Blue stained wood with crimson carnations

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Book Review: Behind the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart

Today I'm going to be reviewing "Behind the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart" which centers around a Biblical approach to the current hot-topic of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' series which has become a phenomena among even Christian circles. Content of this post is adult in nature and should be read only by adults. Please, no younger readers!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: Snuggle Time Devotions~ That End with a Hug!

I really really like these toddler devotionals that have been created my Stephen Elkins! They really are the perfect thing to sit down with a small child and teach them a creative little lesson about God's love, and historic Bible characters. This installment of the 'Hug' series walks your little one all the way through the Bible- from Adam in the garden naming the animals to Jesus coming again for us someday 'when everything is ready'. It even includes spots for The Fruit of the Spirit and The Armor of God!

These devotions are easy to read and easy to get a child interested in~ and if they're anything like my nieces when one story is done they will be flipping to the next page before you can stop them! One of my favorite things though has to be the artwork! This book is filled with colored pencil drawings of round little people with cute button noses and eager smiles, and of sweet animals that bring charm to every page. It's fun to go through and spot the pairs of bunnies or the birds or the mice that hang out in a corner of each story and hug~ and once you get the kids started looking for them they will always hunt for them when you open the book! :)

A neat feature in this volume is a corresponding 'Bible Time Activity' that has little crafty suggestions for making or doing something that reinforce the lesson. All the crafts seem pretty age appropriate and not too taxing on mom or auntie- or grandma either! :) I can easily see my girlies having a ball doing things like playing with pasta shapes for Ezekiel's bones, or playing a game with pennies and cups for the Widow's Mite, or making 'empty tomb' buns for Easter.

Over all, this is a really cool book for your really cool little person. It starts teaching Biblical truth at a very early age but at a level that is graspable and retainable. And who can go wrong with that- especially if it ends with a hug!

Final rating: 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.