{review} Many Sparrows

My last fiction review for the summer is a great one! This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years. Here’s more about it:

 

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

 

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

 

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

 

The author, Lori Benton, succeeded in grabbing my interest and pulling me into Claire’s world – what would I do in such a situation? How would I handle the relationships and tensions that she must face? I don’t know! The heartache and difficulty that Claire and her family experienced was common to so many in that time period. I loved the way this book described how tenuous things were for white settlers in the Ohio-Kentucky frontier at that time. It’s a fascinating and sad part of our history that I want to learn more about.

Obviously, I would highly recommend this book but with a caution. If you enjoy historical fiction and tend to lose yourself in books – save this one for a free weekend. Because you will get lost in it!

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

{review & giveaway} Rasmus and the Vagabond

Who remembers Pippi Longstocking? Emil? Classic children’s books that we are all familiar with never go out of style. I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of those classics, now being reprinted.

Astrid Lindgren is the author behind such great books. Her Amazon page is loaded with great characters and creative stories. Here’s a bit more about her –

unnamedAstrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.

 

Rasmus and the Vagabond is a book that maybe isn’t as well-known as Pippi but all the same charm and beautiful story-telling are present. Reading this book takes you to another time and place, when children were expected to work to support themselves by age 13 and a homeless vagabond was friendly. It’s almost so different I can’t fathom it. But Lindgren does an amazing job of recreating that world with her words, you really can imagine yourself there.

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After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

 

With charming illustrations and such descriptive words, Rasmus and the Vagabond belongs on every shelf. And now you have the chance to win a copy! Here’s how to enter:

– Leave a comment, telling me your favorite book to read aloud to your children. My seven year old has been mesmerized by this book!

– For a bonus entry, go follow One Redeemed Mom on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Then just comment letting me know you are following.

This giveaway will end on February 17 at 8pm. The winner will be notified by email so please be sure to leave a working email address.

 

This giveaway has now ended. Thank you to all who entered! The winner is comment #4 – Carol!

Good luck!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

{review & giveaway} Bunny’s First Spring

I love this book.

There isn’t any other way to start this post. I just totally love this book. Sally Lloyd-Jones, the acclaimed author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, has written a wonderful new story.  Before I get any further into my gushing, here is some more information about Bunny’s First Spring.

BunnysFirstSpring When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope.  But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth. {source}

Why have I fallen in love with this children’s book? It’s just beautiful! The illustrations are charming and pretty, with details that had us stopping on each page so my four year old could point something out to me. The story is beautiful, like poetry. You feel the emotion and change in Bunny’s experiences as the seasons move along. And the end is triumphant, as it should be.

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Maybe you’re thinking that a story about spring should have more to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Well, maybe. But I think young children learn so well from object lessons. The glory of summer, the beautiful fading of autumn, the quiet death of winter, the victorious emergence of  spring. Even in the dead of winter, there is new life beneath the surface.

Sound familiar to anyone? The beauty of the Gospel is that you can find whisperings of it everywhere. Because He is the creator of everything! His signature is all over creation. This seemingly simple children’s story demonstrates that.

This beautiful story pulled all of my daughters in the first night I read it. Okay so my thirteen year old was just wondering what we were doing …  but she stuck around to hear the end of the story. It has moved to the front of the line in our house. We adore this book. And I’m so happy to have a copy to give away to one reader!

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Bunny’s First Spring, comment below telling me your favorite children’s book. The giveaway will end on January 26, 2015 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email so please be sure to leave your email address!

This giveaway has ended. Comment #4 – Joan – is our winner! Thanks to all who entered!

{I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the Z Blog Squad. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made. Giveaway is sponsored by Zondervan.}