Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Miracle in Music City: A NetGalley Review


This sweet series about the Glimmer Girls is fast becoming a favorite around our house! The trio of siblings are relatable and sweet in our home full of girls! Natalie Grant has a fun writing voice that engages preteen girls in a fun way.

The girls travel with their musician mother all around the world. In this novel they travel to an American city and look for adventure. Their mother wants them to learn how to make a difference in the world even at a young age and they all become involved with a charity auction.

Young girls will find this title to be witty and fun, full of life and enjoyable to read. The girls feel like real girls of today and in no way pretentious or too perfect. Their fun adventures will keep the young lady in your life engaged all while knowing she is reading something that will encourage her in her faith.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I as not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

My First Knitting Book: A NetGalley Review




Rose is 11 and loves to try new things! She was very excited to try out this new title, My First Knitting Book. I would highly encourage obtaining a hard copy of this book rather than the e-book version. Sometimes the formatting was a little off and in the case of a crafting type book I have found a hard-copy to be much preferred.

My daughter enjoyed searching through the projects, but unfortunately I am not a knitter. She struggled to really be able to complete anything because I am not skilled in this area. I think this book would be ideal for someone who is learning to knit alongside an experienced knitter.

The pictures are beautiful and colorful, engaging the reader quickly, especially young readers! There are lots of step-by-step instructions which I think are probably very good, but because I do not have the experience to help they were not all clear to my daughter.

If you are looking for a good first-knitting book and you have someone to walk alongside you during the process I think this is still an excellent choice.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I as not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book: A BookLook Blogger Review



Grace is a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears! She was so very excited the evening I gave this to her. She immediately ran upstairs, put on her Christmas night gown and found a Santa hat to wear. She dove right in and it didn't take long for her sisters to want to help her! She was very sweet about sharing and they all colored together some. 

This is a fun book for her age (7) because it includes more than just coloring. The activities are age appropriate for all elementary ages, especially if they are already fans of the series. Word searches, mazes, crosswords, and even some math and world puzzles accompany the stickers and coloring. This little book is full of vibrant colors and is inviting for children of all ages! 

We found that standard colored pencils work the best for coloring. Crayons didn't really adhere to the paper and markers tended to smear easily. Nice quality colored pencils worked very well as the color both adhered and did not smear around the paper.

The best part about this sweet book that while there are many Christmas traditions represented, the main focus is definitely on celebrating Christ's birth. This isn't always the norm for kids Christmas books. If you have a little one in your life who already loves this series this is the perfect gift for them! If you have a little one in your life who has never read any of these books, this is the perfect way to introduce them to these lovable characters! 

Disclaimer: I received this novel from BookLook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

All is Bright: A Tyndale Blog Network Review


 As the Advent season begins our family looks for ways to focus on the Savior. We have a variety of family things which we do, but for the past couple of years I have tried to make sure I have my own alone time to focus on the reason for celebrating the season. 

This unique Advent devotional is providing a very unique way to focus my heart on Christ. Through daily reading and devotional the reader is drawn to focus on Emmanuel, God with us. Our world is so very busy and caught up in activity it is becoming a necessity to Be Still. Our household is quite busy with three little girls homeschooling and my in-home business, not to mention our church activities and other extra curriculars. Be Still time is at a premium, it is something I must plan to have or it is neglected. 

Adult coloring books are all the rage now and my daughters absolutely love them. I had been given a few, but did not find them to be all that relaxing. When I began using this as a devotional I found it to be very relaxing as I meditated on God the Father and His Son, the Savior of our world. There was more purpose in the coloring I suppose.Each coloring page is accompanied by Scripture and a short devotional. I like to play instrumental Christmas music while I am coloring. 

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and togetherness. The temptation to fill every moment with experiences and lively fun is quite tempting, but do not forget have time for stillness and reflection or you will possibly miss out on all God has for you this season.


 
 
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of All is Bright from Tyndale Publishers as part of  the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and did not receive any other compensation.

The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids: A Tyndale Blog Network Review



I review a lot of devotionals and Bible studies through the various review networks I partner with. I usually find myself writing that there is not enough Scripture used or that the devotionals are too light and fluffy. I am pleased to say this is not one of those devotionals! 

I have been using this book for my own personal time with God. It is dated, but
it can easily be picked up mid-year. Each day lists several portions of Scripture to read out of your own Bible each day. Passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs are included for every day. I absolutely love this because you get a little bit from each area of Scripture and when you are reading through the entire Bible some of the chapters and books, although absolutely inspired by God and therefore needed, are more difficult to read. This balance of New and Old Testament with the Psalms and Proverbs provides a nice mix, especially if you have not read extensive amounts of Scripture previously.


Every day a few verses from one of the listed passages is expounded upon through a devotional by Nancy Guthrie. A suggested prayer starter is given at the bottom of each devotion, often with places to insert your own child's name. There is a wide breadth of topics covered within these pages which teach us how to better pray for our children according to God's Word. I found it to be both encouraging and at times convicting, which is another sign of a good devotional. The author does not shy away from confronting issues within the readers heart about their own parenting. In fact, some of the prayers are even directed towards us, the parents! 

This would be a great gift or any Christian parent, especially as we all have goals to do better in the coming year in various areas. This is a wonderful guide to learn how to pray through the Bible for our most precious gifts from God no matter what their ages!

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids from Tyndale Publishers as part of  the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and did not receive any other compensation.

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