Reviews by April E.
On 8/2 April E. wrote: I'm very impressed with the NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible. It has so much more depth than a themed Bible that has cute decorations on the cover and interior that aren't even Biblical. I like pretty and cute, but I appreciate the content of this Bible so much more than a floral design for girls or camouflage ... Respect your Children's Ability to Study the Bible
On 4/27 April E. wrote: Nothing that I read in Cherish was exactly new to me. I know this is how God desires that we treat our spouse, but it's so easy to forget, to become lazy or selfish, and to take our spouse for granted. I needed this reminder to love my husband with a Christ-like love and to help him feel cherished. I ... Helpful reminder for every marriage
On 1/19 April E. wrote: I didn't really need another Bible, but I couldn't resist the beautiful botanical print on this cloth-covered hardcover Bible. It's so pretty and well-made. If botanical print isn't your preference, it is also available in other covers. Mostly, I am extremely thankful for the lightly-lined margins which ... Create a Legacy
On 11/1 April E. wrote: When the NIV Journaling Bible for Girls arrived, all the girls in my family were oohing and ahhing over it. The turquoise floral hardcover is so pretty, and the journaling Bible has a different shape than most Bibles; the extra margin adding to the width of the book overall. There is a pink elastic strap ... Beautiful hardcover Bible!
On 10/6 April E. wrote: Yes, my son is a fan of the Minecraft game. All of my kids are, to be honest. I knew that this Minecrafters Bible would be right up my son's alley. He was so excited to receive it. For the most part, this is a normal New International Reader's Version Bible. The main difference is that there are illustrations ... Review: NIrV Minecrafters Bible
On 5/12 April E. wrote: Little One, God Made You Special is adorable! The sturdy board book is a comfortable size for small hands to hold. The rhyming text by Amy Warren Hilliker reminds our children that God created them absolutely unique and each one is special. The illustrations by Polono Lovsin are warm, soft, and snuggly. ... A heart-warming book for little ones!
On 5/11 April E. wrote: Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli is a beautiful book. It's a larger board book, with a hard cover (not just more board pages as a cover). The illustrations by Lee Holland are so warm, cozy, and charming that the book is just delightful! Counting Blessings is a rhyming book that flows smoothly and ... So sweet and adorable!
On 4/16 April E. wrote: I was initially drawn to Pressing Pause by its book description: "Kids bickering? Jam Packed? Dishes and laundry both piled high? Perhaps it's time you pressed pause." Obviously the author had been peeking in my windows and suddenly I needed to read this devotional written just for moms like me, who ... Review: Pressing Pause by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
On 2/22 April E. wrote: My life is incredibly busy. My days are often filled with noise, conflict, and a whirlwind of decisions and activity. At night, I lay in bed worrying about whether I did the right thing, said the right thing, how my children are going to turn out, and what the future holds. I'm sure I'm not the only ... Book Review: 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell
On 10/28 April E. wrote: I wanted to read For the Love, because the subtitle resonated with me: "fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards." I could completely relate to the feeling of trying to meet impossible standards, usually of my own making. I wasn't prepared for Jen's humor. I laughed my way through several ... Book Review: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
On 10/21 April E. wrote: The NIV Bible for Women is a devotional Bible for women. It claims to have "fresh insights for thriving in today's world", with devotions written by a diverse group of women bloggers, authors, speakers, and business women. Some names you may recognize include: Annie Downs, Shauna Niequist, Angie Smith, ... Book Review: NIV Bible for Women
On 7/7 April E. wrote: Once again, Amber and Hanna find themselves in the midst of a mystery. This time, they're dealing with threats of poisoned pies and murders that don't actually occur. Until it actually does occur, and not by pie. Murder Freshly Baked starts with the murder and then flashes back to the beginning and ... Book Review: Murder Freshly Baked
On 3/10 April E. wrote: Tiny Bear's Bible definitely has a "cuteness factor" that brings a smile to my face. The exterior of this board book is wrapped in plush with a teddy bear face on the front. It's available with both a boy bear and a girl bear cover. The book is sized perfectly for little hands, too! The text is written ... Review: Cute and Cuddly Tiny Bear's Bible
On 2/10 April E. wrote: Life has calmed down at The Village since Amber and her new Amish friend Hannah had solved a murder in their peaceful community. Amber is enjoying her marriage to Tate and Hannah's relationship with Jesse is quickly moving toward engagement. Until Owen Esch is murdered and Jesse's older brother Andrew ... Review: Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman
On 11/8 April E. wrote: When I was in college, I bought myself a study Bible. It has been an immense blessing and has added depth to my Bible study for the past 22 years. Unfortunately, it looks like it has been used for 22 years. The cover is falling apart, and some of the pages are browned and wrinkled from where I spilled ... Review: NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition
On 8/18 April E. wrote: I love bedtime stories. I collect them. I especially love well-illustrated books. Goodnight, Ark is a humorous bedtime story that imagines what the ark might have been like as the storm raged outside and the animals tried to settle down inside. It isn't historically accurate. It isn't Biblically accurate. ... Another good bedtime book - Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi
On 4/14 April E. wrote: I haven't read Amish fiction in over ten years. To be honest, I just got tired of the genre. But I was intrigued by the fact that Murder Simply Brewed isn't just a romance or drama, but a mystery. Zondervan Publishing's book description of a friendship between a young Amish woman and her English (non-Amish) ... Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
On 3/7 April E. wrote: I collect bedtime books. One of our family favorites is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Most of our favorite bedtime stories have a gentle and soothing rhythm, comforting repetition, and cozy pictures. Goodnight Angels by Melody Carlson fits right in with our favorite bedtime stories. We gave ... Goodnight, Angels by Melody Carlson
On 2/6 April E. wrote: The Jesus Bible is a hardcover children's Bible in the New International Version. But what distinguishes this Bible from other children's Bibles? All the commentaries, devotionals, and study notes in The Jesus Bible point to Christ's presence in both the Old and New Testament. The Jesus Bible is geared ... The Jesus Bible: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible (NIV)
On 1/8 April E. wrote: Rachel Macy Stafford's book, Hands Free Mama, is "a guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters!" Rachel takes readers on a journey from over-booked, technology-driven, distracted and rushed living to being able to focus on our families ... Review: Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
On 12/5 April E. wrote: Making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions - such an excellent subtitle - such a struggle for so many of us. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has struggled to make wise choices in the hectic moments of life, and not the only one who has come unglued at times, lashing out verbally at those around ... Review: Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst
On 7/11 April E. wrote: I've been a mom for 18 years ... well, in a month my oldest child will turn 18. I've raised 7 kids beyond toddlerhood, have one currently 2, as well as a baby yet to hit the toddler years. I may not have learned anything new about toddlers in The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler, but I ... Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson
On 4/24 April E. wrote: With so many parenting books out there, you might be wondering what The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year has to offer. My first response is humor. Erin keeps a friendly and slightly sarcastic tone throughout the book. The humor helps keep the book interesting, because not everyone can focus ... Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year by Erin MacPherson
On 2/19 April E. wrote: I have to confess that I have all of Sally Clarkson's books on motherhood, but I wasn't as familiar with Sarah Mae's writing. At least I didn't think I was, until I realized I actually have both of her e-books saved on my computer. Both of these ladies have a heart for encouraging Christian mothers, ... Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
On 11/16 April E. wrote: My husband's mother has Alzheimer's Disease. Her mother also suffered with this disease, so we weren't that surprised when she told us that her doctor agreed she was probably in the early stages of the disease. That was 7 or 8 years ago, and all of her children had been noticing the signs and discussing ... Review: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham
On 8/8 April E. wrote: I have to confess. I have good teens. They aren't sneaking out at night, not drinking, not doing drugs, and they usually tell me the truth. But there are times I have felt blindsided by their emotions, their questions, and their words. In those moments, I often feel as if I'm failing at this parenting ... Review: Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston
On 5/24 April E. wrote: In our quest for better health, our family has been buying more fresh vegetables and preparing them in new and healthier ways. Of course, I found the title of this cookbook intriguing: Farm Fresh Southern Cooking: Straight From the Garden to Your Dinner Table. I was looking forward to a cookbook that ... Review: Farm Fresh Southern Cooking
On 10/11 April E. wrote: Title: Don’t Check Your Brains At The Door Author: Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler Publisher: Thomas Nelson Format: Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4003-1720-2 Price: $12.99 I remember watching Josh McDowell lectures when I was in youth group. It was obvious that he really loved teens and I enjoyed ... Review: Don’t Check Your Brains At The Door
On 5/17 April E. wrote: My family is vegetable-challenged. I grew up eating only a few basic vegetables: corn, green beans, broccoli, salad, onions, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, carrots and celery. One of those isn’t even a vegetable. My husband ate a larger variety of vegetables than I did, but not in ways I enjoy. ... Review: The Part-Time Vegan by Cherise Grifoni
On 9/2 April E. wrote: Title: One Hand, Two Hands Author: Max Lucado Illustrator: Gaby Hansen Publisher: Thomas Nelson Format: Hardcover ISBN: 9781400316496 Price: $16.99 One Hand, Two Hands is a rhyming book written for young children to teach them about serving others with their hands. Its warm illustrations add charm ... One Hand, Two Hands – by Max Lucado, illustrated by Gaby Hansen
On 4/17 April E. wrote: Title: Gigi's Big Break (Gigi, God's Little Princess series) Author: Sheila Walsh Format: children's DVD Publisher: Thomas Nelson Gigi, God's Little Princess, is a delightful animated little girl who learns lessons about life, God, and family in each book or movie. ... Gigi's Big Break DVD by Thomas Nelson