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Review: 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids

(The legal stuff required by the FCC: I was given this CD to review by FrontGate Media. While I was given the CD for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Do you have kids who ask a ton of questions? I've always heard that the most inquisitive kids grow up to be wise adults. So, while the questions may be incredibly annoying after a long day at work, cooking dinner, washing dishes, handling laundry, helping kids with homework, and everything else that fits into your day -- find comfort in the fact that you are raising an intelligent child. 
Many of these questions revolve around things we say or do, and children want to know why? The questions also come, however, when reading the Bible. Think about it -- even as adults we question what we read in our ability to fully understand. Its not easy stuff. Now, imagine being a kid! Sometimes I find myself having to explain simple things that I know as an adult, but kids just haven't encountered yet. 
So, when I was asked if I'…

Here is your annual reminder. You're welcome.

What if we had Christmas with no gifts?
Some of you may say, "well baby Jesus received gifts from the three wise men." Of course he did. He is Jesus! That's why we celebrate Christmas, right? 
You aren't Jesus and neither am I. We aren't even close no matter how much we try. So what makes us think that we need to celebrate Christmas with a bunch of gifts? 
Every year around this time, stress seems to amplify. I don't know about you, but I don't like feeling stressed when I think of Christmas -- it is much too warm and magical for that! But, social calendars fill up. There is a ton of cooking, baking, and decorating to do. Shopping is a priority -- especially for those that you need to ship gifts to. And then, of course, we have financial stress that affects a huge chunk of the population. (Did you know that more than half of us will go into debt just to buy Christmas gifts? And, some are still paying off last years Christmas gifts!?)
And, what is this a…

A Girl Like Me

(The legal stuff required by the FCC: I was given this CD to review by FrontGate Media. While I was given the CD for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.)
I will be honest -- I had never heard of Julie Elias until I was asked to review her CD, A Girl Like Me. She used to be an actress in shows such as CSI:NY and Grey's Anatomy, but I am just not an avid TV watcher. Her story, however, says she wasn't feeling content acting.
Surrendering herself to God's plan for her, she has become a role model for young girls everywhere.
Like so many of us, Julie faced rejection and struggled with her faith, believing God was nowhere near her. It wasn't until she let God take control of her life, that she learned he had been there all along. And, he still is.
Not only is her voice calming, but it can carry you away. It's easy for the lyrics to take me back to my youth -- finding my way with good times and bad times and all the teenage drama girls have to deal with. You know, b…

Indescribable by Louie Giglio

(The legal stuff required by the FCC: I was given this Bible to review for by FrontGate Media. While I was given the Bible for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.)


It is hard to get kids to read. Look at pictures, sure. But, read? Not so much. At least the kids in my life, anyways. They read very well -- it is just a matter of finding something that grabs their attention. Only then do they keep the book open, turning page after page.
When it comes to devotionals or talking and reading about God, they are always all-ears -- if we do it together as a family. But, regardless of how well-intentioned we are, we have a hard time sticking with a nightly plan. Life takes over, interest is lost, routines change, or whatever the reason may be.

I presented them with the copy I received of Louis Giglio's book, Indescribable: 100 devotions about God and science. And, so far, it is a winner. They are boys -- ages 7 and 10 -- and they LOVE to learn how things work. The book is bright, color…