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Well written Children’s Books

I just got an email about this and wanted to share~ we have some of these and they are very well written and discuss issues important to children with a Christian perspective. Things like, why does Dad not have a job to why should people have faith. Here are some:

Select Seasons of Faith picture books are just $5 each. That’s 50% off! Choose from the following titles for your little valentine:

  • The King’s Daughter
  • The Red Boat
  • The Prize Cake
  • Saying Farewell
  • Race with Midnight
  • Braving the Storm
  • Seventy Times Seven
  • You Can’t Come In

Sale ends February 14, 2013! Online: www.shopcbh.org

Just a solid series of books. The illustrators vary, but they are usually cute. This would be a real heart gift! 

You may also want to look into their devotional magazine for kids, called Keys for Kids.

My daughter loves these. They do ask for a donation, but they also offer a free subscription (one per family).

*I am actually not an affiliate, I just like these:)

CBH Ministries

CBH Ministries

Have you heard of the new app Family Bible Adventures?

A few months ago, I reviewed some wonderful videos for kids from Rising Star Studios, called Meteor and friends. I really loved these!

Now, the same studio, in partnership with Faith Inkubators, has released a new App that is an interactive Bible experience for children.

The App has several parts, using videos with animated illustrations, games, quizzes and songs to teach children about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Em and I checked it out and from what I see, the original app contains a lot of content, with 5 major Bible stories and accompanying games and quizzes and music for each story. The app is set up so you can add to your collection within this same app, and eventually, I suppose, have most of the major Bible stories.

This first App tells five Gospel stories, beginning with Christ’s birth.

So what did we think?

Well, I think Emma said it best:

“The pictures and voices are a bit weird, but it tells the stories. The games and quizzes and coloring pages are so fun. And, the music is the best,” says Emma.

I agree. The narrating character is a Rev. Fink and I don’t love his voice, but Emma didn’t seem to care as much as I did. The story animation illustrations seemed kind of…what’s the word?? Maybe cheeky. Silly to me. BUT, the storylines were very biblical and I began to get used to this style. I think this was a personal feeling on my part. I am going to ask our children’s pastor what she thinks, she is a bit “cooler” than I am and knows what the kids like!

With that said, I DO like this app. I like how the stories are reinforced by the games and quizzes. I think Kids will really retain the information. I LOVE, Love the music. There is a “jukebox” and this application works really well. The songs are all straight scripture and are gentle and sweet. Emma played with listening to the music quite a bit. I would pay more just for this music. My daughter has been coloring on the coloring pages like crazy. Just a lot of thinks to do in one little app. I am impressed. RECOMMENDED!

The app is designed with the FAITH 5 concept in mind. This stands for Faith Acts In The Home and is a 5 step nightly process for having caring conversations every night in the home – teaching prayer and openness in the home.

What’s inside Family Bible Adventures HD:

  • 5 beautiful motion storybook videos – God’s Big Plan, Mary’s Song, The Birth of Jesus, Baptism & Wilderness, and Fishing For People.
  • 5 great original songs taken from scripture.
  • A fun quiz with each story to reinforce the message.
  • A music Jukebox to play all your favorite songs in whatever order you like.
  • An awesome match game with Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty settings (with art and sounds from the stories)
  • A custom coloring book featuring artwork AND a built in music player to listen to your favorite FBA songs while you draw.
  • Parent’s Corner shares with you the FAITH 5 concept– five easy steps to help keep your family together in a world that could tear it apart. – Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless.

You can find out more at www.familybibleapp.com. Do go “like” them on facebook!

FAMILY BIBLE ADVENTURES HD trailer from Rising Star Studios on Vimeo.

*I received the Family Bible Adventure app in order to do this review. I have given my honest opinion.

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Women of Faith Imagine
Some days blogging is just so fun! I am excited to share that I was just selected as a blogger to receive a 2011 Women of Faith Conference Pass…and a pass for a friend!

So, I will be on the road…and tweeting and facebooking all about my experience at the Washington D.C. Imagine Event in late August. I have not been to an event like this in years and I am really looking forward to the chance to listen to some great speakers, worship and meet new friends.

Usually, I would say I can’t afford this…or I’m too busy….what should I do with the kids…But, this time, with the support of Booksneeze and Women of Faith, it’s time to go! I even love the description of the event:

“Escape from the everyday at a Women of Faith weekend and be refreshed, encouraged and inspired. Because the God who loves you can do far more than you can ever Imagine”

Amen. He always does.

Here’s a taste of what I have in store:


And the speakers and singers look great!

Some of the Speakers!

Some of the Speakers!

To check out the Women of Faith 2011 events, visit the Women of Faith website and see when they will be in your area!

Facebook.com/Womenoffaith
Twitter.com/Womenoffaith

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I was blessed recently with the chance to review a new book by a blogger friend of mine…from the Mouths of Babes, Stories about Life, Children, Faith, and This World We Live In.

My expectations were high, because I have often read her blog posts and know that she is not frivolous, but rather a serious and thoughtful writer, and disciple of Christ.

Based on my interactions with the author, I believe her to be a person of integrity, a person who makes her relationship with God, her husband and her family a priority in today’s ever changing world.

In this book, Kimberly offers a friends advice…but not just any old advice.

During the time I was reading through from the Mouth of Babes, I heard a sermon by Alistair Beggs. He was speaking on Philippians 2: 19, and he said:

“You will never have a better friend than a friend who points you to Christ, by their life, by their commitment, by their service, by their example.”

In every interaction I have had with Kimberly, she has been that friend.

Being the friend who points to Christ can be a very sweet thing, but it is sometimes difficult and is not always popular. So, I appreciate that Kimberly writes with candor about many aspects of life and culture.

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Now, while the book is a compilation of short stories–and you can certainly just put your feet up and enjoy it that way–I have decided to use it as a devotional. With 170 pages of insights on the career of motherhood, living as a Christian and meditations on scriptures, I find reading this as a devotional is a pleasant way to start my morning devotions.

I especially enjoy reading about how Kimberly’s family goes through their days and holidays. It is always fun to me to take a “peek” into the lives of others.

Overall, while reading the book, I feel supported in my role as wife and mother while also challenged to examine my choices and my walk with Christ.

You can purchase from The Mouths of Babes on Amazon or on Kimberly’s website, Until The Day Dawn.

I received a complimentary copy of from The Mouths of Babes, for this review.

Do your kids pore over those cool DK science books? Do you? Honestly, I do! I was an English major and I certainly love to read, but there is something about the layouts of this type of reference book that makes reading even more fun–I feel like I’m playing, not learning… So, I was excited to see this kids Bible reference book hit our mailbox:

A great reference tool. 8 ½ x 11 hardcover, 224 pages

This kid friendly book can be a read alone book or as a reference tool as your child asks about biblical times and concepts. The book is geared towards children 5-10 and has 750 Bible terms. Over 500 of the terms have full color illustrations, photographs, maps or reconstructions.

Each entry includes a phonetic spelling and the biblical verse the term(s) is associated with, as below:

My kids find this type of reference book captivating and much more interesting than one with a text heavy page.

Download a pdf sampler on the publishers site.

Purchase the Holman Bible Dictionary at Lifeway Christian Stores.

See what my crewmates have to say about Lifeway Christian Stores Holman Illustrated Bible

I received the above book through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Click Above to See and Enter the Contest!

Click Above to See and Enter the Contest!

The New Living Translation is having a Bible Contest! Enter to win NLT Study Bibles, a Grand Prize trip to Orlando, FL, $250 in resources and more! Plus your vote will help three ministries Give the Word of God to those who desperately need it by generating a donation for Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oasis International, and The Dream Center.

Go to the NLT Facebook Page to find out more!

Be one of the first 5200 fans and get a mp3 download of  Wooton’s Broken Pencil Show Episode Free!

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“Mysteries abound in Odyssey as Eugene and Mathew try to figure out why the Odyssey clock tower is counting down to a mysterious deadline and Emily Jones tries to unmask the phantom of the school play. Meanwhile, the crew at Whit’s End tries fasting – with hilarious results – and Wooton tried his hand at a radio show…with no script! Get ready for 12 exciting stories that reveal just what God can do in our lives. Bonus Feature: Video of sound effects recording.”

Listen to a sample of the audio, from Cause and Effect, Adventures in Odyssey #52

We love Adventures in Odyssey! I particularly like the videos (I am hard of hearing and so tend to find listening more difficult) But, the longer I homeschool, the more I fall in love with audio experiences for my kids. I like listening on trips and now I have begun having “quiet times” where we just rest and listen. And, of course, Adventures in Odyssey teach great character traits. I like that extra help. My 5 year old loved these stories !

Episode List:

The set of 4 Cds was released in October for $24.99. But, you can purchase from Focus on The Family partnering with Christianbook.com at a great price! There are also links to buy the CD or the mp3 album…or even purchase individual stories. Or, purchase on Amazon.

“This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided byTyndale House for this review.”

The Jesus Book, by Stephen Elkins, is a marvelous resource for anyone who wants to share about Jesus’ life and love with children! When I opened this book up, I thought, “Wow! This is amazing…a question and answer book about Jesus…with maps and a CD!”

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