Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{Book Review} Night Nigt Blessings by Amy Parker

One of the biggest things that I try to instill my son is thankfulness. I want him to be able to recognize the new gifts that each day brings.

In a book not as rhymey as your typical children's book, Amy Parker's Night Night Blessings, she's establishing a life of thankfulness. Parker brings you in from the "morning sunlight" to "night night" showing you the not just the blessings of the spiritual nature, but physical blessings as well. One of the best parts of this book is the adorable illustrations by Marijan Ramljak. The colors were gorgeous!

I love the idea of using this book to help my son recognize his everyday blessings in a very personal way.

Night Night Blessings by Amy Parker

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Friday, October 7, 2011

{Book Review} Bible Stories for Preschoolers

I'm always on the hunt for a good storybook for my son. When I got the chance to review Bible Stories for Preschoolers, I jumped at it. My son was so excited when we got the package in the mail and even more excited when we got a chance to sit down and read before bedtime.

I was expecting your typical Bible storybook for children. Ones that always seem just a little too old my son and have no interaction whatsoever.  What I got was something totally different. Bible Stories for Preschoolers has sections the follow almost every story called Family Talk. This is where you get to interact with you child and ask them questions about the story. What's great about this is that it's teaching your child to pay attention and absorb the lesson that is being taught. Also in the Family Talk section there's an activity and a verse to remember about each section.

After reading this with my son many nights we noticed how much more alert he is when the story is being read. He's now asking more questions. I love he excitement over learning and even more learning the love of Christ. I was highly recommend this to any family feeling burnt out on the story books out there. You won't be disappointed.

Bible Stories for Preschoolers

Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.

Monday, October 3, 2011

{Book Review} Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy by Karen Kingsbury

 I have often fallen into the pit of "woe is me." I've had my moments where I think God can't possibly want this for me. He must just be looking the other direction. Kind of like when I do that with my son. Once I turn around I find how quickly a mess can form. The same goes for our lives, but God is watching us. He knows troubles of this world and is still working in it. Sometimes even through the mess of our sin. 

I recently got the chance to review the Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy by Karen Kingsbury. I had never read any of her books before. I had no idea what to expect. One thing I didn't expect was to be completely pulled into the story. So much so that there were many a nights that I stayed up well into the early hours of the morning.

The Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy gives you front row seats to how the details of life make a difference. First you meet Hannah, who has just lost a husband and daughter to a drunk driving accident in Waiting for Morning. She's bitter and angry with God. So much so that she's trying convince herself that he doesn't exist. Hannah is brought to her knees when her daughter, Jenny, attempts something no parent wants to see. 

Then you meet Jade and Tanner. Childhood friends separated too soon in A Moment of Weakness. Tanner takes a summer internship across the country never expecting to run into the one girl he said was going to marry. A summer spent together. Dreams realized. Lines are crossed. Lies are told. Jade knows that God has a plan for her, but is this really it? 

Finally in Halfway to Forever you get a glimpse of the friendships formed when Tanner and Matt, Hannah's husband and former prosecutor for the drunk driver, become partners in a law firm fighting for religious freedom. Each family goes through their own struggles. There are moments when you question, "Can God really be apart of this? Is he punishing me for past sins?." 

Karen Kingsbury writes what is real. How people really feel. How Christians aren't perfect people. We are just loved by a perfect God. A God who has plans for us. A God who hears our prayers, praises and sobs. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to see how God turns the ashes of this life into something beautiful.

This song was on repeat the whole time I was reading this book. It's so fitting.


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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.