Book Review : God Loves Daddy & Me


Did you check out my review of God Loves Mommy & Me?  Such a sweet little book to read to your little one, or your big ones in my case!!

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This time around I get to tell you all about God Loves Daddy & Me!

My sweet Anna & I read this book together and we both agree it is a fun book, sturdy for little hands and a great message!  The drawings are cute and detailed, and the charm of the book just makes it one the your children will enjoy!!

I love to have books that reinforce the value of parents and also echo the Biblical truths we want to teach out children.  The reminder of the value of real relationships is a truth we need to be teaching our children from day, as they are growing up in a culture to values electronics and games over people.  This sweet book is a great foundation of relationships and activities with Daddy!

This would be a great book for a new mom, or even one with older kids who just love books!  All my children have read through it and enjoyed it!!

More about the book:

My daddy is the best! He makes me belly laugh like no one else, he cheers me on, he forgives me when I make mistakes, and he tells me stories about how God loves us all. I love Daddy, and God does too!

God Love Daddy and Me will warm your heart and draw you close to your little ones as you read about the special relationship fathers and their children share. Curl up as you look at adorable illustrations of a daddy raccoon and his little raccoon sharing the day’s adventures, and read about the loving relationship God gives daddies and their children. Little ones revel in one-on-one time with each parent, and the phrase “Daddy and me” is a favorite with toddlers!

God Loves Daddy and Me is a celebration of kind, loving fathers, sweet and silly little ones, and the God who loves them all. Perfect for story time, bedtime, or any time, this sweet board book celebrates God’s gift of family.

NOTE : I received a copy of God Loves Daddy & Me at no cost.

Review : Invitation

Has a book ever started a fight in your house?  Often a book is at the root of squabbling in my home!!  A recent read is a book that I tried to get my hands on first, I mean I needed to read to review.  But if I looked in another direction for 30 seconds the book would disappear!!  My boys!!  They love a good book as much as I do, and they love several of these authors as well.

Needless to say, it was a hit for 3 of us, and I suspect the other boy will be reading it too.  Good news – it is young adult safe & clean.

So this book is very interesting, 4 authors have gotten together, each writes a segment of the book.  So the book starts with author Bill Myers – and he writes the first 1/4 in his style.  Next, Frank Peretti picks up the story and it shifts into his style.  Angela Hunt then takes over with the third quarter of the book, before Alton Gansky finishes.

This was the first book of this style and I really enjoyed it.  I could see a distinct difference in the authors character development and story telling, and it was fun to see how each of the stories go together, but can also take on a personality of their own.

The characters are an odd sort, a college football player, a street hustling tattoo artist, a professor and the professor’s assistant.  The story is certainly a thriller with a lot of edge of your seat story telling.

This is a fast paced book, and I highly recommend for a good read for you or your young adult readers!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Invitation at no cost.  My review is completely my own opinion. (my sons would second everything I said)

Review : Armed with Truth Tattoos

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IMG_3132So if you know me, you probably know that we are not a tattoo kind of family.  I would say this was an intentional choice, but not one that causes us to really judge others who opt for tattoos, it just is not really “our” thing.

But I love the idea of looking at my wrist, or my ankle and being reminded of something that is important to me.  I love thinking about having a word that constantly reminds me of Who I am, or Whose I am, right there on mat wrist to see.

So, when Armed with Truth offered a sample of their temporary tattoos I signed up!!


I was offered a pack of “Christ like” verses and a kit that had Abide in it.  I love to think of abiding in the truth, in God, in his promises.

So here is my wrist with my Abide:


And my son applied one of the verse ones:


These are pretty fun to have on, to help you remember or even memorize a verse.

Mine lasted about 3 days on my wrist – but it is an area that gets wet a lot.  Jacob’s lasted about 4 or 5 days on his arm.  They are made in the USA and non-toxic and safe!

We both thought they were very clear and very good quality.  We enjoyed trying them out.   Here is a description of the pack that Jacob’s verse came out of:

This pack has 10 tattoos about living a life worthy of Gospel. As Christ’s ones we are called to be imitators of Him, reflecting the grace, beauty, truth, and love of Jesus.
The List:
    • John 13:34-35 – Love Others

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    • Philippians 2:3-4 – Consider Others

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    • Matthew 5:16 – Be A Light

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    • 2 Corinthians 4:5 – Serve Others

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

    • Proverbs 19:17 – Be Generous

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

    • 1 John 3:18 – Love With Action

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

    • 1 Peter 5:6  Be Humble

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

    • Luke 16:10  Steward Well

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

    • Matthew 6:24  Serve Only One

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

    • James 4:17 – Be Obedient

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

All of our packs come with 10 different tattoos containing scripture based around a certain topic. Each tattoo will continue to look classy for about 3 days before you should scrub it off and apply the next one. By the end of the month you will have 10 new truths memorized.

Honestly I enjoyed them and think they would be a lot of fun to challenge youth to memorize a verse before it disappears.  A great conversation starter too.  But the nice thing is that it will not be there when I am 80 with wrinkly skin!!
Check out more pack on  Armed with Truth’s website – and see which ones you would like to try!!  Then use coupon code : milkandhoney for 20% off!!
NOTE : I received a sample of these tattoos at no cost, this review is completely my own opinion.

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Book Review : Sandpiper Cove

Picking up book #3 in a series is like visiting friends you have not seen in a while.  Sandpiper Cove was that for me.  Going back to Hope Harbor and the wonderful characters who live there!


Irene Hannon’s 3rd book in the series is a great read.  The story has a lot of charm, a little  mystery and some great messages.  Lexie Graham is the single mom who is also the police chief of the town.  The new resident Adam Stone is an ex-con looking to start over. From the beginning both of these characters are incredibly likable and easy to relate to.  When they begin working together though, things are even more inspiring.  Together they work to get a young teen off the destructive path he is on, while fixing the damage he has done during his troublesome streaks.

I always enjoy a story that leads you along and demonstrates how good people can make changes and improvements in their own lives as well as helping others.

This story is fast paced, clean and just a great read.  I highly recommend everything by Irene Hannon, I have yet to be slightly disappointed by anything she has written.  She is a solid writer that takes you into her stories, to a point that you almost feel like a fly on the wall!

Great summer read for the beach, the woods or even a long airplane ride!!

About Irene:

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, two Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

Here are a few other books I’ve reviewed by her:

Thin Ice

Buried Secrets


One Perfect Spring


NOTE: I received a copy at no cost of this book.