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Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional: by Dan Seaborn

The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional was written by Dan Seaborn. Dan is a Christian evangelist and marriage and family expert. He is also the founder of Winning at Home Inc., a ministry that focuses its on family relationships.

The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional is a 365 day reading – with a single devotional on each page. And what makes this a great read is that, I think every parent tries to do their best and of course they want the best, but whose advice do you take? Which books do you read? Dan Seaborn suggests that a family that focuses on God and reads the Bible can ignore the so called “experts” and can truly find the answers to parenting that you are looking for.

The devotional is dated on the inside, so you can begin at any point in the year. Each reading has a brief scripture, a devotional application, a parenting principle and some applications to consider.

Make no mistake – this is a parenting book. That means that Dan is offering up passages that speak to raising kids. It’s not a devotional that inspires or encourages the parent, so much that it is a guide to finding the passages to help “nurture great kids.”

I would only recommend this book to Christian parents.

Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Dare U 2 Open This Book by Carol McAdams Moore

Dare You 2 Open This Book is a young boys devotional written by Carol McAdams Moore. Carol currently writes for children and youth and you can find her contributions at David C. Cook; Urban Ministries; Christian Education Warehouse; and Lifeway magazines. Carol has a strong heart for youth and children’s ministries and it’s her hope that her work would draw them closer to Jesus.

This young boys devotional is aimed at 8-12 year olds (but my boy is 6 and he loves it also) and it’s filed with large graphics and fun activities to get your young man into thinking about his faith. If your child is a girl, look for the book “Just Sayin’” by the same author.

Each one of the 90 devotional readings is spread across a few pages and encourages the reader to “dig” deeper into the word of God. On each page there are places to draw, color and write in the hopes of adding fun and creativity to the process of discipleship.

My son reads his Bible each night along with his bed time stories, but this book actually helps him process the stories into elements he can apply. My son also has a real short attention span and gets “bored” easily, so the shorter readings help keep his attention the entire time.

This book would make a great gift or a great “add on” for a young man who currently reads the Bible.

Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

Ok, I have to admit, I have never watched a single episode of Duck Dynasty (I know how can I call myself a Christian or a Texan?) But it’s true. If you live under or a rock or you’ve never been to Wal-Mart Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated duck call business, “Duck Commander.”

Well, to put their label on yet another product, you can now get a Duck Commander Bible. Sold in the New King James Version, the Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible features stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al (senior pastor of White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe).

Phil and Al offer fresh wisdom on biblical values and how “everyday people” can apply them to their lives.

The Bible features:

A personal welcome note from Phil and Al Robertson

125 articles on the top 24 most-searched topics on BibleGateway

Life application and scripture references supplement each article

30 days of life-changing testimonials

Topical index and reading plans

And for a Bible tied to a brand name, this one is pretty decent. I was expecting a plain bible with a fancy cover, or some randomly inserted fluff, but this bible is pretty usable.

The graphics on the cover and throughout the bible help keep the theme and the notes and aids are certainly useful.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Brave Mom

Sherry Surratt is the CEO at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International. She is passionate about helping women step into their influence and change the world. She works every day to invest her life in moms and families. Her latest book, Brave Mom is a look at the top 10 most common things a Mom can be afraid of, things like the “perfect relationship,” or “having a baby” or worse… “having teenagers!”

Each chapter centers around a real story of a Brave Mom who has faced this trial head on and a short prayer for Moms who are seeking to unload their fears on God.

We all need to be reminded that with God, he have nothing to be afraid of.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

Surratt does a wonderful job of calming the fears that many Mothers have and of leveling the playing field by showing that “we’re all in this together.”

This is a great book and a perfect gift perhaps for that Mom who is struggling.

Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Lean on Me

If you don’t remember who Anne Marie Miller is perhaps you’d remember her from her previous penname “Anne Jackson.” She’s written Permission to Speak Freely, Mad Church Disease, and Bearing Burnout.

Anne speaks at colleges, conventions, and churches on the topics of social justice, sexuality, health, addiction, and biblical themes of grace and restoration. Big congrats to Anne for getting married to the love of her life! Oh yea, and she’s a Texan!

Her latest book, “Lean on Me” is about the nature of discipleship being a communal process. God lives in Community as Father, Son and Spirit and He designed us (his children) in His own image – therefore we are supposed to be “community minded people” as well.

And so what does living in Community and learning to “lean on” others look like? It means digging deep with prayer requests, it means confession, it means being accountable to another person, it means learning to share and to let others into your life.

Mike Yaconelli used to talk about “messy Christianity” and I think that’s what Anne is speaking to here. In her book, Anne takes you deep into her own narrative and walks the reader through what she has learned about depression, loss and even divorce.

I think this is a terrific book for anyone who wants to watch someone else take the first step towards fellowship before they do; and I think Anne has a wonderful voice and she speaks directly to the heart of the reader.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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