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When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner–Book Review

When God Made Light teaches kids about God’s creation of light and all the different kinds of light. From the sun and the moon, to fireflies and lightning, Turner teaches that God made it all. He also points out that God put that same light in each and every child. It encourages children to shine their light for God.

 

I loved this one! It is written in rhyme, and is perfect for children of all ages. I loved the beautiful way Turner teaches such a simple lesson of how God made all light in every form, and there’s a piece of that light in children. I also thoroughly love the illustrations throughout the book. Every page is full of color and just absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend this book for children!

Here are just a few examples of the beautiful illustrations found in this children’s book:

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**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Probing: Harbingers Cycle 3 by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky–Book Review

 

In Cycle 3 of the Harbingers series, the team is met with four new crazy adventures. Never knowing what they may encounter, they just try to figure it out as they go.

 

In Leviathan, the team is sent to Los Angeles where they are invited to a taping of a disturbing new reality show. When everyone starts exhibiting strange behavior, including some of their own team members, they have to figure out what’s going on before it spreads farther.

In The Mind Pirates, they are sent to a tropical place where they are abducted by pirates, and they must not only overcome the pirates, but also solve a murder using a strange earring.

In Hybrids, the team is back in Florida to rest, or so it would seem. They are quickly back in the game when strange black-eyed children appear and the neighbor’s unborn baby just disappears.

In The Village, while in a town called Newland, they are randomly transported to another universe where they meet a familiar face, but they are faced with the task of figuring out how to get back and how to save the people that were transported there before them.

This whole series has been way out of my usual element, since I’m not typically into the sci-fi genre. That being said, this series has been very good. This book was no exception! I love how different these books are than other books, since they are written like a TV show from the perspective of each character. It did take me a little longer to get into this particular book, but once I was in, I was in. I kept wondering how are they going to figure this out? Are they going to make it? There were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and overall it keeps you guessing through each section. I love the mystery involved over who exactly is behind sending them on these crazy other-worldly missions. So if you’re into sci-fi with a little mystery and intrigue in it, you need to check this series out! (I would recommend reading these in order because if you don’t you might be a bit lost.)

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason–Book Review

 

When Isabelle St. John’s partner is murdered right in front of her at what was supposed to be a simple stakeout, she is set on getting to the bottom of what was going on in that warehouse, and who killed Kevin. She has no idea what will unfold, but when information gets to her that there may be cops working for the bad guys, she’s not sure who she can trust. As she and her partner’s brother work on the case it brings them closer together, and they start falling for each other. Will they find out what’s going on before another disaster happens? Will Izzy be able to get past the past and let Ryan into her heart?

 

Edge-of-your-seat suspense is the best way to describe this fast-paced mystery. It will literally keep you guessing until the end! So amazing. I have read a few of Eason’s books, and this book does not disappoint. If you love suspense and mystery, you will love this book. I quickly fell in love with the characters, and felt like I was with Izzy through the whole investigation, and the many bumps along the road. This is definitely one you need to read!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines–Book Review

 

Chances are you know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are. In this book, Chip Gaines tells his story and what he’s learned from many events throughout his life. You can learn a lot from this book as far as from a business standpoint as well as for life in general.

I have learned a lot from this book. I absolutely loved this book, I loved learning more about Chip Gaines and his many business ventures. I really appreciated how Chip discusses that he and Joanna take God’s leading very seriously in their lives. It’s a very relatable book, and a lot of times I could totally relate because it seems like Chip and my husband have the same personalities. I highly recommend this book especially if you already love Chip and Joanna Gaines, you’ll love them even more after this read!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mornings with Tozer–Book Review

 

This 365 daily devotional book is full of devotionals taken from some of A. W. Tozer’s sermons. They are a perfect way to start your day.

 

This devotional was great, each day’s devotion was short and to the point. At the beginning is the Scripture the devotion is taken from, then there’s the devotion, and at the end a short prayer. All Scripture in this devotional is from the KJV, which I really appreciate since that’s the version I use, and it’s hard to find devotionals that use it sometimes! I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of Tozer. Overall, I loved the devotional, but to be honest, sometimes I just felt like I needed more, like I didn’t get much from it. (This could just be a personal thing, I just want to be completely honest with you!) I do still recommend this devotional book!

**I received a copy of this book free for review from Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, and Denise Weimer–Book Review

About the Book

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

When Paige overhears her husband’s disturbing conversation, she begins to think her husband is plotting to kill her. To add to her growing doubts of her husband, a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a break-in make her wonder if her husband really loves her or if he’s behind it all.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna’s troubled brother has a hard time resisting the urge to steal cars, however his latest joyride may have dire consequences when he accidentally finds a murdered corpse in the trunk. After Liam runs for his life three days before Christmas, Brianna is desperate to find him before something happens to him and solve the case with the help of her foster brother Richard. Will they be able to crack the case before she or her brother get into grave danger?

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan is trying to make ends meet while running her antique store, and bringing old antiques back to life. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old family mystery, and two handsome men vying for her affections when her store is broken into and robbed. Will they be able to catch the robber? Will she fall for one of two possible suitors?

Book Review

I am honored to have been a part of the launch team for this collection of Christmas novellas. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down, and so I read it in one weekend! They are short novellas, but the suspense is gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed, and I fell in love with each one!  I love Christmas, and I love suspense so this collection was perfect for me. For all the suspense lovers on your list this season, this would be a great Christmas gift! You cannot go wrong with this book, I highly recommend it.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out the upcoming blog tour stops for this book starting December 3 through CelebrateLit!

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops!

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

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Mommynificent, December 6

Inklings and notions, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6

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Blogging With Carol, December 7

Blossoms and Blessings, December 8

Have A Wonderful Day, December 8

Janices book reviews, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Carpe Diem, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

A Baker’s Perspective, December 11

Daysong Reflections, December 12

Avid Reader Book Reviews, December 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, December 13

Remembrancy, December 13

Multifarious, December 14

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D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15

Pursuing Stacie, December 15

Vicky Sluiter, December 16

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp–Book Review

 

We all know stories of women in the Bible, and are familiar with the more popular ones. There’s so many lessons that can be gleaned from each one. In this book, Aaron and Elaina Sharp take the most important women in the Bible, and share their stories and then point you to their role in the bigger picture–God’s plan of redemption. They don’t just write about the popular ones like Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, etc.; they also write about the more obscure or unpopular women suchas, Rahab, Zipporah, Bathsheba, the Woman Sinner. We can learn from each woman and the choices they made. Because just like we aren’t perfect, neither were the women mentioned in the Bible. They were human just like us, and despite their faults God chose to use them in some way.

 

I really enjoyed this study. I loved how it was laid out in 31 short chapters making it perfect for a devotional. I learned things I never knew before about women I’ve heard of, but may have just passed over before. Each chapter has a short synopsis of the woman’s story in the Bible, the passages where you can find her story, and her role in the plan of redemption. I love how at the end of each chapter there are questions for you to ponder. I loved each and every chapter, and I highly recommend it to all Christian women.

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**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.