Book Review : God Loves Daddy & Me

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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)

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!

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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

Deceived

One Perfect Spring

Trapped


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

Book Review : God Loves Mommy & Me

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While I realize that my children have outgrown books like God Loves Mommy & Me, I still wanted to get my hands on it, and check it out.  The day I received it, Anna and I laid down in my room and I read it out loud to her.  Yes, I know she is old enough to read her own books, but there is something sweet about sitting or cuddling and reading a book like this together.

{I have to say, that I have become sure of the fact that most children never outgrow their parents reading to them, this is validated by Sally Clarkson often.  Proof?  Eli and I just started reading A Wrinkle in Time with each other – out loud.}

This is a sweet book, well made, and delightfully illustrated.  It is a padded cover, and perfect for little ones to look at on their own.  This book is one that I would buy to give as a gift or if I had little ones still. 😦

The pages are thick cardboard and would even out up with a little teething, I suspect!  The writing is written in a way that children will memorize the sing-songy patterns on the pages and be able to “read” it to you before too long!  Besides, we can never reinforce too often where all the blessings in our life come from, and this book does just that.  A great reminder that God is the one that blesses our lives abundantly!!

It is a perfect spring book, or even a great Mother’s Day book for a new mommy!!

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NOTE : I received a copy of God Loves Mommy and Me, at no cost.

Book Review : Welcome to College

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When offered a chance to read Welcome to College I grabbed it!  As you know, college is quickly approaching for ou family and the more I can find out, the better.

This book is an amazing resource.  If we has time I would have had my oldest read it and review it with me.  But with life (livestock show, raising animals and so many other things) there was not time.

So here are my thoughts!  Amazing book.  The chapters are a quick read, very specific, so you can look up topics you want to read about or read through this over a year.  I plan to get it into Jacob’s hands and have him read a few chapters a week in the next year so the he has an idea of what is coming.

My favorite chapter was about reading, and suggested a speed reading course before or at the beginning of college.  What a wonderful suggestion – speed reading might have made my life easier.

Another great thing about this book is that is really is from a conservative view point and not watered down like so much in our society today.  I appreciated the candid view on sexuality on campus.  This book really is for a follower of Christ, someone desiring to walk through college in a Christ-like way.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, like me, with soon to be attending kids still at home, or even someone with recent graduates headed to college.  This is a great tool & resource as well as a great guide!


About the Author:

j morrowJonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including “Questioning the Bible” and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.


More about the Book:

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey(Kregel, March 2017)

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?”

In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

—How do you grow spiritually?
—How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
—Is all truth relative?
—Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
—As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Learn more and purchase a copy.