Thursday, February 05, 2015

New Review for the Princess Book

I was excited to receive Promises for God's Princesses by Katrina Cassel. I have a ten year old daughter and she is right in the perfect age range for this book, which I would say is about 6-13 (though the younger kids would need for a parent to read it to them). I wanted to get her opinion on it as well as mine to share.

From a mother's perspective, this is the perfect kind of devotional for a girl my daughter's age. Plenty of pink and the pages are decorated with cute flowers help make it something my daughter wants to spend time with. Each of the 100 devotions start with scripture in either the NIV or NLT translation, which make it easy for my daughter to read and understand. The devotions are directed right to that age group with examples like friends, school, shopping with mom, etc. The theology isn't too heady, but it doesn't water down the messages at all. My favorite part as a parent is that the way the text is written it challenges my daughter to think about her own faith and feelings.

From my daughter's perspective, she loved it. I suggested she just read one devotion a day, but after giving it to her to read in the bath tub, I came back 30 minutes later and she had read six of the devotions. She really connected with the examples and could even find some in her own life. We had done mother and daughter devotions before when she was younger, but this was a good introduction for her in what daily devotional time is like.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for any elementary or middle school aged girl. It is full of Gospel truth and wonderful messages.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Give Away

THIS DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED, AND EMILY IS THE WINNER!!! THERE WILL BE A FEBRUARY GIVE AWAY LATER IN THE MONTH.

I WILL BE DRAWING FOR THIS GIVE AWAY ON SATURDAY FEB 7. A NEW GIVE AWAY WILL BE POSTED LATER IN THE MONTH.

I am giving away these two items.

To enter the drawing:
1. You must have a conus address (one of the 48 states NOT HI or AK)
2. Go back to the post of Best Christian books for preteen girls and leave a comment about your favorite Christian book for preteen girls. It does NOT have to be one of mine. I know there are books that belong on the list that I'm not familiar with. So let me know what your favorites are.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bible Women: Rahab--No Turning Back


No Turning Back
     So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. And she lives among the Israelites to this day. Joshua 6:25
     Rahab made several choices, and once she did, there was no turning back. First she chose to let the men into her house. She knew they weren't from Jericho. They dressed and talked differently from the men she saw every day. Then she chose to hide them and send those looking for them another way.
     Rahab chose to believe God sent these men, and that God was going to destroy her city. And finally Rahab made a decision that she wouldn't be destroyed along with the others. She made the spies promise to spare her. Then she acted on faith and did exactly what they told her to do. She hung the red cord out her window and gathered her family so they would be spared too.

     Once Rahab did these things, there was no turning back. In fact, there was nowhere to turn back to. Her city was gone. How different Rahab was from Mrs. Lot who didn't want to leave her home even though it was going to be destroyed. Mrs. Lot looked back and longed for all she had left behind. Not so for Rahab. She took the escape route the spies provided and lived among the Israelites from that time onward.
     Once Rahab made her decision, there was not turning back. Do you share that same desire? Will you follow Jesus wholeheartedly?

No matter what you have done in the past, you can be known for the choices you make today. If you haven't done so already, commit to following God right now. If you've been following God for a while, don't give up. Ask God to help you make choices that honor him today and in the future.

If you want to learn more about Bible women, check out my book The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible published by Tyndale.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best Christian Books for Preteen Girls updated

This is my list of devotion, non fiction and fiction books for preteen girls. Do you have favorites not on the list? Leave a comment. 


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Best Christian Books for Preteen Girls

Devotions
Devotions for the God Girl, Hayley Di Marco
Each one-page devo contains a scripture verse of the day along with a brief reflection that unpacks spiritual truths about becoming a woman of God. And in each entry Hayley challenges girls to choose God's way in every area of their life--with their thoughts, actions, and daily choices about everything from friends and fashion to faith.


God's Girl series, Karen Whiting
Each book sparkles with faith and fun as the girls learn about Bible women and create a cool craft to go with each one. Each book is packed with tips on how to personalize their crafts as well as space for journaling their deepest thoughts. Both inner and outer beauty will be celebrated by the girls as they learn to be faithful Christians who enjoy God and life.

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, Sarah Young
Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart. Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives. 

Just Sayin'
Carol McAdams Moore
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Each of the short devotions is designed for preteen girls, with relevant topics, quotes, and Scripture, plus doodles, journal prompts, lists, puzzles, quizzes, fill-in-the-blank prayers, or unique activities. They explore Bible truths and ways to apply them—everyday. Just Sayin’ challenges girls to follow Jesus every day. 

The One Year Be-Tween You and God: Devotions for Girls, Sandra Byrd
The book emphasizes that tween girls can have a relationship with God and that they can share their intimate thoughts, fears, insecurities, joys, etc. It lets girls know: it's between you and God. 

The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids, Katrina Cassel
This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read. This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily.

The One Year Devos for Animal Lovers, Dandi Daley Mackall
Each devotion begins with a fun or interesting fact about an animal; this fact then introduces a concept of life and godliness that is reinforced by a scripture verse. The devotion concludes with an activity to do that day that relates to the devotion; there is also a sidebar with more fun/interesting facts.

The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible, Katrina Cassel
This devotional features women of the Bible and how their stories apply to tween girls today.  In 365 days, girls will know more about the women in the Bible who faced the same troubles and issues girls today face, and they will be more committed to following the godly examples and avoiding the ungodly ones. At the end of each day’s reading, girls are encouraged to “Think It Through,” a section that asks them questions related to the devotion and prompts them to apply the lesson to their lives. After each week of devotions a full page is devoted to activities utilizing information from the prior week’s devotions (puzzles, quizzes, etc.).

The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, Jesse Florea
Each of the 365 devotions begins with an introductory story, then daddy-daughter time provides discussion questions, activities, or other practical applications of the daily lesson.

The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo, Dannah Gresh
The devotion will strengthen mother-daughter relationships as well as their relationships with God. Topics for the devotions are centered around issues that the best-selling author (Dannah Gresh) is known for addressing through her books and mother-daughter conferences. 

Promises for God's Princesses, Katrina Cassel
This devotional book is full of Scriptures about God’s love, protection, and promises. The book’s 100 devotions tie in the Scriptures to help young girls apply them to their lives. This diary-style book will attract the growing girl while still making her feel like a princess, a special child of God.

Non Fiction

Between: A Girl's Guide to Life, Vicki Courtney
Through colorful articles, quizzes, games, and lists, girls age eight to twelve are encouraged to grow spiritually and socially in every major area of life.

Body Talk, Nancy Rue
Body Talk gives you the information you need on all the really weird body stuff—and shows you how all this weird stuff is actually part of God’s plan for the beautiful, confident, grown-up you!

The Christian Girl's Guide to Being Your Best, Katrina Cassel
God wants girls to do their best and be their best. Encourage preteen girls with this fun how-to manual for living out God's plan for their lives. Through stores about real and fictional girls, Scripture, journaling, quizzes, crafts and other activities, girls can explore what it means to be their best according to God's special plan for them. 

The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible, Katrina Cassel
Take girls on a wonderful walk through the Bible! Preteens will marvel at God's Word as they make their way from Genesis to Revelation and discover the beauty of God's message for them. Puzzles, crafts, quizzes and fiction add to the creativity of this special guide.

The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book, Katrina Cassel
The quizzes in The Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book are jam packed with all kinds of advice to help you discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Learn how you can make more friends, how to get closer to your family, and how to let God do totally amazing works through you! 

Everyone Tells Me to be Myself But I Don't Know Who I Am, Nancy Rue
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If you think it’s easy to say “just be yourself” but it’s not so easy to do it, then this book is so for you! It will help you figure out who you really are deep down inside. You’ll learn to be that person no matter who you’re with through surveys, helpful tips, and places to write down your thoughts. You’ll learn to be the young women God created you to be!

A Girl After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George
Upbeat and positive, Elizabeth provides biblical truths and suggestions so tweens can thrive. She reaches out to girls where they're at and addresses daily issues that concern them. 

A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls, Dannah Gresh
A Girl's Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls springs from the life and example of Jesus, a tween girl's true BFF. It helps her explore questions such as: Who should I choose for friends? How can I keep my friends? How can my parents help me? What do I do about jealousy and hurts in my friendships? How can I be Jesus' friend, and how do I introduce others to him?

A Girl's Guide to Making Really Good Choices, Elizabeth George
Discussing such topics as attitude, friendships, crushes, parents, school, and avoiding bad situations, Elizabeth helps girls see that the very best choice of all is a choice to live within God’s will. Perfect for individuals, small groups, and mentoring.

Heaven for Kids, Randy Alcorn
The book features ten chapters of questions, and answers based on scripture and written in a style relevant to today's kids. The book also has a summary of the Gospel for those who want to be sure they are going to Heaven someday. Randy encourages kids to live “in Light of Heaven.”

The Middle School Survival Manual, Katrina Cassel
With the manual, middle schoolers will learn to: Give grades a boost, Make testing as easy as 1, 2, 3, Face life in a new school, Set goals, Deal with old and new friends, Live their faith at school, Plan their own activities, and lots more! (Don't let the cover fool you, it's for girls too!)

My Mini Dream Room, Karen Whiting
This book is about having fun by making little things. Why? Because the littlest action matters to God. In My Mini Dream Room dive right into these mini crafts and devotions to make furniture, curtains, baskets of flowers, pillows, teddy bears and other total amazing decorations. Let your creativity shine by making your very own dream room.

You! A Christian Girl's Guide to Growing Up, Nancy Rue
In this book you’ll discover all the really weird body stuff you’re going through is actually part of God’s plan for the beautiful, confident, grown-up you! In addition to health and beauty tips, you’ll find answers to some awkward, changing-body questions, ways to create a unique style all your own, and most importantly, you’ll discover the true beauty that is revealed as you grow closer to God in this fun, inspirational and interactive book.

Fiction

The Backyard Horses Series, Dandi Daley Mackall
Book One: Fourth-grader Ellie James has a great imagination. She spends a lot of time daydreaming of owning a black stallion show horse and winning trophies in the horse show. But when the answer to all her dreams and prayers gallops into her life, will Ellie be able to recognize it? Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.

Boarding School Mysteries, Kristi Holl
Book One: Twelve-year-old Jeri McKane knew that attending boarding school hundreds of miles from home would be hard, but she never imagined anything like this. The school bus carrying Jeri’s roommate Rosa mysteriously disappears. A natural sleuth, Jeri knows there are leads to be followed and follows her instincts to discover new dimensions of faith and courage. 

The Carmen Browne Series, Stephanie Perry Moore
Book One: Carmen Browne is a ten-year-old African-American girl beginning fifth grade. With her family moving to a new city, Carmen is anguished to give up her friends and comfortable home. As her family adapts to a new location, Carmen learns that finding new friends and fitting in is not easy. Part of her doesn't even want to try. Family issues become complicated when Carmen's brother learns he is adopted. Dealing with unpopularity, fitting in, and cultural differences are Carmen's issues in the first book of the Carmen Browne series.

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years, enchanting them with a magical realm where worlds come and go at the toss of a ring, where boys and girls become kings and queens, where there are more talking creatures than people.

Dragons in Our Midst, Bryan Davis
Book One: A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome evil, a slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.

Girls Only Series, Beverly Lewis
Books 1-4: Jenna, Livvy, Heather, and Manda strive for their best in their respective sports: gymnastics, figure skating, ice-dancing, and downhill skiing. Their ultimate goal: the Olympics. As each girl struggles with life's challenges and rejoices with each triumph, the encouragement of the other Girls Only club members and their faith in God give the girls the moral support needed to push their limits and learn important lessons.

Grandma's Attic Series, Arleta Richardson
A young girl’s discovery of her grandmother’s keepsakes inspires heartwarming tales of her grandmother’s childhood and the lessons learned on a nineteenth-century farm.

The Lily Series, Nancy Rue
This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory.

London Confidential Series, Sandra Byrd
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

Mandie Series, Lois Gladys Leppard
First five books set: Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in Mandie and the Cherokee Legend, Mandie and the Ghost Bandits, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic, and Mandie and the Trunk's Secret.

Secret Sister Series, Sandra Byrd
Book One: After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong--until she finds out just what "anything" means. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay?

Sophie Series, Nancy Rue


Book One: When future film director Sophie LaCroix visits Williamsburg, Virginia, her imagination sends her straight into the eighteenth century. An unlikely heroine, Sophie’s forced to use her new-found war tactics to foil a heinous plot and save a friend from impending humiliation by the popular girls. 

What books would you add? Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas

Hope you each had an amazing and wonderful Christmas. Our vacation started at Disney.







Then just hanging around home spending time together.

The kids made the birthday cake for Jesus the day before Christmas.



Stockings are ready for Christmas Eve.

At church for the Christmas Eve service.



Back at the house ready for the "big kids" to join us for Christmas Eve.

Birthday cake for Jesus
Kayla and Kaleb

Hunter and Jessica

Siblings-Tyler and Jessica

Siblings-Adam and Jasmine

Adam and Deja
 Adam and Jessica didn't join us for Christmas day. Adam worked and Jessica had obligations with her new in laws.





This post is getting overloaded with photos, so I'm going to end it for now.

Enjoy the rest of  your vacation!