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The written word has always been a joy for me.  I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby.  As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft.  I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit.  Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing.  I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

When God Made you

"YOU, you… God thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut" (Turner). This first line and certain truth is the theme within Mathew Turner's enchanting children's book, When God Made You.  Turner's book, vibrantly illustrated by the artist David Catrow, speaks to the child in all of us.  Turner embraces the fact that each individual is completely different, yet completely planned according to God's perfect plan.  
As an educator, and a Christian, I feel Turner's book, When God Made You, is an important addition to the children's publishing genre.  Turner speaks to the question many children, and adults struggle with, being different and unique yet finding their place in society.  In, When God Made You, the child in all of us feels comfort that "Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places, God new your name"(Turner).  No matter what, each person is part of God's plan for a perfect world. No one is a mistake. No one is less than perfect in whatever body they are born with or abilities they possess.

I was so excited to see this book on the Blogging For Books website.  The title spoke to me and I had high hopes for the content.  I was not disappointed.  Every part of the book is exquisite.  Reading the pages brings smiles to the reader's face and joy to the heart.  I simply can't wait to share this book with adults and children alike.  It is with heartfelt sincerity that I recommend, When God Made You.  Share it with every child in your life, young and old.


FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Drop Dead Easy Knits

My niece can knit.  She does beautiful work and I admit...I'm jealous.  Knitting has always been a craft that I have aspired to learn.
I have made various attempts. On one occasion my niece's Austrian great grandmother attempted to teach me....she spoke no English, and I learned the word "nein" for no.  Meaning, "no, not like that!"  We had a good time working together, but I did not become the master knitter I had hoped I would. I have had others try to teach me, I can do a basic knit and pearl but,  I want to do more!

I am certain that is why I was excited to see the book, Drop Dead Easy Knits, by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan, and Kirsten Kapur, listed on the Blogging for Books website.   While knitting may still not be easy to me, the book makes the patterns appear very doable.  The illustrations are beautiful and the instructions are straight forward. The items listed are very contemporary in design, and make me excited once again to try to pick up my needles and "click it" until I get it!

I may need to enlist help from my niece, but I am very excited to try some of the patterns from,  Drop Dead Easy Knits.  If you are an accomplished knitter,  I would heartily recommend this book.  You will be ready to get those needles moving and make some stunning pieces.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.