Friday, October 10, 2014

The Berenstain Bears God Show the Way by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain has three separate stories involving the Berenstain Bear family and their faith. The three stories included are: Faith Gets Us Through, Do Not Fear, God is Near, and Piggy Bank Blessings. The first two deal with fear and the last one deals with saving money.

Those familiar with the original Berenstain Bears books will find familiar characters on the pages of these three stories. They story lines are similar to those one would find in the original series, though these three stories include elements of Christian faith and Bible verses. All three stories are written on level 1 of the I Can Read! system, which means they are written with "simple sentences for eager new readers."

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Berenstain Bears characters, or anyone interested in Christian faith based children's stories.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Killing Lions by John and Sam Eldredge

Killing Lions: A Guide Theough the Trials Young Men Face by John and Sam Eldredge is the book form of a conversation this father and son pair had with one another over the span of several months. This time period included Sam's transition from the life of a college student to that of a newlywed. These were real questions Sam had and the answers his dad gave him.

The intent behind Killing Lions, besides the basic communication of information, is to provide some fathering to a generation of young men who so desperately need it. Sam is extremely blessed to have the kind of relationship he does with his father. Both he and John acknowledge this and hope to be able to share some of that through this book.

There is nothing earth shatteringly new in Killing Lions. Those who've read other works by Eldredge will find familiar themes and statements. What makes this one unique is the back and forth format that shows the conversation between the two authors. It gives the book a more casual feel; it really does feel more like one is eavesdropping on a conversation instead of reading a book. The real people and situations discussed illustrate the authenticity of these questions. Topics covered include love, money, work, and relationships.

This is a book written by men about the battles young men face. I am not a man, and therefore can't speak about its content in that regard. As a woman, this book did help me understand some of the thought processes and struggles I've seen friends face that I never quite understood. It helped give some meat to the bones of all the clich├ęs one hears about the differences between men and women. 

I'd recommend this book to any young man (in age or in spirit) who finds himself in need of advice or even reassurance that he isn't alone. Fathers guiding sons through this stage of life will also benefit from reading this. Women who want to better understand the struggles young men of this generation are facing will also benefit from reading this.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255