Princess Stories by Carolyn Larsen, a wonderful book about women in the Bible

Princess Stories

If you are looking for a way to teach your daughter Bible verses and about the women within the Bible, I have the book for you!

 Princess Stories from Tyndale Publishers is the big sister to popular board book My Princess Bible. Princess Stories. This beautiful hard cover book is written and illustrated specifically for girls ages 4 to 8.

Surprisingly both of my daughters love it, usually one or the other will like a book and with this one being so “girlie” I didn’t think Sydney would enjoy it. We have already enjoyed time together reading about God’s princesses.

The book is laid out into 30 chapters, 29 of them are narrative stories about women in the bible and the 30th chapter is about the reader….one more of God’s princesses!

princess stories page

Each story begins with a scripture reference for your daughter to look up and read (or for you to read with her) in her Bible, a first-person story of the featured Bible woman and the special quality her life reflects. It ends with a Bible verse for your little girl to memorize, and then Princess Ponderings – questions for her to think about and discuss with her parents to learn the lessons within her own life.

This is a beautiful book, with lovely illustrations which is based upon scripture and the values which I want to instill in my girls. The 29 women who were chosen from the Bible vary, from Eve to Jesus’ Mother Mary to Mary Magdalene and more….each one tells our daughters a story which will help her through life.

This book will definitely be read often in this house!

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Princess Stories but the opinions stated here are my own.

Ascent From Darkness – Book Review

Recently I joined the BookSneeze book review bloggers program, available through Thomas Nelson Publishers. The team at BookSneeze list available books for review, I chose a book and agreed to provide a review here on my blog. I am not required to provide a positive review but man o man this book I chose rocked my world!

Ascent from Darkness – How Satan’s Soldier Became God’s Warrior

 By Michael Leehan, Published by Thomas Nelson

When I selected this book I was aware that it was autobiographical and I had hoped that the author would draw me into his journey. Within the first few pages Michael Leehan writes that he is not a trained author, that he is writing simply to share his story. Hmmm this could go 2 ways I thought to myself, either he’s going to flop by going too “Hollywood” or he’s going to write as though he’s speaking directly to me with an authenticity which I won’t be able to elude.

The latter was true.

From beginning to end, Michael Leehan had my attention, his life was very different from mine and yet I felt a familiarity with it. It’s not just that I have felt the darkness of the spiritual world in my life but that he manages to convey his internal struggle so well.

In Ascent From Darkness, Michael writes in detail about Satanic practices and rituals without glorifying them. Prior to this book I had no experience with such things, or had I? Michael reveals that we are either with God or against Him, that the enemy will take every opportunity to sway us and we may never realize it’s happening. I was pulled to consider the Ouija board moments of my youth, reading Tarot cards for friends in my 20’s….those moments certainly weren’t for God and I did relate to the feelings of “Power” that Michael describes. I began to see the spiritual battle which had been taking place in my life more clearly.

Michael turned to Satan when he felt that God had abandoned him, he offers his life on a platter between the covers and challenges us as people to review our own. Bible scripture is offered throughout the book to support his stance of giving the glory of his rescue to God and those people whom God put upon his path during the journey.

Please run and get this book, open your mind and you will be amazed at the power of God’s love and his people here who didn’t give up on Michael.

Truly I wish I had copies for all of my friends, for now the one I do have is already making its way around my circle of friends. In case Michael reads this, thank you for sharing your testimony!

Bible Stories for Preschoolers – Book Review

Looking for a Bible for a child who doesn’t read well is difficult. I have found their either small books with a few of the Bible stories or books which look more like a Bible that have lots of words and few pictures. This week Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Bible Stories for Preschoolers.

“Released September 2011, Bible Stories for Preschoolers, written by a team of preschool church education experts, makes the Bible come alive for young children. The dynamic, high-energy, vibrant illustrations featured on every spread will capture children’s imaginations while giving them a lifelong love for God’s Word. In addition to the retellings, each story includes fun, easy activities that parents and kids can do together. The activities help kids remember and relate to the stories!”
When the package arrived this week, my daughters and I were excited to rip apart the packaging. As I uncovered the book my youngest who is 5 actually gasped and yelled “Look Mama, it’s Jesus!”
That was a great start.
 This is a wonderful book, my daughter is in Grade 1 and can read some of the words but it’s really the illustrations which bring it to life for her. She spends hours with this fantastic book, we read the stories together and then I hear her saying them again to herself as she looks at the images.
I would totally recommend this fantastic book, head out to your local bookstore or it’s available here at

 Although Tyndale House Publishers did provide me with a copy of the book, I’m not being paid for this review. I sincerely love this book and wanted to share about it.


Fatal Incident – Book Review

Recently I read the novel Fatal Incident by Jim Proebstle. This book is a historical fiction novel which is based upon true life events and frankly I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did.

Proebstle pulled me into the plot quickly, using well-developed characters and familiar language.

The book is described as follows:

“Minnesotan Nick Morgan overcomes the hardships of life during the Depression with the thrill of flying. The rush he shares with his soon-to-be wife, Martha, as they barnstorm small Midwestern towns offering plane rides for a dollar, forges a love for each other and a sense of freedom to last a lifetime. But in 1943, Nick must leave Martha, now pregnant, to become a WWII pilot in Alaska for the army’s newly formed Air Transport Command. In this uncharted and inaccessible landscape, Nick joins U.S. forces, who have set up a strategic defense position against Japan, and an Lend-Lease supply program that trains Soviet pilots with U.S. aircraft for their war with Germany.

The remoteness of Alaska also draws the attention of Manhattan Project scientists in New Mexico as a possible site for atomic bomb testing. When Nick Morgan and his Okie crop-duster copilot, Red, are tapped by the Manhattan Project for classified flying duty over the isolated Yukon Flats region, they have no idea that they will be caught up in a Soviet plot aimed at stealing top-secret bomb and test site development documents. After Nick’s plane goes down in a botched hijacking attempt by a Russian agent, all three crew members and eighteen military passengers are presumed dead by the U.S. military.”

Growing up I heard many stories of growing up post WWII and my Grandfather’s involvement as a soldier. My parents were also very involved in the Royal Canadian Legion which exposed me to many veteran’s stories. I found that reading Fatal Incident felt much like it did listening to the veterans telling their stories to me.

The historical facts within the book are accurate, the political situation well described, the geographical pictures are painted beautifully and the suspense is enough to keep me reaching for the book.

Without going into so much detail as to ruin the book for you, I will say that I was honestly surprised at how invested I became in the lives of Nick and Martha. With each letter Nick penned I fell further into the story.

Put Fatal Incident on your gift list friends, whether for an avid reader such as myself, a history buff or an aircraft enthusiast, this is a sure-fire hit!

The Kid by Sapphire, a book review

As a member of the BlogHer book club, I was recently asked to review The Kid which was written by Sapphire.
Now as you know I have short-term memory issues, so it’s often a challenge to remember details about a book. Well this isn’t happening with The Kid!
I love recommending books to my friends and family but in this case I’ll have to pass.
You can find my review here on the BlogHer book review site, prepare yourself because I say it like it is!!