Friday, October 31, 2014

Becoming Bea


Becoming Bea


Book info and review

About the book: Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?

Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Bea's story when I read Minding Molly, but I think this is the best book by Ms. Gould I've read yet. Ben is rather immature, acting like the boy Don accused him of being, but then again there are things I can say about Don. Bea became more like Molly in this story--she was disagreeable at first, but by the end of the book she was pretty nice and acting maturely. Mostly. I wanted things to work out with Ben and Bea, because Ben was a sweetie, despite his age. 

If you are a fan of Amish romance, you will love BECOMING BEA. A good clean novel. No sexual tension, but plenty of tension of other types. This is the fourth book in The Courtship of Lancaster County series, but the easily stand alone.  The other books are Courting Cate, Adoring Addie, Minding Molly, and BECOMING BEA.  I couldn't put this book down. I literally read it through in a day. 

Available in ebook, paperback, and audio. 353 pages. 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/Dcnfl

About the author: Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestsellerCourting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her familyl live in Portland, Oregon.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional

Title: THE ONE YEAR HEARING HIS VOICE DEVOTIONAL
Author: Chris Tiegreen
Publisher: Tyndale
September 2014
ISBN: 978-1414366852
Genre: devotional

This year learn to listen for the voice of the one who loves you most.

Our God is not silent—He has revealed Himself as the God who guides, instructs, corrects, inspires, encourages, and reveals. He has always been vocal, and He always will be.

But what does He say to you? How does He say it? How can you know when you’ve heard Him? In The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional, Chris Tiegreen will help you discover patterns and practices you can adopt to hear God better. Through Chris’s eloquent devotions, you will see that listening to God is a process, a journey, and an adventure. God promises that those who seek Him will be rewarded with His presence and His voice. And the words of the living God are powerful and life-changing.

I absolutely loved THE ONE YEAR HEARING HIS VOICE DEVOTIONAL. I used it with my family, and it was inspiring, comforting, challenging, and so much more. I love Chris Tiegreen’s voice in this devotional and will be keeping this as my go-to devotional when I want to spend quality time with God.

It includes a verse, a short devotional, and a prayer related to the devotional/verse reading.


If you are looking for a new devotional for yourself or for a gift, pick up THE ONE YEAR HEARING HIS VOICE DEVOTIONAL. You’ll be glad you did. 384 pages. Available in ebook and in paperback. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Andi Under Pressure

Title: ANDI UNDER PRESSURE
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310737025
Genre: Tween/suspense

Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

ANDI UNDER PRESSURE is the second book in the An Andi Boggs series. Andi Unexpected is the first book. I didn’t read Andi Unexpected, but I wasn’t lost at all in this book.


ANDI UNDER PRESSURE is a really good suspense. I really liked it. I never would have expected who the ‘bad guy’ really was! It kept me guessing all the way through. It wasn’t scary and I felt comfortable reading it at night. I recommend it to kids that like mystery and suspense. The faith message was almost nonexistent, so even good for not Christian kids ages 8 – 12.  Available in ebook and in hardcover. 176 pages. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dare U 2 Open this Book / Just Sayin'

Title: DARE U 2 OPEN THIS BOOK: Draw it. Write it. Dare to live it.
Author: Carol McAdams Moore
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310742975
Genre: Devotional for tween boys

Draw It, Write It, Dare to Live It!

Dare U 2 Open this Book is not your typical 90-day devotional for guys. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Get your mind thinking and your creative ideas flowing, turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles, fill in the prayer blanks, solve puzzles, and more.

Each of the short devotions includes a topic, quote, and Scripture summary, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or other unique activities that explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Dare U 2 Open this Book challenges guys to follow Jesus. Best. Idea. Ever.

I love DARE U 2 OPEN THIS BOOK is a great idea for an interactive devotional for 8 – 12 year old boys. It gets them involved. Each two page devotional starts with a verse, an opportunity to draw the picture idea it gives you, an opportunity to engage in writing with another question, and an application for your favorite tween boy to live.

Wanting an innovative devotional for your son, grandson, nephew, or boys Sunday school class? Look no further. This is a totally fantastic idea. And it has a boy-friendly cover, with a dog and a lightning bolt, on a brilliant red background. Available in paperback. 192 pages. 

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Title: JUST SAYING: Write ‘em. Draw ‘em. Hide ‘em in Your Heart
Author: Carol McAdams Moore
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310742982
Genre: Devotional for tween girls

Write ‘em, Draw ‘em, Hide ‘em In Your Heart

Just Sayin’ isn’t your typical 90-day devotional for girls. It’s an all-out open space for you to explore and learn more about yourself and your faith. Prompts get your mind thinking, ideas flowing, and help turn your thoughts and emotions into dynamic doodles and so much more! Let that God-given gift of creativity shine each and every day!

Each of the short devotions is designed for girls just like you, with relevant topics, quotes, and Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities. They explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Just Sayin’ challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. Best. Idea. Ever.

I love JUST SAYIN’ is a great idea for an interactive devotional for 8 – 12 year old girls. It gets them involved. Each two page devotional starts with a verse, an opportunity to draw the picture idea it gives you, an opportunity to engage in writing with another question, and an application for your favorite tween girl to live.

Wanting an innovative devotional for your daughter, grand daughter, niece, or girls Sunday school class? Look no further. This is a totally fantastic idea. And it has a girly-girl cover, with a puffy lap-dog with purple glasses, on a soft pink background. My daughter loves it! Available in paperback. 192 pages. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book spotlight: A Christmas Chance

Coming November 6 to Amazon.  Find out more at:  http://laurahodgespoole.blogspot.com/


“Laura Hodges Poole is a master storyteller who deftly captures the heart and yearnings of women. Readers will connect with the characters of A Christmas Chance as they strive to find God’s will for their lives.”
 ~Laura V. Hilton – author of The Snow Globe, and the popular series The Amish of Seymour, Amish of Webster County, and Amish of Jamesport, all published by Whitaker House.

“Growing a Family by Trusting in God - Laura Hodges Poole delivers a delightful and warm affirmation of love for the Christmas season, and a reminder that God can build a family in the most unusual ways.”
            ~Therese Travis – author of Annabelle's Angel, A Fistful of God, Everybody Loves Mickey, and Keeper of My Heart.


Distraught that she and her husband are facing another childless Christmas, bakery owner Maddie Oliver tries to rescue every needy child who crosses her path. As the couple jumps each hurdle to adopt or become foster parents, they’re always disappointed. Then eight-year-old Chance Simmons comes into Oliver’s Bakery with his elderly grandmother, and Maddie is immediately smitten. Chance’s impish personality draws her in. Determined to stop focusing on her own problems, Maddie sets out to make this the best Christmas ever for the little boy and his ailing grandmother. What she doesn’t count on is him capturing her heart in the process. Will God orchestrate an even bigger Christmas gift than Maddie could imagine, or will she lose Chance for good when the Simmons family suffers a setback?

Laura Hodges Poole is a Christian writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. She is a 2014 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist in Christian fiction. Laura is also a non-fiction ghostwriter and collaborator. Her passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, “A Word of Encouragement.” Her upcoming devotional, While I’m Waiting, will release on Amazon in January 2015. She lives in the upstate of South Carolina with her husband. They have a son and daughter.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door / Adventure Bible for Toddlers

Title: CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR
Author: Danette Fretz
Illustrator: Gene Barretta
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310723493
Genre: Children’s ages 4-8

“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don't know the rules.
I don’t know the rules.”

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their  debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR is a sweet kids’ story for preschool and elementary age children.  Conrad has a lot to learn about being a cowboy. Good thing he has Imogene to help point out everything he does wrong.


If you are looking for a cute children’s book for your favorite child, CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR is a good option. Recommended. Available in hardcover. 40 pages.

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Title: ADVENTURE BIBLE FOR TODDLERS
Author: Catherine DeVries
Illustrator: Jim Madsen
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310730422
Genre: Children’s Bible stories

The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.

The ADVENTURE BIBLE FOR TODDLERS is a simplistic retelling of popular Bible stories for toddlers. Done in a sturdy board book format, it is easy for little fingers to hold for the child to look at, but hard for them to tear the pages. Perfect first Bible for small children. Available in board book. 40 pages.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots

Title: HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MONSTER BOTS
Author: Howard Boward and Ron Bates
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310736080
Genre: Tweener / Science fiction

Sometimes, being smart just isn’t enough

It’s been a rough semester for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he having to dodge winter’s most feared weapon (snowballs), his close friend, Winnie McKinney, is barely speaking to him. If that weren’t enough, he’s the favorite target of some bullies who seem determined to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School as miserable as possible. But then Howard learns about an upcoming robot-building contest—finally a chance to show off his science skills and beat archrival Gerald “G-Force” Forster! Unfortunately, the only way to win is by using his secret “monster goo,” a formula that has terrifying side effects. Can Howard resist the temptation? Or will he unleash a robot rampage that could destroy the town—and ruin the school dance?

The review (written by my tween daughter): HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MONSTER BOTS was kind of interesting. It is the second book in the series. I didn't read the first, but I wasn't lost. They talk about robots and how scary middle school is. Howard had this barrel of goo, I don’t know where he got it, but it appeared to be kind of a magic goo that grows and stuff. The goo starts multiplying and turns into a… well, you have to read the book and find out.


I recommend it to people that like robots and science fiction. It wasn’t really scary. It was kind of weird and funny at times. I liked the authors’ sense of humor. This would be a great book for tween boys. My older brother (who is not a tween) actually laughed out loud a few times when he read it. Available in ebook and in hard cover. 224 pages.