Thursday, September 22, 2016
Life's circumstances can sometimes be overwhelming. They take you for surprise and leave you feeling helpless and hopeless. A death in the family, a devastating illness, financial ruin. Whatever it is, God sees you and He loves you. He gives you hope to keep pressing on in the storm. Chad Veach has written a new book called Unreasonable Hope. He tells the story of how his daughter was diagnosed with a terrible disease and how his family overcame the feeling of hopelessness.
Chad Veach is the pastor at Zoe Church in Los Angeles. He has a wife and three children. One of which this book was written about her disease. In Unreasonable Hope, Veach takes us on the journey that he and his wife began when they had their very first child. A daughter named Georgia. When she was only a few months old, Georgia was diagnosed with a disease called lissencephaly (or smooth brain). It is a neurological illness that develops between 12 and 24 weeks gestation.
The Veach's were hit hard by this news. They felt sad for their daughter and feared for her future. As they struggled to find balance between their "normal" lives and trying to tend to their special needs daughter, God gives them hope. In the midst of their storm of finding a new "normal" they find Jesus and His ever-present help.
Veach gives the reader a new way to cope with the pain life can bring. Pain can bring so much hopelessness and helplessness. But, with God and His hope, you can overcome any of life's storms. When something unimaginable happens to us, we immediately start asking why and how and what did I do to deserve this. The author shows us how his family chose to have hope and look forward to what God brings to their lives each day.
Even though they have gone through their worst nightmare, they cling to Jesus and the hope that only He can provide.
This book read more like a memoir but it was easy to read. It answers some important questions about our faith in God during trials.
*Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for providing this book to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Teaching my children the Word of God is the most important part of our homeschool. It is the biggest reason why we homeschool in the first place. Each morning we read a passage from the Bible out loud and discuss how it pertains to our own lives. Kevin DeYoung, a Pastor in Michigan and author of Christian books, has put together a beautiful Bible story called The Biggest Story. He teamed up with illustrator Don Clark (who did an amazing job!). I received a copy of the DVD (an animated short film) as well as the audio book both narrated by Kevin DeYoung himself.
In The Biggest Story DVD, Kevin DeYoung takes us back to the beginning of the Bible in Genesis. We have to start there because that is where God started. As beautiful and elaborate pictures are shown on the screen the author tells Bible stories with such enthusiasm and meaning. He gives each account from the Bible in a child-like way in order for people of all ages to understand the concepts.
He builds up the story to "The Biggest Story", the story of Jesus. He explains how every single person, story, and event in the Bible leads us to Jesus. The prophets of old were all telling of a coming Savior. The leaders of the Bible were all sinful and needed someone to come and rescue them from their wicked ways. No matter how hard each person tried, they just couldn't save themselves. God guided them and gave them many chances throughout history. But, God's ultimate gift to His people is Jesus.
My children LOVED this DVD and looked forward to it every day. I wish there were more to it. The only negative (if you can call it that) was that when you get to Jesus and the resurrection that is it. I wanted more from the New Testament. The Old Testament could have been elaborated on a little more but I felt it was enough to keep my children's attention. After each lesson we sat down together and talked about what happened in that chapter. My boys asked lots of questions and truly begged for more each day. My boys are 7, 6, and 3, by the way. So, it is great for all ages.
The Biggest Story Audio Book is exactly like the DVD except it is just audio. We have been listening to that in the car and it really comes to life after having watched the DVD. I think this would make the perfect Christmas gift for a grandchild, niece, nephew, friend, or anyone with children.
Here is a link to the animated short film:
Here is a link to the audio book:
*Many thanks to Propeller Consultling, LLC who provided me with the items in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*