Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart by Glenys Nellist Review

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Description: In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Rahab, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

My Thoughts: I was very impressed with how beautiful this book was when I received it. The illustrations are whimsical and fun and the colors are very pleasing to the eye. Because it’s such an inviting cover, I think many girls, young and old alike, will gravitate towards this book.

The stories are longer than I expected, which was a nice surprise. My 10 year old daughter found it to be enjoyable and not too “young” but I think younger girls would also enjoy it. I enjoyed the stories as a 37 year old girl, it’s a book that girls of all ages would enjoy.

Each story highlights a woman in the Bible and how God used her and illustrates His love for her and, in turn, us. Women in the book include Rahab, Eve, Mary Magdalene, Martha, and Mary, mother of Jesus. There is also a letter with a flap that you lift on each page that can be personalized. The letters are from God and add a nice touch to each story. At the end of the book there is a letter that the girl can write to God.

This would be an excellent gift for any young girl. I would highly recommend it.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection Review

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The Berenstain Bears Living Lights, series continues to attract young readers through creative and engaging stories that not only entertain but teach values and life lessons. Now, five of the series’ favorite titles are available in a great new hardcover. This Berenstain Bears Living Lights treasury called Friendship Blessings Collection is sure to be a popular choice for Berenstain Bears fans.

This collection includes:
The Perfect Fishing Spot
Reap the Harvest
Faithful Friends
Kindness Counts
God Made You Special

My Thoughts: I grew up reading and loving the Berenstain Bears books. I remember checking many of them out of my library and sounding out the words as I was just learning to read. Recently I have rediscovered these books, which have been taken over by the late Stan and Jan’s son, Mike Berenstain and I have purchased a few for my children to enjoy. I am delighted to see that the new books contain Christian themes and Biblical lessons.

This book contains 5 stories, in a very nice hardcover book. The illustrations are the same as the original books but there is a new character, Honey Bear, who I assume is the youngest sister (I don’t remember her in the original stories that I read).

Each story was well done. My least favorite was The Perfect Fishing Spot, which is told in poem format and the moral of the story is a bit muddy. Reap the Harvest was about the benefits of working hard, Faithful Friends was a great story about making new friends but keeping old ones (I am planning on sharing this one with my 10 year old daughter as she’s facing a similar situation). Kindness Counts was my favorite of the stories, it talks about being kind to others, even when it goes against our first instincts, God Made You Special was another great story about a bear cub who has special needs but discusses how God has made him special and the bears learn from him.

Overall, this is a very good book for all children. I am thrilled to see that my beloved Berenstain Bears have stood the test of time.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Larger Than Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall Review

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Synopsis: This isn’t about me. This story, I mean. So already you got a reason to hang it up. At least that’s what Mrs. Smith, our English teacher, says.

But the story is about ten-year-old Laney Grafton and the new girl in her class–Lara Phelps, whom everyone bullies from the minute she shows up. Laney is just relieved to have someone else as a target of bullying. But instead of acting the way a bullied kid normally acts, this new girl returns kindness for a meanness that intensifies . . . until nobody remains unchanged, not even the reader.

In a unique and multi-layered story, with equal parts humor and angst, Laney communicates the art of storytelling as it happens, with chapter headings, such as: Character, Setting, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax. And she weaves an unforgettable tale of a new girl who transforms an entire class and, in the process, reveals the best and worst in all of us.

My Thoughts: This book pulled at my heartstrings and is a story that will stay with me. It is narrated by Laney, a 10 year old girl who is extremely bright and witty and instantly likable. Laney has a very difficult home life and although she tends to gloss over some of the details, it’s clear that she is not treated well. A new girl named Lara comes to Laney’s school and is instantly targeted by the entire class because of her size. To Laney and the other kids’ surprise, Lara seems to let all the ridicule slide off  and takes the “kill them with kindness” approach.

First of all, I loved Laney…she is very honest about everything she sees and the reader can see the pain she feels, even when she tries to disguise it. Lara is also a lovely character…she “lets her light shine” in the face of adversity and strives to make people feel better about themselves even as they taunt her.

There are some very raw and sad moments in this story but I think it accurately portrays how cruel children (and adults) can be. It also shows the consequences for our actions…although this story ends with lessons being learned, it’s not a completely happy ending, it’s very realistic.

I highly recommend this book for kids ages 8 and up, there is eluding to cursing and alcoholism as well as abuse.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions by Lois Walfrid Johnson

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Description: As you grow up, a lot of new, sometimes strange, things start to happen, and it can be overwhelming. You have new responsibilities, new opportunities, and a whole new set of problems, and sometimes it can feel like no one but you can understand what it’s like to be you.

You’re not alone. This one-year devotional is filled with stories about girls who feel just like you. As you read their stories each week and fill in questions about how you think each girl should react, you’ll learn new ways to deal with the pressures around you, embrace the opportunities God has given you, and make choices that give you the opportunity to dream. Through prayer and journal exercises, you’ll also discover there is someone out there who knows exactly how you feel. And he’s more than ready to listen.

My Thoughts: When I was about 10 years old, I had a devotional called Angel in my Attic by Mary Lou Carney…it was my favorite devotional because it was so relevant to my life.The main character was facing a lot of the same issues that I was facing and I read it at least 5 times during my middle school/ Junior High years.  Now that I am the mother of a 10 year old young lady, I have been in search of a devotional that will help her through these moments of growing up. Girl Talk is just what I was looking for.

Each week begins with a story, focusing on a different issue and then there are questions for each day following that relate to the story. There is also scripture attached to the story and a prayer at the end. Some of the topics covered are shoplifting, materialism, modesty, greed, self-respect, and telling the truth.

The stories are interesting and relevant to what young girls face today. This will make a great devotional for those girls who are struggling to be in the world but not of the world. I highly recommend it for girls ages 10-15.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklookk Bloggers for an honest review.

 

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

ccAt 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.

My Thoughts: This book really made digging into the evidence of Christianity fun. My daughter and I read it together and she really enjoyed the illustrations and the way the story was presented. More importantly, it equips kids with answers to questions that may arise regarding Christianity. This would make great curriculum for a Sunday School class, it even includes a certificate of completion at the end of the book and a website with downloadable fill in activity sheets and videos for each chapter.

Knowing why we believe what we believe is crucial, and learning this at a young age is very important. This book really fosters that knowledge in a fun way. I highly recommend it!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this complimentary from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Prayers and Answered Prayers by Thomas Nelson Review

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Description: With its two-in-one format, kids will have the chance to write down their prayers and thanks and then record how God answers their prayers as well. With examples of the great prayers throughout the Bible, many Scripture verses, guided prompts for children to grow more comfortable in their prayer lives, and ways to help them discover how their prayers were answered, this two-books-in-one format will be a fun, attractive way to learn one of the most important pieces of faith—talking and listening to God.

Designed as a first prayer journal for young believers, the book features two smaller booklets in one bright, full coverage glitter cover.  Kids can write down prayer requests and then record how their prayers are answered inside.

Prayers and Answered Prayers engages children with prayer through an interactive, unique format that will draw the attention of parents and children alike!

My Thoughts: This is a very unique book, it’s actually 2 books that you can keep in a clear folder or take them out and use them separately.  The design is very appealing to young girls (according to my 10 year old daughter, who loves it). The clear folder is decorated with colored flowers and each book is glittery and the pages inside are very colorful.

I originally expected this to be a blank journal for writing down prayers and answers to prayers but it’s so much more than that…each book is filled with prompts that cause you to reflect on prayer and blessings. They also include fun things that young girls would just enjoy, such as circling the female Biblical name that they would like to have the most or writing your most embarrassing moment or worst habit.

Overall, this book thoroughly impressed me and exceeded my expectations, I highly recommend it for girls ages 8-12. I would have loved to have a book like this at that age.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Brave Girls Beautiful You by Jennifer Gerelds Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: Whether you are outgoing or shy, a tomboy or a girly girl, silly or serious, it can be really hard to feel comfortable with yourself. This devotional is filled with stories and thoughts about how God created us to be healthy, strong, and confident—both with our bodies and our minds—because we are daughters of the great heavenly Father.

My Thoughts: I’ve been on the lookout for a good devotional for my 9 year old daughter…something that would be age appropriate and enjoyable for her to read. When I was about 9 or 10, I had a devotional (Angel in My Attic by Mary Lou Carney) that made a very big impact on me and was something I looked forward to reading daily. This book seems to have a similar impact on my daughter.

It features 90 days of devotions that are interactive in nature. They ask questions with multiple choice answers that cause the reader to reflect on the subject. Each day begins with a Bible verse, which is followed by a story and ends with a prayer. The devotionals are 1-2 pages long and focus on relevant subjects for pre-teen girls such as inner beauty, forgiveness, trusting God, and serving others. My daughter liked that the days are not dated so they can be started at any time of the year.

I was very pleased with this devotional, it is age appropriate but is also filled with important Biblical truths. This would be a great devotional for any girl between the ages of 8 and 12.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.