Jasmine Green Rescues: A Duckling Called Button by: Helen Peters

Jasmine Green Rescues: A Duckling Called ButtonJasmine Green Rescues: A Duckling Called Button by Helen Peters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A girl with spunk along with her spunky delightful duck Button. Jasmine rescued Button as egg when his mother was killed by contemptuous Bella as she left her dog off the leash. Jasmine is young but she knows a thing about justice, doing the right thing and saving animals. Her family lives on a farm and she knows she can save the mother ducks egg.

With her good friend and partner Tom, together they take care of the eggs and you learn the process of what it takes for a mother duck to take care of her eggs. You also learn about compassion in action. These are great virtues for children to read about and many lessons to learn together as a family. A superhero in Jasmine and a villain in Bella contrasting characteristics that children can see and appreciate. Loved this book and highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to Candlewick Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Boy From the Woods by: Harlan Coben

The Boy from the WoodsThe Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The boy from the woods is now man. A man with many sides. Now known as Wilde, he was found at a young age in the woods surviving on pure “woods smart”. How did he get there and how did he survive? Upon his “rescue” he had to adapt to society. He is a neat freak, chaos undoes him. He is unable to connect and does well alone. As a man, he lives in the Appalachian woods and his in partnership with is foster sister in security. When his god son Matthew informs his powerful attorney grandmother Hester of his concern for a missing student, Hester and Wilde work together to find her. In searching for her they land in a political pull and end up in the swamp. A student that is bullied by the son of a famous documentary producer with political ties. When their son goes missing, the true nature of political war comes out. A us vs them for political power builds as right and wrong doesn’t matter.

The characters relationship with each other makes this prose different from other Coben’s thrillers. The past they shared and the respect for each other compared to their counter-parts, the political powers that be. The pull for Wilde to know his roots and how that worked in finding his god’s son missing friends. Many ironies and surprises. Just how I like it.

A Special Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Jesus Rose For Me! by: Jared Kennedy

Jesus Rose for MeJesus Rose for Me by Jared Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why do we celebrate Easter?

The Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead is called Easter Sunday. Every Easter we celebrate that Jesus is more powerful than death. Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus rose for me! and You!

Easter is upon us and this is a wonderful resource to read with your young children about Easter. It is a short book starting with Jesus entrance into Jerusalem and what it meant. The illustrations are vivid and bring to the heart of what scripture says. The book ends with the tomb being empty and why we celebrate Easter. The most helpful to guide your children is the meaning of communion – the last supper. The meaning of the sacraments is rich with the Gospel. Each chapter starts with scripture and ends with a question and an answer to discuss the deep things of God. Yes children and parent will share the meaning of the Gospel in the most meaningful of ways. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to New Growth Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Elephant’s Umbrella by: Laleh Jaffari

The Elephant's UmbrellaThe Elephant’s Umbrella by Laleh Jaffari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A colorfully illustrated tale about an umbrella that looks for kindness. Who will offer kindness when the umbrella offers itself to the other animals. The umbrella asks the question “If I become yours, where will you take when it rains.” Each answer does not speak of generosity but of what I can get. The difference between being selfish and generous is virtue that is worth knowing and acting upon.

A delightful tale of an Elephant’s generosity and the umbrella that searches for kindness.

A Special Thank you to Tiny Owl Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Hannah’s Courage (Amish Charm Bakery#3) by: Molly Jebber

Hannah's Courage (Amish Charm Bakery #3)Hannah’s Courage by Molly Jebber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I struggle to be courageous. It’s enriched my life. I’ve learned change doesn’t need to be feared. It can broaden your scope of friends, teach you lessons through new experiences, and help create wonderful memories. It is through the struggles courage is gained and faith is deepened.

Hannah doesn’t like change. Her life has been living in complacency in the fear of change. Timothy has been her good friend all of her life and living in the Amish community, she knew Timothy wanted more. She avoided any conversations of courting and marriage. However, when Timothy brought a “new” friend to Hannah’s bakery shop, she knew she was too late. It is that missed opportunity to she realized how she felt for Timothy. Hannah knew she needed to make changes in her life and one was courage. Wanting to only to depend on God and prayer, she left her community to work as a teacher. However, Timothy’s new friend was more of a foe and Hannah’s courage was tested when she confronted Timothy of what type of woman she really was.

In her love for Timothy she found new courage to make the changes she needed to make. Love does cast out all fear!

A Special Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World by: D.A. Horton

Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided WorldIntensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World by D.A. Horton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In America Today, Christians are divided on how to define the gospel. In evangelicalism, leaders express the central gospel message (in content) but neglect to apply this message to the social turmoil surrounding them (in context). On the the other hand, those in mainline Christianity see the church’s mission as mobilizing social action to alleviate injustice, representing the Kingdom of God and loving our neighbors-while forsaking the message of Christ’s atoning work. But we miss the full gospel if we choose one side over the other. Our behavior as Christians is an outward expression of what we believe, and what we believe should trace back to the words of King Jesus.

Racial and gender tension is at an all time high. D.A. Horton challenges his readers with the gospel of racial and gender tension. To see fellow human beings made in the image of God and to have empathy with the tension. He does not claim it is all one sided, however, that each side should not be one against the other. It is not about being color blind but recognizing differences and embracing and learning from the differences to make us a community of believers. He is advocating community and what that looks like. What does leadership look like in the community. Does it speak for all or one? Leaders must take lead in how we all address the gospel. Jesus is not just for the white person or the black, or yellow. Jesus is not democrat or republican. Jesus is for the Kingdom of God and the rule of God.

Horton’s voice is a much needed and one that challenges us on what we believe about the gospel. How the gospel can be spread when we operate with all made in the image of God and not one with superiority. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to Tyndale House Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by: Lisa Jacobson

100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all need affirmation and giving affirmation to those we love is a blessing and life giving. If your relationship needs a pick up and you do not know where to start, Lisa Jacobson will be able to give you some ideals on the power of words to your husband. Words of affirmation to our spouse will be life changing as you may give your spouse confidence that he may lack because he may be only hearing the words that bring him down. Words of Affirmation is good for your marriage, your relationship and your well-being. Highly recommend.

A Special Thank you to Revell and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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