Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby: The Blessing and Fun of a New Little One by: Sandi Swiridoff

Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby: The Blessing and Fun of a New Little OneReagandoodle and Little Buddy Welcome Baby: The Blessing and Fun of a New Little One by Sandi Swiridoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

God chose you and your family to be together. He did that because he loves you.

When a new baby comes along, there are many changes. Big brother and his dog have awaited for the arrival of baby sister. Reagandoodle and Little Buddy share with other big brothers and sisters what it is like to have a baby sister. What baby sister likes and what she doesn’t like. How love grows when the family grows.

Based on the real Reagan Doodle and Little Buddy as they welcomed baby sister home. Their fears but most important their delight in receiving love and giving love. This is on my list for any new big brothers and sisters as their role in the family is so important.

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

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Addictive Habits: Changing for God (31-Day Devotionals for Life) by: David R. Dunham

Addictive Habits: Changing for Good (31-Day Devotionals for Life)Addictive Habits: Changing for Good by David R Dunham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Freedom begins with our willingness to accept our own role in cultivating our addictive habits. While addictions turn into bondage, they always begin with choices.

Because we were created to worship, we can easily turn that worship into an addictive habit. We can worship someone, something, and it all begins with a desire. This book does not claim to solve your addictive habits but it does give you a clear picture of why and what causes our addictive habits. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 is just the beginning of cultivating a heart of worship and breaking down those habits that trap and enslave you.

Each day starts with scripture and a question. i.e. What defines you? That question leads you to untangle the mess of addictions. The chapter ends with reflection and action. The text is based on the 4 R’s. Responsibility, Relationships, Restructuring and Remaining. I cannot begin to tell you how helpful this text is in battling addictions as you walk with the Lord. I Highly recommend.

Some helpful quotes:

If we worship our way into the problem of addiction, we must worship our way out too. The bible tells us that worshipping Jesus makes us look more like him. As we increasingly behold the glory of the Lord.

When our addictive habits tell us that we need more, thankfulness reminds us that we already have more than we deserve. There is power in gratitude.

A Special Thank you to P & R Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The House At Saltwater Point by: Colleen Coble

The House at Saltwater Point (Lavender Tides #2)The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not the tragedy that can ruin you- it’s your own attitude toward it. You can let adversity make or break you. It’s up to you.

This is my second read on the Lavender Tides series. The setting is peaceful but deadly, the characters seem simple but are complex. It seems fitting that Shauna and Zack from the first series spark the flame with Ellie and Grayson. Ellie a house flipper with a family tragedy in her past lives with guilt. A guilt that drives her with her current tragedy, the accusations and possible murder of her sister MacKenzie.

Ellie is now flipping her dream home at Saltwater Point when an argument with her sister ensues. When blood is found on her sister’s boat, she will do anything to find the truth. What she does discover is a sister that she didn’t know. With the help of Grayson, she is determined to find out what happened to her sister and why.

Ellie and Grayson in this venture discover who they are and at what cost. A family thriller that keeps family first!

A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by: Joanne Bischof

Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And here he stood, wondering why God had seen fit to bless a man such as him. One who had spent his life looking for a way out or a reason why. Always wondering and questioning why the Lord had picked him to live this silent life. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Breathe. How to put in words such a beautiful prose of redemption, love, faithfulness and community. Everything you ache for is expressed in this love story. It is not a love story between a man and woman but of God’s faithfulness. The goodness of God expressed in faithfulness that is not forced but accepted.

Set after the civil war, Aven an Irish widow, who has set sail from Norway to Virginia. In correspondence with her husband Ben’s aunt Dorthea who has urged Aven to come to Virginia to care for her young nephews. Aven is eager to start over. However, when she arrives, she is surprised that the young nephews are not young boys as Dorthea led her to believe but young men. Aven also discovers that Dorthea has died. Not knowing what to do and where to turn. The eldest of the nephews Jorgan encourages Aven to make her home with Jorgan and his two brothers. That she would be safe and they would support her with whatever she decides to do. To help them care for their orchard and land or find work elsewhere.

Aven is captured by her new family. Each of the characters are characterized by vulnerability and the hardness of life. Thor who is deaf and suffers in silent pain of alcoholism. Haakon the youngest brother who struggles with his own demons.

The two brothers Thor and Haakon fall in love with Aven and the tension becomes thick as the brothers struggle to make their feelings known. Aven has her own struggles as she finds the courage to love again.

There is tension thru out with contrasting characters and the struggles of love and to be heard. Thor being deaf was given great care in how he was expressed, how he was feeling from his fear to what he truly cared about. Contrasted with his brother, who lived in shame of his mother’s death and not living up to expectations. Aven in the middle as she loved one as a brother and the other to what her soul needed. I absolutely loved this and I can’t wait for the next one.

A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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From Eden to Bethlehem: An Animals Primer by: Danielle Hitchen

From Eden to Bethlehem: An Animals PrimerFrom Eden to Bethlehem: An Animals Primer by Danielle Hitchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All children love animals and with that love of animals, you can share with your child the love of God. From the snake to the camel, from Eden to Bethlehem, a short scripture reading with the name of the animal included followed by a beautiful illustration. I love sharing these books with my grandchildren as it gives us a special moment together. It also gives opportunity to teach about the love of God. A love that is shared! Highly recommend.

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

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Let There Be Light: An Opposites Primer by: Danielle Hitchen

Let There Be Light: An Opposites PrimerLet There Be Light: An Opposites Primer by Danielle Hitchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic way of teaching your small ones the opposites in creation. Learning about what God has done in contrasting words brings the gospel to the heart of your toddler. I have purchased these books for my grandchildren and will continue to do so as they are a great tool to know who God is and what he has done.

A great book to share with your children.

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The Gift for All People by: Max Lucado

The Gift for All PeopleThe Gift for All People by Max Lucado
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had Jesus been forced to nail himself to the cross, he would have done it. For it was not the soldiers who killed him, nor the screams of the mob; it was his devotion to us. So call it what you wish: An act of grace. A plan of redemption. A martyr’s sacrifice. But whatever you call it, don’t call it an accident. It was anything but that.

A small devotion of the gifts we have in Christ. The gifts of mercy, grace, salvation and of himself. Each short chapter reminds us how he pursues us even when we don’t recognize him. It also serves as a reminder of the goodness of God that we can be so blind to.

I am very thankful for this book and how it ministers to the weary.

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

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