Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge & Michelle Cox – Book Review

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 Just 18 Summers is a book that follows four families after the death of a beloved member of the community, Jenny Browning. Each is in a different stage of life but they all begin to realize how fleeting their time with their children is. We only have 18 summers with them, how do we make the most of that time? Many of the parents have children that this is the last summer with them or most of the summers are gone. The story relates how the deal with the guilt and grace of that.

This book is written where each chapter is from a different characters point of view, but yet it all runs cohesively together and doesn’t feel disjointed at all. I actually found myself excited to catch up with a certain character like they were a long lost friend. The character development is amazing! This book had me laughing hysterically out loud, which when you read at night while your hubby is sleeping can get you some odd looks. :) It also had me bawling like a baby. But most importantly it got me thinking about the fleeting moments we have with our children.


Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke – Book Review

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 Saving Amelie is an historical Christian novel about World War 2 which are my favorite type of books. I was so excited to read this book and loved it so much that I will be choosing it as one of my free books in the Tyndale Summer Reading Program even though I’ve already read it. I want it in my library; it was that good.

It is the story of a women, Rachel, whose father is a eugenics scientist. They go to Germany on the ruse of providing research sharing with other countries. However, Rachel soon finds out all is not as it seems. What secrets as her father been keeping from her? What will happen when her friend asks her to hide her deaf daughter and she learns of the atrocities happening in Nazi Germany?

This is a story of running and hiding from Nazis, of two people falling in love, of what the war did to those German soldiers who didn’t want to fight, of so many things. I absolutely loved this book and I know you would as well. This is one of those don’t miss books!


Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses by Carolyn Larsen – Book Review

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 Princess Stories is a sweet devotional for girls. My daughter, who is 5, immediately knew it was a princess book even though she couldn’t read. We have read several of the stories together and they are great. It starts with an introduction explaining the book and then goes through several women in the Bible. It starts with Eve and works it’s way through ending with a section on the little girl being God’s special princess.

Each chapter on a Bible character starts with a little poem and then the story of that women as told from the viewpoint of the character. They explain what their life was like. Then there is a Bible verse and questions to discuss with your daughter called Princess Ponderings.

I really, really love this book. It is super cute and even has a place to write in the front making it a super cute gift idea. I know my daughter will cherish this book for a long, long time.


All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner – Book Review

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 All Right Here is the first in the Darling Family series. The Darling Family is a family of five children and this one is mainly centered around Ivy. Ivy and her husband can’t have children and there marriage is tenuous. But when the neighbor children need somewhere to live they take them in. But will their marriage end or can they pull it together?

I was excited to read this book because I had heard it was like the show Parenthood on TV, which I have watched a few episodes of and enjoyed. And while the book did resemble that in some ways it was slow and disjointed. It seemed we were jumping from one thing to the next with no continuity at all.  I really wanted to love this book but I just didn’t.


CrossReads Book Blast: A Nation Under Judgment by Richard Capriola

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A Nation Under Judgment
By Richard Capriola

About the Book:

A Nation Under Judgment defines wisdom as “the ability to see things from God’s point of view.” It reviews our nations social polices, including hunger, poverty, the environment, marriage, homelessness as well as others, from a Scriptural point of view. It empowers readers to consider if our nation is moving away from being One Nation Under God.

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Rick Photo JpegRichard Capriola spent many years as a hospital chaplain. He completed four years of Clinical Pastoral Education in preparation for becoming a chaplain. In addition to his pastoral care experience, he has served as a ministry outreach leader for a Midwestern church and has been a mental health counselor at both a regional crisis center and psychiatric hospital.

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The Advocate by Randy Singer – Book Review

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 Oh my were to start with this review. Last year during the Tyndale Summer Reading Program was my first introduction to Randy Singer and I fell in love. He is a former trial attorney and writes gripping legal tales. I have acquired several of his books but this is only the second that I have had time to read. This is an epic novel. He said it took him five years to write and he now has great respect for those who write historical fiction as the research and mindset you have to get in to is a lot of hard work.

The Advocate is set in Rome during the time of Jesus and afterwards to when Nero is emperor. It follows an advocate (lawyer) named Theophilus. The story starts with him as a teenager going through school and documents is life through being an adviser to Pontius Pilate when Jesus is crucified to Peter being on trial in Rome to Nero persecuting Christians. It goes through so much Roman history and was just fascinating. It felt like I went on this amazing journey by the time the book was over. If you read no other book this summer this is the one you MUST read. It was amazing.


Tattler’s Branch by Jan Watson – Book Review

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 Tattler’s Branch by Jan Watson is the story of Lilly Still who has grown up in Skip Rock. Skip Rock is a  tiny coal mining community in the Kentucky mountains. Lilly Still is the doctor in this tiny town and has her hands busy with her patients and her little sister visiting for the summer. Her friend and neighbor Armina has been a great help to her this summer. But when Armina turns hill and shows up with a baby but doesn’t remember it Lilly is one busy women. But whose baby is it and why is their a strange man watching her clinic.

This book is a good read. It can be a bit slow and goes off on a few tangents but it was still enjoyable. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Dr. Quinn medicine women. Technically this is the second book in this series but it can easily be read by itself


Captured on the High Seas, The Imagination Station #14- Book Review

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 Captured on the High Seas is the 14th book in The Imagination Station series. It is part of a group of them that have an overarching story line that revolves around the time of the revolutionary war. This sub series starts with book 13 and will continue on in this and at least the next book which hasn’t come out yet (as of the time of this post). Beth and Patrick end up being shot at as they are leaving in the Imagination Station in book thirteen. The musket ball causes their trip to take them to a revolutionary warship instead of back to Whit’s End. The learn what live is like for the sailors and end up being taken as prisoners of war.

This book series is a fabulous substitute for the hugely popular Magic Treehouse books. If you are looking for something that can help your kids learn about history but from a Biblical perspective and without the magic this is the series for you. My 9 year old loves them but they are more at a 1st-2nd grade reading level. I highly recommend getting this whole series for your children.


Danger on a Silent Night, The Imagination Station #12 – Book Review

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 Danger on a Silent Night is the 12th book in The Imagination Station series. If you are a fan of Adventures in Odyssey you know that the Imagination Station is a time traveling invention made by Mr. Whittaker. This series of books takes your kids to different points in history in a fun way. In this book Beth has decided not to do gifts this year. Patrick tells her it is a tradition and she has to but Beth says it doesn’t even go back that far. Whit decided to send them back to the time of the wise men so they could learn the meaning of Christmas and that gifts go way back.

I loved that this book stayed very accurate to the actual story by showing that there were probably more than three wise men and that they didn’t show up right at Christ’s birth. This is a fabulous book to help your child learn more about Christmas.