Monday, August 19, 2013

Caleb & Cassie Discover God's Wonderful Design

   Amazing!  My kids love this devotional that is designed for the whole family.  It is filled with fun and interesting stories, great discussions starters, and catechism.  I must admit that I have been extremely impressed with the design, layout, and content of the book.
   This is a fun way for the kids to learn Who created them, and why they are created.  Each story is centered around a day in the life of Caleb and Cassie's family.  Every story starts off with a Bible verse of the day.  Susan & Richie Hunt  have done an amazing job of creating a family devotional that not only entertains, but teaches kids important life lessons, scripture, and the basics of the Christian faith.
   I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, and I must say that out of all of the books I've reviewed, this is the best.  It's been more than a simple book review.  It has sincerely been an amazing blessing to our family.  I highly recommend this to every family who is looking for a way to make daily family devotions creative.  It's worked for us, it'll work for you.

Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars.

God Bless,

Marcus

Sherlock Holmes And the Needle's Eye - Book Review

 Sherlock Holmes And the Needle's Eye is a very unique book.  I must admit that I've never been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I chose to review this book because it peaked my curiosity.  The summary of the book is that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, travel back in time to solve several mysteries of the Bible.  Some of the mysteries they explore are:
   Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
   Is Zechariah the son of Berechiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
   Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
   Why did the Lord have the walls of Jericho collaspe?
   Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus?
   This was not my favorite book.  It was written in the old English form that so many Sherlock Holmes fans love. To me, it was hard to read and follow.  It seemed to skip around a lot.  I found myself lost and bored.  The good thing about the book is that each chapter actually made for a great Bible study.  The Bible lessons in the stories were awesome.  As a pastor, I found things I had never seen before.  Things like Arithophel being the grandfather of Bathsheba.  Bathsheba's husband and father were in the list of David's 30 mighty men.  David has her husband murdered so that he can marry her.  Arithophel is one of David's closest counselors, but after the murder of his granddaughters husband, he seems to have waited for the time when he could get back at David.  I won't give the rest of it away, but Len Bailey did an amazing job of research for this book.
   Overall, I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.  As far as reading goes, it simply didn't interest me at all.  As far as Bible study content, it was amazing.

   I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus

Alone Yet Not Alone - Book Review


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR; Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
   Alone Yet Not Alone is the story of a family who move from Germany to the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.  At that point in time, Central Pennsylvania was nothing more than a wilderness.  Neighbors were few and far between.  Life was hard, but good until trouble with the Indians occur.  The girls of the Leininger family are kidnapped during what it called The Penn's Creek Massacre.
   The author of the book, Tracy Leininger Craven, did a great job writing this true story.  I think what makes it even more effective is to know that the author is a descendant of the family in this story.  The story  has a Little House on the Prairie feel to it.  It's an exciting, scary(to my 9 year old), and fascinating(to my 6 year old) look at something that really happened just outside of Sealinsgrove, Pa.
   I would recommend this book to any family.  It's well written and great history.   The emphasis is on family, faith in God, and the sacrifice it took to make America the country it is. In the next few months, a movie based on the book, is scheduled to come out.  So check it out.  It's a really great book, and I'm sure the movie will be awesome!

God Bless,

Marcus

Monday, August 5, 2013

www.iamsecond.com - website review

   I am Second.  The words bring about a lot of thoughts about what that means.  When you watch the video's that are presented on the site www.iamsecond.com, you will come to understand that "I am second" is a verbal acknowledgment that God is #1 in my life.  The stories on this site deal with various issues such as abuse, death, abortion, anger, disappointment, divorce, etc.
   I watched a video of Josh Canales.  He was a college baseball player who hit a line drive in batting practice that hit a teammate in the back of the head, killing him.  He tells of the moments at the hospital, waiting to hear if his friend would live or die.  He describes the moment he first saw the parents of his friend and their attitude of forgiveness.  He continues to talk about feeling God's call on his heart to follow in his father's footsteps to be a pastor.  Ultimately, he left baseball in order to be a pastor.
   The link to this video is http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/josh-canales/.  I hope that you will go there and watch the stories of people just like you and me, and that you will be inspired by their path to understanding that God is #1.

God Bless,

Marcus