Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Review

In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.

Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of pre-revolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in the, “An Amish Beginnings” series. The setting of this story is around 25 years after the other books. I thought the distant of years was fun as you get reacquainted with some of the characters in the other books.

This particular story weaves in many stories within the pages beautifully. The main characters or plot just intertwine within the other plots nicely. That being said you won’t have to worry about who the characters are as the front of the book has a, Cast of Characters if you need it. I just looked it over in the beginning it wasn’t hard to keep track of the many characters.

The characters are well developed along with the surroundings of pre-colonial Pennsylvania, on the outskirts of Lancaster County. You could close your eyes and picture it in your mind. There are a few descriptions that talked about the Indian massacres but, it was tasteful but, I realize some readers don’t like reading things like that.

Betsy Zook was one of my favorite characters. She comes to learn much about the Indians that capture her. I loved her strength and faith. Then there is Tessa Bauer and her character grows through the difficult time that she goes through. Both young women have strong Godly characters to sustain them through difficult times.

I loved the historical side of the story as it based off of similar events in history.

I’m not one to give away to many spoilers. I think this has been one of my favorite stories that I have read this year.

I received a free copy of this product from Revell in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Shabbat Shalom

God's Crime Scene for Kids' Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God's Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Monday, August 14, 2017

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible (Large Print) – Book Review

Easy to color and easy to read! Reflect on the precious truths of Scripture with the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible, Large Print, featuring beautiful line art for coloring and a large type size. Perfect for all ages, this Bible’s thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

My Thoughts:

There are so many creative Bibles out there these days. Honestly, I think it can be difficult finding one now with all the choices. With the popularity of adult coloring and journaling artistically I can see the popularity of expressing yourself with God’s word through journaling and coloring in a Bible. Personally I’m not one of those people who like to write in my Bible this way. It’s not that I have a problem with it. It’s just not me. However, I have many dear friends who love expressing their faith and study time this way. This is an amazing gift for a dear friend or a family member.

This is a beautiful hardback book covered in a lovely cloth floral pattern. The floral pattern looks like watercolors of delicate flowers and leaves splashed on the fabric. The spine going into the front and back is a rich navy color.

This is a large print Bible with a Readable 10-point font size. In my opinion not large enough on the font size. This is the New International Version. It measures 10”x8” and is a large Bible. It is a hefty Bible at 4 pounds. There is also a rich navy blue ribbon for marking your page.

There is a whopping 1472 pages. The pages are thicker than your average Bible. They are still not what I would consider something you could use a marker to color the pages. I would stick to color pencils and possibly ink. I would test out a page first for coloring before you start your artistic expression. Another nice feature is that the Bible lays out flat when it’s opened. I like this type of Bible when I’m studying and I see this as a huge plus when you are coloring and journaling.

The Bible has a lovely Presentation page along with the context of the books of the Bible with the pages on it. The Word is laid out in a single-column page format. There are a few footnotes available. The Bible doesn’t have an introduction page to the books of the Bible. I don’t know why so many Bibles are omitted this in Bibles these day. I wish that this would be a standard. That is just my personal opinion! This Bible doesn’t have the words of our Savior in red. The back of the Bible has a Table of Weights and Measures. There are no maps in this Bibles.

There is an ample amount to write notes or to create your own art. The artwork is lovely. Some pages have full pages to color and others have art just in the margin. All the art is scripture based and relevant to the page it is located on. Maybe one day I will venture into Bible journaling like this. For now I know who I’m planning on giving this lovely Bible to.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulation.

The Soldier Who Killed a King A True Retelling of the Passion by David Kitz Book Review

The Soldier Who Killed a King

A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.

If you've heard the story of Passion Week so often it's become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus’ humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ's resurrection changed history, one life at a time. 

My Thoughts:

I enjoy reading Biblical historical books. It’s hard to find good quality ones to read that don’t take the Biblical story way out of context. I expect some creative liberties to filling in the blanks and getting more depth into the plot and characters. I just don’t always agree when the context is there and that creative writing changes what we already know from God’s word. I’ll get back to this part in a bit.

David Kitz writes with passion and does a fantastic job with descriptions in the story. The characters are vivid and you almost feel like you are there watching the scenes take place in person. Great job with the characters I really like how he portrayed Marcus Longinus, the Roman Centurion. He did a good job with many of the characters. I did think some of the speech seemed out of place for that time period. 

The crucifixion was extremely vivid and I’m okay with that as for me it’s a reminder of the price that Jesus paid for our sins. Other readers may not be okay with the details as it goes into a lot of details. It brought tears to my eyes.

There are a few other parts that I didn’t expect. There aren’t any details about the inappropriate acts. You get the underlying meaning. I think the author handled these situations good. I also think the story would have been just as good without them.
Now back to the context and whether it took it out of the Biblical context. Yes, there are a few scenes that we know about from God’s word that he changed. Not a lot but, it was still done. I was a bit disappointed in that.

The author is an excellent writer. He drew me into the story and made it a page turner. I don’t usually rate books but, if I had to rate it I would give it a 4 out of a 5. If the context wasn’t changed I would have said a 5 without a second thought.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from Kregel Publication in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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