This is historical fiction book for children on the life of David Livingstone. It combines fictional characters with historical facts to c...moreThe Overview
This is historical fiction book for children on the life of David Livingstone. It combines fictional characters with historical facts to create a realistic story line of what happened in a way that children can easily understand and learn about.
At 129 pages long this is a very short read for the average reader. The target audience is probably a fourth or fifth grade reading level, but could go either way depending on the child's interest and ability. It also makes a good read-a-loud story for family reading.
The fact that this book brings history to life for children and adults alike makes this a great book. I also really like it due to the fact that it is not just about history and a good story, but also about all of that within the context of God's Word.
The only downside I can think of for this book is that due to the nature of Livingstone's life there are some parts that may not be appropriate for younger children. There are some parts that describe the war going on that would not be appropriate for all ages. Other than that, I have no issues with this book.
I highly recommend yet another book from the pen of Dave & Neta Jackson. They are an amazing team who help children learn about men and women who have lived out faith in Christ.(less)
Our 24 Family Ways is a family devotional guide that aids parents in teaching their children twenty-four principles for Biblical living. T...moreThe Overview
Our 24 Family Ways is a family devotional guide that aids parents in teaching their children twenty-four principles for Biblical living. The twenty-four ways are divided into six categories: Authorities, Relationships, Possessions, Work, Attitudes, and Choices. Each "way" takes one week - Monday through Friday - to work through and also has a reproducible coordinating coloring page. Using this book as it has been designed, gives you twenty-four full weeks of planned family devotional sessions.
Personally, at first glance I was confused by the layout of this book. However, after reading the five, short intro pages, I realized that the format of this book is very simple to use. The pictures are appropriate for young ages but the questions seem aimed at upper elementary and may require you to re-word them in order for younger children to fully understand what you are asking them. Since there are only five questions per day, it is simple to glance at them and re-work them as you go, unless you are using this with pre-school and younger.
The main highlight is that it is simple to use and can easily be done with or without extra study. You have a guide that is sufficient for a busy day but also gives you, the parent, room to expand if you choose to do so. I really like a material that allows freedom to make alterations without a lot of effort.
While this is a simple and straightforward approach to teaching solid Bible truth to children concerning everyday life, sadly it is also very command centered rather than pointing kids to the grace of God when they are unable to measure up to this set of family "ways". In four weeks of using this material with my own children I found them frustrated that they could never really do what I was teaching them. For example, family way number two is "We read the Bible and pray to God every day with an open heart". When we missed a day that week they became very frustrated and upset rather than applying grace to our family life as well as passionately pursuing God's truth.
My recommendation for this resources is with a bit of mixed thoughts. While it is a simple, easy-to-use, and organized approach to teaching some solid Biblical principles, I struggle with the fact that the thrust of the Gospel is weak at best. It was best for our family to switch to Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson.(less)
When I watched the video trailer for this book I could not wait to get my hands on it! The concept of how weakness is the better way obvio...moreThe Overview
When I watched the video trailer for this book I could not wait to get my hands on it! The concept of how weakness is the better way obviously goes against our natural thoughts and intrigued desire to understand this more. Finally I was able to read this short, 128 page book in about 3 hours of accumulated time and dig in deeper to how weakness is God's way of being glorified.
While this is a small book, I found it to be a challenge to read. The content is wonderful, but it is deep and needed to be read, contemplated, and re-read most of the time. I have read a number of books which I have personally classified as "deep" but this was by far the hardest challenge yet.
I liked this book for it's thought provoking content and probing look into 2 Corinthians. Packer challenges us to step away from our preconceived ideas and look at what Scripture says about our daily lives.
This book had many great nuggets of truth that I was challenged through. The downside is that the format is very much like a shotgun rather than a bullet - there are a lot of great thoughts but I struggled to put into words the explanation of the main point. This does not mean it is a bad book, just that reading it may not be as easy as it first appears.
I greatly appreciated this little theology book and am grateful for what I learned through reading it. My recommendation is to read it, but know before hand that it might be more difficult than you anticipated.(less)