One Christmas Bear written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy review and giveaway

It is so hard for me to resist a children's book!  They are just so colorful and fun.  One Christmas Bear is no exception.  This board book is cut out along the top and right-hand side making it stand out; add the multi-dimensional front with a glitter-like texture and your child's attention will surely be drawn to One Christmas Bear.  I do want to emphasize that the cover has a glitter-like texture.  It isn't actually made of glitter, so I don't believe that you need worry if your adorable little one puts the book straight into their mouth.  Reinforcing early learning skills, One Christmas Bear is a counting book.  As the story moves from 1 - 10 there are more and more adorable rhyming animal antics at Christmastime.

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I’m Not A Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave by Max Lucado review and giveaway

Max Lucado's book, I'm Not A Scaredy-Cat, is written in rhyming verse and is filled with misadventures that express the kitty's fear in humorous ways.  These fearful moments in kitty's life will not scare your child, yet they will get the point across.  After a few frightening misadventures, Lucado provides a prayer of reassurance meant to encourage your child to reach out to God for peace in frightening situations.

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A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

A Baxter Family Christmas is a sweet clean read.  A beautiful book to snuggle up with in front of the fireplace, the Christmas lights twinkling in the background, while you sip on a warm mug of hot cocoa (or my favorite… Russian tea).  It is like reading a Hallmark movie.  FYI… I mean that in the very best sense.  I love Hallmark movies!

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Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

I haven’t been disappointed by a Thomas Locke book yet!  I would be surprised if I ever were.  Right now I have a whole list of adjectives running through my mind about this third book in the Fault Lines series…

Jaw-dropping!… Exciting!… Brilliant!… Thrilling!… Genuine!… Exhilarating!… Dangerous!… Heady!… Impelling!… Spine-tingling!… Intriguing! Enthralling! Charged!… Engrossing!  Absolutely outstanding!

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A Very Thankful Prayer written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore review and GIVEAWAY

I have loved all three of the children's board books that I have read and reviewed by Bonnie Rickner Jensen to date.  I pray that there are many more coming.  My kids have loved them too (including my 18-year-old!).  My family and I have given each of them a solid 5-star rating.  The board books are just so God-honoring, sweetly written, and down-right adorable.  A Very Thankful Prayer is no exception.  A perfect book to snuggle up with your toddler, or your teen, to read during the Thanksgiving season.  And who says it just has to be at Thanksgiving... we can enjoy it all throughout the year. 

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The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance.  It has been said by other reviewers that The Noble Servant is reminiscent of The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm.  I’ve not read the story so I can’t speak to that.  I can say that The Noble Servant is a modern fairytale.  I find in our two primary characters qualities that are reminiscent of Cinderella and the prince in the classic fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault.  The Noble Servant isn’t a copycat book by any measure though; it retains a distinctly unique style that is wholly Melanie Dickerson.

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Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

I was so intrigued by the concept of four well-known, talented, and unique authors writing a series of short stories together.  In the introduction, the authors explain that the stories were written independently yet joined together with an overarching storyline in a manner similar to a tv series.  I have read novels by all four of the authors and their writing styles are quite distinct.  I had no idea that they were friends… fun.  With the combined creativity of these authors, it is no surprise to me that they came up with such an ingenious concept.   

So, while I found myself intrigued I was also dubious.  Could the series be cohesive with the distinct writing styles of four different authors?  Would it be confusing? 

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The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr

I have taken FOREVER to write this review.  I read The Shattered Vigil months ago and have returned multiple times to write this review.  There have been many iterations and at one time my review was almost 2000 words long.  I thought that might be a wee bit excessive ;).  I can't imagine that you want to read a comprehensive treatise rather than a book review.  If you do, I would really love to meet you,

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To Love Anew by Bonnie Leon

To Love Anew begins with our heroine, Hannah, losing her precious mother to the sweating sickness.  Hannah’s mother provided her with a strong foundation of faith in God, a sweet and loving spirit, and skilled hands that aren’t idle.  As can only be, Hannah grieves for her mother and life is never the same again.  

Hannah’s situation is one that most of us will never experience.  Without her mother’s skills as a seamstress, Hannah very rapidly becomes homeless, alone and defenseless in a harsh and cruel world.  The reality of young women without means in 19th century London.

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Angle of Truth by Lindsay Buroker

The adventure continues as Jelena and her crew fail completely in their attempt to “just” deliver cargo.  Jelena has a huge debt to pay off and so she really needs lucrative cargo runs.  Government bills for repairing blown-up space stations are expensive!!  Trouble seems magnetically drawn to Jelena and her crew though so there is no “just” for them.  This is to our benefit… the world that they live in is never boring… so you will never be bored ;).

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