Toddler Gift List: Books

Little Love Letters from God Written By: Glenys Nellist Illustrated By: Sophie Allsopp

Little Love Letters from God is a lift-the-flap book of Bible Stories, with a selection of your favorite Bible Stories each page is beautifully illustrated and includes a lift-flap letter that can be personalized for your child. This is a fun book that will start to introduce the Bible to your little one.

Adventure Bible for Little Ones

Looking for the starter Bible for your little ones? The Adventure Bible is a great place to start for the toddlers in your life. Full of colorful pictures, Bible Stories and is a board book to help withstand those terrible twos. This book has shorter verses to paraphrase the Bible story that will keep any toddlers attention.

Little One, God Loves You Written By: Amy Warren Hilliker Illustrated By: Polona Lovsin

The artwork in this book is absolutely fantastic! I love the colors and the attention to detail. This is a book your kids will bring to you over and over again. Little One, God Loves You is an adorable story and great addition to any book collection.

All Aboard the Ark

All Aboard the Ark is a fun rhyming story of the animals boarding the ark and the animals adventures while in the ark. This is a board book that will hold up with fun pictures and is also a great way to start teaching kids their animals.

-Elle

I received these books complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Glimmer Girls By: Natalie Grant

  

Glimmer Girls:
London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish

The Glimmer Girls series is an adorable series written by the singer Natalie Grant for young girls. The Glimmer Girls are three sisters that travel the world with their famous singer mother, Gloria Glimmer and their slightly off-kilter nanny Julia. Each book follows the girls on a new adventure. Through each adventure the girls learn valuable lessons about prayer, telling the truth, being a good friend and so much more.

This series is a great to add to any young girls reading collection, they are fun stories with valuable lessons, I highly recommend this series and they would make a great addition to any Easter basket.

From the author:
Glimmer Girls is a fiction series that I have created with my daughters.  The storyline is about three girls who go on tour with their singing mom.  I have no idea where I came up with that plot!  It’s fun for my little girls to help with the content because they actually live that life.  Glimmer is the last name of the family, but it also has a special meaning.  It is a light that is never extinguished.  Sometimes it may glimmer a little bit brighter, sometimes it may glimmer a little bit dimmer, but it never goes out.  I felt like that was such a perfect description for all of us.  We all have a light on the inside and depending on the day, sometimes it’s bright and sometimes it’s dim.  That is the message I wanted girls to get from this book.  You don’t always have to be shining bright, some days are going to be more difficult than others, but Jesus has put a light in you that will never go out.”

-Elle

I received these books complimentary through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

It’s safe to say, that if you know anything about me it’s that I love fairy tales and I loved Robin Hood (I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood series as I write this on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it be sure to add it to your list!) Needless to say when Melanie Dickerson released her latest story based on Robin Hood I knew I was going to love it. Not only that but the character of Robin Hood is a girl. (I always love a strong female character who can hold her own!)

In the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Odette cannot help but see the need of the poor children in the village, without enough food to live she decides to do what she can, however illegal it is. Odette chooses to take her hunting skills onto the Kings grounds to poach animals at night to give to those in need for food. Odette meets Jorgen who wants to help her care for the poor, however, Jorgen is the margraves forester is on her trail and he will stop at any cost to stop the poacher.

This may be my favorite story from Dickerson yet, I couldn’t put it down. This is one to add to the reading pile (as well as all of her other books!)

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Brush with Love By: Rachel Hauck

Ginger doesn’t believe she is beautiful, due to a fire as a child she has been lift with very visible scars which has left her feeling ugly and constantly needing to hide them. Through dealing with her scars and learning that she wasn’t beautiful she decided to help others beautiful, succeeding to the point of touring with a famous country star and than returning home to start her own beauty salon. Than one day the unexpected happens, the boy who broke her heart in high school stops by the salon and will be a part of the wedding party Ginger will be helping with. Tom has returned to town to Pastor a church and change the stigma of his family name in the town.

The only negative of A Brush with Love is that being a novella you finish wanting more of the story. Hauck has crafted a story that is beautiful and full of life. The story is a great quick read and that does not only pull you in but fills you with biblical truth and how Christ sees each of us. Hauck has an amazing way of turning a fiction book that teaches truth and is filled with worship. I highly recommend this book and the Wedding Novella Series.

-Elle

I received this book through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

A Christmas Gift for Rose By: Tricia Goyer

 

Set in Ohio just after WWII A Christmas Gift for Rose follows the story of Rose, a young Amish woman, who believed she knew what her future held, a typical Amish life, married to Jonathan and staying at home creating the family she dreams of. With Jonathan returning from the war, she doesn’t know if she could go back to him, with the disapproval of the Amish community. Rose’s family has a secret about her life, and in the midst of everything with Jonathan they give her some information that sends her world into a spiral of questions and has her wondering where her life will lead.

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful story about love and finding yourself and finding where your home truly is. Tricia Goyer has shared with us an amazing story of love, faith and family just in time for the Christmas season. This book will pull at your heartstrings. A short and quick read, this is the book you will want to share with all your friends and family.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity and the Tricia Goyer Fiction Team in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

There are many books out that are about prayers, how to pray, when to pray, what words do you say, the structure of a prayer, for something that is essentially a conversation between yourself and God it can easily become confusing.

Draw the Circle: The 4- Day Prayer Challenge is not like any other prayer book your have read, this book is not about how to pray, it is a challenge to have a bolder, more passionate and deeper prayer life with our creator. Each day is a short chapter focusing on one thing that will aid in creating a stronger and more powerful prayer life, the chapters range from topics of not delaying, preparing for your prayer to be answered, the benefits of journaling each day and writing your prayers down so that you can see how they are answered in the future. Each chapter is full of scripture and stories to support the theme in the chapter and is finished with a short sentence that sums up the chapter and is a way to help motivate you and remind you that we can pray bold prayers.

One of my favorite sections in this book was on day 7 about when the Israelites were at the Jordan preparing to cross, the people didn’t stand on the shore waiting for the waters to part they had to get into the water, take a step in faith and believing that God would get them through before they were able to walk on dry land across the Jordan.

This book will no doubt change your prayer life for the better, you will be challenged and begin to pray and declare stronger, bolder prayers and will find a more intimate relationship with God.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fairest Beauty By: Melanie Dickerson

Could it be true? Could Sophie be the daughter of a Duke? All Sophie has ever known is life as a servant girl and the hatred of the Duchess. Escaping from the castle is the only way that Sophie can imagine to find happiness, but the Duchess has eyes everywhere and escaping seems impossible. That is until Gabe shows up, claiming to be a traveller  although he has quite the story for Sophie. The truth of who she is, that she is betrothed to his brother and that he can take her to a place where she can be happy.

Now Gabe and Sophie are on the run with the Duchess close behind, Sophie and Gabe are getting closer and Sophie must learn to accept who she is in God and that the things the Duchess has said about her in the past are not true.

Fairest Beauty is a beautiful retelling of Snow White, Dickerson has a way of rewriting fairy tales that we have known for years in a new and fresh way. The character Sophie struggles with issues that each of us has dealt with, from being alone to discovering who you are in God’s eyes, she fights to push away the thoughts and negativity that she has heard all of her life.

Melanie Dickerson has done an amazing job with her third fairy tale and I cannot wait to see more in the future.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

Betrayal By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Julia Grace is finally free. She lost her husband the previous year, but with that she has also found freedom. Her former husband gave her all the reason to not trust men, and to close her heart off to everyone around her. Now Julia lives on her ranch trying to make ends meet, her brother-in-law appears to be a decent guy and continues to offer to buy the ranch from Julia. Her heart is set on keeping the ranch and being able to maintain it, when she isn’t quite sure how to handle the quickly approaching days where she will sell her cattle a stranger appears.

Hugh Brennan is a stranger on a mission, searching for the family that he was separated from as a child he is making his way across the country to find the his sisters. When his horse becomes injured he finds himself at the ranch of Julia Grace, Hugh does not have a lot he can give but neither does Julia so in exchange for food and shelter Hugh finds himself working on the ranch with a woman who has surrounded herself with walls and won’t let anyone inside.

The ranch is in trouble, the money that was raised has been stolen, Hugh has left and Julia is not sure if she will be able to find a way to keep the ranch running alone, she may have to ask for help and accept the help from a man she hardly knows.

Hatcher has written a story that will keep you turning the page. A great story about opening up your heart and learning to trust after having many reasons to close yourself off to the world.

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Passages By: Brian Hardin

We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

I received this book from the Publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Downfall By: Terri Blackstock

The Covington’s have already been through a lot and have faced many trials through the Vicious Cycle and Intervention cycle, Downfall picks up with the family in Atlanta, Georgia where the family is attempting to have a fresh start. Emily is doing well in school, Barbara has a new job, Lance struggles in school with the adjustment. As Emily tries to continue on with her life after getting past her drug issues she gets pulled into another murder investigation.

After a bomb is placed on Emily’s car and two woman turn up dead, both with possible connections to Emily, her world is once again turned upside down. Worried that no one will believe her will she turn back to the drugs she once craved when not knowing which way to turn?

Downfall was a pretty good book, not one of Blackstock’s best, it took a while to actually get into the book, but towards the end I was able to get into the story more.

 

I was provided this book complimentary from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle