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In Meet My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh and illustrator Sarah Horne, Walsh takes her story with twins, Liam and Emma, and the pets Charlie and Wilson, all the way to Scotland!  Their mom explains that they have new neighbors with a daughter their age, named Abby.

Abby comes to visit the twins!  The twins have a wonderful treehouse in their back yard.

When they get to the treehouse, Abby recalls that she had a treehouse, and she used to play there with her best friend, and that she missed her so much.  So the twins ask Abby if she would like to meet their best friend. Then they lead Abby on a treasure hunt, going through several places like the treehouse, their bedrooms, running down the hallway, the bathroom.  All the time, Liam and Emma, keep telling her whether she is hot or cold with finding their best friend!   Abby never can figure out where the best friend is.  So she gives up.

Liam and Emma finally take her to their best friend!  

While I have problems with the outcome of this book, kids from 4-10, the ages that the book is written for are just finding out new and important things about the Bible. So for the book to call the Bible their Best Friend, for their ages, is a good thing, but for me, I believe Jesus is my all in all. He is everywhere and he should be considered as our best friend. That’s just me and I’m over thinking it I’m sure. The Bible as a best friend, while I understand what they are intending, to tell a 4-year-old that, that believes everything that their parents say usually, leads me to a bigger question of should we be telling this to kids. It isn’t something that I would say, however, opens up a very huge, dynamic path, to why Jesus is your best friend. Anything that starts and keeps the lines of communication open about Jesus, the Bible, and that Jesus is Lord of Lords, everywhere, and Savior of all, is a really good thing

Go check out this great book by Sheila Walsh and find out who Liam and Emma’s best friend is.  You can purchase it and many other children’s books at Family Christian® Stores.  Meet My Best Friend is part of The Bible Is my Best Friend Series.

 

At the back of the book is a part called Parent Connect. In this part of the book, there are questions for kids, questions for adults as well as verses from the Bible and points just to get you talking as a family

The books are written for ages 4-10 and I LOVE the illustrations.

The series has the hardback book, kindle book a flipboard book and a devotional book, all of them can be found at Family Christian® Stores.  There are many other kids books that you can also find at Family Christian like these

If you have kids this age, (and even if you don’t) this book is adorable and leads children back to why The Bible is your best friend! Go check it out here.

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Author – Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart isSheila Walsh to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, “Gigi, God’s Little Princess.” Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God’s love for them. She is the author of several books for women including “Honestly,” “Gifts for Your Soul,” “Living Fearlessly,” and “The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh”, “The Shelter of God’s Promises” and her latest book, “God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they’re not.” As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD “Beauty From Ashes.” Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.
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Family Christian® Celebrates New Path Forward


Store and product improvements create unique shopping experience

Following a 12-month operational reorganization, along with a complete store and product overhaul, Family Christian® announced today it is on the path to becoming a stronger retailer and supporter of faith-based causes.

As part of the reorganization, Family Christian have upgraded and expanded their product choice to include a new compelling assortment of home decor, apparel, and books.

“It’s not just about the new merchandise, though,” said Steve Biondo, Family Christian Spokesperson. “We’ve also implemented a new Service Promise throughout the organization, focused on loving and caring for our customers, to guarantee a shopping experience like no other.”

The most important element of the organization’s restructuring is an even deeper focus on maximizing its ministry impact. Purchases at Family Christian support the non-profit’s efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need stateside and worldwide.

“While our business goal is to be a first-class retailer, the heart of this organization is firmly grounded in ministry,” said Biondo. “We will be developing even stronger ministry partnerships to continue and increase our support of hands-on widow and orphan work worldwide, and sharing God’s word through Bible donations and mission trip support.”

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Located in the United States, Family Christian is the world’s largest Christian-focused retailer. The nonprofit organization has about 255 stores in 36 states. The organization offers a variety of Christian-themed merchandise, including Bibles, home decor, art, gifts, DVD’s, kids products, books, and music. In addition to its physical stores Family Christian provides consumers with access to all these resources through www.familychristian.com, its e-Commerce platform. All earnings will be donated to Christian ministries serving families, orphans and widows in distress. Learn more at http://www.familychristian.com/about.

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Little Words Matter #FCBlogger

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When I agreed to review Little Words Matter Bible Storybook I was hoping that it wasn’t just another little kids Bible Story book.  Like all the rest.

It certainly isn’t!  I LOVE this book.  So little, so sweet.  Just a simple board book.  Easy for little hands to hold and read.

The stories in the book, aren’t just the simple verses of the popular stories in the Bible.  The author Tama Fortner, gives this little book a personality and separates it from the other Bible Storytime books.  The illustrations by Holli Conger add so much to these beautiful little stories

Each story -there are 19 of them, start out with simple word statements.  Fortner goes on to tell us the story in easy, small kids words.  

Most children that read this can remember those sentences.  19 stories from the Bible. Isn’t that what we, as parents, grandparents and/or teachers or ministry leaders want?  Words that not only teach these children, beautiful stories from God’s Word, but anything that will help them to remember them.

We will take the story of Jesus on the Cross.

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Jesus was arrested!  He was laughed at, spit on, and beaten.  Then He was put on the cross.  But even on the cross, Jesus loved everyone

“Father, forgive them,” He said, Jesus dies and was placed in a tomb.  A giant stone covered it

Jesus died to take away the sins of the world

What a great way to sum up the story of Jesus on the cross, just so the littles can understand!  I LOVE this book and am so grateful to have reviewed it to be introduced to the series,  With Christmas coming, and a lot of littles in my family, this will make the perfect gift to put in their stocking or under the tree!

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About the Author Tama Fortner

My name is Tama. I love God, my family and friends, and coffee with extra cream. I live a crazy life that is all-at-once wonderful, messy, and filled with love.Untitled_Modified

In the midst of the craziness of carpools and crockpots, I am also a Bible teacher and a freelance writer and editor. My most recent book, God Is Always Good, was published this fall. I’ve collaborated on a number of titles, including the bestselling Jesus Calling for Kids and Grace for the Moment for Kids. My home is in the hilly suburbs of Tennessee, with my husband, two kids, a dog, and a cat aptly named Trouble.

My prayer is that all I do, all I say, all I write and teach will bring glory to Him, because . . .

He brought me out into a spacious place;
    He rescued me because He delighted in me.

-Psalm 18:19
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Holli’s artistic talent and creativity has been evident from a very early age. Although she excelled in many areas of school, art projects were always her favorite. In third grade, Holli’s art teacher presented her with a big green pencil case (which she still has today) for having the best drawing in the class.

Today she is a digital and dimensional illustrator who illustrates in a whimsical style suitable for any application of illustration. From magazine, greeting cards and advertising, to CD covers, packaging and children’s books, Holli approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s (and parent’s) face.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, Holli has the knowledge and experience of working with
art directors, designers, copywriters and other creative types to collaborate on projects. A Nashville native, she currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where her husband, their daughter and son give her plenty of inspiration.

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Tears of Dark Water #FCBlogger

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I received this book from Family Christian to review. I really wanted to like the book, but I actually didn’t like it at all.  I didn’t believe it was a true Christian Fiction book.

As well as, the storyline bounced around from one place to another, another every part of the story was mixed up in the explanations not the storyline to me.

This is one of the first books I didn’t finish and did not eventually go back too.  It just wasn’t that book for me.

I really wish that the book had been better for me.

When Washington, D.C., power broker Daniel Parker and his family embark on a round-the-world sailing trip, they’re sure they’ll survive the dangers of the open ocean–until they’re captured by Somali pirate Ismail Adan Ibrahim. FBI negotiator Paul Derrick is dispatched to handle the crisis. As their paths converge, will the seeds of justice and reconciliation grow? – copied

If you like fiction that has several storylines going on at the same time, this book is for you. If you are looking for a straight up Christian Fiction book.  This is not the book for you.  You can find so many more books at Family Christian Stores and I know they will have just the book for you!  As you can see, Family Christian has a vast array of books for all different types of readers, 

I’m only giving it two stars because I did not like the way the book was put together. 

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Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An

attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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Doug Wilson. in 9 Writers to Read Nine Names That Belong On Your Bookshelf, tries to convey two very distinct things.

1) he loves C S Lewis
2) for you to put his book down when you are finished and start reading the writers he recommends and each book he recommends.

      These 9 Writers are:
            1). G E Chesterton
            2).  H L Mencken
            3).  P G Woderhouse
            4).  T S Eliot,
            5).  J R R Tolkien
            6).  C S Lewis
            7).  R F Capone
            8).  M S Robinson
            9).  N D Wilson

These are clearly 9 very fantastic authors.   I agree these are a very select group of authors.
Ones that I also believe everyone should read.
This author’s explanations for why they should be read are very thorough and extremely intense.
I had to sit with a dictionary at the ready.   His descriptions, while very thorough were also, way above my pay grade 😯😯
There were MANY words I Had to look up, just to make sure I was on the same page as him literally!
So for me, loved the content
I didn’t like the delivery

The book still had great content and was just fantastically written,  There are 100’s of other authors that I would include in this list of people you just NEED to read, however the limits of this book were 9 writers

So I urge you to read this book, if you are not familiar with any of these authors.  The way I feel, just read and you can buy all of your books at Family Christian!  Here is a link that will show you just what types of books you can get at Family Christian!

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Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of many books, including Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and The Case for Classical Christian Education. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is a fellow of philosophy and classical languages at New St. Andrews College.

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Let the Journey Begin – Max Lucado -Family Christian #FCBloggers

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Let the journey began is by author Max Lucado and is another great book by him.

This little book is specifically about your journey with God and his journey with you

Between a devotional and a gift book let the journey began brings you little readings were daily influence in your life whether you’re starting a new journey, completing an old journey, or right in the middle of a journey you’ve been on for a while

With scripture reference and Lucado’s way with words this book will give you an influence of God’s gifts,  God’s love,  and what God expects from you as a child of God.

Max gives you so many great tidbits of God’s Word and he just knows how to energize the soul!

Every little devotion leaves you with something powerful to take with you on your journey through life, with Christ.
There is nothing better than the Bible, God and a Lucado Devotional/Gift Book
This little book would make an incredible Graduation Gift

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Thank you to Family Christian for sending this to me in exchange for my honest review

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Mama Maggie – Family Christian #FCBlogger

Mistaken for an angel in a private home, seen several times, laying prone with her face to the ground praying, seen many times walking through the garden, picking up new stones to include in her collection, or seen taking the stand at the Global Leadership Conference, She sometimes heads to the desert to pray, hugging a “garbage child” from the dumps of the Egyptian towns that surrounded her “home base”, and many more things like this…. is the “Mother Theresa of Cairo” and the founder of Stephens Children

 Mama Maggie, Maggie Groban

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a beautiful woman, Coptic Christian and just a blessing from God above for anyone that has met her, or has had the pleasure of being helped by her.  Stephen’s Children is such a great organization based on the needs of Egyptian Children.

Mama Maggie is one of those rare people who never meets a stranger, never meets someone she doesn’t want to help

A Love Story, based on Mama Maggie’s love for God and then her love for everyone else.

WHEN ONE HAS NOTHING…God becomes everything.”
Mama Maggie’s soft-spoken message of radical love and her call to serve “the least of these” rang out at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

I am the daughter of all the prayers and love, the tears and blood offered up to God in my country over many generations, I love my country my church and my needy children, and I’m ready to give my life for them. – Mama Maggie

From medical care, to the clothes off of her back.

One may mistake her for a nun, however, she is not.  She chose to give her clothes and jewels away because of her work.  How could she be effective, wearing nice clothes and precious jewels/gold and finery and do what she was called to do.  taking the verse Matthew 25:40 to heart “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

She treats everyone that she meets this way, not only the children she helps in the garbage dumps of Cairo, but even the workers that work for her own Ministry Stephen’s Children.

Stephen’s Children offers, ministry needs like School, Medical Care, Literacy Classes, Clean Water, Sports Camps and Days out and Vocational Training.

Mama Maggie is the autobiography of Maggie Groban as well as a dossier on Stephen’s Children.  I highly recommend this book for reasons, 1) to see what is happening abroad for children, that we can’t reach here in America

2) just to have the knowledge of this beautiful woman and her organization

3) maybe there is a way you can help and if not, physical needs, then there is always prayers.

Mama Maggie believes in prayer, uses prayer the way Jesus did, even to the point of going out alone, into the desert, or in her own prayer closet (*makeshift closets, no matter where she is also) and anywhere she can!  I loved this about her.  That no matter where she was, she never neglected her prayer time.  No matter what.  Even to the point, of once in a women’s conference, taking up cell phones, and devices, and letting the women, have 24 silent hours for prayer, silence and refreshment time.  This refreshment time, is not drinks or food, it was getting refreshed with God.  Spending your time in prayer and refreshment with God.

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Beautiful Words from Mama Maggie to end this on.

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Sand In My Sandwich #FCBloggers – Family Christian

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Before you are a mom, sometime you might have this idealized vision of what motherhood is in your mind’s eye. your child will dress perfectly all the time, obedient, use their manners, will play nice with others, they will be the most adorable thing ever (well that one is the one that comes true) and never have a snot nose, or throw up or poop all over you, or cry in church, or weddings……. you get the picture.

That perfect child. That you as an adult can’t even be if you tried! Because no one is perfect except our Lord and Savior!

Now imagine having a child that in any other normal circumstances, acts like…. a child but then, you add in ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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My life with my stepdaughter, was my first step into the world of Autism, and I know from raising her about the repetitiveness, the hand flapping, all the temper flares, the sensitivities etc. However, I have also raised 3 boys with ADD, Dyslexia and two were hyperactive, so out of my 4 children, only one, is “normal: for whatever “normal is” I hate that word… So as a parent,

First, throw out that word “normal” and don’t even GO THERE. However, for me, I have 4 beautiful children, that are now adults and are very self-sufficient on their own.  

As a parent, with a child with ASD, you must realize your child isn’t perfect and come to terms with that. Then you must realize your child has a genetic brain disorder and come to terms with that and all that comes with it. The outbursts, the idiosyncrasies of not having things just right or texture issues both in clothing and food, or the, colors fall the wrong way, or, or. Or. or… You get the picture completely, or should by now.

Second as a parent then you must realize that there is NO NORMAL..
Your normal may redefine itself every single day! Get used to it. It’s fun!

Sarah Parshall Perry, tells her story of not having ONE ASD child but having TWO and everything that comes with that. From the Dr’s visits, the school issues, the food issues, the clothing issues.
I love this from Perry

“There is no perfect family, no life free of mess.
But in the midst of it all,
God is there,  to remind us” My Child I’ve GOT THIS”

How powerful are those words knowing that if you seek him out, He has it all under control!

This book is about just that. Seeking God out, trusting Him and not waiting till things get horrible TO seek Him out, but to go to HIM first.

To Trust Him
Trust Your Child
And above all,
Trust the gifts God gave you in being a parent

Do not allow people to get in your head, don’t allow your “perfect ideology from before you had kids” to destroy your life WITH kids.

In trusting yourself as a mother/parent as you make daily decision for your family and your children, based on prayer and divine direction from God. You can make the days seem not so hard, those way to hard days, seem not so important and those times when you have a perfect sandwich, that tastes like sand, seem like a 5 star meal…. Or at least you won’t feel your life is falling apart as a parent when it doesn’t go perfectly or normal.

This book is an incredible book on how to make it through the simple times and the big times. It’s not just another “self-help book with all the answers” What Sarah does, though, is guides you to the Bible, when things DO fall apart, (And they will fall apart.)That Perfect self Help book that does have all the answers!

Sand In My Sandwich is available to buy now at Family Christian.

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Buried Secrets Irene Hannon

 

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Have you ever read a book that is so good that you read it cover to cover, the very first day you get it?  This book was better than that!!  Irene Hannon has written her best yet!

I was so excited about this book with each word I read!   The book starts out as a look back in history and weaves a story that the entire plot is about, but doesn’t give you details about a lot of the things that happen in this mystery.  Hannon weaves a story so creative that it leaves you wanting so much more.

Each character is created with so much thought and planning that you fall in love with them!  Even the bad guy!!! One of the best character’s is Talley, the dog!

I love mysteries and I love criminal mysteries even better and this book has it all.

Add to that, that it is basically a clean read, makes this book even better!

without going into details, just let me say that each twist and turn Lisa and Mac fall deeper and deeper in love and know that their personal relationship is off-limits until their working relationship is done.  She’s a City Police Chief, He is a county Officer.  Together the two work flawlessly in sync through the entire process of solving ‘the bones case”

The book is beautiful before you even pick it up, when you can feel the dirt….
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I have never seen a book like this with this kind of cover that draws you in before you ever open the cover.  I am just not that kind of person when it comes to books.  I don’t care about the cover, I want the substance of the book.  This one was different.

I loved this book and had a very good experience while reading it!

It’s going to be a long wait till spring 2016 for the rest of the series!!!

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Back Again CD – Review

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Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir bring a beautiful collection of music in this CD that the genre  is traditional African-American Gospel Music.  To me, it was toe tapping, hand clapping, dancing in the aisle music!

I loved this music because it goes to the soul.  Deep.

Every song, brings you “home” in some way or another.  This collection has a group of songs on it that are, just by their titles, songs that you know will bring you to your knees in worship to the One True King!

If you like traditional African-American Gospel Music, you will love this CD.  While I have never heard of Dr. Hayes or the Choir, I had to go look them up.  Their story is deep, their traditions are deep.

I loved God Will Supply.  When you listen to the lyrics, every word said is solid truth.  God Will Supply!

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Artist: Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir/The Cosmopolitan Church Of Prayer Choir/Dr. Charles G. Hayes

Format: CD
Release Year: 2012
Record Label: Cosmo Sounds
Genre: Gospel

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1. The Lord is Able
2. Oh Give Thanks
3. Use Me
4. God Will Supply
5. Beulah Land
6. Dr. Charles G. Hayes Medley: Kneel Down and Pray
7. Dr. Charles G. Hayes Medley: Everything’s Alright
8. Dr. Charles G. Hayes Medley: Satisfied With Jesus
9. Nobody Can Turn Me Around
10. Walking With the King
11. I Can’t Forget
12. Right There
13. You Been Good

 

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