Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders

"Get to Know Jesus" by Nancy I. Sanders is another great book! 

Like “Get to Know King David”, this book is easy to read.  Filled with pictures, maps, and outlined text boxes, it begs to be picked up and read.  Short chapters help not to overwhelm struggling readers, and also make it a great choice for something to read just before bedtime.

The book starts with the reason God sent a Savior and a little history of His ancestors.  It continues with Jesus’ birth story and a little about His childhood.  (There is a synopsis of Jewish feasts included in this section that I found interesting as I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like that included in a book for children.)

The remainder of the book includes stories of Jesus’ ministry, betrayal, death, resurrection, ascension, and ends with a synopsis of the Book of Revelation.

Mrs. Sanders really has a knack for sharing Biblical stories in a way that is enjoyable and informative.

We are looking forward to reading more of her books!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.  Thank you, Book Look Bloggers!

Christian Traveler's Guide to the Holy Land by Charles Dyer

We have been dreaming of a trip to the Holy Land, so when I saw this book, I just had to get it.  And I'm glad that I did.

The "Christian Traveler's Guide to the Holy Land" by Charles Dyer is a fabulous resource for someone planning to travel there.  The book includes all types of tips and information, from traveling safely, to how and what to pack, and getting a passport.  There are even tips on how to overcome jet lag and information for those that may have mobility issues.  In addition, there is some helpful websites that cover currency conversion, tourism, and more.  To prepare your heart and mind for the trip, there are 2-four week bible studies that you may choose to use for yourself personally, or there is a group study if you are traveling in a group. But that is only the beginning of the book!

The majority of this book is information about different regions or cities in the Holy Land, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey, as well as the Biblical significance of each.  The margins of this section have a map that shows where the location is, as well as a lined area for your own notes.

I would highly recommend this book for any first-time travelers to this region.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind by Marbles: The Brain Store

Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind by Marbles: The Brain Store is my kind of book.  I love puzzles, and am particularly fond of Sudoku puzzles.  So getting the chance to review a puzzle book?  I thought I'd died and gone to heaven...

If you like puzzles, you will love “Bend Your Brain”!  Or, maybe you don’t know if you do like puzzles, this is a great book to discover which types you do like!

This comical little book contains a plethora of different puzzles to help you build a “better brain” through visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory.  Now I understand that all sounds pretty boring, but there is nothing boring about this book!  Also, there are varying levels of difficulty, starting with mind-warming, mind-stretching, mind-growing, mind-bursting, and finally mind-blowing.  So, if you are a rookie or a smarty-pants when it comes to puzzles, there is something there for you. 

This book would make a great gift.  Also, I recently took it along with me on a camping trip and I really enjoyed having something fun to do that wasn’t so engrossing that I missed my vacation!

I give this book an enthusiastic “two thumbs up”!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.  

Experiencing the Loss of a Family Member by H. Norman Wright

When I began reading “Experiencing a Loss of a Family Member” by H. Norman Wright, I was thinking this would be a good book to have on hand to give to someone who had experienced that loss.  In addition, I thought it would be good information to know so I might be of help to someone else, or possibly in dealing with a future loss.

This book covers topics like the loss of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend and even pets.  The author gives insight to how to help children deal with grief and gives practical examples of ways to answer those tough questions that they might have.  There are also areas in the book to answer questions that are targeted at helping you to identify feelings that may keep you from moving forward after a loss.

What really caught my attention was that much of the advice could also relate to the grieving process as the result of a loss of relationship, even if that person is still alive.  Although the author doesn’t discuss that aspect, many of the feelings he includes in the book I could relate to from a personal experience.

I think I’m going to hang on to this book for myself.  If I have someone I know that I think would benefit from it, I’ll get them a copy of their own.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.