Wednesday, September 20, 2017

God Made the World - by Debbie Rivers-Moore & Emma Haines

God Made the World

About the book:

Charming illustrations help infants and toddlers discover God's natural world, from dolphins to foxes to kittens! This squishy fabric book features crinkle cloth for sensory development and hours of baby fun. God Made the World also includes a child-safety mirror so baby can see herself and know she's a part of God's design.

For parents, a Velcro closure keeps the book shut, and a hanging tab can attach the book to a stroller, purse, or toy so it can go wherever they do. It comes packaged in a bag to keep it clean and includes a header card for easy hanging display.

My review:

This is a very cute book with adorable illustrations and fun colors!  It's all soft cloth but there's a crinkly sound in the front cover.  The words are very simple and there's a mirror in the back for baby to see themselves as they hear that "God made me!"  I love the velcro closure and the handy hanging tab.  This would make a great gift!

I received this book free from Kregel Children's Books.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wonderful! My Review of The Two of Us - by Victoria Bylin

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About the book:

After two broken engagements, Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she's focusing on God and her goal to join an international aid organization as a nurse practitioner. But when her 18-year-old sister, Lucy, calls with an invitation to her Vegas wedding, it throws a wrench into Mia's plans.

Jake Tanner has recovered from the injuries he sustained as a police officer--on the outside. Inside, he's yet to heal from losing his partner in the tragedy, but finds some solace in keeping an eye on her young adult son, Sam, who's asked him to be best man at his wedding.

Mia expects a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake, who views the marriage a little differently. As Jake's and Mia's lives slowly become more intertwined, could his courage and her caring heart be enough to bring them a lifetime of healing?

My review:

I really enjoyed this wonderful, sweet story.  I loved so many of the characters, from the main ones to the supporting cast.  I admired Mia a lot for her selflessness and commitment to God and to staying pure.  She truly wanted God's will ahead of her own.  Jake was such an honorable guy and he had the patience of Job!  This story actually kept me guessing about if they'd end up together or whether she would choose medical missions.  There were some great romantic moments and also some humorous ones.  It was fascinating to learn about Jake's hearing dog and see what their interactions were like on a daily basis.  It was also interesting to learn about taking care of a person with Alzheimer's.  I liked seeing some of the story from Lucy's perspective as she struggled with her faith  and with not understanding who God really is.  She had a hard time believing He wasn't angry with her and punishing her for choices she'd made.  She also had to learn to lean on God instead of other people.  He's the only one who won't let you down!  There was a lot of spiritual meat in this book.  I highly recommend it for anyone who likes romance!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Victoria Bylin
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    Victoria Bylin

    Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rule of Law - by Randy Singer

 About the book:

What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?
My review:
I actually had a hard time getting into this story.  I found the premise intriguing but I got a little bogged down in the details of putting together their case.  I was expecting a little more action, though there were some exciting scenes.  I liked Paige a lot and admired her determination to do the right thing, no matter the cost to her career or reputation.  I really felt for her and the other SEAL families for what they went through.  Wyatt, the other attorney working with her, was very entertaining and it was fun to see what he would do next.  There were some pretty humorous moments in this story, which helped when dealing with a sad and sober situation.  There was a little bit of romance and some good spiritual moments as Paige really got serious about her faith after being inspired by her boyfriend.  This book really made me think more about our country and how we run it.  It is a little scary to think about the CIA and the president having so much freedom without having to answer to anyone.  I would recommend this book if you like legal stories or stories that deal with the state of our country.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel "Directed Verdict." In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school's Board of Visitors.
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