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“Where is Wisdom?” by Scott James

Where is Wisdom by Scott James, is a great book for elementary aged kids.

Content

If you would like a book to teach your kids about the wisdom of God, this is the book for your family. With poetic descriptions, inspired by the chapter Job 28, and incredible illustrations, this is a winner.

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James – Look Inside

Recommendation

When I read it to my own kids, they couldn’t stop saying, “Wow! That book is amazing!” I’d highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James

Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife Jaime have four children—Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, & Bethan—who served as the inspiration and original audience for this Advent devotional.

They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Scott works as a pediatric physician. Scott serves in the children’s and youth ministries at Brook Hills and is passionate about helping families grow together in Christ.

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“Unplanned” the Movie – I Finally Watched It…

As I’ve experienced a traumatic miscarriage, I hesitated. I convinced myself I couldn’t handle, avoiding it at all costs. But now I’ve watched it, and I’ll never be the same again.

My Reaction

To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined, but I felt severely nauseous the entire time. I am so thankful for the woman, Abby, who was brave enough to share her story with the world.

“Unplanned” the Movie, 2019

No one should be badgered into keeping quiet about injustice. No one should be threatened for telling the truth. Abortion is murder, but abortion is also a deceitful lie that needs to be rebuked.

Abortion

Abortion is NEVER the answer!! Putting a child up for adoption at least gives them a chance to live!

Keeping your baby will bless you in a way can’t even imagine right now. No financial hardships or multitude of diapers can compare with how much that child will love you, and how much you love them.

Photo by Marko Tuokko on Pexels.com

My Story

Having lost a baby myself, through miscarriage, the scene where the woman, Abby, loses her baby and tissue fell out in the bathroom, hit me hard.

That was me. After two days of cramping, spotting, and an ultrasound, the dreaded moment came anyway.

My Baby, Timothy Lyle Babbitt, 9 wks. 6 days.
He was born on May 9, 2016.

I woke up in a pool of blood, screamed, “No God, NO!!” over and over again. I ran to the bathroom and my precious baby fell out of me. I went into shock and shook on the bathroom floor.

My husband took me to the ER, but not before I told him he was not allowed to flush that toilet.

They let me cry and talk to a nurse, but basically gave me strong ibuprofen and sent me home. I lost a baby, and that was it.

The Filthiest Burial

I was thankful for the doctor telling me not to try to find my baby – too tiny to find. I think that would have been even more traumatic for me.

Instead, my precious baby boy was buried by a flush, and taken to the sewer system. This memory haunts me to this day.

My Story
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This Has to Stop!

But to think someone would choose that on purpose, kills my heart every time. No one comes away from losing a baby the same. Either way the baby dies, the mother will never be the same.

Pray abortion clinics close for good. Pray abortions become illegal. But also pray for those who’ve aborted or contributed to abortions. God’s forgiveness is more than enough for them too.

Check out unplannedfilm.com or fortydaysforlife.com for more resources and information to make a difference!

Also, to read more on the subject, check out my previous blog post: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

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“Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51” by Jonathan Parnell

Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51, by Jonathan Parnell, is a great dive into Psalm 51!

Content

Parnell’s focus in on the mercy of God, and seeking God in daily prayer.

He talks about Psalm 51 being written by King David, when the prophet Nathan confronted David about his adultery and murder.

Parnell digs deep into Scripture, while reflecting on his own personal experiences and applications of the psalm.

Review

I like the unique publishing format of this book and I learned a lot from it. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to see God’s mercy in their lives, it will change you!

About the Author

Jonathan Parnell is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis-St.Paul, a church he and his team planted in 2015.

Jonathan Parnell

He is the Send Network’s City Missionary in the Twin Cities, where he also serves as a church-planting trainer.

He is the author of Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness (2017) and coauthor of How to Stay Christian in Seminary (2014).

He and his wife, Melissa, live in the Twin Cities with their eight children.

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“Adorning the Dark” by Andrew Peterson

I loved reading Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson!

Content

As a fellow author, I loved Peterson’s descriptions of his creative work and his process.

Also, I liked how he incorporated the Christian perspective. As a Christian writer, it is hard to find colleagues with writing integrity and class.

Review – Outstanding!

I would read this book again in a heartbeat, it’s that good! Peterson is a great writer, he writes from the heart, and he writes for Jesus.

About the Author

Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author.

Andrew Peterson

The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in 2015.

In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date.

He’s been married for 24 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children.

His eldest is an animation student at Lipscomb University, his second son is a touring drummer and record producer, and his daughter recently released her first album.

In his spare time Andrew keeps bees, builds dry stack stone walls, gardens, draws, and sleeps.

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“Letters to My Students” by Jason K. Allen

Letters to My Students, by Jason K. Allen, is meant to equip pastors and missionaries for their ministries.

Content

As President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen has more than enough expertise to back up his points from the book.

Allen focuses the most on expository preaching, which isn’t bad in of itself, but as a previous Bible student myself (different college), I don’t agree with him.

Narrative preaching has it’s place, to help us understand the biblical people as people. People mentioned in the Bible are not just characters in a story. However, I do agree narrative preaching is not meant to be the main form of preaching and teaching Scripture.

I do think, however, Allen does a good job at instructing his students to be prepared for careers as preachers or missionaries. It is not a calling to be taken lightly.

Review

I might recommend this book to other Bible students, as a resource or point of reference, as far as the sermon style debate goes. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for the average Christian.

About the Author

Jason K. Allen

Jason K. Allen is the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

Since coming to Midwestern, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America.

In addition to his role as president, Dr. Allen serves as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry.

More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries.

He is the author or editor of several books, including The SBC and the 21st Century, Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Being a Christian, and Portraits of a Pastor. 

Dr. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, Preaching and Preachers. He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.

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“The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional” by Jeff and Abbey Land

The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional by Jeff and Abbey Land, is fun and meaningful for the whole family!

Content

This devotional includes 40 family devotions, to be read the 40 days of Lent, leading up to Easter.

It also includes prayers, discussion questions, journaling pages to fill in with Easter memories, and family activities.

The book is sturdy and has the potential to stay nice for a long time.

The illustrations are one of a kind, and make each day stand out.

Recommendation

This devotional is made so that it can be a family staple and heirloom for Easter every year.

I highly recommend this Easter family devotional!

Looking for MORE?

Check out this Bible reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App1

The Authors

Jeff and Abbey Land

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“Big and Little Activity Devotional” by Rachel Swanson

Big and Little Activity Devotional by Rachel Swanson, is a great book for all ages!

Content

Not only are there activities for kids and adults, the book is laid out so that the child and adult can do the same activity at the same time (and age appropriate to each one). The book literally folds open facing the adult and the child at the same time.

Not only that, each page contains a biblical devotional for you and your child to learn and discuss together.

Recommendation

I highly recommend this activity book for families seeking to do fun, interactive devotionals for their kids.

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“Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book” by B&H Publishing Group

Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book by B&H Publishing Group, is a good coloring book for kids.

Content

Not only does it include simple pages, teaching your child the ABC’s, counting, and colors, it includes the song “Jesus Loves Me” and a prayer of thanksgiving.

I like the integration of God and of His creation, but I wish there was more of it.

I also would have liked to see the pages be easier to tear out of the book. Since I have four kids, it will be hard to share the coloring pages, but am glad the book is thick enough to have plenty of pages.

Recommendation

I would recommend this coloring book to any parent of young children.

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‘The Quiet, Crazy Easter Day” by Jill Roman Lord

The Quiet Crazy Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord, is a great picture book for any family celebrating Easter!

Content

As a mom and an author, I love how this book is both developmentally appropriate for children. All the way through the story, the author emphasizes the verbs and sounds the animals do or make.

Jesus and the resurrection are the focus the entire way through, not culturally used icons, like bunnies or chicks.

I also love how the book gives kids the truth about the resurrection.

Kids are told they can talk to Jesus still today, and then gives them an action step, of sharing “the truth of Easter day” with others.

Recommendation

Not only did the author do a fantastic job sharing the resurrection story with kids, the illustrations, by Kelly Breemer, and book material quality are outstanding!

I highly recommend this book for any Easter basket!

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The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame

The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame, is a great first book in a meaningful children’s book series.

Content

Goodgame presents a group of Christians as a raccoon society.

This is quite creative, because raccoons are known for their scavenger and thieving qualities, mirroring our human sin nature.

This first book’s focus is on generosity and sharing.

As a mom myself, I love this message, teaching my kids about sharing and the mutual blessings of showing generosity to others.

The illustrations are fun, clean, and colorful.

Recommendation

My kids and I highly recommend this book, and any in this serious.

About the Author

Randall Goodgame is a singer/songwriter and the creative force behind the family music brand Slugs & Bugs.

He has recorded eight solo albums and contributed to numerous others. He has written songs for VeggieTales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters.

Randall and his family call Nashville home, but he also began touring in 2010 to bring Slugs & Bugs to families nationwide.