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I Am Devotional

I Am Devotional

On 9/3 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. Psalm 9:10 Just to jump right into it, let me say I’m thoroughly impressed by this devotional book for kiddos! The more you know someone, the more intimate your relationship becomes. What better way to ... Book Review: I Am Devotional {by Diane Stortz}

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5 Stars

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Hope for Each Day

Hope for Each Day

On 5/12 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: One of the world’s most respected and loved pastors, Billy Graham, has written many books for Christians to be supported in their faith and encouraged by the hope God gives us. One of those books is a daily devotional written for adults, called Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions. Recently, ... Book Review: Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids {by Billy Graham}

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5 Stars

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Read & Play Baby Bible

Read & Play Baby Bible

On 3/2 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Babies cuddling on my lap + reading to my kids + pointing them toward Jesus = three of my favorite things! Read & Play Baby Bible is a new Bible geared specifically for babies and I was excited to have a new one to work through with my kiddos. However, when it says “babies,” it really meant it. ... Read & Play Baby Bible

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3 Stars

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 2/24 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: If you’ve ever worked with me, you’re probably aware that I absolutely love StrengthsFinder (SF). Even after leading classes, coaching individuals and using it in the workplace for years, I still believe it to be one of the most powerful tools out there. Summarizing a whole lot of details for the ... Strengths Based Marriage {by Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey}

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

On 12/30 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Who doesn’t know (and love) the Berenstain Bears? Many of us have grown up with them and appreciate the feel-good atmosphere in the stories. So many books hold so many good lessons and visual examples of ways to live in light of God’s love. I realize that when presented with options from publishers ... The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional

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4 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 10/26 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: One would think that dropping another parenting book into a sea of already-published opinions would be unnecessary, that everything has been said. All the Bible verses have been quoted. All the aspects have been covered. But then a book like Raising an Original happens and all those thoughts disappear. ... Raising an Original {by Julie Lyles Carr}

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5 Stars

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One Small Donkey for Little Ones

One Small Donkey for Little Ones

On 10/24 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: The holiday season will be upon us soon, and One Small Donkey is our family’s latest addition to the Christmas book collection. As soon as I saw another book by this author, I couldn’t pass it up. We have greatly enjoyed her The Legend of the Christmas Cookie and The Legend of the Easter Robin since ... One Small Donkey {by Dandi Daley Mackall}

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4 Stars

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One Big Turkey

One Big Turkey

On 9/28 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: When this book was offered to me to review, I already knew it’d be a good one. We have another one of this author’s books (One Spring Lamb) and it’s still a favorite after all these months. I’m also a sucker for holiday books — well, maybe not Halloween. I’ve never really gotten that one…but ... One Big Turkey {by Anne Vittur Kennedy}

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5 Stars

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Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook

Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook

On 8/19 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: I have yet to read the original Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, a Christian bestseller for many years now. However, I now own two other books built off of the original — one with devotions for older kids or a family and this latest one I’ve received. Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook is a padded ... Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook {by Sarah Young}

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5 Stars

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I Believe in Jesus

I Believe in Jesus

On 7/23 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: What’s More Important? By far, the most important aspect of parenting is paving the way for your child to have an eternal relationship with Jesus. Children are God’s gift to us, but there is also a great responsibility that comes with that gift. Where do you even begin? Even having been raised ... I Believe in Jesus: Leading Your Child to Christ {by John MacArthur}

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5 Stars

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Giant Killers

Giant Killers

On 6/29 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: “The story of David and Goliath has become an almost universal underdog story; but in reality, Goliath never stood a chance.” In his book, Giant Killers, Steve Lawson paints a picture easy for anyone to recognize. We each have giants in our lives — certain roadblocks or fears or challenges — ... Book Review: Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities {by Steve Lawson}

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4 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 6/17 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: If I reviewed books solely on how fast it took me to read them, this would get a fantastic rating. Having read some of Terri Blackstock’s books before, I knew I would likely be absorbed by this one and my prediction proved true. It’s been quite a while since I read any fiction and this was a great ... If I Run {by Terri Blackstock}

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4 Stars

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7 Days of Awesome

7 Days of Awesome

On 6/16 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: It’s a wonderful thing to fill up your children’s shelves with books containing fresh, creative and cleverly-told Bible stories. That is why I was excited to get my hands on this book. We didn’t have any stories on Creation. Plus, the synopsis and colorful cover attracted me right from the first! As ... 7 Days of Awesome: A Creation Tale {by Shawn Byous}

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2 Stars

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One Spring Lamb

One Spring Lamb

On 2/28 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Easter is right around the corner and we have just acquired a new children’s book to read in this Spring season. One Spring Lamb is a board book with thoughtfully written rhymes accompanying a small lamb who is exploring the various elements of the new beginnings of the season. It’s also a counting ... One Spring Lamb {by Anne Vittur Kennedy}

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4 Stars

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Love's Complete

Love's Complete

On 2/27 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: I know I’ve said it before, but one of God’s commands always lays heavy on my heart — that of taking care of orphans and widows. And now I’ve had the opportunity to read another book geared toward children which depicts the beautiful act of adoption. Love’s Complete is written in poetic, rhyming ... Love’s Complete {by Teresa Travous Hull}

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4 Stars

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Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

On 2/18 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Though I’m well aware of their existence, this is my first Sarah Young book to actually own and read. Adapted from one of her devotional books for adults, Jesus Today Devotions for Kids is a great addition to any family’s library. In each of the 150 devotionals, there is a a word from Jesus (literally ... Jesus Today Devotions for Kids {by Sarah Young}

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4 Stars

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The Legend of the Easter Robin

The Legend of the Easter Robin

On 2/17 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: The Easter holiday has cute colors, candy and cuddly creatures. Bunnies, egg hunts and chocolate. It’s all great fun (and tasty), but the real celebration of the day is Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead. He died for us and lived again through the power of God. The Legend of the Easter ... The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith {by Dandi Daley Mackall}

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5 Stars

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The Rainbow Egg

The Rainbow Egg

On 2/17 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: I always appreciate children’s books that have the potential to teach my own kids good lessons via simple, allegorical stories. At first glance, one might see this as a quirky little story about a chicken, but, in reality, it has extremely deep implications of adoption. As a Christian, I believe God’s ... The Rainbow Egg {by Linda K. Hendricks, M.D.}

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3 Stars

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The Entitlement Cure

The Entitlement Cure

On 1/26 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Hardly could there be a more relevant book on the market right now. Dr. Townsend hits the nail so squarely on the head I wanted to go back and begin it all over again when I finished the last page. Anyone with much awareness of our culture can relate to and learn from this book. “You have never received ... The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way {by Dr. John Townsend}

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5 Stars

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40 Days of Decrease

40 Days of Decrease

On 1/20 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Coming from a denominational background that might mention Lent but doesn’t greatly focus on it, I’ve not participated in the season much. So this was a pleasantly new area of Christian living for me to dive into and learn more about. Not only is 40 Days of Decrease a devotional for the Lent season, ... 40 Days of Decrease {by Alicia Britt Chole}

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4 Stars

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Waiting Here for You

Waiting Here for You

On 1/6 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: If you’re looking for a devotional that will help calm your soul in the midst of busy Decembers, if you’ve lost your focus or desire to sharpen your focus on what (who) really matters, if you’re wading through some darkness and need a hand to lead you back to God’s Word, this is the advent ... Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope {by Louie Giglio}

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4 Stars

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 12/22 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: This is easily one of the better books I’ve read lately. Vicki Courtney has such a writing skill that I feel like she spoke the whole book to me in person…while we sipped tea and had our feet propped up in front of a crackling fire. That’s how personable and restful this read was. Rest Assured ... Rest Assured {by Vicki Courtney}

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5 Stars

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The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

On 11/21 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: I don’t often choose fiction books to review but some elements of this book had me from the get-go. World War II has always been my favorite time period to study — specifically concerning the persecuted and slaughtered 12 million-plus people (because you do know that it wasn’t just 6 million Jews ... BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL FROM THE TRAIN, BY IRMA JOUBERT

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4 Stars

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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

On 10/29 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: I can’t say it bothers me that the publishers I review for are mostly offering Christmas books right now. In fact, I love it! It’s probably a little early for most of you yet, but just to give you a heads up – this is a classy new children’s book (focusing on the 4-8 range) which tells a sweet ... BOOK REVIEW: THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE, BY DANDI DALEY MACKALL

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5 Stars

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If He Had Not Come

If He Had Not Come

On 10/27 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Accurate. Important. Memorable. These are three words that describe this very short book. Though it is certainly different, if you’re familiar with the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” then you can understand the theme of this book. A young boy wakes up on Christmas morning to ... BOOK REVIEW: IF HE HAD NOT COME, BY NAN F. WEEKS & DAVID NICHOLSON

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4 Stars

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Say and Pray Bible

Say and Pray Bible

On 10/11 Sydney Drinkwater wrote: Over the last couple years of being parents, we have received several children’s or baby’s Bibles — perhaps 5 or 6 — as gifts or hand-me-downs. This particular Bible, however, might be my favorite! My son, at barely 20 months old, sat through the entire thing right when we received it. I can ... BOOK REVIEW: SAY & PRAY BIBLE, BY DIANE STORTZ, ILLUSTRATED BY SARAH WARD

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5 Stars

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