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The Healing of Natalie Curtis

Title: The Healing of Natalie Curtis
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3613-2

“When was the last time you sang? When was the last time you danced? When was the last time you told your story?” Natalie is asked in Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel, The Healing of Natalie Curtis.

~ What ~
Based on a true story, this three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in American Indians’ music, lore, and legends. With no profanity, topics of mistreatment, abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes a list of characters while the ending has a glossary, author’s notes, acknowledgments, a dozen discussion questions, suggested additional reading, part of another novel by the writer, biography, and advertisements.

In this tale set in the early 1900s in America, twenty-six-year-old musical prodigy Natalie Curtis feels no joy, having not played the piano professionally for six years. To get out of her funk, she leaves the comfort of her New York family home and travels to the West, falling in love with the Native Americans’ singing, dancing, and story-telling. Criss-crossing the country multiple times, the music ethnographer makes it her goal to write a book of the eighteen tribes she visited and their music.

~ Why ~
This is an interesting rendition of how a broken woman became an observer and agent of change as she befriends indigenous people and heals from her past. I appreciated the detail of her not wanting to be a usurper of the Indians yet was the Song Maid of the West who approached President Roosevelt to challenge the United States government’s Code of Offenses that disallowed the natives to cherish their history through music.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like stories of the hardship of American Indians and how they were forced to assimilate into the white man’s world may not enjoy this book. Although Biblical references are mentioned throughout the read, it may not be of interest to those who do not believe in God. Some may think the author’s notes capture more of the protagonist’s life than the novel itself that covers only a ten-year period.

~ Wish ~
As with other books by the author, there is too much information and detail on the many places the main character visited and who she met to the point it was monotonous, especially the last quarter of the book. I also wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like historical fiction based on how a woman found her calling loving American Indians who expressed their heritage through song, dance, and tales, this is a good read that focuses on their culture, love of the land, and ways of life.

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

#TheHealingofNatalieCurtis #JaneKirkpatrick #Revell #AmericanIndiansCodeofOffenses

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Since You’ve Been Gone

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Tari Faris
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3649-1

“Failure can be a good thing, but you have to learn from it and fail forward. Let the failure push you on to something else,” Leah is told in Tari Faris’s novel, Since You’ve Been Gone.

~ What ~
The third in the Restoring Heritage series, this three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page paperback targets those interested in a contemporary romance involving two couples in an inter-connected Midwest town. With no profanity, topics of physical abuse, premarital sex, and unexpected pregnancy may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.

In this story set in Heritage, Michigan, Leah Williams has given up and returned home again, hoping to reestablish her grandfather’s local store. When she learns she has to work with Jon Kensington, her high school arch-enemy, to avoid a buyout of her business, she has hurdles to overcome emotionally and romantically. Jon, having had to abruptly take over his father’s company, hopes he can measure up to expectations and be successful. Both must learn what it means to never give up what is important. Meanwhile, a newcomer to the town who is trying to find himself falls helplessly in love with a woman who feels her past labels her and a teen learns to make better decisions.

~ Why ~
This is a fast, quick read about how four people have to move on from what is expected of them to what God wants for them. The underlying thread that the fear can make one believe they are worthless yet past failures can be sewn into a pattern of relying on Jesus for all things. I like the small-town environment that is charming and unassuming. Having the town’s hippo statue mentioned in all three books is fun and engaging.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not understand the charm of small-town living may not enjoy this read that focuses on letting go of worry and wanting to be perfect all the time. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the references of God’s grace, hope, and direction. The main character tends to be so fickle in making decisions that it may irritate readers.

~ Wish
Similar to prior books in the series, its kissing scenes are a bit overkill in their descriptions. I wish they were toned down a little and all pronouns of God were capitalized. This may be the final book in the series, yet there are enough loose ends that could produce another book.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy a small-town romance that shows how worry, perfectionism, and the fear of failure can overtake lives, this promotes finding lasting love while failing forward.

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

#Revell #TariFaris #SinceYouveBeenGone #RestoringHeritage #FailingForward

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Master Your Core

Title: Master Your Core
Author: Dr. Bohdanna Zazulak
Publisher: TCK Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-6316-111-62

“This book and training program will provide you with simple strategies to achieve all these benefits of a strong, stable, and resilient core,” Dr. Bohdanna Zazulak writes in the introduction of her book, Master Your Core: A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-sixty-five pages, this paperback focuses on how to build and strengthen your core through physical, mental, and spiritual exercises. After a medical disclaimer, foreword, and introduction, there are two parts containing a total of thirteen chapters about the topic, followed by a conclusion, acknowledgments, glossary, author’s biography, and references.

With much detail and information, the first part of this book concentrates on understanding the core, its biomechanics, how it stacks up, how it relates to one’s sex, its connection with the mind and heart, a holistic approach, and its floor. This part includes how to identify the core, correct imbalances, posture, injury differences between the sexes, three types of meditation, cardio-workout, self-care/love, and mindful body scanning. The section covers breathing, awareness, stability, and empowerment plus personalization. Each chapter begins with a quote and ends with seeds of wisdom. There are fifty core strength and stability exercises added.

~ Why ~
Taking care of our bodies as we age is important to our well-being, and this book hones in on how to improve our core through many facets of care. Being in my mid-sixties and doing pilates almost daily, I appreciate the reiteration of working on the core to affect the entire body. Although standard to many programs, the exercises are described both in how they are implemented and how they improve the core.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no interest in improving their health by paying more attention to their bodies’ cores will have no interest in this book. Due to religious reasons, some may not approve of the chapter on the mind that includes focused attention meditation, open monitoring meditation, transcendental meditation, and mindful meditation (I find praying to Jesus Christ remarkedly covers all of these issues).

~ Wish ~
Since the book seems to be geared more toward the younger, more active generations, I wish it mentioned those in their senior years and how to maintain a strong and sturdy core. Including daily, weekly, and monthly exercise charts would be advantageous and help one stay on track and encouraged. An index would be ideal so one could look up a topic or exercise and go directly to it for more information instead of having to search throughout the chapters.

~ Want ~
For those who realize their body’s core is the key to better health if maintained well, this is a helpful read, but one should be aware that it promotes new age concepts that may not truly be science-based.

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

#TCKPublishing #MasterYourCore #DrBohdannaZuzulak

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Aunt Ida Clare

Title: Aunt Ida Clare
Author: Michele McCarthy
Illustrator: Kerri-Jean Malmsten
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-6494906-81

“By cracky, you two learn lickety-split. Now, think about what salty words you can sprinkle around,” Rosalina and Roosevelt are told in Michele McCarthy’s children’s book, Aunt Ida Clare.

~ What ~
This fifty-page paperback targets children ages six to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it focuses on saying and thinking positively not negatively. Simplistic, colorful illustrations grace the full left side pages while the right sides have a small drawing with a decent font size wording. The end of the book has 29 descriptive vocabulary words and the author’s biography.

This story is about Aunt Ida Clare taking care of two siblings while their mother is away. When Rosalina and Roosevelt met the charismatic relative, they are fascinated by how she looks, talks, and acts. The woman with a verbose and artistic vocabulary gently corrects the children when they negatively comment on being hard on themselves by producing an antique salt shovel. Ida explains that words mean everything, bad thoughts should not be used, and to speak with positivity. She reminds them that God wants us to sprinkle truth, love, and goodness with every word we say.

~Why ~
This is a nice book for an inquisitive reader who wants to learn big and impressive words while keeping in mind that words can help or harm themselves or others. I like the fun, easy-breezy style of the aunt’s personification and how God is intertwined in their lives. The book confirms that speaking nicely to others is the best attitude to have.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that reference God may not be interested in this book. Others who are beginning readers may have trouble pronouncing and understanding the complicated four and five-syllable words, some of which they may never use in everyday conversation. Its content may be above some children’s educational level.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciated all the extensive words, it would be helpful if the vocabulary at the end of the book included pronunciations. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that promotes salting our words and thoughts with positivity plus has interesting words to learn, this would be a fun read that also mentions Jesus.

Thanks to Christian Indie Publishing Association, Elk Lake Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#CIPA #ChristianIndiePublishingAssociation #ElkLakePublishing #AuntIdaGrace #MicheleMcCarthy #KerriJeanMalmsten

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U/D Girl’s Knitted Hair Clips

HAIR CLIPS FOR LITTLE GIRLS

~ What ~
Made of colorful threads, woven material, elastic, and metal, this “green” pack includes 1 large pixie hair holder, 10 elastic hair bands, a pair of flower bands, and 5 princess animal clips. Measuring 1.2 to 1.8 inches each, the handmade clips include a bunny, duck, lion, pig, and penguin. The large mermaid measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches and includes a 20 by 1 inch green ribbon. The clips have spring lobster clip backings. Instructions are not added, and they arrive on a display card.

~ Why ~
Since our 2-year-old granddaughter loves dressing up with hair clips, especially if they relate to cute animals, this is a lovely set that she will enjoy. I appreciate all the different designs so she can pick and choose what she wants to wear each day. The knitted animals are fun and look homemade.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have short hair may not be able to use clips like this. Some may not like that they are made out of thread so may break easily or come apart. The mermaid is rather large so may work best for those with long hair.

~ Wish ~
I wish the Amazon page not only listed what the clips were made of and their measurements, but that there were more photographs that showed the back of the clips, in a child’s hair, and on the display card for sizing.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive collection of different little girl hair barrettes and elastic bands that are colorful, this set is a nice choice but it would be helpful if more information was provided.

Thanks to U/D for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredbyritazhang #PrincessHairClips #KnittedLittleGirlsHairTies #CuteHairforGirls

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Neilgo 2 Pack Shower Squeegees

SET OF 2 GLASS CLEANING BLADES

~ What ~
Made of silicone and metal, this set includes 2 rotatable squeegees to clean windows and shower glass panels. With a little assembly, each measures 13.7 inches long and 10.6 inches wide and comes with a rubber handle and a 360-degree rotatable blade. They arrive in a gift box with instructions.

~ Why ~
I tend to be a weekly cleaner in our house so demand a durable, sturdy squeegee to clean our shower glass doors and walls. I like that these have a wide blade with a comfortable grip that is non-slip. It is easy to maneuver and rotate the blade over the surface without leaving much water residue.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not clean their house often or prefer washing their shower doors with a cleaner may not want these squeegees, but they can be used daily to keep the glass free of smears, water stains, and more. These need to be assembled, which may be tricky for those who do not like putting things together, but a mini-Phillips head screwdriver is added.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if they came pre-assembled as turning the screwdriver might be hard on fragile hands.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for 2 sturdy squeegees, these work well and do what they are supposed to do

Thanks to Neilgo for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbydavidyyEU #Neilgo #2PackShowerSqueegee #ShowerGlassWiper #CleantheGlassShower

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Under the Bayou Moon

Title: Under the Bayou Moon
Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3751-1

“You’re the only one who’s come because you wanted to be here. You’re the only one I’ve felt was truly led to Bernadette,” Ellie is told in Valerie Fraser Luesse’s novel, Under the Bayou Moon.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romance with a Cajon flair. With no profanity, topics of loneliness, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a chapter from another book by the author, a note, acknowledgments, the writer’s biography, and advertisements.

Set in a fictitious town in Louisiana in the late 1940s, young Ellie Fields has left home to strike out on her own and find herself. Being young and naive, the idealistic woman secures a job teaching in the bayou where English is demanded as the only word spoken. Sensing the angst and fear of the children in her charge, not only does she learn how to circumvent a senator’s corrupt motives and laws of the land to help the children learn, but she falls in love with the land as well as a Cajun fisherman who must move on from the past.

~Why ~
This romantic story of acceptance and faith is a lovely read if you know little about the bayou and its heritage in Acaridan Louisiana. I appreciated learning the history of the French Canadians, their culture, and their way of living on stilts in the water. The addition of an old white alligator slipped in and out of the story effortlessly.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like fictions about the bayou that contain religious differences between Christian and Catholics may not be interested in this book. Others may find the romantic part of the story anti-climatic while some of its characters were stereotypical.

~ Want ~
If you do not know much about the Louisiana bayou and its people, this is an engaging read about finding love and oneself while dealing with life on the water, new-found friendships, and a legendary alligator.

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

#Revell #UndertheBayouMoon #ValerieFraserLuesse #LouisianaBayouNovel

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Awesome!

Title: Awesome!
Author: Dick Eastman
Publisher: Chosen Books
ISBN: 978-0-8007-6195-0

 “Each day we spend during our Month in the Son, a chapter will help us explore the wonders of a foundational aspect of Christ’s nature and character,” Dick Eastman writes in the introduction of his book, Awesome!: Exploring the Nature and Names of Jesus.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-four-page hardcover book targets those who enjoy dwelling on the amazing qualities of our Lord Jesus Christ. After a foreword by Mark Batterson, acknowledgments, introduction, and instructions, thirty-one chapters about Jesus’s nature and character are discussed, ending with notes, the author’s biography, and an advertisement. Using mainly the Amplified Bible, the AMPC, CEV, ESV, KJV, MSG, MEV, NASB, NIRV, NIV, NIV1984, NKJV, NLT, and TPT versions are referenced. A white silk ribbon marker is attached.

In this devotional meant to be read over a month’s time, the subjects of Jesus’s awesome and powerful personality are described. Each chapter begins with a quote from a well-known writer, pastor, or missionary, followed by several pages about a specific quality of Christ, usually including written out Bible verses. There is a prayer for the day involving the topic, a generic four-step practical application, and a page of ongoing alphabetical lists that glorify Jesus’s name with verses to look up. Some of the subject titles about Jesus use the adjectives supreme, beautiful, suffering, compassionate, spotless, missional, authoritative, worthy, joyful, steadfast, preeminent, and incomparable.

~Why ~
Focusing on the attributes of Jesus is important to the daily believer’s walk so this is a vital collection of His character and nature. I appreciate it concentrates on Christ and not the writer’s experiences like so many devotionals tend to do; it includes Scripture to back up its foundings. The prayers are written from the heart and reiterate the chapter’s topic well.

One chapter I liked was The Returning Jesus. Beginning with a quote from Billy Graham, the following paragraphs remind us of looking forward to the return of Christ. As He promised in John 14 and 1 Thessalonians, we are to look for a cleavage in the sky. God has extreme patience as we wait impatiently for the Rapture while He builds our eternal home (I Peter 3:8-9). The prayer longs for Jesus’s return in anticipation.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not think this book is helpful or edifying, yet it is the foundation of our beliefs that magnify and glorify our Savior. Some may not like that the paragraphs are limited to four pages in a chapter, the application is repeated without any additional information about the topic, and the lists are alphabetical so often do not relate to the chapter’s subject.

~ Wish ~
It would be advantageous to have the list of the 868 names at the back of the book for quick reference. I wish there were not so many Bible versions chosen.

~ Want ~
If you want to do a month-long study on Jesus’s character and nature, this will help you get closer to Him. My favorite part was the lists that contain almost nine hundred awesome names of Christ to cherish throughout the year.

Thanks to Chosen, Baker Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

#BakerPublishing #ChosenBakerPublishing #DickEastman #AwesomeExploringtheNatureandNamesofJesus

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Beyond the Tides

Title: Beyond the Tides
Author: Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3737-5

“Winning over Meg Whitaker was his challenge. He didn’t need her to like him. He just needed her to stop hating him,” Oliver determines in Liz Johnson’s novel, Beyond the Tides.

~ What ~
The first in the Prince Edward Island Shores series, this three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page book targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance, uncovering family secrets, and forgiveness. With no profanity, topics of illness may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt of the next book in the series, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

Set on Prince Edward Island in Canada, twenty-seven-year olds Oliver and Meg are opposites who are still negatively dealing with an incident that happened between them over sixteen years ago. While Meg refuses to forgive and forget, Oliver wants to move on in life, especially when her father agrees to let the two compete to own the family lobster boat business. As the two are forced to work with each other during the fishing season, they must not only become a team, but they need to turn bitterness into forgiveness to accomplish their goal.

~Why ~
This romantic story of grace and mercy shows how love can conquer the past and tragedies suffered and heal the pain and sorrow, especially when it involves family members who have illnesses or abandon others. I appreciated how Oliver was portrayed as a salty seaman who was a tender teddy bear under his rough, large frame. The characters were believable and well written.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Christian romances will pass on this story that promotes God’s love and forgiveness while learning to accept others as they are. Although no eternal plan of salvation is discussed, it does have references to the Bible and prayers to God. The idea of holding a grudge since middle school seems a bit childish, and the romance is predictable.

~ Wish ~
I found several loose ends in the story, but I am sure they will tie together in future books in the series. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like reading about a relationship that was broken for over a decade and slowly washed clean by the tides of forgiveness, this is an engaging light read.

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

#Revell #BeyondtheTides #LizJohnson #PrinceEdwardIslandShoresSeries #ForgivenessNovel

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Unshakable Unbreakable Joy

Title: Unshakable Unbreakable Joy
Author: Jennifer Slattery
Publisher: Wholly Loved
ISBN: 9798638839789

“That, my sisters, is joy. It’s that deep, underpinning awareness that God sees us, is with us, and is, at every moment, working all things for the good of those who love Him,” writes Jennifer Slattery in the introduction of the workbook, Unshakable Unbreakable Joy: A 10-Week Study.

~ What ~
Written by the Wholly Loved Ministries team of women, this two-hundred-and-sixty-page paperback targets mainly females wanting to find true joy through Jesus Christ by watching videos in a group setting and working through a ten-week program. Designed to be written in, the book has many blank pages or spaces to complete. Using mainly the New International Version of The Bible, the NLT and ESV are also referenced.

Covering the topic of joy, the beginning contains an introduction and study overview followed by ten chapters and ending with autobiographies of the authors and editors. Geared toward group study, each chapter begins with a short video link (12-18 minutes each) to watch, fill-in-the-blank group questions and their applications, daily lessons to complete at home, weekly reflections, and invitations to spend time praying with the encouragement to journalizing.

~ Why ~
This is a well-done, professional Bible study for women on finding inner and eternal joy through God. I appreciate the honest, realistic discussions that reiterate that God loves us more than anything, wants the best for us, and we can find true contentment, joy, and peace through Him and not this world. I liked that Jennifer and her team often quoted Scriptures both on the videos and in the chapters. The subjects covered where joy is found, grace-filled living, overflowing love, dealing with conflict and discontentment, understanding God’s sovereignty, open-handed living, suffering, surrendering, and celebration.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may find no need or not understand how God is the answer to our problems that lack joy, contentment, and peace. Some younger women who are mothers or employed full time may find they have no time to do all of the book’s daily instructions, especially the more challenging ones at the end of some chapters. Older women may find it rather tedious and prefer being in the Word more helpful than watching videos, reading specific Bible verses, and writing down answers and thoughts for each chapter.

~ Wish ~
I find this workbook is what I call an “I” book as it has too many of the readers’ experiences and thoughts to wade through to get to its main content. Granted some ladies like this approach when reading a study book, but I find it is written mainly for the writer’s awareness/growth and not as much for the readers’. It would be thoughtful if the eternal plan of salvation were explained more in depth for those readers who may not have surrendered their lives to the Lord.

~ Want ~
If you want true joy, look to the Lord as He is your savior. This book may help guide you in understanding how our paths are molded by the Potter and we are the clay to give you an ongoing, overwhelming joy, but it should not be replaced by daily Bible reading.

Thanks to Wholly Loved and the author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

#WhollyLoved #WhollyLovedMinistries #UnshakenableUnbreakableJoy #WomensBibleStudyonJoy #JenniferSlattery #SusanAken #JessicaBrodie #AndreaChatelain

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