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Book Review! Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

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Title: Called to Protect
Author:
 Lynette Eason
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
July 31, 2018

Series: Blue Justice #2

 Description from Goodreads:  “For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.”

Review: This book was absolutely amazing! I devoured this book in just over a day, and that includes a full day of work. This book was amazingly well written, it was suspenseful, and riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down.

I love the set of characters in this series. They are all so funny, strong, and likable. The Blue Justice series focus’s on one member of this crazy family (mostly cops, with a doctor thrown in) in each book so far, but you still see the other members of the family as well.

Although the first book in this series is amazing, and I highly recommend reading it, this book could easily be read as a stand alone. Each book has its own storyline and it wraps it up at the end of the book.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian romantic suspense. Even if you haven’t read the first book in this series, you can read this one.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

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Book Review! People I Met at the Gates of Heaven by Don Piper

Title: People I Met at the Gates of Heaven
Author: 
Don Piper
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
November 6, 2018

Description from the publisher: “This is the book you’ve been waiting for! Picking up where bestselling 90 Minutes in Heaven left off, Don Piper reveals for the first time the sacred, intimate details of the people who met him at the gates of heaven and the profound impact they had on his faith on earth.

 In this incredible follow-up to his eight-million-copy bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven, Don Piper shares untold stories about his encounters with people who greeted him at the gates of heaven, and offers powerful insights about the way for us to live our lives on earth.

 Don Piper’s unforgettable account of a horrific car accident that took his life, and what happened next has riveted more than eight million readers. Something happened as he shared his story in the years since. Not only did Piper realize he had more to tell, he had yet to share the most sacred and intimate details of his time in heaven about the people who met him at the gates. “I have never left a speaking engagement without people wanting to know more,” he said in THE PEOPLE I MET IN HEAVEN, Piper takes readers deeper into his experience, which includes never-before-told encounters with the people who met him when he arrived in heaven-those who helped him on his journey that led to the entrance to God’s heavenly home. Even more, Piper recounts the majesty of heaven and the glorious reunion that awaits us there. He offers practical insights, inspiration, and a challenging call that while we’re on earth we need to obey Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations.””

Review: This book was so amazing. After reading 90 Minutes in Heaven, I couldn’t wait to read this book. I was impressed with Don Piper’s story, and how he used his pain and sorrow, to encourage others who are going through tough times.

I have lost people very close to me, and reading this book made me feel so much better about their loss. I have always believed in God, Jesus, and Heaven, but reading this first-hand account of Heaven and greeting loved one was inspiring. I know they are waiting there at the gates for me to come home.

This book is such a wonderful encouragement for anyone who has lost loved ones or is facing death themselves. Knowing what Heaven is like, even just the entrance, is so exciting and makes death so much less scary. When you know where you are going, or where your loved one is, you know you have nothing to fear. To me, and anyone facing this, that reassurance is invaluable.

Recommendation: This book is so inspiring and encouraging; I highly recommend it to anyone grieving a loss, facing an illness, or anyone who fears death.Book Review! People I Met at the Gates of Heaven by Don Piper #partner @hachettebooks #Heaven #90MinutesinHeaven #DonPiper #Death #Faith #God #Jesus*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Jacob’s Bell: A Christmas Story by John Snyder

Title: Jacob’s Bell: A Christmas Story

Author: John Snyder
Rating:
3.5/5
Release Date: 
October 2, 2018

Description from Goodreads: For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Melody Carlson comes JACOB’S BELL, a heartwarming Christmas story about how an unlikely friendship between an old man and a little girl saved a family.

Sometimes the road to forgiveness and restoration can be a rocky one. Set in Chicago and Baltimore in 1944 with flashbacks to the 1920s, JACOB’S BELL follows Jacob MacCallum on his arduous journey to redemption.
At one time, Jacob had it all: wealth, a wonderful family and a position as one of the most respected businessmen in Chicago. Then he made some bad decisions and all that changed. For the past twenty years he lived in an alcohol-induced haze, riddled with guilt for the dreadful things he had done to his family and his role in the untimely death of his wife. Estranged from his children and penniless, he was in and out of jail, on the street and jumping freight trains for transportation. Realizing he needed a drastic change, Jacob embarked on a journey to find his children, seek their forgiveness, and restore his relationship with them. Befriended by a pastor at a Salvation Army mission, he struggled to transform his life. Yet finally he overcame his demons, but not without a fair number of setbacks. Jacob became a Salvation Army Bell Ringer at Christmastime. While ringing his bell on a street corner one snowy day, he met a young girl who, through a series of strange coincidences, led him back to his children and facilitated Jacob’s forgiveness just in time for Christmas.
Author John Snyder pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy.”

Review: This book is a perfect Christmas story. It’s all about forgiveness and redemption. This isn’t a book I couldn’t put down, but it is a book I looked forward to picking up after a long day.

Though the writing in this book is a bit cheesy at times, it fits the tone of a light Christmas novel. It’s not a difficult book to read, making it perfect for the crazy and stressful time of year. This is a great book to just curl up with and get lost in. It’s also not very long, so you could easily finish this on a cold snowy weekend.

These characters were believable and I was able to relate to them. I loved how each struggled with their own sin, and tried really hard to overcome it. In this world, we all need that and I found it inspiring.

 Recommendation:  I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a heartwarming book to read this Christmas season.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review!  Let’s Get Ready for Bed by Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki

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Title: Let’s Get Ready for Bed

Author: By GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki
Published by Zondervan

Rating: 4/5

Description from the publisher: From Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W Smith and the co-creator of Veggietales Mike Nawrocki comes Let’s Get Ready for Bed, the second in a series of bedtime books in the Nurturing Steps line. This sweet and sleepy picture book will lull your little one to sleep with their favorite stuffed animal characters the Nighty Nights.

As an added bonus, this book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith singing the lullaby from the story.

Founded by Michael W Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

This picture book features a cover that shines with foil.”

Review: This is an adorable book perfect for children of all ages. The pictures are adorable and very well illustrated. They match the story so well that children are able to follow along with the story simply by looking at the pictures, if they aren’t old enough to follow along with the words yet. These adorable animals are are so delightful and their sleepy little faces bring a smile to my face as I read this.

I adore when a book can incorporate God into the story. It’s a nice way to teach about God but also just the simple little reminders that God loves us and is watching out for us as we sleep. Getting that good foundation of faith at such a young age is so wonderful. I love that these types of books bring up questions from the children and open the dialog to discuss what they don’t quite understand. What more could you ask for in a bedtime story?

 

 *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

Book Review! National Geographic Almanac 2019

About National Geographic Almanac 2019

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 23, 2018)

A one-of-a-kind annual featuring surprising facts, stunning color photos, arresting infographics, and illuminating maps that present the world in a whole new way.

An almanac like you’ve never seen before, this arresting volume features key information on science, nature, history, and geography, spiked with cutting-edge ideas and spectacular visuals. Discover features that only National Geographic can deliver, including exquisite photography, explanatory infographics, illustrated timelines, and maps created by expert cartographers. Chapters include Exploration & Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, Life on Earth, and The Science of Us; featured topics range from the polar jet stream and how chameleons change colors to the world’s biggest cities and the science of addiction. It includes top travel trends, new explorations, and recent discoveries, as well as fascinating trivia. Enlightening for young and old, exquisitely designed, each page of this special almanac reveals something new about today’s world.

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Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

 

My Review: This is a fascinating and mesmerizing book filled with so much information and beautiful photographs; I fell in love with it immediately. I have never owned an atlas like this, and I had no idea what I was missing. This book has so much information that there is no way I can review the entire thing in this blog post so I will just highlight my favorite parts.

The Health and Medicine section was awesome! Filled with so much information about staying healthy, including herbs and spices for your health and how viral infections work and their differences.

I loved all the history incorporated. History class was never as interesting as reading some of this, and looking at all the pictures, maps and timelines included. It was so interesting to see how our history has progressed since ca 100,000 years ago!

This book made interesting dinner conversations many times and I love to bring it out when I’m having people over. Everyone loves to flip through this and it never fails to impress. The trivia/quiz master section was so much fun for this!

 Recommendation: I loved this book and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or travel, or for any student. There is just so much useful information in it.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony

About Apollo to the Moon

• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 30, 2018)

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon, this narrative uses 50 key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives to tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program.

Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century’s most important space endeavor: NASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and an emergency oxygen mask to space food and moon rocks, it’s a carefully curated array of objects–complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.

This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world’s capabilities for space travel, and revolutionized our sense of humanity’s place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.

 

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

My Review: This is a fascinating book. I loved seeing the pictures and graphics, reading the stories, and imagining what these astronauts and all those involved in this trip to the moon.

I have always been fascinated by space exploration and astronomy. When I saw this book, I knew I would love it, and I wasn’t wrong. It was so interesting to see all of the photos; they were so stunning and vivid. I felt like I could really be there in space. Some of these pictures were simply breath taking and I love to just sit and look through them.

It was incredibly fascinating to read the stories included in this book. They were amazing and interesting. I loved getting to know what these astronauts and all those who assisted in the trip to the moon experienced and felt.

The artifacts pictured were mesmerizing. It was like getting to visit an impressing museum without having to get dressed, travel, or spend money to get there. As an added bonus, I get to visit this little museum any time I want to!

 Recommendation: I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of space exploration, this incredible trip to the moon, or history in general.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

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Title: Wait for Me
Author: 
Susan May Warren
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
November 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “Pete Brooks can’t believe he’s waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn’t sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he’s no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness–with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he’s learned to find Jess and Esme–and pray that his past mistakes don’t cost him the life of the woman he can’t stop loving.”

Review: Oh my goodness! I don’t even know where to start. This book was so amazing and suspenseful! It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. You couldn’t get me to put this book down. I loved every heart racing second!

 I was so excited to finally get Jess and Pete’s story! I have adored them since the second book in this series, and Susan May Warren has done a wonderful job at hinting enough at their relationship to keep their story intriguing. I have always felt like they were absolutely perfect for each other, and Jess made Pete a much better person.

This book was a perfect final book to an absolutely amazing series. Although I am sad that it is finished, I am so glad that it ended well. Sometimes book series end up getting worse as they go on, and you end up just glad that they are over, this was not one of them.

Recommendation: I loved this series and highly recommend it to anyone who loves good adventure/romance/and thrilling stories.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition

About Field Guide To The Birds Of North America

• Paperback: 592 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic; 7 edition (September 12, 2017)

This fully revised and updated edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market.

Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, it is the only book organized to match the latest American Ornithologists’ Union taxonomy. With more than 2.75 million copies in print, this perennial bestseller is the most frequently updated of all North American bird field guides. Filled with hand-painted illustrations from top nature artists, this latest edition is poised to become an instant must-have for every serious birder in the United States and Canada.

The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species. Sixteen new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations, 80 new maps, and 350 map revisions. With taxonomy updated to recent significant scientific rearrangement, the addition of standardized banding codes, and text completely vetted by birding experts, this new edition will stand at the top of the list of birding field guides for years to come.

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

 

My Review: This is a perfect book for quick identification of any bird. It’s well organized, the pictures are easy to see, and there is additional information included for more help.

This was book is incredibly well done. The images are clear and easy to identify, and they are well organized, making finding the right bird quick and easy. Below the images, there are text tips, these are especially helpful if you can’t quite identify off the picture. I was happy to see the pictures showing the birds in flight, which is how I see them most of the time.

I loved this book. I will use this a lot when I travel, and come across birds that aren’t common where I live. This is the first bird identification book that I have, and I see no need for any other. This has everything I could need in it.

Recommendation: I recommend this book to any bird watcher who needs a quick and effective book for identifying unfamiliar birds. I found this really easy to use. This would also make a great Christmas or birthday gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

 *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*