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review 2017-04-23 23:00
Gods Easter Miracles
God's Easter Miracles: Adventures Of The Sea Kids - Lee Ann Mancini

This was nice and fresh read. It was also a good learning book for young readers. It shows the important. What a lesson you can learn from the sea creatures. Something happens to one of their friend's little brother, will the little brother survive? I know it teaches about friendship and some Christian values.


Will it be that they get a miracle? You will need to read the book for it. The lesson in the book is best for though to learn about what Jesus did for as all. The sea kids have a special Easter hunt. What happens to all and if one shares his egg with another. What does that person do to do with that egg and show something that is sweet?


The author does a wonderful job of doing the lessons. I hope that your readers and parents can use this as a good way to input the story in focus. The pictures are down wonderfully. The pictures can tell the story. I can not state as to what all that happens for it would spoil the story and lesson learned. I love that it show the meaning of love and what Easter is all about.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/gods-easter-miracles-adventures-of-sea.html
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review 2017-03-26 23:02
God's Easter Miracles (Sea Kids #6) by Lee Ann Mancini
God's Easter Miracles: Adventures Of The Sea Kids - Lee Ann Mancini

In God's Easter Miracles, the sea kids learn that Easter isn't just about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Paul, who is autistic, struggles with relationships. Jimmy doesn't want to share and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident. 

~from back cover








It's Easter Sunday, the day that celebrates Jesus Christ rising from his mortal death, and all the kids in the coralhood (rather than neighborhood) are coming together for celebration and fellowship. Sunday school brings the kids a lesson on that most important day for Christians, but it also leads to your standard Easter celebrations such as Easter egg hunting. Sunday school teacher Miss Linda has made this hunt extra special. She has told the children that anyone who finds one of the special eggs with a cross on it gets to pick a special gift from the classroom treasure chest as an extra treat! Naturally, all the kids are over-the-moon, excited! 


When the kids get back to the classroom with the baskets brimming with candy-filled eggs, autistic student Paul finds he does not have one of the cross eggs in his basket, causing him to have an emotional meltdown. Miss Linda discovers another student, Jimmy, has found two of the cross eggs and suggests Jimmy should give one to Paul. Jimmy is not immediately down with this idea but the whole scene is temporarily forgotten when manatee Brian gets word that his brother, Lenny, has been most seriously injured by a boat propeller. While Lenny's life hangs in the balance, everyone in the coralhood is quickly called together to begin a prayer vigil in hopes that Lenny will make a speedy recovery.  Though Jimmy attends the prayer vigil with everyone else, he still has an inner struggle with what the right course of action to take is, regarding Paul and the egg. Along with healing for Lenny, Jimmy also prays for guidance with his own struggles. 




I've adored this series from the very first book (and I've written up reviews for them all), but this one I struggled with a bit more than the others. The illustrations are still top-notch, but the plot left me with mixed feelings, at least until I got to the end. The ending brought everything together nicely and made it all make sense, as an ending should, but even so, I still had that thin vein of "I dunno, man.." continuing to linger. 


I applaud Mancini for incorporating a character with autism into the series but I'm not sure I entirely agree with how the teacher, Miss Linda, worked with Paul. First with the egg, I thought it unfair to put the responsibility of calming Paul's meltdown on his classmate, Jimmy. Jimmy was right, he found his eggs fairly, and it should be his natural choice whether to share or not. Though Miss Linda outwardly makes it sound like a choice, she is very heavy-handed with pressuring Jimmy to make the "right" decision. This causes Jimmy to have his own day of emotional upset thinking he is in the wrong for even debating giving up his honestly won prize. In my mind, I felt the responsibility of calming Paul should have been the teacher's alone, perhaps keeping extra cross eggs or a different kind of prize for such situations. I felt bad for Jimmy having to carry the weight of that situation on his shoulders. But I liked that Jimmy's father later comes in with the voice of reason that heals Jimmy's heart, basically telling him that if you want to do a kindness for someone, make sure it is truly a calling from your own heart, not because you're guilted into it. 


(Also, check out the wall art behind Jimmy's dad -- it's the cover from Sea Kids #3, I'm Not Afraid!)



Then there was the scene where Paul is struggling to write a get well card for Lenny. Miss Linda suggests she just write it for him. Again, not sure I like the message of just doing things for those with disabilities rather than teaching them how to best work with their physical or mental challenges. But as I said earlier, the book closes on a strong message: that generally speaking, giving ultimately provides the giver with a much richer and more satisfying experience than receiving a gift. 


I also liked the introduction (I don't recall seeing him in previous books, anyway) of Mayor Hammerhead. Hope to see more of him in future installments! 



And can we just talk about this illustration of Paul praying -- I can't get over how adorable it is! 




FTC Disclaimer: GLM Publishing and ebook tour coordinator Susan Barton both kindly provided me with complimentary copies of this book with a request that I might check it out and share my thoughts. The opinions above are entirely my own. 




My reviews for the previous books in this series:


#1 Fast Freddy


#2 What A Bragger


#3 I'm Not Afraid! 


#4 A Servant Like Jesus


#5 God's Gift


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review 2016-03-17 00:04
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The Sea Hunters( True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks)[SEA HUNTERS][Mass Market Paperback] - CliveCussler

A steamboat goes up in flames . . . and down to the bottom of the sea. A locomotive plunges into a creek . . . and vanishes into mystery. A German U-boat sends an American troop transport, and eight hundred on board, to a watery grave . . . on Christmas Eve.

Clive Cussler and his crack team of NUMA (National Underwater Marine Agency, a nonprofit organization that searches for historic shipwrecks) volunteers have found the remains of these and numerous other tragic wrecks. Here are the dramatic, true accounts of twelve of the most remarkable underwater discoveries made by Cussler and his team. As suspenseful and satisfying as Cussler’s renowned Dirk Pitt novels, The Sea Hunters is a unique story of true commitment and courage

my rating: five out of five
Goodreads Group challenge : 2016 Around The Year In 52 Books:
36: was An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation but I used my .( Wild Card):A book you started but never finished

What did I think of it :
I know going in that I would love it because its Clive Cussler and his one of my 2 all time favorite authors to read, fist I want to say that it normally doesn't take me this long to read his books but when I started this on the 10th of this month I had just picked up a new book and couldn't wait to read that one, but this one is and was an DNF because I started a few years ago and it was DNF because I ended up getting sick, anyway I'm so glad that I picked it up and restarted it and finished it, because liked I said before I loved it, there was so much history in it where it was about ships, lost locomtive, and U-Boats that for some reason they just vanished from the face of the Earth, loved how Mr.Cussler's written always pulls me into his books, and its the same with one, love how there was black and white photos and drawings as well as maps though out the book, its a must read for anyone who loves history as much as I do

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review 2014-01-03 13:45
Man Belong Mrs Queen
Man Belong Mrs Queen: My South Sea Adventures with the Philip Worshippers - Matthew Baylis

bookshelves: published-2013, winter-20132014, nonfiction, biography, cults-societies-brotherhoods, travel

Read from January 02 to 03, 2014


Man Belong Mrs Queen: Adventures with the Philip Worshippers by Matthew Baylis


BBC BLURB: As a bookish child with a posh accent, growing up on Merseyside in the 1980s, Matthew Baylis identified with the much-mocked Prince Philip as a fellow outsider. He even had a poster of him on his bedroom wall.

Years later, as an anthropology student , Baylis learned of the existence of a Philip cult on the South Sea island of Tanna. Why was it there? Nobody had a convincing answer. Nobody even seemed to want to find one.

His curiosity fatally piqued, he travelled over 10,000 miles to find a society both remote and slap-bang in the shipping-lanes of history. It's a place where US airmen, Lithuanian libertarians, and Graeco-Danish Princes have had as much impact as the missionaries and the slave-traders. On the rumbling slopes of this remarkable volcanic island, banjaxed by frequent doses of the local narcotic, suffering from a relentless diet of yams and regularly accused of being a divine emissary of the Duke, Baylis attempted to get to the bottom of this bizarre cult. In doing so he draws some ironic lessons about our own island 'myths' and comes to respect the pragmatic realpolitik of his South Seas hosts.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters. A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4

1. Partly inspired by his childhood admiration of the Duke of Edinburgh, Matthew Baylis travels to Vanuatu to explore the cult whose members revere Prince Philip as an island god.

2. On the island of Tanna, Chief Jack makes vague promises but gives little away.

3. Partly inspired by his childhood admiration of the Duke of Edinburgh, Matthew Baylis travels to Vanuatu to explore the cult whose members revere Prince Philip as an island god.

4. More Vanuatu

5. Vanatu

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review 2011-12-11 00:00
Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks - Clive Cussler,James P. Delgado Adventures of a Sea Hunter is a decent book. It is really more of a shipwreck sampler than an in depth study of historical wrecks, but this format worked just fine for me, as it allowed me to refresh my memory regarding wrecks that I am familiar with, and whetted my curiosity of wrecks that are new to me. The book appears to center a great deal on wrecks explored on The Sea Hunters TV series that aired several years ago, and at points in the book I found those references to the TV show to be distracting. I'd have just preferred to read about these wrecks without reference to a TV show that James Delgado was affiliated with at the time he wrote the book.

Delgado's descriptions of diving some of the wrecks featured in this book were just lovely. His description of the dive he did on the U.S.S. Arizona was haunting and moving, and his description of the wrecks in the Bikini Atoll was fascinating to me (I am also a sucker for the early days of the American nuclear program, so shipwrecks *and* nukes are just the cat's pajamas for me). I found other chapters to be quite interesting as well (e.g., the chapter on the Carpathia and the chapter on Kublai Khan's lost fleet), but I do think that the first half of the book was far more appealing to me than the second half, for some reason.

Although Adventures of a Sea Hunter was interesting, the copy editing of this book left a lot to be desired. The book was riddled with typos, grammatical errors, awkward sentences, and sentence fragments. My own writing has lost a lot of its sparkle since I graduated from college, and frankly, I'd have *never* been employed as a copy editor at any point in my life, so I really am not someone who should criticize this aspect of any work. That said, however, these types of errors were plentiful and obvious in this work, and it would not be fair to fail to note that. I was able to read around these errors and still enjoy the book, but readers who are distracted by errors in writing will have a lot to be frustrated by with this book.
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