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Review Would You Like To Know? collection

About the collection:

In this new addition to the fantastic Would You Like to Know? series, six little books are featured in one boxed gift set. Each book offers a starting point for young children to explore some of the key points of their faith and gain a greater understanding of Christianity. Each title has accessible illustrations, an inscription page, and notes for parents. A wonderful gift for those getting to know the church. 

Would You Like to Know About God?
Would You Like to Know How to Pray?
Would You Like to Know Jesus?
Would You Like to Know the Bible?
Would You Like to Know the Story of Christmas?
Would You Like to Know the Story of Easter?

        Each book in this collection is geared to helping the young child grow in his/her faith. The text is either written in simple sentences on a page or a simple paragraph. This organization is sufficient for the story the book is telling.

        The authors, Tim Dowley and Eira Reeves, have done a wonderful job at helping the …

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Review: Fear Fighting

`Fear Fighting` is a women's Christian living book written by author Kelly Balarie. Kelly Balarie knows the subject matter well as she has lived what she writes. I have been in some of the same places so as I read I had tears of sorrow as well as those of joy, knowing I am walking close to God.

        Kelly is a featured writer at and Her goal is to help the reader walk through hard times and come out victorious on the other side. I was pleased to see some very familiar names have endorsed this book.

        Every chapter has a quote of its own and my favorite one is on page 110. `Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. (Judy Garland) There is also a twelve-week study challenge which would be perfect for a woman's Bible study or done individually.

        The script that had played over and over in Kelly's mind reminded me of my own. `I am not valuable. I am unworthy. I deserve to…

Review: Let Food Be Your Medicine

`Let Food Be Your Medicine` written by author Don Colbert, MD uses a modified Mediterranean Diet to help the reader make healthy choices to prevent or reverse several diseases. I chose this book to review because I have several health problems I am hoping to decrease. I also like the bright color scheme of the cover, so inviting!

        There are two sections to this book. Section one the reader begins searching for answers to their health problems. The second section is where the reader learns to apply the modified diet. The layout of section two is to focus on one disease per chapter.  While focusing on a particular disease the reader is given suggestions of what, and what not, to eat. Also, how to prepare healthier meals.

        In the appendix, there is a 21-day meal plan which includes 3 small snacks per day. The meals include most food Westerners will eat. The meals are well organized and easy to read. Also of interest to the reader may be the lists of `The Dirty Doz…

Review: The Heart of Marriage

`The Heart of Marriage` is a book on marriage written by author Dawn Camp. It's a book of stories that celebrate the adventures of life together.

        Author Dawn Camp is a wife, mother of eight, writer, editor, and photographer who lives in Atlanta. You can visit her faith-based blog at

        The author used the King James Bible unless otherwise stated. Stories come from some very familiar online names. Examples are Crystal Paine, Lisa-Jo Baker, and Holley Gerth.

        This is a remarkable book with loves kiss at the altar and a reminder that today may be all you have, how are you going to let your love know you really do love him?

        There are black and white photographs dispersed throughout the book that adds simplicity to it and quotes that make you think. Things may seem bleak but this book can put that spark back in your marriage. I enjoyed everything about this book. Even the part when Dawn and her husband had to look for his w…

Review: Shine like the Dawn

`Shine like the Dawn` is a historical fiction novel written by author Carrie Turansky. I am reading and reviewing an uncorrected proof of the novel. The novel is due to be published February 21,2017, Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas.

        The year is 1903, four years after the death of Maggie's mom, dad, and older sister. Maggie thinks it was a set-up and she is planning to find out who-did-it. Maggie and her sister, Violet, stay at their grandmother's house until Nate moves the family into his estate.

        The setting of the estate is beautiful gardens, two large lakes, several carriage drives, and myriad stone paths. Birds called from tall evergreens and the sound of rushing water could be heard coming from a nearby stream.

        This novel is a must-read for fans of historical fiction with a bit of mystery and suspense.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Shalom in Psalms

`Shalom in Psalms` is a devotional written from a Messianic Jewish perspective by authors Jeffrey Seif, Glenn Blank, and Paul Wilbur,

        This book of Psalms is written using the Messianic Jewish Bible, the Tree of Life version. After each chapter of scripture, there is a summary by at least one of the authors.

        I like that the font is large enough to read without many problems if any. I would like to see some illustrations dispersed throughout the book, to break up the monotony. I feel like the authors did a great job and are very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise.

        This book would make a great study book for homeschoolers, private schools, and for personal reflection.

        I recommend this book to anyone wanting to go deeper in studying the Psalms.

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Review: The Dog Who Was There

`The Dog Who Was There` is a Christian historical fiction book written by author Ron Marasco. Ron Marasco is known for his published books as well as a famous t.v. and movie star. He played in the t.v. shows Lost and West Wing and starred in the movie Illusion alongside actor Kirk Douglas.

        The reader is introduced to Barley the dog at the beginning of chapter one. His owners Adah and Duv lived in a one-room home in Judea. Duv was a woodcarver and his wife helped him by making little pots of paint using things like blackberries and crushed lily pollen.

        Barley was the runt of his litter and small enough to get underfoot. However, he usually stayed out of the way, especially when Adah went to collect water in jars. At other times he was allowed to come close enough to be petted.

        There are sub-plots as we weave through the story. One is how a little boy, Micah, befriended Barley, another is how Barley came to be Adah and Duv's dog and yet another is th…

Review: Easter (Board Book)

This Easter board book by B&H Publishing/Lifeway is made so even the littlest ones can understand Easter and why we celebrate it. There is only one word per two facing pages, but lots of colorful drawings. The colorful front cover shows Jesus riding on a donkey.The back cover shows a drawing of a child waving palm leaves.

        The book is made in such a way that the parent can say as little or as much about Easter, depending on the child's age and what they can understand. A young reader could read these one-word pages to themselves, making it a great addition to the Easter Basket.

        The child will be able to easily pick out Jesus with His white robe and a brown sash. The main problem Jesus faces in the book is when the soldiers arrest Him, make Him carry His own cross, and His death on the cross. However, the problem is solved by the end of the story.

        I recommend this board book to very young children to read with an adult or a very young reader.


Review: Control Girl

`Control Girl` is a Christian living, women's issues book written by author Shannon Popkin. Shannon Popkin looks at the life of seven women from the Bible and also including her own story to see how each learned to deal with the age-old sin of control. Shannon has had a blog for several years, is a contributing blogger at She is also a wife, mother, and speaker.

        I was very interested in this particular book because I am a control freak. It is so hard for me to just let go and let God. So I was hoping for some tips to help me. I did find the book helpful as a daily study reminding me to let God be in charge.

        Each chapter is divided into lessons with correlating Bible passages. Some chapters have more lessons than others, and each of the women of the Bible leads their correlating chapters. God never intended for us to carry the burden of trying to control everything. As we give Him control we will find He does a better job at control than us.…

Review: Where Do I Find Jesus?

`Where Do I Find Jesus?` is a nonfiction children's book written by Sheila Walsh and illustrated by Sarah Horne. The cover and the story pages are brightly colored, without being overwhelming. The text is organized into simple sentences that even a young child could understand. The questions Abby asks help the reader move smoothly from page to page.

        This book is written especially to help lead your child to Christ. The cover shows the dog looking at a map and the cat looking through a magnifying glass, looking for Jesus. Abby is also looking curious as to how to find Jesus.

        The primary medium is colorful drawings, that help keep the child's interest. I think the drawing that best helps tell the story is when Abby wonders whether Jesus is in the attic, on the porch, in the mailbox or in the treehouse. She asks, "Where could He be?"

        The two elements repeated throughout the story are the cat and dog as they listen in on the conversation. They als…

Review: My Heart (Julie Manning)

`My Heart: Every Beat Surrendered to Our Unchanging God` is a Christian Living, Women's Issues book written by author Julie Manning. It comes with its own matching journal. The book was published February 1, 2017.

        Each chapter begins with scripture correlating to that chapter. This book is a memoir about the struggles Julie went through as a pregnant mom with a risk of experiencing sudden cardiac death to where she is today.

        Julie bares her soul as she lets the reader in on her prayers to Father God and her personal notes to her son's. Even though she prayed she still wanted control of the life she had planned. Learning that God is ultimately the One in control (see Proverbs 3:5-6)

        To be certain not every waking moment brings peace to Julie but because of Father God there are those moments of blessings and peace. Julie does not know when her last day will be, neither do we know our last day. But when that day comes she will have left a godly legacy thro…

Review: The Returning

'The Returning` is a Christian Fiction novel written by author Rachelle Dekker. The year is 2278 and Elise, the female heroine,.wages war against the powerful forces of evil. It's light against dark. Rachelle Dekker is the oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. You can visit her online at

        With the prophecy unfolding and the choosing of the Seven to fight against evil this novel reminds me of `The Hunger Games`.

        Elise is the daughter of Carrington, the daughter she had to leave behind 20 years ago. Remko, Elise's father, is my favorite character. I can relate to him. After 20 years he still misses Elise and wishes to rescue her. I like what Remko has to say about faith. Faith's purpose is not to release you from life's trials but gives you the strength to see the trial fully and know that this too shall pass.

        There is an assortment of letters written to Elise from her mother dispersed throughou…