Cold-Case Christianity for Kids

 

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for KidsDetective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.


My Review

What a great resource for kids!  

Have you ever wondered why you believe what you do?

Cold Case Christianity takes you on a journey that teaches you how to look for the truth.  Look for the facts.  final-tfrlogo-darker-small

The Biblical truth that kids can find as they investigate God’s word is all there, in the collection of God’s Words.

With the cool resources like activity sheets, coloring pages.  Then accumulating it all up with graduation certificate at the end!!

Led by a real-life detective in a setting like a real-life discussion session over a cold case, Cold Case Christianity, takes you through the entire Bible and proof that God does existccc4kwebpromo1-300x227

God is great!!

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Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity on their own, by getting them the book at Cold Case Christianity For Kids.


About the authors:

 Warnerjwswallace-403 and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com

Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

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Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

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Can Cassidy find a home and a cowboy to steal her heart? Find out in Debra Clopton’s Kissed by a Cowboy, book three in the A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. Rancher Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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My Review

In book 3 of the Four Of Hearts Ranch Romance Series, We find that Aunt Roxie’s Great Niece, Cassidy comes home to Wishing Springs, Texas, after her divorce from Jack.  What she comes home too, is a house and barn full of clutter, a farm full of over ran fields and a garden full of weeds.  She knows this will take everything she has to rebuild and clean up the place.  Cassidy is okay with that.  After the passing of Aunt Roxie and her divorce, she needs something to keep her mind occupied and she has great expectations for the farm.  Cassidy has no plans to fall in love.  She has no plans to make herself a part of the community and no plans to get involved in anything but raising a Strawberry Farm.

God has many other plans for her.

While the Four of Heart Ranch is next door and Jarrod Monahan’s is busy running the ranch and taking care of pops; his two brothers are busy with their lives.  When Jarrod realizes that Cassidy has moved in next door.  He remembers how much he loved her before he left town. 

Cassidy remembers how much he hurt her before he left town.  Jarrod promised he would come back when he leaves for college but never does.  He gets hung up in a snow storm and that was before the days of cell phones and emails.  So Cassidy marries the first man who says he loves her.  That man, is everything wrong for her.

After God places them in each other’s way and the family helps them find each other again, they end up hurting each other again, only to realize that they are each other’s one true love

This book is NOT a stand alone book.  You could read it alone, but it would make a LOT more sense if you read it after reading the other two.  I dislike that in the book  As well as the fact that it is predictable.  It is the typical, boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  However, for me, there are just days you need to lose yourself in those kinds of books just for the entertainment value alone.  Escapism is a real reason to read any book!  As long as you come back 🙂

As all of Clopton’s books, I really liked this book.   While it was predictable, it was good!


 

{More About Debra Clopton} 

Debra CloptonDebra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher | Blog Tour and Giveaway

Love at first sight isn’t always the case—especially in Robin Lee Hatcher’s new book, Keeper of the Stars, in A King’s Meadow Romance series. Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

Celebrate the release of Keeper of the Stars with Robin by entering to win a Kindle Fire HD! Click the graphic below to enter. The winner will be announced on February 16 on Robin’s blog and social media. keeper of the stars - 400

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{More about Keeper of the Stars}

Keeper-of-the-Stars-smBecause it’s not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself… and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his last promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

Learn more and buy a copy. Plus read a sample chapter!


My Review

as I started reading this book, I knew I could relate to Penny’s anger.  That was what jumped out to me first.  There was no getting over that.  I saw myself, every time she would get angry over the funniest things.  I had a bunch of reflecting going on during this great read by Robin Hatcher!

Keeper of the Stars is about a family who lost their son, and brother Brad.  Brad was a musician by trade.  A drummer.  He was a great student, loved God and loved his father and his sister.

His father loved Brad and Penny.

When Brad left to follow his dream of playing in Nashville they all had some lost communications and some hurt feelings.  The band that Brad started playing for was Trevor Reynolds.

See how the Cartwright’s handle Trevor’s landing in their hometown of Kings Meadows after all the tragedy they have faced.  Can they use their faith and face everything or will the enemy win?  I know this book made me go back to my Bible several times to reread and just do a lot of reflecting about anger, trust and how God uses us in many ways even though we may not even realize it.

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{More About Robin Lee Hatcher}

Robin Lee Hatcher

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

“Hatcher is able to unravel emotions within her characters so brilliantly that we sense the transformation taking place within ourselves.” —RT Book Reviews

“Hatcher fans will be left smiling and eagerly awaiting her next novel.” —CBA’s Retailers and Resources

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Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson

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Lillian is a young adult of wealth, from a family that gave her everything and she had servants that did everything for her.  So when she started making her dream of moving to California a reality, her grandfather rejected her completely.  

Little did she know what she was getting into.  When Lillian accepted the job as a nanny in CA, she never dreamed she would walk into a life where people hated her boss, her grandfather never wanted to see her again.  

Little Jimmy, who was her charge as a nanny  was traumatized so severely by the murder of his mother that he had been silenced for a year now. Lillian worked miracles with him, as well as his Dad, Woodward Colton.  Both had been so filled with trauma from the murder of Colton’s wife Rebecca.  Jimmy saw everything when the murder happened.

Lillian relies on her faith to get her through the months following her arrival in California.  With Jimmy and with Colton and trying to help them heal.

When Lillian meets everyone in town and they hate her by association because they think her boss is a murder, she speaks her mind, something she has never done before.  She also meets a young man named Harry, who just happens to be the murderer’s brother.  

Harry and his brother are living in a mine near Harry and Lillian and Darwin (the murderer has gold stashed on Colton’s property).  He does more damage to everyone as he tries to find his gold.

See if he is captured when you read Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson.

Beyond the Silence is a very well written, historical faith-based romance mystery.  

 


 

About the Author 

PetersonWoodhouse-347Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. **||** Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado

 

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Sherri Burgess’s Kindle Fire HD 6 Giveaway

 

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Can God use pain and suffering in our lives to teach and refine us? Journey with Sherri Burgess in her new book, Bronner, to discover the purpose behind pain through the powerful story of her son Bronner’s earthly death. An empowering resource for book-club discussion or small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.

Join Sherri in celebrating the release of her new book, Bronner, with a blog tour and a Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Bronner

  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 12th. The winner will be announced February 15th on the Litfuse blog.

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My Review

When I signed up to review Bronner, I thought to myself, will I be able to get through this book?

 

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As the sibling of a brother and sister that have passed away, this was very near and dear to my heart.

The book Bronner was so easy to handle for me and I was so amazed at Sherri and Rick’s faith and level of faith, it so reminded me of my mother.  Not once did her faith ever waiver.  NEVER.  At any given time you could hear her singing worship songs to our Savior, Find her reading her Bible, or just in deep thoughts and prayers to God.  Although, I don’t know exactly her thoughts, she never once showed us a bad side of the deaths of two children. 

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Used With Permission from Sherri Burgess

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That kind of faith is the same faith I see in Sherri and Rick Burgess.  Having a beautiful life up until the day Bronner drowned, the shock and emotions would be enough to hurt the strongest person.  now I’m not saying that every day was ideal with the Burgess’ nor with my mom.  There were days I’m sure my mom wanted to throw the towel in, and cry all day.  However, those days didn’t stay.  Just like with the Burgess family, my parents used my sibling’s passing to better their world as did the Burgess family and to help people understand that God needed my siblings as well as Bronner more.

I mean our children aren’t ours to begin with.  God gives them to us on loan, to take care of for Him.  When He determines that He needs them more – then His will must be done.

Sherri, started speaking to groups about the way God uses pain and suffering to help people.  Sometimes you may never know why He did something He did, however, trusting Him, will assure that He is with you and me always, through our agony.

Bronner was not Sherri’s way of just retelling the painful story of the death of her child, it is the Journey one can take when you understand the why behind God’s actions.

Even though our faith should be that we never question, I know for me, there would be no way, I could lose a child and never question why?

Sherri’s story about this journey has been used so many ways to help so many people.  Through just the sheer volume of people who hear her speak and let her know they know what she went through, or they lost a child also,  or just that they are praying for her as she speaks truth about God’s love for us.

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I highly recommend this book, not just for someone who has lost a child, but to anyone who wants to understand that Jesus Christ is ours, all we must do is ask.  Then He can lead us through our lives, with no matter what troubles we face.

You can buy Bronner here.

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Sherri Burgess

Sherri Burgess’ life is a beckoning for you to know a Holy God like you have never known Him before. The wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show, Sherri is someone who now passionately pursues holiness and inspires others to do the same. A seasoned Bible teacher, writer and blogger, she has in recent years answered God’s call as a women’s ministry speaker. This mother of five stays active with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Bill Gaither’s Best of Homecoming 2016 #FCBlogger

I LOVE the Gaithers.  When they come together with their friends, it is truly a Homecoming!

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Every song on this CD is here for a reason.

My favorite, and the one that I will discuss the most is “We Shall Behold Them”.  This version is sung by David Phelps and there just isn’t a way to describe it.  So here it is

While this is full on David Phelps, it is presented by The Gaithers!  It doesn’t get better than this with these lyrics.

The sky shall unfold Preparing His entrance.
The stars shall applaud Him, With thunders of praise.
The sweet light in His eyes, shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face.
We shall behold Him, we shall behold Him Face to face
In all of His glory.
We shall behold Him, yes we shall behold Him Face to face,
Our Savior and Lord.
The angel will sound, the shout of His coming.
And the sleeping shall rise, from there slumbering place.
And those who remaining, shall be changed in a moment.
And we shall behold him, then face to face.
We shall behold Him, we shall behold Him!
Face to face in all of His glory.
We shall behold Him, yes we shall behold Him!
Face to face, our Savior and Lord.
And we shall behold Him, our Savior and Lord Savior and Lord!

That song, those words, We shall behold HIM, Our Savior and Lord!  It doesn’t get better than that!  Then I listened to the rest of the CD

Here is the entire Track List and those that sing on the CD.  Oh My!  When you hear Jimmy Fortune sing Precious Memories, or the Gaithers singing Little Drummer Boy.  I have played these tracks over and over!  I love that they have the people singing the songs that usually do them at a Homecoming Gathering.

The Sweetest Song I Know – Goodman Revival
Farther Along – Oak Ridge Boys
Precious Memories – Jimmy Fortune
Love Is Like A River – Gaither Vocal Band
Touch Of The Masters Hand – Booth Brothers
Ghost Town – David Phelps
What A Friend We Have In Jesus – Lynda Randle
I Hold A Clear Title To A Mansion – Goodman Revival
In The Sweet By And By – Oak Ridge Boys
We Shall Behold Him – David Phelps
Faith Keeps Walking – Booth Brothers
Little Drummer Boy – Gaither Vocal Band

There isn’t better than old hymns, a little christmas music thrown in and the fantastic voices that you will hear belt out these amazing songs.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love new worship music.  Give me a Chris Tomlin, or Tree 63 or some Sidewalk Prophets any day.  I know my heart and mind is taken back to a simpler time though when I hear these old, beautiful hymns.  Sang by the people I used to sit around and listen to on Saturday night Singing at home with my parents.

What great memories that this CD brought back for me. You can buy CD’s like this one and many more at Family Christian Stores.

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As I was looking through this book when I first received it, I was thinking to myself, how on earth will I write 200 words on a devotional that I don’t want to read ahead because it is a devotional for all of 2016.  It goes by months, then it’s broken down by day.

Each Day you get 366 Devotionals (2016 is a Leap Year) Each day is broken down by a scripture verse,  the devotional, which is each author’s personal reflection, then with a Faith Step.

The devotionals are written by 10 amazing authors:

Susanna Foth Aughtmon
Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
Grace Fox
Tricia Goyer
Sharon Hinck
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Erin Keeley Marshall
Dianne Neal Matthews
Cynthia Ruchti
Suzanne Davenport Tietjen

So I thought that I would take each month, read the first day, the middle and the end.  I was so surprised at the depth that one author could go, with one day and one page.  Jesus promise is very clear:  Peace I leave with you:  my peace I give you.  I do not ive to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (John 14:27 NIV) isn’t that an incredible promise?

Each devotionals that I have read so far, has that promise in it.  These have me so encouraged to read through the devotional through next year..

This devotional can be purchased at Family Christian® Storesas well as many other Devotionals.  You can check those out here Family Christian Stores Daily Devotionals

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