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Children’s Corner — Seek-And-Circle Bible Battles (One Big Story)

25 Oct

Seek, circle, and learn!

Maybe you’ve heard about the battle of Jericho and David’s battle against Goliath, but what about the day the sun stood still? Inside this book, explore six of the major battles from the Bible, filled with dozens of items for you to seek and circle! Every battle scene also has something to tell us about God’s plan for His people through His Son, Jesus.

For an added challenge, look for the six pieces of the armor of God as you explore each battle.

Use a wipe-on, wipe-off marker to seek-and-circle over and over again!

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The Old Testament is filled with battles — battles for freedom for God’s people and battles that were brought about by the people’s disobedience. Regardless of the cause, God’s hand was in the midst of the conflict. Seek-And-Circle Bible Battles captures all the action of six battles and provides an interactive way for your child to engage with God’s word. There’s plenty of action, but nothing gory, as your child searches for specific objects. For example, in the Battle of Jericho, there are chickens, a goose, and a campfire to circle. Each two-page scene vividly depicts the scripture. There is an added bonus as your child learns about the ongoing battle that Christians face in their day to day lives and the way God provides protection through His armor. A Christ Connection ties Jesus to the Old Testament scripture. This book is for both children and their parents, opening discussions about God and can be enjoyed over and over with wipe-off markers. I think boys especially will enjoy Seek-And-Circle Bible Battles, but I recommend it for all kids ages 5-10.

Recommended.

Audience: kids and their parents.

(Thanks to B&H Publishers for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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Review: Big And Little Coloring Devotional

3 Oct

Kids crave constant activities and attention. Adults crave quiet moments of refreshment. How can we achieve both? Big and Little Coloring Devotional engages adults’ minds with appealing biblical devotionals while providing a creative outlet through coloring to diffuse stress.

Let’s have fun with our children through coloring and facilitate their spiritual growth with Scripture. Big and Little Coloring Devotional will incorporate physical, spiritual, and emotional refreshment by providing authentic faith-filled devotionals combined with therapeutic doodling for both the adult and child.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

Rachel C. Swanson is a dental hygienist turned best-selling author, speaker, and accredited christian life coach helping women discover their unique purpose and pursue their dreams. She inspires others through her blog, social media pages, in-person speaking events, and through her private high-level online coaching program.

She has published print, video, and online articles at FamilyShare (100+ million followers), Crosswalk, (In)Courage, QARA.org (leadership for millennials), Relevant Entrepreneur, MICI Magazine, Whole Magazine, and more. Her best-selling book, Big and Little Coloring Devotional, was birthed by her own struggle to keep it together as a busy mom of three children under two. Using the popular stress-relief coloring combined with Scripture for both adults and children to delight over, this has become “so much more than a coloring book.” She’s a rising speaker on popular topics such as pursuing your God-given purpose, modern motherhood, faith-based entrepreneurship, and overcoming anxiety.

Additionally, Rachel holds a Bachelors of science degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in pre-medicine from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo California. According to StrengthFinders testing her top 5 strengths are: learner, input, activator, intellection, futuristic. She also ranks an ENFJ, one of the rarer personality types and an ideal mix facilitating her creative entrepreneurial spirit.

Rachel is married to her husband Jeff of 11 years. They have three children: identical twin boys (Gavin and Rylan) and 19 months later a baby girl (Aria), and a Weimaraner (dog) who thinks she’s human. They reside in a wannabe country town in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California.

Web/Blog: http://www.RachelCSwanson.com
Facebook: @Rachelswansonofficial
Instagram: @Rachelswansonofficial

Jacy Corral (pronounced “Jackie”) is an illustrator, hand lettering artist, graphic designer, wife, and mom. After enjoying an extensive career in corporate marketing and design, she traded fancy slacks for yoga pants to focus on the great privilege of raising her daughter, investing in her home and marriage, and creating artwork that helps people to connect and reflect. Jacy lives with her husband, daughter, and miniature poodle in West Los Angeles, CA. She shares her creations regularly on Instagram and at http://www.hyssopdesign.com.

 

My Impressions:

While I have seen my share of adult and children’s coloring books, I have not seen one that combines both and can be be shared at the same time. The Big And Little Coloring Devotional does just that. It’s format allows the adult and child to face each other with compatible designs while allowing each to explore God’s word and work out their own creativity. Each two page spread includes a simple design with a Bible verse and a more complex design with devotional thoughts that expand on the scripture. Rachel Swanson has created the perfect way for mom and child to interact, have fun, and talk about the promises of God. And there are lots and lots of designs — this book will last a long time. The author shares how the book came about as she looked for ways to spend time with her daughter in prayer and Bible study. She says that the book is a creation orchestrated by the Creator Himself for you and your “little” to enjoy! Swanson has a hit on her hands as she combines God word, her devotional thoughts, and the beautiful designs of Jacy Corral. You are going to love it! Consider adding this one to your holiday shopping list.

Note: I reviewed this coloring devotional in a previous blog post. I haven’t changed my mind. It is still great!

Recommended.

Audience: parents and children

(Thanks to B&H Publishers for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories.

19 Sep

Perfect for an on-the-go storytime or a fast bedtime reading for sleepy kids, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories brings fans a new collection of nine VeggieTales adventures. As the Veggie cast stumbles and springs through hilarious scenarios, children will learn values such as being patient, being responsible, loving others, and doing their best. Full-color illustrations accompany the stories and will hold the attention of the read-to-me set. Ages 3-6 years.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

My Impressions:

Packed with all the fun and silliness you have come to love about Veggie Tales, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories will become a new favorite when you have just a short time to share a story. Action-packed, bold illustrations accompany fast-paced stories with all your veggie favorites. Kids will love the adventures that the characters encounter. There are plenty of laughs (or parental snickers) along with a message highlighting God’s truth. For instance, The Good, The Bad, And The Silly teaches about good choices as the veggie cowpokes take on a cattle drive. And The Halfhearted Viking shows the virtue of doing your best as the Vikings vacation at a resort where things are only half done.

Fun for the whole family, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories will become a new favorite for quick story time. But don’t be surprised when you hear just one more!

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 3-6.

(Thanks to Worthy Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — The Daily Question for You And Your Child

19 Sep

A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child’s life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journal allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child’s life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child’s feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus on spirituality and the child’s heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The Daily Question for You And Your Child is a wonderful resource for families. This small book packs 3 years of questions and conversation starters to track how your child grows in his perceptions of himself, his family, and his place in the world. I love the format — a brief prompt and then open space for your child’s responses. Arranged to be used daily, this book will not only open conversations today, but will be a treasured memento for the future. Here are just a few of the questions/thoughts to ponder:

If you could travel to the past where would you go?

Do you enjoy big storms? Why or why not?

What makes you a good friend?

If yo were a pirate, what would be in your treasure chest?

Some prompts will open up laughs, while others will go deeper into your child’s beliefs, fears, and dreams. The book is designed for one on one between parents and child, but I think it can easily be adapted for a whole family experience.

Recommended.

Audience: children and parents.

(Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner + Giveaway! — My First Book of Prayers

6 Sep

With ten short prayers, this introduction to the act of praying will fast become a family favorite. Now I lay me down to sleep and other classic prayers show children how simple and reassuring talking to God can be. Each prayer is written in soothing verse and is accompanied by Gillian Flint’s soft and comforting watercolor illustrations. Newly illustrated and reformatted from its previous edition to better suit today’s families, this collection of prayers is a timeless treasure. Ages 2-5 years.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

My First Book of Prayers helps parents introduce their smallest children to the practice of prayer. Each of the 10 brief prayers from notable authors emphasizes gratitude for what God has created and the truth that He is present at all times. Your child will like the short rhyming verses along with the soft illustrations that feature kids just like them. I can see many of these prayers becoming staples at bedtime, meal times, really all during the day. This sturdy board book will withstand sticky fingers, soap bubbles, and the wear and tear of continuous reading. It is definitely a recommended addition for the home library.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 2-5. 

(Thanks to WorthyKids for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Giveaway!

The folks at Worthy are generously providing a copy of My First Book of Prayers to one of my readers. Leave a comment with who you will share this book. Giveaway is limited to the United States and runs through September 18, 2018.

 

 

Children’s Corner — Forever with Jesus

5 Sep

In Forever with Jesus, the sea kids learn that Jesus died for their sins, and that by believing in Him they will live in heaven forever. The cousins visit their grandparents for Grandma Pinky’s 80th birthday. During their visit, their grandparents’ neighbor, Mr. Higgins, passes away. Grandma reads the Bible and tells her grandchildren how wonderful heaven is and how there will be no more tears, pain, or suffering. The children understand that they do not have to fear dying because Jesus is building a wonderful mansion for them and all who believe in Him as their Savior!

Award-Winning Children’s Author, Speaker, Adjunct Professor Lee Ann Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Aurora, Ohio. She graduated from Aurora High in 1976 and moved to Florida in 1978.

Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, Magna Cum Laude (2014), and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cum Laude (2014). Lee Ann also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011).

Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is also an award-winning, Christian children’s author. She is has taught Bible Study for over 10 years and has been an active community volunteer/​leader for over 20 years: Representing children as a Palm Beach County Guardian Ad Litem, International Affairs commission Chair for St. Joan of Arc Council of Catholic Women, Community Support Chair for the Junior League of Boca Raton. Initiated and chaired the Auction for Boca Raton High School for six years, and initiated and chaired the PTSA for Boca Raton High School for two years. In addition, Lee Ann is involved in the Women’s Ministry at Spanish River Christian Church and is on board Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented though the types of brides of the church.

Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God.

http://glmpublishing.net
http://www.leeannmancini.com

My Impressions:

Forever with Jesus is the newest book in Lee Ann Mancini’s Adventures of The Sea Kids series. Featuring big and bold illustrations of fanciful sea creatures that kids can relate to, this book looks at what it really means to live forever with Jesus. As the young cousins gather to celebrate their grandmother Pinky’s birthday, they enjoy all of the things a young child would at a grandma or grandpa’s house. They also have a chance to learn more about a relationship with Jesus. Questions are asked and answered according to God’s word. The sea kids hear the truth of God’s plan, but also see it lived out. After a wonderful day of fun ending in a sleepover, they wake up to find that a neighbor has died and now lives with Jesus forever. The whole process of death and its beginning rather than end is experienced. I like that the author shows what it is like to lose a beloved family member and friend, and yet have peace and joy in the midst of the sorrow and loss. Forever with Jesus is a great way to teach your kids the true meaning of eternal life. It is also a great resource for parents in a time of loss in their family.

Recommended. 

Audience: kids ages 5- 8.

(Thanks to BookCrash for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Journey to Jericho (The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls)

24 Aug

In this fourth installment of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Peter and Mary find themselves in the middle of the battle of Jericho.

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series follows siblings Peter and Mary and their dog, Hank, as they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to key moments in biblical history. In this fourth adventure, the time-traveling trio journeys to an ancient desert and finds the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land. With limited time to solve the secret of the scroll, Peter and Mary join Israelite spies on a reconnaissance mission to Jericho; sneak Rahab to safety; and ultimately face the scheming man in black as the walls of the city begin to crumble. Fans of the series will love this whirlwind adventure that brings the Bible to life. Ages 6-9 years.

M. J. Thomas grew up in Florida playing sports and riding his bike to the library and an arcade named the Cosmic Cowboy. He graduated from Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.

When his son Peter was nine years old, Mike went searching for books that would teach Peter about the Bible in a fun, imaginative way. Finding none, he decided to write his own series. In The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Mike combines biblical accuracy with adventure, imagination, and characters who are dear to his heart. Peter is named for Mike’s son Peter; Mary, for his niece; and Hank, for the family dog.

Mike lives in Tennessee with his wife, Lori; two sons, Payton and Peter; and their dog, Hank.

 

My Impressions:

Bringing a fresh perspective to Biblical stories — that’s what M. J. Thomas’ The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls series does for kids. In the fourth book of the series, Journey to Jericho, Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank find themselves with Joshua and the whole company of the Hebrew people on the cusp of entering the land God had promised them. Peter and Mary soon find themselves in the middle of the action, and your child will be too as they gain insight into the familiar Bible story. This book is a good way to get kids excited about reading the Bible. Recommended.

Peter and Mary are visiting their great uncle Solomon for a month. An archaeologist by trade, Solomon has found a way for his young niece and nephew to visit the Holy Land — back in time. Ancient scrolls take the two kids away to many adventures. In Journey to Jericho, they not only witness history, but are a part of it as they become spies. They encounter Biblical figures such as Joshua and Rahab as they search for a message of God’s truth. I liked the way Thomas brings the story to a kid’s level adding adventure to the historical record. But Peter and Mary’s trip to the past is fraught with danger, and they are guided and protected by the angel Michael. There is also a man in black (definitely NOT Johnny Cash 😉 ) that they are warned to look out for. Satan is always on the scene seeking to thwart God’s plans. That is a good lesson for kids as well. But parents, you may want to read the book first in order to be ready for questions your child may have about the power Satan has in the world. The book opens up all kinds of discussion — life in ancient Israel, the struggles of God’s people, and the promises He always keeps. At the end of the book there is a helpful outline of the book of Joshua to guide the discussion back to God’s word.

All in all, I really liked Journey to Jericho. The book is a good choice for family reading time or for kids to practice their reading skills. Make sure to check out the other books in the series as well.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 6-9.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Worthy Kids for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)