Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Review: NKJV Study Bible for Kids

NKJV Study Bible for Kids is chock full of features that will be sure to inspire your child to get to reading God's Word. 

This Bible incorporates the accuracy of the New King James Version translation of the Bible into an inviting format which captivates the reader at first glance.

My daughter was immediately drawn to the bright colors and the overall look of this Bible.  She immediately took hold of it and wanted to get into the Word.

As I thumbed through the Bible, I immediately noticed the bright colored page edges in an ombre detail.  Each page also has a fan tab that lists the book, chapter and verse.  That will be most helpful to those who are just starting to read the Bible until they are familiar with were each book is located.  

Although, there are quite a few additional features, I find each of them to be helpful to the reader.

Behind the Scenes: Bible book introductions including author, dates, key passages, and highlights;

Spotlight: God's big plan - how He worked in Bible times and how He works today;

Starring Roles: Biographies of key people in the Bible;

On Location: Colorful maps to help find Bible locations and events

You might think the font would be small to make room for all the extra content but not so.  The typeface provides ease of reading for children to be able to follow along. Hardcover books are made with durability in mind, great option since this Bible is for children!

Another feature that was well thought out is the Articles Index.  If the child wants to refer to biblical passages on sharing with others or obedience, they can refer to the page number listed and it will take them directly to the passage that talks about that particular topic.

There is also a ribbon marker to  keep tabs on where your little reader read last.

This is a beautifully done children's Bible.  If you are gifting a Bible to a loved one for an upcoming birthday or even for the holidays that are quickly approaching, I would HIGHLY recommend this one!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: Adventure Bible: The Good Samaritan

About the Book:
When a Jewish man is robbed and left on the side of the road to die, who stops to help? Another Jewish man...or a Samaritan?

My Review:
My daughter who is 6, enjoys to read children's versions of Biblical stories.  She has read the teaching of Jesus on the good samaritan in the Bible on her own so she is familiar with the story.  When she received this book she was completely enamored with it.  The longer sentences and more age appropriate vocabulary made it a great read for her.  After she read it, she went back and flipped through it again to enjoy the beautiful illustrations.

The Bible stories in the, I Can Read Series, published by ZonderKidz, are edifying and allow her to work on her reading development while learning Biblical concepts. I found the level of this book to be very age appropriate.

All throughout the book, I have noticed from the previous books in the series, that the illustrations were more vivid in color and eye-catching.  The facial expressions of the illustrations were done exceptionally well.  The pain and hurt the injured man was feeling was captured well through the pictures.

At the end of the book there is a section, People in Bible Times, which gives the child an appropriate definition of who where the Samaritans.  There is also a Words to Treasure section which can be used as a memory verse to incorporate what the child has learned.

This series of I Can Read books, that incorporate Biblical messages are such a breath of fresh air from the other general children's books.  My daughter looks forward to reading more books from this series.

I received a copy of The Good Samaritan from BookLook Bloggers 
in exchange for my honest review. 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: Until My Name Is Known

The first book in her Tell Of My Kingdom's Glory series, Until My Name
is Known by Sonia Contreras is a gripping and suspenseful story of a God and His love for His chosen people.  

While the story of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is quite known to us, the author provides an in-depth look and personal accounts of the characters depicted in her book.  This is a Biblical fiction title, of course, we understand that these accounts are not listed in the Bible, however, the way she weaves the fear and fright the Egyptians as well as the Israelites could have felt through out is depicted extremely well.  

The ten plagues were described in graphic detail providing the reader with an awareness of the severity and how they lives of both the Egyptians and the Israelites were affected. The book ends with the miraculous parting of the sea and the Israelites passing through on dry land.  What an amazing demonstration of God's power and might!

At the end of the book the author provides Summary Remarks.  She writes of her findings in both archaeological and historical accounts and how they translated to her writing.  This provided more insight to the details of the characters in the story. A map, showing the exodus route is also provided.

The story of Exodus is a love story in which Moses was chosen to bring to light the beacon of hope that was available to a people who thought they had been long forgotten by their God.  

For those who enjoy reading Biblical historical fiction, this will be a great read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook:  Think, Act, Be Like Jesus written by Randy Frazee, with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton and illustrated by Steve Adams is an amazingly beautifully done book with the aim to stimulate children and encourage them to BELIEVE the Word of God and to live it out boldly to the glory of God!

The illustrations are breathtakingly gorgeous.  The attention to the individual attributes of each story is depicted lovely.  The faces and features of the characters are incredibly done. This stunning hardcover book measures approximately 11 by 9 inches.  It is quite substantial in size for little hands to carry on their own.  However, that gives both parent and child the opportunity to explore the questions in this book together.  

This book follows the same pattern the Believe book geared towards adults.  (My eldest daughter is actually reading through the adult version now.  
She is enjoying the book so far).  The book is divided into three sections:
What Do I Believe? - how we can think like Jesus
What Should I Do? - how we can act like Jesus
Who Am I Becoming? - how we can be like Jesus

This book contains thirty chapters.  Each chapter asks The Key Question which is relevant to what the chapter will deal with.  A detail that really stands out to me is that each chapter provides two Biblical accounts, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.  At the end of the chapter there is an applicable portion stating The Jesus Answer.  It provides a powerful Scripture reference to help answer and guide the reader on how to apply the Biblical principal that was referred to. 

Being a home school mom, I could see us using this book as part of our Bible study curriculum.

I definitely recommend this book as it would wonderfully compliment your library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.