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The Action Storybook Bible ... Text by Catherine Devries, Illustrations by Sergio Cariello

 
What do you and your family have in common with the heroes of the faith? You all play an important part in the same story-God's redemptive plan for His creation. The Action Storybook Bible combines dramatic storytelling with over 350 brand-new, comic-book style illustrations to guide you through His plan and help you discover your place in God's magnificent story.

From creation to the crucifixion, God has all the details covered. But God's story doesn't end with His Son. In fact, He has a purpose for all His children, including you and your family. The Action Storybook Bible combines exciting storytelling with brand-new, dramatic illustrations that will help you and your family understand God's plan like never before.

Family time is irreplaceable. So, make yours count by taking your family's faith one step deeper. The Action Storybook Bible combines dramatic storytelling with comic-book style artwork to create an exciting reading experience. You and your family will take an adventure into God's fascinating story to learn more about him, how you fit into His redemptive plan, and how to put your faith in action!
 

OUR REVIEW
 
Wow!  Who knew the Bible  could so colorfully come alive and jump out of the pages with abundant action and thrilling us with amazing true life stories that will impact our every day lives! The Action Storybook Bible is formatted in such a way that kids of all ages will be able to understand the simple truths of God's teaching.
 
I loved the bold and bright colorful illustrations, keeping the text short and to the point. The wrap up at the end of each chapter gives a super quick summary to reinforce the story that was just told and a thank you prayer for all of God's blessings.
 
If you ever wondered what Noah's ark might have looked like, or the parting of the Red Sea, this book will captivate and enrich your reading of God's word. A book for the whole family.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.






DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?
Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!

Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Trusting God through Cancer: A Collection of Cancer Survivor Stories of Faith and Hope ...By Ed Adams


After providentially meeting Kayla Hudson, a courageous young woman who has dealt with several cancer diagnoses, Ed Adams followed a nudge from God and collected stories of hope from cancer survivors—including Kayla—and their families. In each author’s unique voice, the stories detail the survivor’s diagnosis and treatment as well as the faith, love, and support that sustained him or her through the cancer journey. The survivors range from Izzie Pittman, diagnosed with leukemia at just eleven months old, to LeeAnn Lapum, who discovered she had breast cancer in her mid-fifties after nearly twenty years of dealing with MS. This book is relatable and encouraging for anyone who has dealt with cancer or is currently walking through this daunting disease as each story reminds readers that God is always with us.



OUR REVIEW

Trusting God Through Cancer: A Collection of Cancer Survivor Stories of Faith and Hope by Ed Adams is a beautiful dedication of love to and by cancer survivors or their care givers. Loving stories that will grip your heart, bring you to tears and yet you will come away with knowing how God has touched so many lives.

What's important about this book is that first of all, these cancer patients want to share their stories, no matter what the outcome is or has been (since these are very current stories) and secondly, people who have never been exposed to the battles of cancer need to know how important it is to give loving support in a non-judgmental way. 

Caregivers share their feelings of "why wasn't it me" or feel guilt for one reason or another, but the common thread through these stories was the hope and faith they grew in God.

I did find a passage in one of the stories the really grabbed my heart..."My encouragement to people who have cancer is that it is not the end of the world, but rather, the beginning of a new life."

All share a favorite Bible passage, their struggles and sorrows, and yet they are the ones sharing their faith of love of God to us.


                          Amazon Review








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Sailing Into Trouble (Danni Girl Mystery Book 2) ... By Debra Sue Brice





Danni is back in the routine of life after losing her best friend to a crazed murderer. Moving forward, Danni decides to celebrate life on a leisurely cruise around the city with family and friends. With Ryan and Chris both at her side, her feelings become torn between these two extremely good looking men. But all too soon murder strikes again and any hopes at having a romantic evening are dead in the water.





An excerpt from the book:


“Is he dead?” I asked, praying the poor guy was in a coma-like sleep. Ryan knelt down and leaned in, checking for any signs of life. It only took a few moments to confirm the obvious.
“I'm sorry, Danni,” he said as he rested back on his heels. This wasn't the first time Ryan and I faced a death together, but I was certainly hoping it would be the last. I shook my head in disbelief.
Ryan was the strong one, not afraid to take charge of a situation. He looked up at me and knew what had to be done.
                                                  

                                                                   AMAZON  Sailing Into Trouble

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The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts ... by School Specialty Publishing



 

 
Open minds and build artistic skills with The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts for kindergarten to grade 4. Filled with fun activities like painting, sculpting, drama, music, and mixed material projects you can strengthen your child’s creativity and encourage independent learning. This comprehensive learning guide features easy-to-follow instructions and high-interest project ideas that will keep your child interested in the hands-on process.
The Complete Book series offers activities that encourage independent learning and support skill mastery in Spanish, handwriting, maps, geography, the alphabet, numbers, counting, time, money, and arts and crafts. Each subject-specific, comprehensive workbook engages children through focused instruction and fun activities with full-color photographs and illustrations that hold attention while children learn important concepts needed for school success!

OUR REVIEW


Linda     
Awesome crafts for grades K through 4 or even a bit higher. The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts has wonderful, colorful pictures explaining each project. I'm a helper in a First Grade class one day a week, and I teach simple and easy projects, so that's why this book jumped out at me.
 
I ended up not using most of these crafts since I can now find a lot of them online, but I'm glad I have it handy for those last minute projects that you need in a moments notice. Since our class is around 23-26 kids, and I think this book would be great for a smaller group of children.



                                         Amazon Review






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                                                 Evidence Not Seen ... By Carlene Haven




Although attorney Jeff Galloway’s career is in high gear, his personal life is a mess. Just before his father returns home from a 27-year stretch in prison, his girlfriend dumps him. When a chance encounter begins to blossom into new romance, soft-hearted Melanie Clark encourages Jeff to find a way to forgive his father’s long absence.






OUR REVIEW

"...love keeps no record of wrongs...: 1 Corinthians: 13:5 is the perfect introduction to this engaging mystery, love story. Evidence Not Seen by Carlene Haven takes us back to December 1979 when successful attorney Jeffrey Galloway helps his mom await the arrival of his father's release from prison.

Linda      
Mixed emotions are battling in his heart as he questions just what really happened long ago, and can forgiveness be obtainable? Enter Melanie Clark, someone well beneath Jeffrey's social standing but smart as a whip and full of enthusiasm for life.

I found this story amazingly refreshing, as I love not having to get bogged down with excessive characters, overload of unnecessary backstories, and still keep me thinking the whole way through with ... what if's? A fast and easy read that will leave you wanting to read the next story in this collection of books!


                                       Amazon Review



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                                     Whiter Shall I Go? ... Gina Holder





In 1911, Eleanor Williams struggles to see God’s hand in her life, when she loses both parents and is sent to live with her wealthy, estranged aunt, who transforms her from awkward country bumpkin to socialite heiress. 6 years later, she meets a young preacher and finds hope as they serve the Lord together.


Ellie’s journey takes her from her home in Cades Cove, Tennessee to the concrete jungle of New York City and finally to the harsh unforgiving world of the Amazon River Basin, where she meets Paul, a doctor who’s lost his way and Jack, a soldier with amnesia. Encountering anacondas, jaguars, and an antagonistic Shaman, will Ellie give in to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her?
Or can she depend on God’s grace to bring about His will for her life?


OUR REVIEW


July 1910, Manaus, Brazil ... "Where's our son?" will peek your interest from page one! Gina Holder author of Whither Shall I Go? introduces us in following chapters to several families that will tug at your emotions, while interweaving their direction of this romantic story.

Linda   
Eleanor Grace Williams (aka Ellie) faces a devastating loss as a young girl, which leads her into a new and challenging life. While developing her faith in God she intersects with a bold young preacher that puts questions in her mind about her future. From this point on, family and questionable events happen that disrupt a growing bond between the two, as once again a blow to Ellie's new life has struck her heart and laid out plans.

Holder has cleverly woven the characters for us to wonder who can be trusted as the story moves from the easy life of civilization to the harsh depths of Brazil. Missionary work is not meant for everyone, and just who will survive this outcome after surprising secrets are revealed?





                                     Amazon Review




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                                                Sparrow on a House ... By Billie Houston


In 1943 Sara Carson leaves her farm home and goes to Orange, Texas to work in the ship yards. There she meets and falls in love with soldier Kent Holden. Three days later they are married. Less than a week after that he ships out to North Africa. Sara moves back to the farm to help her mother with her ailing grandmother and her father who is losing his hold on reality.

Now it is 1945. Germany has surrendered and Kent is coming home. Sara comes to grips with the realization that she has married a stranger. She loves her husband, but she doesn't know him. She has married in haste. Is she condemned to repent at leisure?




OUR REIVEW

Sparrow on a Housetop by Billie Houston took me by complete surprise! Houston depicted the time period accurately without dragging out any unnecessary details to bog the story down, following through with character growth and development. I must say I enjoyed the references to a few books that I recognized!

The horrendous harshness of battles that the soldiers faced, effected the outcome of their homecoming and the start of new lives. Sara faced the unknown of what life would be with a husband that she only knew a few days before going off to war. To the surprise and shock of her family, Kent is somewhat welcomed into an eclectic array of family members...on both sides of the family.

Linda     
I have to say, my feelings for Kent were not favorable at first, as Houston used her skill of writing to make my emotions doubt his sincerity about his love for Sara and then building suspicion of what his character was really about.

Throughout the story, faith may or may not touch and heal lives as we can easily recognize the life altering events that happen... possible the same occurrences that  have touched our own lives. 

Yes, of course I cried at the end a little bit, but remembering that we don't always understand the ways of God, He is always in control!
       


Amazon Review




LITFUSE BOOK TOUR

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

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                                                 Theodora's Children ... by Rick Nau







Gretchen is her name. She's the heroine of the story. Some people call her Gretch the Wretch. Not a very nice thing to say about someone, especially if they suffer from a loneliness so intense it could blow the roof off the sky. Certainly she's not the only person in the world who's felt this way. You might have felt this way yourself. Or you might feel this way at this very moment, just as Gretchen felt at the beginning of her story. This isn't to say she's not a wonderful person. If you get to know her, you'll find out how wonderful she is. If you don't, you'll never know. 


           


This book is for anyone who loves:
  • Stories with a solid Christian Theme
  • Stories that are Bigger than Life
  • Stories about Courage
  • Stories about Overcoming Fear
  • Stories about Friendship
  • Christmas


OUR REVIEW

Theodoria's Children by Rick Nau is delightful story told by a loving great grandfather to his two rambunctious great grandchildren. The story captivates the children with amazing over the top embellishments of a little lonely girl which entices them to ask questions and add their opinions.

This novel is a spiritual journey, full of hidden meanings and symbolic imagery about finding faith in God. At first I thought it
Linda   
would be a great read for younger children, but the story of Gretchen took so many turns that I got confused as to where the tale was going and what the symbolisms were representing.


All came together in the end, paving the way for the next in the series. If you love allegories, this is the book for you!



                     Amazon Review



 


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                                            Eden on the Frontier by Cheryle Williams




A time of new beginnings brings out the best and worst in any family.

Spring 1772 on the colonial Pennsylvania frontier. Eden Anna Blair, age seventeen, travels with her family of Scots-Irish pioneers via packhorses to search for land near the Forks of the Ohio. A ten-day walk in a long caravan of farmers and traders can test anyone’s mettle.

During the trek, Eden finds friendship with three impressive young men. Daniel and Donovan Briggs are brothers who labor as tree cutters and proudly push a cart of their own tools. Solomon Redding, educated but poor, is headed to a plantation where he’ll tutor a rich family’s sons.

It will be at least a year before Eden is free to marry anyone. As oldest daughter, her family needs her help while they buy land and build a cabin. Eden is confident she can face any hardship but the heady experience of falling in love.




OUR REVIEW

As I was reading Eden on the Frontier by Cheryle Williams I was so thankful that I live in this day and age. Just so there is no misunderstanding about what I'm going to say, I gave this book a whopping 5 star review!

Author Cheryle Williams story line was complete with just enough detail to immerse me into the time period of the 1770's, but still keep it fresh as a young adult book, with main character Eden Anna Blair struggling to help support her working class family.
Linda    

Family loyalty was of the utmost importance, even making this relationship a pivotal point of survival. After extreme decisions were made, family disputes kept arising to hinder the marriage match that was decided upon by the head of the family.

The women of those days were treated as the lower class, but Eden was strong and her faithfulness and work ethics stood out as a shining star, but working class families and rich families knew their places in the order of life which lead to difficulties in getting along and trusting one another. Still, love blooms but at what cost? A wonderful novel that makes you fully understand hardships that we take for granted now days.


                           Amazon Review





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Christmas Love and Mercy (Christmas Hotel Book 5) ... By Saundra Staats McLemore


Chris Wright, the youngest child of Christopher and Jerilyn, is now thirty-two years old. He's prayed many years for a Godly woman to marry and join him in carrying on the mission of Christmas Hotel. All his siblings are married with children and one with a grandchild. He wonders what's wrong with him. Although his life is full with the management of Christmas Hotel; he's lonely. His only constant companion is his dog Fritz.

He reacquaints with lovely Lori Anna Stanley; someone he has known all her nineteen years. She sweeps into his life like a breath of fresh air. Is it possible Chris will have the wife and family of his dreams? An idyllic union exists until Chris has reason to question God and his faith. Unforeseen difficulties spiral out of control. Only a miracle can save them. Others have found their miracle at Christmas Hotel, but can they?



OUR REVIEW

Do miracles really happen at the quaint and cozy Christmas Hotel all year long? In Christmas Love & Mercy by Saundra Staats McLemore, the prologue sets the tone of this love story ... will the characters re-meet later in life and does misfortune reek havoc in a ripple event, effecting many lives?

Linda    
A lovely story revolves around the history of the Christmas Hotel, and a special room brings comfort and joy to one of the main characters. Does an angel guide a young mother in the right direction or is it God's will that certain events happen to a couple who hopes to find a love that they have been waiting for.

McLemore reveals painful pasts that help move the story along. Life is not perfect, but it's how we handle the situations that stand in our way. Chris and Lori Anna go through tough times and we are hoping that they can resolve issues that fall before them, but can they? Does God have a different ending that they are planning on?

Christmas Love & Mercy will twist your heart, showing us that God is still in control.


                         Amazon Review




ICING







Some people can only dream of living out their fantasies. Cupcake shop owner Denie Shaw is the exception to the rule. This young, witty and charming woman seems to have a perfectly balanced life.

Years of making bad relationship decisions had given Denie, owner of Icing, the opportunity not only to become a strong, successful business woman, but also managed to involve her three best friends in her crazy cupcake adventures. Denie’s sweet life gets turned upside down when she meets her crush, Tom Billingsly, right wing for the Cleveland Monsters hockey team.

Together, Denie and Tom strike up a relationship that seems to have all the right ingredients. Will Denie allow the fear of heartache to guide her choice, or will she take the leap of faith and trust God to provide a solid recipe for her life?

Available at Amazon.com

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Christmastide at Bald Head Island ... By  Rose Allen McCauley, Loretta Gibbons, Jackie Layton, Jennifer Collins Johnson



Literature weaves its way through the hearts of the Jordan family women. Matriarch, Grace Jordan, has a particular affinity for William Shakespeare. Just as his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, spins a tale of the planning of one wedding but ends with three ceremonies, Grace and her two daughters, Rosalind and Miranda, discover rekindled love while planning Rosalind's daughter, Jane Anne's Christmas wedding. In a twist of fate, ceremony plans change. However, just like Elizabeth Bennett and Anne Shirley from Jane Austen and Lucy Montgomery's respective classic tales, all four Jordan women discover what—and who—will make them truly happy.


OUR REVIEW

What a delightful chain of romantic stories, linked by four different authors who build upon each other's stories to complete a series of events. Christmastide at Bald Head Island fills you with the warmth of love and the hope that dependence and trust in God will deliver you through the ups and downs of life.

Linda    
Each story has a main theme on the related characters, leaving the last story to pull it altogether. Although each story has a stand out moment, I must say I enjoyed the opening of Layered with Love (book two) since it gave me the satisfaction that Grace acted as a real mom would about a past love that "weaseled" his way back into her daughter's life!

Christmastide at Bald Head Island has it's surprises and emotional drive. Laced with bible verses, what a great book to snuggle up with to remind you that God does work in mysterious ways.



                                 Amazon Review





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Making the most of your single life: Living with a purpose ... Amy Ekwegh



 
 
 
 

This is a little book with a big punch. In a few attention-grabbing chapters, Amy explores how one can appreciate and seize the moment to live a purposeful life as a single by covering the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Making the Most of Your Single Life should definitely grace the shelf of any single who wants to maximize every moment of their single life.




OUR REVIEW

Don't be fooled by the title of Amy Ekwegh's book Making The Most Of Your Single Life: Living With A Purpose. This book is for everyone who desires a clean, wholesome, and satisfying walk with God.

Yes, this book only strengthens the resolve of healthy living for single people, whether it's your intention to marry or not. I love how Amy puts it ... "You are not half a person looking for another half to complete you. You are a whole person with full potentials and gifts inside you waiting to find expression."   What an amazing way to sum up the life you are living.  It opened my eyes up even as a married women, reminding me not to forget who I am in God.

The chapters reveal how everyday life relates with our walk with God. The way Ekwegh explains the real truth about beauty, cleanliness, and everyday activities makes you stop and think twice about the direction you are going in.

I found this to be a fabulous, contemporary read and a great comfort and encouragement to single people as well as those who just want to improve their "health" with God.


                                                                              Amazon Review 





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Super Kids Code: Green Bully Trouble! ... by Kurt Zimmerman






Even super heroes get bullied!

Bullies are everywhere. In Bully Trouble, Madyson and Jordyn Green fly half way around the world to confront one of the world's greatest bullies, only to have to deal with the same problem at their own school! The Super Kids use several different tactics to confront the problem, and team up with the U.S. Navy to teach one bully a lesson he will never forget!




OUR REVIEW

When a fun loving girl comes up with excuses on why she doesn't want to go to school, an adventurous encounter with Grandpa and his flying machine takes off to a wonderful and well told adventure, geared for middle school or even younger children that have encountered bullying.

Linda     
Super Kids Code: Green! Bully Trouble! by Kurt Zimmerman provides enough excitement to grab hold of and captivate even an adult's attention. Grandpa guides the two young girls through a tough situation, proving that even in real life "You can make an outstanding difference in somebody's life.."

An outstanding book to share with all children, whether you realize your child is being bullied or not...perfect length to keep you hooked until the end!


                                             Amazon Review



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                                      Healing Love ... by Jennifer Slattery




OUR REVIEW

Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery meshes two completely different lives and lifestyles together as this story tells how God's divine intervention is brought to light.

Slattery takes extreme poverty and a reasonably comfortable life and entwines them into a remarkable Christian romance.

It was almost like reading two different stories, jumping from America to El Salvador ... but soon it all made sense how and why  things would come together. In fact, there is also a sub plot so well described, that it will make your heart ache until the final end.

A passionate story with the love of God overcoming and shining through any struggle that befalls the characters, Slattery has certainly portrayed God's Healing Love.


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