Thursday, January 27, 2011

Read and Share Bible

When I saw that Booksneeze was requesting people to review a new children's DVD Read and Share Bible, I jumped on the chance. I reviewed volume one a while back, and my daughter has grown to love that DVD since then. It is certainly one of her favorites (and what Christian parent doesn't love hearing their child exclaim "I want to watch Jesus!"?). Volume Two has definitely exceeded my expectations. It is not just a two DVDs, but also a book. Each of the DVDs has 13 beautifully animated stories from the Bible. They are short-the whole DVD ran about 30 minutes, and at the perfect level for young children (my oldest is almost three, and loves them. However, she does wander a bit!). The book is just as perfectly matched for young children. It breaks down Bible stories into small segments-which will be perfect for bedtime. Each segment is printed on one full page spread with a wonderfully drawn illustration. I feel very lucky to have found this book/DVD set, and am even thinking about letting our church know about it as they give a toddler Bible to every child dedicated.My daughter, digging into the Word, minutes after opening the package from Booksneeze.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Grey Matter

I'm not one of those people that is really into medical dramas. I didn't watch ER. I watched Grey's Anatomy for a season or two-until it got more into sex than being a medical drama. Needless to say, I didn't think I'd be interested in Grey Matter when I saw the surgeon on the cover of the book. After reading the discription on Tyndale's webiste, I found myself wanting to read the book. It sounds intriguing, and like it will draw me in and make me really care about the people I will meet along the way. Here's what Tyndale says about the book:

"A perfect blend of medical drama and spiritual insight, Grey Matter is a facinating account of Dr. David Levy's decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request.

Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient's diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer "request." From there, readers get to look over Dr. Levy's shoulder as he performs the operation, and then wait-right along Dr. Levy, the patients, and their families-to see the final results.

Dr. Levy's musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and the power of prayer are honest and insightful. As we watch him come to his ultimate conclusion that no matter what the results of the procedure are, "God is good," we cannot help but be truly moved and inspired."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Same Kind of Different as Me

I received a free copy of "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore through Thomas Nelson Publishers Booksneeze.com book review blogger program. I must admit that it took me a long time to get into this book. The writing is gritty and true to the story, which is a good thing, as it adds to the authenticity of the story. However, I am one who needs to get used to a different form of writing before being able to focus on the story being told. This true story tells of a homeless man who meets an art dealer who changes his life forever and is written by the men who lived it. The men took turns telling the story within the book, which I found slightly hard to follow. There were many times that I became frustrated and had to take a break from the book altogether. To learn more about the story, the people involved, or the artwork involved you can check out their website at: http://www.samekindofdifferntasme.com/.

Great Parents, Lousy Lovers

I received a complementary copy of "Great Parents, Lousy Lovers," by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham through the Tyndale Media Center's blog network, and it could not have come at a better time! As the mother of an almost three-year-old, fifteen-month-old, and one on the way I could feel my relationship with my husband becoming strained under the weight of parenthood and trying to maintain our household. This book links humor, real life antidotes, and a little bit of advice in a thought provoking manner that is sure to get you and your spouse talking, while pushing Christ to the center of your relationship. This is certainly a book that is easier to read than most parenting books, and goes by quickly. It is designed to help couples find a way to refocus on their relationship instead of their children to help their children (and themselves!) in the long run.