Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Susie's Hope DVD

Warning: this is a tear-jerker. I started crying at the beginning and the tears really didn't let up until it was over.
If you've ever loved a fur baby then you will love this film. Based on a true story it is about love, loss, and learning to trust again. There were some scenes that may not be suitable for young children as they are quite graphic. The dog attack is re-enacted and could be quite scary. The images of the abused dog could also make one feel queasy.
Overall this was a very good film with a good message. Bad circumstances don't have to have bad outcomes. Visit the website for Susie's Hope to learn more or to donate. 
If you have young children you will want to watch this with them so you can discuss the different scenes.
About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

This was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Books to Bully-Proof Your Kids

Dr Dan and Bli Dugi have put out a new series of children's books designed to help them stand up for themselves and not be bullied.

 The Principle Gang's first two books Don't Judge a Lizard by His Scales, and Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway are bright colorful stories that will keep your kids attention while you read. They are short stories and are easy for little ones to understand.
The first book addresses the issue of being friends with who you want to be friends with and not who people think you should be friends with and not to judge a book by its cover. The story centers around a lizard and a fly.
The second book finds our two friends again, this time taking their "No bullies allowed" message to New York City where they promote their friendship and their cause.
This is a cute series that can help kids understand each other.

 This was provided for review by PR By the Book

My Yellow Balloon

 My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge is an excellent book for teaching children how to deal with loss and grief.
Little Joey goes to a carnival and gets a yellow balloon. It's his most prized possession and they do everything together until one day when the balloon floats away.
Joey goes through the stages of grief and can't seem to get out of his slump.
There are many children who could benefit from this book, not just those who are faced with a death of someone that they love.
There are hurting children everywhere and this book can help them deal with the things that they are feeling.
Beautifully illustrated with pictures that are reminiscent of another time, this is simple to read and even has a large fold-out in the middle.
This book was provided for review by PR By the Book

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Love Without Limits by Nick Vujicic with Kanae Vujicic

I've seen clips of Nick before but I wasn't overly familiar with him. I picked this book because I thought it would be an interesting story, and it was at that, but it was not what I was expecting. This is so much more than the love story of Nick and Kanae, it's a love manual. They offer up advice for the dating couple, the engaged couple, the newly married couple, the new parents, and more. This would make a great gift for a young couple. I wasn't blown away with their love story as I thought I would be from the back cover copy, it is certain though that God directed them to each other. If you're looking for an inspirational read or are worried that you will never find love yourself then pick this up. 

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

 Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson is not your average Amish fiction. If it was I wouldn't read it. This is teen fiction and it's the story of a girl named Micah who has been pen pals with an Amish guy named Zach, they've been writing to each other since the 5th grade and she's never disclosed that she was a girl. When the opportunity arises for her to travel to his farm to help with the planting she jumps on it, realizing that she'll have to come clean at some point.
This is a sweet story that deals with what happens when you live a lie, how it hurts people and how the truth is always better.
Very easy to read and, as I've come to expect from anything by Melody Carlson, engaging. It took me a little over an hour to read this book. I'd recommend it to any young reader. It's clean and interesting.
Here's the back cover:
This book was provided for review by Revell.

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

I'm generally a lover of anything that Melody Carlson puts out, she's written over two hundred books and is like a machine. The Christmas Cat started out adorable and engaged me right away. However towards the end I just wanted it to be over, it was predictable and I glanced through the last twenty pages or so just to be finished with it. Definitely not my favorite of her books. 
It is just over 150 pages and will make a quick read so if you're wanting a sweet little Christmas story you may want to check this one out.

About the book:
After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly-especially since he is severely allergic to cats-his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.
Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas At Harrington's, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Visit her at www.melodycarlson.com

This book was provided for review by Revell.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I tried, really I did. I tried to get into this book but I couldn't. It didn't capture my attention at all. I thought maybe it was because it was a Christmas story and since it's October--maybe it's just too early to read a Christmas book? But that wasn't it as I was able to pick a different one up and get right into it.

About the book:
Billy Lapp intends to leave Stoney Ridge by Christmas-but crossing paths with a newly engaged Bess Riehl may change his mind.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn At Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for the Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at her website.