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Way Back Wednesday ~ Ish – Peter H. Reynolds

This post was originally published on February 9, 2010.

Ish is another gem written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.  Deceivingly simple text and pictures provide a powerful message in this follow up to The Dot.  Ramon loves to draw more than anything else in the world until his brother makes a mean spirited comment about his efforts.  A comment that Ramon takes to heart to such a degree that he no longer wants to draw at all.

Little does Ramon know that his artistic efforts have found a place of honor in his sister’s room.  Marisol sees the potential in each picture.  A stunned Ramon questions his sister as to why she would want the pictures especially since they do not look exactly as he would have hoped.  She quickly points out that the vase of flowers looks vase-ish.  Ramon is so soon able to see the art work in a whole new way – approaching it “ish-fully” rather than focusing on making it just “right”.

A great book for children as well as adults.  I love it!

God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies – Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

God Made Me in His Image is another title in the God Made Me Series.  This book presents God as our creator, and shares insight into God’s loving design in the creation of each of our bodies.  Each book in this series includes a section filled with biblical guidance for parents and offers additional information and resources which aid in discussion with your child in relationship to the topic addressed in the text.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

 

 

God Made Me in His Image Book Cover God Made Me in His Image
Justin Holcomb, Lindsey Holcomb,
February 22, 2021
32

Happy Easter!

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Way Back Wednesday ~ Our Favorite Easter Book

This review was originally posted on April 1, 2015,

Reading this book has become a special Easter tradition for our family.

The Flowering Cross was a very quick favorite for our daughter.  It is a touching Easter story which focuses on the transformational power of God’s love.

Katie is a six year old little girl who truly loves God.  She displays her unconditional love and kindness to her neighbor Jack who is known throughout the neighborhood for being “mean”.  Soon her kindness not only brings out kindness and gentleness in Jack but also a willingness to accept God’s love.

The illustrations in this book are amazing.  They bring the story to life with the use of vivid color and detail.  They truly enhance the story for the reader.

Bible verses as well as faith imprints which include discussion starters are found throughout the book and provide a terrific addition to the story.  Additionally, directions on how to create a flowering cross are also included at the end of the story.  This was particularly appreciated by this reader since our daughter has become keenly interested in the idea of our family making a flowering cross!

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Flowering Cross Book Cover The Flowering Cross
Beth Ryan
Juvenile Fiction
Tommy Nelson
2010-03
32

God Made Me for Heaven: Helping Children Live for an Eternity – Marty Machowski

The God Made Me Series is filled with impactful books for families to enjoy together.  God Made Me for Heaven is no exception.  Creatively shared through the frame of a grandmother discussing her hope of Heaven, this book shares the gospel message in an easy to understand manner.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.   All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

 

 

God Made Me for Heaven Book Cover God Made Me for Heaven
Marty Machowski
March 8, 2021
32

Way Back Wednesday ~ Rose’s Garden – Peter H. Reynolds

This post was originally published on April 19, 2010.

Peter H. Reynolds is one of my all time favorite authors.  His books always appear simple but supply BIG messages.  Rose’s Garden takes the reader on a fantastical journey around the world with Rose and her vehicle of choice – a magical teapot.  While on her travels, Rose gathers seed from each locale.  She finally finds a special patch of land that needs a bit of color, but before she can begin the transformation process with the help of her seed collection, some hungry birds eat all but a few of her seeds.  Determined to see her plan through, she plants her remaining seeds.  Ultimately, her seeds coupled with some extra special flowers presented to Rose by the neighborhood children turn the barren patch of land into a beautiful garden.  Rose’s Garden is a very sweet story that highlights the powers of faith and determination.

Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age – Collin Hansen and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Gospelbound explores the hope found in Christ no matter what the circumstances around us might be.  The authors highlight Christians who are making a difference in their spheres of influence.  This book is inspiring and encouraging.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Gospelbound Book Cover Gospelbound
Collin Hansen, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra,
Religion
Multnomah
2021
240

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters – Jason Brown and Paul Asay

Centered: Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters follows the remarkable story of former NFL center Jason Brown and his family.  It shares the power of  faith and the hard work of serving others.  Inspiring and encouraging – This is a terrific book!

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, no other compensation was given.   All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Centered Book Cover Centered
Jason Brown, Paul Asay,
Religion
WaterBrook
2021
224

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