Case for Christ for Kids Devotional | Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel has long been a voice in Christian Apologetics, most known for bestselling book The Case for Christ. With significant amounts of research this book has been a staple in Christian apologetics.

Not only has Strobel written versions for children, his latest in the series is a fantastic devotional kids, Case for Christ for Kids: 90 Day Devotional.


Based on the eye-opening best-selling series, this 90-day devotional for kids ages 9-12 explores the life of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian, while also tackling tough questions kids ask about God. For kids who want to learn more about their faith so they can share with others, this devotional uses light-hearted prose, illustrations, historical facts, research and true stories to bring to life the miracles, ministry and way of life of Jesus.

Not everyone believes that Jesus is the Son of God. To some people he’s nothing more than a man who lived a long time ago. So why do Christians believe what they believe?

The Case for Christ for Kids 90-Day Devotional explores the life of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian, while also tackling your tough questions about God.

Using historical facts, illustrations, true stories, and research, this devotional brings to life the ministry and miracles of Jesus. Each day includes a captivating story, a personal application, and a final word of Scripture.

Build your own case for Christ. Make it one you could stake your life on!

Each devotional has a “case” to examine, which is personal story or a fun story to get the reader’s attention. Strobel then invites the reader to “examine the case,” getting the reader to dive deeper into the story/example and what that means. It’s the perfect way to keep readers focused! Finally each devotion ends with the final word, a verse to emphasize the teaching just read. They aren’t too long or overwhelming, but not surface level either.

With creative and fun writing, Strobel has created a devotional for kids that is not only enjoyable and entertaining to read, but provides truth for kids to work through and make their own. If you looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, look no further!

(Thank you Zondervan for a free copy in exchange for my honest review).

Dear Mr. Knightley | Katherine Reay

“All the furnishings are comfortable with a hint of bold. Exactly how I want to be.”

Apparently I have a thing for letters. Two of my all-time favorites (Dracula and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society) are both written in letters and/or journals. So you can imagine my delight in having the opportunity to read the fabulous debut by Katherine Reay, written in that very same way. Dear Mr. Knightley is hands down one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I’d give it 6 stars if I could.

If you enjoy contemporary fiction, Jane Austen, creativity, ice cream, hugs, or puppies, you need to read this book. Perhaps a few of those things have nothing to do with this story, but I wanted to make sure everyone was included. I promise you’ll absolutely adore this one.

How do I love Dear Mr. Knightley? Let me count the ways…
1. The cover people. THE COVER.
2. It deals with foster care and adoption, so you’d be right in saying I cried.
3. All the references made me happy.


Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

All the references to classical literature, from Great Expectations to Austen to Narnia, could have indeed snobified the novel (you’re welcome for that new word), but Reay uses them with such talent and creativity, you understand Sam and the characters on a deeper level because of them.

What did I love most about this book? Sam’s transformation. Of course you eventually find out who our dear Mr. Knightley is, but that’s not the driving force of the novel or why you keep turning page after page. You keep reading simply because you can’t stop.

(Thank you Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the advanced readers copy. I received a copy for my honest opinion)

Oh wait! There’s more!!

Debut author Katherine Reay is celebrating the release of her delightful novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway, a fun Favorite Austen Moments Pinterest contest, and an Austen-themed Facebook Party.


Unsuspecting Prey | Margie Meyers

I have to say, I don’t think I’ve read any books that take place in the seventies, so this was definitely a first for me! In Margie Myers’ debut, Unsuspecting Prey, the book follows Madison in a mystery thriller.


Twenty-five years after her not too pleasant departure, Madison Monroe returns to her once palatial North Carolina home for her father’s funeral, assuming she will briefly reunite with family, then return home to Kansas City. But Madison’s return is nothing like she anticipated as one nefarious character after another is bent on doing her harm upon learning she has inherited the bulk of her father’s estate. When she learns that a provision in the will requires that she remain at the estate for the remainder of her life, she is paralyzed with fear. She begins to question her sanity as she is repeatedly met with terrifying, life-threatening events. She attempts to determine who wants her dead – only to realize that the list seems endless, as well as the reasons. Trusting the family’s lifelong servants to stand by her, she is shocked to find she is all alone in the hideously decaying mansion, in the middle of nowhere, fending for herself. Madison’s childhood home once again becomes a house of horrors.

For a first novel, Myers provides plenty of twists, turns and an unexpected conclusion to all the mysteries. In some areas, the flow was a bit hard to follow (jumping from different point of views or times), but it was interesting to see how her background in psychology influenced the novel and writing. Unsuspecting Prey will also soon be released in hardcover, so be sure to stay connected with Myers to get the latest details!

(I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Margie and Bonnie!)

Beloved | Robin Lee Hatcher

Stories of forgiveness and redemption always get me.There’s something so beautiful about the power of redemption and how forgiveness can change a person. Those make some of the greatest stories and movies. I dare you not to cry in any of those scenes! I’m helpless against them.

It’s in this same theme that Robin Lee Hatcher sets the third installment of the Where the Heart Lives series. Beloved follows Diana, the youngest of the siblings in the series.

Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word of him for seven years, Diana’s infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.

But when her husband returns, supposedly a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom. He agrees with one condition—-she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.


I really enjoyed the first, Belonging, and I feel the same way about this one. It was a sweet story, that, as I mentioned, displays how wonderful forgiveness can be. Diana is sweet and compassionate and Tyson is honest and real. Hatcher also does a fine job showing that while a person can change, it doesn’t mean the consequences disappear. But some things are worth going to battle for. Plus there’s secondary characters you’ll really like too (and can I count animals as secondary characters?? :) )

If you’ve enjoyed this series so far, you’ll definitely like this one. Beloved can work as a stand alone as well, so if you haven’t read the first two, there’s still plenty to enjoy with this one!

Be sure to check out the lovely opportunities below to win some radness!

Robin Lee Hatcher is celebrating the release of her latest novel, Beloved, with an iPad Mini giveaway!


One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

Don’t miss out! The giveaway ends on November 15th. Winner will be announced November 16th at Robin’s blog. Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin’s blog on the 16th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)!

(Thank you Litfuse and Zondervan for the Advanced Reader Copy! I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest opinion).


The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”


“Le Cirque des Reves…The Circus of Dreams”

I have to say, the way I feel about Moulin Rouge is exactly how I feel about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. You know in the first 30 minutes of the movie, you think “I think this is going to be great, but what is going on right now?” and then suddenly you can’t stop watching/reading. The sights, the descriptions, the story…..all so fascinating that before you know it, you’re completely drawn into the beautiful world of the circus and the love story. What’s The Night Circus all about? Well, here you go:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

The book moves along slowly, but in a good way, with each page drawing you deeper into the story. The plot thickens, gets more intense and then when you finally turn that last page, you want to go back and reread it.

Morgenstern’s descriptions of the various tents and the circus are fascinating and lovely. There’s characters you despise and characters you love. Darkness battling goodness, beauty and a love story you root for from the beginning all make up this fantastic debut novel!

Now if the circus were really like this, I’d be there every night.

For those of you who read it, what did you think of the very last section? And what did you think of the ending??

Also, can someone create the dresses from the novel and give them to me? Thanks! I’d appreciate it.

“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”


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