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I was so excited to get my latest book review because it was a Children’s Book!  I love reading to Little E and he loves me reading to him so we were both excited to finally get a book that we can read together!

This story is about a guardian angel, Gabby,  in training who gets her very first assignment, to help another little girl named Sophie.  Gabby is a clumsy but fun guardian angel who likes to talk a lot and it seems like Sophie is the exact same way….a perfect match.

This is a cute story by author Sheila Walsh who is a well known Woman of Faith Speaker.  Sheila has also written many other children’s books as well DVD’s and curriculum.  The illustrations are beautifully done and overall it was a cute story.  I think this was a great book for children (especially girls) from the ages of six to eight.  It brought about a great spiritual message about how God loves every one of us and that he sends his angels to protect us.  Great for kids!

The only thing I would say negative about this book is that it is a bit wordy.  I found that it lost my attention quickly because some of the paragraphs were just too long when they didn’t need to be.  Little E also found the book a bit too long (but again he’s three years old)…but he loved the illustrations.

Overall, I give this book a three out of five lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I loved this book!

When I first started reading it I just wanted to hear about the 9/11 story and how Michael and his dog, Roselle, survived.  I did not want to know about all the things that Michael accomplished as a blind person when he was growing up.  Nor did I want to know about the inventions out there for blind people.  HOWEVER, I kept reading and I began to get to know Micahel more.  The more I read his story the more I learned about blind people.  Larry King said it best in the forward – “This is the story of a man blind from birth who triumphed over adversity throughout his life”.

Michael’s story about his survival during 9/11 is not a huge heroic story but a story about how teamwork is important and how trusting in others can get you through the toughest of times.

I really liked how Michael tied together the relationship between God, the Shepherd, and His sheep with a blind person and his/her guide dog.  God will lead, we just have to trust in Him…much like a blind person trusts in the guide dog to not run them into things or take them into dangerous places.

Through reading this book I have learned how to treat blind people….that they are just like us.  I have a deeper appreciation for them and also for their guide dogs.

A few of my favourite quotes from the book are these:

(From page 171) To fight back, we must work together or suffer from our lack of unity and compassion for others, especially those who might look or act different from us.  A wise man once said that all of us have disabilities; it’s just that most of them are invisible.

Another one is from page 173:

“Sometimes the way is hard, but if you work together, someone will pass along a water bottle when you need it.”

This is a book that I would truly recommend to anybody.

I give this book 5 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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It’s not about me by Max Lucado

In a world that tells us that we can do anything, that looks are important, that who you are and what you do for a living matters most, it was refreshing to see a book  that tells us that it’s not all about us.  This book shows us that our purpose here on earth is not to point fingers at ourselves but to glorify God in all we do.   We were not put on this earth to suck up all the attention..we were put here to make sure that everything we do is all about God.

I haven’t read a lot of Max Lucado books but I was extremely interested in this one.  I thought the topic of the book would be something that would pertain to me and I could probably learn a lot from it.

So I opened it up and dove in.

However, I think I must have hit the shallow end because I really didn’t find the book kept my attention.  I gathered some really useful insights but it wasn’t enough for me to read it over and over again or even maybe pass on to somebody else.

I think the main part of the book could just be summed up in a paragraph and we all could have saved ourselves some time.  Basically everything we do is about God…nothing is about us.  We were put here to glorify God and so that everything we do needs to be done for that purpose.

I believe the scriptures sum it up best: “ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

I really don’t think that Max Lucado really opened us up to any new thinking…or any new insights. Probably the best thing I read was the closing illustration, which I think was worth the purchase of the book.

All in all, I give this book 3 suckers out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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