Sunday, November 23, 2014

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The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

  • File Size: 4102 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800719662
  • Publisher: Revell (September 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDN87XG

After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay.

Humorous and heartwarming, this latest Christmas story from bestselling author Melody Carlson is the perfect gift for pet lovers and anyone in whose heart Christmas holds a special place.

My take on this book:
Reading The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson is the purfect way to spend an afternoon. I found myself drawn to this story because of the beautiful cat on the cover but it was the heartwarming story inside that kept me glued to the pages to see how Garrison's story would work out and whether he would keep Harry! 

Garrison Brown loves his grandmother, but always put off visiting her because of her cats, thing is he is allergic, but when he gets a call from her lawyer telling him that she has passed away he feels regret. When he learns that she has six cats and has left implicit instructions on rehoming them Garrison is certain that he will never find homes for the cats that will meet the stipulations of his grandmother's wishes. Thing is as he spends time in his grandmother's home getting it ready to sale, and finding homes for the various cats, he finds himself drawn to one of the cats, but he can't keep a cat after all he is allergic, and he has a life and a new job waiting back in Vancouver. He wonders though if Vancouver is really where he wants to be?

Garrison Brown's story certainly was one that was easy to relate too. He sort of felt out of place,not sure where he belonged. His regret of not visiting his grandmother was certainly understandable, but I also understood why he didn't visit more often. It was interesting to see how his story progressed, not only with the cats, but the ideas of what he might be able to accomplish. I couldn't help but wonder if he would stay or go, but the one thing I had to know was what would happen to Harry. There were a few twists that had me wondering how the ending would turn out. It was so easy to imagine each cat as Ms. Carlson described them, they had distinct personalities. I loved how they found the people they were intended for. Cat lovers are sure to enjoy The Christmas Cat, but honestly anyone looking for an inspiring tale that will put them in the Christmas mood will want to read it as well! 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Time Of Jesus ~ A Lift The Flap Discovery Book

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Look Inside: a Lift-the-Flap Discovery Book
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson; Ltf Brdbk edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745963986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745963983

Keep curious young minds busy with these detailed depictions of Bible history, and a glimpse behind the scenes with flaps to lift on every page
Jesus took his message to all kinds of people in all kinds of places—from the shores of Lake Galilee to the bustling streets of Jerusalem. This book takes readers right into the world that he knew, with appealing illustrations and flaps that open to reveal all kinds of fascinating details. Brief text explains the setting, and references events and stories from Jesus' life. The book covers the first Christmas, illustrations of a synagogue and carpenter's workshop in Nazareth, fishing in Capernaum, farming and shepherding in the hills of Galilee, homes of the wealthy and everyday people, the temple in Jerusalem, the way of the cross, and the first Easter.

My take on this book:
The Time Of Jesus lift a flap discovery book is just what it says! It will allow children to discover many different stories surrounding Jesus. A visual journey that takes young readers from a stable in Bethlehem to the shores of Galilee and many places in between. Each story is two pages, with a paragraph in the top left hand corner to describe a little about the story that unfolds on the two opened pages. While the stories are great it's the lift up flaps that lend a richness to those stories. This sturdy little book will certainly capture a child's imagination as they discover what lies behind each flap as they are transported into the world that Jesus knew. The construction of this book seems quite sturdy, and the lift up flaps fit securely back in place so the book continues to look neat after numerous readings. Overall this book would make a great addition to any youngsters library, but I think it would also be neat to use in  Sunday school, or homeschool setting.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Stand Corrected by Patricia Asedegbega

I Stand Corrected 30071406Publisher: CreateSpace (September, 2014) Category: Mystery/Suspense, Humor, YA, Adult
Tour Date: November, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 249 Pages
I am Rosario Dominguez Gonzalez, heiress to one of the largest and oldest fortunes in Spain. My family is considered in both the most elite economic and social circles as one of the richest and most influential in Europe…
That was until the day when I sensed that someone was watching me; I opened one of my eyes and was just about to close it again when something caught my attention…
Rosario and Balou need each other for very different reasons… But for one of them, it is a matter of life and death.
Balou is taken away from his mother at a very tender age and sold to a pet shop where he waits impatiently for someone to claim him and take home a black and as he considers himself, an attractive British Shorthair cat. Just when he thinks this is going to be impossible and his bags are almost packed to go to the local animal shelter, he meets young and troubled Rosario who is really not looking for a pet.
It doesn´t take him very long to realize that something is horribly wrong in her household and he takes it upon himself to protect the human he has come to love almost as much as he loves his food, his siestas and of course the time he spends outside chasing everything and anything that moves.
A Strange and endearing alliance is forged between them but he soon discovers that something is horribly wrong in Rosario’s household. ‘I Stand Corrected’ is Patricia Asedegbega’s first novel in English.

My take on this book:

At the age of eight weeks old Balou, a British shorthair cat and  his four siblings are taken away from their mother and sold to a pet store. While his four brothers are chosen pretty quickly it seems that no one wants Balou because he is black. When he overhears the shop owner say he might go to the shelter he wonders what that might mean, but finally after being at the store for four weeks someone shows an interest in him. Turns out the most popular couple in Spain,Rosario and Javier Cantora have come into the shop, and while Balou isn't impressed with Javier, and calls him "cold eyes" he feels drawn to Rosario. Balou finally has a home, but he senses something isn't right. What is going on in the Cantora home?
I must say I was drawn to this book because I knew that is was told from the point of view of a cat, but honestly it really it's so much more than just another cat story. Instead the author deals with a very important subject, I won't divulge what it is because it would be a major spoiler, but suffice it to say it's a deeper story than I anticipated, and one that I was glad I read. The story flows smoothly with chapters alternating between the views of Balou and Rosario. I certainly enjoyed seeing things thru the eyes of a cat, and found glimmers of humor woven into his observances. His favorite spot in the house is the kitchen, so the description of him being a "big boned" cat  makes sense. I thought it was funny, and truthful that he felt like one of his jobs was to train the humans in the house. Overall an interesting story where one of the main characters is a cat,and that provides a lighter balance to the heavier issue that the author deals with in the story. I must say I am a huge fan of covers but honestly the cover of this book didn't appeal to me at all and doesn't do the well written story inside justice. That said,  I Stand Corrected is a story that is well worth reading.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

About Patricia Asedegbega:Patricia Asedegebga Nieto Patricia Asedegbega is the author of Bienvenidos a gatos anónimos, Pasarse cuatro Pueblos and Sesenta segundos dan para mucho, Patricia Asedegbega Nieto was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master´s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.
I Stand Corrected is her first English language novel.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Discover God's Heart

  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310429528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310429524

As they journey through the Bible from cover to cover, readers will appreciate how the NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible will help them through tough spots such as Numbers and Leviticus while giving them deeper understanding of the Scriptures and connecting them with the heart of its Author. Readers will experience rich insights into the original contexts of Scripture, and God's heart will be unveiled in new ways. This Bible includes 312 engaging devotions to serve as your tour guide, walking you through Genesis to Revelation in manageable portions. Each devotion includes a summary section of the Scripture passage, an application section that reveals God's good heart, and an insight section that ties each passage into the rest of God's great story. As you experience God's Word through this devotional Bible, you'll see his divine fingerprints from beginning to end, even in the most unexpected places. And you'll encounter a deeper, fuller picture of the Jesus you thought you knew. Whether you are starting out on your first steps or a seasoned traveler, let the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible open your eyes to God's good heart. Join him in his story. And experience a more intimate walk with him.

My take on this Bible:
The Bible is the key to discovering what God has to say us. With the Discover God's Heart devotional Bible allows users to discover God's love for us as we journey through his word. There are 312 devotions, one for each day of the week and one for the weekend,which will help guide you through the reading of the Bible.There is a reading schedule provided at the beginning of the Bible, with little boxes that you can check off as you read the devotion for the day. Each devotion is placed near the scripture that it pertains to, making it very easy to use. The devotions include God's story which is a summary section of the scripture, the King's heart which goes to the heart of the what the scripture means along with an insight section that ties everything together. I also liked that at the bottom of the devotion you find the next page number for the next devotion. Some additional features of this Bible is introductions to each book of the Bible, footnotes,along with a few reading plans, including a 90 day plan that will provide an overview of the Bible.There are also a few thirty day reading plans including one for new believers, themes in Psalms, along with thirty stories of love and friendship. Overall an NIV Bible that pairs devotions together with scripture that will grow the user's understanding of God's word.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

NIRV Plush Bible

  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Box edition (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310746949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310746942

he Plush Bible Collection, NIrV uses a similar size and readability as the popular Thinline Bible, now available in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV). This Bible has a soft plush cover, designed especially for kids. The NIrV is based on the NIV translation and is written at a third-grade reading level—perfect for children learning to read. 

My take on this Bible:
What a perfect Bible for young girls. First of all the NIrV translation is an easier to understand version of the NIV. It is written on a third grade level, and I must say as I read thru this Bible I found it easy to comprehend. The sentences seem to be short and the words are more simplistic but do adhere to what the Bible says. The cover of this one is a pretty pink, glittery looking plush, but the plush feels as if it is wrapped around a hard core of some sort, so that the Bible will withstand daily use. There is a presentation page which is something I always look for. There is a dictionary along with a list of 92 great Bible stories. Overall I think this Bible would make a wonderful gift for a young girl who is interested in an easy to read version of the Bible. The color and cover texture is going to grab her attention, but it's God's word that is inside that will make a lasting impression on her for years to come. 

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.