Book Review, “Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?” Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley authors

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley is a wonderful book. It is a part of the I’ve Got Questions series. This adorable book is illustrated by Ailie Busby.

This book, written as a delightful children’s poem, is full of the type of questions that children frequently ask their parents. Some of the questions included in the book are: What do kangaroos keep in their pouches? How do earthworms get around? Are some ladybug boys? and Why are eagles’ wings so long?  Along with the lovely illustrations, this book has a rhythm that is sure to appeal to young children.

I enjoyed this book.  It is well-written and includes questions that are sure to hold the interest of young ones and amuse them throughout the book.  The pictures are simple, but well-done, and catch the eye. I especially liked the pages with the giraffes and the ducks.

I would recommend this book to parents, grandparents, and anyone choosing books for children ages 4-7.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “Women Who Move Mountains,” Sue Detweiler author

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Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace, by Sue Detweiler, is an impressive book. In this book, Detweiler takes the reader on “a journey, where we learn to speak to the mountains of fear, discouragement, loss, pain, or whatever it is that’s hindering us from moving forward with God.”

This book challenges each of us to overcome the obstacles in our lives and turn them into opportunities for purposeful mission. Readers are encouraged to move out of their comfort zones and pray through anything that separates them from God. It includes a suggested format for group use. Chapters include: I Believe, I am Honored, Learning to Pray with Conviction, Learning to Pray with Peace, and I am Bold.  Also included at the end of the book are: 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough, Guidelines for Taking a Spiritual Retreat, and Guidelines for Fasting. Types of fasts described are: Media Fast, Daniel Fast, Liquid Fast, One-Meal Fast, One-Day Fast, and 21-Day Fast.

This book is written to assist with prayer life and much more. I would recommend it to any woman desiring an improved relationship with God.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Noble Servant,” Melanie Dickerson author

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The Noble Servant, by Melanie Dickerson, is a wonderful book.  It is set in the medieval time period and is a part of the books related to the Medieval Fairy Tale Novels series. In fact, some of the characters are included in this story.

Magdalen of Mallin unexpectedly receives a marriage proposal from the Duke of Wolfberg, something she has dreamed of since meeting him two years prior. Realizing also that this may be the only way to save her people since the area copper mines have failed, she quickly leaves for Wolfberg Castle. On the way, her servant forces her to trade places, leaving Magdalen to work as a servant upon arrival. Meanwhile, Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, returns from time spent in Prague to find that his cousin is impersonating him in Wolfberg castle. Disguising himself as a shepherd, he and Magdalen meet each other, eventually recognizing the situation and attempting to plan a way to expose the imposters.

This was a magnificent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Both the character development and the details of medieval life are very well done.  I especially liked the way in which the characters voiced their need to rely upon the Lord for their rescue and their needs.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction or medieval fairy tales.

Kara

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Book Review, “Peace in the Valley,” Ruth Logan Herne author

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Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne, is the third book in the Double S Ranch series.  This book illustrates what can happen to people when they follow God’s plan rather than their own. It completes the story of the Stafford family.

Trey Walker Stafford returns home to central Washington to give part of his liver to his uncle/father, Sam Stafford, the man who rescued him after his parents’ death and took him in as his own son. When Sam asks Trey to help him repay Lucy Carlton’s family for his past uncaring behavior by restoring her crumbling farm, Trey is happy to help.  But as Lucy and Trey work together and grow closer, he discovers Lucy’s past and is reminded of his late wife’s mistakes. He must decide if he can put the past aside and move on to share a life with Lucy and her children. His country singer superstar status only complicates the matter, leaving Lucy to guard her heart and expect disappointment.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fitting conclusion to this beautiful story of forgiveness and restitution. I found Lucy a very down to earth person, easy to relate to in real life. I especially liked Isabo, who seemed to lovingly take control when others needed her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs,” Amy E. Mason author

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Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs, by Amy E. Mason, is a wonderful book. It is a topical guide to God’s promises. It is designed to help those caring for children with special needs to find hope and comfort in God’s promises and stories in the Bible.

The topics selected in this book were selected to speak to the uniqueness of special needs parenting, including both the joys and the struggles. They are designed to encourage such parents and guide them into the presence of Jesus.  The topics, arranged in alphabetical order, are all comprised of Bible verses and a short devotion. Some of the topics included are: abandonment, anger, attitude, bitterness, embarrassment, caring, eternity, guilt, loneliness, obedience, and shame.

This is a marvelous book. Each topic is short and easy to locate, including not just one, but several Bible verses. It is designed to help parents “be assured of his constant grace and love for both you and your child.” Because the author is the mother of a child with special needs, her understanding of the challenges are evident in this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has or works with a child with special needs.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Chapel Car Bride,” Judith Miller author

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The Chapel Car Bride, by Judith Miller, tells the story of Hope Irvine. Having spent several years in Pittsburgh with her aunt, Hope is now ready to move on with her life. She is excited to accompany her father, the preacher in a railroad car that has been converted into a traveling church.

Hope is thrilled to play the organ for her father’s church services and to teach the children Bible stories on the chapel car. But when they arrive in Finch, West Virginia, they face a multitude of challenges. The people there are coal miners and are very suspicious of outsiders. Luke Hughes, a part-time coal miner, wants to learn all he can from Reverend Irvine while he has the opportunity. As he spends time with the preacher, he also begins to grow closer to Hope. When Kirby Finch, the mine owner’s son, comes to town and begins spending time with Hope, Luke begins to suspect that Kirby may be involved in illegal activities that put Hope in danger.

I enjoyed this book.  While Hope seemed a little naive, she was gracious and self-sacrificing. Luke was an ordinary man trying to help his family and follow God’s will.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “Upon a Spring Breeze,” Kelly Irvin author

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Upon a Spring Breeze, by Kelly Irvin, is the first book in An Every Amish Season series. It tells the story of an Amish woman progressing through the grief process. The book includes discussion questions at the end.

Bess Weaver, just twenty-years-old and expecting her first child, is shocked when her husband, Caleb, is suddenly killed when a car strikes his buggy. Devastated, she begins by just getting through each day. But eventually, she takes a job at a local bed and breakfast cleaning and planting flowers to help her move forward. Aiden, Caleb’s best friend, is also grieving. In addition, he is in love with Bess, and struggles over the idea of reaching out to her. With his own farm recovering from a bird infection, he must begin from scratch. Having loved Bess since childhood, he is not sure how to proceed or what actions would even be appropriate.

This was a great book. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but could not put it down by the end. It tells a beautiful story of loss, love, and friendship. I  especially liked the three other widows who gathered to help Bess through this difficult time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Kara

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