October 26, 2016

Book Review: 365 Devotions for Finding Rest


365 Devotions for Finding Rest, by Christina Vinson is an encouraging and worthwhile daily devotional book.

In the Introduction, the author shared, "These days, rest can seem elusive. It appears more like a mirage than something we can fully experience, and when we do experience some sort of rest, it often feels too short.... If you're searching for a way to rest--if you're looking to satisfy the deep, God-given yearning in your soul and to quiet the buzzing in your mind that comes from too much activity and not enough downtime--this devotional is for you."

Each daily devotion features the title, scripture verse, devotional text, and quick prayer for each day of the year. Also, there's a Scripture Index at the end of the book. It's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year.

There are 365 devotions focused on rest, since the "Lord Jesus spoke candidly about the topic of rest," said Vinson in the Introduction. "He [Jesus] knew that we humans would struggle over and over to get the rest we need.... When He says you will find rest for your soul, you will.... Before beginning this journey, ask the Lord to reveal Himself and His truth to you like never before. And ask Him to show you how to live a restful life 365 days of the year."

The 365 Devotions for Finding Rest is geared towards various age groups, from teenagers to older generations, particularly women, yet even men would benefit from reading this devotional. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current personal devotional time or it's a a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.


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.

Book Review: The Lord's Prayer

 
 
The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is a children's book written by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson.

In the preface, Rick Warren shares "teaching children to trust God through prayer, and praying with them, is not just our responsibility--it is one of life's great privileges.... It is my prayer for you that reading this book with your children and praying the Lord's Prayer together will become a meaningful bedtime ritual, a treasured memory, and a lasting legacy that bears good fruit for generations to come."

In about thirty pages, this book presents prayers in an easy-to-read manner for young children. It features vibrant and beautiful illustrations to enjoy while reading the Lord's Prayer, as well as the corresponding prayer that enhances this scripture passage. 

The Lord's Prayer is from Matthew 6:9b-13: "Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is geared towards young readers, particularly ages four to eight. However, this book is a wonderful resource for all ages!


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.

October 24, 2016

Book Review: God Bless My Friends




God Bless My Friends is an adorable children's book written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow. It's a sweet story about being friends, which is shared within twenty pages.
 
According to the back cover, "Big and small, short and tall, fluffy and prickly...these playmates of all shapes and sizes are the best of friends. Share some giggles with your little one about how fun friendships--and differences--can be."

God Bless My Friends is easy to read in one storytelling session, and it's geared towards babies, toddlers, and even preschoolers. Highly recommend adding this board book to your child's book collection.

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.

October 20, 2016

Book Review: One Small Donkey for Little Ones


 
One Small Donkey for Little Ones is a children's book written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens.  

Within twenty pages, a version of the Christmas story is retold in a unique way from the viewpoint of the donkey carrying Mary into Bethlehem.
 
According to the back cover, "Your family will love this heartwarming Christmas story.... Though the donkey wasn't the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same. Adults and children alike will love the message about how God has big plans for little ones."

This board book is easy to read in one storytelling session to toddlers and preschoolers. One Small Donkey for Little Ones is an adorable children's book with lovely illustrations and highly recommended.


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. 

October 17, 2016

Book Review: Goodnight, Manger



Goodnight, Manger is a children's book written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman. Within twenty-five pages, a version of the Christmas story is retold in a unique way with baby Jesus trying to sleep for the night.

According to the back cover, "It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a stable could be so loud? Between itchy hay, angels singing, and three kings knocking--Mama still finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars." 

This board book is easy to read in one storytelling session. Goodnight, Manger is an cute children's book with fun illustrations, 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.

October 6, 2016

Book Review: The Beginner's Bible



The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories is a wonderful biblical resource. It features more than 90 Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, which are presented in an easy-to-read manner for young children. 

On almost every page, there are interesting illustrations that enhance the Bible stories, and there's a bonus three page dictionary at the back.

According to the back cover, this book is a way to "introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible.... They will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible."

The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories is recommend and geared towards young readers, particularly ages four to eight. However, this biblical resource is fun for all ages!


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.

October 2, 2016

Book Review: All Is Bright


All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas is written by Nancy Guthrie and illustrated by Lizzie Preston, which is a lovely book that serves as a creative outlet and a way to spend time with God.

There are 31 devotionals for each day during the month of December. Each devotional includes the text to read and a coloring page.
 
In the Introduction, the author stated, "As you enter into this Christmas season, I hope this book will remind you of how God's people longed for centuries for the Messiah to come. All Is Bright provides a short reading for every day in the month of December, as well as a beautiful accompanying coloring page.... In the back of this book, you'll also find the Family Activities section, which includes kid-friendly coloring pages and conversation questions for your whole family that will help transform this season into a meaningful time of devotion and discussion as you focus together on what God's Word says about the promise of Christ."

Towards the back of the book, there's another area titled, Family Activities: Conversation Starters and Coloring Pages. It focuses on 12 sections, which include scripture verses, questions for Discussion Starters, and a Prayer for the family to read and pray. Also, there are additional kid-friendly activity coloring pages.

In regards to the Family Activities: Conversation Starters and Coloring Pages, the author shared, "My hope is that as you spend time with the children in your world coloring and talking, you'll be able to help them escape our culture's consumer approach to Christmas and instead spark a sense of gratitude for Christ's first coming and anticipation for when he comes again."

All Is Bright is a part of the Living Expressions Collection, which "was born out of a desire to meet the growing demand for these products," as stated in a promotional brochure. And it "blends the simple pleasures of relaxing and unwinding with easy-to-understand Scripture from the NLT, life-affirming devotions, and prayers that come from the heart. Our promise to readers is a myriad of meaningful moments spent savoring Scripture through activities that allow for creative release, reflection, and deeper connection with God."

All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas is a wonderful resource that's ideal for family devotional time during the month of December. This book is geared towards a variety of ages, from young children to young adults to older generations.


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.