Wednesday, February 6, 2019

REVIEW: The Girls At 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

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BOOK INFORMATION
Genre: Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 384 pages

    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 5, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1250202442
    • ISBN-13: 978-1250202444

    Synopsis: Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life.  

    The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.
    Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.

    Every bite causes anxiety.  Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.


    Review: This book nearly broke my heart on more than one occasion. It begins with Anna being brought to 17 Swann Street, a recovery facility for girls with eating disorders. The author gives us an amazing insight into the lives and mindsets of all the girls, but especially Anna. We experience her ups and downs as she struggles with the idea of having to gain weight back that she has worked so hard to lose. We get flashback glimpses into Anna's life before her illness, as well as present-day narration of the day to day events in the house and occasional clinical notes from her medical team. 
    Each of the girls she meets in the house has a story to tell and a different demon to fight. Not every story has a happy ending. Even Anna's story realistically remind us that eating disorders can be a lifetime battle. 

    Rating: Four stars

    About the author
    Yara-Zgheib-Author-Image-credit-Helen-KaramYara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in International Affairs in Diplomacy from Centre D'études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Yara is a writer for several US and European magazines, including The Huffington Post, The Four Seasons Magazine, A Woman’s Paris, The Idea List, and Holiday Magazine. She writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, "Aristotle at Afternoon Tea" (http://www.aristotleatafternoontea.com/).


    BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me by Dr. Laurie Zelinger


    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Medical
    • Hardcover: 42 pages
    • Publisher: Loving Healing Press; 3rd ed. edition (January 1, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 161599419X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1615994199
























    Nearly 500,000 adenotonsillectomies will be performed on children this year. 

    Will you be ready? The new 3rd Edition of this bestselling book helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child’s surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, the authors provide reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family. As caregivers, you will:

    - Get the facts about tonsils and adenoids in simple terms.
    - Reduce your own anxiety about surgery and recovery.
    - Learn how to best support your child through the medical and emotional events surrounding the procedure.
    - Have scripts available to guide your conversations with all of your children.
    - Discover the sequence of events leading up to surgery and how to prepare for them.
    - Find out what you need to have at home while your child recuperates.
    - Understand and respond to any unforeseen complications.
    - Become confident that you have maximized your child’s comfort and adjustment during the weeks surrounding surgery.

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    "A handy and valuable guide for parents who face the ultimate decision to have their child undergo a surgery, this book unravels the fear, answers the questions and makes it understandable and reassuring. It is much needed in the field and its joyful illustrations make it easy to follow and comprehend." -- Donna Geffner, Ph.D., Ed.D (Hon.), CCC-SP/A, Past president of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 

    "When reading the book, you feel as if Dr. Laurie is right in front of you and leading you through the whole process. This book provides a useful, simple and straight forward approach for parents and children to deal with the anxiety that precedes any surgery." -- Zev Ash, M.D., F.A.A.P. (pediatrician)

    "As owners and directors of a nursery school and summer camp for the past 27 years, we are often asked how to prepare a child for a medical procedure. This book is an excellent roadmap for parents on preparing not only your child, but also yourself, for a scary and often intimidating experience." Adam & Amy Langbart, owners of /Merrick Woods Country Day School and Camp, Merrick, NY 

    "The use of actual possible scripts to use with your child to help explain procedures and ease a child’s anxiety, well organized helpful to-do lists and timelines serve to make this a required read and practical guide for parents or any caregiver with a child about to undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy." Steven H. Blaustein Ph.D, CCC, BCS-CL, Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Specialist - Child Language 

    "This book spells out in clear and concise language what parents need to know and how to prepare children for the surgery. Suggestions on how to talk to children in developmentally appropriate language will be especially helpful to parents. I enthusiastically recommend this book to parents of children facing this medical procedure." David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, Author, Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie


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    Review: This book gives parents a great deal of medical information, as well as ideas on how to explain the subject to young children. It is not a book for the children themselves, although it has wonderful illustrations to share with the child--it even offers some direct quotes to use to begin conversations about different parts of the procedure. My favorite resource is the list of suggested items to have on hand at home after the surgery to make recovery easier on everyone. There is also a list of children's books about the subject.

    Rating: Five stars

    More books by the author
    Releasing April 2019!!
    Dr. Zelinger's next book will be Please Explain "Time Out" To Me: A Story for Children and Do-It-Yourself Manual for Parents 

    About the Author
    Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years' experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie's previous books include: "Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents," The "O MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the "For Parents" sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie's interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com. 

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    Monday, February 4, 2019

    BLOG TOUR: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

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    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Thriller

  • Hardcover: 304 pages

    • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (April 30, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1683319974
    • ISBN-13: 978-1683319979

    Synopsis: “Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

    Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

    A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

    Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

    Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.


    Review: This is one of the scariest books I've read in a long time. I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. If you are a fan of thrillers that are creepy with a touch of supernatural, this is definitely the book for you.
    This book is going to be made into a motion picture, and I am already excited to see it.

    Rating: Five stars

    About the author
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    Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She has been employed in many occupations including farm hand, factory worker, childminder and music teacher. Throughout all this, because and in spite of it, there was always the writing. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions. Little Darlings is her first novel, and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.







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    Saturday, February 2, 2019

    BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: The Last Thing She Said by Rachel Walkley @rararesources @racheljwalkley

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    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Magical realism
  • Paperback: 282 pages

    • Publisher: Spare Time Press (December 12, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1999630734
    • ISBN-13: 978-1999630737

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    Synopsis: "Beware of a man named Frederick and his offer of marriage."
    Rose’s granddaughters, Rebecca, Leia, and Naomi, have never taken her prophecies seriously. But now that Rose is dead, and Naomi has a new man in her life, should they take heed of this mysterious warning?
    Naomi needs to master the art of performing. Rebecca rarely ventures out of her house. She's afraid of what she might see. As for Rebecca’s twin, everyone admires Leia’s giant brain, but now the genius is on the verge of a breakdown.
    Rebecca suspects Naomi’s new boyfriend is hiding something. She begs Leia, now living in the US, to investigate.
    Leia’s search takes her to a remote farm in Ohio on the trail of the truth behind a tragic death.
    Just who is Ethan? And what isn’t he telling Naomi?
    In a story full of drama and mystery, the sisters discover there is more that connects them than they realize, and that only together can they discover exactly what’s behind Rose’s prophecy.
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    Review: This is a family story, told from various points of view, including some chapters which are flashbacks/memories. The main focus is on the psychological makeup of each of the sisters. We first get to know each one from the point of view of her sisters, and later we get their own perspectives on themselves, which tends to be very different.

    I was very taken with all of the sisters, as well as their grandmother Rose. The touch of supernatural is presented just right--it's not overly represented, but it does play a part in the plot. I think most people will enjoy the ending as much as I did.

    I received a copy of this book to read with no expectation of a favorable review.

    Rating: Four stars

    The-Last-twitter-profile-picAbout the author
    Born in the East of England, Rachel has lived in big cities and small villages including London and Bristol, before settling in Cheshire.
    For most of her working life, she's been a scientist and librarian, and her love of creative writing has never ceased even when surrounded by technical reports and impenetrable patents. Among moments of mummy taxi, delving into museum archives, drawing pictures and flute playing, Rachel finds a little time to pen her magical mysteries.

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    Monday, January 21, 2019

    Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice Results

    Our fantastic tour reviewers have been busy voting, from all our incredible reads of 2018 that we have had the pleasure of touring, for our Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice 2018.  
    Here are their Top 5 Favorite books!

    Here we go.....
    Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice for 2018

    1st PLACE
    Driving Whiskey Wild (A sexy stand-alone contemporary romance) 
    by Melissa Foster 

    Driving Whiskey Wild (A Sexy Standalone Romance) by [Foster, Melissa]
    A captivating sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 

    Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

    After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

    Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.
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    Joint 2nd PLACE
    Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow (The Moonglow Series, Book 4)
    by Deborah Garner 

    The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

    When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. 

    *Cookie and candy recipes included!

    The Moonglow Series...
    Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
    Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
    Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
    Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
    Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

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    Joint 2nd PLACE
    Wicked Whiskey Love (A sexy stand-alone contemporary romance) 
    by Melissa Foster 

    Wicked Whiskey Love: Sexy Standalone Romance by [Foster, Melissa] An emotionally riveting, sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 

    Fall in love with Bones Whiskey in WICKED WHISKEY LOVE, an emotionally riveting, sexy new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. A magnificent love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, families, bikers, babies, and more!

    In WICKED WHISKEY LOVE...
    After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she's finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn't seen in more than a decade. She's still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle--and to her like a hungry man.

    Trust doesn't come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want--and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah's worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?


    **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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    3rd PLACE
    Bad Boys After Dark: Brett (Billionaires After Dark, Book 4) 
    by Melissa Foster

    Bad Boys After Dark: Brett (Bad Billionaires After Dark Book 4) by [Foster, Melissa]
    Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone hot and sexy romances. 

    Indulge your inner vixen...
    Meet the Bad Boys... Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

    Everything's naughtier after dark...

    Billionaire security expert Brett Bad has had his eye on his brother’s gorgeous legal assistant, Sophie Roberts, for years. He wants nothing more from her than a single night between the sheets to satisfy his desires. But Sophie is a white-picket-fence girl, and she’s turned him down more times than he cares to count. 

    Sophie is all about forever kisses and happily ever afters. But she can’t deny her attraction to Brett, as enticed by his bad-boy behavior as she is by his devastating looks and his painful past, which she’d like to help heal. 

    When Sophie’s friend urges her to throw caution to the wind, Sophie leaves the door to her heart ajar—and Brett charges in. But this Bad boy doesn’t know a thing about romance and has no interest in forever, forcing Sophie to make her toughest decision yet—follow her heart or protect it? 

    **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

    BAD BOYS AFTER DARK 
    Mick 
    Dylan
    Carson 
    Brett

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    4th PLACE
    Psycho in Paradise (Paradise Series, Book 15) 
    by Deborah Brown

    In the Florida Keys, you have to take the shady with the sunny. And Tarpon Cove has more than fifty shades of shady going on.

    Shady No. 1: When Brad is caught with the dead body of his crazy ex-girlfriend—a body he swears was planted—the Westin family gathers to plan a strategy. That family now including Fab, Didier, and Creole by default.

    Shady No. 2: Fab is having a hard time keeping her promise to go legit. It’s not her fault she tends to attract clients who want their problems solved without getting the cops involved. Trying to keep her reined in is a full-time job, and a thankless one, since Madison keeps getting roped in on “easy” jobs that wind up getting the kind of messy that require specialized cleanup.

    Shady No. 3: Ferreting out the info needed to save Brad means using sources so deep in the friend-of-a-friend network they’re anonymous.

    The only thing not shady is Creole’s love. Madison’s kept her promise never to lie to him. Mostly. But when the killer wafts like smoke through the cracks in the investigation, it reminds her she should’ve eaten dessert first more often.

    The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!”


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    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    30 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE (30th anniversary edition) by Max Anders #biblein30days #flyby


    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Christian/Bible Study and Reference
    • Paperback: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 23, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0785216189
    • ISBN-13: 978-0785216186

    Synopsis: If you've ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders' classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you. In just fifteen minutes a day, you'll learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God's Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it's available in an expanded thirtieth-anniversary edition—with the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today's readers.

    Features include:
    The “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themes
    The “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pages
    The core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years
    A 13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days 
    Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition


    Find out more at the website: Bible In 30 Days
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    Review: While this book is designed so that it can be used by an individual over 30 days, taking only 15 minutes per day, there are other ways it can be used as well. For instance, I am using it with a Bible study group as an addition to our regular weekly study, covering one day per week. There are charts to fill out and questions to answer as you go along. That helps you to really take in the information. If you go to the website, there are also downloadable resources to use with a group.
    The book is divided into multiple sections:
    Section 1: The Story of the Old Testament

    Section 2: The Story of the New Testament
    Section 3: Ten Great Doctrines of the Bible
    Section 4:  NanoSummary of the Bible
    Section 5: How To Master the Bible So Well that the Bible Masters You
    Section 6: Teaching Plan
    Section 7: Bonus Chapters

    This would be a wonderful book for any Christian to read/study, whether you are new to the faith or have been a believer for years. The language is simple, without being "dumbed down," and it answers many of the questions I've had for years.

    Rating: Five stars

    About the author
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    Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, and is the creator and general editor of the 32-volume Holman Bible Commentary series. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor.  Max provides resources and discipleship strategies at www.maxanders.com to help people grow spiritually.

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    BOOK TOUR: I've Got To Write! It's Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones! by Norma McLauchin (SPOTLIGHT)



    BOOK INFORMATION

    Book Title: I've Got To Write! It's Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones!
    Genre: Inspirational    
    • Paperback
    • Publisher: Chosen Pen Publishing (February 15, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1732236623
    • ISBN-13: 978-1732236622


         
    About The Book 
    Jeremiah 20:9 (NIV) But if I will not mention his word or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire shut up in my bones.
    It’s Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a compilation of smoldering, heartfelt stories of love, compassion, forgiveness, and amazement inspired and told by members of the Chosen Pen Writers Group. For many of our authors, this is their first published work. Yet, the passion and resolve in bringing to light a story that was burning on their hearts can be found on the printed pages inside.
    About the author
     Norma McLauchlin is your Spiritual Growth & Journaling Coach, Founder of New Life Ministries, Lady LifersTM Women’s Conferences, Chosen Pen Publishing, the Free to ChooseTM book series, co-pastor of New Life Bible Church and New Life Christian Academy. Norma McLauchlin, fondly known as “First Lady” in and around her community, inspires women to embrace spiritual change and live more fulfilling lives. Speaking from the heart of her own experiences as a wife, mother, co-pastor, and administrator.  First Lady has the unique ability to connect with women from all walks of life.It’s Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a compilation of smoldering, heartfelt stories of love, compassion, forgiveness, and amazement inspired and told by members of the Chosen Pen Writers Group. For many of our authors, this is their first published work. Yet, the passion and resolve in bringing to light a story that was burning on their hearts can be found on the printed pages inside.First Lady has accepted the call to help women develop their self-esteem and self-worth. Chosen Pen Publishing and Free to Choose books are just two of the vehicles she uses to encourage women to access the tools necessary to bring about the transformation that will help them realize their potential.                      
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    Friday, January 11, 2019

    THE DEVOTED LIFE CREATIVE JOURNAL

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    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Religion and Spirituality/Christian

  • Imitation Leather: 208 pages
    • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (December 1, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1683226879
    • ISBN-13: 978-1683226871

    Synopsis: Come Experience It for Yourself. . . Life Is Good with a God Who Is Great!
    This topically guided creative journal for teen girls offers inspiration and encouragement for those who desire to live their lives fully devoted to Christ. Amidst the loud, confusing voices of the world, trying to tell them which way is the right way to go, girls need to stop, rest, refuel, and reflect in the presence of their truest Friend and most loyal heavenly Father. Whether it’s through creativity, meditating on scripture, prayer, or writing, readers will join young author and artist, Marjorie Jackson, for a time of life-giving fun, faith-strengthening encouragement, and God-glorifying growth. As girls connect with their first love, Jesus, they will begin to understand that life is truly good with a God who is absolutely great!  

    Review: This journal is marketed as a 30-day journal for teen girls. However, as a 57 yr.-old woman, I found it inspirational and instructive...and I'm using each section as a five-day study.  The journal prompts are especially helpful in applying the scriptures to your daily life. Topics discussed include relationships (friendships, family), identity, God's authority, prayer, reading the Bible, etc At the end of the book, there are 9 pages with simple borders to “Create Your Own Hand-Lettered Scripture Art.” The book looks a little bland when you first look through it, but once the reader colors some of the pictures and writes about the journal prompts, there will be a lot of color, and each book will be unique.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

    Rating: Five stars