Thursday, January 17, 2019

Book Review: Still in the Game: Finding the Faith to Tackle Life’s Biggest Challenges by Devon Still

 Even if you are not a football fan you may have heard the inspirational story of Devon Still and his dedication to support his daughter Leah in her fight to beat cancer. Leah was diagnoses with late stage neuroblastoma and Devon put his career on hold to be by his daughter's side throughout her battle with cancer, sleeping in the hospital room with and inspiring others to donate to the cause of berating childhood cancer. 
Leah is now cancer free and Devon wrote this book about the past few years, their fight together against what seemed like impossible odds and how through it all, he never regretted giving up football nor lost faith that his daughter could be cured.
I really like this book, being a cancer survivor myself (20 years and counting) and it shows that the belief has also a role in beating cancer, next to the talent of the physician and the advances in modern medicine. While faith will not heal cancer by itself, it can contribute to a healing process by keeping the patient more relaxed and in a better mindset. This is exactly what this book is about. 
I recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from cancer or has a family member battling the disease. There is hope in the darkest corners.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Review: I Love You, Funny Bunny by Zondervan & Sean Julian (Illustrator)

This is a cute book, perfect to read at bedtime to a toddler or to bring along to a restaurant, when the little one has to sit still and you just need something to keep them entertained. The drawings are fun and cute and give plenty of things to talk about, which is why I like to take books along to restaurants. The subject is love and relationships in general and show that a mother loves her child for all kinds of reasons and loves all aspects of the child.
The book is written in rhymes that are perfect to train the memory of the child when reading the book over and over again. I like to switch up images and rhymes to see if the little one remembers which rhyme goes with which image. The drawings are realistic and the book is of sturdy material, sure to last a long time.
I recommend this book to parents of toddlers that need a bedtime story book, but also to parents who like me take a book along to a restaurant to entertain the toddler with reading, but also discovering new details in the images that are in the book. Overall, this is a book in the traditional style of children's books, which is quite rare these days, but I love it.
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Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest review, I received a free copy of the book. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Book Review: Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff & Lindsey Goff Viducich

Bob Goff has written this book as a follow up to the prior book Love Does and geared this edition towards kids. In brief stories, with child-appropriate images, he explains concepts such as friends are people we trust, how to overcome our fears and that we can  get to know people without having to invest significant time by breaking the ice three minutes at a time.
The stories are focused on Christian principles and often refer back to what Jesus had done, drawing parallels between the Bible and our everyday life. For kids, this book is a guidance on how to grow and how they as kids can improve their lives and the lives of the people around them.
It does not take much time to get to know someone, such as a person you see regularly at the bus stop or at the grocery check out. But investing that time, rather than blankly staring at the other person, can be very fulfilling and pave the way to a friendship that can span generations.
While this book is strongly focused on Christianity and lessons from the Bible, it is not religious in a sense that it focuses on interpreting the Bible and the religion a certain way, but rather uses them as a starting to help kids grow as people.
I recommend this book to parents; the stories are the perfect length for bedtime stories or to have your elementary school child read on a regular basis. Find the time to discuss the stories with your kids and see how they feel they can incorporate the principles touches upon in their lives. It will build their self-esteem by showing them that even as kids they can make a difference.  
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.