I Need My Monster – Amanda Noll

I Need My Monster is a great new read-aloud.  This one turns fear of a monster being under one’s bed upside down.  Ethan actually finds having his very own monster under his bed reassuring.  When Gabe the Monster goes fishing for a week, poor Ethan has to suffer thru a variety of substitute monsters.  Sadly, none of them are quite right.  This one is a fun read!

Bible Stories: In the Beginning – 4 Movie Collection

Bible Stories: In the Beginning includes movie adaptations of the lives of four different Bible characters – Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and Joseph.  These movies have been restored and remastered, but they still clearly feel like they were produced in a different time. That being said, the stories are faithfully presented and feature a number of notable actors. Although the video is rated “family approved” by the Dove Foundation, I would caution parents to preview the video first.  The treatment of animals is a particular concern.  The images are realistic for the time period, and I believe young viewers could easily be disturbed by them. 

While this complimentary video was provided for review by FishFlix, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is an amazing fantasy series with strong Biblical themes.  It can be enjoyed by children as well as adults.  Our daughter has been reading thru the series with Dad at bedtime and loves it.  I highly recommend partner reading these book aloud with your child and discussing them.  There is a lot to take in for the reader on every page.  This particular edition of the series includes beautiful illustrations and would make a terrific gift.

52 Creative Family Time Experiences: Fun Ways to Bring Faith Home – Timothy Smith

52 Creative Family Time Experiences: Fun Ways to Bring Faith Home is a great resource to use to enhance family time.  Whether you use the activity ideas weekly, monthly, or during special celebrations, you will not be disappointed.  The activities range from games and crafts to do together as a family to watching movies together followed up by a guided family discussion.  Our family has enjoyed many of the activities and looks forward to doing more.


Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts – Susan Cain

If you have a tween or teen who has a quiet temperament in your home, this is a must read!  Cain does an outstanding job of not only explaining the differences between introverts and extroverts but how both types have tremendous gifts to contribute within friendships as well as groups.  I especially liked how she provides chapters specifically focused on challenges tweens and teens deal with in the classroom and in social situations.  This one is truly a winner!

Way Back Wednesday ~ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

This post was originally published on February 25, 2013.  Keep an eye out for my post about the new kid’s version of this book on Monday, July 11th!

Quiet is an outstanding book that explores the culture of extroversion that defines our country and the hidden power within introverts.  This book was fascinating and provided a tremendous degree of insight regarding introverts and extroverts. One cannot help but recognize situations which Cain describes from his/her own life experience and no doubt will see them a bit differently after gaining greater understanding from her work.  Introvert or extrovert…This one is worth reading!

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Random House, Inc., no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s ‘Dwelling Places’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell’s new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

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