Sunday, May 31, 2009
Stephen Elkins’ “100 bible Stories 100 Bible Songs” is a colorful, kid-friendly, padded cover book. Each story is kept to one page with the adjoining page displaying a coordinating picture. There is a song to go along with each story that is contained on one of the two cds that are included in this book. Many songs are familiar, such as “My God is so Big,” however there are also songs that may not be quite as familiar included as well, such as “Do to Others” and “Jesus in the Morning.” This is a great resource for tying in music with teaching Bible stories with children and the songs are ones that will be remembered over the years and enjoyable for the entire family! Just a side note, I had inserted the first cd into my computer to listen to and the playlist that was displayed did not match up with the songs, for example, on the playlist, the first song was listed as “The B-I-B-L-E” while the song playing was “In the Beginning” which is also the song listed in the book. So the right songs play, however the wrong titles are coordinated with the songs.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
“The American Patriot’s Bible,” New King James version from Thomas Nelson, is a unique study Bible. When I saw this Bible, I was intrigued as to what all was contained in it in regards to American History. Each book begins with background information about the book, such as the author, date it was written, key verses and key chapters. Throughout the Bible, there are colorful pages inserted tying the Bible with our nation’s history. For example, placed in by Numbers 28 there is a section about the Bible and the American Presidents containing quotations from various presidents about the Bible. Information about the American Revolution is placed within 2 Chronicles while the Civil War is discussed in the midst of the book of Jeremiah. Filled with interesting facts and known historical information, as well as some not as familiar facts about America, this Bible is a great study Bible to strengthen one’s faith and realize the significance of the Bible and faith in our nation’s history.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
“Wishes for One More Day” written by Melanie Joy Pastor and published by Flashlight Press is a valuable addition to any counseling library and even recommended for one’s personal collection as well. Anna and Joey awake to the news that their beloved Poppy has passed away in the night. Both children are not given the opportunity to tell their Poppy good-bye. A list is created of things they wish they could do one more time with their Poppy and this list is created into a memory book highlighting the times they had spent with their Poppy. A wonderful story that celebrates the life of a loved grandparent and helping children to work through their grief by focusing on the happy memories that they can cherish for years to come. This book is highly recommended and an excellent resource to use with children who have recently lost a loved one.