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Taking a Break

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This week I will be taking a bloggy break in order to catch up on my reading.

Q & A with author Linda Shenton Matchett

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Please welcome author Linda Shenton Matchett to New Horizon Reviews.

Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger of all things historical, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the lightbulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church, she serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. 


Michelle: Hi, Linda! Welcome to New Horizon Reviews.
Linda: Thanks for inviting me. It's nice to spend some time with you.
Michelle: Can you tell us a little bit about your book `Let Love…

Review: Let Love Spring

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`Let Love Spring` is a historical inspirational fiction book written by three authors: Jodie Wolfe, Sandy Faye Mauck, and Linda Shenton Matchett.

        The first story is `An Angel for the Cowboy (Jodie Wolfe)`. The year and setting are February 14, 1876, Burrton Grove, Kansas. A mail order bride, a man who looks like his criminal cousin, and three sisters sharing the same house. Wondering, exactly who is Judah Steale?

        The second story is `Spring Recaptured (Sandy Faye Mauck)`. The year and setting are the Town of Springdale, 1907. A secret that could not be divulged, a widow with a child, a lonely aunt, and a jealous ex-boyfriend. They have a chance at a new life, a life like spring.

        The third story is `A Love Not Forgotten (Linda Shenton Matchett)`. The year and setting are Colney Heath, England, 1946. War casualties, a plane crash, and a vet with amnesia.

        I love books like these where the reader can hear from more than one author and learn how the…

Review: Bible Story Coloring and Activity Book

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Are the kids bored with summer, yet? Too hot to go outside? Time to settle down and enjoy quiet time? This is an activity book for all age children. Adults are welcome, too. `Bible Story Coloring & Activity book` designed by B&H Kids, is a great way to instill the Word of God into your children.

        There are hundreds of pages, which means hundreds of activities. The kids are sure to enjoy coloring and activities that are arranged in biblical order, front to back. This book can also be used as a companion book to The Big Picture Bible, Bible storybooks, and devotionals. The emphasis of this book is `Be Saved`.

        I especially like the unscramble and secret code pages. I recommend this book for kids 6-12.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this activity book by the publisher. All opinions are my own."

Review: Joyful Inspirations

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About the book:
Color uplifting depictions of God's creation--from blossoming gardens to smiling children--and vibrant cityscapes, with illustrated scripture and quotes to inspire and encourage.

Do you delight in spying cheerful birds outside your window? Are you awed by God's creativity as your eyes scan the fields alongside a road of quiet beauty? If your soul craves more moments like these, you'll experience endless joy through coloring the intricate pictures and illustrated scripture in this book. Excite your creativity by filling in creatively rendered cities, gardens, and seas. Reinvigorate your spirit through the uplifting messages of these pages. As you do, you'll feel happily reminded that God is ever-present and looking out for you, because His love touches everything and everyone. 




        If you are an adult who loves to color, this book is for you. There are complex, and not so complex drawings in the coloring book `Joyful Inspirations` designed by Robin Me…

Review: He Calls You Beautiful

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Author Dee Brestin's book, He Calls You Beautiful, is a book on the Song of Songs and on Hearing the Voice of Jesus. Amongst the noise in our brains, Dee helps women understand how much God loves them. There are four sections, each section discussing a part of the Song of Songs. Song of Songs is a love story in two parts. It's a love story between a man and a woman, as well as Jesus love for us, His bride.

        My favorite part was when I read about the experience of a Bible verse giving you just what you need. At that time Dee says you have been kissed by a King. (pg. 8) This book was a page turner because as I read the chapters I felt the nearness of Jesus. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for reflection, which makes it a great Bible study. I read the ARC, as the edited and corrected Bible study goes on sale 7/11/2017.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this Bible Study from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own." About Dee B…

Review: Love Lives Here

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Maria Goff the author of `Love Lives Here` likens our life to the char that is left after a lodge burns down. She suggests having a memorial service for things lost and remember the beauty of it all. Life can be painful. It's what we do with that pain that determines the outcome.

        Maria says, "taking that first step is the hardest." But once you do you just take one step after another out of the pain. Jesus is our confidence in taking one step at a time.

        I could certainly relate to Maria. In school, I was the one that got the bad grades. I simply couldn't understand what was being taught so I gave up. As a parent, I compared my family to every other family. I had my kids in all types of sports, of which they did not excel at. Now I wish our family would have spent that time going camping.

        This author describes her life so the reader feels they know her and can relate. She could be their next door neighbor. I recommend this book to youn…

The Parables of Jesus coloring book devotional

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About the book:
Worship with art as you color-in 46 stunning illustrations based on the parables of Jesus, each with a corresponding devotion and prompts for spiritual reflection and artistic exercise.

God's creativity is everywhere. It's mirrored by His creation--even evident in the illustrative teachings of His Son. This stunning book of 46 soulful, colorable pictures is based on the parables of Jesus. Color the parables, be immersed in their valuable lessons in a unique way, engaging your own creativity, and strengthen your faith.
Also included are 46 uplifting devotions, one related to each parable, and 46 thought-provoking prompts for meaningful reflection and artistic expression. These pages provide worshipful exercises to inspire the artist in you, with space for illustrated prayer and journaling.


  The Parables of Jesus adult coloring book is a fun way to learn about Jesus teachings. For each lesson, the parable is written first, along with a discussion, an activity, and…

Review: Esther (Drawn in Bible Study)

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`Esther: Drawn in Bible Study` is written by author Eugene H. Peterson and it features the Message Bible. The thing I enjoyed most about this study was being able to meditate on the Word as I colored the pictures. I think other people should give the Drawn in Bible study a try because they will be able to interact with the story of Esther while they color, answer questions and focus on scripture.
             It is a satisfying way to learn about the Bible that can be enjoyed by young adults and older adults. It would make a great Bible study for a group or individually. The study would take about 4 weeks to finish, working on one section a week. There are two other books in the Drawn in Bible study series, Ruth & Mary. I would like to see more books like this.

             I recommend this series to those reluctant Bible readers, as well as the Bible scholar.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."