Reviews by Sparkling SAHM
On 12/29 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I am always looking for a good devotional for my children. Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids definitely fits the bill. This 365 entry devotional is a perfect way to start out the New Year with the kids. The layout is aesthetically pleasing because it stays simple--without the ... Powerful and Fun Devotional for Kids
On 11/15 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Initial Thoughts: I decided to review the NKJV FaithGirlz Bible because I wanted to see if it was something young girls like my daughter might like. Not only do I think that they would like it, but I also personally enjoyed looking through this Bible. The colorful "girly" pages with occasional splashes ... Great Resource for Tween Girls!
On 10/13 Sparkling SAHM wrote: When I initially decided to review The Kids' Book of Devotions: A 365-Day Adventure in God's Word (Updated Edition), I was REALLY excited. I'm always looking for new devotional material for my children. So, let me jump right into my thoughts. Here are the things I like about the book: In the back ... It's "O.K."
On 9/3 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Eileen Spinelli has written an absolutely delightful book: Thankful. The description on the book jacket says the following: "Beloved children's author Eileen Spinelli and illustrator Archie Preston inspire children of all ages with Thankful, a whimsical picture book that celebrates the everyday blessings ... Thankful for Eileen Spinelli's Thankful
On 6/3 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Married 'til Monday is the latest book in the Chapel Springs Romance series by Denise Hunter. Ryan McKinley can't emotionally let go of his ex-wife, Abby. (As a matter of fact, he has gone as far as actually purchasing the home she considered their “dream home.”) So, when an opportunity presents ... A Great Story!
On 4/3 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Sometimes I find that it takes me awhile to truly delve into a book: the plot might be slow moving at first or somewhat complex/confusing from the start. However, that is not the case with Colleen Coble's A Heart's Obsession, which is the second book in her “Journey of the Heart” series. I was drawn ... Highly Recommended!
On 3/8 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Rachel Hauck's latest book in The Royal Wedding Series, How to Catch a Prince, is a down to earth, good ol' romance. This story was a delight to read. There was a lot to like about this book: the plot was strong, the characters were well developed and definitely seemed like real people (not just shallow ... A Beautifully Charming Book
On 1/24 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I Can Learn the Bible: 52 Scriptures Every Kid Should Know sounded like a book with a lot of potential. Right off the bat, I spotted several attributes in this book that I thought were very positive. First of all, I love that this book tackles "weighty" subjects. Instead of just providing fluff for ... Not as Great as I Had Hoped...
On 12/9 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Nature Girl: A Guide to Caring for God's Creation by Karen Whiting and Rebecca White is a great resource for girls who are interested in knowing how to take care of various aspects of God's creation. The beginning of the book states that "Going green is about making God's earth a healthy place to live" ... Great Book for Nature Loving Girls
On 10/31 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Ever since I was a young girl, I have always loved fairy tales. The romance, the intrigue, and the idea of good conquering evil has always appealed to me. So, when I first was introduced to Melanie Dickerson's books, which are grown up versions of beloved fairy tales, I fell in love all over again. ... Another Brilliant Fairy Tale Retelling from Melanie Dickerson
On 10/22 Sparkling SAHM wrote: My seven-year-old daughter wants to rescue animals when she is grown up, and she wants to acquire as many facts about animals as possible. So, when I saw Weird and Wonderful Creations, I thought that it might be a perfect book for her. Well, I was right! She loved it. This book is a compilation of ... Weird and Wonderful Creations---A Great Book for Young Animal Lovers
On 8/1 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Father-daughter team, Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze, have joined forces to write this empowering book on "raising the next generation to win with money." With this kind of a power team, how could a reader go wrong? I have long appreciated Dave's wisdom regarding money management, and I have recently ... Smart Money Smart Kids is a Smart Choice for Parents
On 3/3 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I have always found Denise Hunter's writing to be inspiring, compelling, and well-written. Dancing with Fireflies is an inspirational love story that follows the story of Jade McKinley and her long-standing friendship with Daniel Dawson. I loved getting to know the characters, many of whom were introduced ... Great Writing, but not my Favorite...
On 2/1 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Having read the other two books in the Smitten series (Smitten and Secretly Smitten), I was eager to delve into the newest book, Smitten Book Club. This book, like the other two in the series, is the work of four brilliant authors: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. ... Smitten with the Smitten Series: A Review of Smitten Book Club
On 12/23 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I am a big fan of study Bibles, so I was excited to hear about the NIV Essentials Study Bible. This amazing Bible incorporates parts from six other reference books throughout its pages: NIV Study Bible, NIV Quest Study Bible, NIV Archaeological Study Bible, NIV Student Bible, The Great Rescue Bible, ... An Essential Part of a Good Bible Study Plan
On 10/30 Sparkling SAHM wrote: The Adventure Bible Storybook (Deluxe Edition) is a wonderful resource that I highly recommend for every family. This set includes a beautifully illustrated Bible storybook and two CDs. The pictures in the storybook use a variety of absolutely beautiful and stunning shades of colors, and the pictures ... An Adventure Worth Checking Out!
On 10/8 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I recently had the privilege of reading Courtney Joseph's book Women Living Well. This book was a breath of fresh air. Women Living Well supplies the reader with practical advice for living in our fast-paced, technology-saturated world. The author is relatable in her approach and instead of standing ... A Must Read!
On 8/23 Sparkling SAHM wrote: The devotional readings in and of themselves were very encouraging. They definitely touched upon topics that would be near and dear to homeschool moms' hearts. Each one started with a Bible verse, gave an anecdote/story, related the anecdote to one's daily life/homeschool journey, and then ended with ... Great Devotional, Didn't Need to Be a Bible
On 7/6 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Barefoot Summer by Denise Austin is one of the best summer romances I have ever read. Madison McKinley had a twin brother who drowned, and she has struggled with so many things since that time--including a recurring nightmare. In order to help herself find the peace she longs for, Madison feels compelled ... Another Winner by Denise Hunter!
On 7/1 Sparkling SAHM wrote: A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection was a wonderful collection of novellas. All of the stories take place in 1870 and all involve a mail order bride. Another singular thread connects all the stories together: each bride and her groom meet through The Hitching Post Mail-Order Catalogue. ... Nice, Quick, Engaging Read
On 6/27 Sparkling SAHM wrote: A good study Bible can help enhance one's Christian walk, and I definitely feel as if this one does so. The translation is the New Living Translation, and I appreciate that it is a fairly easy read. The book is a hardcover and appears to be durable. When I have the Bible open, I don't feel like I'm "cracking ... An Excellent and Thorough Study Bible
On 2/23 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Beauty for Ashes, Dorothy Love’s latest book in the Hickory Ridge Romance series, was a wonderful book. Having read Beyond All Measure, I was looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed seeing some of the same characters make an appearance in this book, too; I felt like I already knew them and ... Love Dorothy Love's Books
On 1/15 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I just finished reading Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together. What a wonderful AND refreshing read. Above all, the couple stresses the importance of a godly friendship within the marriage, and they discuss how to obtain this and what this ... A Totally Real Book about Real Marriage
On 12/6 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I’ve always been a fan of Billy Graham, and I know a lot of people who enjoy his sermons and his books. His newest book Nearing Home, in my opinion, is one of his best to date. A skilled writer, Mr. Graham starts out his first chapter using a sports analogy. He discusses how he loved baseball and ... Nearing Home Definitely Hits Home with Me
On 11/23 Sparkling SAHM wrote: When I first saw this translation of the Bible, there were several things that really interested me. First of all, I like that the basic premise is that the reader is going to “step into the story of scripture.” While I already have a translation that I love, I appreciate reading other translations. ... The Voice New Testament: Find Another Translation...
On 10/25 Sparkling SAHM wrote: After hearing numerous reports of how wonderful Heaven is for Real was, I promptly went out and bought it. My six-year old son saw it and was also very excited about it. I did start to read it to him, but I felt as if some of the information was over his head or just not something I wanted to get into ... What a Fabulous Book! Heaven is for Real for Kids
On 9/14 Sparkling SAHM wrote: ve reading fun children’s books, and Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is definitely a fun book. Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is the story of Willie Juan and his wife Ana. Although they don’t have any children, their house is always filled with children from the neighborhood. The ... Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love by Brennan Manning & John Blase
On 5/22 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I recently read Beyond All Measure (A Hickory Ridge Romance) by Dorothy Love. This book had it all: a view into a specific period in history (in this case it was life in the South after the Civil War), romance, characters that changed in their view of the world/priorities/their relationship with God, ... Excellent Book: Beyond All Measure
On 4/17 Sparkling SAHM wrote: How to be God’s Little Princess by Sheila Walsh is an absolutely charming book. The book discusses various topics such as how to dress, how to do one’s hair, how to perfect poise, how to be friends, how to dine, how to throw a party, how to be wise concerning media, how to take care of one’s self, ... Highly Recommended: How to Be God's Little Princess
On 3/31 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Sometimes I get a bogged-down feeling when I see a devotional. Seriously, I do. Why? Well, a lot of times I see it as just one more thing I should do, but I know I won’t have the time to fully do it like I want to. When I first saw Time with God for Mothers, I was afraid that I’d have that same ... Time with God for Mothers: A Sweet and Refreshing Devotional
On 3/13 Sparkling SAHM wrote: had never heard of Denise Hunter before, so when I had an opportunity to review one of her books, I jumped at the chance. The Convenient Groom sounded somewhat interesting to me. At first glance, I thought the plot seemed unrealistic. However, I was not prepared for how much I really got into this ... Denise Hunter's The Convenient Groom
On 3/2 Sparkling SAHM wrote: Hooray for Hermie and Friends! My children have always loved Hermie, so I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends: A Bug Collection (volume 3). DVDs included in this set are “Milo the Mantis Who Wouldn’t Pray–It’s About Prayer,” “Buzby and the Grumble ... DVD Review: A Bug Collection
On 2/4 Sparkling SAHM wrote: When I read the description for this children's DVD, I was very excited. I was under the opinion that each episode would be an analogy of sorts for a parable in the Bible; thus, explaining the parables more clearly to my children. I was excited to have my children watch such a marvelous Christian DVD. ... Disappointed
On 1/23 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I recently read Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones. Having never read any of her books before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I started reading the book, I rolled my eyes and thought, "Okay...just another typical Christian romance; I know EXACTLY how this is going to turn out." I was pleasantly surprised ... Book Review: Save the Date
On 1/10 Sparkling SAHM wrote: I recently read through Billy Graham's devotional classic, Unto the Hills, which is published by Thomas Nelson. This is an updated version of the previous edition. In his preface, the author states that the world has changed so much in the twenty-five years since the book was originally published. ... Great Devotional