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.

A Plague of Unicorns- a book review

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Excitement filled the house when we received Jane Yolen’s latest book, “A Plague of Unicorns.”   What mythical creatures and great adventures in a land of fantasy we were about to discover.  This is our first Jane Yolen book, and yet Yolen is no stranger to our family.  She is one of my favorite illustrators.  She has illustrated a number of books written by Karma Wilson and has brought life to Bear!  Oh, how I love Bear and his great adventures.

Jane Yolen has written an enchanted story that will engage both young boys and girls alike.  Readers will be charmed by the characters and will find themselves lost in the middle of a great story.  The story is set in a make-believe medieval village; a time that is unfamiliar and captivating to Yolen’s young audience.  In this magical tale Callanshire, James, son of the Duke of Callander is sent away at the early age of 9 to study at Cranford Abbey.  The school tries to stay financially afloat by making apples into cider.  But the Unicorns also love apples and shortly after they plague the school.  No matter what the monks do, they are not able to get rid of the horned creatures.  James Callanshire remains brave, caring, courageous, and becomes a hero!  Find out how…get yourself a copy today!222

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This is an easy read for children ages 8-12 and can be found in the fantasy section.

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