Wednesday, May 2, 2012

God Helps Me Bible - Book Review - Kregel

God Helps Me Bible

Juliet David
©2009 Lion Hudson plc/Tim Dowley Associates
Published in 2012 by Candle Books, a publishing imprint of Lion Hudson plc
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Price 12.99 US/£7.99 UK
Age grade: 3+
103 pages
ISBN 978-1-85985-916-2

I recently received a nice Bible for young children from Kregel Publications to review.  It's really quite a good one if you have a child around three to five years of age.  Let me tell you a bit about it.

The God Helps Me Bible is a colorfully illustrated Bible for very young children.  It has a protected spiral binding that allows the book to lay flat and is easy carrying size for little hands. The pages are heavy enough that even my wild child can't tear them.  In addition, Clare Caddy has filled the stories with child-friendly illustrations with just the right details to capture any child's attention. (The illustrations are similar to the cover pictured above.)
The God Helps Me Bible presents a retelling of twenty-five Bible stories using simple words and concepts.  The stories contained include favorites such as:
Noah and His Great Ark, Joseph Explains a Dream, Moses Rescues His People, David Defeats a Giant, Daniel is Saved from Lions, The Very Hungry Crowd and a Tiny Man Meets Jesus.  At the end of each story the author points out how God helped the main character.  There is a also a Bible reference at the end of each story for parents to refer to in their own Bible for "the rest of the story".  In these stories your child will see that God loves and helps his world and people.

This is a great read-aloud for little kids.  I like the ability to open the book flat to point to details in the pictures while reading.  There is just enough story for the children to understand but not so much that they are overwhelmed and forget the details.  Although we did not use it as such, I think this could easily be used to introduce a "devotion/study" time to your children.  The Bible reference could be read and studied by the parent before reading to your child.  We enjoyed this book and will probably put this one in our bag to take to church. 

I received this book free from Kregel to provide this review.  I did not and will not receive further compensation.  Thoughts and comments are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review, but I did enjoy this book.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

She's Done It Again - The Forgiven Duke Book Review and Giveaway


The Forgiven Duke
The Forgotten Castles Series
Jamie Carie
B&H Publishing Group
Nashville, TN
ISBN - 13: 978-1-4336-7323-8
320 pages
July 2012 release

Jamie is a preacher's daughter that read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

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Perhaps you remember reading here about my new favorite author, Jamie Carie, and her recent book The Guardian Duke?  Well, she's done it again, The Forgiven Duke, the second in the Forgotten Castles Series, is set to release this July.  I got a copy to provide this review, and I'm so glad I did.  Check out this teaser:

"Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton—the path less traveled by—on Dublin’s shore still haunts her. Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful and wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life of him or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love."

This second book of Jamie's trilogy was easily as good as her first.  I really enjoy her believable characters and rich descriptions throughout both books.  Both the Duke of St. Easton and Alexandria Featherstone are headstrong, independent, and far from perfect, but they seemed destined for each other.  Or do they?  I'm not telling, but I can tell you that Jamie takes the story from Ireland to Iceland, and the story takes a few twists and turns that you might not expect. 

Jamie's writing style is easy-to-read and enjoyable.  I only found one thing lacking--the rest of the story.  Now I'll be waiting patiently for the third book of the trilogy, mostly because I have no choice.  I think you'll enjoy this book, and the cliffhanger will definitely bring you back for Jamie's final installment in the series.

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