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Book Review: Dragon Slayer Beginnings by Carey Green

Dragon Slayer Beginnings by Carey GreenI received an electronic copy of this book as a member of the CWA Review Team to help facilitate the writing of an honest review.

Dragon Slayer: Beginnings Book Description:

Dragons have been forgotten, relegated to the realm of legend and myth. But tales of horror circulate among the common people. Rumors of their attacks float on the night wind. They are a fearsome presence that haunts the memories of the old and the nightmares of the young.

They are forgotten, but they are not gone.The dragon masters wait, a dark force lurking in the shadows of every land.

They will have their opportunity. They will rise.

A young boy is stripped violently from his family and thrust into the conflict between dragon masters and feudal lords. Through tragedy and loss Hon is swept into the conflict while battling the fear and pain that grips his own soul.

Dragon Slayer: Beginnings is a story of life and the growth of faith in the midst of loss. It’s about the battle every person goes through to become more than their past has destined them to be.

He is the first. He will be the best. He is the Dragon Slayer.

Carey GreenAbout the Author:

Carey Green loves his life. Living in the mountains of Colorado with his family (wife, 5 kids, daughter-in-law, grandson, and another on the way) is a dream come true. He’s been blessed by God in ways that stir his soul. Besides being an author, he’s a retired pastor, entrepreneur, podcaster, and marriage & family coach. For fun, he likes to write, read, play with his kids and grandson, and build things out of anything he can find. Some of the more important things about Carey: He’s a follower of Jesus Christ. He is committed to seeing that his family builds a legacy of faith that lasts for generations. In the end, that’s all that matters. Connect with Carey on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Details:

Series: The Dragon Slayer Chronicles
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495234894
ISBN-13: 978-1495234897
Retail Price: $11.99
Kindle version also available

My Thoughts:

My daughter loves the idea of dragons and knights, so I was immediately drawn towards this new series. I liked the fact that although it is definitely a Christian book, the characters are very genuine with real life struggles. They are definitely not perfect, goody-goody types. Even the characters who are now role models have things in their past that they struggle with or are trying to put behind them. The characters understand that their life experiences make them who they are today. For some of them, it’s those bad life experiences that allow them to draw on their faith today.

Beginnings is the first book in the Dragon Slayer Chronicles series, and it grabbed my attention and left me wanting to read the next book in the series. There is death, suffering, and evil in this book, but it’s balanced nicely with hope and faith. The story is true to real life struggles placed in a time of real dragons.

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More Signs of Spring in the High Desert

Field of Flowers

As you can probably tell, we have really been enjoying the beautiful weather. We know that all too soon the heat of the summer will be here, so we want to take in the beauty of our surroundings while the spring temps are here.

Yellow Flowers

Wild Verbina

Wild Purple Verbina

White Flower

Flowers

Pink Cactus Flower

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Hiking at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Hiking West Canyon Trail

Daddy got Munchkin a new pack and some hiking boots for her birthday, so we thought it would be a good idea to try them out by heading over to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve after church on Sunday.

Hiking Out of the Marsh

According to Munchkin, the boots are much better than her old ones even with them not being completely broken in yet.

Hiking Marsh Trail

Unfortunately, the pack ended up not working out, but it’s better to find that out on a shorter hike than a long hike.

Hiking Marsh Trail 4

We’re back to looking for a pack that will work for our girl.

Hiking Marsh Trail 3

We enjoyed hiking in an area with some green as most of our normal landscape is desert.

Hiking Marsh Trail 2

It was rather hot in the sun, but the shade provided some cooling relief.

Hiking Canyon Trail

The marsh area was home to lots of lizards, birds, and bees.

In the Tree 1

One area along the trail was home to a very cool hollowed out tree.

In the Tree 2

It was a fun day on the trail, enjoying nature and our family time.

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Book Review: Illustrated Family Bible Stories

Special thanks to the New Leaf Publishing Group for providing a sample of this book through Moms of Master Books to help facilitate the writing of this review.

MOMB Illustrated Family Bible Stories Review

Illustrated Family Bible Stories Book Description:

Illustrated Family Bible Stories is an exciting introduction to the world of the Bible to be enjoyed by both children and adults. This unique collection features events from both the Old and New Testament, retold in a lively style and brought to life by dramatic illustrations.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: New Leaf Press (February 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892217235
ISBN-13: 978-0892217236
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
Retail Price: $24.99

MOMB Illustrated BibleMy Thoughts:

The Illustrated Family Bible Stories book is filled with beautiful images that bring the Bible to life for readers both young and old. This book contains a table of contents that lists all of the Bible stories contained within the book for easy reference. It then gives a brief introduction to the Bible including a listing of all of the books of the Bible. The two main sections in this book are (just as in the Bible) the Old and the New Testament. Each of these sections begins with an overview before diving into the scriptures.

My daughter thought the illustrations were quite nice, but she commented that some of the females lacked feminine features which caused them to look a bit masculine. She appreciated the fact that the illustrations were not cartoonish. She liked that in addition to the Bible stories there were also little tidbits of history and/or information which help readers get a better understanding of the time period. The maps help with understanding the location of the events being discussed. She also liked that the book had a built-in ribbon bookmark.

The scripture passage is listed under the title for the story, so families can read the actual passage in the Bible. The book concludes with a Bible reference section that gives more background information about Biblical times, a very basic look into some key people in the Bible, and a little “test your knowledge” review section.

While reading directly from scripture is always best, this Illustrated Family Bible Stories provides a way to help bring the Bible to life with visual imagery and background information to enhance a reader’s understanding of Biblical times.

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My Baby Girl is 15

Painting Pottery 1

Where did all the time go? It’s hard to believe that my baby girl is already 15.

Painting Pottery 2

Since she enjoys painting pottery, I thought it would be fun to start our day by heading over to a local art studio that we wanted to visit.

Painting Pottery 4

Daddy was at work, so Munchkin and I had fun painting pottery together.

Daddy and Munchkin Hug

We finished up shortly before I received a call from Daddy letting me know he was ready to meet up for lunch.

Birthday Picnic

We headed over to Joshua Tree National Park for a picnic lunch.

At the Dam

Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to take an impromptu hike at Barker Dam Trail.

Baked Mac and Cheese

We wrapped up our day with her requested baked gluten free mac ‘n cheese and had a movie night. It was a fun way to celebrate her birthday.

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