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Don’t Close Your Eyes

Don't Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime StoryTitle: Don’t Close Your Eyes
Author: Bob Hostetler
Illustrator: Mark Chambers
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0951-4

“But if you really think you must,
Then close your eyes real tight.
And dream a dream of me because
I dream of you each night,” ends Bob Hostetler’s children’s book, Don’t Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets preschool children and older. With no scary scenes, it is a quick tale of animals trying to stay awake instead of falling asleep at night.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this book has bunnies, deer, squirrels, gophers, pigs, horses, birds, bees, turtles, frogs, ducks, owls, and foxes. The full-page illustrations are colorful with enough detail to engage young ones.

~ Why ~
This is a cute book that parents will enjoy reading to their children as it promotes falling asleep by using reverse psychology. By repeatedly showing animals who want to stay awake at nighttime with words to keep their eyes open, the ending states for the listener to close the eyes and dream, just like the writer (or parent reading) dreams about them.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have children may have no need for this book. Some may wonder if it encourages to stay awake, but it is meant to be taken humorously through psychology. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
While I found the rhyming charming with the animals finding ways to stay alert, I wish it mentioned God and how He keeps us safe when we are asleep.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that may help a young one drift off to sleep while trying ardently to stay awake, this is a calm, cute read.

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/dont-close-your-eyes-bob-hostetler/1128930071

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BIOSCHWARTZ TUMERIC CURCUMIN PM

 

TIME FOR RESTFUL SLEEP

~ What ~
This bottle of 60 golden capsules contains a special blend of Turmeric Curcumin with natural Melatonin to promote a comfortable, restful sleep. With added ingredients of nutmeg, peppers, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, L-Theanine, Valerian, and BioPerine black pepper, it does not contain any fillers, binders, GMOs, preservatives, artificial ingredients, soy, milk, egg, gluten, wheat, or sugar. Instructions recommend taking 2 capsules daily.

~ Why ~
One of the best features of this product is that it is manufactured in the United States and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities. I appreciate the bottle not only has the turmeric curcumin for muscle pain relief but also melatonin, which I take when I get insomnia.

~ Why Not ~
Some do not like taking large capsules, and these are about an inch long so may be hard to swallow. Others may prefer prescription medications to use as a sleep aid.

~ Wish ~
I wish more than one month’s dosages were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a dietary supplement that is made in America from China-based materials, this may work but take note it is only a month’s supply.

Thanks to BioSchwartz and KeepMeClub for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNFYJBK/

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American Omens

American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith: A NovelTitle: American Omens
Author: Travis Thrasher
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9178-2

“I want to help wake people up. To show them the lies they’re being fed. To show how every single person out there is being manipulated. And I want them to hear the truth. To at least hear God’s truth,” Cheyenne is told in Travis Thrasher’s novel, American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-fifty-two-pages, this gripping paperback targets those who enjoy futuristic Christian fiction regarding America’s faith in God or growing lack of it. Using several versions of the Holy Bible, it is a story of Christians standing up for their faith and beliefs while dealing with demeaningness, deception, danger, and dying. Using the word hell once, topics of torture, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

Set in 2038, young Cheyenne Burne loves her job as a programming genius at the well-known mega-tech company in Chicago. When she receives a note about her missing father who has converted to Christianity, she is forced to quit her job and go off the grid to find him. After learning about the Reckoner, a strange prophet who challenges her past company’s owner and plans to tell the world the truth, the woman teams up with a quirky ex-coworker and rogue rock star to find her father while becoming a part of something that will hopefully change millions of minds about God.

~ Why ~
This riveting tale may make you question your privacy using everyday electronics, social media, and artificial intelligence. The realistic characters who face making a decision for Christ are a call to action of readers who want to make a difference. I loved the feasible and believable scenarios of what our future may hold in regard to Christians being accused, tortured, and killed for “hate crimes,” interactive touch-screens that manipulate decisions, security watching robots, and personal mind-engaging assistants. Without becoming paranoid, I came away wondering who was recording my latest smartphone conversation, if our Alexa should be disconnected, or what governmental flags were popping up due to my blog postings due to my relationship with Jesus Christ. Linking the 1960-70s rock bands to the story was entertaining.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God and have no faith in Him may not be interested in this book, but it could be life-altering if the Holy Spirit is pricking the reader’s soul. Some may wish the ending was not anti-climatic, making them consider this could be the first book in a series due to many unanswered questions. Others may be unsure where the author stands on the Biblical rapture being imminent as it is not mentioned.

~ Wish ~
Including a list of characters might be helpful since the chapters jump around a bit. I wish the capitalization of all pronouns of God for reverence were consistent throughout the book.

~ Want ~
If you are questioning your faith in God or want to be one to stand up for Him, this tale puts the topic of faith and trust in the Almighty in the forefront. Although we know God is in control of all, the fast-reading story will grasp your spiritual attention as it shows how America may further try to degrade, dismiss, and deter believers in Him in the near future.

Rated: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Thanks to WaterBook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/american-omens-travis-thrasher/1128688754

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The Seamstress

The SeamstressTitle: The Seamstress
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House
ISBN: 978-1-443-9046-8

“Better to live by the instinct God gave you than to be fooled by tricks and manners,” Gagnon instructs Renee in Allison Pittman’s novel, The Seamstress.

~ What ~
Inspired by a famous Dicken’s story, this four-hundred-and-eighty-page paperback targets those who enjoy learning about life, love, and loyalty during the French Revolution. Topics of poverty, premarital sex, imprisonment, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s note, ten discussion questions, author’s biography, a chapter from another authored book, and advertisements.

In this 1788 romance told sporadically throughout the chapters in first person , orphaned Renee and her cousin Laurette live with Emile Gagnon in the small village of Mouton Blanc, France. The diminutive girl who is efficient with a thread and needle is offered to go to Paris to be a seamstress for Queen Marie Antoinette, while her relative stays behind, enticed by the wiles of Marcel, a rebellious militant of the resistance against the kingdom.

Ever-patriotic to the monarch, Renee sews beautiful and unique clothing and falls in love but misses her home. Laurette learns a lesson about love that is permanent yet forgiving. Although both women live in worlds apart, they come to grips how God directs their lives.

~ Why ~
With France’s upheaval as the backdrop, this extensive tale shows how love, loyalty, and faith in God can get one through the darkest hour. I like the detailed history of the land, impressive ornateness of Versailles, and brokenness of poverty and drought that grasped the country.

~ Why Not
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand how God is in control, even when we do not understand why. Some may not like the tediousness of the story, lonely heartbreak of some characters, and ending.

~ Wish ~
With many characters who are threaded throughout the tale, it would be helpful if there were a brief list of names at the beginning of the book for reference. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a romantic fiction of two women who walk separate paths to find freedom during a revolution, this read will captivate your heart while wishing for redemption.

Thanks to Tyndale Blog for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seamstress-allison-pittman/1129055525

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You’re My Little Sweet Pea

Title: You’re My Little Sweet Pea
Illustrator: Kit Chase
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76656-8

“And joy deep down is mine to keep while you’re awake or fast asleep.
Sweet child, you will forever be my heart, my love, my Little Sweet Pea,” ends ’s illustrated it Chase’s children’s book, You’re My Little Sweet Pea.

~ What ~
At sixteen pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy animals and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about parents’ love for their young children. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With colorful depictions of deer, cats, sheep, giraffes, bears, foxes, bunnies, and mice, the rhyming tale explains how the parent loves his or her offspring, appreciating their characters, features, and actions.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between parents and children, promoting how wonderful the bond is between them. I like the cute and thoughtful illustrations that include button noses, squishy cheeks, hair swirls, tiny toes, melting giggles, little hands, soft skin, and snuggling before bedtime.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the love the animal parents show, the book has no reference to God’s love.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the special love parents have for their kin, this is a thoughtful read but limited.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/youre-my-little-sweet-pea-kit-chase/1128819058

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Innocence Denied

innocence deniedTitle: Innocence Denied
Author: Mike Garrett
Publisher: Crosslink Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63357-146-4

“God never gives us more than we’re capable of handling. You’ll get through this, I swear,” Derrick comforts Larissa in Mike Garrett’s novel, Innocence Denied.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-thirty-seven-page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian contemporary suspense while focusing on deep, unsexual love between two individuals. Using the word heck twice, topics of murder and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending contains an afterword without the author’s biography.

This current day story set mainly at an Alabama lakeside cabin, the vivacious Larissa Baxter has been accused of murdering her wealthy husband. To her rescue comes Derrick Waldon, an older man wanting to make a difference to overcome his past, offers her an unusual escape route with no strings attached.

Holed up in a remote cabin, the two protagonists learn how love can conquer the pain of past mistakes while finding solace and peace within, especially when Derrick promotes his belief in the Almighty.

~ Why ~
This book is written to those who have no faith in God, showing that trust in God can get one through the hardest tribulations. The strange relationship of the couple thrown together unexpectedly is written realistically, despite their age difference. I liked the undertone of how Derrick wanted to make Larrisa find freedom while unselfishly giving up his own.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about faith in God may not appreciate this one. Others may find some of the story unbelievable when it comes to Larissa’s escape and its aftermath. Although the book contains Bible verses and seeking God, I found it was not concise about the eternal plan of salvation (Jesus shed His blood on the cross for all our sins, rose the third day, and resides in Heaven).

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God would be capitalized as they are sporadical.

~ Want ~
If you are seeking peace in your tortured life and do not know where to turn next, the Holy Spirit may be nudging you to read this story and invite Christ into your life.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/innocence-denied-mike-garrett/1129618191

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I Love You, Funny Bunny

I Love You, Funny BunnyTitle: I Love You, Funny Bunny
Illustrator: Sean Julian
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76541-7

“I love your generosity,
your gestures from the heart.
I love you, Funny Bunny.
You’re my favorite work of art,” ends Sean Julian’s illustrated children’s book, I Love You, Funny Bunny.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy bunnies and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about a mother’s love for her adorable rabbit. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With beautiful depictions of a happy rabbit and his mom, the rhyming tale explains how the parent loves her offspring from his appearance, actions, personality, style, talents, and memories.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between a mom and child, promoting how wonderful the bond is between the two. I like the silly, cute, and thoughtful illustrations that are depicted, showing the strong bond between the animals.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the love the mother shows toward her child, the story does not include the father so he may feel left out reading the book to a little one.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the unrequited love a mother has for her child, this is a thoughtful read but limited.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-love-you-funny-bunny-zondervan/1129865882

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BeMall Starry Pendant Necklace

CRESCENT MOON WITH VAN GOGH ALTERED ARTWORK JEWELRY

~ What ~
Made of an unstated material, this silver-looking necklace has round pendant displaying an altered version of Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. The pendant is 1-inches long and 5/8-inches wide. The 24-inch necklace comes with an almost 2-inch extender and lobster clasp. The item arrives in a

~ Why ~
Since I make and sell jewelry, I am always in search of pretty pieces that are unique and stand out. I like the famous painting with its blue, green, and cream swills. The moon-shaped addition with filigree makes the round painting stand out more and eye-catching.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the painting as close up it appears to be a color paper insert that is altered with a blue building design in the sky. I found the craftsmanship not the best but this is costume jewelry and not the real thing, so it should be somewhat expected.

~ Wish ~
Although it is costume jewelry, I wish the materials were mentioned online in case someone is allergic to the metal. Adding the length of the chain would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an artist painting included in jewelry, this would be a viable choice but realize it is not a high-end product.

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

#starrynitependantnecklace

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L81MVJM/

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Sayceli Women’s Premium Soft Leggings

COMFORTABLE WORKOUT PANTS

~ What ~
Made of 88% Polyester and 12% Spandex, this women’s pair of yoga pants comes in 5 colors and 2 sizes of One Size & Plus Size. There is a 3-inch wide waistband and double ribbing tape at the shin area. No cleaning instructions are attached.

~ Why ~
I work out at the gym three days a week and like to look stylish. The material is durable and not thin. The One Size fits nicely on my Size 8 frame, ending at my lower calf area. It is nice to have a wide waistband.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the color combinations of black, gray, brown, navy, and maroon of this pair of yoga pants. Others may not appreciate the tight style of yoga pants that are popular now and prefer those that go down to the ankle or around the heel or are more tapered.

~ Wish ~
I wish more patterns and options were available from this company. It would be nice if a small pocket was included in the waistband like others have.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pair of comfortable, stretchy yoga pants, these are a viable option.

Thanks to Farinal Sayceli for this product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1FSWBW/

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With This Pledge

With this PledgeTitle: With This Pledge
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8183-6

“She’s given her pledge, and she’s a woman of her word,” Roland regretfully confirms in Tamera Alexander’s novel, With This Pledge.

~ What ~
The first in the Carnton Series, this four-hundred-and-forty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a historical Christian romance in Franklin, Tennessee, during the American Civil War. With no profanity, the topics of physical abuse, amputations, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an afterword, acknowledgments, thirteen discussion questions, several food recipes, and the author’s biography.

Based on facts and set in the Carnton home, betrothed Lizzie is a governess whose world is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually altered when she helps the Confederate soldiers medically fight for survival. When Captain Roland Jones makes her promise to help save his leg, she questions not only what the South is fighting for but also if love between a man and a woman is mainly for procreation. While the two protagonists deal with pledges made, unforeseen circumstances, and accepting the abolishment of slavery, they must learn to trust God for His direction.

~ Why ~
This story shows how fighting Confederates had to deal with injury, loss of limbs, the fear of being sent to prison, and death. It has detailed information of the five-hour battle at Franklin and its devastating aftermath of pain and suffering. I appreciated the growing reliance on God when dealt with heartbreak and the fog of war.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like wartime stories with trying relationships may not enjoy this book. Others may not like the predictable ending or that the main character consistently solved problems and issues flawlessly.

~ Wish ~
Including a map and list of characters may help some readers. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are fascinated with a true story of two individuals in the South dealing with freedom, choices, and promises during the Civil War while including a love story, this is an interesting read.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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/with-this-pledge-tamera-alexander/1128128094

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