The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copper-haired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan’s bitter enemy.

Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn’t take kindly to her “rescue.” Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan’s crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he’s unwilling to sacrifice.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Through the story of David and Goliath, Brother and Sister Bear learn that they can stand up to bullies and be as brave as David, because God is with them just as he was with David. Written and illustrated by renowned authors Jan and Mike Berenstain, Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage extends the popular Berenstain Bear series with this easy to read and understand story with a strong Christian message for young readers and their families.

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Sue Berk Designs Crosses

While I have had a lot of time put into designing the best nursery for our AppleBlossom something that I have had a difficult time finding is the best cross to go above her bed. Yet after my discovery of Sue Berk Designs I have to look no further! *Thanks to ChicExecs I was introduced to Sue Berk Designs Crosses and received two crosses for review.* These crosses could not be more perfect for our room. The colors are gorgeous and go with everything.  The selection to choose from is incredible and it is very easy to find the perfect one for your child, well once you can decide between your favorite choices! One cross we received is a medium cross measuring eight inches tall, and on an satin ribbon (some designs come on an organza ribbon). I love knowing that these are made with lead-free paints and glazes. They. . .

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A Love for Tomorrow by Vanessa Miller {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Vanessa Miller and the book: A Love for Tomorrow (Second Chance at Love #2) Whitaker House (September 1, 2010) ***Special thanks to Cathy Hickling of Whitaker House for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author,. . .

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Illustrated Study Bible for Kids from Holman Bible Publishers

The Illustrated Study Bible for Kids presents a fresh, colorful, and exciting approach to Bible study, unlike any other! Loaded with full-color maps, charts, reconstructions, and study helps, this edition brings the Bible alive in a way that will motivate, inspire, and equip young people to better understand God’s Word.

The colorful study helps combined with the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), help kids connect the people, places, and events in a clear and comfortable manner, giving them a foundation of biblical knowledge that they can build upon as they mature. The lessons they learn from this Bible will help them discover new ways to apply the Scriptures in their daily walk with the Lord.

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Made By God (I Can Read!)

Lately I have been reading a lot myself about educating a child, one of the things that I have come across time and again is a recommendation for the faith-based I CAN READ! series from Zondervan. New as of this month, August 2010 are a few great I CAN READ! Books in a Made By God Series. These are so great! In the library and at every possible place to buy books I have seen the I CAN READ! books, grocery stores, super stores and chain booksellers as well as our local indie. I never really picked them up, but I’ve been meaning to. Now after experiencing these I know I need to go find more and I’m sure we’ll have dozens of these as her reading years go on. Just right books are judged by: sentence / book length vocabulary and language structure text layout and picture support text. . .

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The Big God Story by Michelle Anthony

God’s story is big, and you can be a part of it too! In this fast-paced journey through the Old and New Testaments, kids will hear the stories of the Garden of Eden, the great Flood, the Promised Land, the kings of Israel, the holy baby born in a stable, and some unlikely friends who started a new church. Each part of the narrative highlights a different aspect of God’s faithfulness to us. Ultimately, readers will see how they fit into God’s big story of love when they write their names in the book on the last page! This beautiful picture book also teaches children about God’s promise of a Redeemer through the visual portrayal of a glowing star and the insightful connections back to the person of Jesus on almost every page.

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That’s Where God Is by Dan and Ali Morrow

A boy’s simple question sparks a search for God. Prompted by his grandfather, he discovers God’s presence everywhere: in a powerful storm, in a friend’s help, and in his sister’s kindness. Then his grandfather shares another truth: God also can be found in our hearts, if we invite him in. Filled with wonder, That’s Where God Is! teaches children ages 4 – 8 that God is always with them. Moving beyond simply telling about God, it gently guides children’s spiritual growth, showing them how to recognize God’s presence for themselves. With an introduction by Lee Strobel, it’s ideal for parents, grandparents, and teachers who want to deepen a young child’s walk with God.

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Surrender the Heart {Preview}

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Surrender the Heart Barbour Publishing (August 1, 2010) by M. L. Tyndall ABOUT THE AUTHOR: M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul–a longing for something more. After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart. Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable. One. . .

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The Devil in Pew Number Seven

Rebecca never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved to Sellerstown, North Carolina, to serve as a pastor. There he found a small community eager to welcome him—with one exception. Glaring at him from pew number seven was a man obsessed with controlling the church. Determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way, he unleashed a plan of terror that was more devastating and violent than the Nichols family could have ever imagined. Refusing to be driven away by acts of intimidation, Rebecca’s father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the family’s kitchen . . . and Rebecca’s life was shattered. If anyone had a reason to harbor hatred and seek personal revenge, it would be Rebecca. Yet The Devil in Pew Number Seven tells a different story. It is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family’s faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her the power of forgiveness.

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Dept of Ed – Homeschooling has Double in Size

What’s the Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S? Based on independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov), it appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education. Let’s take a look at some of the evidence: “Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years,”1 states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that “an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008,”2 statistics that were also confirmed by the National Center for Education’s researcher, Stacy Bielick.3 This week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga’s News Channel 9 reported: “In the last decade, the. . .

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Masquerade by Nancy Moser

They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth…

1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason, a rich heiress from England, escapes a family crisis by traveling to America in order to marry the even wealthier Conrad Tremaine.

She soon decides that an arranged marriage is not for her and persuades her maid, Dora, to take her place. She wants a chance at “real life,” even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it’s a risk she’s willing to take. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl wanting adventure becomes a test of survival amid poverty beyond Charlotte’s blackest nightmares.

As for Dora, it’s the chance of a lifetime. She lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions–yet is tormented by guilt from the possibility of discovery and the presence of another love that will not die. Is this what her heart truly longs for?

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Soul Custody by Stephen Smith

Every day, inner and outer violence ravages the soul, leaving us weak, fearful, and malnourished. In Soul Custody, Stephen W. Smith presents eight choices to help readers reclaim custody of their one and only life—choices about silence, community, vocation, honoring the body, finding one’s true self, and more. As Smith reminds readers, allowing God to shape the soul leads to the deep, full, and satisfying life that God had in mind all along.

This is not a self-help book. It is not a book of easy steps to a happy life. It is an invitation to the life God dreams for each of His children. It is a call to start living—to let the soul wake up to life as God intended.

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