Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

  Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals Practicing the alphabet is fun when your child can do it learning about animals! This workbook contains over two hundred practice pages, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of bonus games and activities. Educational exercises include:
  • Alphabet practice
  • Uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and practice
  • Simple drawing exercises that improve understanding
  • Essential writing practice
  • Practice writing rudimentary sentences
  • Matching exercises
  • Basic word puzzles
  • And much, much more!
This workbook also encourages numerous life skills that are essential for your child, including word recognition, memory recall and creative thinking. These books allow your children to learn in a way that is both fun and highly effective! Parents with younger children can read along and explore these fun animals together! Professor Ladybug workbooks are packed with simple learning exercises that your children will be happy to complete. This workbook is designed primarily for children aged 3-6. Praise for the Book Professor Ladybug workbooks are wonderful for young children... Engaging them to learn, think, write, create, and draw. I love it. Creative with a great page layout. Certificates in the back to award to the children upon completing their learning tasks. I wish children's workbooks were more like this one when I was little. Overall, I highly recommend this one to both teachers and parents alike. ~Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews  
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Devotions from the Mountains By Thomas Nelson Review

Devotions from the Mountains
By Thomas Nelson
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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. —Psalm 121:1–2

The mountains can seem like heaven on earth—the peace, the freshness, the grandeur. Devotions from the Mountains invites you to spend a quiet moment in reflection each day, finding peace and drawing closer to God—the Creator of heaven and earth. Inside you’ll find 90 inspirational readings, Scripture verses, prayers, and breathtaking imagery of God’s mountain handiwork sculpted and brought to life by His hand.

Lift your eyes to the mountains. Be refreshed and inspired at our amazing God who is more majestic than the mountains and yet cares for every detail of your life.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A journey each day will be brought by this powerful and inspiring book. It will uplift you in the spirit every day and keep you feeling wonderful after going through each daily devotion as well as scripture.  I think that anyone who wants to feel a sense of calm can easily do so by taking the time to enjoy the faith based book.

Great Book Selection for young readers from @Zonderkidz Reviews

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Your Own Beautiful: Advice and Inspiration from Chelsea Crockett
by Chelsea Crockett

“The picture-obsessed, highly edited, perfection-driven culture we live in makes most of us feel like we never quite measure up. I’m so thankful for Chelsea’s young-but-strong voice calling girls to understand God’s bigger plan and purpose as you discover your own beautiful.” —Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Chelsea Crockett’s debut book, Your Own Beautiful, expands upon the beauty tips and inspirational advice featured on her popular YouTube channel. A life, faith, and beauty guide, Your Own Beautiful offers guidance on the big issues all young women face—from self-confidence and friendship to following your dreams.

With her signature grace and wit, Chelsea tackles tough questions through uplifting messages influenced by her faith and life experiences. You will be thrilled to find Chelsea’s trademark tips on makeup and style included throughout the book alongside full-color photos, how-tos, and more.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A great mash up of advice with style or style with advice and includes the thoughts as well as some how tos from this author. If you crave fashion and photos, this is going to be a great read.
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God's Great Love for You
by Rick Warren, Chris Saunders

God’s Great Love

Created the entire universe

And everything in it

Including you.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

Cassandra's Review-  Very short and super easy for younger readers to enjoy either by themselves or with you reading out loud.   The illustrations to me are what make this book a story, because if it was just the wording it would be easily written on one page.  I do not really see any imagination by this author, but it is a clean and cute book for kids. 

9780310745532, 'Twas the Evening of Christmas, Glenys Nellist
'Twas The Evening Of Christmas
By Glenys Nellist , Elena Selivanova

’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town,

Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.

Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,

At last found a place on a small stable floor.

For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic.

Cassandra's Review- Perfect for a new traditional read out loud book for your little ones to dream about. 
9780310758655, Glimmer and Shine : 365 Devotions to Inspire, Natalie Grant
Glimmer And Shine
365 Devotions To Inspire
By Natalie Grant

In Glimmer and Shine: 365 Devotions to Inspire, author and award-winning recording-artist, Natalie Grant, challenges and inspires girls ages 8 and up to be their best selves throughout every daily devotion filled with Bible verses, thought-provoking readings, prayers and interactive weekend pages that include quizzes, coloring pages and more. Girls can be confident and have fun when they decide to follow Jesus. Growing in faith, building up confidence, and trusting God even when we may not know where He is leading can be an adventure when His promises fill each moment. This two-color book of devotions with a ribbon marker and decorated cover provides inspiration for each new day. Glimmer and Shine is designed to speak directly to every type of girl, encouraging each individual reader to take a journey! A journey Faithgirlz readers won’t want to miss.

Cassandra's review- Faith based and ready for your little ones minds to engulf, with the love of God.  This not only teaches but provides a wonderful way for your kids to spend time and ask questions. 
9780310762591, NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible, Hardcover : 52 Verses to Color
NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible, Hardcover

God’s word is inspiring, and what better way to express our love of God than through art created by our own hands. The NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible contains over 50 ready-to-color illuminated verses on high quality thick paper as well as the complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Beautiful cover with foil makes for a stunning gift
Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored
Each coloring page highlights an inspiring portion of Scripture
The full text of the bestselling New International Version translation
Presentation page for gift giving
Ribbon marker

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review-  A coloring book that give more to the reader by instilling the faith based illustrations as well as NIV knowledge.  If you have a child that loves to color as well as learn the word this book is going to be great. 




True Identity by John C Majors Review

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True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are in Christ
by John C Majors

 
Teens' Guide to Identity from FamilyLife 

All teens wrestle with the question "Who am I?" and wonder, What makes me special?
Though these questions linger for life, they are most intense in the teen years, where confusion, awkwardness, and a desperate grab for identity reign. So how does a young person answer these critical questions? Where do young men and women find their significance, worth, and value?

True Identity is perfect for parents and youth workers to give to the teenagers (14-16) in their lives to help them in their journey. Drawing on experiences and wisdom from a wide array of experts, the book provides compassionate answers to help teens discover who they really are, emphasizing their identity in Christ above all other ways our culture defines them. As the book walks teens through the steps to make their faith their own, it highlights healthy independence and God-honoring relationships.

The Passport2Identity curriculum launched in April 2016, and True Identity is its trade book companion.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- As a mom, I want to give my kids all the options they could want or need in life, and this book helps in a more faith based way to keep them thinking and discussing the topic of finding themselves.   While some parents might view this as a path through God, because it is, others might not approve.  It really depends on what you want to bring to your teens.  

A Very Sordid Wedding DVD Review @SordidWedding @GravitasVOD

A Very Sordid Wedding

A VERY SORDID WEDDING – Specifications
Format – DVD and Blu-Ray
Running Time – 109 minutes
Rated – NR
Street Date – October 17, 2017
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (DC 2.0)
SRP: $19.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-Ray)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Special Features: Behind the Scenes, Music Video, Cast Interviews, Bloopers
Buy this on AMAZON 

Gravitas Ventures has announced the DVD and Blu-Ray release of GLAAD Award-winner Del Shore’s A VERY SORDID WEDDING, a continuation of Shores 2000 feature film Sordid Lives.  The energetic cast includes Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Leslie Jordan (“American Horror Story”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Dale Dickey (Hell or High Water), Emerson Collins (Southern Baptist Sissies), Ann Walker (“Child of the 70s”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit the Floor”), Alec Mapa (“Devious Maids”), Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes) Levi Kreis (2010 Tony Award®, “Best Featured Actor in a Musical,” Million Dollar Quartet) and Academy Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, “The View”).

17 years after family matriarch Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs in Sordid Lives, same-sex marriage equality has barreled into Winters, Texas and not everyone is ready to accept it. An anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at the bar while the Southside Baptist Church plans an "Anti-Equality" rally to protest the abomination of gay marriage and work to defend their religious freedom. The beloved cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks on the big night. Along the way a bisexual serial killer shows up, a drag queen country medley is performed and a beauty-salon-versus-the-bigots battle turns getting your hair done into the front lines of the equality battle.  Friendships are tested and families are reunited as fear and bigotry are confronted with acceptance and understanding on the way to a surprise wedding with (almost) everyone in attendance.

Sordid Lives was a massive hit among LGBT audiences and spawned a 12-episode TV series in 2008 — stars such as Bedelia, Olivia Newton-John Delta Burke and Rue McClanahan appeared.

Shores wrote, directed and produced A Very Sordid Wedding. Emerson Collins also produced. Louise Beard (Show Yourself), Jeff Beesley (Nomis) and Phyllis Laing (Heaven is For Real) are the Executive Producers.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  FIlled with controversial material and scenes that younger eyes should not see, this movie is laced with humor, strength and is a sequel.  Even though I found myself cringing at some point this movie was well casted and the humor is evident.  I need to say that I recommend this only to adults and it is not faith based in any way.

Hanukkah Books from Kar-Ben Publishing with Reviews



Way Too Many Latkes: Faigel makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm. But this year she can't find her latke recipe. So she sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. In Chelm, the village of fools—oy vey!—this becomes a recipe for disaster!

Author Linda Glaser is the award-winning author of over 30 children's books. In addition to teaching and writing, she conducts writing workshops for schoolchildren and adults. She lives in Minnesota.

Cassandra's Review-  The book has humor and fun within the lining of a great story that can be shared through every generation.




The Missing Letters: It's almost Hanukkah, and the dreidel maker's shop is busy. But all's not well for the four Hebrew letters that will soon go on the wooden tops. The Heys, the Nuns, and the Shins are jealous of everyone’s favorite letter, the Gimel. They decide to hide the Gimels so that the dreidel maker can’t use them. But then the other letters learn that the Hanukkah story wouldn't be complete without the Gimels! Is it too late for the missing letters to be found?

Author Renee Londner has written several children's books including Ruby's Whistle and Stones for Grandpa, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Her stories have also appeared in magazines including Jewish Family, Shofar, and Spider. She lives in Connecticut.

Cassandra's Review- With knowledge and fun this book helps your little one learn about the dreidel as well as enjoy the characters that are created perfectly by the author. 
 

I received complimentary copies.

A Selection of Great Holiday Books from Quarto Kids

Celebrate the magic of the season with a selection of holiday and gift-giving books from Quarto Kids.
I received complimentary copies. 
50 Cities of the U.S.A.

50 Cities of the U.S.A. by Gabrielle Balkan
Explore America's cities with 50 fact-filled maps

Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food and monuments.

All Aboard The Discovery Express
All Aboard The Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins, Tom Adams and Tom Clohosy Cole
Open the Flaps and Solve the Mysteries

Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues on this time-travelling adventure and track down the missing scientist? On your voyage, you'll travel the world, see some of the most important moments in the history of transport, meet the most brilliant engineers of all time, and ultimately unveil the design of the world’s first jet engine! With clues to solve on every page, this interactive lift-flap adventure is sure to spark the imaginations of aspiring scientists and engineers everywhere, as you travel back in time to discover the history of transport.

Illumanatomy

An anatomy lesson like no other! Look inside the human body with the magic three-colour lens and x-ray from head to toe to discover how your body works. Use the red lens to reveal the skeleton, the green to see the muscles working, and x-ray your organs with the blue lens to find out what they do day and night to keep you alive. Uncover the secrets of  the human body and explore how its different systems work in this stunning follow up to the internationally best-selling Illuminature. Jam-packed with detailed illustrations and full of facts and information, this innovative encyclopedia from from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky will make you see the human body in a whole new light.
GOA Kids - Goats of Anarchy: Polly and Her Duck Costume
GOA Kids - Goats of Anarchy: Polly and Her Duck Costume by Leanne Lauricella

Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the true story of Polly, a little blind goat who was rescued by Leanne Lauricella, rescuer of farmyard animals and founder of the immensely popular Instagram account The Goats of Anarchy. Polly has some trouble adapting to her new life until her new mom gives her a warm and fuzzy duck costume, which turns out to be the perfect fit! Follow along with Polly as she finds love with her new family, gains confidence, and makes new friends. The perfect tale to inspire and delight animal lovers, Polly and Her Duck Costume pairs beautiful illustrations with a truly heartwarming tale readers of all ages will adore.

Little Concepts: ABC Color
Apricot, Burgundy & Chartreuse, 26 cool new colors are out on the loose!

ABC Color combines learning the alphabet with colors for an educational and fun board book for young children. Each page of this beautifully illustrated book features a different letter and little-known color, so children can learn about both topics at one time! Parents will love spending time with their kids as they learn, and kids will learn the fundamentals of letters and colors. Makes a gorgeous keepsake as children grow!

Pirates Magnified With a 3x Magnifying Glass
Pirates Magnified by David Long and Harry Bloom
With a 3x Magnifying Glass

Ahoy shipmate! Grab your magnifying glass and seek out history's most notorious pirates in this swashbuckling search-and-find adventure, packed with over 200 things to spot! Explore the lives of 10 real pirates and learn about life on the high seas, whilst using the free magnifying glass to spot more than 200 pirate-themed items in each eye-boggling illustration. Kids will have fun using the magnifying glass to search whilst learning about real life pirates in this seafaring adventure!

It Starts With A Seed

In gentle rhyme, It Starts with a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed.

Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures – squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls – who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts with a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth.

Beautifully presented, It Starts with a Seed has a gold embossed front cover, gatefolds, textured paper and specialised etching technique, hand made by the illustrator throughout.

It Starts with a Seed was the winner of the inaugural Margaret Mallett Award for Children's Non-Fiction.

Ultimate Slime DIY Tutorials for Crunchy Slime, Fluffy Slime, Fishbowl Slime, and More Than 100 Other Oddly Satisfying Recipes and Projects--Totally Borax Free!
DIY Tutorials for Crunchy Slime, Fluffy Slime, Fishbowl Slime, and More Than 100 Other Oddly Satisfying Recipes and Projects--Totally Borax Free!


Written by Alyssa Jagan, popular Instagram slimer of @CraftySlimeCreator fame, Ultimate Slime makes making gorgeous, satisfying slime easy!

You’ll see how to do everything you need to create a world of slime in a rainbow of colors and incredible textures. Start with some basic recipes, including kid-safe slime, then learn to make fluffy slime, clear slime, slushy slime --  more than 100 recipes and projects in all!

Supercharge your slime by adding color and mix-ins to create confetti slime, iceberg slime, floam -- there are no limits to what you can create!

Christmas Paper Play

This beautiful papercraft title is packed with fun and festive things to make and do. From Christmas decorations, to mini-crackers, it’s all here. Every page can be used as the basis of an activity, craft, or game, and all you need is a pair of scissors, some colored pencils, and the occasional dab of glue. Illustrated with artist and paper engineer Lydia Crook’s delightful artwork, Christmas Paper Play is a perfect present to keep kids entertained over winter break.
The Snowbear


Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. A sledge ride takes them deep into the woods, but how will they get back home again? Stunning artwork of wintry scenes bring the story to life as you venture deep into the snowy woods on sledge ride with Iggy and Martina. A spellbinding story about friendship, loyalty, bravery and the magic of snow that will be a winter family favourite to enjoy each year when the temperature drops

Cassandra's Review- All of the books mentioned are amazing in their own ways and perfect for all ages even adults, though they are made so that young readers can explore and have the most fun.  I LOVE reading to my children as well as others so this group of books was a real treat.  If you like stories filled with everything from fact to imagination and some in between definitely check out this selection of books.  The book of slime was super fun to create and I know that my kids are playing with a healthier version without the borax.  Perfect holiday gifts as well!



Jesus Always Large Deluxe Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young Review

Jesus Always Large Deluxe
Embracing Joy in His Presence
By Sarah Young
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Reflect on the joy that can be yours because of Jesus in Jesus Always Large Deluxe, bestselling author Sarah Young’s first 365-day devotional since  Jesus Calling ®, now available in large deluxe binding with Scripture written out, large Comfort Print™ text, and a beautiful leathersoft cover. Experience true joy—now and always. 

Life today is full of difficulties—loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from bestselling author Sarah Young, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in Scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy.

This large deluxe comfort print edition includes easy-to-read large type and the full Scripture verses written out.

Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The reader needs to know that this is strongly faith based and if they do not believe in God or Jesus, this is not going to be a believable read.  While I personally think that keeping an open mind to all things is a good choice and following your heart and own beliefs, not what society gives you, is a great way to live.  The book is written by the author but interpreted ad from Jesus in a devotional way. 


Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi Review

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl's Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace
by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Ashley Wiersma

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Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames--before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived--but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant--and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God's mercy and love

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why?  The realness, the honesty, the truth in the story.  I felt each moment and think that people are so cruel to do horrors like this to others, but the sad truth is that life will not change in war times.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It is sad, it is hard to read through because of the struggles and pure evil that is included.  It is not something that you can read and enjoy or really that anyone should. 

- What did you learn?  The author's strength is overwhelming and will give courage through the pain of this true tale.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Wow, this is a tough question because some people could have actually been there, others could trigger PTSD from some similar effect of war.  I would recommend this to someone who can take the brutalness of the war descriptions and the pain of the author, and turn it into a positive learning experience.

I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me by John Ortberg Review

I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real about Getting Close
by John Ortberg

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I'd Like You More if You Were More like Me takes on one of life's most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people?

We were created for deep connections. When people have deep connections, says John Ortberg, they win in life. When they don't have deep connections, they cannot win in life. I'd Like You More if You Were More like Me offers help in overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to making deep connections: the fact that we're so different. Different from God and different from each other.

The good news is that connectedness is not based on similarity, but on shared experiences. When one person invites another to share an experience, they're connected. It can be sharing a beautiful sunset or a meal, having a great conversation over cup of coffee, going for walk, or even teasing somebody. And when we share those same experiences with God, we get closer to him, too. God wants to connect with us--so much that he sent his son to live as a human being. God took on flesh and shared every human experience. So we don't have to wonder what a close relationship with God looks like anymore.

An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn't have to be a cliche, it can be a daily way of life.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why? It is honest and open which helps to express the author's beliefs.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  I feel like it is centered around God in an way that may be offputting to non believers, but at the same time that is a very positive part of the book.

- What did you learn?  The author really values God and wants his readers to find a connection within themselves as well as with each other.,

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  I would say older adults because children do not really get this type of connecting as much and this book while could be discussed with younger ages, might not have such an impact as it would with older ages that may have or currently be living in the situations.

KJV Know The Word Study Bible KINDLE FIRE prize pack GIVEAWAY

Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson.

The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic.

With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

This fall, become a regular student of the Bible and enter to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of the KJV Know The Word Study Bible
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 31. The winner will be announced November 1 on the Litfuse blog.



I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- A very well made and beautiful Bible that is great for any faith based family to enjoy. It would make an excellent gift as well.  The notes will will you to really understand the scripture. It can be difficult for young readers, but you can use this for discussions. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Woman Overwhelmed $75 Merry Maids Visa Card Giveaway

"A woman overwhelmed"-is this a phrase you can relate to? If you answered yes, you need to read Hayley DiMarco's new book, A Woman Overwhelmed.

The best-selling author shares biblical insights and personal stories to offer a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging us to discover the depths and heights of God's love and power. Choose to bask in the abundance of the Father instead of the abundance of life as his unfathomable depths can surely replace our fathomable messes.

Become a woman less overwhelmed by life and more overwhelmed by God and enter to win Hayley's $75 Merry Maids Visa Card Giveaway to help lessen your daily load.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Woman Overwhelmed
  • A $75 Merry Maids Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 3. The winner will be announced November 6 on the Litfuse blog.



I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book will be a great gift for any female that has a thirst for empowerment of God and being able to gain strength in him. You do need to have belief in God and love wanted to find as well as feel him.   With this author's words you will be moved in the moment and want to keep reading for yourself.  

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Edward T. Welch's A Small Book about a Big Problem Review

A Small Book about a Big Problem

How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?

While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?

Anger is so common-yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger-loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships-give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.
But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. 

Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life's difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.


I received a complimentary copy.

Edward Welch
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions.

Cassandra's Review-  The author is mixing Jesus with therapy and that is awesome for faith based readers to enjoy.  If for some reason you do not follow or believe in Jesus this might be a bit off putting.  The book has a great base and is written to help not hurt.  It does give the reader a sense of relaxed mind and can take you out of a bad moment while reading if only for a bit.  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner Review



The Blue Zones of Happiness:
Lessons From the World's Happiest People
by Dan Buettner

New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.

     In this inspiring guide, you’ll find game-changing tools drawn from global research and expert insights for achieving maximum fulfillment.

 Along the way, you'll:

 • Discover the three strands of happiness—pleasure, purpose, and pride—that feature prominently in the world's happiest places.

 • Take the specially designed Blue Zones Happiness Test to pinpoint areas in your life where you could cultivate greater joy, deeper meaning, and increased satisfaction.

 • Meet the world's Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals from Denmark to the United States who reveal dynamic, practical ways to improve day-to-day living.

 • Discover specific, science-based strategies for setting up a “life radius” of community, work, home, and self to create healthier, happiness-boosting habits for the long-term.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book to me is very fulfilling in that it showed me that other people find happiness in their own ways.  A book can not really bring you an answer to your own happiness, but this is more like a guide to help you open your mind to possibilities.   It also depends on your work at self help and willingness to change, because the author can only show you ideas not force you to utilize them.

Is Your Dad a Pirate? by Tara McClary Reeves Review


Is Your Dad a Pirate?

Is Your Dad a Pirate?

Her daddy went away to fight for our country. And he came home changed. What's a young family to do when a parent is injured? How might they respond to curiosity?

In this tender account based on her childhood experiences, beloved author Tara McClary Reeves shares how her family adapted to the extensive physical losses her father, Marine Corps Lieutenant Clebe McClary, sustained.

With warmth and humor, this book encourages children and spouses facing similar trials to cherish the gift of family. To hold on to faith. And to choose to be loving heroes on the home front. Is Your Dad a Pirate? will challenge your perspective and deepen your commitment to love.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Perfect for military families or children that have had to deal with this experience.  It does give a message and gift in one small book.  

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy Review



Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy)
by Mary Connealy

Cowboys, Action, Humor, and History Collide in Connealy's Latest

When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She's determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I do not like reading a book 3 first, but sometimes it happens.   This is not only the last book but it actually sums up the other two books from what I understand so it was like better then reading all three I guess.  As for me the western aspect was ok, and the characters are written well.

Drawing books for every artist with Reviews

How to Draw Almost Every Day
How to Draw Almost Every Day
HOW TO DRAW ALMOST EVERY DAY
An Illustrated Sourcebook
ISBN: 9781631593772 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017
$19.99, US $25.99

The perfect book for budding artists, How to Draw Almost Every Day challenges and inspires you to draw one simple illustration each day of the year. Each daily exercise is broken down with step-by-step diagrams, making the process easy to understand. You’ll learn to draw items from everyday life, like food and clothing, as well as seasonal images including snowmen and pumpkins. We have also included inspiring project photos to show you how to incorporate the doodles into greeting cards, calendars, invitations, gift wrap, and more!

Cassandra's Review-  A cute book with a simple instruction to draw one doodle a day for the whole year.
 Sketch Now, Think Later
Sketch Now, Think Later
SKETCH NOW, THINK LATER
Jump into Sketching with Limited Time, Tools, and Techniques
ISBN: 9781631593444 | Quarry Books | October 1, 2017
$17.99 US, $23.99

Sketching is more popular than ever, but busy lives leave almost no room for sitting down with a pad and pen, and practicing. Here’s a secret though: you do have time each day to practice, you just need to incorporate sketching into your daily life. Sketch Now, Think Later covers the tools, techniques and tips that author and Urban Sketching Correspondent of Boston Mike Daikubara has developed in his more than 15 years as a practicing artist, and will show you how to fully dive into any sketching situation with limited time and tools, and still be able to produce memorable, great looking, fun sketches!

Cassandra's Review- This book is packed with a lot of techniques and facts so much so that you can read it over again and still get more information.

 Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens
LEARN TO DRAW STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Learn to Draw Favorite Characters, Including Rey, BB-8, and Kylo Ren, in Graphite Pencil
ISNB: 9781633222632 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 10, 2017
$19.95 US, $25.95

Learn to Draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings modern Star Wars iconography to life in stunning graphite pencil, transforming memorable characters including Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren (along with Leia, Han Solo, and R2-D2) into detailed, realistic portraits. Lucasfilm collaborator and professional artist Russell Walks guides artists step by step and provides insightful notes, drawing tips, and memorable moments for each character from the film. This book allows readers to develop and strengthen their drawing skills, while experiencing this legendary series in a whole new light.

Cassandra's Review- If you love Star Wars and learning how to draw more advanced styled characters, this is going to be a great book.
 Just for Fun: Perspective
Just for Fun: Perspective
JUST FOR FUN: PERSPECTIVE 
More than 100 Fun and Simple Step-by-Step Projects for Learning the Art of Basic Perspective
ISBN: 9781633224162 | Walter Foster Publishing | October 1, 2017
$21.95 US, $28.95 CAN

Just for Fun: Perspective takes a complicated topic and makes it easy and fun for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts! Even if you've never picked up a pencil or paintbrush, you can follow the simple, step-by-step instructions, and create realistic, proportionate artwork using perspective. With approachable and contemporary drawings and paintings as well as lots of tips, instructions, and inspiration, you’ll master perspective in no time.

Cassandra's Review- The book is super beneficial for a more advanced beginner because it does not have how to step by step so much as a small detail for each technique.

I received complimentary copies.

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