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My Bible Adventure Through God's Word 52 Bible Stories for Kids By Johnny Hunt Review

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( From Goodreads)

Travel through God’s Word all year long! The greatest stories in the Bible come alive for kids in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. Watch your children develop a relationship with God while reading amazing stories of faith.


Written by pastors, children’s ministers, and leaders who have a heart for helping children become lifelong believers, My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word is a perfect tool for introducing your children to weekly devotions. Cute art and simple storytelling naturally lend themselves to early readers who are starting to read on their own. With tangible takeaways and prayers at the end of every Bible adventure, your children or grandchildren will grow in their faith as they read My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word.


Help your child engage his or her faith in new, meaningful ways through the wisdom and insight in My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word. By starting the habit of studying the Bible at a young age, you're young believer is signing up for the adventure of a lifetime!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Even if you do not believe in God, I personally feel like the Bible is one of the most awesome story books of all time.  Ok, so we all know not everything written in the Bible is family friendly and it can be really hard to want to give your child a full Bible to read, nevermind the fact they probably will not understand most of it.

Now comes this book and it features 52 hand selected stories from the Bible but created so that kids can feel good about reading them while learning in a clean and fun way,  It compacts everything so that your little youth can absorb and understand what is going on.  I would recommend this book to families of any kid or children of any age as well as adults that might have trouble figuring out the bigger Bibles wording.  It is a faith based book.

Baby University book series By Chris Ferrie Review

About the Series: All books in the series approach topics with a tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will love sharing with their little geniuses.
   
In Rocket Science for Babies readers learn about the basics of aerospace engineering. General Relativity for Babies introduces Einstein’s most famous theory and teaches babies all about black holes, gravitational waves, and more.
  
 Quantum Physics for Babies and Newtonian Physics for Babies give simple introductions to the principles that give quantum physics and Newton’s laws of motion their names.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chris Ferrie is a physicist, mathematician, and father of four budding young scientists. He believes it is never too early to introduce small children to big ideas

I received complimentary copies.

Cassandra's Review- The books are actually really good for not only babies but children with special needs and I thought that by actually having a ball for you and your child ready so that they could really hold it and grasp the idea while you are reading is also a great learning tool.   I admit I learned a bit myself so anyone who reads this series or reads it outloud will gain knowledge in a simpler form.

Stumbling on History by Fern Schumer Chapman Review

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Edith Westerfeld, an 89-year-old Holocaust refugee, wonders if the memory of the Nazis murdering her parents, along with millions of other victims, will outlive the survivors. Now, 76 years after Edith’s parents saved their daughter’s life by sending her, alone and terrified, to America she returns to the small German town where her family had lived for hundreds of years.

Invited to witness the installation of a memorial to her family part of an effort throughout Europe to confront the genocide of World War II she experiences how art is helping today's generation face and atone for crimes of the past. Stumbling On History carries the readers along on this journey, as Edith joins the ceremony of Stolpersteine—"Stumbling Stones." Watching her former neighbors and descendants struggle to right their nation's past wrongs, she realizes at last the power of hearing, "I'm sorry.”

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book has so much power and truth.  It is heartbreaking and informational at the same time.  It is so important to know and remember the history and I am glad the author chose to share her realism inside it.


Still Waiting by Ann Swindell Review

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(From Goodreads)

What if God wants you to wait?

Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible.

These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed.

Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? I like how the author stays true to God and her faith through all of the ups and downs.  She has a great way with words and tells her details so uniquely.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  I did not think there was anything over the top or dramatic about the style or stories in the book.  

- What did you learn?  When you think that there is something so important that it can not wait, you should always consider God's plan for you and to stay strong. 

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? I would recommend this book to a faith based individual that can lift the needs of their life to God and believe in the outcomes.  

I received a complimentary copy.



Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson Review


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What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel's final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby's tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons--and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel's lawyer, Lucas Hough--the lure of Brigitte's story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why?  It is laced with threads of mystery and historical, love in a way that mixed my emotions and made for a super read.

- What did you not like about the book and why? I did not like how sad the lower parts of the book were but it had to be written, not every book is happy.

- What did you learn?  That this author has a writing style that will keep you hooked.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why? People that enjoy a wonderful historical fiction with added mystery.


It's Okay About It by Lauren Casper Review

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(From Goodreads)

Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.


Five-year-old Mareto finds color and light in the ordinary happenings of every day and delights in beauty just waiting to be found. Those are lessons he shares, often unknowingly, with his mom, Lauren Casper.


For Lauren, living with Mareto is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth, they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.


From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when life is painful or difficult, things will be okay because God promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, and to love others even when it doesn’t make sense.


For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I felt like the author was using her kid to get her own points across.  Like this little child is the key to unlock great theories.  While I do believe children say wonderful things, I see that the author says a line from the kid and then fills her whole meaning behind it based on her own thoughts.  So basically what I am saying is that the author is a great writer and if she wants to feel positive and think positive  in this way then it is beautiful and healing to her.   Perhaps if you see the world negatively this book may help to lift you up.