Friday, July 22, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful (By: Cecil Frances Alexander)




All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander and illustrated by Katy Hudson is a sweet new book. It is based on Genisis 1:1, 31A.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...
And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good."
(KJV)
 
The pictures are absolutely amazing and adorable. Katy Hudson did a tremendous job. She was raised in England and has been painting since she was a small child. She earned a degree in illustration with the encouragement of her parents. She is a freelance author and illustrator now and her studio is located in Old London library. I truly believe this is the cutest book I have ever seen.
 
Cecil Frances Alexander was an amazing and inspiring woman who wrote hymns and poems during her time. She was born in 1818 in Dublin, Ireland. Her writing began as a young girl. One of her best known hymns is "All Things Bright and Beautiful". This book was made from that hymn. She died in 1895 and is remembered because of her great kindness and generosity.
 
Throughout the book the author speaks about God and how He created all things. Through God's inspiration, the whole world and all its beauty was made. No matter what, if something is great or small, wise or wonderful, God created it all.
 
My children truly love this book. All Things Bright and Beautiful gave them a book about the things that God made. I highly recommend purchasing this book for your children, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren.
 
*I was given this book by FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

American Woman's Bible (Review)



I absolutely love history (my favorite subject to teach and study). I also love the Bible. So, when someone decided to combine the two I jumped on the opportunity to review it. The new American Woman's Bible (edited by Dr. Richard G. Lee and forward by Penny Nance) is all about combining the Bible with the women who have been influential in the making of America as well as Biblical virtues.

This Bible is the New King James Version. I prefer this version. It is easy to read and I grew up reading this version. It was edited to add tidbits about women throughout American history who have helped to mold this country in some way or another. There are also a few color pictures throughout.

As you read through this Bible, you come across a biography on Fanny Crosby, or an article about the Women of the American Revolution, quotes by some American women, or a small piece on Dorothea Lang (a famous photographer). Every page brings a new element.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the pages. I was fascinated by the amount of women who assisted in forming this great country from early in history all the way to modern day. I am doing a further study into some of these women to learn more about each of them. I had not heard of a few of them and it really got me thinking about history.

In America, we hear a lot about all of the men who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We hear of the great wars, the triumphs, the losses, the heroes, the Presidents, and leaders. We don't hear much about the women who worked behind the scenes with these great men to accomplish what we have today. In this book, you will learn of the battles that women fought to bring freedom and justice to America. You will read about women who loved and served God without wavering in their faith when the odds were stacked against them. You will read of heroines who served this great country through wars and victory.

This Bible is for the history buff. There are so many great quotes that inspired me throughout. I plan to write them down so I can remember them in hard times. We are facing many changes in the USA. Some of them are great and some are grave. No matter where this country ends up, we know that God stands still and will always be constant and never-changing. What a great reminder as we head into adjustments in this country. God is in control.

*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

God Bless America~A Patriotic Coloring Book (Multnomah)



Adult coloring books are very popular right now. I would have never believed it. I was very skeptical a year ago when they started to become a trend. Now, I am head over heels for coloring. Today I am reviewing God Bless America (A Patriotic Coloring Book). It is all about America and history and love of country. Perfect timing since we just celebrated Independence Day.

In this book, it's all about the red, white, and blue. This book gives you peaceful ways to contemplate the good ol' U S of A. We live in a truly amazing country where freedom was fought for and freedom was found. We have the advantage of equality, possibility, faith, family, justice, and so much more. You will be able to gain a sense of pride about being born American.

Each page features an original design from one of nine different artists and an inspirational quote from one of our Founding Fathers, an historic document, a patriotic hymn, or other symbolic American quotes.

I just love how this book represents a wide range of American history. It also features quotes from both men and women who made this country what it is today. Some of the quotes are recognizable, while others were new to me and I truly enjoyed each one.

On the back of each page is a short description of the quote, a history lesson about the person who said it, or the rest of a Bible verse that was taken to make the coloring page. I truly adored this part of the book because I love history. It saved me from having to "Google" the quote or scripture verse, or hymn. I actually learned a little bit while coloring.

This is the perfect coloring book to relieve stress, get you to slow down, quiet the noise, and get creative.

*I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dogs Go To Heaven CD (By: Mark Lowry)




Mark Lowry is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and comedian. His songs are inspirational and funny. His comedy will leave you laughing your heart out. I have enjoyed him for a few years now. Ever since discovering him through the Giathers, I have followed him and laughed and sang along.

His newest DVD also comes in CD form (in which I am reviewing for FamilyChristian.com). It is called Dogs Go To Heaven and it is hilarious and refreshing. Some of the people that are also featured on this CD are: The Martins, Stan Whitmire, TaRanda & The First Baptist Church Choir of Hendersonville, TN. The music is so lovely. The comedy is side-splitting.

He speaks about old age and how he is becoming older. The advantages of being older and the disadvantages. He talks about animals being heaven and where the cats go too. Ha! His heartfelt stories and music make my day better. With so much bad in the world, having comedy and good music is very calming.

The songs included on this CD include:

  • Jesus Laughing
  • Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • He Leadeth Me
  • Count Your Blessings
  • Worry
  • What A Lovely Name
  • I Thirst (Mom's Song)
  • You'll Never Walk Alone
  • How We Love
  • Glow Worm
  • On Jordan's Stormy Banks
  • Goodbye World Goodbye
  • Old People
  • Where Amazing Happens
  • The Promise
  • Mary, Did You Know?
  • Come As You Are
My favorites were "Fly Me To The Moon" (very romantic sounding), What A Lovely Name, Old People (it is very sweet and funny), and, of course, Mary, Did You Know? That is my favorite song that he sings. 

If you are looking for something funny, sweet, uplifting, and encouraging, this is the CD for you . 

*I was given this CD by FamilyChristian.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Dogs Go To Heaven CD (By: Mark Lowry)






Mark Lowry is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and comedian. His songs are inspirational and funny. His comedy will leave you laughing your heart out. I have enjoyed him for a few years now. Ever since discovering him through the Giathers, I have followed him and laughed and sang along.

His newest DVD also comes in CD form (in which I am reviewing for FamilyChristian.com). It is called Dogs Go To Heaven and it is hilarious and refreshing. Some of the people that are also featured on this CD are: The Martins, Stan Whitmire, TaRanda & The First Baptist Church Choir of Hendersonville, TN. The music is so lovely. The comedy is side-splitting.

He speaks about old age and how he is becoming older. The advantages of being older and the disadvantages. He talks about animals being heaven and where the cats go too. Ha! His heartfelt stories and music make my day better. With so much bad in the world, having comedy and good music is very calming.

The songs included on this CD include:

  • Jesus Laughing
  • Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • He Leadeth Me
  • Count Your Blessings
  • Worry
  • What A Lovely Name
  • I Thirst (Mom's Song)
  • You'll Never Walk Alone
  • How We Love
  • Glow Worm
  • On Jordan's Stormy Banks
  • Goodbye World Goodbye
  • Old People
  • Where Amazing Happens
  • The Promise
  • Mary, Did You Know?
  • Come As You Are
My favorites were "Fly Me To The Moon" (very romantic sounding), What A Lovely Name, Old People (it is very sweet and funny), and, of course, Mary, Did You Know? That is my favorite song that he sings. 

If you are looking for something funny, sweet, uplifting, and encouraging, this is the CD for you . 

*I was given this CD by FamilyChristian.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

The Life We Never Expected (By: Andrew & Rachel Wilson)






The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson is about the challenges and unexpected joy of raising children with special needs. I do not have children with special needs but I chose to review this book to gain a better understanding of children with special needs and their families. I teach in Children's Worship at my church as well as serve in the nursery. We are also a part of a homeschool co-op. I want to be able to better understand and communicate with others who do have special needs in their lives.

In The Live We Never Expected the Wilsons discuss the highs and lows of raising special needs children. They tell stories that are real and raw. They face challenges every day and they decided to write about how they cope and manage to get through the tough time. They also write about all of the joys and triumphs they have in their lives.

The couple brings you through the ups and downs of their every day lives and how they use God's Word to bring peace in the midst of trials. They give hope to those going through the fire of raising children who have special needs. Having a disability can be devastating. Especially when your child is diagnosed with an illness or disorder. Like I said, I do not have a child with a disability but have friends and family who do. I have seen them go through so much.

This book is not just for special-needs parents. All care givers can benefit from reading this book in order to have a better understanding of how to get through childhood. The book is broken up into five cycles. Those cycles are then broken up into categories: Weeping, Worshiping, Waiting, Witnessing, and Breathe.

Clinging to Jesus through a life you never expected is so important. That is what this book does. Gives you the courage to get through it. It gives you hope for tomorrow. It gives you encouragement when faced with devastating circumstances. By using the Bible as the main source for all of the things mentioned above and with personal experience.

I highly recommend reading this book. It would most benefit those with children who have special needs, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents of challenging children, and parents who have sweet angels who are perfect (if there are any of you out there). I joke about that last one. But, I do recommend any care giver to read this to really understand what it is like to have a child who is different, special, or needs extra care.

*I was given this book by FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Friday, July 1, 2016

Would A Worm Go On A Walk? (By: Hannah C. Hall)


Children ask so many questions. Some of them are silly and some of them are genuine. This new little book called Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is a silly book with a great and powerful message. It is written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Bill Bolton.

It all starts with the question: Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Many different kinds of animals and insects are introduced in this book. Silly questions are asked about each of them such as: Would a Ladybug wear lipstick?, Would a penguin use a parachute?, Would a rhino wear a raincoat?, Would a pig play piano?

I read this to my three year old son and he laughed so much. He understood that these scenarios wouldn't happen and that the questions were asked in a playful tone. He truly enjoyed the pictures. They are very creative and colorful. The pictures truly bring the story to life.

At the end of the book we come to the moral of the story. We are all created the way God created us for a specific purpose. So, a ladybug wouldn't wear lipstick, a worm wouldn't go for a walk, a penguin wouldn't wear a parachute and so on. Each animal, insect, and human was created just the way God wanted them to be and for a purpose that He designed. Humans are truly God's masterpiece and we were created so different than everything else.

I loved that it has a biblical moral even though it is a children's book. It involves animals and fun. My kids all loved it and have read it a million times since I received it. I recommend this book and plan to give it as a gift for other children.

*This book was given to me by FlyBy Promotions/Propeller in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*