Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dangerous Prayers (Book Review)

 Dangerous Prayers
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Dangerous Prayers from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for a honest review.

 Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers - 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed the World is compiled by Susan Hill and the portrait illustrations are by Francesca Resta. Additional illustrations are by Isabella Grott and Julianne St. Clair, and it is published by Thomas Nelson.


 Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers is a beautiful book that shares 50 prayers and information about Christians throughout history. It shares their birth year and death year (if applicable), two pages for what they were known for, and a personal prayer from that person. The people range from historical figures, cultural icons, political leaders, to saints and martyrs. Some of the people are Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Corrie ten Boom, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, and C.S. Lewis just to name a few.

 Dangerous Prayers

The illustrations and portraits in this book are gorgeous. I like that there is a brief introduction to who these historical figures were and how they changed history. There are inspiring quotes, as well as their prayers to help encourage each of us in our faith.

 Dangerous Prayers

Many of these people, I did not know were Christians. It would be an excellent resource book if you have a child or student who is looking for information on historical figures or a start for a biography. My sons and I enjoyed reading this together, learning about a different person each night before bed.

I think this book can be enjoyed by everyone. It is a beautiful glimpse into different parts of history, and how the brave prayers of these amazing people can inspire each of us today.

Blessings,

Kelly

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Have I Ever Told You? and Miss Pinkeltink's Purse (Book Reviews)

Tilbury House Publishers
Disclosure: I was provided complimentary copies of these two amazing books, through the publisher, Tilbury House Publishers, in exchange for a honest review.

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Are you ready for Valentine's Day? I know many of us, especially parents and grandparents make a mad dash to the stores every middle of February to let our children and grandchildren know how much we love them. I think we let them know that everyday, but February does have that fun feeling of love. Ever since I was a little girl, my Dad has asked me every year to be his Valentine. When I got married, my husband joined that list, and now I have two sons who ask me. I have many Valentines to buy for! I thought instead of the chocolates, toys, or flowers, why not gift them books this year? I have been blessed to review the two following books that I think would make amazing Valentine gifts!

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Have I Ever Told You? is by Shani M. King, and illustrated by Anna Horv├íth. It is recommended for ages 5 to 6 years old, but I think this is a book everyone would enjoy. The author wrote this book as a note to his children, to not only remind them how much they are loved, but to empower them that they can be anything they want to be. The illustrations do a beautiful job of showing many different cultures and races, and this book even addresses bullying. It is a wonderful book to read to a child, whether they are your child, grandchild, or student. It teaches children that they are loved and that they can make a difference in this world. 


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At the end of each page, the question, "Have I ever told you?" is asked. It reminds children of what it means to do the right thing. It addresses things such as manners, respect, values, and integrity in a way that children can understand and appreciate. My sons who are 7 and 9 years old, thought this book was really special.

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This book really hit our heart strings, and then we read the next book, and my sons and I were just really overcome with emotion and love for everyone. Miss Pinkeltink's Purse by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa is a humorous and at points, sad story about a lady who is homeless in a town. She is kind and tries her best to find all kinds of items in her purse, to help the people in the town fix what they need. Her purse is so large and full of items, that it also gets in the way sometimes. The important part of the book, is that she gave from her heart. She gave so much, that eventually her large purse was empty. This is when a child in the town steps in, and gets the community involved to help her. I won't give away the ending, but my sons and I were in tears of joy after finishing this book.

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The illustrations in this book are colorful, creative, and vibrant just like in Have I Ever Told You? I love how both of these authors addressed difficult things such as bullying and homelessness, in a way that was gentle enough for a child. Miss Pinkeltink's Purse even includes ideas and ways to help homeless people in our own communities. These two books would be an outstanding gift to your home, school, or church library and are stories that can be enjoyed over and over again.  

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Blessings,

Kelly

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

 The Souther Living Party Cookbook
Disclosure: I received a copy of this product from the publisher (Oxmoor House, a division of Meredith Corporation), in exchange for a honest review. There are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you click on a link and make a purchase. All opinions expressed are my own. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook
 
If someone would have told this Jersey girl, that she would be living in the South one day, I think I would have laughed. Fast forward many years, and here I am. I absolutely love where I live though. I have made amazing friends here, my boys go to a wonderful school, we found a terrific church, and my husband and I have found jobs working for a company that appreciates our hard work. I get all four seasons, but nothing too extreme. I see beautiful scenery and there truly is no hospitality more elegant and graceful, than here in the South. I was excited when I heard of the release of the The Southern Living Party Cookbook by: Elizabeth Heiskell, because I can't wait to join my friends in planning gatherings.  

The Southern Living Party Cookbook
 
The inspiration behind this cookbook, comes from the original 1972 Southern Living Party Cookbook. The author, Elizabeth Heiskell comes from generations starting with her great-grandmother, of knowing the importance of being a hostess and entertaining family and friends. Elizabeth is now the go-to caterer in Oxford Mississippi for many events, is a TODAY show food contributor, and has appeared on many shows inlcuding Chopped. She sells homegrown gourmet items under the name Debutante Farmer, and is also a wife and mom. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

The cookbook is full of ideas and recipes on how to plan events such as wedding showers, baby showers, picnics, fish fry's, holiday dinners, and even just simple get together's with friends. It also includes table etiquette, invitations, notes, and so many more wonderful incentives. There is expert advice given through the introductions of each section, and even through the recipes to have each event be flawless. The advice given by the author is easygoing and comfortable, and she advises each hostess, "The more relaxed you are, the more fun your guests will have." The majority of the recipes include gorgeous and colorful pictures, which I love because I am visual. If I can see what something is supposed to look like, I can usually do a good job of making it or putting it together.

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

The recipes include delicious appetizers, salads, main dishes, drinks, and desserts. These can range from dainty dishes for showers or mimosas for a girls day out, to full meals. My husband and sons were very impressed with the Cowboy Steaks and Lowcountry Shrimp Boil. I feel there is a recipe in here to not only appease every appetite, but will have that guest at the party going for at least a second serving! I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone, and I am excited to start making some amazing dishes for my family and friends. Thanks for reading my review, y'all!

The Souther Living Party Cookbook

Blessings,

Kelly



 

Monday, January 21, 2019

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Thomas Nelson Bibles
If you are anything like me, learning the Bible as an adult has had its challenges. My parents instilled in me the best they had to give, and that was the belief in God and in prayer. We didn't go to church often when I was a child, and I really had no idea what Sunday School was, or what VBS stood for. (Vacation Bible School) I was baptized as a baby. It would be 25 years, with the birth of my oldest son, that I became baptized as an adult. Learning the Bible is important to me, and I was so excited to hear about 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by: Max Anders.

The edition of this book is actually celebrating 30 years since the book has been written! This new edition has been expanded and updated for today's readers, and also contains fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed.  In just 15 minutes a day, for a month you can grasp a better understanding of the Bible. This includes learning about the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines. It has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for the last thirty years. The book also has a 13-week plan that can be used in small groups or group discussions.

The author uses an easy to follow format, and encourages you with What you can learn tomorrow is built on what you learn today! Each of the chapters is built on this concept, and it makes the learning a straightforward and joyful progression. He relates the Bible to historical periods to make the time periods easier to understand, makes the geography uncomplicated, and the math used to remember the Old and New Testaments books amazed me.  

I originally thought I would be going through this book with my husband. My husband, unlike me, grew up in the church. He has definitely learned some things in this book though, as  I summarize what I have learned. I would love to be able to go through the rest of this book, as a group discussion with some of my friends. I would highly recommend this book, as it can give you a better understanding of the Bible.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Author Spotlight:

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Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books and is the creator and general editor of the 32-volume Holman Bible Commentary series. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor. Max was also one of the original team members with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He provides resources and discipleship strategies at MaxAnders.com to help people grow spiritually.

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Blessings,

Kelly

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