Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: It will be okay

It will be okay; Trusting God through fear and change by Lysa TerKeurst is the story of a seed that loves his safe home inside the dry barn and little fox who is scared of the forest and shadows.  When little fox finds a home in the barn with the seed they become friends.  But one day when the farmer takes the seed outside they don’t know what to do.  But the trust the farmer and are amazed by their futures.

I really loved this book.  I have read adult books by Lysa TerKeurst before and enjoyed them.   This children’s book is even better. It has a great message that is easily understood for children.  She has taken two complicated subjects to talk about with children and make them relatable.  After reading this book to my kids once it became a family staple. We read it all the time.

I am excited to have this book in my collection.  I can’t wait to see what Lysa will come up with next.

Side Note: The pictures are also beautiful. Very well drawn and whimsical.

Note: I did receive a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Book Review: Discipleship

Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold is a compilation of thoughts from the author. Heinrich Arnold spent most of his life in a community in Germany that lived by the Acts 2 and 4 community. In 1963 he was asked to become their pastor and preached for over 20 years until his death. He was known for always showing love and grace, always pointing his congregation to Christ, and always speaking truthfully, even if it was painful to hear.

This book is set up by topics with messages from the author, lists of scripture, and letters from community followers who had written him. From the original description provided by the publisher I was surprised by the book and its layout. But I have really enjoyed it so far. His views on many topics would be considered very conservative but re based on well rooted biblical principles. I enjoyed picking a topic and reading the scripture and verses with how they apply. His views on topics are directed to individuals and whole congregations.

  All and all I enjoy this book. Although I may read though some sections from page to page (is that what you call the middle of a book’s cover to cover?) but mostly it will be used as a reference book on specific topics. His book is meant to challenge and it will if you focus your mind and heart on the topics discussed in the book. Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions written above are my own an I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Plush NIrV Bible

The Plush NIrV bible published by Zondervan bibles is a newly adapted bible. It is the NIV bible that has been adapted to use a language when necessary for easier reading. The publisher has a set reading level that of an average eight year old. If the language of the NIV was acceptable it was not unnecessarily corrected. At first I got this bible thinking it was going to fully revised from the original NIV. I was happily surprised when I compared it to a NIV bible in my house and found it word for word (in the passages I picked). I got this bible for my 8-year-old daughter. I think it will be a perfect fit for her. She loves reading her story bibles but has been asking for an “adult” bible. I think this is going to be the perfect step up to an adult bible. I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting to learn to read and wants to be able to read and understand the entire bible. This book, although originally marketed for eight to ten year old kids, can also be used for anyone who is starting to learn to read. Note: I did get a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.