Monday, October 7, 2013

My Mama & Me

"My Mama & Me" by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley is a selection of devotions for mother and child to read together. This book is unique because each page offers a new devotion, prayer, Bible verse, and a bonding activity for mom and child that are all tied together in a way that even young children can understand. With around 25 devotions, this would be a perfect way to end your day with your kids, or even to begin your day.

These devotionals are designed for younger kids to easily understand, and are even written in rhyming schemes to make them even catchier! I would recommend this book for moms of kids ages 3 and up. The illustrations are colorful and relevant; Devotionals themselves offer great truths for children, such as Jesus is God's son, God keeps you safe, and being kind to others. My 5 year old really enjoyed this book, and the little bit of special time that we were able to create every day. Highly recommend this one!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bedtime Stories and Prayers : Blessings for Bedtime

"Bedtime Stories and Prayers: Blessings for Bedtime" is a compilation of four different stories, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and Kathleen Long Bostrom that would make the perfect pre-bedtime story for your young child. I would recommend this book for children ages two through six, as the language is very simple, often repetitive, and very easy to understand. Illustrations in this book are done by Elena Kucharik, and she does an excellent job using bright colors and beautiful illustrations to connect the text to the pictures.

This book offers wonderful pre-sleep reminders of God's love and blessings, as well as reminders to be thankful to God for all He gives us, as well as God's majesty and wisdom. There really is nothing in this book that I can offer a bad review about. I have a five year old, and think that this book is wonderful for her, and I love the idea of sending her off to sleep with these wonderful messages.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with small children. I thought it was a wonderful addition to the bedtime story rotation for my daughter, and I am sure you will too. 5/5!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Whit's End Mealtime Devotions

"Whit's End Mealtime Devotions" is a compilation of 90 devotions based around family mealtime, put together by Focus on the Family. Each devotion offers a prayer for mealtime, which is short and perfect for young children who can learn to memorize some of their favorite prayers. Each devotion then offers an "appetizer", which is some fun fact(s), trivia, or a short story/activity that relates to mealtime.

Each devotional also offers what is labeled as the "main course", which discusses how Biblical principles or a particular Bible story can be tied into your life. It offers a story, suggests reading, and offers follow up questions that the whole family can take part in. Then, there is also the "table talk" section of the devotionals, that offers discussion questions based on the earlier sections in the devotional. Lastly, the devotional offers the "vitamins and minerals" section, which is a bible verse that coordinates with the topics discussed in the devotion.

What I thought was great about this book is that is encourages family time, and open discussion. The devotions are well written, and are simple enough for even young children to be able to understand and take part in. I also liked the Bible verse at the end of the devotion, which encourages memorization for children as well as adults.

I would highly recommend this devotional to any family looking to incorporate a devotion into their daily routine. What's great about this book is that it helps children learn a variety of mealtime prayers, and also encourages family interaction over the Bible!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Briarpatch Gospel

"The Briarpatch Gospel" by Shayne Wheeler is a book that challenges you to go where you normally wouldn't in order to experience God's grace, healing and love. Most of us understand that life isn't always sunshine and roses, and that sometimes following God's plan for us means experiencing pain, disappointment, and failure. What I took away from Shayne Wheeler's book was that it is these experiences that allows God to really show us what we are made of, and that we need Him. Wheeler covers topics such as doubt, courage, faith, and truth through this book, revealing through personal experiences God's plans still exist even through our own suffering and disappointments.

What I liked about this book was that it was written on a topic that we can all relate to. We all know suffering and disappointment and have experienced it on some level at one point or another, whether it be financial, spiritual, professional, or in our home lives. I thought that the premise of the book was well constructed, and well thought out. I would have liked to see more Biblical tie ins to support the book, though, honestly. I also thought that at times the thoughts in the book were detached from one another.. From chapter to chapter at times, it doesn't feel like the book is connecting.

Overall, a good book with a good premise. I would give this one a 3/5.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not under any obligation to write a positive review.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Year Father-Daughter Devotions

"The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions" by Jesse Florea, leon C. Wirth, and Bob Smithouser is a compilation of devotions meant to be shared between father and daughter. The daily devotions are relatively short, but offer a short story that ties into a Biblical principle. For example, one of my favorite devotions talks about hair (and what young girl isn't interested in her hair?) - it talks about famous people who are recognized for their hairstyle, and then goes on to talk about the Biblical stories of Samson and Absalom.

After the story and Biblical explanation, the devotion offers a "Daddy-Daughter Time" that gives suggestions for discussing the topic of the devotion, and help strengthen the bond between father and daughter. For example, the hair devotion prompts father and daughter to look at old photos and see old hairstyles, and discuss how their hair affects their opinion of themselves. It also asks father and daughter to share a special fact about themselves that not everyone would know.

The final part of the daily devotion is a Bible verse that ties the entire devotion together.

I thought that this book would be great for middle school age girls and their dads. The daily devotions are relatively short - only about one page each, so it would be easy to fit in before bedtime, or over breakfast. It offers a lot of great advice and Biblical wisdom, and would make a great bonding time for dad and daughter.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.