Snuggle Time Psalms by Glenys Nellist | Children's Book Review

Snuggle Time Psalms by Glenys Nellist

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Illustrated by Cee Biscoe
Children's Book (ages 2-4)

When I snuggle in my bed
And hold my teddy bear, 
I feel you smiling down on me,
I know, God, you are there.

Beginning with "Bedtime Peace" and ending with "Wonderful Me!" this collection of fifteen bedtime poems introduces little ones to the Psalms and brings them closer to God as they snuggle up and drift off to sleep.

My Thoughts

Children's books written by Glenys Nellist are always special but this darling book that focuses on the Psalms is a true delight. The book features fifteen different passages in Psalms and takes the concept of the particular Scripture and uses a poem to bring understanding. 

After reading it to one of my sweet grands I can imagine enjoying this book over and over again. It is a nice addition to the bedtime routine. The portions are short and sweet so your toddler can pay attention and then hopefully be tucked nicely into bed. 

I would be totally remiss if I didn't mention just how lovely the illustrations by Cee Biscoe are. Lots of soft and cuddly animals in beautiful pastel colors. The pictures truly do compliment the story. I look forward to many nights of reading this book and I think you will too.

Other Reviews For This Author

Snuggle Time Prayers
Little Love Letters From God
Love Letters From God

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Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2) by Lynette Eason | Romantic Suspense Review

Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2) by Lynette Eason

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Elite Guardians #2
Romantic Suspense


Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

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My Thoughts

This new series by Lynette Eason just continues to get better. I liked the first book, Always Watching, but I REALLY liked Without Warning. This time around the action focuses on Katie Singleton who is one of the partners in the Elite Guardians Protection Agency. The case that is the focus of the novel came about by an interesting twist of fate. Katie teaches a self-defense class a couple of times a week at the local gym. One of her students is Riley Matthews.

Riley's parents were killed in a tragic accident several years ago and she is now being raised by her beloved uncle Daniel Matthews. Daniel is a successful restaurant owner and pilot. He's also quiet wealthy. The twist of fate happens when Katie sees that there is a crime scene at Daniel's restaurant and she stops to see if Katie and Daniel are okay. 

What ensues after that pivotal stop makes for some very heart-pumping suspense. Lynette Eason's thrillers are the best sort. She leaves bread crumb trails along the way that are hardly recognizable with the first reading. If you go back and look at the story a second time you will see the brilliance of the hidden yet visible clues along the trail.

If you've not yet read a book by Lynette Eason this series is a good place to start. We have read some of her past novels in our book club and had a blast discussing how clever the plots are. And by the way, the romance that develops between Katie and Daniel is nice and spicy as well. I heartily recommend this book to all lovers of romantic suspense.

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Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other by Sophie Hudson | Women's Issues Review

Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other by Sophie Hudson

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Nonfiction / Christian Life / Women's Issues

Saddle up, sister.
This is going to be fun.

It's easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y'all.) The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it's high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.

Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love, sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives--whether they're behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.

Around the Table with Sophie Hudson, Suzanne Lee and Connie Bradley
from BH Publishing on Vimeo.

My Thoughts

If you've never had the pleasure of reading a book by Sophie Hudson just go ahead and start with this one. I promise you'll be hooked. Sophie's humor is so quirky but her heart goes deep. I want to move in next door and soak up all that is Sophie. We're of a similar age but her delight in all things pop culture just goes over my head. I'm a book nerd extraordinaire. Even with all of our differences I have a strong feeling that we would get along wonderfully. And that's just what this book is all about. Women together.

Sophie takes a look at cross-generational female relationships through the familiar Bible stories of Elizabeth and Mary, Ruth and Naomi, and finally Lois and Eunice (and Timothy). The first section on Elizabeth and Mary was eye-opening in a new way to me. Before reading this book I had always considered Elizabeth more of a mentor-type to Mary. But if you think about it they are really more contemporaries in many ways even with a likely fifty year age gap. Neither had ever been pregnant let alone given birth plus they both became pregnant in unusual circumstances. Eye-opening my friends! 

My new perspective continued with Ruth and Naomi. Again I have always looked at Naomi as Ruth's valued mentor. But when you step back and take a good look at the story you realize that they also are in the same boat. Both are widows that have virtually lost everything. Neither has any children to take care of them so the bravery to go forth comes from leaning on each other.

Then there is Lois, Eunice, and Timothy. I must admit that up until this section most of Sophie's anecdotes about her family made me laugh. But by the end of this section I was sobbing. At my age this section hit pretty close to home. I don't want to say too much about it but would rather let you read it with fresh eyes and perspective. I will tell you that Sophie is right, it ain't over till it's over, so we as women need to stay in it. We must open our eyes to those around us and dive in and be blessed probably more than the one that we are ministering to. 

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A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3) by Sarah Loudin Thomas | Contemporary Fiction Review

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3) by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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Appalachian Blessings #3
Sarah Loudin Thomas
Contemporary Fiction

What is the weight of a secret?
And what happens when that burden becomes 
almost too much to bear?

For decades, Perla Phillips has hidden the truth of a decision that still fills her with guilt. But now, seeing her granddaughter, Ella, struggle in a similar way, she's prepared to finally open the past to her family, no matter the consequences. But when the opportunity is snatched from her in a most unexpected manner, will she have waited too long?

Spanning generations, this moving family drama weaves together the interlocking stories of two women as they navigate relationships, family, faith, and the choices that will shape their lives. Heartwarming and nostalgic, the story explores the courage to share the wounds of the past and celebrates the legacy a family passes from one generation to the next.

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My Thoughts

My favorite type of series includes an ongoing story that crosses from one generation into the next. The Appalachian Blessing series does that in a beautifully stirring way. The first book, Miracle in a Dry Season, introduced us to Perla Long and her daughter Sadie as they arrive in Wise, West Virginia. Perla wants to live a quiet life and raise her daughter but winds up instead leaving her mark on everyone within miles, especially Casewell Phillips.

The second novel, Until the Harvest, shifted the focus from Perla and Casewell to their son Henry. I particularly enjoyed this storyline. I felt like it was a little bit lighter in tone but still dealt with serious heart issues. We get a bigger picture of this family but there are still some loose ends hanging out there that made me eager for the next book.

Now we come to A Tapestry of Secrets and we shift back to Perla and her story. Perla is the grandma now and has an especially close relationship with her granddaughter Ella which is in distinct contrast to her strained relationship with her own daughter Sadie. Way back at the beginning we knew that Perla was a single mother. She didn't speak about Sadie's daddy and Sadie didn't ask. But over the years the tension over the subject has just tightened. As Perla faces her own mortality she feels the need to speak about it to Sadie but the actual words prove to be a struggle. So in essence the story has come full circle. 

I can't possibly put into words how moving this series turned out to be. It is Sarah Loudin Thomas' debut work and she followed it up with continuing stories that were every bit as strong as the first. I found it very interesting to read in the author's notes that A Tapestry of Secrets was the original story. I am so thankful that her editor and publisher had her turn it into a series. It is well worth the read and all three books are on my top books of the year list. I highly recommend them. 

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Appalachian Serenade (novella prequel to the series)

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Kids' Devotional Bible from Zonderkidz | Tween Bible Review

Kids' Devotional Bible from Zonderkidz

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New International Readers Version (NIrV)
Juvenile Nonfiction / Bible (ages 6-10)


A Bible you can read yourself!

Complete with a year’s worth of devotions, the Kids’ Devotional Bible, NIrV will help children develop a habit they’ll want to keep. Engaging weekday devotions, fun weekend activities, interesting illustrations, and a dictionary make this a Bible they’ll want to read and apply to their lives. It includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)—the stepping stone to the NIV—making it easier for young readers to read and understand.

Features include:
  • Short weekday devotions that help young readers apply Bible lessons for a full year.
  • 52 weekend devotions that teach kids about God’s creation through fun activities like visiting the zoo and gazing at the stars.
  • “Got It” feature that encourages kids to find answers to Bible trivia themselves.
  • Book introductions that give helpful information about each book of the Bible.
  • A DICTIONARY to look up words they want to know more about.
  • The complete NIrV text, which uses shorter sentences and easier words. Kids can read this Bible on their own!
Bible Art Journaling for Tweens
The black and white illustrations make for a perfect opportunity 
to introduce your tween to Bible Art Journaling.
My Thoughts

The Kids' Devotional Bible is one of the most versatile Bibles for tweens that I have seen in quite awhile. One of the most important aspects is that it is easily readable by this age group. Reading comprehension is so important and the NIrV is written at a third grade reading level so the tween set should be able to read and comprehend what is before them.

Daily devotions.
Another thing that I like is the daily devotions. It is set up so that your tween will get a nice overview of Scripture by the end of the year. The weekday devotions give a portion of Scripture for reading then an insightful devotional message and an Ask Yourself question that could be used in conjunction with journaling. Finally for all the budding list-makers and box-checkers there is a place to check that you have read the devotion. (I personally get such a sense of accomplishment from that!) The weekend devotions are similar with daily readings and a devotional thought but then they have a section called Some Things to Think About and Some Things to Do.

All of the above is nice, but my absolute favorite thing is all of the black and white coloring book type of illustrations. They just beg the reader to add some color and inspirations of their own. I've been Bible Art Journaling for quite some time and I'm delighted to say that my tween grand girl is also interested in it. The Kids' Devotional Bible is the perfect way to get your tween started. Teaching your child to express their God given artistic talents while worshiping is a great way to increase time in the Word. There aren't wide margins but the illustrations do have a lot of white space around them that can be used to add your own expressions.

If you are looking for a new way to increase exposure and add enjoyment of Scripture reading time I would suggest that you take a look at the Kids' Devotional Bible. It's done in a black and white color scheme so it would be fitting for either a boy or a girl.

Book headers.
Even the introductions to each book have a scene to color.

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The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions from Zonderkidz | Children's Book Review

The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions from Zonderkidz

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Juvenile Nonfiction (ages 4-8)

Snuggle up for
time together with God
and your little one.

Each of the 365 simple daily devotions are filled with Scripture and prayer perfect for young children. Kid-Sized Devotions is based on The Beginner's Bible, the most popular and beloved storybook Bible for preschoolers.

Day 8 and 9 devotions.

My Thoughts

I'm of the mindset that it is never too early to begin reading Scripture to our little ones. And one of my favorite go-to resources for the preschool set is The Beginner's Bible. It is short and sweet with abundant colorful illustrations that keep that short attention span engaged. 

In that same format Zonderkidz has put together The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions. Again short and sweet but very impactful for our little ones. It allows you and your child to journey through the Bible together and get a great foundational overview of what Scripture contains.

The first 60 days are set in the book of Genesis. Days 61 through 203 hit the highlights of the Old Testament. Then from Day 204 through 340 you get the story of Jesus and his ministry through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The life and ministry of Jesus is told in order so it flips from one book to the next. The book of Acts is featured in days 341-362 and finally the last three days are from the book of Revelation. 

The set-up is designed to be short so it would make a wonderful read at either bedtime or breakfast (or maybe even naptime). The days are numbered but not dated so it is easy to start anytime, and if you happen to miss a day you can just pick up where you left off. 

This would make a lovely gift from a grandparent or friend. It would be such a nice encouragement to the parent wanting to introduce their little one to the discipline of daily devotions. I recommend it highly.

For more wonderful resources from The Beginner's Bible from coloring and activity pages to snack ideas check out their website and Facebook page. (Just a hint . . . I print some of these resources off and mail them to my grands. It's a great way for this granny to share Jesus with my beloved grandbabies that live away from me.)

Day 72 and 73 devotion.

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