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The Basic Bible Atlas

Title: The Basic Bible Atlas
Author: John A. Beck
Publisher: BakerBooks
ISBN: 978-0-8010-7790-6

“And we will not fully understand this story unless we understand the place from which it has come. That is why you need an atlas. Because some of what the Lord has to say to us, he has said using geography,” John S. Beck writes in the introduction of his book, The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide of the Land of the Bible.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page paperback targets those who want to have a better understanding of the lands mentioned in the Holy Bible. After a map and illustration list plus acknowledgments, the book is divided into two parts: Introduction to Geography and Putting the Story in Its Place. The ending includes notes, Scripture index, and an index of place names. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.

In this book that focuses mainly on Israel and its surrounding areas, over sixty maps with illustrations explain the Old and New Testaments’ geographical locations relating to the stories they provide. The first part has an introduction to the atlas and Biblical world that includes the ancient Near East, regions mentioned in the Bible, and Israel’s major cities, towns, roads, zones, rainfall, seasons, culture, soils, and products. The second and larger section of the book is subdivided into eight chapters covering the creation, the exodus, conquests, the kingdom’s establishments, divisions, and exile, and when Jesus was living as well as church stories.

~Why ~
This is is a wonderful read as it is basic and too the point so the reader can pick a topic of the Old or New Testament and pinpoint on a map where it took place. I loved looking at the maps’ notes and learning that Israel covered 6,750 square miles, the Jewish people’s meandering route for forty years in the desert, where Samson lived and died, the travels of the Ark of the Covenant, the expansion of Jerusalem and its Temple, and Elisha’s history. Understanding the distances Jesus traveled and places He performed miracles were interesting as well as Paul’s many journeys.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in an atlas that shows how God was and is always there, taking care of the beloved Jews and Christians. Others may wish there was more content to the discussions, but it is a basic synopsis.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more stories of every person’s whereabouts in the Bible, but this would be a major task. Including an index by people’s names would be helpful for quick look-up. By accident, I noticed Susa (Nehemiah and Esther) was not listed in the index. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are wondering how far Moses traveled, where Bethlehem is related to Jerusalem, or how the Word of God was spread in the New Testament, this is an excellent source of knowledge that will amaze you.

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

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AukCherie Pipe Cleaner Set

100 EACH OF COLORED PIPECLEANERS, EYES, & POMPOMS

~ What ~
Made of a flexible metal wire with chenille fiber covering, plastic eyes, and soft round balls, this pack includes 300 pieces of pipe cleaners, eyeballs, and pompoms. With 100 of each item, there are 10 different colors of the 12-inch long sticks, 10 different colors with 5 different sizes of pompoms, and 3 sizes of black eyes on white backgrounds. They arrive in a cellophane bag with no instructions.

~ Why ~
With 4 grandchildren, I love to have art projects when they come to visit from out of state. As an artist, I like working with any type of medium, including bendable pipe cleaners, pompoms, and eyes. I like that there are so many different colors of the pipe cleaners and pompoms that can be shaped into a myriad of objects. The eyes are fun to add to any art project too.

~ Why Not ~
Some may want the pipes to be either longer or shorter, but a foot-long is a decent size. Others may wish there were more of each color.

~ Wish ~
I wish silver and gold wires were also were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun way to decorate or be entertained using colorful, flexible soft wires, little pompoms, and fun eyeballs, this will keep young ones (and even adults) entertained for hours.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyCherry #AukCherie #ColoredPipeCleaners #PipeCleanersEyesPomPoms

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HansGo Plastic Easter Basket Set

6 COLORFUL BASKETS WITH FAKE GRASS

~ What ~
Made of non-toxic plastic, this set includes 6 colorful baskets with heart-shaped cut-outs on their sides, wide lips, and white snap-on handles. Measuring 3.9 by 5.9 by 6.7 inches, there are 2 each in yellow, pink, and blue colors. The set comes with 50 grams (3 bags) of fake plastic grass in a cardboard bag, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
I am not into the Easter egg hunt for our grandchildren, but I love that these cute baskets are the perfect size to hold small prizes when I do treasure hunts with them. I like the cut-out hearts and the 3 different colors with the white handles.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not realize that these are small baskets that can only hold about 6-8 eggs each. Others may wish they were in all the same or more color choices.

~ Wish ~
Although these work well, I wish the baskets were a little larger so could be used to store toys, craft supplies, make-up, and more, but they are cute for their size.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 6 colorful baskets for Easter, decorating, or storing, these are an excellent choice for the price.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySally #HansGo #EasterBaskets #ColorfulPlasticBaskets

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Ixaer Detachable Hanging Handbag Organizer

4-TIER SEE-THROUGH DOUBLE STORAGE HOLDER

~ What ~
Made of nonwoven polyester with a nylon zipper and 2 stainless steel hooks, this organizer contains 4 compartments that can be separated into 2 sections, each with reinforced bottoms, that can be hung on a standard closet dowel. Available in beige, brown, or gray, the stacked unit measures 52.22 by 15.7 by 6.1 inches. Instructions with tips are included.

~ Why ~
This storage tower is ideal to hold purses or items that weigh up to 18 pounds. I like that each area can be seen easily through the meshed lining. The bases are sturdy, without folding inward haphazardly. I like that it can be divided into 2 sections via the zipper. There is also a small storage area at the peak of each tower.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like storing purses by hanging them in a closet, but this is a great way to see, choose, and access items quickly. Others may wish there were more than only 3 colors available, but they do match most closet organizers.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more options available such as more storage sections (4 or 5) as these work well to hold rolled-up shorts, bath towels, and more.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to store purses so they can be viewed and accessed quickly, this detachable 4-tier set is a great idea.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyDenshine #Ixaer #DetatchableHangingHandbagOrganizer

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Vgoodall Decorative Ribbon ~ 25 Yards

75 FEET OF WIDE GINGHAM RIBBON

~ What ~
Made of non-toxic polyester fabric, this roll of decorative ribbon comes in 10 different mostly gingham patterns and colors that are 25 yards long and usually 1 inch wide. The black and white washable buffalo ribbon has large squares. It arrives on a cardboard spool in a cellophane bag, ready for using or gifting.

~ Why ~
I love using ribbon when I wrap presents and black and white gingham is a classic favorite. I appreciate how wide and pliable the ribbon is without fraying when cut. It is attractive for hair bows, presents, Christmas ornaments, and other decorating uses around the house.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this spool only contains 75 feet, yet that is an ample amount. Others may prefer vinyl or plastic ribbon over one made of cloth material.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a durable, sturdy ribbon that will not degrade easily and is wide with many options, this is a keeper.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySally #Vgoodall #BuffaloBlackandWhiteRibbon #GinghamRibbon

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Disi Women’s Gray Long Sleeve Button T-Shirt

COMFY WOMEN’S SIDE-SLIT BUTTON TOP

~ What ~
Made of 65% Cotton and 35% Polyester, this women’s collarless shirt has long sleeves with side-splits plus 3 buttons on each side. It has a scooped round neckline and front and back bottom that ends around the crotch. Available in 4 colors of brown, gray, light green, and rose purple, it comes in 5 sizes of small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large. With a jersey feel, the zipperless garment covers the breast area and flows loosely on the body. Cleaning instructions are included on an attached tag stating it should be washed separately or dry cleaned.

~ Why ~
I like the feel of the material as it is soft and pliable. The gray goes nicely with black or blue casual pants. Able to slip it over my head easily, it accents my bust and waistline while covering my hips and bottom. The sleeves are not too tight or restrictive. The double stitching is even and without frays. 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. The buttons are decorative only, not able to undo.

~ Wish ~
I like the look of this shirt, but I wish its online information regarding its fabric contents and cleaning instructions matched the garment’s label.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun yet comfortable shirt that is trendy, this is a great option.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyCassie #Disi

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Isaiah’s Legacy

Title: Isaiah’s Legacy
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9188-1

“I thought we wanted to make Judah better. Teach Nasseh about the true gods that could make him the greatest king in Judah’s history,” a confused Shulle considers in Mesu Andrew’s novel, Isaiah’s Legacy: A Novel of Prophets and Kings.

~ What ~
The third book in the series, this four-hundred-page paperback targets those who enjoy Biblical historical fiction involving King Manasseh, Israel’s Old Testament king whose reign of terror forced Jews to worship and sacrifice to other gods. Containing no profanity or explicit sexual situations, its topics of sorcery, physical abuse, torture, child sacrifices, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. A chart of characters, reader’s note, map, and prologue is at the beginning, while the ending includes an epilogue, acknowledgments, and author’s note. Corresponding Bible verses are written out at the beginning of each chapter with references.

Written mostly in first person, this comprehensive story covers over fifty-years of Judah’s history when King Hezekiah dies and his smart but troubled and dysfunctional son takes his place and turns from trusting Yahew, the God of his father, to worshipping foreign idols. Told mainly through the eyes of Shulle, the child, friend, and lover of the young king, she learns slowly how trusting in the Almighty no matter what the cost is the only answer to the evil, tragic, and cruel ruling of her husband, Nasseh.

~ Why ~
Having read the Bible cover to cover yearly, I was extremely impressed with the detail Andrews divulges in this rewritten story. With the tale’s focus on dark arts of curses, cures, and charms, it shows how demonic planning and plotting to take our eyes off the Lord can never be overshadowed by God’s eternal plan, even when we do not understand what it is. The writer’s characterizations are flawless of a protagonist, young king who becomes a ruthless dictator, and family members who either religiously follow or blatantly disregard God’s Word.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the beliefs and prayers to Him for help, support, and peace. Others may not care for the ample liberties taken to enhance the storyline, but they are well written and believable. A couple of times I had to check the Bible verses or research historical facts (example: Isaiah’s death by being sawed in half is not in the Old Testament but documented in ancient manuscripts).

~ Wish ~
Although the author’s note explains vaguely what portions are historical or fictional, it would be helpful if Hezekiah’s demise, Manasseh’s release from prison, and the royal family’s extensive background were verified. I had always thought cats were the only domesticated animal never mentioned in the Bible.

~ Want ~
If you love Old Testament historical fiction about forgiveness, love, and redemption, this creative, imaginative read will not only educate you about a wicked time in Hebrew history, but it may also captivate your heart as what is your eternal legacy when you leave this earth.

Thanks to the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#MesuAndrews #Isaiah’sLegacy #Israel’sKingManasseh #WaterbrookMultnomah

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The Art of Writing

Title: The Art of Writing
Author: Peter Yang
Publisher: TCK Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-631-61076-9

“These principles serve as a necessary foundation for anyone wanting to enrich their writing, which will, in turn, enrich their life,” Peter Yang states in the introduction of his book, The Art of Writing: Four Principles for Great Writing that Everyone Needs to Know.

~ What ~
At sixty-six pages, this small paperback that is also available as an ebook targets authors who want to improve their writing skills while maintaining their creativity, individuality, and purpose.

After an introduction, the book is divided into five sections, followed by the author’s biography and information. The chapters cover four principles of economy, transparency, variety, and harmony as well as meditations on writing.

~ Why ~
Great writing life skills are waxing and waning since the digital era autocorrects, offers instant solutions, and formats wording without considering its possible connotations. I appreciate how the author discusses a myriad of topics in a short, concise matter while explaining thoroughly their ramifications. Some included are how to avoid crutches, repetition, and punctuation mistakes while being intentional, describing with purpose, and meticulous with modifiers. By using a variety of sentence and paragraph structures as well as word choices, artistic harmony in language and thoughts clarify excellent writing. The script also adds tips on how reading, making use of time, and conveying the truth play a factor in properly putting the pen to paper.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about writing or have no interest in it may have no need for this read. Others may feel they need not be reminded to avoid using filler words, write more actively than passively, and use the Pareto principle to name a few.

~ Wish ~
While Yang does a comprehensive job on what to do or not to do when writing, he did not mention the often incorrect use of the ellipsis or dangling prepositions (which some accept nowadays). Including an index would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you attain to be an artistic author and want to continually improve your skills, this small but powerful book will encourage and enlighten you in ways you may not have considered while enhancing your writing style.

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

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2R3LXtT

#TheArtofWriting #FourPrinicipalsforGreatWriting #PeterYang #TCKPublishing

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Chodosimee Cellphone Screen Magnifier Projector

12″ MOBILE PHONE SCREEN ENLARGER

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~ What ~
Measuring 9.2 by 5.8 by 2.5 inches when compact, this 12-inch diagonal expander works with any standard iOS or Android phones, magnifying their screens 3 to 5 times. Its retractable holder has a tight anti-reflective design, HD blue-light Fresnel lens that offers a 3D effect with its curved screen, and a physical sound chamber. It arrives with an attached light guard and kickstand, cleaning cloth, and instruction manual in a gift box, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
Being in my 60s, I find it challenging to Facetime with our grandchildren on my Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone as its screen is small. I like how the viewing distance of this projector is increased by 3 or 4 times without degrading the picture quality. Because the units can be seen under strong light and the screen’s brightness is better than a normal cellphone, it provides a high definition effect that can be seen from different angles.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a cellphone or smartphone will find no use for this product. except maybe that it can magnify something several inches away. Others may not like having another accessory for their phones, but it can retract to a flatter unit. It may be awkward at first to get used to the larger screen when viewing.

~ Wish ~
I wish the little kickstand were wider as it can only rest on a hard flat surface. It would be nice if the expansion sections locked so it could be handheld.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a clever gift for an elderly person who has problems viewing a smartphone due to its smallness, this is an excellent idea that would be greatly appreciated. It would also be good for young children who want to view a small screen that is enhanced.

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

#Chodosimee #VogyalTrad #CellphoneScreenMagnifierProjector

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Byonebye Busy Board

KIDS LEARN HOW TO DRESS

~ What ~
Made with a soft felted wool covered board, leather, nylon straps, metal zipper, and plastic buckles and buttons, this 12.5 by 9-inch activity center is for 2 to 4-year-olds. It comes with a school bus design on one side and 10 developmental projects on the other that encourage learning how to get dressed. It arrives with a detachable shoulder strap in a cellophane bag, ready to gift.

~ Why ~
Having 3 grandkids under age 3 years old who live out of state, I like to have plenty of educational toys for them when they visit. I like this busy board has 4 different types of latches plus a Velcro strap and toggle to undo. The snap pocket can hold an item, and the 2 buttons, zippers, and shoe tie can be repeatedly done. The school bus side has 5 blue windows to count and 2 moveable wheels. With the attached blue strap, it is easy to carry.

~ Why Not ~
Some may expect a larger or smaller board, but it is ample size for a child. Others may prefer more hands-on experiences on actual products used instead of a toy. However, it may provide hours of entertainment and enjoyment while learning how to dress.

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if there were some sort of pocket built into the board so it could be used as a backpack or carrier.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun, creative activity for your toddler that is a learning tool, this will keep he or she occupied for hours.

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

#Byonebye #BusyBoard #LearnHowToDress #ToddlersActivity

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