• Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

    Thank You, God, For Blessing Me By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Little Hermie is caterpillar. Little Hermie is also the star in a series of adorable little books for toddlers written by established author and speaker Max Lucado. Little Hermie demonstrates to toddlers how to be thankful for everything God has blessed them.  As Little Hermie “looks around and smiles at all he sees,” he begins to pray. Thank You, God, For Blessing Me is a prayer from Little Hermie thanking God for his many blessings including food, eyesight, friends, family, flowers, stars and playtime. He also asks God to help him be kind and obey.  Very cute…

  • Love You More

    Love You More The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter By Jennifer Grant Published by Thomas Nelson Written in an easy-reading, light-hearted style, Love You More is a wonderfully inspiring read!  Much more than a story of one family’s journey through international adoption.  Love You More is the Grant Family’s story.  Adoption just happens to be a part of that story.  Jennifer Grant and her husband, David, are parents to four children.  Jennifer gave birth to three of their children.  Their fourth child, Mia, was born in Guatemala and came into their family through international adoption. Grant relays the ups and downs of their adoption journey, as well as ups…

  • Worlds Collide

    Worlds Collide By Alison Strobel Published by WaterBrook Press Excellently written and wonderfully inspirational book! Worlds Collide is the fictional love story of Hollywood super-star actor, Jack Harrington, and the non-actress “girl next door” Grace Winslowe.  Ultimately told from the view point of Jada, the journalist chosen to tell their story, Worlds Collide turned out to be a very inspirational read.  Written in first person, with alternating chapters told from the viewpoints of Jack, and then Grace, the reader is brought gradually into the characters’ lives, eventually falling into the midst of a heartwarming love story. From the beginning, the reader is drawn into the characters lives.  The events and…

  • Hermie, A Common Caterpillar

    Hermie A Common Caterpillar By Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Hermie  is caterpillar. Just a common caterpillar. A  sad common caterpillar. Hermie and his friend Wormie see other of God’s creatures with what they see as more beauty, talent or gifts that they have been given. But when they talk to God about how “common” and unimportant they feel , God gently but faithfully reminds them that He is not finished with them yet!  Young readers will be encouraged as they are reminded that they too are a work in progress – and that God has a plan for their life as they seek Him. Listed as a Level…

  • Night Night Blessings

    Night Night Blessings By Amy Parker Published by Thomas Nelson Night Night Blessings is a simple little book geared toward younger children. Not too complicated for little ones to understand. Not too long for their attention span. Written in a first person, prayer format, the rhyming text describes various things to be thankful for.  From the beginning of the day, with pancakes stacked high, to the twinkling stars as the day ends, there are so many things for which to thank God. The illustrations are very well done.  From wispy hair, to bold but subdued colors, the overall mood of the book provides a pleasant and calming effect for a…

  • Gabby, God’s Little Angel

    Gabby, God’s Little Angel By Sheila Walsh Published by Thomas Nelson Gabby, God’s Little Angel, by accomplished author and speaker Sheila Walsh, presents the story of Gabby, an angel in “guardian angel training”, and her “new assignment”, Sophie, a fun-loving girl who needs lots of guarding.  The book is based around the Biblical scripture Psalm 91:9 & 11: The Lord is your protection. . . . He has 
put his angels in charge of you. They 
will watch over you wherever you go. The story opens with a depiction of Gabby’s sometimes clumsy enthusiasm through what she calls a “musical mishap”.  As she learns of her new charge on earth,…

  • Right From the Heart

    Right From the Heart Turning Your Day Toward God By Bryant Wright Published by Thomas Nelson Nice daily devotional … full of great advice and encouragement. Right From The Heart, is a daily devotional which includes 366 “chapters”, one for each day of the year – even including February 29 for leap year!  The reading structure is divided into months, then each day.  Each day begins with a relevant scripture, taken from various Bible translations.  Devotional topics are practical and presented as brief but thought provoking, with many including stories and quotes that illustrate the topic of the “chapter”. Though I read an ebook version of this book, having a…

  • One Call Away

    One Call Away Answering Life’s Challenges with Unshakable Faith By Brenda Warner with Jennifer Schuchmann  Published by Thomas Nelson Thoroughly enjoyed this book! One Call Away is the inspiring life story of Brenda Carney Warner.  Though her life journey has included a myriad of difficult circumstances, Brenda gives God the credit for her perseverance in the face of both loss and abundance.  One Call Away is a captivatingly well written memoir.  As Brenda reveals the struggles she has faced at various points throughout her life, she also reveals how her faith in God, founded from childhood, ultimately brought her through and led her into an amazing life living within His…

  • Espresso For Your Spirit

    Espresso For Your Spirit Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents By Pam Vredevelt Published By Multnomah Books Espresso For Your Spirit is a nice little book full of inspiring stories, motivating encouragement and humorous illustrations.  Author Pam Vredevelt, writes from her experience as a counselor, pastor’s wife and mom of three, including one special needs child. Each chapter opens with a relevant scripture from The Bible and closes with a “Power Perk” of either quips of humor in “A Sip of Humor” or quotes of encouragement in “A Taste of Hope”.   Vredevelt writes with a witty and heart-felt style.  The genuine emotion she portrays when writing about events relating to her…

  • Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love

    Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love By Brennan Manning & John Blase  Published by Thomas Nelson Misses the mark.  Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is a simple little book geared toward younger children. Not too complicated for little ones to understand.   Not too long for their attention span. Repetitive text captures their attention and involves them in the story as they begin to recognize the bold-font phrase “smack-dab in the middle”.  Unfortunately, Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love misses the mark. Thouh it does a good job reminding little ones of God’s perfect, unconditional, never-ending love for them, a greater opportunity is missed. As Willie Juan…