Saturday, August 25, 2012

Her First Bible by Melody Carlson * A Review

Hold your little one close. Begin to hide God's word in her heart. Enjoy the treasured times as you share these Bible stories with her again and again.

Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 26, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310701295
ISBN-13: 978-0310701293
Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 6.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. 'I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,' she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.

  Her First Bible-Stories for Little Hearts is just an adorable book. It makes a wonderful Bible for the very young. Parents will have to read it to their children, but the pictures and words are just precious. Learning about Jesus no matter how young is very important for any child.
  This little book measures 4 X 6 inches and comes in pink, but there is also a book for boys in blue. This Bible could work as a gift for your little ones first birthday or as I did give to a mother at a baby shower.
  I love that this Bible comes with a hardcover and has a trim size.
The words on the pages (96 pages) are simple, short and some are cute like nursery rhymes. This wonderful book will keep even the youngest interested and wanting to hear the wonderful words time and time again.
Really recommend this precious Bible.

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Thank you to Zonderkidz for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne * A Review

This wonderfully imaginative children's hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary's highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.

The cast of child characters in this whimsical story include:
Peyton, one of the birthday celebrants, loves to help others, and appreciates it when others do little things for him.
Penny, Peyton's twin sister, who receives love best when others spend quality time with her.
Jayla, one of Penny's close friends, is always saying nice things about people. Her love language is words of affirmation.
Kevin, one of Peyton's close friends, enjoys giving things to people.
Sofia loves to pet the animals, and to show her love for others with special hugs.

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Northfield Publishing; New Edition edition (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802403581
ISBN-13: 978-0802403582
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at

RICK OSBORNE is a bestselling, award-winning author of both parenting and children's books. One of Rick's main goals is to create resources that help families develop loving relationships and peaceful, happy homes. Among the many children's books he's written and coauthored are, 'The Legend of the Christmas Tree,' 'The Legend of the Christmas Stocking,' and the '101 Questions Kids Ask About God' series. These have sold millions of copies and have been translated into many languages. Rick has coauthored books with Dr. John Trent, Josh McDowell, Larry Burkett, and Dr. Gary Chapman. He helped write and produce the booklet 'The Most Important Story Ever Told' which has had over 50 million copies distributed around the world. Find out more by visiting

  A Perfect Pet for Peyton is such a wonderful book. It not only tells a wonderful story, but on each page you have search and find pictures. Like find all of the insects on this page or find all of the animals. This will really help your child become more observant.
This book is about Peyton and Penny as they celebrate their birthdays and go to a special place to find a perfect pet. It also is a book to help you find out which of the 5 love languages your child has. After reading the book several times there are questions in the back that will help you to determine which one best suits your child.
The 5 different love languages are:
Words of Affirmation
Quality Time
Physical Touch
and Acts of Service.
This book is the perfect size 8 X 10 and has the most colorful, interesting pictures. Besides being very entertaining it is also very helpful in learning about your child. It’s like a workbook with a fantastic story to go along with. Your child will only enjoy the story and not know about the 5 different love languages. I highly recommend this book. So very interesting.

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Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand *A Review

A grisly homicide. An international threat.
The stakes have never been higher for
Detective Roland March.

The victim's head is missing, but what intrigues Detective Roland March is the hand. The pointing finger must be a clue--but to what? According to the FBI, the dead man was an undercover asset tracking the flow of illegal arms to the Mexican cartels. To protect the operation, they want March to play along with the cover story. With a little digging, though, he discovers the Feds are lying. And they're not the only ones.
In an upside-down world of paranoia and conspiracy, March finds himself dogged by injury and haunted by a tragic failure. Forced to take justice into his own hands, his twisting investigation leads him into the very heart of darkness, leaving March with nothing to lose--and nothing to hide.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764206397
ISBN-13: 978-0764206399
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novels BACK ON MURDER (2010), PATTERN OF WOUNDS (2011) and NOTHING TO HIDE (2012), featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lives with his wife Laurie in South Dakota.

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  Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand is another fantastic book. It’s the third in the Roland March Mystery series, but can be read as a stand alone also. I’ve read all of the series about Roland March the detective. I really like this book about all of the murder and torture used in the book.
  I’ve come to love Roland and his wife and friends. It gets pretty technical in parts, but I was able to follow alone and keep enjoying the story. I like the way March doesn’t want to give up and keeps after the criminals until he sees justice done.
  Only two things I didn’t like about the book. March is in his 50’s and acts like he is old and everything hurts and it’s hard for him to get around. Being 50 doesn’t make a person old. The other thing I was hoping that March would become a Christian. He’s been through so much and still doesn’t want to let go and trust in God. Even though I think this book is good, I think it would be excellent if March turned his life over to God. That’s the only thing that I didn’t like. If you love mysteries you will love Nothing to Hide. Keeps you guessing and has a surprise ending.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review-Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

Guardians of Justice (Book 3)
The police say her father's death was suicide. But Kelly Warren says it was murder--and she has new evidence that she believes proves it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn't put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when Kelly ends up in the emergency room with a suspicious life-threatening medical condition, the incident strikes him as more than just coincidence. Digging deeper, he discovers she's linked to a long-ago crime. Is history repeating itself? And who wants Kelly silenced?

With her trademark high-intensity action and taut suspense, Irene Hannon closes out her Guardians of Justice series with a story of old grudges and budding romance that is sure to increase her substantial fan base.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800734580
ISBN-13: 978-0800734589
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website,

Another fantastic book by Irene Hannon. I love this series-Guardians of Justice and this is book 3 the final. Each of these books talks about one family, two sons and one daughter and how they all are in the Justice system.
  This book Lethal Legacy is about the youngest son Cole and how he meets Kelly and they together solve the mystery surrounding her father’s death. The police believe it is suicide, but Kelly doesn’t believe it.
  Lethal Legacy has so many different twists and turns it will keep you reading well into the night and you’ll want to finish it in one reading.
I love mysteries, my favorite kind of read and this one didn’t disappoint.
 Also this book is a very tender love story.  Kelly and Cole being older never expect to find the right one, but God has other plans. Kelly is really close to the Lord; Cole doesn’t want anything to do with God, because of a case that went really wrong years ago.
 Find out how this mystery is solved in the case of Kelly’s dad {you will be really surprised at the outcome} and how they relationship evolves.
I highly recommend Lethal Legacy and the whole series, but if you can only read one of the books it is also a great stand alone novel.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Submerged by Dani Pettrey * Book Review


A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart...but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764209825
ISBN-13: 978-0764209826
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

About the Author
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nailbiting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at

  Submerged the debut novel by DanI Pettrey and is one amazing book. Submerged is book one in the Alaskan Courage series.
I know you will hear many great things about this wonderful author.
  I love this book because of the suspense, romance and the depth of Christianity that is shown.
  At each turn more things happened to keep me reading and enjoying it .  The suspense kept building through the story and the climax was just super. The apprehension couldn’t have been better.
  Another thing I loved about Submerged is the love Cole and his family have for each other. Both of their parents are dead, but Cole and the others stayed together and became a stronger family.
  Bailey just couldn’t forget the past and the mistakes she made, even though she has since become a Christian and loves the Lord dearly. She thinks she’s not worthy to have friends or family. Near the end Cole tells her how much God loves her and how He died for her. It’s just a precious story and I highly recommend this book. Can’t wait until Dani Pettrey’s second book in the series comes out. It’s about the youngest sibling Piper and it sounds fantastic.

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Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255