Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: How to Window Box

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out by [Gordon, Chantal Aida, Benoit, Ryan]This how-to book is great for those who love window boxes or would like to try one, or more. There are box ideas for both indoors and out along with a variety of plants.

To begin, they discuss what to consider for either the outdoor box or the indoor box. This includes the amount of sun a site received and what constitutes full sun, part sun, part shade, or shade. The tools required, how to buy plants, whether a plant is an annual, perennial or biennial, different planting medium, surface materials, watering and so much more. There are even hint boxes throughout which talk about different things like sun deprivation.

From here they show and talk about different kind of window boxes, such one for sand loving plants, herb gardens, or perhaps a tropical box.

I found the illustrations and directions throughout the book to be helpful. They take the reader through everything needed for a box from location to feeding.

I recommend this book to the do-it-yourself person or anyone that enjoys plants.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book Review: The view from Rainshadow Bay

Time flew by as I read this lovely book by Colleen Coble.
The View From Rainshadow Bay centers around Shanna. She lost her husband, unexpectedly, has a son and a helicopter charter business. Shanna is trying to handle all of this but it isn't easy. Then her partner in her business is murdered. His final words make her believe that she could be a target also. She turns to the one person that she blames for her husband's death, Zach Bannister. Together they learn to deal with the death as he helps Shauna and her son to stay safe.
I saw a friend read one of Colleen Coble's books last year and she loved it. I have to agree. This is the first that I read but I can see coming back to this one and reading others of hers in the future. I found myself turning pages and not putting this down and the mystery and romance advanced.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of mystery and suspense.
I was given this book by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review: Miller's Valley

This book is set in a valley that is in turmoil. Years ago, the government decided to build a dam to help stop the flooding in this area. Unfortunately, they discovered that they placed the river in the wrong place, so it didn't help at all. Now they want to relocate the people that live here so they can flood the area. Now there are roots set down and lives that are not sure what to do.

This story is told in the honest voice of Mimi Miller. She is an observant girl and the only daughter in a family that scrapes by. By listening through the vent in her bedroom, Mimi discovers many secrets concerning her family and the valley.

Quinlin was able to pull me in with the prologue. Then I did not want to put this book down. I felt Mimi had such a strong voice that she was sharing the secrets she learned with me. The story is a reminder of the pull that the place we grew up has on us all of our lives.

I have a feeling that I will turn to this book several times in my life as a reminder of the lesson that I learned.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Book Review: Stone Painting for Kids

This is a book designed to help each child be creative with something as simple as a stone. Published by Dover Stone Painting For Kids is filled with ideas for paining many different shapes of stones or seashells.

Inside parents and children can find: Geometric Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Hearts, Faces, Multipebble Flowers, Mushrooms and more. Plus there is a bonus section where it shows how to use this creativity to build skills in mathematics, science, themes, storytelling and spelling.

It goes through the steps of choosing and preparing the stones and then the supplies that will be needed. The pictures and directions are clear and large. I can see my granddaughter and grandson using this book quite a bit.

I believe it is a great book to help fill the time when the creativity cells need a little nudge. I love this book and I believe that it could find a good home in a family, a school, a daycare, almost anywhere.

I was given this book by Dover in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Evening With Tozer: Daily Devotional Readings

Evenings with Tozer: Daily Devotional ReadingsI feel like I have lived my Christian life growing with A.W. Tozer. I have read other books by him and they always leave me reflecting and refreshed. This book, Evenings With Tozer does the same.

This book includes a reading for each day of the year. Each entry is composed of an overall thought, a verse and reflection which work together. I come away from each reading feeling even closer to God and his creation. I see this as an individual or a family devotion, a way to help a family feel a connection to God together. They speak to my heart the way they always have. Each entry helps a person grow in their Bible time and is meant to enrich this time.

Tozer began as a street preacher who became a self-educated man who spent his life reaching others as a a pastor, teacher and as a writer.

I was given this book by Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: Shaken

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms by [Tebow, Tim]Tim Tebow's story is inspirational to all readers. Here is a man who is willing to wear his faith for others to see. His life has not always been as charmed as it appears on the outside. He has had his share of criticism and scrutiny. However, he has learned from each obstacle that has been placed in his way.

This is the book that shows how this hero has turned into an inspiration and role model for many others. He shares his faith with others not to be proud but to show others that he has also seen difficult time and he shows that God is always with us. God is faithful. He helps us to learn how to live the Christian life.

We can share the behind the scenes events from his younger life. This book is for Tim Tebow fans and for all Christians. I looked forward to reading this book as a fan, but I feel like I have come away from it a stronger Christian.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wanting to teach her students about Mary Kingsley, Megan Jennings scheduled a tour to Africa. While there she finds Vidalia, a psychic, an unusual professor, a prince, a village headman and a witch doctor. Plus she became kidnapped. By the end of the book, and the tour, Mary discovered the vastness of her Divine Appointment.

This book reflects real life adventures by Lilly Maytree, the author. I found this book amusing, breathtaking and exciting. The idea of following her dream intrigued me. I feel this book encourages us to try to do just that. There were areas where I felt it was a little choppy but I enjoyed it overall.

Previously I did read the author's book "The Pandora's Box" so I knew what a great writer she is, but this book is a totally different experience. Difference is good. 

Overall I would give this book four stars out of five. 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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