Saturday, March 31, 2012

Heaven is for Real

Rating:  5/5

 "I heard a loud voice from the throne.  The voice said, "Now God's home is with men.  He will live with them, and they will be his people.  God himself will be with them and will be their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain.  All the old ways are gone."
-Revelation 21:3-4

 Heaven is for Real  by Todd Burpo is an inspiring story about a boy, Colton, who spent some time with God in heaven.  Based on a true story, Heaven is for Real touches my heart.  I am currently reading the chapter book, which helped my family get through a rough time in our lives.  I'm excited to see a picture book come from this story because it is filled with scripture and descriptions from the time Colton was in heaven.  

I would recommend this for any Christian home wanting to give their children a true insight about what heaven will be like.  It's hard, as a child, to picture something so peaceful and perfect; however, there is a place, and through God, everything is possible.  There are always going to be people out there thinking this book is made-up, but to me, it honestly doesn't matter.  Each page and story is backed up by scripture from God's word, and his word is the truth. 

This is my, personal, review!  eBook was provided by Booksneeze


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What questions would you ask?

I found myself nodding, agreeing, and intrigued by the conversations I was having with God, Jesus, and many disciples from the Bible.  Okay, I really wasn’t talking to God himself, in the flesh, but I was building my relationship with Him through the holy spirit.  Ford does a fantastic job in making the Bile come alive.  All “conversations” are based off of scriptures from the Bible.

I tend to get distracted with devotionals; however, the chapters were shorts, to the point and enjoyable to reflect upon.

The table of contents help when wanting to read a certain subject, which allows readers to return when needed. 

A great prayer starter
A great way to set goals
A great book for daily devotional

You read it once, but I promise, you’ll need to return to it.   Women, come on, we might get an answer, but will always need to ask it at least twice to be convinced.

For non-Christians:
If you ever had questions regarding the Christian faith, or even confused in your own Christians believed, this is a great book to pick up and read.

For men:
Don’t worry, there is abook for you too!  Check it out!  If you read or have read it, let me know how it is!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Chinese Moon Festival

Being a Middle School Language Arts Teacher and Librarian in a multicultural school gives me the opportunity to read books I might not have picked up for myself.    Today, I read a picture book titled Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale by Brenda Williams and illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe.  

Book Cover

If you aren’t familiar, the Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar moon.  As a full moon rises, families come together and celebrate by sharing stories, having reunions with loved ones, and eating!  In Lin Yi’s Lantern, Williams and Lacombe capture the traditions and colors of the Moon Festival.  On his search for the perfect foods and desserts, Lin Yi travels to the local market hoping to have enough money to bargain for a red rabbit lantern.   After passing through the, lucky, moon gate bridge, his hope of having enough to buy the red rabbit lantern grew stronger.  Through bargaining and determination, Lin Yi was unable to purchase a red rabbit lantern; however, to his dismay, his luck didn’t run out. 

Rating: 4/5

     I lost attention while reading; however, the colorful illustrations and pages rich with culture immersed me completely, obtaining my attention. 

Teachers & Parents:
      This book is a great introduction to the Chinese Moon Festival.  The back of the book has The Legend of the Moon Fairy, as told by Uncle Hui (character in the story), how to make a Chinese lantern (which I made successfully), and some information about the market life in China. 

      It is filled with learning opportunities any age would enjoy!  Although I teach middle school students, I am able to see the joy in students faces when I use picture books to teach a subject.  No matter the age, picture books can be used to teach various topics. 

If I were to use this book on an instructional level, I would:  

1.   Dive into the history of the Chinese Moon Festival.  Using some of the information on the back to enhance any information I could find on the internet. 
2.  After students understood the importance of the Moon Festival to the Chinese culture, I would then have them make a lantern (really easy).
3.  Read Lin Yi’s: A Moon Festival Tale.
4.  Discuss book.
5.  Make moon pies (  Or, bring in some to share with the class.
6.  Possibly show a video of a Chinese Moon Festival celebration while eating the moon pies.

If you have any other ideas, please comment below!