King David (Get to Know)

Title: King David (Get to Know Series)
Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74475-7

“David led an adventurous life – from shepherd to warrior to the king of Israel. But he was also a man of God. Read about this hero from the Bible and his place in history,” Nancy I. Sanders writes on the back jacket of her book, King David.

Part of the Get to Know series, this one hundred and twenty-eight page paperback targets children six to ten years old interested in knowing more about characters in the Bible. Written as a full-color biography for kids, this one concentrates on the life of King David from the Old Testament. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

After acknowledgements, the book contains twelve chapters devoted to different periods in David’s life, followed by a timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes, student resources, and author’s biography.

What makes this book unique for children is the plethora of information displayed in an engaging format of short articles, highlighted inserts, photographs, maps, and copies of paintings. With colored icons, there are references for Scripture reading, Bible heroes, eyewitness accounts, fun facts, and word meanings.

Chapter stories retell David as a shepherd boy, servant, giant slayer, and king including when he hid from Saul, was crowned as king, his sin with Bathsheba, his desire to build the temple, and a future kingdom. Color photographs include Bethlehem, the Valley of Elah, Ziklag, Hebron, the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity, a tomb, and a tabernacle, as well as famous paintings, reliefs, weapons, and objects related to Biblical times.

Flipping through the glossy pages, the “Did You Know” sections stand out explaining side notes such as Josephus’s writings, what David may have looked like, David’s troops including the Thee and the Thirty, and materials gathered to build the temple. Often the pages end with highlighted words in the chapter and their meanings, ranging from Priests, Showbread, and Yahweh to Gracious, Pure, and Sacrifices.

The heroes focus on Moses, the Levites, Samuel, Samson, Abigail, Nathan and the apostle Peter, listed in separate paragraphs throughout the chapters. There are several inserts of Bible verses and eye-witness accounts.

For a daily read, a Sunday school lesson, or to be used as a book report, this is a phenomenal tool for young children to learn about a Biblical character. With additional books on Jesus, Mary, and the Apostle Paul available, there should be room on the bookshelf for this educational series.

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Mary (Get to Know)

Title: Mary (Get to Know Series)
Author: Nancy I. Sanders
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74480-1

“Mary was more than just a girl growing up in Israel. She was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus! Learn about the life and times of this brave young woman and how she became a hero of the Bible,” Nancy I. Sanders writes on the back jacket of her book, Mary.

Part of the Get to Know series, this one hundred and twelve page paperback targets children six to ten years old interested in knowing more about characters in the Bible. Written as a full-color biography for kids, this one concentrates on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and includes many stories about her husband, Joseph. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

After acknowledgements, the book contains twelve chapters devoted to different periods in Mary’s life, followed by a timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes, student resources, and author’s biography.

What makes this book unique for children is the plethora of information displayed in an engaging format of short articles, highlighted inserts, photographs, maps, and copies of paintings. With colored icons, there are references for Scripture reading, Bible heroes, eyewitness accounts, fun facts, and word meanings.

Chapter stories retell Mary’s lineage, her engagement, her aunt Elizabeth’s pregnancy, giving birth to Jesus, living in Nazareth, family life, holy days, Joseph and Jesus’s deaths, Christ’s resurrection, and Pentecost. Color photographs include a manger, synagogue ruins, Jerusalem’s temple, burial grounds, and caves, as well as famous paintings, mosaics, sculptures, and objects related to Biblical times.

Flipping through the glossy pages, the “Did You Know” sections stand out explaining side notes such as the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, Archelaus the ruler, and Roman, Greek, and Jewish coins. Often the pages end with highlighted words in the chapters and their meanings, ranging from Caravans, Sanhedrin, and Unleavened Bread to Circumcised, Forgive, and Sins.

The heroes focus on Jacob, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Joseph, and the writers of the Gospels, listed in single sentences. There are several inserts of Bible verses and eye-witness accounts.

For a daily read, a Sunday school lesson, or to be used as a book report, this is a phenomenal tool for young children to learn about a Biblical character. With additional books on Jesus, King David, and the Apostle Paul available, there should be room on the bookshelf for this educational series.

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** CONTEST ** EAT FRESH by Tom Woodbury ~ Book Giveaway!

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Terrance the Trapezoid

Title: Terrance the Trapezoid
Authors: Hilary and Drew McSherry
Illustrator: Drew McSherry
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4808-0131-8

“Terrance the Trapezoid often sat alone on a hill, watching other shapes play. He felt like he didn’t fit in, so Terrance never joined in their games. He wasn’t like the other shapes. A circle, triangle, and square could be lots of different things, but not Terrance. He couldn’t see anything that was made from a trapezoid,” Hilary and Drew McSherry write in their children’s book, Terrance the Trapezoid.

This unnumbered forty-page letter-sized paperback presented by Fantastic Forms targets preschool to early elementary school aged children and readers who like learning about shapes. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated multi-syllable words. Simplistic illustrations by Drew McSherry cover full pages with nicely sized font wording placed against cream-colored backgrounds. The end of the book has a reader’s guide that includes discussion questions, activities, and suggestions for older readers.

In this short, cute tome lonely Terrance the Trapezoid has no friends as he feels he does not fit in due to his shape. He does not look like Sammy the Circle, Tammy the Triangle, or Sid the Square who could be an eyeball, balloon, sun, tree, tooth, dress, box, road sign, and window. He cannot think of one object that is shaped like a trapezoid.

When he tells Sammy, Tammy, and Sid he is sad because he is not shaped like something, the three friends try to come up with an idea. Finally they have a solution to Terrance’s problem. By working together and using all four shapes of a circle, triangle, square, and trapezoid, a creative design can be made.

The four band together and make a boat, bird, aquarium, and rocket ship, using each of their important shapes as one. Terrance is happy that he feels he fits in, is needed, and now part of the group.

The engaging discussion guide gets children thinking about others and their feelings by being included in a project or doing activities creating pictures and designs while comparing and contrasting shapes. This simple but effective story not only promotes learning different forms, it emphasizes reaching out to others who may feel left out or different.

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If God is Good

Title: If God is God: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil
Author: Randy Alcorn
Publisher: Multnomah Books
ISBN: 978-1-60142-579-9

“Suffering reminds us to stop taking life for granted and to contemplate the larger picture. God intends that it draw our attention to life-and-death realities far greater than ourselves,” Randy Alcorn writes in his book, If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.

At five hundred and twenty-eight pages, this paperback targets those looking for answers to suffering and evil on this earth and why the Almighty has allowed them. Using mainly the NIV translation of the Bible, the ESV, MSG, KJV, NASB, NKJV, NLT, RSV, and others are referenced. With well-known stories about pain, suffering, and death through a plethora of examples, it would be apropos for mature adults. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

After acknowledgments and an introduction, Alcorn divides the complicated topic of understanding suffering and evil into eleven sections, followed by a conclusion and both Scriptural and topical indexes. Paragraph sentences are often highlighted for emphasis, making the content easier to read.

Areas covered discuss the problem of evil and suffering, the problems non-theists face, and solutions as well as Christ’s redemptive work, the combination of divine sovereignty and human choice, and Heaven versus Hell along with God’s allowance and restraint, how He uses pain for His glory, why He allows it, and how to live meaningfully through suffering.

While comparing worldviews including atheism to Christianity in regard to evil, Alcorn offers his own experiences and those of others who have been through great heartache and suffering. He discusses determinism, libertarianism, and compatibilism along with “redemptive continuity” in eternity, explaining the errors of prosperity theology and health and wealth religion.

As the author reiterates God’s sovereignty and how His will interacts with suffering and evil, he confirms that our trials are limited and temporary. It is our arrogance, ignorance, and sin that often keep us from understanding God’s reasons. Due to our sinful nature, we question why God does not do more to end our suffering quickly without realizing He has a greater purpose.

With the sixth section an in-depth discussion on the vital aspect of God’s will and our choice, the final section focuses on finding contentment when dealing with hardships. The conclusion is an altar call to know Christ as one’s Savior.

Although a lengthy, technical read with plenty of sorrowful stories, this is informative and worthwhile for anyone seeking peace and understanding being challenged by life’s trials and tribulations, hopefully pointing them to Christ as eternity’s answer.

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** CONTEST ** THE TRAIL by Ed Underwood ~ Book Giveaway!

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A Box of Delights

Title: A Box of Delights
Authors: J. John & Mark Stibbe
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 978-1-8542-4547-2

“Dear Lord, so far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy, overbearing, selfish or obnoxious. I’m really glad I’ve accomplished all these things on my own. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to have to get out of bed – “ J. John and Mark Stibbe write in their book, A Box of Delights: An A-Z of the Funniest, Wisest and Most Poignant Stories, Proverbs, Jokes and One-Liners.

This two hundred and twenty-four page paperback targets preachers and pastors who seek comic, light-hearted short stories or sayings to use in sermons. However, with no profanity, sexual innuendos, or extreme violence, the book written by two Christians in England would be appropriate for teenager to adult age groups. The New International Version of the Bible and quotes from famous politicians, preachers, and people are referenced. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With no table of contents or topical index, the book is set up like a dictionary sorted from A to Z. Over four-hundred entries are listed based on the letter of the alphabet, such as Age, Children, and Howlers to Legacy, Negativity, and Sin. Each letter may include a joke, story, pun, cartoon, list, or quick quip, highlighted in various formats of designs, shaded areas, bold typesets, or different fonts. Quotes are from a plethora of individuals ranging from Churchill, Earl of Rochester, Einstein, Fitzgerald, and Frost to Kennedy, King, Lincoln, Rooney, Tozer, and Wesley, along with television shows, publications, and newspapers.

Here are samples of some of the short sayings:
Intercession is love on its knees working with God.
Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good firm push.
Our bikinis are exciting. They are simply the tops.
Adolescence is when children start bringing up the parents.
If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
Statistics are like witnesses – they will testify for either side.
Some people who think they are dreamers are just sleepers.

Although one has to dig through to look the contents for a specific joke or saying. The alphabetical format helps but having no index makes it hard to look up a quoted line or story. Some of the more lengthy tales are funny while shorter inserts would be helpful for one-liners in speeches, ice-breakers, and sermons.

 

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The Trail

Title: The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will
Author: Ed Underwood
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9112-0

“God doesn’t need your strength to guide you, but you do need to trust his strength to recognize his guidance” is one of the principals Sam instructs in Ed Underwood’s book, The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will.

At one hundred and eighty-five pages, this paperback targets Christians looking for God’s will in their lives. With one minor slang word and no violence, the topic of emotional infidelity within a marriage may not be appropriate for immature readers. The New Living Translation of the Bible is used and fourteen group discussions are included. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

Instead of sermon format, Pastor Underwood offers readers a tome of grace, forgiveness, and redemption. Young Matt and Brenda are supposedly happy Christians who have a life-changing decision to make. When it is suggested they go on a camping trip with an unusual old fireman / preacher, their sole purpose is to uncover God’s will in their lives.

When the couple arrive at California’s Sequoia National Park, the beauty surrounds them yet their inner peace is challenged when Sam, surly and sometimes preachy, questions their true feelings toward God and one another. Always wanting to control the situation with a logical answer, Matt shuts down Sam’s demands as Brenda seeks a spiritual sign.

Reminding the two to focus on Christ, Sam discusses trust, relationship, intimacy, timing, protection, encouragement, community, and grace while the three hike through the Golden Trout Wilderness and the Casa Vieja Meadow.

As emotional and physical harm encroaches, the trio must hunker down and protect themselves and each other by also spiritually understanding God’s direction in their lives. Facing their trials, failures, and disappointments, the trail to knowing God unfolds.

Blending ample amounts of Bible verses and Biblical characters, the quick read may be misconstrued as a simple, eight-step instant fix of how a couple learned the will of God, using His beautiful creation as a backdrop. However, if the concepts were carefully dissected over an eight-week study, concentrating on being “all-in” with a personal relationship with Christ, one will be confident claiming the verse in Proverbs: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.” KJV.

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I Love Grass

Title: I Love Grass
Author: Maria Boston
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2568-8

“I love grass. I learn so much by watching it change throughout the year. Grass grows in different places, and even changes its shade of green with the seasons,” Maria Boston writes in her children’s book, I Love Grass.

At twenty-four pages, this oversized paperback targets young children interested in nature, especially grass. With no scary or violent scenes, it is a good book for beginner readers in preschool to early elementary school as it contains only a few complicated words. While illustrations grace the left side of the page, a nicely-sized black font is on the right side, set against a white background with a few drawn blades of the plant. The designs are photographs of artwork done in yarns and natural fibers.

After a page to write in the owner of the book’s name, it is a compilation of the changes something as simple in nature as grass makes over a year’s season. Explaining grass is found at the park, school, flowerpots, yard, and fields, the writer describes its color of bright, new green in Spring and a deeper green in Summer to leaves falling on it in Fall and snow in Winter.

While grass appears to be very dark green at nighttime, bugs live in it year round. The author recalls how she does not live in the grass but enjoys lying on it where she can get a great view of the sky as the grass blades tickle her skin.

The pictures are interesting to any age group, including those who love to work with yarn as most of the designs are cut, knitted, knotted, looped and threaded using different colors and fibers. One can see a lot of time and concentration was put into creating the illustrations.

Although a short read and focusing strictly on grass, readers learn to be more observant of the uses and different colors throughout the seasons of this simple but valued plant. Anyone looking at its pages knows that the author loves grass and anything related to it, including making creative works of art depicting it. There are plenty of other things in nature that could be used in the same format for future books in a possible series.

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