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Excellent steps to Finding Freedom

It is common for people to simply love life day to day with no real rhyme or reason. We get up, go to work, go home, sleep, and repeat every day. What is your purpose in life? How are you living your life to achieve that purpose?

Before I started reading Finding Freedom by David R. Cross, I honestly had a wrong impression of what I would find between the covers of this 129-page book. Instead of it being how God will bless me with riches if I give much to my church, I was pleasantly surprised that it shares seven steps to finding your purpose and how to see it through. 


You see, God designed each of us differently with our own purpose in life and gifts specifically for that purpose. Your passion is likely different than the person next door. Sometimes your passion is similar to someone else’s, but the gifting you have is a bit different. How do you know what your purpose is in this life? Finding Freedom will help guide you through figuring this out for yourself! 

With seven steps to revealing the life God has purposes for you, Finding Freedom will guide you through a thought provoking bible study and a life activation guide to help readers achieve their purpose in life. The purpose given to you and you alone to achieve along with the gifts you were born with to accomplish.

Unless you actually sit and go through the life activation guide, this book is just another collection of words. It isn’t until you dig in and actually work on these steps will you get closer to knowing what your purpose really is. 

If you are anything like me, there’s a lot out there that’s interesting and worth learning about. But is learning about everything in the world your purpose? Maybe, but for most of us, it isn’t. Have I found my purpose after reading this book? I am a lot closer to understanding my purpose than I was prior to reading Finding Freedom. It is a daily journey to be with God, be in scriptures, meditations, and prayer in order to accomplish my purpose for the day. 

My favorite quote from Finding Freedom is this:

“At the heart of transformation is the fact that what you are becoming has nothing to do with what you were!” (p. 51)

This is so true to life. It isn’t about where you were or what you did in the past. It’s all about the here and now as well as the God-willing future. 

A complimentary copy of Finding Freedom was provided for a honest review through Bostic Communications. 

Non-stop adventure with a Worlds Traveler 

When the title said “Worlds Traveler” I immediately concluded that this would be about someone traveling the this world, the one we call earth. Boy, was I wrong! In the context of this book, a world traveler is someone traveling to different worlds! And what an adventure it is to travel with someone who can take you to different worlds!

The book begins with good friends, Philip and Natalie, exploring a dark mysterious cemetery. Seriously?! What are young teens doing at a cemetery in the middle of the night? Where are their parents and what are they trying to accomplish? 

This is where readers learn that Philip and Natalie are not your normal teens. In fact they have special gifts. Philip can look at a paper and be taken to different locations and time travel using his gift. Natalie can take on someone else’s gifts and make it stronger, she can talk to others telepathically, and she’s serves at Philip’s conscience as he often makes impulsive decisions. 

  
A sequel to the Magicians Doll, Worlds Traveler takes you in an adventure with the help of an adult who also has a gift, the gift to travel to other worlds. These different worlds include a place where everyone is in the shape of clouds and move around through stretching and floating, personifying the clouds you see above you every day. The various emotions results in the different types of cloud coverage that we see. 

Another world is a dark place, a kind of waiting area before heading to the afterlife. There’s also a forest, where you must be invited to enter its secret center. It’s a place where history is written, vegetation is lush and welcoming. 

Needless to say, the details in Worlds Traveler made me feel like I was right there with the characters looking in. I personally enjoy books that place me right there in the middle of everything. I also love books that expects me to use my imagination. There’s nothing better than the words coming to life in my head!

Worlds Traveler by M.L.Roble was provided complimentary for an honest review through both NetGalley and Bostic Communications. 

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Putter and the Red Car took me on a road trip across America

Literally, from the east coast to the west, Putter and the Red Car by Kate K. Lund and illustrated by Ana Maria Velicu took me on a road trip. With a few stops in between, driving across America can be fun and exciting. How do you travel with an Airdale terrier from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington?   

Putter is a seven-year old Airdale terrier who went on a road trip with his human family. They stopped at dog-friendly hotels and got to play on playgrounds, which gave him and his human brothers a chance to stretch their legs after long drives. Putter had a few firsts during this road trip from staying at a hotel to riding an elevator, Putter even got to eat a hamburger!

Stopping to visit friends along the way is always fun, too! Putter had a chance to see a friend, Hercules, and they got to play together. Traveling is often more fun when taking advantage of seeing old friends to spice up a much needed stop.

My son and I read this road trip adventure together. We paused to study the maps at the beginning and end of the book. Being from Hawaii, it was immediate that the map did not include the 50th state. Although, there’s no way anyone will every drive here, it sort of makes sense to not be included as it is a book about road trips.

Otherwise, I personally would have stopped at more significant locations as a learning experience for the boys, places like Philadelphia or Yeklowstone. However, traveling with a pet changes everything as not all hotels or stops are pet-friendly.

A highlight for my son was Mount Rushmore as he recently learned about it at school. We also saw a small display of it at a local retailer the day before reading Putter and the Red Car. If only we could go to all these places he learns about at school!

Putter and the Red Car was provided complimentary for an honest review. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to go on a road trip and needs to prepare their family to do it. I recommend it even for children who want to follow a pet on a road adventure. Happy traveling!

Attractive, creative, and engaging

The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant is not your typical fiction story of a talking elephant and her friends. Nope, this series is adventurous, creative, and engaging for children and adults alike! Recently, I received paperback copies of Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever and Ellie Goes Back to School written by Elle and Marci Fair. These two books are only part of The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series.

 
The amazing pictures of Ellie the elephant and her friend Pudgy the penguin on their adventures of a beach vacation and going to school are creative and fit very well into the storylines. Ellie and Pudgy show their creativity along and show their love for whatever it is they’re doing. 

It is especially enjoyable to see Ellie and Pudgy prepared for the travel to their beach vacation with puzzles and travel games for the trip, sunglasses to wear, and sand toys to use at the beach. In the same manner, Ellie and Pudgy bring their backpacks and lunches when they go back to school. 

What I found most intriguing in these books are the real life adventures anyone can take. In Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever, the storyline takes the readers to a bookstore, one that sells this very series! And in Ellie Goes Back to School, we spend some time at a “Buddy Bench” that is a bully-free zone. Buddy benches are being donated across Atlanta, Georgia and will soon spread further!

When I read these books to my son, he loved pointing out the pictures and how Dllie and Pudgy dressed their parts on each page, even when it came to riding a bike and eating lunches. He got fully engaged in the storylines and wished his friends went on such fun adventures, too! And to see at the end of each book is an opportunity to share an adventure with your friend on social media! What a great way for children to share their own adventures!

Like mentioned in the beginning, I received these paperbacks complimentary. I received them for an honest review. I highly recommend this book series to anyone willing to go on an adventure with an elephant and her penguin friend!

Once Upon a Time…a House enjoyed its company

There’s a house sitting alone. It misses its previous occupants and doesn’t quite enjoy the quiet. The house missed the colorful flowers and goldfish in the pond among other things that were going on. Now it’s silent and still, making the house full of sadness. Then one day, a visitor came by. Who could it be? What do they want?

  
This house slowly gets new visitors, beginning with a spider and eventually many creatures are living amongst each other in harmony. Inside the house as well as outside the house there were creatures doing their own things. Eventually the house was happy again with all these critters filling it with life. Even the flowers began blooming again and other vegetation. 

Until one day, a man and his dog arrived. This man did not like many of the critters and chased them away, killing the vegetation and flowers in the process. While the critters the man didn’t like left the house, so did the ones he wanted to stay. The man was sad that he had no food to eat because all the critters left, so he sent his dog to look for certain critters. 

Will the dog be able to round up all the critters that were chased away from the place they all lived in harmony? Will the critters trust the dog or the man to return to the house? 

This is a story my son loved hearing. Although he did comment that he wished there were more pictures, he enjoyed the story. It started off so peaceful and fun to know all these creatures and critters could live in harmony. And all it took was one person to ruin the whole thing. My son was sad that the critters were chased away from their peaceful house. 

A complimentary electronic copy of Once Upon a Time… a House by Dulce Rodrigues was provided for an honest review. Although it is a little too difficult a read for my first grader, he definitely found it entertaining! I recommend this fantastic book to be read to children and adults alike.

When discouraged, pray with power to get results!

“Pray about it,” my pastor’s wife would say when I approached her about something that was on my mind. When you spend time in prayer, God hears you and will respond. How much effort do you actually place in prayer? How do I know He’s responding? How do I know if what I’m receiving is His answer or my own thoughts?

 
Prayer is huge in pastor’s wife’s daily life and I’ve only wished it were so important in my own. I’m learning, though, that prayer is as important as you make it. I’m reading so much about prayer lately as it is a topic that has captured my heart these last few years. Most recently, I read a book by Pastor Abolaji Muyiwa Akinbo, or Pastor Bo. He titles his book, Prayer, Power & Results, and it is about the power of prayer, along with the Holy Spirit, and the magnificent results that can take place.

Pastor Bo dives into scripture and examines the topic of prayer using examples from stories in scripture along with real life examples of people close to him. It is in these examples that the reader can see how the power of prayer can move mountains.

“Without us calling, there is nothing for God to answer.” -Pastor Bo, Prayer, Power & Results, p. 25.

Prayer, Power & Results fills readers with tools they can use to not only learn about prayer, but also where to find various topics in scripture and how to overcome satan and his followers. Generally a quick read, this book is stuffed with useful prayer tools and prayer suggestions. 

Do be on alert when digging deeper into scripture and learning to pray as it causes the enemy to be distressed and will be on attack to keep you from your goal. If you follow me on Goodreads, you can see that I started Prayer, Power & Results back in December 2015, but only finished it last night. In the last two months, my family and I have been attacked by the enemy in many shapes and forms. 

It is very useful to know that Jesus overcomes and so can you. Prayer, Power & Results by Pastor Bo was sent to me complimentary for an honest review. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn about prayer and has the willingness to work towards achieving the Godly response.

Is Being a Captain is Hard Work?

Action-filled and moral-packed story that brings to life the imagination of adventurous children. Pirates are on the high seas, with a captain who thinks he knows best and shipmates who know better. Captain No Beard is head of this band of pirates and each has their own job to accomplish. They’re heading north to Dew Rite Volcano, or is it west?

  
Being a Captain is Hard Work is a children’s book written by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire. The images of each colorful page depict the emotions and concerns of each character. It is so easy to place yourself, as the reader, onto this pirate ship with these semi-quarrelsome bunch. 

I read Being a Captain is Hard Work with my now 7-year old son. He’d not care to read it at first but quickly got sucked into the storyline. I think it was to Captain who didn’t want to listen to his shipmates that did the trick. Or maybe it was when the characters in this book started discussing the types of clouds that they saw to determine the weather. Whichever it was, he did not foresee the ending and neither did I!

A complimentary copy of Being a Captain is Hard Work by Carole P. Roman was sent to me for an honest review. Not only did my son and I thoroughly enjoy this book, we love the Cloud Key at the very end so we can study the clouds we see every day! As the cumulus clouds float quietly over me, I hope you and your child will enjoy this book as much as we have!

Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow

So many of us live life looking for our purpose. We read books to help us find what is our purpose in this life we are living? Even as adults, we struggle with this. If we struggle with this as adults, do children encounter similar questions? What is their purpose at their young age?


Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow by Shelby Herman touches on finding that purpose in simple terms that children can understand. Shimmer has no idea what her purpose is and it’s causing her glow to fade. She leaves the ME TREE to find out what makes her glow.

If it makes you happy to provide wisdom, then go ahead and be that wisdom. If it makes you happy to be colorful, then be colorful. If it makes you happy to bounce, then bounce away! What is it that makes you happy? Go ahead and do that.

Colorful and simple, Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow takes children through a few possibilities to help them learn how to find their purpose, what makes them glow. My nearly seven year old son has difficulty figuring out what he can do to help others, something he enjoys.

Illustrations compliment the story and enhance the simplicity in this story. I especially love the creatures involved in this book. Each are attractive and welcoming into the storyline.

You know, when I think about finding my own glow, I’m reminded of our dog. She would always be there with kisses and hugs whenever we walked in the door. Her being around us was what made her glow. She was full of life to encourage and bring out my own glow. As a pet, it’s amazing how a creature can bring out the best in us just by being herself.


Sometimes finding your glow is harder than others. As adults, we should work in an industry that we enjoy because otherwise that’s a terrible way to spend our day, right? Do you love what you do? If your answer is no, I highly recommend reading Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow by Shelby Herman!

A complimentary electronic copy of Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow was provided for an honest review.

Reviewing: Strike at Charles’ Farm & Are You Eating My Lunch?

Two adorable bilingual children’s books, written by Canadian Dr Nicole Audet, Strike at Charls’ Farm and Are You Eating My Lunch? Simple and entertaining for young children, these books are sure to keep those children guessing!

Bilingual books are not very common here in the States. I found it fascinating to have both French and English on the same pages. This would be especially useful for bilingual readers, who can share the stories in both languages. French is not language I know how to read, so I would be difficult for me to share appropriately.


Strike at Charles’ Farm is a simple story about going around a farm with each animal not doing what they are supposed to be doing. The animals are very honest sharing their complaint about the farm. The farmer, Charles, simply offers them to ask the zoo to fulfill their requests, they might get the treatment they want. Will the animals return to doing their job? Or will they prefer to live at the zoo?


Are You Eating My Lunch? takes the reader through a zoo. Again, the talking animals are cute and welcoming. A boy is asking each animal if they’re eating his lunch. The animals each tell, him they’re eating their own favorite food. But, where is his lunch? Is anyone eating it?

Both books are brief and enjoyable to a preschooler, or maybe a kindergartener. My son, who is now in first grade, thought he’s too big for these stories, even though it captured his attention. The versions I received complimentary for an honest review had both English and French language on the pages. Having my son attempt to read it on his own may have been confusing for him, but once I explain to him where to look for the English words, he would be fine.

In both books, the animals are colorful and adorable. There’s little distraction of backgrounds and the focus simply on the character the page is about. This makes learning to read the words on a child’s own a bit easier to accomplish as it is common for them to use the images to develop an idea of the story.

Personally, I enjoyed these cute and adorable stories. It would be great for a bilingual preschool class, or a class that was teaching a second language.

When A New Life Begins, it is adored and loved

Whenever a baby mammal is born, it’s mother instinctively watches over him. Parents share their love and affection for the baby and it is common for babies to enjoy the company of other babies. This is no different with Zealy and Whubba in The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins by Roe De Pinto.  

 

Zealy is the new seal pup born one winter to loving parents. Zealy is carefully watched over by her parents. One day a young orca whale, Whubba, splashes by and quickly becomes friends with Zealy and immediately finds himself protecting the pup from whatever might harm her. 

Typically, a seal pup is on the food chain for several creatures. There is no indication of the dangers that are present for Zealy. But with Whubba, Zealy is safe. 

 
Adorable and loved book that my son and I read together. I especially love the images of Zealy and Whubba. Zealy’s parents are a bit on the dark side, but their soft eyes make them live able, too. A New Life Begins is a brief story that can be enjoyed by many young children. My son wished it continued on as he’s been reading longer stories lately and gets disappointed with shorter stories, especially when he enjoys the characters. 

A complimentary hard copy of Zealy and Whubba in The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: A New Life Begins by Roe De Pinto was sent to me by the author for an honest review. As this is Book 1 Series 1, I hope to catch the next adventure.