May 2014 Posts

Marvelous by Travis Thrasher – Solve the Mystery and Win (Clue #4)

It’s time to release the fourth and final clue in our Marvelous mystery contest.

You can find the first clue –  here.

You can find the second clue – here.

You can find the third clue – here.

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Giveaway details:

Solve the mystery and win… We will release a series of four picture clues with a hint that add up to one final answer. For each social media sharing milestone we reach we’ll release a new clue. The first five people to guess the final answer will win a free copy of Marvelous and a free first look sneak peak at the next book in the series. We’ll choose five other people at random from all the entries to win free copies of Marvelous. To enter, fill out the giveaway form below and follow the sharing directions. Think you know the answer? Scroll to the bottom and submit your answer in the “Submit Your Answer” box.

Winners will be announced on June 6th!

 

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Picture Clue:

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Kid Talk Tuesday: Going to a baby shower and need a gift?

This week’s guest post is from Cheryl Kerwin, Sr. Marketing Manager at Tyndale.

 

Tired of giving the same `ol baby shower gift? Are you tired of buying those baby afghans, diaper genies and onesies? We may have an answer for you. Why not give the gift of books! They can provide hours of treasured one-on-one time reading between mommy and child. Please consider our suggested titles below the next time you find yourself going to a baby shower.

Remember the moments…

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God Created Me Memory Book by Dandi Daley Mackall

Most baby books begin when a baby is born, but this one begins when the world was born—from creation, to mom and dad, to baby. There is space to record how mom and dad met, and what they were like as kids. There’s even a family tree. With helpful charts and plenty of space for photos, this baby book will be treasured forever. The acid-free pages are safe for photos and beautifully designed with Little Blessings artwork throughout.

Picture books for Mommy and baby to share…

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I Couldn’t Love You More by Matt Hammitt and Jason Ingram

I Couldn’t Love You More tells a sweet, loving, yet powerful message: I couldn’t love you more, but there is someone who does. Through the unique relationship of adorable animals, the book shares that Christ is always with you and he loves you more than you can imagine.

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Let me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury

Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury encourages parents to savor not only their children’s firsts, like first steps and first words, but the lasts as well. With the tenderness of a mother speaking directly to her child.

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Mama and Me by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley

Through 25 rhyming devotions and fun activities, Mom can answer questions for the curious little one. It’s a great way to introduce kids to faith at an early age yet in an age-appropriate and understandable manner. Each devotion includes a short Bible verse and a prayer that mother and child can recite together. The book ends with a touching prayer every mother will want to pray for her children.

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My First Bible in Pictures by Kenneth Taylor

This best-selling classic has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 90 languages around the world. This edition contains 125 of the best-loved stories from the Bible, retold in simple words by Kenneth N. Taylor. Each story is illustrated with beautiful art by Richard and Francis Hook.

And for those quiet moments…

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Mommy Time by Sarah Arthur

Every new mom experiences a myriad of emotions—joy, love, the frightening, yet terrific reality that you are now responsible for a tiny little dependent. This devotional will be a great companion for Mom during the small amount of time she gets to sit and be still and think of the truths of God’s word, while relating it to her new favorite subject—her baby.

Marvelous by Travis Thrasher – Solve the Mystery and Win (Clue #3)

It’s time to release the third clue in our Marvelous mystery contest.

You can find the first clue –  here.

You can find the second clue – here.

marv

Giveaway details:

Solve the mystery and win… We will release a series of four picture clues with a hint that add up to one final answer. For each social media sharing milestone we reach we’ll release a new clue. The first five people to guess the final answer will win a free copy of Marvelous and a free first look sneak peak at the next book in the series. We’ll choose five other people at random from all the entries to win free copies of Marvelous. To enter, fill out the giveaway form below and follow the sharing directions. Think you know the answer? Scroll to the bottom and submit your answer in the “Submit Your Answer” box. We’ll release a new clue once we reach 125 total sharing entries!

 

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They’re so old they’re cool

 

 

 

Picture Clue:

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An Unabashed Joy of Stories by Carolyn Larsen

Carolyn Larsen is a speaker and author; check out her books and her ministry website

Books . . . wonderful, marvelous books! I’ve always loved books. Since I first learned to sound out words I have read pretty much any book I could get my hands on. The magic of getting lost in the make-believe world of a good fiction story or the excitement of reading about someone’s real life adventures always captivated me. Did I like to watch television or see movies? Sure . . . but using my own imagination to create a scene by reading how an author described a place was so much more fun. Imagining how a character’s voice sounded or what she was wearing, what her perfume smelled like and even giving her little mannerisms made the story more “mine.” I often got so lost in books that I read for hours on end and of course, when I finished a great book I actually missed the characters. My mom used to say that I even had a book with me when I went out to play third base for our local softball team. That may have been an exaggeration . . . but not by much!

I remember the excitement that came from reading biographies of people such as Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Frank, and many others who lived their lives in ways that helped others or moved society forward. The librarian in the little, well-stocked library of my small town knew me by name as I trekked in there every Saturday to return one stack of books and check out another. I couldn’t wait to get home and dive in to new adventures!

I truly believe that reading is one of the most important things a child must learn. It’s not possible to be a good writer if you aren’t a good reader. Reading helps you learn to appreciate the way that different writers put words together, and that teaches you to read your own creations with an objective eye and from the reader’s viewpoint. That becomes important, when as a student, you must write papers that make sense to a teacher who can’t see inside your thoughts.

When I accepted Christ I began reading the Bible. Its stories of people living for God, working through their problems, and seeing God’s hand and leadership in their lives became very important to me. However, when Dr. Kenneth Taylor wrote The Living Bible, those stories became so much easier to understand. Today, I pretty much exclusively use Tyndale’s New Living Translation when I’m writing and speaking because it’s true to the original text but written in a conversational way that makes it easy to understand. This is especially important when I’m writing for children.

You never know what God has planned for your life. He used my love for words to lead me to tell the stories of the Bible in a way that makes them understandable to children and young teens. I enjoyed writing Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses because the role model characteristics drawn from the amazing women of the Bible lead to positive self-image for young girls who read these stories and adapt those characteristics to their own lives.

Stories are so important. The stories of the people who lived the experiences of the Bible show us how they learned, struggled, and saw God’s hand in their lives. Our own stories are important to share, too, because they help others know they aren’t the only ones who have struggles and are growing in their walk with Christ.

 

So, a few tips on keeping stories alive:

-Read stories that will grow your walk with Jesus.

-Write your stories down.

-Share stories with your children to teach them about God and living for him.

Kid Talk Tuesday: Guest Post by author Joshua Cooley

For parents looking to help the Bible make sense and make a difference in their youth’s lives…this blog post if just for you! Children’s Ministry Director Josh Cooley, author of Heroes of the Bible Devotional, paints a realistic picture of what many church teens and tweens experience and how to help them. Read more about Josh at joshuacooleyauthor.com.

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Church kids hear a lot of Bible stories. Before you can open your hymnal to “Come Thou Fount,” they can tell you who killed Goliath, who survived the lion’s den and who broke two sacred stone tablets. But by themselves, cool stories from antiquity only take you so far.

I know. I was one of those kids. My dad was an ordained minister. My parents took us to church three times a week. I attended Christian school my whole life. If Jeopardy! would’ve had a “Youth Bible Trivia Edition” in the ’80s, I would’ve crushed …

Alex Trebek: This ancient Mesopotamian nearly bankrupted Social Security all by himself.
10-year-old me: Who is Methuselah?
Alex: Yes!

But quiz show aptitude can’t produce inner change. I rebelled during my middle school and early high school years, and it was only God’s Spirit stirring within me around age 16 that prompted spiritual conversion. The gospel seeds that had been planted early on finally sprouted and broke through the surface of my sinful heart.

Now I’m married with four kids. They’re smart and eager to learn, sponging up whatever they hear in church, Christian school and our family devotions. I’m praying that God will graciously lead them from biblical knowledge to saving faith, too.

That’s why I wrote Heroes of the Bible Devotional. It’s for kids like mine, kids like yours and kids like I used to be. Children—even those who seem to know all the Sunday school answers—need to hear God’s truth. They need to understand that the Bible is more than just a collection of interesting bedtime stories or moralistic Aesop’s fables. Scripture is the Creator’s inspired, inerrant revelation to sinful humanity. By telling hundreds of smaller stories that span thousands of years, the Bible is telling one big story of God’s redemptive plan through Christ.

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Because Jesus is the crux of Scripture, he’s the star of Heroes, too. Many devotions feature a “Gospel Connection” to help readers see that everything in the Old and New Testament points to God’s Son. When Abel offered the best of his flock to God in Genesis 4, we see the first allusion to Jesus as the sacrificial lamb. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent to save dying Israelites in Numbers 21, we see shades of Calvary (John 3:14-15). When we read about Jonah surviving his three-night stay in Hotel Fish Guts, we see a picture of Christ’s glorious resurrection (Matt. 12:40).

That’s why I’m really excited about this devotional. Heroes was written to help kids make those connections. Yes, there are plenty of lessons on obeying your parents, putting others first and showing humility. But more than anything, I wanted to give families a tool to help children understand the life-changing truths of the gospel. Think of Heroes as a way to feed your kids tasty, bite-sized theological nuggets. They’ll learn about things like holiness, repentance, redemption and propitiation—all in age-appropriate ways.

As for the book’s heroes theme, I chose it simply because kids love good stories, and the Bible is brimming with incredible accounts of fascinating people. I wanted to cover all the well-known heroes, such as Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, etc. But I also wanted to explore some of the Bible’s more obscure characters, too, such as Abel, Joash and the young Jewish slave girl who helped Naaman.

Studying these great heroes of the faith quickly reveals that they often weren’t very heroic. They were deeply flawed human beings, just like us. This is important for children to understand because the same God who transformed ordinary people thousands of years ago can do the same with today’s youth.

After all, the Bible ultimately isn’t about the Noahs, Gideons, Marys and Peters of the world. It’s about the mercy, grace and love God has offered us through Jesus. Perhaps John the Baptist said it best. In John 3:30, some of John’s disciples were concerned—maybe even a little jealous—that many of the people who had once followed him were now flocking to Jesus. John, however, was overjoyed. “He must become greater,” John said of the Savior. “I must become less.”

My desire for Heroes of the Bible Devotional is that the name of Jesus becomes greater among the next generation. I hope you check it out.

Now, does anybody have Alex Trebek’s contact info?