Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Izzy's Pop Star Plan - Devo/Novel

Product Description
Izzy Baxter has big plans-popstar plans
Ever since she was six, she's dreamed of becoming the world's next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she's been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is "way cooler" than megastar fame.
Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel-this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they'll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.

My Review...
Izzy's Pop Star Plan is one of the cutest books I have read in a long time. It is written like a devo/novel - and at the same time looks like a blog! Izzy 'posts' a entry everday. Talk about a bible verses and prays! I love this book now, I can't imagine how much I would have loved it when I was 12ish. Oh, another cool thing that every young girl will like is that this book is interactive!!! They have a website, so some of the blog entries say "go to the website" and there is actually really a website!!

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with a young woman in their life! It says for ages 9-12 on one website and on another it says 12-18 --- I think it would be perfect for ages 8ish to 16! However, the Moms will enjoy it as well! I am planning on ordering a half dozen copies to give as gifts. I also think that this book could be a really fun Mommy/Daughter study or for your daughter/granddaughter and her friends to read together and talk about it!
Get a copy and enjoy...I promise you will
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 4, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400316545 ISBN-13: 978-1400316540

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lazarus Awakening

You believe that God loves the world…
but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you.

For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.

In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.

Love is calling your name.

Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves.

Includes 10-week Bible study (adaptable for 8 weeks) for both individual reflection and group discussion.
what I thought...
I have had the pleasure of reading the other Joanna Weaver books, Including 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha world" which was great. I had high hopes from
Once again Joanna writes it a way that I am easily able to connect with. She is very much a normal person. I have read many books where the author is so caught up in a particular writing style that it is so difficult to connect with.
I was drawn to a part of the book on page 20. 'When Life doesn't make sense' "It wasn't supposed to be this way. Death, grief and pain..." How often I feel this way. There have been many time is my life when I have wondered and said "Why God!!" Jonanna reminds us that we were not made for this world, but we were made for Paradise. How sweet of a thought that is!!
another part that stood out...
John 11:20-27 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
Joanna reminds us: ‘Grave clothes consist of layers.’ You can experience a true awakening if you embrace the process!"
I would recommend this book! It is a quick read if you a pressed for time, or you can read as slow as needed and take in every single word day by day! I also recommed the other books from this series!

Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 8, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307444961 ISBN-13: 978-0307444967
Lazarus Awakening. I was not dissapointed.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2

Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2
Full of bite-sized stories in both book and DVD. This volume contains more than 100 beloved Bible stories, including time-honored favorites like Joseph, Moses, Balaam, The Promised Land, Solomon, Elisha, Daniel, Jonah, The Boy Jesus, Miracles of Jesus, Jesus' Death and Resurrection, and many more.

What I thought...
This is kind of a 6 in one - half dozen the other review, because I have a 6 year old and 17 month old twins.

Bible Only:
First of all Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2 is beautifully illistrated. It also does a great job of teaching each Bible story in a way that small children can grasp and easily understand. However, the age range for Read and Share is 4-8...I totally disagree with this age range. I have a 6 year old and almost 17 month old twin. While reading The Read and Share Bible, my oldest told me that "this is a perfect bible for the twins" He found it boring and toddler like. My twins on the other hand sat and listened, pointed to pictures, we talked about each story...they loved it, and have been bringing it to me to read! Another thing that I was very disappointed in was the lack of a prayer or bible verse at the end of each story. At the beginning of each story it tells where out of the bible it is taken from, but that's it. I felt it to be just a "story book" Rather than a "BIBLE" story book. To twart this, we say a prayer at the end of each and read more out of another bible to make it a little more, bible focused. With all this being said, I think The Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2 would be good for ages 18 months - 3. If you have a older child I would recommend looking for something else.
Now, the DVD's on the other hand held my 6 year olds attention, and he loved them. He sat down and watch each from start to silence. I like being able to watch the stories. My twins like the dvd's as well, but they only watched a few before that went off to play.
I think that if you have children of different ages from 1-8 you would probably like this, but if not, I still maintain my suggestion of age 18 months - 3.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 15, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400316146 ISBN-13: 978-1400316144