Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist | Book Review

Do y’all remember The Jolly Postman? It goes down as one of the best children’s books ever. I still have my copy (it was the Christmas version). It was full of different kind of letters you can pull out from the pages. Full of colorful characters and postman adventures, this was a hit in all my classes.





After seeing Love Letters from God pop up on my radar, I had to pick it up, only if to fulfill my nostalgic whim. Written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, this book is perfect for young readers!

What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Love Letters from God will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each story in this unique children’s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, just for them. Written for children ages four to eight, the Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories—nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. This book will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

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Covering keys stories in the Bible, this colorful and fun read will share stories in a new way for your young ones. From creation, to Adam and Eve, to King David, to the calling of the disciples, to key parables, to stories from Jesus’ time on earth, and of course the Resurrection, I know children will love reading through the stories, learning scripture verses and reading the letters.

Each letter from God takes lessons from the biblical story and what God’s heart is. Like this one from the story of David and Goliath:





I have something very special to tell you: No giant is bigger than me! No giant is stronger than me!

So do not be afraid of giant things in your life that might frighten you. Never forgot I am bigger and stronger than anything you might be scared of. So try to be like David-do not be afraid. Remember, I am always with you.

Your Big Strong Friend,
God

Plus there’s even an invitation and spot for children to write their own letter to God!

I love all of the creative and fun bible stories for young ones these days! How about you? Did you have a favorite story as a child from the bible? Or are there current ones you love sharing with kiddies?

(Thank you to Zonderkidz for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)





Where to Buy: Amazon | | Christian Books

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Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi | Book Review

Even though I don’t have kiddies of my own, I enjoy the occasional review of children’s books. Part of the reason is I have two adorable young nieces, but I also know the impact of reading on children’s lives. Some of my earliest memories are stories my Dad read to us and getting my own books.

Now, if you’re looking for a funny and creative book about Noah, be sure to check out Goodnight, Ark.

Beds are ready.
Food is stored.
Noah hollers,
“All aboard!”
It’s bedtime on Noah’s ark, but the animals can’t sleep because of the storm. Two by two, they crowd into Noah’s bed, creating a sticky situation. Will Noah ever get them back to their own beds? Climb aboard the ark for this rollicking, yet ultimately restful bedtime story as Noah finds a way to make things calm and cozy, even in the midst of a storm.

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It doesn’t follow the “normal” Goodnight story lines (I’m not even sure if that’s a thing, but just go with it), so it was fun to see that.

It’s not only a cute rhyming story, but with all the colorful and fun illustrations, it’s an opportunity to teach young children about animals, what they look like and a bit more about them!

So what are some of your favorite bible stories?

Where to buy: Amazon | | Christian Books

(Thank you Zonderkidz for the copy in exchange for my honest review)

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene | Book Review

The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most popular Old Testament stories in the bible and one young children learn early on in Sunday school. I understand completely – it’s one of those larger than life stories that’s fascinating and one you learn many life lessons from. I’m always happy to find a great children’s version of the story too! Like this one :).

“God told Jonah to obey,
said, ‘Go to Nineveh this day.’
But, stubborn Jonah fled instead.
Didn’t do just what God said.”

Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray.

Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

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The pictures are fun, the story clear and my favorite part? It rhymes! For younger children (this one is for 4-8 year olds), one of my favorite kinds of book to read is the rhyming kind. They are so much fun and the kids love it.

If you’re reading to younger ones, the pages are paper (not the board back), so just a heads up to be a bit more careful, otherwise you might end up with some Jonah confetti. ;)

What were some of your favorite bible stories as a child? I’d love to hear them!

(Thank you Zonderkidz for the copy in exchange for my honest review)

Where to buy: Amazon | | Christian Books

Journey to the Well: A Novel | Diana Wallis Taylor

As incredibly cheesy as this is going to sound, the Kindle has opened up a world of authors I would have never encountered. Why? Free Kindle books! Genius marketing on their part. But just in case you don’t have an e-reader (and for the love why not?? You can get the apps for free), let me introduce you to Diana Wallis Taylor and her novel Journey to the Well: A Novel.

This historical fiction tells the story of the Samaritan woman at the well who encountered Jesus and, along with the her village, were forever changed by that one encounter. Not only does this story bring to life one of the famous stories of Jesus, Taylor’s writing opens up the world of Samaritans and their culture. While I’ve studied a few cultures from biblical times, one I haven’t really looked much into is the people of Samaria. Their traditions, their foods and daily life are told in fascinating detail. You can’t help but appreciate the research and work the author put into the story.

This was the first book of Taylor I’ve read and I look forward to reading more, as she has books about Martha and Mary Magdalene. Be sure to check out the book here if you’re interested in a quick, yet inspiring and uplifting read!

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14