Friday, December 19, 2014

"The Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery" by Beverly Lewis



{Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in honor of our Savior’s birth there’ll be a new Christmas book review! With a couple giveaways sprinkled in, it’s going to be so much fun! Let’s start!}
About this book:

  “It's almost Christmas, and Eric Hagel is spying on the new neighbor. What's going on next door? Why is the house always flickering with candlelight? And what about the eerie flute music every morning at 6:00? When Mr. Tressler puts up a Christmas tree, Eric's eyes nearly pop out. The angel at the top comes to life! Soon, hundreds of angels are flying in the old man's house. Can Eric and the Cul-de-sac Kids solve the mystery? And who will be brave enough to take a Christmas gift to the weird house at the end of Blossom Hill Lane?


Series: This is book #3 in the “Cul-de-sac Kids” series. {I have not read any other book in this series, but am looking forward to!}


Spiritual Content- A mention of the Bible verse that says to think about the good things {I wonder which Scripture that is… only the one this blog is based on. ;) }; The Kids talk about the first Christmas being a true mystery; The Kids think they saw Angels with Mr. Tressler, which leads to a couple discussions about Angels & the Christmas Play their Church is doing.


Negative Content- Jason likes scary mysteries & says so, when asked if they give him bad dreams he replies “Sometimes, But if I pray before I go to bed, it’s better.” {To which the Scripture above is mentioned.}  


Sexual Content- {This really isn’t Sexual, but I don’t know where else to put it- Dunkum is going to be Joseph in their Church’s Christmas play and when asked who Mary is, he replies the Abby is and he cheeks turn red.}

-Eric Hagel, age 8
                                                        80-ish pages (with 6 illustrations/pictures)

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 

My personal Rating- 

{ Ratings are lowered as the girl gets older because of the simple plot & mystery. }
I thought this was an adorable mystery! I read it in less than 10 minutes, but it was a really cute mystery that had me curious! I think it would be fine for girls starting to read as well! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series! :)


See y’all on Monday with a new CHRISTmas review! Christmas is almost here! :)


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"The Fruitcake Challenge" by Carrie Fancett Pagels {+ Giveaway!}



{Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in honor of our Savior’s birth there’ll be a new Christmas book review! With a couple giveaways sprinkled in, it’s going to be so much fun! Let’s start!}
About this book:

  “When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on!


Series: It’s considered book #3 in the “Christmas Traditions” series, but they aren’t connected.


Spiritual Content- Many Prayers & mentions of Prayers; a Mention that Jo is angry with God over her Ma’s death; Mentions of Church going & paying attention to the Pastor; Talks about God’s Will, being called to do something & God’s Plans for our lives; ‘H’s are capital.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’ and a ‘shoot’; Tobacco & Blood (barely-above-not-detailed).


Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kiss and a detailed kiss; Hands get kissed, almost kisses & Wanting to Kiss; Touches & a Waltz that cause warmth &/or shivers; a Mention of a women’s figure; Mentions of flirting;  Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Jo Christy
-Tom Jeffries
                                         P.O.V. switches between them (with Cordelia Jeffries at Chapter 11.)
                                              Set in 1890
                                                        121 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-
(and a half)

In the Author’s Acknowledgements, she thanks quite a few author—but here’s the neat thing—in her writing accountability group members are: Julie Klassen, Melanie Dickerson and Sarah E. Ladd! Author’s we’ve reviewed recently or soon to be reviewing again! Pretty neat, huh?
“The Fruitcake Challenge” made me giggle at the plot and go “Ewww!” at the fruitcakes. (I’ve only had a British fruitcake and I was not a fan—Sorry Nana!) But it almost made me want to try fruitcake again. Almost. ;)
Now, since this is the last giveaway for this month--it’s open World Wide! Miss Carrie Fancett Pagels, the author, has generously offered a giveaway of a e-copy of this novella! :)


Open World Wide, Ends the 22nd, Kindle e-Book.
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See y’all on Friday with a new CHRISTmas review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this review.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Operation Christmas Child" by Franklin Graham



{Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in honor of our Savior’s birth there’ll be a new Christmas book review! With a couple giveaways sprinkled in, it’s going to be so much fun! Let’s start!}
About this book:

  “It was a simple idea that became the worldwide ministry of Operation Christmas Child—to minister to children in war-torn and famine-stricken countries.  In just two decades it has inspired everyday people to provide more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in 130 countries. This beautiful book weaves the moving, God-saturated story of the ministry’s beginning with the soul-stirring, Christ exalting stories of lives that have been forever changed by a simple shoebox.
Operation Christmas Child is filled with full-color photos of children whose smiles help tell what is a thoroughly hopeful story. Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham provides insight as the incredible stories of life transformation are told.


Series: No, it’s a Non-Fiction.


Spiritual Content- In Dedication Ephesians 6:6-8 is written out;  84 (read that eighty-four!) Scriptures are referenced and/or quoted; A mention of people in Balkan believing that their god (note little ‘g’) was punishing them for Adam & Eve’s sin; Amazing Only God, goose-bump worthy & shivers at God’s planning!; Amazing Faiths & Prayers!
*Note- “If any place on earth could resemble H*ll, Rwanda was it.”, graffiti there says “Welcome to H*ll”.


Negative Content- Mentions of countries with stealing, war, slavery, killing, famines, violence and prison.


Sexual Content- A mention or two about unwed mothers & rape.

Non-Fiction, told by Mr. Franklin Graham
                                                        302 pages with pictures

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

Goose-bumps! This book gave me goose-bumps! I’ve done a box or two for O.C.C. every year for as long as I can remember. Reading how this wonderful organization got started and all the God-things was so amazing!  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new CHRISTmas review and giveaway!!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.