Ellie Claire Art Journal Review

I love lettering and I am thoroughly enjoying these 3 lovely art journals! Thanks to Ellie Claire Art for providing these 3 journals for me to review.

The covers are beautiful. The paper is nice and thick and easy to write on. And the ideas and inspirations in each book are perfect for getting me drawing. I love lettering and I love art but I’m often so busy with the kids and life that I fail to take time for myself to just sit and relax and enjoy life.

Having to review these, forced me to use them, and I’m so glad I did. I’m enjoying every minute, and it’s so relaxing to just take a little time for myself and do a little art.

There’s 3 books “Faith & Lettering”, “The Illustrated Word”, and “Illuminate Your Story”. I’m enjoying all 3 but “Faith & Lettering” is my favorite. I did Calligraphy is High School and I’m finding all the lettering practice to be so much fun. And I feel like as I’m practicing I’m getting inspiration for future projects!

Aren’t these so beautiful looking! They’re such a pretty addition to my bookshelf. And then I can pull one down whenever I have a few minutes and spend some time drawing. I haven’t pulled out my calligraphy pens yet but there’s definitely some letters and embellishments in these books that I’m wanting to do with my pens. They’ll be so beautiful! And this paper is thick enough I can use my nice inks directly in the books and not have to worry about them bleeding through.

I’m loving every minute of using these and I have several people in mind that I’m going to get these for for Christmas this year.

Want to purchase your own copies of these amazing Art Journals? You can purchase them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble

FAITH & LETTERING
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THE ILLUSTRATED WORD
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ILLUMINATE YOUR STORY
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Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

I received a copy of this book free from FlyBy for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

Author Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

Illustrator Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

The stories are each a few pages long and are easy to read to the kids. The illustrations are colorful and my kids find them to be quite funny with the oddly sized heads, funny looking animals, etc. They are just loving reading this Illustrated Bible together!

There’s a verse at the beginning of each chapter and then the story focuses on how God’s spirit moved through the story. It’s a perspective I haven’t seen before in children’s illustrated Bibles and it’s quite interesting, even to me, to read these stories and focus a bit on how God is moving in the story and how He’s moving the hearts of the people in these stories.

A great book for both me and my children! In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m enjoying this and getting more out of it than they are!

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Bountiful Blessings Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

I received a digital copy of this super cute coloring book to review. Unfortunately, you can’t easily print from a digital copy so I got to look at all the pictures but I didn’t get to color any.

The pictures are fun, beautiful, and detailed. And at $7.40 with free shipping with Amazon prime it’s a great price.

Each picture has an accompanying scripture and devotional, perfect for thinking on God’s word while you color. The devotionals are only about a paragraph long so you don’t really have to spend a lot of time reading, and the pictures will each take a little while to color.

My girls thought the coloring book looked awesome so I’m probably going to order it for them, I’m always looking for fun new coloring books for them since they’ve outgrown the cheaper ones you get at the dollar store.

Probing: Harbringer Series – Book Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Probing is the third book in the Harbringers series by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky.

While this book was still interesting, it’s is definitely my least favorite of the three. It just wasn’t as interesting or as exciting as the first two. I also felt like the 4 stories were a bit disconnected, where in the first two books – Invitation and the Assault – they were much more connected together.

If you’ve already started the series, you’ll want to read this one. It’s fun, entertaining, and just as strange as the first two. I love sci-fi type books so this one is right up my alley. If you haven’t started the series, you’re going to want to read Invitation and Assault first, because Probing won’t make any sense without them.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy to read series. The Harbringer Series is terrific!

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Death at Thorburn Hall – Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed Julianna Deering‘s latest mystery, Death at Thorburn Hall. This is number six in the series and does not disappoint. If you’re looking for a great murder mystery series the Drew Farthering Mystery series is terrific.

Once again Drew Farthering, Madeline Farthering, and their friend Nick find themselves right in the middle of an adventure.

The three friends are visiting for a fun weekend at the British Open only to find themselves confronted with a puzzling murder.

The police are as puzzled as Drew. At first it looks like there are no suspects and then everyone is a suspect. Who did it? Why did they do it? and can Drew get to the bottom of this mystery before someone else is killed?

This book was easy to read, and hard to put down. Perfect for when you just want to relax with a good book.

ESV Illuminated Bible – Review and Giveaway

I received this Bible free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

About

The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

• 9-point, Lexicon

• Black letter text

• 2-color printing

• 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations

• 50 full-page verse illustrations

• 250+ hand-lettered margin verses

• 100+ other illustrations throughout

• Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target

• Thick, cream-colored paper

• Wide margins

• Single-column, paragraph format

• Smyth-sewn binding

• Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

• Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm.

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Review

I have trouble writing in books but this Bible encourages you to write in the margins. I like that there are illustrations already there, so I’m less intimidated at the thought of making notes in my Bible. I love that this Bible is ESV, since that is my favorite version, and while I just haven’t convinced myself to write in the Bible yet, I’m getting close. In fact, I may let my 9 year old break it in for me since she loves to highlight, underline, and make notes when she reads.

In my opinion, this makes a great family Bible where everyone is encouraged to make notes, illustrations, etc for the entire family to enjoy.

The paper is thick so it’s designed for writing on. The illustrations in the Bible are gorgeous. Even if I never end up writing in it, it’s still a beautiful book to read, and I just love beautiful books. Because of the thicker paper it’s a bit too heavy to easily carry to Church with me, so it’s more of a family Bible or study Bible.

I’m just loving this ESV Illustrated Bible and the interaction it encourages!

You can purchase these at Amazon or check out the Illuminated Bible website.

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Where We Belong – Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin was an intriguing read about two sisters who grew up in Victorian age American but preferred adventure and travel in defiance of the expected social rules of the day.

In this story of adventure and challenge you follow two sisters, Rebecca and Flora as they search for an important manuscript. You’ll learn about why they’re here, how they got here, and be inspired by their love of adventure.

This book reads a lot like a historical fiction, which I found confusing at first until I found out that the author was inspired by a true story of two sisters who found an important manuscript. While this book is not historical fiction and really only takes the topic from actual history, it’s still very fun to think about how those women may actually have discovered things.

I enjoyed reading about Rebecca and Flora’s journeys to different places, and the dangers, the friends, and the adventures they encountered on their way.

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Crown of Souls – Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Crown of SoulsRonie Kendig

This book is the 3rd in Ronnie Kendig’s Tox Files series and is my favorite of the three. Gripping from beginning to end, this book was fun and entertaining to read.

The book starts with Tox being shot and the action just continues from there. Tox is forced to face his personal conflicts all while hunting down a deranged killer and keeping his team alive.

When an old army friend goes rogue, Tox and his team have to find him and stop him. Can Tox find him in time, can the team stop what he’s doing?

As they pursue, Tox learns more about himself than he really wanted to know. And he has to make hard decisions about how to protect his team and those he loves without becoming the monster that he is trying to stop.

I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading number four of the Tox Files when it comes out.

How to Listen so People Will Talk – Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

How to Listen so People will TalkBecky Harling

I don’t know about you, but I have a problem with not listening to people and then being frustrated when people aren’t listening to me. I have a couple of friends who are really good listeners and I’ve really been observing this year and trying to figure out what makes them people that I want to talk to.

I was excited that I got to review this book, because I really wanted to know. How do I listen so people will talk to me. My friends, my kids, my husband, even the random lady at the grocery checkout. Yes, all my life, random people will literally tell me their life story. Though, these past couple of years, having multiple kids seems to slow that down a little. And I started wondering if it was actually the kids, or is it me. Have I just gotten bad at listening?

I picked up several really good tips from this book. Though, my favorite was the section on “listen to another’s story”. Just thinking about how I listen and framing it around listening as they tell their story – because everything in life is a story – has really helped me actually stop trying to talk and just listen. It’s all about developing better listening habits. Want to know more about what it means to listen to someone’s story, you should buy the book.

There were several other really great tips in this book, and combining them with my focus of listening to another’s story is working really well for me. I’m not sure if my kids and husband are comfortable talking more, or if they’re talking the same and I’m just paying better attention, but I do feel like I’m hearing more of what they say, more of their story. And I’m happy to be hearing more from the people that I love.

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The Assault – Book Review

I received this book free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

The Assault: Cycle Two of the Harbingers Series by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky.

This is Book two of the Harbingers Series. A while back I reviewed book one and liked it so I was excited to receive book two to review as well.

This book was much like the first, with each author writing a section from their person’s point of view. I do find it a bit jolting at times when I switch authors. Mainly because the book is more like 4 mini stories and not one large story, but also the switch between characters when I switch authors always takes me a second. I have to re-orient myself to whom is telling the story – since the stories are told in the first person, and each author writes for a different person.

As the darkness grows with these 4 gifted people be able to stay ahead of it or will it overtake them? The continuing story line is interesting and exciting to read. Because of the 4 different authors it’s a bit unpredictable what will happen to the 4 friends next and what the outcome will be, so it keeps me guessing. Which is always great for this type of book.

This book is easy and quick to read and very entertaining. I enjoyed reading it, and plan to read cycle three as well.