Book Review: Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings

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The Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings is a beautifully illustrated board book filled with poems, bible verses and the timeless Precious Moments boys and girls.

Every other page has a bible verse from the International Children’s Bible.  The poetry of this book presents information about the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and the Resurrection.  There are also several poems that speak of springtime, eggs and bunnies.  In fact the cover of the book shows a little boy and girl holding their bibles and standing before a blooming Dogwood tree adorned with colorful eggs and the very first poem is titled “An Easter Egg Hunt”. 

The author makes an effort to integrate the elements of egg hunts and chocolate bunnies into biblical concepts.  The poem “An Easter Egg Hunt” is followed by Jeremiah 29:13 which speaks of searching for God and the promise that He can always be found.  In a similar fashion, “Chocolate Easter Bunny” is followed by Matthew 7:11, “Your heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him” and few would argue that a chocolate bunny is good to eat.

I find it difficult to rate a book that is so beautiful and includes  God’s word and pictures of children in prayer as well as the more worldly aspects of the holiest of holidays.  In fact it’s a difficult balance that goes far beyond a book review.  I’m going to rate this with 4 stars in acknowledgement of the innocent illustrations and the beautiful presentation of springtime and Easter celebrations.

Thomas Nelson, the publisher of Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings supplied a copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review.


Book Review: The KJV Daily Devotional

The content of The KJV Daily Devotional gets 4 stars however, the digital format gets only 2.

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This daily devotional provides a short well-applied devotion – probably just about a half page each.  The scripture is printed along with the story so that you would not have to have your Bible open with it, and the verses are in the King James translation. 

I really like that the translation is declared in the very title of this book.  I am often frustrated by devotional books that mix a lot of different translations throughout, or only declare which translation is being used in tiny print among the legal stuff.  There are some translations I prefer over others and some that I’m simply not willing to use so I always wish I knew what I was getting in that department and usually end up having both a devotion book and my bible open at the same time.  So this is a really positive factor in The KJV Daily Devotional.

There are no dates on the individual devotions which is both positive and negative.  Even if you miss reading for a day – or two – if there is a date you can find your place in the book and move through it during the year.  Without dates you simply rely on a bookmark and can easily repeatedly read pages. 

The only real negatives I have to offer in this review are in the digital formatting and I’m not at all pleased with that part.  Because there are no dates on the individual devotions you can only read this eBook like you would a novel – page by page.  There is also no table of contents so that you have the option to jump to “His Joy” or “Stop Pretending”.  Maybe this is by design so you would not be tempted to skip around but if your reading app loses your place then you’re stuck flipping through the pages and I guess just randomly choosing a place to stop.

There are no page breaks between each entry so using the digital copy you just have to stop after reading a portion of a page then when you return to the book the next day you start in the middle of the page.  It would have been much nicer to have a new page to start on each time I returned to the book.

Barbour Publishing provided a complimentary copy of The KJV Daily Devotional in exchange for a fair review

Book Review: Prayers of Blessing over your Husband

In Prayers of Blessings over your Husband, author Bruce Wilkinson shares blessings he’s enjoyed and lessons he’s learned from his wife’s years of praying over him.    

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The book is well-written and educational.  It offers insights any wife can use to bolster her husband and therefore strengthen her marriage and increase the joy in that relationship.  This is a book to utilize from a position of strength.  He makes the very valid point that instead of praying, “Change him God” we should pray “Bless him Lord” and a man showered with God’s blessings will naturally be a creature you want to live with and someone who is easy to love.  Still you would need some pretty good communication in your relationship before you could implement many of the practices he promotes.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an impartial review.  The copy I received was digital and I want to disclose that early-on because the format certainly colors my review.

I’m finding more and more that in non-fiction or reference books the digital format is difficult for me to use and enjoy.  In a novel I read it front to back with very little flipping around.  If I return to the book it’s usually to read it the same way again.  However, in a non-fiction work like this I want to go back and reference certain parts of it – in the case of a prayer-topic I want to go to the secrets that this book disclosed and pray through them.  However, it would take many minutes of page turning to find that section again.  There is no table of contents where I might be quickly taken to a specific section.  Of course I could manually bookmark those sections myself – like dog-earring a page but again that would require an investment of my time.

I can only give one overall rating of 3 stars, but I would really like to rate the content of the book at 4 stars and the digital formatting at 2 stars.

Book Review: Gardener’s Log Book

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The New York Botanical Garden has published a Gardener’s Log Book to help gardening enthusiasts track plantings and successes as well as local bloom schedules and seasonal chores. It is described as boasting a, “sturdy waterproof cover to protect pages from rain and muddy soil,” as well as “authoritative appendices on composting, pruning, pest and disease control, and container gardening,” and “useful reminders by season on fertilizing, mulching, and transplanting.”

I loved the idea of this log book – in fact I’ve kept something similar in just a hard-backed lined book for years.  I envisioned this Gardener’s Log Book as something that would ride to the garden or out in the yard with me so I could make notes and reminders as I worked.  I’m afraid that’s not quite what I got.

The “weatherproof” binding is maybe a heavy cardstock with some sort of covering less robust than lamination even.  It is bound with eight wire rings so I can’t imagine that cover is going to last long.  The interior pages are a heavy paper and while they do seem to have some treatment to keep ink from running when I put damp hands over the writing, the paper did ripple.  So this paper isn’t akin to the rain-proof notepads like law enforcement officers carry.

There is a little pocket in the very back of the book, but no place to clip in an ink pen, no dividers to easily locate the different years or seasons, not even a ribbon to mark your place.

The purpose of this book is logging rather than referencing so the appendixes in the back are naturally very short.  However, I’m afraid I didn’t find them very useful at all.  There are some charts at the beginning of each season that seem to be very helpful and they include check boxes to keep up with which chores you’ve already attended to.  I will label the columns by the year I’m working in (this year being 2018) because the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 would give me a reference point.

Overall, the Gardener’s Log Book is a great concept and hopefully the future additions will incorporate some of the feedback I’m sure gardener’s will share with The New York Botanical Garden.

Clarkson Potter, the publisher of Gardener’s Log Book supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: Every Day With Jesus 365 Devotions for Kids

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Charles Stanley’s devotions for children is a great book.  Every Day with Jesus is setup much as you’d expect with a one page per day devotion consisting of a short verse of scripture, a few words of education and encouragement then a one or two line prayer.  The bottom of each page is bordered with what you can to with Jesus today.  Each page is dated and a ribbon is supplied in the binding for easy page marking.  There are a few lined pages for notes at the end and a little information about Dr. Stanley but no other end material.

While written simply, these devotions would be great for kids of all ages.  There are not colorful pictures that might draw the youngest readers but the language is such that even late-teens could continue to grow by reading this book. 

The version of scripture presented is the International Children’s Bible.

Overall this is a great devotional that I am looking forward to reading throughout the year with my own children.  Therefore I gladly recommend it to other readers.

Thomas Nelson, the publisher of Every Day With Jesus supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Book Review: NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

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I am always loathe to give a Bible a negative review.  But study bibles are very expensive and I certainly want any reader to be able to make a fully informed choice.  With that said, I am afraid I’m disappointed in the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible.

This study bible has numerous timelines which are an incredible tool for understanding the order of events when different books, like the prophecies, may overlap in time periods.  However, most of the timelines in this book have no scriptural reference – It says “Adam and Eve live” but does not tell me where the Bible actually tells me that; “Tower of Babl” appears on the timeline but it doesn’t direct me to the part of the Bible where I can read about that tower.

The very title of the Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible indicates it is illustrated.  There are some very interesting archeological pictures and application of those items to scripture, such as The Babylonian Chronicles – clay tablets that narrate events in Babylons history including Biblical history. The table of contents lists 54 of these infographics they are distributed about 3 per book with Exodus and 2 Kings each having 6.  However, many  of these graphics are not photographs but drawings such as a layout of Rome in Paul’s day.

There are also a number of family trees which help the reader relate various generations.  I found these a little difficult to read, but families were very different in biblical days, with multiple wives and concubines bearing children.  There probably is no easy way to graph these.

On a very postitive note, I did find the commentary to be excellent.  And the introductions to individual books of the bible was more helpful than in most study bibles.  There concordance in the back seems larger than most, however, the font is very small.  There are a total of 14 maps in the back; they are printed on the same paper as the text – as opposed to glossy photo paper – so the colors are pretty subdued but that certainly doesn’t affect the quality of the information they present.

I can offer a recommendation of the commentary in this bible but can only give it 3 stars because I just really feel like you wouldn’t get what you expected based on the title and presentation.

Thomas Nelson, the publisher of the NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Book Review: 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids

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In 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids (Slatter, Tommy Nelson, 2017), author Kathryn Slattery presents a question for each day’s devotion.  Formatted as a traditional devotion, it opens with a relevant Bible verse, gives the answer to today’s question in a few short paragraphs then a two-line prayer. 

Related subjects are linked by a “want to know more” section that points the reader to devotions on other days.  Following this path, you can experience a great portion of the book.

While no subject can be deeply explored in a one page devotion, these little articles seem ideal for prompting children to think and ask more questions as well as giving them working answers on some very practical issues.  Her subjects span a broad spectrum including writing in your Bible, memorizing verses, the commandments, the existence of the ark or the covenant and baptism.   

Some of the book’s subjects are not strictly from the Bible such as “What is Leap Day?”, The Gideon’s bible placement ministry, Communion on the moon and the cease fire of Christmas 1914.  These subjects point right back to God and how He uses men and circumstances to His glory.

Scripture is mostly taken from the International Children’s Bible and there is a handy ribbon to mark your place as you work through the year.  There are no pictures and the blue text is embellished only by a turquoise border on each page. 

Overall this is a lovely book that I am eager to share with my own children or gift to other young folks who are eager to learn about God and His Word.  I can certainly recommend 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids to you.

Book Review: KJV Know the Word Study Bible

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Each book of the Bible opens with a great introduction which includes a “how to study” that particular book. Unique to each book, I found it a wonderful approach to book-studies.  This introduction directs you to “Study the Book Highlights” that are found among the chapters.

Within the text of the book are bold and clear text headers that allow the eye to quickly scan a two-page spread.  However, there is no cross reference which I miss.

The copy I received is hardback and it bound in the tried and true fabric-over-board construction.  I had just a little concern about the wearability of the cloth in a book that would be handled a lot.  I fear it will soil quickly. There is also no ribbon marker and while even writing that feels pretty picky, in a study book it’s an awfully nice addition.  I do not know if the leather-bound version of this book would include the markers. The weight of the paper in my copy was great.  It’s thin so the book doesn’t become overly large of heavy yet it is thicker than the traditional onion skin of bibles.

There are topical articles spread throughout covering everything from sanctification to sin and temptation.  Each topic contains 3 or 4 articles that are positioned near where that topic is discussed within the scripture.  The articles also refer you to other places in the word and they end by directing you to the next article in that topic.  I really enjoyed this feature.

Like it’s NKJV cousin, I am happy to give the KJV Know the Word Study Bible 4 stars.  Thomas Nelson, the publisher of KJV: Know the Word Study Bible supplied a copy of this bible in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Review: Wee Society: A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game

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This 40 card box of ‘awesome things’ is a cute little matching game.  It has uniquely designed pictures of helicopters, fireflies, even a plain white square.  They are sturdy board cards so I expect them to have hold up well to little hands flipping them.  My children and I all enjoyed breaking this open to play.

On the downside, the sturdy box has a flip top with no way to secure it.  Therefore, if it’s ever turned over or picked up by the wrong side you are picking up 40 cards.  It would have been really helpful to have a Velcro closure.  Also, the age range on the box is 3 years to 103 years.  However, the names of the pictures are not words that children would really be able to read “camouflage” or “argyle” until they’ve mastered phonics.  This did not stop my own 3 year old from enjoying it. 

I would certainly recommend this game or would give it as a gift.

Clarkson Potter Publishing supplied a sample of this product in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Product Review: Meera Lee Patel Greeting Cards

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Crown Publishing has issued a beautifully boxed set of 12 note cards designed by Meera Lee Patel.  They sent me a set to review.

The cards are decorated with what I’m going to call watercolor illustrations.  Of course I’m not entirely sure of the medium but the appearance is very much like watercolor.  So that type of art is not as realistic as maybe oil or even pencil but it’s a pretty picture nonetheless.  Each card also sports a quote from some famous person – some I’d never heard of I must admit.

The box indicates only that they are “note cards”  but the quotes all seem to be geared toward encouragement in a time of trouble.  A couple of examples, “…Someday this pain will be useful…,” “Fears are paper tigers,” and “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”  These are all fine thoughts, but they seem to really limit the use of the cards since they aren’t really the sort of messages you’d want to send when you’re just dropping a note to a friend or inquiring after someone’s health.  

I’m going to give this product only 3 stars based solely on the presentation.  If they were presented as cards of encouragement or ‘notes for trying times’ they would definitely be a 5 star item.

Book Review: God Bless My School

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God Bless My School (Hall, Hannah C., Thomas Nelson, 2017) is an adorable board book that walks you through a series of forest animals who are looking forward to starting school.

In rhyme, each little animal mentions the autumn weather, school supplies, mixed emotions and their kind teacher.  Then the elements of a school day are presented from the work required to lunch, nap and recess. 

The illustrations of these little animals is beautifully rendered to present such softness that you want to hug the little creatures. 

I can highly recommend God Bless My School and assure you that my children enjoyed it too.

The publisher supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Book Review: Invitation


Fully four months ago I accepted “Invitation” from Baker Publishing Group with the promise of a fair and impartial review.  They give me a choice of what I want to review and when I saw Frank Peretti as one of the authors I jumped at the chance, being a long-time fan of his.  Well here I am four months later still trying to write a review of this work.

This is not a traditional novel or even a regular series of novellas.   The four authors - Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky – preface the work with an explanation they they are will “write it like a TV series…[with] an overching storyline into which [they’d] plug… individual novellas, with each story written from our character’s point of view.”

The stories are supposed to be short enough that they can be read in one or two sittings.  As I mentioned it’s taken me four months to write this review so you can imagine it required more than a couple of attempts to read the book.  And, I have to confess I was confused by the format and when The Call wrapped up and The Haunted was presented in big bold letters on the next page I thought it was just a preview intended to sell another publication so I stopped reading feeling pretty undone.  The Call didn’t really wrap up any storylines.  But it had been such a laborious read that I haven’t gone back to The Haunted since I figured out the format.

I found nothing to love in the characters of The Call – nothing drew me to them, made me cheer for their victory, or left me longing to know their outcome.

The only Christ-claiming character is a college football player who’s so drunk on page one that his buddies are able to leave him in a tattoo parlor to awaken with a permanent stain on his body.  The protagonist, Brenda, is the owner of that business who is willing to take advantage of the boy for the cash his equally inebriated buddies offer her.  Her cynical character improves little as the novella progresses.

That pair meet up with a couple of other people and encounter an otherworldly phenomenon that I assume would be explained in a later section because The Call ends with nothing but questions.


Book Review: The King James Study Bible, Full Color Edition, Thomas Nelson, 2017

I am so excited to review The King James Study Bible, Full Color Edition!  I want to begin by telling you that The King James Study Bible has been around since 1988 and I’ve carried it as my primary bible for more than a decade and I’m very attached to it.  So when Thomas Nelson gave me the chance to receive and review their new full color edition you know I grabbed it right up.  And I’m so glad I did.

This study bible is chocked full of colored photos and images of colorful artwork.  There are pictures of places so many of us have never had a chance to visit and it really brings to life the geography of The Holy Land.  There are pictures of holy sites such as The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and The Garden Tomb.  There are also pictures of ancient ruins such as a cobblestone section of a Roman road, Corinth and the theater at Colossae.  Finally, treasured antiquities are depicted such as Victor’s Stele with wreaths from Isthmia gate and a first-century fishing boat.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but there are plenty of words here too.  In addition to the KJV text, there are brief commentaries throughout the book.  Each book starts with an overview and outline then at the bottom of nearly every page are verse by verse notes which I find invaluable for study.  There is also a great cross reference in the center column of the pages. 

There are a number of articles and charts including a concordance at the back.  Finally, eight color maps summarize the geographical area and support the maps found within the text.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I’ve been carrying the black-and-white version of this bible for years.  In fact, I’m currently carrying the second or third copy.  I’ve replaced them because the binding has failed.  Thomas Nelson has sent new copies whenever I report the binding issues but the same issue appeared again.  I am certainly hoping that this issue has been resolved and the full color edition will not suffer from it.

Thomas Nelson did supply a copy of this study bible in exchange for a fair review.  They’ve sent a bonded leather edition – the old one I have is genuine leather which I would have expected to wear a little better.  It may take some time to determine the binding quality but I will certainly post an update after I’ve carried this one for a while. 

As far as the content is concerned I don’t know that I could give a higher recommendation to any other study bible than I would give to The King James Study Bible, Full Color Edition.

Review of: The Berenstain Bears Bless our Gramps & Gran

Review of:  The Berenstain Bears Bless our Gramps & Gran (Berenstain, Mike, Zonderkidz, 2017)

Perhaps it is unfair for me to review The Berenstain Bears because I am such a huge fan that it’s almost impossible for me to be unbiased.  Yet every time the publisher offers me the opportunity to write about another chapter in the lives of the adorable little bears I say yes.

Any child that’s ever bored on a rainy day will identify with Bless our Gramps & Gran as will those children who have grandparents they think can move mountains or lasso the moon.  Papa Bear and Mama Bear help the cubs to find a way to celebrate these precious people in their lives.  They recount the things that are special about their grandparents then Papa Bear shows them in the Bible that Noah would have had many grandchildren after God directed him to replenish the earth.

As we’ve come to expect the Berenstain illustrations are adorable and beautifully presented. 

I would very strongly recommend Bless our Gramps and Gran for any child.

Zonderkidz, the publisher of There Berenstain Bears Bless our Gramps and Gran” supplied a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.

Book Review: High as the Heavens, Breslin, Kate, 2017 Bethany House Publishers

High as the Heavens is an historical novel set in Belgium during World War I and follows a young nurse as she works with a resistance group in the occupied territory.

I really enjoyed the setting as I find this to be a neglected era with most books focused on the late 19th Century or the second world war.  Ms. Breslin develops fascinating characters and weaves a spellbinding story line of history and intrigue. 

Every novel these days seems to be a romance and I loved the perspective in this story of a married couple and their struggles during the separations of war. 

The story drew me in and I was eager to see rescues completed and missions fulfilled.  I was angry with the German Kaiser and mourned with the widows and mothers of fallen soldiers on both sides.

Beer, wine and liquor flow freely throughout the story with the main characters partaking and the author detailing the flavors and scents of the alcohol.  This is a controversial approach and given the detrimental results of alcohol abuse within the American culture (where this novel is published) this element weighs heavily in the strength of my recommendation. 

The publisher supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.


Book Review: My Bible Adventure Through God’s Word, Thomas Nelson 2016

My Bible Adventure contains 52 bible stories for kids.  The stories begin in Genesis chapter 1 and end in Acts chapter 16.  Each story gives the scripture reference then tells the story in terms young children can understand. The story is followed by “Today’s Adventure” which relates the bible story to relevant, current situations.  There is a “Pray with me” section with a short prayer you can lead your child to say.  Finally the “Take it with you” section succinctly summarizes the whole devotional.

The illustrations in My Bible Adventure are beautiful, brightly colored and very interesting to little eyes.  It is printed on thicker, slick paper which allows the colors to really pop off the page while it seems to be a little stronger and may prevent children’s hands from tearing it so easily.

Each story is written by a different person or couple from around the country.  I found it fascinating to see where these stories came from and will enjoy pointing out these locations to my children.

The book includes a ribbon marker which seems like such a simple addition but is an indispensable tool in a book that you wouldn’t try to read from cover to cover in one sitting.  There are a couple of great lists included at the end of the book:  The Books of the Bible and The Twelve Disciples; these are great lists to memorize and it’s nice to have them included in the colorful illustration scheme.

There is no actual scripture printed in the book save an appendix of “Selected verses from the Book of Proverbs.”  These are given in the International Children’s Bible version.

I would highly recommend this bible story book.

Thomas Nelson, the publisher of My Bible Adventure supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Book Review: The Woman’s Study Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2016

I am really excited to review The Woman’s Study Bible because it is a nice study bible written specifically for women. 

It opens with the customary pages for writing marriage details and a brief family history.  The marriage page introduces the Ketubah which is the Jewish marriage contract and there is very interesting historical information given there. 

Quotations from women famous and little-known (at least to me) are scattered throughout the book and are though provoking and inspiring.  Of course each book is introduced with details of the Title, Date of writing and Background as well as Themes and a general Outline of the book. 

The two elements of The Woman’s Study Bible that I found most interesting and helpful were the articles aimed directly at issues relevant to Christian women and the character profiles.  Articles cover topics such as marriage, prayer, goal setting and feelings of unworthiness.  Certainly these are good subjects for both men and women but they seem to speak directly to a woman’s heart.  The character profiles pull out women that I read right over in the scriptures.  In 2 Chronicles, Jehoshabeath the wife of Jehoiada who “risked her own life to save the life of an innocent child marked for murder.”  In Romans the character of Junia is brought outwho was a friend of Paul’s and a woman who “exemplifi[ed] the already established fact that Christ commissioned both women and men to proclaim the gospel.”

There is also a great index among the appendices which points the reader to the special features of this bible.

The copy I received is bound in bright, floral fabric over board.  It is beautiful but I am a little concerned with on-going use this binding will show ugly dirt. 

Everytime I review a study bible I’m tempted to keep it for my own and The Woman’s Study Bible”  is no different.  I try not to stock pile these bibles but share them with folks who are in greater need.  But I must confess I’m particularly tempted with this one.

Thomas Nelson, publisher of The Woman’s Study Bible, supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Book Review: Treasured Grace, Tracie Peterson, Bethany House Publishers, 2017

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Treasured Grace opens in 1847 as sisters Grace, Hope and Mercy make their way along the Oregan Trail.  After losing their mother, their only family is an uncle living in Oregon City and she is desperate to reach him.  Grace marries the Right Reverend T.S. Martindale in order to join a wagon westbound wagon train.  When the Right Reverend passes away on the trail, Grace agrees to winter at Whitman Mission.  During their time there, the trio meet many colorful characters including Alex Armistead and a tribe of Cayuse Indians. 

Grace feels an immediate attraction to the surly trapper and despite a reluctance to admit it, Alex feels the same.  But tensions are growing between the white missionaries and their Native neighbors.  When the Cayuse blame a measles epidemic on the mission’s founder trouble is inevitable.

Treasured Grace is a great historical novel set around an actual historical event.  Peterson’s research is evident as she paints the culture of the Native Americans, even contrasting the Cayuse to their Nez Perce cousins. 

The book is transparent in its evangelical theme and I loved the number of Bible verses woven into the text. 

Grace is a healer and while her advocacy for pure water was obvious to me, I never understood why she always took vinegar or what other herbs she used in her many tonics.

I must confess that it felt somewhat disjointed in the first couple of chapters as we met Alex and his trapper friends completely separately from the main characters and there were a number of members of the wagon train introduced.  I didn’t feel like I had a good grip on who’s who until nearly the middle of the book.  However, by the climax of the story I felt I knew the important characters well enough to follow the story line.

Bethany House Publishers supplied a copy of Treasured Grace in exchange for a fair review.





Book Review: KJV Word Study Bible, Thomas Nelson 2017

I’ve reviewed several study bibles over the past few months but I knew as soon as I opened the box containing the KJV Word Study Bible that I had a winner in my hands.  Perhaps the review copies that are sent out are naturally going to be in the least expensive bindings, but when I’m considering a study bible one of the things I’m thinking about is how well the binding will hold up.  Just a note about personal experience, in my favorite study bible I’m carrying the THIRD copy that I’ve owned simply because the binding did not hold up and after a few months big chunks of pages are separating. 

The binding of this bible is called “leathersoft” which is some kind of manmade material but it has a really good feel and my instinct is that it will wear pretty well.  It does have a ribbon page marker and pretty good quality paper, not the onion skin we traditionally see in bibles.

The words of Christ are in red and the font throughout the bible is very clear and easy to read.  There is not commentary included, but there are 1700 “easy-to-understand Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word studies.”  The Strong’s reference number is included if you want to cross reference to that larger work.  I did try a cross reference and frankly I appreciated the explanation giving in the KJV Word Study Bible better than that of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. 

Less than 2 inches thick and measuring 9 ½ by 6 ½ inches, this is a great size to carry with you to church.  That doesn’t allow much room for notes in the margins and there are only 2 blank pages between the concordance and the maps.

There are 8 beautiful maps again with very readable font – it’s amazing how important clear fonts become with every passing year!  Also included is a 19 page concordance which doesn’t list numerous uses of a word but gives a single descriptive passage.

Overall, I’m thrilled to give the KJV Word Study Bible five stars.

Thomas Nelson, the publisher of the KJV Word Study Bible supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

Book Review: Love’s Faithful Promise

Love’s Faithful Promise (Mason, Susan Anne, Bethany House 2016) is the third book in Mason’s “Courage to Dream” series.  It opens in 1922 as young medical student Deirdre O’Leary rushes to her mother’s bedside.  Colleen O’Leary has just suffered a stroke and her wealthy husband is determined she will have the very best care available.  Unfortunately, the best is Matthew Clayborne and he’s unwilling to uproot his motherless daughter to travel to Long Island where the O’Leary estate lies.  When Deirdre’s attempts to convince Matthew fail she settles in to learn his techniques in order to treat her mother herself.  Eventually Matthew agrees to go to Mrs. O’Leary and the journey blesses him, his daughter and Deirdre as well and by the book’s end they’ve married.

I really enjoyed Love’s Faithful Promise as it explored deep and painful emotions in both Matthew and Deirdre’s pasts.  Even Matthews young daughter has been through a lot but faces life with the resilience of childhood and enjoys the beauty of her surroundings whether she’s on the rustic Long Island estate or her Boston home.

Both the O’Leary’s and Dr. Clayborne live amid the wealth of the 1920’s and Mrs. Mason beautifully presents the setting. 

I would certainly recommend this to you.

Bethany House, the publisher of Love’s Faithful Promise supplied a copy of this title for review purposes.