Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families. Psalm 68:5
In today’s society, many children experience the pain of broken homes and missing parents. This book gently explains to young children how even those without a “skin daddy” have an awesome Father God in Heaven. Based on the true experience of the authors, Lisa and Missy Harper, it tells the story of Missy, from Haiti. Her biological mother, Marie, is dead, and she has been adopted by a single mother. The book addresses situations such as death, divorce, grief, absent parents and adoption in terms that are easy to understand, and most importantly tells children, “you don’t have to figure it all out now.”
The illustrations are bright and attractive, and the book includes Bible verses, questions and further reading for use by parents and teachers. It offers a way to begin discussions with children about some difficult issues.
Verdict: I give this book five stars. Go to this link if you’re interested in purchasing it:
This delightful little book was written by Ellie Holcomb, a musician who began her career touring with the Americana band, Drew Holcomb (her husband) and the Neighbors. She was named Best New Artist at the 2014 Dove Awards. Maybe some of her music could be reviewed on an upcoming post? Beth Ann?
At any rate, this children’s book combines Ellie’s love for music with thoughts of God and His creation. Who sang the first song? Was it in the wind? The waves? The roar of the lion? Of course, we learn that the original singer was God Himself, who as Ellie says, “He wrote His song into everything.” Everyone of us, and all of God’s beloved world are invited to make a joyful noise, because we were made to sing.
I enjoyed the fanciful illustrations(thank you Kayla Harren) and the brief, but inspiring text, and I think young children would enjoy this book as well. A copy is definitely going on the Christmas list for my yet-to-be-born granddaughter, Hailey!
I give this book five stars! If you want to purchase it, you can go to the following link:
I reviewed Dorena Williamson’s book ColorFull a while back and loved it, so I was eager to take a look at ThoughtFull. This second book does not disappoint — the story is just as engaging and beautifully illustrated as the first. Subtitled “Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us” it encourages young children to appreciate the differing personalities and gifts of others.
Ahana Robinson, a young Down’s Syndrome boy receives an award for being a good friend. He has the spiritual gift of encouragement. His friend, Joshua notices that some kids tease Ahana because he is different. This empathy reveals Joshua’s own spiritual gift –mercy.
Joshua’s dad comments:
“If kids and adults worked at discovering the unique gifts in other people, we could all be all be thoughtFull.”
On the last page parents and teachers will find a Bible verse to help children remember the main point of the story, as well as some “thoughtful” questions to reinforce the lesson.
VERDICT: Highly recommended. I give this book five stars!
This is a children’s board book that offers the interaction of touching, patting and other actions for toddlers to identify colors. This book shows how God made all the colors and that they are all beautiful.
This book comes with bonus online content at bhkids.com for parents and teachers.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. The bright colors and fun pictures make it interesting for young readers.
Brian Dembowczyk has written a book that reviews 200 basic questions about God, Jesus, the Church and pretty much any basic theological question you can imagine. He starts of with a letter to parents about why he wrote the book and how to use it to develop a spiritual nature in their children.
The book is colorful and interesting in its format It is broken into 7 sections. The sections are listed below:
- The Bible
- The Church and Last Things
Even though the questions and answers are a simple format and are geared towards children; I feel that this book would work well with anyone who is new to the faith or would like to renew the knowledge they have.
I found the answers simple, correct and to the point, and since I prefer books that are straight to the point I enjoyed this one.
Keep in mind this book is to be used as a family unit, you are not to give the book to someone and walk away, it is an interactive study to expand and deepen the knowledge a person has of their spiritual walk.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it as required family reading.
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
I loved this book. The illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and his wife, Ying-Hwa Hu are delightful. Author Dorena Williamson presents her theme (we are all fearfully and wonderfully made) in a way that is winsome, realistic and easily understandable to young children. God must love color! It is part of the wonder of His creation: in plants, food, the world around us, and people. We shouldn’t strive to be “color blind.” Instead we should notice and admire the different colors of our skin, hair and eyes. Is your hair red, brown or blonde? Are your eyes brown or green? Is your skin chocolate, vanilla or caramel? God made us ColorFull, not ColorLess. All of our colors are beautiful and good. That’s the way God made us to be and everything He created is good.
At the end of the book the author has included a Bible verse with suggested Scripture readings and thought questions that will be useful for parents and teachers who want to further explore and reinforce the topic.
Verdict: Five stars! This book will definitely go in our church’s Little Free Library collection. To order, follow the link below: