Book Review: All in All Journaling Devotional

All in All Journaling Devotional

Loving God Wherever You Are
by Sophie Hudson

B&H Publishing Group (B&H Books, Holman Bibles, B&H Español, and B&H Kids)

B&H Kids
Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The All and All Journaling Devotional through Netgalley and B&H Publishing Group:

If you are in search of a good choice for teens or young women.  The author writes this devotional with both wisdom and wit.  There are a hundred devotions followed by questions and a reminder to write down prayers.  

This book would be a great gift for the young women or teenage girl in your life working to grow in faith.

Five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Unearthed Memories:

Unearthed Memories

by Emi Sisk

Emi Sisk
Poetry , Romance

Pub Date 13 May 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Unearthed Memories through Emi Sisk and Netgalley:

Poetry is one of the harder genres to Review as poetry at it’s best is personal and full of individual emotions:

I must say I was rather impressed that this was the poets first published collection of poetry.  The feeling in each poem was conveyed well and there wasn’t a lot of flower imagery which can sometimes take away from the message being conveyed.  The poems themselves were well written.

I give Unearthed Memories four out of five stars.

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Book Review: Best Beast

Best Beast

by Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Jess Smart Smiley

Xist Publishing
Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 01 Jan 2017 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2017
I am reviewing a copy of Best Beast through Netgalley and Xist Publishing:

This brief book is a great read for young girls.  The illustrations are cute and would likely be eye appealing to a Seven to nine year old, perhaps a little older if you have a reluctant reader on your hands.

A young girl wishes she could have a pet, in order to win a vacation by entering it into a pet show but her parents remind her they have no extra money to care for a pet!  When a fairy Mother gives her a rock and tells her to draw a face on it so it comes to life, when she does she get’ more than she bargained.

This cute little book gets four out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk

by Rachel Hauck

Thomas Nelson–FICTION


Pub Date 11 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The Writing Desk through Thomas Nelson Fiction-Zondervan and Netgalley:

Tenley Roth had a runaway best seller as her first book and now her second book is due and she finds herself afraid, worrying that everyone will think she is a fraud. As the pressure from her publisher mounts she finds herself stuck in writers block.

Roth’s Great-Great Grandfather and her Father had both written their first books on the desk she now sat at.  Her father was supposed to be their mentoring her but he had died unexpectedly at sixty-two.

Will Tenley be able to finish her new novel, and will she find out about herself and her great grandfather in the process?

Find out in The Writing Desk.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: To Look A Nazi in the Eye

To Look a Nazi in the Eye
A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial

by Kathy Kacer, Jordana Lebowitz

Second Story Press

Teens & YA

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of To Look A Nazi in the Eye through Second Story Press and Netgalley:

In April 2015 Oskar Groening the man accused of aiding and abetting in the murder of only 30,000 Jews in Aushwitz/Birkneau.  Nineteen year old Jordana Lebotowitz a Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors decides to attend the trial.

In 2012 Jordana had took of a tour of Aushwitz/Birkenau where she learned that the workers had intentionally hung an upside down B, so those who entered new it was not what it seemed to be.

At ninety four Oskar Groening will likely be one of the last Nazi War Criminals brought to Justice.

Groening was born in 1921 in Lower Saxony, in 1933 he joined the Hitler Youth!

On April.21.2015 Jordana arrived at the trial on the bus with Holocaust Survivors and those called to testify against the Nazi’s.  While at the trial she meets Rudolph Hoess and who is trying to spend his life undoing the damage his Grandfather and other Nazi’s have done.  Sadly she also meets those who try to deny the Holocaust!

Can you imagine being the Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors brave enough to attend the trial of Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening?
This is Jordana Lebowitz story, a brave young woman who would not let fear stop her.
On April.21.2015 the trial of Oskar Lebowitz began by then he was a frail old man of ninety four and would likely be one of the last Nazi’s to stand trial.
Could you hear the story of those who survived the Holocaust, the absolute crushing pain?Would you find that kind of courage to look one of the one responsible in the eye? 
I give To Look A Nazi in the eye five out of five stars!

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Author Interview With Hannah Buchin Author of Paintbrush

Have you gone on any literary pilgrimages?
            One of the first book series I ever read was the Little House on the Prairie Series. I visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace in Wisconsin when I was in high school and it was amazing – it felt like stepping right into the books. It looked exactly how I imagined it would.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
         Depends on the day! On good days I can sit down and the words just flow – I can do a couple thousand words without even looking at the clock. I always feel energized on those days. On other days I sit down to write and nothing comes to me, which is frustrating and exhausting. But I’m happy to say that I have way more energizing days than exhausting days!

· Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
         Definitely. Sometimes it happens after I read a really good book – I’ll be so swept up in the story that I can’t imagine reading anything else. It never lasts for long, though – reading is too addicting! 

· Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
         I did for a while, especially since my last name is so hard to pronounce (it’s Butch-in, by the way!). But then I decided that I felt too close to my work to separate my name from it (if that makes sense).

· What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
         I’d say every fancy coffee drink I’ve ever bought. Coffee shops are where I do the vast majority of my writing – I’m not sure what it is about them, but it’s the best environment for me to actually be productive. Plus, caffeine is always a good thing!

· What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
         It’s a cliché answer, but the Harry Potter books were the first to teach me that language had power. Before I started that series, I didn’t know how books could completely transport you to a different world. All throughout elementary school I was convinced I was going to get a letter to Hogwarts – JK Rowling’s writing was that good!

· How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
         I’m a terrible unfinisher! I have two half-finished books and one half-finished screenplay, and I’m (slowly) working on finishing all three.
· What does literary success look like to you?
         To me, literary success is being able to resonate with even one person. My favorite reviews are the ones where readers talk about how Paintbrush related to their lives. That’s why I write! And that’s how I measure my success.

Book Review:Today God Wants You to Know… You Are Beautiful

Today God Wants You to Know…You Are Beautiful

by Valorie Quesenberry

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Today God Wants You to Know…You are Beautiful through Barbour Publishing and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that we are beautiful by design.  We are reminded that we are designed to radiate beauty from the core.  It is pointed out too that he knows the number of hairs on our head.

We are reminded too that every woman has her secrets.  This book goes on to show us the importance of prayer. The book goes on to remind us that we can find beauty even in the midst of pain.

I give Today God Wants You to Know…You are Beautiful five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Begin With A Failed Body

Begin with a Failed Body

by Natalie Graham

University of Georgia Press

Multicultural Interest , Poetry

Pub Date 15 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Begin With A Failed Body through University of Georgia Press andNetgalley:

This books poems spell out life’s traumas both Historical in the hear and now.  It also speaks of Religious Icons, and the poems they inspire for Natalie Graham.  The poems also speak loss.

The poems go on to talk about Judas and his betrayal.

I give Begin With A Failed Body five out of five stars!

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Book Review: She’s Still There

She’s Still There

Rescuing the Girl in You
by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Zondervan Non-Fiction


Pub Date 08 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of She’s Still There through Zondervan Non-Fiction and Netgalley:

This book encourages us to believe that a uniquely beautiful life can be ours.  And we are encouraged to choose to wrestle for the win.  This book reminds us too that though we may not want to embrace where we are, we should embrace who we are.  We are encouraged to believe that your present is not all that is impossible.  We are reminded too that our darkest moment is only a moment in time.

This book goes on to remind us that without confession true restoration and healing cannot begin.  The author points out too that owning our story is a sign of strength, and we are encouraged to believe we are made for more.

We are reminded that Drifts in life don’t last forever.  Unintentional living eventually reaches a dead end.  The author points out too that a trip through our own narrative is a trip worth taking.  And we are reminded that being lost does not equate to us being lifeless.  We are reminded too that the antidote to distraction is focus- the choice to pay attention and live aware.  And we are reminded that a small drift left unattended will over time, make a big impact on our final destination. The author also reminds us we have the ability to choose.   We are reminded too that we are a divinely inspired work of art, and that we are neither an accident or after thought!  The author goes on to point out it’s not as much about having the answer as it is learning it. This book encourages us to pay attention to the beauty of our soul and the pulse of our existence.  We are reminded too that our drifts, decisions and collisions don’t define us.  We are encouraged too to learn to believe he value of who we are because of whose we are.  And to never forget that we are loved.

In this book we are also reminded that we carry precious cargo.  And it reminds us too that just because we know it does not mean we grow, and that is our job to participate consistently and intentionally in our life.  We are reminded too that in order to change our life we are going to have to do something different. The book also points out that God expects us to discover, develop and deploy our gifts as we live life.  We are also reminded we don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. 

The author goes on to point out the importance of not being so engrossed in the buissness of living life that we forget to take care of our body!  We are reminded too that our soul is designed to be filled with the abundant life, that comes from the living spirit. We are reminded too that although God is all knowing, and all powerful he still uses people in our lives.  We are encouraged not to despise the small steps we take, and we are reminded that God will never leave us without a next step.  We are encouraged too to make connections in unexpected places and to walk through the open doors the Lord opens for us.  We are also encouraged to connect what we know, with what we do then we will watch new doors open to us.

We are reminded too that we exchange the nurture of our soul for the demands of the here and now, and then wonder why we feel empty, buried and lost.  We are reminded too that significance is a gift to be both given and received.  The author points out too that relationships take time, and our relationship with God is no different.  We are encouraged too not to reach the end of our life and reach our goal realizing we were to focused on the result to enjoy the journey.

The author goes on to remind us of the importance of doing what we can with what we have.  We are encouraged too to build on the gifts God has given us, not to minimize them.  We are encouraged too to pay attention to the decisions we are making the way we are living life, because that is important!

We are reminded too of the importance of silencing the negative talk.

I would recommend She’s Still There to Christian women of all ages!

Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Beneath Cooper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

by Colleen Coble

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson

Pub Date 11 Jul 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Beneath Copper Falls by Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley:

Dana Newell is a 9’11 dispatcher who takes pride in being calm in the most stressful of circumstances, because not only has she dealt with an emotionally charged career she also recent escaped an abusive ex-fiancé so she could move to tranquil Rock Harbor, a place she hoped would lead to a more peaceful tranquil life.

But Rock Harbor hides danger and more scars than it can reveal at once.  Dana is drown to Boone who wears the pain of his sister’s murder on the inside and out.  

Naomi O’Reily suffers a head injury and must be airlifted.  She was hiding waiting for the authorities  to find her but someone attacked her.

Garett Dana’s ex-fiancé finds her in Rock Harbor.  Soon it becomes obvious that Garett attacked Naomi.

Will Dana Newell ever truly feel safe again?  Or will she continued to be haunted by her ex-fiancé?  Will he finally be caught?

Find out in Beneath Copper Falls!

Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!