Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears "Mother's Day Blessings"

Book Description:

Mama Bear is the best mama in all of Bear Country and Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear know just what to do for her on Mother’s Day. In this newest title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights, The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings, join the Bear family and all of Bear Country as they spend Mother’s Day together remembering just why our mothers are so special to all of us.

My Review:
Another cute story that will get your kids planning your Mother's Day surprise!   I like how Brother and Sister Bear got to see more working mothers in this story which gave them a better understanding since their mom is a homemaker.   They both kinda felt bad that so many moms had to work on Mother's Day!   

Overall this is a great title to add to your bookshelf!   Mother's Day is fast approaching so don't forget about all those important mama's!  

Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this book and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: "Jesus Called He Wants His Church Back" What Christians and the American Church are Missing

Book Description

As early as AD 50, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.

In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn't afford to lose: • In the 1950s, we lost innocence • In the 1960s, we lost respect for authority • In the 1970s, we lost love • In the 1980s, we lost values • In the 1990s, we lost faith • In the 2000s, we lost security • In the 2010s, we lost hope in the future

What can restore what we've lost? Only Jesus. Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we'll rediscover the Jesus who:

• Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out • Wants you to stop playing it safe • Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now • Was full of grace and truth • Unleashed compassion • Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him • Came to seek and to save that which was lost • Loves the church

Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

Jesus' mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That's the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.

My Review:

Wake up!!   Wake Up!   I feel like I keep being reminded of that Bible Verse and keep hearing people say us Christians need to wake up.   This book shares some shocking stats and stories regarding churches in America.  There is so much meat in this book to think about and I found myself nodding often and agreeing to the points that Author Ray Johnston makes.   

I was drawn in with one of the first stories.   As Ray was traveling to speak at a church he thought once again it would be a church that felt distant and disconnected but rather he showed up to a church that was alive and well.   He asked the Pastor a few questions regarding the health of his church.   I love the pastors response,  when he showed up to be the pastor he went to a board meeting and reserved a seat for Jesus and told his board members they were giving the church back to Jesus because it was his church.   As a Pastors Wife and in a church restart- going on 3 years I feel we walked into a church that was dead and lifeless and even though things have been very challenging and our numbers might be low we are ALIVE and God is able to do what he needs to do with the willing people we have!  It is a big change and we too want Jesus to have full control of his church!   

There are three parts in this book that include:
1. A World Without Jesus
2. Christianity Without Jesus
3. Meet the Jesus Most People Miss

It is time for us to stop losing something each decade and get back to allowing Jesus to fully give us the best life ever!   This book brings the focus back to JESUS and we need many church leaders to remember that the most vibrant life we can have is a life deeply connected to Jesus.  

Thanks BookLook for sending me this book to review in exchange for an honest review.   I was no paid for this book and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  

Book Review: "Heroes of the Bible Treasury"

The Adventure Bible Bible Story Collection is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on theAdventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!

Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.

This 6-book bind-up includes:
Noah's Voyage
Elijah God's Mighty Prophet
Moses Leads the People
Joseph the Dreamer
Brave Queen Esther
Paul Meets Jesus

My Review:
The Adventure Bible is sure coming out with new creative ways to share great Bible Teachings.   I love this 6 in 1 book with heroes in the Bible. This is a level 2 I Can Read book which means it has engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers, and my kids got excited as they felt it was like a chapter book!  

The pictures fill the space on the page and keep younger readers engaged as they practice their reading skills.   

After each story there is one more page that goes more into detail about the Hero.  It includes a Bible verse and a fun "Did you know" section.  

Your kids will love to read these stories in a picture book format!   Make sure you take time to discuss the lessons in each story as they can create great family discussions!

Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.    


Book Review: "Little One, God Made You Special"

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

My Review:
Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book to review as part of the Blog Z Blog Squad Review team.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.   

As a mom and educator I value reading at every age group... yes even those new born babies!   So much happens in those little heads when they hear books being read to them.   

I love board books that have animals and rhyme so this was is a winner.   As you turn each page  you seen a different animal baby with their mama.   The pictures and rhymes are sure to make you smile and your little one.   

My biggest thing I enjoy is the message which speaks so much truth, God Made US Special!    God has made each of us with a purpose and we each have unique abilities.   This book is a great one to add to your library to help your kids learn at a young age that they are loved by God and are SPECIAL!  

Friday, April 22, 2016

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling


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