Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Learn to Draw with a Firm Foundation


Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury lives up to its title.  He begins by defining drawing, then moves into the history of the art form. He provides a synopsis and examples from each major historical period in Chapter 1.

One must draw with something, so next comes a chapter on essential drawing materials.  Next come the essential skills: holding tools, blending, lines, shapes, and so on.  Quality illustrations show the beginner what constitutes good composition.  Everything is explained for the novice by this professional artist and art instructor.

All art begins with drawing, and you can start drawing with the help of this book.

I received a free review copy of Foundations of Drawing through Blogging for Books.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bless a Special Needs Parent


Amy Mason presents this little book of comfort and encouragement from God's Word.  When parents have a child with special needs, they are often exhausted and often in need of true encouragement.  Rather than speaking empty words like "I don't know how you do it," why not give timeless words from God Himself? His Word has brought comfort to generations of His people, and they still have power today.

Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs should be in your church library, Sunday School resource room, and in the hands of every family in your church facing the special challenges posed by a child's physical, mental, or emotional condition.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

A Story of Lydia, Beautifully Done


While I am not a big reader of fiction, I do love well done historical fiction.  Tessa Afshar has given me the kind of story I enjoy--a Bible character presented as her life might have been if we knew her back story.  The scriptural events in Lydia's life are included, such as meeting Paul and becoming a baptized believer, along with a speculative story of one way she might have come to be a single businesswoman, thriving in the Roman Empire.



Roman history and law, Jewish faith, and the Bible account inform this compelling story of one of the women who made the cut and were included in the Scriptures.  Afshar has included suspense, intrigue, betrayal, romance, and spiritual struggles with believable characters.  This is a great story, not fluffy "chick fiction."

I encourage you to get Bread of Angels to enjoy for yourself.

I received a free review copy from Tyndale publishers for my honest opinion.

The Kinsman Chronicles


Readers of fantasy fiction will be happy to know this series, The Kinsman Chronicles, is now available in bound book form as well as e-book format.  Jill Williamson's 6-part series now comes in two books.  Book 1 contains parts 1-3 and is entitled King's Folly while Book 2, King's Blood, completes the series with parts 4-6.

King's Blood picks up after the destruction of the Five Realms and follows the adventures of those left drifting at sea in ships, seeking a new home.  Read on to find out if the Deliverer can be found and the people can survive.

Get your own copy to enjoy today.

I received a free review copy of King's Blood from Bethany House Publishers.

The God You Thought You Knew--Book Review


Alex McFarland is all about "myth busting."  In this book, he tackles ten common myths about Christianity.  You have heard them, without a doubt.  Some examples are:
  • Science has disproven Christianity;
  • A loving God wouldn't send anyone to hell; and
  • Christianity is not for the educated.
Christians know these myths are wrong, but it is also important to know why they are wrong.  I would encourage all Sunday School teachers, parents, and other committed believers to take the time to read this relatively short (202 pages) book.  It is densely packed with the information you need to give an answer to anyone who asks the reasons for the hope you have within you.

I received a free review copy of The God You Thought You Knew from Bethany House Publishers and have given my honest opinion. 




But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  I Peter 3:15 KJV

Monday, February 20, 2017

Another Coming-of-Age Story: Dikkon Eberhart


The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is a long title--but then, Dikkon Eberhart had an unusual upbringing--not one to lend itself to a short and sweet title!  Imagine growing up around literary giants because your father is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.  Imagine trying to live up to such a family image--or trying to break free of it to find your own path.

This memoir is full of interesting characters and stories--as well as the greatest of all stories, the Gospel.  Enjoy this one-of-a-kind book about an unusual journey to find true identity and purpose.

I received a free review copy of the book for my honest opinion.

Friday, February 17, 2017

When We Last Spoke: A Story about Growing Up


Marci Henna presents a story of two sisters, abandoned by their mother at the home of her in-laws while their father flew helicopters in the Vietnam War.  After their father is killed in action, the sisters have a variety of small town adventures under the loving guidance of their grandparents and an eccentric great-grandmother.

As adults, they are separated by secrets they kept, but reconciliation and forgiveness can still happen.

I received a free review copy of this book and recommend it for women who enjoy a good story with unusual characters.  You can learn more by watching the book trailer.

Marci Henna will be giving away a FREE Kindle version of When We Last Spoke from Feb. 20-24 on Amazon.