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Bear Hug Children’s Book + Giveaway

I wrote this post on behalf of Propeller Consulting and received the book Bear Hug to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

Hugs are the best.  They always make me (and my children) feel better.  So I knew we would love this cute book. With beautiful illustrations, our kids snuggle up and finish the book with a nice, good-night hug.

I’m going to give you a Bear Hug

With this book, children will learn all the creative and imaginative ways to give a bear hug. The engaging rhyming encourages playful  interaction between parent and child.  I’m going to give you a Bear Hug is a sweet, loving bedtime storybook that will definitely become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones to enjoy hugs and kisses from loved ones.

Bear Hug

About the Author and Illustrator

Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina.  Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen millions copies.  I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book.  It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children.  Louisa, Sayre, and Harold, who are grown now.

Tim Warnes has been illustrating children’s books for twenty years.  He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children’s illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons.  When he’s not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.

Purchase the book or Win It!

You can purchase I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug from Zondervan for $16.99.  Zondervan, as part of the HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., delivers Transformational Christian experiences through it’s best selling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products.

Propeller Consulting is giving you an opportunity to win a copy for your sweet blessing. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only. One winner per address.  Not eligible to win if you won a prize in the last 30 days from Propeller Consulting.  Good luck!

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Brave Girls 365 Day Devotional

I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received the Brave Girls 365 Day Devotional to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

The other day, I looked outside to watch Big C play.  What I saw, was a total surprise to me and I just wanted to cry tears of joy.  Big C had her hands folded and head down as she prayed out loud to God.  The door was shut so I couldn’t hear the words she was speaking, but that sight of innocence will never be forgotten.  Since Big C was a baby, we’ve read God’s word together and I’ve prayed over her.  But never once has she had the desire to pray on her own.  Six years later, I’ve seen, what I hope is just the beginning of the fruits of my labor.

My daughter and I always include devotional time as part of our bed time routine.  This year, we received a new devotional from Tommy Nelson, called Brave Girls 365 Day Devotional.  A couple of years ago, we reviewed Brave Girls Bible Stories, which was a huge hit.  This has been a great devotional to expand on the Bible stories.

Brave Girls

About Brave Girls Devotional

Join the brave girls, Hope, Glory, Faith, Honor and Grace, as they discover that the closer they are to God, the more He makes ordinary girls like them, strong and courageous.  As you read the devotional each day, you’ll learn how to be brave at school, at home, in sports and with your friends.  You’ll learn that even when struggles are big, God is so much bigger.

This devotional includes a years worth of readings with amazing stories from Scripture, lots of fun quizzes and illustrations, and powerful truths like . . .

  • I always have the power to love others, because God loved me first.
  • I can talk to God about anything, whenever and wherever I need to.
  • God loves me for who I am, because I am made in His image.
  • God can use someone small like me, to do big things with Him.
How to Purchase or Win It!

You can purchase the same devotional Big C received at FaithGateway.com for $16.99. Tommy Nelson is giving you a chance to win a copy for your sweet blessing.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Don’t forget to stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest products and discounts.

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The Belle of Bravery Children’s Book + Giveaway

I wrote this post on behalf of Bible Belles and received Abigail The Belle of Bravery to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word bravery?  For me, I think of the men and women who have fought on the front lines for our country.  Or selfless first responders and the people who have triumphed during life’s threatening times. But being brave doesn’t mean you have to be a hero.  Our little girls are faced with difficulties every day. They have many opportunities to show their bravery.

The Bible Belles just released their third book in the Adventures of Rooney Cruz series, Abigail – The Belle of Bravery.  My daughter and I fell in love with the first two books, Hannah – The Belle of Prayer and Esther – The Belle of Patience.  The series is teaching my daughter that she doesn’t have to conform to what the world wants of her, but instead, she learns to make a different kind of noise.

Bravery

Abigail – The Belle of Bravery

In the new book, “Abigail,” Rooney is faced with a difficult choice after a tough afternoon with her brother and neighborhood boys.  Can she be brave enough?  Mari, Rooney’s personal angel, takes her on a journey through the story of Abigail.  She learns that she can call upon God to face any situation with bravery and confidence.  Take a peek!

The Author of Bible Belles

Erin Weidemann is the author of the Bible Belle series.  As a teacher and sports coach for many years, she has seen the struggles and insecurities of young girls.  They are constantly trying to fit in with the world’s standards.  But Erin wanted something different for her daughter – and all girls.  She wanted real heroes and a weapon for parents to battle back against the noise.  So Bible Belles was created.  Bible Belles is a wonderful series to help celebrate God’s beauty and mighty purpose.

Purchase and Giveaway

You can purchase Abigail – The Belle of Bravery or any of the Bible Belle books at BibleBelles.com for $14.99 each.  Bible Belles is also giving you an opportunity to win a copy of “Abigail” for your sweet tiny blessing.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Don’t forget to stay connected with Bible Belles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Good Good Father Children’s Book + Giveaway

I reviewed Good Good Father on behalf of Tommy Nelson.  All opinions are my own.

There have been times in my life where I have been mad at God.  I’ve asked, “where are you?” and “how can you let this happen?”  On the contrary, there have been so many times when I’ve said, “how did I get so blessed?”  When the song, Good Good Father was released, it changed my whole relationship with God.  It helped me to understand more, even in the most painful of times, who He really is.  For me, He is gentle, loving, kind and caring.

Good Good Father, a new children’s book, has just been released.  I knew I had to get my hands on it and share it with my daughter.  Because I want her to have a deeper understanding of who God is.  And that’s exactly what this book does.  It’s the perfect depiction of his gentle, loving care.

Good Good Father

About the Book

Good Good Father tells a story about a little bear named Tucker who wants to help his friends.  He’s on a journey to find the perfect gift for the king, when his life is changed forever. Tucker learns just how great the King’s love is as he experiences His love for himself. Gorgeous art work paired with a meaningful and powerful story, will reassure your child just how loved they are by the good, good Father.

About the Authors

Chris Tomlin is one of the most well-known and influential musical artist.  His music include How Great Is Our God, Amazing Grace and Good Good Father.  It is estimated that 20-30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship each week.  Above all else, Chris loves to be a husband and daddy to his 2 girls.

Pat Barret is also a husband and father.  He is a songwriter and worship leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  Pat is a worship pastor  of Grace-Midtown Church and cowriter of the #1 song, Good Good Father.  Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.

My Thoughts

My daughter loves that a song she sings to on the radio has been turned into a storybook. We have read this book almost every night since we received it.  She is learning that God is her protector, teacher, healer and completely loves her.  The book teaches it in just the kind-hearted way I want her to know of God.

Where to Purchase Good Good Father

You can purchase the same book Big C received from Faith Gateway Store for $16.99.  The book is geared towards boys and girls from 4 to 8 years old.  Tommy Nelson is giving you the opportunity to win a copy of Good Good Father.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Don’t forget to stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest products, discounts and giveaways!

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Night Night Farm Children’s Book + Giveaway

My children are fascinated with farm animals.  They could watch them all day and copy the sounds they make.  Naturally, when choosing a book to review from Tommy Nelson this month, I felt like Night Night Farm was a perfect bedtime story for them.

Night Night Farm

About Night Night Farm

When the sun begins to go down on the farm, you and your children can follow along as these sweet farm animals say good night to their mommies and daddies, as well as, their heavenly father.  Your little ones will be reminded that God loves them, too.

About the Author

Amy Parker has written many books for children, teens and adults with more than a million copies sold.  She has collaborated with best-selling authors and with her own son.  Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to her husband and a mother to her two sons.

About the Illustrator

Virginia Allen lives in a New Hampshire village where she enjoys collecting children’s books and hiking.  Some of her recent projects include Mother Goose Pajama Party, Your Magical Life and The Three Little Pigs.

My Thoughts

My children and I enjoy any book that captivates my kid’s attention with how much God loves them.  And this precious book does just that.  It’s so well written and beautifully illustrated. This board book will last a long time in our home.  It is one that will be past down to my children’s children.  You can purchase Night Night Farm for $8.99 at Faith Gateway Store.

Giveaway

Tommy Nelson is giving you a chance to win a copy of Night Night Farm for your sweet tiny blessing.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Get connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest products, sales and giveaways.

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One Big Turkey Children’s Book + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this review of One Big Turkey on behalf of Tommy Nelson.  All opinions are my own.

One of my son’s favorite stories is One Spring Lamb written by Anne Vittur Kennedy.  She has a new book out that is similar, except it’s related to fall and Thanksgiving.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve read this book over and over.  Little M is definitely thrilled to have another book like his favorite because enjoys counting so much. This one is called One Big Turkey and it’s been a big hit.

One Big Turkey

About One Big Turkey

You can count your blessings with your child as you read along together with One Big Turkey. The beautiful, board book makes counting an enjoyable learning experience. The rhyming text will take you and your child on a fun, Thanksgiving adventure.

About the Author

Anne Vittur Kennedy loves the quiet space of her studio and lives in Ohio with her husband, Jack; her dog, Brody; and her horses, Sitka and Frisco.  Similar books she has written, include One Shining Star (perfect for the Christmas season) and One Spring Lamb (related to Easter).

My Thoughts

Even though the book is geared towards children 0-4 years old, there are many sight words that my 5-year-old picked up on.  This book is perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving season. I love that it’s a board book.  It makes it very hard for my kids to accidentally (or on purpose) rip the cover or pages. You can purchase the same book we received for $8.99 at Faith Gateway Store.

Giveaway

Tommy Nelson is giving away a copy of One Big Turkey to one blessed reader.  Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Don’t forget to stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Good luck!
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Baby, Baby! Children’s Book + Giveaway

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Propeller Consulting.  All opinions are my own.

My husband and I decided long ago that we only wanted two children.  As my littles start to grow out of the baby stages and move into independence, sometimes I get a bit sad.  As the cliche goes, they grow up so fast.  I miss the baby snuggles, tiny clothes and watching them master new skills.  But the things I don’t miss, is the cries (from both me and baby) and the sleepless nights.  We are very blessed, because we will have a sweet, baby niece soon.  I can’t wait to love on, snuggle her and read to her.  I’m looking forward to giving her a new book called Baby, Baby! written by Diane Stortz.

About Baby, Baby!

Baby, Baby! is a sweet, colorful board book that appeals to their interests, such as looking at books, other babies and their flowering abilities.  This short, rhyming poem applies all three in a sweet and happy way, while introducing baby to God’s love for them.  The simple words are paired with colorful images of babies engaging in familiar activities.  And it ends with a reminder that baby is always loved by God.

My Thoughts

The illustrator, Allie Busby, did a fantastic job with creating a diversity of babies throughout the book.  The mirror at the end of the book makes it personalized as well.  This is a fun and captivating book, that perfectly describes God’s love for your baby.  You can purchase Baby, Baby on Amazon for $7.99.

Win a Copy of Baby, Baby!

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Leading your Child to Christ + Giveaway

The most important teaching in my child’s life, is the lesson of God’s love and the gift of salvation.  Though I try to show this through my actions, I don’t always have the right words. Tommy Nelson has provided me and my children with a beautiful new book, called I Believe In Jesus – Leading Your Child to Christ, in exchange for sharing with you my thoughts and opinions.

Leading your Child to Christ

What is “Leading Your Child To Christ” all about?

The author, John MacArthur, creates a timeless story of salvation – from creation to eternity – in words that children can understand.  They learn how much God loves them, what it means to be saved, and how they can express their faith in Jesus.  You will find beautiful illustrations, accompanied by Bible verses on each page.

About the Author

John MacArthur is a father and grandfather who believes that Christians’ greatest responsibility is to share Christ with their families.  he and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.  John is also a best selling author, the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, the president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and the featured teacher of the Grace to You media ministry.

About the Illustrator

Dominique Mertens spent his childhood in the beautiful Belgian countryside, and today he is known for displaying the boldness of nature in his art.  He studied illustration at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, and he has been receiving special honors for his work since 2000, including the Annual Bologna Fair awards and a grant from the French Community of Belgium to publish his book Corentin and the Dragonfly.

In the book, I Believe in Jesus – Leading your Child to Christ, your child will learn that they can trust God, He loves them, He forgives them and He wants them to live forever in His wonderful heaven.  It is a reminder to keep trusting God our whole lives.

You can purchase the same book my children received for $14.99 at Thomas Nelson. This book is the perfect gift for parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and Bible teachers to share with the children they love.  Tommy Nelson is giving you a chance to win a copy of I Believe in Jesus – Leading your Child to Christ.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
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Would a Worm Go on a Walk? + Giveaway

We all think our children are special, because they are.  God made each one with unique qualities and special strengths.  But how do we teach our children about their special gifts? My go-to for teaching Biblical lessons, is usually a great children’s book. So I am teaming up with FlyBy Promotions to share with you, Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, written by Hannah C. Hall. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by other sources.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

This silly picture book introduces children to the idea that animals are created with unique qualities by a God who is loving and wise.  Would a Worm Go on a Walk? was created in a comical and imaginative way to remind and teach children that God made all things good.  

Big C giggled and laughed at the funny scenarios and was reminded of how much God loves her and how truly special she is.  Big C and I think your children (ages 4 -7) would enjoy this book, too.

About the Author

Hannah C. Hall is the author of many best-selling children’s books that we have reviewed in the past, including God Bless Our Fall, God Bless My Boo Boo and God Bless You and Good Night.  She is also the author of an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com. Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, a worship pastor, and their four children.

Purchase It or Win It

You can purchase Would a Worm Go on a Walk? hardcover book from shopbetterbooks.com for $15.99.  FlyBy Promotions is giving you the opportunity to win the same book Big C received.  Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  If you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Only one entrant, per mailing address, per giveaway.

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Teaching Children Patience + Giveaway

You may remember when I reviewed the amazing children’s book Hannah The Belle of Prayer.”  Well, the Bible Belles are at it again, and I’ve been asked to review The Adventures of Rooney Cruz – Esther The Belle of Patience.  We loved the first book so much, we’ve been waiting on the edge of our seats for the next one to be released.  Erin Weidemann, the author of the Bible Belles series, did not disappoint.  I am honored to share with you my review and opinions of “Esther The Belle of Patience.”

Esther The Belle of Patience Children's Book

I’m very familiar with the stories of men in the Bible, but what about the courageous women? The Bible Belles is a unique series that presents real life superheroes like you’ve never heard before.  It showcases five women of the Bible including Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah.  It’s a fantastic way for my daughter to connect with them and understand what being beautiful truly means.  Through this series, young girls will remember their names, stories and what makes them so special.

So what is “Esther The Belle of Patience all about?  I’m so glad that you asked.  Like many children, Rooney enjoys playing sports.  She loves soccer, but her and her teammates are frustrated with Amanda, the ball hog.  Rooney tries to express her feelings to her coach, but it never seems like a good time.  That’s when Mari, Rooney’s guardian angel, appears. Mari takes Rooney on an adventure to learn about Esther’s superpower of patience and how she saved her family.  On her journey, Rooney learns how to pray for patience and the right words and timing to speak to her coach.

I have a hard time teaching Big C what it means to be a daughter of the King.  It’s difficult to speak to her in a way that she will understand.  That’s why, as a parent, I find the Bible Belles series such a useful and fun resource to help her learn and grow in her faith.

You can purchase the same books Big C has and other Bible Belle products by visiting their site at BibleBelles.com. FlyBy Promotions is giving you a chance to win a copy of The Adventures of Rooney Cruz – Esther the Belle of Patience.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Don’t forget to stay connect with Bible Belles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to keep up to date on new releases and encouraging words.

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