Thursday, April 22, 2010

If I Could Ask God Anything (Book Review)

Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has recently issued a 2nd edition of Kathryn Slattery’s book If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids. This children’s book is a compilation of questions concerning basic Christian doctrine, practices, and the church year along with accompanying answers. Reading the questions, it is easy to imagine children asking these questions. Slattery provides clear answers addressed directly to children with appropriate reference to scriptures. Frequent insets provide additional information such as how to read the Bible or a more extensive list of scripture references. Some pages include graphics with a continuing theme of God loves you (1 John 3:1).

This useful resource belongs in every church library and will be a welcome resource for children’s ministers and Sunday School teachers. Slattery’s clear biblically based answers will prove useful as a springboard for answering questions. This resource is also highly recommended to parents who desire to instill Christian faith in their children. It is designed more as a reference book than a devotional book although it could be used as such. Upper elementary children may find this book useful for personal reading and reference.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, April 10, 2010

So Many Things To Do

Spring is here! This year I am really itching to get out and plant a garden. I've been reading about Lasagna Gardening and am really excited about the possibilities. I've also started a compost pile with an old garbage can, but it's not doing too much yet. It's a work in progress. I've also been reading about worm composting and think the kids would really enjoy that activity. They thought it was cool when we found an earthworm when we pulled a weed yesterday. However, I think I need to hold off on the worms until I get some other things figured out. One step at a time.

Unfortunately, spring is also just really busy. I usually take a class in the spring time which means I have papers and work to finish. Also May is so busy that it seems each Saturday is gone. An added task this year is that I really want to get the garage cleaned out. I think I might have to get my garden started first and then finish the garage. Now I just need to finish deciding what to plant. If I'm not careful I think I'd be prone to turn the entire yard into a garden.