Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #90

Hello, dear reading friends! I hope you’re having a great week! Grandpa has arrived to join our party so we’ll be enjoying him along with Grandma for two more weeks. We are feeling so blessed! I love listening to my dad read books with my kids. It’s so much fun and a major throwback to my own childhood. Sweet memories and new ones being made!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Book Review of The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

I was very excited to receive an advance review copy of Mesu Andrews’ newest book, The Pharaoh’s DaughterI am a big fan of Mesu’s books, which include

  • Love Amid the Ashesa novel not only about the sufferings of Job but of Jacob’s daughter Dinah as well.
  • Love’s Sacred Songa novel about Solomon and the Shunemite woman from Song of Solomon, who in the novel dedicates herself to showing him the power of true God-given love despite his, shall we say, “roving eye.”
  • Love in a Broken Vesselwhich is about the prophet Hosea who God asks to marry a prostitute who proceeds to be unfaithful to him repeatedly.
  • In the Shadow of Jezebelwhich describes a faithful few who withstand the onslaught of two of the most wicked women who have ever lived, Jezebel and Athaliah.

And now there’s this one, The Pharaoh’s Daughter.

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About the Book

Title: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Author: Mesu Andrews

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Print Length: 384 pages

Summary (Amazon):

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s “good god” Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

Pharaohs Daughter Purpose Quote Mommynificent

“El-Shaddai has a special calling and purpose for your life. Everything that happens — good and bad — prepares you for what’s next.”                                                                          p. 241 The Pharaoh’s Daughter

My Review of this Book

While I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book, I was pretty riveted by the end. My struggle at the beginning was that I didn’t like any of the characters at all so I didn’t really care what happened to them. Had I not promised to review this book, I honestly might not have made it through it. But I am glad I did because the main character really grows and changes, and I was surprised to realize about two-thirds of the way through it that I not only cared what happened to her but I had actually grown to like her.

I most enjoyed how the author portrayed the Biblical characters of Miriam, Moses, Puah, Shiphrah, and Mered. I hadn’t really reflected on how an Egyptian upbringing would have affected Moses’ character and personality later in his life, but this book really brought that to the forefront of my mind and I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot and understanding some of the things Moses does later in his life a little differently than I had before.

I have to admit that I’m not really convinced about the timeline of this story nor that things really happened anywhere near this way, but it was fun to enter the author’s imagination and to see the hidden nuggets about these characters that she had found in Scripture that directed her plotline. The author’s note at the end where she explains the decisions she made and where her research took her may have been my favorite part of the book! The author is a fantastic storyteller, and this story is no exception. The story definitely made me love God more by serving as a reminder that He can change any heart and that no one is too far gone for His love to completely transform them!

Pharaohs Daughter Hope Quote Mommynificent

“Hope can’t be lost or stolen. Hope is a choice we embrace for ourselves each day.”                                        p. 293 The Pharaoh’s Daughter

About The Author

Author Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is an award-winning author of five Biblical fiction novels. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. You can connect with her at her blog here.

If you’re interested in buying this book or any of Mesu’s books, please do so by clicking on the affiliate links at the top of this post. (My favorites so far have been Love Amid the Ashes and In the Shadow of Jezebel.) Thanks!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #89

Hello, dear reading friends! I don’t have a whole lot to share today and we are having an awful time with a spotty internet connection this week, so I’ll just leave it up to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #88

Hello, dear reading friends! Look who joined our family on February 26th!

Our new little guy!

We are doing well and adjusting to life as a family of 7 + Grandma right now. Boy, are we ever thankful for Grandma!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around! (You guys are amazing! With 51 links last week, we had our best ever week, even while I was “away” on my maternity leave!)

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #87

Hello, dear reading friends! I don’t have a whole lot to share today, so I’ll just leave it up to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

And Another Next Book in a Beloved Series Week! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #86

Well, this is the third week in a row that a beloved series has released its next book. I love February! This week, the third book in Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy series came out! These are totally clean and delightful young adult fantasy that I highly recommend for readers ages 10-100!

So what great books have you read this week?

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

How to Make Homemade Play Dough and Keep it Useable in the Tropics

While making homemade play dough seems pretty common in more temperate climates, I’ve had quite a few people tell me that theirs just turns into goop here in the tropics because of the humidity. So I wanted to share one of the recipes I’ve had good success with here and how we keep it useable.

Playing with play dough

This is a pretty standard recipe that I’ve seen on a number of websites as well as in several books. I used to make a recipe with alum but it’s so hard to find here, and I’ve found that this recipe works just as well.

Homemade Playdough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water (I like to use hot water to speed up the process a bit)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use the cheapest cooking oil I can find for this)
  • food coloring
  • additional scents and/or glitter (optional)

1. Mix all the ingredients together. We usually make several colors and scents so I wait to add these until the kneading process later.

2. Stir continually over medium-low heat until it forms a ball. Mine is always pretty lumpy but once it gets really hard to stir, I take it off the heat.

3. Take it off the heat and dump it onto a silicone mat or a cutting board. Once it cools you can knead it until it’s mixed fully and soft! (This is where I divide the dough and add the colors and scents we want. The kids love to help with this part! This is also where we work out the lumps.)

4. Store in air-tight containers. We’ve used zipper baggies but have more success with plastic containers.

If you live in the tropics like we do, chances are good that the third or fourth time you pull this play dough out to play, it will be really sticky. When this first happened, I thought we’d have to throw it away and was really disappointed, but the thought occurred to me that when bread dough is too sticky, I just add more flour to make it workable. So we decided to try that. I figured if it didn’t work, we were going to throw it away anyway so we wouldn’t really be losing anything but a little flour. It worked beautifully and the play dough became very workable again. We put it back in our air-tight containers, but a few weeks later, it was sticky again. So we got out the flour and played. The play dough lasted over six months without showing any signs of mold or ickiness! I’d say we probably added a couple cups of flour over that time period.

So, that’s the big secret – if your homemade play dough gets sticky in the tropics, add flour and play on!

How I Love Getting the Next Book in a Beloved Series! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #85

Hello, my favorite reading friends! I hope you are having a great week! We were very excited here this week to receive the second installment in the Maisy Files mystery series by Elizabeth Woodrum. I’m linking up our reviews (including Middlenificent’s video review) below! I must admit to enjoying these just as much as the kids do!

So what books have you enjoyed this week? We’re excited to see your links below!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Maisy and the Money Marauder Book Blast and Giveaway

We are very pleased to be joining Mother Daughter Book Reviews‘ Book Blast for the second book in “The Maisy Files” mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, Maisy and the Money Marauder. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Book 1, Maisy and the Missing Mice, you can grab a Kindle copy for FREE from Amazon February 17 and 18, 2015!

We have absolutely loved both of these books! You can see Mommynificent’s review of the first one here as well as Middlenificent’s video review of it over at Desperate Homeschoolers. She has also done a video review of this second installment which you can see here. Enjoy!

Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

About the Book

Title: Maisy and the Money Marauder (The Maisy Files, Book #2) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: February 17, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 90 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 12

Summary: Lunch money has been stolen at West Valley Elementary, and everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective is on the case. With a cherry lollipop in hand, her fedora, and her trusty notebook, Maisy steps into her black-and-white mystery world to search for clues. Join Maisy on her quest to unmask a thief in Maisy and the Money Marauder.

Book 2 Available from Amazon

PLUS, Grab a FREE Kindle Copy of Book 1, Maisy and the Missing Mice

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Maisy and the Missing Mice

Sneak Peek

 

The Buzz About Book One

Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written.” ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn’t put it aside till I finish it.” ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

 

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #84

Hello, dear friends! I hope you have had a good week. We’ve had a great one here! Grandma arrived safely yesterday, as did the long-awaited next book in Debbie Viguie’s Psalm 23 mysteries. I call that a super day! :)

Thanks for the feedback you gave me last week about what to do with the link-up after the baby is born. I think I will go ahead and pre-schedule the posts so there will not be an interruption. We have some good momentum going here, and I’d hate to lose that! I probably won’t make it around to visit all of your posts like I usually do, so please do a little extra hopping around over the next few weeks if you can.

Looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this week!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!