On My Bookshelf: Jesus Loves Me

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Jesus Loves Me: A Sing-Along Book by Gynux 

Little description: ARead or sing along with your little one’s favorite song! Jesus Loves Me pairs sweet, snuggly illustrations with the text of the familiar children’s song. This newest board book in the beloved Sing-Along series also features a padded cover perfect for little hands, and is sure to delight children and parents alike.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I love this book: the artwork is very colorful and beautifully done. I just can feel the forest scenes on every page. There is something amazing, at least for me, everything that involves the woods and woodland creatures. Each character looks cute, adorable, and I just want to play along them… Maybe because I love to draw woodland creatures myself…

When I got this book, I gave it to my nephew, but only after the extra special touches were added: more woodland creature stickers… On the pages the ants appeared, and the animals, all of the sudden, had soccer and basketball to play with. Or in case of emergency the firetruck was there- the nephew thought it was needed there! Cute!!! 

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On My Bookshelf: All Things Bright and Beautiful

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All Things Bright and Beautiful: Make Believe Ideas by Thomas Nelson

Little description: All Things Bright and Beautiful, a charming new padded board book for young children, will be a bright, glittery addition to any home.

This padded board book with plastic handle sparkles with its eye-catching cover and colorful, fun illustrations. With glitter on every page, your little one will be engaged with the lyrics from the classic hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Enjoy celebrating God’s beautiful creation through this adorable book that your children will want to read over and over again!

The padded covers, thick pages, and handle are perfect for little hands, and the glittery artwork and simple, classic lyrics will appeal to any young child. All Things Bright and Beautiful will delight your family as you cuddle up and read all about God’s care in creation.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

A little gift was waiting on my doorsteps… Glittery purple book filled with lots of details and some rhyming poetic lines…

I think the kids can play “I Spy” game with the amount of objects in the book, or learn the seasons, show the animals, or touch the rough surface of glitter. 

My favorite page is a big picture of rainbow filled with vibrant colors and totally covered in glitter. The toddler girls will love it…

Easy-to-carry anywhere, a treasure book with you all the time!

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On My Bookshelf: Bread of Angels

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Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

Little description: Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The stories created by Tessa Afshar have one thing in common, which are strong, never surrendered women who conquers all their fears and bend their community outlook on women folks, showing what the power of God can do through their lives: grace, braveness, womanhood, and love  are the great kindles in their lives. They abandon their inabilities, and devoted wholeheartedly to take care the loved one, the slaves in their possession, and to hold their homes built and strong, whether in their homeland or in the stranger’s land.

A lovely story of Lydia, the first one to come to be baptized and the follower of Jesus in the Philippi, the first woman in the dye trade. She faces lots of harsh adversaries, in face of men and the fear-master.

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: The Wolf Road

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The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Little description:ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.
 
But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.
 
Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.
 
The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

Genre: Thriller/ Post-Apocolyptic  Fiction/ Survival in the Wilderness

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My thoughts: 1 stars out of 5

This is the rare book review, filled with my negative opinion, thoughts and emotions. Surviving in the wilderness is my second favorite genre, after the time-travel.

Just want to begin with that this book was somewhat I thought it would be interesting, but after reading the blurb I thought was the book is about survival and should be good. But the more I divided in the book, the more I lost interest. The beginning was hooking, promising to be alright read… There is no problem with sentences, they seem to be alright. The way the girl Elka, the main character, her talk shows she knows nothing about the grammar. But the story line was disappointing for me… Expected something else… Was not a good read, and I lost interest in the middle of the book.

As disappointed I was, I decided not to post the review on Amazon and Goodreads, because I know there will be more people who would truly enjoy the story-line of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: Adorned

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Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy Wolgemuth

Little description:Known for her wisdom, warmth, and knowledge of Scripture, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has encouraged millions through her books, radio programs, and conferences. Now she’s back with a legacy work on Titus 2 and its powerful vision for women:

Woman to woman. Older to younger. Day to day. Life to life.
This is God’s beautiful plan.

The Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women is vital for us all to thrive. It is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world.

Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women, blessing whole families and churches. Imagine young wives, moms, and singles gaining wisdom and encouragement from women who’ve been there and have found God’s ways to be true and good. Imagine all women—from older women to young girls—living out His transforming gospel together, growing the entire body of Christ to be more beautiful.

This is Christian community as God designed it. Read this book and take your relationships to new depths, that your life might find its fullest meaning as you adorn the gospel of Christ.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Bible Study/ Women’s Ministry

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Beautiful white hard-covered book loaded with the wisdom and revelation to younger women on Titus 2. Discover how to be beautiful through God’s eyes, the beauty He created in women meant to be embraced and be the power line that will bring praise and worship to Lord Jesus. How to be adorned and to adore, a unique assignment and a call to the beauty gender… Titus 2 gives the beauty secrets that will actually work, not the weight loss nor the make up tips.

Learn to be a woman under God, empowered by the sound doctrine as a shield from all the filth that enemy shoots. God called women to stand as model especially through the passing time, embracing each year to be the beautiful model at all ages. To teach others, especially younger women to be all that God called them to be is one of the commands given from the Lord Jesus… Learn to live a sacred service life is a privilege, not deprived and mundane tasks that steal your time and strength and sanity, sucking out the joy and life… There are rewards waiting on the compassionate, selfless, serving mothers. Jesus on Earth showed how to be the King with the servant heart, and that’s what He called his disciples to model and do.

Learn to be a woman under control, removing all the slander from the daily language, and giving thanks to God daily that will lead heart into the true worship. Develop self-control, and perusing holiness and purines with all the heart and soul…

What does it look like a woman under her roof, a woman who creates heaven in her home, nourishing and loving her man, even when it’s hard. Discover an unexpected blessing through submission to the husband the way Jesus spoke through the Scripture… A godly submission that will elevate the husband as the head of the household….

And, yes, to learn to be a mother that will tenderly love and show kindness to  her children, a guardian on the Earth for each child which God will place as little bundles of joy, but with humongous demands on attention… The precious presents right form the Father’s hands…

Great for the women’s ministries and small groups studies.

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On My Bookshelf: The Divide

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The Divide: {Alliance} by Jolina Petersheim

Little description: In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.

An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them.

Genre: Religious Fiction/ Amish/ Distopia

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

I have expected a different tale from the series. Even though it was not the first book from the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. A dystopian events transforms Leora’s community into a disaster…. What a surprise waited her, when she dared to return to her destroyed house… She met someone whom she wasn’t sure she would ever able to see again.. She needs to choose between two men. To whom she will truely belong? Will she be able to see Moses, or will be stuck as the wife to the future bishop? All she knew that she chose a long time ago, but it’s for you to find out.

I was confused with some characters, and the book at some point lost my interest.

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: An Unexplainable Life

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An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church (Acts 1-12) by Erica Wiggenhorn

Little description:What can God do with fifty days?

In only fifty days Peter was radically transformed. He went from being a man in the shadows denying even knowing Jesus, to a man boldly proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus in the middle of the temple courts. How did the change occur? And more importantly, can such a change occur within us—today, in the here and now?

For fifty days, I invite you to dwell in the first twelve chapters of Acts. Here we meet Peter face-to-face and encounter the source of his power. We become challenged to grab hold of that power ourselves, believing that God wants to do something in and through us that is unexplainable apart from Him. Let’s give God fifty days and see what He might do.

The purpose of this study isn’t simply to reiterate a message. (You can find many studies on Acts.) Our purpose is to reignite a movement of the power of the Holy Spirit in each of us individually and in our churches collectively. Are you ready?

— Erica Wiggenhorn

Participants will enjoy:

  • A verse-by-verse study spread over ten weeks (5 lessons/week)
  • Many biblical, theological, and historical insights
  • Text-based discussion questions that truly provoke thought

Genre:  Christian Living/ Bible Study/ Workbook

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Looking for a great way to study Bible, especially the passages from the Acts… This book is that. Amazing soft cover with the right size to hold as workbook, it will guide you with the right tools and information to embrace the journey and see the move of God through Act into your daily life… But how to achieve that? Through the relationship with the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, go section by section in fifty days that will challenge you to move into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, to understand the way of mission and the Great Commission.

Great for the small groups and the individual use… I am impressed with the book. It provoked to ponder about my spiritual life and what Jesus truly wants to do through it… Yey for the exciting journey…

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On My Bookshelf: The Centurion

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The Centurion by Ken Gire

Little description:An ambitious Roman soldier. A stunning crucifixion. An unlikely romance. A long war and a chance reunion—the moving parts that make The Centurion a gripping story of love, duty, and sacrifice.

Lucius has always dreamed of military conquest and Roman glory. Little does he know how a routine crucifixion will change him forever.

Curious about this “King of the Jews,” Lucius seeks out His followers and falls for one named Mary Magdalene. But all is interrupted when Lucius is called to lead military campaigns. There the hardships of war, year after year, wear him down to nearly nothing.

When Lucius finally returns to Rome, the city has lost its allure. A chance encounter tests his allegiances, and he must decide who he is, what is real, and what is worth dying for.

Genre:  Christian Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Many point-of-views presented in this book, but through the mastery of the author, the transition was smooth and not confusing. The story laid on the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, the King of Jews, yet told from the Roman eyewitness.  A great work of historical fiction.

One of the main characters was a centurion Lucius who witnessed the gruesome act of crucifixion- another day, another condemned man to die. But this time his heart put to rebellious thoughts that teared his mind into unsettling battle. What if the man on the cross was who he claimed to be? A Jew, a King, high deity. All Lucius knew that there were no such deities that would give, but only thirsty ones, demanding never-ending offerings and sacrifices for themselves. Who in the right mind would call the deity-Father, yet this Jesus was not like other victims of the cross. The last words He spoke was of forgiveness, and when He drew His last breath He simply said with a triumphant whisper: “IT IS FINISHED!” The land shook from the violent darkness, and suddenly the peace and light descend above the cross.  For the rest, I bid you to read the story… His story, the centurion who was responsible for the crucifixion act to be done. He is the one who said: “Truly this man was Son of God”. What changed his mind to forget about the pantheon of the Roman gods and profess something like that in public?

The ending of the book has a source section, which I like. It describes a list of sources of book that I can look for, if I needed more information. In this section the author explained some passages and meaning behind the imagery through the story. He explained some Roman lifestyle and the important events that happened during the storytelling.

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On My Bookshelf: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi

Little description:Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers!

It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

  • Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?”
  • Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle?
  • What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Genre: Historical Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Anna Gaines was the opposite character of what her society used to determine the status and privileges for the women in 19th century. She didn’t want to be timid, just quiet housewife who could only do what was asked of her by her husband and listen to the demanding society… After the horse accident, she tried to hide form the world; now with a limp in her hips, she would not be considered a young, illegible woman for courting; the wedding was out of question. Yet when visiting her aunt, she tried the most freeing way be herself, costing her a reputation and the nasty gossips slipping and circling through her neighborhood and the country. After she spend time learning to cycle, she didn’t want to let it go. She felt so free, and so not what the society expected of her… She would prove them all, that women can cycle as good as men, and there shouldn’t be any shame on their gender. With a new line of the fashion for this man’s sports, the new bloomers came to the stores… Yet many were frighten to embrace the new women’s movement of cycling and of bloomers.

Good read.

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On My Bookshelf: Hello Stars

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Hello Stars {Lena in the Spotlight} by Alena Pitts & Wynter Pitts

Little description: Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster.

With her little sisters—Ansley, Ashton, and Amber—and her mischievous pup, Austin, constantly at her side, Lena must face the challenges of everyday life while chasing her dreams of being a model and actress on the big screen. Lena tackles tough choices, learns the value of perseverance, and keeps her hopes high. She knows her faith and family will keep her feet on the ground and her eyes on the stars.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Welcome to the story of a young girl who took in a task to make her dream come true. But when it became to hard to handle and the spotlight to heavy for her delicate soul, her family and faith were the anchors to pull her through… But disasters always waited on the corner of every turn, making a mess with friends and family…

A story of choices that will change a life forever… What to do when there is too much on the plate, and things go the wrong way? Expected moments of joy and ease, where did they go, when Lena’ve got everything she wanted?

Girls who have big dreams should read it… I give this one to my little sister.

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