Book Review: We Can Sign! by Tara Adams

Discover how simple learning sign language for kids can be! Whether it’s for reaching out to a Deaf person, chatting with friends across a crowded room, or just learning an amazing new language, We Can Sign! is an essential guide to getting started with American Sign Language for kids.

Bursting with almost 200 fully-illustrated signs, memory tips, and more, this instructional aid for sign language for kids makes mastering ASL easy. Ten chapters take you all the way from sign language basics and conversation phrases to must-have vocab. Get signing today!

We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids includes:

Up-to-date info–Learn the most modern version of American Sign Language–while also getting fun insight into Deaf culture.

Clear illustrations–Start signing fast with detailed drawings that show exactly how each sign should look.

182 signs you need–Lessons begin simple and progress to more advanced ideas as you learn words and phrases that are perfect for use in a variety of situations.
Get a helping hand with this fully illustrated guide to sign language for kids! 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve always been interested in sign language and when I was a kid, my friends and I learned the letters but when I saw We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids, learning the basic signs was just what I’d always wanted. It’s a great book to learn along with the children in my life.

The book starts with an introduction to ASL and clear illustrations of how to sign the alphabet and numbers. The following chapters illustrate and explain many basic signs. I really like the “Did you Know?” sections found in various spots in the chapters. They give tips and interesting tidbits about ASL.

I’ve gone through We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids a couple times, and I’m still learning the signs. I can’t wait to share it with my grandkids, niece and nephew!

Book Review & Giveaway: The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier

The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure

When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.

Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/TheBusRide

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Doug drives a bus and works a lot of overtime to try to give his greedy wife the lifestyle she demands. When his bus is “busnapped” one day, he doesn’t really mind.

Every person on the bus that day has issues of his or her own. I like how the reader learns about each person as the story unfolds. At the beginning of each chapter, the day and time are listed so that you know if it’s today on the bus or previously – usually yesterday or earlier today. By the end of the book, all of the characters have been developed, and even the busnapper is endearing. I found myself wanting the best for each person.

The bus trip changes the lives of every passenger on the bus. Even though there is some danger and even though the people on the bus have big problems, the story is written in a lighthearted way which made it even more enjoyable. One of my favorite parts is the end when the outcome for each person is told. I definitely recommend The Bus Trip.

About the Author

Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.

Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

Social Media Links –

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joanie-Chevalier/e/B00P1946MS 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanieChevalier  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JoanieC

RAC Website: https://readerauthorconnection.com/ 

Giveaway

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Review: Popcorn Prayer Journal by Barry Adams

Praise-packed. Travel-sized. A simple prayer journal.

Life moves fast. So why not take a moment out of every day and find profound meaning by connecting with faith–anytime, anywhere. The Popcorn Prayer Journal is an easy way for Christians to write down meaningful one-on-one private moments with God.

Find comfort in the Word and get closer to God, even on the go. The Popcorn Prayer Journal delivers quick prompts to encourage daily prayers, record significant events and prayer results, note moving Bible verses, and more. Take the power of praise and worship with you wherever your day, week, or life leads.

Open up this prayer journal and discover:

Potent, portable praise–This square-sized prayer journal features heavy non-bleed paper stock and a fresh contemporary cover design that’s sure to delight.

Prayer-starting prompts–Clear, spiritual suggestions help you get started writing and recording short prayers, simple petitions, shouts of praise, and your favorite scripture.

A great gift–Give the lasting gifts of prayer and praise to close friends and loved ones.


Give God a sincere shout out every day–and this prayer journal is the perfect place to do it. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Popcorn Prayer Journal starts with the different ways we communicate with God such as praising God, confessing to Him, asking for help for yourself or others, etc. Keeping track of our prayers creates a permanent record of our communication with Him.

When I saw this book, I thought it’d be a good way to keep track of my popcorn prayers throughout the day. It’s not quite what I expected because of the way it’s set up. It’s a good journal to use for prompts for prayer that have a few lines to write about that prayer, but it’s not really set up to record the spontaneous prayers I say throughout the day.

Although the Popcorn Prayer Journal is not exactly what I expected, it’s still a good journal, and I will make good use of it.

About the Author

Barry and his wife Anneliese have been married for over 37 years and have 3 adult children and three spectacular grandchildren. After spending 19 years in the newspaper advertising business, Barry entered pastoral ministry where a sermon illustration he created called ‘Father’s Love Letter’ went viral on the Internet in 1999 on FathersLoveLetter.com

Never in his wildest dreams would he have thought that this compilation of paraphrased Bible passages would be experienced by millions of people around the world and be available in over 100 languages.

In March 2000, Barry and Anneliese founded Father Heart Communications to help facilitate the growing demand of their new international ministry as a result of the Father’s Love Letter’s explosive growth around the world. Barry has shared the life changing message of God’s love and His Fatherheart for the world on 6 continents.

After hosting millions of visits to their websites and countless testimonies of people telling how the Father’s love changed their lives, Barry and Anneliese are convinced that the words that Jesus’ disciples said in John 14:8 are the cry of every human heart. .. Show us the Father and it will be enough.

Barry and Anneliese live in Jordan Station, Ontario, Canada.

The More Loving One

read by Janna Levin

THE MORE LOVING ONE
by W.H. Auden

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

via