Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review: "Jesus Helps Me"



Swoosh! Splash! Cheer! An array of fascinating birds introduce children to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ words in John 12:44-47 and his call for all to believe in him. This newest book in the beloved Knowing My God series offers an updated look, expanded content, and dazzling full-page photos.
This is a Learn book, which offers four levels of exploration: a quoted Bible passage, beautiful real-world photographs, supportive captions to relate the passage meaning to a child’s life, and thinking questions to personalize the experience. A parent guide gives tips for involving a baby, toddler, and child.
My Review:
If you enjoy bright colors then this book is sure to catch your attention.  This new board book is available starting February 1st, 2016 and you can order your copy HERE.  The pages in this book have bright colors paired with nature pictures that are going to capture attention of all ages.  Each page has some scriptures to read as well as short sentences that share some ways Jesus Helps us.  Overall there is a lot happening on the pages from pictures of nature to scripture to a short paragraph with some facts regarding the nature picture.  The small paragraphs are geared for a bit older kids as you can start to discuss the neat facts about the animals with them.    

Review: Inspiring Words 30 Verses From The Bible You Can Color


Take time to relax, sit back, and meditate on God’s Word. Inside these pages, you’ll find thirty unique and creative illustrations focusing on key verses from the Bible, each offering an opportunity to connect with Scripture while exploring your creativity. Throughout, NIV verses are paired with detailed line art, and each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, pens, watercolors, or colored pencils, the completed page can be removed, allowing you to display your work for even more daily inspiration.

My Review:
Coloring is a great pastime when you are a parent since you can enjoy it with your kids.   I color with my kids and with my students at school.  

I love many of the scriptures that they included in this book as they are great encourages.    So this book can help you relax but then you can gift it to a friend to encourage them!   I actually gifted the book to a friend for her birthday and she loved it.  

I do have to say that you need fine point colored pencils or markers.   This book is very detailed and small areas require a fine point.

The coloring book does have NIV scriptures from both the old and new testament.    

Here is my work in progress... still have much more to do!
  

Thank you 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.  


Friday, January 22, 2016

NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition Understanding God's Message in the Last Days



Book Description

The prophecies of the Bible assure us that God will prevail. The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition has hundreds of pages of special features that offer a broad understanding of prophetic themes, salvation, covenants, and other important doctrines of the Christian faith.

Features include:
Introduction to Bible Prophecy
Index to Prophetic Passages
Top 20 Questions about Bible Prophecy
Diamonds for Daily Living
God's Great Promises
God's Great Salvation
Evidences
Spokesmen for God
Bible Insights
Bible Prophecy Charts
Full concordance
New King James Version® (NKJV) translation
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

Prophecy Study Bibles sold to date: Over 250,000 units

The New King James Version—More than 60 million copies sold in 30 years

My Review:
Thanks Booklook program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

I first wanted to review this Bible because I have several friends that always talks about John Hagee.   So my curiosity on reading something that he helped with sparked as well as knowing there would be some end times teachings as well.  

I am not a huge fan of the New Kings James version of the Bible compared to NIV and other easier to read ones.   I wish this Bible had other translations since I really do like some of the neat features.   I love understanding and digging deeper into meanings of words and there are several times in this Bible that it will help you understand the words that were used.  

My favorite feature in this Bible is the "Evidences" pages.   There are so many fun nuggets to pull out and a new understanding seems to happen a lot for me with these little extra pages.  

This book also does walk you through some end times stuff.  I am not one who enjoys to study end times stuff... mainly because I know things are getting rough and I trust God to do his thing.   I sometimes feel that too much end time stuff almost creates a fear in people which is not healthy... if anything it should make us work harder and being the light, planting seeds, and sharing the love of Christ.  With that said, I do believe John Hagee has done a great deal of study and this Bible will help you look at scripture and understand better what prophecies have come and are going to come.     

Book Review: "Life is _________ Forty- Day Experience" by Judah Smith

Book Description

What is life? What are we here for? What will bring us true satisfaction and lasting happiness? In this companion to his highly-anticipated new book, Life Is ___, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Judah Smith takes readers on a forty-day devotional journey through Scripture to find the answers to these and others of our deepest questions. In forty daily readings, Judah helps readers understand that the meaning of life is found in loving and being loved, in enjoying God to the fullest, in trusting Him in every moment, and remaining at peace with God, others, and ourselves. This thought-provoking and inspiring collection of meditations is sure to reveal new and illuminating truths about what God intends for every person's life.

About the Author

Judah Smith is the lead pastor of the City of Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multisite church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known round the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of his most recent New York Times bestselling book,Jesus Is _____.


My Review:
This is the second book by Judah Smith that I have read, the first one was "Jesus is for You." I like Judah Smith's writing style but more or less I love the little stories he shares within his writing.

This devotional book is a very easy and quick read and as a reader I felt like I was getting to know Judah the author just as much as I was relating his stories to my own life and the Bible.

I enjoy when authors can share stories about them selves but then turn each story into a life lesson that is relate able to a biblical story.  Each daily read does start of with a suggested Bible scriptures to read and questions to help you dig deeper and connect more with God.  


This book would be a great book to pass on to new people in their faith or those people who struggle with making a routine of Jesus time.   The daily reads truly are short enough that you could have this book stashed in the bathroom as well as they range about 3-4 pages. 

Thank you BookLook program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review: "Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids" by Whee Winn



Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Don’t get so excited, it’s just a joke.

Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Anita to borrow a pencil.

New from Zonderkidz, here’s a collection of knock-knock jokes that is both hilarious and wholesome.Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is sure to send every kid you know to his knees in a breath-stealing, side-splitting, uncontrollable fit of giggles. It’s that funny. And with more than 350 jokes, the laughs are sure to never quit.

This collection provides fun for the whole family and includes bonus Q& A jokes and riddles too!

My Review:
We all need a little laughter medicine and my kids have been enjoying the daily laughs from  this book.   I even had some fun and posted a couple of the cold weather jokes on my Facebook page and several people loved them since we were in the negative temperatures the last two weeks.  
Knock knock
Who's there?
Emma
Emma who? 
Emma bit cold out here, could you let me in?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Harry.
Harry who?
Harry up,it's cold out here!
There are a few jokes that might take the kids...or even me to get but we have had some really great belly laughs each day reading a page or two from this book.   There are some other jokes beyond knock knock ones that cracked me up to like, "What do you get when you cross a fish with and elephant?  Swimming Trunks"  

This book is available on February 2nd!   Look for it on Zondervan or any other book publisher such as Amazon.  

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.  
 
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