Sunday, October 23, 2011

Heroes & Villians of the Bible - 3 Stars

 "Heroes & Villians of the Bible" is a cute book that follows some of the most famous (and infamous) names of the Bible. As far as ages for this book, I would suggest 7 or 8 years old and up. While the cover of the book suggests it is a "boy book", it actually follows more than just men of the Bible. I liked that they included some female characters, such as Ruth and Delilah. The book is written as a Bible, so that it is easy to cross reference what your child is reading in your own Bible if you would like. Each chapter offers a thought or discussion to help your child connect with the reading. It also offers up a short moral of the reading. I liked that it helps the child get involved in the story. The readings are taken from a small percentage of the Bible, from the books of: Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, Esther, Daniel, Jonah, Luke, Matthew, John, Mark, and Acts. Not such a great read for smaller children, but definitely great for boys or girls who are a little bit older.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Heaven Is For Real For Kids (Children's) - 4 Stars

"Heaven Is For Real For Kids" is a cute children's book, detailing some of the things that Colton saw when he visited Heaven. Although some of the things that Colton tells about are not 100% as the Bible may describe, I still thought the basic premise of the book was cute. It helps teach kids about Heaven, in a way that isn't scary. I thought the illustrations were beautiful and very colorful, as well. I think that this book would be a great read for a young child, as it is simple to read, uses kid-friendly language, and isn't the least bit scary. 

This book is a good introduction to what Heaven is, and who lives in Heaven, etc., for children. Would make a wonderful gift for a child anywhere from age 3 and up. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book of Man - 5 Stars

"Book of Man" by William Bennett is a compilation of stories about exceptional men. This book has many different chapters, that make it easy to look up a story by the subject - it is broke into "men at work", "men at play", "men in prayer" and many others. This would be a great gift for a young man, heading into adulthood as there are so many wonderful examples of strong, faithful, courageous men throughout the stories in this book. I think that Bennett really picked the best of the best as far as male role models to go into this book.

I would recommend this as a gift for a high school or college graduate that is headed on the path to manhood, as a reminder of what a man should strive to be. Wonderfully written, as usual, by William Bennett. Absolutely loved this one, and you will too!