Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Boy Called Christmas







Matt Haig's A Boy Called Christmas gives us a possible story of Santa Claus's boyhood. Eleven-year-old Nikolas' his father; a poor woodcutter , Nikolas has a hard life, but he never complains. Living in the second-smallest cottage in Finland, he spends his time day dreaming of magical things - pixies and elves. Nikolas considers his father’s bedtime story the best part of his day. A small, brown mouse Miika, who dreams of cheeses of all types and forms, often sneaks into the cottage to share in hearing these stories. The two have very little possessions - Nikolas only has a turnip doll and a sleigh.

When the hunter, Anders, convinces Nikolas’ father to join a band of men seeking to prove the existence of Elfhelm and reap a large reward from King Frederick, Aunt Carlotta comes to care for Nikolas. However, her cruelty in forcing Nikolas to sleep outside and in failing to give him enough to eat result in his running away to find his father. Facing danger and bitter cold, Nikolas aids the reindeer Blitzen, removing one of Anders’ arrows from Blitzen’s leg .

. The two succumb to the frigid cold; Father Topo and his granddaughter Little Noosh, two elves, rescue them and take them to Elfhelm. Angered because humans have kidnapped an elf child, Father Vodol, the head elf and owner of the “Daily Snow” imprisons Nikolas and Miika. Sharing their cell, Nikolas meets Sebastian, a troll, and a Truth Pixie, who delights in using hewlip to make other people’s heads explode.

A daring escape allows Nikolas and Miika to track Joel, Nikolas’ father, and the kidnappers. After rescuing the elf child and returning him to Elfhelm, Nikolas makes the decision to remain there. The balance of “A Boy Called Christmas” follows Nikolas’ growth and integration into Elfhelm society, the creation of Santa’s workshop, and the legend of Santa Claus and his gift giving.

Chris Mould’s illustrations complement the story  of “A Boy Called Christmas” and are well done and appropriate for the 8-12-year-old. 


One thing we must remember  is that this is a fiction story based on the real-life St. Nicholas.  It is a suppostion. 

I personally really enjoyed this book.  It brings out to children that good does overcome evil.

Well written and very entertaining.   Any child will love this book.


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Day by Day Walk with Jesus and the Day By Day Bible

The Day by Day Bible is a wonderful way to teach children about Jesus.  Each day has a new teaching from the Bible to help children learn about Jesus and His life.

Great illustrations that children will love.  I personally love using these with my grandchildren and in teaching Sunday School.

The stand-up Day by Day Bible takes  your child through the Bible; from the Old Testament through to the New Testament.   As with the Day by Day With Jesus, the illustrations are something the children will enjoy and well rendered.    I Personally  like to use this with my Sunday School class to help reinforce my lessons.

Great product that anyone can use.

I received this book free from the publisher. http://www.kregel.com I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Open

A young woman dealing with a break up  with her boyfriend   receives a mysterious envelope that says "open written on the outside".    Curious the woman (Emma) opens the envelope and  reads the message: "For a real adventure with Jesus, go through the nearest open door."  Emma is taken on a mysterious journey which opens her eyes  to what means the most in her life.
Emma is led by Jesus through the gospels to find out what the Christian life is all about.

This is a very interesting book, it makes you think and understand what is the most important thing in your life.  A relationship with Jesus and a love for God.

What would you do if you received this envelope?  Would you open it? Would you be willing to walk through that open door?

Wonderfully written, this book will make you think and reread the gospels and maybe challenge your perception of the Gospels and what it really means to be a Christian.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Shadow of the Storm




From the back cover:

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?


This book was an amazing read,  I could not put it down.   We are taken back to the time and culture when the Hebrews found their freedom from Egyptian slavery.  Now free to worship their one true God.  

In this story we see the struggle of one young woman release the pain of her past, and move forward to living the life and using the gifts that God has given her.

The story also gives us insight into what it may have been like to live in the time when Moses freed his people.

I enjoyed seeing how the main character had so much grace and forgiveness and love in her.  It is something we can all model in ourselves.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by this author.

Note from the Author

The Bible gives few details about the first year at Mt. Sinai, other than the Golden Calf incident, receiving the Law, and building the Tabernacle. My imagination was stirred by considering what it must have been like for Shira’s people; newly freed from slavery, wounded and demoralized from their time in Egypt, and unsure of who they were and who this God was that had freed them in such a miraculous, terrifying way. And throwing in old grudges among the tribes of Israel, the refusal of many to let go of the gods of Egypt, and the stirring of rebellion among the foreign contingent, I have little doubt it was a chaotic, confusing time for the people God was building into the new nation of Israel. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Am Bible






This is a Bible that looks directly to God's statements through the whole Bible and gives a commentary for each statement.  For example, in Genesis, it highlights where God spoke and then tells who he spoke to and what it meant.  It is a very unique and helpful way to highlight, and study  the main point of what was spoken and why.

This is a wonderful study Bible.  It helps us study out the passages, and understand who God really is and what He means when He is speaking to us.

This Bible comes with some very detailed maps, a concordance, and a dictionary.  It has an attractive, sturdy hardcover, which makes it durable for much use.

I love Bibles, I own a few, and this one I feel would make a great addition to everyone's library; whether you are a student, pastor, or just a person who loves to study God's word.

I received this book free from the publisher.  ( B& H Publishing) I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Designed to Lead




Church leadership is dying.  If you are interested in building leaders in your church, this is the book to read.
There are many books out there on leadership.  Most of them are secular and can be used to help aid in leading in a church, but this book aims specifically at making leaders within the church.

e of the key factors in leadership  is discipling our younger members into becoming leaders.  This would be the “conviction” that the author is describing.   Many churches are lacking in discipleship.
The authors give the reader an amazing map or directions on how to make disciples in the church. Three things: Constructs, Culture and Conviction.  If any one of the three is missing, the leadership is lacking.  For example, Constructs without conviction produces apathy.  This means that the church does not have a conviction for producing leaders. 

I feel that every pastor or those in leadership need to read this book  if we are going to build leadership in our churches.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

He Knows Your Name




It  all began with an evening news report about an abandoned baby being found in a local dumpster.  Little did Linda know that God would forever change her life.
This book written by Linda Znachko, founder of He Knows Your Name Ministries, will tear at your heart.  This amazing woman wrote a book explaining how her ministry began.
God laid upon her heart to do something that none of us would even think about on a day to day basis.   God laid upon her heart to give an abandoned baby a decent burial and celebrate this little one's  short life.   Needless to say, Linda never knew that this would grow into a big ministry that would not only give burials to those who could not but go beyond to helping those who could not afford simple things like headstones.

Not only did she help these little one's, but she also took God's love to the mother's who were wronged by the press, because they had nowhere to turn, but helped them to celebrate their children's lives.

Get out the tissues, and sit back and read how one "yes" changed a woman's life forever.   This book will really make you think about people who cannot afford one of the major things that celebrate our lives, our being, either for us or for our loved ones.   What will happen when you say "yes" to God?

This book is amazing, it really reminded me of things we may take for granted, and what will happen, what good things will happen when I say "yes" to God.  What things will happen for good when others will say "yes" to God?

I received this book free from the publisher. http://www.kregel.com   I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”