||When the Good News Gets Even Better
By Neb Hayden / David C. Cook
* See the gospel of Christ with new eyes! Using a 3-month format, Hayden combines all four Gspels into one complete chronological narrative, setting Jesus’ life within the context of Jewish culture, customs, and perspectives. This outstanding guide is sure to add a new, deeper dimension to your reading of Scripture—and your understanding of Jesus! 240 pages, softcover from Cook.
My thoughts …
Author Ned Hayden has presented us with wonderful guide through Jesus’ life from birth to death in the exact order each event took place. I’m a big fan of chronological Bibles so when I found out that this study guide reads through the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John chronologically, I was very much pleased! I believe that studying chronologically is much easier.
This book was written in order to not only help us better understand Jesus from his birth to death but also in hopes to bridge the gap between the Jew and Gentile with this unique study guide. I like how through each chapter, Jewish customs and much historical detail is added to help the reader better understand that specific time and era.
This guide has eleven sections and is broken into a 12-week daily Bible study. Each chapters finishes with questions about the following verses that were included in the chapter. I highly recommend this easy-to-read study guide for personal or group study.
||How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph Guide
By Linda Massey Weddle / David C. Cook
Help your child find spiritual success in life. This guidebook allows you to create a practical, personalized plan for instilling faith-based values and beliefs in your child that will last a lifetime. Paperback.
This book is a wonderful guide in helping to instruct parents and other fellow leaders in raising a child in the way they should go. I enjoyed the fact this book starts even before the birth of your child and continues all the way up to the 12th grade! You’ll find this book listing major questions you should consider asking yourselves like “What Does The Bible Say About Raising A Child?” for example and it encourages parents to study the Bible together to find out before your child’s birth.
You should know that this book is divided into two sections, one for parents and one for the church. Through out the chapters you’ll find it focuses on age appropriate life threads such as respect, wisdom and grace to name a few. Sample family itineraries which include things like which bible verses you are going to study throughout the year, spiritual goals, are also included.
I will continue to use this wonderful guide and resource through out the course of raising my children. I definitely recommend it to all.
Read and Share Toddler Bible
by Gwen Ellis
Thomas Nelson Publisher
$14.99 US/Juvenille Nonfiction
Once again, another great title by author Gwen Ellis. The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a wonderful book geared to toward infants and toddlers. This hardcover book is filled with various well-loved Bible stories from both the new and old testament. Illustrations are beautifully done by artist Steve Smallman for both the bonus DVD and the Bible story book. At the end of each story there a small tid-bit of information for parents or grandparents to encourage discussion with children of each story read.
I really enjoyed watching the DVD with my daughter this afternoon. She was captivated by each story and was paying very well attention. She would say Baby when she saw baby Moses and Jesus. She said dog when she saw the dog running around with the shepherd in the Lost Sheep story. She would also say yum yum each time characters in the various stories would eat. She was also pretty captivated by the shiny angels. Though she is a little young to understand each story, I know we’ll be reading this book and watching the wonderful bonus DVD together as she grows to understand more and more each day.
I highly recommend both the New Read and Share Toddler Bible along with the accompanying 60-minute DVD for any parent or grandparent.
Reviewed by Erin L. Lowmaster
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Read and Share Toddler Bible
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I’ve come across other children book companies where you could include your child’s name so nothing new there but MJM Books takes it to another level and has were you can also choose what the child looks like in the book! How neat is that? I found the process easy as your first select which book out of the three available that you would like to purchase. I choose the book “A Day at The Park” because my daughter loves going to the park.
I think it’s great that you can preview the entire book on the site before choosing so you know what you are getting. After selecting my book, I then choose the sex of the child to be featured in the book followed with my choice of hair color and style, skin tone and eye color. I also included a special message which is optional to add, that read “To Melody from Mommy and Daddy”. It was so simple to create this book!
It didn’t’ take long for me to receive the book at all which means the processing is extremely fast. I like fact customers can track their book order straight from the MJM Books website by simply entering their email or order number!
I was impressed highly by the quality of the book I received and I am a big fan of the brightly colored illustrations. My daughter really enjoyed me reading this book to her she giggled and looked at me each time I mentioned her name. I have no doubt that this book will become a favorite and remembered in the years to come!
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Fabric Of A Woman
By Pamela Hines / Whitaker House
About the Author
In in 1982, Pamela M. Hines began her ministry shortly after her husband, Darrell L. Hines, was tragically struck by lightning. She is co-founder of Dominion Fellowship, an outreach ministry encircling a wide range of races and religious backgrounds, catering to the special needs of husband-wife ministry teams. She offers practical messages and encourages all to take the challenge to become all that God wants us to be.
The Fabric of a Woman
Become the woman that God designed you to be!
Pamela M. Hines author of A Wife’s Prayer published back in 2007, has just released her latest book titled The Fabric of a Woman: Investing in You – Body, Soul and Spirit. How many of you are so wrapped up in the day to day activities of life that you forget to take care of yourselves? I mean really take care of yourself. I often fall into this category myself.
Pamela shares with us that we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:1). We have been crafted by the loving Creator God, who provided each of us with spectacular sets of attributes, skills and talents that compose the fabric of our lives. We are much like beautiful and delicate natural fabrics in how we live, move, breathe, and grow.
I much enjoyed reading “The Fabric of a Woman” by author Pamela Hines and am highly considering reading her other title “A Wife’s Prayer” when I have the time. First I’d like to mention that this book is not what I expected in least bit. I expected a book full of scripture and testimonies from the author’s life as well as from people she knows. Those things were added into this book but along side there were a few refreshing chapters on how to take care of ourselves as woman, not just spiritually but physically as well.
I think it’s so important to take of our outer appearance as well as the inner. As a mother I can relate to neglecting myself as trying to see that everything and everyone gets taken care before myself. Too often you’ll find my hair a mess, my clothes stained with lord knows what, and those bags under my eyes looking pretty dark. Pamela puts this all into perspective in ways you can easily take steps to becoming the woman got has created you to be.
I will definitely be reading this book again because I got so much out of it and there’s even more I want to take to heart and share with other woman around me. I recommend this book to all women both young and old. If there’s one book you don’t want to miss out on reading this year, it’s this one.
You can purchase this book at Christian Book for $9.99!
||Menu for Romance, Brides of Bonneterre Series #2
By Kaye Dacus / Barbour Publishing
Professional event planner Meredith Guidry makes a New Year’s resolution: that she’ll get over an eight-year-long infatuation so she can fall in love and end her still-single status before New Year’s Eve rolls around again. Executive chef Major O’Hara wishes he could admit his feelings for and share his life with Meredith, but he knows he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his.
I would have loved nothing more that to sit and read this book all the way through at one sitting but alas that was not the case at hand!
Menu for Romance is the first book that I’ve read by author Kaye Dacus and it won’t be my last. This book is the second in the Brides of Bonneterre Series but does an exceptional job of standing alone with no need of going back and reading the book prior. Though, I will say that you’ll probably want too after getting to know characters in this wonderful story.
I appreciate that this book was modestly written not filled with cussing or sex. The characters were real in struggling with problems that most people deal with on a daily basis. I loved that the characters weren’t perfect and how their prayers weren’t exactly answered like they had hoped for.
God works in mysterious ways, and the surprising twist and turns in this book illustrate that. I highly recommend this book if your looking for a heart warming yet real tale of love and romance from a christian perspective.