Monday, October 5, 2015

Ever wonder why they called him the “Good” Samaritan? Find out why in this level 2 I Can Read, written in the tradition of the popular Adventure Bible.

Jewish people and the Samaritans were enemies … they would never have considered helping one another. So what happens when a Jew is robbed, and left on the side of the road to die? Who stops to help? Read as Jesus tells a remarkable story about a man who serves his neighbor as God would want. Perfect for beginning readers ages 4-8, learning Bible stories on their own.

My Review:
This is a great level 2 "I Can Read" book that is only $2.79 on Zondervan!  A level 2 "I Can Read' book means it is a "high interest story for developing readers" and "engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers."    A huge THANK YOU to Zondervan for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  
The pictures are great in this easy to read story.   I like this Biblical story because it can lead to many great discussions, from what is a Samaritan to deep level self analyze of how you would act in a similar situation.  
I really enjoyed that story didn't just jump into the story of the Samaritan but rather had many great nuggets of truth in the beginning from Jesus.   My favorite line to discuss before the actual Samaritan story is found on page 7, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.  Love him with all your strength and all your mind." 
Overall I love these "I Can Read" stories and the price is perfect as we get geared up for Christmas shopping!  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review- "Say and Pray Bible"

Curl up together and experience the Bible in a fresh, new way. Young children will enjoy pointing to and naming objects on each page for early learning. Most important, they’ll discover favorite, age-appropriate Bible stories, with Scripture verses and short prayers that also hide God’s Word in young hearts.

My Review:
This board book is fantastic for toddlers.   I love all the bright pictures but my favorite feature is the labels on the pictures.  This book has Biblical truths and stories as well as words kids can start to learn for vocabulary.  

I also like how each page has a scripture as well as prayer and sentence or two for a short story.   Each one is short to keep the attention of your little one.   I would use this as a nightly story time and only do one story per night.  

This book would be a great first bible story for little ones under 3.  

Thanks Booklook for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

Book Review: "Kid- Sized Devotions"

Based on the bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand, The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions is perfect for children 6 and under. The simple connections to scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers, while the colorful illustrations are sure to be a delight. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Scripture, story, and art relate. It’s the perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

My Review:
We sure have been big fans of The Beginner's Bible products this year!   This 365 day devotional is for six years old and younger.   The daily devotions are very short, only take a couple minutes to read!  So we have been pairing up one devotional to one story from one of the Beginners Bibles at night before bed. 

I have been allowing my 8 year old to read this devotional out loud to her brother on occasion too.  These short devotionals can be used as a great addition to bible time.   Some nights I try to find ways to ask more questions as well with it.  

I enjoy how each page includes scripture, short paragraph, bubble for main idea, and prayer at the bottom.  If you are looking to add something very quick to a bedtime routine this is a great option.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review and GIVEAWAY- "The Purpose Driven Life for Kids"

Based on the New York Times bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life, this 365-day devotional The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids, offers inspiration for children 9-12. Most children at this age form their foundational thoughts about God and their place in the world.

Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book to review and for sponsoring a giveaway for this same book!  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. 

My Review:
I remember several years ago I read the adult "Purpose Driven Life"  with my husband.   He was at the time only my boyfriend but we made it important to start a good foundation with devotionals being a big part of who we are.   Now that we have been married for 9 years and have two children we are always trying to find new ways to encourage them in their relationship with their Daddy God.   This kids version is geared for 9- 12 year olds.   My daughter just had her 8th birthday and she really wants to read this book and so far she has been doing just fine.  I imagine as she continues there might be more questions to answer for her.   

I started to read the book as well because sometimes kids books can speak volumes to me.   I realized I need to keep reading it when I read day two of "The Purpose Drive Life for Kids" when it asked a question that I have asked my self.   Seriously though when you read in 1 Chronicles the long list of names that keep going I always say God why do I need to know all these names.   This devotional reminded me that God Honors heritage and his followers and it is awesome to think about how all these names were so important to the nation of Isreal. 

Each page of this devotional only takes a few minutes which makes doing a daily devotional simple.   Getting my kids to read their bible and do a devotional is so vital to me as a mom.   I hope they grow to love doing it as I never want it to become a chore for them my prayer is for them to want to do it all the time. 

This devotional is only $15.99 on Zondervan.  I recommend this for your kids or even yourself!     

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"Everything is Awesome" Lego Birthday- Selah is 8

Happy Birthday Selah!!!!

As you turned 8 this year my heart jumped a few beats... you are half way to getting your license, only a few years before we enter the tweens stage, and I'm sure only a couple more years before you ask if you can have a boyfriend... cause you will ask and we will discuss this! 

This year we had tons of fun with a huge group of friends by creating an interactive Lego movie.  So we had one screen that showed the movie and a smaller screen to show actions throughout the entire movie.   IT WAS SO FUN!!   My husband gets all the props for his techy way!   I could have never pulled off an epic party without him.  WE truly made a great team and made our 8 year old have the "best birthday ever."   
I was extremely happy purchasing some molds from Amazon to make Lego people and bricks.  I used them for cupcakes and a little snack to eat during the movie.  
So when the movie started each friend had a bag of goodies of things they would need throughout the movie- such as ping pong balls, finger light, coloring page, colors, candy!  As a new task was coming up my husband created a video with directions that helped them get ready and do the action or task.   The timing was took us roughly 12+ hours to get it right!   IT WAS WORTH it for sure... so many kids had so much fun and it truly was confirmation that we need to do more movie nights at the church.  

It was a great time- kids behaved very well... all 35 of them!   YES, we do have a little bit of crazy in us!  :) Seriously though they behaved so well and we had some friends who were amazing helpers.  Selah was busy filling out thank you cards for hours!  :)

Dear Selah,
I will never forget this amazing fun birthday of yours!   You truly were spoiled on this birthday but you deserve it!   You are a great daughter and sister to your brother!   I see you working hard at school and being a good big sister.   I see you being a role model at church and school.  IT MAKES ME SO PROUD!  I admire your heart and your love that you give so freely! 
I am praying that this next year is filled with more unexpected joy and blessings.   I pray you and I would continue to grow closer together and your relationship with your Jesus would be an unquenchable desire that makes you lean in closer to Him and His word.  I pray I would help you find your gifts and talents and you would be excited to use all of them to further God's kingdom!   I love how at age 8 your identity rests in the hands of your Daddy God.  Keep it there and you will do many big things- you are a world changer with a big calling on your life.  

Love you so much,

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