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A Tale of Two Kingdoms & God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation – Review

Bible studyHeather Kendall is an author who lives here in Canada. She is also a Bible Study leader, Sunday School teacher, and mother of three grown sons. I received her books, A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation, in exchange for an honest review.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms is split up into two parts: Waiting For The Promised Seed and Responding to the Promised Seed. The promised seed, of course, is Jesus. Heather tells the story of the Bible – following God’s kingdom and Satan’s as the story unfolds. Peppered throughout, she shares her own stories and musings to illustrate.

God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation is a good companion book. Follow along with A Tale of Two Kingdoms chapter by chapter, and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation gives you scriptures to read and points to ponder.

We have been reading A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation in our homeschool – mostly with my 14 year old, but sometimes we read aloud with my 9 year old as well. In fact, we have been incorporating chapters surrounding Christ’s birth into our nightly Advent celebration this month.

While at times I do disagree with some of Heather’s take on scripture, it is good food for thought and is great for generating discussion with my teen. It would be ideal for a Bible study with older teens or adults. Learn more by watching the Youtube trailer for God’s Unfolding Story here.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation are available for purchase on the Tale of Two Kingdoms website or on Amazon. A Tale of Two Kingdoms is $21 CDN or $23 US and God’s Unfolding Story is $20 CDN or $22 US.

I received A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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How Do We Know God Is Really There? Children’s Book Review

how-do-we-know-god-is-really-there-.jpg Apologia is launching a new series of picture books for children, designed to introduce kids to the important questions of the Christian faith. How Do We Know God Is Really There? is the first in the series.

How Do We Know God is Really There? follows a boy and his father as they go about their usual evening routine, viewing the night sky through their telescope. This quiet moment leads to one of those terrific parent-child discussions we parents are familiar with – the son asks the question which forms the title of the book. The father’s proof of God’s existence draws upon the topic of astronomy, and includes Edwin Hubble’s observations of our expanding universe and the fact that everything has a cause.

This book makes a great read-aloud and is designed for children up to about age 8. My 9 year old daughter still enjoyed reading it, though. The fanciful drawings by Chrisopher Voss and sturdy, sewn binding, make this a beautiful book. You can see for yourself: download a sample of How Do We Know God Is Really There?, which contains the opening pages of the book.

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How Do We Know God Is Really There? is just $16.00 US plus shipping.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

**I received How Do We Know God is Really There? as part of the Mosaic Reviews program. All opinions are my own.**

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The World’s Greatest Stories Bible Story CD’s – Review

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The World’s Greatest Stories are a series of Bible stories.  We received Volume 1: The Prophets CD in exchange for an honest review 🙂
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Each CD wis available in both King James and NIV versions, and we chose NIV.  Unlike other audio books, where the Bible stories are retold, each CD story is taken completely word-for-word from the Bible.  They are told by storyteller and actor George Sarris, who dramatically presents characters with different voices and a lot of enthusiasm, bringing them right to life!  I love this idea, especially since we are a drama-loving family 🙂

They are suggested for ages 4 and up, but I believe even younger children would enjoy listening to them.  My children, aged 7 and 12 enjoyed them for the most part, although they found one of the characters annoying and always ask me to skip that part of the CD.  These CD’s would be great for Children’s Church as well, and I plan to use them for ours in future.

Six volumes are available, including The Life of Christ, Joshua & Esther, and more.  Each CD is about one hour in length.  To listen to a sample of each of the CD’s, click HERE.  Each CD (or casette tape if you prefer) is available for ONLY $7.95 US plus $1.25 shipping – what a great deal!  And order 6  or more items and your shipping is free.

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Heroes & Villains of the Bible by Thomas Nelson – e-book Review

PhotobucketFor the past couple of weeks, we’ve been enjoying the Heroes & Villains of the Bible e-book on my iPod touch.  This is a children’s Bible, with selected text from the International Children’s Bible version, and is recommended for ages 9-12. Excerpts from 50 Bible stories, about heroes from Noah to Mary and villains from Satan to Judas, encourage children to be “real heroes”.

While my 7 year old daughter is capable of reading the text, she would still rather read a Bible story in more of a story format instead of in chapter and verse (and is currently enjoying her Thomas Nelson First Study Bible).  So, I will be keeping this handy for when she is just a little older and can enjoy it more.  She did enjoy discussing the stories though.  There are thoughts and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and always a statement about what “real heroes” do.  This is great for character-building.  I found the full-colour illustrations kind of odd looking, like not-very-well-done 3D animation, but my daughter didn’t seem to mind, just exclaimed in excitement at recognizing some  of her Bible favourites.

Heroes & Villains of the Bible is available as a hard cover book or as an e-book, in EPub, Mobi, and PRC format (I downloaded the EPub version for my iPod touch).  Check for availability at your local or online bookseller.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index – Review

Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index is a handy Bible reference book.  It contains over 8,000 subjects, names, places, things, concepts, events, and doctrines of the Bible AND 300 “word studies.”  In this one book you will see features of a concordance, topical Bible, and Bible dictionary.  It can be used with any translation of the Bible.  I feel very fortunate indeed to have received Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index from the Booksneeze program, in return for an honest review 🙂
From Adonai to Zion, I don’t think a single entry has been missed.  Each entry includes a definition and a list of Biblical verses in which the word is mentioned.  In the case of a person, the meaning of their name is listed, and then the major events in their life are listed along with the relevant verses.  My favourite feature is the word studies.  For each of these word studies, the original Hebrew or Greek word is given, along with its definition, meaning, and how it is used in different verses in the Bible.

This reference would be an excellent addition to anyone’s library, for your Bible lesson, Bible study, sermon, or a study in English literature dealing with Biblical allusions.  It would be useful for not only adults, but also for children about age 12 and up.  I like the fact that it is a compact paperback, which means that it is portable enough to tuck in your purse to travel with you to church or your small group.  The front cover says “Best Bible Subject Index Ever” and I have to agree!  We are going to be using this reference book a lot in our Biblical homeschool studies.

You can see a few pages for yourself HERENelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index has a retail price of $19.99 US.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Illustrated Bible Dictionary For Kids – Review

LifeWay Christian Stores is a chain of stores located in the U.S.  On their website you can see and purchase all their available products online.  You can also find them on Facebook.  I received the Illustrated Bible Dictionary from LifeWay Christian Stores, free, in exchange for an honest review 🙂

The Illustrated Bible Dictionary is designed for children ages 5-10.  It’s a beautiful book and my 7 year old loves leafing through and reading it.  One of her favourite pages is “Birds in the Bible” (unfortunately there is a minor publishing error on this page, the sparrow has a dove pictured by mistake, but just flipping to Sparrow under “S” I can show her what a sparrow really looks like).  The 212 pages are full of people, plants, animals, places, and various words that appear in the Bible.  Each entry ends with a verse where it appears referenced so you can look it up in the Bible.  Alternatively, if you are reading the Bible and come across a word that the child doesn’t understand, you can look it up together.  This dictionary is full of photographs and illustrations – the illustrations make me a little nostalgic as they remind me of the ones in a set of Bible books I had when I was a child 🙂  To see inside the Illustrated Bible Dictionary for yourself, click HERE.

There are a variety of books, music, software, DVD’s, etc. available through LifeWay.  The Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids is just $14.99 US at LifeWay Christian Stores.  Unfortunately, the lowest shipping charge to Canada is a whopping $25, plus a processing fee and taxes made this $14.99 item total $47.24 US.

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,