Monday, August 4, 2014

Custom Confections: Easy Enough for Kids- Book Review

Custom Confections... Delicious Desserts You Can Create and Enjoy

40 Fun Creations Easy Enough for KIDS

Author: Jen Besel

ISBN: 978-1= 62370-136-9

Release Date: September 2014

Capstone Press

If you love dessert and you like helping mom or dad in the kitchen then this book is for you. Many of the cooking projects will be need the assistance of an adult but kids 9-13 should have the skills to make these cool treats with some help.

Blueberry Cheesecake Tarts are delicious and so easy. Check out page 12. How about PB & J Brownies? The easy recipe is on page 30 and really is easy because it is one of the recipes I tried with my grandchildren.

The best of the best are Frosty Frozen Cakesicles, another pretty easy recipe to do. Very little adult supervision on this one.

If these recipes sound like fun, this book will give you not only the recipes but full color pictures so you know just how the dessert will turn out. It also has tips and information about the tools you need in the kitchen to make these treats quick and easy.

As with any recipe or dessert moderation is the key and these serving sizes are appropriate for children when combined with a balanced diet. More importantly, children working along side an adult in the kitchen does wonders for a relationship. Some of the best memories are made around food and this book will help make those memories happen. I give the book 4 stars for greatness.

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Light Book Reviews: Get to Know King David... Book Review

My Light Book Reviews: Get to Know King David... Book Review: Get to Know King David Author: Nancy I. Sanders ISBN: 978-0-310-74475-7 Cover Illustration: Greg Call Juvenile Nonfictio...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cotton Spice: My Book(s)

Cotton Spice: My Book(s): First book published  Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy (Funny thing, this book was available to the public a few mont...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bedtime Kisses.... Book Review

Welcome to Friday, and what a great way to start the day but with a new children's book. This sweet book is a must for little one's.... it blends precious stuffed animals, counting, and bedtime kisses mixed with the love and security all young children need to feel.

The simple text is great for beginner readers and a story that younger children will want parents to read over and over again. This is a tender sweet story that encourages parent and child interaction and the illustrations by Ginger Nielson definitely enhance the reader's experience.

Title:  Bedtime Kisses
Category: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Karin Larson
Illustrator: Ginger Nielsen
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-940310-15-2
About the Author:  Karin Larson is a children’s author, freelance writer and speech/language pathologist living in Mitchell, SD, with her husband and three children. Larson is the author of Bedtime Kisses, published by 4RV Publishing, and The Little Bug (under contract – Guardian Angel Publishing). She enjoys reading and traveling with family. Larson is a member of SCBWI and a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. 

Learn more about Larson’s writing career at and   
Bedtime Kisses is available in PDF e-Book format. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hiatus Over...

Like many writers, life tugs and pulls struggling to rip away our writing time, and many times very successfully. And so I confess that life has done this to me the past few months. And my heart yearns to once again write what the reader needs to hear.

The good news is I am studying and working at getting back on the writing train. My heart cannot take the separation from pen and paper any longer. I have characters, story ideas, copywriting golden sentences, and fun fancy words twirling around in this head of mine just begging me to give even 5 minutes to actual writing.

 So I humbly listen for Gods direction... His voice to direct me. While I wait I study, I learn, I listen, and I write. And by His  Grace I will find the right audience, hiatus over.

What do you do to keep on the right track with your writing when life tries to pull you away?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Author Jay Grimstead

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Title:  Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues
Author: Jay Grimstead
Genre: Religion/Theology/Instruction
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing, Inc.

ISBN:  978-0-9882976-5-4 



About the book:

False teachings threatening to corrupt the Church forced the leaders to join in councils, where they codified the orthodox teaching of the Bible into creeds received by the Church as faithful distillations of Scriptural truth and as a bulwark against future corruption. Error, heresy, and outright paganism are today common in churches that were once sound. Even many “better” churches have little depth to their teaching and are silent on critical issues of the day, and even in some paganism masquerades as Christianity.


This book is the fruit of the work of hundreds of theologians and Christian leaders working throughout a 37-year period to define and defend the key Biblical points on 24 controversial issues — which would not even be controversial if all believed like Jesus and Paul in the inerrancy of the Bible.


This book states the Bible’s position on 24 controversial issues and explains why each document needed to be written. It offers the global Body of Christ tools for reforming the Church and motivating Christians to live in obedience to Christ and to all commands in the Bible intended for us.



“We heartily invite all Christians on this planet who desire to live in obedience to the Bible in all areas of life at all times, to form themselves and their local churches into “United Spiritual Armies” at the city and county levels, and to establish a network with other such churches and “spiritual armies” at their state and national levels with the goal of making Christ King of their cities and nation. We invite you to join with us in applying these 24 DOCUMENTS to the life of the Church and in making 2 Cor. 10:5 a reality. By that we mean that together we are called by God to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”


About the author:

Dr. Jay Grimstead was born in Bismarck, ND. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1957 from Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated from Fuller Seminary in 1961 with a Masters in Theology (ThM) and later received a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. He spent 20 years on staff with Young Life Campaign, a ministry of clubs and camping to evangelize and disciple non-church teenagers.

In 1984 he founded the Coalition on Revival which created the 17 World-view Documents which state the biblical principles for the various spheres of life and the “blueprints for how the Bible applies to the fields of: Law, Government, Economics, Education, Science, the Media & Arts, Medicine, etc.” Under his leadership, COR organized the International Church Council Project in 1992.

In 2004 and 2005 he organized theological committees in Guatemala, San Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama to discuss and defend certain of the 22 Theological Documents of the Church Council Project which had been translated into Spanish. A year later, Dr. Grimstead gathered national leaders from various fields to create the “24 Year Plan to Rebuild America upon the principles of the Bible.”

Dr. Grimstead now lives with his wife, Donna, a registered pharmacist, in Murphys, CA. They have two grown children, Julie and Guy.  Dr. Grimstead’s favorite hobbies are mountain climbing and playing jazz and blues on his trumpet.

To learn more about Dr. Grimstead and his work, please visit


Pump Up Your Book and Dr. Jay are teaming up to give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:

§  By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

§  This giveaway begins June 2 and ends on June 27, 2014.

§  Winner will be contacted via email by July 2, 2014.

§  Winner has 72 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!




Saturday, May 3, 2014

Silent Voice: A Children's Picture Book about Autism

I apologize for not clicking the Publish button yesterday when this review was scheduled so without further ado, may I present another wonderful children's book review on Autism.

 Silent Voice
                         Barry Rudner
                         Illustrations by Peggy Trabalka
                         ISBN: 978-1-9407775-10-4
                         PICTURE BOOK

Author Barry Rudner does a stand up job describing for the young reader what it feels like to have autism. The simple words ooze with deep emotion making the reader relate to the feelings  all children experience especially those with the misunderstood challenge of known as autism. This book is a must read for young children. The illustrations  by Peggy Trabalka serve to deepen the reader's understanding making this book a treasure for the reader, parents, and teachers. This is a must for any collector of children's picture books and most importantly for anyone who loves a child with Autism.

About the Book
In his powerful and poignant new book Silent Voice, Barry Rudner highlights the pandemic occurrence of autism, how it can afflict any child, and, like any malady, how it robs children of their youth, impacting families and communities everywhere. "I wrote this book to address the need for autism awareness but also to bring awareness to all disabilities...There is not a parent alive who would not give anything to see their child healthy..."
About the Author
Barry Rudner has been a writer and poet of self-esteem books for children for over thirty years. This journey has allowed him to write about universal truths such as reaching for your dreams, being yourself, undying friendships, homelessness, and disability awareness. He is the product of an incredible education that was a gift from his parents; Silent Voice and his previous releases are his gift in return. He firmly believes that we cannot educate children unless they feel good about themselves, and ultimately, when they grow up, they will not feel good about themselves unless they are educated.


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