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The Portlandia Cookbook {Review}

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The Portlandia Cookbook is a must have for any fan of the popular hit TV show. It’s a wonderful array of everything most celebrated about the city of Portland with amusing twists and humorous turns throughout. I feel that this book truly captures the saying most native Oregonians know about keeping Portland weird. It’s clearly not to be taken seriously so if that’s what one is expecting from this work, they’ll be quite disheartened. It brings the very best of the show from the characters to the unique locations together to deliver some pretty amazing recipes that any skilled level cook can pull off!

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The Berenstain Bears And The Biggest Brag {Book Review}

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The Berenstain Bears And The Biggest Brag is great book written to teach kids the importance of not gloating and being boastful! It’s an excellent choice book for  life lessons and personal character study. It gives children the opportunity to look to the Word of God for answers and instruction.

I so very much want my kids to learn not to be a poor sport in interacting with those around them. No one likes someone that floating their own boats. I really want them  to take into the consideration of others and what they may feeling.  Traits such as this don’t come naturally so I’m glad the Berenstain Bears offers a book on the subject.

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A Father’s Love {Book Review}

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A Father’s Love is a level two I Can Read! retelling of the familiar Bible story of a father’s love for his child. This specific title is part of the I Can Read! series based on the bestselling NIV Adventure Bible. Young readers learn about how God’s love for us is never-ending through this tale that highlights the importance of family relationships and forgiveness.

My daughter was really interested in this story. She said sometimes she would rather go off and have fun instead of doing chores. Well, that’s kinda exactly what the son in this story did. He decided he wanted to go spend his inheritance and have what he thought was a lot of fun in his life. We see the consequences of his careless decisions when hard times hit and those he thought were his friends wouldn’t help him. He sees how bad his choices were in spending all he had and he returns home. My daughter thought the Dad would be upset and mad but instead saw that true love forgives just like Christ forgives us and is always there with open arms.

My six year old had no stumbling over words nor needed any help with pronunciation in reading. I like that she’s learning fundamental truths of her faith. At the end of the book there’s a page that a page that features People in Bible times. There’s a Bible verse about being lost than found along with another Bible verse area called Words to Treasure which can be used for a memory verse if so desired.

I would recommend this book! It’s a great way for a child to learn about the Bible that’s on their level. The illustrations are appealing and add well to the story and the bit at the end is a great reminder of what was just read. Good when read alone or with the whole family! Though I would recommend reading together so if your child has any questions, you are there to answer them.

Interested in Purchasing? A Father’s Love (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible) can be purchased on Amazon.com for $3.99 as of this posting.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Miracles of Jesus {Book Review}

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The Miracles of Jesus is a book that is part of the I Can Read series based on the NIV Adventure Bible. In, this collection we see not just one miracle that Jesus did but three which included The feeding of the 5,000, Jairus’ daughter, the healing of the sick woman. My 6 year old daughter is eagerly growing in her Faith and this book shows her how Jesus spread the love of God through miracles and teachings to the people. After reading this book aloud she told me that this love of God is still ever present to this day and that anyone that has faith and believes would receive it!

This is a I Can Read! level 2 reader which means children may need help with reading it. This level tends to present high interest stories for developing readers. My daughter was able to read nearly all of the stories by herself, only needing help with words like Galilee and the name of Jairus. She didn’t know the story about Jairus’ daughter but was excited to tell me she knew about Jesus feeding the people and of the woman that was sick. She also pointed out that the illustrations showed other miracles done which were of Jesus healing the blind man and helping a man that couldn’t get up walk again.

In this reader there are 32 pages. Every page features well done illustrations that aren’t goofy or over the top. The stories are broken up into just two as when Jesus is speaking with Jairus that is when the miracle of healing the sick woman happens. The book isn’t wordy and the sentences shorts. At the end of the book there’s a page that a page that features Did You know? with a short bit of information about the miracles Jesus preformed, there’s a Bible verse and an area called Words to Treasure which can be used for a memory verse if so desired.

I would recommend this book! It’s a great way for a child to learn about the Bible that’s on their level. The illustrations are appealing and add well to the story and the bit at the end is a great reminder of what was just read. Good when read alone or with the whole family! I happy my daughter was so taken with it and she thinks all kids her age should read it.

Interested in Purchasing? Miracles of Jesus (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)can be purchased in paperback format on Amazon.com for $3.99 as of this posting.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart

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Life can be hard. Often, I find myself needing encouragement throughout the day to keep on persevering. I recognize the call and importance in starting as well as ending my day in God’s word but sometimes I just can’t find the time to do so for many reasons. However lately I’ve been reading 365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart: Reflections on God’s Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort. This devotional book offers short insights, reflect-able words, and Bible verses that reminds women of God’s love and plan for our lives.

The devotions start on January 1st and end on December 31st. Each devotion has a title, short text, a beginning as well as finishing Bible verse, and a prayer pertaining to the daily reflection. The verses in the book are taken from numerous Bible versions. I don’t mind the difference in Bible translations as each verse ties into the corresponding devotion without confusion.

This devotional is quite attractive. It’s small in size and that has made it easy to take along with me just about anywhere. The hardcover version of this book features soft pink and sandy colored imitation leather. The text on the outside front, side, and back cover is embossed. There’s an attached white satin ribbon bookmark to keep your place each day. The feel of this book is soft and smooth which makes it very nice to hold when reading. I can’t help but think what a lovely gift this would make for a woman of any age.

I’ve been quite blessed in reading this devotion. It’s just enough for those busy days. Sometimes I will dig a little deeper, reflect, and journal my thoughts on the topic covered for a particular day. The topics cover everything from losing faith and being discouraged and in turn finding hope, acquiring peace, being joyful, and knowing God loves us and never leaves our side!

Interested in Purchasing?  365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart: Reflections on God’s Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort is available in e-book or Hardcover Imitation Leather Format.

I received a free copy of the book “365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart” as part of the Bethany House Blogger Review Program.  All opinions are my own.

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In My Heart A Book of Feelings {Book Review}

9781419713101Understanding what we are feeling inside and the emotions that follow those feelings can sometimes be a difficult thing for children to understand or word. The book In My Heart can help. In a delightful kid-friendly approach it educates and opens the door for discussion in a safe and caring way.

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As soon, as my children ages 3 & 6 laid on this book they wanted to look at and have it read to them. The book is a work of art as it features a giant cut out heart on the cover that changes up with the turn of every page. The Hearts are in every color of the rainbow. The vibrantly bold and super colorful illustrations within are very attractive and capture each and every feelings quite well, in my opinion.

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The feelings expressed are happiness, braveness, madness, calmness, brokenness, sadness, hopefulness, feeling afraid, silliness, and shyness. I feel that the feeling included are all which children will feel. I think it’s a good book to pick up and talk about. Perhaps your child is having a hard day, why not pick up the book a read through. They may be more open to talking about their feelings with this as a prompt.

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I would certainly recommend this picture book to children ages 2-8 years old. I believe we’ll be getting a lot of use out of it when sharing our feelings and perhaps it’ll even be a artistic inspiration to create as well.

About the author: Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There! She is an author, journalist, and screenwriter who has published several books in France. She lives in Hérault, France. Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There! She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She lives in Paris.

Interested in Purchasing? In My Heart: A Book of Feelings can be purchased on Amazon.com for $12.09 as of this posting.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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