OMF Literature’s The Secret Story of Shy Shelly Review

I’m an introvert.

So when I saw Justine Hail’s debut book, The Secret Story of Shy Shelly, I knew I had to read it. Thanks to OMF Literature, I am given an opportunity to review The Secret Story of Shy Shelly. I received the eBook through Buqo app.

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Reading the story, I am reminded of my own childhood. You see, Shelly is 8 years old and in 3rd grade, and she dreams of having friends but she needs to overcome her shyness to make her wish a reality!


Shelly never raises her hands in class and she walks unnoticed in the campus.  But there is so much more to Shelly. She is kind and loyal. She likes to make things such as paper stars, and she loves strawberry cupcakes too. She even shares how to make these with the readers too.

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So, what would happen to Shelly? How will she have friends? Eventually, she did overcome her fears, by making friends, standing up to bullies and recognizing and admitting her mistakes.


I loved this eBook. I totally remembered my own childhood and all the struggles I had with friends and stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m an adult now but the memories of friendship and learning how to make friends are instilled deep in my heart. As I read this book, I am reminded of my struggles and realize that I need to share this book to my own children who maybe experiencing the same struggles.

Shy Shelly inspires me to be a difference and to take that first step. Not to stay scared but to be courageous.

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Go and get your copy of The Secret Story of Shy Shelly! It is now available as an ebook. You can buy it through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Buqo, iBooks (international only), and Kobo.


It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey Book Review

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is not observed here in the Philippines but because of our world history lessons and close relations of the Philippines with the United States of America, we are well aware of the Thanksgiving holiday. But we don’t know the entire story of this holiday. Just why is Thanksgiving such an important holiday in the USA?

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Soraya Coffelt wrote It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey as part of her Love Letters book series. This series explains that history behind traditions and holidays celebrated in the country. Thanksgiving is celebrated every last Thursday of November with family and friends. Usually there is great food and Turkey on the table and prayers of thanksgiving to God for His blessings are uttered around the table. But what does this symbols stand for?

My children ages 11 and 8 read this book with me and we were amazed at what the Pilgrims went through and how they established the New World. It is retracing the history of the American people and understanding that brings back meaning to this holiday.  Book was written in a letter format address to Mrs. Turkey and was quite easy to understand and filled with colorful illustrations. Truly a good book to read every Thanksgiving with children ages 4-10 years old.

This book is available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback versions.

All proceeds from this book are going to the As the Stars of the Sky Foundation Inc. as established by the author Soraya Coffelt to help children in the United States and around the world to have strong childhood education

It’s Not about You, Mr. Pumpkin Book Review

Through the years, we’ve seen an increase of children participating in Halloween parties and wearing costumes on the eve of October 31. But just what are we really celebrating during Halloween?


It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin by Soraya Coffelt explains the origins of Halloween through a wonderfully illustrated picture book for kids ages 4-10. I personally don’t have any clue how Halloween started and after reading this book with my children, I was glad to finally know the history of this celebration. The involvement of witches, bats, scarecrow, pumpkins and” trick or treat” was also clearly explained. My children ages 8 and 11 enjoyed and understood the story without any further explanation from me.

This is a good resource book for Christian families who want to educate their young children without scaring them.


This book is available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback versions.

All proceeds from this book are going to the As the Stars of the Sky Foundation Inc. as established by the author Soraya Coffelt to help children in the United States and around the world to have strong childhood education

It’s Not About You Mr Santa Claus Book Review

My children loves to read, while they prefer paperback, they also read e-books from time to time. Recently, we were given the opportunity to read the e-book It’s Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus by Soraya Coffelt. It is part of her Love Letter series which talks about the different traditions and holidays in the country and shows what these days really mean.


I opened the file on my laptop using Acrobat Reader and began to read to my children. We were delighted to see the bright and colorful illustrations, but it is the story that truly captured our interest. The book is written in such a way even a child as young as 4 would understand. The story is written in a letter format and every children can easily relate to the writer. The book is addressed to Mr. Santa Claus and the true origins of gift giving during Christmas time was explained clearly. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ being born and the wise men seeking Him to bring Him gifts.

This is a delightful and exciting way for children ages 4-10 to know the beginnings of Christmas and how gift giving really started so that whenever Christmas comes, we should not just focus on Santa Claus and the material gifts we receive but on the gift that God gave us in Jesus Christ.



As Christmas is roughly 2 months away, this would be a great gift for your little ones. All proceeds from this book are going to the As the Stars of the Sky Foundation Inc. as established by the author Soraya Coffelt to help children in the United States and around the world to have strong childhood education. This book is available in Kindle, paperback and hardcover versions.

For more information, visit As the Stars of the Sky.

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight from Real Life Press Review

As a homeschool mom for 5 years, I have experienced some high and lows in our homeschooling journey but I admittedly am still no expert in homeschooling so I was pretty excited to read
The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight from Real Life Press. I was given a PDF copy to review this eBook by Heidi St John.

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Real Life Press believes that Truth can only be found in God’s Word and publishes materials on marriage, parenting, homeschooling and Bible study. The people behind Real Life Press are Jay St. John, who is the publisher and and leads Firmly Planted Ministries and Heidi St. John, who writes, speaks and blogs at The Busy Mom.

Throughout the past years, I have been following The Busy Mom’s blog. It has been a source of encouragement to me. I like how candid Heidi can be, using humor and her real life experiences as application points.  I was pretty excited to read The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight, especially as we were heading to our summer break when I got my copy of the eBook. I knew that this book would provide fresh insights, encouragement and help me re-evaluate as we close another school year.

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I used my iPhone’s iBooks app to open the PDF file and as soon as I started reading the  introduction, I knew that this was the perfect book I need to read to help me make the most of our break. The entire book focuses on 8 practical ways to use the daytime hours wisely including home organization, meal preparation, homeschooling and other important things that moms do at home.

In the beginning of the book, Heidi reminds us that as homeschool moms, we must make our marriage the top priority relationship at home, though she discusses more about this on her other book The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance. Then she mentioned that we are to nourish our relationship with our children and to always see the big picture because time with the children is limited and is truly precious.

Detailed chapters on how to do this follows. It begins with Intentional Daylight. She reminds us that a crucial component to homeschooling is knowing why we are homeschooling. Afterwards, it is important to make P.O.A. or Plan of Action which you need to hold loosely depending on the season of your life. Nurturing ourself should be included in our plans to ensure that we don’t overwork ourselves.

Organized Daylight is probably one of my favorite chapters. It focuses on controlling clutter and reclaiming space at home. Since we live in a minimal spaced house, I need to make sure our house is free of clutter. Heidi reminds us the importance of decluttering and practical steps to organizing our home.

Scheduled Daylight talks about time management. Self-control and prioritization of what really matters is of utmost importance to achieve proper management of time. There are different daily schedules which one can use as a template for our own home.

Hungry Daylight focuses on meal preparation and practical tips on menu planning, picky eaters and how to make meal times special.

Discouraged Daylight deals with discouragement that comes to all homeschooling moms. I identified with this chapter and found it very enlightening. I was reminded that it is the grace of God which enables me to do all that he has purposed for me to accomplish. I don’t rely on my strength and wisdom but depend on His power and grace to be an effective homeschool mom for my kids.

Consolidated Daylight talks about multi-level homeschooling and how to breathe LIFE unto your homeschool days.

Wasted Daylight helps you identify the daylight wasters and how to deal with them. Social media can be a great source of information but it can also be a time stealer. It is important not to waste your time and energy daily on unimportant stuff.

The last chapter, focuses on Surrendered Daylight. It is so easy to be pressured by our society so this is something that should be dealt with immediately. Refocusing our aim and surrendering our homeschooling to God allows us to find peace and calm in the Holy Spirit rather than on what “should be” happening to our children.

All through out the book, I learned that there is NO PERFECT MOM or SUPER MOM. God is the reason why I chose to homeschool the kids, and I must continually draw strength from Him and seek Him first always. I choose to remember what Heidi said “If He has put homeschooling before you, trust Him! He has already equipped you for the job!”

Go get your own copy and be inspired to homeschool. The eBook costs $12.95.

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