Here is a perfect FREE resource for sharing the gospel! GO MVMT Action Kit (a review)

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FrontGate Media connected me with a fantastic organization that’s devoted to helping people learn a simple, clear way to share the gospel–and enable them to do so. And now I can share about GO MVMT with you, and let you know how you can get your own free GO MVMT Action Kit.

Do you ever feel as though you don’t really know how to share the gospel? Or that other people might do it better, or that you need the gift of evangelism to share the Good News properly? GO MVMT is ready and waiting to share the resources with you that will help you overcome those concerns, and step forward!

Who (and What?) is GO MVMT ?

Here’s what you can find on the GO MVMT website on the “About Us” section:

Go Movement is a global collaboration of individuals, churches, and ministries working together to catalyze a world-wide groundswell of evangelism! The month of May is our catalyst.

“GO Movement has the potential to be a movement of God’s people and the Gospel like never before in the history of the Church.”

Dave Gibson, GO MVMT USA Director and Global Taskforce Pastor of Missions & Evangelism at Grace Church of Eden Prairie, MN

And, GO MVMT is really a collaboration of some fantastic Christian organizations and you can see it in their leadership team, with individuals from CRU, Campus Alliance, Dare 2 Share, Grace Church, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, National Day of Prayer, and more. Their purpose is to help people to share the good news. They understand that people may not know how, or to feel comfortable doing so. They have created this wonderful and free downloadable kit that will help anyone!

GO MVMT has developed a simple, clear action plan for sharing the gospel that I believe can equip ANYONE, no matter how inexperienced or shy or afraid, to share the good news with others! GO MVMT’s 3-point plan to sharing the gospel is short, sweet, and easy to remember and to do:

  • Prayer
  • Care
  • Share

To begin: start with #1, Prayer!

This wonderful kit starts everyone off with prayer. First, ask God to show you WHO you can share the gospel with. Make a list of at least 5 individuals. The slim column on the white sheet above then helps you with some ideas of what you can pray for them. (You can even trim that down into a bookmark, which you can keep in your Bible or another book you read frequently. Then, when you see it, you can pray for your people!) The GO MVMT card on the right of that column has 5 lines for you to write your names in. That will remind you to pray for your five people, each day.

I love that GO MVMT starts with prayer. I’m reminded of two verses as I consider this section. First, 2 Timothy 2:3-4 says this about God’s people lifting up prayers: “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” And second, 1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” Those are amazing encouragements for us to pray as we begin this journey!

Then: #2, Care

GO MVMT then encourages us to look for opportunities to care for and extend friendship to the people we are praying for. How can we extend God’s love to them? Is it by a meal, or an invitation to get coffee? What about helping them with something physical they need assistance with? As 1 John 3: 18 says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Sometimes our actions can communicate even more than our words can.

All these build to #3: Share

What can we share? I love how GO MVMT puts it: “Their story, my story, and God’s story.” We can ask them to share what they think about spiritual things, and how those impact their own lives and wants or needs. We can tell our own story, after we ask if we may share it. And then, as God opens the door, we can share His story: the Good News, the gospel. Do you feel nervous about this? You can visit the GO MVMT website for training, ideas, videos, and Bible verses to help. There is even a personality quiz you can take that can help you understand more about the ways that sharing the gospel might work best for you.

I so appreciate how the GO MVMT materials and site have connected us in the digital age to ways we can share Christ. Of course, we can do personal evangelism one-on-one, or in person; speaking to another face to face. But you can also share your faith and God’s story online!! You can share Christ via social media; your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other digital platform. What an incredible thought and way to fulfill the Great Commission. And God Himself promises to help us–and even tells us where we can share the gospel, in Acts 1:8, which reads: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Surely we can reach “the ends of the earth” today in ways never imagined even 50 years ago through the internet. Now that is truly amazing!

So how can you get your own GO MVMT Action Kit?

The GO MVMT Action Kit has everything in it that you’ve seen above in my photos. You can download it and print it in your own home (I recommend printing on card stock, just because one page can be cut into a bookmark and another, you’ll be writing on and using as you pray. The card stock will help those be a durable resource!). Just click on the link below and you’ll access the kit page. And remember, it’s free to you!

Go MVMT Action Kit

Enjoy! And share the good news! –Wren

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are my own, unless otherwise noted.

The new Lifeway Women’s Bible ~ a review

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I received the most fantastic new Bible for women to tell you all about! It’s the Lifeway Women’s Bible and it is gorgeous. It is a study Bible that is packed full of maps, devotionals, inspiring words from a variety of Christian teachers (who are also women!), and ideas to help you grow in your faith. Let me tell you more!

About the Lifeway Women’s Bible

Published by Lifeway and designed especially for women, this Bible is perfect for the serious Bible student, the newbie to the Christian faith, and everyone in between, including teens all the way through women in the mature years of adulthood. The version or translation is the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). It’s available in several colors (butterscotch genuine leather, camel cloth-over-board, gray-mint leathertouch, and marigold leathertouch). It comes in a quite sturdy slipcase. Its 1938 pages (plus 4 front-and-back pages of maps at the end) include:

  • Bible reading plans, including The Bible in 90 Days, Daily Bread (The Word of God in a Year), and a Three-Year Reading Plan
  • An extensive concordance
  • Bible Genre (or book type) intros which contain a short description and key passage reading plans
  • Word studies–over 25 of them!
  • Over 30 charts, tables, and maps
  • Over 100 articles alongside key passages for application and reflection, especially for women and the life needs they’d express
  • 40-plus character profiles of key women in the Bible
  • Reflection and application questions
  • Devotional thoughts and inspirational quotes
  • And, all the extras are written by Lifeway women, like Priscilla Shirer, Gloria Furman, Kelly Minter, Lysa TerKeurst, and tons more

Each book of the Bible has an introduction which contains its timeline (where it falls in human history), plus sort of biographical information: its author; what its Big Picture is; key verses; and a book summary. And, segments of each chapter are divided and titled, as you can see below in John 14.

You can also see an example above of some of the devotional thoughts, as Mary Jo Sharp discusses John 14:6 in A Closer Look.

Each Scripture page also has a wide margin, which can be used for journaling or written prayers.

My impressions of the Lifeway Women’s Bible…and how I used it

I LOVED this Bible!

The leathertouch cover is soft and smooth and a pleasure to hold. And the marigold color is so gorgeous! It made me feel happy just to pull it out of its slipcase and open it. It is a heavier Bible, but it is worth it for all the bounty it contains. The print style and size are easy on the eyes. The binding enables the Bible to lay open to the pages you’re reading, without the need to hold it or place something on the page edges to keep them from closing.

Some of my most-respected Christian speakers and Bible teachers are featured as the authors of articles and devotionals. And I do love that it’s focused on me, a woman, and shaped around the life experiences I have had–although many of the articles speak to the Christian experience as a whole, rather than to one gender’s or the other’s.

I’ve enjoyed reading the Christian Standard Bible translation. I do like to read from different versions and I loved the breath of life that the CSB brought to my reading. It isn’t dramatically different from my preferred translations (the NASB, the NIV, or the NLT) but it is different enough that it impacted me in a wonderful way.

I used my Lifeway Women’s Bible both for devotional reading and for deeper Bible study (you can see in the photo above that I’m starting a Galatians study). It worked so beautifully for both. I love that the devotional passages, quotes, and articles can engage me more deeply on a person, a word, or a thought. And, there is such a variety of them! In this same Bible you can read articles on:

  • God Who Is Unchanging (by Jennifer Rothschild)
  • Meditating on God’s Word (by Priscilla Shirer)
  • Encouragement for a Restless Heart (by Sarah Doss)
  • Ministry During Suffering (by Gloria Furman)
  • Christ, Our Debt-Taker (by Angie Smith)
  • Where’s Your Identity? (by Colleen Searcy)
  • Character profiles on women as diverse as Miriam, Lot’s wife, Lois and Eunice, Elizabeth and Mary, and many more
  • Word studies: for example, Yoke, Immanuel, Righteous, Trial, Hope

It is a joy. It’s a beautiful Bible, it’s a delight to open it, to read it, to study, and to enjoy all its extras.

The Lifeway Women’s Bible is one that I’d love to give dear ones as a gift. I recommend it for graduation gifts, for birthdays, and for holidays. Or, if you are needing a new Bible for yourself–this would be a lovely gift for you to purchase, for your own study and enjoyment!

Where you can purchase it

You can purchase the Lifeway Women’s Bible at the link below. There, you can also download a free sample of this Bible and see more of its abundant resources.

Purchase the Lifeway Women’s Bible here

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Lifeway Women’s Bible from FrontGate Media. All opinions shared here are honest and my own.

My review of the excellent “Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives” ~ and you can enter to win! (ends 5/31/22)

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One of the joys of my life has been teaching little ones in Sunday school, in art enrichment classes, and in our own homeschool. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy Jean Thomason’s Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives, provided to me by Momentum Influencer Network. What a wonderful experience listening was–and what an awesome resource for equipping parents, grandparents, and those who work with children!

About the audiobook

Jean’s exceptional, loving book is designed to help parents (and grandparents or caregivers) understand how to teach little ones about God and to build a foundation for children’s faith. It’s divided into seven chapters, the titles of which form the acronym “PRAISE!” Each letter stands for a thought or principle which is then expanded throughout its chapter. Here’s what they stand for:

  • P – Placed and Privileged to Parent
  • R – Rare Window of Opportunity
  • A – All-Access Pass to God
  • I – Infancy
  • S – Seven Ways to Practice Praise
  • E – Enthusiastic Enjoyment
  • ! – Imperative with Exclamation Point

Jean Thomason’s book provides an exceptional, Biblically-based toolbox that parents can utilize to love, teach, and extend God’s invitation to their kids to build and create their own faith, even though they are children. She brings years of experience of children’s ministry and her own parenting to create these vital tools, which will encourage and equip moms and dads.

My impressions

Beautiful. Joyful. Insightful. And exactly what a parent is looking for!

Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives was just a joy. In the audiobook version, it’s read by its author, Jean Thomason, and both her voice and her years of experience in the field of performing arts make the recording shine. Her joyful voice, and delight in sharing Christ with children, are evident in every word.

I love how each chapter is packed full of Scriptures that will encourage moms (and other caregivers) as they are reminded again and again of the importance of the spiritual formation of the precious children entrusted to their care. I’ve heard many times the quote, “the days are long but the years are short.” That’s a sad one, isn’t it? But while Jean communicates a similar message, hers falls more on the side of “Seize this day! Pour out love on these babies! Teach them about God’s huge love for them, that Jesus died and rose again for them, and God the Holy Spirit will be with them!”

This is a book that (as you can tell in the photo above), as I listened, I found myself scribbling a ton of notes. Again and again I heard Bible verses, insightful words and research, and reminders to me, a mother and teacher myself, of the momentous responsibility of training up my own child in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The nurture (the nourishment, the protection, the embrace) and admonition (counsel, advice, gentle reproof) of the God who loved them so much that He gave His one and only Son for them. And doing these with joy, enthusiasm, exuberance, and love!

I am delighted to recommend Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives to everyone who is raising, teaching, or caring for children. Jean’s great care and compassion for children, and teaching them about God, is just what each of us moms (and dads!) needs to receive and share. You will love this book–and meanwhile, you’ll also be equipped, strengthened, sustained, and absolutely blessed to hear (or read) this.

And…some of my favorites!

I can’t let you go without sharing some of my favorite quotes from this fantastic book. Here they are; I believe they’ll give you a lovely taste of what you’ll experience when you read or listen to Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives!

  • Jean’s words on Eunice and Lois, the mother and grandmother of Timothy, and how their teachings and example prepared him for eventual faith and leadership (2 Timothy) by creating a firm foundation in his life
  • “…today is my day with my children. There are no unimportant moments. May I know that no other work is so important, no other career so precious, no other task so urgent. May I not defer it or neglect it but by the Spirit accept it gladly, joyously, and by Thy grace…”
  • George Barna said, “…Ministry to children is the single most important work in the kingdom of God. And more to the point: the most significant part of each person’s life is his or her spiritual health. Every dimension of a person’s experience hinges on his or her moral and spiritual condition.”
  • “We are responsible for our children’s spiritual formation–so we must do nothing to hinder them, as Jesus said.”
  • “Make it a point to be happy when you see your children…Let your love and attention show on your face as you greet your children.”

How you can download the first chapter, free of charge!

Jean Thomason has provided the first chapter of Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives for you to listen to at absolutely no cost to you. Just visit the Miss Patty Cake website by clicking on the link below, and follow the directions.

First chapter, free for you

More about the author, Jean Thomason

Jean Thomason has more than 30 years of experience as a musical performer, worship leader, author, and conference speaker to parents, grandparents, teachers, and children’s ministers. She is the living embodiment of the joyful children’s musical character, “Miss PattyCake”. Through this brightly costumed character, Jean plants biblical truths, served in fun toddler-size pieces, while helping equip parents to lay a spiritual foundation for their children. Her live “Miss PattyCake” family events are performed throughout  God’s great big world. In her latest book “Sharing God’s BIG LOVE with Little Lives”, Jean shares her insight gleaned from her 20+ years in children’s ministry. Using scripture, humorous anecdotes, and insightful research, Jean equips you with fresh ideas and enthusiastic encouragement to help you guide your little ones as they grow into all that God has created them to be. This book is a fun and powerful resource for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Watch Jean’s video about the book here!

Purchase Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives here!

You can purchase this lovely book here! Just click on the link below.

Buy here

Enter to win an audiobook of “Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives”

One person will win “Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives” in audiobook form! To enter, simply click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 5/31/22. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Jean Thomason for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Kids Faith Krate ~ fun, faith, and family togetherness in a box! (a review)

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Recently, FrontGate Media and the Kids Faith Krate ladies sent me a wonderful subscription box that’s perfect for families with little ones! While I love subscription boxes already, I found this one to be unique, well-designed, and something that families will love. Let me tell you more!

What is Kids Faith Krate?

Kids Faith Krate is a monthly subscription box program that’s designed for families to enjoy with their children aged 4-10. Imagined and created by founder Lynsey, who is a former teacher herself, each box contains 4 weeks’ worth of activities (one per week) for parents and children to enjoy together; and learn about God as they do so.

Lynsey understood that parents may not always know how to teach children about God, faith, and the particulars of Christian discipleship. She developed Kids Faith Krate as a means for families to experience God and the Bible together, with Bible readings, Q&As, and a wonderful variety of activities designed to help children learn the life of faith.

Each month, the Kids Faith Krate boxes include (the photo above is an example of what a Kids Faith Krate can include):

  • Four weekly fun and interesting Bible lessons for parents and kids to do together
  • Four crafts which go along with each week’s lessons
  • A new stamp for kids to add to their Kids Faith Krate Stamp Collection as they complete Bible verse memorization

The subscription boxes are designed to contain activities for 1-3 children (if you have additional kids, you can add them to your subscription for just a slightly higher price).

Each month, the contents of the subscription box will have a different theme connected to faith and discipleship. They are Bible-based but not connected to any particular denomination.

My thoughts

Did you ever love attending Vacation Bible School as a child yourself? Kids Faith Krate reminded me of the best and most beautiful aspects of that–except that here, you get the joy of doing the discipleship activities with your own child, instead of someone else getting to do them!

The Bible teachings are fantastic. Although there is a main verse that connects each week’s activities, the Bible lessons cover specific stories in the Bible, or here, as in the last week, some of its instructive verses. The accompanying booklet is like a lesson plan for the whole month as well as for each week. The first page of the booklet provides an instruction manual (even though it’s only two pages long) that tells the parent how to use the Bible lessons and the activities. Most important, it encourages families to read the Bible together, talk about God’s Word, and to pray together. What wonderful habits for us to develop!

I loved the variety of the activities too. The box I received contained: a cooking activity (with a cool craft that all ages will love doing); a coloring and sort of “mystery” activity that will bring to life one of Jesus’s miracles; a blanket craft for little hands to tie together; and a stickers-and-cardboard ornament. Each of these is something that parents can do with the children or that kids can do on their own. (A parent will need to provide ingredients for the cooking activity, but they’re all items that can be found already in most pantries.) Other than that, everything is included in the box. (You’ll need your own Bibles, however!)

I absolutely loved the Kids Faith Krate that we received. The activities, the Bible lessons, and the conversation and prayer ideas were wonderful and so encouraging. Even if parents wouldn’t consider themselves to be Bible teachers, the box’s contents and plan will enable anyone to follow these faith-building activities. And, to thoroughly enjoy them with their children!

How to subscribe to Kids Faith Krate

You can purchase a subscription and learn more about this wonderful company by clicking on this link:

Kids Faith Krate

Kids Faith Krate offers a variety of plans (monthly, 3-month, 6-month, and yearly) that are great for families. And, Kids Faith Krate has a special offer for you…below!

Here’s a coupon for $10 off your first box!

You can receive $10 off your first Kids Faith Krate box! Just use the code campinabox when you purchase your subscription.

Thanks for letting me share with you about this lovely, faith- and fun-building subscription service. What fun for families!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a Kids Faith Krate subscription box from FrontGate Media. All opinions expressed here are my own honest ones.

“The 50 Final Events in World History” (a review)

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When you read the title of this book, isn’t it intriguing? I thought so! But this is not a set of conspiracy theories, or false prophetic words, or anything distorted or erroneous. I’ll give you a hint: it has to do with the Bible! FrontGate Media sent me a copy of Robert J. Morgan’s The 50 Final Events in World History and I couldn’t wait to dig into it. Keep reading for more!

About The 50 Final Events in World History

This fascinating book is actually a guidebook for students wishing to study the Bible book of Revelation! Author Robert J. Morgan (he’s also a pastor) wrote this book after digging into it again on a long car ride with his college intern, who asked him to teach him about Revelation as they drove. Anyone who’s done a Bible study may have studied Revelation. But many of us have found it mystifying and difficult to parse through. Of course, prophetic books are more challenging to interpret than epistles or historical books. And one wants to interpret properly. How exactly is one to study this book?

That is the purpose in mind that Morgan had when he wrote The 50 Final Events in World History. His desire was to make Revelation understandable for the believer who wants to dig in. And, there is a blessing for the student who studies this book. Did you know that Revelation 1:3 proclaims a blessing over the ones who read, hear, and and take to heart what is written in this book? What a great reason to study!

The 50 Final Events in World History is, in my opinion, a fantastic guidebook to use alongside your Bible as you study Revelation. Morgan has observed patterns in the layout of Revelation that will help the student to grasp more of its meaning. He has divided Revelation into 8 major book/timeline divisions, with a title for each one. And then, the fun begins! (Really!) Students are encouraged to mark these in their Bibles as they study. From those divisions and Scriptures Morgan explains and identifies the 50 final events that Revelation says will happen in the end times. His book chapters follow those timeline divisions, and the author explains, verse segment by verse segment, what this Bible book teaches. Here are some of The 50 Final Events in World History chapters and their verses (all verse locations are from Revelation):

  • Celebration Erupts in Heaven (4:2-5:14)
  • The Lamb Inaugurates the Tribulation–Seal 1 (6:1)
  • Dramatic Manifestation of Answered Prayer–Seal 7 (8:1-5)
  • Two Super Prophets Are Commissioned (11:1-14)
  • The Abomination of Desolation Is Set Up in the Temple (13:14-15)
  • The Seven Last Angels of the Last Plagues Appear (15:1-8)
  • The World’s Armies Converge at Armageddon (16:13-16)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Returns! (19:11-16)
  • Conclusion: The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come!”

Now, obviously, I didn’t list every chapter from Morgan’s book; you can see that there are verses missing between those I listed. But I hope that from those I listed you can get a flavor of the book, and everything that Morgan covers. Verse by verse, Morgan leads the student through this study. Students are encouraged to mark the 50 events in their Bibles as well. He incorporates other portions of Scripture, like the books of Daniel, and Ezekiel, in his teaching (I’ve always been a fan of letting Scripture interpret Scripture), along with historical data about the geographical areas that these events could occur in. He also mentions current events and how the events of Revelation could eventually unfold from those.

My thoughts about The 50 Final Events in World History

It can be daunting to study the book of Revelation! But Morgan is so encouraging and humble in his exposition and teaching. He understands students’ apprehension, but he also wants to fully equip the believer. Revelation is mysterious, and we may never understand all of it until we get to heaven. But, there is so much we CAN understand, and so, Morgan faithfully leads the student verse by verse through Revelation.

I also appreciated that the author’s recommendation is that readers have their Bibles open to Revelation as they read The 50 Final Events in World History. This is not a book where Morgan’s opinion is what rules. Rather, he leads the student/reader verse by verse through Revelation.

I think that The 50 Final Events in World History provides an opportunity for exceptional Bible study. And I believe that it makes the book of Revelation very approachable and understandable. Isn’t the reason most of us haven’t studied it because we thought it was the opposite of those?

Last, but not least, I found this book to be so incredibly encouraging. We have a God, and a Savior, Jesus, and also the Comforter (Holy Spirit) who are magnificent, perfect, sacrificial–and FULL of love for their created humans. How can you resist a loving God, who, in the last chapter of the Bible (Revelation 22), is still inviting us to come and be in relationship with Him? I can’t, for sure!

I am so happy to recommend this book to you. It is a kind, wise, and loving guidebook whose sole aim is to help students grasp the book of Revelation. Get yourself a copy!

Purchase at this link

Click here to buy The 50 Final Events in World History

Thank you for reading. And remember–“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”” Their invitation is for you!

–Wren

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From the creator of VeggieTales: the “Minno Laugh & Grow Bible for Kids” – plus get 2 mos. of Minno Kids streaming service when you buy! (ends 4/30/22)

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My family has ALWAYS been a fan of VeggieTales! And now, FrontGate Media has introduced us to Phil Vischer’s newest creations: the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids and the Minno Kids streaming service. If you picture both of these as being awesome, hilarious, and amazing, you’d be right. And if you purchase this Bible for your kiddos (via the link below) by April 30, 2022, you’ll receive a free 2 months’ subscription to Minno Kids! Let me tell you more!

About the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids by Phil Vischer

I’ve had a lot of beloved Bibles for kids over the years. But I think Phil Vischer’s newest one is my favorite! It is a story Bible; in fact, it’s subtitled “The Gospel in 52 Five-Minute Bible Stories.” It’s written in classic Vischer style (subtle humor for kids that is simultaneously hilarious for adults) which also plainly sets out the truths of the Bible in clear, understandable language. The artwork is colorfully-drawn (and beautiful) cartoons.

Best of all, Vischer takes the Bible and, in 52 short yet pithy stories, tells kids the overall focus and content of God’s Word; from Genesis to Revelation. Each story ends with verses, conversation topics, and prayers for families. The stories include:

  • The Garden of Eden, creation, and the Fall–and Noah
  • Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph
  • Moses, the Children of Israel, their deliverance from Egypt and their 40-year wandering
  • Kings of Israel
  • Prophets of Israel
  • and then, of course, the Messiah! The annunciation, Jesus’ birth, and His temptation
  • the disciples and Jesus’ ministry, concluding in His crucifixion, death, and resurrection
  • Paul, the epistles, and even Revelation

There are also excellent infographics that cover the fruit of the Spirit, the generations from Adam to Jesus, the travels of the Israelites, important women of the Bible, and more. These are both fun and fascinating, and help even more to unlock for readers the scope and content of the Bible. It’s geared for ages 4-8, but I guarantee everyone in your family will love it!

About Minno Kids

We’re all rather used to streaming services these days, aren’t we? But I know that, with those streaming services, comes the very vivid understanding for parents that much content is not at all appropriate for children. Minno Kids is here to change all that! Virtually all the content is kid-friendly and either faith-encouraging or neutral in content, and organized for preschoolers, elementary kids, and tweens. On Minno Kids, you’ll find:

  • BibleMan, VeggieTales, the Buck Denver shows, and 3-2-1 Penguins!
  • Bethel Music’s “Come Alive” Dance Tutorials and eKidz Worship, plus lots of other kid-friendly worship
  • Minno Church at Home
  • “The Finders,” a sort of “The Librarians” kind of show for preteens
  • Bible stories and Devotionals
  • Specially-curated collections for Easter, Good Friday, and Palm Sunday
  • and more!

It is truly family-friendly and -focused. There is so much to love! Check out the service by clicking on this Go Minno link.

My thoughts and opinions about the Minno products

Fun fact: the word “Minno” comes from the Greek word which means “to abide.” Minno has connected that meaning to the Bible verse John 15:4, where Jesus says, “Abide in Me and I will abide in you.” So their products, the Minno Kids streaming service and the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids, are designed to help kids and family connect to God. Pretty awesome company goal, right?

So first, my thoughts on the Bible. This is a product I’d happily recommend to all my friends or family who are looking for an excellent and winsome story Bible. I love the Genesis-to-Revelation content and explanation. When I was a new (and quite young) Christian, I understood very little about the Bible. I knew Bible verses I’d memorized at camp. But I didn’t know that God’s love story for humans began at creation, unfolded through the Old and New Testaments, (predicting and introducing us to the Messiah, Jesus) and ended victoriously at Revelation. What an incredible resource for kids and family this is! It is fun (sometimes hilarious) to read. Yet it’s full of Bible truths and will teach children (or even parents!) the story of the entire Bible. It is truly wonderful.

And I also highly recommend Minno Kids. Prices are quite reasonable ($6.99 monthly, $69.99 annually). And, there is a ton of content (120 shows of great variety, plus 50+ episodes of VeggieTales) that’s continually being added to. Shows are downloadable or streamable, and can be watched on phones, tablets, and computers. And it also includes articles and podcasts for parents, as well as devotionals. I loved (of course) the VeggieTales content. I loved the variety of video content for kids. And, I was moved and blessed by the worship content, curated especially for kids! Perhaps that was especially meaningful after Covid restricted our opportunities to worship together in congregations. But how wonderful to remind everyone that worship can also occur at home.

Overall, the best things about the Minno Bible and Go Minno are the hope and joy they provide. Viewers and readers will feel and believe those themselves. God is a God of hope; and His plan for us is amazing and happening every day!

And, Minno has a special offer for you!

Through April 30, 2022, Minno is giving a free 2-month subscription to Minno Kids Streaming Service for anyone who purchases the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids through the link below. The Bible includes a coupon with a special code families can use to start this subscription.

Purchase Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I received a copy of these products from the authors. All opinions are honest and my own.

ANM Storybook Bibles for Children ~ and you can make a difference!

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Recently, FrontGate Media shared with me about an amazing organization that is getting storybook Bibles into the hands of those who’ve never seen them before in villages far from city centers, in China. The organization is Advancing Native Missions (ANM). ANM sends Christian workers to those who haven’t yet heard the gospel. The neat thing about these Christian workers is that they are FROM the same nation they’re sharing the gospel with!

About Advancing Native Missions (ANM)

Since 1992, ANM has sent Christian workers to those who haven’t learned about Jesus, God, or the Bible. The key difference about ANM is that they equip these workers to go to unreached areas of their own nations! So rather than a missionary from a foreign country (like America, for example) going to share the gospel, these individuals get to hear the gospel from their own people. You can find out more about ANM at the ANM/About page.

But there is a way that Americans can get involved! ANM matches donations from non-native (i.e., you and me) givers with their local ministry workers and areas. Today, I’m sharing with you about an exciting way that you can help get children’s Bibles to far-flung areas of Asia!

About these storybook Bibles

ANM is producing wonderful children’s storybook Bibles in Chinese! Working with Chinese pastors, ANM will be providing these storybook Bibles printed in the Chinese language, with illustrations that will appeal to every reader. They will be produced in an area from which they can be shipped to the pastors for little cost. The pastors will then take them to villages and remote areas of China. Children, their parents, and grandparents can then read a storybook version of God’s Word together–and, maybe for the first time, understand how much God loves them!

Specifically:

  • The stories are faithfully adapted and beautifully illustrated by Chinese Christians.
  • Chinese pastors and house church leaders will deliver the Bibles, giving them a great opportunity to share the Gospel in person and start relationships with families.
  • Chinese church leaders say that every Bible will reach at least seven people: the child who receives it, their parents, and their grandparents.

How you can help

For only $4, you can send a Bible to a Chinese family! That is a fantastic return for your missions/donations dollar. Imagine how many hands a book can pass through. As ANM shared above, each Bible is expected to reach at least 7 people. Who knows, beyond that? A book can travel through many, many hands before its life is over!

If you’d like to participate, simply click on the link below. That will take you to the donation page for ANM’s children’s Bibles for China. I encourage you to check out this lovely opportunity! $4 is less than you’d pay for a kid’s meal at most fast food restaurants. Yet here, $4 can make a lasting and eternal impact!

$4 for ANM Children’s Storybook Bibles to China

Learn more about ANM here

You can also visit the ANM home page link to discover more about this ministry and not-for-profit. (Do check out their ministry donations/financials info. It’s impressive!)

ANM home page

Thank you for reading! –Wren

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

“The Prince and the Prodigal” ~ a Revell Reads review

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Recently, Revell Reads sent me a copy of Jill Eileen Smith’s incredible novel about the story of Joseph, his family, his sufferings, and his eventual triumph: The Prince and the Prodigal. It is worth every moment of your reading time!

About The Prince and the Prodigal

Jill Eileen Smith begins with the Genesis 37-50 account of Joseph and unfolds the story masterfully, creating a narrative that takes us inside the hearts and minds of the sons (and daughter) of Jacob. These chapters cover a lot of ground for those who will comprise the beginnings of the nation of Israel, and that ground includes favoritism, jealousy, kidnapping, murder, selling a human into slavery, lying, and deception. (And more.) In The Prince and the Prodigal, the author writes an incredible novel that uses Joseph and Judah as its main protagonists, with first-person perspectives from Dinah and Tamar as well.

Readers get the opportunity to step into the distant pasts of Canaan and Egypt, and into the lives and the cultures of those mentioned in Genesis. What happens when horrible wrongs are done to the women and men who live there? How will they get past those? The intimate thoughts and faith of God’s people shine brightly through Jill Eileen Smith’s writing.

My thoughts about this book

What was Joseph, son of Jacob, really like? Genesis tells us about his dreams, of course, which start his whole story; plus his actions and who he becomes over time in Egypt. We only get a brief glimpse of his emotions, though what we see in Scripture is extremely vivid (his weeping when his brothers are brought before him; the names he selects for his sons that tell not only of his suffering but of God’s provision; his desire for his father to know how he’s succeeded in Egypt). If ever there were a man who had a lot to forgive, it was Joseph. Yet Joseph’s timeline also includes the stories of Dinah and Tamar, who were also both enormously wronged.

Jill Eileen Smith tells a FANTASTIC story of these individuals; and not only of them, but of Joseph’s brothers, of Potiphar and Potiphar’s wife. She is able to draw back the curtain on what their thoughts and motivations might have been; and the incredible victory that faith and perseverance win in them. Because the story of Joseph is not just the story of a man, sold into slavery, who was able to triumph; it’s an encouragement to all of us when we have experienced times of suffering that seem as though they’ll never end.

Do get a copy of The Prince and the Prodigal for yourself. You will find it captivating and compelling reading; and you’ll be encouraged and blessed by the end of it.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Prince and the Prodigal from Revell Reads. All opinions are honest and my own.

“Really Woolly My First Easter” ~ a JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (and giveaway, ends 4/4/22)

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⇒ Book Name Really Woolly My First Easter

⇒ Author Dayspring, Bonnie Rickner Jensen & Julie Sawyer Phillips

⇒ Publisher Tommy Nelson

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⇒ About the Book

Celebrate the hope of Jesus and the true meaning of Easter with this basket-shaped board book of poems and prayers from DaySpring’s Really Woolly series. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will giggle along with this lovable sheep as they discover that the Easter story is full of joy, from baby ducklings and blooming flowers to knowing that Jesus is alive forever and ever!

Giveaway! How to enter to win this book

The JustRead giveaway of Really Woolly My First Easter is an Instagram giveaway. So, the rules are slightly different than most of the giveaways hosted here. Here’s what you’ll need to know, and do, to enter! (1) winner will receive a print copy of the book. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 4, 2022.)

My thoughts

What a charming little Easter board book! Author Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrator Julie Sawyer Phillips have created a lovely, musically-rhymed book that uses Dayspring lamb (or sheep) Really Woolly and his friends as they celebrate Easter, Jesus, and the joys of spring and new beginnings. The board book is die-cut to resemble an Easter basket, with colorful drawings. Each pair of board-book pages contains a title, a Bible verse, a poem, and a prayer, with Really Woolly and his animal friends depicting each one.

What are the thoughts that this book communicates to its tiny readers (or families, as parents read this book to their children)? First, that these big thoughts about God, life, and the earth and its inhabitants are ideas that little ones can understand and take hold of. Communicated lovingly in the animals’ sweet expressions matched with the Bible verses and poems, the pages will delight little readers, even as they plant the Bible’s beauty and truth in their hearts. The book’s big idea, Easter, is communicated in part by the colorful Easter eggs tucked into hidden spots on each page, but also by the path the pages travel; through the joys of spring, rain, new beginnings, growing, Easter, and finally, Jesus, who brings us the joy in our hearts.

Some of my favorite parts

There are some precious parts of Really Woolly My First Easter that I loved, and wanted to share with you! So many things will make this board book the perfect addition to an Easter basket, or for a treat for families to read on Easter. Here are some that delighted me!

First, the shape of the book itself! The die-cut “handle” of the board book is the perfect size for children to tuck their fingers in and hold, just as if it were a real basket.

Second, I loved how the artist placed (so to speak) Easter eggs everywhere! Not just real eggs but items that show what this book is celebrating. I’ll bet you can pick out several on these pages, but I have to point out my favorite. The mice rolling the Easter egg in the lower right reminded me so much of what the verses above it say: that the angel came to roll away the stone from Jesus’ tomb. Wonderful words illustrated again in the art!

The last page in the book takes all the big ideas Really Woolly My First Easter shares with its readers and makes them personal; that little ones can experience daily joy in their hearts (as can everyone else) because Jesus has made us all new. Wonderful!

Don’t miss the chance to enter the Instagram giveaway linked above so that you can win a copy of Really Woolly My First Easter for your little ones. They will love it!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Link2Us” ~ a brand-new lifestyle & faith magazine

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Recently, FrontGate Media sent me a copy of a brand-new lifestyle magazine that incorporates faith, beauty, wellness, and more. I’d love to share my impressions of Link2Us with you, and let you know how you can subscribe to print or digital versions!

About Link2Us magazine

Link2us magazine is a lifestyle publication at the intersection of faith and popular culture, providing readers with a blueprint for living their best and most authentic lives. Each issue delivers fresh and engaging stories, conversations with today’s most inspirational figures, the latest food and wellness trends, relationship and finance tips, home décor solutions, and much more, with faith and inspiration at its core. Our feature content highlights noteworthy figures, up-and-comers, and everyday people impacting their communities and the culture at large. We provide real solutions for real people, living in the real world.

My impressions

I thought that Link2Us was a gorgeous, high-quality magazine. The articles, which included everything from interviews with celebrities of faith (singer Lecrae and “Bachelor” contestant Madison Prewett), mental-health providers and advocates, food blogger Becky Hadeed, book lists, and even fashion pages. The publisher, editors, and writers for Link2Us clearly understand that women of faith are interested in information and articles on ALL parts of their lives, and in this issue, they definitely provide that.

Its photography and layouts are on high-quality paper (a bit thicker than most magazines), and in style and beauty resemble magazines like Vogue or Bon Appétit. The food, fashion, and celebrity photos are, in a word, exquisite, in the skills of the photographers (and those of the stylists, location scouts, lighting directors, and so on). The whole magazine is just a pleasure to look at.

There was a lot of variety not only in the articles, which included not only those I’ve mentioned already to some about church hats, food instability, prayer, and more; but also in the wide diversity of the subjects interviewed and photographed. Many men and women of color were both photographed and interviewed; what a great reminder that all God’s children really are every color! I think that this will make Link2Us something that many readers will be interested in.

I appreciated, in particular, the articles that encouraged people of faith to also take care of their mental health, and to acknowledge that every part of life, whether it’s exercise, processing grief, or embracing new traditions, is worth focusing on.

…and my favorite moments

I’ve shown you some of the lovely photos from the magazine. I wanted to include some of my favorite quotes for you as well, to give you a bit more flavor!

  • From Lecrae: “When you are religious, you are really stressing yourself out to be perfect and trying to do it all in your own strength. And when you mess up or miss a step, it’s devastating to you because you are thinking about your own resume–not the fact that you should be dependent on God in the first place.”
  • From Madison Prewett: “I think so many of us really value those big, life-changing moments. But I would say that a lot of my book (Made For This Moment) is about, is how to value the small moments and how to steward the small things well–because it’s the small moments that will one day become the big moments and lead to the bigger things.”
  • From home baker Sheila P. Johnson: “It was a way to bring happiness and comfort to my neighbors by sharing something that I loved and created.”
  • And some of Dawn Rusinko’s (self-proclaimed control freak) reminders to add to your daily prayer: “God will give me rest…will strengthen me…will answer me…is for me.”

Isn’t that the most lovely way to close out a magazine for people of faith!

Where you can find Link2Us

You can find Link2Us magazine in Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million stores and airports in the U.S., and at Chapters/Indigo stores in Canada.

And, how you can subscribe

If you’d like to subscribe to either the digital version or the print version of Link2Us, just click on the link below. Also, when you sign up for a 1-year subscription, you’ll receive a Link2Us tote bag!

Subscribe here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this magazine from its publisher and FrontGate Media. All opinions are honest and my own.