Monday, January 30, 2017

My Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition (Review)

Have you, your daughters, nieces, friends, cousins, mothers, aunts, etc. been intrigued by the current Bible Journaling trend?  I *love* that there is a trend out there concerning reading the Bible! How awesome is that?  Well, I was sent a lovely Journaling Bible for review, My Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition, and I want to share some photos and my thoughts on this particular Edition (and suggest that it is for girls of all ages, not just the young'ns. :) )

The cover of this Bible is a sturdy turquoise hardcover with a lovely foil design, featuring gold, white and pink accents.
The spine is pretty, too! 

The attached pink elastic band holds the Bible closed when not in use (Which is helpful in protecting the spine of hardcover Bibles), and the turquoise passage marker ribbon helps to keep your place.

The text is the very readable NIV, and while not the version I use to memorize, a very good version for general Bible use/journaling. There are no additional printed notes or study aids, so this will become a personalized Bible with the addition of your notes and thoughts. 

The pages are thicker than the typical Bible, which allows them to hold up better to highlighting, underlining, note-taking and drawing. I will observe that you can still see the text through from the other side, so I wouldn't recommend using extremely bold coloring, unless you don't mind it showing through.

Each page has a nice wide, lightly lined column to use for writing notes, thoughts, or adding drawings to the passage. I particularly appreciate that the lines are not heavy or bold, so that if you wish to exercise your artistic abilities, the lines won't really detract from that.

Although my daughter had received a journaling Bible previously (I purchased it when there weren't many options out there, and I will add that it was the version she memorizes in), she very drawn to the sparkly cover with it's butterfly and doily-like decorations~ again, definitely not a "little girls" Bible only.

If you are contemplating using a Bible devotionally, and planning to add notes or artwork, this would not be a bad choice, and I think it would also make a lovely gift for someone, either as an encouragement or to mark a special occasion. Side note: this Bible comes with other cover options: pink, minty white, and purple, if the turquoise isn't quite what you're looking for. :)

Thank you to Handlebar Marketing for my review copy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Good Egg... ;)

A good egg...


And Then Flies! 

(Thanks for the quote, Debra! :) )

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany~ 27th Anniversary~ 12th Day of Christmas~

This holiday season I chose to be "in the moment" 
instead of "in the Social Media" 
throughout most of our Christmas "Break,"
(Although you may have seen me on Facebook).  
I hope you missed me! :) 

Here is a look at some of our time over the past two-ish weeks:

My latest cooking gadget (7-in-one Instant Pot) is a winner!! 
I've used it many times over, and have had decent success the vast majority of the time (It's "ok" for making popcorn, 
but I think I'll stick with my stovetop stainless pot for that!). 

Christmas Eve with Friends
I know the picture is dark, but it was warm and cozy and lovely! 

SPEEDY breakfast before church
Scrambled egg and sausage crescent roll ring

Christmas photo after Christmas morning service

Stockings, Christmas Afternoon

Christmas Day (And one Christmas Eve) Gifts

Lazy days and evenings... fun times!!!

And Epiphany

Just a little late, due to... well... LIFE! :) It's a * Good * Thing. 


Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Beginnings, New Beginner's Bible! (Review)

I don't know about you, but in our house we have always enjoyed a good storybook Bible for our children. Each of our kids has grown up with nightly Bible stories, and in fact, my youngest refused to go to sleep (no matter what the time) unless we read "Bible." 

He's a little old for our latest review, the 25th Anniversary edition of The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz, but he has a young friend with whom he is excited to share this Bible. 

This is a revamped version with updated artwork and a colorful cover. The text is simple and while not entirely an independent "Beginning Reader," it is a good version to read with a beginning reader, assisting with words that are more difficult and harder to decode, while offering confidence boosting success with a majority of easy-to-read text. 

It is never to early to begin reading stories taken from the Bible about God's love, protection, and the Good News of Jesus' Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection. Each story is treated "gently" with the young sensibilities in mind, which I definitely appreciate.

25 years ago if you purchased The Beginner's Bible you had a great Bible Storybook with colorful (if somewhat silly to the adult eye, but very popular through a child's visual filter) illustrations. In and of itself a very good thing. A quarter of a century later, however, things have changed, and multi-media is the norm. In keeping with that, The Beginner's Bible now offers both a website and an iPad app.

The webpage has a boatload of resources to enhance your child's Bible Reading experience, and includes the following: 
40 Coloring Pages 
3 Search and Find Activity Pages
6 Drawing Activity Pages (Some as simple as adding an item to the drawing, others asking the child to draw something on their own)
8 Maze Activity Pages
4 Let's Read Together Activities (Rebus Style)
1 Connect the Dots
1 Crossword Puzzle
5 Matching Activity Sheets
8 Writing Sheets (Copywork) 

The iPad app is intended mostly for children under the age of 5. The first story pack of 6 stories is free, and includes the narrated stories, coloring pages, puzzles and a game. Additional story packs are available for $1.99 each, or the complete Bible is available for $19.99. 

On looking over the Bible, some of the things my Youngest thinks his friend will particularly enjoy: 

It will be a good Bible for my friend, and I think he will like it. The pictures are colorful and the stories are a good length for reading right before bed.

Additional information: There is also a Curriculum Kit which is intended for Sunday School use, and covers 30 of the 90+ stories in the Bible. You can check out sample lessons and see if this would be a good value for your family or church.

Not So Nutty Nitty Gritty 
  • Company: Zonderkidz
  • Product: The Beginner's Bible
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Price: $16.99 (With bulk pricing available for orders of 10 Bibles or more, in case you are part of a ministry that would be interested in that)

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