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I am lost for words,This album is simply uble bass and piano, nice and spacious. Excellent for a Sunday Morning, a relaxing drive in the vehicle or a late night session at home.I love the fact it is thing more to say, you can read all the other reviews for information, i just wanted to click 5 STARS and recommend it. BUY.
I heard a short bit of this CD on the radio, and ordered the CD just afterwards. This is my second order- I am getting five copies for friends. I think this is some of the most attractive melody I have ever heard, regardless of genre. It is timeless, lovely, graceful, and profound. It shares with other amazing recordings I've heard the paradox of being technically rather easy and emotionally extraordinarily complex. You do not need to be a jazz buff to like it, or appreciate it; it is direct and powerful. If, when I die, I hear melody like this, I will know I was amazing enough on earth to go to heaven.
Unbelievable old songs played simply by talented musicians. Wasn't familiar with Hank James or Charles Haden. Heard an interview and story on Public Radio follow the death Haden. Sounded very interesting ordered CD. Really love to thave them playing in the background. Since ordering learned Hank James was originally from Vicksburg, MS. Vicksburg holds a Hank James melody festival. Also learned that Hank James was playing the piano when Marilyn Monroe sang Satisfied Birthday Mr. President to President Kennedy.
I enjoyed most of this......fabulous musicians and mostly unbelievable arrangements. I probably won't listen to it over and over again, but I will listen to it more than sometimes, for sure. Gee....sounds like I like it more than I thought. I think that's the true review!
A amazing blend of jazz and hymns that creates an atmosphere of reverence and peace. Because these are familiar instrumental hymns you will search yourself humming or singing along. This compilation is a unbelievable homage to spirituals and can be enjoyed as you're meditating on scripture or just wish to calm your mind after a challenging day. I encourage you to purchase and enjoy.
I love black American spirituals. These are modernized, but not beyond recognition, and they are pleasant to listen to. Underground Railroad=good entertainment. Well, it gets the notice across, and musically it is very well done. Highly recommended.
I was looking for a LEGITIMATE rendition of songs/spirituals that were part of the Underground Railroad experience. This CD gave me the exact musical interpretation I required as I prepared a presentation for a national convention on the "Songs of the Underground Railroad." I have a Master's Degree in Church Music, but this CD provided new insight into the melody born in this painful time in American history.
Pros: #28 is a amazing logic puzzle, the hardest in the book. There are also some interesting riddles e.g. #ns: But there are a lot of repeated puzzles with almost the same idea, and some just requires easy arithmetic, maybe those are ok for young ere are quite a few typos in the Answer. And some issues are not well formulated.
This is a amazing book with a few minor flaws. A few of the puzzles are basically the same puzzle worded differently. A couple read as though they were poorly translated from another language.On the whole, though, they are interesting and thought-provoking.
My oldest son is 12 and loves riddles, puzzles and logic android games and books. He recently went out of city for a week with his dad and he was so glad he had this book to fill time on the long journey. His dad was satisfied he got time off from playing 'I Spy' and travel bingo! It was a win/win!! Yay!
Poorly laid out, with Answers showing up first, followed by the questions. Not really "logic" puzzles because some info are left out of questions until you (surprisingly) see them in the answers. I wasted $1 in cash, but much more in my time!
This book is a must-own! It is the number one bonus to give at baby showers. This book speaks to the expectant mother, the fresh parent, the in-the-throws-of-it parent, the experienced and seasoned parent, the grandparent, and to every kid at every age and scene of development - it would even be a meaningful book for a graduate! This book is beyond beautiful. It will bring tears, beauty, and inspiration. It is Matthew Paul Turner's best children's book so far. The illustrations are perfect. The words are even better -- echoing the hearts and minds of every parent that has ever lived. You will not only buy one copy of this book, you will buy a lot of to share it with the people that you love!
Truly this book and the other two children’s books by Matthew Paul Turner are treasures that I am so excited to share with my grandkids. The life affirming words in each book have become prayers and praises as I converse with the kids and their Maker. In "When I Pray for You", the author has captured the thoughts, hopes, cheers and fears of every parents and written them into this book, using descriptive, yet crisp language. The author and illustrator were intentional to be inclusive in the illustrations of the children. The pages are filled with diversity, creativity and personality, as you turn the pages, your kid will likely see someone who looks like him or her. Finally we have books that feature the beauty and diversity of all the kids in our communities.
Matthew Paul Turner has captured childhood beautifully with his words; the prayers, wishes, hopes and dreams of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mates for the kids in their lives. I'm head over heels for his portrayal of children just being children through light saber duels, garage bands, and small girls twirling just to name a few. The illustrations provided by Kimberley Barnes are stunning! So much detail and color. Kids will have fun studying every page. They will search cardboard box forts, feathers exploding from a pillow, a hat created from a pot and a lot of more examples of childhood imagination and angst. I've found myself shedding a tear each time I've read through the pages of "When I Pray for You". My kids are grown, but you know what? I still pray these prayers for them. I still pray "you choose hope should you ever face fear. And seek wisdom with patience when the pathway's unclear."My granddaughters literally argue over who gets to be the small girl on the cover when I read the book to them. This book is sure to be a family favorite for years to come.
A unbelievable book! Reading it, you sense the overflowing love of a mother for her child, and the illustrations are a delight. I was charmed by the 2-page spread where the reader has to turn the book sideways. Excellent for a grandparent to read to grandkids, too! I will be buying several copies for families I love.I really appreciate that the first line says, “From the moment I saw you,” not “from the day you were born” making the book easily relatable for all kids and mothers, regardless of how they came to be a family.
This book draws you in with its captivating, inclusive artwork. Then the lyrical verses touch your heart.I dare you to read this without getting teary-eyed!I love this book SO MUCH, as do my 3 is will be my go-to book for baby showers, mentees and friends. Also excellent instead of a Valentine card or Easter card for older kids!We all pray for our kids; this book expresses heartfelt prayer for our children in the sweetest way!
Wow this book is the cutest most heartwarming book ever. To pray over a kid has to be the largest blessing you can bestow upon a child. The prayer is so sweet and thoughtful and just to pray a prayer over the life of a small one is just amazing. I loved it and created it my own. I’m reading this prayer over my amazing nieces and loving them while I read to them. This book touched my heart and I’m so blessed to be able to review it. Read and be a blessings.
Every line in this book is filled with words that I hope and pray for my own kids but have never been able to place together so articulately. It hits a truly deep and unique part of my heart. One that longs for each of my kids to know that they are loved, capable, supported and full of so much om the very first word my tears started to flow and they stayed and they worsened as the pages kept going. Looking over at my kids as I choked through each phrase I saw two in tears because their Momma was so moved and one small one who kept asking, "Do you need a kiss?" What a sweet moment in time when they took on the role of comforting ME!Needless to say, this will be a very unique book that will be brought out a lot of times for years to come. I'm quite sure I'll cry every time I read it because time is a cruel, cruel thing and I see it flying by so quickly. Each time we read it together it will keep a fresh meaning to that moment we will be currently autiful job, Matthew Paul Turner. Thank you for following the Lord's leading and allowing Him to pen this attractive story through you. It speaks volumes to a lot of parents and on behalf of all of us, thank you for putting into words what we just couldn't do.
This newest book by Matthew Paul Turner is my favorite yet. I was in tears reading it. All the things we pray over our kids, so beautifully expressed in this book. I am going to read this to my children over and over again. It is stunning to look at, each page filled with such attractive pictures! This book is a treasure that I will give as bonuses and have fun reading to my kids for years to come! I received this book from the publisher as a part of the begin squad but these are my honest opinions and my absolute LOVE for the book is sincere!
I bought this book for my newest granddaughter. I absolutely loved it so much I bought more copies to give to friends. One friend, my pastor, also liked it so much he bought several more copies to distribute. And, I shared it with the staff at my dentist's office. They in turned told me they plan to order it for their kids (from young ages to college students).This is a MUST HAVE for a child's library (no matter what the age). I would even suggest that it would create an perfect bonus for graduates.
I can't imagine simply reading this book. I love audiobooks anyway, but this one seems tailor created to be enjoyed as a listening experience, read by the hilarious and expressive author/comedian herself. Here in the US, I had never heard of Miranda until I saw her as Chummy in Call the Midwife. I love her in that role and I subsequently enjoyed all the clips I could search of her on YouTube in the sitcom "Miranda," which sadly can't be found here, as the DVDs are coded for the UK only.Miranda is refreshing and hilarious in her musings on the small things in life we don't always tend to talk about, like the awkwardness of little talk with a hairdresser or how lunch is the main attraction of a boring workday in an office job. I can't think of the best examples right now, but her style is special and engaging, and I am in love with her! I think everyone can relate to her, and she also has some slightly more serious gems thrown in, including how not being classically gorgeous can actually create you into a better and happier person. Enjoy!
Being an adult is hard. And not just things like 401Ks and cash and stuff, but everything from vacationing (you can’t always just go to Disneyland anymore) and dating and all kinds of social situations we all have to navigate all the time. One of my favorite things about this book is that Miranda is amazing at saying, in a funny way, that it’s okay to not be twenty-one anymore. It’s also okay to be a small ridiculous, and not always know what’s going on all the time, and have embarrassing things happen to you, and be a woman who is not a size 2. It’s okay to be a REAL PERSON who makes mistakes and enjoys life and isn’t perfect. That’s why she is such a amazing role is book is Miranda Hart’s memoir/manual for dealing with all the items we don’t wish deal with as adults. It is written directly to the reader (My dear reader chum, or MDRC) and has frequent interjections from high school Miranda, who doesn’t understand how her life didn’t turn out the method she planned (or email). The dialogue between young Miranda and mature Miranda is great, because we have all wanted to go back and tell ourselves at some time or another “You won’t obtain your dream job right out of college because you won’t even have figured out what you wish to do, and you won’t be married to the man of your dreams, and your parents will still drive you crazy but in a various way, but life will be okay and you’ll be happy!”The illustrations are also fun.
Reading 'Is It Just Me?' is like sitting down passively while Miranda (and the young Miranda) talk to you and, incidentally, to each other. It's almost as if she really is talking. Perhaps the book wasn't written so much as dictated. Or she simply writes as she talks which is amusing in itself. But don't expect to be intellectually challenged or spiritually uplifted or anything like that. Just sit back and be amused by this kind and gentle young (well, thirty-eight) woman who unintentionally and innocently makes you wish to save her from herself. One thing: the book is clearly written for Miranda's contemporaries (that is, young -- well, thirty-eight -- English women) as if nobody else will ever read it. I am an old man from the antipodes but I enjoyed her present and I enjoyed this book. Indeed, Miranda, I 'got it' even if you didn't give me a single thought as you wrote it.
This book is absolutely fabulous!! I had the added joy of hearing it read by the author. Miranda Hart has to be one of the funniest people EVER. This book is "such fun", and I cannot recommend it more highly! I was often stared at when I had it playing when out in public because most people might assume that I was listening to melody through my headphones. But, I was actually listening to her read her delightful book. So it is any wonder that when I would suddenly burst out laughing, that people stared? She would have LOVED it because that is one of the things which happens to her throughout the book. She is in ordinary situations and makes a complete fool of herself, and wonders, "Is it just me?"Well, my dear listener/reader, "it isn't just Miranda". We all search ourselves in situations where, looking back, we can see how that had we had our mouths taped shut with bright shiny pieces of duck tape, we could not have looked more out of put or inappropriately dressed, than we turned out to be by inserting our foot so far into our mouths as it turned out that we did!!I would go so far as to say that I personally might be tempted to refund your money, should you not search this book hysterical!! (Won't actually be able to afford that, as I do like to eat occasionally. Not that you would ever take me up on that offer, but some might test me just to see if I actually would do so. Disclaimer alert)All in all, I will simply say that this book is SUCH FUN!!
Oh my god, I laughed so hard! I first saw her in the film Spy, then found out she had a tv series ( we never obtain the amazing British shows here in the USA) she was absolutely hysterical on her show, after a very brief find on here, I found her book:" Is it Just Me?" I've reread it 2 times now, and after talki was about it so much, I'll reread it again. She is pure comedic genius! Miranda's writing is entertaining, engaging, and such a pleasure to read! If I ever had the possibility to meet and talk with her, I could die happy!
What can I say about Miranda Hart's 'Is It Just Me?' . . . HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This book was hilarious. I believe I experienced everything she wrote about. Only want she had written this book before I experienced it. I first saw Ms Hart on an episode of Absolutely Fabulous. She held her own in a stage with 2 comedy greats - Jennifer Saunders and Nathan Lane. Miranda was head and shoulders above them (no pun intended). I have only laughed out loud twice while reading comedy books. First with 'Where's Poppa' by Carl Reiner and this one by Miranda. To me, Miranda is the funniest comedian out there today. Bar none.I just want more of her work was available here in the United States. Then again, there is her movie. Don't even obtain me started on her collaboration with Melissa McCarthy! That's a whole various review.
Dear Miranda,Are you my long-lost twin sister? When I was in elementary school and junior high, I used to daydream about suddenly finding out that I had a twin sister who would then become my absolute best mate because she'd be just like me and understand exactly why I search life and all its small quirks so traumatic at times. She would GET the fact that I was a clumsy big-shoed girl who never really fit in to any clique and was always a bit on the kooky and awkward side because she'd be just like that herself! We'd be able to laugh together at our bumbling attempts to obtain through this thing I like to call "life" (yes, wrong use of the phrase, I know), to giggle at funny words (made up or otherwise) and to relish making as a lot of puns as possible because they're just so fun! We could ponder the mysteries of life together (including the weighty problems of why it's just so much better to stay at home on the couch than to torture yourself by going shopping for clothes that just never fit), share our absolutely insane love of office supplies and to-do lists and forge a bond that would allow us be ourselves in a globe that pressures us to be anything but. Sad to say, I never found that sister and I kind of just kept all my goofiness inside, trying to be as ordinary (is there such a thing) as possible in a globe I still, as a thirty-something adult, search a bit difficult to navigate. Reading your book and your conversations with your eighteen-year-old self created me finally realize that I'm not the only one who feels at sea in social gatherings and who, more often than not, ends up in some cringe-worthy situation after just inserting my very huge foot into my very huge mouth. Thank you thank you thank you. You created me laugh out loud on almost every page and created me want with all my heart that I had your guts to stand up and be proud of the klutzy kooky girl I am....no matter what embarrassing situation I search myself in! As with every book I read, I highlighted my favorite quotes and would have included them here except that there's one from almost every other page...and I have a feeling you wouldn't exactly wish me reproducing your book on a review site. That wouldn't be a very nice twin sisterly thing to do, would it? So, out of all my highlighted picks, I have to say that the one I'd choose as my favorite is your absolutely unbelievable tip to "Look in the mirror and say, 'There is none other like you and for that reason alone, you are beautiful.' " Thanks for seeing yourself as beautiful, despite all your quirks, and for helping me to do the same. Blood or otherwise, you are definitely my soul sister!Your Dear Reader Chum (YDRC) miss m\
Miranda Hart is just so funny. I’ve watched her television present about three times now, and was excited to obtain this book. I ended up getting the audio version. Highly recommend it, especially after watching her show. It is easier to visualize her antics. She has such an amusing take on life. My favorite parts are when she carries on conversations with her 18 year old self. Such fun!
Saw her first season of her TV series on Hulu, "Miranda" and watched her on "The Midwives." Loved her hero in that. She is funny and I liked her physical comedy in e is one of a kind and intelligent- and her use of boarding school lingo, for wish of a better word, is funny. She converses with you in this book about various topics and you just like her as she is obviously a nice person. If you are tall and were a beanpole in middle school, you'll understand feeling various and how it gets you a nickname. She is very tall and got a nickname and the usual embarrassments of being a tall girl. She is a very British type and so is her humor really, but that doesn't mean it can't translate to others.
I absolutely love Miranda Hart and this book was wonderful. It was funny and moving and refreshingly candid. I had a unbelievable time listening to her read it and if you've ever watched her present "Miranda" then you can picture her perfectly as she does. I never leave reviews on anything but I can't express enough just how much fun she is not only in this book but in everything else she's done as well. Thank you Miranda Hart for being exactly who you are. No it isn't just you. There is a whole globe of us out there who struggle with the most primary things and it's so refreshing to just have a laugh about it. I love you. I'm certain we would be amazing mates if we ever had a possibility to meet and drink tea and eat sweat muffins. Not savory ones! And of course go galloping down the road enjoying life. Life is too short not to gallop. Life eh? ❤️
I Prayed for You--a kid's book that's almost better for moms!I'll be honest: I don't always have fun reading to Small Rabbit. Girlfriend likes her books, and I often read the same one over and over and over. (I can recite "Go, Dog, Go" and "Dear Zoo" from memory.) And, while I love that she enjoys it so much, repeatedly reading/reciting the same children's book a thousand times a day is a small mind-numbing. After the dogs obtain to the party in the tree for the twentieth time, mamma is ready for a glass of wine.But then there's I Prayed for You. I love this book. Not because of the story--though it is beautiful sweet--but because of how I experience it as a rst, the story: a mamma bear tells her baby bear about all the times she's prayed for him as he grows up. When he was born, the first time he achieved something independently, the first time he got hurt, the day he went off to school... she lets him know that she's always been praying for him and always will pray for him. Isn't that a sweet thing to tell your kids?But here's what I really love: as I read the book, I'm reminded that I don't have to be in control of everything. Raising a small one is stressful in a thousand various ways every single day. It's so simple to test to keep the reigns additional tight and create sure life goes merrily along--but things just don't work that way. Whatever we may think, we are not in control. We can't protect our children from everything, and we can't always be there to support them create the right decisions. What we can do is entrust their well-being to God. We can teach them to follow him and we can pray for their needs every the story goes along, each page has a short prayer at the bottom--the prayer mamma bear says for her baby. As I read, I tend to linger over those words a small while longer than the others. They become mine. Suddenly, reading the book to Small Rabbit is more than just a bonding experience--it's prayer in and of itself. I search myself praying for my baby girl, who is all kinds of comfy on my lap, and all seems right with the all the mammas out there who worry and stress about their littles: this book is for you. Sure, your child needs to hear that you're praying for them. But more than that I think you need to be reminded that God is the one in control. He's got you and he's got your small one--all you have to do is allow him handle it. Talk to him about the worries that niggle at you and about the hopes that keep you up. Turn to him when you're not sure how to handle something. Allow him tutorial you as a parent, and allow him take charge with your little. Pray. That's the best parenting tip I know.
As a single mother, I'm always looking for books that present just a mom and child, with no dad (fathers are great... nothing versus them... just wish my daughter to see that our family is "normal," too). As you can imagine, it's especially difficult to search Christian books that present this family set-up. My 3 year-old daughter really enjoys this book - the illustrations have lots of little info that she likes to point out to me (a bird seen through a window, fun toys scattered on the floor, etc.) and I so so SO appreciate having a book I can use to instill both our faith and the knowledge that she was always wanted, from the very beginning, even though our family might not look like every other.
My husband and I had the hardest time in trying to have children. I prayed every night that God would let me to have a child. I wanted 6 small angels to love and hug. Throughout 8 miscarriages, I carried the prayer for those 6 children. After I almost died having kid #5, I had to obtain fixed. My heart was broken. I desperately wanted 6. After years and years of praying for the 6th child, God answered my prayer with the adoption on our youngest Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, we pray for these children's safety everyday. We pray that they don't obtain hurt. We pray that no one picks on them. We pray that they are safe and wear seatbelts (when they learn to drive). We can not be with our kids 24 hours a day. God can! So we pray that He will go with them and hold them is small cardboard book shows kids that they are prayed for. Follow Momma bear and her cub through their days. I love this book due to it could be a amazing one for adopted children. The Momma bear prayed for something special. She asked God for the cub. "Dear loving Father in Heaven above send a sweet baby for Mama to love". Excellent for the adoptive mother. The pictures were so tender. They portrayed all the love that this Mama bear had for this small cub.I was sent this book to post my honest review
I got this book to read to our fresh baby. We tried for so long to have her and I wanted something to read to her to allow her know how much mommy prayed to have her and how I will continue to pray for her for the rest of her life. The only thing is is that I can't seem to obtain through the story without getting emotional and crying with her in my lap! It's a attractive book and I highly recommend it!
What a sweet book! Really cute illustrations, and I love the story. I DO actually pray for my small boy daily, and this story is a method for him to know and remember it. It is a nice, huge format that is simple for small hands to hold. The board book feels really sturdy and should be able to withstand rough handling and a lot of readings. The slick pages seem like they will wipe clean when sticky fingers leave their mark. A lovely book; I would recommend this to anyone who prays for their small one.
Very cute book! Excellent for a small one! The book is written like the mother is speaking to the small bear. I was a small disappointed, because in the reviews and in the sample, it created it look like it was book for a long awaited , much prayed for child. I bought it for my sister after 4 years of infertility, tests, procedures, surgeries, etc suddenly and miraculously ended up pregnant on her own, but the book talked about praying to have the kid just on the first page, then instead of continuing on along that line, passes on to praying for the kid through various stages of his life. It is very cute I just [email protected]#$%! had followed the same theme as the beginning , kind of more along the lines of the God Gave Us You book.
I absolutely loved reading this book to my small one! I initially bought this book for a friend, but after looking through the book with my daughter decided to hold it.Highlight:-The books covers are a small padded and feels like very high quality.-It is a board book, and the pages are simple for my daughter to turn.- It is a gender neutral book.- The illustrations are simple, yet detailed enough to where my 2 year old could identify activities that are mentioned in the book.- I loved the book from a Mom's perspective.-Great for single mothers too because there's no mention of a dad or pictures with a dad.I almost cried reading the book the first time since we had problem conceiving and I prayed so much for my daughter. It will definitely pull at your heart strings.
attractive artwork and a touching story! it created me well up when i read it to my son. its about a mother telling her kid she prayed to have it and prays for it when it gets damage and goes to school and for blessings like when it learns to dress itself. i say "it" because i assumed its a boy but the story never says him or her so it would be amazing for either gender. a sweet method to allow your kid know u care and remind you as a parent that you have someone to turn to as well. my kids are my greatest bonus and i thank god often for them so if you're like me this book is a must have. i don't belong to a church but i do believe in god and this book isn't religion specific which is great.
Im 44 and cant BELIEVE this guy is less than a year younger than me.Hes my did all this wonderful melody develop around me without my ever noticing?Man ,I must have had my head method up [email protected]#$%! Just Be is the first album of his I ever got and the second piece of this style of melody I ever bought,( the first being Oakenfolds Tranceport...In Wonderful INCREDIBLE audial experience in its own right).The melody on this disc is stirring and ing and sweeping pecially the first composition 'Forever Today'.Overwhelming strings that build to this crescendo that is EPIC ! then this haunting techno rythm builds into this 'flow' of ear electricity. Do yourself a favor and give this a spin
This album starts powerful with a gorgeous overture and never lets up. Lots of vocals on this one, including a really cool collaboration with BT in Love Comes Again. I really love the collaboration with Aqualung as well on UR, very downbeat and then really kicks up at the end. A bit of Heavy Attack influence here. The instrumental tracks typically stay in Tiesto's core trance/hard house mode, but there are lots of hooks throughout that hold it interesting. I think some of this could even do well on pop radio.
Amazing Trance these days are hard to search with dj's trying to follow old styles. Of course a lot of them are just too hard core...and no I dont do drugs. If you love transending and love vocals and electronics that rival a whole symphony then you may just be ready for this cd. Take it a step further and examine the poetic like lyrics in tracks like UR (my favourite)and just be and you are seeing that DJ Tiesto has evolved into the DJ that knows what his audience loves. He has picked up where Oakenfold left off....In fact I am going to stop buying other trance CD's and just buy his stuff....may be.
What all these negative reviews fail to see, is that Tiesto did not aim this CD at his loyal trance fans. This CD is a effect of his artistic side. Look at the cover, it does NOT say 'DJ' Tiesto, its simply says Tiesto.If you are looking for the Trance he has become for, I suggest you look for his 'DJ' albums, and go along with your mainstream wanna be trance is album is absolute 100% brilliance at its finest. This man knows what he is doing, and don't think for once second that he owes his fans anything, because a few know-it-all naysayers bash his rvelous is the only method I can describe this album.
I mostly got this CD for Traffic and Adagio, but got a treat with the majority of the other tracks!Only thing--there is a fair amount of vocal content in a lot of the tracks, I personally am a pure trance/techno listener who prefers straight melody w/little or no vocal d the CD though!
As a parent watching my teenagers struggle to search themselves and define themselves, this prayer tutorial is invaluable. In the times where I have been in despair as I watch them veer down the wrong path of what is "best" for them, these prayers support me stay calm and remind me that I can't create these choices for them. They are in a constant state of learning from their choices. Without remembering to pray, I would tend to micromanage, which is the opposite of what they need. The Bible-based prayers bring me peace and remind me to pour TRUTH into my teens. (I hold the book next to my toothbrush, so I remember to pray every morning and night as I brush my teeth. Weird, but it works!)
I've read many, a lot of parenting books but this one (and Praying the Scriptures for your Children) are my favorites. Pointing us back to scripture, Jodi doesn't offer human wisdom or test to give us a formula for a excellent kid, but she humbly takes us to the One who knows them (and us!) best. I continue to be convicted and encouraged by the true stories of modern-day parents and inspired by the timeless words of Truth. You will not regret buying either of these books!
We have been having some difficulties with our 14 year old daughter and have been praying for direction to have a breakthrough with her. I saw this book was gifted to a blogger I follow on Ig and I ordered it immediately. It is fantastic. It is broken up into topics like massive things (self harm, depression and sex) to lighter yet still necessary topics (like clothing, mates and music). It also has scriptures where you can insert your teens name and pray scripture over them. I highly recommend if you have a teenager.
This book is relevant and very helpful. The chapters are organized by zone and the prayers, scriptures and stories bring the notice home. You can’t go wrong with the word of God. Perfect prayer book that you can revisit time and time again. Already recommended to a friend.
I used "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children" for years and have just recently started to used "Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers," now that I have one. Both books, by Jodie Berndt are simple to use and packed with God's powerful, encouraging wisdom from the Bible (no, God is not waiting to condemn you and smack you over the head - in fact, the opposite.) It is also full of encouraging, sometimes funny words of wisdom from ordinary moms who aren't afraid to admit that their teens are not excellent - far from it - in order to encourage other moms (and dads.) This is a powerful, enjoyable, life-changing book. Prayer does change anks, Jodie!
I have a teen, and was searching for something just like this. Each chapter is short and deals with a subject like character, dating, driving, etc. They each tell a private story and then end the chapter with several scripture. There are blanks in the verses for you to insert your child's name. Definitely no better method for you to pray for your child. You can turn right to the chapters that pertain to your kid and pray over the issue locations right away. It's very fast and efficient, and well worth every penny! I highly recommend this for every parent! It's amazing to have on hand and when you search yourself dealing with an issue, you can turn to the book and immediately pray the scriptures. Very well written! Unlike some books, you don't have to read it all the method through to obtain the benefits. Just turn to the chapter you need.
If your a praying parent there are days you just don't know what or how to pray at times. I appreciate the book as a resource of sound Biblical scripture with private stories of hope.
As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Willem’s side to the story was definitely delightful and it answered a lot of questions that I had after finishing Just One Day. I found that a lot of people were disappointed because they didn’t obtain the closure they were expecting. However, I think that we need to realize that Forman wasn’t trying to end the story in this book. Even on the book, it talks about how we will be told Willem’s story before their journey concludes. The novella, Just One Night, acts as the final wrapping up of Willem & Allyson’s story. Of course, if this series really ended with this book and the ending it left at, I would left very unsatisfied and disappointed. This is not the case, and I kept that in mind with my rating/review. The novella is seriously the cherry on top & I’m sure that anyone who reads this series and didn’t feel very amazing about it because of the ending would search it much more satisfying if they read the novella that went with it. I will not be writing a full review for the novella, Just One Night, but I definitely give that 5/5 stars. This series is wonderful, I highly suggest you pick it up (all 3 parts) if you haven’t yet!full review posted at
JUST ONE YEAR was a very various read for me than JUST ONE DAY and I really contribute that to the fact that it felt much more like a private journey and much more of a private struggle for Willem than it had been reading Allyson's story. I feel like the reason for that was that Allyson was going through so a lot of transitions at once -- from high school to college, from Europe to home, from sheltered to wanderer -- whereas Willem, although already a constant traveler, felt much more stuck in his life. He seemed much more lost, unsure of where to go and what to do and was already in the thick of it when he met Allyson. Allyson hadn't realized her life required a change UNTIL she met Willem so for her, I felt much more of the romantic attachment -- especially since her story changes with the encounter with Willem and Willem's story starts after his meeting with Allyson had already come and gone.Of course I had been dying to hear Willem's side of the story ever since JUST ONE DAY, and I found it really fascinating. Willem's story sort of unfolded much more like a mystery to me. We slowly got to search out the secrets of his past that had shaped his life as well as the method he interacted with Allyson (and the different girls he met in Paris). I really, really appreciated getting to know Willem more and finding out about his family. We knew nothing of his parents except their names in JOD and it was so bittersweet to learn about his relationship with both of them and exactly where that relationship stood at the beginning of JUST ONE YEAR, not to mention how his relationship changed towards the conclusion of the book as well.JUST ONE YEAR wasn't as emotionally moving or particularly as life-changing as JUST ONE DAY had been simply because it was an entirely various journey that we were on. Of course I had identified with Allyson as the "good girl", aiming to please her parents and please others so I just connected more with her journey on a private level than I had with Willem -- But that's not to say that I didn't feel for Willem because I really did feel his pain, his loneliness, his sense of just feeling a small lost and I appreciated the changes he went through as e largest thing that struck me about JUST ONE YEAR were all those "almost"s -- all the "missed connections" -- and that absolutely killed me. Just to see how close he and Allyson came to crossing paths -- the attempts to search each other and the pure chances were incredibly surprising! But as we know from Allyson's side of the book, they never do end up meeting until her story in JUST ONE DAY concludes, leaving us with Allyson at Willem's front door. To watch all of Willem's attempts to search her or run into her, though, just was so heartbreaking. She really had an impact on him and even though I knew they wouldn't meet up again until that moment, I secretly kept hoping for there to be a possibility meeting! ** Powerful feels ahead about the ending of this book that may be spoilery if you haven't finished this book yet! Just a kind word of warning :) **So the ending. We already know that the end of JUST ONE DAY ends with Allyson at Willem's door step but we don't know where it goes from there and it takes us a while to obtain back to that point because obviously we have to search out Willem's side of what happened after he and Allyson separated in Paris. I won't say exactly HOW the book ends, but I cannot write this review and omit the fact at how disappointed I was with it. I wish to say I can understand Gayle's choice to end the book like this... But I really can't. (Spoilers on the specifics of the ending below... Do not click if you haven't read the book.)The ending was not an ending for me. We ended up in the exact same spot that we left Allyson with a mere five seconds added on to that scene. I didn't even need that much more. Just maybe... some words? A SINGLE exchange of words? A conversation? To simply end like it did crushed me. Sure, you could infer a lot of what was going to happen but honestly, I need it to be spelled out for me at least a LITTLE bit. I required a bit more closure. It also makes me a TINY BIT enraged at the cover. I mean, come on...After finishing the book and ending the method it did... I was honestly enraged. I felt allow down. Abandoned in the middle of this story. And I HATED that I was mad. I really enjoyed the whole book up until that point and I couldn't believe it ended like that. I legitimately felt a small bit betrayed that I had been so emotionally invested in the ending for these two characters and that was the method we left them. I may have been spoiled by how perfectly WHERE SHE WENT ended because I absolutely loved that whole book, cover to cover, but I didn't quite understand why JUST ONE YEAR had to end like that.I wanted this to be a series I could rave about, shove in the hands of friends, jump up and down with, hug!!!! But the ending left me feeling so confused and emotionally raw -- I had a serious book hangover, but not quite in a amazing way. I thought about this for HOURS after I finished reading and my feelings have settled a small bit, but I'm still upset with the method this book ended and I can't deny that if affected how I feel about this book as a whole. I will still recommend the read but just a word of warning to the readers that you may be in for shock and rage in the latest chapter.
It's not often that when I finish a book I need the sequel immediately. Normally I can be (relatively) patent enough to wait the year or so until the next release. This was both the case and not the case for the Just One Day series. I immediately required to read Just One Year after Just One Day, but unfortunately for me, the paperback had not yet been released and wouldn't be for another six months. (My copy of Just One Day is paperback so I required the same for Just One Year. It's a sickness - don't you judge me)So I waited for my email to come that my preordered copy had been mailed and when it did, I was thrilled. When it came in the mail on release day, I couldn't have opened the pack fast enough.Just One Year begins with Willem in the hospital not really knowing what's going on. He'd just been attacked my the skinheads (something we learned in Just One Day) and knows he has to be somewhere, just not where. He has vague memories of the day before and of Lulu (aka Allyson) but by the time he remembers everything it's too late.Willem lives the life of "accidents" that lead him on awesome adventures and introduces him to a rather interesting cast of characters. He meets a woman in Mexico who runs a theater camp out of Fresh York, specializing in Shakespeare. He visits is mother in India and winds up playing the villain in a Bollywood movie.I love learning more about Willem and watching him life is life for this year helps us understand who he is while giving us peeks into his past, family relationship, and friendships; we obtain a larger picture of this wanderer. I love that this novel is a romance, but at the same time it's not. It is so much more than that. Yes, Willem is searching for Allyson as he finds problem getting over her, but it's also about him searching for and finding himself. His find for her is a bit tricker as he doesn't even know her first name and despite his almost giving up a few times, he realizes that he can't stop and most likely never will. Something in him kept looking for Allyson and through this find he finds himself and his double yle did an awesome job of introducing us to these two characters and allowing us to spend a year with each of them after the happenings in Paris. I don't think I would have truly appreciated Allyson's story without Willem's or vise versa. I know that I definitely would not have appreciated Just One Night without Just One Year (but that's a review for next week).I do want I had read these two books closer in sequence, because while one stage was obvious that they were like 50 feet from one another, I have a feeling Gayle entered more small tips and nods to Just One Day that I missed since I hadn't read them closer together. I guess that's what rereads are for!
I have been dying to read Just One Year ever since I read the latest word of Just One Day. Just One Day gave such a realistic portrayal of love and heartbreak, and it took us through Allyson's (Lulu's) journey as she struggled to obtain over Willem. And then that latest moment of Just One Day when he opened up the door... What an awesome cliffhanger! It left me so eager to know more - specifically, to know what was going through Willem's head.Just One Year picks up with Willem in the hospital in Paris, disoriented from the attack he suffered in Just One Day. This was the happening that separated him from Lulu and caused her to flee, believing he'd abandoned her. The timeline then follows Willem's story over the next (yes, indeed) rman did a lot of online chats leading up to the publication of Just One Year, and I participated in several. In one, she thanked early reviewers for not spoiling the book. This, of course, had me very intrigued. There must be something incredibly surprising, right? I didn't think it could be about the happenings that occurred after Willem left Lulu in Paris, since we already had some of those answers in Just One Day. After reading Just One Year, I can tell you that Willem's story over that year was...not very interesting. Certainly, it pales in comparison to Lulu's. The only huge question tag seemed to be: What happened after Willem opened his door? Would we obtain answers to that, or would Just One Year end at that same moment? Even though I assume this is the spoiler Forman alluded to, I'm going to respond that question, because I assume for some readers, this could be a deal-breaker. So, if you DON'T wish to know if we search out what happens after Willem opens the door, then skip down to the next paragraph NOW. (Don't worry - I won't tell you what, if anything, happens after that moment.) OK, here we go - we obtain nothing after that door opening. In retrospect, I shouldn't have been surprised. We already know how Lulu feels about Willem, and JOY allows us to obtain inside Willem's head. But still, I couldn't support feeling some disappointment. Maybe it's because Lulu's feelings were so raw and real, and Willem seemed somewhat detached from everything. I felt that I required to see just how he would react to Lulu in the flesh; I have no questions at all, however, about how Lulu must have felt.Willem was so lively and flirtatious in JOD, but here, he was somber and morose. He almost seemed like a various character, and I just didn't buy that the personality changes were a effect of Lulu. Back to JOD again: I completely bought that Lulu's depression was a direct effect of spite my issues with this story, I still recommend it. But consider adjusting your expectations. Besides, if you loved JOD as much as I did, there is nothing I or anyone could say that could (or should) discourage you from wanting to know more about note: If you have not seen the movies Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, I highly encourage you to rent or buy them. They are absolutely magical. Here is the synopsis from Before Sunrise:"A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together."Sound familiar? There is a third movie that came out this year called Before Midnight, catching up with the couple 20 years after that train ride that is supposed to be just as wonderful.
I absolutely loved Just One Day and was so excited to hear Wilhem’s side of the story. Well I definitely didn’t like this book as much as Just One Day. It was still engaging and well written, but the whole book created me like Wilhem a lot less.When Wilhem wakes up in the ER after being attacked by Skinheads he knows he is forgetting something. Then he remembers what it is, Lulu. He spends the next year in an attempt to search Lulu. At times he is driven to search her, at others he kind of drifts around trying to search her. In the end what he really ends up finding is his own is book is from Wilhem's perspective. Wilhem basically has lost any purpose to his life. His dad recently died and when his dad died his mother moved back to India. Apparently Wilhem’s mother wasn’t really the motherly type, and she beautiful much left Wilhem to his own devices. Wilhem has money, but what he doesn’t have is any sort of direction. He seriously drifts, from country to country, from girl to girl. As soon as he starts having commitments to anything, he leaves and goes somewhere else.I think this book created me like Wilhem a lot less, the boy is a total playboy and bounces from one girl to the next throughout the story. Wilhem has literally left a trail of broken hearts across the world. Every girl he visits loves him and tries to change him and obtain him to commit. Wilhem’s only redeeming quality is that he truly seems to be pining for the mysterious Lulu and he really misses her.Wilhem is truly and completely lost both in an emotional and geographical sense throughout this book. I did have fun reading about him trying to search a purpose to his life and I enjoyed reading about all the various locations he traveled. It was also very nice to see Wilhem finally visit his mother and begin to mend fences with her.I think the largest fascination I have with this book is how Wilhem lives his life. He has tenuous ties all over the globe but no true ties anywhere. He travels wherever he wants and sleeps on couches and rooms with ex-girlfriends without a lot of thought to how his presence (or sudden absence) affects , Just One Day, this book wraps up very abruptly and at a large cliffhanger. It basically ends at the same stage as Just One Day does. I haven’t heard about another book in this series, but it would be nice to obtain some closure around Allyson and Wilhem. Of course, I would understand if we don’t. These two books seem more about the characters’ journey to search their purpose than about a journey for two characters to search each other.Overall engaging and well written, I enjoyed it. It was a hard book to place down and a fast read. I will say I didn’t like this book as much as Just One Day. Wilhem is quite the player when it comes to the ladies and it created me think less of him as a character. I did have fun watching Wilhem search some purpose for his life though and I enjoyed reading about his travels. Recommended to those who have fun contemporary young adult, especially about traveling. I hope there is one more book in this series, it would be nice to have more closure about Allyson and Wilhem.
I have the (terrible) habit of reading the latest page of a book first. It's probably got to do with my controlling tendencies; I like to be prepared. So I knew how Just One Year was going to end and my first thought was: "What?!" Because the book ends basically where Just One Day ended, maybe 30 seconds after that. So once knowing that I wondered how Gayle Forman would fill the other 99% of the book in a method that justified doing something so cruel to those of us that were hoping for more on Willem and Allyson's story. Boy did Forman's writing surprise me.I fell in love with Willem while reading the book. I hadn't really liked him much on Just One Day, thinking he was too aloof, too hard to read. Just One Year explores the reasons behind this aloofness and uncovers a hero that is flawed and lot but trying to search answers. Through accidents and non-accidents, the hero grows and relearns truths he thought he knew about the people in his life and himself. With Willem's story, it really is all about the journey, not the destination. We obtain lucky that he has a satisfied ending, ends up re-finding his family and finding his calling but that just makes the journey even more rewarding. I loved how the book took us through various countries, cultures, people. The story always moving and alive. India was probably my favorite because it's where Willem did most of his growing before the final spite being physically absent from beautiful much the whole book except the latest two pages, Allyson's presence is there in Willem's thoughts and wishes and actions. I was glad to see that their one day together had affected him as much as it had affected her. I'd even say that it did him more amazing than it did e writing is attractive as always. I found myself underlining paragraphs that expressed, infinitely better than I ever could, emotions I've felt in the past few months. The intertwining of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Orlando was done perfectly. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys watching a hero grow over the o of my favorite quotes:"Love is not something you protect. It's something you risk.""It's like that moment of pause when I step out of a train station or bus station or airport into a fresh town and it's nothing but possibility."
I really like Gayle Forman's writing. And though I didn't cry as much reading this book as I did reading If I Stay, it was still a cute and nice read. I love Forman's ability to create the reader feel like they are part of the story. I felt like I was in Paris right with them.Willem was a super interesting character. Definitely unique. Allyson was just average, but changed a lot throughout the book, due to meeting e first chapter gives a excellent idea of what kind of person each hero is, and what kind of story it was going to be. And after reading the first chapter I knew I was going to love y poor thing: when they are walking around Paris, they meet these Danish people on a boat, and I immediately got super excited (it's not often you read about Danes in and American book), but then apparently Willem understands what they are saying, when they speak Danish, and tells Lulu that Dutch and Danish is very related ... And I just went like: no. nonononono. Because that is not true. Dutch is similar to German and English, neither of which is related to Danish. I just required to point that out there.
I went through so a lot of emotions reading Willem's side of the story. Gayle Forman has a talent for writing a guy's perspective without idealizing the guy's behavior in such a method that it is unavoidable to see that the story was really written by a female, which happens a lot in YA or NA books.I liked Just One Year more than Just One Day. Sometimes I thought I was about to drown on Allyson's self pity, I just wanted to slap her in the face so she could react. But Willem's story is so rich in all senses, culture, adventure, heartbreak... I would love to hear him speaking French and English with his accent.
"Just One Year" was a powerful sequel/companion novel to "Just One Day". In this book we read about Willem's year after that one day in Paris with Allyson. We obtain to know him better, what his thought and feelings towards that day and that girl is was just a amazing read from his point of view. I loved reading about his adventures and struggles for one year, and it was fun to see how Willem's and Allyson's stories intertwined. A must read if you've read "Just One Day".
Summer and Ben are in a committed relationship and have been for a while. But they decide to test something different. Invite another guy into their bed. Along come Nick. But they explore that one night isn't enough when he fits in them completely. Summer is not fresh to this concept as her brother is in a polyamorous relationship so she knows it can work. But will they be able to overcome all their pasts? You will see.
This is a very amazing book. The characters seemed true and I could picture myself being mates of theirs. It was sad that Ben wouldn't listen to Nick about what had happened. So I'm glad that he finally went over to his house with his girlfriend Summer and allow Nick explain. I'm also glad this story has a satisfied ending. I voluntarily read this book as an ARC.
You are going to love this quick, fun, sexy read!! Summer and Ben have been together about a year and are a excellent fit for each other. They decide together to fulfill a fantasy and meet Nick at the club summer work at. Is this the price they didn’t know they were missing? Or is this a huge mistake? Come and search out!!
This was a steamy, fun, fast read! I really enjoyed the relationship between Ben and Summer. Then they met Nick and the relationship between the 3 of them was so simple and natural. I love that the writer included the idea of compersion. You will have fun reading this story, it's really good! Yay!
Jessie has had a hard time of it so she’s reluctantly come to live with her brother, Gavin who has two girlfriends who are lovers to each as well as to him. A true MFF going on here. So, we’re set up to be unsurprised when Jessie meets some guys in the bar and they all…Oh. My. Word. This was a quick, fast-paced read. We obtain from the bar to the nitty-gritty darn quickly and deliciously. The largest surprise is yet to be and it’s not a baby! I honestly don’t know why I took so long to read this book. I’ve had it for a week and just opened it. So amazing if you like MMFM romance where there is M/M action as well as M/F action, but when it comes to M/M/F/M action…off the charts delectable! Hold in mind this is not a strictly reverse harem story b/c there is M/M involved. Just saying...
Talk about luck. She goes to a bar to celebrate a fresh job. Not just any bar though... her luck is definitely looking brighter. She glances down the bar and sees him. Not just anyone but the sexiest man she’s ever seen. Of course she goes to introduce herself and that’s when her globe is turned upside down. Amazing sexy scenes. Fun storyline. Editing was on point, which is large for me. Definitely would buy another from this author. Although, I think the price should be lower if it’s less than a hundred pages.