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Book Review: Alabaster

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About the Book:

Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon…

 

Alabaster brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit:http://www.kregel.com/fiction/alabaster/

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Book Review: Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey

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About the Book:

“The single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.”–J. P. Moreland

 

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?” In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

 

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

  • How do you grow spiritually?
  • How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
  • Is all truth relative?
  • Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
  • As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

 

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Our Review: This is an excellent book! I have not read the First edition but this second edition is awesome! We liked that it guided young adults in difficult pathways in the real world.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit:http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/welcome-to-college/

 

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Book Review: A Trail of Crumbs

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About the Book:

“I believed it would have been a sin to stay inside when God had sent us such fine weather. According to Pastor Ezra Anderson, sin was the reason we’d got in the dusty mess we were in. The way I saw it, that day was God’s way of letting us know He wasn’t mad at us anymore. Just maybe He’d seen fit to forgive us.”

Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But the end of her beautiful day signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now her family is fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Are there any crumbs powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel, sure to please her many fans.

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/a-trail-of-crumbs/

 

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Children’s Book Review: One to Ten ~ Squirrel’s Bad Day

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Carol P Roman Does it again! Her new book is an instant hit in our family! This book is full of wonderful lessons and vivid illustrations!

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About the book:

Squirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn’t know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

This book can be found on Amazon.com

 

 

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Captain No Beard Series Installment ~ Book Review

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Another great series from author Carole P Roman! The Captain No Beard series stresses valuable life lessons and topics such as sharing, teamwork, loyalty, and cooperation.

We reviewed the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s pirate series:

 

This is a COLORING BOOK!!! This Coloring book is a wonderful addition to the series. Each page is from one of the books in the series and references which book it can be found in…so neat! Here is an example of one of the pages:

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We have always loved this series because of the wonderful lessons…but this is such a great addition to the Captain No beard family! My children love making the illustrations come alive with their own colors!

 

 

 

 

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If You Were Me and Lived in…. ~ Series Installment Book Review

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … : A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World, is the latest exciting new children’s series of children’s books from Carole P. Roman. Roman takes young readers all over the globe to explore different countries and cultures. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like for children if they were to live in another city or country, she examines the diversity around the world and the value possessed by each different culture. Think of the series as a children’s version of the travel Channel that is filled with entertaining and educational facts.

We reviewed one more exciting book in Carole P. Roman’s series.

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN …I SRAEL

In short we are in love with this series! What a wonderful way to introduce young children to cultural diversity. The text of the books are simple yet powerful. We liked that the book was written for children … I did not have to summarize or paraphrase information because the text was outside of their knowledge grasp…what a plus! The vibrant illustrations were also a plus. My children not only loved listening and learning but took the book after we were done reading just to look at the pictures.

Wow! What an excellent read! This is such a lovely book and we look forward to the next installment of the series!

For more information about the author or her books please visit www.carolproman.comThese books and the entire series can be found on Amazon.com

About the Author:

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Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a formaer teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with he husband. Her most favorite job is being a grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit and was just named as one of Children’s Indy Best – The Pinnacle Award of 2013. “Strangers on the High Seas” was named Readers Views Kids Award ~ Best Children’s Book of the Year.

You can visit Carole’s website to find more about her and her books at caroleproman.com

 

You can find this book and ALL of Carole’s books on Amazon.com

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Book Review: Under an Open Heaven

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About the Book:

When the gospel of John was written, the world was in turmoil. Jerusalem was collapsing, the empire was eroding, and the church was fighting for its life. The early believers needed a theology to strengthen their souls and steady their nerves–a theology found in this often enigmatic gospel. In our similar times of turbulence, we too need to know that the abundant life under the opened heaven John describes is not just conceivable–it’s a promise.
John E. Johnson is determined to reveal the relevance of John’s gospel to today’s Christian. To do so, he explores various conversations found in its pages and applies them to our modern world. Jesus converses with family, answers the questions of religious leaders, and steps into dialogue with people whose names we never know but whose struggles we can relate to. They aren’t always straightforward chats, Johnson readily admits. Yet that is what makes them so beautifully applicable to the messiness of life.
For readers tired of living confined lives, frustrated by failure, or starving in the midst of plenty, the conversations in John tell them life doesn’t have to stay small. There is a whole new world made possible under God’s open heaven.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/under-an-open-heaven/

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Book Review ~ Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible

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About the book:

“I control because I care.”
“I just want to be sure of a happy ending.”
“I worry that everything is spinning out of control.”
Many women can identify with statements like these. They have a compulsion to make everything turn out just right and are willing to do anything to make it happen. But this unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. And when they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control of themselves and react in anger or fear.
Shannon Popkin knows this struggle inside and out. Keeping her inner Control Girl hidden is a full-time job. Thankfully, she also knows another very important truth: no woman has to be a Control Girl.
In this encouraging book, Shannon invites seven Control Girls from the Bible into the conversation. She examines each story for the moments in which grasping for control circumvented God’s plans for good, whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of to trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future. Finally, Shannon finds God’s perspective on each of the problems and then reveals how readers’ can have their own happy endings in similar situations.
The author shares from her own struggles and follows each Bible study with questions for personal reflection. In the end, controlling women will find insight into their own experience, peace in the knowledge that God is in control, and relief that they are free.

 

Our Review:

Another excellent selection from Kregel Publications! This text is oacked with wisdom and peace. We really liked that the author shared their personal experience along with linking to women of the Bible. Linking to the Bible and personal issues gave the text a relevant feel. This is a book not to be missed! Wonderful for reflection and study.

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/control-girl/

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Book Review: Deep Water

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About the book:

An obesity treatment has been discovered, but before anyone can benefit, a dispute breaks out about who owns the discovery. David Marchmont, a patent lawyer, is asked to handle the case. There’s one big problem, though: crucial evidence is missing–evidence that might have a bearing on the clinical trial two years before.

David’s personal life has its own challenges. His daughter, Chloe, has a rare and serious genetic condition. His wife, Rachel, becomes friendly with a young researcher, Kate Flanagan, who is seeking a cure for Chloe’s disorder; Kate, in turn, becomes concerned that her lab colleagues may be cutting corners on the obesity drug.

As evidence of mishandling mounts–then disappears–Kate, Rachel, and David find themselves caught up in acute ethical challenges and personal danger. Is biotechnology outstripping our capacity to make ethical decisions?

Our Review:

This was really a great book! We loved the anticipatory feeling throughout the book. It is also very timely with all of the scientific breakthroughs that are happening in todays world. if you are looking for a great thrilling book this is the one to pick up!

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/deep-water/

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Block Island Organics Natural Facial Moisturizer

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Welcome to the world of Block Island ORGANICS! I Love it! We love when products are organic and this is another great find!

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer is an advanced daily moisturizer made with clear zinc that nourishes skin. Fortified with broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection to prevent wrinkles & early skin aging. It provides ultra lightweight non-comedogenic, broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. Along with all the aforementioned attributes it is also WATER RESISTANT!

We loved that the facial moisturizer was SPF 30 and was water resistant! This moisturizer rubbed easily into the skin and felt nice. During the time I tried this facial moisturizer I did not experience break outs…sometimes moisturizers with an added sunscreen can cause my skin to break out. This one did not!   The product is organic… which is so nice to hear in such a chemical laden market!

 

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  • AWARD WINNING – 2016 Best Moisturizer with SPF (Environmental Working Group – EWG)
  • MOISTURIZING – Shea butter, aloe and more keep skin hydrated, can be worn under makeup
  • HEALTHY – Organic and natural ingredients – clear zinc only (safest & best UV filter)
  • EFFECTIVE – SPF 30 & broad spectrum protection decreases the risk of skin cancer & aging
  • CRUELTY FREE – Vegan formula and never tested on animals
  • TRUST – No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, fragrance. Made in USA

 

For a list of ingredients please CLICK HERE.

This is a great Organic product … please visit Block Island Organics to view this and their entire line of products. They are running a special right now … when you check out please use the code magen

 

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