Reviews by Reflective Reader
On 10/18 Reflective Reader wrote: My second-grader pretty much as Minecraft on the brain or at least as his background soundtrack all the hours he's awake, and some of those during which he's asleep. I thought this might make a nice birthday present for him. Educationally, it's also a step-up from all the paraphrased storybook bibles ... A review of the NIrV "Minecrafters Bible"
On 6/20 Reflective Reader wrote: I gotta start off by admitting I'm not in the kind of sudden shipwreck situation this book addresses. I was drawn to Jonathan Martin's How to Survive a Shipwreck for a couple of reasons. First off, the stack of impressive and diverse endorsements, including Rachel Held Evans, Steven Furtick, Sarah ... The simplistic title of Martin's "Shipwreck" belies its mysterious depths
On 3/24 Reflective Reader wrote: The Parrino house has quite a collection of children's Bibles. The title of Diane Stortz's sparkling (literally) new children's devotional, "I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God," told me I had to get my hands on this one. The name is drawn from Psalm 9:10- "Those who know your name put their trust in you." ... Children's devotional "I AM" develops trust in God, delves into His many names
On 12/17 Reflective Reader wrote: So, you remember the 1990s Sally Field movie Not Without My Daughter about Betty Mahmoody, the American woman who defied the odds and fled Iran with her daughter after being held hostage by her violent, radicalized Iranian husband? Mahtob Mahmoody is that daughter. It turns out she's as intelligent, ... My Name is Mahtob
On 11/30 Reflective Reader wrote: Advent began yesterday, and for a lot of Christians that means a season of waiting and expectation. I'm planning to begin a new series on the blog, focused on different ways to spend time gazing on Jesus in prayer. You know me, I'm always trying to connect my own interests, whether spiritual or otherwise, ... Goyer's "Prayers That Changed History" introduces grade schoolers to 25 world-changers
On 11/5 Reflective Reader wrote: I have to confess my kids and I rarely stay on with a devotional or children's bible all the way to the end. Lately I've been trying to build my collection of non-collections of stories. I've also got a first-grader learning to read, so Zonderkids I Can Read book, Adventure Bible The Good Samaritan seemed ... ZonderKids "Good Samaritan" a good introduction to Jesus' parables for new readers
On 10/26 Reflective Reader wrote: During our Sunday morning devotional time, after some raucous worship in the basement, the boys and I sat down to read The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. The title seems to come from Jeremiah 29:11, in which God promises a future and a hope and has plans ... Prompting kids to think about God's plan for their lives: Review of "The Plans I Have For You"
On 10/14 Reflective Reader wrote: After reading best-selling evangelical biographer Eric Metaxas' 7 Men, I was so happy to see an excerpted chapter about Corrie Ten Boom for his then-upcoming 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness. Overall, this book has introduced me to the remarkable, difficult, impacting lives of seven women, some ... Metaxas' "Seven Women" leaves their secrets open-ended
On 9/8 Reflective Reader wrote: The first thing you should know about this book and this author is that she's hilarious. If you're tired of boring and dry, this is the antidote. However, if you're like me and consider yourself a serious thinker, you might worry where the opening humor, light hearted self-deprecation and self-helpy ... Hatmaker's "For the Love": my new favorite book
On 8/3 Reflective Reader wrote: The Parrinos have been on the move lately...in particular, we've moved from Hopkinsville, KY to Cleveland, OH. With our family in flux, I'm longing for some consistency. Just before we moved, I began reading the Believe Storybook: Think Act Be Like Jesus, written by Randy Frazee and illustrated ... Review of Believe Storybook by Randy Frazee
On 5/29 Reflective Reader wrote: I'm always on the look out for God-aware picture books to enrich my boys' understanding of Him. Only God Can Make a Kitten, by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant looked promising for several reasons. The book follows a curious boy, his mom and baby sister as they romp through quintessential ... "Only God Can Make a Kitten" Quietly Promotes Outdoor Exploration
On 5/1 Reflective Reader wrote: I'm very happy to present guest post, by my friend Matt Rennels, who reviews Jeff Goins' new book The Art of Work, which I'm keen to read myself. Once upon a time, Matt, my husband and I lived in the same town, worked at the same newspaper and worshipped at the same church. Matt is passionate about exploring ... Finding our calling in plain sight: A guest post!
On 4/14 Reflective Reader wrote: I've been looking forward to Rachel Held Evans' new book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church for several months. Her excellent blog has challenged, affirmed and inspired me over the last few years. Books written by bloggers often read like scrapbooks of their greatest hits: A ... Finding something sacred: A review of Rachel Held Evans' "Searching for Sunday"
On 3/16 Reflective Reader wrote: I was excited to get a paperback copy of Eric Metaxas' celebration of Christian role models 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness for two reasons. Regular readers of my blog know I'm a bit of a feminist, but I'm also mom to three boys and I want them to aspire to the best kind of life. Second, I enjoyed ... Review of Metaxas' "7 Men"
On 3/2 Reflective Reader wrote: I feel like I hit the jackpot with Thomas Nelson lately. (See my review of Donald Miller's Scary Close if you haven't already.) Megan Boudreaux's Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman's Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti is another book that will make it on my ... Review of Megan Boudreaux's "Miracle on Voodoo Mountain"
On 2/14 Reflective Reader wrote: As much as I like reading self-help and how-to, the most impactful life lessons seem to come from watching those I admire in their everyday moments or hearing their stories over a cup of tea. I think this is why I felt like I could learn so much from Blue Like Jazz author Donald Miller's newest book, ... Review of Donald Miller's "Scary Close"
On 1/21 Reflective Reader wrote: As a mom of three little boys, I'm always on the lookout for devotional materials for the preschool and kindergarten set. With my oldest, I've read several children's bibles, such as The Big Picture Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, I Can Read New Testament, and Jesus Calling Bible Storybook to name ... Review of "I Can Learn the Bible" by Holly Hawkins Shivers
On 1/5 Reflective Reader wrote: A little bit about me... I've wanted to write children's books for a few years now, and apart from The Way to Obey, I haven't been able to make the dozens of other ideas in my brain and in my journals happen. So when I saw "Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose," by Lara ... Review of "Make it Happen" by Lara Casey
On 12/10 Reflective Reader wrote: When I saw the gorgeous cover of Fierce Convictions, with its elegantly dressed young woman storming through an English garden I couldn't help but imagine the spurned heroine of a Jane Austen novel. The biography's subtitle, The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, was ... Review of "Fierce Convictions"