Owl Moon

IMG_4623A cute book! Read as a Read-Aloud to our 2nd Grader. He now wants to go on an Owl Hunt, which I can’t blame him. One night we will have to plan to sit in moon light to listen for an owl, maybe we can even bring a light.

Get it here: Amazon 

Summary for Owl Moon:
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr’s soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading around and sharing at bedtime.

Unglued Devotional

Unglued Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst
This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.
Gosh, I love devotionals, I guess I always have. The one reason why I love this devotional is that I can completely relate to her. Lysa reminds us that life isn’t perfect, and we all deal with emotions, we all come emotional unglued when things get hectic. I would love to get my hands on the book “Unglued” now, maybe I will just add that to my wish list.

With the devotional, they are short, but packed with a lot of information. Information that we all face with everyday life. You will definitely be glued and want to learn more, and strengthen your relationship with God. I love how she is honest, and really knows how to connect with you.

There is 5 Main Areas
1) Having confidence on how to resolve conflict
2) Peace
3) What type of Reactor you are
4) No Regrets
5) Deep Sense of Calm

She reminds us that by trusting in Him we can have the peace that our body and soul long for.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. 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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Captain No Beard

Captain-No-Beard Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed Lion, and Fribbet the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magically vessel sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures!

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren.  She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit.  Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 3 more books.

I loved how the book was so adventurous. The words were easy to read, and easy for my five-year-old to follow.  I will definitely be keeping this book, not only to read again to my daughter, but for our baby boy to enjoy once he arrives. Plus, who wouldn’t want to read about pirates!?

My daughter loved this book, she has already asked to read it again! The pages are so colorful, and the story kept her wanting to turn the page. She now has new saying aboard her vocabulary: “Shiver Me Timbers” ☆☆☆☆☆

Author Links:
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Buy Links:
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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Table Talk: Memoirs of a Bikini Waxer

Table Talk Brutally Honest & Ridiculously Funny…Table Talk: Memoirs of a Bikini Waxer is a hilarious collection of stories, opinions, rantings and ravings that will leave you laughing your hairless ass OFF!

“As a woman who knows women, I have found that no issue is too big or too small to discuss. We are passionate conversationalist regardless of the subject matter. Whatever the issue may be from finding a new wrinkle or a gray hair to buying a new outfit, dating a jerk, getting a divorce or not knowing what color to paint the damn powder room, it’s all important to us – at least for the time it’s on the table.” ~ Caren A. Stein

Caren A. Stein, a graduate of the Bucks County School of Beauty Culture has been a licensed/certified hair removal specialist since 1993. She has waxed and zapped countless humans and to date has never been beaten up in a parking lot by a client. She lives and works in Newton, Pennsylvania.

If I could make every woman read this, I would. This book is so funny, and so down to earth that I have already started recommending it to family and friends, even when I was only through Chapter 3. Once I received this book, I could not put it down. I never thought of wanting to read about someone who gets rid of hair, and never have I been on the table to have hair removed, but I would read this book again in a heartbeat. Caren is so honest. She is one of those women that would just tell you what she thinks without second-guessing her decision.
However, with it being funny, it really does not discuss a lot about what goes on while being waxed. She talks about everyday life, and gives her personal advice on life. She opens up topics that ladies talk about at a beauty salon, or waxing table. I am sure we could all use some pointers about life, right? If you want a good read, I would suggest this book! Men, if you are looking for a book your woman would enjoy, get this one! ☆☆☆☆

Author Links:
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Buy Links:
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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

One Month to Love

One Month to Love One Month to Love by Kerry & Chris Shook. They also wrote the book One Month to Live, I wrote the book review for that one, also.

One Month to Love is similar to One Month to Live, but instead you are learning how to build three key relationships in your everyday life. You have 30 daily challenges to grow and deepen your relationships, which I will be breaking down through in March.  Kerry and Chris really have great suggestions and encouragement; they are so in-depth, and helpful. They even have questions at the end of each day for you focus on what you learned that day, and how you can journal about it.

Everyday they give you quotes about relationships, and I personally enjoyed them. I even shared a few with my friends as I read the book. I will also share with you all in March. The quotes also lined up with their everyday topics.

However, the only downfall I found was that when I suggested this book for a review, I thought “One Month to Love” would be something about Marriage, something to “help” or a guide about it, especially with it being about February. It turned out to help with not just marriage, but with children, family, and other relationships in everyday life.

One of the chapters that totally hit me in the face was “Practicing the Art of Being All There”
Are you filling listening to the people you love when they talk, or you thinking about 100 other things as they talk, and you seem like you are there, but not really “listening”.

If you love devotional, or Self-help books, I would totally recommend this one. I loved it, and I am sure you will too. You don’t have to break this book down into thirty days, you could easily read it in a day or so.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Grieving God’s Way

_140_245_Book.661.cover Margaret Brownley’s 90 day devotional helps others with grieving and loss. The daily entries are short, perfect for a busy life-style, overwhelmed by emotion, or unable to tackle long assignments. The book is divided into four sections, it addresses healing for the body, soul, heart and spirit.

I didn’t expect to like the book, I picked it right after the loss of my Grandfather. I would recommend it though. I think it is a great resource for anyone who has went through grief after a loss. I would suggest this book to a church, so it could be on hands when a member needs help. It helps with understanding, learning what to say, or what not to say, etc. It is a teaching tool, but I would also advise someone to share your thoughts with as you go through grieving.

I would also suggest going to www.grievinggodsway.com where you can find a free copy of the workbook journal, and curriculum. You can also purchase materials for a church or a small group study. You can also get a printable poster of “Rules for Family Healing”, can be printed through Adobe Reader, you can find it on the resource page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. 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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Perfect Lies

Perfect lies Jennifer Crow talks about nine lies that we truly believe in. She starts the book off by leading us into her life journey. She is very open about her breakdowns: physical and mental, and how she took the path to overcome all of it. As you read her book, she starts breaking down the perfect lies. Each chapter holds a lie that we have all faced. She includes scriptures, prayer experience, statements, and how to tell if you are believing a lie, or not.

Once she worked through each lie, she had believed and identified through a process, she called meditative prayer, in which she focused on scripture, thoughts about God and Jesus and mental pictures she made in her head, dealing with each emotion and pain associated with the lies she had believed for many years. Changing her thought process and brain waves from negative lies to true statements of God and his word, she saw a difference in her physical health in six weeks and continued to make improvement in it over the years.  Her book is sharing her journey of healing, clarifying the lies she believed, breaking them down and replacing them with the truth of God and the process that she did.  This included statements to think about to replace the lie as well as scripture that would go against the lie she had believed.

I would recommend you to read this book if you have ever said or heard these nine Perfect Lies:
I am Unlovable, I am Unable, I am a Target, I am not Angry, I am Bad, I am in Danger, and I am Deprived

This book will definitely help someone who struggles with his or her self-image, or self-worth.

 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

By Faith, Not By Sight

 Scott MacIntyre is a piano prodigy, he was born blind, who was then faced with a life-threatening kidney disease at the age of 19, which resulted in a kidney transplant. He then made it to Season 10 top 8 on American Idol.

By Faith, Not By Sight is a fantastic read. This book is a documentary about the life of an amazing and successful man who has been blessed by God. He overcomes obstacles to reach where he is today. This is a moving story of hope, faith, and persistence, it will fill you with encouragement as well as inspire you to keep pushing on through your life. It is not preachy, or a self-help, but it encourages and exhorts the reader to see life in a whole new light.

I loved reading how his mom helped him to look at people when they talk, even if he can only see a square inch at a time. She taught him manners, as well as treating him and communicating with him as if he could see. She took him to the beach and let him run to experience the freedom of being able to  just let go and not worry. Scott’s story is about how God used his family, to give him life, faith, determination, and experiences most would only imagine. Learn how he overcame his disability, how he made it into the music industry and how God taught him that in all things, that He is in control.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. 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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

One Month to Live

 One Month to Live by Kerry & Chris Shook
I hope you have noticed I started the Purpose Driven Life Challenge and come to find out Rick Warren (the author of Purpose Driven Life) wrote the Forward to the book One Month to Live, How amazing, right!?

One Month to Live is similar to the Purpose Driven Life layout. It gives you daily challenges (which I will be doing in the future) to complete with “make it count moments” questions and “make it last for life” actions.

We all tend to live life as in we will be here forever, when in reality we are not granted to be on this physical earth tomorrow. So, why not live our life like tomorrow may be our last?

Live passionately. Love completely. Learn Humbly. and Leave Boldly.

Readers are encouraged to enjoy one chapter a day for thirty days while figuring out how they would live their life if they only had thirty days to live. It is so easy to read, awesome analogies and advice.

I would suggest this book to friends/family. Be prepared for lots of self-examination. This book will reveal that you have a much-needed eternal perspective and you will be reminded of the depth and meaning God has in store for us.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

50 Days of Hope

Daily inspiration for your journey through cancer by Lynn Eib. This book is very small, it can fit into your purse/pocket for an easy out-of-pocket read. You can read a little bit each day to get you through chemo and the life changing of chemicals roaming through your body. The book delivers in spiritual strength and insight. The real stories mentioned are positive light to inspire hope to you even with a cancer diagnoses.

Lynn Eib is a patient advocate and cancer survivor from colon cancer. 50 Days of Hope is writing by her own experiences and offers stories of people who have been and still discovered God through it all.

I am not a cancer patient, but my Mawmaw was. I seen with my own eyes what cancer can do, but I do not know the pain or treatment.

Eib wants other cancer patients journey to be meaningful, comfortable, and for them to trust in God’s will. She shows how to bring comfort to anyone dealing with cancer diagnosis, even if it is personally, family or a friend.

This is a book that I am giving to a former school mates mom, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago. May she find the book hopeful and receive comfort through her journey.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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