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review 2019-08-12 20:46
Book Review: Great & Small Prayers for Babies
Great & Small Prayers for Babies - Flash Kids Editors

Great and Small Prayers for Babies is really sweet and cute. It easy to read. It got a rhyme to when you are reading the book. It great for little toddlers or little children to pick up and play with. I did notice this love it. That I wanted for a family member of mine.

My mom though otherwise, she wants for a friend of hers that having a baby. My thoughts exactly is why I picked it up was for cousin of mine. It is better for the newest members of the family. It for babies, ages 0-3. They can open the flap to read and see what under the flap, It cute and fun to read what it says under the flap.

Came brand new and closed ready to be opened by little hands. Pictures are done well and sweet to look and see. Words that go with animal makes. Great for parents looking for a gift for a new baby coming into the family or even for themselves.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/08/book-review-great-small-prayers-for.html
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review 2018-07-11 23:51
31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion by Adam Houge
31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion - Adam Houge

I received a free kindle copy of 31 Prayers Of Praise: Building A Life Time Habit Of Praise Through Daily Devotion in an Amazon promotion. I gave it five stars.

 

Day One: Praise for Salvation "Thank You for everything you endured for me. You are worthy of my adoration and praise."

 

Day Two: Deliverance "Your hand is so kind, and you always lead me gently in the way. I'm not deserving of Your goodness, Lord. Thank You for everything You have done to save me out of every trial, tribulation, and persecution."

 

Day Three: Blessings "Thank You, Jesus, for every blessing You have given me. Thank You for every good thing in my life."

 

Day Four: Faithfulness "Your faithfulness has always been my delight, and my heart rejoices in Your loving-kindness!"

 

Day Five: Trials "I don't know why You let harmful things happen, but I still believe that You are good. Thank You for trials!...I will praise You in the midst of my burdens."

 

Day Six: Promises "Thank You for Your precious promises!"

 

Day Seven: Hope "Thank You, God, for hope--for the hope of Your salvation, a new life, and a new body."

 

Day Eight: Mercy "Thank You for Your mercy and all the ways You forgive me daily. God, heal me and make me upright before You."

 

Day Nine: Strength "When I sin, You forgive, and when I'm weak You are strong. When I stumble, You are there to uphold, and when I fall, You are there to pick me up again."

 

Day Ten: Works "Lord, how might and amazing are all Your works!"

 

The book continues in this vein throughout the thirty days. It is a helpful guide to a prayerful life.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/31-Prayers-Praise-Building-Devotion-ebook/dp/B019TU0CRM

 

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review 2017-11-21 00:00
The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Novel
The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Nove... The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves: A Novel - James Han Mattson The lost prayers of Ricky Graves was my Kindle First pick for November, 2017. The story is a retrospective of the aftermath of a tragedy which befell a small New Hampshire town, unfolding through six different points of view: Harriet Graves, Ricky’s mother, a single mom a little too self-absorbed in being a good mother to really notice what’s actually going on with her kids; Alyssa Graves, Ricky’s sister (eight years older), who has her moments of closeness with her brother, but the age gap is too much to really call them close; Corky Meeks, Alyssa’s ex-boyfriend and Ricky’s camp counselor and sometimes mentor; Jeremy Little, Ricky’s online chat buddy and possibly Ricky’s one attempt to reach out for help; Mark McVitry, one of Ricky’s tormentors and a survivor of the event; and Clarie Chang, a casual acquaintance of Ricky’s who makes a halfhearted attempt at friendship, as much of an attempt as a teenager can manage without having her popular friends know that she’s doing it.

The story is very poignant in its realness. How many times have we witnessed the pain of another, but don’t reach out to them because of the walls they erect around themselves or the walls we erect around ourselves to protect ourselves from having their problems bleed over into our lives and the possibility of us becoming the victims of their tormentors or the target of derision from our friends?

Jeremy’s ex-boyfriend, Craig, sums it up fairly well when he refers to social media interaction as “a digital tapestry of unanswered prayers.” But on closer inspection, the characters don’t even have to go online to see this “enormous wall of human misery.” It’s all around them. But somehow it’s easier to pretend that it’s no big deal; that it isn’t even there. Until the tragedy of reality shoves it in their faces.

For the most part, the characters in this book are not very likeable, not even Ricky. But they are very real. And they are us. And it’s the journey to forgiveness, for not doing enough, for not being enough, that makes this an unforgettable story.
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review 2017-10-12 00:00
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement I would love to see Prayers for the Stolen  turned into a movie. It's not typically Hollywood, but I'd love to see the landscapes and contrasts on the big screen and I love the story, especially the end.

The story revolves around several issues in Mexico that are usually backdrops to the problem of the US citizen who happens to be on Mexico for a lot of US movies that involve scenes in Mexico. Seasons 4 and 5 of Weeds is a good example. The season includes finding out about trafficked women from Mexico and the main characters desire to stop it, but it isn't about those women, nor were the episodes where Silas tries to keep a woman they found crossing the border about her. This is a story about those women and what came before and several possible fates for them.

The main character is Ladydi, who hears of the fates of other girls before running into her problems. I'm not going to spoil what hers ends up being, but again, there are several possibilities and none are good. She is an exceptionally well written character, with internal conflicts that she navigates in complicated ways because you can't always help how you feel and life is messy. That's actually one of the things I really loved about the whole book. All the women had complicated feelings about each other and their daughters futures because they only had each other and they were more than willing to work together to protect the next generation.

The progression of the plot was interesting throughout the book. It hits the best strides when it's breaking my heart and little things come together toward the end to reveal things a reader may suspect already but I'll admit to missing. The end came together beautifully and just as complicated as everything that came before it.

Ok, I know I said movie at the beginning but with how amazing some of these television shows gave been lately (ahem Handmaid's Tale and Orange is the New Black and even Good Girl’s Revolt despite its short run), I'd be just as appreciative of a series that explores the finer details of the problem and expands to include Maria and Paul and maybe Ruth as main characters too. It's just such a layered story that needs to be told with problems for women that need more attention.
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review 2016-05-18 14:28
Prayers the Devil Answers: A Novel (Ballad) - Sharyn McCrumb

Great use of language and sense of place.  Unfortunately I thought the pacing leaves something to be desired.

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