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NIrV Minecrafters Bible, Hardcover

NIrV Minecrafters Bible, Hardcover

On 7/25 Karen Wilber wrote: My 9 and 11-year-old boys were really excited to get a copy of the Minecrafters Bible so they've helped me with this review.  The Minecrafters Bible consists of the full text of the NIrV translation and illustrations based on the Minecraft game. The NIrV is a "reader's version" of the NIV text that's ... Minecrafters Bible (NIrV): Book Review

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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How to Live in Fear

How to Live in Fear

On 5/4 Karen Wilber wrote: Gotta love a book with such an attention getting title:  "How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out".  Pastor Lance Hahn has done something that the church needs more of...acknowledged that people in the pews and the pulpit suffer from mental illness and that it's an illness, just ... Book Review: How to Live in Fear

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5 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 1/6 Karen Wilber wrote: Parables appear to be simple stories, simple enough to be the subject of children's church and Bible school lessons, but there are always new insights gained by understanding more about the cultural background and context. And deeper understanding is what I want as a grown-up student.  MacArthur ... Book Review: Parables by John MacArthur

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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God Bless Our Fall

God Bless Our Fall

On 9/15 Karen Wilber wrote: God Bless Our Fall is part of the "God Bless" series from Tommy Nelson.  Author Hannah C. Hall has different animal families enjoy various autumn activities: hayrides, pumpkin carving, making and eating fall foods.  Each page spread contains a rhyming verse and Steve Whitlow's illustrations ... God Bless Our Fall (Book Review)

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Be the Best Mom You Can Be

Be the Best Mom You Can Be

On 7/31 Karen Wilber wrote: Truth be told, the title of this book didn't really appeal to me.  Ugh. Too much pressure.  But the subtitle caught my eye: "A practical guide to raising whole children in a broken generation".  I don't need mom perfectionism, but I do need advice on helping my children navigate an increasingly ... Be the Best Mom You Can Be (Book Review)

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate

Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate

On 5/23 Karen Wilber wrote: I first heard about John Thompson's book Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World on Phil Vischer's podcast.  Thomson talked about his love of good music and of good artisanal foods.  He spoke about something he called "twang" and how it's missing from so ... Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Book Review

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

On 4/16 Karen Wilber wrote: The book blurb sounded interesting: "readers may be surprised to find redeeming values and gospel messages in today's movies, music, popular TV shows..."  With its attention-demanding cover and an interesting premise, I thought this might be a good read.Author Kevin Harvey points out how ingrained ... All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture (Book Review)

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 3/10 Karen Wilber wrote: It's taken me awhile to get through this latest book in order to give it a review.  It's not a tough read, it just gives readers so much to think about that it's not the sort of book that you can skim in a weekend. Highlighter alert!Motivate Your Child is subtitled "A Christian Parent's Guide to ... Book Review: Motivate Your Child

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5 Stars

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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 12/28 Karen Wilber wrote: Hannah More might possibly be the most famous woman I'd never heard of.  She was a poet, a playwright, an ardent abolitionist and educational reformer and a contemporary of William Wilberforce, John Newton, David Garrick, and Dr. Johnson.  Her writing had a profound effect on British culture ... Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior (Book Review)

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Brave Mom

Brave Mom

On 11/6 Karen Wilber wrote: Fear, at the appropriate moment, is a good thing. However, sometimes we let our fears about our children dominate our lives and we can wind up spending much of our time worrying about things that are not likely to happen.What mom doesn't battle fear at some point:*  Can I handle being a mom?*  Is ... Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears (book review)

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5 Stars

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Moses Leads the People

Moses Leads the People

On 9/21 Karen Wilber wrote: I just love the I Can Read! book series for beginning readers and I'm happy to find that they have a series of Bible stories from ZonderKidz. This book, Moses Leads the People, is based on the Adventure Bible and is rated at "Level 2: Reading with Help".  Level 2 books are meant for children ... Book Review: Moses Leads the People (An I Can Read! book)

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5 Stars

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The Spirit-Filled Life

The Spirit-Filled Life

On 9/7 Karen Wilber wrote: Once in awhile a book comes along---just at the right time--with a message that I need to hear. This is one of those books.In The Spirit-Filled Life: Discovering the Joy of Surrendering to the Holy Spirit, Charles Stanley examines contemporary ideas about Christian living (the "Adequate Christian Life") ... Book Review: The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles F. Stanley

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Know the Heretics

Know the Heretics

On 6/28 Karen Wilber wrote: If you've ever heard of the Gnostics or Pelagius and wondered what they had to do with church history and heresy and how they're relevant today, author Justin Holcomb has written a book for you.  Each chapter in Know the Heretics provides historical context, why the teaching was heretical, what ... Book Review: Know the Heretics

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

On 4/7 Karen Wilber wrote: One of the most fascinating classes I took in seminary was Historical Geography of the Bible a.k.a "The Maps Class."  We studied the Bible through the study of the land and the ways that people moved and settled in the Holy Land. It really added a new dimension to my personal Bible study.This atlas ... Book Review: Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

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5 Stars

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Schools in Crisis

Schools in Crisis

On 4/2 Karen Wilber wrote: Schools in Crisis is one of a series of "Frames" published by the Barna Group. Each of the Barna Frames provides data-driven information about a particular social issue or trend. The Frames are meant to be an overview, a discussion starter, and possibly a springboard to action for a group of interested ... Book Review: Schools in Crisis by Nicole Baker Fulgham

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/23 Karen Wilber wrote: The full title of this ambitious work is The Adam Quest: Eleven Scientists Who Held on to a Strong Faith While Wrestling with the Mystery of Human Origins and author Tim Stafford has condensed a tremendous amount of research into a highly accessible book for laypeople.  You won't find an in-depth ... Book Review: The Adam Quest

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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Pirates on the Farm

Pirates on the Farm

On 11/26 Karen Wilber wrote: This was a great week to review children's books, since we're on Thanksgiving break.  Pirates on the Farm received multiple readings today and was even written about by my 1st grader in his school reading log.  He chose this book over the 3-4 others he'd read today, so I know he liked it.Here's ... Book Review: Pirates on the Farm

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5 Stars

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Unglued

Unglued

On 11/18 Karen Wilber wrote: A few months ago I reviewed the Unglued Devotional and wished I had a copy of the original Unglued book. Then, voila, the opportunity to review it arose this fall.Just like my review back in March 2013, this one is a long time in coming.  It seems that fall just becomes so hectic that I can barely ... Book Review: Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Encouragement for Today

Encouragement for Today

On 9/2 Karen Wilber wrote: A friend of mine regularly forwards devotionals from Proverbs 31 Ministries to a bunch of us moms. I find they are always worth reading--as if the women who wrote them have been eavesdropping on our lives.  Lysa TerKeurst is my personal favorite.  She has a way of revealing her inner struggles ... Book Review: Encouragement for Today

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/21 Karen Wilber wrote: Worry, frustration, anger, loneliness: as believers in Christ we know that when we feel these negative emotions something is wrong. In Runaway Emotions, Jeff Schreve invites us to consider that we should not deny, hide, or ignore these emotions, but use them to find out how God is speaking to us.  ... Book Review: Runaway Emotions

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

On 5/26 Karen Wilber wrote: It's been 3 years since I first sent a kid off to Elementary School and my youngest is just finishing Kindergarten next month.  So I'm in a good position to review this new book in Erin MacPherson's "Christian Mama's Guide" series.How should a family prepare a child (and themselves) for the big ... Book Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 3/12 Karen Wilber wrote: Why has it taken me so long to sit down and actually write this review?  Perhaps it's because I live the kind of hectic life that would lead a woman to need this book.I've heard of Lysa TerKeurst, and have read some of her Proverbs 31 Ministries devotionals, forwarded by other moms.  So I was ... Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night

Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night

On 12/2 Karen Wilber wrote: Is there room in the modern, evangelical Protestant life for a prayer book?  Shouldn't our prayers be spontaneous, free-flowing from the heart rather than read from the page?  Isn't that what we've been taught is the more authentic prayer?In answer, let me ask you to consider this unique collection ... Book Review: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 10/2 Karen Wilber wrote: Do we really understand what grace is?  Max Lucado doesn’t claim to know everything about grace, but he does know that grace is something we should stop and consider.  Instead of settling for sentiments about grace, we should be asking if grace has made a difference in our lives.  This ... Book Review: Grace by Max Lucado

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 8/25 Karen Wilber wrote: The latest book from “America’s Cheapest Family” provides parents with tips on teaching their children to be good money managers and, eventually, financially independent.   The book’s premise is that financial management can be taught at any age--it’s just less expensive to begin ... Book Review: The MoneySmart Family System

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Grieving God's Way

Grieving God's Way

On 7/13 Karen Wilber wrote: How I wish I had owned this book after my dad died.Author Margaret Brownley stopped writing when her oldest son died after a lengthy illness.  Three years later she sat down to write Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Lasting Hope and Healing--and I’m so glad she did.  Each day of this 90-day ... Book Review: Grieving God's Way

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/24 Karen Wilber wrote: The subtitle, “Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” pretty much sums up what Goff appears to be doing here.  He wants readers to stop spending so much time thinking or planning what we may or may not do and actually get to doing it.  He’s clear about that.  ... Book Review: Love Does by Bob Goff

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 2/14 Karen Wilber wrote: I’ve purchased copies of Robert J. Morgan’s books as gifts in the past, but I’ve never sat down and read one. Until now.  Morgan’s third volume in the series focuses on the history of Christian music and the development of western hymns.  He still includes the familiar stories behind ... Book Review: Then Sings My Soul, Book 3

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 11/15 Karen Wilber wrote: The subtitle of this book is “Daily Reflections and Readings on Jesus’ Own Words” and this 1-year devotional book is just that.  A Year with Jesus focuses on the words of Jesus: his sermons, parables, miracles, and interactions with his disciples and Second Temple Jewish leadership.  ... Book Review: A Year with Jesus by R. P. Nettelhorst

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

On 8/29 Karen Wilber wrote: Authors Brennan Manning and John Blase welcome children to learn what it’s like to be  Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love. This is a gentle story of a couple “smack-dab in the middle of their years”. Willie Juan and Ana have no children of their own, but all the children in town gravitate ... Book Review: Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/23 Karen Wilber wrote: Lorilee Craker applies her Mennonite background, her eye for detail, and her ability to write clearly while being entertaining to examining why the Amish are surviving, even thriving in the current recession.What Craker discovered is that the Amish have preserved a way of life that all our American ancestors ... Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Karen Wilber wrote: Readers have questions and Max has answers.  Max on Life is a collection of questions that Lucado has fielded as a pastor, a husband, a father, and an author.  The book files questions under categories of Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter.More specifically Max ... Book Review: Max on Life by Max Lucado

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Time With God For Mothers

Time With God For Mothers

On 3/27 Karen Wilber wrote: Time with God for Mothers by Jack Countryman is a collection of some 90 brief devotions based on verses from the New King James Version.  Sprinkled throughout the text are jeweled flowers and butterflies as if to equate Mother with a precious jewel.  The devotions are in no particular order ... Time with God for Mothers by Jack Countryman: Book Review

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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Eat Your Peas, Mom

Eat Your Peas, Mom

On 3/16 Karen Wilber wrote: Today’s mail packet contained a small volume that’s part of the “Eat Your Peas” series of books by Cheryl Karpen.  Eat Your Peas for Mom is subtitled Simple Truths and Happy Insights.  The “eat your peas” part comes from Karpen’s own mother’s advice and this book contains something ... Eat Your Peas for Mom: Book Review

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 12/27 Karen Wilber wrote: My copy of Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index (BCI) bills itself as the "Best Bible Subject Index Ever".  I'm not sure I'm qualified to evaluate that claim, but I will say that this little volume came in mighty handy this evening as I prepared to write my weekly blog post at another site.  I ... Book Review: Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/11 Karen Wilber wrote: On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes by Robert J. MorganAlthough subtitled "saints, martyrs, and heroes", Morgan's brief glimpses into the history of Christianity also include rogues, cheats, and scoundrels who used Christ's name for ... Book Review: On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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God's Promises for Women of Faith

God's Promises for Women of Faith

On 10/8 Karen Wilber wrote: The latest book I received from Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program certainly looked promising.  No pun intended.  The blurb promised that it would contain "promises of God specifically targeting women".  The verses are actually good for everyone..but the design and formatting definitely ... Book Review: God's Promises for Women of Faith

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

On 6/29 Karen Wilber wrote: "Who is in Charge Anyway?" is the latest in Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends series which follows the adventures of the insects who live in Max's garden.When Freddie the Flea comes to fix the ladybugs' television set, he overhears little Hailey and Bailey ask their mother, "What's so special about fleas?" ... DVD Review: Who is in Charge Anyway?

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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God's Promises for Boys

God's Promises for Boys

On 5/23 Karen Wilber wrote: Jack Countryman and Amy Parker present a small volume of verses in one of the latest entries in the "God's Promises" series: God's Promises for Boys.The formula is simple: create a list of scenarios that a boy might encounter, add relevant Bible verses, sprinkle with whimsical illustrations to attract ... Book Review: God's Promises for Boys

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything

On 4/28 Karen Wilber wrote: What is heaven like?How do we know the Bible is true?If God loves people, why do bad things happen?Kathryn Slattery’s book, If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids, does not try to come up with the definitive answer to these (and other) questions, but attempts to be a resource ... Book Review: If I Could Ask God Anything

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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Combating the Commandment of Confusion

Combating the Commandment of Confusion

On 3/9 Karen Wilber wrote: When I first saw Bibleman, I wasn’t sure what to make of a purple and yellow superhero battling evil with a lightsaber. That was before I had boys.  My 5-year-old watched one of his friend’s videos and was hooked.  We’re briefly introduced to Bibleman as young Josh Carpenter. After giving ... Bibleman: Combating the Commandant of Confusion [Review]

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 2/27 Karen Wilber wrote: Mark Sayers has written an engaging study of the way modern people struggle with the question of identity. And when I say “engaging, I mean I couldn’t put it down.  We live in the age of the “horizontal self”, pressured to create public personas based on the images around us.  We brand ... Book Review: The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

On 2/10 Karen Wilber wrote: Just in time for Mother’s Day, Thomas Nelson has released the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers. The Biblical text is the New Century Version (NCV), a more sophisticated revision of the International Children’s Bible.  Although adults might balk at a Bible with a 5th grade reading level, ... Book Review: Mom's Bible--God's Wisdom for Mothers

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

On 1/26 Karen Wilber wrote: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do: 8 Principles for Finding God’s Wayby Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John TownsendEvery once in awhile I come across a book that I purchase just to give away.  This is just such a book. Feeling lost? Battling addiction or depression?  Experiencing ... What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 12/29 Karen Wilber wrote: Joan Chittister’s book is her love letter to the liturgical year.  The first few chapters engage the reader in the beauty of spiritual development, guiding us toward a more meaningful relationship with God.  Subsequent chapters outline the various seasons of the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, ... Review of The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

Karen's Rating:

3 Stars

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Kabul 24

Kabul 24

On 10/3 Karen Wilber wrote: In August 2001 the Taliban kidnapped Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer after a gathering in an Afghan home where they’d been invited as guests, then betrayed by their hosts.  For the next 48 hours, the Taliban unleashed their fury on the offices of Shelter Now International (SNI) imprisoning ... Book Review: Kabul24 by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson

Karen's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Jesus Book

The Jesus Book

On 8/26 Karen Wilber wrote: Who is Jesus? What did he do? Where did he live? Why did he die on a cross for me? Author Stephen Elkins created The Jesus Book "to help teach children about the life of Christ and how to enter into a life-long relationship with him." Gevry's whimsical illustrations lovingly portray Jesus as a man who ... The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins; ill. by Claudine Gevry

Karen's Rating:

5 Stars

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