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When I agreed to review Little Words Matter Bible Storybook I was hoping that it wasn’t just another little kids Bible Story book.  Like all the rest.

It certainly isn’t!  I LOVE this book.  So little, so sweet.  Just a simple board book.  Easy for little hands to hold and read.

The stories in the book, aren’t just the simple verses of the popular stories in the Bible.  The author Tama Fortner, gives this little book a personality and separates it from the other Bible Storytime books.  The illustrations by Holli Conger add so much to these beautiful little stories

Each story -there are 19 of them, start out with simple word statements.  Fortner goes on to tell us the story in easy, small kids words.  

Most children that read this can remember those sentences.  19 stories from the Bible. Isn’t that what we, as parents, grandparents and/or teachers or ministry leaders want?  Words that not only teach these children, beautiful stories from God’s Word, but anything that will help them to remember them.

We will take the story of Jesus on the Cross.

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from Luke 23, John 19:17-42

Jesus was arrested!  He was laughed at, spit on, and beaten.  Then He was put on the cross.  But even on the cross, Jesus loved everyone

“Father, forgive them,” He said, Jesus dies and was placed in a tomb.  A giant stone covered it

Jesus died to take away the sins of the world

What a great way to sum up the story of Jesus on the cross, just so the littles can understand!  I LOVE this book and am so grateful to have reviewed it to be introduced to the series,  With Christmas coming, and a lot of littles in my family, this will make the perfect gift to put in their stocking or under the tree!

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About the Author Tama Fortner

My name is Tama. I love God, my family and friends, and coffee with extra cream. I live a crazy life that is all-at-once wonderful, messy, and filled with love.Untitled_Modified

In the midst of the craziness of carpools and crockpots, I am also a Bible teacher and a freelance writer and editor. My most recent book, God Is Always Good, was published this fall. I’ve collaborated on a number of titles, including the bestselling Jesus Calling for Kids and Grace for the Moment for Kids. My home is in the hilly suburbs of Tennessee, with my husband, two kids, a dog, and a cat aptly named Trouble.

My prayer is that all I do, all I say, all I write and teach will bring glory to Him, because . . .

He brought me out into a spacious place;
    He rescued me because He delighted in me.

-Psalm 18:19
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About The Illustrator Holli Conger


Holli’s artistic talent and creativity has been evident from a very early age. Although she excelled in many areas of school, art projects were always her favorite. In third grade, Holli’s art teacher presented her with a big green pencil case (which she still has today) for having the best drawing in the class.

Today she is a digital and dimensional illustrator who illustrates in a whimsical style suitable for any application of illustration. From magazine, greeting cards and advertising, to CD covers, packaging and children’s books, Holli approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s (and parent’s) face.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising, Holli has the knowledge and experience of working with
art directors, designers, copywriters and other creative types to collaborate on projects. A Nashville native, she currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where her husband, their daughter and son give her plenty of inspiration.

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CHT2HFPWUAMqPOj A Friend In Me – 
How To Be A Safe Haven For Other Women –Bridging The Gap with Younger Ones
Pamela Havey Lau

This book starts off with the forward by Nancy Ortberg. Nancy asks the question “where are the mentors?  The ladies that would tell you (Biblically) whether or not your ways were sound principle or you were stepping outside of God’s word.

Those women, that even if you were sick they brought the meals to help your family, or if you were in need, they did what they could, within their power to help you.  They showed love, not sat around and talked about it.  These women were any age, and any stage of Biblical maturity.  However, they gave grace, they gave mercy and they gave love

Those days are gone or so I find in our area my church and in my area.  By most.  There are still a few that no matter what will offer their help and I know I am guilty of saying “well someone else will help them” That’s all mentality that our way to busy lives have led us too.

Pamela Havery Lau, talks about just that, in her book about friendship and mentoring.

Younger women long for relational connection with older, wiser, “been there, done that“women. As do older women want to seek out that relationship.  In some cases.

Although in most instances there is disconnect between that generation gap. My thoughts are one because the older women are from a completely different generation and therefore that wonderful asset of knowledge goes untapped.

As well as the knowledge that younger generations have with new and better ways of doing things.

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That welcoming committee to a new church or a new neighbor. Just saying hello to a new person at their church? You never know when that stranger that just shows up that Sunday, all they need is someone to say hello to them. Because of a life broken, their walking in the door, was a struggle just in and of itself. Yet how many times does a stranger go unwelcomed at a church. We like to think that every person that comes through the doors of a church are greeted and met with the loving hearts we think we have, but do we? Or do we say, oh the ushers or pastor will talk to them, I need to rush out to get my kids the nursery so I will just let someone else handle it?? Or my dinner is going to be late if I stay very much longer, and I have a house full of family headed to my house right now.

Things like that. Yet, it would only take a few minutes of your time to show someone love that may never get anywhere else. Then when we don’t even take the time to say hello in the church. Where is Christ in this? Did we show them Christ? Did you just walk by someone new in church today?  Or worse yet, someone that has been there as long as you?  Without saying hello or without even an out-reached hand to welcome that person there today?!?

Now that being said, there is no way you can be everything to everyone. You must allow yourself some downtime. In doing so, you refresh your heart, you renew your spirit. Without your own emotional and spiritual refreshing you cannot be a good mentor to someone else. This means diving into God’s Word for your own healing and rejuvenation.  Also you can be a mentor at any age.  

This statement from Pam on her website pretty much wraps up the entire premise of this book.

“Every kind of Christian woman—conservative, moderate, liberal, suburbanite, city dweller, lover of liturgy, lover of charismatic worship, egalitarian, complementarian, single, or married—models and teaches something about God to the next generation. I have seen firsthand how difficult it has become for women across the generations to share deeply from their hearts, but I’ve got good news: I’ve also witnessed powerful transformations in women’s hearts when we finally do. For more than fifteen years I’ve spoken with all kinds of women who love God and want to make a difference by bringing God glory through their ministries, jobs, and families. In my conversations and prayers with them, we always come back to the condition of their hearts—something that is holding them back from deeply loving the younger women in their lives. These seemingly negative ideas of themselves or the ways they are being perceived can hold them back from sharing their faith out loud.”

  1. Silence – shut yourself down to the outside world and then invite the Holy Spirit to guide you into your own heart for healing of anything you need.

  2. Thanksgiving – exclaiming Thanksgiving to the Master.

  3. Self-examination – A time to look into your own heart and soul and ask God for forgiveness in what you may need

  4. Request – this is different from the asking in forgiveness. This may be something like asking God for the courage to go to that person that is new and you haven’t spoken to. Or the strength to go forward with something that you know in your heart is going to be scary to you.

  5. Write – always write! One of the ways Lau suggests, is this, to write a letter to someone you may be in conflict with either asking for forgiveness or offering forgiveness. Sometimes this just may not be possible, but writing the letter anyway is a good way of getting the anger out, whether you have been hurt by someone or you have hurt them. If you can’t get it to them, or there could be more harm done in doing so, writing and not sending is a great way to let the forgiveness come in your heart. You have done the act of forgiveness, and you do not have to do it in person if it could be harmful to you in anyway

In giving yourself totally to God, there are several things you can do to get you into that place, instead of

As you study this book, you may find that as you are doing things like mentoring and just helping with anyone who you can following that Acts1:8 mentality; once you start doing something, you must follow through.  However do not get that “burnt out” syndrome, where you start something and don’t finish it.  If you over schedule in doing so, you WILL end up losing the purpose of why you are there.  Jesus Christ… 

I really love the idea of what Lau writes in A Friend In Me. I can’t think of anyone I know who hasn’t been hurt by someone and the resources she offers are just good sound advice. This book is based on Biblical principle and references a lot of verses. However it is a stand-alone book, on mentoring, healing, forgiveness and loving our neighbors (which includes anyone you come in contact with, at any point of your life.

There is also a group of videos with discussion questions that you can find here!  I am so amazed at all of the resources that are available to work with when you dive into this book

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Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
Find out more about Pamela athttp://www.pamelalau.com.

Also the Publisher and Pamela have made available to the public through Youversion.com a reading plan called A Friend In Me that can be found here https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1586-a-friend-in-me

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I was given the privilege to listen and review a CD by Dan Bremnes.  When I was told I was accepted to this, I had never heard of him before.  I like music though.  So I knew as long as it wasn’t head banging, I could handle it!  Boy was I right!

Dan has always known he wanted to be a singer/songwriter.  At age 10 he started singing in his church.  That being said.  He loved opportunities that he received to lead worship and follow his faith.

After a 6 month mission trip with YWAM he knew exactly what his calling was.

In doing so, he has toured all over New Zealand and Australia racking up many accolades and #1s.  Being from Canada, he also knew he had to take a leap of faith, move his family to Nashville where the music industry revolves and with the release of his song “Beautiful”

he steps into a whole new world.  When Dan wrote the song, he based it on 2 Corinthians 5:17 –  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Beautiful is part of the CD Where The Light Is.  As I started listening to the cd from the beginning.  I knew this was going to be someone who I WANTED to listen to.  A LOT!  The songs have meaning, passion.  They tell a story.  From the very first words of Where The Light Is –

This is me / Grew up in church / Raised on the gospel trained in the word / Had a faith so fearless thought it was all I needed / But life hit me hard / More than I planned / It knocked me down / Like an avalanche / On the edge of hopeless I called you from the darkness // God, come quickly / Only You can save me / Will You lead me where the light is /

How many of us ask that same question on a daily basis when we face trials and tragedy like Dan was when a car accident killed his mom.  We fall on our knees, asking God please come quickly.

Dan’s songs on this CD lead me through so many emotions and words reaffirm my faith, like “He knows every pain every tear you’ve cried / Every single part of you / He knows every doubt, every fear that you fight / The battles you’ve been going through / And when it feels like you’re holding the world on your shoulders / Just let go and trust Him, ‘cause He knows /

How much more affirmation do you need in your faith in God?  To hear this with the music that is sometimes slow, sometimes really upbeat.  But always beautiful!  These words spoke to me so much and I knew I had to share this CD with my best friend. 

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She is deploying this Saturday for a year.  She’s my hero.  However she is leaving 4 beautiful babies home and while this is her 4th deployment and she knows this is her career.  It’s never easy for a soldier on deployment.  So being able to give her music to carry with her, that will give her any boost in her spirits or help her keep her faith during a term of being surrounded by war and strife.  Thank you Lord for blessing me with this CD at just the right time.  She’s my hero and I pray so much for her and her family.  While her life isn’t walking parallel to Dan’s when he wrote this song, everyone’s struggles are different.

Putting lyrics to paper like he has for this CD is a God thing and being able to be introduced to someone who can sing with talent that lets you feel their heart, is a blessing that comes so few and far between.

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Let the journey began is by author Max Lucado and is another great book by him.

This little book is specifically about your journey with God and his journey with you

Between a devotional and a gift book let the journey began brings you little readings were daily influence in your life whether you’re starting a new journey, completing an old journey, or right in the middle of a journey you’ve been on for a while

With scripture reference and Lucado’s way with words this book will give you an influence of God’s gifts,  God’s love,  and what God expects from you as a child of God.

Max gives you so many great tidbits of God’s Word and he just knows how to energize the soul!

Every little devotion leaves you with something powerful to take with you on your journey through life, with Christ.
There is nothing better than the Bible, God and a Lucado Devotional/Gift Book
This little book would make an incredible Graduation Gift

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Mistaken for an angel in a private home, seen several times, laying prone with her face to the ground praying, seen many times walking through the garden, picking up new stones to include in her collection, or seen taking the stand at the Global Leadership Conference, She sometimes heads to the desert to pray, hugging a “garbage child” from the dumps of the Egyptian towns that surrounded her “home base”, and many more things like this…. is the “Mother Theresa of Cairo” and the founder of Stephens Children

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a beautiful woman, Coptic Christian and just a blessing from God above for anyone that has met her, or has had the pleasure of being helped by her.  Stephen’s Children is such a great organization based on the needs of Egyptian Children.

Mama Maggie is one of those rare people who never meets a stranger, never meets someone she doesn’t want to help

A Love Story, based on Mama Maggie’s love for God and then her love for everyone else.

WHEN ONE HAS NOTHING…God becomes everything.”
Mama Maggie’s soft-spoken message of radical love and her call to serve “the least of these” rang out at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

I am the daughter of all the prayers and love, the tears and blood offered up to God in my country over many generations, I love my country my church and my needy children, and I’m ready to give my life for them. – Mama Maggie

From medical care, to the clothes off of her back.

One may mistake her for a nun, however, she is not.  She chose to give her clothes and jewels away because of her work.  How could she be effective, wearing nice clothes and precious jewels/gold and finery and do what she was called to do.  taking the verse Matthew 25:40 to heart “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

She treats everyone that she meets this way, not only the children she helps in the garbage dumps of Cairo, but even the workers that work for her own Ministry Stephen’s Children.

Stephen’s Children offers, ministry needs like School, Medical Care, Literacy Classes, Clean Water, Sports Camps and Days out and Vocational Training.

Mama Maggie is the autobiography of Maggie Groban as well as a dossier on Stephen’s Children.  I highly recommend this book for reasons, 1) to see what is happening abroad for children, that we can’t reach here in America

2) just to have the knowledge of this beautiful woman and her organization

3) maybe there is a way you can help and if not, physical needs, then there is always prayers.

Mama Maggie believes in prayer, uses prayer the way Jesus did, even to the point of going out alone, into the desert, or in her own prayer closet (*makeshift closets, no matter where she is also) and anywhere she can!  I loved this about her.  That no matter where she was, she never neglected her prayer time.  No matter what.  Even to the point, of once in a women’s conference, taking up cell phones, and devices, and letting the women, have 24 silent hours for prayer, silence and refreshment time.  This refreshment time, is not drinks or food, it was getting refreshed with God.  Spending your time in prayer and refreshment with God.

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Beautiful Words from Mama Maggie to end this on.

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David Phelps – Freedom – Review

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WOW!! What can I say about this CD? Other than it is AMAZING!!!
David rocks it out of the park AGAIN!!
This CD is of beautiful songs – about Freedom
David’s bold tenor voice packs an amazing punch with these very impressive songs.
Some are remakes of old hymnals like “We Shall Behold Him” my very favorite on the entire CD. Others like Ain’t No Grave’,   “When the Saints Go Marching In”, as well as 9 new songs written entirely for this CD

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click_to_tweet Words of Hope In Christ Jesus! We shall behold Him, in all of His glory!! What freedom He offers us in the glory of his face!

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I love David Phelps and it has been a pleasure to have been able to review this.

 

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Track List

I’m Coming Home
Who Do You Say That I Am
Rain
Ghost Town (Freedom)
Little White Church
Ain’t No Grave
We Shall Behold Him
What I Need is You
Holy (Sanctus)
Parable of the River
Your Time Will Come
The Lily
Heaven’s Shore
When the Saints Go Marching In

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