Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Flowering Cross by Beth Ryan, illustrated by Renne Graef- Book review

This children’s book is about a young girls befriending a mean old neighbour while building on a tradition of adding a flower to a cross at Easter as part of her family’s response to the gospel message. This books message touches nicely on loving our neighbour, sharing the gospel, the meaning of Easter, and the value of meaningful family traditions. It is well written and illustrated.

This book would hit elementary grade children excellently, but would still be of great value to preschoolers also. I think this is a GREAT book for families. As part of its content it has a flower cross project families can do, but even better, this book has what is called Faith Imprints(TM) on each page. What this feature does is give the parents a Scripture verse to read with their family along with a discussion question. MOST EXCELLENT!!!!

Having a resource for parents to use to help them discuss spiritual matters with their families are needed, and I HEARTILY recommend this to families to help them accomplish this purpose. I can see this being used yearly as part of long lasting family Easter traditions. I look forward to using this with my own family!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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.”

Monday, March 01, 2010

up to april 11 2006 done

You wanted an update, here we go :)!

They matched april 5-april 11 this month. We are May 19, so a 6 day batch, which is good, haven't had one of those for quite awhile.

We still hope it is end of 2010 or EARLY 2011 that this will happen for us!