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National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes

We haven’t spent a whole lot of time on volcanoes. But they have come up as an interest piece that we have researched a little bit. I mean AppleBlossom has read Pompeii: Buried Alive! many a time. The Enginerd has made a few baking soda and vinegar eruptions on demand. We also have been known to be found on the floor immersed in reading Magic School Bus Presents: Volcanoes and Earthquakes as well as National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes and others.   This level four early reader is one that I’ve seen on nearly all the lists for a recommended read. As soon as AppleBlossom was set free on an adventure of self-reading this was one that she read again and again recounting the adventure and fear that those people must have endured! This reader didn’t scare her with the tale, but filled her with a thirst for more.   While mamas can definitely enjoy books. . .

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The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe

The Confessions of X

The story of Augustine’s human love Historical fiction is my favorite genre, one of the reasons is that I love to dive within an atmosphere of history to experience what might have happened from someone’s imaginings. This is the type of environment created with the deeply researched, in depth, and beautifully written story of a real person from our historical past. A simple question as a child in school provided the spark of interest for deep research and then an imagination run wild with a pen in hand, Suzanne M. Wolfe has created a story to captivate those that want to know about the woman behind the man of Augustine’s Confessions. From my years in college studying, while earning my Bachelor of Religious Studies I spent a while reading book after book of which Augustine was a captivating character present with much talking about his spiritual love. Yet as a. . .

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower… Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to. . .

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Brave Girls: Faithful Friends: A 90-Day Devotional {Review}

  I was first introduced to Brave Girls through the storybook bible which we adore. Then we got pink t-shirts that are still a preferred favorite today. Yet after that, I got my hands on Faithful Friends a 90-day devotional. This is a little paperback book that is perfect for toting around and will fit in any little bag, I often catch it in my daughter’s backpack. There are illustrations, however in this book they are solely black and white. Faithful Friends is a devotional collection written for multiple different personalities and there is something for everyone within these pages. Each devotion will include: A relevant opening scripture from the Bible A thought-provoking devotion to build a young girl’s spirit An engaging closing prayer to help the reader navigate her day! The cover and the black and white images throughout appeal to both of my daughters, but especially the younger who. . .

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Reasons to read an eBook novella

A few years ago you would never find me reading novellas, much lesson eBook novellas. However, time went on to where it was time, space, and financially-worthy for me to get an eReader. Then I discovered a freebie one day in the title of Gentleman of Her Dreams and read it. It was an author that I didn’t know but the cover and description were awesome. I loved every minute of it! You can read my review of that novella and the books in the series that it prequels as well (here). After this I became thirsty for anything written by the author Jen Turano and she remains a favorite author of mine today! Now I think e-novella books are awesome! The freebies are a wonderful idea and have introduced me to a few favorites that I am glad to buy and recommend and buy for family & friends in. . .

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list. Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors. Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels. One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Includes Reading Group Guides. Bonus content: http://media.harpercollinschristian.com/page/fairmagnoliastreasury/ Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of. . .

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Before Amen by Max Lucado {Review}

Before Amen and Before Amen Prayer Journal. These last few weeks at my church in the Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study, we’ve been reading together through ‘Before Amen’ by Max Lucado. Let me tell you, I adore Max’s writing, it always touches my heart and soul. Last year I endured through Ann Voskamp’s ‘One Thousand Gifts’ and this year it was ‘Before Amen’. Boy… Max and Ann really know how to grab your heart strings! While I purchased the ‘Before Amen’ book from the church to go with the study, I was blessed to get my hands on the ‘Before Amen Prayer Journal’ from the publisher as well as a gift of some key fobs. What a wonderful gift! I gave out the key fobs to everyone in our class and it was a perfect number, God planned ‘eh? Max has come up with a miniature prayer to get the. . .

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Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers: Prayers for bedtime and every time of day! {Review}

On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and The Christmas Story for Children so I was delighted when I saw a gift-worthy treasury of prayers. Teaching our children poetry, and teaching them to pray is so valuable and a special part of our lives. This treasury is a beautiful tool to help do so. The Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers presents classic rhyming prayers and Lucado originals in a gorgeous presentation for any family to use. An excellent gift idea! Anyone with a young child will benefit so well from this book and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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Beauty for Ashes (Hickory Ridge Romance) by Dorothy Love {Review}

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

It’s 1876 and eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge. But Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn’t quite ready to set a date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is passing through to collect an old debt. Formerly a member of Charleston society, Griff has been estranged from his family for years. Determined to lead an unencumbered life, he is on his way to explore the gold fields and cattle ranches of Australia. But when he’s asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay a bit longer.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff’s kindness and charm. But Griff isn’t sure if he wants to settle down. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God’s promise of beauty for ashes.

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Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond {Review}

Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.

When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor’s brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she’s ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.

Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse’s confidence in her-and his faith in God’s perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.

When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah’s fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse’s love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.

She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn’t predict all that awaits her.

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Read and Share Bible from Thomas Nelson {Review}

The Read and Share Bible is unique in its format and solid in Bible teaching. Packed with 200 stories that are simple re-tellings, the gigantic message of God’s love and care is sure to win the hearts of little ones and give them a strong Bible foundation to guide their lives. With over 400 pieces of art, this Bible Storybook is highly interactive as it encourages Scripture Memory and reinforces comprehension with quick activities for you and your children.

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