God’s Easter Miracles

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Mancini, Lee Ann (author). Sharp, Dan (illustrator). God’s Easter Miracles- Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
As the newest addition to the Adventures of the Sea Kids series, God’s Easter Miracles surrounds the Easter Story while teaching sharing, caring, praying and rejoicing. Learning to be like Jesus in their Sunday School class, the Sea Kids need to share with Paul and pray for Lenny. Joining together to rejoice when prayers were answered with Easter miracles, these adorable, colorful and appealing creatures are sure to delight. With an added bonus of a hidden item to find on each page, this Award-winning Christian Series will be shared and requested again and again…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet another stunning addition to a beloved children’s series, God’s Easter Miracles continues the success of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. Author Lee Ann Mancini and illustrator Dan Sharp team up again to design a book worthy of sharing. Touching on Easter, autism, and Manatee rescue through prayers, empathy and miracles, the messages are presented in an age-appropriate manner and encircled with gorgeous, full-page, charming pictures which will be positively embraced. Well done (again)!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God’s Easter Miracles from BookCrash for my honest review*

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Blessing

Berenstain, Mike. The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Blessings. Nashville, TN: WorthyKids Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Starting with a delicious Easter breakfast, the Berenstain Bears begin their Easter morning. After saying grace, the Bears quickly finish with time to get dressed for church. With Grizzly Gramps and Gran stopping over with baskets of Easter goodies, the entire family counts their Easter blessings on the way to worship. A beautiful spring morning, a cozy tree house, family, friends and the many good folk of Bear Country, all are considered blessings. Along with Pastor Brown of the Chapel in the Woods, the Berenstain Bears learn Jesus Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With yet another adorable Berenstain Bear book added to the collection, this sturdy- weighted little book is perfect for little hands. Packed with colorful pictures and the Easter message proclaimed, this book not only entertains but teaches at an age appropriate level. Trusting the Berenstain Bears to delight, my expectations were certainly met. Definitely a book for the church library and a Sunday school classroom, this quality book belongs in an Easter basket surrounded with treats.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Beresnstain Bears’ Easter Blessings from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

A Glorious Dark

Swoboda, A.J. A Glorious Dark: Finding hope In The Tension Between Belief And Experience. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2014.

SUMMARY:
darkUsing the three days of Easter (Good Friday-Easter Sunday), A Glorious Dark explores life, faith and experiences. Based on the differences between “belief’ and “experience”, many times it is hard to find the common ground. Through life situations, pain, grace and redemption, A.J. Swoboda connects understanding, insight and life occurrences to attempt to make sense of God…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Perfect during Holy week and the upcoming Easter weekend (Good Friday-Easter Sunday), I found this book to be both thought provoking and well-timed. Different than what I had originally expected, I read it at face value. Though not necessarily full of Bible verses, it contained more life experiences, actions and thoughts actually based on the scriptures. Perhaps not for the newer believer, it definitely could raise questions and discussion among those encrusted in their faith. May be a good Bible study, generational discussion tool, or even sermon topic.  I did find the book to be creatively titled.

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Glorious Dark from Baker Books for my honest review*