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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Judgment

We pick up where we left off in the book The Thorn with Rose Ann Kauffman, who struggles with the close and intimate friendship she shared with Nick, the foster son of the Bishop, who left town the eve of his brother Christian's accident. The town believes that Nick is to blame and they are holding the Bishop accountable for seeing that Nick returns home and makes amends for Christian's death.

The town believes that Nick never truly wanted to be a part of the Amish life. Yet Rose knows deep in her heart the kindness that is within Nick. After all their late night rides as children growing up, she longs for the day when she might see him again. Yet love of a new kind is lingering in Rose's future, a proposal from Silas Good. Only when the love of his life, Rebekah, returns to town to help with the upcoming birth of twins to her family, will he stay true to Rose?

Hannah or Hen still remains estranged from her husband Brandon Orringer. Taking her daughter Mattie Sue back to her plain ways, she struggles with her father in knowing which path is the right one to take to repair her marriage. What lies at the heart of the matter, is that Brandon is set on his English ways and keeping both Hen and his daughter in his home without the Amish influence. He shows up unexpectedly to speak to her father, only to inform him that he is giving Hen two weeks to come to her senses or he will begin divorce proceedings and will seek full custody of Mattie Sue.

In the sequel, The Judgment by Beverly Lewis, we see what becomes of the Kauffman sisters Rose and Hen in their struggles to do what is best in the heart but as in the eyes of God in this beautiful Amish romance novel. I love that Rose can hold on to great memories of Nick, despite all the negativity that townspeople have about him and tries her very best to help her sister Hen resolve the issues in her marriage being married to an English man. She tries to teach her that she must remember what brought them together and what is best in God's eyes for them all.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and must say I felt right at home once more with Beverly Lewis' characters in The Judgment once more as they manage through some difficult seasons together as a family. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars again! If you haven't read the Thorn, you may want to pick this one up first to read to gain an understanding of the characters histories although you can read this one as a stand alone as well and still enjoy it.

This book is available in hard cover, paperback and eReader formats. Here's even more great information about the book, the author and a first chapter glimpse as well.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Judgment
Bethany House (April 5, 2011)
Beverly Lewis


Not until her own children were well into middle school did Bev seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular CUL-DE-SAC KIDS series of chapter books—see list of Bev's children's books).

Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, THE HERITAGE OF LANCASTER COUNTY, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life."

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Bev's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and playing with their three grandchildren. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."


Rose Kauffman is engaged to Silas Good, a well-liked Amish fellow, so why does she still pine for Nick Franco, the former foster son of the bishop? Especially now that Nick has left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion after the death of the bishop's biological son? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick? Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, has returned to live at her parents' farm with her young daughter. Hen and her modern husband, Brandon, are separated by mutual agreement, although he is threatening to sue for custody of their daughter if Hen does not return soon. Will the judge rule in Brandon's favor? Is there any way Hen can reestablish her place among the People without sacrificing her marriage?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Judgment, go HERE

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fear No Evil

Rival gangs the Pantheras and the Heathen's Gate have been at each other in Philly for years. Ever since Angel convinced Guerrero to join after learning that he had no family left. Struggling for an outlet and spending years running on the street from his past, Guerrero works his way up in the Panthera gang until he is finally Presidente!

Now however the Mafia family is involved wanting both gangs to pay taxes on the drugs they've been selling on the street and when the Panthera's resist, there will be a price to pay.

Jade Laurent has spent her life trying to find hope in a seemingly desperate world she sees in her job as a social worker. Not only does she refuse to maintain a professional business relationship with her clients but when dealing with wives who have been abused by their husbands, she realizes she must do all she can to help, even if it means risking her job.

When Jade gets a little too close for comfort with a woman named Doreen and her daughter Cassidy, Doreen's drunk husband makes a personal threat to Jade that she will pay for sticking her nose in his families business.

In the latest novel by Robin Carroll, Fear No Evil, we learn how much our past is still very much a part of our lives no matter how far we try to run. We are taken into the lives of Guerrero and Jade, in two very different situations and see how trying to avoid dealing with difficult situations from our past can affect the lives of the people we involve in our present day lives. This book is an edge of your seat thrill ride from the very first page and will leave you completely breathless til the final page.

I received Fear No Evil by Robin Carroll compliments of NetGalley and B & H Publishing Group for my honest review. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars for the action adventure thrill ride you will find yourself on from the very first page of the book. For those of you looking for a great Christian Suspense Crime Fiction, then this is the book for you! This book is available in paperback and eBook Reader formats! This my second book by Robin Carroll and it won't be my last!

For more information on this book, the author and even where to get a first chapter glimpse, click on the link below:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do The Work - Giveaway and Review!

Have a great idea but can't seem to move it in the right direction to see it become a reality? Whether it's a book, a movie, a project or just moving forward in life, we can be our own worst enemy. We get in the way more than anything.

Ringing the Bell:

Navy SEAL training put its candidates through probably the most intense physical ordeal in the U.S. military. The reason is they're trying to break you. SEAL trainers want to see if the candidate will crack. Better that the aspiring warrior fails here - at Coronado Island in San Diego - than someplace where a real wartime mission and real lives are at stake.

In SEAL training they have a bell. When a candidate can't take the agony any longer - the 6-mile ocean swims or the 15-mile full-load runs or the physical and mental ordeals of no sleep and no food...when he's had enough and he's ready to quit, he walks up and rings the bell.

That's it. It's over.

He has dropped out.

You and I have a bell hanging over us. Something that is holding us back from moving forward to our goals. Will we ring it?

There is a difference between Navy SEAL training and what you and I are facing now.

Our ordeal is harder.

Because we are alone. We can't tell whether we're doing great or falling on our faces. So what is stopping us from getting from here to there. One word: Ourselves.

In the latest book by Stephen Pressfield, Do The Work, helps the reader finally put things on motion by removing our greatest barrier, ourselves. Working through simple techniques that anyone can use in any situation, we must simply be willing to move forward. There are some great chapters on tackling any huge project and put it into manageable tasks that will move you forward.

There are also great stories of times where people have failed and through a series of reworks instead of submitting to failure, they achieve their goal and success in the process.

I received this book compliments of BzzAgent and Seth Godin's Domino Project along with Amazon for my honest review. The best part about this is that you can share in a FREE copy of this for Kindles through Amazon through May 20th. I have to say this is a great book that you can apply to any situation you are currently stuck in to help move you in the right direction. This book is available for your Kindle or in paperback formats.

I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and if you would like more information on the Domino Project, read an excerpt from the book or download it for your Kindle, please click on the link below:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Who Is My Shelter?

To say that Philip Fairbanks is having a bad day would be an understatement. He's been mugged just outside his penthouse and is now recovering in the hospital. He has a broken arm, half his head has been shaved to allow for a railroad track of stitches to cover his scalp and a broken nose. At least he is alive.

His estranged wife, Gabby is still dealing with being kicked out of the penthouse after Philip wanted nothing to do with her or being married and sent his sons PJ and Paul off to his parents house until Gabby could find suitable housing.

He wants out of the hospital but with no one really to come to his aid, he is befriended by Will Nissan who is visiting his nana and offers him a lift home. What Philip finds waiting for him at home, is more of the men he owes money to pay off his gambling debt. The loan shark turns out to be a cop by the name of Fagan who isn't about to let Philip off the hook without paying up.

Gabby is trying to make it on her own now developing a halfway house for homeless women and their children called House of Hope. Struggling with dealing with running this home, and navigating the unseen waters with her husband Philip who now comes to the realization that he acted a bit too hastily in wanting out of their marriage and wants another shot. To make matters even worse, Philip's partner in business wants to buy him out since he's found out that Philip's been borrowing money to satisfy his gambling urges.

In the book, Who Is My Shelter by Neta Jackson, we see Gabby standing at the crossroads of her faith with God, not quite knowing which direction she should turn in. Will she give Philip and her family a second chance? Will she commit to her decision to run House of Hope and provide a second chance to the women and their families to get off the street? To find out, check out this book of second chances and see the path that God has in store for Gabby!

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for my honest review and LOVED it. It is the fourth book in the Yada Yada House of Hope series and will be one you'll want to begin at the very first book. It's that good! This book is available as a paperback and eReader format and rates a 5 out of 5 stars.

Here's even more great information about the book, author and even a first chapter glimpse!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Who is My Shelter
Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2011)
Neta Jackson


Neta Jackson is the author of the popular novel series, *The Yada Yada Prayer Group*, and a spin-off series called *The Yada Yada House of Hope.* These novels were inspired by a real women's Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, "God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up." Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books--a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area, and the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own.


In Jackson's fourth Yada Yada House of Hope Christian evangelical novel, Gabby Fairbanks is now settled in her new apartment at the House of Hope. But she is being pulled in several directions at once and has some hard decisions to make.

Philip, her estranged husband, is in a lot of trouble with a rogue cop from whom he borrowed money and also with his partner at the commercial development firm after he takes company money to cover his gambling losses. Lee Boyer, the Legal Aid lawyer who has become a friend to Gabby, now wants to be more. Gabby must decide whether to give Philip another chance, as their sons, Paul and PJ, hope, and she turns to the folks at Manna House, where she works, and the Yada Yada Prayer Group to help her discern God's plan for her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Who is My Shelter, go HERE

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Petra City of Stone

Cassia never imagined how her life would turn out once she headed to the ancient city of Petra. She was returning there to her husband's family after he was tragically murdered in their home. Not sure just who they are, she enters the city among a caravan of merchants in search of a family she has never met and one her husband didn't speak of.

As night falls Cassia and her son, Alexander are assaulted and robbed leaving Cassia with nothing but their scattered articles while she lays unconscious. When an old man by the name of Malik offers her a safe haven and miraculous healing, she feels strangely at ease among the strangers.

What she learns at Malik's is that Alexander is the prince of the royal family and heir to the aging king of Petra. Relieved at the hope that they will rejoice in the reuniting of grandfather and grandson, she is about to face the worst evil and darkness known to man. The current Queen isn't about to give up her son's rightful place now that Alexander is brought before her and when she takes Alexander into the palace and has Cassia thrown out, all hope is lost.

Will Cassia be able to retrieve her son? What will she do now that she has no family in Petra? What darkness will attempt to reach out and keep the city in shadows while The Way moves in? Find out in the latest book by T.L. Higley, in Petra, City of Stone.

I received the eBook reader edition of this book, compliments of NetGalley and B & H Publishing Group for my honest review and LOVED it. The best part of the book is living in the times of the Ancient Egyptians and Romans and seeing just how difficult life was like. Not only that, seeing the pictures of the real city of Petra inspired me to imagine just what this story would be like during that time frame in a true spiritual warfare between good versus evil in the days where Christian were thrown to the lions. This book rates a 5 out of 5 stars for its historical accuracy to detail and in creating a very believable Christian fiction tale.

For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book, click on the link below:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Abigail's New Hope

One thing that Abigail Graber never expected in all her years as an Amish midwife was to find police cars at her home. Thinking the worst when she arrived home, she was relived that it wasn't about her two children. Yet when the Sheriff explained that he was here to arrest Abigail for the recent death of Ruth Fisher who died in childbirth, while Abigail was delivering her baby.

To say she was more than shocked would be an understatement. Learning that the charges against her involve two felonies, she isn't sure what she will do. She writes a letter to her sister Catherine explaining the situation and asking if she can come to assist her husband, Daniel and care for the children.

Not sure how long that she will have to stay until Abigail goes to court, Catherine takes on the difficult responsibilities of caring for her niece and nephew as well as Daniel who is handling the situation with his wife as well as he can. What Catherine doesn't expect is to discover Daniel's reclusive cousin, Isaiah who is deaf. When she begins to reach out to him through discovering his world, she begins to see things through God's eyes and she changes in the process and finds love.

I received the book Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I love this book in the ways it shares so many storied in one book. There is the persecution of Abigail and the walk of her faith in all areas of her life while being in jail. She ministers to those around her and even though her husband begins to question his own faith, Abigail's love for God comes shining through. This is the story of how much our own faith can be called in question and shows how God's presence will endure no matter what the cost.

This book is part of the Wayne County Series and I look forward to reading them all. This book was a breath of fresh air and taught me that our walk of faith may not be easy but is well worth it. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.

Here is even more incredible information about this book, the author and even a sneak peek.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Abigail's New Hope
Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)
Mary Ellis


A word from the author:I grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. My husband and I now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. We love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life.

This is my first series of novels set in the Amish community.

I would love to hear from readers of Christian novels. Please leave me a post at my blogsite.


As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.

While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.

An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Abigail's New Hope, go HERE.

The Invisible World

Life isn't just what you see with your eyes. It's not just what you touch with your hands. The iceberg principle applies to everything in the world. So much that's real is under the surface. So much that's true is hidden and unseen.

God knows what he's doing. He knows what works and what doesn't work. And suffering works. During his passion, Christ experienced every kind of suffering imaginable. He suffered humiliation and embarrassment, mental anguish and emotional stress, sorrow and loneliness and depression; he suffered searing physical pain throughout his entire body, from his feet to his legs to his back to his chest to his hands to all his joints. The crown of thorns digging into his scalp felt as painful as any migraine headache, and the horrible suffocating sensation he felt hanging on the cross was as bad as any respiratory ailment. He went through it all. And in some mysterious way, when he cried out to Heaven: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" he even experienced the nothingness and emptiness and black hopelessness of the unbeliever. At that moment, it can actually be said that God himself felt something of what it's like to be an atheist. Yes, Christ even went through that.

Why did he endure so much? For the simple reason that wanted to unite himself to us. He wanted to feel our pain in the same way that we feel it. By experiencing all the different kinds of anguish that we go through, Christ gave meaning to human suffering. Before Christ, all suffering was worthless. On a purely natural level, it may have helped people to grow and mature (as it still does today), but it had no spiritual value whatsoever. When Christ used suffering to save the world, he transformed it into a weapon to combat evil. And thus the reason for being invisible. If God was visible we would fear Him and what He could do because we would know He is in fact real. By being invisible, God is trusting us to making a conscience decision to believe in Him because He is God. (pg 155).

In the book The Invisible World by Anthony DeStefano, we are given an insider's look into the why's of angels, demons, spiritual warfare, and our souls as he explains just why these things are visible to us. I believe he makes a compelling argument for the reasons behind the fall of the angels, what God's purpose was in creating them and why there is such conflict in our world today. I love the message he shared that was quoted above from the book as to God's presence and why it was necessary to go through suffering and restore opportunity for eternal life for all of us once more.

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and thoroughly enjoyed the insights offered by Anthony DeStefano into the inner workings of the unseen world around us. This book rates 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the explanation about the invisible world.

This book is available as a hardcover book and in eReader formats. For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the links below:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This Is The Moment

Walter Green is a very extraordinary man.

He spent a year of his life taking a "victory lap" to locate all the people who have touched his life so much that is has changed his life for the better.

Too often most of us remember people who have helped us become who we are today through our memories of them, hardly thinking that perhaps by taking some time to personally meet with each of them and tell them just how thankful we are and how they have changed us.

We often wait until that person has died, to offer our words of praise and thankfulness during their eulogy. A time when that person will never hear our words. How much different would that person's life have been if they could have heard how much their actions affected our lives and made them better. How would that make you feel to hear someone thank you for what you did to make their life so much more meaningful.

In the book, This Is The Moment, Walter Green takes his readers first into the reasons behind writing his book and what this years journey will accomplish to him and to the lives of the people he hopes to meet. Second, he shares his conversations that he had recorded when he meet with his "life changers" or shared glimpses into their letters he sent them. Not all of the people in his life were still living so in those cases we see his thoughts in a letter he sent to the surviving family.

In the final section of the book, Walter walks you through taking this step in your own personal life as well and show you how to begin your own personal journey of gratitude to the people who made you, who you are today.

I received this amazing book, one of the best I've read this year, compliments of NetGalley and Hay House Inc for my honest review. I LOVED IT!I would rate this one a stellar 5 out of 5 thankful stars!!!! I think this book can benefit so many people who need to hear our stories of how they really touched us and changed us for the better. It think it's even more a blessing to do that while they are alive and can hear the words from us now rather than us delivering a eulogy during their funeral.

This book is available in hardcover and eBook formats! For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of the book, click on the link below:

This Is The Moment

You can also visit Walter's blog at This Is The

Friday, April 22, 2011

What My Golden Retriever Taught Me About God

Funny sometimes how simple life can be defined when you use analogies that you can easily relate to. For most of us, seeing our pets unconditional love displayed for us, is an easy one for us to relate to. It's simple and it makes perfect sense. No matter how you treat your dog or lose your temper, once you ask for them to come to you they will usually comply. Of course we are talking simple things like yelling at your dog for digging in the backyard again.

So when you see the parallel of how God is so easy to forgive us when we call out to Him, why is it so difficult to make the same comparison. God doesn't believe that we need to be put in a perpetual time out, no, He wants to restore that relationship as quickly as possible because like our relationships we have with our pets we want the very best for them as often as we can provide it.

In the book, What My Golden Retriever Taught Me About God by Rhonda McRae, she uses the times she spends interacting with her own Golden Retriever, Sadie, to show us the easy parallels we can relate to. I love how simply she lays it out for the reader when showing full, unrestrained joy that a dog will display when their master returns home. Tail wagging, boundless energy, tongue hanging out, so much so that can't sit still. So why don't we see that same joy when we return to God's presence?

Rhonda shows us the different ways we can begin to see the subtle changes in our own lives by simply changing our own thought processes and see them through different eyes, God eyes! Then we can begin to truly live in the moment, seeing God in all things, and experiencing all the best God has in store for us.

I received the book for my Kindle compliments of Net Galley and P & R Publishing for my honest review. I think this book does an outstanding job at explaining just how simple our relationship with God can be and it's us that over complicates the process. This book rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is available in hardcover, CD, MP3 and eBook formats. For more information about this book, the author and where to pick up a copy of this book, click on the link below:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Face of God

In the Old Testament, God divided His people into twelve tribes. Each one represented by a colored stone worn in the breastplate woven in gold that the high priest would wear as he entered the Holy of Holies, the sacred temple of God where the Ark of the Covenant was kept and where he would atone for the sins of the people of Israel.

Pastor Daniel Lawson is touring Istanbul with his wife Jill as their church is visiting Israel. When stopping to purchase some honey and ground sesame seed at a local stand, the merchant stops talking to Jill and sees a man begin approaching. In a hushed voice he wraps up a package and hands it to Jill and her husband and begs for them to leave. He is abruptly taken by the police and dragged off. Only a man remains staring at Jill and her husband.

When they return to their hotel, they discover there isn't any honey and sesame seed in the package, but a brilliant palm size emerald with Hebrew writing on it. As they get ready to depart their hotel, Jill rushes back in to get a shawl to cover her shoulders. When she is delayed a bit too long, an aid comes to get Daniel from their bus. When they return to their room, Daniel finds his wife has been stabbed and is dying leaving him a few words of a dream she had that will alter his life forever.

Ibrahim el-Magd is a man to be feared. A devote follower of the Qur'an, he is planning what he believes with be Allah's Day of Wrath, an unleashing of a jihad that will leave millions of non-believers dead. After 9/11, this will be the final battle of the infidels and will be Allah's final word. Now with everything set to go with biological and chemicals weapons awaiting his words, he is waiting on the Voice of Allah to confirm his timing. With four of the stones in possession, he is tracking those that have the remaining 8 stones. Legend has it that whoever possess those 12 stones, will hear the voice of God and be able to know the future outcomes of any war. With it he will begin his jihad on the world.

Doctor Helen Zimmerman has been working with the Israeli government to excavate more land to search for missing artifacts in hopes of finding the Ark of the Covenant that she believes the Knights Templar were in charge of protecting. When a colleague tells her that she is to go to America and befriend a Pastor who seems to be in possession of a great archaeological find, one of the 12 stones of the Tribes of Israel If she doesn't, all of her permits to uncover treasure will be pulled.

In the novel, The Face of God by Bill Myers, we follow a rag-tag team of hearty adventurers much like ourselves in search of the God's truth and His purpose. Much like a modern day Indiana Jones, Pastor Daniel Lawson has visions from God defining his purpose in searching for the stones of the tribes of Israel. Following the predictions from his dying wife, he believes if he finds them, he will hear the Voice of God and rediscover his lost passion.

I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book for my honest review and once again, Bill Myers doesn't disappoint. You find yourself, living in the hottest desert climates, searching underwater caves, and blinding sandstorms while slowly discovering God's secret for all of us along the way. Action packed by the page, this book rates a 5 out of 5 stars. It's left me wanting even more and can't wait to pick up the next book from Bill Myers. For those of you that love action, adventure, mystery and Bible artifacts and treasures, than this book is for you.

For more information about this book, the author Bill Myers and where to pick up a copy of this book, click on the links below:

The Face of God by Bill Myers

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An Eye For Glory

It must never be thought that the field of battle falls silent once the fighting stops, for when the guns cease firing and the last echoes die, the wailing cries of the thousands of wounded arise in a pitiable chorus of woe. A short distance away I heard the rasping liquid breathing of a man who had probably been shot in the upper chest or throat. The whimpering sighs and guttural groans of those in the throes of deepest distress formed the cords of the ostinato, while from every direction individual voices called out their solo pleas, praying for help, hoping for deliverance.

"Help me...please help me.."
"I can't feel anything...just cold..."
"Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou..."
"I am so sorry, Mother..."
"A sip of water...anyone...anyone..."
"Father, forgive this dying sinner..."
"Your Josh will not be home again..."
"Don't leave me, friend..."
"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory..."

Then, from somewhere behind that dreadful rock wall, perhaps atop the frowning hill that had loomed over us all day, and carried between the lines upon a light breeze on that cold night, I heard the mournful strains of a violin as some soldier in gray or butternut bowed his own musical requiem out over that plan. The tune I did not know, but the sentiment that soldier conveyed was exceedingly somber and too familiar. So many died, and more would die before the dawn. (pg 125).

An Eye for Glory by Karl A. Bacon is the latest novel that chronicles the life of a citizen soldier in the Civil War. Eloquently told in breath-taking detail you can almost smell the gunpowder and hear the passing of a musket ball just inches from your face. This is an amazing book that any lover of war stories would love to read.

Using first hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, author Karl Bacon has crafted a detail, genuine, and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Never reading a book like this before has changed me in ways I could have never imagined as we relive what it must have been like on the battlefields fighting for the end of slavery against the North and South within our own country.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was humbled by the stories seen through the eyes of Union soldier Michael Palmer as he leaves behind his wife and family to head off to the war. This book rates a 5 out of 5 American stars for me! It is available in paperback, MP3 and eBook formats.

Here's even more great information on this book, the author and where to get a first chapter peek.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
An Eye For Glory
Zondervan (February 28, 2011)
Karl Bacon


A word from the author:

I grew up in the small picturesque town of Woodbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, I returned to Connecticut and found employment in manufacturing. “Just a job” turned into a professional career, much of which was spent working for a Swiss machine tool company. In 2000 I started my own business to provide services to manufacturing clients across the USA. This change also allowed time to develop my writing craft.

From youth I’ve been a serious student of the Civil War. The draft of An Eye for Glory took ten years from conception to completion. Thousands of hours were spent researching every detail through copious reading, Internet research and personal visits to each battlefield so the novel might be as historically accurate and believable as possible. I live in Naugatuck, Connecticut with my wife of thirty-three years, Jackie.


Michael Palmer is a good man, a family man. But honor and duty push him to leave his comfortable life and answer the call from Abraham Lincoln to fight for his country. This 'citizen soldier' learns quickly that war is more than the battle on the field. Long marches under extreme conditions, illness, and disillusionment challenge at every turn. Faith seems lost in a blur of smoke and blood...and death.

Michael's only desire is to kill as many Confederate soldiers as he can so he can go home. He coldly counts off the rebels that fall to his bullets. Until he is brought up short by a dying man holding up his Bible. It's in the heat of battle at Gettysburg and the solemn aftermath that Michael begins to understand the grave cost of the war upon his soul. Here the journey really begins as he searches for the man he was and the faith he once held so dearly. With the help of his beloved wife, Jesse Ann, he takes the final steps towards redemption and reconciliation.

Using first-hand accounts of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, Karl Bacon has crafted a detailed, genuine and compelling novel on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Intensely personal and accurate to the times, culture, and tragedy of the Civil War, An Eye for Glory may change you in ways you could have never imagined as well.

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Eye For Glory, go HERE.

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The First Escape - The Dopple Ganger Chronicles

Isambard Dunstan's School for Wayward Children is a place that is filled to the brim with orphaned children. Sadie and Saskia Dopple are identical twins in every single way except for the colors of their eyes. They have even been known to sense one another's thoughts and know when the other is in danger.

When Muzz Elliot, a wealthy woman shows up one night in search of an heir to adopt, she takes Saskia and leaves Sadie behind. How will they be able to cope being apart for the first times in their life? The only hope remaining for Sadie is her friend, a boy named Erik Morrissey Ganger. He was left behind one night when his their/father abandoned him on the steps. He never came back. He is the only boy in the home but likes earning an honest living even if it's one cooking and cleaning. At least he isn't stealing.

Meanwhile Saskia learns the secret of her adoption to Muzz Elliot. Legend has it that Muzz's grandfather hid his treasure when the great Potato Famine came to prevent it from being stolen. The sad thing is that he couldn't remember where he had hidden it. When an unexpected visitor shows up in Saskia's room leaving behind a key, the adventure truly begins in search for unanswered questions and secret treasures.

I received the book The First Escape - The Dopple Ganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor compliments of Tyndale House Publishers. After reading the sequel some time ago, The Secret of Indigo Moon, I had to see how this story began. For fans of children's action adventures like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, then you will fall in love with these books. They are written for young adults to keep them engaged from the first page. A combination of comic book and written words, this book makes time fly and keeps the reader completely engaged in the story.

My kids both 17 and 12 loved this book and have to say its unlike an book either of them have ever read. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. So if you are looking for a book for children 8 and up, this one is a perfect place to start!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

He Said, She Said

Do you sense something vital is missing from your relationships?

Perhaps is lack of communication? Loss of passion? Friendship? Trust?

Whatever it is, in whatever relationship, marriage, children or God, this latest book co-authored by Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles can help.

He Said, She Said, A Devotional Guide to Cultivating A Life of Passion, is the latest book to assist men and women at resolving issues that cause such huge gaps for us, that in some cases will keep our relationships at a distance that repairing them can be difficult, but not impossible.

Since the book is co-authored by Eddie and Cindy, you get a version of how each gender views issues that come between us making relationships successful and fruitful. Along with scripture references, they both tackle some of the challenging things coming between all our relationships today, money, peer pressure, time challenges, emotional outbursts, homework, grades, work, cooking, and illness. Almost every situation is dealt with in a couple of pages to show you that you are not alone in your circumstance.

The book includes a place for you to journal your thoughts and using the tools in the book to help bridge the gaps that are tearing our families, friends and marriages apart. Also each section includes a prayer and Building Blocks of Faith to help you weather your storms. This is a refreshing book not just designed for marriages, but all relationships. This is a must have in any home with any one.

I received this book, He Said, She Said, by Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and LOVED it! I find it a great resource in using it as a parent with my children, in dealing with my siblings and parents and even to bridge the gaps in my own marriage. I would easily rate this a 5 out of 5 stars!

Here's even more information on this book, the authors and even a first chapter peek.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
He Said, She Said
Lighthouse Publishing (February 14, 2011)

Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles


Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles are the cofounders of Christian Devotions Ministries. Their He Said, She Said devotions are syndicated in a number of newspapers across the eastern seaboard and they host the weekly He Said, She Said Radio, Friday nights at 6:00 p.m. est. on Blog Talk Radio. Eddie and Cindy are popular speakers and teachers at Writers Conferences across the country.

Eddie is the author of five non-fiction books and his newest fiction release, The Curse of Captain LaFoote, a middle grade book. While Cindy is the author of one non-fiction and two compilations.

Together they teach writing with Eddie and Cindy have been writing the He Said, She Said devotions since 2008, taking one scripture weekly and looking at it from two perspectives--His and Hers, with the idea that learning more about scripture from two perspectives helps one to delve deeper in God's word and know Him better.


He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion, or How Newlyweds, Couples and Singles Can Draw Closer to God and Their Mate Through Daily Devotions

Do you sense something vital missing from you relationship with your spouse, children and God? Are you easily distracted by the busyness of life and left feeling drained, bored, and discouraged? Do you sense you were meant to enjoy the richness of life, but spend your days feasting on crumbs? This heart-warming collection of stories (54 in all) will inspire you to reach for the true source of joy: a life lived for and through God.

These deeply personal (and sometimes humorous) devotions offer biblical insights and spiritual truths from the unique perspective of one man and one woman. Learn to cultivate a life of passion. Perfect for your quiet time, these moments of meditative reflection illustrate the importance of allowing God to work within you and speak through you. No matter if you are newlyweds or newly retired, this book of devotions will help you put the spark back into your love life and explore the precious relationships God desires for you. He Said, She Said touches the heart, tickles the funny bone and brings you to your knees in worship.

If you would like to read an excerpt from He Said, She Said, go HERE.

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Cindy and Eddie are not only good friends of mine, but a regular source of my spiritual renewal. It's a great idea, the he-said/she-said concept and I always enjoy their devotionals. Both are not only grounded spiritually, and super nice people but they both keep me laughing. It's that humor and heart that makes the spiritual more relatable in the most practical sense.
~Gina Holmes, author of Crossing Oceans~

I've know Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles for a few years. Each has a way of tickling my funny bone, so I wondered what a devotional book by them would be. I can heartily recommend it. The humor is there, but it's coupled with deep truths that go straight to the heart of the problem. You'll find a path that winds closer to God through He Said, She Said.

~Ane Mulligan, Editor of Novel Journey~

A Heart Renewed - Prescott Pioneers # 2

"You cannot be serious, Reuben!" Julia Colter shouted, not caring that she might wake her niece and nephew from their afternoon nap. Pacing back and forth across the length of the kitchen, she stopped in front of her older brother, her temper flaring almost as hot as the stove.

"He is balding and fat and twice my age!"

"You will marry who I say!" Reuben thundered. "I expect you to treat Mr. Hiram Norton with the utmost respect this evening. He has shown great interest in you and the least you can do is be civil with the man."

"But, I could never love him!"

As Reuben shoved her violently up against the wall, Julia's breath left her lungs in a rush. Digging his fingers into her arms, she could feel the bruises starting to form. His brown eyes darkened with unrestrained anger as he glared down at her. She swallowed in fear, stunned by his abrupt action.

"Stop, you're hurting me," she said, trying to break free from his vice like grip.

He raised his hand as if he meant to strike her - something he had never done before. The action startled her to silence. Instead of hitting her across the face, as she thought he might, Reuben returned his hands to her upper arms squeezing even harder.

Leaning so close the heat of his breath warmed her cheeks, he said, "You have no idea what hurt is Julia. You are an insolent little whelp. You will paste a smile on that tart little face of yours. And you will do your best to win his affections or, " his voice menacing, " you will suffer my wrath, the likes of which you have yet to see." (pg 1).

So opens the sequel from the Prescott Pioneers #2, A Heart Renewed by Karen Baney. It picks up with the continuing story of A Dream Unfolding, the first book in the series, with Julia Colter, the youngest sister of Reuben and Will. Will has begun a new life in the Arizona Territory of Granite Creek with Colter Ranch, now happily married to his wife Hannah.

Julia has been left in the care of his oldest brother Reuben, after her father's recent death. She finds that her brother's only regard to taking care of her is finding someone wealthy enough to take her off his hands and be willing to pay more than enough for her. Reuben has squandered his father's remaining financial holding in a series of gambling debts and if he can't find a way out, his own blood will be shed.

When her brother's abuse grows too much and he does the unspeakable to break her stubbornness, Julia flees to her only friend Caroline. After confessing the horrors of her brother's treatment to Julia, she finds the only way she'll be safe is if she leaves tonight with her brother Adam who is heading to Colter Ranch in Arizona to help Will begin raising horses.

What they will find along the long journey is that God will always find a way to reach out in forgiveness to restore hope and renew His promises that He will take care of those that call upon His name.

I received this eBook, A Renewed Heart by Karen Baney, compliments of Karen Baney for my honest review. After falling in love with the characters of Will and Hannah, I could not wait for the next book to come out to see what fate would befall Julia being left behind with her cruel brother Reuben. I can honestly say I was not disappointed.

If you haven't read any of Karen's books in this series, please pick these up. She creates such detail in the story that you can imagine life on the ranch with Will's family, comfort Julia as she cries in the arms of Betty at the boarding house, and even feel the restoration of Julia when she learns the lesson of forgiveness from those around her that love her. Once more she rates a 5 out of 5 stars! Can't wait til book 3 is released to continue the journey out west again!

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase this next edition in the series, click on the link below:

Beside Still Waters

It's not often you hear stories of an Amish family picking up from where their generations have always lived to move to a place that they have never been before, but that is exactly what Marianna Sommer's family plans to do. Even if it's something she doesn't want at eighteen.

Her older brother Levi was different from most Amish boys who attend rumschpringe. It allows the youth to see the world outside and experience things from the Englisch world before making their commitment and being baptized as an Amish boy or girl. Yet Levi wouldn't return. His ways were different from the Amish and he desired something different. It was that along with the accident that have kept their parents bound with unhappiness at times.

Her sisters Marianne and Johanna died when her father fell asleep at the reins of their buggy one night. It was also the night she was born, a new daughter to replace the two that would die that same night. No matter how hard Marianna tried, she could never be good enough for her parents, even if she did find the perfect Amish boy in Aaron. Would that even matter?

When her parents pack up their belongings after her younger brothers begin to show signs of leaving the Amish family like Levi did, they feel that a change might do them all good. So they head off to Montana to live with their Uncle Ike and about to see things are a whole lot different there.

I received the book Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer,compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. This book show that change even though difficult at times can bring about renewed faith, hope and love. It shows us that God will still meet us wherever we are and we can find a personal relationship with Him, no matter where our family decides to live. God will meet us there. This book offers redemption for the Sommer family that seems to live in a cycle of loss. Loss of children, loss of a lifestyle, loss of a relationship with God at times, but what they find there will show them that despite everything, God will lead them beside still waters and find His grace in the most unexpected of places. A 5 out of 5 stars, must read!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Strange Man

You remember the stories you used to tell around the campfire? Scary stories designed to spark fear in the minds of those listening and cause them to question the slightest little noise that goes bump in the night.

This is just such as story as those with only one difference.

This story is about to come true.

With a retelling of the legend of the bogey man and the creatures of the night leads children to listen to their parents and be good or risk the tell-tale scratching at their bedroom window, that signals that the bogey man has come for them. You don't want him to come for you. If he does, you won't be coming back.

In the latest chilling suspense thriller from master mind Greg Mitchell, comes The Strange Man. We are transported to the small town of Greensboro and meet Dras Weldon who is the disappointment of his ailing father, Pastor Jack Weldon and his older brother Jeff. Unemployed at twenty two, his highlights in life are negotiating the purchase of a super hero figure for his growing collection or drinking the night away at The Rave, the only club in town for the youth.

Jeff Weldon meanwhile has attempted to follow in his father's footsteps assuming the leadership role as Pastor of the church while his father struggles with his failing health in which pain medications are his only saving grace. Jeff is successful in his eyes, married and trying to find hope to keep his brother Dras from draining his parents finances when the bills come calling.

Only when an unpredictable storm comes to the town one night, both boys have an unsinkable feeling that something wicked has just come and will change not only the entire town but their lives as well. Will they have enough faith in God to survive?

To find out, check out the latest novel by Greg Mitchell, The Strange Man. I received it compliments of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Tours for my honest review, and this one kept me praying to keep nightmares at bay and sleep with the light on. It's that good and rates a 5 out of 5 stars. Now my daughter in high school is engaging in this one and hasn't been able to put it down either. So if you looking for a great Christian suspense-filled thriller fiction book that will keep you jumping at the noises in the dark, than pick this one up. This is the first book in the series, The Coming Evil Trilogy and is available in paperback.

For even more information on this book, the author and even where to purchase a copy, check out the links below.

To visit Amazon for a sneak peek and purchase, click here

To visit the author's website, click here!

There are even more reviews from some great bloggers as well worth reading.

Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
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Amber French
Tori Greene
Katie Hart"> Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Inae Kyo
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos"> Rebecca LuElla Miller
Gavin Patchett
Andrea Schultz
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler

Max On Life

Ever been asked a really difficult question in your Christian life that you wish you had the answer to? Such questions as:

  • Do angels really walk among us?
  • Why do I worry so much?
  • I can't pray for more than a few minutes without getting distracted no matter how hard I try. Why does this happen to me? Does this mean I am a weak Christian?
  • We've taken a big hit in this economic down turn, and every day I fear losing my job. How can I be less fearful about this situation?
  • What does God think of suicide victims?
  • How could a loving God send people to Hell?
  • I was saved as a teenager and then stopped praying to God, obeying Him, reading my Bible and quit going to church? During that time was I saved? How can I be sure?

Wouldn't it be nice to have a great resource to go to for those answers even though we may not be so knowledgeable in Scripture? I would recommend the latest book from Max Lucado, Max On Life.

It's a great book of with 172 great questions Christians get asked all the time. The ones I have listed are the ones I get most often. Now in addition to the Bible Scriptures, Max also provides some great advice to go hand in hand with that. In addition to that, you can search the back index for subject topics like honesty, paradise, lust and choosing a mate for marriage. Here's an example of just what you will find:

156. What does God think of suicide victims? What does that mean for their salvation? For our memories? For our peace of mind?

Suicide victims battle life's rawest contests. They often faced a mental illness of illnesses and felt the peril of mental fatigue. What you and I take for granted, they coveted. Optimism. Hope. Confidence that all will be well. Their clouds had no silver linings: their storms had no rainbows.

Didn't we wonder, Why couldn't he snap out of this slump...shrug off this case of the blues...buck up and move forward? Of course, had the struggle been a physical one, we wouldn't have asked those questions. Of cancer patients we don't ask, "Why didn't they get rid of that melanoma?" We understand the power of cancer. We may not understand the mystery of mental illness. I certainly don't. But this much I have observed. Depression causes good people to make the wrong choice.

Let's be clear: suicide is the wrong choice. The date of our death is God's to choose, not ours. He gives life, and he takes it. When people orchestrate their own death, they make the wrong choice.

But is the mistake a spiritually fatal one? Do we despair of any hope of their eternal salvation? Are we left with the nightmarish conclusion that heaven holds no place for them?

By no means. For while suicide is the wrong choice, have not we all made wrong choices? And did Christ not come for people like us? Frame their lives rightly. Remember good decisions. Catalog blue-ribbon days. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 NKJV). God does not measure a person by one decision, nor should we.

I received this book compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review, and LOVED it!! I know I will using this book a lot as a parent who has teens in and out of my life, as well as for questions from my readers on my blog, Heart2Heart, my online ministry. This rates a 5 out of 5 stars! I love how easy it is laid out and how easy it is to find the answers and scriptures I need. In addition to using my Bible, it provides me with the why behind what the scriptures mean as I grow in my own spiritual walk.

This makes a perfect gift for any Christian regardless of where you are at in your spiritual walk and think its a great resource for our young teens as well who will require these answers through their own journey through life. Also for anyone who loves Max Lucado's books, this one is a must have to add to your collection! It's available in Hardcover and eBook formats.

You can find more information about the book, the author and where to purchase this book at the link below:

The Long Goodbye - Giveaway and Review

I'd just lain down in bed when the phone rang. It was my mother.

"Meg?" her voice rose. "You're home? There's something I want to tell you," she said with a deliberateness that alarmed me. "And I wanted you to hear it from me." She hesitated. "I haven't been feeling well and I went to the doctor for some tests, and she found a tumor."

The next week she called as I was walking back from lunch to my office on Fifty-seventh Street. As the afternoon crowd bustled industriously around me, she said bluntly, "The doctor got the results. The tumor is cancerous. I'm going to need to have surgery and then maybe radiation and chemotherapy, and we need to do it soon. But they think they can treat it," she continued.

This is my story of how Meghan O'Rourke dealt with her mother's diagnosis of colon cancer and the grief resulting from her losing her battle to fight it. This is her memoir that deals with how she went through the process of healing and shares those thoughts and memories with us in her book, The Long Goodbye.

So much of dealing with a disease is waiting. Waiting for appointments, for tests, for "procedures." And waiting, more broadly, for it - for the thing itself, for the other shoe to drop. Except in the waiting you keep forgetting that "it" will really happen - it's more like a threat, an anxiety: Will my love love me forever? (pg 63).

It's Meghan's honesty in sharing her most intimate thoughts that makes you feel like we are her closest friend as she pours these out to you in her own words. You feel priviledged, like you have reached a secret place where friends share this secrets and thoughts with one another to keep yourself from going crazy keeping them all bottled up inside. Meghan possesses such courage in sharing how difficult it must be to watch her mother go through this and knowing there is nothing you can do to make it better. This is what makes this book so great for us to read.

For those that have gone through a grieving process in watching cancer take someone you love from you, you can relate to the various emotions that come across the pages in this book and create a kinship that we can all identify with.

I received this book, The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. While the subject matter is difficult, it makes it easy for anyone to understand the grief process and how much it changes us from the inside out. It creates a new sense of normal of us in which there is no going back to be able to change it.

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Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky reader. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

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5. Please leave a comment and let me know why you'd love to win a copy of The Long Goodbye. The giveaway will end on April 23rd. I will notify the winner via email at that time.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

100 Great Poems for Boys

Reading any great poem for the first time is always a thrilling discovery or some hidden treasure discovered in the way words come together and create a picture in the mind, even if the poem is only fours lines long.

In 100 Great Poems for Boys, editor Leslie Pockell, gathers together some of the best verses every written, memorized, or read aloud. You can carry this book wherever you go, and read by sunlight, moonlight or flashlight. Perfect for boys of all ages, it celebrates all kinds of poems includes such classics as:

  • The Tyger by William Blake
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Battlefields and Heroes:
  • Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Things to Think About:
  • If by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Just for Laughs:
  • Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  • The Jumblies by Edward Lear

I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing for my honest review. This book is such a collection of some of the greatest literary poems and prose for young boys and men. Never have I found a book that has such a wide variety of different types that are geared to suit everyone. Here's an example of just one of the poems you will discover inside:

Logical English ~ Anonymous

I said, "This horse, sir, will you shoe?"
And soon the horse was shod.
I said, "This deed, sire, will you do?"
And soon the deed was done.

I said, "This stick, sir, will you break?"
At once the stick he broke.
I said, "This coat, sir, will you make?"
And soon the coat he moke!

I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a true love for poetry whether they are a boy or a girl of all ages. These are fun, whimsical and create such a fun time to read at bedtime or when you need a smile or laugh. These rate a 5 out of 5 stars for me and my family. There are tongue twisters and limericks as well as classic nursery rhymes to suit everyone.

For more information about this book, where to purchase a copy or even a sneak peek, click on the link below:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

100 Great Poems for Girls

Reading poetry for the first time is always a thrilling discovery. Whether you choose to memorize, read, or recite it aloud, each poem in this collection will offer something new - a spark of imagination, a unique rhyme, a vivid description, or simply a reason to laugh. Perfect for girls of all ages, this book celebrates poems about:

  • Nature with such beautiful works from William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Robert Frost
  • Imagination composed of works by Shakespeare, Yeats and Lord Tennyson
  • Inspiration crafted by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, and William Blake
  • Fun and Nonsense literary verses by Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll

Since my youngest daughter is experiencing the love of poetry and prose, we thought this would be a wonderful book to begin her journey with and we were not disappointed. To see such love for the written words of great masters of weaving words through their writing, she was enchanted from the first page.

There are simple fun tongue twisters, limericks and even classic nursery rhymes to spin more fun into your child's literary world. Now they are all captured in one simple book dedicated to poems that girls will come to love and adore. Here's just a small sample:

A flea and a fly flew up a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

I received this charming and delightful book, 100 Great Poems for Girls by Celia Johnson compliments of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing for my honest review and can honesty say, was not disappointed. To see reading encouraged in my daughter is a wonderful gift and with confidence I can say this book rates 5 stars any day! This are suitable for ages 9-12 years of age or older. This book is available in paperback formats.

For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book along with a sneak peek, click on the link below: