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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Jess and the Fireplug Caper by Elaine Shulte

Jess and the Fireplug Caper was copyrighted in 1992 by author Elaine Shulte. This Christian fiction book was published by Bethany House Publishers and is 128 pages long. It is part of the Twelve Candles Club series and is for girls 8-12.

Somebody is robbing houses in Santa Rosita Estates and calling Jess on the phone making growling noises. A teen was robbing the houses and Jess’s brother Jordan was the one making the phone calls. Whenever there is a robbery in the neighborhood there is an old blue van. Jess’s mom begins a neighborhood watch. The girls of the Twelve Candles Club; Jess, Becky, Cara and Tricia are always watching as they go out on their different jobs. It is not until the very end when the burglar comes into Jess’s bedroom, when all the girls are there, that they are able to stop him. They are able to stop the burglar from stealing and as the burglar runs downs the street the entire neighborhood runs after him. He stops and gives up and the police arrest him. Throughout this book, Jess, her dad, and Jordan learn more about God and the strength he can give us. Jess needed that strength when she knocks over the burglar. Jess and Jordan learned about how we need to forgive and ask for forgiveness whether it is from our friends and family or our enemies.

Elaine Shulte, who has written over 25 novels, did an excellent job with her characters and the description. I could see the girls dressed in their clown costumes. The flow was so good I just wanted to keep reading.

There are two themes that arise in this book. The first one is forgiveness and the other is that in Christ we get strength and all things are possible. This book can help us realize that when we have Christ on our side and in our hearts we can do anything.

I liked how Becky and Tricia are always talking about God without being forcing Cara and Jess. I did not like how Jess’s mom was so negative against her father when he decided that it was time to start saying grace before eating.

This paperback book has dark print, which always encourages me to continue reading. I would recommend this book, because we need to be reminded about forgiveness and the strength we can find in Christ.

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Little Golden Book about God

My Little Golden Book about God by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin is a very good book to begin to teach young children about God. It was copyrighted in 1984, has 22 pages and was published by Random House, Inc.
There are three main themes that are discussed in this book, God is good, God is great and God is love. It also talks about how God gives us what we need, helps us know what is right from wrong, he is in our hearts and keeps us safe.
The illustrations are very wholesome and I believe that they can make parents and grandparents remember the book from when they were younger. The children listening to the story can relate because the pictures are drawn from a child’s point of view. I thought the animals were drawn the best.
This book is a favorite of both my two-year-old and my four-year-old who love any chance to learn about God.

Friday, November 21, 2008

All time favorite sugar cookie

All Time Favorite Sugar Cookie

3 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Cut 1 cup shortening into the dry ingredients
In another bowl beat 2 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add to the dry ingredients and mix. Chill. Roll out and cut out. Bake for 375° for about 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully so they are just nicely browned.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens

The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens was published in 1995 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd. This edition has 120 pages and is a middle school reading level.
This story was written by Charles Dickens in 1849 for his children. It was first published in 1935 in serial form.
This book is the story of the life of Jesus from about 6/5 B.C. to 30 A.D. This story takes place in many places including Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and River Jordan. Charles Dickens shows us that through Jesus’ miracles and teachings that he was God and we can be more like him so we can go to heaven.
I liked this edition because the paper used was made mostly by using hydroelectricity and there was no chlorine added. There are a couple of pages included in the book that shows Charles Dickens’ handwriting. There is not much text on each page, so it makes it easier to read.
I thought the parables were well written and I gained a new understanding of many of them. It was interesting reading Charles Dickens own view points, it helped me learn what it was that was important for Charles Dickens’ children. I did not think it was proper to have the Jewish Sabbath on Sunday, because it is Friday night to Saturday night.
This book was an easy read that made me want to read and learn more about Jesus.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tomorrow is the day!!!!

Tomorrow will be the day when the new site for reviews of Christian children's books begin. I hope you join me for the excitement. Thank you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A New Blog for Christian Books

Coming soon will be a blog all about Christian Books. First I will be focussing on juvenile books. In the coming weeks expect to see book reviews for young adult books as well.
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