Reviews by Oak Tree Reviews
On 6/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Adventure Bible: Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations is a fun book by Sherry Kyle that features 60 craft and game-oriented activities for kids. From identifying leaves, to making an obstacle coarse, to making a cross with sticks and twine, the book offers a nice selection of activities. A great ... Some of my favorite activities were...
On 6/18 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Dinner for Dinos is a darling children’s book published by Tommy Nelson about a group of dinosaurs who gather for a picnic dinner. It is a good book for kids who are resistant towards eating healthy food, because it emphasizes the importance of eating well, and reminds kids that eating healthy food ... Shows the importance of healthy eating!
On 6/7 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers is an endearing children’s book by Hannah C. Hall. It is a beautiful book; the words are comforting, and the drawings have a gentle look. The book features so many cute animals: cats, foxes, apes, wolves, rabbits, bears, deer, and even skunks! The pictures emphasize the ... Beautiful Book
On 5/30 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design by Ashley Mays is an exciting book with over 50 crafts and activities. The crafts and activities are divided into DIY projects (such as a soap box prayer kit), doodle projects (like a doodle dress), and design projects (such as a braided fabric wrap bracelet). ... Exciting Craft Book
On 5/24 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Vines Expository Bible: A Guided Journey Through the Scriptures with Pastor Jerry Vines is a New King James Version Bible published by Thomas Nelson. The red cover (underneath the dust jacket) is made of cloth over board. The pages feature black font for the main text and red font for the section ... Insightful and Astute
On 5/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Night Night, Jungle is a darling children’s book by Amy Parker that shows various jungle animals getting ready for bed. When I review children’s books, they generally fall into two categories: children’s books that I appreciate but would probably not buy – and children’s books that I absolutely ... Darling Book!
On 5/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The NKJV Minister’s Bible, Imitation Leather is a beautiful New King James Version Bible produced by Thomas Nelson. The Bible is sold in both brown and black Leathersoft models; my copy is the brown model, and I like its rich color and soft texture. The font is a nice black with serifs; the size of ... Great Bible for Ministers
On 5/10 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Lucky Few is a memoir by Heather Avis, which chronicles her journey of adopting three lovely children, two of which have Down syndrome. It is such a wonderful book, and I’ve added it to my “Recommended Reading” list on this site. The Lucky Few is definitely a “feel-good” story that leaves ... Lovely Family, Lovely Book
On 3/30 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, The Hard Stuff and Everything in Between by Ashlee Gadd is a book about motherhood, covering topics including identity, adoption, miscarriage, infertility, body image, friendship, and faith. Gadd is the author of the blog Coffee + Crumbs, and I was looking forward ... Sound Advice
On 3/21 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible, illustrated by Omar Aranda, is a children’s storybook Bible that features key Biblical stories. This is one of my favorite storybook Bibles, and I am adding it to my “Recommended Reading” list on this website. The first thing I noticed about the book was its nice ... Wonderful Storybook Bible
On 3/16 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Thank You, God, for Grandma is a sweet children’s board book written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley, showing how wonderful grandmothers are. The rhyme scheme goes like this: “Grandma always shows us / To care for others too, / To find a way to brighten a day / And let God’s ... Shows a loving relationship between a grandmother and her grandchildren
On 3/15 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: God Loves Mommy and Me is a delightful children’s book written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins. According to Amazon, the book is geared for 2 to 5-year-olds. The story shows the adventures of a mother rabbit and her bunny-child, and reminds readers that God loves us so much! It ... Delightful Children's Book
On 3/8 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In February 2013, Kate Merrick’s young daughter Daisy Love tragically died of cancer. Merrick is the co-founder of the Reality family of churches, and she is also a writer and blogger. In March 2017, Kate Merrick released her first book, And She Still Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering. And ... Merrick's words are very encouraging to readers.
On 3/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: My rating: 4 out of 5 stars The NIV The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible is a New International Version Bible published by Zonderkidz. The text is primarily black, and the size seems a bit small, though children with 20/20 vision will have no problem reading it. The subject headings are typed in a light ... Good NIV Bible
On 2/15 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I previously reviewed the Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel and Alida Massari. Angels in the Bible for Little Ones, created by the same author and illustrator, is a shorter, smaller version of the book. It is a 32-page board book, though the pages are relatively thin for a board book. The ... Nice Bible storybook for little ones
On 2/14 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: God Bless Our Baby, written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow, is a children’s book perfect for a toddler or preschooler who is about to get (or now has) a new baby sibling. I love it! Reading the book is a great way to reinforce to a child that a new sibling is on the way – and ... Lovely Book!
On 2/9 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The ICB Holy Bible with Devotions from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is an International Children’s Bible with supplemental material from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. When choosing whether or not to buy this Bible, I believe that the most important factor to take into consideration is whether you ... ICB Bible with good supplemental materials
On 2/8 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Thomas Nelson’s King James Version Word Study Bible is a 1650-page KJV Bible covered in imitation leather. Interspersed through the book are 1,700 paragraph sections that study specific words from the Biblical text, such as “prince,” “dream,” “posterity,” and “vision.” Personally, I ... Good KJV Bible
On 1/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything by Gary Thomas shows the powerful impact of cherishing your spouse. Oak Tree Reviews has critiqued many marriage books, and this is one of the good ones! Mediocre marriage books often just throw in a few things about love and communication and call it a day, ... Strong Marriage Book
On 1/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals is an adorable children’s book written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by David Walker, showing how animals are unique creations of God. This is the type of book that would make a great gift for a child! This book has been added to Oak Tree Reviews’ “Recommended ... Absolutely Love It
On 1/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Noah, Noah, What Do You See? is a children’s book written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and illustrated by Melissa Iwai. The verses use a simple rhyme scheme, so the book would be best for young children who would enjoy and benefit from repetition. The repetition also makes the book fun to ... Clever Ending
On 1/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Whatever is Lovely: A 90-Day Devotional Journal is a Christian devotional by Allia Zobel Nolan. Who is the book geared to? It’s hard to say. Whatever is Lovely is published by faithgirlz, which is written for a 9 to 12-year-old girl audience. However, the book does talk about a few “older” topics, ... Whatever is Lovely
On 1/9 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day by Joni Eareckson Tada is a year-long devotional journal – and a lovely one at that. The hardbound book is small – just 4.5 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches in size – but when you hold it in your hands, you feel like you’re holding a gem. Each ... Lovely Devotional!
On 1/2 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: God Made You Nose to Toes is a children’s book written by Leslie Parrott and illustrated by Estelle Corke, exploring how “God loves you completely from your head to big toe.” The book follows the adventures of a young boy and his toucan friend, as the boy smells flowers with his nose, builds a ... Charming Children's Book
On 12/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Lots of Love, a children’s book written by Kim Washburn and illustrated by Jaqueline East, is a book about showing love to family and friends through kisses, hugs, and acts of kindness. The story follows a little girl as she wakes up, spends time with her family and dog, goes to school, and returns ... Charming Book!
On 12/8 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Zonderkidz’ Read & Play Baby Bible is a great way to share the Bible with babies and toddlers. Each set of two pages includes a paraphrased Bible passage (many of which are about 30 words long) along with interactive text that relates to that passage. For example, in the story entitled “Jesus Stops ... Great way to teach Bible lessons early on!
On 12/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker and Activity Book is a cute Valentine’s Day themed activity book. The book is a nice size – with 32 activity pages, plus 2 fun pages of over 50 small, reusable stickers. The types of activities in the book include a picture matching game, mazes, a color-by-number ... Fun Valentine's Day Activity Book
On 11/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other’s Gifts by Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey is a book that combines marriage advice with personality testing. The ideal demographic for this book would be fans of Evans and Kelsey who put value in personality tests – ... Strengths Based Marriage
On 11/23 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance is an autobiographical book by the 19-year-old Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, written with author Michelle Burford. It is a positive, upbeat memoir, demonstrating how Biles reached for her goals, chasing after her gymnastics dream. Individuals who ... Biles has courageously soared!
On 11/16 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The NKJV Know the Word Study Bible is a New King James Version Bible by Thomas Nelson that includes supplemental commentary, helping readers gain a greater understanding of the Bible. Oak Tree Reviews recommends this Bible over the NKJV Word Study Bible. Each book of the Bible features an introductory ... I recommend this Bible over the NKJV Word Study Bible.
On 11/16 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Many people hear the word “football” and immediately think of positive connotations. Perhaps they nostalgically remember playing in or attending high school football games – or watching professional football on TV with family. For many Americans, football is an essential part of Thanksgiving. But ... Makes the reader think about the implications of a culture obsessed with football
On 11/10 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is a Christian children’s book that consists of commentary by Rick Warren and illustrations by Richard Jesse Watson. Each page includes part of the Lord’s Prayer, along with a corresponding message. The second set of pages, for example, shows the baptism ... Nice books for families to read together
On 11/7 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Andrew Klavan is a writer of mystery novels and psychological thrillers, many of which have also appeared on the silver screen. But Klavan’s memoir The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ is no work of fiction. And in this book, the 62-year-old chronicles his story, showing how ... The seasoned writer pens his book in a engrossing manner
On 11/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Raising an Original: Parenting Each Child According to Their Unique God-Given Temperament by Julie Lyles Carr is a parenting book that focuses on embracing your child’s originality and helping them grow in their walk with God. Carr visits various parenting topics, such as not over-scheduling your child’s ... Insightful advice
On 10/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories is a collection of illustrated Bible stories geared for young children. Oak Tree Reviews believes the book is best suited for 4 to 6-year-olds. The characters are drawn in a unique manner, with eyes that resemble those of Mr. Potato Head. If you like ... The strength of the book is that it covers so many different Bible stories in both the Old Testament and News Testament
On 10/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Zondervan’s Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace is a lovely Christmas themed devotional. The book provides devotions from December 1 to December 31, and each can be completed and reflected upon in a few or several minutes. The book covers a variety of topics, such as family ... The kind of book that would make a nice Christmas gift
On 10/25 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Ready, Set, Find Christmas is a children’s story and activity book by Zonderkidz. It is a board book, though the pages are a bit thinner and more flexible than some board books. The book has ten pages, and each set of two pages features a brief narrative and picture key on the left-facing page and ... The best thing about this book is that it gets children interested in the nativity story
On 10/21 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The NIrV Love Letters from God Holy Bible is a hardcover Bible that features “love letters from God” written by Glenys Nellist. Amazon lists the age range for this book as 6 – 10 years old; Oak Tree Reviews thinks that it might be more appropriate for 6 – 8-year-olds or 6 to 9-year-olds. It ... Hardcover Bible with "letters from God"
On 10/18 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories, written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Robert Dunn, is an excellent compilation of Bible stories for children. The book contains over thirty Bible stories, from Jacob dreaming of the ladder, to Esther becoming Queen, to Nehemiah building the walls of ... Wonderful book to own!
On 10/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The NIV Faith & Work Bible is a New International Version Bible with supplemental materials edited by David H. Kim. The Bible features 66 book introductions that discuss how each book of the Bible relates to faith and work, along with many other excerpts, such as “Deeper at Work” stories that talk ... The people who will be most interested in this book are those who are intrigued by the faith and work theme
On 10/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: God Bless My Friends, written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow, is a children’s book showing the importance of friendship. The book points out that even though we have our differences with others, we can still be great friends. The pages feature pairs of unlikely friends (such as ... Drawings have a soft and gentle look
On 10/11 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit is an illustrated children’s book about a group of kids retelling the nativity story through a Christmas pageant. Engelbreit’s drawings have a quaint, old-timey feel. (Readers can see samples of the book pages on this YouTube video produced by Zondervan.) Though ... The drawings have a quaint, old-timey feel
On 10/7 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted is a memoir and spiritual growth book written by Shannan Martin. The authors recounts how her life went from safe and secure to far from idyllic – and she demonstrates how when the unexpected changes happened, she found a faith and trust in God she ... Sometimes having more means having less
On 10/7 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In Mike Berenstain’s Christmas-themed children’s book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the Berenstain kiddos have fun making an angel out of snow (which is described in step-by-step detail), and they learn that God sends angels to protect people from danger. They also learn about how ... Cute Berenstain Bears Christmas Book!
On 10/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Christmas Love Letters from God: Bible Stories is a lovely Christmas-themed children’s book, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Rachel Clowes. The book covers the Biblical stories of Isaiah hearing about the Savior’s coming, Mary being told she is with child, Joseph’s dream, the birth ... Absolutely loved it
On 9/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Word Study Bible is a 1,760-page New King James Bible that also includes Biblical commentary discussing key words used in the Bible. The text is printed in a standard font with serifs (possibly Garamond). As for the colors, the main text is black, the section headers are blue, ... Good Bible for those interested in exploring the "key words" aspect
On 9/24 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Finding Your Voice: What Every Woman Needs to Live Her God-Given Passions Out Loud by Natalie Grant is a book about living for God’s calling, instead of bowing to the pressures of the world. The chapters in the book are: Learning to Listen, Trusting Your Potential, Finding Your Thrive Zones, Training ... Grant's passion about life is very evident
On 9/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: One Small Donkey: A Christmas Story, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens, is a children’s book about a little donkey who takes Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The story itself is twenty-five pages long and is geared toward children ages 4 to 8. The time it takes to ... The illustrations are slightly reminiscent of old claymation Christmas specials
On 9/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Riley Banks-Snyder first traveled to Kenya at age 13. At age 14, Riley started a non-profit group, Generation Next, dedicated to supplying hygiene kits to children in Kibwezi, Kenya. Now in her early twenties, Riley continues to do so much for Kenya – even having built a school in Kibwezi – and after ... Riley, Very Likely
On 9/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood by Mandy Arioto is a book about motherhood – but even more than that, it’s a book about life. It’s about searching for faith, overcoming challenges, and finding light in a dark world. The book is very well-written, ... Parenting & Personal Discovery
On 9/9 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Play With Fire: Discovering Fierce Faith, Unquenchable Passion, and a Life-Giving God by Bianca Juarez Olthoff is part-memoir, part Christian commentary. Olthoff’s passion for life is evident, and she tells her story in a good-natured, enthusiastic, and endearingly self-deprecating manner. Throughout ... She tells her story in a good-natured, enthusiastic, and endearingly self-deprecating manner
On 9/2 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking With an Adult features forty recipes and is divided into six sections: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. At the beginning of each section, there is a page that includes a segment of ... Customers who would enjoy this book are those wanting fun, easy cooking activities to do with their children
On 9/2 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: What helps your child fall asleep? Is it a hug? A bedtime story? What about…a psychological visualization game? Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book, written by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. and illustrated by Gail Yerrill, is both a bedtime story and psychological visualization game, designed ... Helpful story-game for sleeping
On 8/11 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: With the Olympics in full swing, David Boudia’s new book, Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption is a relevant read. In the 2010 Olympics, Boudia won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform diving competition. But his new book focuses on something greater than his achievements, ... Shows how true joy is found in Jesus Christ
On 8/10 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: With All Due Respect: 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens & Tweens is a parenting book written by Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock. The book is divided into forty chapters, each focusing on a different “dare,” such as Avoid the Blame Game, Coach Your Kids on Navigating Conflict, ... Focuses on maintaining healthy relationships
On 8/5 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: What is “outlaw Christianity”? According to Jaqueline A. Bussie, it’s “a new, life-giving faith for those who ache for a more authentic relationship with God and other people by no longer having to hide their doubt, anger, grief, scars, or questions.” And it’s “an honest, outide-the-law ... Reflects on how uncertainty can lead to deeper understanding
On 7/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The children’s board book Precious Moments: Happy Harvest by Jean Fischer is a collection of short-and-sweet poems about autumn, geared for 2 to 4-year-olds. If I was just going to buy one autumn-themed children’s book this year, I would probably choose Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn, though ... Happy Harvest
On 7/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I absolutely loved the book Snuggle Times Prayers, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, so I was really looking forward to checking out Nellist and Biscoe’s newest book, Snuggle Time Prayers. Just as magnificent as the first book, Snuggle Time Psalms did not disappoint! This is ... Magnificent Children's Book
On 7/20 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Pumpkin Patch Blessings, written by Kim Washburn and illustrated by Jaqueline East, is an adorable children’s book that focuses on a fun day that a boy and a girl have at the pumpkin patch. I absolutely loved the autumn theme of the story; Washburn’s words capture exciting elements of fall festivities, ... Adorable children's book
On 7/13 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The New International Reader’s Version Minecrafters Bible is a hardback Bible with a Minecraft-themed cover that includes 24 (unofficial) pages related to Minecraft. One of the supplemental pages, for example, talks about The Last Supper, and includes an illustration of the disciples looking like Minecraft ... Great Bible
On 7/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In For Better or for Kids, Patrick and Ruth Schwenk talk about how marriage changes after having kids – and how to adapt to those changes and continue to have a strong marriage. The book deals with topics such as maintaining communication, dealing with busyness, having grace, and parenting together. ... For Better or for Kids
On 7/9 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Look and Tell Bible: Hear the Story, See the Picture, Say it Myself! is one of my favorite children’s books of the year. The book briefly covers the stories of Creation, Noah’s Ark, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jesus’ birth, The Feeding of the 5,000, the Good ... The Look and Tell Bible
On 7/6 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Starter Bible by Thomas Nelson is a children’s Bible that briefly covers the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Esther, Daniel, Jonah, Jesus’ birth, and the wedding in Cana, as well as several of Jesus’ miracles, Jesus’ death, and Jesus’ resurrection. ... The Starter Bible
On 7/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I never received this book. Getting to Know Jesus: An Invitation to Walk with the Lord Day by Day by Eric Kampmann is a 365-day devotional journal, focusing on getting closer to Jesus. Each devotional, which takes up less than a page, includes a Bible verse and a corresponding message based on that ... I never received this book.
On 6/14 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Young & Beardless: The Search for God, Purpose, and a Meaningful Life by John Luke Robertson (with Travis Thrasher) is a book that focuses on growing up and embracing God’s calling. John Luke draws upon his own life experiences as he talks about dreaming, connecting with others, failing, and taking ... Talks about dreaming, connecting with others, failing, and taking risks.
On 6/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Thomas Nelson’s New King James Version Study Bible, Personal Size has a pleasant black serif font in the text body with blue italicized section headings. Words spoken by Jesus appear in red. The book functions somewhat like a Bible commentary, because each page contains very detailed footnotes, giving ... Pleasant black serif font with blue italicized headings...
On 5/16 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story by Natalie Davis Miller chronicles Missy Franklin’s athletic journey, as she trains as a swimmer and eventually lands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The book is formatted as a children’s chapter book and is geared for 8 to 12-year-olds. I think that children ... One of the great things about Swimming with Faith is that it shows Missy Franklin’s faith, determination, and humility.
On 5/10 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In The Longing in Me: How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God, Sheila Walsh talks about finding God in the midst of longing, weaving stories from her own life and the lives of others as she also draws examples from King David’s life. The book additionally serves as a great analysis of David’s ... The Longing in Me
On 5/2 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Little One, God Made You Special is a board book written by Amy Warren Hilliker and illustrated by Polona Lovsin. The book is 7.5 x 0.3 x 6.6 inches and contains ten pages. Each page is illustrated, and each illustration shows a baby animal with its mother. The drawings depict the animals bonding with ... Reminds children that they are special and unique
On 4/26 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Oak Tree Reviews a book & product review blogMenuSkip to content HOME CONTACT PAST REVIEWS MY LITTLE PRAYERS APRIL 26, 2016 51ytcPVFX5L._SX365_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg My Little Prayers, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer, is a collection of poems, prayers, and Bible verses written by various authors, and complemented ... My Little Prayers
On 4/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love by Katherine and Jay Wolf tells the story of how this married couple persevered after the wife, Katherine, suffered a life-changing massive brain stem stroke. The Wolf’s faith and courage is very inspirational, and I know that this book ... Hope Heals...
On 4/21 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood, written by Drema Hall Berkheimer, chronicles the author’s childhood in 1940s West Virginia as she was raised by her grandparents. (Berkheimer’s father tragically died in a coal mine.) It was interesting viewing the story through ... Berkheimer writes with vivid description...
On 4/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Young Nance discusses very important issues, such as the devaluation of women in society, women’s experiences in the workplace, and sexual assault. I was glad that Nance talked about the backlog problem with rape kits, as well as the ... I was glad that Nance talked about the backlog problem with rape kits...
On 4/14 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Read with Me Bible for Little Toddlers, written by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and illustrated by Dennis G. Jones, is written in a simple format for young children. The pages are thick; though they are not as thick as a typical board book, they are still somewhat flexible. This storybook Bible tells children ... The drawings of people resemble cute caricatures...
On 4/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Paul Meets Jesus is a “I Can Read” book, which is written in simplistic terms, perfect for children who have just learned how to read. For example, one page of text says, “One day, Saul was walking down the road. He was on his way to a city where followers of Jesus lived. He wanted to arrest them.” ... Good Book for Early Readers
On 4/8 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Living a Mighty Faith: A Simple Heart and a Powerful Faith is a 365-day devotional by Angus Buchan, a speaker, potato farmer, and author of Faith Like Potatoes. Some of my favorite devotionals from the book were Fight Your Fear, Two Are Better Than One, and The Parable of the Lost Son. Each of the page-long ... The book contains a nice variety of topics, such as confronting hardship, having humility, and investing in heavenly things.
On 4/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Under the Sea Bible is a New International Reader’s Version Bible, geared for children or non-native English speakers. I like the NIrV translation, and even though the text is basic, I find that it can be enjoyed by both children and adults; some versions, such as the International Children’s ... Captivating color, and nice black text color
On 4/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: 101 Ways to Have Fun: Things You Can Do With Friends, Anytime! by Faithgirlz! magazine is a cute and fun guide that features creative ways for pre-teen and teen girls to have fun with their friends. Each way to have fun includes pictures along with thoughtful details on how to execute the fun idea. Some ... I would have loved this book at age 13
On 3/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Night, Night Daddy, written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Lee Holland, has a very similar structure to Parker’s book Night, Night Mommy. It is a bedtime story for children, formatted as a board book, and it stresses the important relationship between a father and child. For children who are hesistant ... For children who are hesistant to go to sleep after a long day, it shows how bedtime can be a positive thing
On 3/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Night, Night Mommy, written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Lee Holland, is a bedtime story board book for youngsters. It emphasizes the important relationship between a mother and child, and for children who are hesistant to wind down after a long day, it shows how going to sleep is a positive thing. ... It emphasizes the important relationship between a mother and child, and for children who are hesistant to wind down after a long day, it shows how going to sleep is a positive thing.
On 3/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In This Is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks about life’s awkward moments – why they are important, why they are part of our humanity, and how they relate to our relationship with God. From the first page, I knew this book was great. Rhodes is very witty, and he knows how to simultaneously use humor, reference ... Witty - and deep!
On 3/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I never received this book. To fill up the required word count for this text box, here is the Amazon description: "On March 28, 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received two pieces of news that would change their lives forever. The first was their worst nightmare: “Ann has been shot.” And the ... I never received this book.
On 3/11 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I love The Berenstain Bears books, so I was very excited to receive The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain, son of Stan and Jan Berenstain. I do not have another children’s book focusing on Mother’s Day, and I found the theme to be very unique. The drawings are cute, with ... Big Fan of Berenstain Bears
On 3/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I Can Learn to Pray is a children’s Christian devotional written by Holly Hawkins Shivers and illustrated by Becka Moor. In some ways, it reminds me of an activity book, because the “Praying This Week” sections (which were my favorite parts of the book) give unique activity ideas or exercises related ... Challenges Children to Think About Their Faith
On 2/29 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker is a powerful book addressing the problem of domestic abuse. Tucker delivers thoughtful and intelligent points, and she skillfully dissects the ways in which people often defend abusers and condone domestic abuse. Besides being an important ... Powerful Message
On 2/23 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love, Emily Maynard Johnson talks about her faith, family, and time on the TV shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I had watched part of Emily’s season of The Bachelor, so it was interesting to read what her thoughts were during the ups ... Gives a good behind-the-scenes look at The Bachelor franchise
On 2/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Veggie Tales NIrV Bible is very cute, and it’s a great way fo get kids excited about God’s Word. Aside from the Old Testament and New Testament, the book includes eight colorful Bible story inserts, featuring beloved Veggie Tales characters. This Bible is a New International Reader’s Version, ... Cute Bible with Blue Text
On 2/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: My Bedtime Story Bible for Little Ones, written by Jean E. Syswerda and illustrated by Daniel Hogwarth, is a combination Bible storybook and bedtime storybook. Each lesson has two pages of texts, and ends with a “Tuck in” section that ties the story into a bedtime story theme. For example, the Tuck ... Bible Story Board Book
On 2/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Snuggle Time Prayers, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a cute board book with a soft cover. The illustrations feature endearing drawings of baby animals, often with a parent. I like the delicate look of the drawings. The text is written in a poetic fashion; the poems are grouped ... Cute Board Book
On 2/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Angels in the Bible Storybook is a cute book written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari. It is 6.6 x .8 x 7.9 inches in size and is best suited for 4 – 8-year-olds. The stories are written in a simple yet descriptive manner, and an early reader will have no problem reading the text. ... Unique idea for a book!
On 2/2 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The ICB Princess Bible is an International Children’s Bible with a Princess theme. I think it will be most appreciated by girls between the ages of 4 and 10. I really like the front cover design, which features a crown, a sparkly surface that does not shed sparkles, and five silver jewels that are ... Great for little girls who love all things Princess!
On 1/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I Will Follow Jesus by Judah and Chelsea Smith is an endearing children’s Bible storybook. The book has 195 pages of well-written Bible stories geared towards young children. The book gives a lot of background information from both the Old and New Testaments, and conveys the message of God’s unending ... Sends the message of God's love for his children
On 1/27 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God is a children’s Bible storybook written by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Diane Le Feyer. This book is awesome! Each of the Bible stories is a few pages long, and and they contain reference verses so you can look up the original Scripture sources. The author also includes ... Awesome Book!
On 1/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In Beautiful Uncertainty: Singleness, Surrender, and Stepping Out on Faith, Mandy Hale (aka “The Single Woman”) talks about navigating singleness and uncertainty and relying on God. The book is written in a friendly, down-to-earth style. If you took a Pinterest board full of inspirational quotes ... Encouraging Book
On 1/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Jimmy Wayne was once a homeless teen, who had been in and out of foster homes. Now, he’s a country musician who raises money and awareness for foster children, some of who age of out the foster care system and become homeless. Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way ... Encouraging
On 1/15 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The New International Version Big Dreams Big Prayers Bible for Kids is a complete NIV Bible, with age-appropriate devotionals and prayers. The gender-neutral cover design makes this Bible suited for both girls and boys, and the text is black with occasional teal chapter headings. This edition has interesting ... Great NIV Bible for Kids
On 1/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Growing up, I always loved Berenstain Bears book, so I was very happy to receive The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday. I really like the book’s theme; readers see the Berenstains get ready for Easter and go to the Easter church service as they discuss the importance of the day. The end of the book ... Loved it
On 1/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: All Aboard the Ark is a precious children’s board book by Zonderkidz about the animals in Noah’s Ark. The drawings are cute, and I think that children will love looking at the pairs of animals, which consist of lions, giraffes, rabbits, elephants, turtles, and doves. Each of the left-facing pages ... Precious Children's Board Book
On 1/5 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron talks about how to lead with your heart, soul, mind, and strength. What sets this book apart from some of the other leadership books I have read is the caring and encouraging tone of the author. The book is filled with practical advice, ... Practical Leadership Principles
On 1/5 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Jesus is for You: Stories of God’s Relentless Love by Judah Smith is partly a compilation of stories about the effect that Jesus has on people’s lives, and also partly a collection of beautiful photographs of nature and outdoor scenery, accented with large-print anecdotes and verses about God’s ... Powerful Message
On 12/23 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Midnight Jesus: Where Faith, Struggle, and Grace Collide… by psychotherapist and crisis interventionist Jamie Blaine is a book about people in crisis. These people are found in all sorts of places: from psych wards and emergency rooms to churches and skating rinks. Blaine masterfully weaves together ... Interesting array of stories
On 12/23 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Who was – and is – Jesus Christ? Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth – and How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts by Robert J. Hutchinson explores this question. The book is heavily researched and covers a wide variety of topics, from how early followers of Jesus ... Thorough and interesting exploration of who Jesus of Nazareth was and is
On 12/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio NKJV Bible is a New King James Version audio Bible, composed of 20 CDs. The New Testament is narrated by Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Marisa Tomei (Mary Magdalene), Michael York (Narrator), Stacy Keach (Paul), Louis Gossett, Jr. (John), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Mary, ... Wonderful Way to Listen to the Scriptures
On 12/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Dorothy J. Newton grew up surrounded by poverty and abuse, but her adult life was beginning to look different: she graduated from college (where she was a successful athlete) and married an NFL player. But Newton soon found herself in a terrible situation when her once-charming husband lost his amiable ... Encouraging
On 12/11 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Coming Clean: A Story of Faith chronicles the first ninety days of sobriety for Seth Haines, a writer and attorney from Arkansas. Earlier this year, Haines’ wife, Amber, published a memoir, Wild in the Hollow, in which Seth is frequently mentioned. And when I saw that Coming Clean was available for ... Provides a Good Message
On 12/4 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional for Comfort in the Loss of Your Unborn or Newly Born Child by Kathe Wunneberg is a collection of stories and encouraging anecdotes designed for parents who are grieving the loss of an unborn or newborn baby. The book is very comforting, and the end of each ... Comforting
On 11/27 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In her parenting book Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson talks about instilling strength, kindness, and high character in your children. Korie’s husband, Willie, also contributes excerpts throughout the book. Korie’s commentary on being ... Good Mix of Advice, Encouragement, and Personal Stories
On 11/24 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Good Night, Little Love is a cute bedtime story about a mother rabbit wishing her little one sweet dreams. This board book is written by Laura Neutzling and illustrated by Anna Currey, and it consists of twenty-four illustrated pages with forty-eight lines of text. The rhyming words are fun to read, ... Sweet Story
On 11/18 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In 1987, the American Betty Mahmoody wrote the book Not Without My Daughter, a true account of how she and her daughter, Mahtob, escaped from Betty’s abusive husband, Sayed, who was holding them hostage in his home country of Iran. Through the help of many Iranians, Betty and Mahtob were able to flee ... Wonderful Book
On 11/13 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I Prayed for You, written by Jean Fischer and illustrated by Frank Endersby, is a darling children’s book about a mother’s love for her child. The drawings are very endearing, making it hard not to smile when reading this book. In the story, a mama bear tells her son that she prayed for him before ... Darling Children's Book
On 11/12 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine provides good advice and encouragement for how to succeed as an entrepreneur – or just make a little money on the side. Paine is a frugal and clever businesswoman, and she shares her own stories as well as the accounts ... Good Advice for New Entrepreneurs
On 11/4 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told by John Macarthur is a great book for studying the parables of the Bible. The book explores why Jesus often spoke in parables, and what life lessons these stories can teach us. Some of my favorite chapters talked about ... Explanatory and Engaging
On 10/29 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The Dude’s Guide to Marriage: 10 Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well by Darrin and Amie Patrick is a book that discusses how to love and support your wife in ten key areas: listening, talking, fighting (well), growing, providing, resting, serving, submitting, pursuing, and worshipping ... Practical Advice
On 10/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan by Craig Shirley chronicles the final years of Ronald Reagan’s life. It was a very informative book, and I especially enjoyed learning about the little details related to Reagan’s later part of his life. The book is 328 pages long – ... Great Educational Resource
On 10/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories by Gwen Ellis is a large, 185-page collection of brief Bible stories for children. Each story delivers a great message based on its corresponding Bible account, and the words are written in a way that is easy for children to understand. The drawings are very cute, ... 5 Minute Bible Stories
On 9/19 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch is a great book for fans of the acclaimed Dickens novel. The book is both encouraging and motivational. I especially liked the chapter, “Fear has a downside,” which reminds readers fear can stifle us and that we should not fear the world. (Conversely, ... Wonderful Book
On 8/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I thought about taking a break from reviewing historical fiction. But when I noticed Colleen Coble’s novel A Heart’s Home, I knew I just had to read it! The book is set in the Wyoming Territory in 1866, and it focuses on Emmie Croftner, who is set to marry Isaac Liddle. But as (spoilers ahead) Emmie’s ... Wonderful Story
On 8/20 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: It is common to hear stories about people who leave the Amish, but it is rare to hear stories about outsiders who actually join the Amish. Sherry Gore, however, is one of those rare individuals who chose to completely change her life and become part of the Amish community. In The Plain Choice: A True ... Interesting Memoir
On 8/9 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: The book is written in a heartwarming conversational style, and readers learn all about Wiley’s life, faith, and family. Though the story is bittersweet, since Wiley was not present during his twins’ childhoods, it also shows how even when life does not go as planned, it can still be rich and rewarding. ... Heartwarming Story
On 8/7 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Most of the “secrets” that Kimberling talks about are basic, such as having quality time with your spouse, but he explains his ideas in detail, and illustrates them using stories about various couples that he counseled. To me, these stories were the best parts of the book, and it was interesting ... Sensible Advice
On 7/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: In her guidebook Be the Best Mom You Can Be, Marina Slayton discusses how to tackle various parenting issues while living in a culture that often isn’t kid-friendly. The author focuses on a wide range of key topics, from helping your child deal with stress to setting up safeguards to protect against ... Wide Range of Topics
On 6/29 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: When I requested a copy of Jep and Jessica Robertson’s book The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God from BookLook Bloggers, I didn’t know what to expect. I had seen Sadie Robertson dance on Dancing with the Stars, and I had also previously reviewed Al and Lisa Robertson’s book A New Season. But ... The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God
On 6/15 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I was so happy to receive the Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book from BookLook Bloggers! It’s a fun activity for kids. Not only does the book contain beautiful stickers, but it also has a lot of creative activities for kids to complete. The stickers are reusable, which is a nice bonus. Princess ... Fun and Creative
On 6/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest from Your Hurried Life, with Miriam Drennen, is a lovely collection of Christian devotions. The devotions are garden themed, relating topics such as greenhouses and pesticide to God's Word. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, and this ... Beautiful
On 5/22 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Mama Maggie by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn tells the story of Maggie Gobran, a Coptic Christian woman who ministered to the people of Egypt’s garbage slums since 1997. Because of her amazing work, she has been called the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.” I had never read about Egypt’s garbage slums, ... Inspirational
On 5/11 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: John C. Maxwell’s The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know is a good book discussing leadership principles. I liked that the book focused on how our attitudes can influence the direction of our lives, and I also liked how it explored the factors that contribute to the formation ... The Complete 101 Collection
On 4/28 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Bella’s Gift, by Rick and Karen Santorum (with Elizabeth Santorum), is a touching story about a family’s love. Though Rick Santorum is a political figure, this book doesn’t focus on politics, and the story of this child is one that can appeal to Republicans and Democrats alike. Bella’s Gift tells ... The Story of an Amazing Girl
On 4/14 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron is a book consisting of two stories set in two different time periods. One revolves around Sera James and is set in the present day, while the other focuses on Kaja Makovsky, a woman living in 1942 England who escaped from Prague a few years before. Both stories ... A Sparrow in Terezin
On 3/13 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: One line in the book that stuck with me was in Chapter 50, “The Pain of Growth,” when Stevens said, “Are you more committed to keeping your position and title? Or are you more committed to the growth of your business or church?” I think it’s important to note that business growth will cause ... Fairness is Overrated
On 3/1 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Christians tend to have a lot of burning theology questions. Many things within the Bible remain a mystery. We often don’t understand God, the world, or the after-life. In The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, The Mystery of God, and the Necessity of Faith, author Ken Wystma explores these theological ... The Grand Paradox
On 2/10 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: I really enjoyed reading For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First. I had watched Sean Lowe's season, so I was already somewhat familiar with his story. However, this book gave interesting details about Sean and Catherine's love story, ... For the Right Reasons
On 1/30 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory by Jerome Corsi is a very interesting book. Most of the stories I read relating to World War II have to do with the non-military side of things, so this was an insightful look into other aspects of World War II. The book ... No Greator Valor
On 1/15 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux is a very inspiring, heartfelt book. The book chronicles Boudreaux’s journey as she finds her life purpose in Haiti, starting an organization that does humanitarian work and helps children in need. The book was very interesting, and because the content ... Miracle on Voodoo Mountain
On 12/17 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: This is a great book for fans of this acclaimed Victor Hugo novel and popular Broadway show. The book is very encouraging and incredibly motivational, and discusses how God teaches people lessons through uncomfortable experiences. 52 Little Lessons reminds people that God can show them the light even ... 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables
On 12/3 Oak Tree Reviews wrote: Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting by Mary Ostyn is a wonderful memoir about family, love, and adoption. The book takes us through Ostyn’s adoption journey, showing the joys and trials along the way, as she and her husband adopt six children – two boys from Korea and four girls from ... Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting