Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart

Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl's HeartTitle: Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart
Author: Glenys Nellist
Illustrator: Rachel Clowes
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75328-5

“Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord,” the inside jacket flap states in Glenys Nellist’s children’s book, Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart.

~ What ~
This letter-size hardbound of thirty-two pages with fifteen lift-the-flap note cards targets young girls four to eight years old. Having no scary scenes, it is a compilation of fourteen rewritten Bible stories about women taken from the New International Reader’s Version. Illustrator Clowes’s expressive and detailed designs fill both sides of the opened pages, leaving lightly colored backgrounds for black wording in an easy-to-read font.

Focusing on females of the Bible, the stories include Eve, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Naaman’s servant girl, Esther, Mary, the Samaritan woman, the lady to be stoned, Martha, a widow, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene. Each story has a Bible verse and fold-out love letter from God. The ending has a large heart-shaped letter to write a note to God.

~ Why ~
I like how each story is titled about different types of girls and that the fold-out love letters from God apply to the reader. Inside there is a place for the reader’s name to be written followed by encouraging words that God supposedly writes, reminding what is to be learned from the story. Adding the final page with a large blank heart-shaped note card offers an invitation to write to God

~ Why Not ~
While the concept of having letters from God inserted in the book is clever and cute, the stories written with ample creative liberties in only a positive light may misdirect young ones to incorrectly learn about the Bible. The author’s intention is a charming idea; yet one should be cautioned there are major theological flaws in many of her stories.

~ Who ~
Author Nellist has had stories and poems published in children magazines and produced other books in this series. She lives in Michigan with her husband. Illustrator Clowes illustrates children’s books and lives with her husband and family in Yorkshire, England.

~ Wish ~
I wish the stories were more accurate according to Scripture. I prefer all pronouns of God and Jesus capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you know of a young girl who wants an interactive book of fourteen Biblical stories for girls with letters written to them from God and a place to respond, this is a good choice if you can make sure the reader knows the Bible stories correctly.

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Grandpa Hugs

Grandpa HugsTitle: Grandpa Hugs
Author: Laura Neutzling
Illustrator: Cee Biscoe
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8940-5

“Grandpa’s chair is comfy-cozy
With room enough to share.
Before it’s time to go to bed,
We say a nighttime prayer,”
Laura Neutzling writes in her children’s book, Grandpa Hugs.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about grandpas. With full-color scenes on both sides of the open pages, young animals are shown with their grandfathers in different activities.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale shows many of the different things that grandfathers do with their grandchildren. Bunnies, foxes, monkeys, elephants, sheep, giraffes, tigers, owls, dogs, and bears depict the unique love between the generations.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I enjoy how this one focuses on a grandpa and what he does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in praying to God may want to avoid this book, but it is only mentioned in one line, and no Bible verses are included. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
Having a career in entertainment, Neutzling has been focusing on writing scripts, discussion guides, and books for children. She and her husband live in Florida.

~ Wish ~
Being a grandma, I hope a book for grandmothers will be coming soon.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a granddad with pictures of animals, this is a nice choice. It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and sit in grandpa’s lap to be read it.

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The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection

The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection
Authors and Illustrators: Jan & Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75338-4

“God made all of us special,” Mama reminds the bears in one of the stories of Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered one-hundred-sixty-page hardbound targets child four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

While most of the series are individual paperback books, this one contains five stories focusing on teaching children how God wants them to treat others. The tales included are Perfect Fishing Spot, Reap the Harvest, Faithful Friends, Kindness Counts, and God Made Your Special.

~ Why ~
This is a caring collection of stories of Papa finding a place to fish, learning to work and receive the benefits, having best friends, being kind and helpful to others, and loving those who are different than us. I like that the last three stories each end with three discussion questions and two to three activities related to its theme. While mentioning God, the stories are not preachy or pushy and most start with a written out Bible verse.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the references to God, but all of these books honor the Almighty. With the book not having a table of contents, it is hard to go to a particular story (a blank colored page separates each one). Because of this, some may not realize there are additional pages at the back of the some of the books to simulate conversation further.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book had a table of contents to make it easier on the parent reading, knowing how many pages each story is in advance.

~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one will make a thoughtful collector’s series of five books in a hardbound format.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for the complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Princess Prayers

Princess Prayers (The Princess Parables)Title: Princess Prayers
Author: Crystal Bowman
Inspired by: Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75869

“Dear Lord, I love you very much. It makes me glad to know your love is always with me no matter where I go,” Crystal Bowman writes in her children’s book, Princess Prayers, which is inspired by Jeanna Young and Jaqueline Johnson.

~ What ~
Part of the Princess Parables series, this thirty-page small hardbound with a glittery embossed padded front cover targets young girls ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes except two scenes of lightning striking, the book contains prayers to God.

With brightly colored drawings that are easy to understand on the right side of the pages, there are fifteen rhyming prayers on the opposite pages that are two stanzas each. Some of the titles that involve the princess sisters include My Morning Prayer, God’s Beauty, Happy Times, When I’m Afraid, I’m Sorry, and Near to God. Small ovals on the left sides have written out Bible verses under the rhymes.

~ Why ~
Little girls who are into being or reading about princesses may like this book that concentrates on praying from morning to bedtime and for any reason needed. I like how colorful and expressive the designs are that will keep a young reader’s attention as they read the prayers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God or praying to Him will avoid this book. Some may not like that it is geared toward girls with the princess connotations as there is only one male depicted in one illustration. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to comprehend or understand so would be best if someone read it to them.

~ Who ~
Author Bowman has written over eighty children’s books. She lives in Florida with her husband.  Young is a cancer survivor who has written over a dozen children’s books. She lives in California with her husband and four children. Also residing in the sunshine state, author Johnson and her husband have seven grandchildren, and she is devoted to teaching young ones about God. Illustrator Aranda was born in Argentina and has produced artworks worldwide, focusing mainly on children’s products.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If your young princess has enjoyed other books in this series, this prayer book would be a thoughtful addition.

Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Inspired Home Living Hammock Chair

Hammock Chair 1FUN CHAIR HAMMOCK SWING

~ What ~
Made of a soft spun, durable cotton fabric, this green, blue, white, and brown stripped single hammock chair can be hung anywhere so one can sit comfortably. Measuring approximately 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall when hung, the canvas-like material has multiple strong blue cords that link up to a 3.5 inch round wood pole for support. It hangs by a center loop at the top. Instructions are not included, and no assembly is required.

~ Why ~Hammock Chair 2
With this chair-hammock for one, there is plenty of room for relaxation because the two wooden bars hold the fabric apart so when one sits on it, it does not encompass them completely. Another nice feature is that it can spin around a little, but not too much, depending on how the loop is secured. I like the quality of the fabric as it feels durable and should hold up to mold, mildew, and repeated use.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the design or colors chosen for the hammock. Others may wish it came with a large O-ring or carabiner for hanging, but the corded loop suffices.

~ Wish ~
With blues, green, white, and brown stripes being the only color option, I wish more color choices were offered. Including a storage bag would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun one-person upright chair hammock, this would be an excellent choice.

Thanks to Inspired Home Living for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Tpower Trump USA Power Bank

Trump 1DUAL POWER BANK CHARGER

~ What ~
This small white electrical power bank is used to charge several types of electronics such as smartphones that include iPhones and Androids, MP4s, PSPs, and cameras. With an 8000mAh capacity, the approximately 3 by 3 by 0.75-inch gadget has 2.4A  and 1A USB ports side by side. Also included is a white 9-inch micro USB cable for Androids. With a Donald Trump and American flag theme on the top of the bank, it has a LED light showing when the product is fully powered. Instructions on the back of a gift box are added.

~ Why ~Trump 2
When I travel, I have to make sure I carry all the cables and chargers, and it is a hassle. I like how compact this external battery charger is and that it has more than 500 times recharge cycles with an extended battery lifespan. It is multi-purpose in that it can be charged and then cordlessly charge other devices.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not travel, need to recharge their cell phones regularly, or need a power bank when electricity is not readily available will not consider a product like this. Others may think the Donald Trump photo and byline are gimmicky.

~ Wish ~
With this product being compact and easy to throw in a purse, backpack, or briefcase, I wish it included a small drawstring carry bag.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive power bank that shows President Trump in front of an American flag and can cordlessly charge electronics, this would be a keeper.

Thanks to MRPOWER for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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Meco Mushroom Nightlight

Nightlight 2Cute Mushroom Shaped Lamp

~ What ~
Made of ABS and silicone, this small portable lamp is mushroom shaped and able to change colors when tapped or touched. Measuring 4.7 inches round and 3.9 inches tall, it varies from 7 colors by tapping its round top. Coming with a short 8-inch USB cord for charging, it can also use 3 AA batteries that are not added. Instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~Nightlight 1
When our 3-year-old granddaughter visits, she likes to have a nightlight on in her room. I like the soft ambiance and colors this light provides by tapping its top it changes colors automatically. Because it does not use electrical plug-in, it can be placed anywhere, including in a tent, camping, or playing inside. Another nice feature is that the top is silicone, so pliable to the touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like small soft colored lighting will not appreciate this product. Others may wish it included an electrical cord that could be plugged into a wall socket. I found the USB cord too short to use, so I had to use the battery option.

~ Wish ~
I wish the lamp had an electrical adaptor included as well as a longer USB cable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nightlight that is a little bigger than the plug-in wall socket type or one that is battery operated and can be taken anywhere, this would be a good choice.

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Preventing Credit Card Fraud

Preventing Credit Card Fraud: A Complete Guide for Everyone from Merchants to ConsumersTitle: Preventing Credit Card Fraud
Authors: Jen Grondahl Lee and Gini Graham Scott
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 978-0-979174100

“While it may not be possible to protect yourself against all fraudsters, the tips and techniques in this book will help to prevent many fraudsters from taking advantage of you as both a consumer and merchant/provider,” Jen Grondahl Lee and Gini Graham Scott write in the introduction of their book, Preventing Credit Card Fraud: A Complete Guide for Everyone from Merchants to Consumers.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty pages, this hardbound targets those who want to protect their finances when it involves credit cards or identity. After the authors’ biographies, foreword, and introduction, the book is divided into two parts that total fourteen chapters, ending with notes and an index.

The first section discusses in nine chapters how a consumer or client can protect themselves when it comes to credit cards. Topics cover using the new chip credit cards, guarding financial information, inspecting card offers, phishing, and what the victim should do if scammed. The second part contains five chapters from the merchant or service provider’s point of view related to encouraging cash payments, potentials of fraud, avoiding chargeback frauds, and establishing security with barriers.

~ Why ~
Having had our credit cards hacked, we want to be fastidious in protecting our finances and identification. I like how the authors push using cash whenever possible and if you use a credit card, leave a trail of documentation, especially online. Explaining free trial scams, naming phony products, getting your money back, alternatives to using cards, and supplying sample written letters are included. With skimmers, cameras, and flagrant online abuse, we all need to be more careful in how we purchase items, products, or services.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not use credit cards may not be interested in this book; however, they may find some information on how to protect one’s identity. With the book mainly about consumers, the merchants/vendors may wish their section included more.

~ Who ~
Lee is a successful Californian bankruptcy attorney who is dedicated to helping individuals and small business owners deal with debt issues and long-term plans for financial stability. An author of over ninety books, Scott is also a consultant, speaker, and seminar leader.

~ Wish ~
Since the book covers both sides of credit card issues, a consumer may not want to read about the merchant suggestions while the provider may not want to know about fraud from an individual basis. With the amount of book’s content, it could be divided into two separate entities. Since I am aware of credit card protection, I did not glean any new concepts from a consumer’s aspect.

~ Want ~
For those who are interested in protecting their credit card information, both as a consumer or vendor, this is a helpful go-to advice book.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the authors for this book that I freely evaluated.

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Segol 100 Ceramic Magnets

MagnetsSuper-Strong Small Magnets

~ What ~
Made of strontium carbonate and iron oxide, this set of 100 small ceramic magnets can be used for many things. With each measuring 0.7 by 0.2 inches, they are Grade 5 and have 2800 Gauss. Wrapped in packs of 10 in cellophane, they arrive in a gift box. Added are 10 small colored push pins (2 of each color) with magnets inserted in them.

~ Why ~
With a degree in art, I am always dabbling in different projects. I was thoroughly impressed with the strength of these magnets. If you look at the photo, I had to keep them far apart as they kept moving toward each other when placed on the table. With several grandkids, I know there will be plenty of projects to make with them such as refrigerator magnets and other creations. I like how there are many in the box.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like making things or being creative will pass on these magnets. Others may find no use for them or buy them and forget about them.

~ Wish ~
With all the magnets being the same size, it would be ideal if several different sizes were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pack of quality magnets that are small and versatile, this would be a perfect choice.

Thanks to Segol for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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