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A Prairie Devotional


Author: Wendi Lou Lee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian / Devotional
ISBN: 978-1400213269
Pages: 192
Price: $16.99

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Wendi Lou Lee played the character of Baby Grace, along with her sister, Brenda, on the TV series, Little House on the Prairie. In A Prairie Devotional, Wendi shares memorable quotes from the show, along with her thoughts on how they relate to her own life. After surviving a brain tumor, Wendi wanted to share her Christian faith, in the hope that she could inspire others through her writing.

This unique devotional book contains 91 daily readings of about two pages long. Each is centered on one scene or episode in the TV show, and Wendi expands on it, telling stories from her time with the show and also from her life. She shares some snippets of information about the cast, but mostly writes about herself and her family. Even though she was once a TV star, Wendi is very down to earth, and readers will relate to her ordinary life stories.

Wendi’s strong faith in adversity shines as a light for others who might also be going through trying times. A Prairie Devotional would make a great gift for any Little House on the Prairie fan.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, Christian

Night Night Zoo


Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1014-2
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The zookeepers have locked up and gone home for the day, but the animals still have to get ready for bed. Hippos, gazelles, elephants, and many others all have a nightly routine. As each animal family prepares for bed, kids are encouraged to wish them a good night’s sleep through the repeating refrain, “Night night [animals].” A box at the bottom right corner introduces the next animals they will see.

Finally, everyone is tucked in for the night. All the animals are now asleep, and this charming bedtime board book closes with the message that God is in control, even in a zoo.  Night Night Zoo is the perfect bedtime story for children who love animals.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, Christian

Night Night Bible Stories


Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0891-3
Pages: 208
Price: $16.99

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Bible stories make terrific bedtime stories, if they’re told in a way that children can understand. In Night Night Bible Stories, children will hear fifteen Old Testament and fifteen New Testament stories, told in a simplified manner.

Each of these stories has a refrain that is repeated in various ways throughout the story that are used to emphasize certain key ideas, so kids can repeat them along with Mom or Dad, as they listen. They each conclude with “Night Night…” to the people in the story, along with another key thought. Stories are about four pages long, filled with cheerful illustrations.

Although these stories are paraphrased from the Bible, the text remains true to the message with no significant alterations. Parents will love being able to share these Bible stories with their little ones while reinforcing their own faith in the process.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, memoir

The Audacious Molly Bruno


Author: Marie Armenia
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Christian
ISBN: 978-1-5460-3320-2
Pages: 272
Price: $14.99

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Molly Bruno lived her faith in action, and was a powerful prayer warrior. In this memoir, her daughter, Marie Armenia, shares some of Molly’s life lessons, as well as stories about her life.

Some of the life lessons Molly conveyed to Marie include how to be a good daughter, wife, and mother. She shared her joy of evangelization and how every encounter could lead to an opportunity to witness. Prayer was very important to Molly, and she modeled it in everything she did. Molly lived a joyful life, full of love for her Savior, and she wanted everyone around her to share in that joy.

Molly is the inspiration for the character of Miss Clara in the film “War Room.” After meeting with the directors, she prayed that the film would reach many people in sharing the good news about Jesus. The Audacious Molly Bruno is an uplifting and inspiring look at the life of a strong woman of faith. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian

Fish Sandwiches


Author: Troy Schmidt
Publisher: NavPress
Genre: Christian
ISBN: 978-1-63146-841-4
Pages: 196
Price: $15.99

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The feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand are two miracles of Jesus that we hear about often. Beginning with just a few small loaves of bread and a couple of fish, Jesus was able to multiple a meager meal to feed all those men, not including women and children. But what do the stories mean to us today?

Unpacking the scriptures, Troy Schmidt demonstrates some of God’s promises: knowledge of our needs, provision, spiritual health, community, fulfillment, blessing, eternity, as well as others. While some folks find themselves in need of actual food sustenance, most of us are looking for more. We need “every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8:3)

Along with personal anecdotes and stories, Schmidt provides Biblical sustenance in a fun and easy to read manner. I highly recommend Fish Sandwiches to all who want to go deeper into God’s word.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, finance

Beyond Blessed


Author: Robert Morris
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Christian / Finance
ISBN: 978-1-5460-1009-8
Pages: 272
Price: $22.00

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If you’d like to be more generous with your church or favorite charitable organizations, but find that you’re struggling to pay your bills, you may be wondering why God won’t bless your efforts. In Beyond Blessed, Robert Morris explains why it’s important to first get control of our own finances before we can help others.

Using biblical references and his own and others’ stories, Morris shows us exactly what we need to do to clean up our finances. Budgets have their place, and strategies are given in how to utilize them. But sometimes we’ll see miraculous intervention, once God sees our hearts are in the right place. We need to show Him that we are good stewards before He will bless us with more.

Beyond Blessed is not a boring and dry personal finance book. Instead, the reader will be excited to put these ideas into practice in his or her own life. While blessings of abundance are never promised, the peace of mind in conquering financial stress will be well worth the effort.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, Christian

The World of the Bible


Author: Jill Rubalcaba
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books
Genre: Children / Bible history
ISBN: 978-1-4263-2881-7
Pages: 128
Price: $14.99

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Connecting Bible history to real world places and times can make the word of God come alive for readers. In The World of the Bible, National Geographic Kids shows us when these Bible stories took place and what the world may have looked like at the time.

Spanning the time periods of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, this book looks at early history, the Exodus, the judges, prophets, and the kings, as well as some of the places Jesus would have visited as he traveled around Judah and Samaria. Artifacts from excavations, photos of ruins, and artwork depicting the various scenes help readers to picture the events more clearly.

Although it isn’t truly possible to revisit the past, The World of the Bible makes it easier for kids to see these stories in a more realistic setting. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger