October 17, 2014

"Parenting with Scripture" by Kara Durbin


       "Parenting with Scripture" by Kara Durbin is an excellent tool for parents looking to use scripture to teach and instruct their children.  The beginning of the book is a guide for finding and responding to teachable moments, including learning to identify a teachable moment in your everyday life.  Durbin discusses using opportunities such as TV shows or commercials, or time in the car when you have a buckled-in audience. She also stresses the importance of using positive moments and reinforcing good behavior like when your child shows kindness to others, or demonstrates honesty in a tough situation.
       The rest of the book is a very useful topical guide. The topics range from friendship to giving, to honesty and self-control. Durbin lists a topic at the top of the page, gives the definition, and then lists several scripture verses that deal with the topic. Then, there is a list of discussion questions and a "Take Action" segment which gives the family some goals for working on the specific topic.
        I would recommend this book to all Christian families with children. It's a wonderful tool for everyone in the family to study and use in the midst of all those everyday life moments. I think it's not only a great reference tool but would also make a fantastic family devotional study. The emphasis on the memorization of scripture is wonderful and important, especially with the ease that little minds learn new things.  Those verses will stay "hidden in their hearts", and encourage them to live in a way that honors God and loves others for the rest of their lives.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

October 14, 2014

Reviewing "Bible Study for Busy Mamas, Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13"


Pam Forster's "Bible Study for Busy Mamas, Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13" is a gem of a book.  It breaks down a very in-depth study of one chapter of the Bible into manageable 5 minute bits which makes studying scripture regularly a very doable practice for busy moms of little ones. 
She uses underlining, highlighting and symbols to deeply examine each verse. I like this a lot because I find that adding a memorable visual aspect is something that helps cement what I learn during a study into the recesses of my brain. 
A really neat part of this book that I've never seen before is the children's study that parallels the adult study. In the introduction of the book Forster explains that there is no pressure to complete the kids study, but that it is available for moms who want to include their whole family in the practice of Bible Study. Her ideas are tailored very well toward kids with short attentions spans who need to be involved in a project or working with their hands in some way to keep them engaged.  The Author suggests that the kids' study can be used as a completely separate entity during family worship time at night with Dad. 
I would definitely recommend this book to moms who have their hands full with little ones and may struggle to find that regular Bible study time.  It's a pretty book with inviting pages, and the fact that each study portion takes about 5 minutes may just lead to a wonderful habit of always finding time to study no matter how busy we are. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher through BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. 

Reviewing "DIY Type" by Dana Tanamachi


"DIY Type" by Dana Tanamachi is a very unique book filled with two sizes of beautiful typographic stencils.  The book cover is actually one of the neatest crafty book covers I've seen as it has fun cut-outs that allow you to see through it.  I also love colorful hombre style.
The first 14 pages of the book first include the story of the author's journey toward a passion for artistic lettering, followed by pages of project ideas with supply lists and example photos.  I love her ideas for the multitude of projects inspired by the stencils, and actually would have liked to see 20 or 30 more pages of fun projects.  My favorite sections are the "Party" and "Home" sections, and I also like the idea of decorating the front of my journals or perhaps some stationery.
This book is very much on trend, as the phenomenon of chalk lettering has exploded along with the Pinterest boom. Since the practice of freehand fancy lettering isn't in my wheelhouse, I find these stencils to be a very helpful and fun tool that I look forward to using for parties and for home decor.  I would recommend this to anybody looking to do some DIY lettering projects, even if you've never tried it before.  The book will inspire you to get started on all of those fun things you've seen as you were scrolling through Pinterest.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

October 13, 2014

Reviewing "Andi Under Pressure" by Amanda Flower



"Andi Under Pressure" by Amanda Flower, is a great mystery novel for kids, based on cute, realistic characters and an intriguing plot.  Twelve-year-old Andi Boggs and her friend Colin are thrilled to be attending a prestigious science camp at a university in Kildeer, Ohio.  But from day one, the camp is plagued with a series of pranks which slowly escalate to the point of being dangerous.  Andi and Colin, being extremely curious and fairly fearless, decide to put their investigative prowess to good use, and in true Nancy Drew-esque fashion, they get themselves into pickles and seemingly impossible situations pretty often.
I would recommend this book to anybody who has kids who enjoy a good mystery novel.  The plot is interesting and draws the reader in right away. (I read the whole thing on a 3 hour flight this past weekend). The characters have good hearts and positive goals and the book is clean and safe for young readers.  Lessons about integrity and honesty are sprinkled throughout the story but they are underlying themes more than overt lessons.  In addition to the mystery, there are good moments of both humor and drama, creating a very well rounded reading experience for any kid.  This was my first Amanda Flower book and I would definitely be eager to read more of her work.

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October 5, 2014

Reviewing "Treasury of Bible Stories" by Kelly Pulley

   "Treasury of Bible Stories", by Kelly Pulley, is a beautiful collection of Rhyming Bible stories written for children ages 4-8. Almost every page is fully covered with fun and bright illustrations that will keep your children completely enthralled.  The stories range from about 10-20 pages and cover popular sunday school lesson topics and characters such as Adam and Eve, Noah, Joshua and Daniel.      
        The rhyming style used throughout the book is really fun and easy to read. I predict that nightly story time with the family would become extremely popular using this as your material, which would also promote great conversations with your kids about each story.  In addition to being wonderful for kids, it would be great resource for parents, especially those who may have a harder time with scripture reading comprehension.  The simple details included in these stories make them very easy to remember.  I would recommend this book to every Christian family with little kids around.  It will definitely be one we look forward to reading for years to come.
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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September 28, 2014

"Game Changer" by Kirk Cousins


Washington Redskins' Quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is a class act.  Prior to reading this book, I admit I didn't know very much about him.  After all, I come from a long line of Green Bay Packers fans. :)  But after reading this, I think I may have just become an instant Washington Redskins fan. 
Cousins comes from an extraordinarily supportive and wonderful Christian family. He was raised to make good decisions in life, and it turns out that making good decisions is one of the most important parts of being a successful quarterback  In "Game Changer", Cousins takes the reader through his football backstory.  We get a very real and transparent description of how God lead him through the ups and downs of his journey toward a successful career in the NFL. And in the process of telling his own story, he guides the reader toward how to be a success using God's standards and guidelines for our everyday living. 
I found this book to be a very interesting and encouraging read. About half of the book is really directed toward young students, but the principles he teaches in the book can be applied to us not-so-young people very easily as well.  I would recommend this book to families- especially those with teenage boys.  Reading it together could lead to some very good discussions about good life decision making, including where we as Christians should place our trust, and how to not let ourselves get off track.   

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.