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(Little Blessings) Who Made World by: Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik

whomadetheworldWho Made the World?
by Kathleen Bostrom
Illustrator Elena Kucharik
Juvenile Nonfiction/Religion/Christianity
Ages 3 – 6 – $9.99

Product Description

Little Blessings question books help young children understand basic truths about the Christian life. Perfect for ages 3-6, Who Made the World? addresses questions such as: How long did it take? and What did you make first? Scriptures that support each answer are provided in the back of the book. Parents can use this book as a fun tool to answer questions their little ones may have about God’s word.

My Thoughts:

Who Made the World?“ is one of the latest books by author Kathleen Bostrom. In this book, you’ll find that it  favors the on going theme in all the Little Blessings books, addressing common questions. Each story book covers question like “Where Do I come From, How Should We Thank God, and What did God make first and last?”, all commonly asked by younger children withing the ages of 3-6  in their search of learning more about God and creation.

The illustrations by Elena Kucharik, draw children in and correspond well with the story being told with animated behavior and cheerful colors.

One of my on going  favorite features is that at the end of the book as well as in any of the Little Blessings books is the of Bible references section. These references go along  with the story which was written in rhyme, an ingenoius way to help children remember what was read.

I look forward to collecting more of the books in this series to share with my children.

I highly recommend this book for those of you wanting to meet children on their level of learning about the Word of God. This book makes for a wonderful resource for parents, Sunday school teachers, and even grandparents.

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No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex & Intimacy In Marriage

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By Dr. Juli Slattery / Tyndale House

Are you sometimes afflicted by bouts of “I’m not in the mood”? Here’s a prescription that will restore your marital intimacy to joyful health! With the warmth and understanding of a close friend, Dr. Juli Slattery honestly addresses men’s and women’s different needs to help you and your husband enjoy the satisfying sex life God intends. 208 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

I read No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage in a about a week, which for me as rather quickly. I found myself captured by the realness of this book and couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I think it goes to show how much women really need a book like this in dealing with the know hows of understanding sex in a God centered marriage relationship.

Author Juli Slattery has done a great job discussing the sensitive subject of sex by communicating  a little more than her own hurts and frustrations. Sex is not the easiest subject to understand and talk with each other about, but in this book  ways are suggested to approach it cautiously.

Through scripture and real life stories the reader is shown several different approaches in their own behavior to help heal & mend their own personal  sexual  relationship. You’ll find issues dealing with  pornography, a man’s sex drive, fatigue, children, boredom, past sexual issues, your body, and more.

Sorry guys, this book is written for women, though I am sure a man could definitely learn a thing or two. Ladies, if your spouse is interested, you could go through the chapters together and talk  about the various information found throughout this book. I think it’s good for not only women to understand the differences of man but also for men to understand the differences of woman when it comes to sex.

I would recommend this book to married and engaged women of all ages, as I know we all could use it in handling the good, bad, and ugly relational issues that come with marriage. 5 stars!

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If God Were Real: A Journey Into a Faith That Matters by John Avant

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By John Avant, Ph.D. / Howard Books

* Many believers dutifully attend church and read the Bible. But do our daily lives reflect what we claim to be—dedicated followers of Jesus? Challenging us to proclaim Christ in everything we do, Avant’s call to action will inspire you to live a life of gratitude, love, and praise as a living witness to God’s glory. 224 pages, softcover from Howard.


My Thoughts…

This book has many great points though I don’t necessarily agree with them all.  I will state that “If God Were Real” has given me a thirst that only God and true movement  of revival within the church can quench.

Author John Avant has done a a good job in addressing the questions about the very existence of God. Yes, most Christians would say that they believe God is real but are they living like He is? I believe the author does a good job in writing this book in a way both Christians and unbelievers can comprehend it.

This book isn’t for the weak at heart, it was written to challenge you in every part of your life.   I can’t thank the author in stressing the concern enough about prayer throughout each chapter.  Prayer is a very important matter that I think is taken way to lightly.  I honestly could go on and on about this book, but I want the reader to take it all in for themselves.

Con: There are some touchy matters in this book like the mention of J.K Rowling, and though I see what he was trying to say, I  will not read or support authors that turn our children toward witchcraft and sorcery.

Final Thoughts: I pray whomever ever decides to read this book will be revolutionized and prayerfully ready for the battle and challenges ahead of them. 3.5 stars from me.

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The Jesus Book by: Stephen Elkins

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By Stephen Elkins
Illustrated by Claudine Gevry
Juvenile Nonfiction/Religion
Bible Stories/General
$16.99 US/Hardcover
Thomas Nelson
Thomas nelson.com

About the Author

Stephen Elkins is a best-selling author, musician, and Grammy-nominated producer. He is author of the 100 Bible Stories series and Read-n-See DVD Bible. Claudine Gevry illustrator of over sixty books including “The Jesus Book”. Her whimsical style is shown throughout this book.

About the Book

The Jesus book is one of the best resources and educational guides that I’ve seen for children on the market!  Author Stephen Elkins makes understanding everything we need to know about Jesus very simple by breaking it down in the following seven sections:

* Who Jesus Is
* What Jesus Did
* What Jesus Taught
* When It Happened
* Why It Happened
* How It Happened

A very useful time line is  included  in the When it Happened section starting the readers in Genesis and ending in John. Located in the Where it Happened section you’ll find colorfully illustrated maps that show were Jesus walked throughout his journey. In the What Jesus Taught section you’ll find that Jesus liked to minister to those around him with parables and you’ll see how he taught us to pray. In the Why and How it happened section, children will learn why Jesus was sent to save us and how it happened.

Each mini story of explanation is backed with scripture  that you may choose to look up in your own Bible to show children how what they are being taught is also in the Bible. I think it’s never to early to teach children to look to the Word of God for answers that  they may be seeking.

A fun thirty song filled cd by the Wonder Kids is also included  featuring well loved Bible songs like Stand Up For Jesus, God is so Good, and Do Lord just to name a few of the wonderful tracks.

My Thoughts

Stephen Elkins has done a wonderful job with this book. Illustrator Claudine Gevry also does a great job in bringing to life each page with her colorful eye catching illustrations.  The music cd is a great addition as many of the songs I grew up listening to as a child!

I am looking forward to sharing this book with my children, as I know many questions that may be asked or pondered about Jesus will be answered. This book would be great for home, church, and even school use. I give this book 5 stars!

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers

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Book Review: 90 Days To A Fantastic Marriage by: Dr. David Hawkins

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90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage: How to Bring Out the Soul Mate in Your Mate

By Dr. David Hawkins / Tyndale House

No matter what stage of marriage you’re in – newlywed, longtime married, or in crisis – wouldn’t it be nice to be praised and noticed rather than criticized and ignored? Hawkins’s 12-week plan will help you stop negative patterns and start speaking about the good in your spouse. You’ll build a positive marriage solidified with love and appreciation!


My thoughts:

I’ve read quite a few books that are written to help regain that special spark in your marriage but I have never read one quite like 90 Days To A Fantastic Marriage by author Dr. David Hawkins.

This book is a 12 week study plan to work on becoming a “soul mate” for your mate.  Each lesson focuses on major relational topics in our lives together. Each chapter begins with signs pertaining to each weekly topic  and ends with a quiz  and a putting it into practice this week section.

I find the author focusing on each others stregnths and hopes whether than focusing entirely on the problems that we may have of each other. Ignore the problems no, but if that’s all we are seeing, our relationship will go down hill because over time it will eat us up and that will be all we continue to see.  Focusing on the postive things makes it easier to address the negative things, so we are always closely connected.

This book is a great read whether you are newly married or you’ve been married for many years.The tools are all right here to  build a stronger relationship with each other. If you want change for the better, I promise your marriage will be revolutionized!

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Book Review:June Bug by Chris Fabry

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Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

About the book: For as long as she can remember, June Bug and her father have traveled the back roads of the country in their beat-up RV, spending many nights parked at Walmart. One day, as she walks past the greeter at the front of the store, her eyes are drawn to the pictures of missing children, where she is shocked to see herself.

This discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks of, and ultimately herself. But when her father’s past catches up with them, forces beyond his control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever. (from the back cover)

About the author: Chris Fabry is a native of West Virginia who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children. Chris is the author of Dogwood and more than 50 novels for children and young adults.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading “June Bug”. I recall telling my friends and family when reading through this book that it would make a wonderful Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie and I still stand by that 100%.

This story is told through several characters point of views, of which I value in most books that I read. I like to know what everyone is thinking about what’s going on instead of just receiving that information from a single person. I have to mention that author Chris Fabry does a wonderful job in writing what a nine year girl would be thinking.

I don’t want this review to contain any spoilers because I want readers to enjoy the journey through this tale without. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were real, the situations were believable, and I had no idea how this story would end! I hung by every word through June Bug’s adventure into finding out who she was. I honestly did not find out the truth till the very end. I had assumptions but you really don’t know through each twist and turn where this story will lead.

I highly recommend this wonderful book. As it’s a impacting read with a message of how God can turn bad situations into good for his purposes.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God -Romans 8:28

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