The Promises of God Bible Storybook revolutionizes the concept of a children’s Bible.
Not only does author, Jennifer Lyell, tell well-known biblical content and stories, but she also includes very important parts of Scripture not often included in children’s material.
Additionally, this Bible Storybook differs from others on the market.
It specifically focuses on the promises God makes throughout the entirety of Scripture, connecting the dots across biblical history.
I highly admire and value these sentiments.
Not only is this storybook filled with quality, biblical content, but incredible illustrations as well. The detail and the rare scenes of the Bible illustrated are quite remarkable and in a realistic style.
As an author, blogger, and parent myself, I highly recommend this book for families. Parents desiring to teach your children the promises of God, and teaching then the continuity of Scripture throughout.
This is one of the only children’s Bibles to include books of the Bible, such as Job, Isaiah, Galatians, and Revelation (to name a few).
About the Author
Jennifer Lyell has taught hundreds of children the Bible over the course of many years and finds her joy in those end-of- the-year Sunday School classes when the children teach it back to her.
Granted, teaching kiddos might be her passion, but it’s not her day job. For that she serves as Director of Book Publishing and Merchandising at LifeWay Christian Resources.
The hundreds of titles that the books business team has acquired, developed, or managed under Jennifer’s leadership include more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, as well as multiple Christianity Today Book of the Year winners. Jennifer is an often off-the-path hiker who is happiest when adventuring (just like a child!).
When I saw this book as an option for review, I couldn’t resist. Between the name of the series and the colorful illustrations, I was hooked.
Are We Still Friends? by Randall Goodgame, is a fun, playful story about friendship.
The friends, Sparky and Slug are getting ready for a picnic with the rest of their friends. But when Slug sees the delicious pizza flavored chips Sparky brought, he couldn’t resist trying just one.
I won’t give away the rest of the story, but this book teaches a great lesson about telling the truth and the importance in trust, especially in friendship.
As I said in the beginning, the colorful and playful illustrations caught my eye right away.
The illustrations are detailed, yet simple; colorful, yet blends well together; and creative, yet straightforward.
I love the way the illustrator made the characters so memorable and unique.
I (and my kids) highly recommend this book. Not only for the content and the illustrations, but for the strong, godly message to tell the truth, and to love and forgive our friends.
Forgiveness and trust are key to any successful relationship.
Meet 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.
For those of you who’ve been following my writing and publishing journey, of The Miscarriage Project, I have exciting news!!
After a three-and-a-half-year long journey, The Miscarriage Project is finally published and to purchase, as of yesterday!!
Behind the Cover
Here is the official Cover Reveal for my special blog readers:
It may seem a bit simplistic, but that is how I intended it to be. I didn’t want to trigger anyone who might read the book, with anything too sentimental or graphic.
Instead, the idea came to me of the three hearts, you see above.
Red & Black Hearts
The red heart signifies the life of the child, but also the love of the parents for the child. The black heart signifies the death of the child, as well as the grief, pain, and loss experienced by the parents.
However, my favorite heart is the gold heart, which signifies the eternal life with Jesus that child has, as well as the hope parents can have in Jesus Christ, their ultimate Healer and Comforter.
I Have a Story…
Since God gave me this idea for the cover, rich with symbolism, an awesome coincidence happened.
While I was running an errand for a friend, in an office, I spotted something – and what do you suppose I saw?
You got it! Three hearts, colored with the exact three colors you see above! This decoration had an arrow through it, which looked quite exciting in my opinion.
Words of Wisdom
However, after consulting some trusted people in my life, I decided to not include the arrow, because it may give the wrong message.
I though it would be neat, because the Bible talks about children being like arrows in the quiver of a warrior, and I loved the symbolism there .
Even though we lost these children, their lives still matter and matter for God’s eternal kingdom.
Although, to others, it may represent their death and pain, and that was not what I wanted for my readers.
My vision for this book is to help as many parents as possible!
Here’s how you can help:
1 – First and foremost, you can pray. Pray for the book to reach the people who so desperately need it. Pray it is a comfort for them.
2 – Purchase a book for yourself or a friend. This way, you can share this wonderful resource and pass the word, so the book can reach farther than we can imagine! Here is the current link to purchase the book:
God is so amazing! He even worked out for a friend I met through B.S.F. (Bible Study Fellowship) last year, to contact me. It just so happens she works for our local hospital’s OB department, and is in charge of their bereavement services.
Thanks be to God!
Can I get an Amen to that?! I am so beyond blessed by God’s faithfulness and I pray our pain and sorrow can ease someone else’s.
Thank you for your prayers and support through this journey! I am so excited to see God’s impact with this book and how He will transform lives for the glory of His name.
Scarlett’s Spectacles, by Janet Surette, is one of the most delightful children’s books I have ever read!
The main character, Scarlett, has a problem. She can’t seem to help whining and crying about the little things.
Her mom explains, in the image below:
Interestingly, the message of this book hits home for me, as an adult.
As I too wear glasses, it was exciting to see an author portray children wearing glasses in a positive light.
Not only that, I too struggle with seeing the glass as half empty instead of half full.
It was a refreshing reminder to be thankful for the good God has given, instead of whine about the negative.
Before I chose this book to review, I was immediately drawn to the illustrations! I couldn’t resist the chance to read it!
As you can see, the illustrations are detailed, fun, and colorful. The pictures enhance Surette’s message immensely.
Additionally, I enjoy the realistic quality of the illustrations, and yet there exists a dreamy feel, as if the reader has entered into a delightful, fantasy world.
As a fellow author, I highly recommend this book to any parent, who would like to teach their children how to be thankful, and enjoy the good life God has given to us.
Scarlett’s Spectacles is well written, well illustrated, and has an inspiring message for all kids.
To the author, Janet Surrette, and illustrator, Shane Crampton, a job well done! I look forward to reading books from you both, in the future.
Meet the Author
Janet Surette is mother to Taylor the Strong, Avery the Good, and Scarlett the Loud.
Janet combines the skills of being a Christian speaker, author, and blogger with the wisdom of motherhood to produce winsome messages that engage parents and children alike through rhyme, compelling imagery, and a bit of spunk that crafts timeless messages into memorable resources that instruct and delight.
Janet divided her formative years between the United States and Canada, and though she loves living in Barrie, Ontario, she is comfortable on both sides of the border.