Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Book Review...and giveaway!

Every night, we spend time as a family reading from a children's story Bible.  Not just any flaky children's Bible will do, though.  We want to read to our children stories that are truths from the Bible and portray God for who He is and God's Son, Jesus Christ for what He did on the cross.  We have found a few good Bibles to use, but the most recent find is hands down THE BEST!

Thanks to a recommendation from our new friend, Esther, we now are really enjoying The Jesus Storybook Bible

This book is packed full of great Bible stories that are easy to read and easy to understand. The thing that makes this book so special is that it is more than just a book of random stories from the Bible. The stories are written to help us see how they all fit together. It's amazing to see how even the Old Testament stories help us to understand why Jesus is at the center of God's redemption story and our story, too. The beautifully written narrative also makes you feel like you are right there with the people in the Bible story!  It's hard to stop after one chapter!

Here's an excerpt from our story tonight:

The Good Shepherd
(a paraphrase of Psalm 23)

God is my Shepherd
And I am his little lamb.

He feeds me
He guides me
He looks after me.
I have everything I need.

Inside, my heart is very quiet.
As quiet as lying still in soft green grass
In a meadow
By a little stream.

Even when I walk through 
the dark, scary, lonely places
I won't be afraid
Because my Shepherd knows where I am.

He is here with me
He keeps me safe
He rescues me

He makes me strong 
And brave.

He is getting wonderful things ready for me
Especially for me
Everything I ever dreamed of!

He fills my heart so full of happiness
I can't hold it all inside.

Wherever I go I know
God's Never Stopping
Never Giving Up
Always and Forever
Will go, too!

God gave David that song to sing to his people, so they could know that he loved them and would always look after them -- like a shepherd loves his sheep.
And one day, God was going to do something that would inspire thousands upon thousands of new songs.  God was going to show his people once and for all just how much he loved them.
Another Shepherd was coming -- a greater Shepherd.  He would be called the Good Shepherd.  And this Shepherd was going to lead all of God's lambs back to the place where they had always belonged -- close to God's heart.

Don't you wish you could keep reading?

Well, one of you will be able to!  
We're going to have a little Sneaky Mommy Giveaway!  
You could win your very own copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible!
How can you win?

(1)  Leave a comment and share your favorite...ice cream flavor!  (Cody's idea!)

(2) Click on "Follow" so I'll see your pretty little face in the line-up!  
If you already follow this blog, you've got one entry in bag!

(3)  Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know!

The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, April 9!
Thanks for entering!


Katrina @ Pics, Pages & Purls said...

hey...I have heard SO many good reviews from this book/Bible. I would LOVE to be able to get it. So I'm a follower (add one entry), I'm commenting with my favorite ice cream flavor...which is hard because I like Rocky Road but I also like Mint Choc Chip (so that is another entry) and I will blog about it...but I will do that on Wednesday! I'll let you know with another comment...just so you know!

une autre mère said...

Oh, I want this SO BAD. :) So, here's my entry...
*Ice cream - CHOCOLATE with fudgey chunks! Mmm..
*Already a follower - OF COURSE! :)
*I will blog about this tomorrow since I'm heading to bed now. I promise. But for proof, I will be back with another comment.

Crystal said...

We LOVE this book too!! Would love to win it so I could share it with a friend though. My favorite kind of ice cream is...hmmm...so many. I eat ice cream every night before bed, so I go through phases. Right now I am liking Breyers Rocky Road.

Nikkers said...

We are always looking for good Bible books. I am already a follower. My favorite ice cream is cake batter with recess. I will blog about it later this morning when I can get on my computer and not my iPod.

Unknown said...

Ew - I want it want it want it! I did all three. I follow you - obsessively ha ha. I'm leaving my awesome comment. AND I blogged about it, too. I even called you all kinds of "great" and "super-cool"....not that I would try to bribe you or anything. You'd better pick me or I might fill your kids up with too much sugar again tonight. Kidding!!!

peter marie said...

Mint chip, baby.
I follow , of course!
all systems down AGAIN so hopefully i can blog about it later. I'm generally pretty lucky though so it probably wouldn't make a difference.
Razzle dazzle!

Anonymous said...

Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia and Haagen Dazs coffee have been my favorites for literally 24 years! Love them - I rarely buy them because to me the whole container is one serving!

Linzi said...

I'm a new follower!

Ashlie Miller said...

Yay! I'm so glad JSB posted your site on their FB page! I have a new great looking blog to follow! (yes, I just signed up to follow you) ;-) We LOVE the JSB. I've gotten 2 for our family (one regular and one deluxe edition) and have gotten about half a dozen for friends (great gifts!).

My fave ice cream is your simple chocolate...sometimes with strawberries on top.

Can't wait to dive into more of your bloggings ;-)

Ashlie Miller said...

Oh, I just blogged about your giveaway, too ;-)


Katrina @ Pics, Pages & Purls said...

I just blogged about it...at http://thatisinarapp.blogspot.com/2010/04/some-giveawaysi-wanted-you-to-know.html

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The Gardner Family said...

Oh yeah, been wanting to buy this for my 2 year old but would rather win it :)
My favorite icecream is Praline Pecan!

Whitney said...

I've enjoyed letting my 2-year-old watch the videos on the www.jesusstorybookbible.com web site this week! Would love to have the book. My favorite ice cream is good old mint chocolate chip!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

This is the Bible we got Lily for Christmas this year and we LOVE it!!! We read her a story from it every night, and you're right, sometimes I don't want to stop reading!

Since we already have this, you can take my name out of the giveaway -- I'd rather someone else win it. But just for fun I'll tell you my favorite ice cream flavor: NONE. I don't like ice cream :) I guess if I had to choose though, it would be chocolate peanut butter :)

une autre mère said...

As promised, I blogged about it!


And I'm pretty sure my post was even better than Liz's... ;)

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

I love...ice cream! My favorite flavor {which is no longer in exisetence} was Cappuccino Fudge Blitz......it is STUPID good :)

Laura said...

Sounds like a great book! I just clicked the 'follow' button and my favorite ice cream is Chocolate chip cookie dough from Ben and Jerrys!!

Debbi said...

I believe anything you recommend & use with your own children must be really good. Even if I don't win I may look to add this to my library :).
My fav ice cream...anything with chocolate chunks in it. When I was pregnant with the boys I ate ice cream every night because the cold would make them move & I loved that!
Late tonight, but I will try to blog tomorrow!

Debbi said...

Just letting you know I posted about it {grin}. Have a great day!

Set Apart Living Mama said...

OMGoodness I would love to win this for my kids! I'm so plain my #1 fav is vanilla! That was a cute idea by the way!

Set Apart Living Mama said...

I'm now following you via Google Friend Connect!


Amy Kramer said...

I may be a slacker, but I made this one just in the nick of time. Whew~

1- My favorite ice cream is coconut... but specifically from a shop called "Bings" in Mexico.
2- I'm already a follower (hello? Who wouldn't want to be a follower of your awesome blog!?) :)
3- I blogged about you @ http://kakramerfamily.blogspot.com/2010/04/are-you-feeling-sneaky.html and am quite confident that if my friends are at all smart, they'll come on over and follow you, too!! :)

This book looks awesome! I'd love to have it... but even more so, I'd love to W-I-N it!!! :)