My God Loves Me Bible written by Cecilie Fodor and illustrated by Gavin Scott (Book Review!)

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Do you know a little one who needs a first Bible? With 18 Bible stories from Genesis to Jesus’s resurection, the My God Loves Me Bible begins to bring the Bible alive for young ones. Each of the stories has a title, one sentence take away, Bible story, and verses that need to be looked up and read by someone older. These cardboard pages also include bright and colorful life-like illustrations.

About the Author and Illustrator-

Cecilie Fodor is the author of Parables of the Bible and an editor at Scandinavia Publishing House.

Gavin Scott is an illustrator of a number of children’s books including My Bedtime Bible Prayers.

My thoughts-

– This sturdy cardboard book has a nice red handle, padded cover, and rounded corners. I really like the rounded corners, because nobody will be hurt by sharp corners. I like the charming illustrations with their bright colors and realistic animals and people.

– I’m not sure if it is this way with all the copies of this book, but my pages were lightly stuck together. I would make sure that you open all of the pages first, so the child won’t get upset when they can’t look at their book.

– I really like the “My God Loves Me” phrase that goes along with each story, because they are important phrases that we should always remember, and it is best to learn them at a young age. The story is short enough to keep the child’s attention. You’ll want to make sure that you have your Bible handy, because for each story there are more verses to read. You can read them with your child or on your own.

I highly recommend this book for the young children in your life.

Genre- Juvenile Nonfiction / Religious / Christian / Bible Stories
Published by- Kregel Children’s Books (Kregel Publications)
Copyrighted- 2019
Number of pages- 40
Age Group- Children 5 and up (I think that younger children will also enjoy and learn from My God Loves Me Bible.)
Description of book- Hardback, listed price- $12.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4632-0

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

My Bedtime Bible Prayers written by Karoline Pahus Pedersen and illustrated by Gavin Scott (Book Review!)

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Do you have a young child in your life that is interested learning how to pray and the Bible verses that correspond? My Bedtime Bible Prayers is that book. This book contains 44 Bible verses and corresponding prayers. Extra Bible verses and discussion questions are included. Some of these prayers are

  • “May We Choose You”
  • “All Children are Welcome”
  • “God is Faithful”
  • “Give God Your Worries”
  • “Made By God”
  • “Truths about God”
  • “I Am Brave”
  • “Choose Goodness”


About the Author and Illustrator-

Karoline Pahus Pedersen is an author of a number of children’s books including Bible Promises for Babies.

Gavin Scott is an illustrator of a number of children’s books including the My God Loves Me Bible.

My thoughts-

– I like the table of contents, because the parent and child can pick the prayer that will work for them at a specific period in time. One example would be “Peaceful Sleep” on page 34. It lists Psalm 4:8 (written out), Psalm 121:4-6 (use a Bible), a prayer about sleeping and having a peaceful rest, and a discussion about what to do when you wake up at night. This prayer and verse sequence will help all children be relaxed as they drift off to sleep.

– I know that the title is My Bedtime Bible Prayers, but these prayer and verse sequences can be done at any time of the day. Subjects that can be done any time of the day are gratefulness, being blessed, God is with us, and there are more I haven’t listed.

– I like the lightly padded cover, because it adds depth and comfort for young children. The illustrations by Gavin Scott are colorful and child friendly. They are very realistic and all children will enjoy them.

– The suggested ages are 6-8, but I think that children who are younger and older will enjoy this book and learn the importance of praying.

I highly recommend this book for the young children in your life.

Genre- Juvenile Nonfiction / Religious / Christian / Devotional & Prayer
Published by- Kregel Children’s Books (Kregel Publications)
Copyrighted- 2019
Number of pages- 96
Age Group- Children between 6 and 8 (I think that younger and older children will enjoy learning the verses and prayers.)
Description of book- Hardback, listed price- $10.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4633-7

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Misleading Miss Verity (#3) by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley) (Book Review!)

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Do you enjoy reading books from the Regency era (1811-20)? Do you like a witty and romantic storyline?

Miss Verity Hatherleigh has been sent to countryside in Scotland after she has been too headstrong for her parents by bending too many rules of propriety. Fortunately for her, she is sent to the home of one of her classmates. Unfortunately for her, she will be living next to Dungally and the new laird who has finally come home. Anthony Jardine has returned from Australia to an estate where there is little money and tennants who have problems with famine and poor housing. The former laird had done little enough that even the villagers and neighbors are upset with what has happened. Verity is staying next door to Anthony’s new home with the Chisholms. Verity along with her classmate, Helena, and Helena’s siblings spend time working in their garden and Dungally’s neglected garden where they all meet Anthony. Neither one of them says who they truly are as they begin to have feelings for each other. What will happen when they learn the truth? Will fate and Verity’s parents prevent them from happiness?

About the Author-

Carolyn Miller currently lives with her husband and four children in Australia. She has written other books in her Regency Brides series. There are 3 books in A Legacy of Grace, 3 books in A Promise of Hope, and 3 in Daughters of Aynsley. She has won RWA and ACFW contests. She can be reached at www.carolynmillerauthor.com.

My thoughts-

-I’ve not read the other books in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, but I’ve read other books by Carolyn Miller and have thoroughly enjoyed them. They were humorous, Godly, and there was plenty of understated romance. Misleading Miss Verity was the same. And once I picked it up, it was hard to put down.

-I like how Carolyn Miller developed the characters. There weren’t so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of them, but just the right amount. I was able to know and remember each of the characters like Verity, her grandmother, the servant’s and their names, and others. I appreciated that, especially since this is the third book in this group of the series.

-One aspect I didn’t like about this book was that Verity and Anthony (Mr. Jardine) lied to each other about their positions in life. They overlooked it and remained friendly (wouldn’t want to spoil the end). I don’t like the lying, but I do appreciate how they forgive each other. Being able to forgive one another is very important, so I decided that the lesson to be learned in this book is forgiveness. (Also it was great how Verity grew closer to God.)

-I would have liked to see a bit more closure between Verity and her parents, but that’s just my thought. Her parents, especially her mother, never totally loved or appreciated her for herself. It took other people (Chisholms) to show her how much she was loved and what it was supposed to look like. It was only at the end of the novel that it seemed like her parents might change.

I highly recommend this book and the others in the series!

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Romance
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2019
Number of pages- 352
Age Group- Adult (Women)
Description of book- Paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4591-0

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

They Call Me Mom by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett (Book Review)

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Are you a mom who needs some encouragement? Or do you know a mom who could use some encouragement? They Call Me Mom: 52 Encouraging Devotions for Every MOMent, written by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett, was written for moms everywhere.

There are 52 devotions that cover the good and the bad of motherhood. Here is a small selection of the chapter titles:
“They Call Me Teacher”
“They Call Me Embarrassing”
“They Call Me Scaredy-cat”
“They Call Me Out”
“They Call Me Safe Zone”
“They Still Call Me”

They write from their own experiences with their daughters and sons. Please go here to find an excerpt from this devotional.

About the Authors-

Michelle Medlock Adams currently lives in Indiana with her husband, where she is a journalist, speaker, author, and ghostwriter. She’s written Dinosaur Devotions, and many more. She can be reached at www.michellemedlockadams.com.

Bethany Jett currently lives in Florida with her husband and boys. Her latest book is Through the Eyes of Hope and it’s devotional. She too is a speaker, author, and she works from home. She can be reached at www.bethanyjett.com.

They both co-own Platinum Literary services and write weekly columns for “Hot Mess but Blessed,” a newspaper in Missouri.

My thoughts-

-The table of contents is great, because I can read the name of the chapters and pick which one is calling to me. One that caught my eye was “They Call Me Chauffeur,” because that’s exactly what I’ve been doing since the school year began. As I read the chapter, I got some good ideas for snacks, and I learned it’s a great time to have good talks with family members. We should always take advantage of being a chauffeur. There were also many other good topics in the different devotional chapters like cheerleader, chef, mama bear, worry wart, and sentimental.

-This book is just what I need to end my day on a positive note. Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett, who are so encouraging, can make even the worst situations look towards God and be positive. At the end of each chapter, they share ideas about each topic and the Bible verses that correspond.

They Call Me Mom is one of those books that so well written, that I could just read it all day and soak up the wisdom and stories they have to share. The Bible verses spoke to me and gave me peace.

I highly recommend this book to all those moms out there who need a morning boost or evening encouragment!

Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / Christian Living / Devotional
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2019
Number of pages- 240
Age Group- Moms!!!
Description of book- hardback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4616-0

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Photo of the Week!- Refrozen Ice, part 1

Winter is coming! I think I’m excited, but I’m not sure. How about y’all? I took this photo with my Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro phone. We had gotten around 5 inches of snow, and the snow was melting on the car. I was surprised that it hadn’t melted yet. Usually on our dark vehicles, it melts quickly. It didn’t this time. This is the ice bridge that resulted from the snow melting. Next week I’ll show a different view.

Have a great week, y’all! Take some awesome photos!

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God’s Mail: Volume 3 by Ron Hardin (Review)

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Are you looking to strengthen your relationship with God? Are you having a difficult time finding devotions that speak to you? Perhaps God’s Mail Volume 3, by Ron Hardin, from God’s Mail, is what you’re looking for.  This book contains over 90 poems and many corresponding Bible verses from different versions (NJKV, TLB, GW, AMP, MSG, and more).

Mr. Hardin has written these poems and selected these Bible verses for both believers and non-believers alike. Many of them are based on his own experiences with being in jail, in a gang, dropping out of school, and the use of drugs. In this third volume he uses those experiences to encourage and strengthen those dealing with more serious subjects such as abortion, suicide, passing of others, but also the troubles that come to us every day.

About Ron Hardin:

Mr. Ron Hardin is currently married and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Mr. Hardin and his wife are both ordained ministers.

Our Experience: 

As a believer in God, I’m always interested in trying new devotionals, so I can learn a new perspective about God and share it with others. I was very interested in this devotional, because I hadn’t read one with poems and corresponding Bible verses before. I thought that using different versions of Bible for the verses was nice, because different versions call to people differently. I personally find that some are easier to read and understand, so I really liked that about this devotion.

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I really wanted to try journaling while reading this book. I found that it didn’t work for me,  because many of the poems don’t apply to me. For example, I’m not divorced, don’t have substance abuse, or am depressed. Since I wasn’t able to journal, I decided to just mark the pages and verses that moved me. It worked really well. I know I can go back to those pages for inspiration and comfort.

Mama’s Thoughts:

As someone who has written a number of poems and read poems of other authors, I don’t think they all needed to rhyme. It made it harder for me to read them, because they didn’t flow well for me. I did read the poems before the verses, because then the verses impacted me in a more powerful and positive way.

-Some of these poems are very dark, but I think that’s because they are based on his life experiences. He has written these poems and shared these verses, so that he can help those who are currently experiencing the same pain. If you don’t find that some of these problems are relevant to you, move on. When you find the subjects that are relevant at this point in your life, these poems and verses will speak to you. And you’ll grow closer to God.

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C’s Thoughts (girl, officially in 8th grade):

C didn’t participate in this review as I feel that most of this book wasn’t written for her at this time of her life.

Recap of pertinent information!

Product Link: God’s Mail Volume 3

Vendor Information Link: God’s Mail

Age Appeal: Adult men and women (older teens might be comforted by these poems as well)

Format: I received a paperback version, but there is also one for the Kindle. There are 221 pages, over 90 poems, and many Bible verses from different Bible versions. There are also endorsements from different people who have been blessed by Mr. Ron Hardins books.

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought about God’s Mail: Volume 3!

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Photo of the Week!- Reflected Sunrise in Front Window

I hope y’all are doing well. I know what you’re going to say. This photo isn’t very good. I know that, but take a look at the colors. That’s the reason why I get to share this poor quality phone camera photo. This is the only way that I could get the true colors of the sunrise. The colors were so brilliant that they just wouldn’t show up when I took the photo normally, I had to use the reflection in our front window. I hope that I’m able to spend a little bit more time experimenting with the different function of the phone camera, so that I can get the best photo possible in the future.

What have you been taking photos of recently?

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Book Series: Appaloosy, Dusty’s Trail, Golden Sunrise, and Day and Night, by Mattie Richardson! (Review)

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Do you have children who love stories about history? Do you have children who are fascinated with horses? Are you looking for family-friendly books to read to your children? Appaloosy, Day and Night, Golden Sunrise, and Dusty’s Trail from the Mattie Richardson’s Horses in History Series, by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books could be exactly what you’re looking for. These four books will take your family on historical adventures across the United States from 1877 Oregon and the Nez Perce to the Civil War to the battle at the Alamo to the Pony Express.

Appaloosy (her first book) is about a horse named Storm who is owned by a Nez Perce brave, White Feather for a time, until there is a war in Idaho. In that war, Storm is taken to live with the white men. He is sold several times and meets new horses along the way. He begins to live on a family farm with a young girl named Faith. Here he is finally happy, he doesn’t want to run with a wild herd any more. However life takes a different turn, when he is stolen by rustlers. He is able to escape, but needs to make an important decision. Will he stay free or go back to Faith? 

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In Dusty’s Trail Levi Anderson sees an ad for a job that needs young riders for the Pony Express. He immediately wants to leave the family ranch and ride for them. His Palomino, Dusty, doesn’t think it’s a good idea nor does Levi’s mom. They leave and no matter the dangers (Paiute Indians, bad weather, and wild animals) they bond even more and have some great rides.

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In Day and Night Tucker and Shiloh, two young Morgan brothers, are sold separately and could soon face each other in the Civil War. The two horses learn a lot of about the war and it’s effect on everyone during their times in the Union and Confederacy. Will they meet each other on the battle field? Can Shiloh keep Sarah (a young woman fighting as a young man) safe? 

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Cheyenne is a Golden Palomino in Golden Sunrise who is ready to help her owner, Jared, fight for Texas’s independence. They travel together to San Antonio where Jared has orders to fight the Mexicans and Santa Anna. At the Alamo they make new friends, but life will soon change for both of them. What will happen to them, James Bowie, Davy Crockett and other now famous fighters? Will Texas become a free state for the United States?

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About Mattie Richardson:

Mattie Richardson currently lives in North Dakota where she is a full-time journalist and part-time musician. Appaloosy was written when she was 13 and published when she was 16. She has a passion for writing and shares it with others at schools and different groups.

Our Experience: 

I’ve always thought that it was important to learn about history from living books, because it makes it more realistic and not just a lot of facts and figures. I feel that she knows more about history, because of books like these by Mattie Richardson.
When I showed her these books, she was very interested. I wasn’t sure if it was because they were bought horses or history. She took Appaloosa and read it quickly and enjoyed it. She soon begin reading the other ones too.

Day and Night currently has the Day and Night Enrichment Guide available for purchase, so C and I worked on this book and guide together. We would read the sections of books together as a read-aloud then worked on the guide. We took a week to work on each part. We did:

-Reading Comprehension
-Vocabulary
-History (more information about what is read about int the book)
-A Soldier’s Life
-Living History Activity (ways to make Civil War history come alive)
-Geography
-Horses and History
-Creating Your Own Stories
-Biography (different historical figures)
-Further Reading/Advanced Track (reading different parts of Shiloh and/or Battle Cry of Freedom)

Mama’s Thoughts:

-I like how these books were from the horse’s perspective, but still included all important historical details. Each horse was a different breed. There was a Palomino, an Appaloosa, and American Quarter Horse, and a Morgan. There are also other breeds mentioned. The mention of all these different breeds opens up the opportunity to study and learn more about them.

-These books were so well written that I’m not sure which one is my favorite. I felt like I was right there with the horses, feeling what they felt and seeing what they saw. I especially noticed this in the one about the Pony Express. I’ve studied a little bit about it in the past and understand the desires and dangers that the young men and horses would have felt as they raced across the countryside. Please keep in mind what happened at the Alamo, when reading Golden Sunrise. You might want to read this book before your younger children. I would also say the same for Day and Night.

-I liked the extra historical information that was at the end of each book.

-The Day and Night Enrichment Guide is a must to go along with the book. It includes so many different activities. I really liked learning more information about the horses and horsemanship, geography, activities, and biographies. The part that I thought was the best though was the different creative writing assignments. These assignments will help children build their own stories to share with others. 

C’s Thoughts (girl, officially in 8th grade):

Appaloosy is about a horse who is owned by the Nez Perce Indians, but he is captured and sent to live with white men. Then he comes to live with a little girl, but then is captured again. Read the book to find out what happens.

Golden Sunrise is about a golden Palomino mare that fights with her owner at the Alamo for the independence of Texas.

Dusty’s Trail is about a horse and his rider who works for the Pony Express, but then there is trouble with the Paiute Indians. What will happen to Dusty and his rider?

Day and Night is about two young horses who fight in the American Civil War on opposite sides both claiming to fight for freedom.

Appaloosy was my favorite of all four books, because it was the most interesting to me. I think all of the books are well written and interesting though.

I think these books would be good for people of all ages.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Appaloosy7/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/appaloosybooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AppaloosyBooks

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Recap of pertinent information!

Product Link: Mattie Richardson’s Horses in History Series

Vendor Information Link: Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books

Age Appeal: ages 8-14 (Those who especially like horses and history!)

Format: The books we received were paperback from 60 to over 140 pages. The Day and Night Enrichment Guide was a PDF.

Price and More: Please check the product link for current prices and more information

Mama recommends!

Please click on the graphic below to learn what the other crew members on the review thought about this program!

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Photo of the Week!- A Most Awesome Fall Frost

Is everyone having a nice fall? We’ve been having a pretty nice one. I would have liked a better fall in terms of the weather. It wasn’t a proper fall, because the temperatures have either been above average or below by around 20 degrees. We did have some nice frost on our car, so I thought I would share it with you. I like how the different angles show different colors and crystals. Do you have any fun photos to share?

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The Right Combination, by Barbie & Richard Armenta (Book Review)

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Have you been through a divorce and are unsure about how to move forward into a new relationship? Would you like to learn skills and Bible verses to help you move forward?

Divorce is the last thing a couple desires. The Right Combination: Finding Love and Life After Divorce helps men and women (mostly focusing on), who have been through one, to heal with the help of God and move forward into a new and stronger marriage with God at the center.

Along with the shared stories of the authors, Barbie and Richard Armenta, the chapters include “Finding Your Right Combination” (sums up the chapter), Bible verses, and questions that help you think about the future.

Please go here to find an excerpt.

About the Authors-

Barbie & Richard Armenta currently live in Texas. Mr. Armenta is a mentor in prison ministry, speaker, and writer. Mrs. Armenta is the founder of the Brave Gathering and a freedom coach. You can learn more about them at rightcombination.net.

My thoughts-

– I liked that the book was easy to read and understand, but very thought provoking and postive. I couldn’t put The Right Combination down. I wanted to learn more about their lives and how time and God helped build their strong marriage.

– I think that this book is great not just for those who have been divorced, but for those who have left long-term relationships. As someone who is married to a divorcé, I think this book would have helped us smoothly become a strong blended family as the Armentas have.

I highly recommend this book to those who desire a stronger marriage and relationship with God.

Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / Christian Living / Love & Marriage
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2019
Number of pages- 176
Age Group- Adult (Mostly for women who have been divorced.)
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-8254-4568-2

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.