It Will Be Okay- a book review

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It Will Be Okay is the perfect book for children between the ages 4 and 8.  With adorable illustrations and a sweet story of a farmer and a little seed, children learn to trust God and that he is always with us.  What a sweet message for your youngin’ to learn and understand at an early age.  Through out the story little seed expresses over and over again his fear of leaving the comfort of the seed packet in the farmer’s shed.  Little Seed is reminded that the farmer is kind and gentle and always watching over him.  It is so easy for fear to consume us, but it is even easier to place out trust in God.  With repetition the message of the story is, “trust in God.” “God is with us.”

The first page of the book is a list of 10 scriptures to memorize and explore with your child.  These scriptures share the promise of God’s word that will conquer the fear in your child’s heart (and your own)!

This story is incredibly sweet and easy for your child to connect with the characters.  They will enjoy reading about the friendship shared between Little Seed and Little Fox.  My children ages 5 and 10 were very much engaged through the whole story and have started memorizing the bible verses.   My children feel more content and are becoming more fearless as they are reminded of God’s presence in their lives.

Lysa TerKeurst (the author) has written a beautiful story with a promising message that it is OK to be afraid, but to always remember that God is there, loving us and watching over us, and that it really will be OK.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Between Heaven and Earth

Since the release of “Heaven is for Real,” by Todd Burpo, there has been a tremendous drive in literature about  Heaven.  Burpo shared an amazing story of how his son had a vision of Heaven and came back to earth to tell about it.   The author of  Between Heaven and Earth has a much different story to tell.  Steve Berger and his wife lost their son on his 19th birthday in a very tragic,  one car accident.  His son went home to Heaven and there he stayed.   This tragedy tugged at the fragile hearts of the Berger’s.   This  heart wrenching tragedy led to one of Berger’s greatest enlightenment’s about an amazing wonder called Heaven.   This tragic event worked in the lives of the Berger’s and they began to feel the omniscient presence of God.  It was now that Berger finally understand the depth of his sermons he preached over the years about our forever home in Heaven.   It wasn’t until Steve’s son was called home by the Lord that he felt the peace and comfort that this promising place offers.  It is one thing to be able to talk about heaven, but to live heaven while on earth is a miraculous story.

Berger tackles the accusations of “heavenly minded but of no earthly good” with a passionate call for faith and hope in the midst of fear and despair.  Focusing on the hope and inspiration from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Berger invites his readers to engage in his thoughts and visions about heaven, drawing inspiration on God’s grace and healing power that lies between Heaven and earth.

Berger takes the reader through the emotional journeys of Apostle Paul as he confesses what it truly means to live in Christ and to die and gain.  He digs deep into the lessons learned by Abraham as he stayed focused on the future that was promised by God.

We are reminded through his writing that Heaven is a place in which there is no pain, it is a place harvested with joy and love that is given to us by God.  Heaven is real and it is a beautiful place.

“Between heaven and earth” is a glimpse of a personal journey that Berger and his wife never thought they would have to take.  It is something that I can relate to, as I lost a very close family member a few years ago in a very tragic accident with a fire engine responding to an emergency call.  This book offers healing and comfort in the power of God’s word and his promise of Heaven.

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I received a complimentary copy of Between Heaven and Earth by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honet