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Heroes for Young Readers Companion CD Review

Many young readers and families with children have enjoyed the vividly illustrated, rhyming Heroes for Young Readers books. Now these popular childrens books are supplemented with the new Heroes for Young Readers audio CDs.
   
This
audio CD contains activities for the following four Heroes for Young Readers books

Gladys Aylward
Eric Liddell
Nate Saint
George Müller

Enjoy a CD filled with book readings, songs, and fun activity tracks.

Ages: 4-8

(Product description taken from YWAM Publishing. Click link to purchase.)


 

My children are presently 10, 8, and 4 and they all enjoyed listening along with the Heroes for Young Readers Companion CD. The rhyming short stories had them asking insightful questions like why children had to suffer in Gladys Aylward’s story. The CD is a great addition to our children’s library even without the read along books. I do think; however, that the books would be nice to have so the kids could follow along, see pictures, and develop their reading skills. Each story starts with the same song and ends with another song that goes along with what was shared. The music was not my favorite, but the kids did not seem to mind.

For those of you looking for missional reading to encourage your children or yourselves, check out the Heroes for Young Readers and the Christian Heroes Series.

Homeschooling Families – Please note that there are unit study pintables available too.

I was given a CD copy by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Hungry for God by Margaret Feinberg {Review}

securedownloadHungry for God:

With passion and rare insight into the Scriptures, critically acclaimed author Margaret Feinberg shows how you can fulfill your heart’s deep hunger for God. How does God speak, and how can you learn to hear him whispering to you in the midst of daily affairs? Hungry for God will guide you toward the holy intimacy your spirit craves. (from Zondervan)

I enjoyed reading Hungry for God as one woman’s account into the depths of her walk with God. She unfolds how God speaks to her in a variety of ways. Margaret shares her heart and her stories in a very readable, enjoyable manner. I often found myself nodding along at times while thinking, I have had experiences that were similar and although there was not much new information presented, sometimes we just need a nudge and a reminder to meet with God and keep Him first. It is clear that the author loves God and wants you to as well.

I would caution people reading Hungry for God to remember that it is one woman’s experiences and thoughts. It is a book to encourage you to meet with God, read scripture, and listen for His movement in your life. It is not a Biblical study on how God shows Himself to people in the Bible. In fact, this is mostly about her personal walk (notice her head shot on the cover) with a few scriptures added. Her thoughts and not a lot of Biblical backup which always gives me pause when reading. So, my encouragement to you would be to take what Feinberg writes and match it up with what the Bible says. I hope that if you read Hungry for God it will be the testimony you need to inspire you to sit down with your Bible and spend time getting to know God. You know, to develop a hunger for God!

This book was given to be by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. There are my thoughts and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore {Review}

0310325587I sighed setting down Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore. I knew what she meant when she wrote, “..and pretend to care about potty training, what sports team the kids did or did not make, and manicures.” (pg.46) Finishing the third chapter reminded me of being in my tiny Florida living room with some women chatting about thread count of sheets. They were talking and I was listening because I could not have cared less. 

As I read about Shayne’s heart breaking for the extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa and her coming to terms with the fact that not everyone around her felt the same way. I could relate. It gave words and a story to what I remember feeling and wondering about. My life was not the same as the moms and women around me. I was not collecting things (except books) nor decorating a home because our goal was to sell everything and move to South America. I felt like an outsider at times. Perhaps you understand that feeling too.

As I moved through Shayne’s stories, I was in awe at the ways God compelled her towards and into some really big situations. I will admit that her quest toward helping in global social justice at times looked pretty glamorous; I was not feeling sorry for her sacrifice much of the book. At the same time, it shows what one woman can do when her heart is stirred and sometimes that ends up looking very different then we imagine. She weaves beautiful memories that make moms want to do more and watch for opportunities to get involved themselves.

Maybe God is moving your heart to join the ranks of moms doing missional acts big and small. If you are interested specifically in social justice issues, this book is full of statistics and ideas to help you get started. It was an inspiring read.

What is one thing you can do this week to live missionally and start following your passion?  {Read Danielle’s journey to following her passion posted last week.}

This book was given to me by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I do not endorse all the resources mentioned in her book.

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Good Manners for a Little Warrior by Kelly Chapman Review

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The adventure begins when Luke and his friends are transported to a time of knights and nice manners. At Warrior Prince Academy the boys are challenged to:

  • let kindness reign in their hearts
  • dine with divine dignity
  • become a Golden Rule Keeper
  • be a noble and gracious friend

Every parent, grandparent, and Sunday school teacher will be excited to bestow the godly lessons of chivalry, courage, and confidence on the young boys in their lives (summary from the Harvest House site.)

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Good Manners for a Little Warrior by Kelly Chapman is perfect for little children. The illustrations are well done, down to the details. Your littlest child will enjoy looking at the pages and seeing the antics even if they cannot read the story yet. This is the kind of book that can challenge newer readers while keeping their attention with interesting visuals.

September 2011 011There are several teaching moments within the five short chapters where you can pull out the manners that are being discussed and dialog with your child. I specifically enjoyed the list of “Royally Wrong Manners” on page nine as you can have your children brainstorm before you read the list to see if they can pick out the bad manners. I also liked the list of what a “Code Keeper” (page 20) looks like which has characteristics I would like my boys to learn and value.

The only drawback for me was that the story felt a little awkward in places especially as I was reading it aloud; however, I think that from a little boy’s point-of-view, it is just fine. After all, it it has adventure, knights, and sports. What more could you want?  My youngest was enthralled.

Have you read any of the Little Warrior Series?

I was given this book by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.