Thursday, October 31, 2019

God Made Me Unique- Childrens Book Review

About the book
God Made Me Unique, a beautifully illustrated picture book, helps parents and caregivers teach children that God creates every person in the image of God and each individual has tremendous value, regardless of his or her appearance or abilities.
The story is set in a Sunday school classroom where a new girl, Brie, is introduced by her mom. Brie’s Sunday school teacher takes the time to welcome Brie and to explain to the other children why she is wearing headphones. Through getting to know Brie, the children are guided into a biblical understanding of the uniqueness of each of God’s children. Along the way they learn to ask questions and gain an understanding about their new friend.
Told in a charming rhyming style, this colorful, hardcover book will help eliminate fear and misconceptions about those who have special needs and emphasizes that every person deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.
The back of the book contains a special section just for parents and caregivers that will guide them in how to have biblical, loving conversations with children and gives them additional information and resources to equip them in talking about this important subject.
Like God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb and God Made Me AND You by Shai Linne, God Made Me Unique gives parents the tools to have important, impactful conversations with their children that will grow their understanding of God, themselves, and others.
And others are saying
What a delightful and desperately needed book to introduce our children to the wonder and richness of God’s kingdom in our midst! I know of no other book that teaches our children to follow through on Jesus’s commands from Luke 14 on including those affected by disability.”
Paul E. Miller, Director of SeeJesus; author of A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life
“As a father of a child with a disability, I love the message of this book—both for kids with disabilities and their peers who welcome and embrace them. Of all the places where this message needs to be heard and taken to heart, there is none more important than the church itself.”
Rev. Steve Bundy, Sr. Vice President, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“Today’s children are keenly aware of social diversity, yet they often miss the God-connection. In the colorful book God Made Me Unique by Joni and Friends, readers meet a delightful cast of characters and discover God’s loving design for all people, including those with disabilities and special needs. Parents and teachers will appreciate the skillful use of God’s Word woven into the story and teaching aids. I highly recommend God Made Me Unique for every home, church, and school library.”
Pat Verbal, Recipient of the Top 20 Influencers in Children’s Ministry awarded by Children’s Ministry Magazine; coauthor/editor of Real Families, Real Needs (Focus on the Family) and Special Needs Ministry for Children (Group Publishing)
“Absolutely charming! This is the happiest little book with the very biggest message . . . every life is precious!”
Emily Colson, Speaker and author of Dancing with Max
“This book is a gift to parents as they raise reflective and compassionate children. What a spectacular application of the doctrine of creation: the teaching that we are all made in the image of God! These teachings are significant for how we interact with people of all different types of abilities. This book highlights our value as God’s creatures and celebrates the different gifts God has given to each member of his family.”
Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb, Authors of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their BodiesRid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault; and Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence
“In writing God Made Me Unique, Joni and Friends have created a helpful tool for parents to use to equip their children to welcome kids with disabilities. I would encourage all parents to add this book to their family library. With growing numbers of children living with special needs, it is essential that we teach our children to value every person as uniquely created by God to bring him glory.”
Marty Machowski, Family pastor and author of God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender; The Ology; Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for church and home
“As a pastor, I appreciate this book because it will help us equip our church family to better serve each person the Lord brings to our services and associated ministries. As a parent of a child with special needs, I appreciate the spirit and biblical nature of the way this material is presented. We all have special needs and the gospel compels us to love and serve one another in ways that are thoughtful and wise. This book cam help us do that in a more Christ-like way.”
Steve Viars, Senior Pastor, Faith Church, Lafayette, IN; author of Your Special Needs Child
And  I thought
I love and informational book for children.  I loved the setting of the Sunday School classroom. And the scripture that focused on God's promises.
But I just couldn't help but wish that this message could be shared with children everywhere.
I teach preschool and sadly there are schools that would not allow this wonderful book in their classrooms. 
I received a pdf version so I can not comment on the books value from that perspective.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful and were easy for grandmother to see.
This is a book that I suggest everyone adds to the families library.  The message is presented in a way that small children can understand.

God Made Me Unique is a great gift book and makes my list of Books to buy for Christmas.

I received a complimentary copy from New Growth Press.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads and promoted on social media.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

She Prays by Debbie Lindell

About the book
God wants us to know him so well that we are comfortable talking to him about anything and everything. Yet there are times when we feel disconnected and insecure. We desire to grow in prayer, but we don't know where to begin, what to say, or how to listen for his voice.

In She Prays, Debbie Lindell invites you on a thirty-one-day journey to experience a confident and conversational relationship with your heavenly Father. She shows you how to replace the pressure to perform in prayer with a faith-filled expectation--trusting that God is delighted with every conversation and every word we whisper to him. Her desire is that your soul will be transformed as your confidence in prayer grows, and that your faith will be strengthened as you see God work through your prayers in ways you never imagined possible.
And I thought
Debbie Lindell gives the reader tips and tools and helps you find a place to loosen the burdens you feel from feeling inadequate in your prayer life.

Being reminded of God's promises that he wants a close relationship in away that makes you feel confident.

I loved the cover and could not wait to get into this easily read study.

The cover was pretty and spoke young woman to me but I think women any age would enjoy this study.  Check it out and leave your copy for your guy to see too.

I recommend this devotional for any age adult and it would make a great gift too.
A perfect Christmas gift for friends or family or your Bible study leader or  church library.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell.

Other endorsements
I spotlighted this devotional a few weeks ago and included endorsements from the christian community
including Shiela Walsh and others. Click  here to visit my spotlight post.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Handmade Ho Ho Homicide-Character Guest Post/Giveaway-Great Escapes Tour

Today on the blog we are featuring a fun book
Below you will find a Character Guest Post
author/book info
and form to enter the Giveaway

On Being a Reluctant Amateur Sleuth
By Anastasia Pollack

It isn’t easy when an author hijacks your life for her own literary purposes. One day you’re minding your own business; the next thing you know, there’s a dead body in your office chair. That’s what happened to me when author Lois Winston decided to forsake writing romance and began killing people for a living—on the page, of course—in Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.

So now along with being a widowed mother of two teenagers and a crafts editor at a women’s magazine, I’m an amateur sleuth—reluctantly, I might add. I would have been perfectly happy to maintain my predictable suburban life, but I had no say in the matter. We characters don’t come with self-determination. We’re putty in our authors’ hands. At least Lois decided to write humorous cozy mysteries. In her prior writing life she wrote some really gritty romantic suspense that would keep her readers sleeping with one eye open at night, thanks to the extremely evil villains she created.

And I’ll admit, she even has me laughing at times—when she doesn’t have me staring down a killer. You wouldn’t believe the cast of supporting characters she’s given me, everything from a nasty communist mother-in-law to a Shakespeare-quoting parrot!

Lois has now dumped me into eight books and three novellas. That’s a lot of dead bodies. People in town are beginning to refer to me as Westfield’s own Jessica Fletcher. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I figure no matter what happens next, I’m safe. After all, who ever heard of a cozy mystery author killing off her sleuth?

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 8

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend and possible spy Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

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About the author
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Happy Homemaker In Texas

Welcome to a new week almost. 
 On Saturday I write my post for Happy Homemaker Monday.  Because well I am a Rebel and I like to get a jump on the week!

Sandra provides prompts
I add a few of my own

The weather (Sandra's)
Still beautiful Fall weather.  We did have heavy rains last week and a tornado in Dallas 30 miles away.  We lost half of the big tree in the back yard.  This time it was the back half so it missed the green house and narrowly missed the fence.  It took out 1 of our heaters and the lawn chairs. 
Today it is sunny and in the 70's

Outside my window (Sandra's)
Ball games at the school dogs and people walking down our side walk.  Our dogs love it!

On the breakfast plate (Sandra's)
The luncheon plate today.  Got slow start
Chicken Spaghetti our daughter shared.  The Cowboy does not like it. Silly man.  She had gotten a huge pan from one of her students mom.  She shared.  Yea me!

On the To Do List For The Week
Move things around in my crafting room getting ready for new computer space
Finish November Birthday Cards
Bake a cake today
Straighten and clean my cookbook shelves
Delete pics from phone and tablet
My Ta Da Moment
Finished and mailed project for SWAPs that I was behind on.
Finished and mailed  birthday cards for October
Mailed my sister a bit of candy and card.

On the menu
When my grandson was really little if he didn't eat his meal it was re-offered at the next meal. (don't judge)  That is what this weeks menu may consist of.  What I didn't cook last week!
Spaghetti, Green Beans and Bread
Pork Chops Stuffing, Green Peas
Steak, Homemade Mac/Cheese, Okra
Tuna Casserole, Green Peas, Bread
Pinto's and Corn Bread

Last weeks menu what worked/what didn't
It was totally a bust.  Had Chineese one night I ordered Fried expecting two meals it was awful didn't even finish it.  
We had soup and egg rolls too. 
Monday Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Tuesday  Pork Chops, Stuffing, Green Peas
Wednesday Steak, Salad, Onion Rings
Thursday Soup the Beef Veggie I didn't cook last week
Friday Tuna Casserole, Salad and Bread

My Yea Haw Moment (because I'm a cowgirl)
Yea me my sister is sending me a new computer!  I have been struggling with my computer for so long!  I am so happy. 
So that takes me to my To Do List. 

A few plans for the day
Last year my mother moved in with us before she went into a nursing facility.  And so we turned my crafting room into a psuedo bedroom again.  I lost my big shelf and had to move out the mantle. We rearranged the room and moved the computer into the Cowboys 'Man' room that has for the past year been the dogs favorite spot because that is where the computer is now and where I spend most of my time.  
Today I am re-arranging my room so I can put the new computer in there.  It will be nice having my own space again. 
I wonder what the dogs will do now?

On the reading pile
It is always a huge pile because I read, review and promote books.  There are always 5 or more waiting to be read.  
Not counting the ones on my phone and Kindle. That is part of why I am glad to get the computer back into my own space. 
Here's whats currently on my phone . . . 
 Reading this one now for a tour in December.

Sewn Fraken Paper I received in a SWAP . . . 

The tear, cut and glue method I used.  I prefer this method.  The ones I make usually tell a story.  This one I used scraps from recent projects and papers I received from Europe in SWAPs.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

You Are Loved A Coloring Study of Romans 8 by Dineen Miller- Book Review

About the book 
Do you know how much God loves you? Many of us don’t. You may even believe God doesn’t love you at all, but it’s a lie. Romans 8 holds some of the most powerful foundational truths that answer that very question. Not only does God love you, He’s designed a purpose just for you. He’s always working creatively for your good in every way. And nothing can every take away His delight in you. So if you’re wondering how much God truly loves you, begin a coloring adventure to decorate, delight and discover the truths waiting for you in Romans 8. Then you’ll know without a doubt: You are loved!

And I thought
This is a delightful study. I loved the idea of coloring and doodling as a form of studying.  Sometimes the action of coloring is soothing. I love the combination of coloring and study.
The book is very well made sand is a great value. The pages are thick and will stand up to mediums with no bleeding.
Along with the actual study the author provides pages of doodled scripture that you can color. Each section also includes an area for journaling your thoughts.
There are 9 chapters.  Each chapter studies a few verses 
and some include scriptures from other books of the Bible that relate or strengthen the topic.
I have done a couple of the days of the study and have enjoyed the chance to grow closer to God and reinforce my understand of his Love and his desire for us to understand his Love.
Completing this student will make the reader feel empowered and more Loved.

I received a complimentary copy from the author.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

You Are Loved will be featuredin my December Christmas Suggestions

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to a new week almost.  On Saturday I write my post 
for Happy Homemaker Monday.  Because well I am a Rebel and I like to get a jump on the week!

The Weather . Lovely Fall weather.  

On the breakfast plate 
Dog sitting for a client have to go out first thing to feed him. There were some yummy mini cinnamon rolls on the counter tonight when I went over!

Last Weeks Menu-What Worked/What Didn't
Monday Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cheese Enchilada's 
Tuesday Vegetable Beef Soup, Crusty Bread 

The Cowboy had found a Hamburger Helper type mix at Aldi and wanted 
to try it.  It was good we like it a simple meal with Fried Okra. Yum.  
Wednesday Meatloaf, Mashed Potato's, Green Beans 
Thursday Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup ✔
Friday Crawfish Bisque, Crab Cakes, Salad

Potato Soup  The Cowboy is under the weather

This Weeks Menu 
Monday Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Tuesday  Pork Chops, Stuffing, Green Peas
Wednesday Steak, Salad, Onion Rings
Thursday Soup the Beef Veggie I didn't cook last week
Friday Tuna Casserole, Salad and Bread

On The Dinner Plate/In The Soup Bowl

Actually it was the luncheon plate.  I made a breakfast casserole this week.  Made my own recipe combined a few from church lady cook books.  Needs some tweeking.  I'll be sharing my version soon. 

What I Plan To Bake
Chocolate Texas Sheath Cake oh yum...MaMa lost her recipe trying one from a friend from church

On My To Do List
Networking (it's a secret right now but could use some prayers)
Staying organized on my posts
Deep clean the house
Start a Fall Crochet Blanket

My Ta Da Moment
Got some crafts for swaps done.  I've been behind. 

On The Crafting Table

This was so fun to make it is called a Pocket Letter.  Made from a baseball card sleeve.  It is filled with treasures for a crafting friend. 

On My Reading Pile 
The mail man brought this one yesterday 

I was asked to review it so I thought I would give it a whirl. I'll let you know how it is. 

Added to this pile . . . 

FROM WILD TO MILD by Sunny Weber HURRICANE DOG by Sunny Weber  
What I am Reading Now
Discovered by Her Billionaire (A Texas Ranch Romance Book 7)

From the camera

A sweet one from the archives.  No he is big enough to feed the horses all on his own with me watching from the sidelines.

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Thanks for joining me.  I enjoyed sharing my plans for the new week!  
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Friday, October 18, 2019

1st Paragraph Friday Feat. Better Watch Out by Christina Freeburn

Welcome to 1st line Friday where I share with you a few teasers from a book I am reading or just finished.  Today we're teasing you with . . . 

The first line/paragraph . . . 
Right after Thanksgiving, Season's Greetings was full on 
Christmas.  Everything was cheerful.  Holidayish.  Full of 
old-fashioned charm and visions of Christmas past straight out of classic movies. 

And on page 56 . . . 
Chapter 8 
Muffled laughter, cheers, and crying worked it's way into my 
conscience.  Groaning I tried pushing myself up.  

And that's all the teasers you get but here's what the book is about . . . 
Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.
Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.
Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden-Book Review

About the book 
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it's too late. 

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience. 

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

And I thought
Well the cover would have made me pick it up.  I was thinking hmm...what is this guy all about?  
And then I read the first couple of pages and I was taken in by 
Annbelle and her well actually I got a sense of savvy and determination. 
Gary is pictured as reclusive and powerful business with a sense
of loyalty especially for family.
I enjoyed the setting and it was interesting to learn about this part of history.  I have never read about the spice trade era so it was interesting.  
I enjoyed the suspense and the romance.  Elizabeth Camden gives readers a storyline that keeps you turning the pages.  

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 
The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden  and will be promoted on social media. 

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Amanda's Fall by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal-Book Review-Beck Valley Tours

About the book 
Amanda's Fall, with charming illustrations by Bijan Samaddar, depicts an event common in schools today. Young Amanda gets a concussion after falling and hitting her head during recess. While she can hear people talking, she cannot respond. Amanda is taken to a doctor for evaluation. Wisely, her parents ask for a prognosis, which in Amanda's case, is a good one. Author Kelly Darmofal offers readers her third book on TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), encouraging parents and caretakers to alert schools and, hopefully, doctors when any child is concussed; side effects can then be ameliorated.  

Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.

 And others are saying 
Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.

"Kelly Darmofal worked hard on recovering from severe TBI, and gained the special gift of ability to explain what she went through. This book offers transforming power to children and parents--those afflicted with TBI and those trying to prevent it." -- Dr. Frank Balch Wood, professor emeritus of neurology-neuropsychology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and ordained Baptist minister  

"Amanda's Fall is a delightful, much needed children's book on Traumatic Brain Injury. Through the eyes of a child, it raises awareness, has tips for coping and offers support for those affected." -- Chris 
Itina Condon NP, Neurology

"Amanda's Fall is a lovely book that uses rhyme and colorful illustrations to engage young readers. Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's warm writing style makes it easy to understand the issues surrounding this potentially serious medical condition." Laurie Zelinger, PhD, RPT-S, board certified psychologist and author of Please Explain Time Out to Me

"This is a cute and creative story to help young children understand their world after a traumatic brain injury. It teaches them that they are not alone in their experiences. The tips for parents are a valuable resource as well. -- Mary Jane Morgan, Lower School Principal, Calvary Day School

"Darmofal has an ease in the way she writes about TBI. In this sweet story, she makes a difficult situation approachable and something to discuss. This is a wonderful story to share and educate children about TBI." -- Susie van der Vorst, co-Founder and Director, Camp Spring Creek

And I thought
Very well written and wonderfully illustrated. Amanda's Fall is a good story and written creatively to help children understand about Traumatic Brain Injury.
A very good book that helps raise awareness about a somewhat sad medical condition.
I think this is a great book for all families.  All children should have the opportunity to read Amanda's Fall
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bible Storybook-Review

About the book 

Your family will love this Bible storybook in the popular rebus style with pictures sprinkled between words, allowing your little ones to read along with you! Kids will love to engage with the Bible stories by pointing out the pictures among the words to tell the story. This is a proven way to help children learn and retain the stories through interaction. In the rebus format, children see the picture key, learn the word, and then complete the sentence using the correct picture. This gives children positive learning and interactive reading time.

Stories include: Adam and Eve and the Sneaky Snake, Noah and the Big Boat, Moses and the Ten Commandments, David and the Giant, Mary’s Big Surprise, Jesus Stops a Storm, Jesus Goes to Heaven, and A Promise to All God’s Children.

And I thought 
Delightful and charming. I loved the illustrations on the cover!
This is a really nice hardcover book that would make a great gift.

The illustrations are charming.  There is a tip page at the beginning with suggestions for engaging your child.  

The book is separated into Old Testament and New Testament 
The Old Testament stories include:
The Beginning, The Flood, Abraham's Family, Moses, The Promised Land, Ruth and Naomi, David, Esther and Jonah.
The New Testament stories include:
Jesus is Born, John the Baptist, Jesus' Life, Jesus' Death and Resurrection, The Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, 
Peter and The Best Is Yet To Come. 

Each story is only 2 pages.  The first is a full page picture and the second page is the short story with the pictures to teach the young reader.   

The book is 184 pages and contains more than 90 stories. 

From the back cover

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook will encourage a love for God's Word as your children discover the 
joy of reading. 

This great storybook would make a great gift for your family.  
As a grandparent I am keeping my copy to share with the young ones.  

If you looking for an idea for a teachers gift for a preschool teacher or the school check this one out!  

I received a complimentary copy.  
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads and will be featured in my 2019 Christmas Gift Suggestions. 

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The publisher who sent the book did not supply me with purchase links.  In my search I found that the best price was at CBC. 
I have provided the links below but if you attempt to look up the book you'll need to include the complete title even on the Tommy Nelson website I was unable to locate.