Monday, December 11, 2017

365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids by Kathryn Slattery Book Review

How do I know the Bible is true? What does it mean when the Bible talks about the kingdom of God? How can God be three persons at the same time? Help the kids in your life find answers to the questions they ask and deepen their faith along the way with 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, a unique daily devotional full of biblical answers to curious questions about God, the Bible, and Christian faith.

My Thoughts:

This little book is a hardback book around 8”x9” with 392 pages. There are no pictures on the pages. I would say that the age is for around 6-10. There is a ribbon bookmark to keep your place.

It written as a daily devotion that goes by days throughout the year. It covers many topics that you can read to your child for further discussions. You could easily jump around if you wanted to read it that way.

Each of the devotion has the date at the top, then the topic of discussions, a commentary from the author with a scripture verse or two. It ends with a prayer you can say. At the very bottom of the page it may direct you to another day pertaining to that same topic.

At the back of the book there is an Index of Questions from Time, God, God’s Promises, Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit, The Bible, Topics in the Old and New Testament, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons, Holidays, and Traditions, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Forever and Ever, Big Questions, and Famous Christians.

Would I recommend this book?

NO! I wouldn’t! I found many inaccuracies throughout.

Granted there are a few topics that I thought where well written. I’ll talk about what I felt was good first. I enjoyed the Famous Christian Section and learned something new. This was unique as I haven’t seen this written in this type of a format before. I appreciate May 8th and how they explained the differences between a Jew and Gentile. It was well written and not bias towards the Jews. 

On May 9th- “Why Does God’s Name Sometimes Appear as Lord in the Old Testament?” She does a good job explaining there are no vowels in Hebrew and how it was translated in English. How the Jewish people today substitute God’s name with Adonai, or HaShem, and spelling God’s name by leaving out the middle letter G-d. They do this in reverence of God. 

Now for a few inaccuracies and parts that I didn’t care for:

 January 2nd topic is, “Why Do Christians Celebrate Special Seasons and Holidays” it uses the scripture: You will announce the Lord’s appointed feast as a holy meeting. These are my special feast. Leviticus 23:1-2 The days the author list is Epiphany, The Season of Lent, Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints Day, The Season of Advent, and Christmas.

My Bible says that the feast covered in Leviticus weekly Shabbat, Passover, Unleaven Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets(Yom Teru’ah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Feast of Tabernacle (Sukkot). If I was a child or parent and if I read the scriptures portion first I would be confused if they didn’t match the list she wrote.

There are a lot of other holidays covered like Saint Valentine and Saint Patrick and other holidays that are covered. I didn't care for these as I don't see them as Biblical.

September 13 & 14: talk about Saint Francis and Saint Patrick Prayer. I consider these man-made prayers not Biblical. These are based off a religion. There are a few other dates that are like this also.

April 2nd-“Why Do We Celebrate Easter in Springtime and the Easter Bunny and Painted Eggs” She says that Easter is linked to Passover. Just because they are celebrated in the spring doesn’t mean they are linked. Some European Jews put a roasted Egg on the Passover Seder Plate. It has nothing to do with Easter. Historically the egg is a pagan practice. Jesus rose of First Fruits.

October 30: Talks about Horoscopes, Fortune Telling, and Ouiji Boards-not a topic for younger kids so this is more of a warning. She does a great job explaining these items but, some parents may not want to deal with this with younger kids. October 31 explains that Halloween was originally a pagan practice-nice job.

November 1- What is All Saints Day”-a Christian Holy day that honors saints. Maybe for some religions but, the only honor I want to give is to my Savior Jesus. There are other holidays like this mentioned also.

There are many questions that are helpful in this book but, many that are inaccurate and are not in God’s word. So if you do have this book I would recommend you read it first before introducing this to your children.

I just didn’t care for this book and I can’t recommend it.

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I received a free copy of this product from FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NIV, Thinline Bible, Bonded Leather, Black, Indexed, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print Review

Easy to Read. Easy to Carry.

With a new, easy-to-read typeface, the NIV Thinline Bible invites you to linger over, engage with, and deeply explore God’s Word. Expertly designed for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print® delivers a smooth reading experience that complements the most widely read contemporary-English Bible translation. Measuring less than an inch thick, it is the perfect on-the-go Bible to take to church, your Bible study group, work, or travel.
  • The full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Easy-to-read
  • 9.4-point print size exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
  • Less than one inch thick
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Double-column format
  • Presentation page
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Indexed edition
My Thoughts:

It’s about time I come across a small Bible I can carry around that I can read! The font is the Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface. Honestly that part looks the same to me. What I notice for this size of Bible is that the 9.4 point print size!

This is a beautiful black bonded leather cover. Nothing fancy on the cover. The Bible has your basic presentation page for gifting or to put your name in it in case you leave it on the pew at church it may find its way back to you.

The Bible is a nice size for a bag or purse at 9 ½” x 6 ½” and weights slightly over a pound. There is approximately 1,088 pages in this Bible. The pages have the silver gilding. Overall the pages are your basic thickness that is common in most Bibles. Some highlighters and pens will bleed through or leave a shadow on the opposite page. The pages are laid out in two column format.  

I love that many Bible today come equipped with 2 ribbon bookmarks. The ribbons are a different color with a burgundy and black color ribbon.

Another feature that I love is that the Bible is in the Lay-Flat format. I like it when I can have my Bible open and it not closing shut on me!

There is a Table of Contents both in the order of the Bible and an alphabetical order of the books of the Bible. This Bible also has a thumb index. I love the tab feature in a thinline Bible. A basic introduction about the Bible and translation is at the front of the Bible.

There isn’t an introduction at the beginning of the books of the Bible. I didn’t expect and introduction in a thinline Bible. The words of my Lord and Savior are in red. The last page in the Bible you have your Table of Weights and Measures.

The only thing I wish that this Bible would have includes is the maps. This is a nice Bible to carry with you everywhere.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan Book Review

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved. 

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial. 

As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk? 

My Thoughts:

Deadly Proof is the first book that I have read by Rachel Dylan and it is also the first book in the Atlanta Justice Series. This is a Christian legal/mystery thriller.

The story starts out slowly building up the plot and overall the story flows well and makes it an easy read that will keep you up late into the night.

Kate is one of many attorneys working on a class action lawsuit of a major pharmaceutical company that has been causing brain tumors for patients taking one of their medications. One of the employees of the company contacts Kate and tells her that there is much more going on than what she is seeing. Kate decides to hire a private investigator Landon James. The more she digs into this massive case high profile case accidents start happening.  Kate finds herself needed security for herself. I’m not going to give away any spoilers so you will have to read it for yourself.

The characters are all well developed and the plot is entertaining. The author weaves in a thread of faith throughout the story.

Deadly Proofs verdict-this has been an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this series.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Silk Plants Direct Review

I love plants and the color and warmth they bring to a home whether outside or inside. The reality is that nowadays I don’t have the time to care for them. With 2 kids, 4 animals, homeschooling, a daughter with special needs, and a very hectic schedule I don’t have much time to devout to plants anymore. I have a few that I forget about often.

Recently, I received a plant from Silk Plants Direct. It’s an outdoor Grass-Lavender Green- and I intended on putting it outdoor except I have a coffee table that has been looking bare ever since my kitty decided to destroy the plants and dig up my terrarium that has lived a happy life for many years until it had a kitty disaster. Eventually it will end up outdoors. Before- I was introduced to Silk Plants Direct I wouldn’t have considered another plant on my coffee table. My kitty can’t eat, climb, or dig up a silk plant.

Kitty Disaster happens with my plants. He doesn't care for the taste of artificial plants!

Grass-Lavendar Green comes in a container that is in a resin pot to withstand the outdoor elements. The container is an earthy charcoal color with a lion head on two sides. The container itself has a lot of details and colors. The container is molded and has a nice form to it.

The plant arrangement is 13” height and approximately 5”x5” width. Looks very realistic with the two varieties of grasses on the outside of the boarder. One of the grasses has a two toned green-burgundy color. The inside of the floral display has the lavender plant that is also a multi colored with soft green and pink color. The texture is different on the flowers also as they actually feel softer. The floral arrangement is held in place by foam and it’s in there really good. I don’t have to worry about it coming out in the Kansas wind. The best part is that it doesn’t require any watering and its kitty safe. I could run the plant under water to clean it or spray it with water.

Silk Plants Directs website is easy to navigate. You can search what you are looking for easily and narrow down your search if you don't want to look through several pages for an item. If you have a price range, color, or a specific plant in mind you have an option to choose your search options.
 A large variety for everyones style to choose from

I had a hard time choosing a plant as Silk Plants Direct has a plethora of choices to choose from. They have both indoor and outdoor plants. Silk Plants Direct has potted and un-potted plants you can purchase. Whether you are looking for floral arrangements, greenery, topiary, or palm trees. They have it! You can even have wedding bouquets, orchids, and custom made products. A large assortment of containers available in many shapes, materials, and price ranges.
 Silk Plants Direct can help give your home some curb appeal which my entry way needs some major curb appeal.
These would look so pretty on my bare front entry way.
We bought an old house with no curb appeal a few years ago and I would love to dress up my dreary front entrance sometime with a topiary and a wreath as that particular area needs some TLC. A beautiful maintenance free plant is right up there in my want list! What is appealing to me it that Silk Plants Direct has something for every style and budget in all the selections. If you don’t see what you like you can request a custom arrangement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.  


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