Sunday, April 8, 2018

Surviving Death by Leslie Kean



::Book Description::
While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death.” 
  
So begins Leslie Kean’s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation, revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. In her groundbreaking second book, she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative New York Times bestsellerUFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

Kean explores the most compelling case studies of young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and of the physical world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and people who die and then come back to report journeys into another dimension. Based on facts and scientific studies, Surviving Death includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and PhDs from four countries. 

As a seasoned journalist whose work transcends belief systems and ideology, Kean enriches the narrative by including her own unexpected, confounding experiences encountered while she probed the question concerning all of us: Do we survive death?


::My Thoughts::
This was a very well written book. It captivated me. This book is well researched, well written, and very insightful. The stories in the book are very compelling and some gave me chills!
As this is a very controversial topic I won't speak much on it other than:
While I am still not one hundred percent sold on reincarnation I do believe there is life after death with God. I also believe we do not have all the answers and anything is possible.
I have read a lot of stories about people coming back from death, and there are things I have witnessed that are unexplainable. But this book gives even more than just those stories. There are chapters about children remembering past lives, psychic and physical mediums, etc. It definitely would make a great read for those who seek to know more about such topics. Definitely don't pass this book up as there are some powerful stories in it.
I would rate this book a 5 out of 5.



Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Masterpiece



This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I could barely put it down, and when I did put it down (because, well...life) I couldn't wait to pick it back up and read again.

The story is completely unpredictable and is a real life type of story. It is very realistic. A very wealthy artist, Roman Velasco, comes from a very troubled past. He doesn't believe in people, God, and barely even himself. He leads a secret lifestyle that nobody knows about as the Bird, an unknown graffiti artist that has tagged buildings all over. If anyone found out his secret he could lose everything. Then comes along Grace Moore who also has quite the past of her own including a disastrous failed marriage. She becomes Roman's personal assistance and dislikes his personality at once. But as she gets to know Roman their lives begin to intwine.
I feel that many people out there in many different situations could even relate to this book.
It is a great read for believers as well as non believers. I love that this book shows that hope should always be there, and God is always waiting and ready to forgive. God's work with us is never done whether we realize it or not. We all have our pasts. This is not a book that will sit and preach but rather a book that will open your eyes the fact that God loves you and is only waiting. It is a very powerful and motivating book. 
I had never personally read a book by the author, Francine Rivers, before this book and I can't wait to read more by her. Nevermind painting, the writing and story itself is truly a masterpiece. It has everything from romance, bitterness, suspense, drama, tears, happiness, etc. 

I have been recommending this book left and right. It truly moved me and kept me guessing right until the very end. The characters just came right to life and no situation got sugar coated. I applaud this author for keeping things real especially in this day and age. 
Now, if you want to see what all the fuss is about first hand then do yourself a favor and go read this book! 
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. 


::From the back of the book::
New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. 

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. 

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.



::Product Details::
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496407903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496407900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds 





Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Whispering of the Willows



::About the book::
This book is about a family that runs a hog farm, and lives deep in the holler in the Appalachian Mountains. The father is a war veteran that has been wounded in the war, and is left bitter by life and the hand he was dealt. All the girls in the family are named after gems, and the book is mostly centered on Emerald. Girls are married off young and often without choice. Often in poverty stricken families deals are struck and little thought is given to the girls. Unfortunately Emerald was betrayed by her father due to their poverty and his bitterness.


::My Thoughts::
I really enjoyed this book. God is definitely seen in every chapter. There are old Appalachian sayings at the beginning of each chapter which are enjoyable as well. Emerald was my favorite character because despite all the bad that had befallen her she still persevered through it all and clung to her faith. It was amazing to see God's work in every chapter.
I will admit some of the story was predictable, but the majority of it did surprise me. I would love to see a sequel to this book. It definitely drew me in and had me captured. It left me wanting more in the end.


::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Capture Books; Second Edtion ed. edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0997162546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997162547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookCrash member. All opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

PARENTS, would you or your KID enjoy a $50 Giveaway?

Hello Everyone! I am super excited to be bringing you all a really amazing Boutique Giveaway today!
This giveaway is for The Picket Fence Boutique. And it is for $50.00! This is an amazing boutique for kids that also offers items for babies, women, and even items for your home!

I was honestly blown away by the variety of items you can find on their website! There is something for all to enjoy, and what is better it is mostly all one of a kind items that you can't just go out and find at your nearest stores!

I personally picked out the McKenna Dress in Seaside Summer Print for my daughter. 
I know she will love it as it's one of those dresses a girl can twirl in, and it is has the most gorgeous patterns on it. I just know she will be so excited to wear it, and I can almost guarantee it's going to fast become one of her favorite dresses this summer!

I just know you all will love the items this boutique has to offer as much as I do. I can't wait to see what you choose!

Now let's go ahead and dive right in to what you are all anticipating! The giveaway! Woo Hoo!



Picket Fence $50 Credit Giveaway



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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

God Gave Us Family





::From the back of the book::
Little Pup’s wolf family is on their way to a special reunion—with lots of cousins, games, roasting marshmallows, and fun! As the young wolf thinks about different kinds of families, it’s the perfect opportunity for Mama and Papa to teach their inquisitive child about the families that God brings together. Some families are big and others are small, some are led by grandparents or just one parent, and some families include adopted little ones– yet each family is truly special. 
 
Even the members of Little Pup’s pack make up an important role in his family, although they sometimes pester him. Papa gently reminds his son…
 
“We need to love the family God gave us.”
 
A heartwarming and colorful addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, this tale will delight young hearts and help them understand how families of all types reflect God’s unconditional love.



::My Thoughts::
This is a wonderful book for children! Especially really young children who have questions about other types of families. There are so many different types of families, and sometimes that is hard for children to understand. Occasionally children may ask questions about those families because every family is different. Some families have moms and dads while some only have one parent. Sometimes a child lives with their grandparents. Sometimes there are families who adopt a child. Some families have many children while others only may have one. So many differences, and sometimes that is hard for some young children to understand. This book is wonderful for those questions. It not only answers a child's question about why other families may not be like theirs, but it shows God's love in each family. God is what brings family together, and that is so important to realize.
This book is not too long so it definitely captures your children's attention and holds it. The illustrations are wonderful. The pages are colorful and the illustrations are very well done and detailed. My children loved looking at the pages and noticing so many little details here and there.
I would highly recommend this book. 




::Product Details::
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: God Gave Us
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; Ill edition (October 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601428766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601428769



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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a Blogging for Books member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Well it is that time parents! Time for your little ones to dress up as their wildest imagination and collect candy door to door. Many children look forward to Halloween, but there are some important things to consider before going out on Halloween! Whether your children are old enough to go trick or treating with friends in the neighborhood without you or if you take your children trick or treating there are things to consider before going out. Here are some helpful tips for a safe and easy going Halloween. I know I am looking forward to a much less stressful Halloween by following these tips.




My favorite tip is Tip #1 Eat before you Trick or Treat. There is nothing worse than dealing with Hangry kiddos who are snipping candy here and there because they cannot wait. By feeding them before they go out they will have more energy and be more likely to wait before sampling some of the goodies in their bucket. Then when they get home you can check their candy for safety and have peace of mind that they didn't eat half of their bucket first!

Here is to wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, and Fun Halloween this year! And a special thank you to http://www.fletcherchrysler.com/ for providing us with these helpful tips!

What are some of your tips for a smooth sailing Halloween?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Brave Beauty




::From the back of the book::
What will my life be like? Who will I be? Whether girls put these concerns into words or struggle anxiously with these thoughts, during this season of change, girls have questions. Sometimes these questions also come with fears and they need a safe place to process these fears. From Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and blogger, Lynn Cowell, comes Faithgirlz Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You.For girls 8-12, Brave Beauty brings tweens 100 courage-building moments to reflect on Scripture and find confidence in God, rather than in someone, some place, or some thing, as culture will all-too-soon tell them to. Lynn will also prepare girls to:
  • Overcome confidence-defeating thoughts and stand on who Jesus says she is.
  • Shape her self-worth on Christ and overcome the temptation base it on environmental factors.
  • Build a strong foundation to face the fickle and flippant opinions of others.
  • Find approval of herself even when she lacks the acceptance of others.
  • Find security by turning to Christ as she steps through the exciting, yet scary world of growing up
Formatted as theme-based mini chapters, these moments can be read as one-a-days, one-a-weeks, or at the reader’s own pace. Simple and empowering, Lynn’s voice is relatable and conversational, making it easy for girls to feel like they’re spending time with a friend. This inspirational read will be set as a gorgeously foil decorated hardcover, with beautifully formatted pages in line with the well-known and loved Faithgirlz look, and with an easy-reference index to look up any topic.



::My Thoughts::
Let me just start by saying I am so glad that a book like this one is out there for girls. This is a fantastic read for young girls, and I would have loved having this book on my shelf when I was young. This is best suited for girls ages 8-12, but is flexible on age I think. My favorite thing about this book is there is so much advice on being able to deal with and ignore others opinions, and being more confident in yourself. It helps girls find more stability in God than through others, and teaches girls they are not alone. This is definitely an inspirational and truly moving book. It helps answer questions that many young girls have about themselves, and their future. It helps them move into their future with more confidence, and I believe can help root them deeper spiritually. It is current with today's culture, and just an all around fantastic devotional for girls. It is even a great fit for girls that are busy with sports or school as the devotionals take barely no time at all. It even has quizzes for girls to do and find out more about themselves. It would be wonderful for a mother, grandmother, aunt, older sister, etc., to read with their young tween. It gets girls thinking, and the author shares a lot of her own personal stories that are very relatable. This book deals with topics that girls face on an everyday basis, peer pressure, bullying, acceptance of others, self-esteem, etc. There is even a wonderful Table of Contents where a young girl can look up specific subjects she may need help with. The prayers contained in this book are equally as wonderful, and there isn't one thing I didn't love about this book. I definitely recommend it for any young girls out there, and really at any age. It is that wonderful. I, myself, was excited about what would come next. My cousin whom I gifted this book too loves it. She spends so much time just reading and reading it. She can read a chapter a day, more if she wishes, and even revisits some of them. In a world as we live in today I recommend this book for all young girls.



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::Product Details::
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Faithgirlz
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310763142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310763147





Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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