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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hello Stars, By Alena Pitts & Wynter Pitts - A Book Review

Hello Stars is a really nice book for 8-12 year old. The focus of the story is a Christian girl aspiring to be an actress. The main character's name is Lena. Throughout the book, Lena learns how to balance stardom with real life, family and faith.

My 8 year old daughter has enjoyed reading the book. She found it engaging and entertaining. I'm sure most young girls can relate with wanting to be an actress.

I found it nice to know that this was a Christian book and that I didn't have to worry about the content being to "mature" for my daughter. On the contrary, the message of the book is inspiring and just right for most 8-12 year old girls.

I recommend the book.

Kids Visual Study Bible NIV - A Book Review

I love love love this Bible. It is great for kids (elementary age and up). But as an adult, I would use this too. It has really practical insights and illustrations in the page margins. The photos, drawings and maps really help tell the Biblical story and highlight the messages throughout.

In the beginning of each book, there is a listing of the author, why the book was written, what happens in the book, key people, where the events take place, and stories in the book. There are extra illustrations as well. In the book of Ruth, there is an excellent map of Elimelek and Naomi's jouney. Later in the book is a picture of people gleaning fields - or picking up leftovers after the workers were finished. There's an explanation about it too. In chapter 3 or Ruth, there's an illustration of the threshing floor and definitions. Toward the end, there's a graphic showing Ruth's family tree and the line of Christ.

For each of the other books in the Bible, there are similar illustrations. I am very pleased with this Bible and my kids are also enjoying the layout. There are over 700, full-color photos, maps and infographics throughout the Bible. These additions really bring the word to life for kids - and adults.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: A Spectacle of Glory, By Joni Eareckson Tada

What a fantastic devotional reader. I have been truly enjoying the short, daily readings in this small book.
Joni Eareckson Tada writes about the depths of the human soul in such a relatable and authentic manner. This book reminds me of the classic devotional, Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman, written in 1925. Both books offer a timeless message of hope, purity and devotion to God.
In addition, if you know someone struggling with a physical disability or chronic pain, this book would make an excellent gift. The author is actually is a quadriplegic who is intensely familiar with pain in life. Reading her writings motivates me to push through difficulties and take full advantage of what God has given me.
I've always enjoyed books by this author. So I was excited to read this one. And this daily reader didn't let me down. It's a perfect daily reading for a pause in our hectic days. I highly recommend this book for adults seeking a little more application to their daily Bible reading. Five stars!

Merry Christmas!

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