The Weekly Prayer Project: A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect, and Connect with God – Scarlet Hiltibidal

The Weekly Prayer Project is a journal that is divided into seven different sections that reflect seven different types of prayer (requests, gratitude, lament, intercession, faith, repentance, and awe).  There are weekly sub-sections that include scripture and reflective questions for each week of the year.  This hardback journal is simple yet beautiful and would make a lovely gift. 

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions. 

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John

The Power of Broke is an easy read that Shark Tank fans will appreciate.  Daymond John shares his insights regarding the power of being hungry for success.  Filled with stories from his personal experience as well as former Shark Tank guests, The Power of Broke is an engaging and inspiring read.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Random House Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Way Back Wednesday ~ The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly

This post was originally published on September 21, 2016.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a favorite at our home.  It is a beautifully written book that explores a scientific question (Why the yellow grasshoppers in her backyard are bigger than the green ones?) and the development of a close relationship between Calpurnia (Callie) and her grandfather.  Our daughter has read and re-read this one.  It is simply terrific!

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Wonder is an incredibly moving story.  It details the experiences of Augie, a 5th grader who has craniofacial anomalies and is attending public school for the first time as a mainstreamed student.  Augie grows and changes a great deal throughout the story as do those around him.  This powerful book is ultimately uplifting and inspiring. 

Story Thieves – James Riley

Book Thieves is a great fantasy adventure tale.  Many a book lover has dreamed of having the ability to jump into a story he was reading.  Book Thieves lets us find out what happens when someone really does jump into the story!  This is the first book in the series and was a constant companion for our daughter for a couple of days.  She read it every free moment that she had. 

Happy Dreamer – Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is a favorite author, and his new book Happy Dreamer is a delight.  This sweet tale reminds the reader that dreams are meant to be pursued not put on the back burner until the “right time”.  Many a reader will relate to the struggle of being full of imaginative dreams in a world that often doesn’t seem to encourage and embrace being different and coloring outside the lines.  Happy Dreamer can be enjoyed by little kids as well as big kids.