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Tell Her No Lies

Tell Her No Lies

On 12/13 Chat With Vera wrote: The reader jumps in with both feet and hits the ground running as the pages turn at the beginning of "Tell Her No Lies." The author doesn't, though, keep up the rapid fire pace as the story progresses. A bit of a lag. That doesn't, however, deter the reader from pursing this who-dunnit. This book doesn't ... Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin

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God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel

God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel

On 11/17 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a charming board book to read as you tuck your toddler into bed for the evening and to focus a bit on God in the process. Sweet mommy and baby animals get ready for bed and think about their happy day that has just passed. The "Touch and Feel" qualities in this book are minimal with some aspects ... God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel By Hannah Hall Published by Thomas Nelson

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Catching Christmas

Catching Christmas

On 11/3 Chat With Vera wrote: This is certainly one of those "do not miss reading" books. Each of the main characters will fill your heart with love and appreciation. Most of all, you will fall head-over-heals in love the the granny of the story, Miss Callie. The reluctant rescuer or man-of-the-hour is the cab driver whose heart ... Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock - Published by Thomas Nelson

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Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas

Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas

On 10/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Beautiful! One word sums up the appearance of this lovely children's book. Heartwarming and Biblically sound* packed with blessings is another way to sum up the book for its content. And just what is different about this re-telling of the beloved story of our Savior's birth - His first advent? Well, ... Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas By Sarah Young (Published by Thomas Nelson)

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4 Stars

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God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises

On 9/27 Chat With Vera wrote: As with other books by Max Lucado, this children's book is a powerful rendering of God's truths and is graciously done in a manner that children can enjoy while being educated to the important fact that God Always Keeps His Promises. He always has. He always will. The book takes stories and events with ... God Always Keeps His Promises by Max Lucado from Thomas Nelson Publishing

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Precious Moments Little Book of Thanks

Precious Moments Little Book of Thanks

On 8/24 Chat With Vera wrote: This is one of those special books that get passed down from child to child or generation to generation. Though it will be used a lot by each child or family, it will be carefully used and treasured. There is such a wealth of thankfulness beautifully expressed in well composed rhymes that lend themselves ... Little Book of Thanks by Precious Moments, Jean Fischer from Tommy Nelson an imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishing

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Big Trucks

Big Trucks

On 8/1 Chat With Vera wrote: Sometimes it is difficult to get little boys to break away from their stash of toy cars and trucks to sit still for a book. But when the book is all about trucks, moving dirt, touching and feeling then the transition from actively playing to quietly reading begins. Start reading with them when they are ... Big Trucks: Touch-and-Feel Book (board book) from Thomas Nelson Publishing

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4 Stars

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Auschwitz Lullaby

Auschwitz Lullaby

On 7/31 Chat With Vera wrote: I have mixed feelings about this book. In truth, it is a heartrending story of the desperate plight of prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. And it is told in a manner that lends credence to the veracity of the story and is rife with the desperation of the prisoners. Being ... Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

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God's Blessings Day By Day

God's Blessings Day By Day

On 7/18 Chat With Vera wrote: I am just so happy to hold in my hands this precious book of daily devotions for kids. God's Blessing Day by Day: My Daily Devotional for Kids is beautifully made. The layout is tops with 6 days of one-page devotionals for 52 weeks. Each devotional has a Scripture verse, application, short prayer, and ... God's Blessings Day By Day: My Daily Devotional for Kids by Johnny Hunt published by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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I Am

I Am

On 7/15 Chat With Vera wrote: This introduction to the depth and expanse of theological meaning that is contained in the seemingly simple words "I Am" as the name of God is interesting presented in this lovely young children's padded board book. The amount of text, while not overwhelming, is a bit more than is usual for a young ... I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones by Diane Stortz & illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

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Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Go to Sleep, Sheep!

On 6/26 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a sweet young children's board book featuring little sheep who are cute and playful. They are drawn as in a family setting and it is bedtime for the little ones. After being called from play time by their mother to ready themselves for bed, the little ones run through the typical list of procrastination ... Go to Sleep, Sheep! by Tommy Nelson Books - Published by Thomas Nelson

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4 Stars

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I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book)

I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book)

On 6/14 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a sweet children's picture book of a child imagining what it will be like in Heaven and how spending a day with God would be like. It is a very light-hearted romp in the life of a child. His imagining has him wondering about all the things that he loves about his current life and if they will ... I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever by Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling; Illustrated by Sumiti Collina Published by Thomas Nelson

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3 Stars

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Create!

Create!

On 5/25 Chat With Vera wrote: With summer break from school (unless your kids are year-round-schooled), you most definitely are beginning to think that age-old question of, "What in the world am I going to do with the kids all summer? How am I going to occupy them and keep them from going brain dead or stir crazy?" Well, grab a ... Create!: A Girl's Guide to DIY, Doodles, and Design (Faithgirlz) by Ashley Mays

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5 Stars

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Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

On 5/7 Chat With Vera wrote: I know from experience that the summer break from school can lead to long days of, "Mom, I'm bored!" You pack in vacation, camp, swimming at the pool, etc. and still the days need something to fill them up. And then there are those rainy days (any time during the year) and those too-sick-to-go-to-school ... Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations 60 Ultimate Try-Something-New, Explore-the-World Activities by Zonderkidz

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Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

On 4/18 Chat With Vera wrote: With a slightly softened cover, this perfectly sized collection of Bible stories is written with the 3 to 8 year old child in mind. It is a good cross between a picture book and a chapter book. Complete with a Table of Contents at the beginning, it is separated into Old Testament and New Testament with ... The Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection: 20 Favorite Bible Stories and Prayers from Zonderekidz

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4 Stars

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Really Woolly I Love You, Little One

Really Woolly I Love You, Little One

On 3/25 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a sturdy board book with slightly padded cover and sized just right for young (not tiny) hands to carry about. The sweet animals and critters are cute with lovely colors. Each two page spread is a story in verse and an accompanying Bible verse from the International Children's Bible. (Chat With ... Really Woolly I Love You, Little One By DaySpring and Bonnie Rickner Jensen Published by Thomas Nelson

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Easter Love Letters from God

Easter Love Letters from God

On 3/21 Chat With Vera wrote: As we enter into the time leading up to the time we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is is appropriate that we focus our minds and direct children's minds to remembrance of this special time. In Easter Love Letters from God: Bible Stories the author and illustrator have developed ... Easter Love Letters from God Bible Storiews By Glenys Nellist Published by Zondervan

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If I Live

If I Live

On 3/3 Chat With Vera wrote: An exciting, tense ending to a series that is written in a style that is both engaging and easy to read. While not on a level with the stridently ugly and vicious crime novels that flood the market, this series, and especially book #3 If I Live, is packed with tension, chases, capture, emotion, joy, ... If I Live By Terri Blackstock, New York Times Bestselling Author Published by Zondervan

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 2/27 Chat With Vera wrote: Ten Little Night Stars is designed for the younger child, and the softly padded cover with foil gold stars and sturdy board pages it is sure to be a pleaser. The pictures are cute, colorful, and certainly eye-catching. Each page flip shows a different "critter" and is in a different bedroom. So this ... Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle (published by Zondervan)

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4 Stars

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A Place at Our Table

A Place at Our Table

On 2/9 Chat With Vera wrote: I have not previously read a book by Amy Clipston but I have read a couple of her novellas included in collections. I found her writing about the Amish to be a portrayal of a community of people concerned with each others' needs within their families and those within the community. She uses a heavy sprinkling ... A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston

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With Love, From Me to You

With Love, From Me to You

On 12/27 Chat With Vera wrote: This lovely little board book presents the concept of being loved and showing love in a light-hearted, gentle, sweet, and fun method using the tried and true rhyming text that helps to imprint the ideas and words on the mind and heart of the young "reader" and listener. While the "mail-bear" appears ... With Love, From Me to You by Dr. Mary Manz Simon Published by Zondervan

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

On 11/20 Chat With Vera wrote: Grandmommies usually have a soft, warm-fuzzy spot for kiddie board books. Perhaps it began when our own children were young and had "cloth" books or the wide assortment of Little Golden Books. But back-in-the-day our little children didn't have good books that were charming, sturdy, and crafted with ... Really Woolly Christmas Blessings By DaySpring and Bonnie Rickner Jensen

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100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children

100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children

On 11/7 Chat With Vera wrote: Charming is a somewhat overused word but it certainly describes this little book that is packed with whimsical illustrations and biblical truths in the format of a verse, devotion, and prayer that gives parents a grand opportunity to daily impart familiarity of scripture to their little ones. John 3:16, ... 100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children by Tommy Nelson

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4 Stars

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Christmas at Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

On 10/24 Chat With Vera wrote: As with Tamera Alexander's other works, this novella centered amidst the Civil war and involving elaborate preparations for a Christmas auction and festivities was well written with characters that the reader's heart warmed to immediately and a story line that engaged. Just a bit longer than some novellas, ... Christmas at Carnton By Tamera Alexander (A Novlla Published by Thomas Nelson)

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4 Stars

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Indescribable

Indescribable

On 10/4 Chat With Vera wrote: What a grand opportunity to lead your child to discover the indescribable wonders of the universe made by our wonderful Creator. And this new devotional book for kids will enable families together to embark on this wonderful journey of discovery. Every day's devotional is packed with wonderful scientific ... Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louie Giglio (Published by Thomas Nelson)

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5 Stars

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A Very Thankful Prayer

A Very Thankful Prayer

On 9/20 Chat With Vera wrote: Have you noticed a few leaves already tinted yellow or orange beginning to tumble from the trees ? I have. It is a reminder that even though the days are warm, sunny, and so pleasant that Fall is just around the corner with nippy mornings and a foretaste of the cold of Winter. In A Very Thankful Prayer ... A Very Thankful Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jensen & published by Thomas Nelson

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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

On 9/1 Chat With Vera wrote: This bright, colorful, and interesting children's picture book is based of the real-life story and experiences of Dion Leonard and a little stray dog named Gobi. The story is told in more detail in a middle school reader's book. For youngsters, and young at heart, the story embraces adoption and it's ... GOBI: A Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard & illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

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5 Stars

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Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

On 8/14 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a charmingly sweet Bible story book for the very young child that encompasses the entire scope of the Bible from The Beginning to The Ascension. The stories are just a few sentences and an accompanying short prayerful verse. The Scripture reference is given with condensed quote. Again, my preference ... Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fisher (Published by Thomas Nelson)

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4 Stars

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Big Look Bible Book

Big Look Bible Book

On 6/7 Chat With Vera wrote: The "Make Believe Ideas" line of books is relatively new to my acquaintance, but I have been quite pleased with them. (See my review of All Things Bright and Beautiful - board book with handle). The text of Big Look Bible Book is concise and tells the five major Bible stories main points and there is ... Big Look Bible Book Make Believe Ideas By Make Believe Ideas Published by Thomas Nelson

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Princess Prayers

Princess Prayers

On 6/4 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a charming little board book suitable for upwards to eight year old girls. The little rhymes cloaked in prayerfulness cover a nice variety of concepts and activities that young girls will encounter. Part of the Princess Parables line of books from ZonderKidz there are a 15 prayers that will ... Princess Prayers by Crystal Bowman (inspired by the illustrated parable stories from Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson) from Zondervan Publishing

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4 Stars

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My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories

My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories

On 5/18 Chat With Vera wrote: The world of "board books" for young children is evolving into a more substantial story book that encompasses a broader age spectrum. Obviously board books will hold up better in the hands of the young child and obviously lifting-the-flag is a means of engaging and capturing a young child's attention. ... My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories By Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

On 5/11 Chat With Vera wrote: If you are not familiar with the lovely hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" you should really find it and listen, read the beautiful lyrics, and let it wash over your entirety. To teach a young child the concept that everything that God made, and He did make everything, is beautiful is a wondrous ... All Things Bright and Beautiful by Make Believe Ideas & Published by Thomas Nelson

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Light Up New York

Light Up New York

On 4/28 Chat With Vera wrote: These lively girls are now off to New York City where more fun and adventure await them and how the FaithGirlz get involved in the mysterious Snow Angel. Excitement and adventure await readers as the family of three girls with their father, famous mother, and their nanny - who is a powerful influence ... Light Up New York (Faithgirlz #4) by Natalie Grant

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4 Stars

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Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

On 3/8 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a quality board book with soft, padded cover and is sized just right for young hands. The illustrations by the Italian artist Alida Massari bear strong influence from Italian art masterpieces and a little of the Russian icon art. Beautiful and inspiring. The book is more complex than a typical ... Angels in the Bible for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan & illustrated by Alida Massari - published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

On 2/22 Chat With Vera wrote: I raised my children with a standard King James Bible and yet today the thinking is that the KJV is too hard for anyone to understand, especially children. The New King James Version is a somewhat updated (today's English) version of the KJV. In the Precious Moments® Precious Prayers NKJV Bible, the ... NKJV Precious Moments® Precious Prayers Bible published by Thomas Nelson

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Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

On 2/14 Chat With Vera wrote: This shortened, children's version of previous bestseller "Same Kind of Different As Me" brings to children the concept that helping others is a good thing to do. Denver Moore was a black child born into the poverty of tenant farming in the South and grew up with no education and virtually no toys. ... Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids Everybody Can Help Somebody By Ron Hall & Denver Moore

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3 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book

On 1/15 Chat With Vera wrote: Children love activity books especially when they are themed to a special holiday. The key for parents, grandparents, and aunties and uncles is finding an activity book that is pretty, teaches a bit of goodness, and is loaded with fun things to do. Zondervan has a real talent for providing fantastically ... The Berenstain Bears Hugs & Kisses Sticker & Activity Book By Jan & Mike Berenstain Published by Zondervan

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose to Toes

On 1/9 Chat With Vera wrote: There have been many "takes" on teaching little ones how God made them. How God made each and every part of them and made them special. In God Made You Nose to Toes the child is carried through the sweet rhymes with a little boy and his pal, the Toucan. The illustrations are especially colorful and ... God Made You Nose to Toes By Leslie Parrott Published by Zondervan

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Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook

On 11/30 Chat With Vera wrote: Bible storybooks have a distinct place in helping young children embrace the stories, concepts, and faith that is contained in a real Bible. A Bible storybook does not attempt to give the entirety of the Biblical text, it seeks to engage the young mind and heart to a basic understanding of the who, what, ... Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook By Gwen Ellis Published by Thomas Nelson

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 11/17 Chat With Vera wrote: This is a delightfully light, joyous read that brings all the frills and happiness of a Christmas wedding to the plot and in addition it packs it all into a modern day fairy tale. Another in Rachel Hauck's Royal Wedding series where ordinary American girls meet and marry into the royal line of the Brighton ... A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 11/13 Chat With Vera wrote: This was an interesting read for me. I found the author's style a bit different from that which I am most accustomed but I soon became acclimated to it and from then on the story flowed quite well. Being published by Thomas Nelson. a HarpeCollinns Christian Publishing imprint, I was surprised that there ... The Candidate: A Newsmakers Novel By Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart Published by Thomas Nelson

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3 Stars

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Itsy Bitsy Christmas

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

On 9/2 Chat With Vera wrote: I was really looking forward to this Max Lucado book for children about Christmas. Mr. Lucado's books are always beautifully done, artistically, and the message is always wonderfully presented by the author. In Itsy Bitsy Christmas we have two little mice scurrying about Bethlehem because they heard ... Itsy Bitsy Christmas You're Never Too Little for His Love By: Max Lucado THOMAS NELSON

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3 Stars

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 8/14 Chat With Vera wrote: Robert Whitlow takes the reader to the stunningly beautiful North Carolina coastal town of New Bern. Rivers flow into the mighty Atlantic Ocean creating a sparkling gem of water and sky where fishing and boating in skiffs and yachts are par for the course. The story opens with newly graduated attorney, ... The Witnesses By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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Counting Blessings

Counting Blessings

On 5/17 Chat With Vera wrote: Eileen Spinelli continues to give children and their parents books that delight and bless. In Counting Blessings she writes in sweet rhyme a simple counting "story" of blessings the child has. But this sweet book goes beyond the one to ten count of the typical counting book, at the end of the count, ... Counting Blessings by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Lee Holland

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Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 4/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Charming! Sweet! Baby Wren is so very lovable! As beloved author Sally Lloyd-Jones tells Baby Wren's story we turn the pages on creature after creature that has a wonderful gift. And there is the repeated phrase, "and the glittering river ran on" that gives constancy and majesty to the whole. Baby ... The Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrations by Jen Corace

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5 Stars

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God Bless Our Country

God Bless Our Country

On 3/20 Chat With Vera wrote: Teaching children at a very young age to love God and to be thankful to God for the blessings of freedom, of a free country, and the freedom to express verbally our love of God and Country is an opportunity that parents have and should never pass off to others. The little board book God Bless Our Country ... God Bless Our Country By Hannah C. Hall

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4 Stars

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Snuggle Time Prayers

Snuggle Time Prayers

On 2/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Adorable! Simply adorable and sweet! A perfectly sized little book of assorted prayers to help guide your little one on a path of Godly living knowing that God is always there for him or her. The sweetness of these illustrations by Cee Biscoe will capture your heart and that of your little one as well. Clenys ... Snuggle Time Prayers by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Cee Biscoe, Published by Zondervan

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Andi Unstoppable

Andi Unstoppable

On 1/12 Chat With Vera wrote: I always enjoy these delightful children's ("kidz") books. Amanda Flower writes with a heart and understanding of kids and brings her characters to life in a believable way and has their conversations truly depict them and their lives. This third in the series of Andi books again is a pleaser and a ... Andi Unstoppable (Andi Boggs #3) by Amanda Flower

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5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

On 1/5 Chat With Vera wrote: Supplies ran short and I didn't receive my copy before Christmas, but late is better than never. It is always fun for the kiddies to interactive with their stories and what better story than the birth of Christ - the Christmas story. The Beginner's Bible "A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity ... The Beginner's Bible Sticker & Activity Book "A Christmas Celebration"

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4 Stars

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Parable Treasury

Parable Treasury

On 11/22 Chat With Vera wrote: While this is an absolutely adorable book of four stories – one for each season, and while it is a collection of stories that are well done and make for good read-aloud stories for the kiddies, there are a couple of issues that I find disturbing. 1. The Spring story is about a lily. This is a gift ... Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs

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3 Stars

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Song of the Stars

Song of the Stars

On 10/29 Chat With Vera wrote: Imagine if you will, every item in creation anticipating the time when God would send His only Son to the Earth to redeem mankind. Well, that is exactly what Sally Lloyd-Jones has done with her book Song of the Stars. The prose is perfectly suited for this anticipatory story....... Song of the Stars By Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Alison Jay Published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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Win or Lose, I Love You!

Win or Lose, I Love You!

On 10/22 Chat With Vera wrote: My thoughts: This is such an adorable book and the two characters, Lulu and Max, are so typically little boy and little girl. The artist has done a great job of bringing these two alive and so like the boys and girls who will be the readers of this book. The forest animals and scenes are done with a ... http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com/2015/10/win-or-lose-i-love-you-by-lysa.html

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Thank You, Lord, For Everything

Thank You, Lord, For Everything

On 10/8 Chat With Vera wrote: Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, teachers, and all who love and care for children should take upon themselves the responsibility to lovingly teach thankfulness to children. Most of us are not born with a thankful spirit and it needs to be nurtured in each of us. Lovely little books are a wonderful ... Thank You, Lord, For Everything by P.J. Lyons

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5 Stars

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Thankful

Thankful

On 9/17 Chat With Vera wrote: It behooves parents to instill in their children at a very young age the grace of being thankful. Not just thankful for their food by saying a blessing, or grace, at mealtime; but by being thankful for the enormous blessings as well as the seemingly trite or mundane. Eileen Spinelli has with limited ... Thankful by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Archie Preston

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Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

On 8/14 Chat With Vera wrote: I previously, with my granddaughter, reviewed Patriots, Redcoats & Spies and am so very pleased to again review a book in the American Revolutionary War Adventures series penned by the father/son team of The Robert Skeads. These books take me back in my memories to when my children (now with grown children ... Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead (American Revolutionary War Adventures)

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4 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 8/8 Chat With Vera wrote: In A House Divided we see a family broken by the effects of alcoholism in the life of the father. The father, son, and daughter are all attorneys but they are not working together. The elder Gage, Corbin, has a small legal office in a small Georgia town. His son is the Assistant DA and the daughter is ... A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

On 7/3 Chat With Vera wrote: As our children were growing up, we tried to instill in them a love of God's Word, Jesus, and God. We used Bible story books, the Bible, songs, and prayers to do this. At that point in time, there was not the rich variety available to parents there is today. So today's parents have a grand opportunity ... Bedtime Devotions with Jesus My Daily Devotional for Kids By Johnny Hunt Published by Thomas Nelson

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3 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 7/1 Chat With Vera wrote: Charming! Sweet! Invoking thoughtful consideration on the part of the child and guidance by the parent as they consider these few lines of rhyming text. The illustrations are from a collection of Don Freeman's never before published art that was selected by his wife for The Day Is Waiting and Linda Zuckerman ... The Day Is Waiting By Don Freeman Bestselling illustrator and creator of Corduroy. Words by Linda Zuckerman

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Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/19 Chat With Vera wrote: Don't you just love finding little treats for the Princesses in your life? Well, I have a wee-little-Grace in my family; and when I saw the the opportunity to review the "Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book," I simply jumped at the chance. It doesn't hurt the pocketbook either at only $3.99. It is ... Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book Series: The Princess Parables By Inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson, Illustrations by Omar Aranda

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3 Stars

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Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

On 5/24 Chat With Vera wrote: I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a wonderful book that has true facts, a glossary, and actual letters written by George Washington during his stay in New Jersey. After a year of experiences at Mount Vernon, I feel that this book is true to George Washington’s character. This book is jam-packed ... Patriots, Redcoats and Spies By Robert J. Skead, with Robert A. Skead Published by Zondervan

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5 Stars

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A Warrior's Faith

A Warrior's Faith

On 4/30 Chat With Vera wrote: ISBN: 9781400206780A Warrior’s Faith is a well written and thoughtful portrayal of Ryan Job’s service to the United States as a Navy Seal. Vera does a masterful job of detailing the personal consequences of Job’s service to his country and fellow Seals.  As a history teacher and a Christian, ... A Warrior's Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, A Life-Changing Firefight and The Belief That Transformed His Life, By Robert Vera

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3 Stars

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Bunny's First Spring

Bunny's First Spring

On 2/12 Chat With Vera wrote: The author uses short sentences and prose in an easily readable style to tell the story of little bunny. Born in springtime he frolics through the seasons of the year enjoying all of life around him. Fear and concern envelope little bunny as the Fall begins and changes are dismally apparent to him. He ... Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrations by David McPhail

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 12/23 Chat With Vera wrote: David Livingston is a man that in many ways failed. He failed as a missionary in that he only had one convert (and that is a dubious convert). He failed as an explorer (for truly his heart was into scientific exploration) in that he did not discover the mouth of the Nile. He failed to bring commerce ... The Daring Heart of David Livingstone Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions By Jay Milbrandt

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Mary

Mary

On 9/1 Chat With Vera wrote: Having just reviewed "Paul" in the Getting to Know series, I was looking forward to seeing how the author, Nancy Sanders, brought Mary to life beyond the typical Sunday School literature and handouts. At $7 each, these little books pack a lot of information. Frankly, they are mini-commentaries wrapped ... Mary (Get to Know Series - A Biography) By Nancy I. Sanders

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Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul

On 8/23 Chat With Vera wrote: Introducing children to true heroes - those in the Bible - needs to go beyond the typical Sunday School lesson. Nancy I. Sanders has created a series of little books for young readers and published by ZonderKidz. Inexpensive at $6.99, they are packed with factoids and indepth information that is still ... Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders (for 6-10 year olds)

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 8/11 Chat With Vera wrote: Authors who have the ability to bring their readers into a locale, associate with the people living there, and become immersed in their lives from book to book to book are authors of noteworthy achievement. Vannetta Chapman does this again and again and again. In Murder Simple Brewed the locale is an ... Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman {Review + Giveaway}

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

On 6/21 Chat With Vera wrote: Don't plan on this being a book about soldiers and battalions fighting with ammunition zinging, tanks and planes duking it out with cannons and weaponry blazing. It is not a "war" book in that essence. It is, however, a war book that will engage the reader and provide insight into the war that is waged ... No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War By: W. Lee Warren M.D.

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Mark of Evil

Mark of Evil

On 3/10 Chat With Vera wrote: I have read several Tim LaHaye's novels dealing with end time conditions and his perception of how Biblical prophecies will actually occur. No one knows, of course, and these are truly works of fiction. Mr. LaHaye and Mr. Parshall draw deeply from Scripture by weaving them into the conversations, sermons, ... Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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4 Stars

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Smitten Book Club

Smitten Book Club

On 1/17 Chat With Vera wrote: Smitten Book Club is the third book in a series that tells the story of the charming little town (or village) of Smitten, Vermont. The Smitten community is a caring, close knit one that came together to rescue the little town itself from dying by creating a tourist attraction for romantic get-aways. In ... "Smitten Book Club" by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

On 12/31 Chat With Vera wrote: I really don’t read many fairy tale retellings but made an exception to The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson because of its absolutely beautiful cover and the reviews of her prior books which are retellings of other fairy tales. In The Captive Maiden, Ms. Dickerson expands on the story of Cinderella ... The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 12/4 Chat With Vera wrote: Author Denette Fretz has written a delightful story in the brand new “The Next Door Series” and it is illustrated with art that truly captures the characters spirit and the action of the story. Pirates on the Farm tells the tale of sea faring pirates – and we all know that they are persons of ... "Pirates on the Farm" (The Next Door Series) by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta

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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

On 10/18 Chat With Vera wrote: Prolific author, beloved by his readers, Max Lucado has written a sweet story that begins in 1664 in the cottage of the village candle maker. This sweet story of miracles and enchantment coupled with the miracle of faith has been made into a movie and one of the players is the beloved vocalist Susan ... The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

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Last Light

Last Light

On 9/19 Chat With Vera wrote: Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors. Her well written stories include characters developed just like you and I - full of flaws, pretty or good looking, ugly or gross, intelligent or slow of wit - you get the picture. Some of the characters you like and some you don't. Some have flawed personalities ... "Last Light" Restoration Series #1 by Terri Blackstock

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 7/4 Chat With Vera wrote: The American Phoenix is a book about John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812,and the Exile that saved American Independence. The story includes many excerpts from the diaries and letters of John and Louisa Adams. It gives a unique perspective from a woman's viewpoint during an important time in ... "American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence" by Jane Cook

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/10 Chat With Vera wrote: A Matter of Trust is the first in a series - "A Mia Quinn Mystery." It opens with the main character, Mia, engaged in a phone conversation with her friend. While talking, Mia hears a gunshot and then silence. She flees to the scene leaving her teenage son with the responsibility of caring for her young ... "A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery" by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry)

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/17 Chat With Vera wrote: I typically don't read "theological" books unless I am fairly certain the author's beliefs are at least somewhat close to mine. I don't mean Christian vs Buddhism or something else so diametrically different. I mean Christian as in rather conservative Baptist. I'm still a KJV preferred translation ... "Heaven's Lessons" by Steve Sjogren

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Jackson

Jackson

On 7/10 Chat With Vera wrote: Life for the young Andrew Jackson was not easy. Life was hard for most people during this time period, but especially for poor Irish immigrants carving out a place in a new world. Andrew Jackson lost both father and mother and was orphaned early. By the age of 13 he was with the military. He was ... Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery (The Generals Series)-Book Review

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

On 4/15 Chat With Vera wrote: Most everyone loves a wedding, especially when the bride wears a beautiful white gown - a gown representing her beauty and purity. The cover of The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck beautifully depicts a graciously beautiful wedding dress worn by a 1912 bride. This is the story of that dress. It begins ... The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck: Book Review

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/29 Chat With Vera wrote: Hymns. How they can thrill and satisfy our soul's deep longing with their melodious message and their wonderful theological truths......... The wonderful history of how our hymns and worship songs developed is beautifully presented..... "Then Sings My Soul: Book 3" by Robert J. Morgan: Book Review

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 12/30 Chat With Vera wrote: Meet William Tyndale, a contemporary of Martin Luther, and Thomas Moore. David Teems presents a thorough history of the life and work of William Tyndale and how he was persecuted because he wished to create a Bible in the language of the people of his time and place - the English. Previous to this ... The Bible in the language of the plowman

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/2 Chat With Vera wrote: Asia and Europe were engaged in war. Japan had invaded china and was amassing a large army in Indochina, and Hitler held Europe and England in the throes of his climb to control the World. America was gradually climbing out of the Great Depression and there was a general up beat mood throughout the country. The ... Capturing the essence of the times

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Sherman

Sherman

On 10/23 Chat With Vera wrote: I began reading Sherman-The Ruthless Victor as most Southerners are prone to do prejudiced toward and with disdain for a Union General who pursued a ruthless rampage of killing, burning, raping, and destroying the peoples and every step of Southern soil on which he and his Union soldiers trampled in ... Biography: Sherman-The Ruthless Victor (Book Review)

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