5-Minute Nighttime Bible Stories- a book review

Reading to my children has become a cherished pastime each and every night.  As a family we take turns reading together and acting out the scenes in the book.  It has become my favorite part of our bedtime ritual.  Our ritual begins in prayer, followed with a bible story; then we read a few books selected by my kids, lastly, one of my children will lead us in a bedtime family prayer.  _240_360_Book.1928.coverThe 5-Minute Nighttime Bible Stories, as retold by Charlotte Thoroeby is a book that gets selected every night by my son.  He loves to read about Jesus and your child will too!  In this book your child will enjoy reading 26 short stories from the Creation to Jesus’ Birth and many more!  Pages are full of brightly colored illustrations and large format; making this book easy and enjoyable to read by kids of all ages.  I love that the short stories are set up as mini devotions (a great introduction for your littlest human) with a question, a small prayer, and even a scripture verse.  You will also find additives in the back of the book including: The Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, Psalm 23, a listing of all the books in the Bible, and words to Anna B Warner’s Jesus Loves Me.  This is a great way to share the stories of Jesus with your little one and is guaranteed to be a family favorite that can be read at anytime of day!

 

 

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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The Great Carp Escape and a giveaway!

unnamedThe Great Carp Escape is a beautiful children’s story with a deep message reminding us just how deep God’s love is for us and all living creatures.  Written by Irish Beth Maddock and based on a true story the illustrator transports the readers  to a small beach front in Canada with allegorical images of geese, weeping willow, evergreen, waves, and carp!  Your child will enjoy reading of the adventures of this dynamic sibling pair and the habits of the ocean life found along the shoreline.  Swimming, snorkling, and even clam fishing; the story quickly develops into a lifelong lesson that  Beth, Paul  (the siblings), and your own child will never forget as the children take a walk with dad.  Stumbling upon what has been defined as the ugliest fish ever seen (the carp) by Beth, their dad explains  that beauty is more then skin deep.  Our creator loves each and everyone of us and designed us with love; including the CARP.  “God thinks this fish is wonderful!”  Smiling, he added, “God thinks you’re wonderful too!”   This is my ultimate favorite line in the book.  There is so much relief in this single line, to know that above everything else that my creator thinks I am wonderful!  ” That means I am wonderfully made!” my almost teenage daughter exclaimed as I read that line aloud.  This brought a huge smile to her face and joy to her heart.  As a teenager this is a big message to receive, when everything around you seems so awkward and out of place and you question your sole purpose for belonging.  We too can find the beauty not just in this strange fish with spiny fins and large scales but every living creature if only we look through our Father’s eyes.

This is sure to be a family favorite and  will change how ya’ll view the world around you!

 

 

Thank you to Irish Beth Maddock for allowing me the opportunity to review The Great Carp Escape with a complimentary copy and allowing me to express my honest opinion.

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Only God Can Make a Kitten- a book review

only godThis is one of the sweetest children’s books my children and I have read together.   As your child reads the rhyming text and enjoys the softly drawn images he/she will discover who the one and true creator  is.  The story is written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Laura J Bryant.  A mother and her children are enjoying a day of exploration in the great outdoors.  Her children are climbing on rocks, swimming in the sea, and discovering God’s creation with every step of the way.

There is lots of fun word play through out the text, ” “Mama, look! A tiny sprout! Who made this sprig of spring pop out? He who knows our every need. Only God can make a seed.” (Greene, 2015) Only God Can Make a Kitten will become a treasured family favorite and shares the truth about our world and her creator.

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The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Let There Be Light

ImageGod’s World is good!  In this beautifully illustrated children’s book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu we are reminded of just how good God’s creation truly is.  This book takes us back to Genesis and walks us through the six 24 hour days that God took to create this magnificent world we call home.  The illustrations are bright and colorful.  My children enjoyed the magical way the images stood out to them as they turned every page.  I especially liked how the artist incorporated our Lord Jesus Christ in every page illustrating that God is omnipresent. This book is a great reminder of just how much God loves his creation and that everything he created is good and is right.  I liked that while I was reading, “Let There Be Light,” my children were interacting with me and were so familiar with the story.  I would read, “On the first day God created…”and my children would say “LIGHT!” This children’s book is the retelling of a true story straight from Genesis in the greatest book ever written, the word of God–the BIBLE!   Follow this link to watch an interview with the Archbishop about his book, “Let There Be Light.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr0y1dQhVoM

Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderul Design

Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design is a devotional book for young children with twenty stories and engaging illustrations, followed by interactive time including questions and Scripture reading. The authors Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt guide parents and children to learn:

The Creational principle that “God created man in his own image…male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27) is extraordinary!

Jesus is in all of Scripture.  the Bible is not a collection of disconnected stories but one big story of the triune God redeeming His people.

God’s word is our authority and His glory is our purpose

Throughout the stories we follow Cassie and Caleb in everyday activities with their family and we learn about God’s design with them.  The book repeats in many stories that men and women may have been created with differences but we are all equal because we are made in his image.  I like how the book emphasizes on how God has made men and women equal and we are both created to bring glory to His word.  I love how interactive this book is and how easy it is for even the youngest mind to follow and comprehend.  In just 20 stories and 91 pages we start with creation and end in Revelations and the coming of Christ for his bride–the church and all believers.  My children were captivated with the stories of Cassie & Caleb and the beautiful illustrations.

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**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers