Reviews by Chantel Brankshire
On 1/29 Chantel Brankshire wrote: The Gift That I Can Give is not only delightfully illustrated (you know how much weight that holds with me!) with a little ginger child that she relates to, but it shows that we don’t have to wait to be bigger, stronger, better or smarter to make a big difference in our own little corner of the world. ... Delightful and Inspiring for Kids!
On 12/3 Chantel Brankshire wrote: My kids absolutely adored this one. It’s one of their top three favorite bedtime books. All the little animals getting ready for bed delights them every time. And, a huge bonus I wasn’t expecting when I got this: this particular version is touch and feel–perfect for my 15-month-old! He sits with ... Bedtime Favorite!
On 9/10 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Getting Night Night Sleepytown in the mail was a much-anticipated event. We immediately tore open the package and dove into the story of a little town that's all about saying "thank you" to everyone before heading off to bed. I really love that it talks about thanking everyone. Being grateful is such ... Another Awesome Bedtime Story!
On 8/13 Chantel Brankshire wrote: This book was an instant hit with both of the kids. L. is not yet one, but he enjoys the colors and touching the animals (when he isn’t trying to eat the book, anyway). C is absolutely thrilled that it has most of her favorite Bible stories in it–and yes, the cover actually does glow in the dark, ... Bible Stories My Kids Love
On 6/8 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Written by Rhonda Gowler Greene, this sweet little book for young children, Baa! Oink! Moo! God made the Animals, lets them go to the farm and meet each of the animals living there. The little boy in the story asks his mama each time he meets a new friend if God made this animal too. The sing-song-y ... Meet the animals God made on the farm.
On 12/15 Chantel Brankshire wrote: I have a serious weakness for books written by Dandi Daley Mackall. It's the beautiful art, coupled with simple words and big, important truths that always win my heart. This little book, the advent story from the perspective of the small donkey that traditionally traveled with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, ... Merry & Bright
On 10/14 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Itsy Bitsy Christmas is the story of two ordinary, tiny mice who hear the rumor from a small donkey that a King is coming to visit Bethlehem. They search the entire city from top to bottom, wanting to see the King. Finally, discouraged and feeling insignificant because others tell them that kings don't ... Itsy Bitsy Christmas (and other favorites)
On 8/27 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Since fall is on its way, I’ve been looking for some new books to add to Charlotte’s bookshelf to go with the upcoming season. This adorable little book was an instant bedtime favorite. Charlotte was completely enthralled with the pictures and all the little animals that you meet on the day trip ... Pumpkin Patch Blessings
On 7/3 Chantel Brankshire wrote: It’s been less than 24 hours since Night, Night Farm showed up on my doorstep, and it has already moved up to the top of Charlotte’s favorite stack. With the winning combination of being written by the author of one of her other top favorite books (Night, Night Prayer) and being about farm animals, ... This book immediately went into my toddler's favorite stack!
On 6/18 Chantel Brankshire wrote: I've been looking for a book that was less about Easter Bunnies and more about The Easter Story. I love Dandi Daley Mackall's books because they always have the sweetest illustrations! I'd never heard the legend of the Robin and found this story to be so sweet. The pictures are adorable, and we loved ... An Easter Robin Legend
On 1/20 Chantel Brankshire wrote: We all know that I do buy books because of their covers. So…when I saw this book, I knew I had to have it–sleep inducing side effects or not. And Goodnight, Little Love has beautiful art all the way through. I love that about it. It’s a popular choice in our house because there are little details ... Good Night, Little Love
On 11/21 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Thank You, Lord, for Everything was a big hit here with Charlotte and I. Charlotte really loved the pictures and the different things she could relate to. She liked saying “Thank you, God!” at the end of each page. I always look for books that have soft and gentle illustrations that aren’t too ... Thank You Lord for Everything
On 10/13 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Jack and his mother knew hard times and lean years too. But his mother also knew that the true blessing of Christmas comes when you share not just food, but the real meaning of the season–the Salvation Story– with others. She bakes Christmas Cookies for the homeless in the shapes of the story of ... The Christmas Cookie
On 9/8 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Life doesn't have to turn out like you planned it in order for it to be exactly how it was mean to be all along. Every thing doesn't have to be perfect in order to be good. God is a Master at working things out for the best. If we could just realize that and not kick and scream through the days when ... I've Never Been to Vegas
On 2/20 Chantel Brankshire wrote: “There’s no such thing as a perfect family.” If I’m honest, I don’t like that sentence even a tiny bit. If I’m still honest, I’ll admit that it is true. We’re all a little broken. Either by our choices, by our parents’ or grandparents’ choices, or sometimes just because life is ... we're all a little broken
On 7/31 Chantel Brankshire wrote: If you are in the mood for some light humor and random bits of information, you might enjoy reading it. If you are looking for a true resource guide, then you might want to keep looking. It’s definitely not a guide you’ll have to buy or need to keep on your shelf to refer to over time. It’s a ... Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year
On 4/22 Chantel Brankshire wrote: Winters in Alaska are dark, long and cold. And the memories I have of all of us curled up in the living room while the wood stove crackled, listening to our special Christmas stories each December are warm ones. I always determined that I would try to recreate that special memory in our home one day. ... Christmas Stories A Book Review
On 7/23 Chantel Brankshire wrote: I am passionate about taking joy in the simple things of life. I believe in contentment and in discovering beauty in ordinary days. I think that is why the title of this eBook, Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, caught my eye. Luci Swindoll writes from her life experience of 80 years and shares a lot of ... Simple Secrets of A Happy Life
On 3/22 Chantel Brankshire wrote: I love hymn-stories. I have read several books over the years that detail the story behind some of our greatest hymns and the people that wrote them and I am always inspired and encouraged. It is ordinary people, ordinary lives like mine that God uses leave legacies of trust and hope and faith for years ... Then Sings My Soul
On 12/29 Chantel Brankshire wrote: One of the most important things about a good marriage is continually inspiring and challenging yourself to make it even better. My friend, Gretchen, has said a few times that she finds keeping a marriage book or two in her reading stack is a great way to be reminded of ways to improve. After all, marriage ... Love & Respect
On 10/12 Chantel Brankshire wrote: History may have been my easiest subject in school, and one that I love with a passion, but Science has always captivated me. I love learning about plants and animals and what makes them what they are almost as much as I love learning about people and places and events, and find the intricacies of living ... It Couldn't Just Happen
On 5/31 Chantel Brankshire wrote: God’s Promises for the American Patriot has such a bright and cheerful cover and is just the sort of book I like because it is full of thoughts and glimpses into the lives of some of the ordinary-great men who formed the foundations of our government and our country. If you enjoy History as I do, ... God's Promises for the American Patriot--a book review
On 3/31 Chantel Brankshire wrote: The cover calls it a “three minute forever book” that is full of simple truths and happy insights, and Eat Your Peas is full of warm sayings and affirmations and Bible Promises paired with colorful text and graphics to catch the eye. It’s a book, friend to friend, promising support and prayers ... Eat Your Peas
On 2/12 Chantel Brankshire wrote: I think of Voices of the Faithful as 365 windows into the lives of missionaries from all corners of this old world. It is the testimony, the experiences that they have that connect us with them and inspire us with the hope and courage that what God is doing for them, He can do for us in our own corner. I ... Voices of the Faithful: A book review
On 11/29 Chantel Brankshire wrote: More than being successful, and even if we never are successful by the world’s standards, we need to be more concerned about following the “battle plan” that God has laid out for us in His word and pleasing Him than about being successful. We need to trust him. Even when it doesn’t make sense, ... Jungle Warfare: Christopher Cunningham
On 11/13 Chantel Brankshire wrote: They say never to judge a book by its cover, but when I pulled The American Patriot’s Almanac out of the box, I fell in love with how it looked. This hardback, 500+ page book has a blue cloth binding and old fashioned looking “rough cut” paper edges that give it the appearance of an old treasure, ... The Patriot's Almanac: Reviewed
On 10/28 Chantel Brankshire wrote: 4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring, challenging book to motivate common folk to make a difference, October 28, 2010 This review is from: Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference (Hardcover) Max Lucado's "Out Live Your Life" was a challenging, inspiring journey that helped me to remember why ... Out Live Your Life: Max Lucado