A book review of Melanie Shankle's book (New York Times Bestselling Author
Church of the Small Things: the Million Little Pieces that Make up a Life.
Caution: Do not read this book on a train.
I love train travel. It's relaxing, filled with many distraction-free hours where I can work quietly, plan, unwind, and read. So, I'd come prepared and I worked solidly for a couple of hours. But when the meal trolley rumbled down the aisle and thoughts and flavours of lunch filled the carriage, I decided to stop work and take a break.. maybe read a bit. Mmm... bad decision.
I'd read that the book I'd chosen, 'The Church of the Small Things- the Million Little Pieces that Make up a Life,' overflowed with Melanie Shankle's dry but warm humour. It sounded the perfect choice for my lunch break.
(Yep... affiliate links are included which means, if you buy through me, I get some coffee money ... though not enough for the raisin toast as well. Full disclosure listed below.)
I really enjoyed the introduction while I munched on my Greek salad. I read Melanie's perspective of the faithfulness of the mother who packed a lunch of five loaves and two fish for her boy one day in Galilee.
" I bet she didn't wring her hands over whether or not that lunch might matter in the larger scheme of God's plans and wish she could do something on a larger stage in front of an audience of people cheering her on, as she tucked that fish and those loaves into a basket, and she definitely didn't do an Instagram story about it. The bottom line is, she didn't do the glamorous thing; she did the faithful thing.'
I settled back, opened my orange juice, and decided I'd extend my lunch break a little and read some more. I started on chapter two.
But here's where I ran into difficulty because yes, it's funny. And the humour creeps in quietly, innocently, almost out of the blue, which is why I found myself holding my nose to keep in the laughter. After all, on a train, you can't exactly roll around on the floor laughing. (I was so glad I didn't have anyone sitting next to me, either. )
But this book is so much more than just entertaining recollections of life, though it is that. Rather, it highlights lessons learned and truths gleaned in the small but important pieces that make up life.
' ... life has a way of teaching you as you go, that it's usually not the big moments that make up a life as much as it is the small ones.'
Melanie discusses: family life and women today, life as a mixture of sad and sweet, trusting God in the big and small things, faithfulness in small things, God's care about even the smallest details of our lives and so much more...
'God's will isn't about the things we achieve; it's about the people we become. Life is more about how He uses us to make a difference to the people who cross our paths, even while we are just going about our normal, sometimes boring, lives.'
The Church of the Small Things: the million little pieces that make up a life by Melanie Shankle
So... should you read it? I think you'd be crazy if you didn't. It's one of those books that, the more you read, the more you'll enjoy it. It's filled with family reflections and memories, and lessons learned and reminders of the importance of the small, ordinary acts of daily faithfulness. These are the important things, these are the legacy we leave our family and friends... and everything presented is coloured with the lightness of laughter and humour.
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A challenge to individuals, the church, and the community to focus on the gift rather than the burden.
In Australia, one person in a hundred- or roughly 230,00 people- has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That's an huge number and constitutes the largest disability group in the Australian NDIS.
But I was blissfully unaware of this startling statistic... until grandson #3 arrived with all the activity and excitement of a new birth in the family.
And he was a cheerful little guy ... he delighted in music and listening to singing .. always ready to wrap his chubby little arms around your neck in a big hug... laughing all the time... still does. I cared for him quite a bit while his parents were working so I got to see a lot of him when he was little.
Murphy loved his cousins and followed them around giggling delightedly when they chased him or bounced with him on the trampoline. His eventual diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder affected his cousins not at all. They copied his 'happy hands' movement when one of them jumped especially high on the trampoline or flipped a somersault and Murphy laughed louder than anyone. The boys explained Murphy's difficulties to their curious gymnastics team members. So the whole team adopted Murphy's 'happy hands' wave during competitions to encourage one another. Cute!
But yes, living with Autism is not cute- it's not all laughter and 'happy hands.' So I was interested to read Ausomely Blessed by Beth Frank.
Actually, the book is more a compilation of stories and articles by numerous friends, family and specialists. All of them have a personal acquaintance with Autism Spectrum and special needs kids. You'll find chapters included like Ausome Opportunities, Ausome Potential, Ausome Friendship, Ausome Influence and more.
Caring for a special needs child can be an isolating existence. Autistic kids respond well to routine and repetition..So it's easier, and less stressful, to stay at home; a simple outing is fraught with the hazard of sensory overload resulting in an embarrassing meltdown. And parents of children with autism, many of whom are non-verbal, just don't have anyone or anywhere they can relax, unwind and talk to about these concerns. Unless you've experienced it yourself it's hard to relate.
Find encouragement for the everyday struggles
Ausomely Blessed provides just that type of encouragement. It doesn't sugar-coat the problems. It describes heart-rendering, relatable and real situations- the sort of situations where other parents can say, "Yes! I know what you mean. I've experienced something similar."
-- 'A diagnosis isn't a mandate to watch life from the sidelines, but a call to a destiny of greatness.' --
Focus on the gift, not the burden
Ausomely Blessed does more than just offer encouragement and support. It's so easy to spend all your time listing the problems and yes, there are many.
But there are also so many positives. God didn't make a mistake when He made these kids and neither was He surprised by the problems. He knows it all. Each child is an individual who is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. Our family would be the poorer without Murphy's laughter and happiness, his excitement to be with friends and family and his hugs. The problems are just one side of the coin and reading this book is a reminder to look for the joy.
-- 'Every individual with special needs has ausome potential.' --
Look for the hidden potential
Ausomely Blessed also takes time to encourage you, as parents, to look beyond the current circumstances. Each child has potential that you can develop. So take time to regularly challenge your child. Jumpstart their imagination. Turn everyday events into learning experiences. Encourage them to dream. Keep it fun... and remember, God loves to open doors.
This small clip was created by SOAR Special Needs Ministry, and mentioned in this book. It's a reminder to look for the hidden potential in everyone and especially those with special needs.
-- "The greatest legacy is not what we leave for people; it's what we leave in people." --
Become agents of change
Community's perception of those with special needs has changed greatly but still more needs to be done to break down barriers and build understanding and acceptance of individuals and families of those with special needs. It's only when special needs kids and their families are included as valuable members of the church and the community that they will bless others as they also are blessed.
Ausomely Blessed encourages you to be an agent of change, to encourage change in the community and in your church. This type of change has already resulted in a heightened understanding of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Change has created an increased understanding that those with autism are often highly intelligent, hard-working and willing to go the extra mile to achieve a desired task outcome. Consequently, many employers realise it makes sound business sense to employ these people.
Change has also resulted in some supermarkets introducing quiet hour each week for those who struggle with sensory overload. So, for an hour, lights are dimmed, registers and scanners are turned down to the lowest levels, trolley collections and PA announcements are avoided and trained members are available to help customers... and more customers support these innovations and shop at these stores.
Maybe the next changes will be initiated by you!
Check out this book and discover how 'ausomely blessed you really are!'
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Ahh... a quiet afternoon, a hot cup of coffee, a cosy spot in the sun, and a good book... What better way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
It's even better when the book is one by Irene Hannon. I've enjoyed a few of Irene's suspenseful mysteries so I was looking forward to Dangerous Illusions.
The story opens on a tense scene enacted within a stormy setting.
'Fingers clutching the door knob, he stared at the shadowy figure as shock thrummed through his nerve endings. In the background, another eruption of electricity slashed across the inky sky. A sharp crack of thunder shook the walls of the house. Rain pummelled the tulips rimming the porch, beating their heads into submission!'
And so.. the scene is set. In fact, the introduction has all the satisfying elements of an exciting mystery: 'It begins with on a dark night where a dark man waits with a dark purpose' sort-of entrance to the story.
But more follows. There's an engaging but capable heroine, a quiet, pensive and insightful friendly investigator, a twist of romance and loose ends throughout that keep you wondering and guessing just how they all tie together.
And what about the illusions?
Let's begin with a close community, a respectable neighbourhood, that suddenly hears whispers of scandal and rumours of suspicious behaviour, lurking beneath a calm public facade.
The investigating detective notes: 'The neighbourhood might be posh, but as he'd learned throughout the years, ugliness didn't have a zip code. Crime happens everywhere.'
And there was a crime. An unexpected, unfortunate and seemingly accidental death camouflages a murder and a sinister purpose.
Where does the guilt lie and why? When everyone involved presents the illusion of innocence and respectability, who can you trust? As danger hovers in the shadows, will the answers be found too late?
'Evil intent often lurked beneath a veneer of respectability.'
If you enjoy a good mystery, especially one with suspense and romance thrown in as well, then you should read Dangerous Illusions. Can you solve the puzzle? Can you break the illusions?
About the Author
Irene Hannon has written more than 50 romantic suspense and women's fiction novels. She has received a string of awards such as Daphne du Maurier award, Carol awards, HOLT medallion, National Readers' Choice award and more. She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.
You can read more about Irene Hannon on her author website.
I would like to thank Revell Books & NetGalley for providing me with the opportunity to read, and review, this book. (Copy provided for personal review through NetGalley.)
Book One Code of Holour
by Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
A book review from AtGrandmasPlace of Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life
I cupped the steaming cup of coffee in my hands listening quietly to my daughter's latest recount of my grandsons and their exploits, and smiled.
"But Mum... I'm saying things to my kids that I could never have imagined would ever come out of my mouth. After all, who else has to tell their boys not to lick the floor? Why do they even do that?"
The painful truth is that family life little resembles the soft, watercolour scenes we often see painted in the movies. It's exhausting, full-on and messy.
It's something that Betsy Snyder shares in her book, Stepping on Cheerios- Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life.
What you can expect in this book
You'll read about the author's experiences as she and her husband raise four small boys- one plus triplets. Betsy deals with 'neon-blue, glitter gel toothpaste smeared into the rug, hieroglyphic pencil marks along the hall and scratched furniture from assorted swords and ninja tools. (And you thought yours was the only home with Ninja warriors!)
You'll also find sane advice and plenty of bandaids, both metaphoric and real. You'll be presented with advice like... 'No-one can do it all', 'Less comparing please', and 'Nurture something with your kids'.. lessons in faith learned through the messiness of family living.
And you'll be reminded that there's something very special about the seemly overwhelming challenges of life with energetic young ones . 'And then God smiles, light breaks and the darkness rolls away, so that God can declare, "That's good!" '
Who will enjoy Stepping on Cheerios?
Do you struggle with the creative chaos of living with energetic little ones? Have you been bruised to the bone by stepping on Lego or maybe even believe the blocks are embedded in your feet? Have you entered your living area to discover metres of dental floss, duct tape and assorted containers assembled for a 'speriment? Yes? Then you'll relate to this book.
Betsy has written in a light, journaling style, noting the fun and messy exploits of her kids as well as the faith lessons she has learned in the process. It's makes the book easy to pick up read without feeling that you're reading out of sequence or context. The lessons are light and easy to live from and learn.
About the author
Betsy Singleton Snyder became a mother later in life, is a pastor and wife to a husband who served in US House of Representatives. She certainly found her life had changed dramatically when she found herself with 4 children, boys, within 21/2 years.
If you'd like to learn a bit more about Betsy and her book Stepping on Cheerios, you can listen to her conversation below where she shares, "What we get is not always what we want, but what we most need, is making it through the hard and fun stuff that happens in our families - that crazy, messy tangled ball of people who are learning to practice forgiveness, grace and love."
Friends with God Story Bible: Why God loves people like me.
Well, yes.... another Bible Story book and I guess you're thinking... 'Hey, I have a Bible Storybook for my kids or grandkids. Why would I need another one?'
So....do your kids need it? This review will help you decide.
5 Simple reasons you need the Friends with God Story Bible- why God loves people like me
When information about another Bible Storybook slid into my Inbox, I wondered whether I needed it, too. After all, three children and eight grandchildren translates into an already bulging bookshelf. Some we've read and enjoyed. Others have well-worn covers, ragged corners and loose pages.
Those are the ones that we've read and re-read over and over. Their vibrant illustrations have grabbed my kids' (and grandkids') attention and excited their imagination. The pages have held stories of a loving God who knows and deeply cares about each one of those young, captured readers. And the words have continued to live in their young hearts and minds. Yes, some of these Bible storybooks have been special.
So, do I (or you) need this new one? I can certainly understand the question.
But then, what if your kids.........
1. ...could actually feel a part of the story?
Friends with God Story Bible is written in the first person. So your kids will hear the story from the protagonist's point of view, with all the emotions that go with that. It's not just a story. It's a recount and it will resonate with your kids in a meaningful way. They will feel connected, involved.
2. ...could hear personal stories of 54+ friends of God?
This isn't just a handful of stories. It's enough for a whole year of exciting reading if you read and learn about one friend of God each week. And extra devotional material is included to help you extend each story beyond the pages of a book.
3. ...could also play Bible games and discover Bible facts
You'll find that this story Bible has an interactive element built in that works in conjunction with an app- IOS or Android. Throughout the Story Bible are special icons- a smiling face. Your kids will have fun finding them, too. Simply download the free app. Then scan the page with the icon. You'll come face to face with friends of God plus unlock interactive games.
4. ...could collect and share digital cards of the Friends of God
Not only does this connected app share more information and games, it enables your kids to win virtual collectible character cards. They'll learn even more entertaining facts about these Bible characters. They'll feel they really know them. And they can even add their own image to create their very own card.
5. ...could grow in their own friendship with God?
They'll hear and share in the amazing stories when God stepped into the picture and everything changed. As they read this book they 'face lions, cross rivers, slay giants and stare into a glittering desert sky, awed by God making impossible promises come true.' And they'll realise that this same God wants to be friends with them, too.
This Friends with God Story Bible is just so much more than just a book of Bible stories. The vibrant illustrations add their own unique quality to the personal stories of these Bible friends. And, you'll discover fun, devotional ideas with real-life activity ideas to connect with family and friends.
You can choose either a hardcover version of the story Bible or download it as a Kindle version.
You can find it here...
A book review of 'The Joy of Letting Go' -Releasing your teen into real life in the big world.
How well prepared are your kids for the journey of life ahead?
As parents, we have become so adept at creating a safe, nurturing environment for our children, whether it's installing the latest, state-of-the-art car seat or stressing the importance of always riding a bike with a helmet to teaching stranger danger, that it's hard to pry our hands from the controls.
How can we learn to let go, bit by bit, in ways that will nurture and encourage our children's development, their confidence and their ability to increasingly stand on their own two feet without fracturing our relationship with them.
Letting go is a process and 'The Joy of Letting Go' shows us in small, manageable ways how we can navigate this process in ways that will enable both you and your child to thrive.
Vicki Caruana is an author of more than 70 articles and 13 books. She is also an experienced teacher, conference speaker, writer's mentor and frequent guest on radio and TV programs discussing education and parenting topics. And.. as a mother, she brings first-hand insights coupled with inspiration that overflows with real stories of families, mothers and kids. Their challenges long the road to mature confidence and independence will resonate with everyone.
More than that, Vicki's practical advice provides practical skills and direction for allowing your kids to move beyond the comfort zone of home and reach for what lies ahead.
Chapters in this easy-to-read book include topics like Telling the truth in love, First job frustrations, What's for dinner, and Milestones or millstones. The 52 short chapters are perfect for bite-sized daily reading. You might prefer to read one chapter per week and each reading's Thought Poke will provide incentive to do more than just read- but think through its application in your own family's life and take action, as well.
You'll read about allowing kids to make their own choices and live with the consequences, encouraging them to problem solve, developing college and career readiness and managing finances.
You will also be challenged yourself to choose words wisely and time-appropriately as you deal with your kids and teens, remembering that your actions speak louder than your words.
Is this a book for parents of teens? Yes.. but it's also a book for anyone with kids of any age. The journey towards independence is gradual and begins right now. Are you ready?
I only wish that this book had been written when my own kids were young. I'm sure these insights and advice would have helped me instigate many small but progressive steps that led my own children to confident independence. It would, I'm sure, have saved a lot of heartache.
Read more from Vicki Caruana
* Read 4-Day Reading Plan
* Vicki's blog- Apples & Chalkdust, where education and parenting collide and coincide
I would like to thank DavidCCook , NetGalley and Litfuse for providing me with the opportunity to read, and review, this book. (Copy provided for personal review through NetGalley.)
The Joy of Letting Go
'Releasing your teen into real life in the big world'
by Vicki Caruana
Publisher: David C Cook
FIND YOUR COPY HERE..
Brave is the new beautiful - a book review
Have you ever wished you were beautiful?
Our culture is so absorbed, even fixated, on the concept of personal perfection- beautiful skin, beautiful face, beautiful body, beautiful appearance and style and poise.
Advertisements and many businesses promote this striving for physical beauty. Fitness trainers, diet and weight-loss programs, skin clinics and plastic surgeons all provide help for those who seek another image than the one that stares back at them each morning from the bathroom mirror.
This book is not about that. It’s not about the idea that beauty is defined by a fit body or gap-spaced thighs. It’s about recognising a new kind of beauty that has nothing to do with sunshine and rainbows, butterflies and flowers. Rather, it’s about recognising that everyone experiences pain and suffering.
‘None of us walks through this life without a story to tell or wounds to be healed. The truth is, life is really tough, and it is full of challenges.’
Many of us are scarred both inside and out. And none of us is perfect. Life isn’t that simple.
“Beauty is the woman who sees her brokenness and acknowledges the scars of life but doesn’t try to cover them up or hide behind them.’
Instead, this book overflows with stories of beautiful women, women who bravely bear the pain and ask the hard questions. And sometimes the questions have no concrete answers.
Lee addresses these questions and more with inspirational stories of women who have bravely stepped beyond their suffering to true beauty.
‘The kind of bravery we’re talking about isn’t the kind that conquers; it’s the kind that submits and relinquishes control to God’ and asks, ‘Am I being true to who God made me to be?’
This is true bravery. This is true beauty.
The recount of each amazing, beautiful woman concludes with reflection questions, questions that challenge and inspire.
It’s a reminder that, more than anything, we need each other. We need to encourage. We need to share. We need to draw close and listen to each other- not because we can fix the problems, but because, in turn, we can be vulnerable. We can be brave and help others see hope. We can look for and see beauty in others. We can cheer others on. And, importantly, we need to remind one another that we can never run out of God’s grace.
Are you fighting a battle? Have you been wounded, scarred?
This book whispers, like a Christopher Robin telling Winnie the Pooh: “There’s something you must remember… you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Brave is the new Beautiful is a powerful reminder that ‘when we put a period in our life story and think it’s the end, God puts a semi-colon’.
A Bible that rhymes is fun to read,
"See you later, alligator." My grandson grinned and waved from the car.
I laughed and called back, "In a while, crocodile!"
"Give a hug, ladybug," he replied. I laughed again.
"Good one, Caleb. How about... Out the door, dinosaur."
There's no doubt about it- kids love rhymes. It's not for nothing that, across generations, nursery rhymes have universal appeal.
So, any Bible Storybook for kids that rhymes has instant allure. And this one is no exception.
It's been said that, if you think reading is boring you're doing it wrong. Well, whether you're reading these stories to your kids or your early readers are reading the stories themselves, they're sure to delight.
34 Bible stories from both Old & New Testament
You'll enjoy reading aloud the 34 stories included in The Children's Rhyming Bible: 16 Old Testament stories and 18 stories taken from the New Testament.
From Creation to stories of Paul in the New Testament, these short, easy-to-read stories are biblically accurate and perfect for young children.
The storybook is filled with colourful illustrations, bright language rhythms and age-appropriate vocabulary.
'So Moses led his people out,
Author: Courteney & Janice Emmerson-Hicks
Illustrator: Anna Shutterwood
Publisher: Rose Publishing
(Copy provided for a honest review.)
Everything you wanted to know about making your own natural spa products at home..
Do you know what's the most frustrating aspect of living with Coeliac Disease?
Reading the food labels. No, really.... I mean it! I spend so much time in the food aisles of the supermarket just reading the fine print on labels.
I know that seems really trivial. But I'm sure that anyone with a food intolerance, sensitivity or severe allergic reaction to certain foods will agree, it's crucial to read food labels on products. It's time-consuming, and frustrating. But the result of consuming something containing gluten can be most unpleasant for me. There are many times when a food product will look natural and appetising and often state that it is made from rice or corn. But when I've read the fine print, I've discovered that wheat, or barley or oats, has also been listed as an ingredient.
Now, while I'm very careful about what I eat, what I put into my body, I'm equally careful with the ingredients I use on the outside as well.
And that's why I was really interested to read Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus.
After all, have you read the ingredients included in so many of the beauty products on the shelves of supermarkets, pharmacies and even health shops? And, if you have tween and teens, it's an added concern to find natural, healthy alternatives for them to use. This book is written for this younger age-group but I think it would be something you could do together.
This is a recipe book that is filled with recipes to soothe your body on the outside from your head to your toes.
You'll be able to create your own home-made beauty spa products that are as wonderfully relaxing as the bought version on the shelves. Make them for yourself or your teen or, better yet, involve them in making their own beauty products. And... the recipes are all made with natural ingredients.
For Hands & Feet - Body - Face - Hair
As the book states: "It's time to pamper yourself!"
You'll find recipes for products like:
*Minty Homemade Toothpaste *Exfoliating Face Scrub *Foot Soaks for tired toes *Vanilla Honey Shower Scrub.
There's even instructions for making a Shower Pouf and Boho Hair Wrap.
Many recipes use ingredients already in your home.
Your home is probably already stocked with many of the simple ingredients needed such as baking soda, olive oil and vanilla extract.
Other specialty ingredients should be easily found at local stores or online. (I've included some links to online stocks if you can't locate them elsewhere.)
The book contains a full list of ingredients along with the use and benefits of each but check what you'll need for each natural beauty product before you buy anything. Most beauty recipes only use a couple of ingredients so there's no need to buy everything on the list. Only buy the ingredients as, and when, you need them to avoid unnecessary expense.
Essential oils in recipes
Essential oils are also included in many recipes and these can be readily found at health food stores, organic grocery stores pharmacies or online.
Essential oils have become very popular not merely for their wonderful fragrances, but also for aromatherapy and the health benefits for your hair, skin and body. Please take note, though, of the recommended quantities in the recipes. Generally, only a few drops are needed.
Package these spa products as gifts
The book also includes ideas for packaging your products so that you can give others some beautifully presented, and wonderfully natural, products as gifts.
It's helpful, too, that the book lists safe storage suggestions for your ingredients. And... if you or your friends or family have skin sensitivities and allergies, it's always wise to check with your doctor or dermatologist before ensuring any product, whether it's store bought or naturally prepared.
80 essential recipes for natural spa products
Author: Aubre Andrus
Publisher: Switch Press
Publish date: May 1, 2017
Nonfiction: ages 14-18
(Copy provided for a honest review.)
Do you have toddlers, little ones under 5? Do you struggle with sharing the story of God's truth and love with these little ones?
Sure, you can read to them or tell them the stories from the Bible.... and you should. But you know it should be more than that. You know you want to make it real, and regular, and a natural part of life.
(Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deut 11:19)
So.. how do you make it real? How can you share Bible truths in a way that even two and three-year-olds can understand?
The truth is.... you're not the only person concerned about Bible devotions for toddlers. In fact, many parents and grandparents avoid regular family devotion time when their kids are small becuase they just don't know how to do it.
Are you the same?
What if I could tell you how to share Bible truths in such a simple way that even the smallest child will understand?
What if I could show you how you could help kids see God in the small, but important, details of their life?
What if there was a way that you could show your toddlers how God loves them and explain, in real ways, how He cares for them and their troubles?
Easy! It's done for you!
Mary Gross Davis and Rose Publishing have created a series of devotional books for kids of all ages that does all this and more, even for two and three-year-olds.
You'll find 4 parts to each devotion.
1. Each lesson begins with a simple story to read that little ones will enjoy and relate to. It helps them see God as real and personal. Each story is short .... and you'll find it easy to keep the attention of your toddler.
2. There is a simple prayer to encourage your child to talk with God about everything plus a Bible verse.
3. The 'Talk About It' segment provides some simple questions to reinforce understanding and help you child apply the Bible truth to their own life.
4. Last, there are some ideas presented in the 'Try This!' segment. It help you continue to apply the story and Bible truth in a fun way. The suggestion may be to act out something, play a game, look for something special, draw or discuss some aspect of the story.
Take a look at a couple of sample pages below.
I wouldn't like to conclude without mentioning the illustrations by Olga & Aleksey Ivanov. They are lovely- bright and colourful, and they really add interest and appeal to the devotion book.
You'll find God and Me devotional books for Girls and Boys of all ages so check them out.
God and Me! for Little Ones
My First Devotional for Toddler Girls
Author: Mary Gross Davis
Illustrator: Olga & Aleksey Ivanov
Publisher: Rose Publishing
(Copy provided for a honest review.)