On My Bookshelf: My Great Big God

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My Great Big God by Andy Holmes and Marta Alvarez Miguens

Little description:My great big God takes care of me! My great big God loves me! Find out just how great and big God really is in this adorable Bible storybook for little ones.  

Bestselling author Andy Holmes takes children on a special journey through 20 of the most loved and known stories in the Bible that illustrate the character of God. Each story is told in adorable rhymes and ends with a fresh takeaway that even the youngest child will understand: My great big God is good! My great big God is powerful! Parents and children alike will love to read these stories together and learn about how wonderful our God is.

With bright, eye-catching illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens and thick pages perfect for little hands to hold, My Great Big God will be a family favorite for years to come.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

The illustrations are amazing, but quiet frankly I didn’t like the word choices…. for me it created a picture of everything humongous, gigantic and lost. With God sooooo big, I got the feeling that He is scary and to much for my understanding! Something in the poem doesn’t fit and doesn’t sit quiet well with me. A little bit discouraged here.

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On My Bookshelf: Night Night, Train

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Night Night, Train by Amy Parker & Virginia Allyn

Little description: Chug-a-chug, the night night train Is a’rumblin’ ’round the track!

Choo! Choo! All aboard the train to Sleepytown! After a fun-filled day, it’s time to snuggle in, and dream the night away.

Join these adorable puppies in pajamas as they say night night to the train, to their mommy and daddy, and to God. Your little ones will rest their sleepy heads knowing that the God who made them loves them and keeps them safe all night long.

Night night, train!

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

The illustrations had a night, dark feel… the colors were a little bit dull. For youngsters, the color is one of the primary receptions that tells the story… It’s said: “A picture worth one thousand words.” Kids learn through the story with their eyes first… 

Follow the pets in their quest to go to sleep. The pets are adorable, especially when they have their pajamas on. The road of all sleepyheads leaves no one without saying goodbyes and go straight to bed.

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On My Bookshelf: Egypt’s Sister

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Egypt’s Sister {The Silent Years} by Angela Hunt

Little description:Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria’s royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what–but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. 

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life. 

Genre: Christian Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Wow! This book is amazing yet it tells a story of hardship, betrayal and lack. Chava comes as a royal playmate to Princess Urbi. Nothing can break their trust and friendship as long as they lived, especially after Urbi performed the blood vow to never forget each other. The girls lack of nothing, having the best Egypt could ever give them. Nothing stood on their way of being whatever they wanted to be at the royal palace. Chava never saw the difference between her and the pharaoh’s daughter, because she knew that she would always love and serve Urbi. But her dad wasn’t that sure, he talled her that they are different: Chava comes from the Jewish lineage and Urbi is  Egyptian princess. The time went on, when Chava started to read scrolls and started to help her dad on learning the names of God. She was curious and learned a lot of things from the scrolls and writings, and with that curiosity questions started to come, especially how their God spoke to her people. After a while she started to listen if God would talk to her, but when He did she was afraid to share the massage, which bound her connection and sealed Urbi’s fate for worth.

Lovely story of the Jewish girl born in the Alexandria, so tragically tied to the most famous person in Egypt, the girl called Urbi which would be known as Cleopatra in her adult life.

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On My Bookshelf: Abiding Mercy

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Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel) by Ruth Reid

Little description:Faith faces an impossible situation: Should she do the right thing and bring heartache to nearly everyone she knows or deny her true self and always wonder . . . what if?

Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

 I love Ruth Reid’s writing style: the story of an Amish teenager, Faith, who knows nothing about the world outside, and loves with her heart the community she grew up… She couldn’t figure out one thing- the hate that came from her sister, but the cold stares met her every time she wanted to make it right. What happened between them? This question always tagged Faith as long as she could remember. But after parents’ buggy incident she was plunged in more confusion and out of control…. Why her sister completely estranged herself from helping even in the restaurant? But with that Faith didn’t mind the helping hand from the sister’s fiance.

Filled with hope and faith to the only One Who can help her, Faith moved through the toughest stages of her life… With new home and new lifestyle that she learned to keep away, Faith always had the red-haired man to thank for… Is he her guardian angel, and if he is, he helped her plenty of time…

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On My Bookshelf: God Bless My School

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God Bless My School (A God Bless Book) by Hannah C. Hall & Steve Whitlow

Little description:These cuddly critters have got their school supplies and are ready for big adventures! Help your own little learner look forward to exciting activities and new friends and—most of all—remember that God is with them everywhere they go.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Please to meet you,  the first day of school!

For the preschoolers it can be a tough thing to adapt, especially if they don’t know what could happen on the school ground. With beautiful rhyming short poems and cute cuddly forest cubes, let’s take the biggest walk into the mysterious adventure…

Beautiful artwork and realistic background settings will help the new preschooler to be kind, friendly and just smile because the first day will be remembered for a long time. Make sure the kid has the best haircut and outfit, because moms and dads will take lots of pictures…

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On My Bookshelf: Wow!

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Wow! by Dandi Daley Mackall & Annabel Tempest

Little description: For anyone looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a perfect resource. This whimsical and fun book outlines the gospel in a simple and memorable way (for both adults and kids!), using fun words to highlight the story. The book will present Creation/Genesis (Wow!), The Fall (Uh-oh . . .), Redemption/Jesus’ Life and Sacrifice (Yes!), Restoration/The New Heaven (Aaahhhh), ending with one last Wow because we get to go out and tell the Good News!

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious/ Good News/ Christian Living

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Perfect book for all “LOL” and gadged-inspired kids who know the technology and are pro at the texting match! Those toddlers now can understand the idea behind Christ and the important message called “The Good News”. With just four simple words they can recite the core of the Bible…. With childish illustrations (which I find fasinating) and 3verse stanzas, rhyming poems will make a child’s learning time a delight…

Lovely book will be a great gift. I know mine would be a great present to my niece who can wield the phone like I never could at her age. 

It is a great opportunity to read and review this book. Plus I found a new kid’s author to discover more books.

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

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On My Bookshelf: With You Always

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With You Always {Orphan Train #1} by Jody Hedlund

Little description:When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I know one thing for sure, when I read Judy Hedlund’s books which absorb me deep into the reading so much that I stop only after the last page… Her captivating storytelling is beyond imagination. She stirs much pain, tough choices and risks made in the name of love, whether it’s in the medieval setting or in the present day or in between. Her ability to capture reader’s heart is amazing… This book is not the first one which I have encountered by Judy… the story of hope and chance of love where it wasn’t suppose to ignite and grow…. beautiful.

A villain and a prince, twin brothers set to do the challenge to find who will be the best for their father’s business… Rich, spoiled and determined to prove each other they can do the business not matter what and no matter how. Will their father approve the way each brother went to fulfill his will? There were just two requirements: to build a city and to merry for love in just six month. The time is running out! The father might not live through another week…

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On My Bookshelf: My Daughter’s Legacy

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My Daughter’s Legacy {Cousins of the Dove Book#3} by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

Little description: Women of Unfailing Conviction

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day

Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

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From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Christian Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The story unites two distant relatives in one beautiful tale… Nicole Talbot and Therese Jennings.

Nicole Talbot is in sobriety program, and free from the forbidden liquid for a year. Keeping her promise to her aunty, she does even more than she signed for. But when she receives such a precious gift on her graduation day, a car, yet it threatens to stop her from the telling one heavy secret she carried her whole life… Would be she able to spill the beans and loose the car, or will she keep the secret to her grave and have a chance to drive the car; that is the toughest choice she ever made… She knew on the line is her deceased grandfather’s reputation… And with a new job, she finally met the most stubborn and untrusty man she ever knew… Why he doesn’t like her and always look for the excuse to make her life miserable and hostile on the ranch? Diving deep into the past…

While Nicole questions her shaken name and history, she learns undying truth about her great-grand ancestors… What a courage they had. Will she be able to outlive the brave legacy and be worthy for the name she carried from the birth? Or will it crumble from the accusation she was ready to reveal to the current investigator?

Therese Jennings was Nicole’s great-gran-granmama…  

I love how the two stories combined in one timeline… The author has a great skills in storytelling, and there were no confusion on who is who, and what  happens when. Two strong women in one bloodline, that’s a power of strong legacy and well-developed character. The details of the plot instantly transferred me into the story time… Amazing book.

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On My Bookshelf: The Cover Story

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The Cover Story (A Branigan Powers Mystery Book# 2) by Deb Richardson-Moore

Little description: A bizarre hit-and-run brings Branigan Powers back to the crime-solving beat

A fatal crash involving two college students heading home for the holidays seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road–an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse.

Reporter Branigan Powers delves into the mystery that takes her to the college campus, and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties.

Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn’t there rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before other students are put in danger.

This second installment in the author’s first cozy mystery series delves into the world of newspapers and life on the streets–both of which the author knows well.

Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Christian Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Even though this is the second book from the book series, I was surprised that it didn’t feel like I have missed something… The smooth and just enough details pulled me into the invisible story line, that the last thing I thought was how could I finish the book already. The story itself was well planned and well paced, like a mystery calls for. Amazing work… I loved all characters: foes and friends, detectives and reporters, collage students and homeless, church folks and doctors…My favorite would be Malachi  and Branigan…. What a team!

The story itself just let me submerged into it deeply that I forgot to put a bet who did the murders, and yes there were couple of them, sadly!

The end had no loose ends and everything was uncovered what was hidden at the beginning..

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

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On My Bookshelf: Goliath Must Fall

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Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio

Little description:Fear. Rejection. Addiction. Anger. Comfort…Must Fall.

It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best.

God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all.

In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic story of David and Goliath. The key to living free from our giants is not better slingshot accuracy, but keeping our eyes on the one and only giant-slayer—Jesus. Put your hope in him and watch Goliath fall.

Genre: Christian Living

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Louie Giglio teaches a different approach to the story behind Goliath vs David….the famous battle with a giant, a heart-warming reminder that God of David is our God today and He finished the work to put all the giants out of the business forever. As Goliath went out to belittle and defile God, he was not aware that this God of Israel will actually show up. He came to the scene with the most humanly unlikely candidate, but a warrior with a heart full of love toward God. David was  a friend to Almighty, and when this uncircumcised giant talked harassment and shouted lies full of treats and loud mouth, the God meant a mean business: slaying the giant with his head off. Goliath never saw it coming,  with his reputation pulled down from the nation’s pedestal of Hall of Fame, Goliath became the very bitter, forbidden and stale word to all the people who once put pride in him. That’s what happen to God’s enemies: He puts them all defiled and plastered to the floor as the skinned doormats. 

Louie Giglio gives the onlook to who is David in our lives… For many generations, Christians were taught that Davids are the people of God, but Louie gives the new approach that David is the very descendant of the royal line: Jesus Christ Himself… The Bible tells us that God fights our battles…. What a different twist on the story, a different reality..

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