Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jesus Calling for Kids

Jesus Calling For Kids: Enjoying Peace in His PresenceJesus Calling For Kids: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This 365 daily reading devotional is an absolute must read to kids!  I read it to my children every night, and even bought copies to send to the orphans we sponsor in Sierra Leone. I have the adult version, which is great as well - but this book is just beautifully written and shows the loving-kindness of our gracious God.  My kids will NOT let me get away without reading it to them before bed, even if it is a really late night and we are exhausted, they just love hearing about how Jesus wants them to come to him with everything.  The book is written as if from Jesus to the reader, scriptures are included and more are referenced for further study if desired.

Love, Love, Love

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The Secret Garden

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of my favorite books as a child.  I loved reading it (actually I listened to the audiobook) again after so long, I had pretty much forgotten everything so it was nice to rediscover it.  I particularly loved the end, and was so surprised to see the hymn I sing in church every week "The Doxology" play such a significant roll.  And the magic.

Yes, this book is truly magical.

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Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a relentless God

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever been Crazy-in-Love?  Oh that feeling of flying, dreaming, being in the moment with that one person who is EVERYTHING to you?  That is how God wants us to love him.  And you know what?

That is how he loves us!

This book reminds us of the intimate, crazy love, relentless pursuit of relationship between ourselves and God.  When I finished this book, I couldn't help but try and find ways to bring back that Crazy-in-Love pursuit of Jesus that I had at the beginning of our relationship 8 years ago.  Reminds me of that old saying - "how do kids spell love?  T-I-M-E."
So, I'm spending lots and lots of time in this crazy love with my Jesus.


From the book cover:

God is love.

Have you ever wondered if we are missing it?

It's crazy, if you think about it.  The God of the universe - the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacfificing love.  And what is our typical response?  We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.

Whether you've verbalized it yet or not… we all know something's wrong.

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo?  Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions?  God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself.  Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God.  And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Because when you are wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.


We say things like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and "Trust in the Lord with all your heart."  Then we live and plan like we don't believe God even exists.  We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn't come through.  But true faith means holding nothing back.  It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His promises.


God wants us to trust Him with abandon.  he wants to show us how He works and cares for us.  He wants to be our refuge.

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