Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Night Night, Sleepytown By Amy Parker



The sun is sinking low, and Sleepytown is ready to say, “Night night!” Join bestselling author Amy Parker and award-winning illustrator Virginia Allyn in the latest Night Night adventure through Sleepytown, the charming little village where residents are drifting off to dreamland, just like your little one is sure to do.
Sleep may come slowly for many toddlers, and Night Night, Sleepytown is just the cozy story to help your little one nod off for the evening. Even the most stubborn bedtime resisters will love this delightful board book full of fun and silly characters who are getting ready for sleepy time in Sleepytown.
Amy Parker and Virginia Allyn, the same award-winning pair behind the bestselling books Night Night, Farm and Night Night, Train, team up again for this brand-new story that is equally appealing for little boys and little girls. Complete your collection with Night Night, Sleepytown today!

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Sleepytown-Amy-Parker/dp/1400310032/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1534037225&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=night+night+sleepytown&psc=1


Amy Parker has written more than forty books for children, teens, and adults, including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer, Thank You, God, for Mommy, and Thank You, God, for Daddy. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations—Firebird and Courageous Teens—are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

My Thoughts...

I have been enjoying all of the new board books for the little ones lately.
They are so fun to read and the pictures are fun as well.
Night Night Sleepytown is going to be a favorite of your little ones as well.
The pictures are so much fun. All of the animals are going to be talked about for days.
This is a learning book as well as a fun read.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it to mommy's and daddy's.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Hope Jar By Wanda Brunstetter



A Brand-New Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle s budding faith but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Jar-Prayer-Jars/dp/1624167470/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533471957&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hope+jar+wanda+brunstetter&dpID=512SZklXXUL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

My Thoughts...
 
The Prayer Jars is Brunstetter's new series. Oh and let me tell you it is going to be her best series to date I think.
The Hope Jar was my favorite of ALL of her books. It was not preachy and it was not about perfect Amish people.
It was so intriguing and characters  and plot   were spot on. You are going to read this one in one sitting. So don't worry  about cooking or cleaning once you start this book.
I look forward to the next book The Forgiving Jar in the series.
You are going to love the recipes in the m back of this book.
Give this 5 star book a whirl, you won't be sorry.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Desperate Prayers for Desperate Times By John Eckhardt


FEATURES AND BENEFITS
  • Reveals five elements of Hannah’s breakthrough prayer
  • Empowers readers to get the last word over the enemy
  • Equips readers to find joy and victory in God’s presence and experience the “thousand realm” of blessing  
There is powerful breakthrough awaiting people who pray desperate prayers.
Using the prayer of Hannah as a model, Apostle John Eckhardt invites readers to a life of prayer that consistently sees results. Through biblical teaching and practical application, this book takes readers through the five key points of Hannah’s prayer that can help them remain steadfast in prayer.

•      Getting desperate for God to deliver the answer to their prayers
•      Persevering despite torment, harassment, and a broken heart
•      Seeking the presence of God
•      Making a vow to God and keeping it
•      Prophesying and watching new things spring forth

When all options are exhausted and everything we were holding on to has failed, God steps in. He hears our cries and remembers His promises to us. He never turns away the desperate. The dreams and visions God has placed in the hearts of His people will come to pass, when we learn to pray desperate prayers.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Prayers-Times-Unleash-Darkest/dp/1629995355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533594399&sr=8-1&keywords=desperate+prayers+for+desperate+times&dpID=51u-d794z8L&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Apostle John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries, located in Chicago, Illinois. Gifted with a strong apostolic call, he has ministered throughout the United States and overseas in more than seventy nations. He is a sought-after international conference speaker, has authored more than twenty books, and produces a daily radio broadcast. His television program, Perfecting the Saints, is seen weekly throughout the United States on The Word Network. Eckhardt resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Wanda, and their five children.

My Thoughts...

This book was alright, the first half was spot on then I ran into some things that did not sit right with me.
I liked the book and the contents but Eckhardt contradicts himself a few times and I was scratching my head saying which is it.
Once I moved past that I was pleased with the comments in the end.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you will give it a try.  
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, August 10, 2018

God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers By Hannah Hall



Help little ones grow closer to God with these bedtime prayers for kids.
Join the adorable animal families as they learn to pray about every moment of the day—the fun times, the hard parts, and everything in between. Whether the animals ask God for help finding a toy or thank Him for the day’s adventures, God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers will create a special, quiet bedtime routine of prayer and will instill God’s Word in your children’s hearts.
God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers includes Hannah Hall’s signature heart-warming rhymes that made God Bless You and Good Night a massive success, selling more than 400,000 copies. Each rhyme is paired with a simple Bible verse that will help little ones discover the loving and forgiving heart of God.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-Bedtime-Prayers-Book/dp/0718096398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533865138&sr=8-1&keywords=god+bless+our+bedtime+prayers&dpID=61t7lFmUPJL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch


Hannah C. Hall writes books for kids, blogs for their moms, and many a forgotten grocery list. She loves Jesus, her husband Josh, their five incredible kids, crock pot dinners, extra desserts, and those rare and wonderful occasions when the laundry room is tidy. Visit her at HannahCHall.com.

My Thoughts...

The rhymes are so much fun and the bible verses after each rhyme is great.
 The pictures are so cute. Kids are going to love this at bedtime.
This is a must have board book.
4 star fun board book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Through the Autumn Air By Kelly Irvin




The third book in the beloved Every Amish Season series by bestselling author, Kelly Irvin.
"Kelly Irvin’s Through the Autumn Air is a poignant journey of friendship and second chances that will illustrate for readers that God blesses us with a true love for all seasons." —Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Room on the Porch Swing
The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told . . .
The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?
When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.
As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Through-Autumn-Every-Amish-Season/dp/0310348145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533161523&sr=8-1&keywords=through+the+autumn+air&dpID=51TpFD295JL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Best-selling novelist Kelly Irvin's latest book is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second book in her Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, from Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. This four-book series delves into the lives of four Amish women linked by life altering experiences that bring them together as wives, mothers, and grandmothers in the small town of Jamesport, Mo. The first book, Upon a Spring Breeze, received critical acclaim from the Library Journal: "A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments."

Kelly Irvin is also the author of The Amish of Bee County series, which includes the critically acclaimed The Beekeeper's Son. Publishers Weekly called the first book in the series a beautifully woven masterpiece and Romantic Times Magazine called Kelly a storyteller extraordinaire. It was followed by The Bishop's Son and The Saddle Maker's Son, which is an ECPA bestseller.

A two-time ACFW Carol finalist, Kelly's novellas have been included in numerous anthologies, including An Amish Summer, The Amish Christmas Gift, An Amish Market, an Amish Christmas Love, and Amish Quilt.

She also penned the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both published by Harvest House Publishers. Love Still Stands, the first book in the New Hope series, debuted in September 2014, and the follow-up, Love Redeemed, released March 1, 2014. The final book in the series, set in Branson, MO., was A Plain Love Song, released in July 2014.

The Bliss Creek Amish series, set in Kansas, includes To Love and to Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love's Journey Home.

In the New Hope series, familiar characters from Bliss Creek move to Missouri to start a new district and a new life.

Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, set in San Antonio, Texas. Two more romantic suspense novels are on the horizon, with the first, Tell Her No Lies, slated for publication by Thomas Nelson Publishing in January 2019.

Kelly recently contracted with Zondervan for a new 3-book series set in Montana. More details to come!

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers, as well as Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly wrote nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso, where she was exposed to culture and language that serves as fodder for her fiction writing. She has written hard news, features, entertainment pieces, restaurant critiques, editorials, and weekly columns. Writing awards include the Silver Star Award from the Texas Mental Health Association for articles pertaining to mental health and numerous awards in news, feature, and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and Texas Press Women.

Kelly retired in 2016 from her position of 22 years as public relations manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, where her duties included writing and designing an employee newsletter, writing news releases, collaborating on marketing campaigns, coordinating ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings, coordinating press conferences, updating the web site, and acting as a media spokesperson.

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for more than 30 years, and they have two young adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and visit the babies.


For more information, visit http://www.kellyirvin.com

My Thoughts...

I enjoyed this second book in the An Every Amish Season series.
Not only was the main characters name May Katherine but she was so lovable.
I had the best time reading this one. I can't wait for the next book in this series. 
4 star read and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Treacherous Mix By Kathy Herman



When twenty-four-year-old Hawk Cummings wakes up by Beaver Lake at sunset, all he remembers is a dream about a spider that spewed venom. Then he realizes that Kennedy—the young woman he broke every vow to have an affair with—is gone. He rushes to her house only to find it empty. No furniture. No pictures. No sign that anyone lived there.

Ashamed and confused, Hawk decides not to report anything to the sheriff. Then Hawk realizes that someone else in town knows what happened to his lover. He begins to fear for Kennedy’s life—and his own.

Pick up your copy here..
https://www.amazon.com/Treacherous-Mix-Novel-Mountain-Trilogy/dp/0781408059/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533246400&sr=8-1&keywords=a+treacherous+mix+by+kathy+herman&dpID=51UYmbLOo2L&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch



Kathy Herman is no stranger to the Christian publishing industry. Before becoming a bestselling author and award-winning poet, Kathy worked on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association for five years. She gained eleven years of bookstore experience as a children's products specialist and drew on that expertise to conduct related seminars in the U.S. and Canada.

Kathy quickly rose to the rank of bestselling author when her first novel, TESTED BY FIRE, became a CBA bestseller shortly after its release. Since then, eight more of her novels have claimed the title of bestseller: ALL THINGS HIDDEN, THE REAL ENEMY, THE LAST WORD, THE RIGHT CALL,FALSE PRETENSES,DANGEROUS MERCY, RELENTLESS PURSUIT and NOT BY SIGHT.

Her contemporary, fast-paced novels weave inspirational messages into the storyline so effectively that a college professor in Houston utilized her books as required reading to educate students on the value of teaching through fiction. Kathy's books have also been widely used in book club discussion and Bible study groups.

Kathy and her late husband Paul have a blended family of three grown children and five "nearly perfect" grandchildren. Her hobbies include nature photography and bird watching--especially an ongoing fascination with hummingbirds. Kathy lives in the Northwest with an adorable cat named Prissy.


My Thoughts...

It was good to see the whole gang from the Ozark Mountain Trilogy back at it. This is book three in the series and can be a stand alone. Herman wrote a great story with A Treacherous Mix. The Cummings family were all accounted for and if they were a real family I would love to have a seat at their dinner table. They are a family full of faith. A lot of people feel that when they read a "Christian" book everyone in the book should be perfect. I for one love that Herman had one of the characters fall from grace so to speak. Along the way he finds forgiveness, mercy and love through God. I gave this book four stars and I recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


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Monday, August 6, 2018

I AM The Names of God By Diane Stortz




God is the Creator, the Healer, our Savior, and our Friend. And it is through God’s names that we understand His character. Now little ones will understand how great our God is by learning His names and all the ways He cares for them.
Show your little one the character of God with I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones. Capturing the names and characteristics of God through short Bible stories, Scripture, and bright illustrations, I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones helps you learn about God in a way that will draw even the youngest child. Children will close the book feeling loved, protected, and secure in the arms of the great I AM.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Am-Names-God-Little-Ones/dp/1400310792/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533592103&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+the+names+of+god+for+little+ones

Born in Detroit and raised in Southern California, Diane Stortz has lived in Cincinnati, OH, since graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism. For ten years she led the book group at Standard Publishing as editorial director.

Diane now writes for children and adults at home at Izzy's Office. Her goal: Making His wonders known to the next generation.

Izzy's Office is named for Diane's first house rabbit, Isabella. A petite Dutch rabbit named Pepe ruled the office for six years too. He liked to nudge Diane's feet for attention when she was at her computer and (he thought) ignoring him.

Diane is married and has two married daughters and four young grandsons. When she's not writing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandkids.

My Thoughts...

One of my favorite board books for little ones.
The vivid colors and illustrations  are great and the little ones will understand the  names and the easy to understand scripture.
I gave this board book 5 stars, and highly recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.