Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

In The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag by Mike Berenstain, Brother and Sister Bear try to "one up" each other by bragging about how well they've done things.  When they start arguing over who can see the best pictures in the clouds, Gramps Bear steps in and teaches them a lesson about bragging.

Here's another Berenstain Bears book that my children and I enjoy.  I especially enjoy how, under Mike Berenstain's writing, more Bible verses and themes are contained in the books, as opposed to just being moral.  As I read the verses and how they apply to situations, in this case bragging, I appreciate the fact that my children are hearing Scripture in a way to help them make wise decisions. Do I recommend this book?  Of course!  What's not to love about the Berenstain Bears?

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder:  and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth even forever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Review: The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

In The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn, historic, religiously significant artwork has been stolen from Greek monasteries and other sites.  It appears that upper level bureaucrats are involved, so the people who want answers have to use unofficial means to find answers.  They hire Nick, an American international journalist, to figure out what has been happening, and he hires Carey, a forensic archeologist whom he has known since childhood, to help.

This book is a fast-paced, exciting read.  I enjoyed the times when Carey would recite some of the history of the Greek islands they visited, especially when she talked about the apostle John.  I have to admit that I liked the fact that not every loose end was nicely tied up at the end of the book; maybe this book will be the first in a series!  ****Spoiler alert:  I also appreciated how the plan at the end worked.  Usually, in books and movies, something happens so the plan doesn't go as expected.  But in this book, it did!  It was great!****  I plan to look for more books by this author since I liked this one so much!

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Third Birthday, Mary!

Today is Mary's third birthday!

She is so much fun to have around!  If you're bored while Mary is around, you need to get up and look for her because if you can see her, she'll entertain you.  And if you can't see her, she's probably getting into some kind of mischief!

Super Mary!

Mary thinks she is just as big as her older brother and sisters and can do everything they can.  And usually she can!

Even when she is upset, it doesn't take long to get Mary smiling again.

An example of how entertaining Mary can be!

Happy birthday to our sweet, precocious, fun-loving little big Mary-girl!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Where Treetops Glisten

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin contains three novellas about siblings in the same family, and each one has to overcome obstacles in his (or her) past before moving forward.  In the first one, Abigail has to learn to trust God with her future after losing a couple of loved ones in her past.  The second story follows Pete, Abigail's brother, as he realizes that only God can fill the God-shaped hole in his heart.  In the third story, Merry also has to work through some trust issues before she can accept God's best for her life.  All three stories take place around Christmas during World War II.

I enjoyed all three stories in this book, especially how the characters learned to trust God and lean upon Him, and it was fun reading this book as Christmas season approaches.  Honestly, I wasn't sure how the novellas would work considering that each one was written by a different author, but they flowed together seamlessly.  This book was an entertaining read as it tackled some serious issues, and I recommend it for those two reasons.

I want to thank Blogging for Books for my review copy, but my opinions are my own.