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God Loves Mommy and Me

God Loves Mommy and Me

On 5/3 Steve Liu wrote: God Loves Mommy and Me is a sturdy board book that is not too big but not too small. The cover is thick padded cardboard and the pages are all cardboard as well. The illustrations for both are beautiful hand-drawn pictures which are sort of a cross between being cartoony and realistic. It follows the ... Review of God Loves Mommy & Me and God Loves Daddy & Me

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4 Stars

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God Loves Daddy and Me

God Loves Daddy and Me

On 5/3 Steve Liu wrote: God Loves Daddy and me is a sturdy board book that is not too big but not too small. The cover is thick padded cardboard and the pages are all cardboard as well. The illustrations for both are beautiful hand-drawn pictures which are sort of a cross between being cartoony and realistic. It follows the ... Review of God Loves Mommy & Me and God Loves Daddy & Me

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4 Stars

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I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug

On 3/26 Steve Liu wrote: I’ve already written in the past about illustrator Tim Warnes’ collaborations with PJ Lyons–Thank You, Lord, For Everything and God Is Watching Over You. These two books became instant classics in our house. They are about as perfect as children’s books can get–a simple ... Review of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

On 2/6 Steve Liu wrote: Casual readers of the Bible may think that Jesus Christ is only relevant to four out of the 66 books. The truth, of course, is that the presence of Jesus Christ can be seen throughout every book of the Bible. And not just in a passive, symbolic sense, but in a real, active way. Recall at the end of the ... Review of The Jesus Bible

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5 Stars

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God Bless My Friends

God Bless My Friends

On 11/22 Steve Liu wrote: Hannah Hall's other books in the series (God Bless our Country, God Bless Our Christmas, God Bless My Boo Boo) are certainly filled with great reviews, so take this one with a grain of salt. There is a certainly an audience for these books, but unfortunately it's not me. Don't get me wrong. The book ... Review of God Bless My Friends

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3 Stars

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Say & Pray Devotions

Say & Pray Devotions

On 11/21 Steve Liu wrote: As with the Bible in the same series, the illustrations are cute cartoon pictures. While the Say and Pray Bible focuses on Bible stories, the Say and Pray Devotionals focuses on everyday events that may happen in a child’s life, from feeding the ducks with mommy to visiting a beach to eating a breakfast ... Review of Say and Pray Devotionals

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3 Stars

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Time for Bed, Sleepyhead

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead

On 10/1 Steve Liu wrote: Time for Bed, Sleepyhead is an interesting book, to say the least. On the surface it looks like a traditional children’s book, with colorful illustrations of different animals, each with cute names like Eli the Anteater, Chloe the kitty, and Liam the llama. The illustrations are detailed and well done, ... Review of Time for Bed, Sleepyhead

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3 Stars

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The Look and Tell Bible

The Look and Tell Bible

On 7/29 Steve Liu wrote: The Look and Tell Bible is a board book designed by Make Believe Ideas, Ltd. in the UK and published in the United States by Thomas Nelson. If you’ve never read a book by Make Believe Ideas, you’re in for a treat. This isn’t the first book published by Make Believe and Thomas Nelson; if you look ... Review of the Look and Tell Bible

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5 Stars

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Counting Blessings

Counting Blessings

On 7/1 Steve Liu wrote: Sometimes when you listen to Christian music or watch a Christian-themed movie it’s pretty clear that the quality isn’t up to par with secular music or movies. Sometimes the message is beaten into us a bit too heavily, while other times the pendulum swings the other way and far too many ... Review of Counting Blessings

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5 Stars

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NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

On 5/15 Steve Liu wrote: The Chronological Study Bible is something that’s pretty close to a must-have for anyone who’s serious about studying the Bible. We live at a time when there are hundreds of cheap “themed” Bibles that are really not much more than a standard Bible with a few devotionals thrown ... Review of Chronological Study Bible by Thomas Nelson

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5 Stars

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Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 4/24 Steve Liu wrote: Most children's books you see these days seem to consist of cute (and not-so-cute) little illustrated animals and children with simplistic rhymes and ditties. But every now and again you come across one that transcends the banal and approaches being a thing of beauty, and even a work of art. Baby Wren ... Review of Baby Wren and the Great Gift

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5 Stars

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Snuggle Time Prayers

Snuggle Time Prayers

On 4/4 Steve Liu wrote: Snuggle Time Prayers is another beautiful board book. It measures about 5 inches by 7 inches and has a slightly plush cardboard cover and about 15 sturdy cardboard pages inside. The premise of the book is fairly simple. Each page features a short poem. Each poem has a simple title such as “I’m ... Review of Snuggle Time Prayers

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3 Stars

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God is Watching Over You

God is Watching Over You

On 4/3 Steve Liu wrote: A few months ago I reviewed a new book called Thank You, Lord for Everything, but P.J. Lyons and Tim Warnes. It instantly made its way into one of the books that I read with my little daughter. The words were simple yet full of meaning, and the illustrations of the little bear and his friends and family ... Review of God is Watching Over You

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5 Stars

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Little One, God Loves You

Little One, God Loves You

On 2/18 Steve Liu wrote: Little One, God Loves You is a board book that clocks in at under 10 pages and roughly 80 words total. It was written by Amy Warren Hilliker. If the “Warren” sounds familiar, it’s because the author is the daughter of Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The ... Review of Little One, God Loves You

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4 Stars

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All Aboard the Ark

All Aboard the Ark

On 2/2 Steve Liu wrote: While most of the children’s books I’ve had the opportunity to review have been for children who have started to read already, All Aboard the Ark is a great book to read to infants and toddlers who maybe aren’t quite ready to read yet, but certainly recognize pictures in a book and who may even ... Cute bedtime story using the story of the ark as a background

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5 Stars

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The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

On 1/15 Steve Liu wrote: If you’re anything like me, you’ve made resolutions over the past years (or decades) to read the entire Bible all the way through. On January 1 you read Genesis 1-3 right on track. But within a few weeks, usually around Leviticus, you start slipping. “I’ll catch up tomorrow”. And then a few ... Review of The Word of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

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5 Stars

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NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

On 12/29 Steve Liu wrote: I remember when I was growing up my mom got me my very own copy of The Children’s Living Bible. I remember cherishing it. The edges of the book were a red color, which was different than the orange color of my brother’s and sister’s Bible. The cover had a picture of Jesus holding a little lamb ... Review of The Beginner’s Bible and Kid-Sized Devotions

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4 Stars

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Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 11/27 Steve Liu wrote: Precious Moments are one of those things that just about everyone in the Christian world, and many in the secular world, know about. The little teardrop-shaped children are easily recognizable everywhere. They were first drawn by Samuel Butcher in the 1970’s. The first collectible figurine line ... Review of 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

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3 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 10/4 Steve Liu wrote: As happens whenever you look into the background of history of anyone or anything, you’ll probably find some of the histories behind the hymns fascinating and uplifting, and others on the more mundane side. But I think all can help you develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for them. This book ... Review of The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs

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4 Stars

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Thank You, Lord, For Everything

Thank You, Lord, For Everything

On 9/19 Steve Liu wrote: I have to say, I loved this book in so many ways. It seems that merchandising of characters has become the only way we can shop for children these days. All you can find are Mickey Mouse blankets, Cookie Monster diapers, Snoopy pillows, Bugs Bunny band aids, and so on. The illustrations in this book ... Review of Thank You Lord for Everything

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5 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 9/9 Steve Liu wrote: The first book I reviewed on this blog was Eric Metaxas’s Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness. It’s only fitting that I review the new companion book called Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness. As with the 7 Men book I’d categorize this book as a modern-day sequel to Hebrews ... Review of Seven Women and the Secret of their Greatness

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5 Stars

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 8/25 Steve Liu wrote: At 2880 pages, NIV Zondervan Study Bible is easily the most comprehensive Study Bible on the market today. They’ve made the pages thin, the typeface small, and the typeface of the study notes even smaller but still it weighs in at almost 5 pounds. Here are some of the things I love about it: 1) New ... Review of NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

On 8/22 Steve Liu wrote: The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones contains very simple prose that you can read to your child or have him or her read to you. As with many books for toddlers like this, this one isn't a "Bible" so much as a collection of seven stories from the Bible (Creation, Noah's Ark, David and ... Review of the Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

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3 Stars

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Say and Pray Bible

Say and Pray Bible

On 8/14 Steve Liu wrote: To call this book a "Bible" is a bit of a misnomer, but I think the author and publisher probably used the word figuratively. The book does go through 20 child-friendly stories in the Bible (Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, etc.). There are no more than 20 words on a page, so this is less a storybook than it ... Review of Say & Pray Bible

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5 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Student Edition

Bonhoeffer Student Edition

On 8/3 Steve Liu wrote: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Student Edition is, as you can guess from the title, the student version of Eric Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. As I’d mentioned in my first book review, I’ve been a fan of Metaxas for years, the first few years without even ... Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Student Edition)

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5 Stars

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NIV Dad's Devotional Bible

NIV Dad's Devotional Bible

On 7/24 Steve Liu wrote: I was excited to see the NIV Dad's Devotional Bible become available. As a soon-to-be-new-dad, and a first-time dad to boot, I figured I could use all the help I could get. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that these days you can get a Bible for just about anything. In the old days you'd buy different ... Review of NIV Dad’s Devotional Bible

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3 Stars

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Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

On 5/23 Steve Liu wrote: The book I’m reviewing this month is Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies. It’s a cute little hardcover board book that’s about 40 pages long. It’s sturdy and its pages are all thick cardboard-like stock, making it an impressively durable book. That, plus the fact that it’s ... Review of Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

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4 Stars

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Words to Dream On

Words to Dream On

On 4/5 Steve Liu wrote: It can be difficult to shop for Christian reading materials for children and toddlers. In some cases the material is too watered down–being so subtle in its message that it’s hard to tell if it’s from a Christian or a secular worldview. In other cases the material can be too deep–there may be ... Review of Words to Dream On

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

On 12/7 Steve Liu wrote: Most of us, when we do daily Bible reading, just read through the passages quickly without stopping much. We’ll come across certain words and our brains will draw a certain conclusion about what that word means. My favorite example of this is the word “manger”. We all know the song ... Review of Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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5 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition

On 9/29 Steve Liu wrote: I’ve been looking for a once-a-day Bible for a long time. What’s pretty cool about the NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition is not just that it’s broken into 365 day chunks, which a lot of other “finish in a year” Bible are, but it’s also arranged in chronological order. So you’ll ... Review of the Once a Day Chronological Bible

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4 Stars

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The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

On 9/9 Steve Liu wrote: It’s hard to describe The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig. On the one hand, it’s a reference guide that takes you through all the parts of the pig, including the butt, ham, ribs, loins, chops, shoulder, and bacon (it’s sometimes easy to forget these all come from the same ... Review of The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 8/8 Steve Liu wrote: I basically grew up watching the great Gavin MacLeod, albeit mostly in re-runs. After school, we’d come home and turn on the TV to channel 17 where McHale’s Navy would be playing. We’d switch to channel 4 where the Mary Tyler Moore show would be playing. And occasionally, we’d watch brand new ... A fascinating look at the man behind Happy, Murray, and Captain Stubing

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5 Stars

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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 10/24 Steve Liu wrote: It’s a sad but all-too-prevalent fact of life that while Christian churches have some of the most true, nurturing, and loving people in the world, they also can have some of the most hypocritical, hurtful, closed-minded people as well. And sometimes when you get hurt by Christians, it hurts much more ... Review of Wounded By God’s People, by Ruth Graham Lotz

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4 Stars

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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 9/16 Steve Liu wrote: The concept and execution of this Bible are excellent. Every verse in is arranged in the order of which it happened. So for example, you’ll find Psalm 90 right after Number 36, as the Psalm was written by Moses. Similarly, Psalm 63 is put smack dab in the middle of 1 Samuel 23 and 24, as it was written ... Review of the NIV Integrated Study Bible

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5 Stars

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NIV Worship Together Bible

NIV Worship Together Bible

On 9/3 Steve Liu wrote: This Bible is called the NIV Worship Together Bible. The tagline of the book says “Discover Scripture through Classic & Contemporary Music”. I was especially happy to review this particular Bible, as its theme of music and worship ties in very well with the mission of this site. When you take the ... Review of the NIV Worship Together Bible

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4 Stars

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NIV Leadership Bible

NIV Leadership Bible

On 7/20 Steve Liu wrote: When my mom was still on this earth, she had a tradition of giving me a few Bible every year. Now back when I was growing up, there wasn’t the alphabet soup of Bible translations that there are today. But there were enough special versions of KJV, NIV, RSV, NRSV, and Interlinear Bibles out there ... Review of NIV Leadership Bible: Leading By the Book

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4 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 6/9 Steve Liu wrote: I recently joined a program called “BookSneeze”, a program run by  Th0mas Nelson (a Christian book publisher) that provides bloggers with advance copies of books and asks them to review them. (If you’d like more information on the program yourself, you can check it out here). There was a time when I was a voracious ... Review of 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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