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Angels Unaware Blog Tour and Giveaway

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My Review:

Angels Unaware is the first book in Hope Chapel Series written by Rachel J. Good. Ms. Good is known for her Amish books which I love. Angels Unaware is a Inspirational Romance novella. This is a good book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Mark Daniels believes chocolate chip cookies are the perfect way to make friends. He is starting over in a new neighborhood where everyone is warm and welcoming but the lady next door. Mark invites her to church and tries to offer friendship but she refuses it every time. Jasmine Avery doesn’t trust men, she’s been hurt and love is something she doesn’t want. She finally decides to go to church with Mark on Easter, not realizing that her life will change. Even after she discovers the secret to a happy life, her world is turned upside down.

If your looking for a sweet romance novella then Angels Unaware is for you.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

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Book: Angels Unaware

Author: Rachel J. Good

Genre: Inspirational Romance; novella

Release Date: November 22

Sometimes God sends angels into our lives…

Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect way to make friends. At least, Mark Daniels thinks they are. He hopes to forget his painful past and start over in new neighborhood. Everyone is warm and welcoming—everyone that is, but the dragon lady next door. She rebuffs all overtures of friendship and declines Mark’s invitations to church.

Jasmine Avery doesn’t trust men, especially not handsome ones who come bearing gifts. She’s been badly hurt and has walled herself off from love. Reluctantly, she agrees to attend church with Mark on Easter Sunday, not realizing how it will change her life and her future. But soon after she discovers the secret to a happy life, her whole world turns upside-down. Will these unexpected changes prove Mark can’t be trusted either? Or can she and Mark overcome their past heartbreaks to forge a new life together?

About the Author

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Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness.She is also the author of the Sisters & Friends Amish series and the Amish Quilts Coloring Book. A former teacher and librarian, she has more than 2300 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming under several pen names. Rachel also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. She loves reading (of course!), traveling, and spending time with her five children and three grandchildren.

Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

One of the important lessons in ANGELS UNAWARE is looking beyond the surface, seeing with new eyes. In the story, Mark has many opportunities to do this. When he first approaches Jasmine with a plate of chocolate chip cookies, she’s unwelcoming and prickly:

The door opened a crack. “What do you think you’re doing?”

Mark turned. The woman’s narrowed eyes and belligerent stance made him quake. He took a step back. “I…um…here…” He held out the plate of cookies.

“What’s that?”

Mark took a deep breath and regained his composure. He smiled and started his usual spiel. “Hi, I’m Mark Daniels, and I just moved into the neighborhood—”

“I know.” She didn’t sound too pleased. “That’s not what I asked. What’s that in your hands?”

“Oh, these? I baked chocolate chip cookies and thought I’d share some with you.”

“Do you know what sugar does to your system?” she demanded. “I never touch sugar.”

That explained why she was so thin. So much for cookies then. Mark wracked his brain for another offering. “A meal perhaps? I make great spaghetti and meatballs.”

She drew back. “A meat eater? It figures.”

Oh, terrific. Mark cringed at the acid in her tone. He’d just offered a meat dish to a vegetarian. So much for his diplomacy mission.

After a start like that, many people would have given up. But Mark feels led to share God’s love with this neighbor, and he tries again and again. Eventually he discovers she’s hiding some deep personal pain. His persistence brings unexpected rewards to both of them.

I wanted to write this story because we usually avoid people who criticize us or hurt our feelings. Yet, often those who are unkind are actually aching inside. And they need God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, because only God can heal their pain and suffering.

After God touches Jasmine’s heart, Mark can see her softer, kinder side. And she’s proof of that saying, “An angel resides in every heart.”

Could your grouchy neighbor or critical boss be an angel in disguise? Maybe these annoying people have been sent into our lives to help build our character or to teach us a lesson. The Bible warns us to be hospitable to everyone, because we never know when we’ll come upon an angel “unawares.”

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Heb. 13:2 KJV

Each person you meet has been sent into your life for a reason. Sometimes these angels come into our lives in unlikely disguises. We don’t always realize their purpose until much later. Looking back, though, we can see God’s hand in the encounters.

Other times, we discover – like Mark did – that we’re supposed to be angels to those who are unkind to us. We may be the only ones who have ever touched their lives with God’s light.

Who in your life needs God’s love? Can you be an angel to that person?

Blog Stops

January 24: Blossoms and Blessings

January 25: autism mom

January 26: Books. Books. And More Books.

January 27: Moments Dipped in Ink

January 28: A Greater Yes

January 29: Carpe Diem

January 30: Petra’s Hope

January 31: A Baker’s Perspective

February 1: Christian Bookaholic

February 2: Karen Sue Hadley

February 3: Quiet Quilter

February 4: Daysong Reflections

February 5: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

February 6: His Grace is Sufficient

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away:

Grand Prize:

  • Angel bookmark
  • Battenberg lace angel pin
  • Trio of jade angels
  • Prayer angel with a “Worry” poem to remind you to pray about your problems
  • ANGELS UNAWARE ebook
  • Newest AMISH QUILTS COLORING BOOK (large print edition)

2nd – 4th Prize:

One copy of the ANGELS UNAWARE ebook

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway!

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Wrapped In God’s Grace Blog Tour and Giveaway

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My Review:

Wrapped in God’s Grace is a memoir written by Barbara Bras. This is a three part memoir that begins with Bras sharing God’s answer to her prayers and the difficult times that followed her, she then recounts the story of her grandfather Arshag and Grandmother Gulle, and ends with her story of how she married, moved to Hawaii and then returned to the states.

This memoirs focus is on God and how he provided for her and her grandparents. As long as we place our full trust in God, He will always provide and will see that we are always wrapped in His grace. Through trials and hardships, God will never leave us. This is a wonderful memoir, one that you will truly enjoy.

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

About the Book

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The crushing pain of seven years of unanswered prayer for a child. A miraculous adoption story, followed by unforeseen challenges and heartbreak.

Barbara Bras begins her memoir by sharing God’s answer to her prayers and the difficult times that followed. Although God does not provide an easy fix, the intricacies of God’s plans reveal themselves to her, and she relives her life in a new light.

Bras then recounts the stories of her grandfather Arshag and her grandmother Gulle, survivors of the atrocities of Armenia in 1915. Arshag, sent to South America for his protection, returns as a soldier of the Armenian Legion to fight for his country. Gulle is the only member of her family to survive the death march into the desert. Through God’s grace they find each other, marry and move to America in 1921. Bras is their first grandchild.

The final section of the memoir follows Bras as she marries and moves to Hawaii, only to return as a single mother to teach school in a small town. It is there she finally realizes that God has provided her with protection and direction. Bras discovers that once we truly surrender our will to God, His plan always produces blessings beyond our wildest dreams!

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In 2015, Barbara Bras left her career to pursue her dream of serving God. She believed that her first step would be to share the amazing ways God had blessed her. As she wrote of her son’s miraculous adoption and the challenging years that followed, it led to the rediscovery of her entire life, including the history of her grandparents’ remarkable survival in Armenia and her search for purpose and love. Her memoir led to her first novel, which she hopes readers will find engaging and memorable.

Guest Post from Barbara Bras

An Unanswered Prayer

I struggled for many years with one unanswered prayer. It was my “go to” request every time I came before the Lord.

Convinced that with God nothing is impossible, I also knew that the Lord may say “Not now” many times, even before he says no. I acknowledged that the Lord probably had a much bigger and better plan in mind for me, but none of that offered any comfort. As I struggled year after year with my unanswered prayer I found more questions than answers.

Was I fooling myself and ignoring God’s “No”? Could my lack of faith be the reason I couldn’t hear the Lord? And if not now, then when dear Lord?

Then I discovered that the Lord said “Not now.” because he had a miracle waiting for me, more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Like Hannah, God finally answered my prayer for a child. And through that miracle I learned that surrendering my will to God allows Him to bless me beyond my human understanding.

To my further surprise, I discovered that the miracle didn’t mean the end of the story. Experiencing a miraculous adoption didn’t come with a guarantee or a promise that the rest of my life would be free of heartache.

After all of those years of unanswered prayer, I found myself back on my knees with a new daily prayer request. The Lord had something else to teach me through this new struggle, a lesson that took me another fifteen years to learn.

Not only did those fifteen years lead me right back to where I started, surrendering my human will to His and trusting in His greater plan, but it convinced me that the Lord wanted me to share my story.

Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered begins with my unanswered prayer for a child, but as I wrote it, God’s plan for me became clear. The second section of the book recreates the events surrounding the survival of my grandparents through the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Their immigration to America in 1921 led to my existence. The book closes with the Lord blessing me with a loving husband in spite of the many missteps I made directing my own life. A reviewer found this nonlinear sequence of events unusual, and I am fine with that, since that’s how the book unfolded before me.

Captured by St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, I now view my writing as a tribute first to the God who comforts and strengthens all of us in hardships and trials, and second as my mission to encourage others.

A photo gallery for Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered can be found on my website AuthorB.Bras.com. Click here to view the Photo Gallery

Blog Stops

October 11: Bibliophile Reviews

October 12: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

October 13: Eat, Read Teach, Blog

October 14: Book Love

October 15: A Greater Yes

October 15: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

October 16: Carpe Diem

October 17: A Baker’s Perspective

October 18: Pause for Tales

October 19: A Reader’s Brain

October 20: Bigreadersite

October 21: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

October 22: Mary Hake

October 22: Simple Harvest Reads (Spotlight)

October 23: Christian Bookaholic

October 24: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

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To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a561

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Mary, Chosen of God Blog Tour and Giveaway

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To purchase your own copy, click here.

My Review:  

We all know the story of Mary and how God chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Mary was called the chosen one, the one who was highly favored. In Mary, Chosen of God Diana Wallis Taylor gives us Mary’s story. Written from Mary’s point of view, this is definitely a book you will want to read. Even though its Christian Fiction, the story will leave you in awe. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to all.

I received this book for free, however a favorable review was not required by me, all opinions expressed  here are my own.

About the Book

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“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.”

Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates the stars.

But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.

Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of prophecy in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.

About the Author

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Diana Wallis Taylor has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Blog Stops

October 4: Simple Harvest Reads (spotlight)

October 5: Proverbial Reads

October 5: I Hope You Dance

October 6: Book by Book

October 7: History, Mystery & Faith

October 8: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

October 9: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

October 10: A Greater Yes

October 10: Back Porch Reads

October 11: The Power of Words

October 12: Book Babble

October 13: For the Love of Books

October 13: Mary Hake

October 14: Splashes of Joy

October 14: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

October 15: Bigreadersite

October 16: Henry Happens

October 17: His Grace is Sufficient

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To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a gift basket that includes Mary, Ruth, Whitaker House’s study Bible, and The Lord is my Shepherd candle from Abba Anointing Oil! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a5b

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Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Ruth Logan Herne

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The Prodigal Is Coming Home 

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

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Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

My Review:

We all aware of the parable of the Prodigal Son, Ruth Logan Herne turns that parable into a story of a cowboy turned business man who must return home. Back in the Saddle, book one in the Double S Ranch series, is the story of Colt Stafford who left the cowboy life and his home in Gray’s Glen for a promising career on Wall Street. But when he is left broke, Colt has no other choice but to return home and to his father, Sam Stafford and the Double S Ranch.

Upon his return, he is met by the house manager, Angelina Morales. Colt is determined to find out all he can about this lady. Colt’s younger brother, Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man and is not thrilled at having Colt home. It’s going to take all the Stafford men to examine their hearts and learn what it means to be a neighbor to save their relationship with the all the citizens of Gray’s Glen but not only that, Colt is going to have choose between Wall Street or being back in the saddle for good.

I love this book, it brings new light to the story of the Prodigal Son and not only will you examine your own heart but learn the true meaning of loving your neighbor. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

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Dawn Of Liberty Blog Tour & Giveaway

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My Review:

Dawn of Liberty is a collection of three short stories written by Amber Schamel. Amber did her research when she wrote these stories, using actual facts, she brings these stories to life. If you love historical fiction then you will love this book. All three of these stories follow Samuel Adams and the events surrounding that of the Declaration of Independence. Dawn of Liberty, A Shot at Freedom, and Travail of a Nation are the titles of the stories in this collection. Dawn of Liberty is a great read for anyone. I will be using this book for reading material for my daughters!!

Thank you to Celebrate Lit, the Publisher and the Author for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

About the Book

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Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost?

British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams’ shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King’s wrath in the hearts of his countrymen?

Three riveting short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and evokes the Dawn of Liberty.

Dawn of Liberty

Liberty hangs in the balance. With Pennsylvania’s vote divided, the declaration may not pass. Samuel Adams has two hours to convince the delegates to pass the document, or the lives sacrificed for freedom will be worthless.

A Shot at Freedom

“The Regulars are coming!”

Samuel Adams is awakened by Revere’s cry of alarm. A large force of British soldiers are marching on Lexington to seize him and his compatriot John Hancock. Adams and Hancock encourage the militia to make a stand against the Regulars, but should they stay and join the fight, or escape to safety?

Travail of a Nation

Samuel Adams felt the weight of the nation resting on his shoulders as he and his cousin entered the Pennsylvania State House. If the declaration did not pass today, their chances at ever truly gaining independence were all but lost. The British forces bound to arrive in New York any day would crush their revolution if it was not bolstered by a formal declaration. The “Travail Of A Nation” has begun…

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Author of over half a dozen books, Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online at www.AmberSchamel.com/

Guest Post From Amber Schamel

On July 4th, 2016, Americans across the nation will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Besides the basic overview you got in history class, how much do you really know about the document and the men that signed it?

As an American and a history nerd, I was upset when I realized how much I didn’t know the struggle these men went through, who they really were, what they felt, and what they were putting on the line when they signed their name to that document. There are SO many inspiring stories in the signers and founding fathers, so when I began looking at which signer to feature in Dawn of Liberty, it was a tough decision to pick only one. One of the signers was terminally ill and rode unthinkable miles through the rain to be there in time to sway the vote. Most were away from their homes and families for incredible amounts of time. Some sacrificed fame and fortune.

But after looking through all of the names, I ended up with Samuel Adams. Sam is such a passionate and inspiring character, and I really related to him. He voiced his passion for freedom and independence before the idea was popular, spent countless nights writing articles and pamphlets promoting the cause, always held faith and optimism that someday the Colonies would be free from the tyranny of England. His character is so intriguing and inspiring…Yet, Sam is only known as a beer brand.

Talk about infuriating a history nerd!

Sam Adams is a patriot and a hero. The more I learned and read about him, the more I liked him. Americans should know Sam for who he really is, rather than as the icon to sell liquor. That’s why I am so excited for people to meet Sam in DAWN OF LIBERTY. These stories give folks a chance to experience the tension in Philadelphia at the time of the signing, meet some of the signers, and feel the weight of the decision placed in their hands. It is my hope that this collection of short stories will make the signers more than just portraits in a history book. By the time you finish reading it, my prayer is that you feel you know Sam and his compatriots as friends.

Blog Stops

June 21: inklings and notions

June 22: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

June 23: Petra’s Hope

June 24: A Greater Yes

June 24: Simple Harvest Reads

June 25: A Holland Reads

June 26: bigreadersite

June 27: Red Headed Book Lady

June 28: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

June 29: History, Mystery and Faith

June 30: A Northern Belle

July 1: Singing Librarian Books

July 2: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

July 3: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

July 4: Cassandra M’s Place

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To celebrate her tour, Amber is giving away a signed copy of The Healer’s Touch and a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Enter to win here: https://promosimple.com/ps/9ccf

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Buxton Peak Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor?

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Who is Ian Taylor? Ian Taylor is the main character in Buxton Peak Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor? by Julie Spencer. This book releases today June 21, 2016. If you have Facebook and would like to join in on a Facebook Party with Julie for the release of Who Is Ian Taylor? please click the link below:

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To Purchase your copy today click the link below: Free on Kindle Unlimited, $2.99 for Kindle copy and $9.95 for Paperback:

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About the Book:

Ian just wanted to be loved for who he was on the inside…

When he meets Megan, a small town college girl at church in a remote part of Michigan, he figures out pretty quickly that she knows nothing about him. So he makes the decision to hide his fame from her.

His plan backfires when Megan finds out who he really is and decides she doesn’t want to live her life in his spotlight, with all the baggage that comes with it. She just wants to live a quiet life in rural Michigan with a normal husband and family.

Can she forgive Ian for his deception (and embarrassing her on live television)? Is she willing to give up her dreams in order to follow his? Or will Ian throw away everything he’s achieved to stay in her life?

 

About the Author:

Julie L. Spencer lives in the central Michigan area with her husband and teenage children. She has a very full life managing a conservation district office, writing grant proposals & book reviews, and chasing after several teenage athletes. Julie has been writing since she was in junior high, but prior to publishing The Cove, her only published work was her master’s thesis. She loves to read and write New Adult Contemporary Clean fiction and has several more novels and non-fiction projects in the works. Julie loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at juliespencer1998@gmail.com Follow Julie on Twitter @juliespencer98, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JulieLSpencerAuthorPage and her blog at http://opinions-are-just-that.blogspot.com/

 

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Girls Slimline Bible, NLT

Girls Slimline Bible, NLT

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This is the cutest Bible for a girl that I have seen in a while. Vibrant colors from the cover, to the outside of the pages to even the page marker. Soft-fur cover that is bright blue, Love in bright-neon colors and it has a silver glitter lining, the outside of the pages are purple and the page marker is a bright orange. Also has a Bold Faith design on the back cover as well as the hot pink inside cover where you put their information. My daughter loved it when I gave it to her and I was so jealous! This is definitely a little girls Bible, one that I would have loved to have as a kid!!

This Bible has 8 pages of full-color maps, and a 53 page dictionary/concordance to help them locate passages on various topics. I love the New Living Translation (NLT) it is so clear and understandable. My daughter can actually understand what she is reading. It makes my heart melt to see kids who love to read God’s word.

I highly recommend this Bible for young girls ages 9-12 years old or 4-7th grade!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this Bible for my honest review.