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Amazing Gracie

Amazing GracieTitle: Amazing Gracie
Author: Michael Haibach
Publisher: MJH Publishing
ISBN: 978-1981923083

“You want to forget your past. Then create a new one and move on,” Grace is told in Michael Haibach’s book, Amazing Gracie.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-four-page paperback targets those who like a biography about a woman that held a secret about her past for almost a hundred years. With minor profanity, topics of poverty, physical abuse, prostitution, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

In this true story written by her grandson, Grace Dodson Haibach may have appeared as a well-bred, well-mannered, and societal lady who was born in 1893, but she never told a soul about her horrible upbringing until she was in her nineties. After being an orphan in an asylum, placed into five foster homes, and eventually ran away, the child learned at a young age to keep to herself, hide her inner feelings, and never speak or look up. With the help of a wealthy friend, she buried her heartbreaking past and redesigned herself with poise, maturity, and sophistication.

~ Why ~
While most of us grow up having to deal with our mistakes or family tragedies, we may not have the fortitude and wherewithal to survive being put in an orphanage like Grace and some her of siblings were although their parents were still alive. The protagonist’s constant drive to change for the better and not become bitter or pitied is a tribute to her determination. I like that the story of her life did finally come out and was shared by one of her grandchildren.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tales of the abuse of children and poverty faced physically and emotionally in an orphanage in the early 1900s may avoid this read. Others may not like that the main character consistently lied and used a false identity to alter her past, avoiding any connection to it based on thinking others would think less of her. Some may be disappointed that Grace did not keep in contact with her siblings and relatives throughout the many decades.

~ Wish ~
While I enjoyed the compilation of Grace’s rise from feeling she was a nobody to a well-respected and loved wife, mother, and grandmother, I feel sorry that she never came completely clean about her past, abandoning her siblings and not fully reconciling with them or their children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a biography of one woman’s secretive life of overcoming a sad and dismal childhood to feeling important, this is a good read, especially if you are related to the woman.

Thanks to Marich Media 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/amazing-gracie-michael-haibach/1128211524

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Pidge Takes the Stage

Pidge Takes The StageTitle: Pidge Takes the Stage
Author: Michelle Staubach Grimes
Illustrator: Bill Deore
Publisher: Pidge Media
ISBN: 978-0-9908420-1-9

“Pidge stretched her mouth so wide it hurt. Tears welled in her eyes. What have I gotten myself into? She thought,” Michelle Staubach Grimes writes in her children’s book, Pidge Takes the Stage.

~ What ~
A sequel in a series, this oversized thirty-two-page hardbound targets five- to six-year-old children and readers who appreciate a fun story about participation, hard work, and acceptance. With no scary scenes, it would be best read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Expressive, detailed illustrations by Deore cover the pages with the story coinciding with the artwork.

In this charming story, young Pidge decides to audition for a school play and include her rather unruly-behaved dog, Maverick. While everyone tells her the dog is not well trained and she has to learn how to sing properly, the girl believes in herself and her canine. After taking lessons and training her dog as best as she can, the day of the audition arrives, but chaos occurs when Maverick misbehaves. Pidge’s friend takes care of the beloved pet so she can audition and be selected for a different role in the play.

~ Why ~
This book is a clever way for a young child to learn about believing in oneself, practicing to get better at something, not giving up on others, being a friend, offering unconditional love, and trying your best in every situation. I love how the author promotes doing hard work and fortitude to achieve a goal.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. Those with visual issues may find some of the illustrations too busy and hectic.

~ Wish ~
While the book is for five and six-year-olds, I think it could be read and understood by younger children or read on its own by older kids in the lower elementary grades. I hope more adventures of Pidge are in the works.

~ Want ~
If you read the first in the series of Pidge’s life, this book will delight a young reader. It would be well received by a reader who likes to learn or try new things while accepting things do not always work out as planned.

Thanks to Finnpartners 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/pidge-takes-the-stage-michelle-grimes/1127921224

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The Aging Brain

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your MindTitle: The Aging Brain
Author: Timothy R. Jennings, MD
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-7522-3

“Dementia is a pathological state—an abnormal situation—a disease state that may, with healthy choices, be avoided,” Timothy R. Jennings, MD, states in his book, The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-eighty-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in ways to protect themselves and others from the possible onset of dementia as they age. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NET and NKJV. After a table of contents, author’s notes, acknowledgments, and introduction, the four sections are completed by an addendum, notes, author’s biography, and advertisements.

The book’s four parts cover seventeen chapters that include the history of aging, oxidative stress, lifestyle, and pathological aging. Each chapter has a title, quote by a famous person, and topic discussion, ending with learning points and an action plan. Some topics covered include developing a healthy brain, epigenetics, genes, obesity, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, exercise, sleep, vacation, spiritual beliefs, mental stress, love and death, vitamins and supplements, risk factors for dementia, and caring for a loved one with the disease.

~Why ~
I appreciate books that contain both scientific and applicable data, and this one does about how our brain wears down as we age. It points out the destructive inflammation and oxidation that damages the brain and sometimes can be avoided. Whether dealing with mental stressors or making poor choices that may lead to mistakes, we all need to rely on God to accept our mortality. I like how the author approached having a relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important decision one can make while leading a healthy lifestyle to maintain a vibrant brain.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers who do not believe or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not consider the spiritual aspect of brain health. Others may not agree with the writer’s physiatric approach to the topic, although dealing with bitterness and promoting forgiveness will improve one’s health.

~ Wish ~
While I know that the discussions in the book apply to all of us to keep a healthy attitude, body, and brain, I did not glean much new information except to eat more walnuts and drink pomegranate juice and coffee but avoid using gingko biloba as a preventative supplement to dementia. I wish the last part of the book was the focal point as it gave more specific suggestions.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an easy-to-comprehend book about maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you age in hopes to protect your memory, this may offer some valid points to improve your quality of life as you get older.

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/the-aging-brain-timothy-jennings-timothy-r-md/1127179105

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God’s Blessing Day by Day

God's Blessing Day By Day: MyDaily Devotional for KidsTitle: God’s Blessing Day by Day
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1130-0

This 52-week devotional will help you enjoy those quiet times with your children as you teach them about the Lord and His blessings,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of his compiled book, God’s Blessing Day by Day.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-thirty-six-pages, this small hardbound targets children ages eight years old and older who want a daily devotional about God and His blessings. Using mainly the International Children’s Bible, also referenced are the CEV, NCV, and NIV. A contributors’ list and Scripture index, as well as a white ribbon marker, complete the book. With some complicated wording, the book should be read out loud to beginner readers.

Written by fifty-three pastors, children’s ministers, and other church leaders, the My Daily Devotional for Kids covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks, each devotion by different authors begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. A purple tab highlights a feature of the topic; the bottom of the page lists the author.

Some topic titles include Jesus Loves Us All, Happy Parents, How Powerful is God?, Don’t Forget to Remember, Our Amazing God, We Have Good News, God’s Comfort, Just Like a Magnet, Jesus Can Use You Too, We Need One Another, Joy, and Words That Taste Like Candy.

~Why ~
I like that each author’s devotion is written differently and focuses on topics most third and fourth graders can comprehend about the Almighty. The day’s page is short and to the point.

One example I enjoyed is Night Guard, Week 23 Weekend, that has Psalm 121:3 as its key Bible verse. After mentioning how a guard watches over someone to make sure they are safe, the devotion reminds young readers that God takes care of them, even when they are asleep, and He protects them every minute they are awake. The prayer is of thanks to God for His protection, and the purple tab states “I can trust God to keep me safe.”

~ Why Not ~
This is not an in-depth devotional and may be best for children who already have Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Some readers may not like that there are only six devotions per week included.

~ Wish ~
Since the book seems to state it should be read out loud to children at the end of the day, it may not engage those who are mature at the age of eight years old or older due to some of the rudimentary topics. I think the book may be more geared to read to those in kindergarten and the lower grade levels.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a kid’s six-day-a-week devotional about God and the wonderful blessings He bestows on us, this may be a good option, but it may be targeted for those younger who enjoy having someone read to them.

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/gods-blessing-day-by-day-thomas-nelson/1127480862

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Fronage Criss Cross Back Women’s Shirt

COMFY SHORT SLEEVE CROSS-STRAPS SHIRT

~ What ~
Made of 70% polyester and 30% cotton, this women’s collarless scooped-neck shirt has short sleeves and ends below the tummy on an average-sized woman. Its main feature are the 4 thin straps at the upper back. Available in 3 colors of black, gray, and light pink, it comes in 4 sizes of small, medium, large, and X-large. With a pocket over the left breast, the zipperless and buttonless garment covers the breast area and flows loosely past the waistline with a scooped bottom. Cleaning instructions are included on an attached tag stating it can be machine washed with like colors, but dry cleaning is recommended.

~ Why ~
I like the feel of the material as it is soft and a little stretchy. I selected the Black. Able to slip it over my head easily, it accents my bust and waistline while covering my hips and bottom. I can wear a regular bra without the bra straps showing under the shirts straps. The Medium size fit my Size 8 frame comfortably.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that there is no zipper or buttons, but it is not hard to get on or off. Tall women may think it is too short, but it flows over the bottom without concentrating on a “muffin top” at the waistline. Others may not like the lower back with the straps. I found the 2 of the outer straps were too long so do not lay flat against the skin.

~ Wish ~
I like the garment but wish the straps were evenly sewn on so they laid flat and did not stick out (see photo). It would be helpful if a size chart was included online as no measurements are offered. Having online care instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun yet comfortable shirt that shows off your back with thin straps, this is a viable option.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Jenifer #Fronage

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CT8MM7W/

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Dinner for Dinos

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, ChewTitle: Dinner for Dinos
Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1214-6

“The dinos were completely full–
They couldn’t lift a finger.
The dinner plates had been licked clean,
And not a morsel lingered,”
states the ending of Tommy Nelson children’s book, Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this square paperback with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who are learning about eating healthily and properly. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about several dinosaurs preparing and eating dinner. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

When one dino decides to have a picnic dinner, he and his friends go to the grocery dino-store to pick up meats, greens, and treats. However, Bronto does not like green food, but he is told those who eat good foods grow up big and strong. After arriving home, all the dinos prepare the meal, set the table, say a prayer, and eat heartily, without making a single burp as they clean their plates.

~Why ~
This is a nice tale about sharing a meal among dinosaurs. I like that the main theme of the book evokes friendship and working together to accomplish a task. The colorful illustrations by Whitehouse have enough detail to engage young readers.

~ Why Not ~
The book is rudimentary in that covers the animals going to the store, buying and preparing food, praying to God, and eating it; yet it does not promote what healthy foods to eat or how to cook them. Those who have no relationship with Jesus may not approve of the one time God is mentioned. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the idea of working together to make a meal and eat it, I wish there were more to this book, showing different tasty veggies or healthy items and why they are good for us.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for young ones about dinos banning together over mealtime, this may be a good choice, but I wish it were more involved.

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/dinner-for-dinos-ben-whitehouse/1127480988

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HOSH SALAD CUTTER BOWL

A SALAD BOWL WITH CUTTING SLOTS

~ What ~
Made of white ABS plastic that is BPA-free, this salad cutter set comes with a bowl that has slots for cutting through with a knife and a detachable shallow base. Measuring approximately 5.7 inches tall and 6.9 inches wide, it comes in a gift box with instructions.

~ Why ~
We try to eat a lot of salads, and cutting the lettuce and veggies can be arduous. I like that the top half has slots for a knife to cut a head of lettuce or other vegetables evenly. When the bowl is placed on the base, it can be manually rotated via its ridges to cut the contents of the bowl without having to touch the food. I like the concept that you can fill the bowl with various items and then cut them uniformly within seconds.

~ Why Not ~
Those who prefer to cut salads or veggies directly with a knife and not worry about uniformity will not need this item. Others may think the bowl is too small to hold a decent amount of food. To use a full head of lettuce, I had to cut it down to fit it in the bowl, so there was no room for other added items. Also, it might be frustrating to cut carrots or hard vegetables that are in the bowl along with softer ones such as tomatoes or mushrooms.

~ Wish ~
It would be thoughtful to include washing instructions online and in the enclosed manual; I am guessing the product is dishwasher safe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to cut food quickly into equal pieces, this would be a viable option if you want to cut several small items at the same time.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored Sara Shalom #HOSH

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/HOSH-Seconds-chopper-Vegetable-kitchen/dp/B0742M7MDW

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10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms

10 Minutes in the Word: PsalmsTitle: 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09125-7

“The psalms are loved and memorized by so many because of their relatability in addressing many of life’s most significant questions,” the introduction states in the book, 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two-pages, this small hardbound targets men and women seeking a short devotional taken from the Psalms. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, forty-six chapters cover the one-hundred-and-fifty chapters. A fill-in ownership page, table of contents, introduction, and notes, as well as a ribbon marker, complete the book.

In this condensed book, from one to several Psalms are included in each of the chapters that cover four pages. After a title, a couple of Bible verses are written out, followed by instructions to read specific Psalms. Two pages cover the topic, usually first discussing what the verses mean and who wrote them, ending with an application to the reader. A prayer and highlighted reminder tip complete the chapter.

Some topic titles include He is Your Rock (Psalm 18), Fear of the Lord (Psalms 34-37), Restoration (Psalms 51-54), Do Not Be Fooled (Psalms 72-74), Make a Joyful Noise (Psalms 79-81), All His Benefits (Psalms 103-104), Songs of Ascent (Psalms 130-134), and Victory is Coming (Psalms 144-146).

~Why ~
I like that every chapter of Psalms is included and in numerical order in the book. Having a little background information about who wrote the psalms and why is educational and interesting as most may think the book was only written by David, which it was not.

One example I enjoyed was Psalms 119 by David, titled Hide His Word in Your Heart, reminding us to hide God’s Word in our heart. The devotional is about God’s amazing and powerful Word, calling us to seek and search for Him in Scriptures. The prayer is about diligently reading the Bible and yearning for the Lord’s guidance with the tip being about making God a top priority.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate this read. This is not an in-depth devotional so may be best for new believers and not replace daily reading of the Bible. Some may not care for the referred Bible version.

~ Wish ~
Not a fan of the NIV, I wish other Bible versions were offered in this lovely gift book.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a classy gift for someone special who loves reading about the Psalms, this would make a thoughtful choice if you like the NIV.

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/10-minutes-in-the-word-zondervan/1126606208

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Together Forever

Together Forever (Orphan Train Series #2)Title: Together Forever
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1805-7

“And there’s nothing more you could have done either,” Marianne tells her partner in Jody Hedlund’s novel, Together Forever.”

~ What ~
The second in the Orphan Train series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with heartbreak and happiness in the 1850s. Containing no profanity, topics of poverty, abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The author’s notes and biography, as well as advertisements for other books, are included.

When Marianne Neumann gets a job with the Children’s Aid Society, she has ulterior motives to search for her sister who she thinks is one of the orphans put on the trains headed west to find better homes. As the nineteen-year-old woman travels with over thirty children to handle their placing-outs, she shares the task with Drew Brady, a young man who is guilt- and grief-ridden about his past. While the miles pass on the rails, Marianne and Drew flirt, tease, and have playful bantering that may end up altering more than just their two lives.

~ Why ~
The author does a thorough job explaining how the organization placed orphaned children in homes across the states while showing the tender but sometimes heart-wrenching decisions to let go to those that need to find their way. I like development of many of the children, showing their fears and dreams as they are revealed.

~ Why Not ~
Some may wish the book was not so romantically predictable with its premarital passion. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the lightly-sprinkled spiritual references. I questioned Marianne’s unchallenged lying and the unusual marriage engagements.

~ Wish ~
Having not read the first book in the series, I felt there remained many unanswered questions in this one. Due to the book’s ending, it may leave many wondering what happens next to its characters, which hopefully will be mentioned in the third book.

~ Want ~
If you like historical Christian fiction of orphan trains involving the Children’s Aid Society in America, this will peek your interest, but you may tire of the ongoing breathy romance between two protagonists as you wait for its ending.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/together-forever-jody-hedlund/1127179102

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MOAAC Silicone Sponge Pack

SET OF 4 WASHABLE SILICONE SPONGES

~ What ~
This pack contains 4 sponges made of food-grade, BPA-free silicone that can handle high temperatures. Shaped as a yellow flower, blue star, pink heart, and green circle, they have tiny bristles with hanging loops. Being dishwasher safe, they measure approximately 4.5 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick each. Instructions are not included in the cellophane packaging with each individually wrapped.

~ Why ~
I am a fan of anything made of silicone as it is so adaptable. These sponges are versatile and easy to use. I love that I can put them in the dishwasher when they get grimy or dirty and that I can use them to clean my makeup brushes as well as pots and pans. The attached loops are great for hanging them to dry.

~ Why Not ~
Some may prefer cloth towels or regular foam sponges, but those can collect bacteria and mold easily, which a silicone sponge may not. Others may not like the color choices or design patterns as they may not match their décor. I found it odd that all but the yellow flower one had bristles on both sides, yet it was the easiest to grasp. The loops are thin and may tear over time.

~ Wish ~
With almost all the sponges having small bristles on both sides, it would be better if one side was flat and had drainage holes. The loops could be thicker.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of perky silicone sponges in 4 colors that are reusable, this pack would be a viable choice.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Gang Wang #MOACC

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0772RQJFM/

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