NKJV Study Bible Full Color Edition

The NKJV study bible is published by Thomas Nelson. The main marketing point on this Bible was that it was full color, but honestly that mostly means that some notes are in a colored background, and introductions to books have pretty pictures relating to a verse in that book. The maps are spread out through the Bible and collected at the back of the book. There is an index, concordance, list of the parables of Jesus, and several other similar charts. The print is very very tiny yet the Bible is very thick and heavyweight, which was kind of disappointing, but there are a lot of notes. I was really glad to see that this was the New King James Version too; it’s one of my personal favorite translations, and I am so glad to have an edition with many notes. I would just enlarge the letters so I can read it better and darken the black of the print so it’s easier to see. I love that there are several maps and that they are woven throughout the Bible so that I don’t always have to flip to the back, but if I did, it’s great to know that I can find them all in one place. Overall, bringing the charts and tables, commentary and concordance, NKJV and notes all together in this one Bible was a fantastic idea. Just be aware that’s it is very heavy!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and BookLook bloggers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review; all opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.

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Willie’s Redneck Time Machine

 

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“Willy’s Redneck Time Machine” is written by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher and is the first book in the “Be your own Duck Commander series”, which is published by Tyndale House publishers. The other books in this series are “Si in Space”, “Phil and the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca”, and “Jase and the Deadliest Hunt”.

 

As you travel through time you visit Noah’s ark, the future, high school, and plenty of varied places.  With a mysterious outhouse as your transportation you and John Luke travel through time, although you are still learning the rules of time travel.  At first, you think it might be a prank, but the whole book is comprised of decisions for you to make, and to see what happens as a result.  You experience danger, adventure, and what it is like to be a duck commander.

 

Honestly, I enjoyed this book very much. It is full of excitement. Based on the context of “Willie’s Redneck time Machine”, I would recommend this book to grades 3rd-7th and ages 6-11 even though it really would be enjoyable to practically anyone who likes this genre of book series.  This is a great book to read with your children and discuss how the decisions we make affect our lives.

 

Thank you so much to Tyndale House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.

The Lighthouse Thief

 

 

“The Lighthouse Thief” by Bo Burnette is a mystery about a young boy who lives on St. Simon’s Island and his cousin from Chicago who comes to stay with him for a week. The two boys discover a plot to potentially harm the lighthouse, decide they must do something to stop it.

For me, this book had the best imagery that I’ve read since I read “The Book Thief” about 10 months ago. I could clearly see every scene described in my mind. The characters and setting were charming, yet the plot was kind of predictable and the clues easy to solve, but then again that’s coming from a reader of many mysteries and ciphers, so it may just be that I’ve had practice. The clues were very clever though, and poetic (bonus!). “The Lighthouse Thief” was like a combo of imagery from the likes of “The Book Thief”, sweet characters like in “Heidi”, and of course mystery like that of “The Boxcar Children”, so I really enjoyed it because those are pretty much all my favorite books. Amazon says this book is set for 3-8 graders, but because of the extensive vocabulary of the author, I would recommend grades 5-9.

The book will leave you connected to the characters and their relationships, and make you wish you could stay in St. Simon’s Island forever too. Well done!

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari

 

 

“Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari” by Jill Osborne

 

“Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari” is by Jill Osborne and is the third book in the Good News Shoes series.  Riley Mae Hart, a pre-teen “spokesmodel” is now in Kenya, Africa!  Itching to run, Riley Mae is excited to learn that Kenya is the perfect place to train for running, with the high elevation and other Olympic athletes.  It’s also the ideal spot for Riley and her Swiftriver friends to hide from enemies back in the States, but how long until they come searching after her?

 

Adjusting to the strange, new Kenyan culture is difficult for Riley, but she doesn’t give up, because she enjoys being with the influential Kenyan women in the village.  Riley soon finds herself growing stronger in her relationship with the Lord and spreading the Good News all around her.  She grows to love the ways of the village, along with hanging out with an orphaned girl wanting answers to her many questions.  But things take a turn for the worse when Riley stumbles into an encounter with the enemy.

 

I liked this book because I enjoyed learning about Riley’s adventures in Kenya, and also because I think it had a really interesting and good plot.  I also enjoyed seeing how Riley’s faith in God grew, even in dire circumstances.

 

Thank you so much to ZonderKidz publishing and the Book Look blogger program for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

God Wrote You a Love Letter

 

 

“God Wrote You a Love Letter” by Dan Kelly is published by Xulon Press.  I was blessed with an opportunity to personally meet with this author and talk, and he was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review.  He did not require me to give a positive opinion; he just wanted an honest one.  So here it is!

This book is set up to be a chronological, 52 week study of the Bible.  It is broken up into easy to read portions, perfect for a children’s Sunday School or homeschoolers.  The lessons are in a sort of story format that makes comprehension easier for younger children.  The lessons are only a couple of pages long each.  I thought that this book is perfect for the recommended target audience because of the content amount in each lesson, and the written-in questions in the text are related to both the lessons and the audience of them.  This book is a great introduction to and overview of the Bible.

Thank you so much to the author for letting me have a copy of this book to promote.

Book Report on “Little Women”

Here is a book report I did on “Little Women”. Letters “X” and “Z” were excused.

A: Alcott.  Louisa May Alcott is the author of “Little Women”.  The book was published in two parts, one in 1868, and one in 1869.  The book is loosely based off the author’s life with her three sisters.

B: Beth March.  Beth is the third child in the March family.  She is sweet and compassionate to those around her, and has much joy in playing the piano.

C: Civil War.  The book is set in the midst of the Civil War, which Mr. March is away fighting in.  He writes his four daughters letters.

D: December.  The novel begins with the four March sisters lamenting about the probable lack of Christmas that they will have that year, as their father is away and the family is fairly poor.  The sisters are talking with one another about the presents they wish to receive, and the ones they are excited to give to their mother.

E: Europe.  Later on in the book, Meg and Amy have separate opportunities to travel to Europe.  The March’s neighbor Laurie also makes several trips across the ocean.

F: Family.  Family is a very strong focus point in this book.  Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are very close with one another, and share a special bond as sisters.  The whole immediate March family supports one another and loves their neighbors as themselves.

G: Girls.  “Little Women” begins with the sisters being fairly young; some are teenagers and some are a few years younger.  Because of this, as the book continues the reader can see how each of the characters mature and reason with one another.  Seeing the healthy transition from girlhood to womanhood in each March sister is one of many aspects that make this book a charming read.

H: Hope.  Hope is one of the things that keep each of the March sisters moving through their work and schooling while they wait for their father to return from fighting in the Civil War. Each girl has a special way that they hold each other up; Jo cuts off and sells her hair to provide money for the family, Amy is a companion to Aunt March, Beth plays piano and always has a kind word, and Meg takes care of a nearby poorer family.

I: Ice Skating.  In one wintery scene, neighbor Laurie takes Jo March to a party.  Amy is so upset over being left out that she burns a manuscript that Jo had been writing.  This becomes a major point of conflict between the girls, but they eventually make up when Amy follows Jo and Laurie out ice skating, and falls through the ice.  Jo and Amy realize the importance of maintaining love and forgiveness, and not letting the sun go down on their wrath.

J: Jo.  Josephine March is the second born, and is modeled after the author’s own life.  Jo is headstrong, has a hot temper, and is a tomboy.  She quickly makes friends with her neighbor Laurie.  She enjoys writing and acting, and is fairly dramatic when the occasion calls for it, but in the end, she sees the value of family and loves most of those around her dearly (the exception being Aunt March).

K: Kindness.  Kindness is a trait most apparent in Beth and Mr. Laurence, Laurie’s grandfather.  The two have a special relationship because Mr. Laurence lost his young daughter, and Beth reminds him of her.  Beth connects with Mr. Laurence because he lets her play his piano, and ends up giving it to her before she passes away.

L: Laurie.  Theodore Laurence, neighbor to the Marches and nearest to Jo’s age, is affectionately referred to as “Laurie” by his friends and neighbors, and “Teddy” by Jo.  He is best friends with Jo, but after her rejection of his proposal, ends up marrying Amy.

M: Marmee.  The March sisters’ mother, Marmee, guides the girls through growing up.  She encourages them to read “Pilgrim’s Progress”, and make their own pilgrimage through life, following God and loving others.

N: Neighbors.  The March family is a prime example of reaching out to our neighbors and community.  They help feed and take care of a nearby German family with many children in worse poverty than themselves, and they cheer up the Laurence men, who in turn provide lifelong friendship.

O: Opera.  Jo absolutely loves putting on plays, operas, and tragedies; anything to cheer up neighbors and family, and related to a form of literature or writing interests Jo immensely.

P: Pilgrimage.  The March sisters cling to their mission of being good “Pilgrims”, inspired by the book “Pilgrim’s Progress”, to make their father proud while he is away fighting.

Q: Questions.  One humorous aspect of the book is little Amy, the youngest March sister, who is always trying to act mature and use an expanded vocabulary.  Oftentimes she will ask silly questions or mispronounce words in an attempt to appear “grown-up”.

R: Robert March.  The father of the March girls, he is absent for most of the book because he is away fighting.  He gets wounded in December of 1862, and is supported by his wife and John Brooke, who is a tutor to Laurie, helps the March parents while Mr. March is wounded, and ends up marrying Meg.

S: Sisters.  Throughout the book, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy show strong love and support for one another throughout trips to Europe, their father being wounded, boy troubles, and arguments.  They provide a good example of sisterhood, and are loosely based off Alcott’s own sisters.

T: Turmoil.  Aunt March disapproves of many things about the March family, but the girls and Marmee continuously take care of her.  With their father being wounded, Beth’s death, and the drama over Laurie, the sisters have many hard times, but they come through them loving each other more and providing a good example for readers.

U: Union.  Mr. March is a chaplain in the Union army during the War Between the States, which he served and was wounded in.

V: Vivacity.  Amy, the youngest of the sisters, and Jo, both continually are outgoing and independent, while Meg and Beth are more subdued and happy to simply advise and comfort their sisters.  Each sister has a vastly different personality, but they blend together to form a warm and loving family.

W: War.  Whether it be the Civil War or the occasional sibling’s fight, turmoil is not absent in this book.  Life is not all happy for the March family, but they faithfully continued on their pilgrimage, even though some, like Beth’s, were not as long.

Y: Young teenagers.  I would recommend this book for children in their early teens, because of the length of the book and content therein.  Some scenes, such as Beth’s death or letters to and from the family may make the book hard or tedious to read for younger audiences.

Tried and True

 

“Tried and True” by Mary Connealy is the first book in her newest “Wild at Heart” series, starring the Wilde sisters Kylie, Bailey, and Shannon.  All of the sisters served in the War Between the States, posing as men, and pressured by their father in honor of their brother.  Since that have served their time, the family moves out West to acquire land.

 

Kylie is tired of being manipulated into acting like a man and cannot wait to return to city life.  Her sisters always seem to have to come over and help her with “men’s work”.  In one such instance where Kylie did not want to have to ask them to help, she climbs up upon her own roof during a thunderstorm.  Really.

 

Aaron Masterson is the local land agent who comes to check on Kylie’s claim, only to discover that she’s a woman.  Over time, he also finds that all of her sisters are women, and their father has manipulated them into pretending to be men.  He feels sorry for Kylie, and wants to help her, but doesn’t want to compromise his integrity with his job.  Then matters get more complicated when another landowner wants the Wilde family’s land, and flaming arrows are shot at her house.

 

This book was pretty far-fetched, I did not think it was historically accurate, or the characters relatable.  I did not connect with the story, and was disappointed because I had enjoyed previous books by this author.  This one just didn’t click for me.

 

Thanks to Bethany House publishers and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.

Rebellious Heart

 

“Rebellious Heart” by Jody Hedlund is the third book in the “Hearts of Faith” series.  This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I have to admit that I was hesitant to try it.  This turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read, and it completely made sense as a stand-alone.  In the end notes, I read that this book was based off the lives of John and Abigail Adams.

 

Susanna Smith is living in a time of turmoil.  Her sister is interested in a new man in town, a Mr. Crane.  Mr. Crane’s friend Benjamin Ross always comes along with Crane to visit the Smith girls.  Susanna and Benjamin soon have to chaperone  Crane and Susanna’s sister, and thus begin to know one another better.  In doing so, Susanna is shocked to hear of Ben’s traitorous activities, and discovered a runaway slave, and does everything in her power to help her.

 

Benjamin Ross is a patriot, through and through, and a lawyer pleading innocent for an old social outcast of a man convicted of murder.  Benjamin finds it difficult not to fall for Susanna with all the time he spends with her, but he realizes that she is uncertain of where her loyalties lie.

 

This book was amazing.  Honestly, I was pulled in by the characters and their personalities.  The plot was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat as well, and I loved that it was based off the lives of John and Abigail Adams, however loosely.

 

Thank you so much to Net Galley and Bethany House for providing me with an ecopy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.