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Paul’s Presence

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In verses 29-31, we see Paul’s sharing the good news of Christ with many people despite his house arrest.

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Categories: Acts of the Apostles, paul

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me by Max Lucado

October 1, 2011 1 comment

I’d never been introduced to Hermie the Caterpillar and his menagerie of animal friends before.

Max Lucado has created a simple story for Hermie’s world, one that my six-year-old daughter enjoyed.

It has the feel of a Richard Scarry story from the 1980s, but we read it together on my iPhone.

One tip: read it in landscape, not portrait orientation.  The pictures were too small and the text was broken up awkwardly until I turned my phone sideways.

The story was worth a one-time read, but I don’t believe it’s something we’ll look at again.  I’d suggest borrowing a copy from your local library or sharing it with a few of your friends.

Disclaimer: I was given a free e-copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this unbiased review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze

The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I first read this book over ten years ago, before I was a parent.

From the adult child point-of-view, this book confirmed what I knew already, that my parents are top-notch!

Now, I returned to this book as the parent of a 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, and I found it a more challenging read.

How have I fulfilled the five elements of the blessing, an ancient practice of encouraging children to grow up into productive, responsible, loved adults?

1) Meaningful touch

2) A spoken (or written) message

3) Attaching high value

4) Picturing a special future

5) An active commitment

As a parent, I have plenty of room to grow.

If you’d like insight into how to improve your relationships with your own kids, or if you feel you had a difficult childhood, this book is a must-read.

As you learn and apply the five principles of the book, you will find yourself feeling better about yourself and the people around you.

I give this book my highest recommendation!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an unbiased review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze
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