Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Bible Stories for the Little Ones

Bible Stories for God’s Little Lambs is a storybook Bible written just for little ones. With a padded cover and simple, accessible text by Julie Stiegemeyer, children will learn about God’s love through stories such as Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Jesus Welcomes the Children. With soft brushstrokes and warm colors, Qin Leng provides illustrations readers will love to cuddle up with at bedtime or any ti

I was quite suspicious of this book when I ordered this book for review. I thought the illustrations would seem too 'Asian', but my fears were quelled when I received this book. Even though the illustrations don't pop as much, I'm giving it away as a prize in my treasure box at work.

The students I work with are not Christian, but because their parents value the advanced academics, their child is also learning about Jesus. Also, because I'm not a core teacher, I do not have the opportunity to talk as much about Jesus as I would like to.

Therefore, some of these books that I review for free on booklookbloggers will help me out in spreading the Word of God.

A Minute a Day for Men

In these days, I have met many young men with no purpose or goal in life. It's already frightening that they have graduated from college with a degree in their non-paying interest, but now they are becoming an adult that cruises along from job to job because of their lack of decision-making.

How does this relate to this devotional book? Plenty! I reviewed this book from Tyndale for free because there is a coworker's son that is going through the same above problem. I have never personally met him, but have seen him from afar. He needs God to push him in the right direction. I feel this book would make a great after Christmas gift for him. 

A Minute of Vision for Men is an investment in a different sort of life—one with vision, purpose, and integrity. This book will help you connect with your purpose. It’s written so that you can start your day on the right foot, focused on what matters the most.

Start each day with a potent, daily dose of vision for your life.

The only reason I didn't give this book a 5-star rating was because the book is not really in-depth about the characteristics of God and it doesn't talk in a way that Christian men would expect, but it does take a secular approach to talking to our young men about God. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Love is all Around

Where does love hide? Love hides in all different kinds of places. In this heartwarming board book, children will come to find that there are lots of different ways to show love.

Love is hugs and kisses or love is in the form of helping hands. Love is volunteering and love is also comforting those around us or making friends.

Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God’s love. In life, children hear the words “I love you” repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? Children
are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like.

I got this book for free at Tyndale Blog Network.

Girls to the Rescue

Does your daughter or niece want to be a superhero? This is a great audio series just for girls! Listen at home or in the car for high-flying adventures with great sound effects and more!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman™ and Superman™—the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lots of Love

It's the perfect read-aloud for children, parents, and educators everywhere. It's an especially good read if helping others is your underlying character that the child is studying.

Lots of Love celebrates all the ways we show love—from hugs and kisses to sharing and helping others. The sweet rhymes and whimsical artwork in this board book illustrate the special bonds of love between families and friends. Perfect for young children, this book will make you want to snuggle with your little one as you two explore the greatest blessing of all—love!

The book can be read at school because it is not easily damaged and lots of students would benefit from reading a book that doesn't tear when the page turns.

Available on Amazon for purchase on Dec. 27th! 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Leather-Bound Grace

The devotional that has touched millions of lives with inspirational thoughts for every day
is now available in a gorgeous new package, and large, easy-to-read type.

Grace for the Moment offers inspiring devotions to grow in your faith as you embrace the hope of the Lord every day. Each daily reading features devotional writings from Max’s numerous bestsellers as well as a Scripture verse selected especially for each day's reading.

This deluxe, large edition of the classic devotional makes a beautiful gift to commemorate a special occasion. It offers a leather flex cover, beautifully designed pages with large type, and a ribbon marker.

Whether you already know and love Grace for the Moment or you’re looking for a new way to draw near to the Lord, this gorgeous, deluxe version will inspire your heart.

When the first thought entered my mind, I brushed it off as a coffee book to be looked at, while sipping a small teacup, but after looking at it again, I feel this would be a timeless treasure that should be passed down from generation to generation.

It has the feel of a family Bible, worn from handling and read over and over again. I initially thought to give it away after reviewing it, but on second thought, I will just keep it in my family to ensure that we are instilling wisdom and grace on our future generations.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Unlocking Your Dream

Many college graduates are now chasing after their dream. They don't know what their dream is, but they want to find it. I have seen this evident in this new generation as they go into college.

Dreams have long taken place since the immigrants of past, present and future have come to realize America as. This is the promised land for the young and the old as they escape their old lives.

In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

“God gave you a specific desire, an assignment to complete, and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives... Our greatest pursuit will be that dream.”   —Philip Wagner

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done in earth, 
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
The power, and the glory, 
For ever and ever. 

This timeless prayer is now available for kids as it illustrates what the prayer means. It's a great book to get for this Christmas season as so many youngsters have lost the true meaning of Christmas as Santa comes to town. 
This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.