Armor Present Bible Keychains

12 MINI-BIBLES ON KEYCHAINS

~ What ~
This set of 12 keychains with large O-rings contain a miniature Holy Bible protected by a black or gold plastic cover and latch along with one magnifying glass. The Bible supposedly has both Old and New Testaments and measures 1.6 by 1.2 by 0.4 inches. The online picture shows 4 of each cover in silver, gold, and black with a black cross on the front, and each arrives individually wrapped in cellophane with a twist tie.

~ Why ~
Since I am a Christian, I enjoy reading the Bible daily and find these make wonderful little gifts for family and friends to be reminded to take the Word of God with them wherever they go. I like that it supposedly contains both Testaments. Having a latch closure keeps the papers inside from bending or tearing. Adding a free magnifying glass is a nice touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not want or think they need this item. Others may find the print too minuscule to read as it cannot be read with the enclosed magnifier. I tried reading with a more powerful one and realized that books of the Bible like Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus are duplicated throughout, and other books are missing. A few may worry that the book could get easily damaged or ruined if put on a keychain.

~ Wish ~
I wish it stated online what version of the Bible was used and that it really is not the complete Bible. The package I received had only 6 gold and 6 black with no silver so I was disappointed. It would be helpful showing a picture online of the magnifying glass.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of a dozen keychains with tiny Bibles to give as gifts, this is a cute idea, but you should note that they are unreadable and do not contain the complete Word of God. These may be cute hand-out gifts for Sunday School or Awana clubs if the recipients only want it for show and not for reading or studying.

Thanks to Amor Present for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

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This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Amor-Present-Miniature-Religious-Magnifying/dp/B076ZTX7JY

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The Cow Said Neigh!

Title: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1189-7

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s board book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At twenty-six pages, this board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this board book would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

* Do note the book is available in hardbound, board book, and kindle format. The difference between the hardbound and board book is that the hardbound has an ownership page at the front and has more pages because the ending is spread out more compared to the board book.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

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Switch on Your Brain Every Day

Switch On Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and HealthTitle: Switch on Your Brain Every Day
Author: Dr. Caroline Leaf
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-9360-9

“Your choices, where you direct your thinking, and what you decide to meditate on, can change the world—for good or for ill,” Dr. Caroline Leaf writes in the introduction to her book, Switch on Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this small hardbound with a padded front cover targets those who want a daily devotional that promotes thinking deeply and dwelling on spiritual things to better their well-being. Using the New Revised Standard Version of The Holy Bible for Old Testament references, The Kingdom New Testament is used for the second half of the Bible. Ending with an epilogue, notes, author’s biography, and advertisements, the book comes with an attached yellow marker ribbon.

Each page in this book has a number day of a year with one or more written out Bible verses. A brainy tip to contemplate is highlighted in a gray-shaded box, followed by one to three paragraphs about the verse and an unstated topic. Using verses from all parts of the Bible, the devotionals concentrate on trusting in God while instilling practices for living a healthy, happy life daily.

~Why ~
So many devotions include a writer’s personal experiences, but this one does not. I am thankful that its focus is on God and thinking about Him. I like that I could relate to the topics and how the mind can be a powerful tool for personal and spiritual happiness. I appreciate that some of the topics may cover a few days or sometimes a verse is used on another day but with a different perspective.

One devotion I enjoyed is Day 18 about Psalm46:10: Be still, and know that I am God. The Brainy Tip is: If you are constantly in busy mode, your mental and physical health will suffer. The two paragraphs that follow remind the reader that it is acceptable to say no sometimes and allow God to control our time. If we take the time to rest and relax, we can be restored and renewed through Him.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not enjoy this devotional. Some may not like that the paragraphs do not thoroughly dissect the Scripture or offer other verses to explore. Others may prefer only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading. It should not replace daily Bible reading.

~ Wish ~
While the author mentions to write thoughts about the day’s contents in a separate journal, the book’s pages often have plenty of space that could include lines for writing. I wish a short title, prayer at the bottom, and topical or Bible verse index were included.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that lightly cover a Bible verse with insights and concepts to help you think about things, this may be a good choice. It would make a thoughtful thank-you gift for a loved one.

Thanks to Baker Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/switch-on-your-brain-every-day-dr-caroline-leaf/1128620142

 

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Home Buying in 30 Minutes

Home Buying In 30 MinutesTitle: Home Buying in 30 Minutes
Author: Jim Morrison
Publisher: In 30 Minutes Guides
ISBN: 978-1-6418-8023-7

“You won’t always have all the choices, information, time, or money that you wish you had to get the house or condo of your dreams, but I hope this book will help as you navigate the process,” Jim Morrison writes in the conclusion to his book, Home Buying in 30 Minutes.

~ What ~
At one-hundred pages, this paperback targets those who are considering buying a house or condo without having the usual frustrations and delays. After an introduction, there are six chapters that briefly dissect the topic, ending with a conclusion, index, and bonus book introductions on LinkedIn, Genealogy, and Google Drive and Documents.

Beginning with two rules determining how much of a home one can afford, two full chapters follow on hiring a knowledgeable real estate lawyer and experienced local realtor. A section is dedicated to getting a mortgage broker in advance. The final two chapters are about touring homes while being aware of interior and exterior flags and making a realistic offer. Also included in the final chapter are home inspections, negotiating issues, final walkthroughs, and closing the deal.

~ Why ~
Buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions a person or persons make in their lifetime. Having done it several times, I find it is helpful knowing what you are getting into and the most about a potential residence before purchasing it. I appreciated the explanation of being pre-approved, pre-qualified, and pre-commitment for those who cannot make full cash payments. I agree with the information on revisiting the home a second time before making an offer as well as being present during a thorough home inspection before signing. There are a few added tips of how to avoid or win bidding wars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to buy a house or no longer own a house may not be interested in this read. Others may not like the book’s insistence on professionals such as real estate lawyers, realtors, mortgage brokers, and home inspectors, although some of their knowledge can be beneficial and save money and time.

~ Wish ~
With the book being short and to the point about a somewhat complicated financial decision and purchase, it would be helpful if the guide included lines or spaces in the chapters to take notes or have lists to do as one progressed. Since my husband and I are older and experienced in home ownership, I did not learn any new information.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that quickly explains in 30 minutes of reading how to find, buy, and finance a house or condo, this book would be a good source for the first-timer. Do note that the book is to learn about buying a house in a half hour, not to actually find, buy, and seal the deal in that short of time – which would be amazing and a dream come true!

Thanks to i30 Media Corp for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at http://www.in30minutes.com

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The Cow Said Neigh!

The Cow Said Neigh! (picture book): A Farm StoryTitle: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1171-2

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s children’s book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

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Sean Awesome

Sean Awesome: A Mission at NightTitle: Sean Awesome
Authors: Ms. Yellow and Mr. Wide
Publisher: Simply Read Books
ISBN: 978-1-7722-90295

“No, Sean. You have to sleep in your own room,” Mommy explains in Ms. Yellow and Mr. Wide’s children’s book, Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night.

~ What~
This unnumbered forty-page paperback targets children ages three to five years old who enjoy a story about bedtime. With no scary scenes, it is about a boy named Sean who was afraid to sleep alone in his own bed. The ending includes a note from the author. All colorful artwork includes cut-out paper or cardboard shapes.

In this short tale, a little boy named Sean Awesome makes it his mission to sleep in his parents’ bed. Although he tries several ways such as hiding under a blanket, wearing his Halloween dinosaur costume, or putting on a disguise, his missions fail whenever he attempts to crawl into their bed. When he becomes a superhero, he accomplishes the task. The next night he decides to be an astronaut for his new mission in his own room.

~Why ~
This is a quick read that offers a fun outlook for a child who loves sleeping with his parents. I found the photographs of the paper illustrations interesting and sometimes clever. I like that the mother repeatedly stood her ground to have Sean go to his own bed.

~ Why Not ~
Those parents who do not allow their young ones sleeping in bed with them may not want to give them the idea or ways to try. Some may not like that the child gets his way in the end but learns on his own to stay in his room the next time. A few fathers may feel slighted as the story only refers to “Mommy’s” bed, not their bed. Others may not like the simplistic illustrations, but they are engaging. Some

~ Wish ~
I found the mommy’s commands to go to bed hard to read based on the font used and the designs within the lettering.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on bedtime, this one may be a starter to help a child not be afraid to sleep alone.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sean-awesome-jiwon-hwang/1129366632

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The End Times Survival Guide

The End Times Survival Guide: Ten Biblical Strategies for Faith and Hope in These Uncertain DaysTitle: The End Times Survival Guide
Author: Mark Hitchcock
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1409-7

“Are you awake, alert, active, and attentive, using what you’ve been given in the Lord’s service? Or are you dull and drowsy?” Mark Hitchcock asks in his book, The End Times Survival Guide: Ten Biblical Strategies for Faith and Hope in These Uncertain Days.

~ What ~
This two hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets Christians who want to focus on their spiritual walk with God as we prepare for Jesus’s return. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, other versions referenced are the NASB, NIV, and KJV. After an introduction, there are ten chapters, ending with notes and the author’s biography.

Divided into ten chapters, the book contains spiritual tools to prepare for the Lord’s coming. Covered are to stop worrying, run the race to the end, be a part of the church, put on the whole armor of God, pray until something happens, be aware of spiritual gifts, consider Psalms 46, be spirit-filled with the Holy Spirit, tune into Jesus, and be awake and alert for His coming. Applicable Bible verses are written out.

~ Why ~
In the times we live, we all must learn to be survivors by following Christ above all else. I like the simplicity of this book in that it could pertain to any point in history, as we all should be looking up and expecting the Lord’s return at any second. Explaining the full armor of God from Ephesians, the Lord’s Prayer, Psalms 46, and other Bible verses helps us look to the Word for answers and comfort instead of dwelling on the world and current events.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may have no interest in this book or not want to consider thinking about end times and their own eternity. Some may not like the author’s personal references or many analogies that are unrelated to the end times or Bible. Since the book is on more spiritual matters, it does not contain much end-time, rapture, or tribulation information or discussion that is usually expected of the writer.

~ Wish ~
Although it was mentioned in the book, daily study in the Word and more attention to prayer could have been more emphasized. With the mentioning that Christians should be a part of current-day church, the book skims over the sad truth that many of us do not attend due to lack of Biblical direction, knowledge, and correct teaching in our local areas and must resort to online sermons and other believers for friendship and support. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a read to hone in your spiritual outlook as we get closer to the Lord’s return, this book focuses on ten ways to get closer to Him. While I agree with the premise of the book,  I expected something more from it.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for this book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-end-times-survival-guide-mark-hitchcock/1128198749

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The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the End Times

The Non-Prophet's Guide(TM) to the End Times: Bible Prophecy for EveryoneTitle: The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the End Times
Author: Todd Hampson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7279-6

“One of the main goals of this book is to address this confusion and to demonstrate that not only can Revelation and other prophetic texts be understood, but that by studying them, your faith will grow and your relationship with Jesus will deepen,” Todd Hampson writes at the beginning of his book, The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the End Times: Bible Prophecy for Everyone.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who want to learn more about the end times related to the prophecies found in the Bible. Using mainly the New International Version, other versions referenced are the NKJV, NLT, and ESV. With no introduction, there are twenty-one chapters, ending with notes.

In this quick read, the book is divided into four parts regarding Bible prophecy: its definition, nature, and importance including divine authorship and practical studying benefits; its key building blocks that cover interpretations with rapture and millennium views, important sections and categories regarding Daniel’s visions, the Olivet discourse, and John’s revelation; and signs of current events of Israel, geopolitics, nature, spirituality, culture, technology, convergence, and more. Dispersed throughout are highlighted charts, timelines, cartoon/comic strip illustrations, written-out Bible verses, quotes by pastors and evangelists, and quick facts.

~ Why ~
If you are a new Christian believer or are unsure about the timeline of the rapture, tribulation, millennium, and end times, this is an excellent learning tool, especially due to its easy-breezy layout geared toward the thirty-five-year-old and younger generations. I greatly appreciate the author’s firm stance in the pre-tribulation rapture and his explainable five-point reasons as well as his belief of the literal millennium beginning after the seven-year tribulation and dispensations. Correlating prophecies to both the Old and New Testament prove the validity of the upcoming, imminent world-altering events.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in this read, but it could change their stance on eternity. Some may disagree on the writer’s conclusions on the topics, but they are well documented. There are some who are ardently looking for Christ’s return who may not learn anything new from this book, but I did as I was unaware the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015.

~ Wish ~
While I totally agree with Hampson’s explanations, it would be ideal if he went a step further to explain more about what happens to believers after we are raptured and during the millennium and include information on the New Jerusalem. I wish the eternal plan of salvation was at the beginning of the book as it is pivotal to redemption and God’s grace. I prefer there was consistency with capitalizing all pronouns of God. Adding a topical index would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you, like me, are looking up for our Savior to return at any minute, this is a great refresher book about future events controlled by God. It would be a perfect gift for a young new Christian or one who is unclear about the end times.

Thanks to Harvest House Publishers, Inc. for this book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-non-prophets-guide-to-the-end-times-todd-hampson/1127629428

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Elegant Wonders Hanging Organizer

WALL OR DOOR POCKET ORGANIZER

~ What ~
Made of a durable canvas material with a sturdy backing, this hanger that is 28.5 inches long and 13 inches wide with 4 large folders that can expand to 6 inches deep. Available in gray or beige, the wall pockets include 2 metal eyelets at the top for hanging plus 2 brackets that can fit over the top of a standard door. With no assembly required, it arrives in a cellophane bag, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
My girlfriend recently mentioned she wished she was more organized and how a hanging folder system would work well to keep her paperwork simplified. Because the hanger has sturdy holes for hanging, it is easy to adapt to a door or wall. I like the beige color as it does not stand out. The canvas is thick, unlike holders that are made of cardboard. Another plus are the pockets can hold 8 by 11-inch papers.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like having to hang folders on a door as it may flap around, but it could be attached to a wall instead. Others may wish it was longer or contained more pockets.

~ Wish ~
Since the hanger only comes in 2 colors, it would be ideal if more options and designs with floral or geometric shapes were available (however, it may be harder to match a room’s décor).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a sturdy 4 pocket hanger for paperwork, files, supplies, or whatever, this is an ideal option.

Thanks to ElegantWonders for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

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This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075PKYLHF/

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ENGPOW FireSafe Portfolio Briefcase

WATER & FIRE-PROOF ZIPPERED PADFOLIO

~ What ~
Made of liquid silicone-coated fiberglass, this all-black portfolio can protect important papers, credit cards, coins, cell phones, and more from fire, heat, and water. Measuring 13.78 by 10.4 by 1.97 inches, its exterior has a front pocket and handle with a nylon zipper closure with pull toggle. Inside includes a 4-ring binder, A4 letter-sized writing area with clip, A4 size file pocket, 5-credit card slots, clear zipper coin pocket, cell phone pocket, and pen holder. No care instructions are included.

~ Why ~
My son is a lawyer and always on the go. I like that he can feel assured that if his papers or important identification can be all located in one place without having to worry about water or fire damage. I appreciate that there are so many slots, pockets, and features inside the holder as well as an additional pocket outside. The cell phone pocket can hold most phones including an iPhone 8+.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not need or want something to protect papers, documents, currency, files, et cetera, but this item protects from moisture too. A few may wish there were other color options available. Since I have other smaller ENGPOW carry bags, I am glad this larger one is being offered. There may be some who thinks it has the added writing pad but it is not included.

~ Wish ~
As mentioned on my other reviews of the seller’s products, I am unsure if these items are flame and water retardant without catching them on fire or soaking them in water so will rely on them as stated. With the padfolio containing a nylon zipper that may or may not melt in a fire, I do not know if it is truly fireproof. Some may not need such a large item to hold their documentation, but this one is ideal for the business person or student.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to protect and keep your important papers safe and with your personal identification, credit cards, and phone, this spacious padfolio would be greatly admired and work well as a gift for employees and students.

Thanks to ENGPOW for this discounted product that I am not obligated to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Rubun #ENGPOW #FireSafeBriefcase

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HB5S16H

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