Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hello, Bicycle {Review}

Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide To The Two-Wheeled Life takes you on a whimsical tour of the world of a bike owner. More than just your everyday manual, this book is filled with both inspiration and information that will 'wow' even the most experienced rider. Whether you are buying this book for a beginner or an expert they will have hours of fun paging through innovative ideas and trends that they can incorporate into their everyday life.

I'll be honest, what drew me to this book was the cover. It's quirky, bright, fun and shouts, "read me!" The content is just as enticing within the following six sections:

~ Why Bicycles?
~ What Do I Need To Know To Ride?
~ Taking Care Of Your Bicycle
~ Biking For All Activities
~ Essential Provisions
~ More Than Just A Ride

Not only will you find useful information about taking care of your bike and bike safety but there are many fun activities, recipes, projects and ideas that any bike enthusiast would be excited to try. Yes, I said recipes. If you are going to take biking seriously then knowing both how to pack food and which foods to pack are important and this book teaches you both.

I was planning on giving this to my son who adores biking and can't wait for the day when he can have more freedom riding around his bike. I wasn't sure if this book would be kid-friendly, it certainly is a cute book but the beer reference makes me uncertain that I want to gift this to a child.
Overall, this book has fun pictures, ideas and information and would make a wonderful gift this holiday season or anytime throughout the year.

Disclaimer: This book was provided free in exchange for my review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Prayer Journal For Young Girls {Review}

Journaling was a favorite pastime of mine as a young girl. Whatever happened during the day, would eventually be found in my journal. As I grew up a bit the topics would change from which boy I had a crush on to more spiritual matters. This Journal for kids would make a perfect gift for that young lady in your life who may be seeking the things of the Lord or wondering if God hears her when she prays. This sweet gift comes in an adorable, glittery cover. It holds two small books. One for prayers and one for answered prayers. The topics touch the hearts of young girls all across the board. Girls can fill in which countries they hope to visit someday, people in their life that are sick who need prayer. The colors and fun drawings are captivating for young girls making it enticing to go back to this journal over and over again. I highly recommend this book for any young girl in your life!

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

Little Book of God's Love {Review}

What a sweet book! This tiny little board book is filled from cover to cover with heart warming poems on the topic of love. The Precious Moments illustrations captivate a child's attention bringing them into a world of joy and happiness. I remember loving Precious Moments when I was young and now my daughter has the same appreciation for it in her childhood. A wonderful tradition to pass on. In addition to the adorable imagery, the poem selection is over the top wonderful. You'll find some familiar poems such as Jesus Loves Me, Skidamarink and Oh How I Love Jesus. The new ones introduced are just as sweet, including, Inside My Heart, A Happy Heart, and A Mealtime Prayer. You and your little one will enjoy paging through this book,reading the poems and enjoying the pictures time and time again!

Disclaimer: This book was provided free. All opinions stated here are my own.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Radical Book For Kids {Review}

The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

This power-packed
book is "radical" in more ways than you might think! It is "radical" in the sense of the original meaning of the word, "going to the root or origin." The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. But it's also "radical" in the more modern sense of being revolutionary. Kids read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him---displaying radical faith---even when everything seemed against them.

The Radical Book for Kids is also "radical"- meaning fun or cool- in the eyes of a child. Kids read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that's 3,000 years old-and more.

Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it,
The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.
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My Thoughts

This book is jam packed with important church history facts for tweens or early teens. It presents information that I never was exposed to until my college years. Yet for kids, it is presented in bite sized, easy to swallow portions. The cover is impressive with a hard, sturdy, thick binding. The tree and children's silhouette image is eye-catching. The way the facts are presented on each page is fun and quirky with animated text fonts, colorful images and fun facts.

Your child can learn Latin phrases, have a lesson on how to properly clean their room or play fun Bible times games. I was truly excited about getting this book since my oldest son loves informative books such as this.

Unfortunately, after reading through some of the sidebar quotes I quickly found out that this book is not for my family. Trust me, you most likely will like it but our family doesn't allow CS Lewis or JRR Tolkien to be read in our house. Strict, I know. If you want to know our reasoning in more detail, feel free to email me at the address on my contact page. That said, I need to be consistent with what I allow in my home, and even though most biblical scholars quote CS Lewis, and this shouldn't be a deal breaker, for me, it is.

About The Author

Champ Thornton grew up in the Carolinas. He is presently an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Beginning in 2003, he pastored in South Carolina and later served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. Champ is also the author of God's Love: A Bible Storybook, and of Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children.

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Litfuse who provided me with a free copy of this book. All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Say and Pray Devotions {Review}

Say & Pray Devotions features short devotions and lots of labeled illustrations so your little one can practice identifying objects and words on their own! This book is a great tool to start a devotional time with little ones, as it will help you teach them about God, and the labeled pictures will help start a life of faith. This is a nice complement to the bestselling Say & Pray Bible.

My Thoughts
When I tuck my little one in for a nap, I tend to stall. Searching around the room, I'll point out objects, say their names, and see if he can repeat it. I imagine this is normal behavior of a mom with a toddler. I also imagine that it's normal when I squeal with delight when I see that he is catching on and learning. What parent doesn't love to see their child learning? The Say & Pray Devotion Book is a perfect opportunity for parents to sit down with their pre-readers and get them excited about the world around them. With sweet poems and inviting prayers, young ones are encouraged to interact with the pictures as they are read to. These colorful pictures and easy text provide a perfect opportunity to share simple points about the world around them within a biblical context. I highly recommend this book.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for a copy of this book to review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Living A Thankful Lifestyle

Jack frost had arrived. After crawling out of bed and slipping into my slippers, I snuggled up with an oversized sweater on the couch before the kids woke up. The hot, southern, summer days were gone and our heat had finally decided to kick on. My husband and I had been living in this home for a few years now and were used to the chilly mornings of late fall. Our house guest was not. When she continued to comment about the cold, I gently encouraged her to be thankful instead of complaining.

The look on her face will be etched in my mind forever.

It never occurred to her that she was complaining. In her mind, she was just stating the facts.

The reason I won't forget this moment is because there are plenty of times in my own life when I don't even realize that I am complaining. I am simply stating the reality of what is going on. But, when I was on the receiving end of the complaining of the cold weather, it certainly did come across as ungratefulness.

How many times have I done the same thing?

Even if it seems like a small thing, I need to remind myself to be thankful. The Bible says,

                "In everything, give thanks," (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

On the days that homeschooling is tough... "in everything, give thanks."

On the days that things don't go my way... "in everything, give thanks."

On the days that my husband is late from work and the baby is crying and the older ones are cranky... "in everything, give thanks."

When I went to Israel and Egypt and physically saw the possible route that the Israelites had wandered in throughout the wilderness I was shocked. How in the world could they have been stuck in this small area for an entire forty years? Physically, they could have entered the promise land much, much sooner. Why didn't they enter? Because of their murmuring and complaining.

Do you ever feel as if you are going around in circles in your own life? I know that for me, there have been certain parts of my life that I just needed to get over. I just needed to get on with my life and stop grumbling and complaining about it and instead, do something about it!

Thankfulness is powerful. Let's remember to count our blessings this season and be thankful for what we have rather than resentful for what we don't.

If you are looking for resources to teach your children about thankfulness check out these from the Rainbow Resource Center.

                                     Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Rainbow Resource Center. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true.

 Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace's Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. 

The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie's new book.


My Thoughts: You might be surprised at how young children are when they begin questioning, struggling and wondering about biblical truths. My oldest son isn't even ten years old and we have already had deep, meaningful conversations about biblical topics that I never even thought about until college. Maybe the reason so many children leave the faith once they finish High School is because so many questions were left unanswered as children and they end up finding what they are looking for in secular, humanistic views. Rather than dismissing my child's genuine questions about the Bible and it's truths, I face them head on. I don't fear his questions because they have led to powerful soul-searching and change already in his young life. This book is an excellent resource for kids because it shows them that it is okay to have questions and that the tools are readily available in the Bible, you just need to search for them. 

I find the forensic approach that this book takes intriguing for young tweens and teens.The images in the book are simple and hand drawn which took a bit to get used to at first but once you get into the book, you are so enthralled with trying to figure out the case, it doesn't seem to matter much. The book follows a group of students trying to figure out a case concerning a skateboard. Throughout the case the students are exposed to the process of detective work. This is then related to the need to investigate the Bible to search for the truths that we need to live our lives. I appreciate the way this book presents the Bible and the need to dive in and search it. We are to study to show ourselves approved and today too many people rely on what they have been told and have not searched out the scripture for themselves. This is an excellent book for any tween or teen!

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  • A shock-proof, kid-friendly, convertible Kindle Fire case (your kids' choice of color)

  • Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.


    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    Everyday Learning

    Everyday is an opportunity to teach. For me, I like order. So having a set time and place to teach my children from a curriculum works for me. But I have also learned to be flexible. I know this may sound silly, but sometimes it’s easy to put a comment or question my child has on... Read More At Our Homeschool Forum.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional {Review}

    The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional  is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.

    My Thoughts: The color of the cover is darling. It is a dark blue with stars all around. The dark blue theme continues to the inside cover and the tops of the pages. It plays on the bedtime theme well. Each new theme that is introduced is on a cute page with the Bear family standing in front of the moon. I like how the nighttime theme is carried throughout this devotional, most likely meant to get young ones in the mood for sleep!

    The themes are relevant for young ones, God Loves You Very Much, Be Forgiving and God's Gifts and Blessings are a few that stood out. The devotions include a scripture, story, thought provoking question and prayer. I wasn't sure which age range this would be geared towards but I would say younger elementary. This would certainly make an adorable gift this Christmas!

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of this review. 
    All thoughts expressed here are my own.