** CONTEST ** LAND OF MY DREAMS by Norma Gail ~ Free Book Giveaway!

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LAND OF MY DREAMS!
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One winner will be randomly selected to win FREE this recently-released book.

Book teaser: “Bonny took a deep breath, closing her eyes and remembering her well-practice response. No one needed to know she was escaping not only the loss of everyone dear to her, but painful humiliation, the destruction of her dreams, and even the happiness of friends,” Norma Gail writes in her novel, Land of My Dreams.

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I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR!
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A Christmas Gift

Title: A Christmas Gift
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-59669-416-3

“And look where I ended up. Is this to be the end of my life, Lord? I’ve ignored You for so long, and I know I don’t have the right to ask, but Father, please …” Julia ardently prays in Kathi Macias’s novel, A Christmas Gift.

This two hundred and twenty-four page paperback targets those that like a Christian suspense with a touch of romance in a foreign location. With no profanity, the topics of cult traditions, gang violence, and physical abuse may not be apropos for immature readers.

In this quick contemporary tale, forty-eight year old Julia Lawson Bennington feels unconnected in life, trying to find direction and contentment. Having lost her husband due to a heart attack two years ago, she finds some solace teaching high school students in Southern Californian since both of her children are away at college.

With God not a priority in their daughter’s life, Julia’s parents pray for her spirituality, especially when she decides to spend almost a year teaching young ones in a locked-down compound outside the small town of San Juan Chamula in Mexico. With guilt and worry, her mother tries to comprehend why her child agreed to go to the remote, dangerous jungle while Julia’s daughter and son approach her decision differently.

Getting used to a slower way of life, Julia enjoys getting to know Christian missionaries, Frank and Carolyn Barnes, and the shy, widowed Padre Ramon living in the compound. While educating the engaging children, the teacher realizes Ramon’s smart daughter is her star pupil while a young Mayan girl named Itzel captivates her attention.

Learning of the dangers of the jungles, shamans, and the curanderos, Julia is tossed into the middle of a drastic and potentially hopeless situation that forces her to call on God for a miracle in time for Christmas while her family and friends pray for safety and redemption.

Although the book’s title and vague jacket cover do not offer the main theme of the story, it is a fast read with an abrupt ending that focuses on learning to accept God’s will no matter what, and how He has specific plans for our lives that we may not fully understand.

Thanks to The Book Club Network Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

 

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Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Title: Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Editor: Ronald F. Youngblood
Contributors: F.F. Bruce and R.K. Harrison
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-529-10622-3

“Written in plain language, Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, New and Enhanced Edition enables Bible readers and teachers to do authoritative research, making their own Bible study and teaching more rewarding,” the publisher’s preface states in this reference book.

This twelve hundred and eighty page hardbound targets those looking for a dictionary on the Bible. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Bible, the NASB, NIV, RSV, NRSV, and REB are also mentioned.

After the preface and list of contributors, a five-step guide to reading the Bible is followed by twenty-three pages of Biblical timelines, charts, and maps as well as a two-page color-coded history timeline. The majority of the volume is the alphabetized twelve-hundred plus pages set up in dictionary format covering over seven thousand entries, complete with five hundred colorful photographs. The ending includes a nine-map index of Israel along with Jerusalem and the surrounding areas of the Apostle Paul’s journeys.

Spread among the dictionary section are articles and teaching outlines regarding each of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Also added are random topics such as Bible version differences, animals, Greek cities, Jerusalem and its rebuilding, Jesus’s last twenty-four hours before dying on the cross, pagan gods, plants, and prophesies of the Messiah,

With small brown tabs on the edges of the pages depicting a word’s beginning letter, one can look up anything from Aaron in the Old Testament to Zuzim, the primitive tribe who lived in Ham, east of the Jordan River.

Under Babylon, there are listings regarding its city and when it is noted in Revelation in the New Testament. A photograph of a colorful glazed relief of a bull from Babylon and a black and white picture of its ruins each cover a third of the page. A simplistic map during the Babylonian Empire, a drawing of what the city may have looked like when passing through the Gate of Ishtar, and a depiction of reconstruction during Nebuchadnezzar II’s reign are given.

Looking up the explanation of bitter herbs used during Passover, the short paragraph states three Biblical references and that the concoction consisted of perhaps sorrel, dandelions, and horseradish, yet those three herbs are not listed in the plant section.

As a layperson’s reference source, this dictionary may come in handy on topical issues that need quick explanations but in-depth detail of some specific Hebrew or Greek understanding may fall short for the advanced researcher seeking more information.

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** CONTEST ** THE PRACTICAL PREPPER ~ Free Book Giveaway!

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Book teaser: “Current world events are prompting many individuals to prepare now. While prepping is important, we recommend that you always strive to keep balance in your life,” Kylene and Jonathan Jones remind readers in their book, The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies.

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Eat

Title: Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food
Author: Nigel Slater
Photographer: Jonathan Lovekin
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-726-0

“We are not chasing perfection here. This is simply a collection of suggestions for something you might like to make for dinner. Just straightforward, delicious cooking. For the times we just want to eat,” Nigel Slater writes in the introduction of his cookbook, Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food.

At four hundred and sixty-four pages, this canvas-covered paperback targets those interested in quick and simple cooking with potentially marvelously tasting results. Photographer Lovekin’s small color photographs of every dish are located on the top right side of the book, with sometimes full-page pictures on the left.

After a helpful quick guide by main ingredient, acknowledgements, and a short introduction, over four hundred pages present simple-to-make recipes. An extensive index, alphabetized by ingredient name, completes the book.

Different than the standardized cookbook that lists ingredients with their needed quantities and serving size, this American version is set up in paragraph format, highlighting important information. With no caloric data or total preparation time noted, its format does not allow for the quick “do we have all the ingredients” glance.

The name of the recipe is on the right side of the page by its small photograph with one or two lines of main ingredients. Not using any bulletin or numbered system, usually the entire directions are on one page, with alternate ideas mentioned on the left side. Serving size and a short description end the instructions.

With almost six hundred recipe options, there are eleven sections related to food eaten by hand, made in a bowl or frying pan, cooked on the grill or stove, in stew format or oven, under a crust, in a wok, on a plate, or as a dessert.

Having a more eclectic collection, recipes include concoctions such as duck burgers, carrot and bulgur porridge, goat cheese frittata, lentil bolognaise, citrus chile grilled chicken, ham and kale colcannon, lamb with asparagus, bacon boulangere, crab mac and cheese, salt and pepper pork, peas and ham, and banana cheesecake to name a few.

Although the thick book cannot easily be laid flat and the paragraph format may cause more time involve searching for information, the selections of recipes are varied, interesting, and supposedly easy to make for the novice cook to the experienced chef.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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The Diaries of Robin’s Toys

Title: The Diaries of Robin’s Toys
Authors: Ken and Angie Lake
Illustrators: Vishnu Madhav and Joyson Loitongbam
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-78226-022-6

“Little toy, hear this rhyme,
Let it take you back in time,
Tales of sadness or of glory,
Little toy, reveal your story.”
Robin’s grandpa casts his magic spell on the toys in Ken and Angie Lake’s series, The Diaries of Robin’s Toys.

Targeted toward preschool to middle school aged children, this series contains ten small ninety-six page paperbacks in a sturdy cardboard holder. With no scary or violent scenes, each story is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Having different punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules in the United Kingdom, the format may confuse American readers. Written on notebook-looking lined paper with easy-to-read font, the black and white illustrations by Madhav and Loitongbam are simplistic yet understandable.

All ten tales are similar in format, offering a story of a young boy named Robin who is compassionate and observant of others. Every story has his grandad taking him to a car boot sale (similar to a swap meet in America), where the young boy is allowed to pick out a toy. After Robin selects the item, Grandad casts a special spell on it, knowing it has an interesting story to tell.

Throughout the stories, Grandad always buys Grandma special gifts too, giving different responses each time when given them. She always has a special dessert to offer the two.

The toys include a bee, cow, cod, donkey, camel, rabbit, gorilla and his pet dog, lion, giraffe, and reindeer. When the magic spells are cast upon them, they always give information about themselves, where they live, what they eat, et cetera.

Each toy tells a story of how it learned a lesson. It could be about working together as a team, reaching out to others, not hanging with the wrong crowd, having humility, or learning to adapt to others’ personalities.

At the end of each yarn, Robin learns a lesson from the animal that can be shared with the person initially mentioned in the book’s beginning, ranging from kindness and thoughtfulness to friendship and not making fun of someone.

By teaching children values and morals, this book not only focuses on respecting others, it provides information on animals that is fun and interesting. Children will enjoy reading how a toy’s story reveals engaging educational information while teaching an important lesson. With two books rated three of five stars and a silly one a five, the four-star rating for the series is aptly given.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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Roger the Reindeer

Title: Roger the Reindeer (The Diaries of Robin’s Toys)
Authors: Ken and Angie Lake
Illustrators: Vishnu Madhav and Joyson Loitongbam
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-78226-030-1

“Little toy, hear this rhyme,
Let it take you back in time,
Tales of sadness or of glory,
Little toy, reveal your story.”
Robin’s grandpa casts his magic spell on the toy in Ken and Angie Lake’s story, Roger the Reindeer.

Targeted toward preschool to middle school aged children, this small paperback is part of “The Diaries of Robin’s Toys” ten-book series. With no scary or violent scenes, it is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Having different punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules in the United Kingdom, the format may confuse American readers. Written on notebook-looking lined paper with easy-to-read font, the black and white illustrations by Madhav and Loitongbam are simplistic yet understandable.

In this Christmas tale, Robin thinks about the new girl at school named Alicia, who was from Italy and refused to learn English during class. Apparently she was homesick and missed her friends.

Later, Grandad takes Robin to the car boot sale (similar to a swap meet in America), where the young boy is allowed to pick out a toy. Robin selects a toy reindeer. Grandad casts a special spell on it, knowing it has an interesting story to tell.

The reindeer first tells a silly joke, adding that his name is Roger and he is from the Arctic. He mentions North American reindeer are called caribou and all in their breed have antlers. He says they are known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.

Roger tells his story of not liking the freezing weather so he decides to leave his home in Lapland where he ate only moss in search of a sunnier area. Often making mistakes, he does not get to taste real food because he cannot read labels so eats cardboard, plastic, and bitter rhubarb. Only when he takes a class on reading does Roger get chosen to pull Santa’s sleigh.

Learning from the reindeer, Robin recognizes how important reading is so he helps Alicia learn to read and they write Christmas cards to classmates.

By teaching the importance of reading, this book not only focuses on encouraging others, it provides information on reindeer, especially if Santa is a part of the reader’s Christmas traditions. Children will enjoy reading how a toy’s story reveals engaging educational information while teaching an important lesson.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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Geraldo the Giraffe

Title: Geraldo the Giraffe (The Diaries of Robin’s Toys)
Authors: Ken and Angie Lake
Illustrators: Vishnu Madhav and Joyson Loitongbam
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-78226-022-6

“Little toy, hear this rhyme,
Let it take you back in time,
Tales of sadness or of glory,
Little toy, reveal your story.”
Robin’s grandpa casts his magic spell on the toy in Ken and Angie Lake’s story, Geraldo the Giraffe.

Targeted toward preschool to middle school aged children, this small paperback is part of “The Diaries of Robin’s Toys” ten-book series. With no scary or violent scenes, it is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Having different punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules in the United Kingdom, the format may confuse American readers. Written on notebook-looking lined paper with easy-to-read font, the black and white illustrations by Madhav and Loitongbam are simplistic yet understandable.

In this tale, Robin was thinking about Caroline, a girl in his class who is overweight mainly because she does not eat healthy foods. Due to her appearance, she is often bullied at school.

Later that day, Grandad takes Robin to the car boot sale (similar to a swap meet in America), where the young boy is allowed to pick out a toy. He selects a toy giraffe. Grandad casts a special spell on it, knowing it has an interesting story to tell.

The giraffe says his name is Geraldo, and Robin asks why he was told he is an extra-special gourmet giraffe. The giraffe first tells them his breed usually is found on the plains of Africa in herds, and they eat leaves.

Geraldo explains he seems always to be hungry so he purchased a cookbook and started making the recipes. He began with scrambled eggs and progressed to tarts, curry, pies, trifles, and custard. Eating everything he made, he gained so much weight his feet could no longer reach the ground. He learned a lesson, lost the weight, and never abused eating again.

Learning from the giraffe, Robin recognizes that Caroline had been picked on by others so he became her friend. He invited her over for a healthy meal, which she loved. The girl changed her eating habits and started to exercise, losing extra pounds.

By teaching not to make fun of others, this book not only focuses on encouraging others, it provides information on giraffes that is fun and interesting. Children will enjoy reading how a toy’s story reveals engaging educational information while teaching an important lesson.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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** CONTEST ** WELL SEASONED by Becky Wilson ~ Book Giveaway!

 

Win Rebecca Webb Wilson’s
WELL SEASONED: SAVORING LIFE’S LESSONS
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One winner will be randomly selected to win FREE this recently-released book.

Book teaser: “Open your mind to the beauty before you in the photographs you see and in the words you read. Open your mind to picturing your life in a new way, one that instills hope regardless of the season of the year or the season of your life,” Rebecca Webb Wilson writes in the introduction of her book, Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons.

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Leon the Lion

Leon the Lion (The Diaries of Robins Toys)Title: Leon the Lion (The Diaries of Robin’s Toys)
Authors: Ken and Angie Lake
Illustrators: Vishnu Madhav and Joyson Loitongbam
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-78226-028-8

“Little toy, hear this rhyme,
Let it take you back in time,
Tales of sadness or of glory,
Little toy, reveal your story.”
Robin’s grandpa casts his magic spell on the toy in Ken and Angie Lake’s story, Leon the Lion.

Targeted toward preschool to middle school aged children, this small paperback is part of “The Diaries of Robin’s Toys” ten-book series. With no scary or violent scenes, it is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Having different punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules in the United Kingdom, the format may confuse American readers. Written on notebook-looking lined paper with easy-to-read font, the black and white illustrations by Madhav and Loitongbam are simplistic yet understandable.

In this comprehensive tale, Robin is upset that the new kid, JP, did not help their football team win the last game. Overhearing JP’s mom talk to the coach, he hears the boy has no friends and loves learning about nature.

Taking his mind off the matter, Grandad stops by and takes him to the car boot sale (similar to a swap meet in America), where the young boy is allowed to pick out a toy. Robin picks out a toy lion. Grandad casts a special spell on it, knowing it has an interesting story to tell.

The cheerful lion says his name is Leon and that he is not the biggest of cats. He tells them lions come from Africa, Asia, and sometimes India and are carnivores that like to hunt at night and sleep during the day.

Leon tells the story that he is a shy, gentle poetry-writing critter who could not get a job as a security guard, sales person, or babysitter because everyone was afraid of his kind. He ends up happily working writing advertisements for a radio station and becomes known as the “King of the Jingle.”

Learning from the lion, Robin recognizes that JP may not be athletic, but he is very knowledgeable when it comes to nature, especially when he names a unique ingredient in Grandma’s trifle.

By teaching not to prejudge, this book not only focuses on promoting the positive in others, it provides information on lions that is fun and interesting. Children will enjoy reading how a toy’s story reveals engaging educational information while teaching an important lesson.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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