Priceless

Smallbone, Joel and Luke. With Hue, Nancy. Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For- Based on the major motion picture. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
James Stevens is spiraling downward quickly after a personal loss in his life and other major setbacks. With a young daughter dependent on him, he realizes he must make ends meet yet becomes involved in situations that may have huge consequences for himself, as well as for others. Clinging to faith and discovering his strength, James finds his choices affect something deep within him…his heart…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Loving the music of for KING & COUNTRY, specifically the title song, Priceless, I was interested in the novel and major motion picture of the same title by the authors, Joel and Luke Smallbone. Having an inkling of what the story may be about since hearing a blurp on the Christian radio station, K-Love, I had no idea the deep involvement of the storyline. Evoking strong emotions, opening eyes wide, and being drawn into the story, though not an easy read, it is definitely a well written novel. Listening to one of my favorite songs just took on an even deeper meaning. (Caution- perhaps more appropriate for mature audiences due to content.)

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Priceless from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

God Made You Just Right

Lord, Jill Roman (author). Wummer, Amy (illustrator). God Made You Just Right. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
In a thick board book, author Jill Roman Lord and illustrator Amy Wummer share the important message with little minds that each is made perfect. With unique tickle spots, perfect noses, special uses of fingers, gentle hearts, creative talents and extraordinary silliness, God made each amazing, one of a kind. With charming pictures, lots of smiles and tons of cheerfulness, God Made You Just Right leaves no doubt as to each person’s special uniqueness…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adoring the beautiful illustrations (especially the puppies), and liking the easy, flowing verses based on Jeremiah 29:11, this eye and ear pleasing board book would be perfect for small children, Sunday school, quiet moments or as a gift. Packed with such an important message based on a bible verse, when coupled with the darling illustrations, it combines into a wonderful package celebrating God’s art and love of each. Well done!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God Made You Just Right from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon

Simon, Mary Manz (author). Walkley, Lizzie (illustrator). God Made the Sun. God Made the Moon. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As a pair of books that share God’s unconditional love during both the day and evening, God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon are adorable. With rhyming stanzas, a die-cut sun and moon shape, thick cardboard pages and lots of color, these books are sure to please little hands. Matching pictures to each verse help solidify the message of God’s goodness, no matter the time of day. Perfect to share with children at home, church, school or in a library, marveling at God’s beauty.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Cute, sweet, bright and textured, these books are separate yet work well as a pairing. The illustrations bring the rhymes to life making it easy for toddlers to learn, repeat and begin to read. With an important message included, these books would make an excellent gift, work well in Sunday school, or for a quiet snuggle. Hopefully more books will be added to this delightful set of books.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

The Captain Takes A Wife

Durbin, Doris. The Captain Takes A Wife- The Captain Chronicles. USA: Crossbooks. 2013.

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SUMMARY:
On his way to Georgia via train, Captain Harry Richardson is most surprised when a young lady, Sarah Franklin, literally throws herself into his arms begging for his help. Harry soon realizes Sarah may need protection from more than the arranged marriage her Uncle prepared for her. With a new plan in mind, Harry and Sarah soon realize their plan may involve more than expected…outlaws, suspense, mystery, surprises and perhaps even a change of heart.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a new author, Doris Durbin certainly is familiar with writing since she retired from her career as a librarian recently and uses her husband as her consult, a history teacher for many years. Intrigued by the cover, title, and book summary, I took the chance to give an emerging author a try. Though it took me just a bit to become comfortable with her style, her writing did eventually flow for me, providing an interesting storyline, strong characters, and well researched items. As her debut novel, The Captain Takes A Wife, I look forward to more of her writing since a continuing series is certainly plausible and encouraged. An added bonus was definitely the discussion questions, recipes and pattern.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Captain Takes A Wife from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Unstuffed

Soukup, Ruth. Unstuffed: Uncluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
With tons of items cluttering homes, minds, souls and in turn, whole lives, now seems like a good time to unstuff. Sometimes an overwhelmingly personal, emotional and physical action, often it may more simply left undone. Through encouragement, knowledge, compassion and direction, New York Times bestselling author, Ruth Soukup, helps make such a daunting task much easier. Starting with a vision and working towards uncluttering space, relationships, schedules and minds, Unstuffed provides an organized manner in which to be successful.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
In a subject that can be hard for many people, this author makes uncluttering understandable and achievable. Written in such a way that it almost seems enjoyable (okay…bearable), it is a well organized book with good ideas, explained results, relatable situations and positive advice. Approaching the cluttered style from a whole perspective, rather than just a materialistic approach, not only makes more sense but also serves several purposes at once. I truly appreciate the candid advice given in a doable, compassionate, upbeat, successful way. My home, mind and soul, thank-you!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Unstuffed from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*