Friday, October 21, 2016

The Washington Hypothesis

About the book: We know that George Washington was a moral man and an inspiring leader, but did he possibly know more than we suppose? Was he a national covenant maker like Moses, Abraham, Lehi, or Captain Moroni? did he understand that he was fighting for the liberty of a promised land protected by God, a place where the Lord's holy temples could be built?

The Washington Hypothesis explores the intriguing evidence that Washington and the other Founding Fathers knew the Lord had a greater purpose for America. It takes us on a fascinating historical journey through the miracles of the Revolutionary War to the foundational documents of this great nation to the symbolism evident in every corner of the nation's capital. Exploring how Washington's beliefs framed his every action, author Timothy Ballard draws compelling conclusions about the divinity of that great leader's calling. As we see the evidence of the Lord's hand in Washington's life, we may discover a much grander design at work in the founding of our nation—and thus a greater desire to strive to preserve those promised blessings.

My review: I was kind of amazed by just how much I enjoyed this book! I read and enjoyed The Lincoln Hypothesis when it came out a few years ago, so I probably shouldn't have been surprised. What I found when I read this book was a well-researched, interesting book containing ideas about George Washington that I had never thought myself before.

I enjoyed reading the author's personal stories, both about his research and about his life. I really enjoyed reading about his childhood church that he attended. Now I want to go and check out that building for myself, I wonder if they do tours the way they do for some of the older buildings around my area. 

I really appreciate the amount of research that must have gone into this book. There are tons of historical facts, quotes and visits to historical places that the author would have had to have gone through and made in order to have written such an amazing book.

I love the way that the author used what happened in Washington's time and compared it both to our time and to times in the scriptures. I especially loved the way he compared Washington to Captain Moroni, wow, talk about mind blowing.

This is one non-fiction book that I didn't want to put down, I highly recommend everyone read it.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Timothy Ballard graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish and political science, then went on to receive and MA (summa cum laude) in international politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He is the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, which rescues children from child-trafficking organizations throughout the world. The best-selling author of The Lincoln Hypothesis, he recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Tim is a devoted husband and the father of six children.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Tour - The Sacrament is for Me

About the book: The sacrament is the most important part of the Sabbath day—and our week. Teach your little ones about the sacred sacrament and how they can apply it in their everyday lives, from the playground to piano lessons. Help your children start each week right and understand the reason behind the reverence of Jesus’s eternal sacrifice, love, and example.

My review: I love this cute children's book! The pictures are adorable and the text is perfect for teaching kids why we have the sacrament and about how we should act during the sacrament. I loved reading this book to our almost 3 year-old and I loved the way his was engaged by the pictures and the rhyming words. This would make a great basis for a Family Home Evening lesson with young kids. This is a fun book to read to your kids and to be able to teach them about our most important time of the week! 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Jessica Ellingson grew up in the small town of Blanding, Utah. She moved to Utah Valley to attend school — BYU and UVU — and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Jessica and her cave-dweller husband, Tyler, currently live in Lehi, Utah, near the Jordan River.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Miss Match

About the book: Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancĂ©. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.

My review: This book is cute. I liked Brooke and Luke in Meet Your Match and I wondered just what would happen to them as they got older. I loved that Brooke was persistent enough to get her dream job, and that she was living the life she really wanted to live. With the exception of one thing her life seemed perfect! I didn't like her fiance at all. He seemed to be kind of a jerk to me. 

I liked Luke too. He has had a hard time with his dad dying, and his life is far from ideal. But I like the way he fights to get back everything that he almost lost, including Brooke. I really liked the way that they work together, even though Brooke is engaged, they spend tons of time together and know pretty much just what the other would be doing and thinking.

This is a cute story. I wouldn't really have my teen read it, because there are definitely adult themes going on in this one. That being said, it's basically clean, although there is a nude painting scene near the end.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet Your Match

About the book: Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn’t need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school, Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

My review: This is a cute novella about Brooke. I liked her character. I liked the fact that even though she is young, she knows just what she wants to be when she grows up, a matchmaker, she knows just where she wants to work and she's got her life all planned out with out a trace of a cheating guy anywhere in it. Brooke's situation with her parents shows her just what she doesn't want or need in her life and that's why she's continually pushing Luke away. Until one day when she needs him because she has no one else in her life to really talk about her feelings with.

I liked that you get to see just what Luke is thinking in this one too! I liked that he was always so protective of Brooke with the guys that they went to school with and that he's able to help her out when she needs it most. I liked that he was willing to go along with all of her crazy rules, in order to keep her close to him. 

This is a cute, clean novella that I enjoyed reading!

I was sent an e-copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Blog Tour - Kept Secrets Review and Giveaway

About the book: Unexpectedly reunited after six years, high school sweethearts Devin Shanahan and Grace Harrington cross paths and have a whirlwind wedding. A lot can change in six years, however, and they must figure out how to make their two independent lives mesh.

Unable to disclose his CIA job to his new wife, when Devin is assigned a top-secret mission to Hong Kong, he tells Grace part of the truth: that he is going to work abroad for six months in finance. But when the mission turns deadly and Devin doesn't know whom to trust, he must make the most difficult decision of his life in an effort to keep Grace safe. Will the seeds of deception prove destructive to their newly formed marriage? And will the love that brought them together be the very thing their enemies use to tear them apart?

My review: Wow, I loved this book! I loved the way that the plot just drug me in. I had things to do and would try to put the book down, but I really, really wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. The plot of this one is filled with plenty of action and adventure as well as just the right amount of romance to keep everything moving along and the reader interested. I loved the way that it seemed like the ending and that all would be well for the characters and then there was another twist. There's no way I would have ever figured out who the bad guy was, wow, I was surprised!

Grace is such a cute character. I loved the way that she saw the world and I love that she knew the kind of family she wanted from the beginning because of the way that her parents had been. I loved that she was open to the whole whirlwind romance thing and I loved just how hard she was willing to work to make their long distance relationship work out through everything.

Devin was a great character, too. I loved his persistence when trying to get Grace to agree to marry him when it seemed like such a crazy thing to do. I loved that he was willing to fight for their relationship and that he was willing to do whatever it took to protect his little family. His family was messed up, but he was willing to work hard so that his own little family unit was as normal as it was possible. There's a scene near the end that I especially loved with Devin and his parents. It was so sweet. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll have to stop there!

If you love romantic suspense books, look no further to find the perfect one!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Originally from Arizona, Traci Hunter Abramson spent much of her childhood exploring the little town of Pinewood. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since leaving the CIA, Traci has written multiple novels, including the Undercurrents trilogy, Royal Target, and the Saint Squad series. When she's not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She also enjoys cooking, although she prefers an electric stove to the wood-burning variety.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Fablehaven Book of Imagination

About the bookDon't open this book without a pen or pencil in hand!
Unlike the other Fablehaven books, this one is only half-finished...The missing ingredient is you!
Begin by writing your name in the space provided on the front cover. Then get ready to write, draw, solve, and create, guided by the many activities inside!
  • Draw a map for your own magical preserve
  • Color pictures of a dryad, a dragon, a demon, and lots of fairies
  • Solve the Tauran Maze
  • Fold origami figures of Raxtus and Olloch the Glutton
  • Bake desserts like a brownie would
  • Create wizard slime
  • Make a rain stick or a unicorn horn
  • Draw a dragon's head
  • Solve the Sphinx's riddles
  • Mix your own potion
The secret world of enchanted preserves is waiting for you to jump in—just make sure to avoid any deep pools filled with naiads!
My review: This is a cute workbook style book perfect for any Fablehaven fan that you may or may not know! I enjoyed flipping through it and trying to figure out the riddles, seeing all the fun games that you can play and checking out all of the coloring pages. Quite honestly, I was amazed at the content and different activities that are included in this book. I even had my daughter pull out her copy so that I could look and see what one of the secret messages was. And it was something that she hadn't even noticed, and she's read this series several times.
Make sure you grab a copy of this fun book for the Fablehaven lover in your life!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the authorBrandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He misses writing adventures for his Fablehaven characters so much that he will begin a sequel series to Fablehaven called Dragonwatch in 2016. He lives in Utah with his wife, four kids, and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog Tour - Defenders of the Family

About the book: Defenders of the Family, assemble! God’s magnificent plan for us rests upon the strength of the family. In this engaging children’s book, discover the roles and teachings needed to unite your family, from devoted parents to extended members, all centered on the power of the gospel. Help your children see their families as they can be: incredible, empowered, eternal followers of Jesus.

My review: I love this cute comic book style children's book! I love the pictures, they are so cute and just plain fun - don't you just love the cover? But the thing I really love the most about this book is the way that it teaches children - and adults as well - exactly what we believe, from being the gender that you were created, to having a strong family that love each other to the plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has created for us to follow. I love the whole idea of being a "Defender of the Family," especially in this day and age when it seems as though the family is being torn apart and mocked on every side. This is a timely book that is really needed in the world right now!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Ben began an epic comic book collection as a boy and always cheered for the good guys like Spider-man. He developed his superpower of dancing and met his beautiful wife Keenan at BYU while part of the International Folk Dance Ensemble. They now live in Utah Valley with their five children where he teaches seminary. Ben enjoys dates with his wife, cheering on sports teams with his sons, and having dance parties in the driveway with his girls. He is also the author of the children’s book “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission.” He has also authored two more books: “10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission” and “10 Questions to Answer After Serving a Mission.”