|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Join P.J. Jenkins, author of the parenting/bullying book, Runabouts, as she tours the blogosphere September 9 - September 20 on her first Book Blast with Pump Up Your Book! P.J. will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form on the participating blogs below and good luck! If you would like to host P.J., please email Tracee at tgleichner (at) gmail.com.
Runabouts is a story about friends having fun together, as well as dealing with unpleasant situations. Sunny is a very good friend and tries to make sure that his friends are not taken advantage of by bullies. He also shows us how we can make choices for our own behavior even if others don't want to change their behavior. Sunny could leave Sharky stuck in the mud or he could choose to help him. What would you do? Enjoy the fun of zooming through the water and feeling the water spray over your face. I hope it will make you anxious to enjoy the water and warm weather just like Sunny.
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|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Sword Study is a unique way to involve all ages in the family in the study of the Bible. The series that I was sent to review focused on II Timothy. This is a 10 week study (FYI many of the activities in the Level 5 Leader's guide include activities that lend themselves to a summer type setting. But these are merely suggestions and not you have to-do this. Some of activities are also not something to do last minute so the parent/leader might want to go through the guide ahead of time to be sure that whatever activity they decide to go with they can have the materials on hand, such as suggested DVD's, games, books, etc.)
Level 1 is a one page activity per day while the other levels 2-5 are several pages that involve reading II Timothy in depth the first week. Successive weeks focus on the individual chapters and verses and supporting Biblical references.
By the time the ten weeks have passed one will have an in depth understanding of II Timothy, Paul and the world at that time. Between each week the reader is introduced to various persons who have upheld the Christian faith through their lives including Amy Carmichael, Eric Liddell, William Tyndale, and others. There crossword puzzles, word searches, times lines and more to help get those in Levels 2-5 more involved. Readers are also introduced to the advantages of using a concordance and Greek Lexicon when studying the Bible. All in all it is a good study guide for a family setting. I can also see that this would be an excellent study for a church or homeschool group as well.
I was provided a copy of this study series by Glass Road Media and Management in exchange for my honest review of these materials.
If you have tried to study the Bible together as a family, you are painfully aware that it has been impossible to find a study that suits every age level in your family...until now. The Sword Study series from the Shelby Kennedy Foundation is now available to help you and your family become students of the Word together. The Sword Study series includes materials for everyone from ages 4 to 104.
About the Study:
Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
Level 5, is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages includes a copy of Level 4.
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study. The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy. I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information visit www.swordstudy.org.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Join Emma Right, author of the young adult fantasy novel, Keeper of Reign, as she tours the blogosphere August 11 - August 30, 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
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ABOUT EMMA RIGHT
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children. Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: www.emmaright.com and follow her on facebook emma.right.author or her fanpage on facebook.com/keeperofreign
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|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
The Inn at Eagle Hill ~ Book 1
By Suzanne Woods Fisher
When newly widowed Rose Schrock needs to find a way to support her family, an overheard conversation seems to be an answer to her prayers. A couple in need of a place to stay for the night opens Rose's eyes to the need of an inn in Stoney Ridge.
With the need to pay off her late husband's debts and needing to care for her ailing mother-in-law, in addition to her children most would think that Rose already had more than she could handle. But with the help and encouragement of her neighbor, Galen King Rose is able to open the Inn at Eagle Hill.
But The Letters is more than a story about a bed and breakfast. It is a story of a family struggling to come to terms with the sudden and unexpected changes that have come into their lives. Rose uses her gift of caring to help others, including the hurting people who come to her home seeking rest. Her caring brings unexpected blessings and Eagle seems to be a place of miracles.
Some of your Stoney Ridge favorites are back, though in minor background characters. The Letters brings back Jimmy Fisher who may finally start to grow-up while under the guidance of Galen King. And Jimmy has some more adventures with horses (If you've read Suzanne Woods Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons series you know what I'm talking about). And of course, Jimmy has found a new girl in his life, again!
The Letters is a story about finding joy in the simple moments of life. But it is also a story about love - love of family, love of God, and a love of others around us. And The Letters is a story of forgiveness and second chances.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings...
When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.
With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
by Krista McGee
The opening of Anomaly grips you from the very beginning. Thalli has just over fifteen minutes left to live. Her whole life she has spent as an anomaly because she has feelings and curiosity. Thalli can't follow the rules, not because she intends to break them but because she isn't the same, she's malformed.
In a world where sameness is necessary to a productive, efficient society that is struggling to survive in post nuclear war Thalli is a threat! And threats must be annihilated for the good of the State.
But Thalli has a friend - Berk. But this is a forbidden friendship because friendships are based on emotions and emotions are what destroyed the world above. Can Berk and Thalli hide their friendship as Berk works to convince the Ten to spare her life and instead study her?
As Thalli struggles to understand her feelings she is confronted with different truths than she has been taught all her life. But whose truth should she believe? The strange man who speaks of the Designer? Berk? The scientists who saved their world?
Anomaly is a thought provoking look at a world where feelings have been removed from humanity for the betterment of humanity. But can lack of feelings truly make for a better world? Yes hatred and fear can drive some to the brink of war, but love and fear can also hold us back.
I think the saddest aspect of this book is the lack of family. Children of the State, created by and for the State. Children whose very existence is at the State's arbitrary will.
But where other YA titles have a similar theme most don't offer hope of something more. As Thalli says at the end of the prologue Death is only the beginning, and Anomaly will take you on a journey of discovery with Thalli as she discovers what this beginning is.
This title is perfect for teens who want a dystopian book that is clean reading.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.
As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Finding the Good in Grief
By John F. Baggett
Rediscovering joy after a life-changing loss...
Why did this happen to me? Have you ever experienced a loss so great that you thought you'd never recover from it? And have you asked why me?
In this book John Baggett attempts to help you deal with and overcome your grief and to find the good in it. Loss is a normal part of life and thinking that we are exempt because we are good people or because we have a relationship with God is unrealistic.
How we deal with our loss is what is important. Do we allow grief to control our life or do we use it to grow? Grief is a journey and John looks at it in the context of faith and the spiritual struggles we now face.
There are 11 chapters that each have a personal story dealing with various stages/reactions of and to grief. At the end of each there are questions to help you the reader to work through your grief. John also shares his personal experience with grief so you know he isn't just giving you textbook answers to what you are going through. He himself dealt with the these feelings of loss, he knows pain and grief.
What I liked best in The Good in Grief is what one man related in his story of loss, that in the midst of pain and loss he and his wife made a point of finding their happy moment each day. If we can find something that brings us happiness each day we can get through our grief and find healing.
Grief is our time of change, it cocoons us so that we can come through it renewed and strengthened if we will allow God to help us and accept the support others offer us.
Keep a copy of this book on hand to share with anyone you know who has experienced a loss. This would also be an excellent addition to your church library so that you can reach out to those who are grieving.
I was provided a copy of this book by Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
By Vicki Courtney
Life lessons learned in my castle of chaos...
Ever After takes a look at marriage and the ever after after you say I do. We live under a delusion that we will have a happily ever after just like in a Disney fairy tale, but how many Disney tales show the ever after after The End. One assumes it's happily. Or is it?
Our modern culture has idolized the wedding at the expense of the marriage. What comes after the I do's is more important than the perfect dress or the rehearsal dinner. If your marriage isn't built on a foundation of friendship you will have problems.
Chapter 2 opens with a quote from C.S. Lewis that everyone should take to heart. "A woman's heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her." Don't you just love that sentiment. Marriage should be not a union of two but of three.
But Ever After isn't all serious though there are some serious topics discussed throughout. There are some humorous moments as the author takes you through her trials-and-errors as both and wife and mother. I think a picture my mom had when my sisters and I were little would be a good motto that would fit in with this book. Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow, for children grow-up we've learned to our sorrow.
This sentiment is apt for both marriage and parenting. Don't be everything to everybody except your family. Make an investment at the beginning of your Ever After so that you will have an Ever After in your future. Take and make time for you and your spouse, don't put it off until later. Your marriage should not revolve around your children. It is not "of the children, by the children, and for the children." The foundation is the marriage and if it is not maintained and shored up it will crumble. This isn't to say that you should ignore your children, but don't focus on your children to the exclusion of your marriage. Your identity should be more than the parent of so-and-so, you are also a husband or wife.
I loved reading about Vicki's cooking adventures and last minute school projects with her children. And her thoughts on Proverbs 31 are enlightening no matter how many times you've delved into the virtuous woman.
Ever After is the tool you need to add happily to your ever after.
I was provided a copy of this book by Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
Most every woman dreams about having a family and a building a home. We grow up on a steady diet of fairytales and chick flicks that drive our dreams . . . and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. We want it all: the prince, the kiss, the proposal, the ring, the castle, and eventually, the kids in smocked rompers playing cheerfully on the perfectly manicured lawn. Our hopes and dreams are pinned on the world’s version of happily-ever-after.
The problem is, the fairytales and chick flicks end where real life begins. We never see that follow-up scene where the prince and princess argue at 3 a.m. over who will get up with the colicky newborn. Or the princess reluctantly returns to work to help pay the bills and feels the stress of juggling work and family. And you certainly won’t see that part where the princess moves her last child into the dorm and realizes the bulk of her identity has been based on being a mother.
The truth is, marriage and motherhood are hard. Few of us are prepared to handle the balancing act of being a good wife and a good mother, without one or the other getting the short end of the stick. No matter how much we give or how hard we try, we never quite feel like it’s enough. And heaven help us, we always imagine every one else is doing a much better job.
In Ever After, best-selling author Vicki Courtney addresses the realities of marriage and motherhood, the difficulties and the blessings. It offers women a behind the scenes glimpse of what a fairytale really looks like on the average day for the average wife and mom. Poignant, funny, and even cathartic, Vicki shares mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories to keep. Most of all, she reflects the hope and promise that God meets us in the middle wherever we are in the journey.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Brotherhood Conspiracy: A Novel
by Terry Brennan
When peace seems within the realm of possibility in the Middle East, a earthquake rocks Jerusalem. The resulting shock waves could destroy the fledgling beginnings of a peace treaty signed mere days before. Behind the scenes the Muslim Brotherhood, the Mossad, and the US government each pursue their own agendas to thwart or stabilize the peace initiative. Control of the Temple Mount and the scroll and mezzah could determine the fate of the world.
What follows is an exciting and intense race to discover the truth about what truth is hidden on the mezuzah that protected Abiathar's scroll for all those centuries.
A search for the Tent of Meeting in pivotal in the this desperate bid to control the Temple Mound. But there is a personal hatred behind the Brotherhood's efforts.
The cost is high and it will be personal as the team that found the Third Temple is called on to act. But they are given no choice in the matter as they and those they hold dear again become targets of the Prophet's Guard. But more than Israel and the Middle East are at stake - the world is the ultimate prize. God's hand is is directing them if they can only trust Him to lead them to the truth in time.
The Brotherhood Conspiracy is excitement and intrigue combined with loss. Reading this one has to ask how far would I go to get to the truth? When would I say the cost is too high? The ending sets the reader up for a third book and I for one can't wait!
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
Tom Bohannon's discovery of an ancient scroll led him on an international adventure and through mysteries of faith and politics, ending in a place not even he could imagine: the Third Temple of God hidden under Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But soon after his remarkable discovery, the future of the world changed again. Tom watched as a chasm tore apart Temple Mount, as new rivers swept through the Kidron Valley and into the streets of Old Jerusalem, their discovery swallowed by an earthquake, crushed under tons of stone and debris. A biblical prophecy realized. The final days were upon them.
Wondering how to recover from such a momentous find and such horrendous destruction, Tom's adventures are not over. No one knows how much time is left in these last days--a year? A hundred years? A thousand? Plagued by murderous dreams, Tom fears members of the Prophet Guard--killers who wear the Coptic cross with a lightning bolt slashing through it--are back and looking for him. But they are not the only threat to Tom and his team. Forces behind the Arab Spring have sinister plans. And underestimating their determination would be a fatal mistake.
The same fast-paced, page-turning prose that readers loved in The Sacred Cipher is back in Terry Brennan's eagerly awaited sequel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
By Rene Gutteridge
Let this book be a warning for all blogging book reviewers - the author may be following you!
When Juliet "Jules" Belleno reviews her favorite author's latest book she gives it a less than glowing review. She tells the author she wants him to terrify her with his writing and not tell her it is a terrifying situation.
All too soon Patrick Reagan is terrifying Jules and not through his writing. For some reason he has kidnapped her and taken her away to his remote mountain cabin. But will anyone even notice that she is missing? In the two years since her husband's death Jules for the most part withdrew from the world. Living in the safety of her home and the life she created for herself through her blog and Facebook, only her father might know that she was missing.
Patrick insists that there is something that Jules needs to know, but only when she is ready. But when will Jules be ready to learn what this obviously disturbed man wants her to know?
When Jules's father reports her missing the Wissberry police force can't take action because she hasn't been gone long enough. But Sergeant Chris Downey takes the report seriously after all he promised his former partner that he'd take care of his wife if anything ever happened. But when Chris's unofficial investigation turns up more than he ever expected he all too soon realizes that more than Jules's life is at stake.
Misery Loves Company is an exciting page turner that will do just what Jules Belleno wanted - you will be terrified. This is a story of growth both on a personal level and a spiritual level as several of the main characters come to realize their need for God.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through their blogger network in exchange for my honest review of it.
Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.
But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . and recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.
And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Dolled Up to Die
The Cate Kinkaid Files #2
By Lorena McCourtney
When Cate Kinkaid of Belmont Investigations receives a frantic phone call from a woman who has just stumbled upon a triple homicide, Cate is about to be caught up in yet another murder investigation, even though Belmont Investigations didn't handle murders - at least according to Uncle Joe. Cate finds herself in hilariously ridiculous situation just as she did in Dying to Read.
With the help (or more accurately rescuing) of boyfriend Mitch, Cate is on the case of the doll murderer and a real murderer who may be the same person or any number of possible suspects. There's an ex-wife, the new current wife, the mother-in-law, the vineyard manager, the new wife's ex-husband, or an unknown murderer running loose in Eugene, Oregon and Cate is determined to find him, unless it is a her!
Cate is a humorously inept investigator who somehow manages to solve the crime, though escapes through upstairs windows and burning buildings seem to play a prominent role in her cases.
Adding to the fun, Cate is a substitute bridesmaid whose hair doesn't fit the color scheme of the wedding. And the murders are connected to the wedding venue.
Cate Kinkaid is the perfect distraction to a hot summer afternoon. Enjoy a good laugh when Cate's briefcase is stolen and when Octavia turns Cate's very important wedding accessory into a new plaything. Though she sometimes jumps to conclusions before she should Cate is someone you want on your side whether as a friend or an investigator.
Take a break from your day-to-day routine and join Cate as she solves the crime and saves the day! A perfect book to share with your best reading friend!
I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Available July 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Cate's not sure just what she expected . . . but she knows it certainly wasn't this.
When Cate Kinkaid receives a frantic call about a triple homicide, she drives to the scene against her better judgment--aren't triple homicides more up the police department's alley?--only to find that the victims are not quite who she expects. Now she has a new rule to add to everything she's learned in her short stint as an assistant private investigator: always find out if the victims have human DNA. Because these three do not.
But who would shoot this nice lady's dolls? What possible reason could the shooter have? And then there's the startling discovery of another victim, who definitely does have human DNA . . .
With tension that is matched only by humor, Dolled Up to Die is the exciting second book in Lorena McCourtney's Cate Kinkaid Files. You won't find a place to stop and take a breath in this fast-paced story.
Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Dying to Read, Invisible (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded. She resides in Oregon.