29 September 2022

A Bear Far From Home by Susan Fletcher Book Review

 


This poignant historical nonfiction book, about a polar bear that was gifted to King Henry III, beautifully shows the importance of respecting our natural world and its precious animals.

Long ago, when kings and queens ruled much of the world, the king of Norway gave the king of England a bear.

Imagine a polar bear at ease in her natural arctic world, her only home--until trappers capture her and take her to the king of England.

Imagine a polar bear in her lonely new world, stuck in a cage. This small, enclosed space is her only home--until King Henry III decrees that she be brought to the Thames River every day to swim and fish.

Imagine now this same polar bear dipping a curious paw in the river water, then leaping in with a joyful splash. And it is here, in this unfamiliar, faraway land, in one small way, that she finds home once again.

My Thoughts:

I love when children books have history involved. This story is based off of letters and documents from the thirteen century. Without a lot of information on the facts this story was created. The last two pages in the book give you information on the history and the illustrator Rebecca Green.

This story is about a polar bear that was taken from its home from the King of Norway to give as a gift to the King of England. It talks about her freedom in Norway while with her mother and all the things a polar bear does. One day her world is turned upside down by trappers. She is put on a big boat in a cage and is taken to England. From the sea she is escorted down the Thames River and then into the streets to the Tower of London. This is where King Henry kept his other collections of animals.

She sat in her cage with other odd animals and sounds. One day during one of King Henry's visits he wanted to make her happy and ordered his staff to take her out and let her fish and swim in the river. She finds happiness and new home.

The illustrations are lovely and are fun to explore. They fit the style of the art of that time period. This story made me sad seeing that she was still a captive in a strange place far from home without any other polar bears. 

I’m sure many kids will think the same thing. I’m not saying the story is horrible as it is well written. If you’re reading this book you may have a hard time expressing the purpose of the story. After some thought I thought of a few things, “Make the best out of any situation.” Or maybe it is “Having compassion on all of God’s creatures.” The theme is unique in the story. There are a lot of conversations you as a parent can have with your child.

A lovely book overall with an interesting story that is unique.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product in exchange for my honest thoughts.

 

 

29 August 2022

The Guilty Die Twice by Don Hartshorn Book Review

 



Two attorney brothers. Two bullet-riddled corpses. Two sides to the story.

Ten years ago, a capital murder case in the heart of Texas split the Lynch family in two. Now, estranged lawyer brothers Travis and Jake Lynch find themselves on opposing sides of the courtroom in a high-profile, grisly double murder case—with another accused criminal’s life on the line. Conscience-stricken Travis left his high-powered law firm to become a public defender, while bullish Jake rose to become District Attorney. The case pits brother against brother in a contest of wits, wills, and legal savvy that will shake the justice system to its core: both Lynches are convinced they’re in the right, but the truth turns out to be more complicated—and deadly—than either could have possibly imagined. A drug deal double-cross turns lethal, leaving two corpses and one victim paralyzed for life. The victim never saw the gunman, but he knows one name: Sam Park. Travis defended Sam’s brother years before, and his heart won’t let him turn down the case, even knowing it’ll bring him face-to-face with Jake after ten years of cold silence. Jake, meanwhile, runs afoul of the Austin political machine and needs a high-profile conviction to win a tough upcoming election. And Sam, the star witness and prime suspect, won’t talk—not to Travis, and certainly not to the high-and-mighty DA—and time is running out. Can these feuding brothers put aside a decade of enmity in the name of true justice? Or will the truth of what really happened that bloody night go to the grave with Sam Park? Fans of Due Process by Scott Pratt, The Family Lawyer by James Patterson, Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, and The Fifth Justice by John Ellsworth will love this book, as well as people who love to read about:


·         True crime

·         Legal thrillers

·         Courtroom drama

·         Texas legal dynasties

·         Political drama

·         Broken families

Information about the book
The Guilty Die Twice - Don Hartshorn

TCK Publishing:
https://www.tckpublishing.com/

Author’s website:
https://donhartshorn.com/

My thoughts:

I love getting into a good legal thriller that has a lot of depth to the story. Don Hartshorn is a new author to me and one I plan on reading more books from him in the future. If I read it correctly this is his first novel and I expect he has a good future as an author.

I have to say it has been one of the more intriguing books that I didn’t expect to be so good. The plot is good and not washed down by boring courtroom or politics. The death penalty is touched on here throughout the story. You hear both sides regardless of your thoughts on the topic it does a good job on both sides of the political card. Even when the verdict is in you will have a hard time putting this story down.

The family dynamics make this extremely interesting. I like that the characters are amazing and both being on opposite sides in the court room not to mention their feelings of the death penalty. I don’t know if that would legally be a conflict of interest in reality but, it was such a good twist in the story. The two brothers Jake and Travis Lynch have been estranged for 10 years. Even the wives of the brothers are pretty good characters in the story. If you like legal thrillers this will be a good book for you. It kept me reading late into the night.

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through TCK Publishing in exchange for my honest thoughts.

 

17 August 2022

By Way of the Moonlight by Elizabeth Musser Book Review

 


Two courageous young women, tied together by blood and shared passion, will risk everything to save what they love most.

For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents’ ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy—a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother’s will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.

Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler’s driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she’s called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.

As Nana Dale’s past comes to light in Allie’s search for answers, Dale’s courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother’s legacy and keep her own dreams alive.

My Thoughts:

An interesting historical fiction that transports you back through the Great Depression and World War II to current day. This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Musser and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The story touches close to home with the equine therapy. Having a daughter who has done equine therapy for 13 years it touched me and pulled me into the story. Allie wants to convert her grandparents estate into an equine therapy center. She finds that the property was sold to a developer.

 The WWII battles come to life with such detail you can close your eyes and envision them as the story is shared. Then you are thrown to present day with the search for treasure. Allie was surprised that Nana would have Allie’s inheritance sold upon her death. Allie thought her grandmother understood what she had dreamed of with the property. As she searches for answers she discovers that the clues lie in a small wood chest that she can’t seem to locate.

Even though the story goes into the past and them to current day with stories that are unique and interesting all by themselves. The stories weave together into a beautiful unforgettable story. A heartfelt book about faith, family, dreams, tragedy, and love.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

 

  

12 August 2022

Ameo Life Reviews and Giveaway

 


I’m a long time user and believer in silver products. The health benefits are amazing. My whole family uses silver products and even my fur babies. I was intrigued by Ameo Life Health products and the different products that they have available. I use silver products orally for immune support, eye drops, wounds, and other applications.

If you want to explore more or purchase Ameo Life Health products use this link-https://bit.ly/3zWgn8Z  There is a link for the giveaway at the end of the review.

Ameo Life has a line of products families can use to enhance their health and wellness. They are made to support the body using only the finest natural ingredients free of toxins, sugars, fillers and preservatives, GMO, Vegan, Diary Free, the products were created using natural formulations. It’s made in the USA.

I received four products: pH-balanced Alkaline Silver Solution, Extra Strength Silver Gel, Lemongrass Silver Soap, and Chelated Multivitamin. At the end of the post you have a chance to enter to win four full size Ameo products.


pH-balanced Alkaline Silver Solution-

It uses your body’s own natural chemistry. It supports a healthy gut and digestive system and naturally cleans your gut. The product is great for immune support for your body to stay healthy and combat those bugs. It is recommended that you take 2 teaspoons a twice a day. The taste is stronger than other silver supplements I have used. I don’t care for the taste personally. Another thing I noticed is that it doesn’t have the slight metallic taste that other silver supplements have. I suspect the taste is due to the alkaline process. 

I found you can add it into a smoothie or juice if you struggle with the taste. I usually make a fruit smoothie or a green juice everyday, and this made it easy to add it with other products I put in my juice. I think the health benefits outweigh the taste. 



Extra Strength Silver Gel-

The first thing I used this for was for my dog that had a stray cat tear up his poor nose. The gel was nice that it coated his three wounds in the gel format and had better absorption. I felt it got the wounds better than the spray I normally used without wasted excess spray off. 

If he licked it I was just giving him extra immune support. The most important thing is that my fur baby healed up nicely without any infections. This can be used on minor wounds and scrapes. Also great soothing bug bites and burns for all members of your family.

I used this on my face after I washed it with the soap. It didn’t leave a thick reside or make my face feel tight. It has 35 ppm pH balanced silver. It worked with all my daily skincare routine. I applied my skin lotion and makeup afterwards.


Lemongrass Silver Soap-

I love the smell of lemongrass it reminds me of the days my daughter and I had beehives. There are other options to choose from like lavender, charcoal tea tree oil, oatmeal spice, and peppermint. I want to try all of them! The soap is all natural non-toxic and paraben free. The soap is infused with 30ppm silver and essential oils. I used it as face soap. You can also use it as body soap. I loved the way it made my face feel after I washed with the soap. It didn’t make my face feel dry or break out my skin.


Chelated Multivitamin-

This has 18 essential vitamins and minerals. The vitamin is intended for two capsules a day. The capsule is vegetarian product. NO binders or fillers. The formula uses chelated minerals and other natural antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. They formulated it for optimum digestion and absorption. The product is also iron-free and easier to digest. This is just another added bonus to support your immune health.  According to the company it will boost your energy and stamina.



The Chelated Multivitamin was easy to swallow without upsetting my stomach after taking them. So far I like the multivitamin very much. They also carry a probiotic that I would like to try.

There are a few other products from Ameo Life like a variety of lozenge and even a sugar free product. Other products include a breath spray and mouth rinse. I would like to try the lozenge especially and the other products.

What I would love to see-

I would love it if they made a lip balm that was infused with silver. We have made silver lip balm in the past but it would be nice to have a pre-made product that I don’t have to make. 

Ameo Life products are impressive. I love that it uses all natural and organic products. I love finding products that I trust using for my whole family.

You can Win 4 full sized products from Ameo Life products https://www.blessedfreebies.com/ameo-life-giveaway.html

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Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest thoughts.

09 August 2022

Global Reset by Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley Book Review

 


Global Reset will open readers’ eyes and alert them to how world leaders are using the “Great Reset” agenda to seize pandemics, natural disasters and catastrophes, civil disorder, political unrest, and other current events to reshape every facet of life—all pointing toward the universal economy and godless global government of the Antichrist. 

COVID unleashed a cascade of consequences that are now reaching far beyond the pandemic itself. Governments have begun leveraging the coronavirus and even the vaccine as a power grab, setting the stage for further intrusions in the future. These accelerants are driving the world to the precipice of fundamental, irreversible transformation. The winds of change are blowing. Tectonic shifts are underway at every level.  

These realities are alarming by themselves. And yet, there remains a still deeper, more sinister agenda imbedded within. According to prophecies found in the Bible, a one-world government will indeed emerge in the end times. According to the book of Revelation, a future unified government will encompass the whole earth, and Satan himself will be behind it for the ultimate purpose of ruling over all the earth and being worshipped by its inhabitants. While we aren’t in the end times, we’re on the edge of the precipice. In Global Rest, readers will discover:

The “Great Reset” agenda that sets the stage for the end time scenario prophesied in Scripture.

How China and other great nations are beginning to play a dominant role in international, socioeconomic, and political dynamics.

Possible scenarios regarding America in the end times and what believers can do to stem the tide of decline.

God’s great reset planned for planet earth and humanity—the millennial reign of Christ.

Every person’s needs for an eternal personal reset that can come only through Jesus Christ.

Prepare yourself spiritually and arm yourself with information. Find answers to the questions everyone should be asking about current world events and how they may be ushering in Christ’s return. 

My Thoughts:

Global Reset by Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley is a prophetic book about the coming end-times. With everything going on in the world are we in the birthing pains of the Messiah’s coming?

COVID seems to have set events around the world. We see how the government control came down in places we thought had more freedom. The book looks at globalism current events in depth. The worlds economical system is a mess, civil and political unrest. Wars and rumors of war and natural disasters. They look at Israel and how she plays a vital roll with end-time events.

The book goes over the rapture and the second coming. The books lays down current events and how they will lead to the anti-Christ.  As Believers I have always felt it is important to understand global events  and even boring political stuff. Even if you disagree with some of the insight and views the book is worth the read.

I  don’t agree with everything in this book. That is okay because as a lot of the book I felt was pretty good. I have gleaned some interesting insight that made me dig in deeper to God’s word.  It’s okays to agree to disagree. The most important thing is to read God’s word and pray. The book ends with a salvation message. Are you ready to meet Jesus? It could be today or tomorrow. We may live to see the end days? I don’t know but we have to be ready. I never let prophecy consume me as I see too much fear in people who get obsessed with it. I just know that the world is getting crazier and that Israel plays an important role in the end times. 

Interested you can purchase a copy:  https://amzn.to/3oyfuwW

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest thoughts.

03 August 2022

Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard Book Review

 


Mackenzie Hanson's special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father's tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he's trying to relax, he's drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common--a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need--before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

USA Today 
bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series.

My Thoughts:

Another fast paced adventure from author Elizabeth Goddard, this is the third book in the series. I have only read this one and Book 1, I somehow missed the second book in the series! The book didn’t make me feel like I was missing any information

Mackenzie Hanson has been estranged from her family for a long time due to mistake she made many years ago. She is a cyber security professor at Michigan University. She stumbles across intel that has her families tech company in the sight of being targeted with a cyber attack. Mackenzie offers to help things get worse with the death of a sibling.

DSS Agent Alex Knight gets involved and he isn’t sure if he can trust Mackenzie. With people dying and the danger is ever present. When he finds a drone spying on her and trying to kill her-well obviously someone wants her eliminated.

The cyber security is fascinating with all the technology and it makes an intriguing plot. This is a fast paced book with a lot of action throughout the book. Hold on to your seat and be prepared to stay up late to finish the book. I felt like there was no good stopping point!

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Revell in exchange for my honest thoughts.

15 July 2022

Abide Bible Review and Giveaway

 


I’ve had the privilege of exploring all types of Bibles throughout the years. All of them have their own uniqueness about them. The last few weeks I have been using The Abide Bible from Thomas Nelson.





 There are several cover options: Leathersoft in a Brown, Stone Design, and Cloth over board. I have the Stone Design cover and it is quite lovely.  They all look elegant and classy in my opinion. I don’t know about you but I love all the different designs that are available on Bible Covers now. There are also several Abide Journal options too.

Each book has an Introduction of the overview of the historical and context of the book. The font is the Easy-to-read 9-point NET Comfort Print. Each page is laid out in a single column with the features off to one side. The Bible lays flat while you are reading and you have to ribbon book marks to keep your place. Also a 365 Daily Reading Plan to read the Bible in a year.

The Bible and it’s features are based off “Abide in Me.” John 15:4 which entwined within the tools throughout. Here are some of the highlights.


Praying Scripture: On feature is that it is used to “Pattern your prayers after biblical texts” to help you through your emotions and thoughts.

Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander in key events.



Journaling: Reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life as you dig into the word.



Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths. There are beautiful masterpieces of  art and photos throughout the pages. Like Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt, and many others.

Contemplate: Encourage you to read, meditate through, praying and dwelling on the passage of Scripture through the words of the Bible. 



This is a lovely Bible.  It has a lot of unique features with study and prayer tools. The art is unique and how it is tied to the scripture and makes it interesting. Most importantly The Abide Bible is the Word of God and if the features have you searching scriptures and inspire you then this would be a good Bible for you to have. 

You can purchase a copy here

 Also, you can do a 21 days study through the book of John for free as part of the Bible launch  here

Abide Bible Giveaway here.





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