Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, Daniel Partner, and illustrated by Alessia Girasole

Beautiful illustrations and much loved Bible stories combine in this wonderful new book that will excite parents and young readers. Each Bible lesson has a bright, inviting illustration, the Scripture reference, and a devotional sized story, that will take about 10 min. to read and enjoy. The Index at the back of the book gives a topical listing by Old and New Testament, making it easy to find the story you are looking for. And, the print is a really good size for reading together.

I really like this book, and can't wait to read the stories to my new grandson. The pictures are vibrant and easy to see, and the stories short enough for even the wiggliest child to sit through. I love that the Scripture is also listed so that you can read it from the Bible as well. I also love that the stories cover topics from Genesis through Revelation. This book will make a great gift for families with small children, or for parents/grandparents building a library. I definitely recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"May the Faith Be With You" NIRV Bible by Zondervan 2017

"May the Faith Be With You" is a new Bible for children aged 6 - 10 years. It is meant to inspire young people to pick up their Bible and go on the adventure God intended for us to take. It is the New International Reader's Version is a new version designed to make reading the Bible easier. Each reader will discover that for them-self.

This Bible has an astronomical theme in cover and artwork. It is meant to play off the space exploration idea, drawing children and other readers into its pages. The artwork portrays stars, the sun, planets, etc. and each page has something special about the Bible. Topics include: Books of the Bible, The Ten Commandments, What is the Trinity?, and What were the parables of Jesus? They are wonderful pathways to Bible truths and they spark interest with the beautiful background. 

I really like the "fun" aspect of this Bible. It really does draw your attention to the adventure contained inside. It has a hard cover and the print is small, but most children like both of those features. I love the special pages, one of my favorites being, "Verses to read when..." I recommend this Bible because I think everyone should be reading what God has to say.

Monday, November 6, 2017

"When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?" by Jennifer Grant

Aging brings a set of problems no one seems prepared for. Changes happen to health, body, occupation, family, friends, etc. Soon we are looking around and wondering, "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?" In this new book, Jennifer Grant takes a look at the entire situation and offers help to get through it.

The kids are gone, high school reunion #XX, friends/family dying, wrinkles, new aches and pains, changes in our spiritual/emotional/physical life all brought on by aging. The question is can we laugh through the learning? Can we see ourselves in the "old people" we see around us? This book is filled with poignant and funny stories and honesty that keeps readers glued to the page. 

I loved this book! I didn't have a problem going into my 40's or my 50's, but am seeing more changes as I embark on the 60's. This book kept me glued to the pages, laughing and feeling for those in the stories. It's time to take a look at the changes that have come to our lives - empty nest, stories to share, people looking up to you, maybe feeling lost - time to make the changes to help us enjoy each stage God brings us to. This is a great book not only for readers 30ish and older to have in their home for the wisdom it contains, but also to give as a gift to those who need the help this book will provide. I highly recommend it!

"In the Middle of the Mess" by Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh is a prolific writer of spirit filled, honest books. Her message of freedom in Christ continues to shine in this new book. Circumstances get in the way, problems block our view, Satan attacks over and over; but "In the Middle of the Mess," God is there! He wants us to believe that, to fully comprehend that we are constantly held by Him. In this book, Sheila Walsh tells us how to turn struggles into strengths, obstacles into stepping stones, and heartache into growth. Her honesty and strength will keep readers glued as they grow closer to God.

Sheila Walsh is one of my favorite authors and speakers. Her love for the Lord is transparent, her stories honest and her heart open. We all have problems in our lives that take our breath away sometimes and how we handle them can be up for grabs. In this book, readers will find fresh hope and ideas of trust, confession, Bible meditation, and prayer. The tools to get out of "the mess" are here. 

One of my favorite lines, "But hear this truth: Nothing that affects you is petty to God." pg. 52  I highly recommend this book!

Monday, October 23, 2017

"Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women" by Lindsay A. Franklin

Devotionals, books that aid us in our daily walk with God. Many have been written through the years, touching tough topics and encouraging the discouraged. In this new devotional, Lindsay Franklin touches the tough topics that affect young women today; a devotional that reinforces how much they are loved by God.

Pain, heartache, social requirements for beauty, social media, cyber bullying - just a few of the things that affect young people today. Young women can get drawn in to a world they never imagined due to trying to fit in with the "in" crowd. Peer pressure can make it almost impossible to resist. But in this new devotional, young women will find that they can be armed with God's Word and a short, relevant reading that puts everything into perspective. Nothing takes the place of reading the Bible, but devotionals like this add personal perspective to the reading.

I like this devotional, and think it will make a great gift for several young women I know. I like that there is a verse with a short devotional, and then there is a space for journaling thoughts. That really helps make the lesson of the day stick and become real. I recommend it to anyone with young women in your life. It is well worth sharing!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"The Teen's Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices" by Jonathan McKee

Social Media, one of the hottest activities of our lifetime. Posting, tweeting, sharing pictures, etc. Is there danger? What should be the focus, especially for teenagers? In this new book by Jonathan McKee, teens (and others) can get 21 tips for keeping yourself safe and being wise when dealing with social media.

Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram - all commonly used forms of social media. In the blink of an eye. people all over the world can know more about you than most of your friends. Media does more than letting you engage. It also tracks your likes, your movements, your life moments. This book begins with two letters; one to parents and one to the teen. It then goes into debunking false ideas (i.e. I can delete what I post.), rules of safety (i.e. look at privacy settings, friend requests, think before you post). It is a common sense look at the world through these wonderful and dangerous apps. 

I enjoyed, and learned from, this book. It's easy to read and makes many common sense points. There are "Questions to Ponder," "Tips," and "Something to Think About," that will draw a reader in. I recommend this book to teens and their parents, along with anyone else who whats to be wiser when posting. It is well worth your time.

Monday, August 28, 2017

"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman, aka "Auggie," was born with severe facial deformities, but otherwise he was a normal young man. He had loving parents and sister, and a wonderful dog named Daisy. Due to numerous surgeries, August had been homes schooled. But, that was all going to change as he enters 5th grade!

Auggie can't understand why his parents are "making" him go to Beecher Prep. Why did he have to be around people all the time? People who would stare, make faces, make ugly comments. But, Auggie was likeable and did make some friends, the best of whom were Summer and Jack Will. But then, there were those others! Come along and learn about 5th grade with Auggie. Meet his Director, Mr. Pullman; his teacher, Mr. Brown, who teaches them Precepts during English; his parents, his sister "Via," and the other students in the school. This is a story that will touch even the toughest heart!

"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out." This is one of my favorite lines in the book. I agree with so many others that this should be required reading in middle school, and even for older students/parents. Kindness, courage, friendship, just some of the themes of this book. This book made me laugh, cry, feel anger, and feel joy. I highly recommend it to everyone!