Friday, March 9, 2018

I Prayed For You by Jean Fisher and illustrated by Frank Endersby

This children's book isn't a new release. It was published in 2015. But this beauty of a book is new to me. 

This would be a beautiful gift for an expectant mother and father. A wonderful first book for a little one. Most of all it is sweetness and would make for the perfect book to read when all snuggled up. 

Who doesn't love bears? The illustrations of this books are so precious. Soft and inviting. Warm and cozy soft hues blanket each page. You can leave the cover jacket on or for your convenience remove it. 

Here are just a few examples from the pages of I Prayed For You. 

"The first time I held you in my arms, you fell asleep all snuggly-cozy. And I prayed." {Thank You, dear God, for this cute, cuddly bear. May my little one know Your love's always there.}

"One day I gave you colorful paints and brushes, and you painted your first picture. As I hung it on the wall, I prayed." {Thank You, dear God, for my bear cub's sweet heart. To me, this child is Your great work of art.}

"The first time you got hurt, I gave you the biggest, warmest, safest mama hug, and I asked God to make you all better again." {Whenever my sweetie pie hurts for a while, please change that sad face from a frown to a smile.}

"Then, one day, you were so brave. You spent the whole day at school without me. And while you were gone, I asked God to help you." {My little one's headed for classrooms and hallways. Please go with my pumpkin today and then always.}

This just may be my favorite children's book of the year that I have been blessed to review. Just sweetness between child and parent. A time to open the heart and simply love. 

I cannot wait to gift this gem to my daughter and granddaughter. I know they will love reading this together. 💜

This children's book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Jean Fisher has written many Christian books for adults and children. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she lives near the shore of Lake Michigan, where she enjoys watching woodland wildlife and working in her backyard gardens. 

Frank Endersby has experimented with many forms of art, from designing greeting cards to designing china patterns to illustrating preschool board books. Frank lives in the Cotswolds, surrounded by rolling hills and woodland glades, giving him lots of inspiration to paint. 

Night Night Jungle by Amy Parker illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Get ready to cuddle up with a book filled with colorful cuteness! I love what Amy Parker has done here with a book sure to fill a little one with sweet dreams. 

The illustrations are just amazing. Virginia Allyn has outdone herself on this adorable gem. The pages of this hardback are filled with such brilliant color that is sure to captivate little ones. 

The sun is setting in the jungle and the lemurs are thanking God for their food. The jaguars are splashing one more time before bed. The toucan is getting ready to brush before it's time for pajamas. The chameleons are curling up for one more story. The monkey swings through the trees before mama grabs him up for the night. The mama parrot sings a lullaby. The tadpoles take a ride on daddy's back before they say goodnight. Of course there is a cute sloth all cuddled up with mama. The book ends with all the animals, all God's creatures, snuggled in for the night. 

I love how God is woven within this nighttime story. A wonderful way to begin prayer for little ones. This is certainly a gem for children. The perfect end before dreams begin. 

This children's book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

God Bless You & Good Night written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow

This is a beautiful book for little ones! The cover is just so gentle and filled with love. The cover alone makes this hardback, with a cover that you can easily remove, very inviting. 

The illustrations are exceptionally gorgeous. They give way to bring imaginations alive and curious. Soft and gentle colors create a cuddle time sure to keep little ones focused. 

The story opens with a verse, "The Lord gives sleep to those He loves. -Psalm 127:2." What a wonderful way to begin sharing Jesus and open little hearts up to prayer. 

With each turning of the page we are introduced to different animals all readying for a goodnight's sleep. We start with giraffe's stretching from small to tall, polar bears grabbing a snack before hitting the sack, otters scrubbing until bubbles fly, penguins with jammies to give a giggle, kangaroos with a story, sloths climbing high to catch a breeze, a family of foxes snuggling in the hay, hedgehogs giving snuggle hugs, meerkats  closing their eyes to pray, owls singing a lullaby, elephants whispering, I love you, raccoons grabbing teddy bears, bunnies closing their eyes, ending with mamma and baby curled up with a nightlight made of fireflies. 

I cannot wait to gift this one to my youngest granddaughter. She will adore the animals and sweet story as she readies for sleep. I too think this is one your little ones will enjoy. 

This children's book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Night Night Farm (touch and feel) by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Children will love this colorful gem of a book. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The story is sweet. The farm animals are all getting ready for sleep. As they all ready in their own ways the mice are waiting for their midnight hayride through the farm. 

This one will be perfect for my granddaughter who is one. The story gives room for lots of imagination. The pages are filled with lots of detail where the reader can even add their own imaginative additions to the story. 

For being a touch and feel that is a little disappointing. I expected more. There are circled textures on each page. The sheep is fluffy and the cat is very furry. The moon and stars are glittery feeling. The horse and pig are a smoother texture. On the last page the blanket covering the mice feels a little like flannel. Although it isn't quite what I expected it is still very cute and I think little ones would love to have this read to them at sleep time. 

This children's book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

How to Window Box (small-space plants to grow indoors or out) by Chantal Aida & Ryan Benoit

How creative! Are you on the search for something new, something creative to get excited about? This could be your new project. This is perfect for springtime! 

If you love gardening and simply don't have the space just maybe a window box is something you would enjoy. 

If you love flowers this is a great way to fill your home with beauty and color. There are many great ideas in this sweet gem of a book. There are sixteen different projects that are shared with the reader. A few that I would love to try are the Flower stand, the Southern Belle, the Edible Petals, the Danglers, and the Sunny Succulents

The authors go through instructions on how to garden a window, how to customize your box, resources, and of course beautifully colored photos of window boxes to get you visually excited to begin a new project. 

I seen this book and immediately thought of my daughter who is always decorating her home and she loves flowers. I am excited to share this book with her, but also to try some of these for myself. 

The authors share with each window box the location, indoors or outdoors, how much light is needed, which window is best, just how easy the box you select is, which soil is needed, which topping is suitable for your window box, how much water is needed, and how to feed your plants you have chosen. They give great detail! 

With each box they show the plants that are used and give the name of them. They go through each step to ensure your window box is prepared as best as possible. 

This is a great beginning to a new love. This too is something awesome to share with others. Get the kids involved. Plant and watch it grow! I think with the start that these authors have given, once learning how to create one of these boxes is just the beginning. The imagination can now soar to creating your own beauties to share. 

I am so happy I chose this book for review. I thought I would choose something different from my norm. Going outside the box is just what I needed. lol 🌷

This book was a gift from Clarkson Potter/Publishing for sharing my review with you. 

Chantal Aida and Ryan Benoit are the founders of the award-winning blog The Horticult. Gordon has written for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Teen Vogue, NBC, and more. As an engineer, photographer, and founder of Ryan Benoit Design, Benoit invents and designs modern furniture, fixtures, and planters that have been featured in the New York Times. They live in Southern California.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ten Little Night Stars written by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy

I love finding wonderful books for my grandchildren. This is one I cannot wait to read with my granddaughter, Callie Grace. She's going to love it. 

The softness if this hardback book is great for little hands to touch. The cover and illustrations are exceptionally bright and colorful. They are fun and captivating for little ones. 

This is a dreamy read for bedtime. With each page we count the stars up to ten. Each page builds to finally saying goodnight. The stars added to each page give way to early learning, but there's so much more than counting stars. Each page gives way for so much attention to build even more story for little ones. There is much here to grab the imagination of children. 

We have a sweet story with elephants, bears, lions, pandas, monkeys, hippos, and raccoons. All of these critters are getting their little ones ready for bed. I think children will love all these cuties.

Most of all in this gem it gives time for parent, grandparent, and child to come together in a special way that will fill the heart with love. Let us count the stars, and too count the ways love is expressed through sharing this sweet read. 

This children's book was a gift from Zondervan for sharing my review with you. 

The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

I am a Rubart fan! My favorites are the Well Spring Novels, Soul's Gate, Memory's Door, and Spirit Bridge. His newest gem falls closer to these earlier works. I love how Rubart brings the spiritual world to life in the black and white pages. Many don't think much about it, but it is very real. 

There are always dark and light, good and evil, angels and demons, at work in us and around us. After all Satan is here to destroy and kill. He hunts us. 

We can see this in The Man He Never Was. What is it that I love? Let's start with the title. The Man He Never Was. Toren Daniels is like all of us. We don't want to admit that. That too was his issue. We know of the man he was before he was married and then the man after he was married. He lived with anger. He battled it. It was getting the best of him. He was at the end and this is where he has an experience he never expected. Through good verses evil, the battle continues, and we see Toren become a man he never was. He didn't become the man he use to be. There was something new in him. He had lessons to learn, a life to give up, and a God to trust. 

The cover also captivates me. We see the shadow of him walking through all that is green. For me, this is Toren walking away from who he was and embracing this new life in him. He had to walk the journey, he had to go the distance, he had to face the demons that held him from truly seeing beyond his vision. 

Rubart takes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and writes a story of today using this same premise of good verses evil. We get to see his journey as he comes face to face with the spiritual world around him. His life has become a mess and if he doesn't do something he will only spiral downward even more. But what I love is that this isn't about fixing his marriage or his relationship with his children. Yes, those are important. But more importantly Toren has to learn to love himself and this is something has never done. His past collides on the field as his anger only grows. 

Yes, in reading this novel it is easy to see how it will end. We know that good surpasses the evil. But it is the journey getting there that I loved. The words flow. The chapters connect greatly. The story continually grows and it kept my attention. I was able to read it in one setting, but what I will do now is go back to those last chapters and reread them. They go deep below the surface of what we naturally see. They bring to light the spiritual world around us. For me that are very poignant to my life today. Releasing the anger, looking back over my life, seeing the life I live today, and coming to understand that the new person God is creating me to be isn't something of my past. She isn't someone I once was. Not someone that is impossible to obtain. But someone very real when I make the decision to die to self and look to Jesus. (Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:17).

I cannot wait to see what's next for Mr. Rubart. I am always intrigued and always walk away from his works with much to ponder. 

Happy Reading💜

This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

James L. Rubart is the bestselling, Christy, Carol, RT Book Reviews, and INSPY award winning author of nine novels. A professional marketer and speaker, James and his wife have two grown sons and live in the Pacific Northwest. Want to stay in touch with James? Sign up for his newsletter (and an occasional freebie!) at


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