{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

{New} Easy to Understand Children’s Bible (Resource Review)

I'm always on the lookout for a good kids Bible so I was delighted to see if the International Children's Bible in a recent Dispatch box. This Bible is unique in that it was the first translation of the Scriptures prepared specifically for children. Translated from the original languages this Bible seeks to be simple enough for children to read and understand it for themselves. Senses are short and uncomplicated, and difficult words are turned into simpler synonyms. Unfamiliar words are … [Read more...]

Simple Pleasures: Book Review

Simple Pleasures: Book Review

Simple pleasures is sometimes I often long for in our every day living.  Too often, I'm laying in bed at night, recounting the day, and realizing that I've gone yet another day without truly savoring the gift that it was. This book, Simple Pleasures, by Marianne Jantzi, is a wonderful reminder to to savor the every day moments that make up a life filled with love.   Her stories are short and sweet and filled with a tangled web of memories that we all so often feel and … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: The Big Circle Timeline

Sunday Snapshot: The Big Circle Timeline

In our children's church program (ages 4-9), we've been using The Gospel Project curriculum.   It seems to be a big hit with the teachers (I know I love it) and we have had a number of people comment on the big circle timeline we have posted outside the classroom. We wanted to use it as a tool for parents, not only to give them a picture of the "Big God Story", but also to quickly let them see where we were at in Children's Church. We started using the "This Week" arrow to show … [Read more...]

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but when I spotted this book the other day, the cover caught my eye and I'm glad it did!  I'm not much of a fiction reader, but I do love a good fairy tale, especially when retold for adults.  I stumbled upon a real gem with The Golden Braid.  This book was wonderful and a pleasure to read.  I felt like it captured true romance without all the needless angst that so often accompanies this type of book. It had subtle and believable mentions of faith, … [Read more...]

Pass It On: Amazing New Resource for Parents!

Jim Burns has done it again!  Together with Jeremy Lee, Burns has produced an amazing resource for parents who wish to pass on a legacy of faith to their children. About the Book: Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life. While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Child Against Abuse Begins with a Storybook

Protecting Your Child Against Abuse Begins with a Storybook

It's a scary world out there.  We probably all know someone who's life has been affected by sexual abuse and we all desperately want to protect our children from this traumatic experience. But where do we begin? What should we warn our children about? How should we bring it up? It's a tough subject to tackle, so when I was given the opportunity to review a picture book for kids aimed at this very topic, I jumped on the chance.   The book is entitled, "God Made All of Me" and it is … [Read more...]