Friday, July 30, 2010

Blog Tour: So Over It (Review)

How can Skylar stay true to herself without losing the ones she loves most?

Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. 


She wants a fresh start where people don't know about her past or her dysfunctional family. A place where she won't run into her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. 

When she gets the opportunity to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But will she truly be able to leave her old life behind? And will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants?

What I Thought
I really liked this book. I've read book 2 and book 3 (and am thinking about going back to read book 1, well, when the girls at church bring it back...).

I thought this book wrapped up the series quite well, and really delved into the decisions Skylar wrestled with concerning her life after high school and with her faith.

This was a strong finish for the series. It was also a bit deep, as it unpacks some of the deeper issues introduced in book 1 and 2.

I did advise one girl's mom - who is reading the books intently - that she (the mom) might want to read book 3 first. Not because I'm worried about the subject, but because I figured it would be easier to talk about the book if they both read it first.

After the daughter read the first book, her mom told me they sat beside the pool talking about things and issues brought up in the manuscript.

I think that's a powerful endorsement of Morrill's writing. If a rising freshman girl can think about things BEFORE they happen in high school, maybe it will help her make wise choices in a variety of situations.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 as the highest, I give this a 4.5. It will shortly join the first two books in the church library - to join the revolving check-out door.

About The Author
Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers' group.

Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.

Want to know more about Morrill? Visit her blog here: http://stephaniemorrillbooks.com/blog/

Online Resources
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CBD
B&N
Local Book Stores
Online Excerpt


Other Books In the Series
Book 1: Just Me, Different
Getting a fresh start is harder than it looks.

Skylar Hoyt is a girl who seems to have it all--she's pretty, popular, and has a great-looking boyfriend. Her senior year should be the best one yet. But a horrible experience at a summer party has changed everything. Now she's vowing to make better choices, including going back to church. But as Skylar tries to gain new perspective on life, the world as she knows it begins to fall apart.

Her parents are constantly fighting. Her younger sister has a big secret that Skylar is forced to keep. The guy she's dating is annoyingly jealous. And the new guy down the street is just plain annoying. In the midst of the chaos, Skylar starts to wonder who her real friends are and, even more importantly, who she is.  
Read the first chapter by clicking here

Book 2: Out With The In Crowd
She knew changing her life wouldn't be easy--but she never expected it to be this hard.

Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it's not so easy to change her friends. Even though the old Skylar is gone, she's still not sure who this new Skylar really is.

Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can't win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most? Read an excerpt online.



My February 2010 review of this book can be read here


About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blog Tour: The Seeker (Review)

When well-laid plans go awry, can she still make her dreams come true?

Charlotte Vance is a young woman who knows what she wants. But when the man she planned to marry joins the Shakers—a religious group that does not allow marriage—she is left dumbfounded. 


And when her father brings home a new wife who is young enough to be Charlotte's sister, it is more than she can bear. 

With the country—and her own household—on the brink of civil war, this pampered gentlewoman hatches a plan to avoid her new stepmother and win back her man by joining the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Little does she know that this decision will lead her down a road of unforeseen consequences.

Ann H. Gabhart brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers, and the ravages of war in 1860s Kentucky to weave a touching story of love, freedom, and forgiveness.


What I Thought
I was interested in reading this book, because I attended seminary near the setting of the book, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - http://www.shakervillageky.org/

The village, a short drive away from campus, was often a peaceful place to study, and of course, it was a frequent destination to take visiting family members.

I always wanted to know more about the Shaker faith - beyond the furniture and well, the historical site. Gabhart's book not only "opened" the world, but it also made me want to read more about the Shaker beliefs.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, I'd give this book a 3. It was interesting - it kept my attention, and well, kept me guessing a bit about the plot. While it's not my "favorite" read this summer, it is a good, solid historical novel. It did accomplish one thing - it made me homesick for the rolling hills of Kentucky.

About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Outsider, The Believer, and The Seeker.

Her latest novel was inspired in part by the many stories her mother and two aunts told her of growing up in small town Kentucky during the 1930s. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

Read more about her at her website: http://www.annhgabhart.com/

Online Resources
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CBD
Barnes and Noble
Local Bookstores
Read an Excerpt Online

Other Books In The Harmony Hill Series
The Outsider
She thought she was content--until a love from the outside world turned hers upside down.

Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807. The community promised stability and devotion that Gabrielle wholeheartedly embraced. But when a local doctor must be brought into Harmony Hill from the outside, he sets into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers.

As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?

Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets you live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.


The Believer
Will a forbidden love destroy all they know?

Elizabeth Duncan has nowhere to turn. In charge of her younger brother and sister after their parents die, her options are limited: she can give in to the unwanted advances of an odious landowner--or she can flee.

When Elizabeth hears that the Shaker community in the next county takes in orphans, she presents herself and her siblings at Harmony Hill. Despite the hard work and strange new beliefs around her, Elizabeth is relieved to have a roof overhead and food to eat. But life gets complicated when she finds herself attracted to a handsome young Believer named Ethan.

Ethan has never looked on the opposite sex as anything but sisters, but he can't shake the new feelings that Elizabeth has awakened in him.

Will Elizabeth be forced to leave the village to keep Ethan from stumbling? Or could Ethan's love for her change their lives forever?


About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit http://www.revellbooks.com/.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Blog Tour: Faith Dare - 30 Days To Live Your Life To the Fullest (Review)

Debbie Alsdorf has a dare for you - in fact, she almost "double dares" you.

She dares you to answer this question: What would happen if you lived out your faith every day, in every situation?

In The Faith Dare, Alsdorf  tries to provide answers to this question.

Explaining that if Jesus came to give us abundant life, why do so many live with worn-out faith, simply struggling to get by?

"What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?" she asks.

Geared for women, The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge, designed to help individuals develop a new habit of focusing on God's ways and a daily awareness of his presence.

"Whether you do this with a group of girlfriends or by yourself, the next 30 days can change your life. If you're ready to discover what it looks like to live out real faith every day, open this book and take the challenge. I dare you."

What I Thought
Confession time - I'm still at the beginning of the dare. If carrying around a book counts - I've been carrying this book around  - it's been on a mission trip, and riding in my car, waiting for me to take up Alsdorf's dare.

I love how she has set up this book - each day includes six sections:
*Today's Praise/Prayer
*Today's Truth
*Today's Dare
*Journal
*Today's Prayer
*Today I Believe

I also like Alsdorf's writing style - the daily dares seem to flow through the three sections - Live Up, Live In and Live Out.

If you are looking for a way to ramp up your faith walk, I think this book could be the resource to "ignite" your passion.

About The Author
Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper and A Different Kind of Wild. She is founder of the popular Design4Living Conferences and speaks with Hearts at Home.

She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is director of women's ministries at Cornerstone Fellowship, where her Bible study is attended by hundreds of women every week. Alsdorf lives in California.

You can find out more about Alsdorf by visiting her website: http://www.design4living.org/

Online Resources
At Amazon
At Barnes & Noble
At CBD
At Local Bookstores
Buy It In Bulk For Churches
Online Excerpt

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit http://www.revellbooks.com/.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blog Tour: It's A Facebook Party

Steven James Launch Party!

Find out more about Steven James' newest release....
It's going to be awesome.

Words...words...words

Edited on Aug. 2, with my review of Travel Scrabble

I've gotten quite addicted to Words with Friends on my iPhone....playing up to four games at a time with friends.

The game, an electronic version of Scrabble, has tweaked my interest in the actual game.

So, I was game when a chance to review AND giveaway a "travel" version of the original game - Milton Bradley's Scrabble Travel Folio, dropped in my e-mail inbox, thanks to everygameroom.com, a division of CSN Stores.

Not familiar with CSN - It's ok, I wasn't either...

According to my research (a.k.a. snooping around) CSN is one of the top (they say No. 3) online retailers of home goods. In business for seven years, they are a one stop shop for everything from lights, cookware, household items, luggage, pet stuff and well, even furniture,

You can find out more about CSN by going directly to its main website - http://www.csnstores.com/.

So more about the Scrabble Travel Folio....
According to everygameroom.com, it features -
* Sleek folio edition features zippered nylon case with snap-in tile racks, folding game tray, snap-in letter tiles and cloth storage pouch
* Pieces stay put, so you can focus on your winning word strategy

So What I Think
I don't usually order things online - or at least when I order things, I typically use my work address - since I'm not usually home during the day.

This time, I used my home address and well, UPS delivered it to my neighbors. (Kinda glad that we're friends).

Other than that, though, the package arrived ok from CSN. It was a bit "battered" but not damaged.... it just looked like it had been on a few trucks.

The Scrabble game is light and compact. About the same size as a study Bible. Inside the board is plastic - with grooves for the small (smaller than a dime) letter pieces.

The one thing I like immediately - you can "fold up" the game without losing the placement of the letters (just make sure they are snapped in tight.

I'm thinking this is the "right size" game to take on trips. It definitely won't take up lots of space in a suitcase or in a hotel room (think family vacation here), and it still holds the integrity of the original game.

In the meantime, if you'd like a chance to win your own copy of travel Scrabble
...here's how you can do it!

(Deadline is 6 p.m. CST, Sunday, Aug. 15)
1) Post your favorite "family game night" memory in the comment section below.

2) Get a Second Entry by Twittering about the contest -
Note: You must use the hashtag #myscrappylife to be eligible.

Tweet this: Win a travel scrabble game. Visit http://bit.ly/myscrappylife for details. #myscrappylife

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blog Tour: Courting Morrow Little (Review)

Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love.

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.


What I Thought
After living in Kentucky for four years, I find anything connected to the state to be fascinating. I especially like novels set during the frontier - it seems so rugged and different from today's lifestyle.

Laura Frantz's novel, Courting Morrow Little, did not disappoint my desire to have a historical novel that not only tells an intriguing story, but also makes me want to look into/research parts of the historical "back story."

I enjoyed this novel. It kept me surprised - I didn't guess the plot in the first 10 pages - and well, it provided a nice diversion from the 21st Century.

It also makes me want to go back and read Frantz's first novel - which is eluded to in pieces in this story. A "second novel" Courting Morrow Little can stand alone - if you haven't read the first - like a fine wine.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give it a 4. Not quite on my "read again and again" pile, but definitely on my "read more of this author" pile. 


About Laura Frantz
Laura Frantz credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington state with her husband and two sons.

Online Resources
Find it at Amazon
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Find it at CBD
Read an excerpt online

More From Frantz
The Frontiersman's Daughter
One woman searches for love--and herself--in a wild land.

Lovely and high-spirited, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land. But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself. Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit http://www.revellbooks.com/.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blog Tour: Touching the Clouds (Review & Interview)

She went looking for adventure . . . and found more than she bargained for.

In Bonnie Leon's newest novel, Touching the Clouds, pilot Kate Evans is looking for a future filled with adventure as an Alaskan bush pilot during the 1930s- all while running away from a past filled with pain.

Leon said she crafted the story, based in Alaska, because of her family heritage.

"My mother grew up on a homestead in the bush. There were no roads in and out of their place so her family relied upon bush pilots to deliver their mail and sometimes they traveled by air," Leon said. "She had great respect and affection for the pilots and spoke of them often."

Leon said her mother would often purchase books describing the life of Alaskan bush pilots. Those books eventually became part of Leon's personal collection.

"One day while reading about these courageous people a glimmer of a story flickered to life," she said. "Soon I was jotting down notes and before I knew it, I had my story."

Leon describes Touching the Clouds' main character, Kate Evans as an "adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit."

"When she leaves her home in Washington State to follow her dream of being an Alaskan bush pilot, she knows it will be an uphill battle," Leon explained. "But she never expected it to be quite like this.

"As the lone woman in a man’s world, she finds that contending with people’s expectations is almost as treacherous as navigating the wild arctic storms. When she crosses paths with a mysterious man living alone in the forbidding wilderness, she faces a new challenge. Can Kate break through the walls he has put up around his heart? And will fear keep her from realizing her dreams? "

While the book is centered on life as a bush pilot, it is not based upon a specific woman or pilot.

"Bush pilots flew in Alaska clear back in the 1920’s with open cockpit planes. I can’t imagine that," Leon said. "There were women who challenged the skies in the territory, but very few."

Diving into the novel
Leon said while she often becomes attached to her characters, she finds herself having "special" feelings for Nena and Lily - two native Alaskan characters - because they represent Leon's heritage.

Her favorite character, though, is Kate.

"I admire women who go after their dreams, even when the stakes are high," Leon said. "Kate takes a great risk and makes real life sacrifices to go after her dream. And even though she carries a burden that would ground others she doesn’t allow the past to shackle her. Instead she faces her greatest fears."
 
Ultimately, Leon hopes readers walk away from the novel, discovering two major ideas woven among the story lines - "chase after your dreams" and "running from heartaches will not resolve them."

"Don’t let fear or self-doubt stop you," Leon said. "Listen to the leading of the Lord rather than the voices in your head that discourage you, and then live according to His wishes.

"Wherever we go, we carry the sorrows of life with us," Leon continued. "Allow the Lord to heal your sorrows. He will replace grief with love and grace and set us back on our feet."

What's Ahead for the Series
This is the first book of what is expected to be a trilogy. Leon said the cast of characters introduced in Touching the Clouds will return in the second novel.

"Paul and Kate have only begun to grasp God’s greater plan for their lives," Leon explained. "The story is played out mostly in Alaska, but Kate makes a journey home to Yakima, Washington where she must face her greatest fear."

Lessons learned through writing Touching the Clouds
Throughout writing this novel, Leon said God taught her many lessons - including one about being tenacious and never giving up.

"I’ve always believed this and have tried to live that way, but while I worked through the pages of this book I was reminded how difficult it can be," Leon said. "While writing the book, everything in my life was changing. Heartaches abounded. Writing was difficult and  I knew the story was out of sync, but facing a deadline I pushed on and sent it to my editor.  It came back, needing major revisions.
 
"This is not something I’m used to contending with. But in the midst of painful circumstances, with my emotions strung tight I continued to work and to seek God’s guidance and strength. I felt a bit like Kate—pushing on, trusting God and believing He is in control.

"He is. And I feel good about the finished product, Touching the Clouds."

Who is Bonnie Leon?
Leon describes herself as an "open book" who tries to live life transparently.

"It’s so much easier to connect with people when I’m living genuinely," she explains. "The bottom line is I’m a child of God. And just like all believers I’m a sinner saved by grace, a sojourner here on earth.

"My family and I live simply, day-to-day like everyone else. We love the country and live on a small farm. Family is important;  the most precious possession is one another. The best thing God allowed me to do is be a mother. And now, I’m blessed by my loving grandchildren."

What I Thought - The Review
When I pick up an historical novel, I typically look for two things - a subject that will interest me historically, and well, a well-written novel without an unrealistic plot.

I found this and more in Touching the Clouds. In this novel, Leon has crafted a world of Alaskan bush pilots that has given me a new picture of the Alaskan frontier.

While I know this world doesn't match current-day Alaska, it's made me want to travel to the state to see some of the sites - mountains & snow - that exist there. I enjoyed seeing the state through the eyes of Kate.

Many of the scenes made me want to research/learn more about life in Alaska - which to me is an other successful hallmark of a historical novel.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this novel a four. The characterization was awesome, the storyline tight, and well, some of the plot twists kept me turning the pages for more. It's definitely made me look forward to the release of book two.

About Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon is the bestselling author of more than ten historical fiction novels. She stays busy teaching women's Bible studies and speaking at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband, Greg, live in Oregon. Visit Leon's website for more info!

Want to read more by Leon? Click here.

It's A Contest
About the Contest:
In Touching the Clouds, Book 1 in Bonnie’s Alaskan Skies series, bush pilot Kate Evans pursues her dream of flight against all odds.

Now, to celebrate the release of Touching the Clouds, Bonnie Leon and her publisher, Revell books, is offering one (1) Grand Prize winner the chance to be a pilot for a day and touch the clouds for themselves!

Enter the Take Flight Contest to Win!
The Prize Package
The Winner of our Take Flight Contest will receive 

a once in a lifetime flying experience, including:
> A 40 minute flight lesson with a FAA Certified Instructor
> A 25 page eBook covering all the details of your flight
> A training video to prepare you for your flight experience
> 2 Ground School lessons credited toward your pilot's license
> A pilot's log book to keep record of your flight time
> A certificate of accomplishment for flight completion
> A 6 month subscription to a leading flight training magazine
> A CD copy of The Airplane Flying Handbook
> A CD copy of The Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

How To Enter:
Visit the contest page on Bonnie's Website!

Online Resources
Find it at Amazon
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Find it at CBD
Read an excerpt online
Use a Reading Group's Guide

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit http://www.revellbooks.com/.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blog Tour: Perfectly Dateless (Review)

The prom countdown has begun.

Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There's only one problem--her parents won't let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she's totally invisible at school, wears lame homemade clothes, and possesses no social skills. Okay, so maybe there's more than one problem.

Can she talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempts to completely ruin her life?


What I Thought
I think a lot of girls feel the same "desperation" that Kristin Billerbeck portrays in her main female character - Daisy Crispin, as she "counts down" the days until her senior prom. Daisy not only sees it as THE event of her senior year, she sees it as THE event that will set the tone for the rest of her life.

But, as Daisy learns, life doesn't always go according to plan, no matter how much she tries to control everything around her - or tries to break out of her "structured" upbringing.

I thought this was a good novel. I'll admit, at times, I didn't like Daisy. I found her a bit "whiny" and a bit ungrateful for the things that her parents do for her. (Ok, so I'm not the target reader). But I think Billerbeck has created a character and a storyline that will appeal to teenage girls.

I think in the end, Daisy learns what is important in life, and that sometimes the things the world "touts" as important - may not be what fills your life with joy. I also agree with Rachel Hauck's endorsement - Billerbeck's humor and snappy writing will leave you wanting more. I could totally see this novel becoming a Disney Channel or Nickelodeon "movie of the week."

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give it a solid 3.5 to 4, for strong writing, solid story and great character development.

A Teen's Endorsement
I loaned the book to one of my "rising" frehsman girls during the mission trip. She told me she enjoyed the book, which was a bit obvious, since during any "downtime" during the trip, "T's" nose was deep in the book. She managed to read it completely during the four-day trip.

About The Author
Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including What a Girl Wants. A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. She lives with her family in northern California.

Check out her website here: http://www.kristinbillerbeck.com/

Endorsements
"Billerbeck hits a home run with this warm tale about Daisy Crispin's funny trials and tribulations as she lives with eccentric parents, prom stress, and a desire to just be a normal teen."--Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Just Between You and Me and A Charmed Life series

"With her brand of wit and insight, Billerbeck takes us into the life of Daisy Crispin as she aims for the perfect prom date. This story reminds us that even a geek can live out her Cinderella dreams."--Rachel Hauck, coauthor of The Sweet By and By

Online Resources
Read an online excerpt
@ Amazon.com
@ Barnes & Noble
@ ChristianBooks
@ Revell Books

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit http://www.revellbooks.com/.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Freebie Alert!

A few weeks ago, I purchased Kate Hadfield's collab with Kaye Winiecki - Let's Play, and also purchased the bumper pack of games printables created by the wonderful Sara Lively - Let's Play Now.

The games in the "Let's Play Now" inspired me to create three "car" games for the then-upcoming Mission Trip.

I sent them to Kate, as a "thanks for making me look good gift." (She always makes me look good - or at least makes my children's ministry blog shine - http://kidz-zone-ss.blogspot.com thanks to her lovely creations!)

Anyway, Kate packaged them up as a freebie gifty to her blog friends. You can download a set of the printables for your own personal use by visiting Kate's blog.


Note: We printed out the games on cardstock, and then laminated them - so we could use them over and over again thanks to dry erase markers (and baby wipes). You might want to test the dry erase marker on the back first - one didn't want to "wipe" off easily, but I understand alcohol pads will take off the marking (it's on my post-mission trip to-do-list)

Enjoy! If you use the car games, let me know how they work for you!  Do you have other car games that you use on your road trips? Let me know that as well. (Next year's drive might be SIGNIFICANTLY longer depending upon were we go for the mission trip site! So I'll need lots of "occupying" kid suggestions!)

Have a wonderful day!

More info or to download the games visit: http://www.digiscrappingqueen.com
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