The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

by Champ Thornton

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Usborne style books. Personally, as a homeschool mom, I am 100% sold. These are my favorite! They have a perfect mixture of pictures, learning, and interest for a child (or adult) of any age.

The Radical Book for Kids is written in the same style and it’s so much fun!!

image4I love how there are so many different things to read about and learn! This is something I will be giving my 9 year old for Christmas. It’s a book that will hold his attention for hours and be teaching him the most important things of all. He will be able to us it as a reference for years to come.

Thanks so much for such a great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles

by Rob Elliot

 

Want to have some fun laughs with the little ones? Every page has a little joke and then a place to “doodle” and complete the pictures. I received these books from Revell and decided to test them out on my nephews and nieces.

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As you can see, they were having a blast! They sat and read the jokes to me each morning and then had me color in the pages with them. It was awesome.

What to expect? The jokes are definitely on a child’s level. “When did the lightening hit the scientist? When he had a brain storm” type of thing. The kids thought they were funny, and the ones that were just too ridiculous, they enjoyed making fun of. So, either way, it was a win/win.

Pick up a copy for your grandkids, nieces, nephews, children, and any other little ones you spend time with. It’s a fun and easy thing to do together!! (Links are in the pics) Thanks, Revell! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Are we up to the task?

IMG_2021I was speaking to a new, sweet friend a couple of days ago. I posted a review of 52 Things a Son Needs From Their Moms and I really enjoyed it. It’s right on, as far as I am concerned. It’s how we have parented our children and have seen the fruit of doing it that way. Our children love God with all of their beings and have servants hearts. I know that can only be God.

She mentioned to me that her son is older and she might have failed him. I just felt like I wanted to run and give her a big hug! In my humble opinion, I feel that it is never too late. When we are honest with our mistakes, so our children don’t think we are hypocritical, they will come to respect us. If they know we love them, that’s what matters. Woo them and win their hearts.

I know one thing for certain, and that is God is sovereign. He gave you the children you have because He knew you were the best one for the challenge. Nobody else could do a better job becabroken-heartuse you were the one God picked. He knew that you have what it takes, with His help.

Be encouraged, friends. Seek God with every area of your life, serve together, do life together! Play with your kids and look into their eyes when they talk. They will fall madly in love with you.

I read something once that really stuck with me. What do your children see in your eyes when they come into the room? Do you look happy to see them? Don’t have time for them? Can’t look up from your iPod? Look annoyed? Delighted? You know, a huge smile and a look into their eyes saying that you are happy to see them will do wonders to their attitude. It melts the frost.

IMG_4646-0.JPGIf I was honest, I would have to say that our eyes do just as much talking as our mouths.

Let your kids see how happy your are when they are near. Drown them in love, hugs, kisses and time. I don’t care how big they are. My teenager still gets his little nose and forehead kissed. As much as he fights it, you can’t argue with the huge smile on his face. ❤

So, be encouraged!! You haven’t failed, friends!! When you do, go to them and say, “You know what? I really screwed that up. Can you pray for me because I’m really struggling with _____ right now?” Buh-Lieve me, my kids get to hear this ALL. THE. TIME.!!!

And remember, the time goes so quickly. Show them your “Happy to see you!! eyes” when they walk into the room!! Please!!! You won’t regret it. I PROMISE!

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids – by Korie Robertson & Chrys Howard

Ok, so you have heard of Duck Dynasty by now, unless you’ve had your  head in buried in a hole for the last couple of years. Of course, there is controversy over some of their beliefs and… antics.?.? However you feel about them, you must admit that they have done pretty well for themselves. They have turned their little duck call business into an EMPIRE! Si, unsweet tea flavored chapstick? Jase bobble head? Duck Dynasty wine!? Cookies? Sunscreen?! You name it, they’ve stamped it!! This picture says it all!!! ha ha ha ha ha

Ok, so they have moved into writing. I suppose if you are good at making duck calls, you are good at writing too…? (; So, with that, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids was born!

Each Page is has a theme and a Scripture verse to go with it.

Screen shot 2015-02-24 at 12.03.29 PMThere are also a lot of cute  illustrations and plenty of stories. My son is using it for his devotions that he does on his own. He says I should give it 5 stars (:

I do think it is cute and has plenty of good things and ideas for growing your kids in a Godly way. However, you would need to be a fan of the show for this book to make sense. All of the stories are centered around the individuals in the family, thus making it limited to children that are familiar with and fans of the Robertsons.

Overall, great, cute, and fun little book. So, thanks much, booklookbloggers, for sending this our way! As always, this is my honest review. Here’s to many more!!

The Story for Kids — By Max Lucado and Randy Frazee

Discover the Bible from Beginning to End

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I was so excited to find this book! Many of you have probably read The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. Well, this is the children’s version of the same book. My seven year old was waiting for this to come in the mail every day. Once it did, he has been wanting me to read it to him and not stop.

I love how they write the Bible as a novel. It has chapters and reads just like a book. He loves to have me read it to him and I am happy to do so. It’s such a reasonable price and you will enjoy spending time with your kiddos while they learn about God in a way that’s’ simple and easy for them to grasp.

Thank you so much, booklook, for this awesome read. We will be using it for many years to come! Here’s to many more!!

Time is Short

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As parents, our time is SO, VERY short. Just yesterday, my babies were just that: babies. Now, on the verge of graduating high school, The Large Child is a man. A MAN! The Little Toot isn’t far behind.

Because we love them and want them to have stress free childhoods, we coddle them and protect them from the ugly world that’s out there. The problem with that is: if I am not teaching them how to handle the things they are going to experience, who will be? Will that person love God as much as I do? Will that person, that is teaching my child, want to bring glory to God? Maybe, mabye not. That’s a risk I’m not willing to take!

When we go through hard times and situations (my husband and I), we try to let our kids in on what’s happening. Try to show them how to handle it. Ask them to pray with us. Ask their thoughts and opinions and line those up with the Bible.

I don’t want to pretend that everything is ok and, SURPRISE! When you are out on your own, you will find out that it’s not a perfect world!!

Nope, no thanks.

It’s so vital that you are going through these things and using them as life lessons for your children (age appropriately, of course). Not only does it hold you accountable to handle it correctly, it shows them how to handle really difficult situations the right way. They pray with you and they watch your every move. Scary, really. Puts the pressure on!!!

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I encourage you to walk with your children. Remember that God just gave them to us for a short time. He’s basically letting us babysit them before we send them out to make an impact on the world. I want to stand before God and say that I prepared them the best that I could have. I don’t want to have regrets. I want my children to see God work miracles. To see God fight for us in a way that only He could. To see God provide when there is no provision. To see God answer our prayers that we have all been praying together. A prayer based on bringing great glory to His name.

Thankful for Today

by Roitman Trillo

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First of all, I would like to thank Roitman Trillo for offering me this book! The story is written and illustrated by her; and they are beautiful illustrations! As a side note, I was very excited to see that a portion of the proceeds, when buying this book, go to fight child trafficking.

Thankful for Today is a childrens’ book that is inspired by the prayers of her three year old daughter. It is a sweet story. I love how a child speaks to God with such innocence and love. She prays and just tells God about her day. It’s a beautiful picture of the friendship we often miss as adults.

Colossians 2:6,7 (The Message) put it so simply: “My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

No need to always seek if we are doing what God wants and if we are living to our potential and so on. Simply love God. Live with God. Tell Him about your day. Enjoy Him.

A beautiful prayer, indeed.