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Kyle Idleman’s New Book: AHA!  (Book Review)

Kyle Idleman’s New Book: AHA! (Book Review)

Last year, my husband started raving about a book called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.  He's not much of a reader, so for him to take notice of a book, it had to be good.  I picked it up and was thoroughly impressed.  It was compelling, inspiring, and convicting.    We even ended up using it as a curriculum for our entire Sunday School program. So of course, when I was invited to be a part of the book tour for Kyle's new book AHA, I jumped at the chance.    The "AHA" is based on three … [Read more...]

Power Bible: Book Review

Power Bible: Book Review

If you've been reading this blog long, you'll know I'm a big fan of the Action Bible. I love the stunning graphics and the poignant emotions you can see in the character's faces.  I love how it helps kids to really visualize the Bible and how it forces long-time Bible readers to really feel the stories they have  read so many times.  Of course, there are a few drawbacks.  Some of the pictures in this graphic novel are well, graphic.  There's blood.  There's intense emotion. There's some scary … [Read more...]

The God Puzzle {Book Review and Giveaway}

The God Puzzle {Book Review and Giveaway}

I've been browsing around for new curriculum for a few months now.  Even though our current curriculum has some great elements and is a lot of fun, I never felt like it was accomplishing what my vision was for the ministry.  As I mentioned in this post about measuring success in ministry, I want kids to grow in their understanding of God and the Bible and have this understanding impact their life. I stumbled upon the Praise Factory curriculum and loved the concept.  I don't think it's the … [Read more...]

Fun Loving You {Book Review}

Fun Loving You {Book Review}

It's hard for me believe that my husband, Mike, and I have been married almost eight years. And we've been having a lot of fun.  Being married is kind of like having a perpetual slumber party with your best friend.  Until, the kids arrive.  Then things start getting a little more complicated. Suddenly, there are more responsibilities, more things we have to spend money on, and a lot less time to sleep.  Of course, kids are worth the sacrifice, but I have to admit, sometimes my relationship with … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading This Week: Sewing, Strangers, and Monsters

What We’re Reading This Week: Sewing, Strangers, and Monsters

I'm off and running with my "Read 100 books during 2014" goal.  It's a little less than 2 books a week, so I want to stay on top of things.  Here's what's on the bookshelf (and nightstand) this week. What I'm Reading: Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself!: I just learned how to sew in December, so I'm eager to find some fun, practical and easy projects.  Of course, bags are always a winner.  This book has lots of other … [Read more...]

Great Gift Idea: Magnificent Tales Book Series

I recently stumbled upon Kelly Pulley's illustrations in the Bible Story Favorites I Can Read Series.  My four year old daughter is showing an interest in reading, so I thought this might be a great series to check out for her.   I really loved Pulley's style of illustrations, so imagine my delight when four of his books showed up in my mailbox, courtesy of David C. Cook.  The books were part of the new Magnificent Tales series and I have to tell you, I am loving these books! The pictures are … [Read more...]