Greetings, everyone, from Kevin Thompson! We’re in full summer mode in Florida. Wake up. Already hot. Muggy all day. Afternoon thunderstorms. Go to bed. Wake up. Rinse and Repeat. So, I’m inside where the A/C is cool, the air is dry, and the Lay-Z-boy is comfy. It’s here that we welcome children’s book author, Diane Stortz!
Welcome, Diane! Tell us about your book, I AM: The Names of God for Toddlers.
Bible stories, verses, and prayers help toddlers and preschoolers get to know God by discovering the meaning of twelve different names for God, such as Creator, Savior, Healer, Teacher, and Friend. It’s an 8×8-inch board book with a padded cover.
That’s cool. Why did you write this book?
It was a natural follow-up to I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, and I AM Devotional, just for a younger age group. Each of the three books is based on names in the Bible for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and uses Bible stories and devotional thoughts to illustrate the meaning of each name. God tells us a lot through His names about who He is and what He does. As children learn about His names, they discover His character and His love for them and grow to know, love, and trust the great I AM more and more.
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Diane Stortz speaks Saturday, December 2, at Celebrate the Light, a Christmas dinner with the women of First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. On December 9, she’ll be reading and signing I AM and the I AM Devotional at a children’s story hour at Belong Christian Store in Mason, Ohio.
The Bunco Biddies are back in Book #3- Threes, Sixes & Thieves by Julie B. Crosgrove. In Bunco, when someone rolls three sixes, the game is over.
When burglars target homes in Sunset Acres with three and six in the house number, one finds the game is over for him when he is caught, thanks to Janie and her Bunco playing buddies. But when he is found hanged in his cell, the game is afoot once again.
Launches December 8th, but you can preorder it for your Kindle now. Doesn’t it deserve a present this season?
And here’s an enthusiastic review of the book from The Garden Window.
Christmas Is Coming! But Waiting Is Hard! Family Activities and Devotions for Advent
By Karen Whiting from Abingdon Press, 2016
Unfortunately I was too late to review this last year, but liked it so much that I was determined I would review it for this coming Advent!
From the highly appealing cover to the very last page, this book is crammed full of wonderful activities, ideas, hymns, songs, prayers, points to ponder, bible verses to study, Christmas facts and ideas on how to implement the Christmas message into everyday life in Advent.
The very first activity is to make your own Advent wreath from scratch. This does involve some finicky work on the part of a helpful adult/parent/godparent, but very complete instructions are given, and this wreath then sets the scene for the rest of Advent.
This is an ideal book for families with young children, but there is no reason at all why the ideas and activities could not be slightly adapted for older children too, and if I am absolutely honest, this is the sort of book I would be perfectly happy to buy and use just for myself.
There are lots of craft activities to make and do, with reproducible templates to be photocopied and then cut up, coloured in etc. Make garlands, snowflakes, Christmas gift tags, Jesse tree ornaments, cards, quick Christmas breads and so much more, all with Christian symbolism and messages to enjoy.
This is a most welcome addition to my Christmas collection.
Friday, December 1, 2017, Yvonne Ortega’s new, updated website went live! You can view her early Christmas present at www.YvonneOrtega.com
Craig von Buseck has been named Senior Editor for digital content at Inspiration Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina — the parent company of Inspiration TV, a Worldwide Christian Network, and the INSP Cable Network. Craig will oversee the content for Inspiration.org, the official website of Inspiration Ministries. He will also work with team to merge Inspiration’s video and print content into a newly designed website to launch in 2018. More exciting developments will be announced in the coming months. Please watch for opportunities to submit family-friendly content from a biblical worldview.
Craig has also launched a recently redesigned personal website where he posts his latest news, articles, interviews, podcasts, and other material. Check it out at www.vonbuseck.com