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Book Review of -The Shack

729230: The Shack The Shack

By William Paul Young / Windblown Media

“Mack” Philips took his three children on a family camping trip while his wife visited her sister. Just as they were about to leave the campsite, the two older kids decided to take a last canoe ride before heading home. As their canoe overturned, and Mack went to help them, his back was turned and the unspeakable happened. Mack’s youngest daughter,Missy, was abducted by a known child predator. After a massive search, evidence of Missy showed up at an abandoned cabin. Although they never found her body, everyone knew the worst had happened. For the next four years “a great sadness” fell over Mack and his family, until a note from God showed up in his mailbox. What happens next will move you to a greater understanding of God’s unfailing love for us all.

My Thoughts:

I finished The Shack today and I must tell you that I enjoyed it thoroughly. I knew from the start that there were controversial issues  between Christians about this work of fiction and I understand their concern whole heartily. People must come into reading this book knowing that is a work of fiction and know not to solely base their theological beliefs on it alone.

I quite enjoyed this book and I feel even more compelled to jump into a deeper relationship with God after reading it.  This story answered questions and shed light on some misconceptions that I had in my own life. Through the pages of this book, I found compassion, true brokenness, forgiveness, love, grace, and mercy. What a challenge this is to my own personal walk with God and I am sure it would be for other as well. I encourage everyone to read this inspiring work of fiction. I’m looking forward to discussing this with my husband after he reads it!

A book I recommend reading after The Shack is the book ” Finding God in The Shack” By: Randal Rauser. This book provides helpful information for a better realization of the theological aspects found in The Shack. This book would be a helping stepping stone to the setting up a discussion group or to just enhance your reading of this book.

I don’t want to say much more than that because I don’t want to give the story away. Pick up a copy and see for yourself what you’ve been missing!

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Silver Dolphin Books Review & Giveaway


I indulge in the opportunity to read wonderful books. So, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I learn about new places to purchase great books for me and for my children. I nearly jumped with joy when I learned about Silver Dolphin Books.

They are worth the look see, hands down. Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds.  Silver Dolphin Books is an award winning company. Several of their books have won the Parent’s Choice awards. (You can click here to see the extensive list)

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Out of Silver Dolphin’s generosity, we were able to review the Nursery Rhymes (A Nursery Collection Book) by Susie Lacome & Beth Harwood and the book Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go! by Beth Harwood, Emma Dodd, Jonathan Lambert.

The Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go book comes from their popular Amazing Baby series. This series has 28 titles to date its one of the largest series by Silver Dolphin for babies. My daughter enjoyed me reading this  book to her. She smiled and giggled back at the brightly colored graphics and baby pictures in the book with each turning page. I as mommy loved that this book is an indestructible board book with makes it safe for reading time if I want to let her browse through the pages alone.  I like also that this book is not to wordy, I’ve other baby books and my daughter loses interest quickly because I’m not turning the page quick enough when trying to read through.  What makes this book fun is that at the end, there is a heart shaped photo frame where you can insert your very own picture of your Amazing Baby!

The Nursery Collection book, I can see myself pulling off the shelf for years and years to come. This book is beautifully illustrated with it’s soft pastel colored embossed pages and images. One added decorative feature I like is the ribbon tie that you can make into a bow to close the book. This book is filled with well loved nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and lullabies that we all grew up with. When reading through, I couldn’t help but remember when my mom read to me out of our own family nursery rhyme book. I’d been looking for a nursery rhyme book to add to my home library and now my search is over because this is in my mind the perfect in every way I can imagine.

Other books I’d love to add to my collection are various titles from the Wonders Inside, History in Action, and the Fine Art Studio Series!  I’d really love to own all of the books they offer, I have to remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees though all of their books are reasonably priced! Check them out for yourself at:

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100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs by: Stephen Elkins

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By Stephen Elkins

Once again am I impressed with the work of Stephen Elkins. If you know anything about this author, you know he is the author of many other loved christian children book such as one of my favorite titles, LullaBible A to Z Promise Book: Baby’s First Bible Promises. I’ve owned the promise book for a few months and have quite enjoyed reading it to my daughter and listening to the accompanying cd.

“100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs” is one of Stephens latest works. This book is geared toward preschoolers, though my 12 month daughter really enjoys listening/dancing along to the two  accompanying hymn & filled cd’s that go along with the stories, as well as looking at the beautifully illustrated pages along side of me.I look forward to the  days when my daughter will take to heart these easy to comprehend renditions of well know Bible stories with their simple to understand life applications.

“100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs” I highly recommended for families, churches, and libraries of all kinds.

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers

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Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions

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By James A. Beverley

A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World

“Professor Beverley is on of the major Christian leaders in the study and analysis of new and world religions. His Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions is an important addition to my library.” – Gary R. Habermas
Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University

First and foremost, I believe you should know that this a very large book. In fact, it’s 850 pages in length. It may seem overwhelming but it’s content is organized extremely well, which makes it an easy read.

James A. Beverley, the author of this book, took on three decades of detailed work in order to create this wonderful resource. This book should be in the hands of every man and woman willing to learn about the other religions around them. I found this book a wonderful resource with it’s extremely detailed maps, charts, time lines, full colored illustrations, photos, and very helpful index. This volume  features all main religions as well other branches and within Christianity.

I like that this book is written in a compassionate way as to teach us to respect others  in what they believe, in a caring and loving matter as would Christ.  I believe as  Christians, we should know what we believe as questions of our own faith will arise from others around us.

This book is a well written comprehensive guide and I will hands down recommend it to anyone hankering to learn more about the beliefs regarding all the religions around them.

This review was written by Erin Lowmaster. I am a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program. You can read my review there and at and Amazon.

Purchase: Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World

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Review of Bittersweet Memories by Cecelia Dowdy

9781602603547 Bittersweet Memories by author Cecelia Dowdy was my first christian fiction romance novel. I must say, thoroughly enjoyed this book.

As I started reading, I learned about Karen Brown and how her fiance had  embezzled money from their church and ran off with his assistant.  This left Karen feeling heartbroken, abandoned, and confused. Overall, leading her to return home to her childhood home with her mother in Annapolis, Maryland. After returning home,  she comes to realize lots of things have changed.

If you are looking to read something  good and wholesome, this is the book for you.
I personally enjoyed getting to know each character, seeing their weaknesses, and following their walks with God through the thick and the thin.

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The NKJV American Patriot’s Bible

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By Dr. Richard Lee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

A You Tube video featuring  The American Patriot’s Bible and Sample PDF .

First and foremost, this is not your typical study Bible as it’s main focuses is on America’s Godly heritage. I am glad that someone decided to make a Bible that is intertwined with American History as that is what this country was founded on. Throughout this book, you’ll find 48 full-color insert pages presented in 12 for-page sections discussing different point in U.S. History.

I enjoyed reading about the leaders, and statesman; seeing the colorful illustrations and photos; being reminded of patriotic songs and poems by famous Americans. You’ll  find many great leaders mentioned in history from George Washington to our newly elected President Barack Obama. I was so encouraged to be reminded and learn a few new things in using this wonderful resource that reminds us how godly qualities in people made America the great nation that is is today.

The Large Print is a wonderful addition as is the family record section of this Bible. I know for years and years to come in my household this Bible will not only used by me but by my children and their children as well.   The American Patriot’s Bible is an ideal gift for veterans,  students of American history, and families in any christian home.

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