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Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor

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Ken Taylor’s best-selling book is now updated with all-new bright and colorful illustrations and a larger trim size. Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter. Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.

My Thoughts…

This is one book that will be treasured for a lifetime, at least in my household. The illustrations really drew me in as each page is filled with bright colored images of children and their families in all sorts of situations and atmospheres. Illustrator Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic has done an excellent job in drawing readers in!

Author Kenneth N. Taylor has also done a great job in drawing both reader and listener in. On each spread, you’ll find  a letter of the alphabet with something that reads along like this “A is for asking. We ask when we pray. God is happy to answer and help us each day”, the illustration on the second page is then explained followed by questions and ending in a Bible verse!

I think this book would be wonderful reading anytime of the day for children of many ages. I love that there are questions that will challenge children to think about biblical concepts and character traits within themselves.

This book would make an excellent addition to any home and I highly recommend it!

I give this book 5 stars!

You can purchase Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC’s to Help You Grow at Christian Book for 11.99!

This book was provided for review by the Tyndale House Publisher.

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The Christmas Kitchen by Tammy Maltby

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Short Bio: Tammy Maltby is a writer, speaker, and media personality. For eight years, she was the co-host of the Emmy Award-winning television talk show, Aspiring Women. She serves on the board of the National Women’s Ministry Association, Christian Women in Media and Arts, and Women of Courage International. She and her family live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Short Book Description: The heart of the home and of Christmas is the kitchen! Including decorating tips, gift ideas, recipes, meditations, and much more, Tammy Maltby serves up brief meditations on the meaning of family, friends, Christmas and the kitchen with a gathering of seasonal hints and advice.

My Thoughts…

I really enjoyed learning what fun ideas Tammy had in making the Holiday a little brighter in her own home as well as sharing inspiring ideas of things we can do with our own families too during the Christmas season in her book The Christmas Kitchen!

I just recently have been learning on how to be a hostess as with what comes with the role of being a life group leader, so this book has been a wonderful resource for me. Ways to go about inviting people and what types of Christmas parties to host from cookie baking to many others. Those little details that sometimes we over look have clearly been pointed out and shared through out the pages of The Christmas Kitchen.

I felt the love of Christ to give to those around you in this book and that’s number one in all aspects for me! I believe this book would make a wonderful gift this Christmas season!

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Touching Wonder:Recapturing the Awe of Christmas by John Blase

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About The Book…

An instant classic that breathes new life into the familiar Nativity story This lovely little book invites readers to rediscover both the strangeness and the delight of the Nativity story through a bold retelling of Luke 1-2. To Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation, John Blase adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely people–a frightened teenage girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd–meeting up with the divine as they move toward the realization that the little one just born is the One. It’s truly strange and wonderful, this retold story of Word made flesh, and it invites readers to react appropriately–with eyes opened wide in wonder, jaws dropped in amazement, and hearts rejoicing. The beautiful design and Amanda Jolman’s lively line drawings make this book a fitting gift as well as a potential heirloom.

About the Author

John Blase’s publications include the Living the Questions and Living the Letters Bible-study series, the Worldviews reference book (TH1NK), Real Life Stuff for Couples, and The Message Children’s Bible. A former pastor, John lives with his wife and three children in Colorado.

My Thoughts…

I enjoyed reading through Touching Wonder:Recapturing the Awe of Christmas  by John Blase. This book sheds light on the Christmas story in how I never stopped to look at it before. In many words I relate John’s writing style to Max Lucado’s whom is one of my favorite christian authors. Throughout the story you’ll find third person narrative in describing what each character may have been thinking such as Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, and others. Though of course we have no idea what they were thinking, it gives us sort of something to think about in pondering their thoughts on the miracle of Christ’s birth.

This book would make a wonderful gift during the Holiday Season! You can find it on Amazon for just $9.00!

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review purposes only from FIRST Wild Card Tours, and no cash or payment of any type was received for this review.

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Give This Christmas Away (101 simple & thoughtful ways to . . .) by Matthew West

9781414336442Christmas is the time of the year when consumerism is at it’s peak. People rush here and there sadly trying to snag the best deal on gifts big and small at whatever cost it may take to get it. The Holiday season which should be stress free become frustrating and rather a hassle, not at all what it should be.

What if Christmas Looked Different this year? What if we all just give this Christmas away? Matthew West asks these two question in his latest book Give This Christmas Away.

If you are a Veggie Tale fan like myself, you may recall the song “Give This Christmas Away” which is a duet between Matthew West and Amy Grant from the latest movie Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, a movie that brought me to tears.

Little things matter, trust me they do. You don’t have to have gobs of money to be an encouragement to someone. All it may take is a helping hand, a card letting them know you thought of them, fresh baked cookies and an invitation to come over and have tea.  God blesses us in so many ways that through those, we can bless others.

If you are all out of ideas of your own on how you can can minister to those around you, Matthew West has written up 101 ways to give this Christmas away. I literally read this book in about on hour. I took a few notes of my own from the inspiration given to me from random stories through out this book. I love how each story is a word of testimony and a Bible Verse to match ends everyone. I challenge everyone to pick up this book and be a blessing to those around them not just during the Holiday season but every chance that you get!

It’s time to think outside the box and not just about what’s inside of it!

If you follow this link: http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-3644-2.pdf you can read the first chapter!

I Review For The Tyndale Blog Network

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Holiday Gift Guide: How to Roast a Lamb – New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis Cookbook Review

About How to Roast a Lamb…

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A rising star in the food world, Michael Psilakis is co-owner of a growing empire of modern Mediterranean restaurants, and one of the most exciting young chefs in America today. In How to Roast a Lamb, the self-taught chef offers recipes from his restaurants and his home in this, his much-anticipated first cookbook.

Ten chapters provide colorful and heartfelt personal essays that lead into thematically related recipes. Gorgeous color photography accompanies many of the recipes throughout.  Psilakis’s cooking utilizes the fresh, naturally healthful ingredients of the Mediterranean augmented by techniques that define New American cuisine. Home cooks who have gravitated toward Italian cookbooks for the simple, user-friendly dishes, satisfying flavors, and comfortable, family-oriented meals, will welcome Psilakis’s approach to Greek food, which is similarly healthful, affordable, and satisfying to share any night of the week.

About the Author…

A long time front-of-house man with no professional cooking experience, Michael Psilakis took control of the kitchen when, as owner of his Long Island restaurant, Ecco, his chef simply failed to show up for work one night. Since then, his star as a chef and entrepreneur has risen considerably. He now owns three restaurants in Manhattan–Anthos, a showcase for his modern take on fine Greek dining; Kefi, a cozier spot that serves the more classic home cooking he grew up on; and, Mia Dona, a new Italian restaurant with a Greek bent. Psilakis lives in New York.

Barbara Kafka is the author of Vegetable

Love, Roasting: A Simple Art, Party Food, Soup: A Way of Life, and the New York Times bestseller Microwave Gourmet. Vegetable Love was winner of the 2006 IACP award for Best Single
Subject Cookbook. She was a regular contributor to the
New
York Times and has written extensively for food magazines
in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia,
and was recently honored with the
James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement award.

She lives in New York and Vermont.

My Thoughts…

I’m always looking to expand my cooking skills and I have faith that no matter how fancy it is, I’ll be able to pull off some tasty version of a dish even if it may not look exactly like it should. I’m very blessed to have a family that is willing try new things. And again, I’m blessed also to have collection of fantastic cookbooks that make me look like I really know what I am doing in the kitchen!

I’m now a fan of Michael Psilakis cooking. His cookbook How to Roast a Lamb features various Greek dishes that are sure to tickle your taste buds! I enjoyed the in-depth recipes as well as the full color photos of various dishes he’s prepared. In addition I also liked learning more about Micheal through various personal stories include through out the book.

Ten chapters are included in How To Roast Lamb estimating up to over 300 pages. You’ll find all sort of dishes that use more than just lamb but other meats as well as some that have no meat all. I found this cookbook heartfelt, user-friendly, and simple enough to create some pretty fantastic meals for friends and family!

How to Roast a Lamb by Michael Psilakis would a be a fantastic cookbook to add to any kitchen and a great book to think about picking up this Holiday season whether for yourself or someone you know. You can purchase this book at Amazon as well as many other places for around 18.95 (hard cover).

Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Anna, Hachette Book Group, and the Product Review Place for sending me a review copy of this book to review.


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No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex & Intimacy In Marriage

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By Dr. Juli Slattery / Tyndale House

Are you sometimes afflicted by bouts of “I’m not in the mood”? Here’s a prescription that will restore your marital intimacy to joyful health! With the warmth and understanding of a close friend, Dr. Juli Slattery honestly addresses men’s and women’s different needs to help you and your husband enjoy the satisfying sex life God intends. 208 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

I read No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage in a about a week, which for me as rather quickly. I found myself captured by the realness of this book and couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I think it goes to show how much women really need a book like this in dealing with the know hows of understanding sex in a God centered marriage relationship.

Author Juli Slattery has done a great job discussing the sensitive subject of sex by communicating  a little more than her own hurts and frustrations. Sex is not the easiest subject to understand and talk with each other about, but in this book  ways are suggested to approach it cautiously.

Through scripture and real life stories the reader is shown several different approaches in their own behavior to help heal & mend their own personal  sexual  relationship. You’ll find issues dealing with  pornography, a man’s sex drive, fatigue, children, boredom, past sexual issues, your body, and more.

Sorry guys, this book is written for women, though I am sure a man could definitely learn a thing or two. Ladies, if your spouse is interested, you could go through the chapters together and talk  about the various information found throughout this book. I think it’s good for not only women to understand the differences of man but also for men to understand the differences of woman when it comes to sex.

I would recommend this book to married and engaged women of all ages, as I know we all could use it in handling the good, bad, and ugly relational issues that come with marriage. 5 stars!

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