Great Books For Girls Review

Great Books for Girls Book l LadyD Books Review


The first reference of its kind, Great Books for Girls is an invaluable
list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries,
biographies, folktales, sportsbooks, and more--that will encourage,
challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture
so often suppresses.

Kathleen Odean, a librarian and former member of the 
prestigious Caldecott and Newbery Award committees have gathered and 
annotated a list of books starring bold, confident heroines for children 
from toddlers to age fourteen.


  • Picture story Books
  • Folktales (Single Tales and Collections)
  • Books for Beginning Readers (Easy Readers, Short Novels, Biographies)
  • Books for Middle Readers (Fiction, Biographies, Poetry & Magazines)
  • Books for Older Readers (Fiction & Biographies)
  • Resources for Parents 


I find the list of over 600 books to bring inspiration and hope to all young girls. Middle graders will read about brave young women who rescue, face challenges, go on quests and resolve conflicts. I will benefit greatly from this well-organized resource tool for my granddaughter's love of books. I especially love the ideas and tips mentioned in the section, Empowering Your Daughter. What a wonderful book! 

5 stars! 

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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The Cake Mix Doctor Review

The Cake Mix Doctor: LadyD Books

From The Back Cover

Who could believe these cakes came out of a box? Moist, tender, rich, deep, and complexly flavored, without a hint of artificiality, each cake stands up and delivers. But without any of the fuss of baking from scratch. Anne Byrn, an award-winning food writer, and self-described purist create recipes that employ a cake mix's strengths---convenience, ease-of-use, dependability, and almost imperviousness to overbeating, under beating, overbaking, and underbaking. The Cake Mix Doctor


I received this lovely book as a gift from my Aunt Margaret. She sure knows her cookbooks! Wow, what a description, "From Cake Mix to Cake Magnificent." The cake photos by Anthony Loew are so inviting. The best cakes and frosting recipes compiled by Anne Byrn are a hit with my grandkids, including the Spice Doughnuts near the back of the book.

We are fans of Marsha's Lively Lemon Bundt Cake, Cherry Dump Cake, Pumpkin Spice Cake, and Zucchini Spice Cake. The toppings are sensational, like Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese, Penuche frosting, and Fresh Berry Compote. Midway in the book are  Educational Baking Tips for Kids that my grandkids love!

  • Fractions
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Geometry
  • Reading
  • Telling Time
  • Science
I'm so glad this book is in our home library! 5/5 Stars! Easy prep/assembly time and quick go-to cake book for the home baker!

The Cake Mix Doctor

Happy Baking!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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How Zinnia Got Her Name: Book Review

How Zinnia Got Her Name: Flower Fairies Friends

How Zinnia Got Her Name

"One little fairy longs to find a flower of her very own so that she can become a Flower Fairy. With kindly Chestnut as her guide, this little lost fairy soon discovers what being a Flower Fairy is all about. "


Can you imagine living is a place where every flower has a fairie and every fairie has a flower? In this gorgeously illustrated book, we learn of the crisis right away. You see, one fairy doesn't have a name because she doesn't have a flower yet. Further, along with the storyline, the remedy is revealed. One must learn 3 lessons and then Wild Rose will present the fairy with a flower! You will want to read this lovely little picture book!

5/5 stars! Beautiful illustrations!

A very popular book for ages 3 and up. It's a small hardcover book, so popular with little girls.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Greek Cauliflower Salad

Greek Cauliflower Salad: LadyD Books

Earlier in the week, I was shopping at our local Costco and came upon a bag of chopped cauliflower in the freezer section. I had microwaved it and it tasted pretty good. I thought about spicing it up a bit with the ingredients I had on hand... My family said this salad was a huge success!

Greek Salad for the Fall: LadyD Books

Here's the recipe:

Greek Cauliflower Salad

  • Cauliflower, one head chopped on a food processor or frozen bag cooked
  • Yellow Mini Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • Red Onion, maybe less than 1/2, finely chopped
  • Red Cherry Tomatoes, about a cup, sliced in half
  • Greek Kalamata Olives, pitted and chopped
  • Parsley, 1 Tbl. You can add fresh mint and Greek basil if you want
  • Salt and pepper to your liking

Mix all together and add your favorite Balsamic dressing. Serves 6.

Fresh Vegetables: LadyD Books

Enjoy this Greek Cauliflower Salad on a warm Fall day! Also, you may be interested in a few books:

The Ultimate Healthy Greek Cookbook and A Taste of Greece.

Kalí óreksi!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Book Review: NirV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids

NirV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids: LadyD Books

Being a "YaYa" (Grandmother) of 5 is a wonderful journey for me. I am passionate about all of them knowing Jesus, having hope in Christ, and discovering the power in God's word. When our new Bible book arrived, we opened to Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.
Then we had a small group discussion on the believer's freedom. You know, looking out for others.
 1 Corinthians 10:23

You say, "I have the right to do anything." but not everything is helpful. Again you say, "I have the right to do anything." but not everything builds us up. No one should look out for their own interests. Instead, they should look for the interests of others.
To the grownups... You know, as Christians we are part of the awesome creation of God: the church! We have a calling from God that glorifies him but also gives our lives meaning and purpose. I believe ministry by definition is unselfish but it blesses you. Acts 2:42-47

So, here's what we discovered about our new Bible for the grandkids...

NIrV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids

Product Description

NIrV, The Illustrated Bible for Kids is a new kind of Bible that allows kids ages 4 to 8 years to read the full Bible without chapter and verse numbers and footnotes-study aids that are helpful for adults but can be distracting for kids. This Bible presents the story of God's people in a single column format with a readable font. With nearly every turn of the page, children will encounter full-color illustrations and kid-friendly maps that illuminate the Bible story. For children who want to read on their own or with an adult nearby, this is the perfect first full-text Bible for kids who appreciate the power of story and of God's Word.
Features include:
  • Bonus full-color double-sided poster
  • Over 500 full-color illustrations throughout
  • Full-color, child-friendly maps
  • Index to illustrations
  • Index of popular Bible stories
  • And more!

Book Review

Illustration from Kid's Bible: LadyD Books

Wow, what a beautiful hardcover Bible for children ages 4-8. Third graders will have an easy time reading the single-column text as they discover powerful Bible stories within. There are tons of good illustrations, with underlying captions, that are sprinkled in different positions on the pages. Plus, there's a special ribbon marker to hold your place. If you're a visual learner, you will be pleasantly surprised to find full-color friendly maps tucked inside the back cover of the book. I recommend this lovely children's Bible for home and church library. My grandchildren love this one!

5/5 stars!
I received a copy of this book for free as a member of BG2 in exchange for my honest review.

Thank you, BibleGateway Partner!

If interested, you can purchase the book, here.


Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Book Review: Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff: LadyD Books Review

I was thrilled to receive a copy of the book, Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, from my Aunt and Uncle in 1997. I have read it and re-read it many times over. What can I say... it affects me! When I heard the news of the author unexpectantly passing of cardiac arrest awhile back, I was shocked. I later learned how Richard Carlson's wife picked up the pieces and coped through many changes on her blog,

But before I forget, I wanted to share a bit of information I just learned about...

Sitting in the waiting room biding my time until it would be my turn to see my doctor, I browsed through a plethora of magazines. When I got home from my appointment, I noticed an email from Amazon letting me know of some great $5.00 deals on magazine subscriptions. I think I'll get some for my piano studio waiting room but you need to hurry, offer expires August 20th!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Better Homes and Gardens

Eating Well

Reader's Digest

Quote from Kristine Carlson

Okay, back to my review of this dynamite little book of 100 chapters!

About The Book

This groundbreaking inspirational guide--a classic in the self-help genre--shows you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals. Among the insights it reveals are how to:
  • Think of your problems as potential "teachers"
  • Do one thing at a time
  • Share glory with others
  • Learn to trust your intuitions

Book Review

I highly recommend the book! It truly is a game-changer. One's mental perspective and outlook on life mean everything in having inner peace. The author shares insights to help you work on yourself in changing some deep-rooted habit patterns. Great tools inside for eliminating a majority of stress and much anxiety in one's life. Attitude is the key and learning to celebrate life is everything!

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Writing Prompts: Spin-a-Story

WriteShop: Spin-a-Story

Can the mouse find its way home from a strange planet? Will the princess discover the secret passageway through an enchanted forest? Why did the tailor end up at sea, overhearing a mysterious plot? And what twists and turns appear in the character’s path? A predator? A storm? A locked room?

NEW! Spin-a-Story printable spinners help jumpstart a creative writing project by providing children with the basic elements of a story—character, setting, and plot. A spin of the pointer determines the story elements and sets a foundation for a  fun and creative writing experience.

Spin-a-Story gives children opportunities to
  • Use their imaginations to create fictional stories
  • Express themselves both verbally and in writing
  • Practice writing stories that have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Incorporate character qualities and emotions into their stories
  • Describe a story’s setting
  • Exciting Adventures! Spinner
  • Animal Adventures Spinner
  • Fantasy & Fairy Tales Spinner
  • Historical Adventures Spinner
Here’s an example from the “Animal Adventures” spinner:
1st spin for CHARACTER: a jungle animal
2nd spin for SETTING: in an abandoned building
3rd spin for PLOT: hears a cry for help
Spinners may be used by students of various ages. Though they are designed for grades 3-8, younger children and even teens can enjoy them too. (Instructions include ideas for using this activity with pre-writers.)

Interested in a freebie? Keeping A Gratitude Journal is available at WriteShop!

Here's a list of recommended reading for 5th and 6th graders:

  • Misadventures of Maude March
  • The Castle Corona
  • Elijah of Buxton
  • The Land of the Silver Apples
  • Ghosthunters (series)
  • Coraline
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza
  • Among the Free
  • Princess Academy
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • Everything on a Waffle
  • The Seekers (series)
  • Savvy
  • Keeping Score
  • Higher Power of Lucky
  • Hat Full of Sky
  • Esperanza Rising
  • Holes
  • Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Baseball in April and Other Stories
  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Dragonwings
Looking for more?

  • The Loud Silence of Francine Green
  • Rangers Apprentice, The Ruins of Gorlan
  • Flush
  • Alex Rider Adventure (series)
  • Sisters of the Sword (series)
  • Maximum Ride (series)
  • Hush
Suggested Reading for 7th and 8th Grade Books:

  • King's Shadow
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Blackwater
  • Face on the Milk Carton
  • Voice on the Radio
  • Midwife's Apprentice
  • Don't Look Behind You
  • Johnny Tremain
  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
  • Gentlehands
  • Kiss the Dust
  • Beauty
  • Can of Worms
  • Mary Bloody Mary
  • Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
  • Stones in Water
  • Stalker
  • The Car
  • Library Card
  • Shabanu
  • Homecoming
  • Machine Gunners
  • Dealing with Dragons
  • Stephen Fair
  • Dragon of the Lost Sea
  • Devil's Arithmetic
  • Armageddon Summer

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Book Review: The Breakfast Book

The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham

A charming, one-of-a-kind cookbook devoted exclusively to breakfast—that most American of meals which are enjoying a comeback all over the country. Here Marion Cunningham celebrates the simple pleasures of a good breakfast with 288 irresistible recipes for traditional favorites—from scones and sticky buns and popovers and hash browns to all kinds of eggs and pancakes and muffins—as well new treats. Her Great Coffee Cake lends itself to a variety of spicy, crunchy combinations; her Raw Fresh Fruit Jams can be made in just thirty minutes (with no cooking!); and her Oatmeal Bran and Mother’s Cookies are perfect for when breakfast is on the run. And for more leisurely moments and special occasions, Cunningham includes forty breakfast menus guaranteed to make the first meal of the day the best.

The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham

The Breakfast Book

I'm a fan of eating well in the morning. The fruit fresh from the orchard is appealing as well as a warm cake or bread, for sure. The author covers bread, muffins, eggs, cereals, all things toast, quick bread, fruit, potatoes, sweets, hearty meat and fish dishes, and breakfast beverages. Here are a few recipes from this must-have cookbook. It is well organized and the baking choices are quite delightful. I like this book and I'm so glad I found it at our local bookstore. I'm a huge fan of ginger, so here are some warm treats to try. You'll definitely want to further explore the lemon section of the book.

5/5 stars!


Makes about 40 cookies. Try crumbling them over oatmeal.

1/4 c. canola oil
1 cup sugar, plus extra to roll the cookies in
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 and grease some cookie sheets.

Beat together the oil and sugar. Add eggs, beat until light and fluffy, and then add the molasses. In a separate bowl, stir and toss together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to the first mixture, and beat until smooth and blended.

Gather up bits of the dough and roll them between the palms of your hands into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in sugar. Place about 2 inched apart on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies have spread and the tops have cracked. Remove from the oven, take the gingersnaps off the baking sheet, and let cool on the rack.

Soft Gingerbread

One 8-inch square gingerbread.

This fine-crumbled and finely spiced gingerbread is exceptionally good.

1 cup of sugar
1 cup dark molasses
1 cup of vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour the baking pan.

Put the sugar, molasses, oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. In another bowl, combine the salt, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, flour, and baking soda and stir with a fork until well mixed. Stir into the first mixture. Add the boiling water and beat briskly until smooth. This is a thin batter. Pour into the pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

You may want to get, The Breakfast Book. I do recommend it.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Book Review: Devotions from the Beach

100 Devotions from the Beach

Book Information

Life is better at the beach—but you already knew that. Dig your feet in the sand, and let the water cool your toes as you escape in the beauty of God's seaside wonders. The gorgeous photography and 100 devotions in Devotions from the Beach will take you right to the water's edge, where God's voice is often clearer than ever.

Book Review

There are 100 devotionals inside, so start reading wherever you want to. If you enjoy pleasant walks along the shoreline, you will enjoy reading "Follow Those footprints." Within the pages are a scripture verse, writings around a beach theme that relates to the Bible, and a closing prayer. I especially like the "Driftwood" devotional because of its refreshing and courageous encouragement for a closer walk with the Lord. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and meditating on God's word is a true treasure to know Him and have His peace. I love the devotional and it definitely makes an excellent gift, too.

5/5 stars. Highly recommend.

I received the book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

Lady D 

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Delivered: Book Review

Beth Moore: Delivered

I received the hardcover book, Delivered, from BookLook Bloggers. I am grateful to have received another great book by the New York Times Bestselling Author, Beth Moore. Here's a brief

Book Description
Based on her bestselling book, Get Out of That Pit, Beth Moore delivers a stirring message of sheer hope, utter deliverance, and glorious freedom of God.
God is in the deliverance business. He longs for you to be free, to know the love and presence that are better than life—and the power of His Word that defies all darkness. In Delivered, Beth Moore shares her own journey out of the pit and the way the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 rewarded her with a new song for her soul—given by her Savior and offered to you here in this soul-stirring book. You also can be free from the worst life has to offer and learn to take Christ’s mighty arm when he reaches into the depths and says in a way you can finally hear, Need a hand?
Beth Moore: Delivered

Book Review

The author shares a few moments of her story with honesty and transparency. In that way, I believe she is able to lead people through the journey of life in the pit and then offer helpful insights to live a new life of freedom by trusting in God. Beth's approach to painful situations and finding hopeful resolutions is always based on the truth of God's word. So, unlike most self-help books, the author shares how crying out for help, confessing our wrong-doings, and surrendering to the Lord daily offers a pit-less future. This small hardcover book is filled with many scripture references encouraging the reader to know Christ and His redeeming power of grace, especially Psalm 40:1-2.

4/5 stars. I recommend it. 

The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is because the font size is too small. 

Delivered: Experiencing God's Power In Your Pain

Thank you BookLook Bloggers for this great read in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Book Review: What Are You Doing Benny?

What Are You Doing, Benny? by Cary Fagan

I am thankful for receiving this delightful children's book from LibraryThing!

About the Book

From New York, Times-bestselling illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton and award-winning author Cary Fagan come to a charming sibling story that has the makings of a contemporary classic.

Benny's little brother is really good at a lot of things -- making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbor's cat (he has a special way of scratching her just behind the ears). But whenever he tries to join in Benny's activities, all Benny ever says is "No." Maybe his little brother can watch him do cool stuff if he's lucky. What is a little fox to do, except give Benny a taste of his own medicine? Totally familiar yet fresh and original, tenderly told and consistently funny, this story perfectly captures the joys (and annoyances!) of sibling relationships.

My Thoughts

At times getting along with your younger brother can seem so annoying. Often a younger brother has difficulty connecting with his older brother and waiting for him to play with you can be so difficult. This funny story cleverly was written to show families how to resolve conflicts with siblings.  The warm illustrations of the younger and older fox richly enhance the storyline. After many unsuccessful attempts to connect with his older brother Benny, the little fox finds a way to reach and involve his brother in a fun activity. This is a beautiful book for home and school library.

4/5 stars. 

You may be interested in reading another book about a little girl finding her north star, 
Happy reading!
Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Do It Scared: Book Review

Ruth Soukup: Do It Scared

So, let me share with you why I like this book so much! I believe it's a process in dealing with our anxiety and fears. We live in an anxious world that's going so fast. I'm finding that everyone gets scared at times and everyone is afraid of something. I felt like Ruth wrote just to me because her book spoke straight to my heart!

Book Author Ruth Soukup

Book Review

First, if you're looking for some answers in coping with fear and anxiety issues, you'll find amazing tools that will help greatly in Ruth's new book. With research gathered from over 4,000 people, I found many insightful ways to shrink problems down to a manageable size. Without a doubt, I moved forward to reaching some of my goals with the gifts and talents that I have. It's definitely a process in understanding our fears that go with some pretty deep issues. The writings in the book have stretched my faith. What helps is to learn the archetypes of fear and know what truth is to help move you forward through the hard times. At first, you feel quite vulnerable but it's liberating to have the freedom (to give yourself permission) to try something new! You just do it! So, discover your purpose, your dreams, and goals by doing it scared!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!

Want to Know if This Book is for You?

  • Do you ever feel like life is passing you by?
  • Have you ever let fear hold you back from pursuing a goal or dream?
  • Do you ever worry about making a mistake or getting it wrong?
  • Have you ever felt like you're not even sure what you really want out of life, but you know it's something?
  • Do you ever envy people who dare to do the things you don't dare to do?
  • Have you ever said no when you wished you dared say yes?
  • Have you ever felt regret for a chance or an opportunity you didn't take?
  • Do you ever worry about what other people might say if you tried something new?
  • Have you ever felt like there must be something more out there for you?

What You'll Learn

  • Identify your own unique Fear Archetype™ - the specific type of fear that keeps you stuck - and learn how to conquer it.
  • Dare to start thinking bigger about your life and your goals while you also create a concrete plan of action for how to get there.
  • Learn how to foster accountability in order to stay motivated and accomplish big things.
  • Embrace a new set of core beliefs--the Principles of Courage--that will allow you to push past fear in your own life.
  • Learn why the most powerful secret to success is already in your grasp--you just have to know how to use it.


New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and entrepreneur Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people break through fear and overcome the obstacles that stand in their way so that they can create a life they love.

Through her top-ranked Do It Scared® podcast and her wildly popular Ruth Soukup Weekly newsletter, which reaches more than a million weekly subscribers, she provides easy-to-follow guidance for following your dreams and reaching your goals.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Review: FlexClip Video Maker

FlexClip is a simple but powerful video maker that helps you create videos for any use in minutes. Some of its key features:

* Completely free.
* Easy to use and clean storyboard.
* Support many photo and video formats.
* Flexible editing features like trim, split, add text(animations), music, watermark, etc.
* Export videos with high resolutions.

I am new at creating my own personal videos. I have lots of photos of flowers, gardens and especially snapshots of a beautiful sunrise. So I thought I would experiment with a free video maker called FlexClip. I am learning a lot. So far, it's easy to use with many editing features available to make your final video a success. With my upcoming piano recital, I look forward to creating many more videos to highlight many piano students in my studio. Give it a try. With your creative talents, a video maker is perfect in reaching your goals towards showing the world your story through a powerful video maker!

5/5 stars! Recommend!

Try it out:

I am grateful for the opportunity through PearlMountain Limited to experience video making!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace In His Presence

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace In His Presence

Book Description

Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus as you savor the presence of the One who understands you perfectly and loves you forever.
With scripture and personal reflections, bestselling author Sarah Young brings Jesus' message of peace—for today and every day.
In this #1 New York Times bestselling devotional, readers will receive words of hope, encouragement, comfort, and reassurance of Jesus' unending love. The devotions are written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to each reader and are based on Jesus' own words of hope, guidance, and peace within Scripture—penned by one who loves him and reveres His Word. Each entry is accompanied by Scripture for further reflection and meditation.
These much-loved devotions will help you look forward to your time with the Lord. Experience peace in the presence of the Savior who is always with you.
This edition is sure to be a favorite in the popular Jesus Calling® line. The on-trend fabric cover with foil has feminine floral touches, giving a gorgeous, elegant feel, along with large text and written-out scripture verses.

Book Review

A lovely floral designed fabric covered devotional with a blue ribbon marker makes a perfect gift for all the ladies. The same beautiful blue leaf pattern is placed on every page header as well. Approximately half the page is filled with insightful words and thoughts from the author, followed by Scripture. Daily readings will open up more opportunities to know the Lord more intimately. Themes of thankfulness and trust will speak to your heart. Enjoy the large print, too. It's very soft on the eyes. 

5/5 stars. 

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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A Piglet Named Mercy: Book Review

Book Review: A Piglet Named Mercy

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

Inside Flap:

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.
About the Author
Book Review

What a delightful, fun read for my grandchildren!! An adorable piglet, Mercy finds herself living with human parents named Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. It's a perfect match in so many ways. You'll discover friendships from many family and friends. Children are delighted to see Miss Mercy dressed as a baby. Oh, and you'll meet the Lincoln sisters, too. The word crafting is very warm and inviting. The illustrations are over-the-top and enhance the storyline immensely. No wonder Mercy Watson is the star of the New York Times best-selling series! Get the book!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!! Love it!

A Piglet Named Mercy

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Jesus Calling For Teens: 50 Devotions For A Thankful Heart

Jesus Calling for Teens

I am grateful for the opportunity to have read such a lovely book!

Book Description
A thankful heart opens the door to a vibrant relationship with Jesus. Jesus Calling®: 50 Devotions for a Thankful Heart brings the warmth and insight that more than 25 million people have enjoyed through Jesus Calling® in devotions curated specifically to help you see the blessings God has poured out on your life and help you develop a heart of gratitude.
Jesus Calling®: 50 Devotions for a Thankful Heart features 50 readings from Jesus Calling® gathered together in a new way and combined with relevant Scripture verses on the topic of thankfulness.
This book is part of a three-book series for teens, each focusing on a felt need. The other two books in the series focus on themes of growing your faith and dealing with busy days. These books are great for an individual study and make a great set for gift giving.
Readers around the world already love how Sarah's words connect with Jesus. Now the new Jesus Calling® topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and friends.
With a beautiful, classic cover and affordable price point, these topical devotionals are a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand—and the perfect way to pour into those you love.

Jesus Calling For Teens

Psalm 118:24

Book Review

Packed within this lovely hardcover book, you'll find 50 devotions for a thankful heart. God's word will bring peace to young ones who are overwhelmed by life's changes and uncertainties. The collection of scriptures goes hand in hand with gorgeous illustrations that will soothe and comfort hearts by growing their faith as they meditate on God's love for them. The size of the book is perfect for handling and traveling inside purses and backpacks to take to a youth group meeting or other activities. This addition makes for a perfect gift for that special teen, as well as home and church library. What a beautifully designed devotional for young people! I just love it!

5/5 stars! Thrilled with the book. Highly recommend!

Jesus Calling For Teens

Philippians 4: 6-7
Philippians 4: 6-7

About The Author

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 17 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence—each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Jesus Always™, her first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling, released in October 2016. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

I think I will give one of my students this book as a gift!

Thank you BookLook Bloggers for the opportunity to read Jesus Calling For Teens in exchange for an honest review. Loved it!

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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Review: Artisan Collection Bible

The Artisan Collection Bible

Book Description

The only NIV Bible with a printed hand-painted cover design and beautiful art hidden in the page edges.
Exquisite from the inside out, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible stuns with its printed cover design showcasing hand-painted flair. When the Bible is opened, beautiful art appears on the page edges as you read through Scripture. When you close the Bible, the image vanishes into shimmery foil gilding. As you start reading, let your eyes relax as you take in more of God’s Word with the exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface, carefully designed with custom fonts to be easy and enjoyable to read. In addition to the attractive typesetting, each page of this Bible has lightly ruled, wide margins, inviting you to journal, reflect, take notes, and create art. Artisan Collection Bible

book pages have large margins for journaling

  • Stunning, hand-painted cover design printed on soft, durable cloth
  • Hidden page edge design is fully revealed when pages are fanned open
  • Sparkling foil edge gilding when closed
  • Lined, wide margins for journals, notes, and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
  • 9.9-point print size Artisan Collection Bible
Artisan Cloth Painted Bible cover

Artisan Collection Bible Review
Zondervan recently released the NIV Artisan Collection Bible. I chose the teal background
with floral design and music notes on the staff. This lovely hardcover Bible is a beautiful addition to my piano studio. The inside cover displays a cluster combination of various music notes, along with the Treble Clef and Bass Clef. The real treasure is God's word, of course. Your eyes can easily read the contents written upon off white pages with large margins on the left and right side just perfect for note-taking and journaling. With one glance all around the outside cloth-covered Bible, you'll find foil-edged gilding and two very useful ribbon markers for studying purposes. I feel as if the back cover is specially designed just for me (and for you) with Psalm 104:33, "I will sing to the Lord." Highly recommend.
5/5 stars! 
I will sing to the Lord

About Edna Marie Esparra
Founder, Everlasting Words Designs 
Edna founded Everlasting Words Designs, a Bible painting ministry, in 2017. A former industrial engineer, she quickly changed paths and discovered her true passion when a friend asked her to custom paint a Bible cover. Creating personal and inspirational artwork that glorified God turned into a new journey for her life and career. An avid lover of flowers, landscape views, writing, and music, you can find Edna sitting in her home studio painting fields of wildflowers and hand lettering while she listens to her newest playlist. She resides in Puerto Rico with her husband and two adorable dogs.

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Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

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LadyD Books