Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories By Gwen Ellis A Review

Five-minute Bible stories will help little ones understand God's love.

Selections from the successful Read and Share® Bible, part of the bestselling Read and Share® series, are now available in a new design and format! Parents will capture little ones' attention during storytime with these engaging retellings of classic Bible stories. Kids will enjoy the big and bright hardcover format and the colorful, vibrant illustrations as they learn about God's love and biblical characters-including Noah, Joseph, David, Paul, and Christ-in a way they can understand.

Every entry in Read and Share 5-Minute Bible Stories is just the right length to be read out loud in about five minutes. Parents will appreciate having readings that are easy-to-digest for kids and perfect for a short, snug storytime. Plus, each reading includes interactive components, encouraging Scripture memory and reinforcing comprehension with quick activities for parents and kids, so the shared fun and learning can continue beyond storytime.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0718036581
ISBN-13: 978-0718036584
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Gwen Ellis is the bestselling author of the Read and Share Bible and a full line of Read and Share products. She is the owner of Seaside Creative Services, a speaking, writing, and editing service.

   Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories is such an excellent book. The stories are retold, by Gwen Ellis.
The size of the book is fantastic. It is an 8x10 and such lovely pictures that we come to expect with the Read and Share books. Just looking at the pictures you could guess the stories, but the words add so much more.  The stories go from Genesis to Revelation.
  In this Bible book you will find adventures and learn things about God that your child will love to hear. These stories and pictures will be imprinted on your child’s heart and in their minds forever. Really a beautiful book that is a amazing gift idea. Full of fun, adventure and truths. Highly recommended.

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Rise and Shine A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D. Bricker A Review

Shannon Malone thought she'd found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she's thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon's tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone's life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world andin her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart's dog, not hers.

Shannon's three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beautystyle with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund's sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel's kiss awaken her once and for all?

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802406300
ISBN-13: 978-0802406309
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years before she became a bestselling, award-winning author of Laugh-Out-Loud fiction for the inspirational market. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward rising awareness and funds for research , diagnostics, and a cure. Rise and Shine is Sandra’s second contemporary fairy tale, preceded by If the Shoe Fits. Connect with Sandie at or Like the face book page.

  Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker is a very sweet, cute, love story. It’s a present day fairy tale.
  I found it very interesting and sweet. Imiange being in a coma for 10 years and coming back to the world. So many things would be different. Not just technology, but clothes styles, the way people view life, family and friends and even yourself.
  In Rise and Shine Shannon is newly married has a diving accident and doesn’t wake up for 10 years. During those 10 years her husband faithfully waits for her, but Cancer hits him.
  She wakes up and has to face so many things at once. How does she handle everything? Will she ever be happy again? What of the doctor that has taken care of her for that long?
  A very interesting concept and really sweet ending. Highly recommend Rise and Shine. Sandra D. Bricker is an excellent author.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Called for Life by Kent & Amber Brantly with David Thomas A Review

“Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.”

Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too.

When Kent received the diagnosis, he was already alone and in quarantine in the Brantly home in Liberia. Amber and the children had left just days earlier on a trip to the United States. Kent’s personal battle against the horrific Ebola began, and as thousands of people worldwide prayed for his life, a miraculous series of events unfolded.

Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. Most significantly, Called for Life reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (July 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1601428235
ISBN-13: 978-1601428233
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Dr. Kent Brantly, accompanied by his wife Amber and family, served as medical missionaries in Monrovia, Liberia, with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse. Both Kent (BA in Biblical Text) and Amber (BS in Nursing) are graduates of Abilene Christian University.  Dr. Brantly received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He also completed his Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Maternal Child Health at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. After contracting the Ebola virus in summer 2014, Dr. Brantly was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he recovered and was later reunited with his family. Now serving as the Medical Missions Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Brantly, Amber, and their two children are based in Texas.


David Thomas, author/co-writer of nine books, has collaborated on two New York Times bestsellers: "Wrestling for My Life" with Shawn Michaels and "Foxcatcher" with Mark Schultz. "All In" with Gene Chizik was a Wall Street Journal national bestseller.

David's most recent book to release is "Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic" with Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly (July 21, 2015/WaterBrook Press).

His other books are "Remember Why You Play," "SEAL of God" with former US Navy SEAL Chad Williams, "Impact Player" with New York Yankees legend Bobby Richardson, "I Still Believe" with Jeremy Camp, and "First: What It Takes to Win" with CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning.

David spent almost three decades in journalism, most recently as a senior writer and sports humor columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There, his work was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors and he received the McClatchy Company President's Award for excellence in journalism. David also worked for The Dallas Morning News. A lifelong Texan and graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, he lives near Fort Worth, Texas.

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“Dr. Kent Brantly is responsible for one of the worst weeks of my life. When I told 
him that, he smiled and said, ‘It wasn’t that great for me either!’ But Kent gives 
God the credit for saving his life and surviving the deadly Ebola virus that infected 
him while serving others in the name of Jesus. Dr. Brantly and his wife, Amber, 
went obediently to Liberia to serve with Samaritan’s Purse as medical missionaries, 
and were the recipients of prayers from around the world as they battled an attack 
that threatened their future. The world watched as Kent was successfully trans ported back to the United States from Africa. International media outlets captured 
his every step as he walked from the ambulance into Atlanta’s Emory University 
Hospital, where he found physical restoration—a miracle from God. You will be 
riveted by this extraordinary couple who are called for life to serve the Lord Jesus 
Christ—the Great Physician!”  —Franklin Graham, president and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse 
and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 

  Called for Life, the true story of the Ebola epidemic and how Kent Brantly got it and how he recovered.
  This is a very interesting book and I’m so glad I got to review it.
  You will read how Kent and Amber met, how they came to live in Liberia and the many things they went through with other contacted Ebola and then the struggle Kent had with Ebola. It’s just amazing how God spared his life.
  We really don’t realize all of the hardships other countries face. They don’t have the medical advances Americans have, they don’t have the simple and standard medical equipment needed to run a hospital. Like the simple plastic tubing they use to put in the nose to give oxygen to patients, the hospital only had three, where in America they use them one time and throw them away. Also not many drugs to treat the sick and many, many other supplies.
   Kent made sure everyone suited up properly and didn’t come in contact with the sick they suspected had Ebola.
  The Lord really watched out for Kent’s family. They were all scheduled to go back to the states to go to a family wedding, but Kent had to stay for a short time. Amber and the children never came in contact with him when he got Ebola.
 This is a moving, spirit filled, awesome story of how a man follows Jesus even when things go wrong and even when he is so close to death.
Every bit of this book is spectacular and full of inspiration. I highly recommend it.

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Thanks to WaterBrookMultnomah 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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

DVD Review When Calls the Heart-Follow your Heart

While Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship has cooled following their arguments in Hamilton, Jack is hot on the trail of a counterfeiter right in Hope Valley! When he finds the culprit, a two-fisted brawl ensues as Jack apprehends the man. Seeing Jack in danger prompts Elizabeth to confront her feelings and seek him out… but she inadvertently sets Rip, Jack’s dog, loose at the same time. As a violent storm bears down on Hope Valley, Jack and Elizabeth search for Rip and take shelter in an old mineshaft together. But the storm won’t be escaped so easily, and the unstable shaft begins to collapse…

Actors: Daniel Lissing, Erin Krakow
Directors: Neill Fearnley
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2015
Run Time: 84 minutes

  When Calls the Heart-Follow your Heart is the last episode of the second season and oh what a way to end it. Now I’m just sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the Christmas special and season three to start.
  So many exciting things happened in Follow your Heart. Of course we know Jack and Elizabeth had a big argument on the last episode and they aren’t talking to much.
  Jack is still trying to get all of the people in the counterfeit ring, almost gets shot in this episode.
  Julie misses Tom and her family doesn’t try to understand, they just want her to move on with  her life without Tom.
   Abigail and Pastor Frank and getting to be closer friends, but she finds out something that makes her rethink her ideas of him.
  To top all of that off Elizabeth accidentally lets Rip out of Jack’s office during a thunderstorm and he runs away. So Jack and Elizabeth are off to find him in a cave and that’s when love and disaster strikes.
  Love, love, love this series and this ending episode just has me wanting to see more and more. Highly recommended for the whole family. Very good viewing for all members of your household.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Amongst the Flames by T.K. Chapin A Review

AMONGST THE FLAMES is book one of the Contemporary Christian Romance Series, EMBERS and; ASHES. Follow the lives of the men of Fire station #9 as they face the fires on and off the job. Inspirational romance stories full of faith, hope and love that will leave you feeling inspired.

“A burning building doesn’t scare me at all compared to the thought of losing you.”

Firefighter Cole Taylor is the man everyone looks up to at Firehouse 9 in downtown Spokane. He’s been at the department for ten years and has no fear when it comes to dangerous situations.

Megan Taylor, Cole’s wife, is a stay-at-home mother of their two boys. She was everything Cole ever wanted in a woman and the perfect wife any man could ask for until one day when she decides to leave Cole.

Cole has fought hundreds of fires in his lifetime, but he had never tasted fear until he came to fighting a fire in his own home. Amongst The Flames is a Christian firefighter romance that tackles real-life situations and problems that exist in Christian marriages today. It brings with it passion, love and spiritual depth that will leave you feeling inspired. This Contemporary Christian Romance novel is one book that you’ll want to read over and over again.

File Size: 1848 KB
Print Length: 278 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Branch Publishing (August 16, 2015)
Publication Date: August 16, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0140IE1J8

T.K. CHAPIN writes Contemporary Christian Romance books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling Contemporary Christian Romance stories of faith, love and family help build the faith of Christians and help non-believers see how God can work in the life of believers. He gives all credit for his writing and storytelling ability to God. The majority of the Contemporary Christian Romance novels take place in and around Spokane Washington, his hometown. Chapin makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and has the pleasure of raising his daughter with his beautiful wife Crystal.

   This is the first time I’ve read a book by T.K. Chapin and it won’t be the last. I was fully involved in the story before the first chapter was over. It was so well written that it made you think it was a true story.
    Really did love the novel.  Cole and Megan made reading the book very, very easy. I really came to like Cole and his wanting to get closer to the Lord and how he forgave and forgot what his wife did. How he wanted to become a better husband and father. Very interesting and I love the fire scenes where rescues were done. Also enjoyed this novel Amongst the Flames because like in life not only good things happen. We have heartaches, losses and disappointment, but God is always there and sees us through. Highly recommend this book. Very interesting indeed. Fantastic author.

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Miracles 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman A Review

A dying child counts angels in her room. A teenage boy stuns doctors by recovering from a massive brain injury. A bubble of protection surrounds a man about to be hit by a car...These miraculous accounts and twenty-nine more are recorded in Miracles: 32 True Stories.

File Size: 2098 KB
Print Length: 220 pages
Publication Date: December 21, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

   This is just an ebook I got free a few years ago and finally have read it. What an inspiring story or 32 stories I should say.  It is full of such wonderful, precious things that have happened. You will read how God has protected or how He has sent people signs by different things that happen.
   In the above section talking about this book it tells about a boy recovering from a massive brain injury. In that story a boy/young man wanted to see a miracle and God let him be in a miracle. He was in a horrible car accident with the doctors saying he wouldn’t survive and if he did he would be brain damaged. He comes through it all and doesn’t need much time to recover to his self before the accident. Afterwards he said during the accident God reached down and held his hand.
  Many more stories in this book just like that. Very good and I recommend it.

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Warrior in Pink by Vivian Mabuni A Review


When young mother Vivian Mabuni was diagnosed with breast cancer three days before Christmas, she struggled to know how to respond. How do you tell your children you have cancer? How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for your family’s support? And how do you continue to trust the God who is powerful enough to prevent cancer but didn’t? Through her battle, cancer patients, family, and friends will find perspective, hope, and an honest look at what it is like to be diagnosed with and treated for cancer—as well as encouragement to know that God is present in our pain. You will also discover ways to emotionally and practically support a friend or family member who is battling cancer.

File Size: 1231 KB
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers (March 30, 2014)
Publication Date: March 30, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

My husband and I have been on staff with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 25 years. We have ministered on the campuses of Berkeley and UCLA, led mission teams in the Philippines, East Asia and Japan, trained staff and students in evangelism, discipleship, ministry philosophy and cross-cultural ministry. We currently work with Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru. Darrin serves as the National Director of Field Ministry on the Epic National Executive team. Epic exists to reach the students and faculty on college campuses in the U.S. with the Gospel through Asian Americans. Currently we have 41 Epic movements on campuses across the country.

Our vision has always been to raise up the next generation of leaders to influence the world. Now, with Epic, our focus is to help raise up the next generation of Asian-American leaders, who will be equipped to impact their family, community, church, and the world with the message of God’s love and forgiveness. Darrin and I dream of the day when the voice and leadership of godly Asian Americans infiltrates every facet of society. We dream of our kids and their kids finding a wide array of godly Asian-American leaders and role models. We also see incredible potential for sending Asian Americans into the mission field all around the world. Most Asian-Americans, like me, are bicultural, so they have grown up learning to contextualize and operate in two different worlds. Asian-American believers often fare better as missionaries in international, cross-cultural settings.

Our ministry is funded by churches, individuals and families who partner with us in helping bring the message of hope and healing to a hurting world.

  Warrior in Pink by Vivian Mabuni is a true story of Vivian’s fight against breast cancer. It is very inspiring and uplifting. She tells how she got through it with having a wonderful supporting family and many, many friends. She didn’t stay away and by herself with the cancer. She let people help her and get her through all of the pain and heartache.
  Through all of this Vivian keeps her trust and faith in God. She fights and lets God and others help her. This dear lady has such strength and courage and never gives up. If you or someone you know has cancer this book is one they should read. I highly recommend it.

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