God's Little Lambs Bible Stories by Julie Stiegemeyer | Children's Book Review

God's Little Lambs Bible Stories by Julie Stiegemeyer

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Illustrated by Qin Leng
Juvenile Nonfiction (ages 4-8)

God's Little Lambs Bible Stories is a storybook Bible written just for little ones. Children will learn about God's love through 35 beloved Bible stories such as "Noah's Are", "Jonah and the Big Fish", and "Jesus Welcomes the Children." Readers will love to cuddle up with this book at bedtime or any time of the day.

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My Thoughts

God's Little Lambs Bible Stories is a delightful new storybook Bible designed for the preschool set. We do a daily Bible story with the little ones in our family so we are always on the look out for a new addition to our reading library. 

There are 35 different stories that are spread equally over the Old and New Testaments. All the stories focus on God's love and provision for His people. I enjoy Julie Stiegemeyer's words as she simplifies the story for a young audience but still remains true to the original Scripture passage. Qin Leng's illustrations are just beautiful. She uses vibrant colors and simple illustrations that pair well with Julie's words.

One of the things that I like most about this particular book is that each story also includes the Scripture reference for where the story is located. This is especially helpful for our new approach to Family Bible Study. We read the book portion to the little ones but the older ones can look up and read the passages in their own Bibles. 

If you're looking for a new storybook Bible for your little one I would recommend checking this one out. I think your family will enjoy it again and again.

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The Domino Effect By Davis Bunn | Suspense Book Review

The Domino Effect By Davis Bunn

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Esther Larsen, a top risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to make the 2008 market crash look minor by comparison. And as her own employer pursues "investment" strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. But Esther is only one person; can she stand up to an international conspiracy of greed? And if she does, will anyone take her seriously?

Every moment of indecision edges the markets closer to a tipping point--the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther finds her voice, those she seeks to expose will not sit idly by. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race against the clock to avert a financial tsunami that threatens worldwide devastation.

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My Thoughts

If you are like me and came through the 2008 financial crisis bruised, battered, and barely standing then you may very well look at Davis Bunn's latest suspense novel as a work of horror. Could that nightmare really happen again? Could it be even worse this time around?

That is the scary yet all too plausible premise of The Domino Effect. Esther Larsen is a risk analyst at one of the largest banks in the United States. To say that she's unpopular with the upper management is an understatement. In fact they don't want to hear her assessments of their risky schemes. Esther is torn because not only is this her dream job but there are other factors that depend on her continuing with this path. But what if God has an even bigger and better plan?

There really is no one better suited to write this novel than Davis Bunn. He not only has the writing skills to bring us a fast-paced believable story but he also has the background to make it feel like it is ripped from today's headlines. And that my friends is what makes it so scary. 

Davis Bunn uses the framework of the biblical Esther's story "for such a time as this" in a modern day format. Both Esthers have internal conflict and aren't sure they are up for the task before them. But once they stiffen their spine and choose to proceed with the course set before them they are filled with inner strength that can only come from God Himself. 

Lest you worry that this is only a doom and gloom novel, let me assure you that there is much beauty among the growing ashes. There are multiple love stories mixed in and not all of them are romantic in nature but each one is very moving and inspiring.

If your book club likes to do suspense with a plausible and modern theme then this would be a perfect fit. I'm personally dying for my book club peeps to finish the book so we can discuss it!

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NKJV Reader's Bible from B&H Publishing | Bible Review

NKJV Reader's Bible from B&H Publishing

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Bible / Nonfiction



The NKJV Reader's Bible includes the full text of Scripture in the format of a novel. This unique format provides an opportunity to experience the Bible as a story uninterrupted by verse numbers or cross references, allowing a fresh experience with the text. This edition features the bestselling New King James Version in single-column text.

My Thoughts

Many women collect shoes and handbags. I tend to collect Bibles. (Okay so I have my fair share of shoes and handbags too!) I have a Bible that I like to study from, I have one that I do Bible Art Journaling in, I have one I keep in my car and I have one I carry to church with me. (I also have electronic ones on my phone, Kindle and tablet.) Each one is dear to me and just the right one for the situation.

Last week I received a copy of the new NKJV Reader's Bible. It's pretty and feels great in my hands but why in the world would I need another Bible? Well every other year I like to read the Bible through cover to cover. When I saw that this is a Bible that includes the full text of Scripture but in a novel format I couldn't resist giving it a try as a reading Bible.

I know this may just be psychological but I think it reads faster than a normal Bible. I tend to get caught up in footnotes and references when I am reading so it takes me longer than I always anticipate to cover the daily reading. With this Bible it's not like that I just read to my heart's content and find that I am reading more and enjoying the story itself more than I have previously. 

This particular Bible isn't marked like a normal Bible with chapters and verses. Instead it is marked with the beginning of each book (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, etc.). You are able to tell when you've gone into a new chapter because the beginning of each chapter has the first letter of the first word in a different and larger font. It really is like reading a novel.

If you are one that likes to read the Bible through on a regular basis this would be a great addition to your library. I also think that it would make a nice gift for the avid reader on your list.

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All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart #2) by Melody Carlson | Contemporary Fiction Review

All Summer Long (Follow Your Heart #2) by Melody Carlson

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Follow Your Heart #2
Contemporary Fiction

She's ready to take on a new challenge. 
What she doesn't expect is an old flame.

Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

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My Thoughts

You can always count on Melody Carlson taking you to unusual places and circumstances in her novels. And that's what I love about them! When I get one of her books in my hands I instantly think where are we going and what will we be doing?

This time around we travel to San Francisco with Tia D'Amico. Tia has been working in her family restaurant for years and is dying to break out of her shell. She loves her family but after culinary school she is wanting to spread her wings and fly. As it turns out her aunt has purchased a luxury yacht and wants to turn it into a very upscale floating restaurant. She needs a chef and Tia is thrilled to join her from the ground floor up.

Of course it wouldn't be a Melody Carlson novel without a bit of romance thrown in. Many years ago Tia had come out to San Francisco to attend a sailing camp. She was shy and awkward as many teens are. But she met a boy at this camp named Leo who was kind and seemed to look beyond her awkwardness. Tia had wondered what happened to him over the years but the two had just gone their separate ways. 

Imagine Tia's delight when she finds out that the Leo of her young dreams is to be the captain of the ship. This is shaping up to be a wonderful new adventure, that is until Tia meets the other woman in Leo's life. In other stories it would be over and time to move on. But Melody's stories not only contain romance they also tend to incorporate a bit of intrigue as well. And that's the part that makes the story come alive. 

If you enjoy houseboats and yacht and lots of delicious food you need to pick this book up. It is a nice little escape from the ordinary (unless you live on a houseboat). I think you'll find the characters to be authentic and likable and the setting is one we all dream about.

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NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible from Glenys Nellist and Zonderkidz | Children's Bible Review

NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible from Glenys Nellist and Zonderkidz

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Letters written by Glenys Nellist
Juvenile Nonfiction

The perfect Bible to
introduce your children
to God's great love.

What if your child could read personal mail from God?

With 80 love letters from God written especially for young readers, they can! Cherish the time alongside your children as Bible stories come to life while they learn just how much they are loved by their Creator.

Each carefully chosen love letter, Bible verse, and promise show God's special words of encouragement and hope, culminating in an invitation for your children to write their own RSVP to God.

  • 80 personal love letters from God
  • 80 prompts encouraging children to write their own letters to God
  • Highlighted Wonderful Words--special verses to remember and cherish
  • 8 full-color inserts with additional content
  • Content written by Glenys Nellist, author of the Love Letters from God picture book
  • Presentation page for gift giving
  • Ribbon marker
  • The complete text of the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), written at a third grade reading level perfect for developing readers.
Inside the NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible

My Thoughts

What's better than getting a sweet letter from a beloved family member? Not much if you ask me. It is such a gift that you can savor over and over again. That's exactly what the Bible should be to us, a sweet letter from our Father. Each time you open its covers words of wisdom just pour out begging you to take them to heart and live your life accordingly.

The NIrV Love Letters from God has 80 love letters from God that are designed to point to important attributes of God and get the reader to respond back. We've enjoyed Glenys Nellist's books that have taken this same theme and are thrilled with this brilliant way to get children to not only learn more about what the Bible contains but also to interact with it. 

This Bible just begs to be given as a gift to that special child in your life. I know who I have in mind and I intend to systematically go through and write that child's name into each of the 80 blanks so that she will feel that the letters were meant especially for her. 

The holidays are fast approaching and I think this would make a wonderful gift for the developing reader on your list. Remember that the NIrV is written at a third grade reading level so it is easily understood and gives confidence to the young reader. By the way if you're looking for something just a little nicer than the hardcover edition there is a darling imitation leather version in the color of magenta!

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