Saturday, November 21, 2015

Audio Book Review: The Word of Promise NKJV

Presented in dramatic audio theatre The Word of Promise New Testament audio Bible is a compelling production of the Holy scriptures in the New King James version.  The Scriptures come alive in this astounding 20 hour 20 cd compilation.

I have not listened to all 20 compact discs yet, but what I have heard so far is captivating and enthralling.  I have heard both the Book of Matthew and the Book of Mark.  The message of Jesus' sermon on the Mount is beautifully captured with an engaging composition of musical loveliness.

The stirring musical soundtrack is a beautiful accompaniment to the diversity of over 120 actors.

Although I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have been able to hear so far, I cannot compliment the packaging of this product.  The 20 compact discs are housed in a sturdy plastic case, however as I opened the case about 5 of the cd's popped out.  They do not seem to fit snug in the packaging and are stacked loosely on top of the others.  I'm hoping it is a defective case which only I received (I hope).

I look forward to enjoying the rest of the cd's in my car as I drive to church which is about an hour drive each way.

Thinking ahead to holiday gifts? Well, this dramatized Audio of the Word of God would make a great gift.  As of the date of this post this audio Bible is available for purchase at Christianbook.com at an amazingly low price of $6.99.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Book Review: Street God


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Street God by Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is an impacting memoir of his re-telling of coming up in the mean and dangerous streets of Queens, NY and his life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

His addiction to power and success led to poor choices, sending Dimas—twice—to New York City’s Rikers Island, one of the toughest and most notorious jails in the nation. He narrowly escaped death numerous times, including when a vengeful hustler pointed a gun at his head at point-blank range and pulled the trigger. Dimas now acknowledges that, for every poor choice he made in his youth, God placed a barrier to redirect him, sent an angel to protect him, or provided a message to touch him. Dimas shares his story in his memoir, Street God: The Explosive Story of a Former Drug Boss on the Run from the Hood—and the Courageous Mission That Drove Him Back*

I read this 284 page book in just two days. Pastor Dimas takes you on the journey of his personal testimony that winds down the road of drug dealing and eventual drug addiction making this book too engaging to put down.  He provides vivid accounts of his dealings in the world of drugs and the mayhem that it caused. His desire to be, as he refers to it, a "street god" took him down a path of incarceration that nearly cost him his life.  I laughed and even cried as I read through the pages marveling at how the Lord transforms the life of those who are the least of these.  


From Bible smuggling mission trips to China to personally delivering food and money to an orphanage in Kenya you will be amazed as he shares his accounts of all the miracles and signs that the Lord preformed to strengthen his faith in Him.  

I do have to share my dislike for the cover of the book.  

I recommend this book especially for gifting to young men who are snared in the trappings of this world.  I will actually be gifting my copy hoping that it will serve as a vehicle to show how Jesus can transform and regenerate the life of those who surrender to HIM.

As I sit here typing this review, an appropriate quote comes to my mind concerning this book which is: There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still - Corrie Ten Boom.

*excerpt obtained from the Tyndale Media Center


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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. 

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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.
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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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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review:Brave Queen Esther


Brave Queen Esther is part of the ZonderKidz, I Can Read, Adventure Bible Series. This book is at a Level 2 reading standard which the publisher states it is a high interest story for developing readers. This book is geared toward an audience of 4 to 8 year olds.

This book retells the familiar story of a young woman named Esther. She lives in the pagan land of Persia with her cousin Mordecai. As the King is searching for a wife, young Jewish Esther is chosen. Haman rises up as an enemy of the Jewish people and Esther discovers his sinister plot.

As with many books geared toward young children there are deviations from the Biblical account and this book is not the exception. However, it does give the parent the opportunity to read through the book of Esther straight from the Bible and expand on the message of this particular book of the Bible.

My daughter, who is five, read through this book in the first sitting. The pictures are very alluring, The colors are bright and vibrant. I love the facial expressions of the characters which eluded to the particular situation the characters found themselves in.

At the very end of the book there is a section called "People of the Bible". It gives further insight to who Esther and Mordecai are. And a "Did You Know Know?" section. This section describes the Feast of Purim and the Jewish traditions that go along with celebrating this annual feast. 

I do recommend this book to parents who look to build their child's library with books that direct them to the Word of God. I have several books in this series and I look forward to adding more ZonderKidz Adventure Bible Series 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. 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.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Review: Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God can make a Kitten written by Rhonda Gowler Green,  with illustrations by Laura J. Bryant is a beautifully written book for children.

Rhonda has written over 20 pictures books, which I own a few.  I enjoy how she manages to incorporate delightful rhymes to bring her stories to life.

This book is geared toward children ranging between 4-8 years of age.  My daughter is 5 years and she was able to grasp the message a well as read it herself.

In this book you will travel along side an inquisitive little boy who frolics through a lovely meadow with his mother and baby sister asking a series of questions.  He wants to know who made the sprig of spring pop out in which mama responds "He who knows our every need. Only God can make a seed."

The author lovingly points God as the Creator of all things in a sweet rhyme pattern.  His questions are an open invitation to explain the truth of creation with your child.

The illustrations are soft pastel colors which are delicate and beautiful to look at.  The animals depicted such as birds, ducks and kittens are sweetly weaved throughout the story.

This is a hardcover book measuring a little over 9 inches by 9 inches.  It does have a book jacket which protects the cover of the book but got in the way as my daughter held the book in her hands.

I do recommend this book as my daughter took pleasure in the general idea of the book reinforcing the fact that our loving Father created all things. 

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. 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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Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Snuggle Time Devotions That End With a Hug

Snuggle Time Devotions That End With a Hug by Stephen Elkins is a great way to introduce the Word of God to little ones.

This book presents the Bible with 52 devotionals for parents to share with their child along with 52 different games/activities that corresponds with the Bible lesson.  Such as cutting out a heart with red construction paper and write Jesus in it to illustrate the fact that we need to have Jesus in our hearts.  My favorite "activity" encourages children to pray three times a day like Daniel did as well as looking out the window and thanking God for what you see.

I have other Stephen Elkins books and I have enjoyed the way he conveys the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to children.  My daughter enjoys books that build her up in Christ and his book definitely fits the bill.

Each page contains such beautiful artwork that is so delightful and attractive. The illustrations of the children's faces are depicted in such a lovable way.  The different animals look so soft and cuddly.

If you are interested in a devotional for your young children I would recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. - See more at: Tyndale Blogger

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: My Keepsake Bible


My Keepsake Bible by Sally Ann Wright compiles Bible stories and prayers along with room to record milestones in your child's life.  

This is a sturdy padded hardcover book.  It measures about 8x6 inches which is an ideal size to read together cuddled up at bedtime.

The illustrations are vivid and attention grabbing.  The familiar stories like Jonah and the Great Fish,  Daniel and the Lions Den are included.  As well as stories that do not often appear in children's Bible story books such as the story of Gideon and the Lord providing for the Prophet Elijah.  I enjoyed reading the prayers that are based on actual Bible verses.  I found that detail to be particularly edifying as I consider it to be necessary to pray according to the Truth in the Word of God.

What makes this Bible storybook a keepsake is that there is room to record your child's milestones as well as document your family tree.  Doesn't that make it extra special?  There is a dedicatory page and a table of contents which I thought was really helpful

My 5 year old daughter loves Bible story books.  She enjoyed the stories of Samuel and David and Goliath as well as the prayers.  I would recommend My Keepsake Bible, as it would be a great addition to  any library and a great gift for a loved one.

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Book Review: I Can Learn the Bible

I Can Learn the Bible by Holly Hawkins Shivers is a weekly Scripture memorization devotional.  She adapts, O.S. Hawkins' (her father) The Joshua Code, to serve as a guide in assisting parents in helping their children develop a passion for the word of God.

It is so very important for children to be equipped with the Word of God in which they can stand firm against the attacks of Satan and the offers of this world. I believe this is an important tool to assist and equip young minds with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

This is a sturdy hardcover book measuring approximately 8x6.  It fits very comfortably in my 5 year old hands.  The writing and the language used is appropriate for the targeted readers in the age range of 4 through 8 year old.  The illustrations, while not overly cartoonish, are delightful and engaging.

I did not deem it necessary to write about superheroes as the author did in week 18.  Although, I do understand how she might want to relate to children and their parents on a broader level….it should be kept biblical and leave the fantasy out of Christian literature.  

In spite of the aforementioned, I would recommend this book to parents looking for supplemental material for Bible memorization for their children.

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. 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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Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: KJV Note-Taker's Bible


My daughter has a note-taking Bible and I was interested in having my own copy.  I was delighted when this Bible was made available for review.

The King James Version Note-Taker's Bible features include words of Christ in red and a double-column format.  It also stated that it provided "generous, wide margins for note takers". However, I would have to disagree with that statement.  The margin is just a little over an inch wide on the left/right side and bottom of the page.  Hardly adequate space to record notes especially if you are prone to write big.

What I did find to my liking was that the typeface was a bit larger than what you would normally find in a two column Bible.  It was comfortable and easy to read.

Included is a concordance for reference which I always find helpful for a Bible to contain.

The King James Version which is the most accurate translation of God's Word was as always a blessing to read.  

Although I don't think I will be taking any notes in this particular Bible (for lack of adequate journaling space) it is a lovely hardcover edition of God's Word that will be a blessing to read and own.

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. 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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