Friday, September 28, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel by Mario Escobar

Book Description:  On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined.

After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself.

Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history.
My Thoughts:  This is the first novel I've read by Mario Escobar.  I almost didn't read this story simply because I knew I would cry.  
But I couldn't resist reading the first page and then, well, I was hooked.
Helene's story bought me and grabbed me and just wouldn't let go.
Helene is the mother of five children and she is married to a Gypsy.  Helene is safe in Germany but not her family simply because she married a Gypsy.
I loved the way Mario wrote about gypsies.  He gives a complete and accurate description of a family who have the blood of gypsies but the heart of a christian.  Just because one is born into a certain blood line does not mean that they follow that pattern.  However, this is not the story.
The story lies with Helene.  Oh, this is based on the true life of Helene. 

If there is one sentence that gripped my heart in this whole book it is what Helene said, I thought that someone would stand up to him (Hitler).  I never thought it would be this horrible. ( a paraphrase) 
Oh, how my heart cried for Helene and all the terrible atrocities that Dr. Mengele and the horrible Nazis inflicted upon the people and children.
Yes, this is tear jerker.  Yes, the reader will try not to read this story but will be so taken in by Mr. Escobar's delivery of Helene's story that the reader will keep reading.  And, yes, the reader may leave with a sense of justice for Helene and the children.
**Never Forget!**
*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*


{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin

Book Description:  The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove? 

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant. 
As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?
My Thoughts: Well fall is in the air and this is the picture perfect book to read on a lovely fall day.  
Mary Katherine has a rather sad story.  A mother of ten and a widow.  But that doesn't deter Mary Katherine....she's a bundle of energy, always helping others and now that her last child has married she wants to do something with her life.
Her dream has been to open a bookstore with we English friend.  But then her friend, Ezekiel offer her a job as a cook in his restaurant when his wife passes away.  But does she really want to spend her days cooking over a hot stove?
And then a stranger breaks into Mary Katherine's house to make himself a sandwich.  But Mary Katherine doesn't call the sheriff she calls Ezekiel.  Ezekiel gives the job of cooking to Burke so he can get bacon his feet.
This is a light and sometimes humorous read...so much real life scenarios the reader can just imagine the smiles and generous hearts of the Amish friends.

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

Lethal Target (The Line of Duty Book 2) by Janice Cantore

Book Description:  Police Chief Tess O’Rourke thought she’d taken care of her small town’s drug problem last year. But now Rogue’s Hollow residents are up in arms over a contentious vote on legalizing the sale of marijuana within city limits. And when an eighteen-year-old is found dead of a possible overdose, Tess wonders if the local pot farms might be involved and begins to fear that a new, deadlier drug supply chain has cropped up. As tempers flare and emotions boil over, Tess faces the possibility of losing the town’s support.

My Thoughts: Police Chief Tess O’Rourke has gotten rid of the drug problem in her small town but now the residents are literally up in arms over the legalizing of marijuana in this small town.
And then an eighteen year old is found dead from a "it looks like a drug overdose."  
Tess is having a hard time keeping the town's support and on top of it all it seems that more drugs maybe filtering into the town.  More drugs equals more problems.  And then a familiar voice comes and she knows she needs help to battle this problem. 
Since her relationship with Sergeant Steve Logan is not going well she turns to Pastor Oliver Macpherson.  But Tess has deep rooted issues from her past and religion is the last thing she is looking for in her life.
An interesting and at times complex plot that thickens with Tess and the town's troubles.


*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Series: The Line of Duty (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 9, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496423747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496423740

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Rapid Waist Reduction Diet: Get results quickly and safely by Don Colbert, MD

Book Description:  Your Waistline Is Your Lifeline
 Losing weight is at the core of the majority of successful plans to manage and reverse many health conditions. But did you know that your waist size is actually even more important than your weight? Research shows that your waist measurement is a key indicator of your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and many other health issues. In The Rapid Waist Reduction Diet you will learn about natural ways to shrink your waist and lose belly fat through diet, supplements, and exercise. Drawing from decades of experience helping his patients lose weight and get healthy, New York Times best-selling author Dr. Don Colbert gives you medical information and practical insights on ways to: ·       
 Stay motivated·        
Reduce your waistline·        
Control your weight·        
Rid yourself of toxic belly fat 
Dr. Colbert’s Rapid Waist Reduction Diet is the last diet you will ever need. It is time to lose that stubborn belly fat and keep it off—for life!

My Thoughts I wanted to read this book, The Rapid Waist Reduction Diet, for two reasons.  First, I trust Dr. Colbert.  After reading other books authored by him I have found his views to be true.  Secondly, I'm at that, ahem . . .age, where I tend to gain more waist weight.  And boy!o!boy!  does it ever want to stay!
Page 140, second paragraph really summed up most of my troubles,
"The second reason eating out can sabotage weight loss is huge portion sizes.  Simply put, high-calorie- foods plus out-of-control portion sizes equal obesity-the equation our culture generally follows."  Such a true statement and it made me pause . . . yes, we probably eat out way too much and I'm probably not doing the things that Dr. Colbert suggests.  Like dividing one's plate even before eating and putting those servings right into a take out bag.  Doing just this one suggestion would probably save quite a few calories and inches to one's waist line.
What a great book!  There's only one problem, people need, no will have to follow Dr.Colbert's plan or there won't be any reduction in weight.
*Is it easy?  No, but after putting one's mind to the task I think it becomes a lifestyle.
*Did I lose weight after reading this book and following most of the plan?  Yes, I lost 1.3 pounds the first four days! 
If you want to lose weight then this is a great book to read and follow!
*This book was provided for review by Bookteria/Charisma* 

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162136044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621360445



Monday, September 24, 2018

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge


Book Description:  Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world. But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . and recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her. And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith.

My Thoughts:  I love to read books authored by Rene Gutteridge because I never know what is really going to happen.
I began reading Misery Loves Company and thought well, it's pretty much going to be about a grieving widow who blogs and she enjoys reading.
Not so!  Wow!  
It seems that sometimes we think we know people, especially our spouses, but in reality we are just living side-by-side without any real knowledge of their true lives.
This read had more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road on a rainy day!  
What a fantastically written novel! I loved it! 
*Tyndale*
List Price:     12.99 
ISBN:
978-1-4143-4933-6 
Trim Size:
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 
Binding:
Softcover 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Amish Celebrations: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman

My Thoughts:  I debated on whether  I wanted to read this book or not. Something about it just didn't grab my attention.  So here I go again judging a book by its cover.  So glad I read this interesting Amish Celebrations which is four novellas in one book.  A perfect combination for a sunny afternoon.

First The Gift of Sisters:  loved this short story of Rachel & Hannah, fraternal twins.  Quite a lesson in this sweet story about how important family is to each of us.

The next short story is A New Beginning:  Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be married.  But Noah decides to take one last night of rumschpringe.  A great lesson for us all to consider the feelings of others and when we do something stupid it will change our whole lives. Rebecca may not marry Noah now.

Then in A Perfect Plan (previously published in An Amish Wedding):  I didn't read An Amish Wedding so loved that this story was included in this series.  Isn't it funny how we make plans and then oops nothing goes according to plan? 
Chester Lapp and Priscilla King are married so Chester begins to build a house for them.  But builder beware everything seems to fall apart.  A lovely short story on true love.

And then there is A Christmas story at the end, A Christmas Miracle: O my!  Mary is twenty seven with five children.  Like most young women she is quite unprepared for motherhood exhaustion and taking care of six people not including herself.  A great story about how a simple gesture of love and can rearrange ones year and thought life.

Four great stories for the Amish reader.  

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 10, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529118734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529118738

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

Book Description:  After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.
The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

My Thoughts:  To me Carrie Stuart Parks is the Alfred Hitchcock of books.  I try to never read her stories at night.  
Murphy Anderson has changed her name and her appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska since someone murdered her twin sister.  She has avoided press and publicity until the local authorities find out that she is artist and request her help to draw a dying man's memories.
Well, this puts Murphy right smack in the limelight and the killer is on her trail once more.
But this is a most unusual case.  Once Murphy has drawn the five bodies that the Alaskan hunter found on the remote Ruuwaq island there are only questions.
This quite an interesting read with tons of suspense.  And at times there are more questions than answers in this case.  It's quite a challenge for the armchair detective to figure out what this case is all about and how it is all connected.

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 3, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718083857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083854

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Murder at the Flamingo: A Novel (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery) by Rachel McMillan

Book Description:  Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square.  When he meets his cousin's “right hand man,” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand.

My Thoughts:  A new author and a new series for me.
Such a fun and quirky read!  This author has quite a sense of humor.  
Poor Hamish DeLuca and his insecurities and to be a lawyer too!  Can one be insecure and a lawyer?  Well, Hamish is both!
When Hamish meets his cousin's "right hand man"  he is fascinated with Reggie.  It turns out that Reggie is Regina Van Buren . . . a lovely lady.
As Reggie and Hamish work together they find a much darker side to the glitz and glitter at the Flamingo Club.  Not all that glitters is gold or even bronze it's a much lighter shade of darkness.  
Remember that the year is 1937 in Boston so when a dead body is found at the Flamingo Hamish and Reggie begin to see a whole different side of life.  A life where the have nots really don't have anything like the haves.  The glitter is tarnished.
Such an interesting case...a hint of romance, glittering night life and well, insecurities.  

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*



  • Series: A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 10, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785216928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785216926

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

We love peach cobbler and I was ecstatic to find a crockpot recipe on Pinterest.  It's delicious and so easy!  So great for those family get togethers!
Ingredients
  1. 29 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches in Heavy Syrup
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 16.5 oz yellow cake mix
  4. 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  5. 1 stick butter (sliced)
  6. Non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray. Layer remaining ingredients into crock pot in order shown. DO NOT MIX. Just sprinkle the ingredients on top of each other. Turn the crock pot on high for 2 hours. Remove from heat and enjoy with ice cream!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word By Jack W. Hayford

Book Description:  Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

My Thoughts:  Wow!  and agin Wow!  This is some Bible!
I picked this Bible because it's King James and it's the Spirit-Filled Life
Bible.  It's also two-toned.  Dark brown on the outer part of the Bible and a lighter, almost mocha color(some see it as burgundy but I see it as mocha) on the remaining cover.
I am amazed at how well put together this Bible is written with revisions and updates.
There are more than 650 word studies, including more than 100 new ones, which shed light on key terms.  
There are Kingdom Dynamics which biblical notes addressed by spirit filled preachers.
Truth In Action includes handy & helpful charts for practical application.
Praying the Word 192 helps for guided prayers based on Scripture.
Vers-by-verse study notes explain every Scripture and illuminates the Scripture for one's understanding.
Also includes color charts and maps and a wonderful detailed concordance.
This is a FANTASTIC study Bible for Kingdom Equipping through the power of the Word.
I just love this wonderful Bible.  Oh, this makes a wonderful gift for Christmas for that special person on your list!

*This Bible was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Imitation Leather: 2176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Special edition (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529100592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529100597

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris



My Thoughts: I'm like a kid at Christmas when I receive a book in the mail especially one from a favorite author.  
If you like a good roller coaster ride then you'll love this story.
From the beginning Grace Callahan has a secret, actually a dangerous secret.  But she can't "do this" on her own so she enlists the help of her friend, Nate Quinn.
This story is all about running and running out of time.  Grace and Nate must not let this insane person who thinks Grace has more information take out the whole electric grid.
This thriller is one that leaves the reader constantly on the edge.  This is one of those stories where one cannot turn the pages fast enough. . . a page turner trying to figure a way out before we all perish.
A little romance mixed in with a hole lot of action and suspense.  



*This book was provided for review by Revell *

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 18, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800729153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800729158

Andi Unexpected (An Andi Boggs Novel) by Amanda Flower

Book Description:  Twelve-year-old Andora 'Andi' Boggs and her fourteen-year-old sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree whose existence was hidden in a Depression-era trunk in the attic. With help from her new friend and neighbor, Colin Carter, Andi is determined to find out who this first Andora was and what happened to her.

My Thoughts:  Andora "Andi"  Boggs and her sister are left as orphans when their parents are killed in a plane crash.  Now, the girls are left in the care of their aunt, Amelia. Amelia is only in her twenties and not parent material…but for all of her quirks and mess ups she does a fairly good job with the girls.
This is a "fun" mystery.  I enjoy Amanda Flower's easy way with words.  This story has a flair that stems from the "early days" when kids could roam freely from one place to another without fear of predators.  So, with this in mind Andi and her neighbor, Colin, find a trunk with "leadings" to the first Andora.
As an adult I liked this mystery so I think that most 9 -12 year olds (maybe even some early teens)  would enjoy this clean mystery.  And it's such a nice hardback book - great for gift giving!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze*


  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: An Andi Boggs Novel
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031073701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310737018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

Book Description:  The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan―even their very lives―in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.

My Thoughts:  I love to read about WWII.  the way people of one faith helped others of a persecuted faith really makes my eyes well up with tears of faith and gratitude.
Because Hitler and his armies sweep into Vienna, Austria Max Dornbach enlists the aide of his friend, Annika Knopf, to help save his Jewish friends and a lot of their valuables.
Wow! And Wow again!  
Some things seem easier said than done as Max soon finds out.
Not only is Annika there to help him but he decides that Luzia should hide out at the estate too.  Only Luzia is a Jew.  
And it seems that Annika has loved Max for a very long time so when Luzia arrives Annika's feelings can put all of The hiding Jews and the valuables in great jeopardy.
Oh!  I loved this story!  
**Kleenex Alert

*This book was provided by Tyndale Publishing*

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496417321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496417329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches

{Worthy Kids Ideals Blog Tour} Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories

Book Description:  Perfect for an on-the-go storytime or a fast bedtime reading for sleepy kids, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories brings fans a new collection of nine VeggieTales adventures as the Veggie cast stumbles and springs through hilarious scenarios, children will learn values such as being patient, being responsible, loving others, and doing their best. Full-color illustrations accompany the stories and will hold the attention of the read-to-me set.

My Thoughts:  I'm always on the lookout for good clean children's stories.  Preschool-Kindergartens love books that have a simple but, yet, fun story.
I love this book because the pictures and colorful and big.  Big is better with little children.
And because this book has all the Veggie Tales characters there is a lot of laughter and exclamations when the teacher is reading the story.
Children love a story that they can relate with.
There are nine short stories.  Yes, they all are about five minutes long which is a perfect time for for short attention spans. 
We love this book and even though we've been through the book once we'll go through it many more times with lots of laughter.

*This book was provided for review by Worthy Publishing*

  • Age Range: 5 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: VeggieTales
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals (September 18, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082495694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824956943

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I FOUND ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE FORM PINTEREST . . .THIS IS AN EASY AND DELICIOUS MEAL:  
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 - 3-4 lb. chuck roast, remove excess fat (when I'm in a hurry I just use roast beef luck meat form the deli)
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 olive oil
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C water
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 C beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6-8 french rolls
  • 6-8 slices of cheese, provolone is my preference
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Remove excess fat from roast.
  • Sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Brown in heavy pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Brown on both sides
  • Place in crock pot
  • Mix together soy sauce, beef broth, water, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion
  • Pour mixture over roast.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6. Cook until tender and easy to shred.
  • Shred with a fork and the place on sandwich buns.
  • Strain remaining juice and use for dipping

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Leathersoft Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word By Jack W. Hayford

Book Description:  Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University, assembled a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars to produce this resource of solid biblical truth. Now in a full-color third edition with new contributors, it is even more dynamic. With over 2 million copies sold, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible continues to equip God’s people to live in his kingdom, exercise gifts of the spirit, and lay hold of God’s promises.

My Thoughts: Wow!  and agin Wow!  This is some Bible!
I picked this Bible because it's King James and it's the Spirit-Filled Life
Bible.
I am amazed at how well put together this Bible is written with revisions and updates.
There are more than 650 word studies, including more than 100 new ones, which shed light on key terms.  
There are Kingdom Dynamics which biblical notes addressed by spirit filled preachers.
Truth In Action includes handy & helpful charts for practical application.
Praying the Word 192 helps for guided prayers based on Scripture.
Vers-by-verse study notes explain every Scripture and illuminates the Scripture for one's understanding.
Also includes color charts and maps and a wonderful detailed concordance.
This is a FANTASTIC study Bible for Kingdom Equipping through the power of the Word.
I just love this wonderful Bible.  I received the brown leather but it also comes in black.
Oh, this makes a wonderful gift for Christmas for that special person on your list!

*This Bible was provided for review by BookLook*


I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001

The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.
So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again.
An interesting read especially for preteens but adults may like it too.  
Not scary but not sugar coated either.


  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Survived (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 37632nd edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545207002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545207003