Monday, November 23, 2015

Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book)

My youngest son loves board books. He literally reads about 20 or more per day. I always try to keep Christian ones around so he can learn more about God and Jesus. I was given Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book) by in exchange for a review. This is a short and sweet little book for young children. It is illustrated by Holli Conger.

Monkey (who is my two year old) was so excited to add this book to his collection. He had me read it to him immediately...and then about 200 more times after that. Haha. This little book has a different word on each page that describes Jesus. Some of them include: Teacher, Loving, King, Cross. Each page has a beautiful illustration that goes along with the word.

It starts off with the birth of Jesus and goes all the way through his life and ministry here on earth. It ends with an empty tomb and Jesus appearing to his disciples after His resurrection. In this book, they use a few words to tell the big story of Jesus and his ministry. He loves us so much that He died on a cross so that we could spend eternity with Him in heaven.

This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for your little one. It is a great addition to any board book collection. You could also get this for a baby shower gift to start a new parent's collection for their little one. For any occasion, Jesus (A Little Words Matter Book) is a wonderful book with a sweet story.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Amish Christmas At North Star {Four Stories of Love and Family}

I love all things Christmas! It is not a secret in my family. I also love Cindy Woodsmall. She can write Amish fiction so well it makes me feel like I am actually in the book. She has collaborated with Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert to write Amish Christmas at North Star. It is a four-part story that interlinks the characters to create a unique story with one person in common throughout. I love this kind of book because you get four stories for the price of one.

The common thread in each novella is Rebekah, the midwife who delivered four babies in North Star, Pa. twenty five years ago. Each story follows one of the baby's all grown up.

In the first story, Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert, an Englischer named Chase Wellington is investigating the disappearance of an Amish baby from twenty-five years ago. It leads him to Iowa where he finds Elle McAllister and his revelations could turn her world upside down.

The second story, Mourning Star by Amanda Flower, is about a young girl named Eden Hochstetler and the death of her friend Isaac. She is curious to find out who is guilty of his death, Isaac's great-nephew Jesse, who is also an Englischer, or someone else? I love a good mystery and this one was very well written.

Third, we have In The Stars by Cindy Woodsmall. Kore Detweiler is in love with Savilla Beiler but her feelings are not of love. She rejects his love and thinks she will never see him again. A phone call from far away sends Kore and Savilla back together again. They must help one another in a crisis and just may find love in one another after all.

In the fourth novella, Star of Grace written by mother-daughter duo Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Andy Danner leaves North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi.His little brother plans to bring him home for Christmas to reunite with his one-time love Nellie. The two were meant to be together but can they get past their differences and move into a future with love?

I definitely enjoyed reading this book and it got me ready for more Christmas reading. With the holidays coming up I would add this to my list to give away to someone who loves Amish fiction.

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

Prayers That Changed History {By Tricia Goyer}

Tricia Goyer is an award-winning author who has written many books in her life. Some of them are: The Promise Box (which I reviewed a while ago and loved), Mom's Night Out (they made a movie out of this one), and The Big Sky Series (an Amish fiction series). She is well known for her Amish Fiction writing and loves giving advice about being a Christian (and what that means). I have so many of her books and now I can add one more to the shelf. Her newest book, Prayers That Changed History, is geared more toward a younger crowd, maybe 13-17. But, I enjoyed reading it very much as well.

In this book, Tricia Goyer gives us a brief history lesson about each person/prayer. Some of the prayers include those from:

  • St. Patrick of Ireland
  • Martin Luther
  • John Eliot
  • Catherine Booth
  • Billy Sunday
  • Helen Keller
  • Mother Teresa
  • Corrie ten Boom
Each chapter is a different prayer. She begins with who said/wrote the prayer and a little bit about them. There is so much history in this book. I learned things I didn't know. My favorite story was about Mother Teresa. I sure wish I would have gotten to meet her. What a woman of God! After an introduction to the person and a brief history she gives you the exact prayer they said/wrote (and it is highlighted in gray so it is easily found). She then goes on to talk about how the prayer changed history and what it meant to the world at the time it was said/written. Finally, she gives examples to back up the prayer from the Bible.

I found this book very easy to read and understand. This could easily be used in any setting as it is very family-friendly. For instance, you could use it as a devotional for family dinnertime. Reading about a person and their history as well as how they made a positive contribution to God's Kingdom is a wonderful way to start or end a day. It also gets children asking questions about the person who said the prayer. It may lead to a trip to the library to find out more about each person. But, I found myself digging into my Bible to find the passages that pertained to each prayer and highlighted them so I could easily find them.

I recommend this book to those young and not-so-young. There is always something to be learned from a good book and this is definitely a good book. Tricia Goyer has never left me unhappy after reading her works.

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