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Book Review:Miracle in Music City by Natalie Grant

104In this third title in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series by Natalie Grant, Miracle in Music City, the Glimmer Girls are at it again—looking for a mystery to solve. Gloria wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction. But as things often do with the trio of smart and sassy sisters, they get themselves and their nanny Miss Julia involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.

What I Loved: I was amazed at how many life lessons Grant was able to weave into an entertaining story. The girls deal with jealousy and the homeless all in one book. Another bonus in the Glimmer Girls series is the attention to detail when it comes to the setting. Each book is set in a very different place and the area’s history and culture take a spotlight. Miracle in Music City was set in Nashville, TN and history of the Grand Ole Opry takes the stage.

List of Lessons:
Jealousy
Being a blessing to others
Having faith in God even when things look impossible
Helping others
Serving God with the right heart
Learning to listen to the Spirit’s nudging
Gifts from the heart are sacrificial

Ratings and Recommendation: This is a wonderful series for young girls and I’m giving Miracle in Music City 5 stars.

~I received a copy from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.

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Children’s DVD Review: Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible Vol 2

29Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible? 2 is the second installment of the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible – God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won’t want to miss!

Volume 2: Let My People Go Includes TWO 25-minute episodes:

Who Chose The Books Of the Bible? Covers the choosing of the books and the amazing story of the Patriarchs.

What is Salvation?Covers Exodus, plus key concepts like “salvation,” “redemption” and a tiny word that causes BIG trouble – “sin!”

With four children, we see our fair share of cartoons. I can’t even begin to count the number of Sponge Bob episodes I’ve endured over the years. Or how many times we’ve watch Cars and Frozen on repeat. Lol So it’s a special treat to bring a good Christian Children’s Movie home! And it’s even better when the video is a hit for the whole household.

What I Loved: When I first picked it up, I didn’t really know what to expect. When it opened up with a puppet, I must say I had my doubts. At least until I found myself laughing within the first minute.
Three minutes later, one of the puppets dropped the term, Substitutionary Atonement and that’s when I knew we had a much greater video on our hands. Again and again, I was blown away by the various topics they covered in this 1 DVD. We learned about the cannon of scripture: What does mean? How was it put together? Who put it together?
They gave a solid overview of the entire book of Exodus: Recapping the Patriarchs from Genesis. The history of Moses. The 10 Commandments. The Israelites’ battle with idol worship.
We also learned what salvation is: Looking at the meanings behind the words, salvation and redemption. What is sin? How does sin affect us? What can we do about it?

All of these lessons were presented in a kid friendly way and taught on their level. Along with the great lessons were the catchy new songs.
I can’t say enough about this great series and I intend to finish the collection in my home.

Rating and Recommendation: What’s in the Bible Vol 2 – Let My People Go DVD gets 5 stars from my entire family and I can’t recommend it enough for yours.

~A big thank you to FishFlix for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Book Review: London Art Chase by Natalie Grant

21Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they embark on international adventure and mischief thanks to their famous mom who travels all over the world singing beautiful songs and a slightly wacky and sometimes negligent nanny named Miss Julia.

What I Loved: Not only is the Glimmer Girls a great new series for our daughters, but London Art Chase was so much fun. Natalie took us on a tour of London, complete with historical facts, cultural differences, and vivid detail. I felt like I was there and enjoyed every minute of it.
In London Art Chase, Maddie struggles to find her place in this special family while also looking into the disappearance of her favorite painting. Learning that she’s special and has something unique to offer to those around her is an important lesson for Maddie and for other girls her age.
I do want to point out that Maddie gets so caught up in wanting to prove that she was right about the thief that she actually runs off into the streets of London by herself. While this is not the sort of example we want for our children, Mrs. Grant went the extra mile to show the truth behind Maddie’s motives and the consequences for disobeying. Because we’re allowed to see the character’s remorse, repentance, and consequences, I can still recommend this book.

What I Didn’t Love: There were a couple of scenes where the girls were making wishes. Knowing what I know about book 2 of this series, I know this is something that Natalie addresses. However, I would have liked for her to have either cut out the wishing scenes here or address it. But wishing is NOT the focal point of the story and it’s still a solid read for young girls.

Biblical Lessons: Here is the list of Spiritual lessons I picked up along the way.
How to be a peacemaker
Praying for the small things in life
Bringing our troubles and frustrations to God
How to guard your heart from worry
Speaking out for what’s right
The small things we do actually matter
Breaking the rules, no matter what the reason is, is still wrong
Punishment for sin is necessary, but it comes with love and forgiveness

Rating and Recommendations: I’m looking forward to the 3rd book in the series and give London Art Chase 5 stars. I’m passing this one on to my daughter and can recommend it for yours.

~I received a copy from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Book Review: I Can by Kathryn O’Brien

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With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Philippians 4:13 (“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”), I Can turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author’s unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. I Can builds a meaningful connection between God’s Word and a child’s life experiences, laying a foundation for a love and comprehension of Scripture. Parents and children will enjoy interacting together over the passage.

What I Loved: I can’t say enough good things about this book. First of all, the illustrations are colorful and charming. I Can packs a powerful message in a small sized chunk which makes it easy for young readers to read and something quick for busy parents. The repetition makes the verse easy to memorize, but I especially loved how they broke down parts of the verse and explained the meaning of the words as they went along. The gospel is clearly presented in the book earning extra brownie points from this momma.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and I recommend it for all parents of younger children, birth – 7.

~I received a copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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Book Review: A Dolphin Wish by Natalie Grant

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Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, LuLu, as they embark on adventure and a little bit of mystery solving while visiting Watery World in sunny California.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to review something for the younger crowd. When I was child, the Sweet Valley Twins were all the rage, so it was a special treat to get to know a new set of twins in hopes of finding a great new series for my daughter to enjoy. And what’s better, this series is faith based!!

What I Loved: I loved everything about this book. I was excited about the new series before I picked it up and even more excited for it after reading one of the books. The series is great for young girls between 8-12. A Dolphin Wish was fun and light-hearted with a fully developed cast. I love the Biblical viewpoint the author has as she steers the characters and the readers along through this story. The setting itself was a ton of fun. Natalie did an excellent job bringing to life a fun Sea World type of setting along with an easy to follow plot.
The girls embark on a mystery while at the theme park, but they learn some valuable life lessons along the way.

Biblical Lessons: Here are some of the truths that I noted along the way.
The importance of being a peacemaker in your family
Giving your troubles to God
Not breaking the rules, even for the “right” reasons
The difference between wishing and praying
The value of honesty, forgiveness, and patience

Rating and Recommendation: I highly recommend A Dolphin Wish to the younger crowd. It’s a great addition to our daughters’ reading material and it will help instill the teachings from home. I do want to point out that A Dolphin’s Wish is book 2 of the series, so if you’re wanting to gift in order look for London Art Chase. I’m gladly giving it 5 stars and I look forward to passing the Glimmer Girl series off to my daughter…just as soon as she can read. 😉

~I received a copy from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.