Love Letters from God Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart

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This book is probably my favorite children’s book i’ve gotten so far. It is so well written and I love the letter feature. It tells a story of a woman in the bible tells them how they are imperfect people like you and I, then tells how God loves them even through that. Or a good example of a woman in the bible with a “letter from God” telling them how loved they are or how to never lose hope. I think every girl could benefit from reading this. Even as an adult I think it was a great reminder.

Ok now the cool letter feature I was talking about. Each story has a letter that flips up in the book that you read at the end to help further understand the story and put it into perspective of the way God would feel about each story being told. Love this! There is also bible verses throughout the book which I love as well. The illustrations are super cute as well! Like I said, favorite children’s book i’ve gotten so far.

From the back cover:

In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

I received this book in exchange for a complete honest review.

The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury

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You might be wondering why I have been reviewing so many children’s books lately. Well Zondervan has come out with so many cute and biblical children’s books, that I decided Tripp needed them. Ok, first thoughts. I love the carry-along feature of this book. I wish it was a board book. The illustrations on each page are awesome! I think that is neat to be able to visualize what you’re reading. I like all of the stories that they chose to feature as well!

I always love a fun way to show Tripp about God, he is obsessed with books already ( I wonder where he got it from) so it’s never too early to start learning about Jesus and all stories related to the bible. Biggest draw back is that it will have to wait a bit because he isn’t ready for pages that can be ripped. 🙂 I can see why they chose this because a board book could probably only fit about one story and this one holds about 30!

I honestly love that they are making stories about God and Jesus more exciting for kids, thats a total win for me.

 

From the Back Cover:

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

The Beginner’s Bible®, the bestselling Bible storybook of our time, is now in a special carry-along edition with over 30 stories! Children will love The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury created especially for tiny hands to carry with them wherever they go. The carry-along edition features a smaller size, a go-anywhere handle, and an easy magnetic closure. Kids will come to know and love the key stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. Now updated with vibrant new art, The Beginner’s Bible® is the perfect starting point for children. Little ones will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible® just like millions of children before!

Review of The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection

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  This book is so cute! I am so glad that I will have this for my son when he gets a bit older. I LOVED the Berenstain Bears growing up and am so excited to carry on that tradition with my little guy. The story about the fishing trip was so funny, and I like that it is a more realistic story of how the parents may have differing thoughts, because that is real life. At the end of the book when things didn’t work as the dad thought they may he says let’s not go fishing anymore and go get the fish from the local guy who the mom said to in the beginning. Basically always listen to your mom, it made me laugh out loud because I wasn’t expecting it.

I also loved the lesson of new friends and how it could make your current friends feel, I think that’s a very good lesson for kids these days. To really think about including everyone because there is so much bullying going on. I hope to instill some of these messages in my child for sure!

 

From the Back Cover:

The Berenstain Bears Living Lights, series continues to attract young readers through creative and engaging stories that not only entertain but teach values and life lessons. Now, five of the series’ favorite titles are available in a great new hardcover. This Berenstain Bears Living Lights treasury called Friendship Blessings Collection is sure to be a popular choice for Berenstain Bears fans.

 

I was given this copy in exchange for a complete and honest review. I would highly recommend these books!

Bible Jesus Calling 


From the cover I thought this book would be more illustrated for children, when I got the book I realized it a a couple illustrations but primarily was a bible in the form you’re used to seeing. Super cute but definitely wish it was more kid friendly and told the stories in a way younger kids could understand! 

The Ellusive Miss Ellison 

I was so excited to get this all the way from Australia where Carolyn Miller wrote this captivating book. 

Free to read kindle edition today!! 

I just want to start by saying I love the old English writing in this book, I like that it actually makes you think to understand what they were saying. It was the perfect mix, easy to read yet still held that Jane Austen feel! 
From the back cover: 

Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along. 

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?
I started off thinking this was just going to be a spin off of pride and prejudice, but to my delighted surprise it was definitely a new story of its own! I think it started a bit slow in the beginning and towards the end there were some twists I did not see coming! (Which led me to stay up half the night to finish it haha) I really enjoyed it! 

I also started to think at one point while reading she would have to know that the guy was into her, it seemed so obvious. Then I started to realize I know all of his thoughts and hers in this book, if I was her I’d probably feel the exact same way! So I love that she captured the thoughts of each character spot on! 
Loved: I loved that she was so independent, that she defied the class system back then, she had such a heart for the poor and that it was contagious. The resentment she held and slowly how God revealed she was not reflecting God doing so. I loved the character of Nicholas and all the different experiences in his life that led him to who he was. I feel like she really incorporated him as a person with war, growing up privileged, the guilt and seeing God. 
Lacked: I think that after keeping family secrets for long for her to just say I think I want something different and they tell her everything seems a bit too easy after her whole life they guarded those secrets so adamantly. I wish it would’ve been more of a change in her and after a long while of them realizing they couldn’t make her happy there they finally tell her. 
I feel like there’s much more to uncover because it feels like there was so much more unsaid. I have a sneaky feeling this will show up in the next book! 🙂 
Can’t wait to read more! Thanks so much for letting me read!! 
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review this in no way changes my opinions as stated above. 

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety… yep I said it. 


Postpartum depression and anxiety… even typing those words I just want to erase them because it feels like I just admitted something bad. The truth is it is a topic many people don’t talk about and is embarrassing for some reason? 

I’m about 11 month PP and still struggling with it from time to time. I never thought this would be my life and I’m not on the “I want to kill myself” spectrum but I def have some blues and anxiety. 

This has been the hardest year of my life! I feel like it can only get easier. A colic baby, I think would send any sane person into depression.. seriously someone needs to find a cure for that (if that’s possible lol). Some days u just want to cry and you’re not even sure why.  Other days it’s not sadness but just wanting to get away and have a different life. But mostly it’s just feelings of seriously what am I doing with my life??? Not feeling like yourself and if I have to hear crying for another minute I might snap. Having zero energy to invest in other people but feeling bad for not. When you get out of your pjs and do your hair and makeup.. it’s a good day. 

Wish I could say here are all of the things I did to get over it, but for now I’m just in it. Instead of always posting how peachy great life is, sometimes it’s not. 
That doesn’t mean I don’t see the blessings in my life though! Like my child who I am obsessed with even if he makes life hard and a loving husband, family that cares, a cozy house and even my God who sees me right now and listens to me complain about this aspect of my life when he has given me so much, but I think he understands where I’m at. 

For any mom out there going through the same thing, I feel ya. 

God Made You Nose to Toes 


Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

This was a cute little book, illustrations weren’t my favorite and I wish it had more body parts kids could learn. Overall I liked the idea and think it was cute how they related things. I like how they incorporated God into the book! 

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A Noble Groom


I’ve never once pondered what it would be like to be an immigrant or be in an arranged marriage, until this book. I never thought of all the hardships you would have to endure. How it would be like to forever be committed to someone you don’t love only staying because you’re told and also surviving without a man would be quite difficult when you scarcely have anything. I love that this book has some true historical facts.

 Annalisa, In a loveless marriage is left to fend for herself and her daughter Sophie. With only a year left to repay the loan for the land she wishes to buy, will she make it in time? Or will she be forced to be homeless? 

Carl, a man on the run needs somewhere to hide, with some distant connections he manages to make it to the middle of no where ….doing work that is far below him, or so he thinks. He must keep a low profile or be found out. He also must hide his identity or risk his life. 

How their two paths collide, you should read and find out!! 

Loved: 

-the bits of German I had to learn 

-The revelation of the class system and how flawed it is

Lacked:

-hate who dies!! Lol 

Against the Tide 


From a young girl left on the dock awaiting her parents return Lydia Pallas was left orphaned at a young age. Once she became an adult, she began her new journey for security and reliability, that is until Alexander Banebridge waltzed into her life. He keeps his true past a secret and everyone at a distance because he is a wanted man. With the professor hunting down Bane, he must stay on the run while trying to bring down the professor and his enterprise. After finding God he started his mission to right his wrongs in the drug world. He just never planned to meet a girl who he would tell everything to. Lydia gets entangled in Bane’s world and finds herself in a series of unfortunate circumstances. Will Bane get to her in time or will she be found out? Lydia finally realized she was always missing something, a purpose. 
Loved: 

-There were actually some twists to this book I wasn’t expecting! I love that I didn’t guess everything! 

-I also loved that there were true historical facts packed into this book. 

-the character of Bane!! 
Lacked:

-I don’t like how the book portrays that the guy can read the girls mind. Not very realistic. 

-I also think the character of the professor was lacking. At the beginning he was scary but as the book went on I pictured him as more of an old man who loved books with a temper and much less of a drug lord. 

The Lady and the Lionheart 


This book really keep me engrossed, I literally stayed up til 4am reading this one! And finished it in 3 days with a small child so you know it was a good one. 
I really love the setting as usual for these books set in the past. I’ve never read a book about a circus and thought I honestly wouldn’t enjoy it but to my surprise I just couldn’t stop reading! I love all the unique characters and it honestly made me think about the people in the circus and how they must feel. People paying to watch them because of their talents and a more sad reality bc they are different and people love to gawk. 
The main part of this book is about a girl who always plays it safe until one day Charlie walks in to where she works and will change everything! She has always shied away from people of religion because of her jaded past but Charlie just might bring her back. 
Charlie is a loner and lion tamer with a huge heart, always rescuing others no matter what the cost. When he meets a girl who is starting to chip away his reserve, he has to decide if she can handle all the secrets he has kept buried. 
Loved: I love all the characters! So original! I also loved the lesson of never judge a book by its cover. I also loved how Charlie depicted Christ giving himself up for others and showing love to all that felt unlovable. There was so much to love but I don’t want to spoil it! 
Lacked: I wish it wouldn’t of wrapped up so quickly and there was more of a build to the end. I also wish u knew more of what happened next… but maybe there will be a second book for that? 
The Lady and the Lionheart https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997513705/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_J9KsybRK6Z8YF