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.


Get your own copy *HERE.

*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.


Get your own copy of the prayer book *HERE. and the Bible *HERE.

*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 Different

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.

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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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Jeremy Camp – The Answer

The Answer is a good album and full of good songs. It is also fun and powerful with God. – Emily (8)

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*Jeremy Camp – The Answer

Released: October 6, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Word of Life

Norm’s Review – Jeremy Camp’s new album The Answer has that distinct Jeremy Camp pop/rock sound that is infectious. Depending on the situation you are experiencing, there should be a song on this album that will relate. Give it a listen!

Joyce’s Pick – My Father’s Arms // My Father’s arms are wider than the sea // And I’m standing on the shores of majesty // No matter how far I run, I can never outrun His love // My Father’s arms are holding me

Melody’s Pick – The Answer // He sees our sadness, He feels our sorrow // And in our weakness, He is strong // He holds the weight of, all of our failings // Greedy is our sin but greater the cross

Emily’s Pick – Never Stopped Loving // When I have gone astray // How You would chase me // When I was so afraid  // You would embrace me // You never stopped loving // You never stopped loving me You never stopped loving You never stopped loving me

Story Behind The Song

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Answer. Giveaway ends Friday, October 13th. (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 song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, 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

Coming soon

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Matthew West – All In

Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be.

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*Matthew West – All In

Released: September 22, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Story Behind The Song

Norm’s Review – Matthew West continues with his hit and catchy pop-rock sound (All In…love the lyrics) with an added splash of a couple of Gospel-ish songs. Carrie Underwood makes a guest appearance with background vocals on Something Greater.  There’s also an adorable, spontaneous hidden track with his daughters at the end of the album.

Joyce’s Pick – The Beautiful Things We Miss // I don’t wanna miss it / I don’t want look back someday and find / everything that really mattered / was right in front of me this whole time / Open up my eyes, Lord / Keep me in the moment just like this / before the beautiful things we love / become the beautiful things we miss

Melody’s Pick – Becoming Me // I’m becoming me because of you

Emily’s Pick – You Are Known // I want you to know / you are known…And you belong here in the arms that won’t let go

All In Lyric Video

Matthew will be launching a 6-week All In Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of All In. (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 song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, 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

Coming soon

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Love You Always

Love you always. Sometimes, depending on which kind of family you’re from, it’s hard to believe you are truly loved. And I get that! Maybe your family is fighting. Or you can’t stand the price of food these days. But deep inside, even when my family is fighting (or when I’m the one fighting!) I know that they really, truly do love me.

Sidenote: The picture below is the book with my bear. I’ve had it for 10 years, and this bear has seen lots of places, like vacations, my EEG…and my bear is still well-loved by me.

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Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Eileen Spinelli/Gillian Flint
Price: $15.99
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–7

*Love You Always

I like that this book talks about loving, and how your family loves you no matter what.

I would recommend this book to anybody because we’ve all had families of different kinds, shaped in different ways, and we all know how it feels like to be loved and not loved.

I love my family so much, and I wouldn’t change a thing about them. I know they love me, too.

My favorite part is at the end when it talks about being the one on the family tree, and how you are loved – always.

Get your own copy *HERE.

Author Bio Eileen Spinelli spent Saturdays at the public library as a child, and it was there that she decided to become a writer. She’s authored more than fifty children’s books. Eileen lives in Pennsylvania. When she and her husband, Jerry, who’s also an author, are not writing, they are hanging out with their grandkids (30 and counting), playing Scrabble, reading, watching old movies, and raising Monarch butterflies.

Illustrator Bio Gillian Flint has had a passion for drawing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, so a career in illustration was a natural path for her to take. Her work has been published in the UK, USA, and Australia. She enjoys using watercolors, crayons, ink, and digital illustration. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and pottering about in the garden on sunny days.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Eileen Spinelli’s Love You Always! (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 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 to each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Love You Always – Amazon | goodreads

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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God Our Maker Series

These two books from Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series are adorable. God Paints the World and God Loves the World are great books to start a little library for a new little one. You know I love a book with a good rap rhyme. The illustrations stand out with bright colors and will be wonderful for younger kiddos to look at. Keep reading to find out what Melody and Emily think about these two books, and don’t forget to enter to win your own copies!

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Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Gary Bower/Tracy Cottingham
Price: $6.99
Format: Board book
Page Count: 20
Ages: 2–5

*God Paints the World

I like everything in the book about color and Creation that God made.

It is about how God loves His World and us.

I recommend this book as a read-aloud book or for a kid who is learning how to read. – Emily (8)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*God Loves the World 

I like that God loves us all, no matter who we are. No matter who our family is, whether we’re short or tall, or where we live, God still loves us.

I wasn’t sure about “Some are round, and some are thin.”  But overall, I liked it because God really does love His world!

I would recommend this book to early readers or kids who have just started to read. – Melody (10)


Get your own copy *HERE.

Author Gary Bower fell in love with picture books at an early age, while sitting in his mother’s lap. As a youngster, he entertained himself for hours by writing his own stories, jokes, poems, and skits. As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his twelve children, have helped him polish his storytelling skills.

Illustrator Tracy Cottingham is happiest when creating pictures and patterns. After finishing her art degree, she began to sell her art for greeting cards and textiles, but creating illustrations for books is her ultimate joy. She can usually be found working at her desk, sipping coffee, and chewing on gummy candy. Tracy lives and works in London.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series! Giveaway ends Friday, September 15th. (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 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 to each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon!

God Paints the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads | BookLook Bloggers
God Loves the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads
 | BookLook Bloggers

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Chance of Showers

My mom got an email when summer started, and through this, I got a great opportunity to go to a girls’ group called Project Serve. I had to pray about it. God was telling me yes, so I told my mom yes, I would go. The group was led by our choir director. In Project Serve, we planned out our service projects. This was one of the 3 projects that will happen. And here’s an inside glance on WHY we were there….

Introduction + Captions by: Melody (10)
Final Thoughts + Photos by: Joyce (Mom)

Why We Were There

First, we had to decide on an idea, then we decided on what to do, where to do it, and when. My partner and I decided that we would be making care packages for the homeless. It happened at my church last Sunday at Chance of Showers. There are regular volunteers who serve by helping with check-in, monitoring the showers, making meals, and prepping clothes, but they were short on people coming to sort and prepare care packages.

What We Did

Everybody had a little to contribute. We all were assigned parts at the beginning, but it turned out there was a lot at the church, too, so we got a lot of things from there. We filled four entire tables with care package items.

How Many Care Packages Did We Put Together?

At first, we were thinking 24 (the number of water bottles in the case we bought) but they told us there is an average of 48 people who come to Chance of Showers every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon. So the grand total (we counted multiple times) was 48 CARE PACKAGES! 

Making a Difference

We waited for a long time after we finished the bags because we didn’t know what to do. Luckily, we saw some people going into the showers…and they told us they were ready for us afterward since they were eating!

Handing them out was the hardest part. I was so nervous and didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who was homeless and who wasn’t*.  Fortunately, the Chance of Showers coordinator came over and introduced us to everybody. Then we handed them out as we went. Some people refused us, turned us down…but a lot accepted. Some person even took two for their family! But one thing that really made me sad was when one guy came back and asked if he could trade his bag. We told him yes, of course he could, because, actually, every bag was different, somehow. So he ended up taking two instead of one. Wherever he is now, I wish him good health and I hope he doing great.

After we handed out the bags, the coordinator of the event was so grateful. He prayed with us for the homeless.

I was so glad to help them and it gave me a great feeling (even though I was hot).

You can help others in small ways too. Just think of the small ways you can help your community. It only takes one step…and one opportunity.

Thoughts from Melody’s Mom

*I remember having the same thought as Melody when our youth group served meals to the homeless in San Francisco. As we have been learning at our church, the population of homeless people is growing and they don’t always look like you see in the movies. Sometimes they are people who work regular jobs but unable to afford a place to live. This is not uncommon in the San Francisco Bay Area!

I am thankful for this opportunity from the girls’ choir director to learn and grow and lead in this way. Like I always post on (mostly) my Instagram account, I don’t believe our kiddos are the “future,” they are already doing amazing things! They can still learn from our wisdom and can’t fully “lead” yet, but they are definitely leaders.

Also, another learning point occurred when Emily was counting out items to be packed. Chance of Showers have received lots of donation items for the care packages but they have not been sorted so some of them are not in the best condition. There was a soap box that was fairly messed up and likely just decluttered from someone’s travel supply stash. I reminded her that if it wasn’t something she’d like to receive, we should put it aside and put in something nicer. Just because someone does not live like we do does not mean they are anything less. One neighbor shared a few months ago how our Sunday breakfasts have blessed him, not only because he got some food to eat, but because it was made-to-order like a restaurant.

Another thing to note is that service projects do not always have to take much time. This was our first time doing this so we didn’t know of the time commitment, but if you ever have 30-60 minutes to pack 50 care packages (there were 8 of us – 4 girls, 3 moms, and a leader), I’m sure you will be a welcomed help to this group!

What are some of the service projects you and/or your family have been a part of locally or globally? What was the experience like?

Note: If you are local to us and would like to donate or serve, let us know. Chance of Showers happens every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon, and Neighbors in Need (breakfast) happens every Sunday morning before church service. We also have opportunities to serve the kiddos in the community schools with the after-school program and many other ways.  I can already think of a dozen groups/organizations in our area who are doing a wonderful work!