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The Flowering Cross – Beth Ryan

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

Who is Jesus?: Forty Pictures to Share with Your Family – Kate Hox

Who is Jesus? is a beautifully illustrated family devotional book that would be perfect for the the Season of Lent.  The promise of salvation that is woven throughout scripture is highlighted in each daily reading.  Additionally, each reading is followed by a robust number of questions that are outstanding for family discussion as well as key scriptures from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  This one is a winner!

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.

Who Is Jesus? Book Cover Who Is Jesus?
Joe Hox, Kate Hox,
January 31, 2022

Darkest Night Brightest Day: A Family Devotional for the Easter Season – Marty Machowski

Darkest Night Brightest Day is a beautiful family devotional.  It is a perfect resource to use in preparation for Easter.  This book is cleverly designed to include the final days of the life of Jesus and his crucifixion with the book oriented one way, and then the reader flips the book over to read about resurrection.  This design reinforces the darkness that is transformed into ultimate hope.

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.

 
Darkest Night Brightest Day Book Cover Darkest Night Brightest Day
Marty Machowski
Eastertide
2022
64

Blogging Vacation

I will be on a short blogging vacation for the next two weeks.  My next new post will be March 28th.

Rich Wounds: The Countless Treasures of Life, Death and Triumph of Jesus – David Mathis

Rich Wounds is a brand new devotional by David Mathis.  It includes thirty short but theologically deep readings which explore the life, death, and ultimate triumph of Christ.  It is the perfect resource to use during the season of Lent.

 

 

Rich Wounds: The Countless Treasures of the Life, Death, and Triumph of Jesus Book Cover Rich Wounds: The Countless Treasures of the Life, Death, and Triumph of Jesus
David Mathis
Religion
Good Book Company
2022-02
192

The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles: The Kámbur Chronicles – Champ Thornton and Andrew Naselli

The Serpent Slayer is a delightful tale of time travel to biblical times.  Our protagonists, Emmet and Nomi, are observers of many of the most well know Bible stories from both the old and new testaments.  This is a unique book that would be great for late elementary school students.

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.

The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles Book Cover The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles
Andy Naselli, Champ Thornton,
February 14, 2021
128

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Way Back Wednesday ~ Love Monster and the Last Chocolate – Rachel Bright

Although not specifically a Valentine’s book, this story is a sweet one!

Love Monster is such a cute character.  I was excited to see that he is now featured in a number of books.  Love Monster and the Last Chocolate is a very sweet story that focuses on the importance of being a good friend and the rewards of showing kindness to others.  We loved this one!

This post was originally published on February 10, 2016.

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate Book Cover Love Monster and the Last Chocolate
Rachel Bright
Juvenile Fiction
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
December 15, 2015
32

Curiosity: The Story of Mars Rover – Markus Motum

Curiosity tells the story of the Mars Rover which traveled 350,000,000 miles to explore.  The fact that this book is written from the point of view of the rover adds to the wonder and delight of the story.  The book provides a lot of information which can be appreciated by young readers as well as adults.  Additionally, beautiful illustrations enhance the text.

Curiosity Book Cover Curiosity
Markus Motum
Juvenile Nonfiction
Candlewick Press
2018
56