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.