Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The One Year Mother Daughter Devo

I was excited when I saw this 1-year devotional to share with my daughter. It is definitely for a tween girl and her mom; however some of the content may be too juvenile for a girl who is 10-12 years old. While other content seemed too mature for an 8-9 year old depending on their life experience. For example, on August 21st, the devotion is about beauty and how pictures in magazines are airbrushed and enhanced. I do not have fashion magazines in my house or allow my daughter to look at such publications. So this day, I would probably skip the devotion. On another day (February 16), the lesson is on how God will take care of us like a cat who had kittens. The last line says, "Little lamb, don't be afraid. He's carrying you close to his heart."

So I guess it is hit or miss if this devotional is good for you and your daughter. I am just glad that there is something like this for mothers and daughters to share.

The book provides a 1 page devotion for each day of the year. This makes it non-threatening as my daughter and I can pick it up and read a day but not be lost if we miss a day or two. Life gets busy and we do not need more things on our to-do list. Instead, this devotion encourages us to be, not do, more.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Tyndale has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Least Among You

I had no idea. I really didn't. Our country has been through so much. This was a great movie to illustrate the struggle without our country and within our hearts with racism and with loving others as yourself.

There were so many characters in this movie with their own struggles not just with racism but with trusting God. I was able to understand the character development and follow the storyline with ease. I wanted to see more about these people and learn who happens to them next. The story is more than just about Richard Kelly. It's about you and about me and doing what is right even when it is hard.

At first, I as taken aback by the PG-13 rating. How can a family movie be rated PG-13? Well, this movie has tough issue that will be hard for a middle schooler to fully understand. Human frailty is not new, but it is hard to understand. Now I understand the rating and am glad that it is not rated a feel-good-family-movie. It is a terrific story that I highly recommend.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Deceit

It has been a while since I have stayed up late to finish a book. I was about halfway through Deceit when I could not put it down. I just had to find out what happened. Luckily, it was weekend, and I was able to sleep in the next morning. I lost sleep to finish reading the book but not because it was too scary.

I love a page-turner, and this was a great page-turner. The story was a little slow in the beginning as there were a few characters that I needed to get to know, yet the author did not keep me waiting for the action. The story was told from both the present and from the past. As the reader learned of the current situation, the back story was also being told. I found myself skipping ahead in order to find out more of the past but still wanting to keep up with the present story.

This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it as long as you have time to stay up late to finish reading the book!


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Zondervan has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Christmas Prayer

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and I was so glad to receive this book in the mail today. I enjoyed this charming story about a simple Christmas prayer.

The ilustrations are delightfully simple with a watercolor undertone. I liked the repetitive lines of the story, "Thank you God, for ______, Your precious Christmas gift."

This would make a great gift for any child. I like to collect books at Christmastime that only come out for the season. This will be a great addition to my collection.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Out Live Your Life

I got a chance to read another terrific book by Max Lucado. He always brings a fresh perspective to our lives as Christians. Sometimes he even hits too close to home, and I have to take a good look at myself to see where I may need to make some changes. Yet the book is not condemning but more convicting. Sometimes change is good even when it is hard.

This book challenges me to do more than just believe in Christ and live a good life. If I want to outlive my life, God can use me to do even more than I could ever dream. When Jesus said "Follow me" to his disciples, He is asking me, too. And when they followed, He did amazing things through them. And when I follow, He can do amazing things through me.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.