Catching the Wind

by Melanie Dobson

 

 

I loved every minute of reading this book. It had it all family, love, mystery, survival and is split between 1940 and present day 2017. I haven’t read any book by Melanie Dobson but this book has changed that I really want to read more by her. She is a wonderful author and writes such a magical tale. She captures the reader from the first page and hold your interest till the end. I still think about Brigitte and Daniel even after finishing the book. I grabbed this book since I really seem to read a lot of WWII novels. Catching the Wind will be one of my top 10 favorites of 2017. She transports you back in time and flows back to present day very well. You don’t feel lost or that you’re a ping-pong ball reader. I loved that Daniel never lost hope on finding Brigitte. So many people lost track of loved one during WWII and this book really captures that moment in time. This book was full of hope and really had me capturing reading moments since I didn’t want to stop reading. I had to know what happened and if all was alright. However I also didn’t want the story to end. This is a great historical fiction book even if you’re not a historical fiction reader. Add Catching the Wind to you Summer Reading list! This book gets a A+ from me and even gets extra credit for being such a wonderful tug at your heart-strings book!

about the book: 

What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons—and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough—the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

Thank you Tyndale Publishing and Melanie Dobson for allowing me to read Catching the Wind. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Be Bold A Coloring Devotional

by Ellen Elliott

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Be Bold is a great little coloring book / devotional for adults or teens that love to do something while studying the bible.  Each page has a color page with lots of detail. These pages take a while to color, for me it takes about a week of devotional time to color each page. On the back of the coloring page you have a bible verse that you can study more in-depth with you bible. Than below the scripture quote you have a real life application almost reminding me of a homily that you get after church mass readings. The papers are heavy and I think you could use sharpies if you wanted or even watercolor paint. I use plain old crayola markers we have lots and they are so affordable. I really like the Be Bold coloring book devotional just as much as the Christmas one I did through out advent. This one has the added bonus of lined pages in the back of the book for prayer request  or  jotting down thoughts of your readings and devotional.  I think this would be really fun to do with some girlfriends over tea (or coffee) as a little bible study group. This would also make a great gift for a friend along with some markers or gel pens (inkjoy are great for journaling).

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summary: Be Bold offers an outlet to simultaneously focus on God’s Word and express creativity. Using scripture as the foundation for her designs, Ellen Elliot takes readers through a series of inspiring verses reinforced with short devotional writings. Topics include joy, hope, self-image, peace, and more. Each coloring page and corresponding devotional will help the reader develop a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father.

 

 

thank you Tyndale for sending me Be Bold Coloring Devotional. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

 

All Is Bright

A Devotional Journey to color your way to Christmas

by Nancy Guthrie

illustrated by Lizzie Preston

 

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This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

 

Coloring books are all the rage right now and I do enjoy them when I sit down to do a page. All Is Bright will make a wonderful Advent – Christmas season even better. Each page has a beautiful illustration for you to color, while on the back is that days devotion. While I know I can’t color a page a day through the holiday season I do plan on coloring many through out and then I will put it up and do more the next year and so on till it is colored. I want to do the daily  and if I keep the book together after the season this can be used again and again till all the pages are colored. I love the extra activity pages at the end that are perfect for making family time that much more special during the hectic holiday season. The pages include a bible reading and verse, discussion starters and prayer as well as simple coloring pages that are perfect for entertaining the youngest artist while you are coloring as well.

 

Thank you Tyndale for allowing me to review All Is Bright. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Added bonus: I got a fun surprise mail not to long ago. Tyndale sent along some That Faith Sticks stickers to go along with the coloring devotional.

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These colorable scripture stickers are great for bible journaling, devotion time or just for relaxing. I like that they are small scaled so you could color a sheet of stickers in a short amount of time. I think these would enhance bible journaling or would be fun for a bible study group. Each packet of stickers has a different amount of stickers since they count each sticker from the bigger sized to the super-duper tiny sized. Since these are smaller scaled you will need fine point markers or gel pens to help with the coloring. I will be on the look out for more! These would also make a great gift idea to go with All is Bright devotional.

Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me these That Faith Sticks colorable stickers. I have enjoyed coloring them and plan on using them in my bible journaling that I have recently started. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free stickers.