Category: Books

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish written by Jenn Kelly and illustrated by Ariane Elsammak

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

Jenn Kelly

illustrated by:

Ariane Elsammak

and the book:

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish

Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for sending me a review copy.***


Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university, spent many years writing bad poetry, and then decided to write a book. This is it. She is married to her best friend, Danny, and is mom to a five-year-old boy and a dog who worries too much. She embraces the ridiculousness and disorganization of life.

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Ari has worked as a freelance illustrator for a variety of projects, mostly in children’s media. Her specialty is character design and she most enjoys illustrating humorous and wacky predicaments.

She studied editorial and children’s book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. She uses a variety of media to create my images both traditional and digital.

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Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310720796
ISBN-13: 978-0310720799


A Friend in the Storm {Book Review}

A Friend in the Storm
Written By: Cheryl Ricker

A Friend in the Storm is a book that should be sitting on every bedside, coffee table, and book shelf or wherever else that you tend to go to in finding comfort and rest in your home. We all have storms in life whether they be very big or very small, we need to be reminded that comfort from the Lord is only a prayer away.

The simplicity of this book is desirable as each two spread page features an inspirational scripture along side a short reflective poem, and a quotes by well known christian leaders. I find myself flipping through this book on daily basis and am always refreshed afterward. This book is designed to be a reminder of God’s grace providing us with the reminder that perfect peace, comfort, and hope comes from Him in dealing through all of our shortcomings and struggles.

You can read more personal reviews on this book at the Lit Fuse Group.

I highly recommend this book and wouldn’t hesitate at all to buy purchase it as a gift for a friend or family member going through a tough time in their life. You can purchase A Friend in the Storm at Amazon for just $9.35.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book for review.

God’s Promises for Women of Faith by Jack Countryman {Book Review}

God’s Promises for Women of Faith is a book I will constantly be coming back to. It’s  personally taken up a permanent place  right along side my Bible. How awesome that it’s small enough yet packed full of such big things that it can slip right inside my the outer pocket of my Bible cover!

You’ll find that this little book is packed with many powerful & encouraging scriptures that will bring many blessings and conviction to it’s reader.  This book is broken up into many parts by topics such as those that will encourage us to grow in our faith.  I especially loved the section of the book that features many well known woman of the Bible such as Ruth, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, and more.

This book is perfect for daily scripture readings or if you are looking for a quick reference on many topics such as contentment,  adversity, and resting in Him to name just a few.

At the end of this book their is a section for you to personally add scriptures that stand out to you and a place for prayer request.

I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this book for a friend with no doubt that it would be cherished. I feel this book would make the perfect gift for women from young to old traveling in their own many different walks of life.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado from BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publisher for this review.

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LOL with God {book review}

LOL with God: Devotional Messages of Hope & Humor for Women
by Pam Farrel and Dawn Wilson.

I was quite intrigued when I first heard about LOL with God.  I’m always looking to add devotional study books to add to my shelf and this one though not as deep as some I have it’s definitely a keeper.

Each daily devotion opens with stories that involve connecting and technology of some sorts topped with a text message that plays part into the daily reading and how we can apply it to our own lives.  To tie of the devotion there’s four sections; Send up a Message, Text Helps, Your Turn, and LOL.  Which translates into a daily a prayer, scripture verses to take to heart, a section to write and convey your thoughts, and the LOL section is basically a short story to makes us smile and go about our day a little more cheerful.

I’m not a huge texter so I am pretty thankful that there were translations to many of the phrases and word shortcuts used in this book. I am sure anyone who is an avid texter and is more up on technology than me is going to love this book.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for reviewing purposes. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

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