The King’s Christmas List

I  ordered this sweet book The King’s Christmas List (written by Eldon Johnson and illustrated by Bonnie Leick)  from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program awhile back, simply because the little girl on the front cover looks like our daughter Isabelle, and I knew she would love having a book with a picture of herself on the cover.  I was gratefully surprised that the story with a lesson on sharing on the inside matched the cuteness of the cover.

The general synopsis of the book is that Emma is on the way to the King’s Birthday party (the king being Jesus), but has no idea what to get for a King.  Along the way Emma and her dog meet a few weary travelers, and end up giving them her teddy bear, a cake meant for the King, and her coat—all they had.  By the time Emma gets to the King, she is empty handed and ashamed, but the King assures her that the greatest gift she could give Him was what she gave to others.

My favorite part of the book is at the very end.  The book points out a few charities that a family can help and make a difference in the world.  I love that there is this challenge at the end, and it makes the book action-oriented.  The writing of the book is a little rhymey and uses language that might be a little over the top of a little girl or boy’s head, but the point of the story comes across clear.  Sharing and giving is the best gift to give Jesus for His Birthday.  I would highly recommend this book as a gift for a young child for Christmas, or even before Christmas!

 

Disclaimer: I got this book for free from Booksneeze, and they didn’t bribe me to say good things about it.

BibleMan DVD Review By Maddie, Whitney, and Belle

I received this DVD to review from the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program.  We own one other BibleMan DVD that the girls have watched a lot over the years, so I thought I’d give this one the true test and see what my 6, 10, and 11 year old girls thought of it.  I asked them all the same questions, and got completely different answers.  The target age for the DVD says 6-10, and I think you will be able to see from their answers how accurate of an estimation that is.

The basic synopsis of the DVD is this:  A dastardly villain plots to steal the armor of God.  Bible Man and his team use truths from the Bible to beat him Scripture lesson: “God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.1 Corinthians 14:33.  The video is shot in front of a live audience, and the over all quality was pretty low.  Here’s what my kids thought:

Keep in mind:  Belle is 6, Whitney is 10, and Maddie is 11. 

 Did you learn anything from this DVD?

B: Jesus is better than you think

W: I heard Bible verses that I had not heard before, but other than that, no.

M: I learned that people in spandex look weird.

What age do you think Bible Man is made for?

B: 6, 7, 8, 9

W: 6-8

M: 3-7

Was it scary?

B: No, but it would be scary for little girls.  You can just cover their eyes or skip it.

W: No. Maybe a little bit for little kids

M: NO!

What was your favorite part?

B: When Bible Man Wins

W: um…

M: When it ended

What was the worst part?

B: When the bad guy almost kills him

W: I didn’t like that it was live.  I like it better when it is a directed show.

M: The whole thing

Was it interesting or boring?

B: Interesting

W: Boring

M: Boring

What are your final thoughts?

B: Man, ladies, and parents, and maybe even animals would like to watch this since it is about God.

W: Overall, it’s a great show about God for little kids.

M: You can tell the people are mouthing the words 3/4 of the time, and the costumes look plastic.

So, you can see for yourselves that this DVD would be great for younger kids.  It teaches them that the Word of God can be used as a weapon against the enemy of our souls.  If you have a boy or girl ages 6-10, I think they would love this video, BibleMan Combating the Commandant of Confusion.

New Book About Billy Graham

Billy

 I have known about and loved Billy Graham for most of my life.  I remember watching crusades on T.V. with my mom and Dad growing up.  I remember being amazed at the numbers of people that went forward to give their lives to Christ.  I also remember watching the crusades with my Grandma and her singing along with George Beverly Shea.  Most people know about Billy Graham, the preacher that fills stadiums with sinners and sends them home as saints.

Thomas-Nelson's new book about Billy's reveals the struggle Billy had with his own faith early on in his preaching career.  Billy's preaching partner and best friend, Charles Templeton renounced his faith in an all-knowing and all-powerful God largely due to the atrocities he witnessed during and after World War 2.  The evil's of Hitler and the Nazi's convinced Templeton and his already fragile faith that a loving God could never allow such evil to run rampant on the earth.  As Templeton grew in arrogance and intelligence through his studies at Princeton, Billy felt extreme doubt creep in for the first time in his life.

As the story unfolds and Billy struggled to own his faith in God, I found myself growing in my own confidence in a God who isn't afraid of our questions.  If Billy Graham had extreme doubts about his faith and came out on the other side a whole person, and wholly devoted to Christ, anyone could.  I really enjoyed this story.  It humanized Billy and Ruth Graham in a way that made me love them more and love Jesus more.

Click here to order this book.  It would make a great Christmas gift!