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 <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review: Noah's Voyage

Noah's Voyage is the re-telling of the familiar story of Noah's faithful quest to obey the Lord's command and build the ark. Beautiful and captivating illustrations adorn each page and tell the story of this man and his faith in God.  

Published by ZonderKidz, it is another installment of the I Can Read! Series of books.  It is a Level 2 reader which means that it contains appropriate content and vocabulary that children ranging from ages 4 - 8 can assimilate.  My daughter finds this line of books fascinating and has questions to share though out the read.

Toward the middle of the book it states accurate Biblical content (which most children's Bible stories omit) such as:

* The earth was flooded for 150 days
* Noah was 601 years when the water dried up
* God's promise

This familiar story includes beautiful imagery which captivated my daughter's attention.  The pictures of the giraffes, bears, lions, tigers and rabbits are depicted so well.  Their expressions are humorous as well, cleverly drawing you into each page.

At the back of the book there are two sections which are a bonus.

* People in Bible Times - A short biography on Noah
* Did You Know? - A detailed description and dimensions of the ark

Sometime ago my daughter was gifted Zonderkidz, I Can Read! books for her birthday, and I am extremely pleased to be adding this one to our collection of Bible children's books.

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


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Moment by Moment

Moment by Moment a devotional journal for girls by Jennifer Flanders is a wonderfully made keepsake.  This journal is designed to record thoughts, jot down goals, write out prayers and lay on its pages all that your little one may have in her heart to share.

There are a plethora of writing prompts that will inspire girls to write or draw out their ideas.  There are over 190 pages to fill and document thoughts and special memories as well as meaningful occasions. The book is divided into sections such as Childhood Memories, Personal Favorites, Prayers and Graces.  There is also a section at the very end of the book, a calendar, in which you can record important dates, such as birthdays, weddings or family outings.

The charming and quaint illustrations are depicted lovingly throughout the book. There are Bible verses, written on every page, in stunning typeface through out the journal that corresponds with the writing prompt on the page.

This journal is done in such an impressive way and I highly recommend this book for gift giving. It is such a great resource to record delightful memories which can be looked back on and cherished for years to come.

If you would like to purchase your own copy to do with your daughter or would like to give it as a gift, it is available for purchase here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the BookCrash book review program. 





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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: My Sing-Along Bible

My Sing-Along Bible by Stephen Elkins contains 50 easy to understand Bible stories and 50 fun songs based on Scripture.    

Some of the stories that are included are ones that are common in children's story books.  The stories of Noah and the Flood, David and Goliath, and Baby Moses to name a few but also those which are not as common such as Balaam and the Donkey, Hannah's Gift, Double Blessing (Elijah taken up to Heaven).  I am pleased that these stories were also included along with God is Our Guide and Angels Watching Over Me.
Each story includes the following sections:
  • Let's Read - brief summary of the Bible story
  • A Biblical Verse - that corresponds with the story
  • Let's Sing - the words to the song
  • Little Lesson - overview of the story

The illustrations by Susan Reagan and vivid and colorful.  The drawing are whimsical and so very fun to watch.  Besides illustrating Biblical accounts she also included pictures of beautiful children engaging in day-to-day life activities.  They draw my little one into the story and she gazes at them with joy.

This book has 50 (FIFTY!!) sing-along lively and fun Bible songs for children that reinforce the stories in the book. It also includes two bonus tracks that include the books of the Old and New Testament.  This is a great tool to help little ones memorize the books the Bible along with the order in which they appear.

My soon to be 6 year-old daughter is enjoying her new book.  The size of the hard cover padded book, which measures about 8x8 inches is easy for her to grasp in her hands and turn the pages with ease.

Tyndale's quality of books geared toward children of Biblical content are superb and I recommend them to parents who are looking to expand their child's resources of appropriate Godly material. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. - See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/5_nav/guidelines.php#sthash.kToR95oA.dpuf

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