August 30, 2016

Book Review: Itsy Bitsy Christmas


Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You're Never Too Little for His Love, by Max Lucado and illustrated by Bruno Merz is an adorable children's book.

According to the back cover, "Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? This is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. But they can't find the King, and other animals discourage them.... Itsy and Bitsy are just about to give up when something amazing happens."

Within thirty pages, the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus is retold in a unique way by two little mice, and this book includes a heart-warming message that you're never too little for His love.

This board book is easy to read in one storytelling session. Itsy Bitsy Christmas is a charming children's book, which is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 28, 2016

Book Review: Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible


The Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible is a New Living Translation (NLT) version of the Bible. It focuses on memorizing scriptures and learning more about the Bible, as well as providing access to scripture memory songs.

According to the back cover copy, "The Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible encourages kids and parents alike to read God's Word and hide it deep within their hearts in ways that are fun for the whole family!"

Even though it's a New Living Translation (NLT) version of the Bible, there are 100 core verses presented in three biblical translations: NLT, New International Version (NIV), and King James Version (KJV).

Primarily, this Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments, and there are additional sections to assist with reading and studying the Bible. These sections include the following: A Note to Readers, User's Guide, Ten Hid-It Helpers, Thematic Memory Verse Plans, Who Is God, Who Is Jesus Christ, Who Is the Holy Spirit, Great Verses about Christian Character, Great Verses about Christian Calling, Great Verses about Christian Hope, Great Verses about Sin and Salvation, Core 100 Verse Checklist, Challenge Verse Checklist, Core 100 Digging Deeper, Bonus Digging Deeper, Topical Memory Verse Finder, Great Bible Passages to Memorize, Great Bible Stories to Know and Share, Song Index 1: By Age Range, and Song Index 2: Musical Styles.

One bonus feature is the Bible Book Introductions, in which "each book of the Bible starts with a brief book introduction. These will help you understand where each Bible book came from, when it was written, and what it is about," according to page A10.

Another feature is the Core 100 Verses, which is explained on page A10, as stated, "In this Bible, 100 core verses were chosen for you...and they are set as your primary focus" to memorize, explore and apply, pray, dig deeper, and sing songs. Each core scripture verse is highlighted by providing it in three Biblical translations (NLT, NIV, and KJV), as well as featuring additional notes, prayers, directory lines for more discussion, and a digital code to access 100 free scripture memory songs.
 
The Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible is designed to encourage reading and memorizing scriptures, as well as a deeper understanding of what is being read. This wonderful resource is geared towards pre-teens and teenagers, yet age group would benefit from reading this Bible.

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 22, 2016

Book Review: Happy Harvest


Precious Moments: Happy Harvest is an adorable children’s book by Jean Fischer. With the focusing on the autumn season, there are plenty of prayers, poems, and mini-stories to read in this book, as well as a scripture verse included on every other page.

Here's a list of the topics and titles: Seasons, Hurray for Autumn, Going to School, Friends, September, The Scarecrow, Harvesttime Prayer, The Giver, Apple Picking, Two Little Apples, October Is Here, Happy Hearts, Football Fun, Time to Go, Playing in the Leaves, Campfire, Roasting Marshmallows, Harvest Moon, I See the Moon, The Moon, Five Little Pumpkins, Big Round Small and Bumpy, Pumpkin Pie, Hayride, Down on the Farm, Two Little Turkey, Funny Birds, Thanksgiving Day, Count Your Blessings, A Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer, A Thought, and Good Night Dear Autumn.

This easy-to-read board book is a wonderful children's book, which is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 21, 2016

Book Review: Color Code Bible


The Color Code Bible is a New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, and the color coded theme is a positive way to enhance reading the Bible for younger ages.

On page xix, it states, "There are more than 800,000 words in the Bible.... Trying to make sense of it all can seem like a difficult task. This is why we created the Color Code Bible. It is designed to help you find things more easily and understand the themes of the Bible."

There are seven different color coded themes, which are gold for God, red for Jesus, purple for Heaven, navy for Sin and Evil, orange for Cleansed of Sin and New Life, green for Spiritual Growth and Living Your Faith, and blue for Prayer and Praise. The section titled Your Color Code Bible explains in detail about each color coded theme.

In addition to the biblical books of the Old and New Testaments, there are additional helpful guides. These sections are titled as What is the Bible, Who Wrote the Bible, Why Should You Read the Bible, Your Color Code Bible, Why Did God Send Us the Bible, About the New King James Version, and The Color Code Bible Highlighted Scripture Index, as well as My Bible Journal and several full-color maps. Plus, there are four Daily Bible Reading Plans, which include the following: Read Through the Bible in 365 Days, Read Through the Gospels in 90 Days, Read Through Psalms and Proverbs in 30 Days, and 365 Daily Topical Scripture Readings.

According to the back cover, "As the first Bible of its kind just for kids, the Color Code Bible uses a simple method that relates to how children learn. Seven topics are arranged by color to teach kids foundational Scripture concepts and encourage them to apply God's Word to their daily faith walk." 

The Color Code Bible is designed to (hopefully) encourage children to read their Bible more often and have a deeper understanding of what they are reading. It's geared towards young readers, from elementary school ages to junior high students, yet high school students would benefit from this Bible as well.

"Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Psalm 29:2  


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 18, 2016

Book Review: Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Carol Wallace is based on the bestselling novel by Lew Wallace.

In the Foreword, Carol Wallace shared, "I grew up with Ben-Hur...because my great-great-grandfather wrote the original book. Ben-Hur was published in 1880 and, for over fifty years, was the bestselling novel in America.... As a writer, I could see the potential in my great-great-grandfather's much-loved book. It could be brought up to date with some cutting, some rearranging, more depth for the female characters, faster pacing, and contemporary language...a lively retelling of a story that has excited and enlightened millions of readers around the world for over 125 years."

It's a fictional book about the life of Judah Ben-Hur, particularly as he becomes a Christian, as well as the corresponding non-fiction biblical story of Jesus Christ interwoven into the book. According to the Foreword, "Lew Wallace, an Indiana lawyer and author, was inspired to write the novel as an exploration of his Christian faith. The adventures of the heroic Judah Ben-Hur dramatize the moral and spiritual choices so urgently presented in the early days of Christianity."

To tell this remarkable story, there are forty-eight chapters and an Epilogue, as well as a Forward (mentioned above) and Afterword. Within the book, there are bonus maps and color photographs from the major motion film. According to page 408, "And now, more than fifty years later, Ben-Hur comes to the screen again, taking advantage of innovations in film and returning to the original story of two young men from different backgrounds, making different choices. And a third young man, Jesus, whose role on earth is nothing like their but drives the choice ultimately made by that durable hero, Judah Ben-Hur." The Afterward focuses on the story behind the original story of Ben-Hur, by Lew Wallace.

Ben-Hur is an interesting and intriguing novel geared towards all age ranges, from teenagers to older generations, particularly those interesting in the upcoming movie to be released in 2016.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 10, 2016

Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Excellence


 
Becoming a Woman of Excellence, by Cynthia Heald is a non-fiction devotional and/or study book that's geared towards women. This copy is the 30th anniversary edition that's been revised and updated by the author.

In the Preface to the 30th Anniversary Edition, the author shared, "When I wrote the original preface for Becoming a Woman of Excellence thirty years ago, I had no idea that I would have an opportunity to revise this book. God has been gracious to keep His hand on this study--and me--so that I could share my journey of excellence as a certified older woman.... May you discover the great joy of taking God at His word and walking with Him daily in order to become a woman of excellence who brings Him honor and glory."

This book is divided into four main parts: The Goal, The Cost, The Prize, and The Praise. These parts are divided into eleven chapters, which include the following: Excellence: A Goal Worth Pursuing, God's Character, Becoming Like Christ, Rooted in Surrender, Exemplified by Obedience, Molded by Discipline, Guarded by Discretion, Made Precious by a Gentle and Quiet Spirit, Perfected by Purity, Proclaimed by Wisdom, and Excellence: Portrayed in the Life of a Godly Woman. There are additional sections, such as Preface, Preface to the 30th Anniversary Edition, Suggestions for Using This Study, A Guide for Bible Study Leaders, About the Author, and Notes.

Each chapter provides study material for bible studies and small groups, as well as for individuals. With a major focus on scripture references and suggested biblical passages to read, there are questions to discuss among group of ladies and/or to personally consider during devotional time. 

Becoming a Woman of Excellence is an encouraging and challenging book, which is geared towards women of all ages, from teenagers to older generations. It's a quality biblical resource for "becoming a woman of excellence for the honor and glory of God."


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 4, 2016

Book Review: Read with Me Bible for Little Ones


Read with Me Bible for Little Ones is a highly recommended children’s book with stories written by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and illustrations by Dennis G. Jones.  

According to the back cover, this book is considered "the perfect way to introduce the Bible to young children. Featuring simple language and vibrant, full-color illustrations...this action-packed padded cover board book is a great way to jump-start literary and a love of the Bible."

Within thirty-two pages, eight stories from Old Testament and New Testament are retold in a simplified version, along with scripture references. The featured biblical stories include The Very Beginning, Noah Builds an Ark, David Fights Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, Jesus is Born, A Day in the Life of Jesus, Jesus Calms the Storm, and Jesus Goes to Heaven.

This board book is easy to read in one storytelling session or spread out over several weeks with one biblical story per day. Read with Me Bible for Little Ones is a wonderful children's book, which is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 2, 2016

Book Review: Girls Slimline Bible

 
The Girls Slimline Bible is a New Living Translation (NLT) version of the Bible, and it features a dictionary/concordance, full-color maps, and a 365-day reading plan

According to the back cover copy, "The New Living Translation text is excellent for young readers because it is so clear and they can understand what they are reading! When they can read and understand God's Word, God can work in their hearts!"

Also, the Girls Slimline Bible is designed with a fun cover, which will (hopefully) encourage girls to read their Bible more often. It's geared towards young readers, especially junior high girls, yet it's also ideal older elementary school students.

"Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence." Ephesians 3:12 


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.