Where is Wisdom?

Where Is Wisdom?
By Scott James
Illustrated by Hein Zaayman

How do you explain the concept of wisdom to a child? Where can wisdom be found on the earth? On a journey throughout the world, author Scott James and illustrator Hein Zaayman give us the mind of a child on a quest to find wisdom. In Where Is Wisdom?, we search high and low throughout God’s earth to find wisdom. While written for kids, Where Is Wisdom? offers timeless Biblical truth for everyone. This is a beautiful picture book that will be greatly enjoyed by kids and adults.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Are you looking for a new start in life? Beth Jones has some advice for you in her new book, Reinvent.

Reinvent by Beth Jones

The beautiful cover of Reinvent could easily make you think that this is just a self-help book, or just a book about creativity. The topic of how to reinvent your life can be looked at as a topic of self-improvement, and it is an idea that could take a lot of creativity! Keep in mind, though, that Beth Jones doesn’t work as a painter, a chef, or a builder- she’s a pastor – so the approach she takes to making things new is a mainly spiritual one. She doesn’t recommend that you just sit pray and not take any action though- and I like that – but there’s a spiritual approach behind the entire book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of Reinvent from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Reinvent could easily earn a permanent spot on my bookshelf. This is probably the highest compliment I could give any book because I read so much and I have so little room. Reinvent is not going to tell you that you can get rich quick, or that God wants you to be a millionaire. Reinvent is an inspiring book that provides a Biblical basis to dream, to be inspired, to wonder what God might have in store for you next. Go ahead, dream a little, and use the help of God to refresh your life!

Daughter of the Regiment

When you think of the Civil War, what role do women play in the picture?

Are they at home waiting for their beloved husbands, sons, and fathers to return from battle, or is their something else they might be doing?

History lover and novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson has taken research from her studies into the Civil War, along with some creative liberties, to create an interesting plot. Rather than focusing on the perspective of a man in the conflict between North versus South, she creates a strong character named Maggie Malone, a woman who does yearn for those she loves to return safely from battle, yet, also manages to do something fiercely independent in the meantime.

For those who love historical fiction, this book strikes the right note. It has details from a time gone by that readers can learn from, yet it also entertains. For Civil War enthusiasts, this will also be a unique chance to pick out what actually happened in America’s history and what exists in Whitson’s book as effective, entertaining, storytelling.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, the Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my honest review.

90 Days with the God Who Speaks

Are you looking for a devotional for some quiet time with God? 90 Days with the God Who Speaks is a new book by the B&H Editorial Staff. (This book is not to be confused with another with almost the exact same title, from the same publisher.)

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

A devotional that helps one person may not help another. Some of the daily devotionals in this book had Scripture; others did not. I wondered why this wasn’t consistent. Sometimes the Scripture example was placed at the beginning of the day’s reading and other times it was placed at the end of the day; I wondered about that also. Some of the devotionals seemed fit for a Christian well-versed in fancy theological words while others zoom in on how wrong an atheist point of view is. The book could have shined more with better direction and perhaps a little more editing.

90 Days with the God Who Speaks has a beautiful green, nature-inspired front cover. This book contains short devotionals, which are ideal for people who are feeling pressed for time. The busy person in your life may enjoy this book as a gift. I liked the idea behind some of the devotions in the beginning of the book. Ideas like: how does God speak to the world? How does he communicate? It’s an interesting thought. God’s communication methods is a great idea for a book, and that sticks to the premise of the title, 90 Days with the God Who Speaks.

A Holy Pursuit Book Review

Should Christians follow their dreams? Is it ok to follow your heart? When it comes to following their dreams, Dianne Jago believes that Christians are often given poor advice. Her new book A Holy Pursuit aims to give Christians an alternative. Jago says that Christians are all too often told to follow their hearts for the sake of their dreams – which can result in going too far to get what they want – but the alternative they’re given is to just give up on dreaming, being told that having dreams is ungodly. Jago says both of these views have problems and that it’s ok to dream! If you’ve been told by Christians around you that you need to just give up on all your dreams, Jago would probably tell you that’s not quite right… but if you’ve been doing “whatever it takes” to achieve your dream, she’d probably ask you if you’ve been checking with God to see if you have your priorities straight.

Thank you, B&H Publishers/Lifeway! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The opening pages of A Holy Pursuit start strong and gave me high expectations. This book was less about dreaming, discernment, making decisions, or figuring our your life’s path than I hoped or thought it would be. Pieces from Jago’s life path lead up to explain that she landed in a spot as founder and chief of a ministry magazine. (Not a spoiler, this is on the back cover.) But it gets confusing when she tries to explain how God was shaping her dreams. She had an interest in photography (a desire, which is a good sign), and an opportunity with a contact in the industry (an open door, which is a good sign), but then she says that she knew God didn’t want her in photography anymore. No explanation, she just knew. This anecdote was confusing, and most of this book didn’t add to my understanding on the topic of dreaming in a God-inspired way. The strength of A Holy Pursuit is in the sections on how to live a Godly life, which could have been written under a completely separate title. These sections had solid Scripture that benefit any Christian, and are not specific to the concept of dreaming.

A Very BIG Problem

A Very BIG Problem
Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrated by Annie Bowler

What part of God’s creation is best? The land, the rain, the plants, the sun? God’s beautiful creation is on display, but in A Very BIG Problem, there’s an argument. What does God love most? The theme repeats as each element of creation argues “God should love us most”.

Thank you, Flyaway Books! FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The illustrations and the text paired well together in this book. I loved how this story conveys a moral message for both adults and kids alike. I could also see this book possibly being used in the Orff method of music education, because there’s a lot of potential in the story for acting out movement or making sound.

Gladys Aylward The Adventure of a Lifetime

Christian Heroes: Then & Now Gladys Aylward The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet & Geoff Benge

Gladys Aylward aspired to be a missionary to the people of China. As a young woman, she enrolled in missionary training school, but was devastated when she was told by the school director that she was not good enough to be a missionary. Perhaps, he told her, she should be a maid in China instead. Glady was determined to make a way, and through her through her faith, she became a missionary, reaching many for Christ.

Thank you, YWAM Publishing! FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book is very inspirational and shows a very strong role model for young women in particular. I liked that it showed how strong Gladys Aylward was in striving for her God-given vision. She believed in her heart that she had to go to China, and she didn’t give up, even after being told by someone in authority that she wasn’t good enough. Gladys believed that she had a mission to go tell people about God, and the obstacles didn’t stop her. Her faith pushed her to keep going, and that can inspire any Christian. This book is highly recommended!

George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans

Christian Heroes: Then & Now George Muller The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans

A young man spends in his time partying in the pub and stealing from his father. When he’s told he has to become a minister, he can’t wait to see he can deceive and scam his congregation out of their money. Somehow, this guy with shady morals grows up to becomes an honest, sincere, and devout Christian. He develops a heart to help all the orphans he can, and he preaches to people in many countries. This is the life story of George Muller.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book is one in a series of many written by Janet and Geoff Benge. The writing style reminded me of many books I enjoyed in junior high, but I did enjoy this book very much. There are lots of historical details that taught me something new including the plight of the poor in England and the struggle that orphans faced. The story of George Muller’s life is exciting! There were many unexpected changes of circumstance and this story is very inspirational. I would recommend this book to all ages for a look at how much faith can motivate a person to do great things for others.

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

How does a young boy respond when he sees senseless shootings happening in the world around him? How can a father respond to his son’s questions? For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World takes us inside the world of a young boy, Jeremiah, and how he reacts to the events happening around him. For Beautiful Black Boys mentions many shootings that have been featured on the national news.

For Beautiful Black Boys shows the strong role model of a great father guiding his child. The illustrations by Keisha Morris are a perfect compliment to the writing of Michael W. Waters. This book will make a great addition to any classroom where justice, kindness, and equality are desired outcomes. This will also make a great resource for a children’s library that wants to send the message that everyone is welcomed and everyone matters.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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