On My Bookshelf: Once Upon A Time Bible Stories

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Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible  by Omar Aranda {illustrator}

Little description: The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Stories include: Ruth, Abigail, Esther, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, Mary Magdalene, and many more. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.

Genre: Christian Bible/ Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

All the big evertold Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments are included in this book. Beautiful details, breathtaking and colorful pages will lead all to rediscover God’s stories in a new way.  Gorgeous way to tell the children about Creation, the Great Flood, a child in the basket…. Reminds me to read again the familiar stories of God’s love, goodness, redemption, Jesus’ coming, and the last judgement…It makes me exciting for Heavens all over…

Love the book design. It tell the tales of long ago…

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On My Bookshelf: Princess Bible

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Princess Bible  by Thomas Nelson

Little description:What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess? Everywhere you look in toys, media, fashion, and home decor the princess theme is a timeless classic. And what better than as a child to learn that our Father, the King of kings, loves each of us! We have combined that love for the royal look with our International Children’s Bible®, the Bible kids can read and understand. And just for fun, added a bonus coloring and sticker book.

Little girls everywhere love all things princess. The ICB Princess Bible is the perfect Bible to get your little princess reading and engaging with God’s Word! It combines a princess-themed cover, the bestselling International Children’s Bible® text, and a fun coloring sticker book with more than 50 stickers.

The International Children’s Bible® is the translation of the Bible that kids can read and understand. Translated at a third-grade reading level, it is the perfect first Bible for young readers to learn and grow with. Now even more readable with large type, bold subject headings, 365 highlighted key verses, and a kid-friendly dictionary and concordance, the ICB is a natural way to introduce God’s Word to your little princess.

The ICB Princess Bible has twenty-four full-color princess-designed Bible study helps included within the text, and the bonus coloring sticker book includes sixteen pages of royal images and more than 50 sparkly stickers!

Show your little princess that she is also God’s princess with the new ICB Princess Bible.

Genre: Christian Bible/ Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Gorgeous pink cover with little princessy designs: I spot a crown, tiara, royal carriage, diamond, flowers and twirls… With extra sticker booklet, it would be a great addition to every girl. The book is for middle-grade students…. To spice up the royal reading, just add some stickers, a glam sticky notes, and the diamond pen, and the princess is in the  business to take an adventure to God’s Kingdom, visiting the places King of King had walked… Definitely give it to my niece. 

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It was a warm summer day, just like any other, when I boarded a plane in Austin with a bomb in my luggage.

No, scratch that: Dozens, if not hundreds, of tiny little bombs, all packed neatly in my carry-on bag. Rest assured that security was no slouch, pulling me aside to examine the explosive contents, but still I slid through without much incident. Before I incite mass panic here, let me clarify that these bombs were only of the edible variety, bursting with energy and flavor, rather than actual firepower.

Returning home from a food-focused convention, I still felt like I was getting away with robbery, if not a greater crime of terrorism. Enjoy Life Foods had been one of the very few vegan sponsors and at the end of the event, unloaded nearly their entire supply of uneaten samples into my hungry hands. Yes, untold numbers of the…

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Chocolate Goodness

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Valentine’s Day kicks into high-gear and still the debate rages on: Boxed chocolates or a bouquet? Countless delinquent romantics face this dilemma right at this very moment, weighting their options at the nearest corner store. It seems like an obvious choice to me, and the numbers agree; polls consistently rank candies and sweets as the […]

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On My Bookshelf: Easter Blessings

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Easter Blessings (Really Woolly) by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Little description:Winter’s nap is over, and new life is all around!

Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. And the Really Woolly characters are discovering God’s goodness all around them. Curl up with your little one, and join the fun while learning about the hope of Easter and springtime!

Adorable rhymes, sweet Bible verses, and prayer starters will make reading time a special moment for you and your child—to connect with each other and with God. 

Genre: Christian/ Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Find Really Woolly cute and cuddling characters prepared to explore the outside, with a nature waking up from the winter’s slumber…. With adorable rhyming stories, little ones will enjoy the time to discover how the flowers grow back and the leaves appear on the trees, but most importantly, learn the true story behind the Easter and what it meant for the Relly Woolly bunny, sheep and birds….

Beautiful artwork and illustrations…

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On My Bookshelf:Light Up New York

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Light Up New York (Glimmer Girls Book # 4) by Natalie Grant with Naomi Kinsman

Little description: Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, Lulu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Julia, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.

In this fourth book in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, the Glimmer family is headed to the Big Apple—New York City! Gloria has been asked to perform a concert in Times Square and the whole family joins her. Miss Julia immediately starts planning a sightseeing trip for the sisters that will be better than all the rest, but plans never turn out exactly as they imagine when the Glimmer girls are involved. So what happens when sibling rivalry, random acts of kindness, and a little mystery all meet up at some of the most famous sights in New York City?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Children’s Book/ Mystery

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The Glimmer girls did it again! They manage to find a mystery wherever they go… This time the detective bug followed them to New York, where they started a hunt on the mysterious Snow Angel… With all the exciting things and sight seeing in NY, they chose to unveil this Snow Angel persona, but in the process they managed to become one…

Interesting and engaging story of young-detective girls who have their peer questions, battling the jealousy and putting other in jeopardy.

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On My Bookshelf:The Elusive Miss Ellison

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The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, Book #1) by Carolyn Miller

Little description:Pride, prejudice and forgiveness…
Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter–all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother–his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible–he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along. 
            
Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

She believes that everyone needs grace, except for him… He came into Lavinia’s life recently, but managed to ruin hers long time ago, breaking apart the only family she knew. How will she need this grace when she would learn that all the needy of the village can be helped, their house can be rebuilt again? She quickly learns that everything seems not what it is. The known is not the very life she came to know. The secret that not only powerful enough to bring the family together, but also defuse her love to shreds. Will she choose to cower and accept her grandmother’s wishes in reality, or will keep going with her heart?

A story of hope, grace, and family bonds, and hidden secrets…God’s extended grace can reach and heal the brokenhearted, even the earl’s soul.

Simpleton with a kind heart, a servant with great inheritance.

A lovely story;so much have been said, so much wrong have been done.

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On My Bookshelf: Understanding the Bible

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Understanding the Bible (A Guide to Reading and Enjoying Scripture) by Robert L. Plummer

Little description: Understanding the Bible will help anyone learn how to interpret the Bible for themselves. Plummer walks the reader through improving interpretation skills, using books and tools for interpretation, and determining the meaning of a biblical text.

Genre: Christian Living/ Bible Study

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I say, the book is mini guide that will help those who study the Bible. With seven main topics, Robert Plummer focuses on the importance to interpret the Bible, general principals, how to improve the interpretation, books and tools needed to be more accurate in the Scriptures interpretation and application, the meaning behind the Text, the role of the Holly Spirit… Recommend this book to all the cell groups, small groups, and ladies Bible Study group. 

PS.  Kregel has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: The Door Keeper {Book and Blog Tour}

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The Door Keeper by Steen Jones

Little description:Adventure. Love. Destiny.

Single mom Eden Saunders has learned that tragedy is simply a part of life. Her mother died during childbirth, and her husband was killed just three years after they married. On a journey to discover where she comes from, Eden inherits the key to unlocking new worlds from her deceased mother—including the world that should have been her home. The only thing stopping her from exploring them is the fear of leaving her daughter behind. Caught up in the circle of legacy, Eden discovers the mother-daughter bond that even death cannot break.

In discovering where she truly came from, Eden inherits a key from her deceased mother that opens doors to different worlds beyond her imagination, including the world that should have been her home. The only thing stopping her from exploring them is the fear of leaving her own daughter behind. T he Door Keeper explores the circle of mother/daughter legacies, and the bond that unites them; a bond that even death can not break.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Spoilers Alert: Precede with caution, spoilers might be spotted here and there. If spoilers are you pet peeves, then disregard this review altogether by going directly to Amazon for a purchase or further examination.
Without any shadow of the doubt Eden’s story has been quiet great and unique adventure. Bravisimo to Steen Jones’ debut novel. The author outdone with the characters and the plot development. Characters are charming, except the hostility some exuded, and well-placed in the plot. My favorite, of course, is Gabby. For 10 year-old girl, she knows and acts as typical middle school-er with sleepovers, school projects, and questions, but with her own sense of humor, especially around her mom and the new dude, James.
Another favorite is Eden. She comes as one of the main characters of the novel. Her life filled with weird dreams and often reoccurring nightmares, makes life even harder. She still has many questions about her family…
Eden is forced to have a look into her past, which opened the door to her destiny. Unknown key, strange doors had opened up new territories. Will she pass the fear not test and walk into her past, present, and future?
One of the strong landmarks of this novel are doors which are guarded by the Door Keepers… the different lands, the places realistically subjected to wars and times of peace. With a rightful queen returned to Caelum’s throne, will the life and peace be brought to usual rhythm?
The ways of treason, imprisonment, and more secrets weaved into Eden’s life, threatening to destroy all she knew and cherished.
Will fear factor ruin the legacy?
I love that the story ended on the sweet mystery. Gabby, Eden’s daughter, went from ten to almost eighteen years-old. But when her mom disappeared again, only Gabby holds the key to the rescue. Will she believe the wild story her uncle told her, and with the mother’s journals will she be fast enough to use her gift to unlock the place of her mom’s disappearance just in time?

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The Door Keeper Blog Tour Schedule

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img_0435Today is almost the day we all have been waiting for so, to keep us in suspense until the release of, The Door Keeper by Steen Jones we will have a fun and interesting blog tour for you to follow around with. 

Here is the upcoming blog tour schedule and don’t forget to check out the wonderful giveaway below.

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screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-3-04-45-pmAbout The Door Keeper:

Adventure. Love. Destiny.

Single mom Eden Saunders has learned that tragedy is simply a part of life. Her mother died during childbirth, and her husband was killed just three years after they married. On a journey to discover where she comes from, Eden inherits the key to unlocking new worlds from her deceased mother—including the world that should have been her home. The only thing stopping her from exploring them is the fear of leaving her daughter behind. Caught up in the circle of legacy, Eden discovers…

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