October 25, 2016

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids
"Cold-Case Christianity"
J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace with Rob Suggs

Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. 

Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

The book starts out with a group of children going to a junior police academy program and learning how to be how detective. One of the boys finds an old skateboard and brings it class with him the next day. The children work together with the training detective to solve where the skateboard came from and how it ended up in the shed on the school property. While they begin the case of the skateboard, Detective Jeffries tells the children not to be “know-it-alls” about the case and he then asks them if they can think of an example of people being a “know-it-all”. One of the cadets speaks up and says that he thinks his neighbors are “know-it-alls” because they believe in God. Detective Jeffries says that Jason is being a “know-it-all” because he believes that there is no way that there is a God. Throughout the rest of the book the case of the skateboard and the case about God coincide with each other. As the cadets use the detective skills that they are learning to solve the skateboard case, they use those same skills to prove that God is real.


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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. As the Children’s Church director at my church, I am always looking for resources and visuals that I can use with the children. This book gave me several good ideas that I am looking forward to using in the future. The worksheets that you can download to go with this book are great and would be perfect for children eight-years-old or older. The logic and detective skills that children will learn by reading this book can be applied to anything.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. No review positive or negative was required. All opinions are my own.

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August 30, 2016

Service Tails
"Service Tails"
Ace Collins
Heart-tugging true stories of the courage, faith, and loyalty of remarkable service dogs.
Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.
"Service Tails" has 12 uplifting stories of how service dogs became heroes!  This sweet book is filled with heartwarming and inspiring stories that will encourage your heart.  It's amazing how God can and will use anyone or any animal, as long as we are willing. 
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August 25, 2016

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepherd Gray
     Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate Officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his dying comrade, Phillip Markham.  To watch after his beloved wife Miranda.  After the war Robert sets out to pick up the pieces and fulfill his promise.  When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, he is shocked to find how bad things are for Miranda.  Rumors have started about Phillip being a traitor to the Cause.  Also rumors are flying around town about Miranda, because she has turned her beautiful home into a boarding house so she can make ends meet.  She also receives periodic visits from her mother and sister in law who want her out of Phillips home so they can move in.  But the most disturbing is that Miranda is receiving threatening letters and the sheriff refuses to do anything about them.  Who can Robert trust to help him save Miranda from collapsing under the emotional strain?  What's more Robert finds himself attracted to Miranda.  Well things work out for Robert and Miranda?  Can they clear Phillip's name and prove the rumors to be false?  Will Miranda get to keep her home?  Read and find out.
4 and 1/2 stars.

This book was different from other Gray books I have read. I had only read her Amish books which took place in Florida and they were a light read.  This story  kept you guessing and was unpredictable.  Had more depth to it. I enjoyed it very much.

August 24, 2016

Fetching Sweetness
"Fetching Sweetness"
Dana Mentink

July 18, 2016

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"All Summer Long"
Melody Carlson

She's ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn't expect is an old flame.
Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

While I was looking forward to reading another book by Melody Carlson, as I usually enjoy her books, this one I did not.  From the description of the book, I was anticipating a fun, "San Fransisco vacation".   Unfortunately, this book was anything but that. The description of the scenery was beautiful, but the rest of the book seemed more like a soap opera.  

There were also instances where Tia and her friend (that is a girl) were joking as if they were more than friends.  That is not appreciated nor welcomed here.  I was raised that sin is sin and to make fun of sin is just as much of a sin than the sin you are making fun of.  This ruined the whole book for me.  Never would I expect to read such material in a "Christian" fiction novel.  
I cannot recommend this book. 

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"Sea Rose Lane"
Irene Hannon

 Two people starting over . . . in a town known for second chances
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to Hope Harbor--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed and breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces for to help Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms

"Sea Rose Lane" is a sweet, charming read.  Where small town people and big as life problems collide, this book has it all.  You will be swept away by this darling little town of Hope Harbor, because the people are so delightful and genuine.  

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I was proven wrong!  The characters are so vivid and easy to relate to.  I especially felt like I could relate to BJ, given her struggle with her weight and her love for the elderly.  For once the heroine didn't just naturally have a Barbie figure, she had to work at being trim, just like the rest of us do.  Most times in a book the girl has a perfect figure, perfect hair etc. and is unrealistic.  I'm glad that Irene Hannon made BJ real!  

Eric was a big sweetheart and a very understanding man.  While his personality isn't the norm for men these days, it should be.  I love how he reached out to Luis and tried his best to be the friend that Luis needed.  

Luis' story broke my heart.  What a devastating blow, but God wasn't done with him yet!  

Charlie was also a favorite!  I'm not a big seafood person. In fact, I don't like seafood at all, but the way Hannon wrote about those fish tacos, I was actually craving some!  Charlie's insight was uncanny!  Could he be an angel?  :)

Each and every character was unique and special.  By reading Sea Rose Lane, I feel as if I'm a part of this charming, little town.  

I highly recommend this book!  You will not be disappointed if you read this novel and if you don't, you'll be missing out!  It is book 2, but is also a stand alone novel.  I didn't read book 1 and was not confused one bit by starting with book 2.  

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