Monday, April 24, 2017

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow (illustrator)

Book Description:  From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 

Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 

My Thoughts:  As a book lover I know that books not only make great gifts but they can also open up hearts that may need mending.  With this in mind I remembered seeing this book but wasn't interested in it until a short little person about three years old came to our Nursery Sunday School class at church.  He is in foster care and no matter how much the teacher talked about God, he just wasn't "getting it."
So, when this book popped up on my screen I thought, That's it!  
When I received the sweet book I was so excited to take it to the Nursery Class.  And I did!  
I read it to the class and lo, and behold, that sweet little guy sat there in rapt attention.  Yes, books can hold a child's attention.  He loved that book.  After class I gave him the book to take home.  He smile and lipsed, God loves me.  And that, my friends, is why I love books!  Books talk when we can't.
This is a sweet book and with its rhyming and vivid illustrations the story does hold a child's attention.  
This story is all bout a child finding his place in God's divine world...growing, reading, eating and playing.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multmomah*

Pictures from the book (provided by the publisher):

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601429185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429186

Saturday, April 22, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

Book Description:  Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.
My Thoughts:  First of all, I have waited and waited for this book!  😊
Secondly, it is the sequel to If I Run.   And thirdly, if Terri Blackstock has written I novel then I want to read it.
The reader MUST read the first book, If I Run, before reading this book, If I'm Found.  If the reader doesn't read the books in order a lot of the story won't make sense.
With that said . . .
You will remember from If I Run that Casey is running, literally.  But as she runs, hoping to find out the truth and trying to find out who set her up, she stumbles across another mystery.  It seems that wherever Casey runs, she is likely to run into people who are falsely accused.  
And Casey is all about truth.  So she helps those in need.  Even when Dylan is hot on her trail.
I've wondered from the beginning is Dylan trying to help Casey or capture her so he can benefit?
Then there is the heart wrenching abuse of a little girl that has Casey once again in the throes of a precarious situation. And now I'll anxiously wait for book three.  
This is quite a suspenseful read!  But o!so!good!

*This book was provided for review by Fiction Guild*

  • Series: If I Run Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332480

Thursday, April 20, 2017

COTT {Clash of the Titles}

ook Video: As a Shield. A Davis Morgan Mystery


Former pastor, now bookseller/police chaplain Davis Morgan and young officer, Charley Nelson, find the body of a tattooed man that seems to trigger a barrage of chaos. The villains turn out to be two strange thugs with absolutely no scruples. The challenge is to not only stop them, but also to uncover the identity and motive of their boss. All this while Davis is in the grip of a nagging guilt over having left the ministry and a budding affection for Deidre, his daughter's roommate, seventeen years his junior.

Davis finds his inspiration in Psalm 5:12, "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday} Weight Watchers Guacamole Recipe

When the holidays ended so did my "bad" eating.  I love guacamole and found this wonderful WW recipe on Pinterest!  Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Guacamole Recipe

- 1 medium avocado, ripe, peeled and pitted
- 1 15-oz. can young peas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped tomatillos
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
- 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup Labane Yogurt Cheese* or fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
*Labane Cheese can be found at most Kosher Grocery Stores
Put peas in a medium bowl and mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add in avocado and mash that into the peas until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day. Makes 6 servings.
Serving size is 1/3 cup.
Each serving = 1 Weight Watchers Point

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

{The Fiction Guild Tour} The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Book Description:  Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.
Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
 In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. 

My Thoughts:  The first book that I read by Kristy Cambron was The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel).  I enjoyed it so much and was delighted when I received this book, The Illusionist's Apprentice.  
There is so much in this read!  The connection between Jenny aka. Wren and the FBI agent, Eliot, was well written.  
The history  in this book was intriguing,  I'm not a history buff but I had heard some things about Houdini and found that Ms. Cambron brought out some interesting knowledge about is illusions.
I wasn't quite sure why Wren chose to dress in a man's suit, that just wasn't clear to me in the story.  But because of her life and because she is quite eccentric, I thought that maybe she didn't want to be noticed as a beautiful female. {Just a thought}  Being a woman in the early 1900's, especially in this profession wasn't well thought of, so I give Wren the benefit of the doubt.
The beauty of this story isn't just about illusionists but it's about the public illusion that goes terribly wrong and Wren must decide whether to stand up for right and help a hated man.  
An interesting and quite elaborate story.
I loved it!  

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071804150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718041502

Monday, April 17, 2017

{Fiction Guild Tour} Some Small Magic (A Novel) by Billy Coffey

Book Description:  All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.
When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.
With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely on his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman they met on the train.
From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is it the magic that will one day lead him home?
My Thoughts:  I always have some trepidation about reading a novel written by an author I'm not familiar with.  To me opening up a new book and reading by a is like going to a new dentist. 😁  I know, I take my books and dentist seriously.
So, not knowing what to expect from Mr. Coffey I began reading Some Small Miracle.  And was intrigued.  
The story is fast paced, emotional and rather interesting.
What struck me most, though, was that this story is like reading about the South.  If you live in the South, you understand what I mean.  Southerners have a way of speaking and acting that is a whole different culture.
Abel, the main character, loves his mama.  And since money is tight he just wants to make life easier for her.  
When Abel finds letters from his dead dad he decides to run away.  the one town that stays at the forefront of his mind is Fairhope.  He knows if he can just get there, he'll find the answers he needs.
 When Abel jumps on that first Boxcar danger is his constant companion.  But he meets up with Willie who is simpleminded but knows more truth than most.  
A most unusual journey and a most interesting read!

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*
Meet the Author: I write about what I see and wrap a story around it, which often results in characters who realize stumbling through life is okay because it’s still moving forward. That seems appropriate, I think. In the end we’re all doing the best we can with what we have, smiling through the fear we face, and trying to find the beauty in life’s sameness. So I watch and I listen, and what doesn’t end up in a book will usually find its way to my blog, What I Learned Today.
Billy Coffey

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071808442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718084424