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How Do You Say Goodnight Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Zoey the zebra is on a quest to find the best way to say good night. She asks different animals how they say good night, and in the end, she says good night with her zebra family in their own special way, and it feels just right! How Do You Say Good Night? is a fun story that encourages kids to celebrate differences.


How Do You Say Goodnight is a very well written and illustrated children's book.  The colorful illustrations throughout are colorful, large, and the story lines are printed large enough for a child to easily read.  The story is humoruos but leaves a distinct message that will leave an impression on your child. 

It helps teach our young that there are many differences in God's kingdom but that we are all special in our own way.

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 26, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to t-shirts. The "mermaid" sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry the Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible everywhere!

This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible features a cover with sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It's double the fun! It's perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.


The ICB, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, is easy for children to read and understand with a third-grade reading level and is typeset in a large, readable font. The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for.

Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations, including topics such as:

A Bible timeline

A presentation page

A place to keep favorite Bible verses

Bible maps Articles on topics such as how Jesus loves them, knowing Jesus better, and how to pray, etc.

Your little girl will love her Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible!

My Review

The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is very well constructed and the translation is easy for kids to read and understand.  I really like the pink sparkle inset which would appeal to young girls.

The Bible is loaded with a section for the owners personal family history, illustrated timeline, and verse highlights which I found to be a wonderful addition.  The books of the Bible have bold chapter headings and certain important verses are highlighted to bring attention to it.

This would be a wonderful gift for the young lady in your life.


Pink Sparkle

Blue Sparkle

(in)Courage Devotional Bible & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible invites every woman to find her story within the greatest story ever told—God’s story of redemption.


As you study God’s Word, 122 women from the (in)courage community come alongside you with 312 devotions, sharing stories of how God’s story has changed their lives. Because of His grace, they have found beauty in the brokenness and hope in the hard. With each devotion, they sing the praise of the One who has authored their story.

The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others.


I enjoyed viewing the different sections of the (in) Courage Devotional Bible. The Bible is very well made with a sturdy cover and comes in different colors which is in cloth for easy cleaning.  The Bible is filled with different themes, reading plans, devotions, and the "Woman of Courage" profiles. The profiles highlight fifty women of the Bible and explain how God showed his love for them.

There is an introduction to each book of the Bible, how it fits into the story of the Bible and how it connects to our daily.  This I found very helpful and inspirational. The Bible also has lines journaling space that I could write any personal notes or insightful passenges I wanted to reflect on.

The only drawback for me, and it may not be an issue for someone else, was the smaller print.  It could be a challenge to someone who doesn't see well.  I hope that there might be a large print version available.

God Bless You & Good Night by Hannah C. Hall Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 8, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Bedtime can be a precious time of connection for you and your little one. Enjoy those snuggly moments together as you read this classic bedtime book while exploring all the fun touch-and-feel elements. Feel the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands.

In God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel, sleepy little ones are reminded of God’s blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed from putting on pj’s, brushing teeth, and saying good-night prayers. Now with added touch-and-feel elements, children can engage with the story even more. God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel will be a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.

Whether for a baby shower or birthday, or as a heart-melting way to surprise the grandparents-to-be, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel is the perfect touch for any celebration.

God Bless You and Good Night sparked a series that is as beloved as it is adorable. The original board book has sold more than 315,000 copies and continues to grow in sales. This touch-and-feel book is perfect for home and as a beautiful gift option for baby showers and birthdays or as an announcement gift for soon-to-be grandparents.

From the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel offers a new way to interact with this classic story of animals preparing for bed.

The God Bless Book series has sold nearly 700,000 units and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists.


God Bless You and Good Night is a wonderfully made Christian bedtime story that will be a great addition to your nightime regiment. It is sturdy , washable for small children, with lots of colorful pictures that will catch their eye and hold their interest.  Older children can share in reading it to their smaller brothers or sisters.

With touch and feel pages, they can exprience the feel of the animals.  I recommend it to those who have small children in their households or for grandparent's that are looking for that special book to read to their grandchildren.


Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2018 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.


Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?''


Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village.

Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful.

The book had many moments of intense sorrow but had an ample amount of times of great joy and inspired actions. The characters were well-developed and I connected to them right away. The author's descriptions of the surrounding countryside brought the Biblical cities and people alive for me. It was a very inspiring read that showed God's mercy and how much we mean to him.

I was provided with a copy by the author and willingly chose to review it.


David C. Cook Family Devotionals

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


These devotions feature simplified doctrine with easy-to-understand language so children will be engaged and able to follow along. The theological depth of these devotions will strengthen parents’ faith as well, providing a growing experience for children and parents together. Each devotion features a section specifically for growing children’s faith, including a topic or question to start a conversation about spiritual matters, and a simple closing prayer. With illustrations highlighting key concepts, parents and children together will treasure time spent with these devotions as they grow closer to God and one another.

David C Cook is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources to help Christians all over the world grow in their faith and pass it on to the next generation. We call this “DiscipleShaping“. We were established in 1875 by David Caleb Cook in Chicago, IL. Since that time, we have published numerous bestselling books from The Picture Bible to Crazy Love by Francis Chan, developed over ten lines of Sunday school curriculum, and published many of today’s most popular praise and worship songs through our music division, Integrity Music.

My Review

These are wonderfully written devotionals geared towards parent/child interaction. One part is to be read to your child, part for the parent , and the last part if for the parent to engage their child in discussions.  It then concludes with a prayer that you and your child can say.

Nicely organized sections with black and white illustrations. The devotionals are a nice additon to your spiritual reading library.

To Purchase

Series: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions


Knowing the Holy Spirit: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Holy-Spirit-Devotions-Familys/dp/1434712516/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-1&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions


Knowing Jesus: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Jesus-Devotions-Familys-Family/dp/1434712508/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-2&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions

Knowing the Father: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-God-Father-Devotions-Familys/dp/1434712494/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-3&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions

Blog Tour -A Shattered Life Restored by Marshalee Patterson

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

About the Book
Title: A Shattered Life Restored
Author: Marshalee Patterson
Genre: Inspirational Christian Romance
Release Date: September 20th, 2018
Sitting at the Saint-Roch Train Station with tears in her eyes, Meg contemplated where her life had gone wrong. She was at a point in her life where she felt abandoned by God after the last remaining person who truly loved her, died. Now with a baby on the way, she had begun to lose hope that the future, she knew the Lord had promised her was never meant for her.
With a gentle tap on her shoulder, her gaze turned to meet that of Derek’s, the kind stranger whose smile brought warmness into her heart. “Was he sent to fulfil God’s promise in my life?” she thought. With assured faith, she followed him as he led her away, trusting that God had not forsaken her. Now she felt content to allow God to have his way in her life and totally surrender all to him.
Meg sat staring out the window of Olivier’s car for the duration of the drive to the cemetery. Her silence kept him glancing back and forth at her with a worrisome look on his face. Not even a sob escaped her lips, and the heavy breathing he observed from her chest made him wonder what was going through her mind.
The cemetery was fifteen minutes away from Jeanne’s house, and the environment was quiet and peaceful. When Olivier stopped the car and turned off the ignition, Meg turned to look at him. Her eyes were watery, and one blink would cause the tears to start flowing. He was not sure what he could say to make her feel better— he wasn’t sure of what was said between her and Jeanne.
“I’ll wait here and let you go talk to Ernie,” he said hoping that would help somewhat. 
Meg nodded and gave him a little smile before she pulled on the lock and exited the car. As she walked towards Ernie’s grave, she breathed deeply in and out to get her breathing back to normal. The sight of other graves made her think about all the family she had lost back home in Jamaica, her life now without Ernie with a baby on the way, and what Jeanne had just said to her.
 She felt hopeless.
She stood in front of Ernie’s grave and stared down. The sight of dead flowers only caused her tears to flow. She fell to her knees and wept aloud.
“How will I make it without you, my sweet? Your smile was always like sunshine to me.  I need your strength for this baby, Ernie.” She sighed. “Would you believe what your mother said to me? She said I killed you, that I am carrying a bastard and that I was no good for you.”
Silence surrounded her, not a rustle of leaves from the nearby trees, or the chirping of birds. This made her tears flow even harder. No response, no Ernie. Meg leant against the headstone, wrapped her arms around it and closed her eyes.
“I miss you Ernie, please come back to me. I don’t know what to do anymore. Everyone I care for is all gone.” She blinked back the tears. “I want our child to grow with joy and laughter, not sorrow and pain.”
After about twenty minutes, the wind began to blow sending leaves everywhere.  Meg kept her eyes closed, even as she felt something wet hit her cheek. She didn’t want to be away from Ernie or the place where his body lay.
“Meg!” Olivier shouted, rushing towards her.
She did not move.
He squatted down next to her the moment he approached her and pried her hands away from the headstone before she opened her eyes to take notice of the rain. 
“Come on; let’s go before you get soaked.”
Meg wrapped her arms around Olivier’s neck as he scooped her up in his arms and then made a dash towards the car. By the time they made it to the car, the rain began to pour harder. Once inside, Olivier quickly switched on the heater to keep them warm.
“Are you alright?” he asked.

My Review

A Shattered Life Restored teaches us valuable lessons of forgiveness, healing, and God's promises.  The characters are very well-developed and I found myself relating to them.  The Biblical references in the book are a reminder of God's promises and how he uses the broken to mold us into the person we are meant to be.

A Shattered Life Restored, is a great read for non-Christians and Christians alike.

About the Author  

Marshalee Patterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She has loved reading since she could walk. Growing up without a television sparked in her a love for reading and the world of imagination. Some of her favourite novels were written by Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre and Victor Hugo, as she found she liked the true to life stories that we all can relate to. She wrote her first novella-Predestined Love after travelling to Italy and wanted to write a romance novel about it, only she didn’t know that God had plans for her and that story, when he changed the direction of what she originally had in mind. It was then that she knew she was called to write stories to uplift and inspire readers, showing them how to find God in their struggles and the faith to trust Him through it. She is a lover of nature and the tranquillity of it. She finds the outdoors refreshing and peaceful. Marshalee loves Spanish ballads and dances salsa very well.
Connect with Marshalee

Links to Buy

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Oct. 1st - ASC Book Reviews
Oct. 2nd - Christian Bookaholic
Oct. 3rd - A Diva's Heart
Oct.4th - A Hopeful blog
Oct.4th - Brooke's Blog
Oct. 5th - Traci's Blog
Oct.6th - Yoursincerelyd
Oct. 7th - Pursuing Stacie
Oct. 8th - Miracle Writes
Oct.9th - Britt Reads Fiction
Oct. 11th - Remembrancy
Oct. 12th – By the Book
Oct. 14th - The Daily Gee

Young Whit Giveaway by Phil Lollar & Dave Arnold

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.

Whit and his family (father, Harold; stepmother, Fiona; half-sister, Charlie) have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures. At his new school, he encounters a bully who makes his life miserable, and he makes a new friend in Huck, the custodian. Both of them play key roles in the mysteries and action.

The central mystery in book 1 involves Confederate gold missing since the end of the Civil War and the question of whether Johnny’s ancestor was the coward and thief who stole it, as everyone believe.

Purchase Link 


Young Whit is a wonderfully well-written children's adventure tale that takes place in the 1930's in Provenance, N.C.  Whit's father is a professor at Duke University.

The story is full of action, new relationships, bullies, mystery and suspense.  As an adult, I enjoyed reading Young Whit and was captivated by Whit's intellect and ability to solve mysteries. His humor was also enjoyable.

The other characters were well-developed and added depth to the story. The ending was amazing, setting up the adventure for the next story in the series.  This book would keep a younger child interested and an adult entertained as well.


Guideposts Academy-How to Tell a Great Story

Posted by [email protected] on September 25, 2018 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Master storytellers from Guideposts will teach you how to make your story compelling and entertaining, following a formula that has worked at Guideposts for over 70 years. You take the course at your own pace and you can repeat the modules as many times as you would like.


TOP FEATURES: With over two hours of video lessons, this creative writing course will teach you all the essentials to writing a great story:


12 video modules (captions available) to guide you in your creative writing journey

Digital Workbook with a summary of main points from each module

Full lifetime access to the course and its materials

Quiz for each module, to test your knowledge

Certificate of completion when you finish the course

Instructions on how to submit your story to a publisher for publication.

Compatible in all web browsers

30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Link to Product

My Review 

How to Tell a Story is a worthwhile class for new authors, as well as, a refresher on story basics. As a new writer I found the course lessons with video instruction and workbook to be an excellent pairing in order to fully grasp the content.

The course covers crafting the beginning, tips on keeping the reader engaged, creating memorable characters, conflict todrive the storyline, proper dialogue, and to create an ending that wraps everything up nicely.The lessons really get to thebones of great writing. 

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to try their hand at short-story writing to writing a full-length novel. The lessons learned can be adequately applied to both.


Oher Reviews

Guideposts Academy 5 Stars 

By Patricia Parish 

July 8th, 2018

This course an incredible opportunity for me. No university could have done better. So much for so little money. I thank you all so very much. Will be sending something to you all regularly even if all I get is rejections! So grateful for the helpful information, I am tearing up as I write this. Patricia (Pat) Parish, Blessings to the teachers and all your personnel.

Rating: 5 of 5

Quick Course that is Very Helpful

By Barbara Litchfield

April 30th, 2018

Thus course is excellent! The short recorded sessions with Edward, Rick, Colleen, Jim, and Amy, were full of helpful information for writers in any genre. The workbook download helped me with note taking and reinforced the learning. I also am grateful that I can retake the course whenever I need a refresher. It is definitely worth $24.99. 

Rating: 5 of 5R

Link to Review Page


Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Christmas Prayer by Wanda Brunstetter

Posted by [email protected] on September 21, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (1)

About the Book

Book Title: The Christmas Prayer

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Genre: Historical Christmas Romance

Release date: September, 2018

Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

The Christmas Prayer is set in Missouri in the 1850's.  Cynthia and her mother travel cross-country
to a new life in California, traveling by wagon train with Cynthia's fiance. They miss the wagon train
leader and a company of three wagons led by an inexperienced trail guide set off on their journey. The
story is laced with hardships of extreme cold, lack of food, and an adequate place to stay out of the
weather.  The descriptions of the countryside made me feel like I was traveling along with them.

It is a wonderfully well-written Christian christmas story laced with inspirational instances of
God's love providing for them in their time of need. The characters were well-developed and seemed to
fit the time period well.

The Christmas Prayer if filled with hope, new-found love, and inspiration and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Guest Post from Wanda

A cross-country journey in 1850 leads to high mountain danger—and romance.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Find out in The Christmas Prayer from NY Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Try this Exclusive Bonus Recipe Found Inside the Book!

Cynthia’s Fried Apples


Without peeling, quarter as many tart apples as you would like. Lay apples close together, skin side down, in frying pan with salt pork fat or butter. Cover until well steamed then uncover and brown both sides, turning and watching closely to prevent burning.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, September 18


The Avid Reader, September 18


The Power of Words, September 18


Lighthouse Academy, September 18


Just Commonly, September 19


Carpe Diem, September 19


A Baker’s Perspective, September 19


Blossoms and Blessings, September 20


Britt Reads Fiction, September 20


Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, September 20


Connie’s History Classroom, September 21


Luv’N Lambert Life, September 21


Not Enough Time for Books, September 21


D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 22


Lis Loves Reading, September 22


Literary Reflections Book Blog, September 22


Babs Book Bistro, September 23


Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 23


Janices book reviews, September 23

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 24


Mary Hake, September 24

Two Points of Interest, September 24


Inspiration Clothesline, September 25


Inklings and notions, September 25


Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25


Fiction, Faith, and Fun, September 26


Girls in White Dresses, September 26


Book by Book, September 26


Splashes of Joy, September 27

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 27


The Morning Chapter, September 27

The Mimosa Blossom, September 28


Pause for Tales, September 28


Have A Wonderful Day, September 28

Miss Tina’s Amish Book Reviews, September 29


To Everything A Season, September 29

Cafinated Reads, September 29


Bibliophile Reviews, September 29


Quiet Quilter, September 30


Southern Gal Loves to Read, September 30


proud to be an autism mom, September 30


Texas Book-aholic, October 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 1

Bigreadersite, October 1


To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of The Christmas Prayer with an autographed book plate inside!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.