good when Kaja found herself torn between her wood-wandreer Teon, and her childhood friend Nio. We get some pretty steamy, passionate moments between Kaja and Teon that would make this book better suited for more mature readers.

I really enjoyed the shadow creatures. Although I would have like some more background and consistency with them, I really enjoyed the dark, violent, treacherous mood they set in the story. They are evil to the core and are responsible for the death of Kaja's twin sister when they were young. They also are trying to kill Kaja, Teon and Nio and it becomes up to Kaja to rid their world of their sinister ways. 


The only thing I disliked about this book was that the characters were not real developed. A lot of them are one dimensional and fall flat,  but I saw potential in the style of writing that would lead me to believe this something the author will grow into with more experience. At times the book did not flow as nicely as I would have liked to see, but that could also have something to do with loss within translation from the original language, German,  as well. 

As far as a romance/fantasy book goes this was a good read that I could recommend to those who really enjoy this genre. A few hiccups, but nothing that took away from the overall enjoyment of the story or the characters.  I am looking forward to more books from this upcoming author.

 
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The gods obviously had lost their minds! Otherwise, such a disaster would never havehappened to the twins Kaja and Liana. It objected to every law of nature! Nevertheless, onthis fateful spring morning fifteen summers ago, indescribable misfortune came over the two,although they were considered bearers of good fortune from birth. Kaja would never understand why, of all people, Liana suffered such a fate. Her sister had always been the sunshine of the family. She herself, however, had a lot of nonsense in her head and preferred to stray through the streets of their hometown, Donn, with the other kids to play adult pranks. A carefree seven-summer-old she floated through her life, grounded only by Liana.

In return, she always scattered the worries of her sister and protected her from the unpleasant sides of the outside world.
  On this terrible day Kaja longed to shield her sister, as always. Panic threatened to overwhelm her and she almost choked with fear, but she fought relentlessly against her mother, Namea,whose arms prevented her from moving. She had to get to Liana and convince the crude footmen of the Earl to take her instead of her twin sister! Liana didn’t deserve such a lot, and Kaja knew it was her job to prevent it!
  Kaja trembled with fear for her sister. She closed her eyes and saw black spots blur Liana’s pastel-green contours. Despair and pain darkened her view. Her heart was pounding. Panicked,she tore open her eyes and watched through the narrow gap in the closet door as a fat, bearded bloke abducted her sister.



As a fantasy writer, office manager and optimist Marie Mohn lives with her husband and her son happily in the heart of Austria.Born in 1985 as the daughter of two authors, she was naturally fascinated by the magical world of books since childhood, devouring one book after another, and soon began to write herself. Creativity and joy interlink closely in her opinion and she loves to enjoy – besides her own life –  invented worlds and adventures.

The German version of “Talisma” has already been successfully published in 2014. It has plenty  of great reviews (average rating at Amazon 4,9/5).  "Talisma" has been published on 25th February 2015. It offers thrilling entertainment with a  sarcastic heroine, new figures in the world of fantasy (wood wanderers, bearers of good fortune  and shadow creatures) and a stirring love story.
 

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Week

This is Easter week. It is a time when a lot of families gather together to dye eggs, go on easter egg hunts, take bluebonnet photos, visit with the Easter bunny, have family picnics and the like. I have nothing against these traditions,there fun.  I do them myself with my kiddos, but unlike with many families, this is not our families focus at this time of the year.

For our family it is a time of celebration, remembrance and thankfulness. It is a time when our family remember God incarnate, leaving all of his rights and privileges to enter the world of humanity, to live with us, to suffer with and for us, and then, to die for us to receive God's holy wrath in our place. Because of that, we can stand clean before a holy God. But mankind voted, and they crucified him. They mocked him, scourged him, and executed him. But then, he rose from the grave. 

He is risen; He is risen indeed!
Matthew 28:6  "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Even now, God holds out his arms of love for those who will come, be they gay, straight, Asian, African or Anglo, male or female, criminal or priest; but all who come must expect to be radically changed. Come as we are, but his spirit will not let us stay as we are. To the prostitute he said, "your sins are forgiven, now go and sin no more." 

He will return, and will separate those who hate him from those who love him. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." - John 3:36. 

 Yes, it's fair. He will never make someone who hates him, live with him forever. The mocking continues; and He will return.







Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Stories and Prayers

  • Series: Little Blessings
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496402804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496402806

Celebrate the real meaning of Easter with your kids. This special edition of Little Blessings books includes four books in one: Who is Jesus, Why is there a Cross, What about Heaven, and What is Prayer.

Each title is designed to help kids learn more about Jesus and his sacrifice for us. This volume includes a special note from author Kathleen Bostrom on how to help kids understand the meaning of Easter and the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

Full-color art of the adorable characters draws kids in and makes them want to hear the stories over and over again. Scripture references support each answer to the questions so parents can study more.

Make Easter about Jesus this season.



 Easter Stories and Prayers is a collection of 4 previously published books in one that include:

Why is There a Cross?
Who is Jesus?
What is Prayer?
What About Heaven?


Inside each story you will find scriptural references marked at the top of most pages to provide biblical support for the rhyming poem on that page. This is also a great tool to use with your younger kids to get them to open their bibles and dig into the Word of God. Each page is beautifully illustrated and captures the essences of the story. 

When I first picked up the book I did not realize it was four books in one, but thought it was just one story. It was a pleasant surprise since I love multi-volume books, but still I would have appreciated a table of contents to let me know what was actually included and where each story was located.Which brings me to my 2nd nuance-page numbers.  Pages numbers would have been nice so I could easily flip back to the page I left off on, instead of searching through the stories and it would have made locating each story easier.   I am also concerned about the thinness of the pages and how durable they will be over time especially with little hands and how rough they can get when handling things.

The "Easter Story" in the traditional sense is not found within these pages like you might expect given the title.  Don't get me wrong the book tells the Easter story, just in broken bits scattered throughout. You get the birth of Jesus, His life, ministry and death, just within different stories that you might need to piece together for your young ones for them to get the full impact of what Christ did for us and why we celebrate Easter.

Overall I give this book 4 stars and can recommend it for kids ages 3-8. The great thing about this book is if you, as a parent, are not familiar with the Easter story or are a new believer in Christ, this book will help guide you to teach your children the true meaning of Easter and provide you with biblical support for your own growth as you do it. If you are interested in getting a copy of this book for yourself or someone you know you can purchase at Amazon


Disclaimer: *I received this book through Tyndale Blog Network for the purpose of this review. My honest opinion was all that was requested.



Kathleen Long Bostrom is an accomplished author who has written numerous children's books, including Sunrise Hill and Mary's Happy Christmas Day. She lives in Wildwood, Illinois, with her husband and three children. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Acts (EP Study Commentaries)


  • Series: EP Study Commentaries
  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press (June 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783970030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783970032
  • US Price $44.99
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Study Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is exegetically and theologically sound, cogently reasoned and clearly written. Demonstrating Luke's competence as a historian.

 

Anyone can tell you  we are in no short supply of commentaries on every book of the bible, including ACTS. So why read this one? What makes this 600 page book so different than the rest? Simple really. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we are, hopefully, seeking to understand Him more, build better relationships and come to a deeper understanding of our own spirituality and how God has worked in the lives of others, especially those He called to write the gospel messages. 

Guy does a wonderful job bringing the spiritual road of Luke to life in a way that the common person can understand and delight in. Guys application is vivid, thought provoking and applicable to us today as it was when Luke preached. It amazes me every time at how what was happening then in our church's is still happening now, but how we are called to handle has not changed. As we walk through each chapter of Luke, we gain more insight into how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in each other, the church's history, and Paul's mission journeys.

The book is wrote from a Christian perspective. That the scriptures are the living, breathing, word of God. The author dives into background information, purpose of the writings, estimated date of writings and how it is relevant to our lives today. 




Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Evangelical Press through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Guy Prentiss Waters is Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss., USA. He received his B.A. in Greek and Latin from the University of Pennsylvania; his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary; his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. From 2002 to 2007, he was Asst. Prof. of Biblical Studies at Belhaven University, Jackson, Miss., and has served at RTS since 2007. Guy is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is the author of several books, articles, chapters, and reviews. Guy and his wife Sarah have three children and reside in Madison, Miss. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

IDENTITY THEFT



IDENTITY THEFT

by Laura Lee

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BLURB:

A bored employee in a rock star's office begins an online relationship with a fan in the guise of his boss and sets off a chain of events he cannot control.

Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse and give her "identity" to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion.

Candi's only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80s pop star Blast.

Ethan  Penn,  a  22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother's  basement, works in the rock star's office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit "Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)" was a cliched monstrosity written to please record executives. His rock n' roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi's hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.
 

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MY IMPRESSIONS:  

This was a great read that brought new light to the circumstances that surround identity theft and how to protect yourself and be proactive. I loved the twists and turns throughout this book. It kept me engaged and expecting the worst and the best in people. The characters are well wrote, with depth and evolving as the book progresses. Ollie, Candi and Ethan are amazing characters. I felt so bad for Ollie, our rock star that seems no matter what he does he cannot catch the break he needs in life. 

If you love psychological suspense books you will adore this one no matter what your age is. 

EXCERPT: 



Ollie was in a good mood when his day began.  It was his first free day in three weeks of touring, and he did not have to pack and check out of the hotel for another couple of days.  This was the height of luxury.  He was dressed in a pair of navy blue sweat pants-- he'd slept in them-- and a new t-shirt he had stolen out of the merch.  The shirts cost about $1.20 each to make in Bangladesh, and they sold them for $30.  It was a racket, but it was also the main thing that kept the tours profitable.  The design featured a cartoon version of Ollie in his Blast persona.  It was the only clean shirt he could find.  He looked nothing like his alter ego at the moment, his face hidden a bit behind a pair of horn-rimmed glasses.  He wore contacts on stage. It had been a while since he'd colored his shoulder-length red hair, so the roots were coming in grey.  (Hats and bandanas disguised this when he performed.)

The television was on: a program about some guys in Texas who restore junk cars to their former glory and try to flip them to make a profit.  Ollie glanced at it from time to time as he pulled stale garments out of his suitcase and sorted them into piles by color on the bed.  No washing underwear in the sink today!  This hotel had a guest laundry! 

Once all of the clothes were stacked up, he grabbed a couple of plastic bags from a side pocket in his bag.  He always kept a few plastic bags.  You never knew when you were going to need them.  They can serve as trash bags when those tiny hotel rubbish bins get full, you can use them to wrap up toiletries that leak and, of course, you can tote your laundry.   When the clothes were bagged up, he threw a couple laundry detergent cubes into the bag with the darks.  The detergent cubes were a great invention.  Not only couldn't they leak during travel, you could move them around in the suitcase to help make things smell a bit more fresh.  He also traveled with a small spray bottle with a mixture of water and vodka inside. The alcohol mixture could be sprayed on to garments if they got a bit pungent. Worked wonders.  He kept a couple of those round balls designed to deodorize gym shoes in there for extra assistance in the olfactory department.  If the rock n' roll thing didn't work out, he figured he could always write a book called “How Not to Stink When You're on the Road.” 

Ollie picked up the room key.  He took a $5 bill from his wallet, which was laying next to his cell phone on the night stand.  He tucked the money into one of the plastic bags. Then he picked up the laundry and was about to head down to the front desk for change when a tinny version of The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” started to play.  When he had chosen that as his ring tone it seemed clever and ironic.  Since then it had become increasingly depressing.  He made a mental note to download a new one when he had the chance.

He was tempted to not even look at the phone. There is a level of fatigue that kicks in after a month on the road.  You move from place to place, event to event like a wind up toy.  The momentum propels you through. The most likely phone candidates were the office, one of his lawyers or his soon-to-be ex-wife. Any of them would be a drain of his energy.  Only one would take his refusal to answer the phone as a personal affront and further evidence of his bad nature.   He stopped and glanced at the small screen.  It was her.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Metro Detroit native Laura Lee divides her time equally between writing and producing ballet educational tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. Her Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation has sold more than 85,000 copies. She has also written two collections of poetry, and a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime.

The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

Angel is her first novel. Read more about the book at http://angelthenovel.carbonmade.com
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