Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Read with Me

Dee Henderson does it again! I fell in love with her novels when I was in high school. Her newest book, Taken, left me eagerly turning pages and reading way into the wee hours of the morning.

Her plots effortlessly mix suspense with a little romance.  Like all of her other novels, I enjoyed the characters and the progression of the story. Her writing is still unpredictable and entertaining. I also love that I know I don't have to watch out for language or inappropriate scenes. It's so refreshing to be able to trust an author.

Even though I loved this book, I did feel that there were a few questions unanswered at the end of the last chapter. I am hoping that means that the character's story will continue in Henderson's next work of fiction.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Believe Storybook (Think, Act, Be Like Jesus) is a large hardback book (8.5x11 size) filled with beautiful illustrations and glossy pages. The format makes it a great resource for family devotions, teaching kids the relationship between the Old and New Testament.

Using 30 different topics (such as Salvation, Prayer, Sharing my Faith, Joy, Hope, etc.) the reader begins with the "Think" section. Key questions are presented to engage the reader. An Old Testament story (reference is given) follows. There is a "Jump to Jesus" section sandwiched in middle, explaining the bridge between the Old and New Testament followed by a New Testament story.  "The Jesus Answer" finalizes the section, emphasizing key points to consider. The application or "Believe" box closes with a key idea and a key verse.

I could see this being used for family devotions. The family could study one topic for a week, reading a different section each day. As a child, I knew there was an Old and a New Testament but I didn't understand the timeline or the correlations until I was older.  This book might help bridge the gap for young minds.  I look forward to reading these topics in depth and using this book with my children.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

I'd love to say I have a green thumb. And I love the idea of plants all around my home. I figured that Rooted In Design might provide some ideas for me to implement more greenery in my life.

This hardback glossy paged book is filled with beautiful pictures and vivid descriptions of some indoor planting ideas. I found the style to be a little more contemporary than my own personal decorating preferences. However, I have enjoyed thinking outside the box about different items to use as planters.

There were some step by step projects included in the book as well. They seemed fun and moderately easy to implement. However, I still don't feel that I have the confidence or the know how to keep green things living in my own home. This book is better suited for those who already have a knack for plants (and keeping them alive). It does offer some creative ways to display plants inside the home.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

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