HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective by Neil Presley Cox

About the Book

What are your next steps after you or a family member makes bad choices, or experiences a personal calamity…such as divorce, addiction, abuse, incarceration, or infidelity? Serious challenges like these often affect an entire family and put you (and yours) under the microscope of an uncaring, over-burdened legal system.
Based on nearly a quarter century of helping individuals and families navigate the courts, while making liberal use of mediation, family attorney Neil Presley Cox offers a smorgasbord of common-sense solutions in his new book HOPELINES…with a bit of Christian perspective thrown in.
Rather than a dry, boring discourse on laws and legal maneuvering, Cox sends you these insights in creative form. After synthesizing the most common personal and family “disasters” in and out of the courts, he carefully pens 18 engaging and well-written quasi-fictional stories. Each acts as a template to help you identify with your situation(s).
In addition to these often gut-wrenching dramas—which can bring tears when they hit too close to home—every narrative includes a section on reflection (analysis), application (recommendations), plus a Resource Toolbox and a relevant scriptural verse. Also, HOPELINES offers a handful of “Calls for New Hope and Faith” which are motivationally worth many times the entire price of this resource, by themselves.

Avoiding the legal system and working things out, are a key piece of the message in HOPELINES, and include resources and suggestions for doing just that. Neil Presley Cox, the “lawyer with a heart” invites you, as well as therapists, counselors, lawyers, addicts and others involved in this growing legal quagmire get on board with the spirit and message of this landmark resource.
Do not give up HOPE!
Surviving life and family challenges—whether civil or criminal—is an energy-draining, depression-invoking process. And while the cliché “this too shall pass” is mostly true, it does not help when you are in the middle of it, and your world seems to be falling apart.
Cox spent seven years writing and re-writing HOPELINES to throw out a rope or “line” of hope, as you suffer through and survive what is explicitly implied in the subtitle: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective.
While this resource is much more practical than religious, Cox feels that the erosion of family structure and values is a big part of what led us to the current crisis. Lack of personal responsibility and growing up into a life of dependence, co-dependence, or other failed attempts at independence, are now the status quo. Most people today don’t understand or even know that moving past independence, into functional INTER-dependence with our key relationships, needs to be a major life goal.
But that is water under the bridge. Our current reality sees individuals and families (and yes, even Christian families) torn apart by drug addiction, alcoholism, infidelity, divorce (with resulting step-families or “grand-parenting”), physical and mental abuse, child custody, an apathetic legal system, job and relationship stress, mental illness, single parenting, and today – even gaming addiction! All are touched upon directly or indirectly, in the 18 stories.
HOPELINES is a seminal approach by a rare attorney doing his part to stem this societal tide of unhappy results, to restore lives that all started with great promise.
Cox invites you to enjoy the results of his experiences and perspectives that only someone is his position (family and criminal attorney) can fully explore and explain. And he even shares his own story of beating alcohol addiction induced by his daily exposure to lives in crisis.
As you read HOPELINES, please also share your feedback in the “Reviews” section near the bottom of this page. Neil would love to hear from you, and will use your comments to shape future editions of this timely resource.

HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective, Neil Presley Cox, is divided into 18 Sections. Each section is further subdivided into five sections, which detail people’s experiences with custody disputes and self-destructive behavior like alcoholism, violence, or mental health issues. To illustrate his recommendations, Cox gives vivid accounts of people’s lives. The insights are helpful and ring with truth.

Cox is a family and criminal lawyer who saw a need to offer hope and a path out to people in need of assistance before they go to family court. For those already in family court, he provides practical counsel on how to navigate the procedures and what they should and should not do, ending each chapter with sections titled “Reflect,” “Apply” and “Resource Toolbox”. 

I believe most people enmeshed in the judicial system are past the point where some of the advice and resources supplied could provide much help. Cox, on the other hand, is doing an excellent job of enlightening and preventing future problems.

My heart aches for everyone caught in a seemingly unending trap, whether of their own making or not. There needs to be a way to address the problems long before they implode. High school students could, perhaps, have family life and dynamics training.

Having numerous family members that work for either CPS, law enforcement, the legal field or the mental health field, I all too often hear heartbreaking stories. The book by Cox is a ray of hope at the end of a long tunnel. A promising start.

HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective is an excellent resource for Christian and secular counselors, pastors, youth directors and anyone else looking for advice on how to help someone in any of these plights.

Thank you to Reedsy/Discovery and Neil Presley Cox, for providing me with a copy of HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective. I have provided an unbiased review.

Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking Cookbook 1 for Kids by Skye Wade

About the Book

We created this book for children, but we recommend it for adults as well. It’s for those who don’t like to read boring bricks of text but prefer to get right down to business, learning skills as they go. You won’t find a book easier to use than this one.

Not only does it have illustrated recipes for delicious dishes with concise, detailed descriptions, but it also has important information about the basics of baking that we’ve simplified and illustrated.

The recipes have been tested by many people. We’ve chosen the best ones.

  • Recipes that have received the highest ratings.
  • Meticulously tested and proven.
  • Only popular and very tasty dishes.
  • The dishes are varied, taken from different cuisines. Sweet and savory, festive, and healthy, vegan and even meat. You’ll find both familiar classics and exotic new recipes. Most of them are sweet and sure to please children.
  • Different baking techniques are used to teach and develop your child’s key kitchen skills.

Simple, but not primitive.

  • Easy to make. Recipes are broken down into 3 categories of difficulty, but even the most difficult ones are manageable for a child.
  • Most recipes require 3 to 10 ingredients.
  • Don’t require gourmet ingredients. Chances are you already have everything you need, or you can find it at the nearest supermarket, regardless of the country you live in. In addition, there are substitution options for many of the ingredients.
  • Most recipes require only the most basic cooking utensils. And even for those, there are substitution options: no microwave — make a water bath; no mixer — use a whisk.

Not just recipes. The book will teach your kids the basics of baking.

  • It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Your child will not be confused. The book contains illustrated instructions on every necessary step: from washing their hands before they start to cleaning up after themselves afterward.
  • A clearly illustrated safety manual that your child won’t skip. It’s clear and simple enough to grasp after one read-through.
  • The book introduces key baking terminology in a simple, visual way. It’s better to show with a picture what “knead” or “grease” means than to explain in words.
  • Not only can a child cook the chosen dish easily, he or she will find an interesting fact about it at the end of the recipe.

This book can serve you for a lifetime!

  • Even a 4-year-old child can understand the book, because it illustrates in detail absolutely every action, ingredients, and even tools. Children will love the fun illustration style and the cute, friendly kitten character.
  • Simple, short, but comprehensive comments on the steps will be easily understood by an older child.
  • Even adults will enjoy using this book. The recipes here are versatile, and the information is instantly readable.
  • These recipes aren’t just for once. They are suitable for many different situations, from Christmas or birthdays to an everyday breakfast or picnic. You’ll want to cook them again and again!

The book is very easy to navigate.

  • The ingredient quantities are given in both metric and imperial systems at a glance.
  • It has the Cooking Time Index and the Occasion Index.
  • Steps which might require adult supervision are marked with a special red icon.
  • Each recipe has a notes page where you can rate the recipe, make adjustments, and write in personalized options.

This large, bright, and beautiful 245-page book makes a great gift. There is a bonus coloring page included absolutely free for kids of all ages to enjoy.

What a fantastic children’s baking cookbook! According to the author, using as few words as possible is intentional. I’m aware that small children, such as those targeted by the book, grow frustrated when there are a lot of words but little action or imagery.

 “This book belongs to Chef  ________________,” states one of the first pages, which will delight children.

The cookbook is separated into parts that provide clear and concise directions and recipes, such as baking basics/safety standards, baking basics/baking language, etc.

There are colorful illustrations of supplies, finished products and difficulty level ratings. The drawings feature an enchanting kitty executing the duties in a basic, yet precise, manner. The kitten will appeal to both youngsters and adults, and it will foster the children’s imagination.

A lovely coloring page picturing the kitten decorating a three-layer cake surrounded by sweets is included at the end of the book.

My 19-month-old granddaughter and I tried out the first and simple dish, a three-ingredient cookie recipe. Naturally, she needed a lot of hands-on guidance. She was, however, eager to help and able to mash the bananas and mix in the premeasured oats. The images were appealing to her. Nonetheless, this is a book that I would recommend for children aged four and up.

I received the Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking Cookbook 1 for Kids from BookSirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Married By Monday by Cathryn Brown

About the Book

Neither of them wants to get married, especially not to each other.

Isabella visits her friend Cassie in Two Hearts, Tennessee. Bella’s ready to go back to the city almost as soon as she arrives. And she has a situation to take care of when she gets home.

Micah may want to stay in his small town, but his family has other plans for him. He has two choices to solve his problem. He has to get married—soon—or move to the city. Neither appeals to him, but one may be better than the other.

These two strike a deal to . . . get married by Monday. Falling in love isn’t even an option. This marriage is a temporary solution for both of them.

Then why won’t their hearts stay out of it?

We are transported back to Two Hearts, Tennessee, thanks to Cathryn Brown’s newest novel, Married by Monday, about Cassie Van Bibber’s best friend Isabella “Bella” Bennett.

Bella has run into financial difficulties because of a sequence of terrible events. Micah Walker’s tyrannical grandfather gives him six days to either join his firm as a partner or get married. So, what to do? Get married, of course! As a result, hilarity, confusion, and mayhem ensue.

Brown has a unique ability to bring people and places alive. I could see Two Hearts’ allure while also picturing it in its derelict and abandoned state. I liked getting to know new people introduced in the story. I really appreciated seeing how the people and the town changed over time.

Married by Monday is a clean, inspirational story. The characters are loveable and endearing. The town is charming. The “Happily Ever After” is cute. Even though it’s a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone, but the story is much richer if you read Runaway to Romance first.

I received this book from the author. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Runaway to Romance by Cathryn Brown

About the Book

“Southern ladies didn’t make a scene. Her mother would tell her to march her hiney back into that church and marry the man.”

Cassie’s in her wedding dress and ready to walk down the aisle. Minutes later, she’s a runaway bride on her way to nowhere. Two Hearts, Tennessee, fits that description perfectly.

She’s also a wedding planner. When someone in her profession is a runaway bride, the story’s so sweet that she needs to stay hidden for a while.

Greg returned to Two Hearts to be the sheriff after years as a big city cop—and his fiancée dumping him. He’s living over the garage at his mother’s house (how did that happen?) and just doing his job.

Then he gets a call about a redhead in the diner wearing a wedding dress.

His life and the town are turned upside down.

Cassie wants to help Two Hearts while she’s hiding from her ex-groom and the media. She may have some ideas to give a boost to the dying town.

Cassie has a thriving business in Nashville. Greg’s tied to Two Hearts.

Will she be able to help the town AND avoid falling for the sheriff? The town, maybe. The sheriff? She’s pulled closer to his heart every minute she’s there.

Have you ever yearned to jump in your car and just drive until you run out of gas? Alternatively, ride a motorcycle until it runs out of gas, as in this case. Cassandra “Cassie” Van Bibber does exactly that. However, her justification is catching her fiancé cheating on her only seconds before they were to walk down the aisle. She was still wearing her wedding dress, astride a motorcycle she borrowed from her fiancé’s boss, when she ran away!

Cathryn Brown creates a wonderful story about a fictional Tennessee town named Two Hearts, near Nashville. As only an abandoned and neglected beauty can, the small rural area radiates charm. The inhabitants are incredibly generous, friendly and compassionate. Two Hearts is the kind of town most people can only dream of living in.

Runaway to Romance features a wonderful cast of characters (except for Cassie’s fiancé) and a town almost anyone would love. Runaway to Romance is a clean, charming novel, though not a Christian book per se.

Visit tomorrow when I review the sequel to Runaway to Romance, Married by Monday!!!

Preacher on the Run by Jayna Baas: Blog Tour

About the Book

Title: Preacher on the Run (A Novel of the Regulator Uprising)

Series: For Liberty & Conscience #1

Genre: Christian historical fiction

Length (physical copy): 326 pages

Publication date: April 12, 2020


It’s 1771, and Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead. 


Being an unlicensed dissenter preacher has already made Robert a target. Then Colonel Charles Drake comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.


For fans of historical fiction, Jayna Baas’ novel, Preacher on the Run, is a must-read. The story is written with a strong feeling of patriotism and a passion for history, making it a fascinating and moving story. Plus, unlike many books of historical fiction, there is minimal romance except between the main character, Robert Boothe, and his wife, Magdalen.

I watched as the events unfolded with bated breath. Baas’ historical scenario of the North Carolina Regulators and the persecution, hostility and bounties they faced were presented in such a way that I felt like I was there with them. As each character came to life on the pages, I could feel their faith, terror, optimism or depression, along with their need to protect and be protected. Everyone seemed so real; some I admired and respected, while others I despised.

Thrills, excitement and tension abound, and I found myself reading as quickly as possible so I could see what happened, yet still wanting to relish the sequence of events. Preacher on the Run gives you the feeling of being so engrossed in a film that you don’t want it to stop. I’m very much looking forward to future books in the series.

I received this book from the author. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

(Some storylines may be triggering)

About Author

Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) Notorious for work­ing on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order, she believes German writer Thomas Mann was cor­rect in saying, “A writer is some­­one for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” She enjoys writing and reading in a wide range of genres, but her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Buy Links

Paperback (direct from author): https://www.booksbyjayna.com/bookstore

Kindle eBook (on sale during tour): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872FQL8G


Time: 12:00 AM September 13 – 12:00 AM September 25

Prize: One signed paperback copy of Preacher on the Run, one bookmark with a Bible verse and cover artwork, and eight assorted photography notecards. All entrants will receive a promo code for Jayna Baas’s online bookstore.

Notes: Open to US residents 18 and up or with parental consent. No purchase necessary.

Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/25c877fd4/?

More Author Links

Website: https://www.booksbyjayna.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14TaaJzTh23lKyhcZ-f01w

Book trailer: https://www.youtu.be/mGbr9x2sCyU

Goodreads book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54654303-preacher-on-the-run

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20530182.Jayna_Baas

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0872HCZ2V

Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/booksbyjayna

Blog Tour Schedule

September 13–24, 2021

Sept 13: Blog tour kickoff @ Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)

Book spotlight, behind-the-scenes post

Sept 14: Kristina Hall (https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com)

Book review, author interview

Sept 15: Jenny Knipfer—Author (https://jennyknipfer.com/blog/)

Book spotlight, excerpt

Sept 16: Vanessa Hall—Author of Christian Fiction (https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/)

Book review, character interview

Sept 17: Captive Dreams Window (https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/)

Book review

Sept 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read (http://southerngallovestoread.blogspot.com)

Book review

Sept 21: Amanda Tero—Blog (http://amandatero.com/blog)

Book spotlight, guest post

Sept 22: Connie’s History Classroom (https://connieshistoryclassroom.blogspot.com)

Book review

Of Blades and Thorns (https://www.graceajohnson.com/blog)

Author interview

Sept 23: Britt Reads Fiction (https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)

Book review

Sept 24: Reading Excursions (https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com)

Book review, spotlight, excerpt

Tour Wrap-Up

Sept 25: Giveaway winner announced in Rafflecopter widget and on Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)

Save the Date by Multiple Authors on Tour with Celebrate Lit

Save the Date

About the Book

Book: Save the Date

Author: Hallee Bridgeman  (Author), Kari Trumbo  (Author), T.K. Chapin  (Author), Chautona Havig  (Author), Shoshanna Gabriel  (Author), Dori Harrell (Author), Liwen Y. Ho  (Author), Lisa M. Prysock (Author), Camy Tang  (Author), Jan Thompson  (Author), Marion Ueckermann  (Author), Jaycee Weaver  (Author)

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: June 2021

Save the Date cover

Weddings for every season and occasion. Adventures, mishaps, and dream destinations—this collection has it all!
As our guest of honor, you’re cordially invited on a journey through twelve heartwarming and inspirational novellas that will take you from small-town America to romantic Paris, from the sunny shores of Hawaii to New Zealand. Office romances, friends-to-lovers, second chances, and more await you in these stories full of forgiveness, redemption, laughter, and love.
Say “I do” and claim your copy of this limited-time anthology by your favorite USA Today and bestselling Christian romance authors!

January Hope by Kari Trumbo

Clothing historian Cleo goes on the hunt for an 1880s fashion magazine wedding dress. Discovering it’s part of a museum collection, her biggest obstacle is handsome curator Lowel. Unfortunately, his no-touch policy just might put a stop to her hunt and her heart.

A Valentine for Veronica by Lisa Prysock

Veronica purchased her dream wedding dress though she’s single. When an encounter with a former peer—now a wedding magazine photojournalist—entices her into doing a special feature, the pressure is on to find a husband. Will Veronica’s pride be her downfall, or will her faith lead to love?

I Take You by Marion Ueckermann

Since childhood, Kaia has dreamed about her fairy-tale wedding. But when her father’s choices crush Kaia’s dreams, her fiancé is left scrambling for a solution to their dilemma. Kaia doesn’t want to delay their wedding, and neither does Leo. He’s waited a lifetime to make Kaia his wife.

Adoring April by Chautona Havig

Whoever heard of a church expecting an incoming minister to marry their only single member as a condition for employment? Legality aside, what kind of woman would possibly agree to such a crazy idea? What’ll it take for Jesse to go from avoiding April to adoring April?

A Change of a Dress by Hallee Bridgeman

Belle struggles to bury the past and grasp her elusive future. Scarred by an incredible act of heroism, combat veteran Vince longs to courageously walk the road less traveled as an army chaplain. The two unknowingly cross paths time and again until meeting changes everything.

Time for Me by Jan Thompson

When Sheryl tries to get a world-famous sculptor to display his artwork in her gallery, she doesn’t expect him to fall in love with her in this friends-to-more romance.

The Wedding Dress by T. K. Chapin

Alexa Anderson doesn’t want to wear her mother’s wedding dress when it’s time to marry the love of her life, Brad Jackson. Little does she know, the wedding dress has a story of its own to tell…

The Wedding Kimono by Camy Tang

A tomboy massage therapist and her boss discover a mysterious message hidden in her grandmother’s wedding kimono. Can her family legacy help her to see her inner beauty and open herself up to love?

One Vow for September by Liwen Ho

She’s a writer with an unconventional assignment, he’s the jaded coworker playing her husband; together they’re one odd couple about to find out how real love is.

Braver with You by Jaycee Weaver

She’d follow her childhood sweetheart anywhere, but first they’ll need all her courage and all his support to make it through the wedding their mothers have planned.

Grateful for You by Dori Harrell

Jeans-only Libby hasn’t spoken to lawman Jamie since she turned down his proposal. But when she sees a frothy gown in a store window, she knows he’s the guy for her. But winning him back might mean landing herself in jail.

Countdown to Her Cowboy’s Christmas Wedding by Shoshanna Gabriel

A handsome rancher. The girl next door. A childhood promise comes due that could change their lives… for better or worse. When their Christmas wedding preparations bring out painful memories of heartbreak, will Kate be able to forgive Jay—and herself—so they can finally be together?

Click here to get your copy!

Save the Date is a set of twelve different authors featuring a story for every month of the year.

I enjoyed the individuality of the stories and the unique perspectives of each of the authors. Plus, they took me on a trip around the world, too!

I appreciate the faith element in each story. How interesting to see how each author approaches it and gives their own inimitable viewpoint.

Save the Date is perfect for reading a quick story or for binge reading.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

About the Authors

The authors of Save the Date joined together for this limited-time collection as an opportunity to bring their readers an excellent reading experience. From California to Kentucky, South Africa to Idaho and everywhere in between, these authors live and write the stories on their hearts to touch the hearts of their readers.

More from Chautona

Why One Epic Wedding Set Is about More Than “Just” Romance

“Oh, they say when you marry in June… you’re a bride all your life…”

When my kids were little, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a favorite movie, although they used to call it “Dah-dah-dump-dum.” If you’ve never heard “Goin’ Courtin’” then that won’t make sense, but what can I say? Kids. Considering I had seven daughters, it’s no wonder that my kids loved that song sung by girls wearing pantaloons and camisoles the most. My boys never seemed to get that they were watching girls dancing around in their underwear. Much to my relief.

But you know, I’m a desert rat and not a fan of June weddings. Summer weddings are… HOT. I love outdoor weddings and receptions, and they’re miserable here in June, July, August, May… September… To be fair, there are maybe six whole weeks of the entire year that wouldn’t be—too hot, too cold, or just blasting with wind.

The authors of Save the Date all chose their months for different reasons. December, June, and February were obvious favorite choices, but I had three options that called to me. Either April, May, or June. Why? Well, my book title. I needed a woman’s name!

In this collection, you’ll find a couple of marriages of convenience, a friends-to-more, a destination wedding… you name it, we’ve got it. Each author has a meaningful story around the wedding dress, and through the course of each one, we have something especially beautiful.


I’m not speaking just of love between two characters. In sets like this, beautiful friendships are forged as we write, share, and celebrate. There’s a camaraderie that fills the group with every idea, every milestone, and every frustration.

You’ll also witness one more kind of love—love of craft. See, authors do the long, hard, sometimes tedious work of writing for a reason. We love the creation of characters, settings, and stories that weave all three into a picture that stirs the heart and feeds the soul. You could argue that they are a cheap imitation of the stories God writes on our lives, but because they are an offering to the Lord, they are also beautiful, rich, and a “sweet savor,” or so we hope.

We pray you’ll enjoy your time among the brides of Save the Date. We hope you’ll be blessed.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Texas Book-aholic, September 5

Inklings and notions, September 6

By the Book, September 6

For Him and My Family, September 7

deb’s Book Review, September 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 9

Back Porch Reads, September 9

Connect in Fiction, September 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 11

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 14

CarpeDiem, September 14

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 15

She Lives To Read, September 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 16

Simple Harvest Reads, September 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 17


To celebrate their tour, the Save the Date authors are giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other by Argyro Graphy

About the Book

Bentley is about to board a rocket for the trip of a lifetime.

His friends however are not allowed to join him as they are “different” Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other teaches children about diversity and inclusion.

Children, and adults alike, should:

  • celebrate individuality
  • embrace our differences
  • accept one’s abilities and not focus on their disabilities
  • recognize and respect diversity and
  • promote inclusivity

Too short, too tall, curly hair, no hair, dark skin light skin, walking or wheeling, children will see themselves through the diverse characters known to Bentley as ‘his friends’.

A great conversation starter for parents, teachers, and educators, Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other reinforces the importance of being different, and that we all matter and we all belong.

Children’s favorite kindness advocate, Bentley, is faced with a decision to follow his dream or stand by his friends.

A great gift for any child that may wonder why they are different, why they are excluded, or perhaps question their self-worth.

Recommend by psychologists as a wonderful resource to share with children with special needs reinforcing their belief that they are just as important as anyone else and that we all must celebrate our abilities and not focus on our disabilities.

Argyro Graphy’s final installment in the Inspiring Children’s Series, featuring Bentley Hippo, expresses the need for everyone to accept each other regardless of their differences or disabilities.

Bentley’s friends planned a wonderful surprise for him as a way to say thank you for all his help. The friends were all very excited and hoping to share in Bentley’s surprise, but a uniformed man was rude to everyone.

Each main character has a difficulty to face. Bentley the Hippo is vision impaired; Toby the Elephant has diabetes and kidney issues; Jaxon the Monkey has ADHD; Marty the Lion has alopecia and Daisy the giraffe has autism and impaired hearing. Along the way, in earlier books, these friends have encountered other children with disabilities such as cancer.

The author has done a skillful job of conveying how words and tones can harm and hurt one’s feelings. I like how Bentley sticks up for his friends. However, I felt his tone was a little too assertive, especially if he is a child. Granted, the adult he was talking to was very rude, and Bentley was much kinder.

In the end, Bentley taught someone an important message on kindness and acceptance.

The final book of this series is, like all the others, a helpful tool for teaching children valuable lessons. The illustrations are rich and vibrant, created in a pleasing, eye-catching way that is sure to keep children engrossed and drawn into the story.

I received The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other from BookSirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Strange WP Happenings

Strangest thing happened late last night as I was going through my WP reader. I “LIKED” several blogs, then all I could get were the same blogs over and over and over for many, many rolls of my mouse. Guess I’ll try again later today.

In the meantime, a new review will be appearing later today!

Have a blessed week.