Children’s Book Review: “I See Jesus” (Nancy Guthrie and Jenny Blake)

We all know that the Bible is one book made up of two parts, the Old and New Testaments. However, it seems that we view the Bible in terms of those two parts. That both are different in many ways. Sometimes we think that we see two different Gods in those divisions. We sometimes think the God in the OT is an angry one and in NT we see Him as a God of love.

But the truth is, the Bible has one redemptive narrative that keeps both OT and NT intact. These stories point not just to a big picture but a big person. That person is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are not left alone even our kids on how this truth can be understood. The Bible gives us details on this. In this latest book from Bible teacher, Nancy Guthrie, the Bible uses a bridge for the Old Testament stories to Christ. The Bible calls it a shadow.

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(Author Interview) Hannah R. Hess, author of “The First Skyrider”

The second serving of the very delectable Christian YA fiction, Dark Star is out. So bite into The First Skyrider and savor the fantastic journey of Cairn to greatness.

This is the second part of my interview with H. R. Hess. You can read the first part here that covers reading fiction and her first book, Dark Star. On this last installment, we talk about writing and The First Skyrider.

Hello Hannah! Please tell us how you got into writing fiction?

Hi, and thanks so much for interviewing me.


I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember, and reading them too. I think as young as eight I decided I wanted to be a writer. I kept writing in my spare time all through university, and when I was raising my three children. Once my youngest started school I decided to take a serious shot at being published. I tried a couple of publishers first, before deciding to release my first novel independently. Very shortly after, I got picked up by Reformation Lightning, a new imprint for Christian YA fiction.

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Children’s Book Review: “Known” Psalms 139 (Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jago)

Psalms 139 talks about the omniscience of God on a personal level. David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes how God knows his every step, word and the truth that He is inescapable. Then he goes further by saying that before he was born, God created him in the womb of his mother.

Knowing this truth there are ways to express such awe and admiration for this God of the Bible that leads us to fall down and worship him. For author Sally Lloyd-Jones and artist Jago, expressing such wonder is done by knowing He is our Father.

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Children’s Book Review: Christmas Releases of The Good Book Company This October

The Good Book Company recently dropped some Christmas treats for kids. It’s one jolly bunch of books about the birth of Jesus Christ. So today, I’ll be reviewing them here, including sample pages of each book. Click on the title to get yourself a copy.

The Christmas Surprise (Stephanie Williams) – What I like about this book is that it didn’t quickly dive into the birth of Jesus. Rather it starts with a brief look on the “promise” made by God in the Garden of Eden and Israel. It revolves around people being surprised by Christ coming. The ending would be a good springboard to explain the gospel message to kids. The art is nice, it goes along with the story and appeals for the young reader. But the scene with the angel telling Mary about having a baby is a bit exaggerated. Still a good read for you and your kids.

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Philippine Book Fair at Outlets Lipa

It was a rainy Friday of August 5th and I set out to attend the Philippine Book Fair at Lipa. The Outlet is a perfect venue for this event and added to it is the already cool climate of Lipa City. It’s a 40 kilometers journey from my place to that location. On top of that is the usual traffic, so it took me almost two hours of travel. I came late at the venue and the guest, National Artist for Literature, Virgilio Almario is wrapping up his opening remarks.

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Comicbook Review: “Balsamus, Chapter 2: The Tree” (Karolyne Rocha)

Summary: The brothers are now making a move on the walled city of Nuri. The Kayhans are now ready to pounce the most treasured place in the City, the Great Golden Temple of Namu. Things are going smoothly according to plan. But is it? Aside from an internal turmoil within the group, a distraction that made Akiva paused. Is this distraction a bad omen that will foil their plan?

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Children’s Book Review: “Saint Nicholas the Gift Giver” (Ned Bustard)

It’s almost Christmas and I know you’re thinking of presents for your kids that you can put under the Christmas tree or stuff it in those big red stockings. Why not a story book about Christmas? How about a story on Santa?

If you like giving or receiving gifts (which we always do in these season) then why not learn and enjoy a story of a gift giver.He doesn’t need introductions. We all know him. We know how he looks. We know the names his reindeers. We sang Christmas songs about him. We anticipate his coming on Christmas Eve from our childhood. But in Ned Bustard’s book Saint Nicholas the Gift Giver we are asked again, Do we really know him?

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(Interview) Norton Hall Band on Hymns

Photo from Youtube

What did your church sang this Lord’s Day? Did it lift both your soul to worship and your voice to praise the goodness of Christ? Does it prepare your spirit for the weekly servings of God’s Word through the sermon? Does it convey words that you can’t express on how to be thankful for God’s providence? Does it bring you to tears knowing the truth of God through the lyrics of the song? I hope and pray that it’s a blessing to you as you sang either a contemporary worship song or hymns.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has this group called Norton Hall Band that plays a fresh take on hymns. They have a new album, Still Our Refuge which is the third album they released this year. I reach out with Evan Sams, guitarist of Norton Halls Band to talk about hymns, their band and their new album.

For those who are not familiar with hymns, can you define what a hymn is?

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Comicbook Review: Word for Word Bible Comic: The Gospel of Matthew (Simon Amadeus Pillario)

Summary: The Gospel of Matthew tells the life of Jesus Christ and how He is the promised Messiah to the Jewish audience the gospel writer and apostle Matthew, intended it to. So you’ll read from time to time references from the Old Testament to support what Matthew wants his readers to know. As for the comic this is a literally the Gospel of Matthew in comicbook form using the NIV. Nothing added or taken out. In fact it has a map and additional articles (with Pillario’s artwork and real images) at the back including a gospel presentation.

Cover Art: Like what I have said, Matthew’s intent target in writing this book are the Jewish people. So it’s evident that you’ll find some a bit of Jewishness on the cover (the candlesticks and scroll found in the synagogues). I like how Pillario place it behind Jesus creating a halo.

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