The Wish By Beverly Lewis

How incredibly easy it is to see the faults of our own family, overlooking the blessings. Equally simple is see only the good things of another family and be blinded to the problems. The source of this is discontentment. That is exactly where Leona Speicher finds herself. Her heart yearns for her family to be like her best friend’s Gloria Gingrich: Fun, affectionate, and close. She idolizes them and fantasizes about becoming a permanent household member. To make the situation even more ideal, Leona and Gloria are as close as best friends can be.
Her heart is broken when the Gingrich family is shunned from the Amish church, disappearing in the night without even saying goodbye. Leona never quits missing her friend and mourns her absence for 3 long years. Out of the blue Gloria reaches out to her begging her to come for a visit. The family has abandoned their Amish faith and turned English. Leona wrestles whether or not to go. She still loves her friend deeply but isn’t sure not only what to expect but also putting herself in the English world.
With the purpose of trying to bring back with her and become Amish again she decides to go.
The trip turns out to be more than the rescue mission she had anticipated. She is shocked and disheartened by what she finds not only Gingrich’s lives now but what they had been all along. A beautiful story of love, true friendship, and learning to see the wonderful gifts God has given us.
I received this book Bethany House Publishing and was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Cheaters Never Prosper By Julia Cook

This book addresses a much needed subject with children – CHEATING! Not just in school but anywhere. As with all her books the subject is presented in a fun, interesting way that children can relate to. Great illustrations and the story written in rhyme are wonderful attention grabbers.
Some children don’t know cheating is wrong; others do and use it as an easy way to get the rewards or avoid unpleasant consequences. The sad thing is if a child cheats they will grow into an adult that does. Once someone cheats in one area it will spread to other areas of their lives. That is why I am so pleased to see Ms. Cook’s book on this subject so children can learn early.
Noodle has fallen into the cheating trap already in many parts of his young life. He doesn’t see anything wrong with it and uses the dishonesty of others as an excuse (sound familiar). I love what his mother says, “You can’t control what others do, Noodle, but cheating is a HUGE deal to you!” Mom covers the many reasons people may choose to cheat and how easy it is to continue doing it once you start. She shows beyond a doubt that cheating is NEVER the answer.
Noodle and Mom discuss ways he can break this bad habit and make things right with those he has wrong.
At the end of the book she shares 11 tips to help a child stop cheating. All are very insightful and helpful! This book is a part of Ms. Cook’s “Responsible Me” Series. A great way to help children build character!