Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Fourth Birthday, Mary!

Today is Mary's fourth birthday, and what a joy she is to have around.  It seems like she is always singing and dancing, and her happiness is contagious.

Mary is very excited about becoming a big sister.

She is willing to try just about anything, as long as it looks like fun.

But it's hard keeping up with her older brother and sisters.  :)

We look forward to seeing Mary grow and develop into the person God wants her to be.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: Delighting in God by A.W. Tower

In Delighting in God by A.W.  Tozer, the author states, "That, then, is the purpose of this book:  to be faithful to point out that the evangelical church today has some serious spiritual problems, the primary one being a loss of the perception of God that has been its hallmark since its inception."  Each chapter deals with a different perception we have:  about God, about the church, about His grace, about how our perception of God determines everything.  Tozer critiques each of our perceptions and shows what those perceptions should be.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, limiting myself to only one chapter a day because I wanted to absorb the spiritual truths in each chapter before moving on.  At times, Tozer gets very critical of the modern church in its worship, understanding, and knowledge, but it is well-deserved criticism.  I wish more people in our churches would read this book or one like it.  I think it would cause our knowledge of God to increase along with our understanding of our relationship with Him.

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Some of Our Favorite Christmas Children's Books

I've come up with a list of some of our favorite Christmas stories, in case you are looking for something new to read with your children.  Unfortunately, several of these books are no longer in print, but maybe your library has them.
  • On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown.  A cute story about the wonder of Christmas Eve and how children can't sleep because of it.
  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry.  I love this story about how one tree provides Christmas trees for many different families.
  • Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor.  We enjoy this story about how Nancy creates a disaster (in her eyes) and how her grandfather helps her to make things right.  
  • Mousekin's Christmas Eve by Edna Miller.  This delightful story about a mouse who leaves his empty home to look for a new place to live.  What captured me was where he ended up in his new home.
  • Christmas Parade by Sandra Boyton.  This book is for little children, especially, but it's fun to read and the pictures are fun to look at.
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski.  A gloomy carpenter life is turned around when a widow and her son ask him to make them a nativity set.
Did you notice there are no books about Jesus' birth on this list?  I must be more critical of those storybooks because I haven't found any that I really like.  Most of them focus on the superficial aspects of His birth:  the angels and shepherds, being born in a barn.  I want one that delves into the reason why Jesus had to come:  to save us from our sins.  If you know of one, please let me know.

If you know of any other good children's Christmas stories, please leave a comment.  I would love to add to this list!