On My Bookshelf: Bless Our Gramps And Gran

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Bless Our Gramps and GranA (The Berenstain Bears) by Mike Berenstain

Little description: In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.

It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

What a delight to follow Sister, Brother and Honney cubs! With every story line, the bears have fun, and learn hard and easy life lessons… This one is about the Grandparents Day and the search for the perfect gift toss the Berenstain’s house upside-down, but what a  sweet lesson they gather when they learn something special about their grans.

Perfect story, beautiful pictures will keep a child reading until the last page is done and gone. One of the greatest gift to give for children.

Always fall in love with every story…

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On My Bookshelf: An Amish Christmas Love

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An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipton, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

Little description:

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish/ Seasonal/ Christmas Collection

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

An Amish Christmas Love is a collection of four novellas, and because of that the events and plot were fast-passed and too fast for my taste. The feelings that were developing with the main characters were not to my taste, to my phase and to my experience… so they were so-so… Written well, but connecting to the characters wasn’t to fullest. I appreciate the reality of connecting to the characters on the personal levels, but it lacked in this book because of the quantity of the characters, where there is many characters to read, scan and analyze, I am not in favor to many characters… Four stories lacked my interest.

But one of the stories captured my attention to the end, and that is Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. A warm story with interesting twists. I love the mystery of lost gal in the property that came from the diseased aunty, and in the area she is not used to: the Amish community. When she came to the house, she actually was misled by GPA to the neighbor’s house. She broke into the house, because her keys didn’t work on the lock…. A funny story… I loved it.

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On My Bookshelf: 5-Minute Bible

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5-Minute Bible (100 stories & songs) by Stephen Elkins and Tim O’Connor

Little description: Curl up with your little one, and discover 100 of the greatest Bible stories.

From Moses’ encounter with the burning bush and Jonah’s trip to Nineveh to Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and the last supper, 5 Minute Bible: 100 Stories and Songs will make an eternal difference by revealing God’s amazing love. With biblical truths and life-action applications, your child will take these biblical teachings to heart, and the adorable illustrations and song lyrics will help make these five minutes the best part of the day.

Set aside five minutes to discover the Bible with your child—and start today!

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The fast paced stories from the Bible will help children to sit, hear and even participate in singing with the songs from the book, connecting to the stories with full-page illustrations. A great present to little children. Teach 100 stories  to little ones and they will know it by heart in now time… It will help mothers and fathers connect with their children and spend time together at the evening time…

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On My Bookshelf: Gobi, a Little Dog with a Big Heart {Duo Book Post}

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Gobi and Finding Goby by Dion Leonard

Little description: Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! You will love the inspiring tale of Gobi, a lost dog who kept pace with an ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, across a vast desert. Follow their unlikely friendship through the challenges of an 80-mile race and Dion’s struggle to bring Gobi home for good.

Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey is the incredible true story of Dion Leonard, an athlete who was befriended by a stray dog while running an ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. Named for the desert in which he found her, Gobi became Dion’s closest companion for 77 miles of the 155-mile race across China. The scrappy little pup ran mile after mile alongside Dion, through treacherous conditions and across raging rivers. He let her sleep in his tent and share his food, and eventually, his focus shifted from winning to the newfound friendship he and Gobi shared.

They crossed the finish line together—not first, but together—and Dion decided to bring Gobi home to Scotland. Just before they were about to leave, however, Gobi disappeared, setting off a worldwide search for the stray. In a town of more than 3 million people, the search seemed hopeless, but this tale of friendship will surprise and delight you as you find out what happens!

Join the almost too-good-to-be-true story of hope, friendship, and beating incredible odds in Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey by Dion Leonard. 

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Today I present to you two books, instead of one. They unite in one amazing story about the dog called Gabby and the yellow-jacket man called Dion. Read about their warm budding relations and how they found each other. Travel trough Gobi desert sands to find new friendship build. Lost and away from each other, Gobi finds that it’s hard to live without her friend. A beautiful quest of a little dog who befriended Mr. Dion, the runner of ultramarathon… Meet miles upon miles of sands, heart-to-heart friends, and the adventure your kid will never forget.

One book is kid’s illustrated book, a short version of the actual marathon. It tells from Gobi’s point of view. The second one is for middle-schoolers who enjoy puppies and a good story…

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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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