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Saturday, May 5, 2018

God's Words of Life for Mothers


God's Words of Life for Mothers is a sweet little book of guidance from God's Word, just for mothers. It is beautifully designed--the cover is a design from Amy Butler, and there is a pretty lavender border on each page. The pages are scalloped all the way around, which is unique, but it does make flipping pages a little bit of a challenge. I can see where some women will like this extra feature, though.

The book features short devotional for each topic, but the main contents are Bible verses. The verses are specially chosen to cover topics relevant to motherhood.

The sections of verses include topics such as:


  • anger
  • asking for help
  • attitude
  • Bible study
  • children
  • commitment
  • communication
  • compassion
  • confidence
  • conflict
  • and more...
There are several blank lined pages at the end of the book for journaling your own thoughts. Just in time for Mother's Day, God's Words of Life for Mothers will make a nice gift for any mom, no matter the ages of her kids. 

The publisher provided a review copy of God's Words of Life for Mothers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In Places Hidden

In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets) by Tracie Peterson is the first book in the Golden Gate Secrets series.

This book is set in early 1900s San Francisco, where Camriann has traveled to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months prior. She meets two other women, and they all end up rooming together and getting jobs at a chocolate factory. Camri's search for her brother leads her to witness the corruption of the city. She is helped by Patrick Murdock, whom Caleb had helped at one time.

Tracie Peterson's characters are well-written and multi-faceted. Camri is a strong female character whose independence and intelligence are refreshing.

There is mystery and suspense in this historical novel that keep the pages turning. Faith and prayer are interwoven naturally into the story. The way the story is written really drew me in and made me want more. I am looking forward to the next installment!

The publisher provided a review copy of In Places Hidden.

Monday, April 9, 2018

NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible

 

With a single-column layout, omitting the verse numbers within the text, the NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible
reads like a narrative. It is a unique experience to read the Bible this way, and  you become immersed in the stories of the Bible. Verse references appear in the margins, but only at breaks in the text. 

The contemporary, simple format of 
 NKJV, Deluxe Reader's Bible includes a leathersoft cover, lay-flat binding, and readable fonts (Comfort Print) on creamy white pages. It is a very readable format, and the color and design scheme are modern and elegant. The sleek black design on the cover is embossed and accented with brown at the corners. The inner cover pages are black. This elegant Bible is beautiful, and will be enjoyed by women and men, younger and older alike. 



Features include:

  • The New King James Version, known for its literary beauty and trustworthy accuracy
  • Single-column layout, designed for optimal readability
  • Beautiful Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Classic slipcase for protection and display

Reading the Bible in this way is like reading a novel. The reading experience is unencumbered:

"Modern Bible readers are accustomed to finding the pages of their Bibles filled with tools to aid their study...While these features can help readers unpack the meaning of a phrase, discover a passage's historical background, o locate a book's place within the canon of Scripture, they can also draw attention away from the ost important element in any Bible: the text of God's Word. The NKJV Deluxe Reader's Bible is designed specifically for reading. It puts as little between the reader and the biblical text as possible" (Preface).

With a minimalist design, this Bible contains no frills.There are no maps or other supplementary information. Although it is not ideal as a study Bible, the format will cause you to understand God's Word in a whole new way. It is a must have for your Bible library.

The publisher provided a review copy of NKJV Reader's Bible. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

So Much to Celebrate


So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through by Katie Jacobs is a book of inspiring ideas for entertaining your loved ones all year round. It is part cookbook, part entertaining planner. Katie provides ideas for all kinds of parties, but these ideas can all be adapted for anytime, whether you are throwing a bask or simply want to make family night a little more special.

This oversized hardback is filled to the brim with bold photographs, beautiful design, and special touches like the embossed cover, ribbon bookmark, and gingham border on each page. So Much to Celebrate is fun to just flip through and soak in, but the recipes are irresistible. Each one has clear instructions, and are actually achievable.

Some of my favorite ideas from So Much to Celebrate include:


  • Mother's Day Tea Party
  • Fourth of July Pool Party
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Homemade Cherry Limeade
  • Harvest Caramel Apple Chocolate Cake
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Party
  • Hot Chocolate Party
As a mom, I appreciate the work that went into this book to make it easy for me to treat my family to a special celebration, anytime of the year. So Much to Celebrate is gorgeous and a must-have addition to my cookbook collection!



The publisher provided a review copy of So Much to Celebrate.