Just Sayin': Write ‘Em, Draw ‘Em, Hide ‘Em in Your Heart by Carol MacAdams Moore

Just Sayin’: Write ‘em, Draw ‘em, Hide ‘em in Your Heart is a devotional for girls. My older two daughters (9 and 11) saw an adJust Sayin’ book cover about this book in their Club House magazine and not so subtly hinted that they wanted one PLEASE, which I think is awesome because there doesn’t really seem to be much for their ages. Also the timing worked out perfectly because they will both need some kind of a new devo soon. So I decided to check it out, before I ok it and pass it along.

Reviewing a devotional is challenging because we want it to keep our kids’ hearts soft and open as they grow closer with their best friend Jesus. However, a lot of that depends more on how the devo is used and how serious the girls are about learning more of the Word and listening to their Heavenly Father.

In saying that, I believe Carol MacAdams Moore has created a fun, engaging way for girls in these 90 devotions to “Read something awesome about God. Learn something cool about yourself. Then …Doodle, Write, Paint, Glue, …Whatever!” I believe the age of the girls interested in a devo book like this will vary greatly —starting with younger ones who may need a little of mom’s help to teen girls— because of the format of this book. Girls can go as deep as they want or are able to at their maturity level. Just Sayin’ may appeal to some personalities more than others. However, it has a wide variety of unique activities along with the Scriptures reading to challenge girls and get their mind thinking and faith growing. I think it can be a great tool for most to let them expression their God-given creativity as they draw (love the pun!!) closer to their Creator! :)

I do pray that as my two girls use this tool (yes, I approved it!), their attitude will continue to reflect this quote from the book: “Sweet! Learning to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.”

I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

The Littlest Christmas Kitten by Leona Novy Jackson, Illustrated by Kelly Dupre

I love Christmas! So a new Christmas children’s book (especially since it’s about a kitten, which is my youngest daughter’s The Littlest Christmas Kitten book coverfavorite animal!) was a review book I couldn’t pass up!

Leona Novy Jackson created a sweet story around the birth of Christ about a mother cat searching for her missing kitten. It is a well made book with a hardcover and book jacket (however the same cover design is under it just in case the book jacket gets played with!) Kelly Dupre’s illustrations are creative…different than the “cutesy” artwork that seems to be very much apart of many children books. However, I believe the story could have been better, fuller… with a little more depth…. or at least some interaction between the kitten and the family.

The pages about Christmas symbols at the end was a surprise for a children’s storybook, but it was a good addition of fun information to share with the kids.

My daughter will love it just because it’s a Christmas book that deals with her favorite animal, but as her mom I was hoping for more.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Willie’s Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher

I sat down with my kids one morning — planning to read just some of Willie’s Redneck Time Machine. However, we ended up laughing our way Willie’s Redneck Time Machine book coverthrough SIX different stories before I decided we better get something else done! :)

I’m hoping that this book, which is the first book in a new choose-your-own-adventure series called Be Your Own Duck Commander, will catch the interest of my reluctant reader to read on her own. She really loved the choices and the adventures!!

In this book you (as Willie) discover an out-house which is actually a time machine in the Duck Commander warehouse. However, it might take you a while to figure that out, because you’re sure your brother Jase is playing a joke on you! Then…depending on your choices…you…well, I don’t want to give too much away, but John Luke is always involved!

We are really looking forward to the rest of the series: Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, Sin in Space, and Jase & the Deadliest Hunt!

Enjoy the adventure!!!

P.S. I loved these growing up! :)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Raegan and RJ in Space: Raegan and RJ Save the Day by Richard Collins

**2014 Pinnacle Graphic Novel Book Award Winner** I wanted to try this series, because it was recommended. This is my kids first comic series to Raegan and RJ in Space- Raegan and RJ Save the Day book covertry and

… My kids love this and want more!

Raegan and RJ are a sister and brother in the CSS Faith crew. They are training with their family to be colonists in a new world called Alpha Centauri. Now there is a new family stuck on the moon. What will happen next?

Personally, I thought it was just ok — slow with not that much actually involved in the story… However, since it’s written and illustrated for them, I suppose we will continue the adventure. :)

As you start reading throughout the Raegan and RJ in Space, don’t forget to check out the website http://www.raeganandrjinspace.com for a free download story, a free video game, and more.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne

We (my girls AND I!) were looking forward to #3 of The Good News Shoes series. Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari did not Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari book coverdisappoint!

Riley Mae continues as a Swiftriver shoe model while….the mystery/drama continues (that started in book #1) and they are all escaping a bad guy or two! So, now they are heading with most of Sunday’s family (while he stays back to continue his battle with leukemia) to his remote village in Kenya.

Riley faces more danger and challenges, but has a truly amazing experience! This trip stretches and strengthens her physically as she is surprised how much work it is just to help with chores or to get to school (the cast on her arm doesn’t help either!). She also grows as a follower of Christ. She even wakes up at 4:45 a.m. (though not with much excitement at first!) to join the women of the village in their morning prayer meeting. Riley matures, develops a better understanding of contentment, a new appreciation of family, and even has a new purpose as she follows God’s leading.

Enjoy!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Here are my reviews for the first two books of this series:

http://itsjustme.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/riley-mae-and-the-rock-shocker-trek-by-jill-osborne/

http://itsjustme.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/riley-mae-and-the-ready-eddy-rapids-by-jill-osborne/

Making Marion by Beth Moran

Making Marion by Beth Moran

I’m having a hard time writing this review for Making Marion because I had mixed feelings while reading it…Making Marion book cover

On the positive side, the story was much deeper than I thought it would be. In between the cartoon-like cover art and the subtitle “Where’s Robin Hood when you need him?”, I expected it to be warm and fuzzy, filled with lighthearted moments! (Everyone needs a fun, “summer” now and then, right!?) While Making Marion had some of those, but it also was hard, emotional, awkward, and real. (Thank you, Beth Moran!!) It was a little slow getting into, but I ended up really enjoying the story and getting to know the characters. :)

On the negative side, I was disappointed about the language. As a woman and mom of 3 girls, I really don’t want to recommend books that throw around the “b-word” (yes, I’m talking about the Old English word with the original meaning of “female dog”). It wasn’t overbearing, but it also wasn’t necessary to an otherwise very good story.

I wouldn’t mind checking out more books from Beth Moran, but I would be very hesitant if she can’t choose better words! :(

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

As I was reading Cloak of the Light, at first I thought “When is the action going to start?”. Then I looked closer at the cover and Cloak of the Light book coverrealized that it wasn’t a stand alone book (silly me!!) but the first book of the Wars of the Realm series! 

And what an awesome start is was…with well developed characters, an interesting story that opened up a mysterious unseen world of invaders, and YES even battles …I was hooked (and I got this book for my husband). I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series! We are also planning to check out more from the author Chuck Black, because, Yes, I was that impressed with my first book of his!!

I really appreciate the author’s note and the readers guide at the end of the book. “The Readers Guide explains the biblical framework from which much of the speculation for the novel is derived. I hope you find it informative and helpful in your own investigation of understanding spiritual warfare.” 

As a mom deep in the seemingly mundane, repetitive tasks of parenting and educating our children, I appreciated this book not only as a great read but also as a needed reminder and encouragement of what is important in this life! Thank you, Chuck Black. :)

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**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

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