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jesus dailyI do have some devotional apps on my phone and tablet, but honestly, my phone is still a distraction for me, and for that reason I prefer hard copy books and Bible studies. Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions is a devotional based on the most interactive Facebook page in history. Each day has a devotional and some sort of challenge — of a post to social media, or something to journal or something to do to live our your faith.

It’s pretty basic, so it would be a good devotional for someone who hasn’t done a lot of in depth Bible study, or for a quick start to your morning with a daily interactive challenge. It might even be good to buy one for yourself and for your friend or family member, so that you can connect together and add another level of accountability.

Check out a sample page from the Jesus Daily devotional.

You can buy Jesus Daily at  amazon, Barnes &, and Walmart.

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JoJo Moyes is perfect for holiday reading or giving

I’ve reviewed several books by JoJo Moyes. She is only getting more and more popular. Check out my post at 5 Minutes for Mom for my recap of these two books, both of which you can enter to win. If you want to read more reviews of JoJo Moyes’ books, all of which I’ve liked and many of which I’ve loved, see the related links below.
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Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata #Giveaway

Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata is a heart-warming and honest story. Twelve-year-old Jaden was adopted from Romania four years ago from the orphanage where he grew up, when he was abandoned by his mother. Although his parents are loving and kind, Jaden doesn’t feel love, either from them or for them. Of course the truth is that he doesn’t know what love is, but hearing it through his own thoughts brings a new perspective. That’s one of the things I love about reading middle grade and young adult fiction. Skillful authors like Kahohata do such a wonderful job of capturing those thoughts and emotions of that particular moment in time, leaving behind the filter of adult experience. When Jaden’s parents go to Kazakhstan
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Burying Water by K.A. Tucker #Giveaway

For some reason, I was under the impression that K.A. Tucker’s popular novel/series (which I haven’t read) Ten Tiny Breaths was for young adults, and subsequently I assumed that this — the first book in her new series — was also for young adults. I was wrong on both accounts. This novel features characters in their early 20′s, and I suppose it could be part of the “new adult” genre that is now targeted to adult readers of young adult fiction. In many ways, it reads like YA with an overly dramatic and angsty plot, but the content — language and sexual situations — were definitely adult. The way the story was told, alternating between different characters’ points of view, kept the story moving along.
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Absolutely Truly, a Pumpkin Falls Mystery #Giveaway

Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery is a fun novel, with the exciting plot element of a mysterious treasure hunt. It’s the type of children’s novel I like best — one like The Penderwicks which has a modern setting, but somehow a classic feel. Truly Lovejoy and her family (yes, it’s a family name) have moved to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire to help run the family bookstore. Truly’s dad was just about to leave the army when he was injured, changing their plans to settle down in Texas for good. This is a novel featuring topics that will resonate with many kids — moving, making new friends, being different (Truly is only 12 and recently shot up to 6 feet tall), being part
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While Beauty Slept #Giveaway

When Elise’s great-grand-daughter comes skipping home from the marketplace one day with a tale told by a passing minstrel of a princess locked in a tower for a 100-year sleep, Elise is amazed. She was there and she alone knows the truth of the events that have given rise to this legend. She sits the girl down and traces back over her long life. While Beauty Slept sets the tale of Sleeping Beauty firmly within the confines of our own reality, in a medieval kingdom plagued by war, the pox, political infighting and more. Elise is raised as a poor farm girl with an abusive father and a mother worn down by yearly pregnancies. When Elise, her father and one brother are the only ones
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Smithsonian Discover and Young Explorers Series #Giveaway

If you’re still on the hunt for educational holiday gift ideas for the elementary school aged children in your life, the Smithsonian Discover and Young Explorers series give glimpses into themes of their world famous museums in book and puzzle form. Smithsonian Discover: Flight and Smithsonian Discover: Space are fabulous gifts for enthusiastic learners from about age 8 and up. Mixing historical information about the history of flight and scientific explanations for how various flight machines work, along with models for paper airplanes and even a large poster celebrating the concept of flight, Flight is a wonderful hands-on resource perfect for the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Space follows the same format with the inclusion of fact cards and a poster, as well, with the focus on aspects
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David Baldacci Books for Everyone in the Family #Giveaway

David Baldacci is a familiar name to many adult fans of the legal thriller genre, but did you know that he has also written for tweens and teens? On 5 Minutes for Mom, we’re featuring two Baldacci novels as part of the ongoing Christmas Giveaway Event. While The Escape is his latest for adult readers, older tweens and teenagers are the target audience for The Finisher, released earlier this year. To read my full review and enter to win copies of both books, along with a $25 Visa card, head over to 5 Minutes for Mom. While you’re there, be sure to browse all the Christmas Giveaways going on this month.
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50 Years of Rudolph #Rudolph50 #Giveaway

When I sat down to write the post on 5 Minutes for Mom celebrating 50 years of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the longest running special in television history, I wasn’t sure what to say. Sure, I grew up watching Rudolph, but could I get nostalgic about it?  It turned out I could, and the more I wrote, the more I realized what a big part that brave reindeer has had in my Christmases over the years. While we own the DVD of the Rankin/Bass special and have several Christmas decorations, we don’t have any Rudolph books, which is kind of amazing. So I was thrilled to receive a box of Rudolph books as part of the review and giveaway, featured over on 5 Minutes for Mom. The books
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Books for Little Women (Tweens and Teens) #Giveaway

I’ve written so much about this series, the Mother-Daughter Bookclub by Heather Vogel Frederick, that I don’t even know what to say anymore. That’s not really true. I get more and more excited, to be honest. Check out the related posts list below to find out more about mine and my daughter’s love for this series. I am beyond thrilled to be able to give away the complete set (well–as of now, since she’s announced that she’s writing another one, even though she thought it was over!), as well as a beautiful picture book, Little Women Christmas, AND her brand new novel (which looks wonderful and I hope to review within the next few weeks). Read my review of A Little Women Christmas over at
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The Red Book of Primrose House #Giveaway

I haven’t been much of a reader of cozy mysteries until recently, but I’m beginning to enjoy them as I get older. Marty Wingate’s Potting Shed mysteries feature Pru Parke, an American gardener who is realizing her dream of  living in England, her mother’s home. In the first in the series, The Garden Plot (linked to my review), Pru becomes involved in a murder investigation when a body is found in the shed of the garden’s been hired to renovate. In The Red Book of Primrose House, Pru has begun her job as head gardener at Primrose House, an eighteenth-century manor farm in the English countryside.  Following the plan laid out by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, Pru has her work cut out for her, as she must
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Hank Has a Dream #Giveaway

Looking for a new bedtime story for your little ones? Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley brings back the delightfully adorable Hank, a stuffed woodland creature who showed his compassionate side in Hank Finds an Egg (linked to my brief review). This time around, Hank is telling a friend about his magical dream, and the meticulously detailed dioramas that provide the images in the book add greatly to the magic factor. You’ll want to hear more about this picture book, so head over to read my full review on 5 Minutes for Mom today. Be sure to view the video trailer for this imaginative book, and enter to win a copy, too.  
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