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Book Review, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Restore My Soul,” Ann-Margret Hovsepian author

Restore My Soul coverRestore My Soul, written and illustrated by Ann-Margret Hovsepian, is a marvelous book.  It is subtitled “a coloring book devotional journey.”

This book is beautifully illustrated with pictures of 40 different designs including clocks, plants, quilts, and even a compass.  Each pair of pages contains a short devotion, including a Bible verse and a challenge to the reader to deepen his relationship with Christ. The pages contain black and white illustrations with extremely intricate designs. One can focus on minute details within each picture.  The pages are thick enough to allow for the use of markers, coloring pens, colored pencils, or crayons to complete each page.

I enjoyed this book.  The devotionals are well-written and easy for anyone to relate to. It is designed to help one relax while using it.  It encourages the use of one’s imagination. I appreciate the fact that there is no right or wrong way to complete each page. I especially liked the pages with the water faucet and the bridge.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short devotional as well as a creative way to express himself and relax.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Wonders of Creation,”Cindy Wilde and Pimlada Phuapradit illustrators

wonders of creation coverWonders of Creation: Illustrations to Color and Inspire, illustrated by Cindy Wilde and Pimlada Phuapradit is a wonderful book.  Each person is encouraged to “capture some of the wonders of creation” for himself.

This book is beautifully illustrated with pictures of the many animals that God has designed.  The beginning of the book points out that there are “about 5,400 types of mammals, over 10,000 kinds of birds, and over 900,000 known insect species” in the world. The book contains many pages of black and white illustrations with extremely intricate designs. One can focus on minute details within each picture.  The pages are thick enough to allow for the use of markers, coloring pens, colored pencils, or crayons to complete each page.

I enjoyed this book.  It is designed to help one relax while using it.  It encourages the use of one’s imagination. I appreciate the fact that there is no right or wrong way to complete each page. I especially liked the pages with the peacock and the walrus.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a creative way to express himself and relax.

Kara

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

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