Reviews by Amanda Crowther
On 6/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day living and forget how fleeting time is. I loved reading this book and the inspiring stories that it had to remind us that we only get one shot at life and it's best to make it count. I loved how the book is set up. It's so inspiring! I highly recommend ... Awesome!
On 6/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: While this book threw me off with it's being like Arabian Nights and yet quite different, I did enjoy getting to know the characters and revisiting some of the characters from previous stories. I love that this book is targeted towards teens, and would say that it is age appropriate for teens but not ... A fun retelling
On 6/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: This has been the third book that I have read by Catherine, and it may very well be my most favorite. She does an excellent job of writing about difficult subjects in a realistic way. She doesn't downplay things like adultery and broken marriages, but she also shows that there can be good to come out ... Well written
On 5/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is such a cute way to sing your children to sleep at night! You can either sing or read it to them, the next is fun either way. I thought that the illustrations where darling and loved how it teaches children their own way of counting sheep. This is a fun one to read before bed! I received ... Adorable
On 5/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: Have you ever thought that it would be nice stay a home with your children, but you don't see how anyone can afford to do? This book is an excellent guide on how to be able to cut back on expenses and afford to be a one income family. A lot of the ideas we are already implementing, like going to a dental ... Excellent resource!
On 5/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: I love the Circle Maker book and devotional for adults, so I was thrilled to get a hold of a copy of the new devotional for kids! This book is such a great way to look at prayer for young people. I love how the book brings parts of the scriptures to life and shows through testimonies how important it ... Excellent devotional!
On 4/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent book of DIY projects geared towards girls, but a lot of them are fun for all ages. I know I am having fun with this book! I love the variety, from drawing tips to ribbon chandeliers, string art to book art, this book is full of tons of ideas. It would make a great boredom buster ... The possibilities are endless!
On 4/18 Amanda Crowther wrote: Unbreakable is an excellent conclusion to a wonderful new trilogy! I love that the series took unexpected twists and turns, and that new characters were added in along the way. I love that there is plenty of character development and the world building. Now that the series is complete, I feel like I ... Awesome conclusion!
On 4/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a great resource for parents of young children, but I especially see it working well with Sunday school and Vacation Bible school, since it has so many fun ideas on how to bring the Bible to life. We are enjoying the adventures as a family! It would also make an excellent homeschool resource. ... A great resource!
On 4/4 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is such a cute one to read before bed! My children and I enjoy the lyrical, rhyming text and the adorable, colorful illustrations. I also love that it is a touch and feel book, which gets little bitty ones involved in the story. This book is an adorable addition to bedtime! I received this ... Adorable
On 3/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: I enjoyed the glimpse into the early Industrial Revolution that this book provides! I don't often think of how hard it must of been for change to come along in those early days. I love the glimpse that this book gives readers! The characters are delightful, and I enjoyed the sweet romance that unfolds, ... delightful!
On 3/22 Amanda Crowther wrote: We love reading this one before bed! I love how it goes through the different animals as they complete their part of the bedtime routine. The pictures are darling, with monkeys, lemurs, sloths, and more. I enjoy the lyrical text too. This one is a keeper and a great addition to the bedtime routine! I ... So cute!
On 3/16 Amanda Crowther wrote: After being sick recently, I decided that I needed to change my home and the clutter that just made me mad when I was unable to pick up after my children. (lol) This book came at a perfect time! I love how Dana writes with humor and offers wonderful tips on how to change your home and make it a space ... Awesome tips!
On 3/12 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is such a fun one to have on hand for throwing some epic parties. I love to do birthday parties for my children, so I loved seeing the themes that she had for birthday parties (and was thrilled to see that she also had a penguin party that used some of the same ideas we did for the penguin ... Perfect!
On 3/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: I just had to pick this one up when I read that it has lettering pages. I loved the variety of quotes, scripture verses, and coloring pages this book has! The only thing I wish is that the pages were a bit thicker, since they are double sided, which makes it hard to use markers. I like colored pencil ... lovely!
On 2/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: I enjoyed the Little Critter books when I was a kid, so I was thrilled to get this collection to read with my children! It's a fun set that helps to teach children about the consequences of lying, forgiveness, thankfulness, and preferring one another. The illustrations are just what I remember and the ... Darling
On 1/31 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is such a cute one to read before bed! I love the illustrations that show the little elephant preparing for bed as the stars begin to come out. I think it has been a fun story for my children and I to use in our bedtime routine, not to mention a fun book to help me work on counting with my ... Ten Little Night Stars
On 1/25 Amanda Crowther wrote: I loved this split time story! In the beginning, it was almost overwhelming to have three stories going on at the same time, but I got used to it and grew to love each of the characters as they told their story. I love the contrast of stories: one set in the French Revolution, WWII France, and present ... The Lost Castle
On 1/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: This board book is so cute! I love the illustrations and the reminder for children that they are loved. I think that this book would make a great gift for Valentine's day, since it starts out with bear delivering letters with a heart on them. It has a wonderful message of showing love to others, and ... A cute message
On 1/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: Apparently I needed the message of this devotional, since I received two books with this title recently! I loved the devotionals and their focus on what the scriptures have to say about rest. This book is beautiful and serves as an excellent reminder to find time to rest in the Lord every day. It was ... Lovely reminder
On 1/5 Amanda Crowther wrote: There is something about the mountains that makes me want to worship God, so I was thrilled to get a copy of this devotional! It's a visually stunning book, filled with scriptures tied together with thoughts about the mountains. I love how beautiful this book is! It makes me want to head to the mountains ... Stunning!
On 12/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: This was the perfect book for me to pick up this time of year, since it has helped me realize that I need to make a change in 2018 and take time in the morning to refill for the day. While this book isn't just for moms (its geared towards anyone who wants to make the most of morning) I feel like it really ... Perfect for the new year!
On 12/22 Amanda Crowther wrote: This Bible is a lot of fun, since it works well for young children to use. I love the additional material, like the coloring pages with a prayer theme. This Bible is an excellent one to start young kids on! I personally like that it hardbound, and I like the simple yet colorful cover. I received this ... Love!
On 12/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an excellent manual about finding your style, with tons of helpful tips from Candace Cameron Bure. I love that it is full of pictures and tips, from makeup and fashion to exercise and taking time to recharge. This is an excellent book to pick up for the new year, to help re-vamp or define ... Perfect for the new year!
On 12/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: Isn't this book gorgeous? I loved this devotional on learning to be brave when we see ourselves as God sees us. The thoughts are excellent and spot on. I love the reminders to embrace your feelings and see God's hand in everything. I loved this devotional! It's thought provoking and perfect for anyone ... Love!
On 11/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter has a thousand questions about life and the world around here, so this was the perfect book for us to pick up! We have enjoyed reading through and reading about the different topics, which usually causes us to follow the "want to learn more?". I highly recommend this one for curious kids! I ... Excellent!
On 11/20 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an incredible, true story of one woman's journey to finding Jesus Christ. Annahita opens her heart to the reader as she shares how she went from being a young Muslim to the pastor of a Christian church. She doesn't shy away from the difficult parts, but shows how those things in our lives can ... Stranger No More
On 11/14 Amanda Crowther wrote: I thought that this devotional was a wonderful way to focus on the good and living joyfully. I love the short and to the point devotionals, since they do a great job of making the reader think about the scripture without getting too bogged down. The reminders to stop comparing or to bear one anothers ... delightful!
On 11/7 Amanda Crowther wrote: I had never heard of the Gregoire family until picking up this book, since I am not really a big blog follower (outside of the book blogs). The title of this book grabbed my attention, since this has been a subject that has come up a lot in the women's group at church. I thought that Rebecca has a lot ... thought provoking
On 11/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: Even though I haven't really watched Fixer Upper (it's too close to life right now, with remodeling an old home. lol), I have owned my own businesses and am self employed, so I thought this book was interesting to read to see how the Gaines got their business to where it is. It sounds like they work ... Great read
On 10/26 Amanda Crowther wrote: Apparently, I did things backwards by starting with this book, as it is the third and final one in a trilogy. I still found the characters interesting, though it was a little bit disjointed at first. I enjoyed the coming of age story of a young woman who must find her place in the world, especially with ... detailed
On 10/20 Amanda Crowther wrote: Bri McKoy, of the blog Our Savory Life, celebrates the power of the everyday table and shows how, by regularly and intentionally gathering around it, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and usher in grace, love, and deep fellowship. Raised in the world of takeout and microwaveable meals, like ... Inspiring!
On 10/16 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a such a cute little book for children to encourage them to take Bible verses and hide them in their hearts. I love the little devotionals that accompany each of the verses, since they help children remember the verses. I look forward to going over all the verses with my children as the year ... Darling!
On 10/10 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is such a pretty little devotional for Christmas! I love that the first part of the book has the scriptures beautifully lettered and illustrated, then the devotions for the month of December. I enjoy how the stories tie together so well with the scripture verses. I look forward to pulling this one ... lovely!
On 10/3 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent devotional that shows how awesome the world around us is! I love that it ties scripture verses in with different science facts, like cells, fossils, the universe, and electricity, to name a few. I love that they are just a couple of pages each, which is perfect for even preschoolers ... Amazing!
On 9/26 Amanda Crowther wrote: My family enjoys having some Christmas/Winter theme books to pull out when that time of year rolls around, so this one was a fun one to read and review for our collection. I like that it is a counting book that adds animals and fun to the snowy day. The illustrations are adorable and it was enjoyed by ... Cute
On 9/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter is starting to go through being scared of things, so I thought this book would be a great one to go through! It is an adorable book that shows the different fears of the little kitten and how it conquers those fears by calling on God. I thought that it was an excellent book that came at a ... Cute!
On 9/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter loves to read and be read to, so this book is a wonderful one for us to read together and discuss! I love the variety of topics, though I do feel like Glory's story about her parents divorce is not one for her to read right now. That said, I think that there is a place for the story for children ... Brave Girls Confidential
On 9/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a fun picture book that tells the true story of Dion running a race in the Gobi desert and how he came across the dog that he started calling Gobi. It is a fun story for little ones to see, since it is a great friendship story. The illustrations are cute and we have enjoyed the story. I received ... Inspiring
On 8/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is kind of a fun book to have on hand if you have young children, since it makes teaching them the stories of the Bible easy and fun. I love that the songs are included, though I feel like it would be nice to have a cd to accompany the book to help with the songs and tunes, even though I know a ... A great way to teach kids Bible stories!
On 8/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: It's no secret that I love historical stories. I especially enjoy them when there is a modern counterpart to the story from the past. I was thrilled to pick up this one from Book Look! I had read Michelle's previous book, which was incredibly well written, so I have been meaning to pick up more books ... Riveting!
On 8/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: I found the subject of this book to be interesting, since it is so easy to get caught up in a world of comparison or longing to do something big in life for the Lord. Sara does a wonderful job of talking about what lead her to delve into her Bible and hide in the Lord. This is a wonderful reminder of ... Thought provoking
On 8/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book came at a timely point for me, since having two small children has made the last year pass in a bit of a blur. This book was a wonderful breath of fresh air to remind me to embrace the moments that come with my children, as they pass in the blink of an eye. I love the variety of chapters and ... Loved this think outside the box book!
On 8/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is gorgeous! I love how it goes over the different verses (in gorgeous script with artwork) with thoughts on how to apply the verse to your life. This would make a beautiful gift for about any occasion, I can see it being a good graduation gift or for a good friend. This would also be a fun ... Gorgeous!
On 7/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: We love this book! It's an adorable, lyrical book that is fun to read before bedtime. The pictures are colorful and I like the illustrations. It's fun to have a goodnight train book for bedtime, since I have little ones who are all about trains right now. This is a wonderful addition to bedtime! I received ... Colorful!
On 7/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter fell in love with this one from the get go, since it started out with the good news coming to Mary that she would have a baby boy and name him Jesus, which is one of my daughter's favorite stories. I love how this board book focuses on Jesus and His time here on earth. It is a wonderful little ... Cute!
On 7/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is darling! I like how it breaks the Bible stories down to just a few paragraphs, which are the perfect length for real young children. They are also great conversation starters if your child is a bit older. The illustrations are darling, and I like that the text rhymes and flows nicely. It's ... Darling!
On 6/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an excellent one to get to gear your little one up for school! I love the rhyming text and adorable illustrations of different animals. The book shows little ones the many fun aspects of going to school, from heading there to the last bell ring, music to recess. If you think that your little ... Great way to prepare little one for school!
On 6/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an adorable way to teach children the classic song, Jesus Loves Me, including two other verses in addition to the traditional one. I love the adorable pictures of different animals, though I do think the book is missing something with not actually having Jesus in the pictures. One of the ... Adorable bu not my favorite
On 6/7 Amanda Crowther wrote: Over all, I would say that I really enjoyed this story. Rachel does a fabulous job of creating interesting characters with depth who are going through a crisis and learning how to cope with their new norm. I wasn't so sure how I felt about Maggie still holding on to her infatuation with her friend's ... A story with great depth
On 5/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an excellent resource on stewardship! I enjoyed reading a bit about the history of Hobby Lobby and how the Lord has blessed the Green family as they seek to put God first in their company, including making business decisions that might not make sense to the business world. I love their testimonies ... Excellent book on stewardship!
On 5/23 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is adorable, with the fun cut out pages and colorful pictures. Each set of pages tells a story from the Bible, from Adam and Eve to Jesus rising from the dead. While the book is darling, I feel like the pages could be stiffer, since the book seems to be geared towards real young children. That ... Great for real young kids!
On 5/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: Mary Weber delivers another page turner with this fun Sci-Fi story that has an interesting and diverse cast of characters. I love that you never know what to expect with Mary's stories, since she pulls no punches and weaves quite a spell binding tale with twists and turn. This one is a great addition ... Page turner!
On 5/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: My children and I have enjoyed this wonderful book of Bible stories! They are such fun to read through, with being written by different authors, so it gives things a different flavor. I love that it not only tells a story out of the Bible, but also has a summary, prayer, and short thought for the child/ren ... Great!
On 5/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is amazing! I love that Allison takes 22 different subjects for her letter to a fictional young woman who is entering college. This book would make a wonderful gift to a high school graduate! I loved reading the stories that Allison weaves into the chapters, since she deals with important social ... awesome graduation gift!
On 4/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: What do we do when hit with a tragedy? In And Still She Laughs, Kate opens up about the grief and pain she experienced from losing her young daughter to cancer and how that journey helped her to look at different women in the Bible and their struggles. I appreciate the honesty with which she writes. ... Beautiful
On 4/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is darling! I like how it rhymes and talks about the different things that kids like about their grandpas. It even has some cute parts where grandpas can act out some of the words, like when it mentions grandpa telling a joke or whistling. The pictures are charming, with the different animals ... Darling!
On 3/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: I ordered this book, since we have plenty of mother/child books, but few books for my husband to read with the kids. I like that there are more books coming out about father/child relationships and friendships! This one is adorable. The book shows a dad and child raccoon doing things together. I like ... Cute!
On 3/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter loves this book! I like that there is such a wide variety of stories and that the length of them (usually 3-4 pages) is a good length for my children to read a couple at bedtime. I also think the illustrations are gorgeous! The only thing that I am not sure about being totally sold on is ... enjoyable
On 3/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is just darling! I love how it includes the different names that children call their grandmas, since we use several different variations so that the children know which grandma we are talking about. So, it is fun that this book includes some of the other names you can use. The illustrations ... darling!
On 2/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: We have the full length version of this book, and my daughter loves it, so I thought it would be fun to see how this one compares. Since it is a board book, it only has a handful of stories in it, but I like the variety they chose to put in this one! There are several Old Testament stories: Abraham, ... Well done
On 2/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: While I haven't read the previous books in this series, I found this one to be darling! I enjoyed the story of the Glimmer girls and their family going to New York City for a trip! This is a great story for middle school age kids, or even younger if they are good readers or like to be read to. I loved ... Cute!
On 2/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is a darling present to give to older children when a new baby is about to come home, as it shows different animals with their babies or young children preparing to have a baby added to the family. I like how it even touches on adoption too. The illustrations are darling. I highly recommend ... Darling!
On 2/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent Bible for young children and readers, since parts of it are colorful. My daughter loves the colorful pages from the story book that showcase different stories from the Bible. The devotions are also delightful! If you are looking for a good Bible for the young believers in your life, ... colorful!
On 1/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an incredible novel that exposes the trouble with our consumerism. When a sweat shop fire exposes the corruption and games that corporations pay to bring inexpensive clothes and items to consumers, several characters (and the readers) are given a chance to change the world. This book is incredible! ... Incredible!
On 1/18 Amanda Crowther wrote: We are enjoying this book! It is a fun way to introduce the characters of the Bible, with it's fun pictures and text. I like that each set of pages asks the character what they see, so that children can start to associate the ark with Noah, or creation with Adam and Eve. Having read some of Bill Martin ... Darling
On 1/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: While not one of the top books I have read on marriage, this one is an interesting read and shows how our strengths and weaknesses play into our marriage. I like that this is based on an assessment that shows you your strengths and how to use them to the best advantage in the most important relationship ... Interesting
On 12/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is darling! I live the rhymes and how it reiterates on each set of pages how God made all the animals on a farm that a boy and his mother are on. The illustrations are cute and we will enjoy this colorful board book for years to come. It's a hit with both my toddler and infant, since it's ... Darling!
On 12/23 Amanda Crowther wrote: I was thinking that this would be a good Bible for my toddler. Well, I think she will have to be a bit older before she can fully appreciate it! She was thrilled to see that it came in the mail for her and has enjoyed my reading it to her. This is a great first Bible for grade school age kids! I ... Great for older children
On 12/16 Amanda Crowther wrote: Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them ... Colorful!
On 12/5 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is just darling! I loved the Precious Moments when I was a little girl, so it is fun for me to have books like this one to share with my children. I love that each page set has a thought or two for the children to think on, along with a scripture. The illustrations are just darling! I love ... Darling!
On 11/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: This Bible is terrific! I love how it has more insight and Scripture references to help everyday readers dive deeper into studying the Word. This Bible makes it easy to get into reading the Scriptures! I love how each book has highlights at the beginning, so if the reader is looking for something specific, ... Excellent
On 11/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an excellent resource for all parents! I want my children to cultivate their individual talents, but sometimes it is easy to lose focus of that and get exasperated with how different (or alike. lol) they are from me. This book was an excellent reminder to cultivate their gifts and how to ... Wonderful!
On 11/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter loves these books, since they are a fun way to learn new words! I like that the book has darling illustrations that introduce young readers to faith. The book is divided into three sections: God's world, God's gifts, and God's love. This is excellent for preschool and early grade school age ... Darling!
On 11/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: I'm always thrilled to read a new book by Katherine Reay, since she does a fabulous job of bringing her characters and stories to life. Emily's story is no different. I love the themes of love, forgiveness, and finding a place to belong. I love the characters and the romance, their whirlwind story ... Beautiful
On 10/28 Amanda Crowther wrote: This picture bible is a wonderful, engaging way to get kids involved in devotions and reading the Bible from a young age. I thought it would be just a few Bible stories, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is full of Bible stories! My 3 year old loves that she can help me with the stories, ... Interactive
On 10/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is such a cute story! I love how it shows little ones that the small donkey was not like the majestic horses, and yet he had an important job to do. The sweet illustrations that accompany the story are just darling! I do feel like the text should of just not tried to rhyme, since it feels a bit ... My duaghter loves it!
On 10/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: We loved the book "Goodnight Ark" by Laura Sassi, so I thought that my daughter would enjoy this one as well. I was right! It is a cute book about Mary and Joseph trying to get the new baby Jesus to sleep and how they keep having guests who mess up their trying to do so. While the book is cute and I ... Cute Nativity story
On 10/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: I thought this story was excellent! I loved getting to know Eliyana, the unlikely heroine who has lived in the shadow of her birthmark all her life. This book is hard to put down as she uncovers more about who she is, the importance of her birthmark, and the world she is really from. I love the characters ... Awesome
On 9/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter is loving seek and find books, so we were thrilled to get this book in the mail! As it tells the story of Jesus's birth, each page has a group of things to find. It's perfect for young kids, since there is a picture to show what they should be looking for. I love the illustrations ... So cute!
On 9/26 Amanda Crowther wrote: I appreciate how Riley opens her heart to people by sharing in her book about how she went from a 13 year old girl with a dream to a woman starting an orphanage. It's amazing to read how God is working in her life to open doors to help others! I feel like her story is just starting though. I would ... Heartfelt
On 9/12 Amanda Crowther wrote: I don't know about you, but it seems like I am constantly running low on joy. So, I was thrilled to receive this book from Book look bloggers to give my walk with Jesus an extra helping of joy. This book is easy to get through, since the the chapters are short and to the point. I love the constant reminder ... A great reminder
On 9/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is an excellent resource for parents. I appreciated the stories they share, and the reminder that we, as parents, need to be spending time with God daily to show our kids a good example. This struck home with me, since I've had a hard time making time for devotions. I love the prayers, ... Excellent
On 8/30 Amanda Crowther wrote: What a delightful collection of novellas! I love that three of my favorite authors are in this collection of lovely autumn wedding stories. Each story is sweet. I loved getting to know Charlotte, Amelia, and Josh as they navigate the path to true love. This is perfect to pull out on a crisp fall ... Delightful
On 8/23 Amanda Crowther wrote: The Wedding Shop is a fantastic addition to Rachel Hauck's wedding collection/series! I think this series may very well be my favorite yet, since I love that part of the stories are set in the past, while there is a modern character that parralels the historical one. The characters in this one ... Excellent
On 8/9 Amanda Crowther wrote: I'm already feeling just the slightest hint of Fall in the air, so this book came at a good time for me to start reading to my daughter! She enjoyed this sweet story about a couple of kids who go to a pumpkin patch and what all they see on their quest to pick out a pumpkin. The illustrations are darling ... Darling
On 8/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: This one is amazing! It kept me on my toes and racing to the end to discover what was going on in the small town that linked two different types of crimes together. I like that the story keeps readers guessing till the very end. It's also informative about churches that do snake handling as well as ... Awesome!
On 7/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: This adorable board book has 15 different poems for young children set to well known verses from the psalms. My daughter and I enjoyed reading the rhyming text together and seeing the darling illustrations of different animals. This book will be a refreshing addition to bedtime! I love that the psalms ... Adorable!
On 7/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book wound up being even more of a page turner than I thought it would be! I had a hard time putting the book down. There is a lot of mystery at the beginning, as Lynette struggles with the things she can't remember during the year her mother died. When the boy next door comes back home, he just ... Mysterious
On 7/5 Amanda Crowther wrote: I wasn't so sure of this book when I first saw the cover (yes, I admit that I judged a book by it's cover! lol), since the illustration on the front didn't grab my attention. I am glad that I didn't go by my first impression though, since this book is such fun! I love that it gives a page of pictures ... Awesome!
On 6/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a great collection of stories to help teach young ones about important things like loving your neighbor (which is a bit prodigal son like) and the pitfalls of gossip and bragging. I also liked the book about different jobs, since it is fun to discuss them with a child. The one on getting involved ... Great bedtime book!
On 6/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a sweet, back to school story that is a perfect book to read during the summer! Especially when we approach the end of the summer and kids start thinking about returning to school. I like that this book addresses several concerns that children have with going to school, both with Honey starting ... Sweet!
On 6/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a wonderful starter Bible for young children! I was surprised how many stories it covers, from both the Old and New Testaments. Each two page spread focuses on a different story, giving kids a good start to hearing Bible stories. My daughter loves this one! The illustrations are just lovely and ... Gives kids a great start!
On 6/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a wonderful book of short, to the point Bible stories that work well for young children. I love that the stories are well written and to the point. They work well for my toddler's attention span! I love the colorful illustrations , questions and scripture references. This book is great for a ... Excellent
On 6/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent book for parents and Sunday school teachers to have on hand, as it does a wonderful job of explaining sin, the need for a Savior, and how to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior in simple terms for young hearts. I love that each page has a scripture verse on it, as well as a reference ... Wonderful
On 5/25 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent book for preteen and teen girls! It's chalked full of unique and creative ideas to help bust boredom for young women. I love all the ideas: from planning parties to reflecting on blessings, craft ideas to recipes. The editors of Faithgirlz and Girl's Life did a great job with this ... What fun!
On 5/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: While my daughter isn't quite up to reading on her own, we already love this book! It's a fun combination of Old and New Testament stories, starting with the story of Creation, then The Fiery Furnace, to Ruth and Naomi, then pulling in a stories of Jesus' miracles, the Prodigal Son, and the Good Samaritan. ... Great reader!
On 5/5 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is so charming! I love the sweet illustrations that show a little rabbit counting it's blessings before bed. It's a great counting book for young children, but also works as a reminder of all the blessings around us. This book would make a perfect shower gift! My toddler and I both enjoy reading ... Adorable!
On 4/28 Amanda Crowther wrote: I have to say, I'm not as thrilled with this children's bible, like I have been with the other kid's books from Tommy Nelson and Zondervan. I don't care for the cartoonish format and drawings, since the people are very square faced and misproportioned looking. But, just because it isn't my cup of tea ... Just okay
On 4/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: This little Bible is so sweet! Each set of pages has an adorable illustration paired with a short story and a then a question for the child to help comprehend. My daughter loves this book! It is the perfect size for her little hands. The book is a sweet addition to any child's library. I received this ... Perfect size!
On 4/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter was thrilled to get this in the mail! It is a fun collection of activities, stories, and coloring pages to help bring to life the stories in the Bible for little ones. While some of the activities are beyond her age (she is 2, so the crossword and search and find puzzles are a little advanced ... Entertaining
On 4/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: I was thrilled to get this coloring book in the mail today! The coloring pages are lovely, some intricate and mandala like in design, with others being a little more clean lines and true to nature. I love how there are all sorts of animals, from those more common to a zoo (in mid America anyway!) to ... Love!
On 4/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is so sweet! My daughter loves having both this title and the "Night Night, Mommy" one, so she has a special book to be read with each of her parents. Told through the eyes of a sweet animal father/child pair, this book is sure to delight parents and children alike. I love the illustrations! ... Sweet!
On 3/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter and I love this sweet picture book! It is such a cute little story to prepare a child for bed, told through the eyes of a young otter getting ready for bed. We love the sweet illustrations and how the text rhymes. This book is sure to be part of our bedtime routine for some time! I received ... sweet!
On 3/18 Amanda Crowther wrote: I grew up with the Berenstain bear books, so I love seeing a new generation being able to appreciate new and old titles alike. They teach great lessons about manners and faith. The sticker and activity book is a fun book to keep a little one busy for some time, with it's coloring pages, activities and ... cute!
On 3/11 Amanda Crowther wrote: This level 1 I Can Read book is perfect for young readers! The twin princesses are planning a tea party and Princess Emma wants everything to be perfect. The story does a sweet job of teaching a short lesson about humility and having fun when things go awry. While my daughter is too young to read this ... sweet!
On 3/3 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is a great devotion for young children ages 5-12. A lot of the devotions (which are set up to do one a week, but it would work fine to go through them faster) have exercises for the kids on how to apply the subject that was addressed in the devotion. A lot of them are for older kids, but I ... Great resource!
On 2/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: Since my young daughter is into all things princess, I thought that this book would be a good one for us to read together. It has a sweet message about putting others first and remembering to give good gifts to others. She loved the story and illustrations! It is a lovely addition to our home library ... A Royal Easter Story
On 2/23 Amanda Crowther wrote: This lovely little picture book does a fun job of talking about the blessings of living in America. I love that the book's characters are common American animals and that they include fun American traditions like apple pies, picnics, fireworks, and parades. My daughter loves the illustrations and had ... We love it!
On 2/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a sweet little story Bible for toddlers! While it would work for kids from babies on to elementary, I think it would be best for kids around 2-5 years old, since the stories are short and to the point. I love the sweet illustrations and that each two page story has a thought to consider as you ... Sweet
On 2/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: I love that this book is more detailed, while still having shorter stories so that it is easy to get through a couple for devotions. The illustrations are gorgeous, I love that the angels are sweetly drawn. My daughter is already in love with this book! She enjoys to have me read several of the stories ... Lovely
On 1/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: Amish fiction can be hit and miss with me. While I enjoy the glimpse of a simpler life, I also kind of wonder how much of their way of life is romanticized and how true to fiction (written by non Amish) it is.;) That said, I have enjoyed the books that Beth Wiseman has written about the Amish, since ... Sweet
On 11/25 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is an excellent devotional to read aloud to your children! I love that each story is short, perfect for little ones who don't sit still for long.:) Billy Graham has added some of his thoughts and testimonies to most of the stories, which is especially nice for older children. This is an excellent ... wonderful
On 11/16 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is incredibly adorable! I love how it goes rhrough some different prayers that the mama bear has prayed for her baby bear, starting with a prayer for him before he was born. It's so sweet! Each prayer has a scripture verse to accompany it. This one is quickly becoming a favorite at our home! ... so sweet!
On 11/4 Amanda Crowther wrote: What a fun book! I love that it is a collection of the parables told for kids. My daughter loves the illustrations and I like that it is teaching her parables in a way that she can understand them a a toddler. This is bound to become a new favorite at our house! We like to read stories at night (well, ... Sweet
On 10/28 Amanda Crowther wrote: I have to admit, I requested this book to review since we had a similar one when I was growing up that was Precious Moments as well.;) This one is every bit as cute as I remember! I like that the stories are a great introduction to the Bible for little ones (who have short attention spans;), they are ... Adorable!
On 10/21 Amanda Crowther wrote: I love how this book is set up! Each historical figure has a bit about them, something to think about, in their own words, how the individual changed history, scripture verses that line up with the subject of the prayer, and how it applies to the life of the readers. This is a great resource for kids ... Awesome!
On 9/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: I wish I had a copy of this book when I was a young teen! It does a fabulous job of explaining how the shape of your face and texture of hair can umpact how haur cuts and styles look on you. I love the idea of finding a celebrity that has the same shape offace and seeing what styles look good on them. The ... fun!
On 9/10 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is truly adorable! I love the sweet pictures that go along with the Bible stories. Each set of two pages is dedicated to a Bible story, with an illustration that has first words, part of the story written in a way very young children can understand, and a Bible verse and prayer. My daughter ... Sweet!
On 8/28 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a sweet picture book that teaches how God has made each person different and has given each of us a special job to do. With adorable pictures and versatile jobs, this is a fun book for kids (and those reading it aloud!). My daughter and I both enjoy this story. The colorful ilustrations are charming, ... sweet
On 8/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: From the front of the cover, I would of guessed that this charming children's story is centered around Thanksgiving, but that is not the case (though it would work well to read that time if year). The book is about different occupations and what they are thankful for. I love the sweet drawings on each ... Sweet
On 8/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: I haven't really included reading bed time stories in our nightly routine up to this point. This gorgeous book has made me start the tradition though! It is an adorable story of the animals on the ark getting scared of the rain at night and filling his room. It has a cute message that will encourage ... So Sweet!
On 7/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: This is a sweet little book that does a wonderful job of using simple, easy to understand wording for children to discover how much God loves them, that He created them, and about the great plans He has for them (among other messages). I love the adorable illustrations and that each little explanation ... Adorable!
On 7/3 Amanda Crowther wrote: When I first started this story, I wasn't so sure about it. The book has some mild language that kind of surprised me, but it seems like it was mostly at the beginning. There were a few other things that bothered me, but they were small things that actually wound up being historical facts. Both these ... great mix
On 6/15 Amanda Crowther wrote: A while back, I wrote a review on the Princess Grace sticker and activity book. It was absolutely adorable, so I requested the Princess Charity sticker and activity book. It is every bit as adorable, while being different than Grace's, since it has its own little story and different activities. My daughter ... adorable
On 6/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book is a lovely way to incorporate devotions into your child's schedule. Written with a scripture, thought for the day, and prayer, these devotions make it easy for your child to grasp how much God loves them. My daughter and I enjoyed the gorgeous illustrations and each devotion immensely! It ... Adorable devotional!
On 5/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: My thoughts: My daughter loves this book already! It has adorable illustrations and a little story to go along with the coloring and activity pages. I know we will enjoy the re-using the stickers for days to come! I like that it has a little message about praying to the Lord when we lose something we ... Awesome!
On 5/5 Amanda Crowther wrote: I like re-tellings of fairy tales, so I was interested in reading this book. While it is a sweet story, I would of liked the romance to be based more on character than looks. Call it a pet peeve of mine, but I prefer for there to be depth of character instead of the focus so much on looks (which I find ... The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
On 4/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: You know how a lot of the YA novels have semi recently become full of smut? Well, this book is not one of those! I was thrilled to read a YA novel that isn't full of junk and actually talks about a young woman waiting till her wedding night. Though, I will say that there are still some sensual parts, ... A clean YA story
On 3/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: Wow! This series is hard to put down! I love how it is so suspenseful and full of surprises. The story is clips along at a great pace and jumps around for different perspectives from characters on both sides. I love the twists and turns to the story and highly recommend it. I received this book from ... wow!
On 3/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: I fell in love with this sweet book and the adorable illustrations! Each page has a scripture verse that is tied into a lullaby and prayer for the night. I love that the lullabies just roll off the tongue! They cover prayer, God watching over us, and God's love (among other things). I was pleasantly ... Very sweet!
On 3/6 Amanda Crowther wrote: : this is a fun devotional for kids, especially older children who like the Duck Dynasty show! Filled with tons of stories from the family's personal experiences, this book is a delightful devotional filled with new perspectives to help kids Biblical concepts and scriptures. I would recommend this book ... great for older children!
On 2/25 Amanda Crowther wrote: I love that Lis Wiehl draws the reader into her stories and weaves social issues into them. In this one, it is slavery and how common it is in the United States. I thought that the mystery was interesting, though almost to much for me at times (the villain is truly awful), since I am a wuss when it comes ... Lethal Beauty
On 2/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: I have been looking for a good storybook style Bible to use to read at night for my little girl. This one is perfect! The pictures are adorable, and I think that the length of the stories works well with young children, since they are short and to the point, while still having details. I love the little ... Perfect length of stories for young readers!
On 2/4 Amanda Crowther wrote: What a gorgeous book! With the changing of seasons (I hope) around the corner, this is a charming picture book to read through with young children. Seen through the eyes of a little bunny who is born in the Spring and watches the world change with the seasons, this is a fun book to teach children about ... lovely little book!
On 1/27 Amanda Crowther wrote: My daughter loves this book! From its adorable, plush cover to the sweet illustrations it is a wonderful board book that tells several beloved Bible stories. The stories are very short and to the point, talking a bit how they apply to your little one. I love how lyrical the text is! As a parent, I found ... Adorable!
On 1/16 Amanda Crowther wrote: I love Wayne Thomas Batson's stories! They are a fun mix of fantasy and faith that fill (what I think is) a void. Good, wholesome stories for young adults. His books are imaginative and interesting, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with the twists and turns. This book is in the middle of a ... Awesome!
On 1/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: I loved the first book in this series! So, I was eager to read this book and review it for Book Look. It was torturous to wait for it to be delivered last month, with how slow the mail was!:) But, I digress. The book lived up to my expectations! The story opens up two years after the end of the last ... LOVE!
On 12/3 Amanda Crowther wrote: With having a little girl of my own who can never get enough of her books, I was thrilled to see this adorable book of Bible stories. It is do cute! The illustrations and stories do a beautiful job of telling beloved stories at a good level for toddlers and elementary age children. This is a new favorite ... Beautiful!
On 11/22 Amanda Crowther wrote: We strive to do what is best for our family, but there are many differing opinions on how to be a good parent. Truly successful parenting begins with focusing on God and making him the center of all we do. The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional helps you to bring God into your parenting by ... thoughts to ponder
On 11/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: I fell in love with the story of Jean Valjean all over again as I read through these 52 little lessons gleaned from Les Miserables. It has always been one of my favorite classics, even though I haven't actually read the book, since it is such an incredible story of grace and how a life can be changed ... A fresh look at one of my favorite books!
On 11/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: Erin Healy keeps readers on edge with the mystery that surrounds the Becker family. When their father is in a car accident, it opens up old wounds and brings to light things that have long been a mystery. As the layers are peeled back, hearts are revealed and all that his children think they know will ... unique
On 10/22 Amanda Crowther wrote: This adorable board book by Crystal Bowman is such a fun addition to a child's library! My daughter enjoyed me reading this book to her, with it's colorful illustrations and rhyming text. I think we have a new favorite in the household! The story does a wonderful job of tying the birth of Jesus and the ... A Star for Jesus
On 10/10 Amanda Crowther wrote: I couldn't put this book down! It is fast pace and full of many unexpected surprises. The characters are well written; I didn't care for Parker at first, but he grows on one as he finds there is more to life than investing in himself and his rising star of fame. As for the spiritual aspect, this book ... A winning combination!
On 9/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: Weird and Wonderful Creations is a bind up of the nonfiction Made By God series. With photos and facts showing children the wonders of God’s creation, this collection includes four complete early reader titles as well as over 200 additional facts throughout the book. Some of the creatures featured ... Weird and Wonderful Creations
On 9/18 Amanda Crowther wrote: I can't tell you how thrilled I was to have the chance to review this book! While it has some interesting and disturbing ideas on how our future world could be, I think the author handles difficult subjects well and does a great job of making this series appropriate for older teens. Also, I like the ... awesome!
On 9/3 Amanda Crowther wrote: T. L. Higley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! Her attention to detail and the historical depth to her stories is incredible. I appreciate the strong Christian theme and that she doesn`t sugar coat history. She does a great job at finding a balance between showing what life was like and ... awesome!
On 8/20 Amanda Crowther wrote: Welcome to the world of, well, you! The Faithgirlz! Big Book of Quizzes offers more than twenty quizzes delve into school, friends, faith, family, guys, and questions “All-About-You.” Take the quizzes on your own or with friends. Some funny, some thought-provoking, every quiz ends with wide range ... Fun!
On 8/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: This book was an instant hit with my little girl! She loves the fun shape and colorful pages. I appreciate the message of God and His love. Now is the perfect time to order this book, since it will soon be time for Autumn harvest. In this cute Autumn board book, little readers are invited to go to a ... so precious!
On 7/29 Amanda Crowther wrote: I thought that this book was quite good, with being the author's first novel and for it being a Regency era story, the latter of which I find most books have a hard time living up to this period, since they either try to copy Jane Austen or go all weird and gothic. This novel found it's own voice and ... Wonderful!
On 7/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: When Rick Dial is hit by a car, his dreams of playing college football is lost forever. Life pretty much stinks for the 18 year old, so he holes up his room, playing video games, little realizing just how useful his mind numbing hobby will. Because, on the other side of the world, there is a genius ... hard to put down!
On 6/25 Amanda Crowther wrote: Having read some of Lee Strobels adult books, I was thrilled to review this one for booklook. It did not disappoint! Filled with answers to common questions reguarding, I found it clear, concise, and riveting. Having read some of Lee Strobels adult books, I was thrilled to review this one for booklook. ... wonderful resource
On 6/18 Amanda Crowther wrote: Geared towards young people, this New International Reader`s version is a fun way to introduce kids to the scriptures! (though the version is not just for kids! Adults will find it interesting and educational too!) Some of the unique features this version has: Life in Bible times, which is short, illustrated ... adventures Bible
On 5/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: Cooper, Gordy, Lunk, and Hiro are back! When the four of them go on vacation to Lake Geneva before high school begins, they figure that it will be a chance to relax and take in some sun. But, when they play a prank that leads them to witness what may of been a murdee, all four of them must face their ... awesome!
On 5/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: I grew up reading Robert Elmer's books, so when the Life Behind the Wall trilogy came up for review through Booklook, I was excited. The three books span over 40 years of Berlin's history. In Candy Bombers, Erich and his cousin struggle to help their mothers help makes ends meet in their war torn city. ... Life Behind the Wall
On 4/17 Amanda Crowther wrote: When Elizabeth was sent from her beloved Cornwall to find a husband in London, she figured finding true love would be easy. After three seasons though, she is tired of fortune seekers and must flee from being married off to an old marquess who's previous wives have meet mysterious deaths. But, is her ... A Lady's Honor
On 4/1 Amanda Crowther wrote: As Christians, we are called to be sanctified. But, what does that really mean in our day to day lives? In All In, (the student edition) father/son writing duo, Mark and Parker Batterson, talk about what it means to be fully devoted to God. I think they made it their goal for you to not be able to read ... encouraging!
On 3/24 Amanda Crowther wrote: Nehemiah, meaning cup bearer, is a young boy growing up during Christ's ministry on earth. Named aptly, he has a special mission to bring an ancient cup to the Messiah. Joining with a caravan to get to Jerusalem, the path to meet Jesus is fraught with bandits and setbacks. I thought that this book was ... wonderful!
On 3/13 Amanda Crowther wrote: ydia has never known anything more than servant hood in the court of Cleopatra. Abandoned at a young age, with no knowledge of her family, she is left to construct her own family from those she works with. When her adopted father dies, leaving her with a task to return sealed scrolls to Jerusalem, she ... wonderful
On 3/2 Amanda Crowther wrote: When oil is found in Antarctica, the British and Chilean's form a alliance to try to keep it a secret from other countries. When some of their enemies discover the secret, a British outpost is stormed and the people there are taken as hostages. As the different forces gather to take sides, relationships ... lots of action!
On 2/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: Canton D’Ahma has prepared his whole life for the day when he could become a realm walker and jump between worlds without one of his mentors. But, on his first solo trip, he finds that not all is as he thought it would be. The Realm Walkers Guild has become corrupt and they no longer seek to maintain ... Awesome!
On 2/8 Amanda Crowther wrote: In Tiadone's world, parents have two choices when they have a firstborn baby girl. They can either surrender her to the Scree or declare her male, so she can make a way for herself in a male dominated world and take care of her parents. Tiadone is the first in her town to be declared male, so a lot rests ... interesting
On 1/19 Amanda Crowther wrote: It's 1965, and prejudice abounds. 4 year old Lisa Waldren is taken taken to a Martin Luther King Jr. style rally with her FBI father, where she makes a friend with one of the little girls there, showing that children don't see people based on their color of skin. When there is a shooting at the rally, ... loved the historical aspect!
On 1/4 Amanda Crowther wrote: The second book in The Safe Lands series has the three brothers working inside the Safe Lands, which is anything but safe. Mason is trying to discover a cure to the illness that affects almost everyone around him, leaving the community sterile and unable to produce the next generation. Levi is focused ... Amazing!