Reviews by Laura Ringrose
On 4/1 Laura Ringrose wrote: Finishing First focuses on the importance of not being afraid to fail. It actually details why it is so important to fail...So you can learn how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. Written in a conversational tone, Hamilton's book is a quick enjoyable read that packs a strong punch ... Why Failure is Your Friend
On 2/25 Laura Ringrose wrote: Let's All Make the Day Count is a devotional book written by music legend Charlie Daniels. It contains one hundred short, uplifting stories. Each story is coupled with a Bible verse and closes with pithy take away statement. While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing, ... Encouraging Devotional
On 2/1 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Ministry of Ordinary Places is a beautifully written call to action. We don’t have to travel to far off lands to show God’s love to others. We have the opportunity every day in the lives we are living. The Ministry of Ordinary Places is a wonderful reminder of the impact and influence each one ... Beautiful Call to Action
On 12/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: Still looking for a few Christmas gifts?! The Case for Christ: Daily Moment of Truth is an outstanding devotional which incorporates text from Strobel's previous Case for Christ resources. I really like the succinct nature of each devotional. They are easy to read and understand yet still have a great ... Great Devotional
On 12/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: Popular blogger Ruth Schwenk has just released a new devotional. No matter what stage of motherhood you may find yourself, this devotional is a wonderfully uplifting and encouraging resource. Each devotion includes scripture, a short narrative, a prayer, and a couple of questions for further thought ... Uplifting Devotional
On 11/5 Laura Ringrose wrote: Unshakable Hope Promise Book: Student Edition is an outstanding foundational text that explores 30 different truths about God. This book is geared to tween and teen readers. Using scripture as well as real life examples, Max Lucado lays out how God has kept his promises through the lives of Bible characters ... Good Resource
On 9/26 Laura Ringrose wrote: 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart is a lovely little book that provides an encouraging and uplifting devotional for each and every day of the year. Each entry includes a Bible verse, a short reading, and a closing prayer. This little gem would make a lovely Christmas gift. While this complimentary ... Lovely Devotional
On 9/10 Laura Ringrose wrote: Faith Among the Faithless explores whether Christianity can survive a secular age. Mike Cosper juxtaposes our modern society with the story of Esther from the Bible. This was an interesting and thought-provoking read which focused on the belief that God may be hidden but He is never absent. While this ... Thought Provoking
On 7/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: I Can Only Imagine chronicles the story behind the number one selling Christian music single of all time. The emotionally charged story of Bart Millard’s life and specifically his relationship with his father is a testament to the power of God in the lives of his children. Whether you are a MercyMe ... Enjoyable Read
On 5/7 Laura Ringrose wrote: The newest book from Randy Frazee is a devotional that continues his Believe series. This devotional focuses on key beliefs, practices, and virtues of the Christian faith. Each daily devotion includes a Bible verse and a short reading. The focus of this devotional is to help empower the reader to not ... Solid Devotional
On 4/18 Laura Ringrose wrote: Jill Briscoe's latest book tackles the limits we put on our ourselves through our doubts. Using the stories of Moses and other Old Testament characters, she highlights how to overcome fear and doubt in order to use your gifts to truly honor God. Set up with discussion questions within each chapter, this ... Encouragement for the Journey
On 1/22 Laura Ringrose wrote: Capital Gaines is a light read featuring the insights of Chip Gaines. Gaines is known for serving as one of the hosts of Fixer Upper on HGTV. Gaines shares his wisdom in an honest and humorous way, and whether you a fan of the show Fixer Upper or not, it is an enjoyable read. While this complimentary ... Light and Enjoyable
On 12/6 Laura Ringrose wrote: This book tackles the myth that all teens rebel. The author uses her own experiences coupled with psychological research and in depth interviews to present her case. Ultimately, eight commonalities are found in homes where teens don't rebel against their parents or their faith. These are explained and ... Encourgaing Parenting Text
On 10/16 Laura Ringrose wrote: Jen Hatmaker’s newest book is written with her signature conversational style which blends humor and honesty. You really feel like you are chatting with a good friend as your read it. Made up of short essays, this book is an easy read. You will laugh as well as cry as you read this one. While this ... Light Read
On 8/11 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Weekly Prayer Project is a journal that is divided into seven different sections that reflect seven different types of prayer (requests, gratitude, lament, intercession, faith, repentance, and awe). There are weekly sub-sections that include scripture and reflective questions for each week of the ... This hardback journal is simple yet beautiful and would make a lovely gift
On 5/10 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Woman's Study Bible is a beautiful volume that is specifically geared toward women. It is a true study Bible and includes many maps, charts, and study notes. I particularly enjoyed the biographies of women from the Bible that are included. This Bible would be a lovely Mother's Day gift. While this ... Beautiful Study Bible
On 4/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Beautiful Word Devotional truly is beautiful. It features a one page devotional for each day of the year which includes scripture, insights, and a short prayer. Each two page spread features an illustrated Bible verse and a notes section. This devotional would make a lovely gift. While this complimentary ... Beautiful Devotional
On 3/23 Laura Ringrose wrote: Light Up New York is the fourth and final book in Faithgirlz’ Glimmer Girl Series. Our daughter has enjoyed all of them! They are a quick, easy, fun read. As a parent I love that these books do not include any content of concern, and they encourage behavior that displays kindness to others. While ... Great Tween Book
On 1/11 Laura Ringrose wrote: Faithgirlz materials are very popular with our daughter. This devotional is no exception. It is written for tween girls and uses Philippians 4:8 as a foundation for discussion of a wide range of topics important to tween young ladies. Each devotional begins with a scripture passage and a brief reading ... Great Tween Devotional
On 12/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: Raising an Original is a Christian parenting book that focuses on recognizing and embracing your child's unique personality as you parent. Written by a mother of eight, this text provides terrific parenting tips, valuable insights, and encouragement. Raising an Original is a winner! While this complimentary ... Great Parenting Resource
On 11/28 Laura Ringrose wrote: Prayers and Answered Prayers is really two small journal books in one. One of the books features prompts for the reader to use for prayers while the other focuses on answered prayers. Each page is produced with an eye catching fun format and there are lots of spaces provided to color, add your own thoughts ... Perfect Gift for Christian Tween/Teen Girl
On 10/17 Laura Ringrose wrote: Girl Talk is a terrific weekly devotional that is targeted to middle school girls. Each section includes a Bible passage and a story and then questions for further thought that are divided up so that each day one has a question or two to think about and answer. There is ample space within the book to ... Girl Talk is a terrific weekly devotional that is targeted to middle school girls
On 9/14 Laura Ringrose wrote: I always enjoy Lysa TerKeurst’s books, and Uninvited did not disappoint. Filled with personal stories and biblical truths, this one is a winner. It will make you think and grow. One of my favorite parts of the book were the bonus section in the back which included a listing of all of the scriptural ... A Winner
On 8/10 Laura Ringrose wrote: Today our daughter is providing her first official review to the blog. <em>Miracle in Music City</em> is part of the Faithgirlz series. It provides a good lesson about the importance of being brave and taking risks. I really enjoyed it. It was an awesome book! While this complimentary book was provided ... Miracle in Music City
On 6/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus is a terrific devotional book specifically targeted to busy moms. Ehman and Schwenk present 100 devotions that focus on issues and concerns all moms have. Each devotion has a scripture verse, a personal story, a prayer and reflection questions. ... Great Devotional for Moms
On 4/9 Laura Ringrose wrote: This nifty book is part of the FaithGirlz! series and is full of fun, age-appropriate activities for tween/teen girls. Many of the activities are perfect to do with friends. I know our daughter will delight in exploring the options with her friends in the months and years ahead. This one is a winner! While ... Sweet Girl Fun!
On 3/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: We love the Brave Girls series of devotionals. This is the third in the series, and our daughter was very excited when it arrived in the mail. These little devotionals provide a scripture verse and a few paragraphs about what that verse might look like in action at home, school, and beyond. Each section ... Outstanding Devotional for Young Ladies
On 1/22 Laura Ringrose wrote: I really like Max Lucado’s writing so I was very eager to get his new devotional – God Is With You Everyday. Each week features a prayer and scriptures coupled with daily readings that are snippets from many of Lucado’s previously published books. These brief devotions serve as a great way to ... Super Devotional
On 11/17 Laura Ringrose wrote: If you like Jen Hatmaker’s blog, you will love this book! For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards is a quick read that provides some great reminders about keeping things in perspective. Additionally, you will be hard pressed not to laugh aloud while reading this book. ... Great Reminders
On 10/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids is a terrific devotional for third and fourth graders. Each entry includes a verse and a message as well as a prayer. Our family likes to use this text during breakfast. It serves as a great way to start the day for our daughter. While this complimentary ... Great Way to Start the Day with Your Kids!
On 8/31 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Faithgirlz Bible features a darling cover with a magnetic closure. There are many nifty additional features included in this NIV Bible including: • Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book. • Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story. • ... Great Bible for Young Ladies
On 7/27 Laura Ringrose wrote: This is a solid parenting book that is filled with practical advice and real world examples. Written with a Christian parenting perspective and a highly conversational tone, it is an easy read but provides a lot to think about for the reader. The questions and reflections at the end of each section provide ... Worth Reading!
On 7/8 Laura Ringrose wrote: See larger image NIrV Study Bible for Kids (Hardcover) By (author) Zondervan This NIrV Study Bible is specifically designed for kids 6-10 years old. The text is written at a third grade reading level which makes it highly accessible for young Bible readers. This version also includes a number of special ... Spiffy Bible for Kids
On 6/1 Laura Ringrose wrote: Believe Kid’s Edition: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus is a good resource for children exploring the Christian faith and understanding why we believe what we believe. I felt this book would have been more useful if it had focused on being a Bible study guide book to use in tandem with a Bible rather than ... Spiffy Resource
On 5/15 Laura Ringrose wrote: Brave Girls: Faithful Friends ~ A 90-Day Devotional for Brave Girls Like You! is an terrific devotional book for girls 7-10. I had reviewed another devotional in the Brave Girls Series, and I was excited to have the opportunity to review another. The one page devotions are filled with great insights ... Brave Girls-A Winner
On 3/23 Laura Ringrose wrote: Brave Girls: Better Than Perfect ~ A 90-Day Devotional for Brave Girls Like You! is an awesome devotional book for girls 7-10. The one page devotions are filled with great insights, and I really liked the questions and activities coupled with each reading as a way of reinforcing the important lessons ... Great Tween Devotional!
On 3/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: Case for Grace for Kids does a great job of explaining God's gift of grace. The first chapter provides an explanation with the remaining chapters in the book providing real life examples of people who have had their lives changes as a result of God's love and grace. Although this book could be ... Perfect Tool to Expain God's Grace
On 2/3 Laura Ringrose wrote: Ruth Soukup is a popular blogger who writes about being content with less. She also provides information about home and hearth concerns and ideas for saving money when you can. Her blog is enjoyable and lots of good insights are shared. Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life is basically ... Her blog is enjoyable
On 1/7 Laura Ringrose wrote: This book started as a blog post and received such a positive response that it has been expanded into book form. It should be a must read for all tween/teen girls. Kampakis provides so much good information. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are outstanding. This text would be terrific ... Great Resource
On 12/18 Laura Ringrose wrote: It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Changeis a terrific book. The friendship that develops between little seed and little fox is a sweet one. Their adventures together ultimately help them realize that although things around them may change - God is always there. For little ones who tend ... Help for the worried...
On 12/1 Laura Ringrose wrote: We have a nature girl. She loves all things outdoors. This great little book includes activities, recipes, and science experiments that any nature girl would delight in exploring. This book is written as a guide for girls to help care for God’s creations. It is very well done and would make a terrific ... Nature Girl!
On 11/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: I was excited to have the opportunity to review a new book from Max Lucado. I am always impressed by his ability to write equally well for children as well as adults. This Christmas book not only includes the birth of Christ but also his baptism by John and the beginnings of his ministry. The text is ... Christmas Story Greatness
On 9/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: After enjoying a couple of other Get to Know biographies, I was very fortunate to be given another book from the series to review for my blog. Get to Know Jesus is another outstanding biography for children. The introduction of historical information presented in such an interesting and engaging way ... Great Biography!
On 8/11 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Blessings of Friendship Treasury is a delightful volume of Engelbreit’s artwork coupled with quotes and Bible verses about friendship. I love that this book is a large picture book size. You can enjoy all of the details in the art work, and it has been fun to read and discuss with our daughter. ... Delightful Friendship Collection
On 7/30 Laura Ringrose wrote: After enjoying Get to Know Mary, I was very fortunate to be given another book from the series to review for my blog. Get to Know the Apostle Paul is another outstanding biography for children. The introduction of historical information presented in such an interesting and engaging way makes this another ... Great biography!
On 7/15 Laura Ringrose wrote: Get to Know Mary is a great biography for children. It is part of a growing series of books featuring notable people from the Bible written by Nancy I. Sanders. Our soon to be second grader has been fascinated by learning more about Mary and the time period in which she lived. This book provides a ... Great biography!
On 6/17 Laura Ringrose wrote: LeAnn Rice writes a food blog that is filled with yummy creations. The Loving Kitchen features many of Rice’s favorite dishes which are southern comfort food classics. These recipes are delicious, but many of them are very hearty and liberally use ingredients like heavy cream. Traditionally, photographs ... Yum!
On 5/8 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Young Women of Faith Bible is designed specifically for tween and teen girls. It features weekly Bible studies that apply Bible truths to daily life. There are side notes throughout the text which provide additional explanation for the reader and a memory challenge section which highlights meaningful ... Great Resource
On 2/3 Laura Ringrose wrote: Our daughter was eager to have a Bible of her own rather than using one of her Bible Story books. The Jesus Bible was a great find. The introduction of each book includes where Jesus can be found within the book, who wrote it, why the book was written, as well as other details that help with application. ... The Jesus Bible - Great Choice!
On 12/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection is a wonderful Christmas book filled with illustrated versions of well known carols, stories, and poems. As a fan of Mary Engelbreit’s artwork for many years, I was excited to receive this review copy in the mail, and it not only met but exceeded my expectations. ... Celebration of Christmas Joy!
On 10/6 Laura Ringrose wrote: If you are a fan of the e-mail devotions produced by Proverbs 31 Ministries, this little devotional book is for you. Each devotional includes a Bible verse and then a personal story that includes that verse in action. Following the readings are prompts related to remembering, reflecting, and responding ... Encouragement for Today
On 7/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: I enjoy Susan Merrill's writing from iMom so I was looking forward to reading The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World. This book was even better than I had hoped. Susan has used the book of Nehemiah as a guide to parenting and provides parallels throughout her text. The focus of this book ... Great Parenting Book
On 4/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: Intentional Parenting is made up of twelve chapters that each address a parenting myth. Although there was not a lot of new information for me, I felt the points were well presented and meaningful examples were provided. I also really appreciated the emphasis on recognizing who your child is as an individual ... Intentional Parenting - Worth Reading
On 2/18 Laura Ringrose wrote: As I have shared in the past, I am a big Max Lucado fan. This devotional book is another winner. It is based on his book Just Like Jesus and includes thirty days of study. Each daily devotion highlights steps in thinking, hearing, reflecting, and speaking with a focus on knowing Jesus better. While ... Another Winner from Max Lucado
On 11/1 Laura Ringrose wrote: This one is a winner! All Pro Dad focuses on having a game plan as a father in order to effectively impact and influence your children. Using a sports driven format, this book provides many quotes and stories from influential business leaders and sports heroes that serve as great reminders and a source ... This one is a winner!
On 5/7 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Lily Series is a group of Christian books that include fiction as well as non-fiction titles and devotionals. The Beauty Book explores beauty on the inside as well as the outside and is targeted to a “tween” audience. It does an excellent job revealing what true beauty really is as well as ... Beautiful Inside and Out!
On 4/11 Laura Ringrose wrote: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life is filled with great reminders of how to keep your priorities straight and your life on track. The text is enhanced by Luci Swindoll's conversational style which is a delight to read. You truly feel like you are getting advice from a friend. While this complimentary book ... Good Advice...
On 10/26 Laura Ringrose wrote: After seeing Brenda Warner speak at The Women of Faith Event in Dallas, I was interested in reading her book. One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith shares Brenda's story from the humble beginnings of early childhood to present day and the unexpected stops along the way ~ becoming ... Warner's Story Is Amazing...
On 9/14 Laura Ringrose wrote: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyn, Prophet , Spy shares the amazing story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This exhaustive biography of Bonhoeffer’s life is extremely well written and engaging. The use of personal letters, interviews, and research provides the reader with a clear picture of who this man was and ... Bonhoeffer: Inspiring Read
On 8/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: Thunder Dog shares the true story of Micheal Hingson's escape from the World Trade Center on September 11th. He takes the reader on the incredible journey from his office on the 78th floor to safety. As you read the book you can actually visualize what it must have been like to navigate the 1,463 stairs ... Thunder Dog - Good Not Great
On 7/3 Laura Ringrose wrote: Billy Graham in Quotes is a wonderful collection of Graham quotes from his published works and personal writings. The quotations are organized by topic and are easy to access. This volume is an outstanding reference book as well as a remarkable tribute to Graham's seven decades of ministry. Dr. Graham's ... Billy Graham in Quotes
On 6/18 Laura Ringrose wrote: Max on Life is Max Lucado’s newest book. In it he shares his answers to the most often asked questions he has heard during his ministry. The questions are divided into seven sections: Hope Hurt Help Him/Her Home Have/Have Nots Hereafter Each section is then filled with questions which Lucado ... Max on Life – Max Lucado
On 2/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: See larger image The Beginning Reader's Bible (Hardcover) By (author) Thomas Nelson List Price: $19.99 USD New From: $12.49 In Stock Used from: $11.99 In Stock The ... The Beginning Reader’s Bible – Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate
On 12/13 Laura Ringrose wrote: eally Woolly Bible Stories is a delightful collection of Bible Stories from the Old and New Testmaments. It is a padded board book that features the “really woolly” characters who are extremely cute and appealing to children as well as adults. The Bible stories are each told in rhyming verse and ... Really Woolly Bible Stories Delights!
On 10/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: A Christmas Prayer is a wonderful book that focuses on the true gifts of Christmas. It features a family preparing for the holidays and focuses on the actions of their daughter. As the story of Christmas is told the daughter recreates the nativity scene using her own toys. As she finds each figure ... A Christmas Prayer is a winner!
On 9/10 Laura Ringrose wrote: See larger image Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference (Hardcover) By (author) Max Lucado List Price: $24.99 USD New From: $15.98 In Stock Used from: $16.00 In Stock Out ... Out Live Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference – Max Lucado
On 9/4 Laura Ringrose wrote: One Hand, Two Hands is a new children's book from Max Lucado. The first thing that caught my attention were the wonderfully engaging illustrations. Starting with the cover, each picture captures snipets of a little girl's action packed day in a magical way. The text itself focuses on all the things ... One Hand, Two Hands - A Winner!
On 8/19 Laura Ringrose wrote: 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs provides 100 short lessons centered around prayers for any and all occasions. I really like how this book provides a place to begin to share and discuss Biblical truths with small children that is meaningful yet completely age appropriate for a preschooler. ... 100 God Love's to Hear, 100 Praise Songs - Worth a Look!
On 5/31 Laura Ringrose wrote: 5.0 out of 5 stars God's Promises for Girls - A Gem!, May 31, 2010 By Once Upon a Storyville - See all my reviews This review is from: God's Promises for Girls (Hardcover) God's Promises for Girls is a lovely little book that is perfect for gift giving. The book is divided up into sections which allows ... God's Promises for Girls - A Gem!
On 5/3 Laura Ringrose wrote: See larger image Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? (Paperback) By (author) Pete Wilson List Price: $14.99 USD New From: $9.40 In Stock Used from: $9.27 ... Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? – Pete Wilson
On 4/4 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Flowering Cross was a very quick favorite for our daughter. As soon as I finished reading it she wanted me to read it again! It is a touching Easter story which focuses on the transformational power of God's love. Katie is a six year old little girl who truly loves God. She displays her unconditional ... The Flowering Cross - A Wonderful Easter Book!
On 1/25 Laura Ringrose wrote: Posted 01/25/10: Antonio Meets His Match is the latest release from Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends Series. The focus of this DVD is the importance of loving your neighbor. After an introduction by Lucado, the viewer is introduced to Antonio. He has long been considered the leader of the ants. It appears ... Antonio Meets His Match
On 11/27 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Story of Christmas retold by Gwen Ellis is a colorfully illustrated version of the Christmas story beginning with the birth of John the Baptist and then introducing the reader to Mary. The book is broken into six two page spreads that are highly illustrated. Biblical verse reference is included at ... The Story of Christmas - Good Choice for Toddlers and Preschoolers
On 11/5 Laura Ringrose wrote: 5 Cities that Ruled the Word by Douglas Wilson attempts to explain the importance and significance of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York not merely during a specific time period, but their ultimate role in shaping global history. Wilson gives an overview of each city through a single chapter ... 5 Cities that Ruled the World - Enjoyable, Informative Read
On 10/21 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Tallest of the Smalls is a children’s parable from Max Lucado. It is a companion text for children which pulls themes from chapter two of Lucado’s newest adult book - Fearless. I have read Fearless and loved it so I was very excited to get this book and share it with our daughter. The illustrations ... The Tallest of the Smalls
On 10/14 Laura Ringrose wrote: 4.0 out of 5 stars What Difference Do It Make - Stories of Hope and Healing, October 14, 2009 By Once Upon a Storyville - See all my reviews What Difference Do It Make - Stories of Hope and Healing is the follow up to the tremendously popular Same Kind of Different as Me. I enjoyed the first book ... What Difference Do It Make - Stories of Hope and Healing
On 9/8 Laura Ringrose wrote: Max Lucado’s newest book Fearless is simply outstanding. With our increasingly complex world it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Further, it is easy to be held back in our lives by fear. Lucado addresses the issue of fear in relationship to Christian faith. He does an outstanding job of utilizing biblical stories as well ... Fearless – Max Lucado
On 8/31 Laura Ringrose wrote: I had high hopes for Shelia Walsh’s Let Go. I was left greatly disappointed. The text of the book has high points. The quotes which begin each chapter are strong and thought provoking. The follow up questions and prayers are also outstanding. Both these elements clearly outshine the text ... Let Go – Shelia Walsh
On 8/2 Laura Ringrose wrote: The Read and Share Toddler Bible includes Old Testament and New Testament Bible stories. The pictures within the book are colorful and are highly engaging to toddlers. Of special note is the degree of detail within each picture. There is much to be seen and young eyes enjoy studying and finding things within them. This ... Read and Share Toddler Bible – Gwen Ellis