Reviews by teacherreader44
On 2/11 teacherreader44 wrote: In Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions for A Thankful Heart, Thomas Nelson and Sarah Young invite their readers to “enjoy peace in His presence.” Teenagers are overwhelmed with expectations, and this book presents thankfulness as the answer.I could read these short, peaceful, compelling devotions ... Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions for A Thankful Heart by Sarah Young
On 2/6 teacherreader44 wrote: Sarah Young and Thomas Nelson know their teenage audience. The back cover of Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions for Busy Days states: “You’re running around like crazy. You’ve got practice, school, homework, friends, parents’ expectations, and so much more. How will you ever get it all done?” ... Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions for Busy Days by Sarah Young
On 1/30 teacherreader44 wrote: 365 Devotions to Love God and Love Others Well embraces its readers with a hug. Published by Zondervan and written by Victoria York, this heavy, small book with pink-hewn illustrations has a clear purpose: to “lean into the warm embrace of someone who loves you perfectly.” In reading these devotions, ... 365 Devotions to Love God and Love Others Well by Zondervan
On 1/23 teacherreader44 wrote: The promo for “You’re My Little Sweet Pea” compared it to Sam McBratney’s “Guess How Much I Love You.” That’s a tall order, I thought. But I’ll give it a try.Zondervan and Kit Chase have created a sweet, sweet book that had me tearing up on the first read of “pure delight and perfect ... "You're My Little Sweet Pea" illustrated by Kit Chase
On 1/14 teacherreader44 wrote: Zondervan’s “I Love You, Funny Bunny” is a large, hardcover book, beautifully illustrated by Sean Julian, geared toward children ages 4-8, but could be enjoyed by children as young as 2.This book is essentially a 12-stanza poem—not a story. Given that the rhyming verse isn’t a story, these ... I Love You, Funny Bunny by Zondervan
On 1/7 teacherreader44 wrote: In “The Gift That I Can Give,” author Kathie Lee Gifford takes children on a hunt for the gift that they have to give. Perhaps the child’s gift is to share or cheer or dance or sing—whatever it is, it must have something to do with being kind. At the end, the gift is revealed: the gift is God’s ... “The Gift That I Can Give" by Kathie Lee Gifford
On 1/1 teacherreader44 wrote: I’ve heard throughout the years that Christmas trees are pagan. Santa Claus is pagan. Decorations are pagan. And yet they are all a part of the Christian Christmas . . . and what exactly is pagan afterall, besides a word wrapped in unholy disgust? I never quite understood. Stories Behind the Great ... Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins
On 12/8 teacherreader44 wrote: I’m raising my hands, bowing down, and roaring! In Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship, Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead invite us to worship. To praise. Just like love has been simplified from its original four Hebrew forms, so has praise. Tomlin and Whitehead explore seven words ... A new perspective on ancient and modern worship
On 12/1 teacherreader44 wrote: You know how some books, when combining popular topics with devotionals, just end up lame and disconnected—especially in books for preteens? Not this one! In Dinosaur Devotions: 75 Dino Discoveries, Bible Truths, Fun Facts, and More! by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Denise Turu, the balance ... Dinosaur Devotions: 75 Dino Discoveries, Bible Truths, Fun Facts, and More! by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Denise Turu
On 11/25 teacherreader44 wrote: Whether I look right or left, the conversation about being a mom seems to revolve around yoga pants, coffee, messy hair, and exhaustion—and I’m tired of it. I want to read about the amazing gifts our children are, the awesome responsibility we have to raise them, and the parenting partnership we ... The Better Mom Devotional: Shaping Our Hearts as We Shape Our Homes by Ruth Schwenk
On 11/18 teacherreader44 wrote: In the Introduction and in the About the Author section, it is written that Sarah Young prays daily for the readers of all her books. Maybe that’s why when I opened Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence I felt peace. I felt Jesus.The book is a thick, deep copper-covered, hand-held size 365-day ... Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence by Sarah Young
On 11/12 teacherreader44 wrote: Christmas, inevitably, sparks feelings of nostalgia. On Christmases to come, thanks to Zondervan’s On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories & Gifts, you can sip warm cocoa, gaze at falling flakes, and smile at twinkling tree lights as you read memories from Christmases ... On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories & Gifts by Zondervan
On 11/2 teacherreader44 wrote: “Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas” written by Sarah Young and illustrated by Katya Longhi is a glitter-covered, quality hardcover book that shows families how Jesus has always been the Plan, Rescuer, and Gift—from creation until now and beyond. The book begins with a presentation page, lovely ... "Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas" by Sarah Young
On 10/27 teacherreader44 wrote: This book is hilarious! Three and four-year-olds will surely be laughing out loud as they neigh with the cow, quackwith the horse, and oink with the sheep. “The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story” by Rory Feek and illustrated by Bruno Robert is a nonsensical story about seven farm animals who wish ... “The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story” by Rory Feek
On 10/22 teacherreader44 wrote: Sarah Young + Thomas Nelson = masterpiece.This serene white hardcover book with red glistening, festive berries adorning its cover is a gift for whomever opens it. In typical Sarah Young fashion, Jesus Calling for Christmas is a collection of devotions written from the perspective of Jesus to His children. ... Jesus Calling for Christmas by Sarah Young
On 10/16 teacherreader44 wrote: A delightful board book to snuggle up with and read next to a Christmas tree or to wrap up and give to a little friend. Three aspects that will make me return to this book and recommend it to others:1. Glitter! There is glitter on every page. Often only the cover pages have ... My Christmas ABCs illustrated by Jordan Wray
On 10/10 teacherreader44 wrote: What a treat! Tommy Nelson’s “Cozy, Snuggly Cuddles” is a cuddle itself. This touch-and-feel book with a glittery cover shows children winter by describing the ice, the snowflakes, the frost, and the stars, and by showing winter animals to touch and feel: seals, huskies, whales, moose, and polar ... Cozy, Snowy Cuddles by Tommy Nelson
On 9/25 teacherreader44 wrote: Be Bold. Be Inclusive. Be Selfless. Be Available. Be Accepting. These are the five lessons Dr. Les Parrott teaches in his book Love Like That. He’s written five chapters: Chapter 1: Mindful. Chapter 2: Approachable. Chapter 3: Grace-Full. Chapter 4: Bold. Chapter 5: Self-Giving. Each of these adjectives ... Love Like That by Dr. Les Parrott
On 9/11 teacherreader44 wrote: Do you have something in your life that needs to be rebuilt—a relationship, a career, a community? Do you know anyone who needs to rebuild a marriage, a vision, or a goal? If so, this book is for you, this book is for them. The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins—divided into six parts and 24 chapters—speaks ... The Nehemiah Code by O.S. Hawkins
On 9/1 teacherreader44 wrote: It’s been a few years since I read Van Moody’s The People Factor, but its lessons have stayed with me, and the book has retained a spot on my ever-rotating bookshelves. So, when I saw this new book by Moody—Desired by God—my interest was immediately piqued. Now, after reading it, not only will ... Desired by God by Van Moody
On 8/14 teacherreader44 wrote: Amy Parker and Virginia Allyn have done it again: created a a medium-sized, puffy-covered board book that is sure to delight infants and toddlers who are already fans or are new readers of their books. “Night Night, Train” was my favorite, but this new book “Night Night, Sleepytown” might take ... “Night Night, Sleepytown” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn
On 8/7 teacherreader44 wrote: “I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever” written by Bart Millard (the singer of the hit song!) and Laura Neutzling, illustrated by Sumiti Collina, takes the same ideas and best aspects of the original children’s book and tweaks them to suit little ones. The ... I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever by Bart Millard
On 7/27 teacherreader44 wrote: The Golden Princess Sparkle Bible by Tommy Nelson is one that girls—ages 6-12—will gravitate toward. It’s attractive as a book as well as a Bible. The mustard-yellow cover is eye-catching, and the white, glittery script is sure to make girls smile and tempt them to open the book. I love this! Girls ... Golden Princess Sparkle Bible by Tommy Nelson
On 7/16 teacherreader44 wrote: Like all of Zondervan’s gift books, 10 Minutes in the Word Psalms makes a crisp, handsome gift and boasts the same high quality of writing, insight, and publishing that Zondervan is known for. This small, navy and white hardcover book is a welcoming devotional. From the cover, the reader feels an urge ... 10 Minutes in the Word Psalms by Zondervan
On 6/25 teacherreader44 wrote: Zondervan has done it again. Their gift books are consistently high quality, enticing, and gifts that make the giver feel proud to give. 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs is no exception. This small, green and white hardcover book is a welcoming devotional. From the cover, the reader feels an ... 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs by Zondervan
On 6/14 teacherreader44 wrote: Zondervan’s gift books are always exquisitely crafted. This soft, handsome book is a smart gift for a dad. God’s Words of Life for Fathers by Zondervan is 200+ pages of Bible verses topically organized, designed to encourage fathers in their mission here on earth. Topics include marriage, difficult ... God's Words of Life for Fathers by Zondervan
On 5/16 teacherreader44 wrote: Gary Thomas has done it again – put my thoughts, doubts, fears, and feelings – not about marriage this time but parenting – into words wrapped in truth, encouragement, and purpose. Thomas’ Devotions for Sacred Parenting reminds parents that while we’re parenting our kids, we’re also being ... Gary Thomas has done it again – put my thoughts, doubts, fears, and feelings – not about marriage this time but parenting – into words wrapped in truth, encouragement, and purpose.
On 5/3 teacherreader44 wrote: What a handsome gift to give a graduate. This small, blue hardcover book, embossed with silver lettering and complete with a tassel bookmark, offers an experience for readers.God’s Promises for Graduates: Class of 2018, compiled by Jack Countryman, is a nearly 200-page book organized into the following ... God’s Promises for Graduates: Class of 2018, compiled by Jack Countryman
On 4/26 teacherreader44 wrote: “Night Night, Jungle” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn is a medium-sized, puffy-covered board book for ages infant to toddler.The story is about jungle animals getting ready for and going to bed – the jaguars get one more splash in the pond before bed, the tiny toucan needs to brush ... Night Night, Jungle by Amy Parker
On 4/19 teacherreader44 wrote: One of the neatest aspects of “I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever” by Bart Millard and illustrated by Sumiti Collina is that it’s written by the singer of the hit song!Geared toward kids ages 3-8, this book offers lots to think about. Questions arise such as will there ... I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard
On 4/9 teacherreader44 wrote: A Memory a Day for Moms 5-Year Inspirational Journal is a beautiful book! It would make a great gift for an expectant mother or for any mother with kids probably age birth-15.I was bit skeptical when I ordered this book because I typically don’t like scripted journal prompts and I feel like if I miss ... A Memory a Day for Moms 5-Year Inspirational Journal
On 3/21 teacherreader44 wrote: I’ve been reading a lot of simple children’s stories lately, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this collection of four stories by Mercer Mayer: “You Go First,” “Being Thankful,” It’s True,” and “We All Need Forgiveness” is anything but simple.In this “Little Critter Little ... “Little Critter Little Blessings Collection” by Mercer Mayer
On 3/11 teacherreader44 wrote: This book – “Ten Little Night Stars” – by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy is an adorable bedtime book. Designed to put children to sleep – or to be used as part of their bedroom routine – this a simple story with a purpose and vibrant illustrations.Children ages 0-2 would enjoy ... Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle
On 1/16 teacherreader44 wrote: This is a perfectly sized board book with a cushy cover. Some are too big, some are too small—this one is just right.“God Bless My Family” written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow is a simple account of dogs appreciating their family. It doesn’t follow one dog family throughout—instead ... God Bless my Family by Hannah C. Hall
On 1/8 teacherreader44 wrote: This book, “Lizzy the Lioness” is endearing right from the introduction because the author, Lisa Bevere, dedicates it to her granddaughter whose name is Lizzy. The dedication is followed by this verse: “The righteous are as bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1). What a great verse to inspire kids. ... Lizzy the Lioness by Lisa Bevere
On 11/20 teacherreader44 wrote: What an absolutely beautiful book. Zondervan has produced an enchanting, spirit-filled devotion with their book The Beautiful Word for Christmas to bring the joy of advent to your heart.The book has a cushy hard cover with embossed snowflakes, taunting the reader to turn the page. The first 50 pages ... The Beautiful Word for Christmas by Zondervan
On 10/13 teacherreader44 wrote: “In the midst of all the busyness of this season, the celebrations, the shopping, the lights, the decorations, the parties, and all the other tinsel, trappings, and trimmings, Advent offers a time of spiritual preparation” (4). This pamphlet devotional, The Christmas Code: Daily Devotions Celebrating ... “In the midst of all the busyness of this season,
On 9/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “One Christmas Bear” by Anne Vittur Kennedy: an adorably written and illustrated cardboard book for kids ages 1-3. A friendly polar bear, on a background of Wintery glitter, greets kids on the cover, and they can follow him through each page as he joins his Winter friends. The Christmas Bear “finds ... One Christmas Bear by Anne Vittur Kennedy
On 9/13 teacherreader44 wrote: I love everything about this devotional book! Diane Stortz, author, and Diane Le Feyer, illustrator, have put together a gem to be used by multigenerations for years to come. I AM Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God is a book I look forward to reading with my children.To begin with, the ... I Am Devotional by Diane Stortz
On 7/25 teacherreader44 wrote: “Bless Our Gramps & Gran” by Mike Berenstain teaches Brother, Sister, Honey, and readers about a little-known holiday that celebrates their beloved and important grandparents. This book is among my favorites of the “Living Lights” series because it’s more thorough than some of the others. ... “Bless Our Gramps & Gran” by Mike Berenstain
On 6/30 teacherreader44 wrote: Thank you, Gary Thomas, for putting my thoughts, doubts, fears, and feelings into words wrapped in truth, encouragement, and purpose.Thomas’ Cherish transformed my thoughts toward my marriage. So, when I saw this devotional: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples, I ... Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples
On 4/11 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection by Jan and Mike Berenstain contains five books: “Perfect Fishing Spot,” “Reap the Harvest,” “Faithful Friends,” “Kindness Counts,” and “God Made You Special.” As always, the stories focus on important life lessons for kids—appropriate ... The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection by Jan and Mike Berenstain contains five books: “Perfect Fishing Spot,” “Reap the Harvest,” “Faithful Friends,” “Kindness Counts,” and “God Made You Special.”
On 4/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Just like Amy Parker and Rosalinda Kightley’s “Thank you, God, for Grandma,” their book “Thank you, God, for Grandpa,” is a delightful picture book celebrating the bonds between grandpas and grandchildren. Grandpa gorilla is shadowed by a girl and a boy who are enthralled with all of his grandpa ... "Thank you, God, for Grandpa"
On 3/13 teacherreader44 wrote: Grandmas are a blessing (and so are grandchildren, so I’m told!), and this book, “Thank you, God, for Grandma” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley is a colorful adventure to show kids how much fun their grandmas are. The book reads as a sweet poem—each of the page spreads carries ... Grandmas are a blessing (and so are grandchildren, so I’m told!), and this book, “Thank you, God, for Grandma” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley is a colorful adventure to show kids how much fun their grandmas are.
On 2/25 teacherreader44 wrote: I haven’t read many books about marriage, but of the few I have read, this is the best, and it’s different. In their wedding vows, brides and grooms promise to cherish each other. But what does that mean? Gary Thomas, in his book Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything for Your Marriage, shows ... I haven’t read many books about marriage,
On 1/20 teacherreader44 wrote: Devotions for Easter by Stacy J. Edwards: a vibrantly illustrated collection of Bible verses and personal stories to indulge in at Eastertime. The book is organized into 40 reading Days: Day 2: At the Easter Parade, Day 12: Coloring Eggs, Day 32: The Empty Tomb, etc. Each Day includes a Bible verse followed ... Devotions for Easter by Stacy J. Edwards
On 12/31 teacherreader44 wrote: Follow a traceable toucan across each page of the board book “God Made You Nose to Toes” by Leslie Parrott and illustrated by Estelle Corke, and teach little ones that God made each part of them. Sunny images attract the eyes and hands of babies as they reach out to touch the pink flowers and Toucan’s ... a satisfying read
On 12/12 teacherreader44 wrote: This book, “The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness” by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson, exudes an aura of gentleness. The cover features a girl, head bowed, feeding birds seeds from her hands. The hardcover book opens to a dozen two-page spreads with large, detailed ... "The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness” by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
On 11/13 teacherreader44 wrote: How are believers of moral absolutes supposed to thrive in a contaminated and crumbling culture of relativism? Some people choose to compromise. Others choose to condone, and still others to condemn. Daniel, however, courageously chose to confront the corrupt culture of Babylon. The Daniel Code: Living ... How are believers of moral absolutes supposed to thrive in a contaminated and crumbling culture of relativism?
On 10/18 teacherreader44 wrote: Devotions for Christmas: a celebration to bring you joy and peace published by Zondervan is a beautiful book to hold, read, and ponder. The book is a small, easily held hardcover decorated with majestic, festive gold and silver snowflakes. Within this holiday delight is a devotion for each day ... A festive delight
On 10/12 teacherreader44 wrote: Every Christmas season, children’s authors produce new illustrations and descriptions of the Christmas story. Usually the stories include a donkey, travelling, stars, sheep, and the usual characters. Mary Engelbreit’s new book “A Night of Great Joy” also includes these classic aspects, but her ... Every Christmas season, children’s authors produce new illustrations and descriptions of the Christmas story.
On 9/24 teacherreader44 wrote: I know that the autumn leaves are just beginning to fall . . . but if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a little one this season, this book may be a good one. “One Small Donkey” is a Christmas story written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens. Inspired by Mackall’s ... I know that the autumn leaves are just beginning to fall . . . but if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a little one this season, this book may be a good one.
On 9/17 teacherreader44 wrote: I need to have a kid over so that we can use “The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with An Adult” by Mike Berenstain!This children’s book is just what the title suggests: a cookbook for adult bears and cubs to use together. Kids ages 3-12 will likely use this book the ... “The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with An Adult” by Mike Berenstain
On 8/23 teacherreader44 wrote: If you’re looking for a vibrant, colorful, happy book about Fall, this is the book for you. The cardboard pages, cut out in the shape of a turkey, are sure to grab kids’ attention. Not only is this a storybook, it’s also a counting book. On page one the reader is introduced to one turkey ... “One Big Turkey” written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy
On 7/19 teacherreader44 wrote: This puffy Precious Moments board book "Happy Harvest" written by Jean Fischer will endear children to the delights of fall. Most appropriate for kids ages 0-5, this book highlights Autumn activities: going to school, apple picking, Thanksgiving, football, camping, hayrides, etc. Each page spread ... Happy Harvest by Jean Fischer
On 7/13 teacherreader44 wrote: The 300-page book Life is Better at the Beach: Inspiration for Living Each Day Like You’re at the Beach written by Christina Vinson exudes an aroma of peace and contentment. The book is intended to be a gift book: the first page is devoted to writing TO: and FROM: for the receiver. Each of the fifteen ... Life is Better at the Beach by Christina Vinson
On 7/8 teacherreader44 wrote: “Night Night, Farm” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn is a medium-sized, puffy-covered board book for ages infant to toddler.The story is about farm animals getting ready for and going to bed – the piggies have to bathe,the calf gets a lullaby, a little foal (especially cute in green ... “Night Night, Farm” by Amy Parker
On 6/26 teacherreader44 wrote: I’m addicted to Berenstain Bear books. So of course when I saw Jan and Mike Berenstain’s “The Berenstain Bears’ Caring and Sharing Treasury,” I wanted to read it. The collection contains five books. All of the books are faith stories and part of the “Living Lights” series.The first book, ... "The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury" by Jan and Mike Berenstain
On 6/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “School Time Blessings” by Mike Berenstain teaches children about casting their anxieties on the Lord. I recently cuddled up on the couch with my four-year-old niece, and we read stories. We started with “No Girls Allowed” by Stan and Jan Berenstain – a Berenstain Bear book from my childhood. ... "School Time Blessings" by Mike Berenstain
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: “Great Stories of the Bible” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is accessible, Biblically accurate, and vibrantly illustrated. This book is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories for developing ... Great Stories of the Bible illustrated by David Miles
On 5/6 teacherreader44 wrote: Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul by Ruth Soukup is a well-organized, relatable, friendly book about just what the title claims it is.Soukup divides her tips into three categories: Home, Mind, and Soul. Within each she covers topics such as battling the storage advertisements, how to ... Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul
On 4/17 teacherreader44 wrote: Breaking Busy: How to find peace and purpose in a world of crazy by Alli Worthington is a quick-reading, 10-chapter book that teaches readers how to shun the world’s call of busyness by identifying their true calling, turning to God for contentment and purpose, and evaluating what matters in ... Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
On 4/5 teacherreader44 wrote: Suzi Johnson’s book is a collection of tidbits about how to live the best lives we can. She presents a collection of life stories, mantras, scripture lessons, and self-help/motivational excerpts. The book is divided into three parts—each part containing the type of material as listed above. Suzi’s ... Enlarge my Territory? Bring it on! by Suzi Johnson
On 4/2 teacherreader44 wrote: The Zonderkidz I Can Read! books are consistently well written and illustrated. “Paul Meets Jesus” is not an exception. This story is in Level 2 of the I Can Read! series, which is for kids “reading with help.” Probably kids ages 4-6. The story is about Paul meeting Jesus and changing from ... Paul Meets Jesus - a Zonderkidz story
On 3/19 teacherreader44 wrote: “Elijah, God’s Mighty Prophet” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is an animatedly illustrated, clear, complete story for kids. This story is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories ... "Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet" illustrations by David Miles
On 3/17 teacherreader44 wrote: This is a daily devotional written for women. The devotions for each month follow a specific theme (January: New Beginnings, May: God’s Provision, October: Developing Character, etc.). Grodecki wants her female audience to see their worth in Christ and to dwell in the possibilities and the best life ... God's Beloved Daughters by Merrilynn Grodecki
On 3/11 teacherreader44 wrote: “Mother’s Day Blessings” by Mike Berenstain is a sweet tribute to mama bears. The cubs are excited to present Mama with a surprise for Mother’s Day—they plan to take her out to eat after church. On their way to church, the cubs learn that all children think their mothers are the most special. ... "Mother's Day Blessings" by Mike Berenstain
On 3/2 teacherreader44 wrote: “Angels in the Bible Storybook” is a beautifully written and illustrated gem. The small, hard cover book has sturdy, full-color pages that are plastered with vibrant, detailed, colorful pictures and designs. The book is separated into two sections: the Old and New Testaments. Each section has ... "Angels in the Bible Storybook" written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari
On 2/20 teacherreader44 wrote: The James Code by O.S. Hawkins has 52 chapters—each chapter focusing on verses and insight from the Book of James. Hawkins begins by telling his readers that James doesn’t write about faith and works but about a faith that works. Each chapter is titled and is followed by a passage from James. Hawkins ... The James Code by O.S. Hawkins has 52 chapters—each chapter focusing on verses and insight from the Book of James
On 1/18 teacherreader44 wrote: Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur intellectually enlightens readers of the history and meanings of Jesus’ parables. MacArthur examines twelve of Jesus’ parables. He gives complete context of the characters and time period. He includes ... MacArthur’s expertise easily opened my eyes to many facts
On 12/19 teacherreader44 wrote: The Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a 191-page, padded, hardcover book designed to be part of a “comforting bedtime routine” for little toddlers and children. Divided into three sections, 1. God Is Trustworthy, 2. God Is Good, and 3. God Is Love, it includes soothing stories ... Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury
On 11/29 teacherreader44 wrote: The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant is a fact-filled, historical account of today’s favorite carols. Gant skillfully reveals the evolution of 21 of today’s popularly sung Christmas carols. He informs readers of the ... The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant
On 10/28 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan and Mike Berenstain is a simple, fast-paced, but thorough telling of the Christmas story. Papa Bear sits down with his kids on Christmas Eve to read them a story, and they ask for the “story of the very first Christmas” from their storybook ... The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan and Mike Berenstain
On 10/21 teacherreader44 wrote: 52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol by Bob Welch pleases its readers by captivating them once again with Scrooge’s story and prodding them to shun their inner Scrooge of Christmas Eve and unleash the benevolent Scrooge of Christmas Day. Each chapter is a lesson: “See life as a child,” “Everyone ... 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch
On 9/4 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain showcases the fullness of Fall: family, food, functions, and more. Papa and Mama proclaim their delight in Fall and show the cubs all of its wonders. Papa rakes piles of leaves for the cubs; they watch caterpillars spinning cocoons, turkeys strutting, ... Fabulous Fall
On 7/26 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Berenstein Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones” by Jan and Mike Berenstein is a happy, thorough collection of Bible stories well-tailored for little ones. This little Storybook Bible has cardboard pages and is easy for kids to hold and touch. It’s tailored for kids ages 0-3. The stories ... “The Berenstein Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones” by Jan and Mike Berenstein is a happy, thorough collection of Bible stories well-tailored for little ones.
On 7/8 teacherreader44 wrote: This children’s book for toddlers is a thick, durable, easy-to-hold cardboard book in which the vivid, happy pictures will attract kids and prompt them to turn the pages. The purpose of the book is to let kids know that Jesus loves them, that He knows everything about them, that He created them, that ... Great tool for parents and a gem for kids
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Day is Waiting” written by Linda Zuckerman and illustrated by Don Freeman is a delightful story that urges readers to turn the pages, go out and see, and return to a loving home. In this children’s book, best for ages 3-6, the reader is the character in the book who goes out on adventures. ... Urges readers to turn the pages
On 6/5 teacherreader44 wrote: “Brave Queen Esther” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is a succinct, engaging, productive read for kids. This story is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories for developing readers.” ... A thorough telling of the story
On 5/23 teacherreader44 wrote: Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends didn’t make me snort laugh or appreciate sci-fi references (sorry, Melanie), but it did make feel as though I know the author as a friend and appreciate her as a woman enough to call her by her first name. Melanie’s words help ... Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends didn’t make me snort laugh or appreciate sci-fi references (sorry, Melanie), but it did make feel as though I know the author as a friend and appreciate her as a woman enough to call her by her first name.
On 4/30 teacherreader44 wrote: “God Bless Our Country” by Mike Berenstain teaches Brother and Sister and readers about the birth of America and the Fourth of July birthday celebration. This children’s book is primarily for children in kindergarten, as they are the ones who would not be familiar with Fourth of July celebrations. ... Another invigorating tale from Bear Country!
On 4/12 teacherreader44 wrote: God’s Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie tells the Bible’s story in easily digestible bits. Guthrie pulls one verse out of each chapter of the Bible and uses that verse to tell the story of that book. For example, Chapter 1 is titled “Genesis 15:6: He believed the Lord, and he counted it to him ... God’s Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie tells the Bible’s story in easily digestible bits.
On 2/8 teacherreader44 wrote: John C. Maxwell’s The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs is just what the title promises it to be. Maxwell tells readers that he has taken many ideas from his other books (and some new ideas) and compiled them into this handbook. He recommends that this book be read thoroughly ... Just what the title suggests
On 1/19 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Biggest Brag” by Mike Berenstain captures Brother and Sister in the midst of a sibling rivalry where outdoing one another is their principal pastime. This children’s book could be enjoyed by children of all ages. After boasting and bragging and trying to outdo each other with grades, sports, ... Another lesson learned in Bear Country
On 12/21 teacherreader44 wrote: From this Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage by Craig and Amy Groeschel is what readers would expect: a real, slightly sappy, and slightly comical, book of advice about marriage. Craig Groeschel writes the chapters and leaves Amy a few pages at the end of each to insert a woman’s ... A real, slightly sappy, and slightly comical, book of advice about marriage.
On 11/3 teacherreader44 wrote: The First Christmas Ever illustrated by Dennis Jones delivers the happiness that the cover art suggests that it will. The highlight of this children’s book, as hinted by the fact that an illustrator but no author is listed for the book, is the artwork. It is the story of Baby Jesus. The story begins ... Delivers what the cover suggests!
On 10/21 teacherreader44 wrote: Joseph Dilip’s Kidnapped by the Taliban is a thorough account of a man’s kidnapping, rescue, and discovery. Joseph tells about his background. He respected his parents and has a strong sense of family instilled in him. He tells about his passion for service, his education, his medical mission in ... A thorough account of a man’s kidnapping, rescue, and discovery
On 10/4 teacherreader44 wrote: The NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Women has an appealing cover. This is a daily study Bible. The Bible is designed to be read in 365 days. Each day’s reading includes scripture from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Psalms or Proverbs. Also included in each day’s reading is a devotional intended, ... Not user friendly.
On 9/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “Get to Know King David” by Nancy I. Sanders is a colorful, interesting, and educational book. This children’s book seems to be appropriate for kids as young as age six. It is a chapter book: Sanders organizes her book into twelve chapters that span David’s life beginning with chapter 1 “A ... “Get to Know King David” by Nancy I. Sanders is a colorful, interesting, and educational book.
On 8/31 teacherreader44 wrote: “Blessed are the Peacemakers” by Mike Berenstain is another happy, satisfying story from Bear Country. Not surprisingly, the antagonists in this tale are Too-Tall and his gang, who target cubs unlike them – especially Ferdy Factual and his friends. Surprisingly, Queenie McBear (of Too-Tall’s ... Another treasured tale from Bear Country!
On 8/24 teacherreader44 wrote: Carol Cook’s Bathsheba Bathed in Grace tells the stories of eight Bible women. Each chapter is about a different woman: The book tells the stories of Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve. Each woman has a story that reveals some darkness: deception, lack of faith, misunderstanding, ... Interesting for a bit, but then predictable.
On 8/6 teacherreader44 wrote: A.J. Foltz’s The Jeremiah Project Part 1: The Scrapbook serves as a basic introduction to the book of Jeremiah. Each chapter (the book covers Jeremiah 1-10) includes a Prelude, a Chapter Study, a Tag-A-Long, and a Scrapbook Page. The Preludes connect general life experiences to the content in the ... A basic introduction to Jeremiah
On 6/1 teacherreader44 wrote: Joseph M. Stowell’s Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders offers a gentle and compelling reminder of the importance of leading as Christ led – humbly and modestly. Immediately, Stowell establishes the difference between outcome-driven leaders and character-driven leaders ... An unpretentious and gracious guide to leading as a follower of The Leader.
On 5/4 teacherreader44 wrote: Myquillyn Smith’s The Nesting Place is a crisp, creative, and entertaining read. Within the pages of Smith’s book readers are challenged to be at one with their space – with their home – whether the building their home currently resides in is a shoddy rental, an unshapely apartment, an empty ... A crips, creative, entertaining read
On 4/13 teacherreader44 wrote: If read from the perspective given in the introduction – that this book is a gift to the author’s children – it is tolerable. It reads as an autobiography and displays anything but humility from the author. As promised on the cover of his book, Hewitt addresses seven gifts and seven givers. Each ... Reading a list of the gifts is sufficient
On 3/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Van Moody’s The People Factor is everything the cover suggests it is – efficient, honest, and interesting. Moody addresses the many types of relationships that people have and confidently but strategically and carefully teaches why some relationships hold us back and others propel us. While giving ... Intelligent and Easily Digestible
On 1/20 teacherreader44 wrote: If nothing else, Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue by David J. Bobb compels the reader to thoughtfully deliberate the definition and effects of humility. Immediately, Bobb intentionally dismisses any “sissy” definitions of humility and highlights its strengths. He writes, ... Compels the reader to thoughtfully deliberate the definition and effects of humility
On 11/23 teacherreader44 wrote: Once-a-day Country Faith compiled by Deborah Evans Price is a compilation of 56 country music stars sharing thoughts on their favorite passages of Scripture. The page design and artistry of the book is beautiful. Each entry is accompanied by a crisp, creative photograph of the artist. Along with the ... Striking design and some insightful reflections
On 11/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis is the straightforward and effective guide it promises to be. Davis walks his readers through the steps that will lead them to being powerful public communicators. His format is manageable for beginners and is a concise review for readers who need a reminder ... A Useful Resource
On 9/8 teacherreader44 wrote: American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence by Jane Hampton Cook is an accessible, entertaining, and informative narrative. The early 1800s – years of cultivation and characterization for the United States – are told through the ... Entertaining and Educational
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Erin MacPherson is an accessible, digestible helper for moms. With humor, style, and Christian poise, MacPherson engages moms (and moms-to-be) in a personal dialogue about what the first year of child-rearing entails. MacPherson knows the emotional ... A poised, real, and stylish guide for moms
On 3/31 teacherreader44 wrote: The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson is a step-by-step guide to what a mom (and even a dad) should expect during pregnancy. Erin covers every detail - from an overview of each trimester, to who to call for advice, to what to shop for, to how to exercise. Included throughout ... An engagin, honest guide
On 3/13 teacherreader44 wrote: Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice by David Teems Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice is a compelling biography of Tyndale’s time translating the Bible into English. Teems’ sense of humor and authentic tone swiftly propel this biography. Teems creates a hero out of the martyr. ... A Man Worthy of Review
On 8/26 teacherreader44 wrote: Thunder Dog tells the story of Michael Hingson, who is blind, and his courageous guide dog, Roselle, as they are confronted with confusion. Hingson boldy and confidently leads the reader through the terror of the events on September 11, 2001. Hingson and Roselle come face to face with death while at ... Thunder Dog