Month: October 2017

Book Review: “Look & Find Bible Storybook” by Charlotte Thoroe and B.A. Jones; Illustrated by Gill Guile

The Look & Find Bible Storybook contains eight stories from the Old and New Testament. These stories span creation, Noah and the ark, the parting of the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Jonah, Jesus’ birth, the feeding of the five thousand, and Jesus’ ascension to Heaven. Each story contains a summary of the storyline, a Bible reference, and a fold out look and find. The look and find portion can be completed by finding selected, featured pictures or by a more detailed, worded checklist. The book is durable, colorful, and wonderfully illustrated. My favorite feature is that the pages are dry erase marker safe so that the look and find portion can be completed more than once. The reusable look and find feature reinforces the story, especially for smaller children with shorter attention spans. However, it still appeals to older children as well because it makes learning fun. My only complaint is that there are many paraphrased quotes from the Bible. I would have preferred that they quoted the actual verse from the Bible or just paraphrased what was said without actually using quotation marks. I understand the casual tone of the paraphrased quotes is intended to make it more child-friendly, but I didn’t care for it. Otherwise, this is a quality product that is sure to loved by kids.

I received this book for free from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review as part of their Lifeway Bloggers Program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “Home on the Range” by Ruth Logan Herne

Home on the Range was the first novel I’ve read by Ruth Logan Herne. I enjoyed this book with its’ mix of romance, ever-changing family dynamics, tragedy, and surprises. The story centers around Nick Stafford, a rugged cowboy grounded by family ties, but yet scarred by abandonment issues from his mom and wife. Nick’s two girls, Cheyenne and Dakota, also struggle to adjust to their new normal since their mother left them. Their mother’s absence affects not only their school life, but also their relationship with their father. Enter Dr. Elsa Andreas, a therapist haunted by tragedy and has a hard time with trust, whose life becomes complicated by her conflicting roles as the girl’s therapist and developing love interest of Nick’s. This story follows each of these characters as they deal with past heartache and tragedy and how their struggle to cope with the past helps them to move on to a better future. I should note that this is book two in the Double S. Ranch series. I haven’t read the first book, so I can say that this book was easy to pick up in the middle of the series. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next installment in the series and see how Ms. Herne resolves several storylines.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBooks.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.