Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: NKJV Adventure Bible

The New King James Version Adventure Bible is an amazing Children's Bible that is presented with beautiful color illustrations in a hard bound cover. It has a jungle theme which is appealing to both boys and girls. This Bible is geared towards 8-12 year olds. It has an abundance of features which include:

  • Life in Bible Times—Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days 
  • People in Bible Times—Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible 
  • Let’s Live It!—Hands-on activities help kids apply biblical truths to their life 
  • Did You Know?—Interesting facts help kids understand God's Word 
  • Words to Treasure—Great verses to memorize 
  • Book introductions, a concordance, and 8 pages of full-color maps 

Before each book of the Bible, questions are presented to give the reader an idea of what they will encounter as they read the text such as: 

                      Who wrote this book?
                      Why was this book written?
                      What happens in this book?
                      What do we learn about God in this book? 

Answers to the questions are provided and serve as a great platform for further discussion and explanation by the parent. 

My daughter enjoyed flipping through the Bible and seeing the full color maps. We enjoyed reading the Book of Esther, and the NKJV translation is clear enough for her to understand and comprehend the Biblical principals of the story. 

This Bible provides many great extras such as information of "famous" children of the Bible, songs and even activities that can be shared with the whole family. I highly recommend this Bible for any child for the clarity of the NKJV translation and the many in depth and comprehensive features this Bible has to offer. 

BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this Bible. Click for details.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Review: Keepers of the Covenant

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin is the second novel in The Restoration Chronicle series.  This novel depicts biblical events that are mentioned in the Books of Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah

The author carefully and thoughtfully intertwined fact and fiction that allowed the reader to be enthralled and captivated by the story she was telling. 

I have read Return to Me (which is the first book in the series) and was excited to read this second installment and knew it would not disappoint.

This novel depicts the life of Ezra, the Scribe who is chosen to lead his people.  After victories and hardship, loss and new found love, Ezra has been called upon God to reveal the truth of His Word to His people and lead the Judean exiles living in babylon to their home in Jerusalem.  

As you read of Ezra and his many experiences you will also be engaged by the story of Reuben, who is a young man of 14, who considers himself capable of withstanding the duties and responsibilities of a man.  The story of Amina, which really tugged at my heart strings.  She is a young Babylonian girl who is considered a good for nothing cripple by the man who should have cared and loved her the most, her father.

This book has many exciting and unexpected twists which made this novel and exciting page turner. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical and Historical fiction.  I hopefully await a third installment of The Restoration Chronicles series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free  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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Book Review: Tell Me About Prayer

Tell Me About Prayer by Stephen Elkins is the latest in the Train 'Em Up Series.  This affordable series ($4.29 at Amazon) which includes delightful stickers and a full length 14 track CD are a great tool to assist parents in reiterating the Biblical values that the book conveys.

This softcover book explores questions like:

Have You Ever Wondered What Prayer Is?
Do You Expect That God Will Answer Your Prayers?
Do You Want To Talk with Him?

The book is easy to read and understand as it states.  At the end of each explanation of what prayer is there is a Bible verse to reinforce the statement.  I have to mention that the illustrations are so sweet.  There are pictures of darling children praying at bedtime and at dinner time.

The illustrations are exactly what I have come to expect from Stephen Elkins as I have other children's books by him.  It was a great idea to include in depth questions at the end of the book to reinforce the concept of prayer to your child.  

I recommend this book to any parent who is interested in sharing the truths of prayer to their children. If your looking for a gift to a child this would be great investment with the colorful stickers and CD it includes.

My daughter enjoyed having this book read to her and the questions that followed were edifying!

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. 

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Book Review: Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13

This is my third devotional from Pam Forster.

I have read with my youngest daughter "Honor Your Father and Mother".  I also studied along with her devotional for the Book of Colossians 3.  I enjoy her style of writing and her heart for encouraging busy moms to set aside personal time spent with the Lord.

"Bible Study for Busy Mamas: Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13" by Pam Forster begins with giving moms some helpful suggestions for getting through this Bible study.  I think it great that she also includes a section with every day "For Your Children" to motivate moms to include their children with the Bible studying.  It's never to early to start getting your children involved in studying the Word.

She also provides websites such as BlueLetterBible.org to assist with recording definitions that can challenge the reader to a more profound meaning of several words.
She encourages highlighting, circling words that stand out to us, to make lists, etc. to motivate us to interact with the Word.

You can find Pam Forster's blog as well as purchase this Bile study along with her other materials and resources to dig deeper into God's Word at www.doorposts.com.

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com 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.”


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Review: MOSES LEADS THE PEOPLE

About the Book:
Moses asked God, “Are you sure I am the right man?”

The Israelites are in slavery in Egypt, and God wants Moses to help set them free. But Moses is afraid no one will listen to him. And the Pharaoh is stubborn! He doesn’t want to let God’s people go. Even when God sends many plagues to Egypt, the Pharaoh still says no.

Then God sends the tenth plague. Will Pharaoh finally let God’s people go?

This level 2 I Can Read! book is designed for newly independent readers and is based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!

My Review:
My daughter and I love to read Bible stories together; she is particularly fond of the story of Jonah and this story, the story of Moses. Together, we have read Moses Leads the People several times and on her own time, my daughter has picked up her copy. Each time, I can tell that she is truly enjoying the pictures and figuring out the words for herself. 

I was excited to find I Can Read books that were Bible stories. My daughter has read other books from this series but I felt that the Bible stories were more edifying for her since she'd work on her reading skills while going over Bible stories. I found the level of this book to be very age appropriate. One thing I didn't like was the fact that the illustrations were dark. All throughout the book, dark colors were incorporated and I felt that for a children's book, lighter, brighter colors should have been used. 

I received a copy of Moses Leads the People from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. 
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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.”
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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.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Heaven

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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.)

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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.”

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: Noah and the Mighty Ark

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a telling of the well known Biblical story of Noah.  It is targeted for children ranging between the ages of 4 through 8.

The book itself is a sturdy hardback.  The cover image immediately greets you with the colorful and cuddly animals peeking overboard.  The book being a little over 20 pages made it possible for me to read it to my 4 year old daughter in one sitting.

She is aware of the story of Noah and was able to follow along with the beautiful illustrations. Although, right away I noticed that the illustrations were "blurry" my daughter didn't make any mention of it.  We also enjoyed naming the various animals on each page together.

Overall, this easy to follow short story, being in rhythmic form, is a delightful way to share this very well known story with younger children.


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.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan's Essential Atlas of the Bible by Carl G. Rasmussen provides a plethora of brilliant and intriguing images, graphs, charts and regional attributes.

This book is comprised of two sections: Geographical Section and Historical Section.

The Geographical Section provides fascinating details regarding the significant geographical challenges of the Middle East.  

Although the Geographical section is comprised of the first 27 pages of the book there is a wealth of information regarding the terrain as well as vivid climate and rainfall charts and an agricultural calendar.

The bulk of the book depicts the Historical Section of this part of the World.  It begins with the Pre-Patriarchal Period and concludes with the Seven Churches of Revelation and Jerusalem.

Maps of the Israelites travels throughout the unknown and a vast deserted wilderness is captured beautifully through illustrations.  The allotment of land carved out by God for the Twelve Tribes is depicted along with many other Biblically related happenings.  The arrival of the Greeks who thwarted Persian supremacy and the Maccabean revolt are just some of the other articles that are laid out for the reader to delve into.

I enjoy reading Historical information from Biblical times and places and this Atlas surpassed my expectations including the Scripture and a Subject Index to be able to reference the Bible to.

The attention to detail and impeccable photographs makes this atlas an invaluable addition to any 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. 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.”


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: The Wayfinding Bible



The Wayfinding Bible is designed to "helping you navigate through God's Word".  With three different "routes" to choose from, a new believer, someone more familiar with the Bible, or anyone in between will be able to read through the main points of the Word in as little as 54 readings. I think that these three "routes" would also be helpful in disciplining new believers and sharing the basics

My first impression of The Wayfinding Bible was "I love this!" As I continued to flip through and read, I was impressed by the fun colors, full-color pictures, notations and timelines. All of these detailed elements made the Bible come alive with background information and it also filled in some historical gaps. Sometimes, Bibles similar to this one can appear cluttered, but I found the layout of The Wayfinding Bible was very well placed.

Another major aspect that I loved from this Bible was the fact that all throughout, there are sections called "Finding Jesus In…", where it shows us where we truly can find Jesus in EVERY book of the Bible.
This would be so helpful in a theological discussion! 


Overall, I am so glad to have the opportunity to review The Wayfinding Bible. It's white clean-cut cover and color filled pages make reading the Bible fun! I enjoyed reading the flyover route and look forward to eventually read through the other routes and get a better feel for each system. Those seeking to add a structured daily Bible reading to their routine would surely benefit from reading through this NLT translation.


You can check out the book trailer for Wayfinding Bible here.

I received the above mentioned book complimentary from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Book Review: The God Puzzle

I was so excited to receive The God Puzzle for review! When I did, I began flipping through the pages, reading the text, admiring the pictures and immediately, I was so very fond of it! Many children's Bible study books I have read with my youngest daughter have only scratched the surface of a Christian's walk. I found this book to be a blessing and very well written. The purpose of the book is for children to discover "how the Bible fits together to reveal God's greatest treasure." Each lesson begins with a section called "Get the facts" where children are asked a question or encouraged to perform a simple experiment. After they've gathered the information, they are then ready to continue the lesson. 

I like that there are many thought-provoking questions where children have to look up several scriptures to find the Biblical answers. They are encouraged to examine their own young lives and realize how certain feelings affect them. The size and level of each lesson is perfect! The lessons aren't too short or too easy where children rush through and they aren't too long or too difficult where Bible study time becomes a chore for them. 

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it encourages children to dig deeper into God's Word and think! The vivid pictures and layout of the book captivate the child's attention with crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blank activities. 

And finally, there's the aspect of children discovering more about God. Children are never too young to learn about the great God we serve and this book allows them to discover on their own. Children learn, through this in-depth study, that a relationship with God personal and life-changing. 

The extra's in this book are just wonderful! With pages dedicated to "Book of the Bible and the different kinds of books", "Hebrew names of God and their meanings", and a list of verses to memorize, I feel that these additions take Bible study to the next level. I like the fact that "deep" questions and language are put into kid-friendly terms without watering down the Truth of the Word.


I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 
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