Monday, November 06, 2017

Jesus, I need you. Honest Prayers from a Trusting Heart

Jesus, I Need You - Honest Prayers for a Trusting Heart is a beautiful devotional journal that I recently received form Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. It is a well designed and beautifully made book. I enjoyed the look and design of the cover, it is very appealing. The design and layout of the devotional and journal. There is plenty of space to write thoughts and reflections.

Each day has a prayer, a Bible verse and devotional, thought provoking journaling suggestion, followed by a space to write your thoughts. With beautiful foliage decorating the pages, it is delightful to write in.

The book is separated in chapters that touch different topics. From guidance, comfort, disappointment to wisdom, faith and hope, many topics are touched and make for a well rounded and dispersed subject matter. For a total of 9 different chapters. Each chapter is finished off with a few pages for notes on the closing topic.

This book also includes a gift giving page, which makes this book a great gift for those going through any new challenge in their life and who proclaim their need for Jesus! Or for any one who would like to deepen their relationship with Him.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When Parenting isn't Perfect by Jim Daly and Paul Asay

When Parenting isn't Perfect by Jim Daly and Paul Asay is a book I first heard about, months ago, in the Focus on the Family magazine. The introductory article, also by Jim Daly, really spoke to me and captured my attention. I decided it was definitely a book I wanted to read even before the opportunity to review it came up!

Trying to be the perfect parent is every mom and dad's true goal. But every day life challenges that, every day! Being the perfect parent and having the perfect child are two things that are completely impossible, yet we strive for it. And holding our children and ourselves up to that high a standard can actually go against what God wants for us. He gives us the gift of Grace, and we should remember to extend that Grace to our children and of course, to ourselves.

This book isn't a cure all book. But it can help guide and direct you back on the right track. Being a good, strong family is about loving and forgiving each other. Allowing each other grace is the first step. Sometimes things will get hard and testing, but sharing God's Grace will make things smooth out a little.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me, published by Zondervan is part of their new Sing-Along book series. It is a beautifully illustrated padded cover board book that is sure to please any preschooler and older child alike. The illustrations are adorable and full of furry friends, that bring the song to life. You can sing or simply read along as you flip through the pages of this book.

My little ones really enjoyed this book, especially once they convinced daddy to sing it with them! It is a well-known and well loved song in our household and to no surprise was the book greeted the same way. Although, the lyrics depicted in the book do defer to those that we sing, the unfamiliarity of the words did throw us off at first, but knowing the melody and the tune, we had no issues adapting to the words. Who know, maybe we were the ones singing the wrong words all along!

I have a love for board books, especially with two toddlers in the house. Durability is important, especially with books. They tend to be well loved and sometimes even chewed on. I'm glad to say that this on is fairing pretty well!

I would definitely recommend this book to church nurseries, day care centers and all families with a love for this classic children's song.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Grandpa Hugs

Grandpa Hugs by Laura Neutzling is an adorable board book. It is a follow up to Grandma kisses and just as cute! It aims to highlight all those things that grandpas are good at! It is charming and children, well mine did at least, will relate and recall the activities portrayed by forest creatures depicting grandfathers and their grandchildren. Our children refer to one of their grandfathers as Pawpa Bear, and with all the forest animals and perfect count of grandchildren depicted in the book, they thought it was about them! That is how much the story is easy to relate to and grasp. This book is great for toddlers and preschoolers. The same model is repeated through out the book, which they seemed to enjoy. They anticipated the repetition of the rhythms in the text. The illustrations are great and captivated their attention, and of course, it being a board book, it voided the need to be extra careful with turning the pages and makes it easier to share! It even mentions praying with grandpa, which is important for our family.
Overall, it has a great message of grandfatherly love. It is nice and easy to read and captivated little ones attention very well. It is definitely a great addition to the family library, as well as the Church Nursery and daycare books!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things Bright and Beautiful is such a cute little board book! It is so bright and full of glitter, my little ones are absolutely in love with it and so am I. I love how it brings a hymn to life in such a beautiful way. And the book is the perfect size for a toddler and older baby, and get this, it has a plastic handle on the spine so they can carry it around with them on all their adventures! It's a little smaller than most of the board book we have, but that's a good thing, my soon to be, first time, birthday girl got a glimpse of it and I'm sure she will love once she officially receives it!

The book is so vibrant and colorful but the message inside is even better! It talks about all the things that God has created. The flowers, the birds, the sunset and the mountains. The seasons, the fruits and even our eyes and lips! He is a Wise and Wonderful Creator and he made them all. I had never heard the hymn before, so I looked it up and it is so bright, fresh and upbeat, just like this little book. I definitely would recommend it to all little ones, it would also make a great addition to church nurseries too!