Thursday, October 27, 2016

5-Star Review of "Say and Pray Devotions"

Review of Say & Pray Devotions and Giveaway!!

First Words, Devotions, and Prayers

by Diane Stortz 

Illustrated by Sarah Ward

29492095

Say and Pray devotions with your little ones today! 


Your youngsters want to be just like you. How exciting! Help them grow in their faith and learn more about God’s love with Say & Pray Devotions


Say & Pray Devotions features short devotions and lots of labeled illustrations so your little one can practice identifying objects and words on their own! This book is a great tool to start a devotional time with little ones, as it will help you teach them about God, and the labeled pictures will help start a life of faith.


This is a nice complement to the bestselling Say & Pray Bible.

MY REVIEW:   Teaching children from birth on about God and Jesus is so important to me and most other Christians.  This board book is a delightful way to do just that. It can be used daily to let your children learn sight words, Bible verses, and short prayers.  The illustrations are colorful, simple, and appealing to young readers.  I shared this with children of varying ages from infants to older preschoolers and kindergartners, and they all enjoyed but the youngest children seemed to do better with reading just a few pages at a time.  I think this book would make a wonderful baby shower gift or birthday or Christmas gift for a little one in your life.  

I rated this book five stars.

I received this book as a gift and would highly recommend it to readers.

To enter giveaway, leave comment here on my blog or on my facebook post.  Giveaway ends on Nov. 5, 2016.


Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

About the Author and Illustrator:

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Born in Detroit and raised in Southern California, Diane Stortz has lived in Cincinnati, OH, since graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism. For ten years she led the book group at Standard Publishing as editorial director.

Diane now runs Izzy's Office, where she edits books and writes for children and adults. Her goal: encouraging you to read, learn, love, and live God's Word, the Bible.

Izzy's Office is named for Diane's first house rabbit, Isabella. A petite Dutch rabbit named Pepe ruled the office for six years too. He liked to nudge her feet for attention when she was at her computer and (he thought) ignoring him.

Diane is married and has two married daughters and three grandsons. These days Diane devotes time to baby care rather than bunny care. Two baby boys joined the family this year!

When she's not writing or editing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandkids.

Sarah Ward, Illustrator:
Sarah Ward is a freelance designer and illustrator living in Sheffield in the UK and loves to draw. After college,  she started to fall in love with graphic design but in the background she still loved nothing more than sitting with a pencil and sketchbook. It was during he degree in Visual Communication that she began to take her illustrations onto the Mac and mix the two elements together.
She began to sell greetings cards before going to work full time at Hallmark Cards for 3 years as a Mac Designer. There she designed not only cards but also gift wrap, packaging and crackers. She then  took the leap to freelance designer and illustrator. She now works from her home studio for numerous clients around the world.
Her Clients:
Autumn Publishing, Gartner Greetings, Hallmark Cards UK, Igloo Books, Metlife Magazine, Parragon Books, Sainsbury's, Small World Creations Ltd, UK Greetings.

She is also represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency. 

5-Star Review of "Say and Pray Devotions"

Review of Say & Pray Devotions and Giveaway!!

First Words, Devotions, and Prayers

by Diane Stortz 

Illustrated by Sarah Ward

29492095

Say and Pray devotions with your little ones today! 


Your youngsters want to be just like you. How exciting! Help them grow in their faith and learn more about God’s love with Say & Pray Devotions


Say & Pray Devotions features short devotions and lots of labeled illustrations so your little one can practice identifying objects and words on their own! This book is a great tool to start a devotional time with little ones, as it will help you teach them about God, and the labeled pictures will help start a life of faith.


This is a nice complement to the bestselling Say & Pray Bible.

MY REVIEW:   Teaching children from birth on about God and Jesus is so important to me and most other Christians.  This board book is a delightful way to do just that. It can be used daily to let your children learn sight words, Bible verses, and short prayers.  The illustrations are colorful, simple, and appealing to young readers.  I shared this with children of varying ages from infants to older preschoolers and kindergartners, and they all enjoyed but the youngest children seemed to do better with reading just a few pages at a time.  I think this book would make a wonderful baby shower gift or birthday or Christmas gift for a little one in your life.  

I rated this book five stars.

I received this book as a gift and would highly recommend it to readers.

To enter giveaway, leave comment here on my blog or on my facebook post.  Giveaway ends on Nov. 5, 2016.


Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

About the Author and Illustrator:

DianeStortzPic1_color
Born in Detroit and raised in Southern California, Diane Stortz has lived in Cincinnati, OH, since graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism. For ten years she led the book group at Standard Publishing as editorial director.

Diane now runs Izzy's Office, where she edits books and writes for children and adults. Her goal: encouraging you to read, learn, love, and live God's Word, the Bible.

Izzy's Office is named for Diane's first house rabbit, Isabella. A petite Dutch rabbit named Pepe ruled the office for six years too. He liked to nudge her feet for attention when she was at her computer and (he thought) ignoring him.

Diane is married and has two married daughters and three grandsons. These days Diane devotes time to baby care rather than bunny care. Two baby boys joined the family this year!

When she's not writing or editing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandkids.

Sarah Ward, Illustrator:
Sarah Ward is a freelance designer and illustrator living in Sheffield in the UK and loves to draw. After college,  she started to fall in love with graphic design but in the background she still loved nothing more than sitting with a pencil and sketchbook. It was during he degree in Visual Communication that she began to take her illustrations onto the Mac and mix the two elements together.
She began to sell greetings cards before going to work full time at Hallmark Cards for 3 years as a Mac Designer. There she designed not only cards but also gift wrap, packaging and crackers. She then  took the leap to freelance designer and illustrator. She now works from her home studio for numerous clients around the world.
Her Clients:
Autumn Publishing, Gartner Greetings, Hallmark Cards UK, Igloo Books, Metlife Magazine, Parragon Books, Sainsbury's, Small World Creations Ltd, UK Greetings.

She is also represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

4-Star Review of "Retribution"

Review of Retribution

by Regina Smeltzer

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Lillian Hunter’s life is destroyed when she’s implicated in setting the fire which killed her husband and daughter. Seeking peace and restoration, she pulls the pieces of her shattered life together and accepts a position at a college in another state. Surrounded by a loving family that has adopted her as their own, Lillian struggles with new life, new love…and new danger. Fires are being set in which she is once again implicated. Doubting her own sanity, Lillian takes steps to ensure she isn’t setting the fires. But if it isn’t her, who is it? And why, after she’s moved halfway across the country, have they followed her? A day of reckoning is coming as Lillian seeks to exonerate herself and claim retribution for the destruction of her life. Will she discover the truth before her new life is consumed by the flames? 



MY REVIEW:   She moves to avoid the control of her parents, but her past seems to be following her.  Her new job at a small college may be threatened if people find out about her past.   She was the prime suspect in the house fire that killed her husband and young daughter, but she was never prosecuted.  She maintains her innocence.  Now someone is burning homes again and setting her up the guilty party!   She is shocked and upset over the  fact that she finds gas cans in her car, after one home fire.  She falls in love with a man named Roger and he is very unusual, but she also has a strong attraction to Paul, a local police officer.  Roger convinces her that Paul will lock her up in prison if he finds out about her past.   Did she set the fires and just doesn't remember?  Is she innocent or guilty?

          This book had a great deal of suspense and thrills at every turn of the page.   It does look look like she is guilty, but will she  bef ound guilty and end up in prison?  I really enjoyed this book and was caught up in suspense, but my one complaint is that I had a hard time keeping up with the different characters.  


         I rated this book 4 stars and recommend it to readers of Christian fiction.
         This book was a gift and I have chosen to review it.


About the Author:  
Regina Smeltzer

On the day I was born we had an unexpected spring blizzard. There were 2,900,000 U.S. soldiers in Korea, and a deadly earthquake shook a still unstable Germany. While The King and I opened on Broadway, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of spying. Apparently my birth didn’t change much - the weather and world events are still unpredictable.

My passion growing up was reading. I would immerse myself for hours in Nancy Drew or Cherry Aims. When I couldn’t get to the library, I would grab the next volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica from our book shelf. Most families had a set back then. The exotic places and new cultures I read about drew me like a moth to the dangling bulb outside my bedroom window. I think I eventually got to Volume Q.

After graduating from high school in Akron, Ohio, I moved south, all of 60 miles. I became a registered nurse, married, and raised four children from three continents - my own United Nations. During this time I wrote short stories for my flock, plays for my church, and grants for my job. My adventures took me to the rain forest of Brazil and the desert of Egypt.

Without dreams, one is dead. Since I am very much alive, my dream is to share my love of reading with others. I still remember my first day of writing. I sat at the keyboard and wondered how one “began” a novel. Five years later I had it figured out, but to this day that manuscript remains hidden in a blue thumb drive tucked safely in my underpants drawer. 

The world might be the same, but life has changed for me. I have moved another 600 miles south, to the exotic Pee Dee region of South Carolina with its cotton fields, Spanish moss, and boiled peanuts. Four grandchildren keep me humble. But I still crave the path seldom taken, and hope this is reflected in my writing.

Just as God guides my life, He will mold my writing until it is what He wants it to be.

Monday, October 10, 2016

5-Star Review of "Christmas at Promise Lodge"

Review of Christmas at Promise Lodge

(Promise Lodge #2)

by Charlotte Hubbard

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As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

 As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. 
 
Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him. 

MY REVIEW:   Sleigh rides, friends, and lots of delicious baked goods and you have the makings of a beautiful Christmas at Promise Lodge.   After Mattie and her sisters founded the Promise Lodge Amish settlement, not everything is going perfectly.   Not all the Amish in the community agree with everything that Bishop Floyd is decreeing as the Ordnung.   He also shocks them all when he announces that Mattie, Amos, and several others must marry and soon.   Mattie and Amos have loved each other since they were very young but her father forbid them marrying as he felt that Amos did not make enough money.   Will life allow them to marry at last or will they be cheated yet again?   

             The friends at Promise Lodge make life at the lodge seem so appealing.   They have their own little private apartments and they have the companionship and wonderful meals as well as the crochet group they start and better yet, they get to wear their pajamas while they crochet.   I love the people of Promise Lodge and I was really rooting for Amos and Mattie to be joined in marriage at long last.   Readers will enjoy reading to see what happens for this precious couple and getting to know the other members of the Promise Lodge.   

            I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.

            I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Charlotte Hubbard

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.