God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible

Today I thought, “Yes! I have finally established my God-time plan!” God Time is what I call me doing my devotional, praying, and reading the Bible.  I discovered my plan a couple months ago. Different stories are a bonus for me. This was an excitement for me when I saw it because I thought, “Devotional? Wow, cool!”

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*God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible

Released: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Price: $17.99
Page Count: 224
Ages: 4-8 years

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What is it about: This book is a book of Bible stories, and also little snippets to help you along the way.
Like: I like that it’s a combination of a devotional (the little snippets) and the Bible.
Dislike: I didn’t dislike anything.
Recommend: I would recommend this for kids ages 6-9.

A NOTE FROM MELODY’S MOM

Rick Warren takes 40 stories from the Bible and weaves in details of how God was able to help each of the people in the Bible find out what they were meant to do with their lives. We aren’t always able to see what purpose we have in the little everyday moments but it was the same for many of the people in Bible times. They were usually ordinary people doing ordinary things that God made extraordinary when they lived out their purpose. The themes from each day’s story is relatable to young children and the “Think, Remember, Question” section at the end of each story’s 6-page spread wraps up the reflection time well.

God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible. Giveaway ends Saturday, November 18th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the book, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

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Museum of the Bible Books

This summer, we were doing Bible trivia. I thought, “How do these people know so much? They must read their Bibles more than I do!” Honestly, though, I DO know something. I know that Jesus came down to Earth to set us free from our sins and that he died on the cross and rose again.

So now I think again. Maybe I do know something. I know more than I think I do.

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*Children of the World Storybook Bible

Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Illustrator: The illustrations in this book were collected from children around the globe. The children range in age from 8 to 12 and their names, ages, and locations are identified for each drawing.
Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 256
Ages: 5–8

I like that it references many of the verses in the book and that it outlines the stories in a simple way for kids to understand. I also like how the kids who illustrated the pictures come from different places all over the world and they’re different ages, too. I would recommend this to kids 6-9. – Melody (age 10)

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*Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible

Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author: April Lotempio
Price: $12.99
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Ages: 6–9

I like the fun facts on the side. This book kind of teaches you things you’ve never learned about before. I would recommend this book for kids ages 8-12. – Melody (age 10)

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*That’s So Weird!

Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 112
Ages: 5–8and.

This book is about weird and interesting things of the Bible. It shows a fact and the Scripture reference. I like the photographs that tell about the fun fact and illustrated pictures too! I think it should be for everyone ages 3 & up. Hope you like it! – Emily (age 8)

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*What’s the Bible All About?

Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Patricia A. Pingry/Pablo Pino
Price: $7.99
Format: Board book
Page Count: 20
Ages: 2–5

When we think of the Bible in relationship to kiddos, we usually think of the stories in the Bible. The characters who God uses to do great things, like kill a giant, cross a big sea, or lived through being inside a fire. But this little board book takes a different view. It gives an overview of what it is and how it was written too but also keeping it simple enough for little ones to understand. – Joyce (Mom)

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We would have loved to visit the Museum of the Bible when we were in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, except that it just opened!

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. In 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable HERE.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of one of the books in the Museum of the Bible book collection! Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 22nd. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite children’s book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the series, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

– Children of the World Storybook Bible :: Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook
– Wild and Wacky Things in the Bible :: Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook
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That’s So Weird! :: Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook
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What’s the Bible All About? :: Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook

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Lizzy the Lioness

If you turn on the TV or computer, you may sometimes see the news stories and headlines of current events around the world that may cause fear. There are natural disasters, diseases, wars, and so much more that can make us afraid. Even adults are scared of uncertain times, and we may need a reminder that God is in control even when things seem to be a mess. Lisa Bevere’s children’s book Lizzy the Lioness gives us a glimpse of what it means to be brave. – Joyce (Mom)

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Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Lisa Bevere / Kirsteen Harris-Jones
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–8

*Lizzy the Lioness

Review by Emily, age 8

Lizzy is very brave. She meets a girl. She rescued the girl from baboons. Instead of attacking the baboons. They fiercely roared the baboons away. That is why I think she’s brave.

If you’re not sure about a situation, it is good to ask for help before you act.



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More info :: Powerful Bible teacher and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere has authored her first children’s book. Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or loud roars but often is found in the tiniest people who have the courage to speak up when no one else will. By asking God for help and then bringing grown-ups into the picture, Lizzy shows kids that being brave doesn’t have to happen by yourself—it happens with help!

 

OTHER REVIEWS

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The Star

We are a bunch of writers and storytellers around here and a few months ago we were thinking of taking already-written stories and telling the stories from the point-of-view of another character. We did think of writing a story from the donkey’s viewpoint of the Christmas story, but now we don’t have to! It is going to be on the big screen! The Star releases on Friday, November 17. Let us know if you’ll be lining up to watch…or even come watch with us if you are in the area!

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The Star

Theatrical Release: November 17, 2017
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Run time: 52 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Featuring the voice of: Steven Yeun, Zachary Levi, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Tracy Morgan, Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Mariah Carey, and more!
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I remember performing in The Small One musical in elementary school and this movie reminds me of that story. A small donkey longs for something beyond the typical donkey life. In The Star, Bo leaves the village mill and goes on an adventure of his dreams. He encounters a sheep named Ruth who has lost her flock and a dove named Dave who has some major goals. There are also three funny camels and other eccentric stable animals. They all become heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. We are looking forward to watching this one. From the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a fun one for the whole family.

There are some activities on the website for the kiddos. It is a great way to connect to the story before they watch it in theaters. Here’s an Animated Coloring Book.

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Maverick and Me

I know there are many people and animals out there who are lost or lonely. When I saw this story, I was really moved by how one person’s action led to a very happy dog in a loving family. So now, I think it’s great to have compassion, just like the woman in the story and love others, even your pets. 🙂

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Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris
Price: $16.99
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4-7

*Maverick and Me

Note from Melody’s mom: This rescue dog story came at the perfect time. Our friends recently rescue an old dog who had many health issues (among other issues!) and the community rallied around to help him. Maverick and Me is a simple and lovely story about a dog named Maverick who was in a similar situation. When Maverick is found, he was hopeful to get a new home. The illustrations are cute and help to tell the story to children (and adults) who want to read a story of connection and how we can make a difference in a small or big way.

I like that Maverick got a big party for himself when he got adopted.  I also like that the woman who decided to rescue him bought him food and supplies.

I would recommend this book to kids 5-8, and also to all dog lovers.

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Click this link to watch a clip of Katherine talking about Maverick and Me on the Today Show this morning.

OUR FRIEND FRODO

Frodo is a dog that has a story similar to Maverick’s. He was rescued by a friend of ours a couple months back, and he was hairless, dirty, and smelly. He was also very tiny, and had a tail like a rat’s tail. He had to get medication.

Luckily, the community came through to help him out after some friends set up a youcaring account. He’s been doing great and looks better. I helped him cheer up a couple of weeks ago. I think, though, seeing Frodo the way he is today, that he has maybe finally found his forever family.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Maverick and Me! Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 1st. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite children’s book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the series, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Maverick and Me – Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Target | Christianbook

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Books for Young Readers

Here’s a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family:

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*Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions

Note: ANTs = Automatic Negative Thoughts

Melody (age 10):

I think a lot. I also ask a lot of questions. This is something my family knows, but sometimes, my thoughts can be negative. I liked Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions because it’s a method to keep ANTs away. Including my own!

I would recommend this book to anyone who (a) thinks or (b) thinks negative sometimes and also to everybody because EVERYBODY thinks negative sometimes…and we all need a boost.


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*May The Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers + Holy Bible (NIrV)

From Joyce (Mom):

I would have never come up with the idea for this book and Bible. The bedtime prayers book is a book with rhyming prayers and a Bible verse. BUT the super cool added feature is that this book GLOWS IN THE DARK! It sure is exciting to this mama, so hopefully, it is exciting for your kiddos too!

The May the Faith Be With You Holy Bible is perfect for kiddos ages 6-10 who love outer space, intergalactic themes, Star Wars, or just reading the Bible. There are a few spreads that point to answers to questions or topics to discuss, like the Fruit of the Spirit page below.


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*Day Dreams & Movie Screens

From Emily (age 8):

Day Dreams & Movie Screens is about a girl who has a wonderful family and life. She also is reading a Bible and going to be in a movie and making a speech. It is an adventure with her family and her dog named Austin. 😉

Get your own copy *HERE.

OTHER REVIEWS

Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
May the Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

May the Faith Be With You: Holy Bible (NIrV)Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
Day Dreams & Movie Screens – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

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Same Kind of Different as Me

I love a good story. Whether it is a made-up story from a book or a story my grandmother told me about her childhood, I think stories have a way of connecting people. Our church has been celebrating different “heritage months” through the year, and it has brought about many stories. There have been stories of success, of failure, of anticipation, of hope, of hope lost, of grace, of forgiveness, of hate, of hate received, and of love. Same Kind of Different as Me is a movie releasing in theaters on October 20, and it makes me think of stories that some in our community may be living out.

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*Same Kind of Different as Me

Theatrical Release: October 20, 2017
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 2:02:41
Studio: Paramount Pictures/PureFlix
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight
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This movie is the story of an international art dealer who must become friends with a dangerous homeless man so he can save his struggling marriage. They embark on life’s journey together and lives are forever changed.

same-different

I’m looking forward to watching this one because I think it will be one of those stories where we will reflect on how we are living our lives in this world. It might even be a movie that some won’t want to watch because of the same reason. I’ll be sharing more as it gets closer to the release and afterward, too.

If you’ve ever had someone in your life who is different than you are, this might open your eyes and heart to get to know their story…or to share your own story. Rich/poor, educated/uneducated, introverted/extroverted, young/old…you can plug in all kinds of opposites here and find that even the most different of people may be more like you than you think.

Check out the trailer below and then make sure to visit the official film site where you can buy tickets, access video, photos, downloads, news and more!

GIVEAWAY – 2 FANDANGO TICKETS

One lucky reader will receive 2 Fandango Tickets to see Same Kind of Different As Me in theaters! Giveaway ends Monday, October 16th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.) Fandango voucher for tickets will be emailed to the winner.

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite movie/film or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the movie, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.
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