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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review--Christmas Love Letters from God

Glenys Nellist beautifully tells seven stories that surround the birth of Christ in a simple, yet compelling way, combining prose and rhyme.  It is perfect for helping children to identify with how Isaiah, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men might have felt as they lived out these moments of their lives. 

I personally loved how each mini-story tied into a promise from God in the Old Testament.  As I lifted the flap and read the letter from God, each promise seemed to jump off of the page and speak right to my heart. 

The exciting thing is that children will have this experience as they read the book.  As they lift each flap to receive a letter from God, the Christmas love letters will help them to personally connect a promise of Scripture to their own struggles, fears, and experiences.

For example:

  • When I feel worried or apprehensive about what God is asking me to do (like Mary) God says, “The light of my blessing will shine on you.”
  • When I have doubt (like Joseph), God says, “I will make you strong and help you.”
  • When I am facing a long and difficult path (like Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem), God says, “I will march out ahead of you.”

These are powerful truths for everyone—parents, grandparents, and children!

I also loved how Glenys began with Isaiah, which will help children to make the important connection that Jesus was the fulfillment of a promise God made to bring his light to the world.  I also loved how she concluded with a space for the child to write a letter back to God, as a way of giving a gift back to him.

Although my children are grown now, I know I would have used this beautiful book year after year as a family tradition and well-loved Christmas read-aloud.  It was a joy to receive this book in the mail and have the opportunity to review it.   

About the author:  GLENYS NELLIST was born and raised in a little village in northern England.  Her stories and poems have been published in children's magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children.  Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Promoting: A Powerful Voice by Penelope Powell

Author Penelope Powell is a dear friend and we have been on the path to publication together.  I am so proud to introduce her new book to you on my blog.  Penelope writes contemporary romance novels that point her readers to the hope that there is in Jesus Christ.  I'm so excited for your accomplishment, Penelope!

Book Description:  Gloria Fielder is trying her best to live with sincere faith, but regret for a past decision makes it difficult to live with herself.

Justin Case knows first-hand the consequences of bad choices, but he doesn't believe in burying past mistakes.  He openly shares his testimony with the purpose of showing there is hope and freedom for those who come to Christ.

Justin is the new worship leader for the church service Gloria attends, and he also leads a new Bible study she knows will help her.  To complicate matters, once Justin becomes aware of Gloria's struggle, he seems intent on drawing her out of her self-imposed shell of guilt and regret.  If she trusts him with her secret and her heart, will their friendship evolve into something more, or will it smiply be her undoing?

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Penelope on Twitter: @penpowell89

About Penelope:  Though her roots are buried deep in the hills of Middle Tennessee, she now lives in Indiana with her family and serves in her local church.  She loves to entertain, give life to old things, antiquing, reading and of course writing.


 "Like the things we experience, I believe good Christian fiction can inspire and change someone’s perspective, and hopefully point them to Christ."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Sparrow and the Tortoise

It is my honor to review a new picture book by Randal Gilmore entitled The Sparrow and the Tortoise.  It is a "thoughtful tale of a sparrow's journey to discover what is real and what is just a reflection."

From the beginning of the story, the reader is aware that there is a deeper meaning behind the tale and is challenged to think about his/her perception of reality and personal belief system.  Contrasting the giant Buddha statue in Kamakura and the God of Christianity, readers are invited to pause and think about what they believe and why they believe it.  

Having traveled to Japan, I loved all of the culture embedded into the pages of the book.  Japanese poetry, landmarks, and elements of nature give the book a unique flavor.  I think it will make an excellent discussion starter for ESL classes, or a springboard for discussing world views and spiritual beliefs.

You can purchase the book on Amazon:  The Sparrow and the Tortoise

About the author:
Randal Gilmore is the Pacific Rim Regional Director of Word of Life International and Field Director of Word of Life Japan.  Previously, Randal served as a Senior Pastor for 35 years.  Randal holds a M.A. in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.  He is on track to complete a D.R.E. from Trinity Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana, in the summer of 2016.  Randal is the author of numerous books, magazine articles and blog posts, and serves as a frequent conference speaker.  Randal and his wife, Dale, are blessed to be the parents of five sons and two daughters-in-law, and grandparents of eight.

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You can follow Randal Gilmore's blog at:  Randal Gilmore's blog

Friday, July 1, 2016

Big News

I've been waiting to make this announcement, but it is official.  My book, Mouse's Christmas Gift, will be published in October, 2018 by HarperCollins Zonderkidz.  The illustrator will be the very talented Dow Phumiruk.  I am so excited to see this book come to life! The countdown begins!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Widow Barthomew's Strawberry Jam

Widow Bartholomew brings a jar of strawberry jam with her for the Christmas Eve party.  I wanted strawberry for the color--it seemed Christmasy and festive, even in a small community hit by hard times.  At the link below you can find directions telling you how to make your very own strawberry jam.  Good luck!  I would love to hear how it turns out!  And of course, if you have a recipe you would like to share--feel free!