Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Flip ~ Michael Phillip Cash

  • File Size: 1005 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497345510
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (May 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

 May 15, 2014
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?

My take on this book:
Julie and Brad Evans buy old, rundown houses fix them up hoping to make enough money to eventually allow Julie to quit her job. Driving home after a successful sale, they see an old victorian house  with a for sale sign in the front yard. Getting the old house for a steal,Julie has hopes of perhaps keeping the house and turning it into a B&B. Turns out the house has ties that date back to the civil war and the underground railroad, and the thing is some of the residents from that time never left! From discovery of a secret room, the the strange occurrences going on in the home Brad knows something isn't right with the house, and just wants to get the work done and sell it. 

Another hauntingly good story from Michael Phillip Cash! Strong characters and a fast moving plot makes for a page turning read that easily pulled me right into the story. Once I started reading the story I couldn't put it down! I liked that the characters of Brad and Julia are truly a typically married couple, they worry about money, and sometimes disagree. The situation that happens with Julia at work seemed very plausible. The historical elements of the story were very well done, the author effortlessly transitions between past and present weaving the stories of Tessa and Gerald, which went all the way back to the civil war, into the story of Brad and Julia. Tessa's infatuation with Brad was a bit creepy, and made for a few interesting scenes. It was nice to see some of the characters from Mr. Cash's previous books show up in this one. Anyone looking for a creepy good read should definitely check this one out.

Heart of a Hero by Billi Tiner ~ Free on Amazon ~

  • File Size: 378 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Billi Tiner (February 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Publication Date: February 19, 2012 | Age Level: 8 - 13 | Grade Level: 2 - 8
Lady, an Irish Setter puppy, is leading a simple life on a farm in Ohio during the 1940’s. Lady’s biggest desire is to become an expert hunting dog like her mother. She has no idea that her life is going to take her down a path where she will find herself in the middle of incredibly dangerous situations, including a world war. On several occasions, Lady will have to find the courage to risk her life in order to save someone she loves. The loyalty and bravery that Lady shows throughout her lifetime illustrate what it truly means to have the heart of a hero.

My take on this book:
Heart of a Hero by Billi Tiner blends together action, adventure and the unfailing loyalty of a wonderful dog named Lady to create a story that captures the heart and won't let go. As an animal lover, especially dogs I was immediately drawn into the story of Lady, and was excited to learn that the story was based on an actual dog that served in the military.  I really enjoyed seeing the story told thru the eyes of the animals,and honestly felt like the author did a wonderful job of transitioning  between animals and people. I found the historical aspects of this story to be quite informative, while I knew about dogs serving in the military this fictionalized story seemed very realistic in the way that it might have been done. I really want to learn more about the history of animals in the military. A quick easy read that is geared toward young readers but will certainly appeal to all age levels. I would caution that some situations are a bit intense so I would caution parents of younger children to perhaps read the book first. Overall a wonderfully written story that actually was quite emotional at times, while I knew what would happen at the end it didn't keep me from shedding a few tears. An added bonus is that the author provides a sneak peek of  another of her books titled Welcome Home, and it sounds like another riveting read, one that I can't wait to read!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Whiskey for Breakfast by Dominic Stabile ~ A Nick Dioli Mystery

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Reading Press (September 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O0EB3KS

 September 28, 2014

Nick Dioli is a world-weary private investigator, who spends most of his time at the bar down the street from his office. Most days are slow, and that’s the way he likes it. But when the love of his life, local bartender, Kim Riley, tells him there is a local judge willing to pay a lot of money to have his runaway daughter transported home from Appalachia, Nick figures it will be easy money.

However, when he locates the girl, he is promptly kidnapped by the girl’s grandmother—an old lady who runs a cupcake bakery—and finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation. From masked, gun-toting thugs to corrupt, do-anything-for-a-dollar land developers, Nick’s going to need a few drinks to get through this one. 

My take on this book:
With Whiskey for Breakfast Dominic Stabile provided a page turning mystery that kept me guessing as to who the real killer might be!

What should have been an easy job for retired cop turned P.I. Nick Dioli is actually anything but! When a local judge hires him to bring his thirteen year old runaway daughter Chelsea home, it should be a piece of cake, after all the judge even gives him the address where he can find her. The last think Nick plans on finding is a pistol packing, cupcake baking  grandmother who isn't about to let Nick take Chelsea anywhere. Instead he learns that Chelsea might have witnessed a murder and that her life is in danger. Nick decides to get to the bottom of the mystery, but with several people involved in the case being murdered, he finds himself a target as well. Can he figure out what is going on before he becomes the next victim? 

Whiskey for Breakfast provides a fast paced plot that grabbed me from the beginning and didn't turn loose until the final page. Dominic Stabile provides an interesting cast of multi-layered characters blended together with a well written mystery to make for a suspense filled saga that certainly kept me guessing.Crisp, descriptive  writing allowed me to be visualise the various settings of the story. While the author provides more than a  few clues as to who the perps might actually be I really never suspected who the actual killers were until the author revealed it which is something that rarely happens! More than a few secondary characters kept the plot moving along, but it was the character of Nick Dioli a retired cop turned P.I. who intrigued me the most. I couldn't help but wonder what sort of cop he might have been. Even though he has a drinking problem he doesn't let that get in the way of solving a case. We learn that his wife is dead, but the shocking statement he made in the final sentences of the epilogue certainly grabbed my attention and leaves me anxious to read the next installment of this series!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stillwell "A Haunting On Long Island" Michael Phillip Cash

  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484196090
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (June 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

 June 17, 2013

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.

My take on this book:
Michael Phillip Cash knows how to draw me in and keep me anxiously anticipating the next page of whatever he writes. It was so easy to connect with the character of Paul, the love he felt for his wife was tangible.A true family man that was haunted by his wife's passing. Mr. Cash expertly weaves together Allison's story with the story of Stillwell making the connection seem perfectly plausible. While the story dealt with a haunting, and there are a few scary moments it was the love story between Paul and his wife Allison, along with the interactions he had with his children that made this a worthwhile read for me. I will say I was totally surprised and quite  pleased with the direction this book took at the end. Overall, anyone who enjoys a haunting tale will find this fits the bill, but there is so much more  blended into the pages of Stillwell  that makes it a stand out read. 

The Littlest Christmas Kitten ~ Leona Novy Jackson

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Snaptail Press, Division of Images Unlimited; First edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930643186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930643188

In this re-telling of the Christmas story, children can experience the excitement of the animals in the stable. Here a mother cat is searching frantically for her little lost kitten. Before the night is over there is the crying of a baby and angels singing the praises of the birth of a Savior. The night's events leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats. It's a refreshing approach to the Christmas story, with a strong, smooth plot, and yet teaches a beautiful lesson.

My take on this book:
Anyone who loves cats is certainly going to enjoy this retelling of the Christmas story. Long ago a mother cat and her kittens lived in a stable and like most kittens might do one wanders away, well the mother cat searches high and low for her lost baby. When the mother cat is startled by a man and woman coming into the stable she jumps into the manger and there is her sleeping kitten. Little does she know that before the night is out that a very special baby would be sleeping in the same manger where she found her wandering kitten.

A beautiful retelling of the Christmas story that will certainly become a Christmas favorite for years to come. The illustrations were very well done, allowing me to easily feel like I was right there in the stable with the animals. I loved seeing the tale unfold thru the eyes of the mother cat especially the reverence all the animals showed to the newborn babe! Along with the story the author provides a nice list of Christmas symbols and their meanings, she even shares the symbol of Christmas Cats including why a kitten isn't always the best gift at Christmas. Overall I found this book to be a delightful read that would make a wonderful gift for anyone especially cat lovers.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis ~ Carole P. Roman

  • File Size: 32360 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O96DT6I

 October 6, 2014  2 - 10  P - 3

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic.

Captain No Beard's steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain's up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask.

When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They're all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky?

A charming, engaging tale about doing what's right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman's award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard—an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators

My take on this book:
Arrr Mateys  Captain No Beard and his gang are back for another great adventure with Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis. Even though it's cold that doesn't stop Captain No Beard for setting out on a mission, thing is he isn't sharing with his crew what the mission is, wonder why that is? Well when he finally shares what his plan is the crew doesn't want any part of it, because they know that it's wrong to do what he wants to do. Can the crew make Captain No Beard change his plans?

Ms. Roman knows how to pair wording and illustrations perfectly allowing the entire Captain No Beard series to come to life and this installment is no different. She captures the imagination from the get go, you can just imagine the characters shivering as they wonder what their latest mission entails. Along with adventure there are educational tidbits woven into the story so that young readers aren't only entertained but they are learning something as well. With this story she also tackles the issue of stealing and does it in a great way!  I also loved the positive message of being able to go anywhere or do most anything with your imagination, something that everyone needs to hear! Even though Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the seventh book in the Captain No Beard series it can easily be read as a stand alone story,although I highly recommend the entire series because of the positive messages that the author blends into each book. Overall a story perfect for boys or girls that is going to get their imagination soaring while teaching a few valuable lessons.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The After House ~ Michael Phillip Cash

  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (October 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OGPJ3C6

 October 12, 2014

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

My take on this book:
Eli Gaspar was perfectly happy with his living arrangements staying in a three hundred year old cottage with an eccentric old man, but when the cottage is rented to Remy Galway and her young daughter Olivia he doesn't care for it.You see Eli is a ghost who doesn't really remember a lot about his past, but with Remy and Olivia in the house that is changing.

Remy thought she had a good marriage but after the birth of her daughter Olivia things changed and now she finds herself starting over in the town of Cold Spring Harbor. A new yoga business and dealing with sharing custody of Olivia takes up plenty of her time, so when things start to occur in her home she can't help but wonder if she might  be going crazy. 

I think The After House is one of the best "haunting" stories I have ever read! Michael Phillip Cash blends together romance,suspense a splash of mystery, ghosts, angels, history and more than a few laughs to make for a page turning story that I honestly hated to see end! I loved the characters of Remy, Olivia, Eli and Hugh. There was a strength with Remy that permeated the pages, I just knew that things work work out for the best where she was concerned. The relationship that developed between Remy and Hugh was great and seemed very realistic. Olivia was a wonderful young girl and her interactions with Eli had me laughing on more than one occasion. Eli's story certainly tugged at my heart, he was really a ghost with a conscience and I couldn't help but wonder if he would ever find his way home. Richly detailed writing, allowed the characters to captivate and the plot to move along at breakneck speed. On a scale of one to five I would easily give The After House a six because it's just that good! 

How To Bake A Man ~ Jessica Barksdale Inclan ~ TLC Blog Tour

About How to Bake a Man

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Ghostwoods Books (October 21, 2014)
When 27-year-old Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother’s usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he can, and almost before she knows it, Becca’s Best is up and running. 
Before she can settle into a routine, things get complicated. The office ogress could easily be Becca’s sister and has absolutely no patience with cookies or other frivolities. Even worse, her boyfriend is the man of Becca’s dreams – kind, funny, successful, and brain-meltingly gorgeous. As the dark undercurrents threaten to pull her down, Becca swiftly finds herself neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.
Packed with charm, sparkling humor, and a genuinely unforgettable cast, this delicious tale of a woman struggling to find her path might just be Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s finest novel to date.
“Jessica Barksdale Inclan knows food and fiction. A sweet story that will have you longing for more.” – Mia King, best-selling author of Table Manners and Family Room

“Part love story and [part] journey to value oneself, How to Bake a Man is a lyrical, rich story that will please readers of all stripes (and tempt your taste buds with tasty recipes).” –Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Forged in Grace, Night Oracle and Make a Scene

“Becca Muchmore is much more than a talented baker of scrumptious desserts—she’s a captivatingly real heroine who’ll win your heart with both her cinnamon rolls and her search for love. How to Bake a Man is one delightful read.” – Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Midori by Moonlight and His Wife and Daughters.

My take on this book:
Romance with recipes! What more could a person ask for? At 27  Rebecca "Becca" Muchmore quits a perfectly good job in order to go back to school, thing is once she gets there she feels realizes she isn't crazy about school, and is only really happy when she is baking so she decides she will drop out of school and start her own dessert business called Becca's Best Bakery. So with start up money from her mother, and help from her friend Sal, and more hope than she has felt in ages she begins a new chapter in her life. 
Becca's character was so easy to like, I sort of felt like How To Bake A Man was a coming of age story as Becca's journey allowed her to grow into the person she was intended to be. Visually descriptive writing certainly allowed me to step into the story, and kept me interested. I loved the character of Sal, Becca's neighbor who offers to help her, not only with her baking business but with dispensing plenty of opinions as well. I could easily envision his 1972 Cutlass Supreme, it was like a character in itself.The characters in the office building were quite varied. A good blending of self discovery, romance, recipes and great characters made this a fast paced easy to read story.
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JB018aAbout Jessica Barksdale


JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter’s EyesThe Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. She has also published several ebooks and a women’s studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech.
Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang~ T.J. Braswell

  • File Size: 3642 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Polliwog Press/Ravenswood Publishing (October 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O5LC8KU

 October 2, 2014

Leaving the only home you’ve ever known and moving to a new town would be a little unnerving for any kid. Imagine moving to a new town and finding out that your closest neighbors are no longer among the living.

That’s what happens to 12-year-old Dax Dugan and his 9-year-old sister, Callie, when their mom’s new job forces the whole family to leave the bustling city of Chicago and move to a quiet, rural town in Southern Illinois.

Dax and Callie’s parents tell them quite a bit about their new home before they ever leave Chicago. Unfortunately, the fact that there is a cemetery in their backyard is one piece of information they neglect to share. With the discoveries that follow,Dax and Callie quickly learn that life in the country is more than just cows and cornfields.

My take on this book: 

T.J. Braswell blends just the right amount of paranormal and eeriness to make for an interesting read, but keeps the story from being overly scary, making a great read for young and old alike. Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang is perfect for Halloween, but honestly it's a story that I would recommend for anytime of the year.

Dax Dugan and his sister Callie find themselves moving to the country, thing is Callie doesn't mind but Dax doesn't want to go. When they get to their new home Dax quickly makes friends with Jamal, the boy who lives down the road. When Callie discovers an old cemetery in the backyard Jamal tells them about the stories that have circulated about the old graveyard. It doesn't take long for the trio to uncover the history of the cemetery, and that history will send them on a quest to return stolen items to the rightful owners even if those owners happen to be dead! Can Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang find the lost treasures and get them to their rightful owners?

Great characters that are well developed and easy to relate to pulled me right into this story. After all most of us have been right where Dax found himself, not wanting to move away and leave his old friends. I loved the positive family relationship that we see with Dax and his family, especially with his younger sister Callie. Sure they don't always get along, but there is that sibling bond that one can't miss with this pair. Jackson the family dog adds a delightful element to the story, I could just imagine him being sprayed by a skunk or playing fetch in the cemetery. Jamal was a wise-cracking, often funny neighbor,and when the trio forms the Graveyard Gang we meet two other children in the neighborhood,Wiley and Maria. Each of these characters seem very realistic, making them easy to connect with. Ms. Braswell does a wonderful job of handling the topic of bullying, and of course the bully got his in the end! While this story deals with ghosts it isn't overly scary, the author even provides a few moments that really tugged at my heart. An easy to read story that is highly engaging, a good ghost story, that isn't overly scary with several positive messages woven in makes Dax Dugan and the Graveyard Gang one that will easily capture the imagination of young and old alike.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Insider's Guide To Spiritual Warfare ~ Christine McGuire

  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800796020
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (September 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN88L2

 September 30, 2014

Behind the backdrop of our daily lives, a hidden war is raging. The players are as powerful as they are invisible. What's on the line: your very heart and soul.

Are you ready for the battle?

After spending years as a medium, witch and ghost hunter, Kristine McGuire emerged from behind enemy lines to reclaim her identity in Christ. She brings unique insight, revealing Satan's 7 favorite battlefields as well as the most effective tactics he employs in the battles we face everyday.

In this essential guide to the spiritual war zone, you will learn 30 battle-tested strategies for victory from a spiritual warrior who has been there.Kristine's simple but powerful insights will empower you to engage your enemy without fear . . . and, in the power of Jesus, to win.

My take on this book:
An Insider's Guide To Spiritual Warfare is written from the perspective of someone who was pulled away from her Christian beliefs and spent eight years as  practicing medium, witch and ghost hunter.Fortunately for her she found her way back to Christ, but because of her experience she has invaluable insight into the hot topic of spiritual warfare. Not only does she share how to put on our spiritual armour, but she also talks about the common battlefields that we face such as suffering, worry and fear, and anger just to name a few. She dedicates one entire chapter to gossip which happens to be one of my pet peeves in life because it is something that is so readily accepted in todays society! She also confronts and answers the question of why there are ghosts, providing sound Biblical teaching as to what we as believers are really dealing with. Ms. McGuire's writing style makes it very easy to understand what she is saying, and she doesn't hesitate to steer the reader to scriptures which back up what she is saying. She actually goes back to the beginning explaining how Satan came to be and answers the questions of what spiritual warfare really is and how it affects us, but she also reminds us that Christians have no reason to fear the enemy(Satan) but that we are to be continually watchful and alert. Overall I found this a very easy to use book, the chapters are easy to navigate, each opens with a scripture verse and wraps up with reflection questions. There are thirty strategy points scattered through out the text that provide deeper insight into dealing with the enemy. All of these things are quite useful but it is the scriptures that the author weaves into her teaching that makes this book one that I would definitely recommend. If you want to learn more about Ms. McGuire I highly recommend her first book Escaping The Cauldron:Exposing Occult Influences In Everyday Life, in that book she shares her personal journey from Christian to occultism and then finding her way back to God. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Image of Kristine McGuireAbout the author:

Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ. A gifted writer, her work has been featured in Faithful Devotions, The West Michigan Christian News (Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2009), and Praise & Coffee Magazine (Fall 2011), Charisma News/Magazine (October 31, 2012).
Kristine 's first book, "Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life", is an informative memoir, recounting her journey from committed Christian to witch, medium, and ghost hunter for eight years until restored to faith in Jesus Christ. Her second book,"An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare: 30 Battle-Tested Strategies from Behind Enemy Lines", will be published by Chosen Books in October 7, 2014.
Kristine has been a contributing author to Dancing with the Devil: An Honest Look into the Occult by Former Followers by Jeff Harshbarger and a consultant for the novel The Widow of Saunders Creek by Christy Award Winning Author, Tracey Bateman.

NKJV Study Bible

    The NKJV Study Bible
  • File Size: 102740 KB
  • Print Length: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English

 October 21, 2014

The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
Features include:
  • NEW attractive new full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts 
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
NKJV Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.3 million 
The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold 

My take on this Bible:
The NKJV Study Bible is hands down the best study Bible I have used to date! Full color and so many useful features such as word studies and indexes, in-text maps and charts, and easy to use cross reference, to name a few make this updated version an outstanding choice for a study Bible. The in depth notes are what really sold me on this one though,the bottom of each page is dedicated to study notes which sometimes encompass at least half a page, and while the study notes are man's opinion they certainly lend insight and help the user comprehend what they are reading in the Bible.  I used the book of Job to review and I was blown away at the study notes that I found, one particular topic was in chapter 41 and deals with Leviathan the fire breathing dragon who was a symbol of chaos. I found no real mention of this in a few of my study Bibles, but with the NKJV the notes were in depth providing insight allowing me to find answers to my questions about this topic. The concordance provided with this Bible substantial. Overall, this colorful study Bible will prove useful for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the word of God. I always check to see if there is a presentation page and there is one provided, and the text is a nice size to read. I would classify this Bible as a bit of a chunkster, which might not be great if you plan on carrying this one to church. That's really the only negative thing I can say about this one.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

The Magic Of Friendship ~ Subhash Kommuru

  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Kommuru Books (August 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990317811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990317814

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Book Synopsis

BABBAR is a fierce and mean tiger who cannot tolerate anyone, but he is lonely and sad. HASMUKH is a funny donkey but gets scared of everyone. When the Magic of friendship touches them see how it transforms not only their characters but also transforms the whole environment around them. 

The Magic of friendship is a hilarious, action packed entertaining story. There are scary moments, celebration and comical moments. While the core focus of the story is about friendship it has elements of father son bonding and family values as well. 

Book gives plenty of opportunity for parents to entertain kids with their own version of animal noises. And bright and interactive illustrations is sure to leave a mark on eyes.

This is a story about change -- a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will show the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly, one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter. 

Book Excerpt 

A flock of migrating geese stumble upon Tadoba, the land of the fierce tiger Babbar who does not tolerate anyone in his area. Will Babbar show any mercy? Can he change? Will the geese make it to safety? 

My take on this book:

The Magic of Friendship is just that, the authors share how having a friend can certainly bring joy and brightness to our life, thus changing us forever! Beautifully done illustrations allow the reader to easily envision the story while the words smoothly flow off the pages creating a visual feast that will certainly keep youngsters, and the not so young, mesmerised as the story unfolds! Babbar was a fierce tiger who has basically scared everyone away, but when a scared, but silly donkey brings laughter to the area Babbar finds himself wanting to learn how to laugh and strikes a bargain with Hasmukh the donkey. An unlikely friendship for sure, but one that just might change them both for the better! A story that will certainly put a smile on your face while teaching the importance of friendship.

About Sujata & Subhash Kommuru
Image of Subhash KommuruSubhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea! These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.
Our Goal
Our goal is to introduce kids to Indian culture one story at a time and along the way have some fun. While stories are primarily written in Hindi they are tastefully being narrated in English as well, while maintaining the essence and moral.
Our Promise
Our promise is to always write sensible story with some moral to them.
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