Book Review—The Christmas Quest

I will say at the start that I love SO very much about this new book about the wise men and their journey to find Jesus.

First off, it’s fun, and sometimes humorous, with just the right amount of lively rhyming text plus bright illustrations with wonderful details and facial expressions (even on the animals!). Read More…

– Diane

Book Review—’Twas the Season of Advent

Hoping not to stress out this holiday season? Looking for ways your children can experience Christmas wonder that doesn’t depend on presents under the tree?

This week I’m reviewing three new books to use during Advent to help moms and kids find that often elusive Christmas peace we all want.

Here’s my review of the third book: ’Twas the Season of Advent: Devotions and Stories for the Christmas Season, by Glenys Nellist.

Who wouldn’t want to sit cozily with children throughout the Advent season to unwrap the story of God’s best gift? Sometimes the simplest ideas prove to be the very best: Tell young children the biblical Christmas story slowly in short daily vignettes? Genius! Read More…

– Diane

Book Review—Joyous Advent: Family Christmas Devotional

Hoping not to stress out this holiday season? Looking for ways your children can experience Christmas wonder that doesn’t depend on presents under the tree?

This week I’m reviewing three new books to use during Advent to help moms and kids find that often elusive Christmas peace we all want.

Here’s review #2.

Anyone looking for a content-rich guide to Advent devotions, discussions, and activities with school-aged children and teens will find help in Joyous Advent: Family Christmas Devotional. Read More…

– Diane

Simply Christmas—A Busy Mom’s Guide to Reclaiming the Peace of the Holidays

Hoping not to stress out this holiday season? Looking for ways your children can experience Christmas wonder that doesn’t depend on presents under the tree?

This week I’m reviewing three new books to use during Advent to help moms and kids find that often elusive Christmas peace we all want.

Let’s start with Simply Christmas by Tama Fortner (Ink & Willow). With 31 meditations about the first Christmas, this could be just another Christmas devotional—but it’s not! This little gift book offers so much more. Read More…

– Diane

My 2021 Autumn Booklist

What does fall look like where you live? How does your family participate—or not participate in—Halloween? What is the Thanksgiving holiday really all about? Fall brings changes and traditional fun. Enjoy and navigate this season with your children with some of the books on this list.

Changing Seasons

God’s Blessings of Fall, by Jean Matthew Hall. All the sights and sounds of fall in nature in lyrical, whimsical text and sweet illustrations. (Little Lamb Books, 2019)

Snuggle Time Fall Blessings, by Glenys Nellist. Board book with short, rhyming texts and sweet illustrations. A variety of animals enjoy fall activities, ending with a happy feast. Includes brief mention of Halloween and trick-or-treat. (Zonderkidz, 2019).

Halloween Traditions

The Pumpkin Patch Parable, by Liz Curtis Higgs. Out of print but still available from resellers. A farmer grows a pumpkin and turns it into an amazing sight, just like God’s love transforms us and fills us with His love and light. (Tommy Nelson, 1995)

P Is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet, by Kathy-Jo Wargin. Celebrates all the fun and beauty of the harvest season from A to Z, thanking God for it all. Includes “D is for dress-up” and “T is for trick-or-treat” (the scene is a party) but no specific mention of Halloween. (Zonderkidz, 2008, 2012)

The Pumpkin Gospel, by Mary Manz Simon. As children carve their pumpkin, they hear about how God changes our “ooey-gooey” insides into something beautiful to shine for Him. Glows in the dark! (B&H Kids, 2016)

Let’s Shine Jesus’ Light on Halloween, by Diane Stortz. Out of print but still available from resellers. With Jesus’ light and love in our hearts, we don’t have to be afraid of the scary side of Halloween. (Standard Publishing, 2002)

Thanksgiving

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts, by Lisa Tawn Bergren. A young wolf pup learns the secret to a happy, thankful heart and that God is the giver of all good gifts. (Waterbrook, 2016)

The Story of the Pilgrims, by Katharine Ross. A simple retelling of the beginnings of the American Thanksgiving holiday. (Random House, 1995)

The First Thanksgiving: Step Into Reading, Step 3, by Linda Hayward. For early-grade readers to read on their own and for families to share, an accurate retelling of the Pilgrims’ experience and the first Thanksgiving feast. (Random House, 1990, 2003)

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

Book Review—Kids’ Guide to Exploring the Bible

Want to help kids dig into Bible study? Ignite their motivation. Provide the tools and techniques they’ll need and lead some practice sessions.

Same things you’d do if you were taking kids along on an archaeological dig—the motif for the new book Kids’ Guide to Exploring the Bible: Tools, Techniques, & Tips for Digging into God’s Word. Read More…

– Diane