Book Review: The Prayer List

The Prayer List

…and Other True Stories of How Families Pray

by Jane Knuth

Loyola Press


Pub Date 15 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Prayer List through Loyola Press and Netgalley:

This book encourages us to make God a member of our family, by integrated prayer into our daily life if we haven’t already done so.

Jane Knuth decided to continue praying regularly for the list of needs and thanks for relatives and friends after inheriting the family prayer list from her Aunt. But this book reminds us that every family , every culture prays differently.

In The Prayer List Jane Knuth highlights how different families pray and some of the traditions they follow.

I give The Prayer List five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Unshattered


Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life

by Carol J. Decker, Stacey L. Nash

Shadow Mountain Publishing

Shadow Mountain

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 05 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Unshattered through Shadow Mountain Publication and Netgalley:

June 10.2008 Carol Decker walked into the hospital feeling like an ordinary woman with flu like symptoms and premature labor. She would spend three months in the hospital, her daughter born by C-Section, her daughter was born prematurely weighing four pounds and fifteen ounces.

Later Sepsis would leave them to make a choice that though horrible would change her life, and that of her family, when Safiya grew stronger, and Carol got better, her husband found himself carrying for a five week old preemie, a disabled wife and an eighteen month old daughter.

Coming home after all of this was hard, she faced many struggles but the hardest part for her was when her oldest daughter Chloe was afraid of her. The darkness began to swallow her.

Life as a blind triple amputee isn’t easy but Carol Deck learned to look at people and the things she had taken for granted differently, and she learned not only to survive but to thrive.

I give Unshattered five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Stories Without End

Stories Without End

24 open-ended stories to engage students in reading, discussion, and creative writing

by Taylor Sapp

Alphabet Publishing

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles

Middle Grade , Reference

Pub Date 23 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Stories Without End through Alphabet Publishers/ Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Netgalley:

This book includes twenty four open ended stories for students to discuss and expand upon in the classroom or homeschool setting. They cover a variety of topics. Fifteen of these stories are shorter mainly under five hundred words, and nine are mid length ranging from 500 to 2000 words. The discussions at the end of the stories allow for discussion and critical thinking skills to come into play.

The stories in this book are great for ESL students who are just beginning to master the English language.

I give Stories Without End five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Theory Of Happily Ever After

The Theory of Happily Ever After

by Kristin Billerbeck



Pub Date 01 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Theory Of Happily Ever After through Revell and Netgalley:

Dr Maggie Maguire believes that happiness is a serious science, she takes it seriously like she does herself. But happiness sometimes feels out of reach like when her fiancé dumped her leading her into an ice cream fueled chick flick binge.

Her friend decides to book Maggie on a New Years, New You Cruise in The Gulf of Mexico, afraid that if she doesn’t do something, Maggie will never snap out of the depression she had sunk into.

Maggie can’t help but wonder if she’s qualified to teach others about happiness with everything she had been going through, but when a handsome stranger on board the cruise insists that smart women can’t ever find happiness, Maggie sets out to prove him wrong. This journey shows her that true happiness isn’t about the head but the heart.

I give The Theory Of Happily Ever After five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Courageous Women of the Bible

Courageous Women of the Bible

Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity for a Life of Confidence and Freedom

by LaTan Roland Murphy

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers


Pub Date 20 Feb 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Courageous Women of the Bible through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

In Courageous Women of the Bible we are reminded that Courage allows us opportunities we would normally shrink back from and avoid. It is pointed out too that courage allows us to plant our feet towards the path towards obedient living. It is pointed out too that even though we cannot do everything perfectly we can strive to do everything courageously. It is reminded too that Godly Courage is mobilized by an obedient spirit. We become courageous when we realize we are living for a higher cause.

We are reminded too that a willing spilling is what courage demands, it doesn’t demand anything more or less.

Deborah was a woman of real courage, who like you and me faced real life struggles. And she faced real enemies, but she courageously chose to leave behind her fears and follow the path God had for her.

We are reminded too that courage is sometimes messy. The women with the issue of blood had courage when she touched Jesus garment and believed she was healed. We are reminded too that humility requires courage.

We are reminded too that Generosity can require courage too. We are reminded too Giving What You Have, As You Ate Takes courage as well.

Abigail had courage as well. It took her courage to meet David. She had the courage to walk by faith.

Bathsheba was another woman of courage, her situation meant that she had to have the courage to fight the temptation she faced.

Mary Mother Of Jesus had courage as she learned she was pregnant with the Son of God, as she raised that precious child, our Savior.

Mary Magdalene had the courage to follow Jesus, even as enemies and threats became very real. She believed when many did not.

I give Courageous Women of the Bible five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Lances All Alike

Lances All Alike

by Suzanne Zelazo

Coach House Books


Pub Date 05 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Lances All Alike through Coach House Books and Netgalley:

Despite the fact there is no proof that modernist poet painters Mina Loy and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven ever became friends with one another they did have friends in common, Susan Zelazo uses lines of poetry to create imagined conversations between the two women.

This book allows you to get a glimpse at what a conversation between these two modernist poet painters and women would be like, through the poems Suzanne Zelazo put together.

I give Lances Are All Alike five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend

by Glenda Millard

Candlewick Press


Teens & YA

Pub Date 08 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Stars at Oktober Bend through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

Alice has something broken inside her, she can remember words but struggles to speak them. But Alice does have a voice she writes in her book of flying, she writes on scraps of paper. A few years prior Alice had been in an accident leaving her with an acquired brain injury.

Manny is broken as well, he was once a child soldier and he carries the weight of that with him, even in a new land, with a new life. The horrific things he was forced to do will always be with him. One day he finds a poem Alice had written, and carries it with him. The relationship with Alice and Manny was the start of healing.

I give The Stars at Oktober Bend, five out of five stars.

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Book Review: My Name is Victoria

My Name Is Victoria

by Lucy Worsley

Candlewick Press


Teens & YA

Pub Date 08 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of My Name is Victoria through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

I found My Name is Victoria to be engaging as well.

Miss V Conroy likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, both neat and discreet. She is also good at keeping secrets, but when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria. Miss v finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her Father is the confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s Father, her Father is Sir John Conroy.

Miss V finds herself torn between the loyalty between her and her father and her growing friendship between the willful as well as passionate princess.

I give My Name is Victoria four out of five stars!

Book Review: Made For Friendship

Made for Friendship

The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys

by Drew Hunter


Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 30 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Made For Friendship through Crossway and Netgalley:

In this book we are reminded that Jesus was a man of Friendship.

In this book we discover the importance of recovering the lost joys of true friendship.

This book points out too that if we remove Friendships, genuine friendships from the world, we are also going to eliminate half the joy. We are reminded too that we are not just meant for friendship with each other but with friendship with God as well.

We are reminded too that digital communication cannot fully replace deep communication.

The book reminds us too Friendship is not a luxury but a necessity in life.

I give Made For Friendship five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Falling For You

Falling for You

by Becky Wade

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers


Pub Date 01 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Falling For You through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Willow Bradford is a famously beautiful model who is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s bed and breakfast. Willow is enjoying the peace of her hometown.

Corbin is a former NFL quarterback who is used to getting what he wants, but that isn’t the case when it comes to him getting Willow Bradford. He will never stop regretting what happened to them a few years prior, but when their paths cross again, he is determined to try and make things right.

A decades old missing persons case means that Corbin and Willow must work together and in doing so they are forced to confront their past as well as the people they have become.

Will Corbin and Willow risk falling in love again despite all of this?

Find out in Falling For You!

Five out of five stars!

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