Monday, February 16, 2015
At Home in Last Chance is the third in a series but can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. This book, like the others, draws readers into the stories and lives of the characters. By the end of the book the reader feels like they are a part of the story themselves. Kaitlyn is back home in Last Chance. For her this is the chance to start over. She is working hard to re-establish a life and relationship with the daughter that she left behind 6 months earlier. To do this she will have to make decisions to change. Kaitlyn may have to adopt a new view of life and how to deal with rough times. The question remains, will her daughter be able to trust her again. Steven Braden is the irresponsible flirt that has left a line of heartbreak and hurt behind him. He returns to Last Chance trying to prove that he has finally changed. But his family does not know if they can trust that the change is true and there to stay. As their journeys begin to unfold Steven and Kaitlyn find themselves pushed together. But, how can they ever start a relationship when they are so unsure of themselves. A story of grace, love and change. This book will have the reader understanding that even those who seem will never change have a chance to start over. This book was given to me for review by Revell.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
A mother daughter duo that needs to keep on writing! This book is one that is worth keeping around. This mother daughter duo writes with ease and humor that make reading a pleasure. Filled with practical advice and tips this book is a great read. The authors address 10 things that cause stress in a wife and mother's life. Then they advise how to eliminate these stressors with practical advice and wisdom. This book is a reminder of the importance of taking time to take care of yourself so that you can take care of everyone else you love. Being a mom is stressful, being a wife is hard. These two restore the joy in the two tasks that can absolutely wear a woman out. Be revived and uplifted - encouraged and empowered. Become the best mother and wife you can and learn to enjoy every moment. Thanks to the author and publisher for this review copy.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
This book is a great book for upper elementary age students or middle school aged. The characters are all teenage children which makes it more appealing for the younger group to read. A story of survival and fear begins when four teenage students go on an overnight rafting expedition that ends in tragedy. The children and their guide are in an accident that ends with the guide being swept down river and the children alone. 25 miles from camp, lost in the dark woods and haunted by campfire stories of a terrible creature known as Vexel the kids must come together to survive. As seems to happen when tragedy strikes, an unlikely hero arises in the form of Savi, a 16 year old girl. This story is a tale of harrowing proportions. The children face unspeakable odds and faith pulls them through. If they were not friends before they became friends during the ordeal. Rodriquez has written a fast moving very interactive book that will draw the reader into the story.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Time for a list of my top five.....and this is so hard to do. I don't think that I have ever had a publisher that has month after month sent me something that every member of my family absolutely loved. My children rush to meet the postman when they know it is time for a package from MasterBooks Publishers. I get excited when I see our yearly line up for review. So here it is.... 5. It's Not Greek To Me, Todd Friel - a fun interactive and quirky professor makes learning an ancient language interesting. http://abbiereviews.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-not-greek-to-me-todd-friel.html 4. Studies in World History - Yep, this made my list. A long time fan of Bob Jones home school curriculum I was skeptical that any other History curriculum could compare. Well, I will now be trading in the old for this outstanding curriculum! http://abbiereviews.blogspot.com/2014/08/studies-and-world-history.htm 3. Galapagos Islands - Beautifully stunning photography set this apart for me. I love excellent photography but these leap off the page. Words just can not express the beauty! http://abbiereviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/galapagos-islands-different-view.html 2. 44 Animals of the Bible - My kids still tote this book around the house. They pass it from child to child. Great for making the animals of the bible come alive! http://abbiereviews.blogspot.com/2014/12/44-animals-of-bible.html and finally....number ONE for this family for 2014..... 1. BUGS - This full color book is packed with information for ALL ages. http://abbiereviews.blogspot.com/2014/10/bugs-big-small-god-made-them-all-will.html We are looking forward to another wonderful year of books and fun with this publisher!!
It is like Christmas everytime I open a package from New Leaf Publishing!! My kids try to beat each other to the door to grab the package so they can be the first to get the book. This one, like the Bug book, was a favorite of my boys. What surprised me more, though, was how captivating it was for my 1 and 3 year old and even held the attention of my 13 year old. More than once I found the book tucked under someone's math book as they were sneaking "reading" time when they were supposed to be working out math problems. Each of the animals (some ancient and extinct, some still alive) has a beautiful picture and great description of the animal and how it was used during biblical times. The importance of book like this for me is that it brings to life the Word of God. Makes things more understandable and real for my children. Now for the first time they can go to a book and see a colorful photo and full description of animals such as the asp when they run across the word in biblical text. This is a book that everyone needs. Thanks to the publisher for this wonderful review copy.
Are you looking for a FUN and interactive game that will increase bible knowledge for kids and adults alike? Look no further. This board game comes with 2 dvds loaded with multiple choice questions over the wisdom of Solomon. My kids, all 4 of the older ones, enjoyed trying to beat the other ones by choosing the correct answer quickest. Some of the questions were a little difficult for younger kids so we did allow use of the bible at times but this served as a bible drill, making them more familiar with their bibles. I really appreciate the thought put into the game and was glad to see something along these lines. We own to versions of bibles trivia as well as many other bible games but few touch on the wisdom of King Solomon. I think this game is one of those hidden treasures that helps to seal the Word of the Lord on the hearts of children and parents alike. I am so thankful that I received this for review. http://www.wisdomantics.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisdomantics/701632026543413
Saturday, December 6, 2014
I have got to say that this is one of my favorite dvd series for kids - I think I like it even better than the Veggie Tales series by the same person. Maybe because it is so literally dealing with the bible. My kids vary in ages 1 to 13 years and all of them enjoy sitting down to watch it. Phil Vischer has created a series that grabs the kids attention and passes on biblical truth in a fun interactive way. This is a bible based muppets or Sesame Street. Jesus is pointed at as the only way to salvation and thus the main thrust of the video is great. This is an excellent resource for personal use but is also easily adaptable to multiple curriculum in Children's Church, AWANA, and Sunday School situations. Children will love the characters and the interactive feel of the videos. You may even find as an adult that you learn a bit of bible trivia that you did not know before you watched the video. You may also find that it motivates your children to learn the books of the bible and seek out more information regarding the topics discussed. Thanks to the publisher and FlyBY Promotions for this review copy.