Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Good Good Father Children's Book *Review

If you have been to a contemporary worship service, or listen to a Christian radio station, you probably have heard Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin. A beautiful song about our God and what a good father He is to us. The thought of our father being so good, lends itself well to a children's book with the same title. Written by Chris Tomlin and lyrics writer Pat Barrett.

This story is about a bear named Tucker who wants to help out the friends in his town. He is encouraged to go visit the King for advise, but to take a gift to him. Each group of animals he encounters along the way gives him an additional gift to take to the King. The king's door is always open, oh how wonderful that is as our God's door is always open as well.
As you gather, none of the gifts are actually needed for the King, but little Tucker himself is the best gift of all.

Such a darling book relating Tucker and the King to us and our heavenly King. My two year old loved seeing the pictures of the animals, and my older children loved making the comparisons to what they know about their Father in Heaven.

Darling book that will make you want to put on the song after you read the book! Sing along and recall what a Good Good Father we have.

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40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood Devotions and Coloring Book *Review

Wouldn't it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions
---an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children.
In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:
* Self-acceptance
* Self-care
* Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
* Generosity
* Presence
* Forgiveness

Each devo also has a doodling page to color. Nothing too intense that you will be spending hours on, because who has that time! Just something to warrant getting those colored pencils out and having a bit of creative time.

Each day begins with a verse. The devotional relates to the verse as well. Like this example from Philippians on day 10. The verse is talking about gentleness, and the devo also speaks to that. I like how they are connected. I have read many devotionals in the past where the verse and the devotional were miles apart and I had no clue how they even related.

I know from reading the introduction, and having a scripture on each page that this is a Christian devotional. Given that knowledge, I didn't really like the 'new age' feel to some of the devotions. Discussing becoming a 'higher version' or ourselves, "releasing toxicity", and "positive energy" for a few examples. It may just be how the author chooses to word things. She does mention God, and in each prayer at the end she mentions Jesus.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

NKJV Reader's Bible *Review

NKJV Reader's Bible has been a great asset to my daily Bible reading time. It flows so smoothly from chapter to chapter without any number connotation. I felt like it read more like the Holy Spirit would have breathed it into the author, given the original Word was not broken up into chapters and verses. I researched online to find that it was in 1227 that the Bible was divided into chapters, for the sake of convenience. The verse connotation was  not added until 1551. These were added in simply for ease in quoting and for reference. Admittedly it is much easier to quote a reference with an 'address' to refer to. Makes it much easier to find a verse in a large book such as Isaiah when you have the chapter and verse to quote.

The divisions are human made though, and often you will be reading and go into a new chapter, yet the thought that was being conveyed, continues. There are some places that the breaks could have been done differently. This is why I am really loving reading the NKJV Reader's Bible for my private devotion time.

The chapter is noted at the bottom of the page so you can still use it to follow along with at church. The chapter begins anew with a bolded, larger print letter.

I compared both my NKJV Bible and the Reader's Bible and they were accurate as far as the language. Word for word, just without the numbers.

Complete with helpful maps at the back of the bible.

This is a stunning Bible! It is imitation leather and is approximately 8.5 by 6. There is even a small margin on the sides if you wanted to take notes. I have opted to keep this Bible free of writing, underlining, or note taking. I have other Bibles that are more geared for that. I wanted this as a nice, clean, easy to read copy that is focused solely on the Word of God.

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