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Family Christian: A Christian Guide to the Classics by Leland Ryken (review and giveaway)

classic I’ve always enjoyed reading the ‘classics’ from Gone With the Wind, Les Miserables to Lady Chatterly’s Lover (okay, I’ve probably now scandalized myself with that one!) I’ve enjoyed them. I also have a growing list of the ones I want to read such as Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Phantom of the Opera and more. So when I had the chance to review A Christian Guide to the Classics from Family Christian I knew I needed to read it as I desire for one day, my children to also enjoy the classics as I have and continue to do. Obvisouly, not every single classic is Christian but does that mean that Christians should shy away from reading a secular classic? No. I’ve always maintained that but in this book author, Leland Ryken, tells the reader about the whys and hows of Christians reading the secular classics.

The book is short, just a mere 102 pages, so it’s also a quick read and it’s divided into 10 chapters that are:

  • Misconceptions about the Classics
  • What Is A Classic
  • Why We Should Read the Classics
  • The Greatest Classic: The Bible
  • How Not to Read a Classic
  • How to Read a Classic
  • Christian Classics, Part 1
  • Christian Classics, Part 2
  • Secular Classics
  • Where to Find the Classics


There is also an afterword called Reflections on Reading, which are quotes from authors like C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and more. I think this book is great for adults who struggle with whether or not Christians should read the classics, whether they are known as Christian or secular, as it will give a Biblical stance on why Christians should and how to do that. If a parent struggles with when or how to introduce the classics to their children this would also be a great starting point for that – I know my now 11 year old daughter was asking when she was 9 to begin reading Les Miserables, since she’s now a bit older I’m considering allowing her to read the actual book versus the child’s adaptation I bought.

Not everyone will agree that we should or should allow our children to read the classics but they contain so much richness and language that is lost in today’s books that we and our children need. Les Miserables for instance tells of the history of France and their struggles between the poor and upper class – something that can speak to those in America or France. Other books can take us to other worlds or countries where we can explore our faith and stretch our understandings, even those that aren’t expressly Christian in nature can help us in our walk of Faith. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the author included the Bible because as he says, it is the greatest classic. Be sure to visit Family Christian on Facebook to see all they have to offer.





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Litfuse Publicity: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

About the Book:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower. . . .

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

You can purchase your copy here.

About the Author:

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama.

She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany, and the Eastern European country of Ukraine.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

Connect with Melanie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

My Opinion:

If you enjoy fairy tales but want a more modern take on them then Melanie Dickerson’s, The Golden Braid, is one that you must get. It’s a young adult (YA) novel but I became thoroughly engrossed in it from the beginning even though at times I found Rapunzel to be quite annoying the book was fast paced and engrossing. During one of their many moves, Mother Gothel and Rapunzel run into some thieves and so also meet up with Sir Gerek, he saves their lives and then in return Rapunzel ends up saving his. All Rapunzel wants is to learn how to read, Latin and German, so she can study the Holy Writ for herself and marry. Mother Gothel is opposed to both and will go to extreme lengths to make sure it is so, even lying as to how Rapunzel came to live with her.

Taking place in the year 1413, this modern day tale is set in the past, and will quickly remind you of some of the original story such as Rapunzel’s beautiful singing voice, her artistic ability, however there are no fantastical healing or the ability to make Mother Gothel young by simply touching her hair. I enjoy Melanie’s ability to take a classic tale and turn it into something new and fresh, while also weaving the faith aspect into it – as Rapunzel learns to read she begins to explore more of what the Bible has to say and forms her own ideas and sets out to be free of her “Mother” even as her guilt makes her feel obligated. This classic tale of Rapunzel made new and fresh will pull you into her world and see a faith that is usually absent from these fairy tales.

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Litfuse Publicity: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

About the Book:

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love
looks different than either imagined.

Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

You can purchase your copy here.

About the Author:

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories “hemmed in hope.” She’s the award-winning author of sixteen books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

Connect with Cynthia at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


My Opinion:

I love, love, love Christmas novellas even in the summer and I’ve read other Cynthia Ruchti books and her writing draws you in as you enter the characters lives, and while this is a novella, so it’s short, you feel like you’ve always known the characters. Dodie and Wilson Binder host Christmas at their tiny country house with all the children and grandchildren every year – it’s crowded and Katie, Micah’s girlfriend is relegated to the window seat in the living room. Micah asks Katie the question most young women want to hear, “will you marry me?”, but her answer isn’t one he or his family was expecting – and it’s all because of Katie’s ancestry. She’s scared she’ll repeat the sins of the past, so to speak.

Join the Binder family as they explore Christmas and let go of their regrets from the past year (a neat idea that I think would be fun to add to our family’s traditions) and live each day and each Christmas as it’s their last. I won’t give away all the book but grab your tissues, a hot cup of tea or coffee, and cuddle up on your couch or bed and begin to get engrossed in a book that will leave you wanting to live every day like it’s your last – and not just live but love. A story of healing, redemption and love that runs deep and true – a perfect short book for the Christmas season. I highly recommend this novella to anyone who is looking for a book set during the Christmas season.

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Litfuse Publicity: A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest by J.A. Myhre illustrated by Acacia Masso

About the Book:

A Boy Named Mu, an African Journey, and You

Mu, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived his entire life in the heart of Africa. For as long as he can remember he has served in the household of a great-uncle where he is unloved and ignored. In his drudgery-filled life, Mu has little hope of happiness, and little hope that anything will ever change.

But one day, everything does change. On his way to draw water one morning, Mu is astonished when a chameleon greets him by name and announces that they will embark on a quest together. And what a quest it turns out to be! Mu faces danger and finds unexpected allies as they journey through a fascinating and ever-changing landscape.

A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest blends magical realism with a compelling story. The exciting story line combines an orphan’s journey to find a home with the plight of child soldiers and the dangers of the Ebola virus and, along the way, highlights universal themes of integrity, loyalty, faith, and love. Written by long-time medical missionary J. A. Myrhe, the artful story is laced with subtle gospel themes and handles cross-cultural issues with grace and sensitivity. Kids will encounter good and evil and learn the truth about hope, happiness, and what it means to be human in this page-turning first book in a new series.

What you’ll find in A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest:

  • A page-turning children’s action and adventure story set in a fictional African land
  • Blends magical realism and compelling storytelling with gospel themes to draw kids gently into the truth
  • Deals with real-life but (seemingly) faraway themes like the plight of orphans, the duties of child soldiers, and the reality of the Ebola virus
  • Written by a long-time medical missionary to Africa who handles cross-cultural issues with grace, sensitivity, and love

You can purchase a copy at New Growth Press.

About the Author:

J. A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.

Visit Jennifer at her website, Paradox Uganda.

My Opinion:

It’s not often that I read a children’s book and think this book is a keeper – but A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest is one that is a keeper because of it’s high quality writing and also the theme of redemption, grace, forgiveness and family. Written for children ages 8 to 14, I do wonder if maybe it should be a high age range, some of the language and words used may be unfamiliar to most 8 year old children and maybe even some 12 year old children. One example is from page 29 “He’s young enough that he might recover completely from the coma; I don’t think he has any intracranial bleeding.” this is a discussion between two nurses as they treat and care for Mu. I know mine would understand this term but we also come from a very medical minded family and we also discuss a lot of what we read, so if one doesn’t understand something we take the time to look it up and talk about it.

I think what I liked most was the rich African culture that is introduced in the book, yes there is some violence as child soldiers are very much a real part of life in Africa, but again that is something my children and I would discuss and not just toss out the book on that idea alone. Written in a form of an allegory, this book is rich with meaning, so a younger child may need more help in understanding the deeper meaning of the book while older children may latch on quickly. Like in other allegorical books, this one uses rich symbolism to ultimately point to Christ and what He can do in our lives in only we let Him in as our Lord, or at least that is what I got out of it! I have not read this our loud to my children but I’m going to add it in a daily read soon, the chapters aren’t long and reading a chapter a day is a good goal, even two if the children will listen that long. I do highly recommend this book and think it will make a great Christmas gift – or a joint one for the whole family if you enjoy reading out loud.

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Kregel Tour: 52 Original Wisdom Stories by Penelope Wilcock

About the Book:

These 52 loosely related fictional stories about the large themes of life, nature, and faith follow the liturgical year and are an ideal resource for public worship.

Sid and Rosie are an older married couple with several children and grandchildren. Through a series of short, engaging narratives, we learn about their faith, their feelings for one another, their hopes and dreams, and their perception of how God speaks to them through the events of their lives.

Each story stands on its own; their sequence follows the rhythm of the church’s year from Advent through Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Harvest Thanksgiving. With an open tone of wonder and reflection, author Penelope Wilcock explores the ordinary and extraordinary topics of daily life: falling in love, marriage, birth, education, illness, farming, adversity, hospitality, homemaking, and work.

This beautiful large-format paperback is suitable for personal reflection or as a refreshing resource for church and small group discussions.

Permission to photocopy is included.

Purchase your copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I was excited to get this book and maybe learn more about celebrations that aren’t necessarily ideas that my church celebrates such as Pentecost. However, as I started reading many, many red flags went up – such as knowing the fictional Rosie has left the church and sometimes goes but doesn’t really see a need for it and then her husband, Sid, converting from Catholicism to Quaker and their embracing of all different thoughts and religions as long as it points to Christ. They forget the line in the Bible from Christ that no one gets to Him except through the Father – that means no Mohamed, Buddha or astrology – there is only One Way to God and ultimately to Heaven.

Knowing that the Wise Men used their knowledge of astronomy when the star pointed the way to the Christ child and the followed it had me shaking my head as the author has Rosie and Sid discussing how, Christians hate astrology but yet we believe the wise men used astrology. Astrology and astronomy are two very different ideas – one being science based and the other based in mythology and the occult. There was much more I found wrong about this book so I urge caution should you read it and use a discerning attitude and weigh everything discussed against the Word of God.


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Litfuse Publicity: Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

About the Book:

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.

The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

Purchase your copy at Abingdon Press.

About the Author:

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. “Miracle Drug” is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Find Richard online on Facebook, Twitter and his website.

My Opinion:

I really enjoy Richard Mabry’s writing and this one was no different, although this one did seem a bit slower than some of his others and took me a little longer to get in to, it proved worth it to stay with the book and keep reading. Maybe because I’m used to reading medical books and journals some of the terms and the constant explanations got on my nerves a little bit, but I also recognize not everyone will know or be familiar with some medical terminology. Again, like in his other books there is the criminal aspect but nothing is so gruesome that would be stomach turning and of course, because he lives up to the name of Christian fiction, no cussing or sex scenes. Dr. Josh Pearson is a widower trying to figure out life and how a new girlfriend fits into that without being unfaithful to his wife’s memory as well as being personal physician to a former President of the United States.

Like I said, the book was slow moving at first but I’m glad I kept with it as it really turned into a page turner and one that I’m glad I read – the whodunit aspect had me guessing until I had it all pieced together which was about the same time as the characters began putting it all together. The end is neatly wrapped up with justice being served and happily ever after – which at this point in my life I prefer as I have enough messy in my real life. If you enjoy suspense novels either from a medical viewpoint or not this is another great one from Mabry and if you’re just looking for a Christian fiction book and not having to wonder what you’ll encounter when you turn the page, this is the book for you.

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Litfuse Publicity: Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts with Jill Lynn Buteyn

About the Book:

Kara Tippetts’s story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.

It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

You can purchase a copy here.

About the Authors:

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at Mundane Faithfulness. Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Read Kara’s blog.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of “Falling for Texas,” an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

Connect with Jill on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

My Opinion:

Just. Show. Up. How does one do that with a loved one when they are going through a “hard”, as Kara calls it in her other book, The Hardest Peace. Showing up means your life is going to get messy and most of us don’t like messy, we like order, cleanliness, emotions that can be easily hidden – showing up is going to mean not having order, getting messy with someone’s life and raw emotions that can’t be hidden. Kara passed away in March, just a few months after I lost my husband, suddenly, unexpectedly in December of 2014 – I became a widow and her husband, a widower. The emotions in this book – both from the viewpoint of Jill, one of Kara’s friends and Kara herself are raw, real and honest. Maybe it wasn’t the best book for me to read right now – but I did – and it left me thinking of how I too can show up for someone. For the first month the children and I had people coming by, we had meals, financial donations and then it went away – our hard is still hard and it’s something that won’t go away.

So much has resonated with me in this book – even now we get asked “let me know if you need anything”, this is one of the worst thing to say to someone – whether it’s an illness, a death, or an injury – I can honestly say when I was told this I’d stare blankly back. I could barely think about what needed done for my children let alone what a friend could do – as Jill says this is easily dismissed by the person going through their hard because it’s too broad. Then there was this one (location 1190 Chapter 6 in my Kindle version) “Some people who have lost loved ones quickly – without a word, kiss, hug, or shared last moment would give anything for these days we’re having with Kara even though they are hard.” I think Jill crawled inside my head – I admit to thinking that when I heard of Kara’s passing – thinking well at least her friends, her children, her husband got to hold her, kiss her as she was ushered before the Lord.

Whether you’re going through hard or just want to know how to show up for someone close to you or not close to you (Jill met Kara shortly before the cancer so it was a very new friendship) this book will give you and honest look at what it means to show up. If it’s not your gift to bring dinners, don’t – find your gift, is it to just sit quietly, just sit and listen, help car pool children to and from activities? Your showing up isn’t going to be the same as mine or anyone else, that is why the Lord gave us all different gifts. It’s raw – there were several times I had to stop reading because of the emotions that came up – and even some bitterness which made me look at myself because my friends couldn’t come around for months and months – so it had me taking a long hard look at me. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter can help evaluate how to show up and what that will look like for us and it’s based on Scripture, which makes it even better. I cannot recommend this book enough and it’s a quick read but so worth reading through a couple of times.

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Family Christian: A Reluctant Bride (An Amish of Birch Creek Novel) by Kathleen Fuller (review and giveaway)

I have read other books written by Kathleen Fuller and have always enjoyed them, this one was no different. Sadie’s story pulls you right in – from the time she was accosted when out running a business errand for her parents up until she realizes she needs to be loved and be able to love. A Reluctant Bride was a fast read for me because of it’s page turning qualities and enjoyment factors as well as the well portrayed characters that fill it’s pages.

As Sadie deals with the repercussions of a drunk driver’s negligence in killing her parents and severely injuring one of her sisters – she finds that she does need to rely on help, both from the Lord and also from those within her community – even if it means marrying a man she thinks she can’t and won’t love. As I said this is a page turner, it kept me up at night because I just had to know what was going to happen next and oh, how I felt for Sadie – in the midst of grief she must carry so much burden and I could tell early on there was something sinister about their community’s Bishop.

Through it all the characters grow and mature and are stretched in their faith as we all are in real life – it strikes to the heart of what forgiveness is and what happens when bitterness and hate does when it’s allowed to take root and grow. I don’t want to give spoilers but at the end of the book my heart was rejoicing over Sadie and Aden’s ‘happy’ ending, although there is more heart ache in store as they deal with the other issues that are going to surround them, I hope there will be another book to follow their story as they continue to grow in their marriage. Thankfully it wasn’t your typical Amish romance – and I enjoyed it for that as well – I needed a down to earth Amish fiction book and that is what I got when I received this book to review.


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Going back to school

I graduate high school in 1997, went into the United States Navy, and then graduated college with my Associates in Social Work in 2001 – the same morning I found out I was expecting our 2nd baby but the first to be born. I tried to go to an online college after that but it proved disastrous with a newborn baby – so I decided I didn’t need anymore college. I love to read, I love to learn – so studying was never hard and most subjects, excluding math, came easy for me, but my husband and I had decided I’d stay home and we’d be homeschooling so really a BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Work) wasn’t really a need. The online college I was pursuing a paralegal degree.

That said – now that I’m widow I know I have to start planning for the future, both my children’s and my own – the survivor benefits will decrease once my children are no longer eligible, even though I’ll continue to get mine for the rest of my life – there may be some rules about that but I can’t remember them all. However, once my children’s go away I’ll be living on next to nothing so I need to plan. With that said I’m going back to college to earn my BSW.

I applied to a well known, at least in my area, Christian university however they had absolutely no help for widows, which struck me as ironic for being a Christian university. They also weren’t real happy with me refusing to take loans or wanting to do the majority of my general ed classes online. One woman told me I should just focus on “being the best mom I could be”, yes, that is what I’m doing, why do you think I want to take online classes. So after much prayer and discussions with trusted advisers I decided that University wasn’t the one.

It used to be that the state of Ohio, or at least that is what I was told, would not recognize a social work degree that was completed online but on the off chance I contacted Liberty University Online (LUO). I spoke with several people who assured me of their regional accreditation and that they did indeed have a BSW program. Okay Lord? Well then things really started falling in place – they were actually excited that I didn’t want to use student loans and then I was told I qualify for the military discount pricing! Okay Lord I’m getting it. I can do the whole program online, from the comfort of my home except for my practicum which I knew before hand.

I’m already registered for my first four classes, which makes me a full time student right away but I’m so excited! My goal is to become a Path Coordinator (although I’m sure the title will change as it often did for my husband) with our local Board of DD. There are many things to consider though such as I would need to work 30 years more to receive retirement through our state’s system – they don’t pay into SS – which means I could be in my 70’s when I would retire and I want to enjoy my grand-babies so I may have to look into whether I pursue private employment, but I have time to wait on that. I may even pursue my Masters in Counseling after my BSW, I’ll see where the Lord leads.

Right now I’m waiting on my financial aid to be received and processed so I can find out exactly what I’ll be getting, but the estimate seems like it would pay for almost all my classes each semester. I know I’ll still have some out of pocket expenses, which is fine but not what it would have been like had I gone to the other University where my financial aid wouldn’t have covered even 1 full semester. My desire is to do this debt free, to honor the Lord and also to stay out of debt that my husband got us out of and having paid off my ASW earlier this year with the life insurance.

I want to note if you feel led to donate to my educational expenses donations can be made to the Bailey Family Fund at any Huntington National Bank (100% will come to me), there is also a GoFundMe page (they do take a percent), and my friend is hosting a fundraiser for anyone who purchases from her site or her Currclick page – search Shari Crooks (you don’t have to be a homeschooler to use her products). Any helps is immensely appreciated and will go towards my education – books, supplies, gas once I begin my practicum (internship in other fields), etc.

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Kregel Tour: Bible Stories Gone Crazy by Josh Edwards

About the Book:

Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo.

The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof.

You can purchase a copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I enjoy interesting ways of presenting Biblical truths to my children and when Bible Stories Gone Crazy popped up to be reviewed I knew I wanted a copy for my home. The overall goal is to get children interested in learning more about the Bible and the history inside, so Scripture references are given so that children and adults can easily find the real account of what is going on in the pictures. There are also many mistakes in Emiliano’s drawings, and while some may take offense of some characters that resemble KISS in a book on the Bible, for us it was humorous because my husband enjoyed KISS. There are questions around the picture such as “Did a rock band really play when the walls fell down?”, obviously for the adults the answer is no, but the goal is to get children digging into the Word, and for non-churched children this book will have a way of resonating with them.

Children should also be on the look out for all the teddy bears hidden through out the book – an answer guide in the back will tell how many bears are to be found in which story. The heavy laminated pages are durable and can withstand some heavy use and are very smooth, which may be appealing to children who have sensory issues. The hardcover book lays flat when opened to allow full viewing of all the pages and their illustrations, which is great for children who may get frustrated at not being able to see the whole picture. All three of my children, ages 13, 11 and 9 enjoy looking at this book and it kept two of them busy in the back seat on our eight hour drive to vacation. I definitely recommend this book to really get children of all ages engaged with the Bible and all the history of the Christian and Jewish faith that is contained within.

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