On My Bookshelf: Little Book of Bible Stories

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Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fischer

Little description:  Share beloved Bible stories with your little one!

Snuggle up close and imagine the animals entering Noah’s boat two by two, David standing before Goliath with just a slingshot, or Jesus blessing the children. These Bible stories will capture young hearts as they learn about God’s great love.

With classic Precious Moments® illustrations, simple Bible verses, favorite Bible stories, and fun rhymes, Little Book of Bible Stories will help introduce the power of God’s Word to your precious children.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

It every time is true to me, the illustrations have a “captivative” affect on me… Love the shape of those little eyes in every character- they are so cutie-cute! Just check the lamb on the cover… sooo cute and cuddly and soft.

This book is a great gift for the young audience, keeping the kid’s eyes from wondering and just capturing them to watch every detail in the book, while the parents read the most amazing stories from the Bible to embed the truth into the kid’s hearts…

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On My Bookshelf: A Very Thankful Prayer

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A Very Thankful Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jensen & Natalia Moore

Little description: Every day I wake up with a happy, thankful heart.

From watching the leaves fall to picking pumpkins from the patch, from sharing a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones to learning how to give—there’s so much to be thankful for! Join these adorable animals as they say a prayer of thanks to God, who gives us every good thing.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Watch the beautiful faces lit up when the kids visit pumpkin patch in autumn time… Golden corn filling the farmer’s field, while kids collect the biggest cob… A happy day to celebrate Thanksgiving, and Autumn season: the golden colored leaves covering the earthy floor, the chilly wind coming from all sides with the smoky flavor…. amazing time to watch the earth prepare for the winter time in a slow slumbered way.

Beautiful book of the fall color… 

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On My Bookshelf: Manga Art

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Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator  by Mark Crilley

Little description:The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original artwork created with a variety of tools (pencils, colored pencils, digital art, pen and ink, and more) and in a variety of manga-inspired styles. He pairs each piece with information on the materials used and the inspiration that led to its creation. Manga Art provides readers a one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the leading artists in the field of manga instruction, as he reveals the unlimited possibilities of manga and the creative secrets behind over 100 pieces of original, never-before-seen artwork.

Genre: Art/ Drawing/ Manga

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

This book proved to be not only educational to me, but also inspired me to doodle and let the sketching fly of the  blank sheets of paper, but for me it was  notebook lined papers… The wealth of the artistic journey taken by Mark Crilley and shared in the book was very fascinating to me. Every page contained technique, story behind it and the variety of challenges which reader can embrace during reading and art processes…  Love his work… The artist always encourages for his reader to try new styles, new backgrounds, new colors, and new strokes. Combination of two different styles might bring some new and stunning results… or it may come disastrous! But it’s never revealed until one tries to risk it all in order to broaden the artistic view and discover new potential illustration.

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On My Bookshelf: Included in Christ

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Included in Christ:Leaving a New Story from Ephesians by Heather Holleman

Little description: A new kind of Bible study…

After the success of her first two booksHeather Holleman received many requests to write a Bible study. And as a college English instructor, she wanted to make sure it really taught and didn’t simply inform. So she surveyed several women about what their dream study would look like, then got to work.

The result is Included in Christ, a narrative-driven study where you can bring your life before Scripture in the context of community. Together women will discern their personal shadow narratives—ways they are living outside of their identity in Christ—and then rewrite those narratives according to biblical truth.

This in-depth, 8-week study in Ephesians willequip women with six “signature stories” of God’s work in their lives—helping them combat exclusion, loneliness, weakness, decay, emptiness, and silence.

Designed to facilitate honest sharing and help you internalize biblical truth, Included in Christ will provide community and connectedness as well as spiritual nourishment. It will also guide you in how to share your story and the hope of Christ with someone who doesn’t yet know Him.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Bible Study/ Devotional/ Cell Group 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Heather Holleman leads us to dive in into the Ephesians like no other Bible Study… She provided the workbook with a journaling space to write down reflections, thoughts, questions and to road map the advances in traveling through the Ephesians… Being a composition teacher and an advanced writing instructor, Heather combines the experience in reading, reflecting and creating your own Ephesians in every person who is brave enough to take on this course. 

I love her writing style, and the design of the workbook is a nice size to carry and write in. Great for the personal development and with the Small Groups of Bible Study.

She points out that all, the Jews and the Gentiles are both included in Christ and His Kingdom.

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On My Bookshelf: Fear And Faith

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Fear And Faith by Trillia J. Newbell

Little description: We will never be short on fears. Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.

Trillia is no stranger to fear. She has known its harsh grip on her life, but she has also known the gentle hand of God, a peace and a faith from the One who conquers fears.

In Fear and Faith, Trillia will encourage you as she reflects on Scripture and her own story. She will show you Jesus, who was tempted like you in every way. She will show you the character of God and how it inspires faith. And she will show you real women who have walked the road of fear—or are still walking it—and how they have found security in the Lord to be their strength. Whatever your fear, you are not alone, nor are you without hope. You have the One who can replace your fear with faith.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Bible Study/ 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Like Trillia writes that as we are we will never be short of fears, but on other hand God gave us the spirit of power, of love and of sound mind… So, every time when fears try to creep in, we always can be sure in Jesus Christ’s finished work and the truth that we are free and restored.

No longer we are slaves of the fear of man, neither of fear of the future, because God is the One in control and the ultimate Creator Who has all lives in His hands. We no longer bow down  and keep battling the fear of the others or fear of tragedy, because again God is the One Who decides what, when and how… So does the fear of not measuring up cast away in the presence of God Who is the All Consuming Fire and the One Who put His worth in Adam’s race, on people who carry His image and likeness… So is defeated the fear of physical appearance, for God so loved the World and He is the One Who called His mighty army to be perfected in Jesus Christ, and to be the great multitude of varieties in many shapes and sizes. How to face and slay the fear of sexual intimacy in the marriage vows… Or how to have the fear of the Lord? How and why we can trust the Lord?

Trillia opens up a deep and real struggles of fear, and how she became assured in Christ’s love forever.

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On My Bookshelf: Leading KidMin

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Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry by Pat Cimo &  Matt Markins

Little description:Want to see your church’s kids transformed for Jesus? Struggling to get the whole church on board? Know what you want to see happen, but not how to make it happen

Leading KidMin is about what it takes to achieve big-time change. Moving past the “why” and getting straight to the “how,” Leading Kidmin provides tools and strategies for actually leading, influencing, and implementing change on a local church level—all from the vantage point of the children’s ministry director.   

The mission of Leading KidMin is to create a movement of change-agents who don’t just know that change is needed, but are equipped to make it happen, leading their churches in becoming more aligned, effective, and geared for growth.

Pat Cimo and Matt Markins, veterans of KidMin, are prepared to make you the change-agent you want to be—and that your church needs you to be. Are you ready?

Genre:  Christian Living/ Bible Study/ Children’s Ministry

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Bringing change to the stuck or dyeing kid’s ministries is the main goal of the book… Change is never easy, because we have to be open to constructive critiques and being able to let go the things we love in order to bring in the best change needed to transform the very heart of ministry for kids… Like the authors noted, the parents bring kids to the church services and Sunday Schools, hoping that teachers of the class will bring some spiritual truth into the souls of their kids. The truth is that God puts the very responsibility to teach and grow kids in spiritual realm, He puts on parents in every day settings. It’s not enough to have one hour learning about the Word once a week. Where is the application part of the Word which helps kids to apply the learned truths and ways in their lives daily?

So the book digs deeply into the important changes that needed to be taken in kid’s ministries… In part one, the emphasis is made on helping others see what the leaders of the kid’s ministry see: on how to break the trend cycle and actually lead. To find and define the clarity for the leaders and for others who are involved in that area. To be brave to run toward the problems. Part two brings in the influence of the kid’s ministry with the grander vision of the church. Learn to align to a larger vision. One of the main lessons would be how leaders can be students of the senior pastor. Building partnerships that work. In part 3 learn to lead within. What “Aha” moments your KidMin needs? Find and define your leadership voice… The journey begins from you and I, the change starts form us!

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On My Bookshelf: My Great Big God

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My Great Big God by Andy Holmes and Marta Alvarez Miguens

Little description:My great big God takes care of me! My great big God loves me! Find out just how great and big God really is in this adorable Bible storybook for little ones.  

Bestselling author Andy Holmes takes children on a special journey through 20 of the most loved and known stories in the Bible that illustrate the character of God. Each story is told in adorable rhymes and ends with a fresh takeaway that even the youngest child will understand: My great big God is good! My great big God is powerful! Parents and children alike will love to read these stories together and learn about how wonderful our God is.

With bright, eye-catching illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens and thick pages perfect for little hands to hold, My Great Big God will be a family favorite for years to come.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

The illustrations are amazing, but quiet frankly I didn’t like the word choices…. for me it created a picture of everything humongous, gigantic and lost. With God sooooo big, I got the feeling that He is scary and to much for my understanding! Something in the poem doesn’t fit and doesn’t sit quiet well with me. A little bit discouraged here.

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On My Bookshelf: Night Night, Train

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Night Night, Train by Amy Parker & Virginia Allyn

Little description: Chug-a-chug, the night night train Is a’rumblin’ ’round the track!

Choo! Choo! All aboard the train to Sleepytown! After a fun-filled day, it’s time to snuggle in, and dream the night away.

Join these adorable puppies in pajamas as they say night night to the train, to their mommy and daddy, and to God. Your little ones will rest their sleepy heads knowing that the God who made them loves them and keeps them safe all night long.

Night night, train!

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than a million copies, including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

The illustrations had a night, dark feel… the colors were a little bit dull. For youngsters, the color is one of the primary receptions that tells the story… It’s said: “A picture worth one thousand words.” Kids learn through the story with their eyes first… 

Follow the pets in their quest to go to sleep. The pets are adorable, especially when they have their pajamas on. The road of all sleepyheads leaves no one without saying goodbyes and go straight to bed.

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On My Bookshelf: Egypt’s Sister

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Egypt’s Sister {The Silent Years} by Angela Hunt

Little description:Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria’s royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what–but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. 

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life. 

Genre: Christian Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Wow! This book is amazing yet it tells a story of hardship, betrayal and lack. Chava comes as a royal playmate to Princess Urbi. Nothing can break their trust and friendship as long as they lived, especially after Urbi performed the blood vow to never forget each other. The girls lack of nothing, having the best Egypt could ever give them. Nothing stood on their way of being whatever they wanted to be at the royal palace. Chava never saw the difference between her and the pharaoh’s daughter, because she knew that she would always love and serve Urbi. But her dad wasn’t that sure, he talled her that they are different: Chava comes from the Jewish lineage and Urbi is  Egyptian princess. The time went on, when Chava started to read scrolls and started to help her dad on learning the names of God. She was curious and learned a lot of things from the scrolls and writings, and with that curiosity questions started to come, especially how their God spoke to her people. After a while she started to listen if God would talk to her, but when He did she was afraid to share the massage, which bound her connection and sealed Urbi’s fate for worth.

Lovely story of the Jewish girl born in the Alexandria, so tragically tied to the most famous person in Egypt, the girl called Urbi which would be known as Cleopatra in her adult life.

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On My Bookshelf: Abiding Mercy

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Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel) by Ruth Reid

Little description:Faith faces an impossible situation: Should she do the right thing and bring heartache to nearly everyone she knows or deny her true self and always wonder . . . what if?

Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Romance

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

 I love Ruth Reid’s writing style: the story of an Amish teenager, Faith, who knows nothing about the world outside, and loves with her heart the community she grew up… She couldn’t figure out one thing- the hate that came from her sister, but the cold stares met her every time she wanted to make it right. What happened between them? This question always tagged Faith as long as she could remember. But after parents’ buggy incident she was plunged in more confusion and out of control…. Why her sister completely estranged herself from helping even in the restaurant? But with that Faith didn’t mind the helping hand from the sister’s fiance.

Filled with hope and faith to the only One Who can help her, Faith moved through the toughest stages of her life… With new home and new lifestyle that she learned to keep away, Faith always had the red-haired man to thank for… Is he her guardian angel, and if he is, he helped her plenty of time…

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