Sep 16, 2016

The Bible and Me ~ Stories with a message to live by Retold by Lois Rock; Illustrated by Alida Massari

Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Lion Hudson (August 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0745964958
ISBN-13: 978-0745964959

(from Amazon)
Thoughtfully retold, The Bible and Me begins with the faith stories of the Old Testament that tell of God’s unfailing love. The New Testament describes the coming of God’s son Jesus Christ, who by his life and teaching showed how all people could be reconciled to God.The stories of Jesus’ friends and followers are that of their faith, hope, and love. Each story ends with a prayer, psalm, or passage for reflection. 

The Bible and Me is a wonderful retelling of Biblical stories for children. The stories are well written and  engaging. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and quite captivating with their gorgeous array of colors.

This book would be a wonderful addition for read aloud bedtime stories, devotions, family time and/or self-reading time for older children!

5 Stars

Thank you to Kregel Publishing for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Sep 13, 2016

The Railway Children ~ The Book and The Movie

I had a wonderful vacation from work last weekend.  I was able to set aside some time  for relaxing and reading some contemporary books I had on my "to do list". I also was able to read one of the children's classic books that I somehow missed reading as a child ...

I watched the movie too ...


I was impressed at the quality of the movie (a Masterpiece Theatre production) and how closely the movie followed the book.  Both were very enjoyable and well worth the reading/watching!

While I enjoy reading contemporary books, there is something about visiting the older classics that I find refreshing. I've made a list of some of the adult classics and the children's classic books I would like to read over the next year and can't wait to get started on them!

What books do you like to read? 

Aug 1, 2016

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook by Kathleen Y'Barbo

  • Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (August 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1630586110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630586119

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This daily, family - faith and food-themed devotional is delightfully unique!  For every recipe (one for every day of the year), there is a family-friendly dinnertime devotional as well. Each reading is themed to appeal to your family--with topics like priorities, prayer, encouragement, love, and dozens more. 

Bonus material includes creative ideas and inspiration for getting the entire family around the dinner table each night of the week, plus a categorized recipe index will help you easily locate your family's favorite dishes. 

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook is truly a celebration of  family, faith and food! 

My first reaction upon reviewing the recipes in this book was, "Wow, there is something in here for everyone!"  The recipes range from appetizers to salads, main course dishes, side dishes and desserts. They are all simple, homey recipes that just invite you to sit down and enjoy them time and again. They are definitely recipes my family and I will enjoy!

The devotionals that accompany the recipes for each day of the year are well written, to the point and provide a wonderful opportunity for a family to share and explore God's love and plan for each of us. The devotional topics are family oriented and able to be discussed during dinner time. The initial reading of the daily devotional for all the family to hear takes less than five minutes. 

Another bonus are the family dinner time tips interlaced throughout this book. I found them to be practical, helpful and very informative!

This book is a wonderful resource for bringing faith, fun and meaning to the family dinner table. 365 Family Dinners and Devotions is wonderful gift for yourself and your family and would make a fantastic gift for others as well!

5 Stars

Thank you to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
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Jul 26, 2016

Snapshot for the day ~

This was my morning ...

How was yours? 

P.S. I'm not going to ask the fly.