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The Beginner’s Bible

If you are a Christian parent or parent-to-be, no doubt the importance of telling Bible stories cannot ever be fully explained.  I remember fondly the stories I was read as a child and those that I learned in Sunday School.  The Beginner’s Bible is full of stories from both the Old and New Testament.  Simply stated to help the tiny ones begin to understand each story, they are well illustrated and short enough to get through before they lose the desire to pay attention.  Giving the opportunity to lay down the foundation that will allow them to rebuild their house each and every time.  I, personally, am ever so grateful for my foundation being so strongly laid down by two in particular of my Granny’s and my Pa-Pa, for each and every time they told me stories and took me to church. Teaching me to behave and to build my foundation on His Word, I’ve used those lessons to get through every situation that I have come across throughout my life.  The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful resource to help you do the same thing with the little one’s in our life.  About The Beginner’s Bible

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.

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Originally posted 2017-01-01 22:19:52.

Christmas Love Letters from God

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I can’t even begin to say how much I would love to have letters come from God to my mailbox.  The occasional note of this is how much I love you and you are doing a good job, keep it up.  What we forget is that we DO have love letters from God, as well as advice and help with so many things throughout our lives.  The Bible is full of them.  If we forget as adults, how do we expect our children to know and understand it?

Christmas Love Letters from God is an adorable book that will help our children learn at a young age that not only does God love us, but He also took the time to write so much to teach us and encourage us throughout the Good Book.

Glenys Nellist put so much love into the words in this little book made for our little ones and Rachel Clowes did an amazing job illustrating!  There are a few others available as well, their pictures are below this post.  You’ll love them so much you’ll want to get each of them for the kiddos!Keeping Christ in Christmas

Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

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Originally posted 2016-11-28 14:17:50.

#WhereJesusSlept: Keeping Christ in Christmas

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In a time where the true meaning of Christmas can be lost or misplaced, especially for young children, it is important for my family to remember why it is we have this holiday and what we are really celebrating. Each Christmas even night they open one gift; it contains a new pair of pajamas, a mug for homemade hot coco and a new book. This year my children are going to receive books themed for the true meaning of Christmas (as last year they each received Santa books) and I am anxious to read them to my children as we wait to celebrate the following morning!

“Where Jesus Slept” is a beautifully illustrated book worded for young children, to tell the story of the birth of Jesus. The story is told in a catchy rhyming scheme that invites our babies to discover where Jesus slept on Christmas, and how so many came to adore him. The illustrations are wonderfully done to draw in the attention from all ages. Like so many popular children stories the rhyming scheme in this book it one that is destined to become a favorite; because it is so catch a rhythm it also allows children to generate a strong willingness to memorize the story and eventually they will learn how to read it on their own if they are not yet reading to themselves!Keeping Christ in Christmas

Our Children Need Christ in Christmas!

The Christmas holiday has dramatically changed in what is expected and appreciated out of this time of year. Where it was once solely about praising God for the birth of the savior, but about bringing a family together and sharing this magical time with our loved ones! Lately Christmas has become commercialized, bargain shopping and big gift buying has replaced priorities in some families. Children’s “wish lists” have gone from that heartwarming “I want to see granny!” to “I want that toy that everyone else has!”

Children need Christ in Christmas because it brings them to understand the gift of love! Quoting from How the Grinch Stole Christmas… “Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!”

Look for ways to keep Christ in Christmas for your family! Here are a few ideas from the Unlocking the Bible:

1) Read the Bible story with your family

2) Use and advent calendar with scripture

3) Listen to Chris-exalting Christmas music for the holidays

The above mentioned site contains great way to making this Christmas more about Christ and less about that gift those precious babies want so much!

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“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.

Format: jacketed hardcover

Trim size: 10×10

Page count: 32

Retail price: $16.99

Reading age: 4-7

About the author:

Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.

Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

Originally posted 2016-11-18 15:55:05.

10 Brilliant Benefits of Devotionals for Children Sponsored by Say & Pray Devotions


There are so very many things I love about this book!  First of all, of course, is the message.  Just the message I want to share with my baby!  Each day holds for baby and you a little bit of words about ‘God’s World’ and ‘Say & Pray’, along with a a colorful pictures and key words that you can utilize to teach words, letter familiarity, and help with vocabulary.  Each of the Say & Pray sections have a little verse, the ‘address’ to the verse, and a quick and simple prayer perfect for reading to baby and teaching to toddlers!  I love that as they grow they will be learning these little prayers so that when they reach that time, they will be even more ready to start praying on their own.

Teaching them to have devotional time from such an early age, it also helps us to remember the importance of our own devotional time!  Not to long ago, I wrote about the importance of time management.  Having our devotional time as a set part of our schedule not only aides us in keeping our relationship with God on the forefront, it also begins a foundation of keeping priorities, managing time and learning to set schedules.

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Parents who already know and love the Say & Pray Bible will love Say & Pray Devotions as it helps their youngsters continue to engage their faith in a personal way. Featuring the same fun style of artwork and the educational elements as Say & Pray Bible, this devotional for little ones will teach the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn and follow biblical principles.

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10 Brilliant Benefits of Devotionals for Children

  1. Teaches children to have a personal relationship with God.
  2. Encourages and sets the foundation for thinking about situations, rather than just reacting.
  3. The love and acceptance taught through the scriptures is more easily understood and utilized in their day to day lives.
  4. Begins teaching them to focus and study.
  5. Using what they learn from the devotions throughout the week, day and month teaches them to apply the things they learn (not just religious, but all lessons) to other aspects of their day.
  6. Studies show that those with a strong relationship to a higher being tend to be happier and more successful in their personal lives.
  7. A good attitude can be learned through scripture, the Bible teaches love, acceptance, compassion, and so many other wonderful lessons about emotions!
  8. Praying and meditating on the Word teaches self-awareness and awareness of God.
  9. Children learn from a young age to recognize God’s presence in their lives so that as they grow they will see His touches on their lives.
  10. The Bible encourages and teaches healthy behaviors, taking care of ourselves and others are two excellent examples!

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Originally posted 2016-10-27 06:31:45.

#un-ashamed Healing Our Brokenness & Finding Freedom From Shame

UnashamedI don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve read that women are taught from a young age to be ashamed.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe that a certain amount of shame is very necessary and is actually a good thing, but at some point I, personally, developed way more shame than I need.  To the point that it interferes with my life and my happiness.  Unashamed is meant to help us let go of those negative feelings and find the joy and peace that God intends for us.  I had that once but have lost it, not necessarily from shame but as it turns out that isn’t really the important part.

About the book:

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to

those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the

gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention

to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

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Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor,

and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a

featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of

Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in

southeastern Virginia.

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Originally posted 2016-06-29 08:00:03.

The Legend of the Easter Robin #EasterRobin #FlyBy

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With Easter fast approaching, this book has come out at a perfect time!  The story is adorable and sweet and even teaches us a few Dutch traditions.  The illustrations are very well done and a sense of love is emitted from each and every page.  Written for children ages 4-8, I think this book is perfect for Easter baskets and to keep on the bookshelf to re-read all year long!

About the book:
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.

Originally posted 2016-02-24 08:00:13.

Summer Under My Quilt

Introducing the debut Author Crystal Sellers with a story of love, life, and learning to let go.

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Megan Creeway spent the summer at her grandparent’s lake house. Her life had imploded and she didn’t know how to get it back. Her husband was a cheat, her son was outgrowing his mother, and her grandpa was very sick. Seeking refuge from it all, the one thing she did not expect, was to find herself being courted by the very handsome local Pastor.
Reid Stone was finally enjoying his life three years after a divorce. He started over in the quaint town of Lake Charlotte as the pastor of the local church. He quickly made friends yet still led a peaceful quiet life of bachelorhood.

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He appeared just as captivated by the fireflies as she had just been a moment ago, watching them dance in the air above the wheat field. It was all so majestic, like a carefully orchestrated Broadway play. One thing Megan always enjoyed was how the night sounds of the country took her far away from reality.

My Thoughts

You can read my original review on Good Reads but the skinny is: I LOVED this book!  It was a great read; wonderful story of home, family, love and triumph over trials.  It’s a definite page turner that you just don’t want to put down.  The story will warm your heart while giving you a sense of peace and comfort about the world.  The characters are well written and I felt like I knew them when I was done reading about them, like somehow they could be friends or family of mine.  Though I’m not sure what would take place, I’d love to read a sequel to this book because, frankly, I feel like I miss them.  While reading the book, they became very real to me.  I can imagine the lives the characters would continue to live and what they might be doing, but I’d love to read it from the author’s perspective.

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Originally posted 2016-02-04 00:00:04.

#MENSDEVOTIONALBIBLE

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ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.
Features:
– 365 brand-new devotions
– Brand new book introductions
– 14 brand-new articles
– Dictionary of key terms
– Ribbon marker
– Smyth-sewn binding
– Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
– Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board)
Retail Price: $34.99

About Crossway:

The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

My Thoughts

If you read my review on the ESV Journaling Bible for women you’ll know that I really enjoyed the ESV version of the Bible. After comparing it to different versions, I really enjoyed it.  The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is a great version.  I really love that they put the story descriptions in gold.  It really looks fabulous!  If you are looking for a new Bible, or for a gift for someone, this version is perfect!

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#JOURNALINGBIBLE Bible for Women

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The ESV Journaling Bible for women is a great resource as one studies to get closer and stay close to the Great Almighty.  I love so many aspects of the ESV Journaling Bible, published by Crossway.  First off, I’d never read the English Standard Version, so I was excited about exploring how it was worded.  I compared it to my normal versions and I really enjoyed the difference.  I definitely plan on adding the ESV to my routine studies.  Being a journaling Bible, on the side of the pages there is an area to take notes.  There are a ton of reasons this is great, my favorite being that if He speaks to you while studying you will have that note that you will never have to worry about losing.  I always wish I had all the notes I’ve taken throughout the years, now I will have them in the future.

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The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day.  With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.  This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
Features:
 – Black letter text
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The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

Originally posted 2015-11-17 21:42:47.

#NIVBibleforTeenGirls #Giveaway US/CAN Ends 11/16 #Flyby

NIV Bible for Teen Girls Words cannot express my love for The Word.  It’s been the backbone of my life since I was a small girl.  I’m very excited flipping through this new NIV Bible for Teen Girls.  I remember seeing Bibles like these when I was a teen and wanting one so badly and when I got my first Bible directed to teens I ate up the devotionals and inspirations from it.  This Bible is the same, it contains daily readings, highlights the Word of God, challenges insights, gives advice and attempts to begin important dialogues about the realities of life.  It is meant for girls between the ages of 13 to 18, but the inspirations are timeless.  I definitely recommend checking it out!

Today’s teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl’s walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

Features:
  • DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie DownsChristine Caine, Nicole WeiderElsa Kok ColopyCrystal KirgissBekah Hamrick MartinDenise Van Eck, and more
  • CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
  • HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
  • A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
  • The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible 

 

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Originally posted 2015-11-02 00:00:27.