Tag: Cafinated Reads Reviews

Dec 04
Review: Tora Fright Patches Things Up by Tracey Madder

Review: Tora Fright Patches Things Up by Tracey Madder

Title: Tora Fright Patches Things Up Publisher: Tyndale Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-1496408723 Source: Tyndale Blog Network Pages: 32 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Tora’s prize-winning ceramic armadillo has been broken by her little brother! How can she ever forgive him? By asking God for help! Tora learns that God is always willing to help us forgive others when we ask him. Children and their parents alike will fall in love with the Frights. This funny and endearing family of monsters will teach kids the importance of talking to God first when they are afraid, when things go wrong, or when they need guidance for making good choices. And they will learn that God always answers prayer. My Thoughts What a wonderful book for young children who have siblings. I loved this book, and while my children are older now, I so wish I had had this book when they were younger. This book is well written by the talented hands of Tracey Madder and is full of eye catching color and characters to really grab the attention of your young ones. Tora Fright’s story of forgiveness is a wonderful message for kiddos and adults… Read more »

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Dec 02
B&H Bloggers Review: Look&Find Bible Storybook

B&H Bloggers Review: Look&Find Bible Storybook

Title: Look & Find Bible Storybook Publisher: B&H Publish Date: September 1,2017 ISBN: 978-1462745203 Source: B&H Bloggers Pages: 16 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Look, Find, and Learn! In Look and Find Bible Storybook, you’ll read eight adventure-filled stories from the Bible and explore each extra-busy scene. Learn about Creation, Noah’s Ark, the exodus, David & Goliath, Jonah, Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ miracle of feeding the 5000, and Easter and the ascension. Then open the large flaps to explore each story’s scene and reveal a look-and-find checklist. You can search for dozens of people, animals, and objects. Use a write-on wipe-off marker to search over and over again and enjoy hours of look-and-find fun! My Thoughts This is a wonderful storybook for children from toddlers to elementary aged! Each page of this bright book features a Bible story, with matching pictures and a list to follow to find the hidden items in each picture. My sons are teenagers so I wasn’t able to share this with them but I was able to share this with my client’s grandson and he loved it! He sat down, pulled out the dry erase marker and as he read the Bible stories,… Read more »

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Dec 01
Blogging For Books ARC Review: A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Blogging For Books ARC Review: A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Title: A Prairie Girl’s Faith Publisher: Waterbrook Publish Date: February 6, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7352-8978-9 Source: Blogging For Books/Waterbrook Pages: 224 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America’s great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith. A Prairie Girl’s Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America’s most beloved pioneer women–Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life–from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God. My Thoughts I am usually not one to read anything except fiction books, but when I come across a book about one of my favorite people in history, I can’t pass it up. From the time I was little, I was fascinated with Laura Ingalls Wilder, first… Read more »

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Nov 30
Review: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

Review: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

Title: Staying Stylish Publisher: Zondervan Publish Date: November 21, 2017 ISBN: 978-0310088059 Source: Purchased Pages: 256 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Candace Cameron Bure, best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and Fuller House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will bring all you need to live your most stylish life. As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as a role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon. In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares more than 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas… Read more »

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Nov 29
LitFuse Blog Tour Spotlight: World View by Marvin Olasky

LitFuse Blog Tour Spotlight: World View by Marvin Olasky

Title: World View Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: November 6, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270833 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 208 Purchase: Amazon About The Book How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy? What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion? For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky’s commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter. A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These… Read more »

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Nov 28
Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Picturing Christmas Publisher: Sweetwater Books Publish Date: November 14, 2017 ISBN: 978-1462121526 Source: Author/publisher Pages: 183 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Fresh out of college and about to start her dream job as a photographer in New York, Aubrey is sure her life is picture perfect. From the moment she sets foot in the city, though, everything starts to crumble around her. With family problems back home, a complicated relationship, and an unforgiving city all around her, this Christmas, all Aubrey really wants is to find the real meaning of the holiday. My Thoughts As a long time fan of both Christmas, and Jason F. Wright, I get excited when I see he has a new book releasing. So, when I saw Picturing Christmas making it’s rounds on the blogosphere, I felt like a kid in a candy story. I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on it. When I got the chance to, I devoured it. In one sitting. Literally. It was 183 pages of Jason Wright awesomeness. With Jason’s books, he writes real life. He takes real situations-divorce, false illusions,hope- things that we deal with on a daily basis, and incorporates them into… Read more »

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Nov 27
Re-Read Review: Return by Karen Kingsbury

Re-Read Review: Return by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Return Series: Redemption, #3 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Re-Print Publish Date: September 1, 2009 ISBN:978-1414333014 Source: Purchased Pages: 416 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Books About The Book This touching novel reunites readers with the Baxter family and focuses on the only Baxter son, Luke. He is determined to leave his faith and his past behind and embrace a new, free-thinking future. But what he doesn’t realize is that his past holds a secret even he doesn’t know. When Luke finds out, his comfortable new life is turned upside down, and he must turn back to his roots. My Thoughts This prodigal-son-returns-home story is one of my absolute favorites of Ms. Kingsbury’s Baxter family books. Luke’s character is the baby of the family, and she chiseled him so well in these stories. I was so excited years ago when I learned he had a book where his story was center. I loved revisiting him! What would you feel like if everything you ever believed in was ripped away in one tragic instant? That’s what Luke battles and I was so angry with him for so long in this book! I found myself on more than… Read more »

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Nov 23
Re-Read Book Review: Remember by Karen Kingsbury

Re-Read Book Review: Remember by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Remember Series: Redemption, #2 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Re-Print Publish Date: September 1, 2009 ISBN:978-1414333014 Source: Purchased Pages: 416 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Books About The Book Convinced she could make it on her own, Ashley Baxter has kept the most important people in her life at a distance―her family, the man who loves her, and the God she is sure can never forgive her. Now, just as she begins to open her heart, the events of September 11 rip into Ashley’s world and she is led to heartbreaking and hope-filled decisions that will forever change her life. This story vividly illustrates that we must value others more than ourselves, and it drives home one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Honor one another. Remember is second in the five-book Redemption series by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury that centers around the Baxter family. As readers follow the hopes and struggles of the family, they will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. My Thoughts Another re-read review for me. I haven’t read through the Baxters in some time, and lately… Read more »

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Nov 20
Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Title: Too Far Down Series: The Cimarron Legacy, #3 Publisher: Bethany House Publish Date: September 5, 2017 ISBN: 978-0764211836 Source: Bethany House Bloggers Pages: 320 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has. Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can’t seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico. When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and… Read more »

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Nov 19
Sunday Funday: Thankful For Dessert

Sunday Funday: Thankful For Dessert

Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is what dessert or desserts are our favorites. I have two favorites but my all time absolute favorite Thanksgiving dessert growing up, and even now, in my thirties, is my grandmother’s egg custard pie. She blended the perfect amount of milk, sugar, eggs and nutmeg…..oh the perfect amount! It was the one pie that I would eat the whole thing if I could and not get sick. I asked for it at every Thanksgiving (and Christmas and just because, too!). My mom didn’t like it with the nutmeg on it but my grandma would blend it all up, and pop it in the oven then just befoe she shut the door, she’d sprinkle just a wee bit more nutmeg on top and it made it just right! Now I make it, and it’s good, but just not quite the same as hers….I think it’s because she added her love to it. To me, it’s a litte bit of Heaven on earth, and tastes like egg nog. 🙂    The Recipe 4 eggs, beaten just a touch to blend them 2/3 cup granulated sugar (I think she used more, but that’s… Read more »

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