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Once Upon A Time Bible – #flyby review & #onceuponatimebible

I was asked to review the Once Upon A Time Holy Bible and the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible.

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

This children’s version is a series of retellings from the Bible. The book begins with a page about the Greatest Stories Ever Told – the real stories from the Bible. They are true and this page introduces them. There 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 from the New Testament. Storybook Bible collage

Each story is a short retelling based on the Bible. It has a related scripture to go along with it. Sometimes this scripture is from the section of the Bible that the story is; other times it is from a very different place. Each story is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

Beginning each story with “Once upon a time . . .” gives a feel of fantasy to the stories, which I did not care for. Each story also ended with a “Happily Ever After.” These I did kind of like because it summed up a theme from the story that was relevant and would help a child focus on aspects of God or of their walk in His will.

This would make a nice edition for a child to look through but it is a storybook version. Don’t expect a whole lot of growth in the child’s knowledge of the Bible from this version.

Once Upon A Time NIrV Bible

Once Upon A Time Holy Bible

This New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible is a full version of the Bible. It includes a small glossary at the back and highlights a few stories with pictures Once Upon A Time Bible collagethroughout. These highlighted stories are where the theme of Once Upon A Time comes in – all except the final one are stories of a man and woman: Adam and Eve, Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth and Boaz, Esther and the king. These images are not placed in their actual Bible locations, which is something I don’t care for.

This is a hardback book that is about 5 inches by 7 inches. It is rather small, which influences the size of the typesetting. The type is very, very small. I had a hard time reading it because of the size. The pages are also very thin and will tear easily. All in all, I don’t really see this as a child’s Bible.


You can purchase these Bibles wherever books are sold. You can find the Storybook Bible at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold. If you would like to purchase online, please visit HarperCollins/ZonderKidz.

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When We Last Spoke – Flyby book review

Charming. Down-home. Small-town. Close-knit.

This is Fireside, Texas. Nestled in the hill country of central Texas, this little town is full of all the quirky, fun-loving, interesting friends and neighbors that make life just a tad bit more fun.

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Living in Fireside, we find Walt and Ruby, Juliet and Evangeline. Walt and Ruby are raising their granddaughters Juliet and Evangeline when their father is called to war and their mother decides her calling is on the stage. While Juliet and Evangeline find love, care, and warmth with their grandparents, there is an ever-nagging feeling of something missing.

Walt and Ruby are the perfect example of long-lasting love and marriage and the girls realize just how blessed they are to have such a family. Busy days on the farm are followed by cozy nights in the farmhouse. Both are full of family and love. Each week the girls do many things that help them learn to be a part of the community and to help those that can’t help themselves, even when it is hard. One example is helping an older lady by taking her meals each week. The girls find out that Ruby has been doing this since she graduated high school. This, the girls discover, is what neighbors do for each other.

Most of the book takes place when the girls are young, though it opens and closes in the present. This flashback setup does leave bits of the story that you have to be patient for. For example, we find out right away in the opening of the book that Juliet and Evangeline are estranged. The reason for that does not come out until the book is almost over and the setting is once again in the present. The closing of the book brings some answers and encouragement for families to live and love and forgive, though it wasn’t as smooth flowing and comfortable to read as the majority of the story.

This was an easy read, with plenty to make you smile and laugh and wish for those carefree days, sitting in the shade of a tree in a small town sipping lemonade and wondering what  photo When We Last Spoke author Marci Henna_zps2knyhfko.jpgyour neighbor is doing. Marci Henna wrote a winner with this one.

Henna was born in Austin, Texas, but spent many years growing up in Kenya where her family worked at a medical research station. She moved back to the Texas Hill Country as an adult, living on a ranch that has been in the family since the 1800s. She currently lives in Austin.


If you enjoy easy to read stories that remind you of a simpler time, then this is a story for you.

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Find out more about the book and author Marci Henna on these social media platforms:

Facebook        Twitter        GoodReads

        FiresideTexas.com (http://bit.ly/FiresideTexas_URL)

You can purchase a copy of the book:

Softcover or in Kindle format

From February 20-24, Henna will be giving away a FREE Kindle version on Amazon.

Please enter the giveaway for a single copy of this book by Marci Henna by filling out the Rafflecopter giveaway. Just click the link to be taken to the form. This is open to US residents.

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“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 on the same blog, 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.

Where Jesus Slept ~ giveaway and review


Our family adores books that relate the story of the birth of Jesus. This is a precious picture book about Jesus’ birth. Told in cumulative story form, all of the pieces of the story come together to tell us of the harsh conditions of the night that brought us the most precious gift in the world. Ever.

This is the bed where Jesus slept.

This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.

These are the first two lines in the retelling of the birth of Jesus. From the bed in which Jesus was laid to the angels rejoicing in heaven to the visit and gift of the wise men, this story will delight readers of all ages. While we don’t know the exact time of year Jesus was born, this story reminds readers of the joyful event that we often celebrate in December at Christmas.


The pages are beautifully illustrated with vivid colors and lovely images. These images bring the story to life.


This book is written by Norma Lewis, who is the author of 10 books and lives in MI with her marmalade cat named Scalawag. She enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren. The book is beautifully illustrated by Katy Hudson. Where Jesus Slept brings joy to all who experience it.


I get the privilege of sharing this beautiful books with one winner. Unfortunately, this giveaway is for US addresses only. One winner will be chosen from all entrants and notified by email. Giveaway will end at midnight on 11/16/16. Winner must respond by email within 48 hours of notification. Click the link below to be taken to the form for the giveaway.

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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.”

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Night Night Farm ~ a review and giveaway

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Sweet bedtime books are just about my favorites. Especially for newborns and infants. I was given Night Night Farm by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn to review for Flyby Promotions.

This board book is just perfect for cuddling with your sweet little one as sleepytime approaches. Featuring bright, vibrant images and cheerful, rhyming verse, Night Night Farm brings nighttime to the farm and to your home. With all the animals small children love – cows, pigs, horses, owls, cats, sheep and chickens – saying good night has never been more fun. Your children will revel in the antics the animal babies go through on their way to bed.

night night farm inside

As the farm says “good night,” each animal prominently takes the time to say good night in their own special ways. From getting their baths (messy little pigs!) to a sweet lullaby (sung by mama cow) to snuggling down with daddy to watch over (as daddy owl does), the farm goes through the same bedtime routine each little boy or girl does.  But my very favorite part is the last page where the reader, or listener, is reminded that God made not only these very special animals who each have their own special place on the farm but he made the special listener or reader as well. And it is important to say “good night” to God, too.

I would definitely be happy giving this book as a gift to a family who is expecting a new baby sometime soon. Vibrant, fun, and colorful, Night Night Farm by Amy Parker is a joy.

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About the Author:

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

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Want to Win a Copy? There will be one winner of Night Night Farm and this is open to residents of the US or Canada. The form will be open from 8/12/2016 through 8/20/2016. Here’s the nitty-gritty requirements posting:

“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.”

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My Mother’s Quilts + contest link (a #FlyBy review #MyMothersQuilts)

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A tangible example of love, dedication, strength, and commitment.

There is nothing quite like a quilt. Every quilt has a story. You just have to look for it. I have a handmade book of the stories behind my great-grandmother’s quilts and this devotional book – My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith – by Ramona Richards struck a heart chord deep inside of me.My Mothers Quilts cover

Ms. Richards was handed down a quilting legacy. She didn’t just accept the legacy of the beauty of the quilts. Instead, she asked about and searched to find out the stories behind the quilts. In doing so, she found inspiration, love, and a connection to family.

Throughout this devotional book, Ms. Richards shares those connections, those stories of hope and faith, those enriching anecdotes that make life richer. Each of the 60 devotionals features a quilt made by her mother. With each quilt made, there was hope and strength sewn right in. Each of the devotionals has a corresponding scripture that relates to the story shared. There is also a Prayer Starter at the end of each devotional.

My Mothers Quilts prayer starter example

Beautiful photographs accompany each of the devotionals, printed in full color on study pages. This hard-cover book is a treasure of  faith and encouragement.

Whether you decide to spread this out over a couple of months, reading a single devotional each day or to dive in an absorb it all at once, this book is charmingly adaptable. Even having read through all of the devotionals in quick succession, I can’t wait to sit down and read them again.

My Mothers Quilts inside verse

If hope and encouragement are found in family for you, this is a book that will bring you joy. Pick up your copy and begin your devotionals with My Mother’s Quilts. And, there is more: the author is giving away one of the quilts from the devotionals book. Read on for more information.


Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!

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About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

These heirloom quilts with heartfelt devotionals by Ramona Richards are worth a look. You will find yourself inspired by My Mother’s Quilts.

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