Monday, February 28, 2011
One of my main reasons for requesting God's Promises Devotional Journal is because I have been struggling to find ways to journal during my quiet time. First of all, I love the design of this journal! The writing is in green ink, and the pages of a very relaxing leaf design.
The book is a 365 day devotional/journal, starting on January 1st. I am a bit torn about having the dates actually written in the devotional, but it does provide an accountability to do a devotional everyday. Each page includes the date, a scripture, a devotional passage, and a question and a response section. Examples of questions:
April 27 - "When were some times God's protection has delivered you from trouble?"
July 9 - "Can you recall some times in your life that God came through for you, even if you gave up hope in Him?"
Great questions to think about!
This book incorporates scripture of all the wonderful promises from God and devotionals written by many leading Christian authors. I really enjoy the diversity in writing styles and topics. I would highly recommend this journal as a gift for new believers or anyone who is struggling to make time for quiet times. This should not completely replace quiet times, but definitely a great supplement!
I received this book from booksneeze.com!
Monday, February 14, 2011
The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is about two friends that camp out in the woods. As the boys camp out in the dark, they hear various animals, which they imagine to be safari animals. As they try to rest, they hear a lost "leopard" crying. They decide to rescue the "leopard", even though they are afraid of the night. As they try to search for the "leopard", their flashlight burns out. The dragon accidentally blows fire, which he never knew he could! Using the light from the dragon's fire, they were able to rescue the "leopard" aka a kitten.
I was not very impressed with this book. The whole book was dialog between the two friends. The moral of the story of "do not be afraid" was not portrayed very well. I also did not like the title of the book... the grammar throughout the book seemed a little awkward. The language used by the two characters seem too old for preschoolers to really understand.
The illustrations were beautiful, but the story itself could have used some more work. The best part of the book was the camp fire story at the very end of the book.
I received this book from waterbrookmultnomah.com.
It seems odd for a woman without kids, or any plans for kids yet, to request a parenting book... but after reading this book, I realized that more people should read parenting books before they even begin parenting!! That way, they are equipped and ready to approach this problem called parenting! Too many times, people become parents unequipped and then don't have the time to read parenting books when they really need it! That will not be me!
I started the equipping process by reading Regret Free Parenting by Catherine Hickem. This book is witty and insightful. Unlike many other parenting books that focus on how to change behaviors of children, what teenagers might be thinking... this book turns the tables and focuses on the mother! What can a mother do to impact her children? This book focuses on the confidence mothers need, the impact of your attitude on your children, the importance of "intentional time" with your children, the importance of connecting to your children emotionally, and much more.
This book definitely got me thinking about my parents' parenting influenced the way I responded in different situation. This book addressed many of the issues I must resolve before becoming a parent myself. I encourage all moms and moms to be to read this book so that they may heal from childhood wounds before attempting parenting.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very quick read and I actually plan on reading this book again once I become a mom! This would be a great gift for expecting moms! I received this book from booksneeze.com!
Friday, February 4, 2011
God Loves Me More That That is a beautifully written and illustrated book that truly looks at all aspects of HOW much God truly loves us! Is is visually captivating. This book talks about how high, how deep, how wide, how much it weighs, how loud, how soft God's love is for us. This is a great way to teach young children descriptive words.
This is a great book for beginner readers. I will definitely use this book as a gift for young children, and use it in my preschool class to teach little ones of HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US!
I received this beautiful book from WaterBrook Press!