Friday, March 9, 2018

1, 2, 3, God Made Me

This book is a delight to both my 4 year old and my 8 month old.  The colors are vibrant and the story is cute.  I like the rhyming pattern, which I basically sing-song, that helps keep them attentive as well.  The part that was unexpected is the multiple children on a page so when you add them all up there are 3 noses or 8 hands. I felt that this could be a bit confusing for kids if they are listening and not really seeing the page, like my son did from across the room. Admittedly though, there are few body parts that we have more than two of, so that would be a short book.  But there are interesting additions like 9 freckles.

And I really liked the story references to praising God and He being the creator as well as actual scriptures listed on some pages.

Overall, I recommend this book for younger children!

*I received this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion from B&H Publishers.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review: CSB Apologetics Study Bible

So like most American Christians, I have a number of Bibles.  I have different translations and some that are study Bibles, some that are hardcover and some that are a bit more lightweight and easier to travel with.  And I enjoy most of these Bibles for the unique attributes that they have.

About 7 years ago with the recommendation of my husband, I made the switch from the New International Version (NIV) translation to the English Standard Version (ESV).  And then a few years after that I tried the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as well.  That one however, was not my favorite and so I switched back to the ESV.

Recently, I say recently but it may have been a year ago, my husband began talking about the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) and he bought me the She Reads Truth CSB Study Bible.  I have enjoyed using it, but do find it to be quite heavy and bulky with a small print.  I do like the CSB version greatly though and also the information in the She Reads Truth Bible.

About a month ago, I was sent the Apologetics CSB Study Bible to review for B&H Publishers.  It has quickly become my favorite.  From the start, I was a fan of opening the Bible and it staying on the page I turned to without needing to be weight down.  And then when I started reading I was excited to see a larger print size that I need as I'm getting older, but not so large that I feel like I'm in my 80s.  Then I started scrolling through the articles and reading many of them and the great defense the authors give that are backed up with scripture. 

If you are in the market for a Bible, I highly recommend the CSB version and really either of the Bibles I mention above would be great for you.  If you want some deeper study articles, again both will work for you.  But if you want to see how the Bible gives defense for the common questions most non-believers ask, then I recommend you get the Apologetics Bible.

And of course, the main part is to be reading God's word, no matter which version you choose!

I'd love to hear from you though, if you have either of the Bibles above and what your thoughts are of them, leave a comment!


*I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Big and Little Coloring Devotional is a Game Changer

So I will be the first to admit that I do not spend enough time in the Word with my son.  I will save you from all the excuses that I have, some you may have used yourself, and instead I will tell you what I have found that helps us have some quality time each week in Bible Study.

On Saturday mornings, I like to wake up and have some coffee and read my Bible or even catch up on my study throughout the week if there is a day I missed. #realtalk 

My 4 year-old has started joining me.  So after we finish, I break out his Awana Cubbies book and we do the lesson and Bible Study for the next week and discuss his memory verse.  

Another resource I have used is the Big and Little Coloring Devotional.  There is a devotion that I can share with my son at the same time we are coloring a page about the topic.  One side has a page facing him and the other has a page facing me with the devotion. Take a look at the picture below pulled from the creator's website at


This week's devotion was about Jesus as our Shepherd and went hand in hand with the lesson in his Cubbies book for this week!

I highly recommend this book if you have kids who enjoy coloring and you do as well.  It's a great way to have them sit for just a bit and discuss God together.

The Big and Little Coloring Devotional is available on Amazon or other retailers.

If you get a copy of this book, comment below and let me know how it has impacted quality devotional time with your kids!

Love in Christ, 


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.