Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Blog Tour: Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish is going through some hard times in her life and is watching out for her mother. Her mom tries to get her and her accountant together but Trish hasn't been having a good feeling about that. On the night she tries to tell him that it won't work between the two of them, she finds that her mother has passed away and he tries to make it look like she could have caused accidentally caused her death because of some other minor mistakes she has been making. Trish and the crime authorities have no other option then to think that could've been the cause. Colin, one of the crime authorities, starts to have feelings for Trish and when the case looks like it has come to a close he starts to spend time with her even though she is thought of as causing her mom's death. Strange things start to happen and the story takes a big turn in another direction.

I learned through this story that some of people I thought were acting like good guys weren't actually like that. I liked that two people that didn't appear to really be actively seeking someone tried at a relationship despite difficult circumstances. I also liked that it showed that people can lose friends when they are trying to take care of family situations but that there are people who can see their worth in spite of being friendless.

This is a book I had to pay attention to the details of and when I followed them I understood what was going on. I like the twists and turns this book takes you through. Sometimes when I thought something had happened it turned out that it didn't. There was a time I thought that this is not how most books end and then I was taken through more twists and turns. The story showed me that even though something looks a certain way that sometimes that is not always the way it happened.

I hope to see all/some of Irene Hannon's books in a television series and/or films in the future, including this one because they keep me on the edge of my seat when reading them. I also think more people can be reached through them through the screen who wouldn't normally read any/many books.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me: Special Movie Edition by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

This is a true story that is told in the voices of Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The chapters go back and forth between Ron's and Denver's point of view, often about the same things. They became lifelong friends after Ron's wife Deborah encouraged Ron to become friends with Denver. Denver was an angry man with a lot of baggage when he first came into Ron and Deborah's life at the mission but Deborah was sure he was the man she saw in her dream that was going to change the mission in a great way. Ron tried what seemed like many times to befriend Denver and eventually he broke through the walls that were up around him. The story focuses a lot on the topic of homelessness and how Ron, Deborah, and Denver relied on God's help to help and serve what Deborah referred to as God's people. It shows that no matter rich or poor we can each learn something from the other and are not really all that different in the important way of trying to find our way home to God.

It really encouraged me to learn through this story that God can see right through to people's hearts and doesn't judge us by what we have gone through and are sorry about from the past; his plan for our lives will unfold if we allow him to unfold it regardless of what our pasts have been like. I noticed that even though Denver was an angry man during some of this story that he reached out to a person that needed it when he was feeling a lot of pain even when he (Denver) was going through painful experiences as well. It also showed me that some (and maybe many) people who don't have a lot of or any friends may have a need and desire for special kinds of friends such as those that will not release them as friends later when things get tough, like the kind of friends that Ron and Deborah became to Denver. It surprised me that there was a time that Ron thought that Denver might release him as a friend too.

This special movie edition contains some photos of Ron, Denver, Deborah, and some of their family and friends as well as a story about the making of the movie for this book.

I loved how the story weaved back and forth between Ron's and Denver's story until they met and how it continued to do that throughout the book. I liked how both Ron and Denver would share how much Deborah's influence helped them in their relationship and I started to think that there probably  could be many more books written about Deborah's impact on the lives of other people she served through God's help. Some parts of the book tugged at my heart and made me cry but I learned that even though what happened made Ron, his family, Denver, and a lot of other people feel sad it was actually a happy thing too.

Even though I think Ron Hall wanted this story to show the great things that Deborah and Denver did for others, Ron's examples of kindness, compassion, and love shine through in how he loved and cared for others in his life as well. This book has encouraged me to try to find the next step of what God wants to do with my life to try to find and reach out to people that need a lot of encouragement, hope, and love.

My review = 500 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Trailer for the movie that was made about this book:


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read. This review is also meant for other adults that don't work with children to read since it is also made for adults.
A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game is fun game advertised for ages 3-103. It will help both children and adults with memory skills to locate pictures about topics for people of all ages, such as LIGHTENING, CAMOUFLAGE, EYE PATCHES, PLUTO, etc. All you do is lay all the cards facedown. Each player flips over two cards at a time and tries to find pairs. As you flip over cards that are not pairs, you can then start remembering where the matches to the same cards that were flipped over were to generate matches. What's great is that this game can be played together with others or individually. When it is played with more than one person the person with the most pairs when all the pairs are picked up wins.

This is a fun game that is like another game I played as a child. I like that it is designed for different ages. When cards are flipped over (like the CAMOUFLAGE or PLUTO cards) adults can explain what the pictures are to people of younger ages if they haven't learned what they mean yet. I like that there is a blank card pair with this game so a unique topic for a card can be created. I also like the handy, compact box that this game comes in which doesn't take up a lot of room on a shelf or cabinet.

I feel like this would be a great game to have at home, in classrooms, and assisted living / retirement centers when people just want to play something fun or want to try to sharpen their memory skills.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received this game from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Speciality Bible Review: KJV Know the Word Study Bible

This KJV Know the Word Study Bible gives a short summary of each of the Bible books before the Scriptures related to those books starts, those sections also contain information on how to study each of the Bible books and highlights for studying the books. Throughout the Scriptures for all the Bible books there are study notes at the bottom of the pages usually on the same pages as the Bible verses they explain; there is also some devotion-like information on some of the pages throughout the Scriptures and are also near the Scriptures that they are about. Also included is a Topic-by-Topic Article listing, Tables of Weights and Measures, a Concordance, and some colored maps.

I read through the Bible book of Revelation when reviewing this Bible. I noticed that the study notes at the bottom of the page are in order of the Scriptures although not every single verse is explained. I learned that there are three statements about "finishing"in the Bible from the study notes for Revelation 21:6. The first time was when Jesus was on the cross in John 19:30, the second is at the end of the wrath of God in Revelation 16:17, and the third is in Revelation 21:6.

I didn't notice many thou and thee's in this translation so it could be that I'm not noticing them as much and I'm getting used to the KJV translation more.

I liked that the notes at the bottom of the Scripture pages highlight certain words in those Scriptures and explain them within the notes and that the notes were kind of brief and sometimes highlighted other Scriptures. I like that Jesus' words are in red in this Bible as well. I also like that there are headings with the Scriptures in this Bible to explain what each portion of Scripture is about so people will know when a part of Scripture starts and stops related to what the Scripture portions are about.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Specialty Bible free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Akiva is a poor man that works with shepherds and does other good deeds for people that need it. His great work catches the eye of the his boss' daughter Rachel. Rachel's father does not approve when she tells him she is going to marry Akiva and threatens to give her nothing if she does so. She would rather marry him and be poor than to get anything from her father so she decides to marry him. Rachel encourages Akiva to start studying when he is way beyond the years that people usually start to learn to read and write. Akiva endured a lot to become a scholar at his age and he couldn't have done it without Rachel's support.

Akiva's story can be an encouragement to both children and adults alike that we should go after the dreams God places in our hearts no matter how old we are. It also shows the sacrifice from Rachel because she had to be away from Akiva when he went away to become educated. There were also no children born during the story so I think both Akiva and Rachel sacrificed having a family during the time this story took place also. Some children reading this story might think that if Akiva can learn to become so educated at a older age than maybe they can do something that might seem beyond their reach also.

I related to Akiva in the story in some ways since I started learning to read, write, and speak Hebrew while I was an adult, and I think many others can too. I think the title "Drop by Drop" is a good one for this story because Akiva compares water and stones to something to help encourage himself.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotic

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Faigel makes great latkes every Hanukkah in Chelm (the village of fools) although she makes a very small amount of them. She forgot the recipe this year and asks her husband Shmuel for help. He has an idea of how he can find out and asks the Rabbi each time Faigel asks him how much of a certain ingredient she needs for the recipe. The Rabbi always tells him to tell her to use all that she has of each ingredient. She isn't sure about those answers but she does as her husband was told by the Rabbi to do and uses all she has of each ingredient. When the Latkes are finished there are many latkes to eat and not enough mouths. The Rabbi finds a way to get more mouths to eat the latkes while they are still hot and they bless many people.

I like that Faigel was willing to make latkes to share each Hanukkah even if the people in the village only got a small amount. On one hand it was great Faigel lost her recipe for the latkes, and on the other hand she used a lot of her food to do so. Chances are a lot of the food she used in the ingredients of the latkes would've gone bad before she and her husband could eat them so it was great she was able to share them in the latkes recipe so people in the village could enjoy bigger portions of latkes!

This book will teach children about the fictional village of Chelm and how Chelm stories originated. It will also teach them about the importance of eating latkes during Hanukkah for Jewish people. Most importantly, it will show children how sharing your food with others during Hanukkah brings happiness to many people and that there was a lot of joy when everybody in the village was included!

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review: The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story by Renee Londner, Illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

The three of Hebrew letters of nun, hey, and shin used in the game Dreidel think they're not important and decide to hide the gimmels before Hanukkah. The dreidel maker and his apprentice can't find the gimmels the next day. While the gimmels are missing all the nuns, heys, and shins learn how important not just their letter is in the game of dreidel but that all of them are. They also learn how important the game was to children during the time of the Maccabees and that it is a game that is for both children and adults.

I like how this story teaches children about how to play dreidel  through the characters in the story and through an explanation at the end of the book about what each player does when the different letters are rolled. It also teaches them that the game is played with chocolate gelt or pennies.

This is a fun book that I believe many children and adults can learn how to play dreidel by reading it. They will also learn through the story about the background of how the game got started and why it is was so important to play it during Hanukkah.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.