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3 10, 2014

Review: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd

By | October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Computers & Technology, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families, Parenting & Family, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |12 Comments


Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

It’s Complicated is one of those eye-opening books that leaves you asking yourself question after question, wanting and needing to find the answers. For parents struggling to teach their children about Internet safety, or for those wondering how social media can have such an influence on the lives of everyday teens, this book would be an excellent way to begin your research.

Boyd interviews and observes teenagers as they live their lives through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is an advocate for teenage Internet usage and wants the world to know that utilizing the web does not always lead to negative consequences for teens. Most of us age forty or over hung out at football games (opening scene) to socialize with our friends for four hours on a Friday evening, not worrying necessarily about capturing

24 04, 2014

Blog Tour: Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller

By | April 24th, 2014|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families|Tags: , , , |0 Comments


mom-seeks-God-258x400Please welcome Julia Roller, author of Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos, who is touring the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

First-time parenthood is a journey filled with joy, wonder, and the nagging feeling that nothing will ever be in order again. I watch my baby grow into a little boy and even as I treasure his laughter and celebrate his new discoveries I struggle to find my own sense of balance. We’re reincorporating church into our lives but I wonder how I am supposed to find God when the service ends.

I chose Mom Seeks God because author Julia Roller’s situation spoke directly to me. Here was another busy mother who had a hard time balancing work and a child with a strong relationship with God – and she writes about God for a living! Mom Seeks God promised practical

27 06, 2011

Review: Point to Happy by Miriam Smith & Afton Fraser

By | June 27th, 2011|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Parenting & Families|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Point to Happy is a book designed to be an aid to children with some form of autism. A sturdy, hardback book, it has a large plastic hand (connected to the book by a ribbon) with a “pointing finger” that allows the child to point to the pictures or words as they understand them.

Point to Happy starts out with pictures of faces and feelings, encouraging the autistic child to connect with emotions. It continues with favorite foods, polite words and gestures, noises, games, movement, toys, actions, and even authoritative commands. At the end, there are blank spaces for the parent to place pictures, allowing the autistic child to recognize faces or people they might come in contact with. The pictures are items that are bright

19 06, 2011

Review: Mommy Whispers by Jenny Lee Sulpizio

By | June 19th, 2011|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Parenting & Families|Tags: , , , , , , |10 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Mommy Whispers by Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a sweet book that walks through the life of one little girl from her birth, through the birth of her own daughter. Reminiscent of Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle, which follows a Father/Daughter relationship, Mommy Whispers captures the relationship and special moments shared by Mother and Daughter.

The artwork by Peg Lozier was gorgeously done and definitely adds to the book’s appeal.

I snuggled up and read this story with my own daughters. They loved watching the little girl grow up, get married, and have a baby of her own. Another favorite aspect is the little girl’s cat, which is included in the artwork of each page. My daughters had fun finding the kitty on each page spread, and felt sorry for it when its