Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Stronger, Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength by Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family; with James Lund (David C. Cook, 2010)
"...choosing the broken road that leads to God and greater strength. We've also explored some forks in the trail that offer more choices. When we choose well, the paths of surrender, relationship, acceptance, and trust lead us even closer to Him and His power." (p. 125).
Tales of tragedy, heart break, loss - brokenness - fill this book with real life examples of people who have gone through storms, no hurricanes, in life, and have survived. Survived stronger.
Jim Daly (with James Lund) simply tells stories from peoples' lives. And then shares how Scripture and the strength of God are available to help us get through terrible situations. Not around them or to make them disappear, but how to get through them. And come out better on the other side. In fact, God uses seemingly insurmountable events to draw us closer to Him; and to make us stronger as we rely on His strength. But first, we have to choose our reaction to the situation - are we going to be beaten, bitter, or broken?
If you are dealing with any significant issue in life, ANY issue, there is probably a story similar to yours in this book. Don't think you are going through this alone. Reach out for help and hope. Read this book.
Monday, June 3, 2013
The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark (sorry, I would give publisher and date, but the books are at school!).
I love books! I recently received (autographed!!!) both The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari.
After chatting with Mrs. Paul (yes, she has a Monday night chat group that chats about writing and plots and characters and food and stuff), she helped me get copies of the books for my classroom of wild and rowdy boys. Who love adventure. And dragons. And safari's (sleep overs). Thank you, Mrs. Paul and Evangeline!
The books were a hit. Being a group of all boys, they especially liked the crunchy bug bits and the sleeping out in the tent. They were very attentive to the illustrations and problem solving in both books. The friendship theme is especially helpful when working with young children (even older children) who are just learning what it means to be a friend.
So jump on board the wonderful fantasy world(s) of Donita K. Paul and her daughter, Evangeline Denmark. Roger (turtle) and Padraig (dragon) will entertain you and the young ones in your life.
(I told them to hide their faces but look at the books!)
(Yet another weird blog thing. This photo IS correct on the computer and camera, but sideways in this blog...they are excitedly discussing the illustrations and story I have just read.)