Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of Little Book of Thanks

Back in the 1990s, Precious Moments were all the rage. It seemed like you couldn’t get through a graduation, birthday, or anniversary without seeing at least one Enesco figurine of the wide-eyed children. The Precious Moments characters made their way into greeting cards, posters, needlepoint, and even their own theme park. It’s now almost 30 […]

Review of Candy Apple Blessings

Candy Apple Blessings is a board book suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. The cover is a bright and colorful picture of a cartoon dog, cat, and mouse under an apple tree, with foil accents that make the red apples and the gold edges of the fall leaves glimmer. If I were to judge a book […]

Review of The Call by Os Guinness

I first heard of Os Guinness when I saw him speak at Socrates in the City in 2012 about his book “A Free People’s Suicide”. In it, he spoke of the “Golden Triangle of Freedom” in speaking of the American founders’ vision of a free society. Freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires […]

Review of Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Any parent of a toddler knows that bedtime is one of the first places where a child learns a lot of skills–how to negotiate, how to think quickly on your feet, how to compose fiction. As a grown-up, we sometimes forget what it’s like to be a kid. How can anyone sleep when there’s so […]

Review of God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers

God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers is another in a series of books by Hannah C. Hall. Other books have included God Bless My Friends, God Bless our Christmas, God Bless My School, and God Bless My Boo Boo. The book contains ten “bedtime prayers” that span all kinds of different situations—a prayer asking for God […]

Review of All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful is a wonderful little hardcover book whose contents contain just the words of the famous Cecil Frances Alexander hymn. The book is filled with delightful little color illustrations of each of the stanzas, from the “bright and beautiful” rainbows to “great and small” creatures like elephants and turtles. Some of […]

The Amazon Echo Is Pretty Cool — And Great for Hymns!

I usually don’t hock products on this blog (unless you count the rash of book reviews I’ve been writing recently), but here’s a product I really, really recommend–the Amazon Echo. I recently got one, and I have to say it’s slowly but surely changing my life, for the better. For those who don’t know, the Echo […]

Review of the Big Look Bible Book

This review is for the Big Look Bible Book. We’ve reviewed other “children’s Bibles” before, but more often than not I’ve been disappointed. Often, they’d present themselves as if they were “Bibles” but the stories would be so watered down that they’d be mere shadows of the real Bible. This book doesn’t purport to be […]

Review of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug

I’ve already written in the past about illustrator Tim Warnes’ collaborations with PJ Lyons–Thank You, Lord, For Everything and God Is Watching Over You. These two books became instant classics in our house. They are about as perfect as children’s books can get–a simple but wonderful story, very natural rhymes, and illustrations that are both […]

Review of The Jesus Bible

Casual readers of the Bible may think that Jesus Christ is only relevant to four out of the 66 books. The truth, of course, is that the presence of Jesus Christ can be seen throughout every book of the Bible. And not just in a passive, symbolic sense, but in a real, active way. Recall […]