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.

 

 

 

Share the promise of Easter through storytime

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with this adorable book by Kathleen Long Bostrom.   Easter Stories and Prayers, a Special Easter edition is four books in one!  Through story you and your child will celebrate the real meaning of Easter with this special collection.    Easter Stories and Prayers is a children’s book included within the “Little Blessings” series of books. This particular book in the series focuses on the cross and what it means, who Jesus was and why he came to earth as one of us, what is prayer and how to pray, and where and what is heaven. By including all of these subjects in one book it provides a well-rounded view of Jesus and what the Easter event means.

Majority of the pages are written in a rhyming and lyrical style that will engage your child and will develop their reading and cognitive skills.  The words are simple to read and understand for early and young readers. Sections include beautiful illustrations by Elna Kucharik that resemble Precious Moments and questions for children to contemplate during the reading.

Easter Stories and Prayers is a beautiful collection of stories that explain why the cross, who is Jesus, what is prayer, and what about heaven.   I recommend Easter Stories and Prayers to all young readers and parents of future young readers.

I have received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Pink Plush Tween Bible

This is such a beautiful Bible designed for your tween girl.  The cover of the Bible is very eye catching in bright fuchsia pink and super soft to the touch.  This is such a fun design with features that include the words of Christ in red, an easy-to-read font size, and a hard cover under the main flap.  This Bible is written in the New International Version in God’s word, including the Old and New Testaments.  There are no devotional pages included and very few footnotes.  This is a great Bible for your tween daughter to read on a daily basis and to use during Bible Studies.

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

Sideways Cross Necklace: Christian Symbolism or just another fashion trend with an endless meaning?

A few years ago I purchased a sideways cross necklace. My sister asked me one day what it meant. She said the sideways cross didn’t sit with her the right way. That was the first time I thought that it could have an alternate meaning. I started to research online, I mean I don’t want to wear something that goes against my faith. I found as there is no definite meaning behind the necklace, other than being a fashion statement.  I decided to take my research to the Bible.  The Good Book has never failed me before and is filled with answers to every question I can think of.  As I scanned through some of my favorite verses in the Bible I came across John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  God loved us..you and me so much that he sacrificed his son Jesus.  Jesus was sent to earth, born of a virgin, and marked with a promise for us.  What is this promise, you ask?  That Jesus would die and be  crucified on the cross to save you and me from our sins and to give us eternal life. In John 19:30, ” When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  Jesus’ last words while on the cross were, “It is finished!”  These words translate to the Greek word ‘tetelestai’ which means “paid in full.”  Understanding what Jesus meant when he declared, “it is finished,” is very important.  What is finished?  Jesus completed the works of his father, God Almighty, which ended at the cross.  The eternal debt of sin was paid in full by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  The cross is a symbolism of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ.  But why wear a cross turned on it’s side?  Because as Christians we are to take up the cross and share the gospel of Christ.  For Jesus commanded us to be cross bearers.   He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:24-25.

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I wear my sideways cross necklace not because it is a fashion trend worn by Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus.  I wear it because it symbolizes hope and sacrificial love of my God Almighty.  It reflects God’s promise to me and for me.  It is also a reminder of the works that I should be doing for Jesus while I am living in my temporary home.  I shall take up my cross and follow Jesus.

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A Star for Jesus- a book review

What a precious book written for the lil ears in the family.  In A Star for Jesus, the author Crystal Bowman retells the Christmas story and how the bright shining star led the wise men to the newborn King, Jesus. Using rhythmic lyrics it is sure to delight the smallest readers.  This board book is intricately shaped like a star making it easy for lil hands to hold.   A Star for Jesus is a great first read  about the birth of Jesus, our Emmanuel.

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

Tell me about Prayer- A book review

Stephen Elkins is the author of “Tell me about Prayer.”  In this wonder kids book children learn what prayer is and how to pray in a way that brings honor to God.  This is an easy to read and easy to understand book that captures the readers attention through vibrant pictures and interactive songs.  My son enjoyed boarding the locomotive and singing the Lord’s Prayer.  Praying to God is more than just asking for things.  Your child will discover how easy it is to speak to God through prayer in this train em up delight.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

The Legend of the Candy Cane- a book review

The candy cane is more than just a sweet, minty treat we enjoy at Christmas.  There is great symbolism that reminds us of God’s sacrificial love.  The story of the candy cane is retold by Lori Walburg in her latest board book entitled, “The Legend of the Candy Cane.”   It all begins in a candy shop in a small town.  When Lucy extends a helping hand to the new stranger in town, she discovers the hidden truth of her favorite Christmas candy.  Make this a traditional reading  and share the secret and miracle of Christmas this holiday season and for many Christmases to come!

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Share the Legend of the Candy Cane this Christmas.  Print out this tag and attach to candy canes with a red and white ribbon.  Pass them out to everyone you meet.

This is a perfect activity to do in Sunday School or at home with your children.

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I found the tag on one of my google searches.  I do not know where it originated from.

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

Get to Know Mary, a book review

 

Most of us are familiar with Mary, the mother of baby Jesus, but we do not know how she lived or why she became the chosen one.  In “Get to Know Mary” we follow Mary’s life journey. We learn about who she was and follow major events in her life;  such as her engagement/marriage to Joseph, the birth of her first born son, her trip to Nazareth, and the home in which she made for her family.  “Get to Know Mary” is a fourth in the Get to know Children series written by Nancy I. Sanders.  This biography includes bright images and fun to know facts that will entertain your child’s mind.  There is also a timeline included in the back of the book.  This series makes for a great resource when learning about the great people of the Bible.  Very easy read and great for all ages.

 

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

Get to know Jesus…a book review

Nancy I Sanders has launched her Get to Know Series in which children are given a closer look into the lives of people from Bible times. I love this series because it gives our children a way to connect and learn about well known people of the bible as people and not a character in a story. Get to know Jesus is a great book for children ages 6-10. This book introduces Jesus and his amazing works that are found in the new testament. Learn about the life of Jesus from birth to the Crucifixion. This is an easy read that captures the mind of children using color images, maps, scripture, and fun facts. Flipping through the book you will find the Did you Know sections that explain Jesus’ family tree, the different Herods of the Bible, burial traditions, and the seven Jewish feasts and a hero section that introduces the 12 disciples, John the Baptist, Moses, and other Heroes of the Bible. This is a great resource for Sunday School and home Bible studies.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in return for an honest review

Christmas Fashion

What did the Cute Country Chick wear this Christmas?  I have actually received a number of emails asking me what I wore this holiday season.  It is no secret, I am a big fan of White Plum Boutique.  I get so many compliments when ever I wear anything from WPB.  I like the sophisticated, country girl look that WPB offers.  Everything fits great and that means a lot because I am extra petite!

December 24th

Christmas Eve Church Service

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Dress: White Plum Boutique

Shoes: Payless

 

December 25th

Christmas Day Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday with Family

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Sweater: White Plum Boutique

Leggings: White Plum Boutique

Boots:  GroopDealz

Merry Christmas!

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