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{FlyBy Promotions Review & Giveaway} The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Book

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden

An incredibly stunning and thoroughly delightful read about how the Snake Crusher (Jesus) is the best and biggest story to ever be told. This brightly colorful book is filled with the most gorgeous pictures that are delightful to both reader and listener.

This entire book captures the truth behind the fact that humans are a sinful people yet are absolutely loved and offered the best gift – Christ Jesus. The Bible is full of stories that are often glossed over to get the ultimate point across that humans sinned, got kicked out of the garden, God made promises, kept those promises, offered His only son to die, humans can now get to heaven. Same story but filled with incredibe imagery.

From the front cover to the back cover this book is stuffed full of a wonderful re-telling of the greatest story.

All in all, this is now one of my new favorite books that I have on my shelf to share with my children. I loved the way the author spun the story, a story that I have known my entire life. The ups and downs of the words, the cascading flow made this a magnificent read aloud book.

I deem this a do not miss book, one that you should own, and even give away as a gift….we loved it!

The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Biggest Story by Kevin Deyoung

The Biggest Story by Kevin Deyoung

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About the book:
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2015)

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung – a best-selling author and father of six – leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heave and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God’s promises are even bigger and better than we think.

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About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word. He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan.

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Don Clark is an artist and the cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine. He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits.

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In His Grace.

Callie


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{BookLook Bloggers Book Review} A Heart’s Promise (Journey of the Heart Series – Book 5) by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Promise

The Story

Emmie Croftner is in quite the perdiciment. She is falling in love with Issac Liddle, lieutenant in the US Army. She vowed she would never fall in love again after the disaster that was her first marriage.

But life has a way of changing, especially in rough country like Fort Phil Kearny, in Wyoming Territory in 1866. Where Indians roam the land and beautiful young women are few and far between.

After much debate Emmie knows that she must not allow herself to get any closer to Issac but he sees past her frightened façade; will he be able to convice her she is wrong about him before it is too late?

Now one of Emmie’s pregnant friends extacts a dire promise, if she dies Emmie must promise to marry her beloved so that the baby can be raised in a happy home. Will this promise be the final straw that breaks apart Emmie and Issac forever?

My Thoughts

Ooooooh how I live a good historical romance, even a short novella type one…especially one written by master romance storyteller Colleen Coble.

She weaves this tale (which is book 5 of 6) with just enough intrigue and excitement to keep me glued to the pages!

I had to read the previous 4 books so I would be able to keep up with the story. I was pleasently surprised though that this story does well as a stand alone story, so no worries if you just want to pick this one up to read. It is a quick read, at less than 100 pages.

The charcters are well written and I immediately fell into the story. I enjoyed the telling of the Indians and how life might have been for women living on base back then.

I enjoyed the quiet yet strong Christian characteristics that each of these characters protrayed. True grit and pure faith, a joy to read.

I am thrilled to finally finish this book as now I now can read book 6, which sounds to be a wonderful read as the rest.

I look forward to reading more by this author and hope to share more of her work with you soon.

Social Corner

Facebook: Colleen Coble
Twitter: colleencoble

Visit again soon to see what else I have on my bookshelf!

In His Grace.

Callie


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

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{Blogging for Books Book Review} The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's Children

The Story

Sarah Brown, daughter of famous abolitionist John Brown comes to a shocking understanding in the 1860’s – life as a woman, even a white woman is incredibly difficult, especially a woman that can never bear children.

Sarah experiences many trials and tribulations during her lifetime. She losses her father to the cause, she falls in love with a man that she can never marry, and becomes a mighty player in the Under Ground Rail Road. But is that enough?

Present day brings about a new player in the game, Eden Anderson. She lives on Apple Hill Lane in New Charlestown, West Virginia, the same house where Sarah’s love lived back in 1860. Could this be a coincidence that these two women’s lives would become so intertwined?

Eden bears the hard truth that life is never fair no matter how much time and effort you put into it. She yearns to conceive a child; to the point that the lack of a child might destroy her. Her marriage is falling apart and she knows of no way to fix it before it is too late.

How can a dog, the young neighbor girl, and a broken doll help repair her brokeness before she throws everything away.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is no less difficult in 2014 than it is in 1860. Travel between these years and learn how two women, from totally different backgrounds, have more in common than anyone ever though possible.

My Thoughts

Give me a well written historical and I will be your friend for life. I have read quiet a number of historicals lately and I am so impressed with the depth that this book went.

Sarah Brown made a lasting impression on me. Her strength, courage, and deep faith made me yearn to get out and be more. Her poise and manner are fitting of a woman in that time period yet she was just independent enough to stand out from the crowd. I truly enjoyed her character.

Oh how my heart ached for Eden. I felt the pain and suffering she was enduring, I cried when she was overwhelmed, I was angry when she hurt. She was so real that I was left breathless in some of her moments of doubt. How I cringed when she was relentless with her words…she was in so much pain.

Love found, love lost. Barreness and found children. Grace lost and then found. The ebb and flow of this mezmerizing story is one that will stay with me for a long time.

The characters were so well written that I was captured and flung into a tale that I never wanted to end. I fell in love with all of the characters and there were numerous tears from me throughout.

I am looking forward to reading more from Sarah McCoy. An amazing telling of the past and modern day, neat and tidy, a book that will leave you longing for more. Grab your copy today, you will not regret the decision to add this book to your library.

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Facebook: AuthorSarahMcCoy.FanPage
Twitter: SarahMMcCoy
Pinterest: sarahmmccoy

Visit again soon to see what other books I have on my bookshelf.

In His Grace.

Callie


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

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{Product Review} Roman Town iOS App Game & Mayan Mysteries Online Game from Dig-It! Games

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Sometimes there aren’t enough minutes in the day to play. Have you ever noticed that the kids always want to play on the computer or the iDevices? Mine would play all day…if we let them, which we don’t, by the way.

What I’m getting at is this…some games are actually beneficial games, learning games, and often times the kids don’t even realize that they are retaining quality information. Which leads me to my actual point, we recently reviewed Roman Town (an iOS game for the iPad) and Mayan Mysteries (an online computer game) from Dig-It! Games. **

The Games

roman town logo_zpswnwsgrd5Roman Town is a fun game that is played on the iOS platform, primarily the iPad from Apple. Once downloaded we were able to access the entire game and poke around a bit. The storyline that goes along with this game is the basic history of Rome. There are five levels in the game, each named for something specific in Rome.

  • Streets of Pompeii
  • House of Vettii
  • Bath
  • Temple of Jupiter
  • Basilica

Once you enter a level, you must complete the playing area as BOTH of the main characters, Fiona and Charlie. These two young people are studious explorers and adventurers. During the level you are given fun facts about Rome and the Roman people, including the soldiers. The games that are played by the users are based on games that were played in the Roman era. The games provide a plethora of learning for the users, here are the games and the learning that they provide:

  • Calculi: a strategy game of 5 stones in a row to win
  • Roman numerals: correctly identify as many as possible, this is a timed game
  • Concentration: matching pairs / memory game
  • Knucklebones: roman numeral game of chance, usually played by Roman soldiers
  • Code Breaker: critical thinking / logic to open a lock
  • Jigsaw: logic game to identify a photo
  • Pipes: problem solving
  • Maze: problem solving / logic

There is an option for the user to listen to all of the facts and directions being given. The user just needs to tap the speaker icon at any time.

A unique combination of historical facts and fun games for the user. The games are quite enjoyable and once you complete the game, you can reset to start all over again!

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Mayan Mysteries is an online computer game.

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Once you are set up with your new account you can jump right into playing! This is an amazing storyline that shows the main characters Fiona and Charlie on the trip of a lifetime with their Uncle Alex. When the game begins you are taken through their storyline and introduced to the characters. There are numerous levels, achievements, artifacts, and more in this game.

Since this is an online game, there is a High Score that shows where you sit among everyone playing. Each time you login you have the option to resume your current game or start a new one. Here are some examples of the information being given about the Mayan world:

  • Geography
  • Trade
  • Commodities
  • Allegiances
  • Warfare
  • Society
  • Culture
  • Artifacts
  • Hierarchy
  • Religion
  • History

The game revolves around the excavation of the Mayan ruins. There is a bad guy on the loose that the kids and their Uncle Alex are trying to find, as well as learn new things along the way. There is so much information about the Mayan culture that there are pages upon pages of facts and details.

A feature that is helpful is the speaker feature that allows the user to listen to all of the facts, instead of having to read all of the information themselves.

Some of the actual games that were played and what they taught:

  • Questions and Answers about the facts that are given
  • Find the Artifacts: matching / recognition / memory
  • Deciphering the Glyphs: matching / logic
  • Math
  • Puzzles: logic

This game is a very full lesson on the Mayan people. This is an excellent and fun way for the users to learn about a culture from long ago. There are so many fascinating facts, some information that we even still use today.

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How These Games Worked for Us

Both games are suggested for middle school grades but I have to be honest, I really enjoyed the games myself!

Ana, my 10 year old, was the only other user for these games. She learned so much about the Mayan people and so enjoyed all of the games in Roman Town. Her time was spent listening to the Mayan Mysteries storyline and then completing the Q&A and games. She was so amazed at all of the tools and hard work that the Mayans had even “way back then”. She thought is was really cool about the Three Sisters from Mayan culture. (The three plants that are usually planted together for amazing growth, corn, beans, and squash.)

She enjoyed the different voices used for each character that spoke during the story. Also the fact that there was a mystery to be solved. Ana enjoyed searching for clues as well as seeing all of the areas that the Mayan people were originally located. She said she felt challenged when it came time to answer the questions in the Q&A, she wanted to do well so that the looters didn’t make it ahead!

When she played Roman Town she had a wonderful time with the games. Truth be told, this was her favorite game out of the two we reviewed. She loved the logic games and she loved trying to outwit the individual games so that she could win.

Both games were well received, easy to access, and play. We had no issues with logging in and all of the directions were easy enough for her to understand on her own.

We (yes, we) look forward to finishing the Mayan Mysteries to learn the outcome and continuing to enjoy the games in Roman Town.

These games are an ingenious way to incorporate history and fun in learning. We would recommend both games, as we thought they were extremely fun to play!

** These games are aligned with Common Core Standards. **

See what my fellow Review Crew members had to say:

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SOCIAL CORNER

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DigItGames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/digitgames
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/digitgames

We hope you enjoyed this latest review and visit again soon to see what else we using!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{Tyndale House Publishers Book Review} The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

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The Story

Whitney Monroe has run into a snafu. Her new restaurant is under attack in Michigan and her aging and estranged stepfather has taken a tumble in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. She must decide which is more pressing.

The Excelsior, the old hotel in The Outer Banks, is buried in a deep historic past, one that Whitney thought she knew. But during her stay her unearths numerous items from years gone by. The most fascinting find is the old letters from Alice to Ziltha Benoit, Whitney’s grandmother. Among her grandmother’s other items she finds a small beautiful necklace and wonders if this might be her ticket out of debt.

As she ponders the price she could fetch for the old artifacts she is intrigued with the brewing romance she reads in the old letters. Could this be the key to saving everything she knows or will it open new doors she didn’t even know exisited?

Budding romance is in the air as Whitney debates weather her life should be in Michigan or begin anew in The Outer Banks.

Journey into the past as Whitney reads about the life of her great Aunt Alice and all of the important work she was doing during the Great Depression.

Will Whitney’s past have any effect on her future? Will she be able to overcome the hurt and rejection she has always felt to pursue a new life and love?

What I Thought

This is the first story I have read from Lisa Wingate and it will not be the last. It was a gripping story from start to finish. I loved the characters and fell completely head-over-heels for Mark, the owner of the Rip Shack. Whitney could not have been written any better, in my opinion. She was as true to life as I have read lately.

The conversations felt real, the inner thoughts and dialogues were well done, and the deep emotions of the characters were pretty spot on.

I really enjoyed the reading of Alice’s adventures via her letters to Ziltha. It was incredible work that she was doing and I was so amazed at her ambition, determination, and dedication to the cause.

Without question, this book was an emotional roller coaster and brought me to tears more than once. The author has a way with words and conveying emotion through her writing. Incredibly well done. I will be on the lookout for more books by this author in the future.

I hope you enjoy this book if you get a chance to read it, it will be well worth your time. It was a wonderful twist of historic information and intrigue mixed with the trials of life today. A fantastic read for any lover of historic fiction.

AUTHOR’S SOCIAL CORNER

Website: Lisa Wingate’s Website
Facebook: Lisa Wingate’s Author Facebook
Twitter: Follow Lisa Wingate on Twitter
Pinterest: Lisa Wingate’s Pinterest

Thanks for reading the latest book review, visit again soon to see what other books are on my shelf.

In His Grace.

Callie


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

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