Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrations by Margaret Spengler is a charming rhyming re-telling of the story of the Prophet Jonah.  This book is aimed accurately at children 4-8 year olds considering that most pages contains about one to two sentences.  The illustrations have soft blurred edges but none the less are colorful and vivid enough to capture the attention of the young reader.  I also did appreciate that the book is about 9 x 9 inches.  A nice and comfortable size for little hands to grasp.

The Biblical story of Jonah is one of my daughter's absolute favorites.  She thoroughly enjoys reading how Jonah disobeyed the Lord and the consequences his disobedience caused.  When we received this book she was excited to say the least.  She eagerly listened and asked questions.

Children's books re-telling Bible stories often omit much pertinent information therefore it is the parents responsibility to Biblically and accurately fill in the gaps.  We did enjoy this book and recommend it to any growing child's library.

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: Get To Know King David

About The Book:
A shepherd and a king, David lived an adventurous life. He protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears. He fought a giant with just a sling and stone. He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him. And eventually, David became a great king. But David was also a man of God. Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God’s people. King David - part of the Get to Know series - will teach you everything you need to know about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things!

My Review:
My youngest daughter Genesis loves vividly illustrated books; she is always drawn to them and can re-read her favorite titles over and over again! When I saw this book, I knew that she would enjoy both the full-color pictures and the facts behind a character she's read about in the Bible.

Get To Know King David is a full-color biography for younger children, complete with easy to understand text portions, fun facts titled Did You Know? and a dictionary of sorts that define words such as Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments to give kids a better understanding of Bible terms. There are also sections titled Bible Hero and Eyewitness Account that provide a little more in-depth information. I found all of these resources to be helpful in explaining the Bible in an age appropriate way. Not only is Get To Know King David an easy read, it's also an entertaining read. Any child with a desire to learn will find this read enjoyable. 

What really sets this title and the others in the series apart is the wealth of information explained in an engaging way. My daughter's favorite part are all of the full-color photos; they're just like the ones found in "grown-up" Bible dictionaries and concordances. The overall look of this book, I think, also encourages young children in their own study of scripture because it's easy to use but bits of it resemble study books parents use.

So, if you're looking for fun Bible study resource for your children I highly recommend the Get To Know series including the Get To Know King David title.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Heaven

Heaven: What's It Like? How Do We Get There? by Stephen Elkins is an appreciable compilation of 60 engaging rhyming stories which includes an applicable Bible verse and charming illustrations depicting a diversity of beautiful children.            

The book is comprised of three sections:

What is Heaven Like? 
(Heaven is Real, Perfect, Beautiful, Forever, etc)
How Do We Get There?
(Open God's special Book, Know God's Special Name, etc)
How Do We Live Like Jesus Until Then?
(We Love, Serve One Another, etc.)

It contains a table of contents for easy navigation as well as a useful glossary of terms which defines words used in the book that younger children may not be aware of. Through out the book it is easy to identify the words that can be found in the glossary by the "special" font that is used.

I read this book with my four year old and she very much appreciated the scenes illustrating the children in various scenarios, which I considered each image relevant to the story it was telling.  It generated questions from her that allowed us to reference Scripture for Truth.  We enjoyed reading it together.

This book can be read aloud at bedtime or used as a daily devotional in which the whole family can join in on.

Overall, I found the content of the book to be a great resource for children.  I am glad to add this to my daughter's library of great books that we will treasure.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased and honest review.)


Book Review: Gospel Assurance & Warnings by Paul Washer

Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer manages to catapult and admonish the believer to examine oneself as to whether you are in the faith.  His constant reference of Scripture assures the reader that these are not his own thoughts or reasonings but the truth found in the Word of God.  The dangers of false conversion, following the lusts of the flesh and indulging in its desires is plainly and sincerely depicted as a contradiction to the Gospel.

Although, I have heard various teachings by Paul Washer, this is the first book I have read by him.  It was an eye-opener from the preface of the book.

The book is divided into two parts, however, the message is one:
Part One: Biblical Assurance and Part Two: Gospel Warnings or Warnings to Empty Confessors.  The writer clearly points out the dangers of modern evangelicalism and false conversion all while drawing the reader to the love and hope found in Scripture.  Guiding the reader through 1 John, Washer invites the reader to reflect upon their life and see if it bears fruit of genuine conversion or if the manner of living bears more resemblance to an unbelieving world all the while encouraging the reader that He who began a good work will carry it onto completion.

The writer encourages the reader to seek assurance of their conversion through Biblical discipline and the regeneration which proceeds from the Spirit of God.   Washers sincerity and his love for the souls is evident in his writing.  

I enjoyed this book immensely and its encouragement to remain rooted in the Truth of Jesus is invaluable.

I recommend this book to anyone who desires to glean assurance from Scripture the foundation to establish and maintain their salvation.

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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”