Gorgeous Board Book to Teach Your Kids “Bible Basics” ~ A Review and Giveaway (ends 1/26/17)

We recently received a fantastic resource for parents and their little ones; Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer to use and review from the BlogAbout Blogger Network.  This precious, meaningful little board book uses Biblical principles and truths to teach children their numbers from 1-10.  Its artwork is incredible and its narrative, both beautiful and faithful to Scripture.  Let me tell you more…and at the end of this post, you’ll have an opportunity to win a giveaway for a copy of your own!

 

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About Bible Basics

Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer is a sturdy, beautifully bound 7 1/3″ x 7 1/3″ board book.  Authored by Danielle Hitchen and illustrated by Jessica Blanchard, it’s designed to introduce children to principles and foundations of the Christian faith as well as to their first numbers, 1 through 10.  It uses Bible verses, hymns, prayers, history, and simple teaching to bring these tenets to life in ways that even the youngest listener can understand.  Gorgeous artwork accompanies each of the ten principles and makes them vivid and memorable.  Although the size is larger than most board books, it’s still well-proportioned for little hands to hold.  And, the size gives plenty of room for the text and illustrations, printed in readable font.

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This is truly a unique and unusual idea for a board book.  It was birthed out of Danielle Hitchen’s question:  how could she teach her babies to know God and to love Him?  What an incredible answer Bible Basics is to that question!  I don’t want to spoil the joy you’d find when you read this book for the first time, so I’m not going to tell you everything that’s in it.  But here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find in this beautiful book:

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  • The 9 fruits of the Spirit
  • The 10 Commandments
  • The Trinity
  • The 5 books of the Pentateuch
  • and 6 more!

 

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Ways you could use Bible Basics in your own home

So…I have a confession to make.  We do not currently have a baby or a toddler in our home!  (Our regular readers know that our boy is a 9th grader.)  However, I absolutely adored the idea of this gorgeous little board book and I loved that I could share a copy with one of you!  What I discovered, when I received Bible Basics, is that it’s not only an incredible resource and learning tool for little ones.  It also reinforces the beautiful tenets of Christianity for any believer, be he or she young and fresh, or more seasoned in the faith.

Here are some other ways that I know Bible Basics could bless you!

  • Read it aloud during family worship
  • Use it as a jumping-off point for a study of the Scriptural principles in it (for example, you could study one concept per week and look up related verses that go with each principle)
  • Allow it to inspire your homeschool art times
  • Prop it up on an easel in your home, and display different pages on different days
  • Purchase it for a shower or new baby gift
  • And of course, its primary purpose:  read it to your little ones 🙂

 

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What our family thought

We LOVED Bible Basics!  During our family worship time one week, I read it aloud to my husband and son.  It was so encouraging.  It really made us all think about many of the different truths that make up our relationships with God through Christ Jesus.  And, it blessed us.  I really do think that I could use this to do a deeper study on each item that the author presents, by simply doing a word or topical study in the Bible and using that with my son.

We’re also a family who loves art.  So we weren’t just blessed by the biblical truths of Bible Basics.  We were also really moved to think more deeply about each of the 10 tenets, because of the way that the art helped to unfold those truths.  Plus, they were just beautiful pictures.

My guys knew that this was a book that I’d received for both review and for a giveaway.  But my husband said, “You can’t give away this book!”  (He was relieved to hear that I received a separate copy to give away to one of our readers.)

We’ll definitely continue to use Bible Basics.  And, I’m going to follow my own recommendation and display the various pages via propping the book up on a small easel, open to one pair of pages at a time.  What better way to enjoy God’s Word and art at the same time?  🙂

 

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My recommendations for you?

Get a copy of this book.  Read it to your little ones…again and again.  Use it for a basis for a deeper study.  And revel in the beauty, grace, and abundance that God offers to us in relationship and salvation through Christ Jesus.  You can find a copy and more (including art prints and a coloring book) at Catechesis Books.

Also, keep an eye out for more books in the Baby Believer Primers series.  This is the first of more to come.

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And, enter my giveaway!  The BlogAbout Blogger Network has provided a copy of this wonderful book for one reader.  Just enter below in the Giveaway Tools “Enter Here” link.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

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Enjoy!  –Wren

Disclaimer:  From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

 

Goodies to Keep You Warm & Colorful in the New Year Giveaway! Ends 1/16

Finch and I have some fun goodies for one reader to enjoy!

 

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This week, we’re giving away a trio of winter beauty (and warmth!) to one of our readers.

One person will win:

  • A Buxom Full-On Lip Creme from Bare Escentuals, in Kir Royale
  • A Sephora Eye Shadow in Aspen Summit No. 23
  • A navy acrylic knitted infinity scarf

 

How you can win

Simply enter via the pink link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.

Enter here!

Best wishes!

Enjoy–Finch and Wren

Enter to win Becky Thompson’s great “Love Unending” ~ ends 1/6/17

I have another fabulous giveaway for you awesome readers today!

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Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing Becky Thompson’s new book Love Unending.  (You can see my review of Love Unending here, and Becky’s other excellent book Hope Unfolding by clicking on the highlighted links.)  Its subtitle is “Rediscovering Your Marriage In The Midst of Motherhood.”  Does that sound intriguing to you?

When we fall in love, get engaged, and marry the man we have waited for all our lives…life is good!  Marriage is fun!  We love spending time together, going on well-planned dates, cooking special meals for our beloved.  It’s awesome!

Life can get full though.  Especially when the kid, or kiddos, start to arrive.  Our days become very full.  Our energy, taxed.  Our nights?  Sometimes sleepless.  And even though we absolutely adore our spouses, we may lose our focus on our marriages.  So how can we remedy that–and make our marriages and love for our spouses rich and full again?

Becky Thompson’s Love Unending is designed to help us do just that.  In just 3 weeks, she leads the reader through daily readings, questions, and ideas for moms to focus attention and love on their husbands and reawaken that first love.  The book is a beautiful, worthwhile exercise which will strengthen and bless moms and deepen their marital love.

I reviewed an uncorrected proof of Love Unending for Blogging for Books.  But the publisher was kind enough to send me the final copy, which you’ll also find on Amazon and your local bookstore shelves.  B4B told me that I could share my final copy with a reader via a giveaway, since my uncorrected proof is already everything I need.  So, here you go!  One reader will be selected on January 6, 2017.  So just enter via the Giveaway Tools link for your chance to win!

 

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Enter here!

Just follow the pink link below to enter via the Giveaway Tools entry form, and best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

Glam It Up in the New Year Giveaway! Ends 12/30

Are you thinking about 2017 yet?  I know, we haven’t even celebrated Christmas yet.  But Finch and I have a fun giveaway for you to put on your most gorgeous face ever in 2017!

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Of the two of us, Finch is the makeup expert.  She knows all the ins and outs and tricks of the beauty trade.  And she has put together some of her favorite beauty products so that one reader can put her best face forward in 2017!

One winner will receive:

  • A fuschia-tipped makeup brush set, with these 4 brushes:  a foundation brush; a powder brush; an eye shadow brush; and an angled eyeliner brush, zipped in a gold/cream fabric bag
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum Mini
  • Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder Mini in light (to use with your new brushes!)
  • CoverGirl LineExact liquid liner pen, in 605 Smoke
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Mini, in Crystal
  • And last but definitely not least, a full-sized Chanel Infrarouge Lipstick in 23 Pretty

 

 

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All you’ll need to add is your own eye shadow and blush!

Enter here!

Giveaway ends 12/30 at 11:59P.  Just click on the pink link below to enter via the Giveaway Tools form!

Enter here!

Best wishes, and enjoy!  –Finch and Wren

 

Max Davis’ Unusually Titled Cool New Book ~ My Thoughts & Review & Your Chance To Win

Recently, I had the opportunity to receive a most unusually-titled book:  Max Davis’ When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette.  Now, isn’t that an intriguing title?  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions not only was kind enough to send me a copy to read and review, they’re providing one for one of my readers!  Stay tuned to the end for your chance to enter.

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I am a sucker for a good book.  And if it’s funny…heartwarming…meaningful…and inspirational?  Even better.  There are several things that draw me toward a particular book.  Is it written by a favorite author?  Does it have amazing cover art?  Or, could it be the subject matter?  It may even be the title.  I have to admit, this time, it was a combination of those!

When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette definitely sounded most unusual.  And it was!

Gifted storyteller Max Davis tells his own story of redemption and the way he came to Christ, after seeing Jesus so vividly in the life of a green-eyed brunette at his high school.  He begins the book with a Bible verse you’re probably familiar with, which defines the stories and experiences he is about to share:

Now thanks be to God who always leads us
in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place.”
–I Corinthians 2:14

Max’s life was impacted for eternity when he met a young lady in high school, the green-eyed brunette of the title.  He was living the high life as a popular football player.  But actually, he was garnering Fs in his classes, accumulating speeding tickets, partying.  His grandmother even said he was “going up Fool’s Hill.”  He looked carefree on the outside; but on the inside, he was terrified of what God thought of him, and of hell.

Into his life walked the green-eyed brunette.  She loved God and clearly, He lived in her.  Max was so drawn to her yet flabbergasted by her at the same time (she’d never heard of the group Boston???).  And she lived a beautiful life of holiness without legalism.  Seeing this in her, and experiencing the love and life in her church and family, Max came to Christ.

And this is just a few of the chapters!  Throughout the rest of When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette, Max tells the stories of men and women who are hugely impacted, and transformed, by the way Jesus is living through others.  Here are a few of them, just to whet your appetite:

  • Max’s call from “The Voice” to become a writer
  • The “Iron Butt” guy–and the cool ways God has moved in others through him
  • How God carried an abused child through terrible danger and to Himself
  • Moments of believers passing from life to death that illustrated that there really is something…and Someone…on the other side
  • A man rescued from a real-life fiery furnace; and another man who was not, yet God was tangibly with them both
  • A Christian imprisoned in the Far East for his faith in the worst of conditions, who saw that he was not left alone by God
  • And more!

This book isn’t just about telling stories–amazing and wonderful though they are (and even documented, so that Max is telling things that really happened, not that somebody just made up).  No, it’s about addressing the questions so many of us have about life and about God.  Will following God steal freedom and joy from me, and make me follow a never-ending list of dos and don’ts?  Do I have to be “religious” to follow God?  Where IS God, anyway, in the midst of suffering?  Why do tragedies happen?  Does God have a plan for me that is good?  And does He really love me?

Many of us (I would venture to say ALL of us, at some time or another during our lives) struggle with those questions.  And clearly, these are questions to which there are no easy answers…or sometimes, no answers at all for us in this life (though I believe from God’s perspective, there ARE answers).  And while Max doesn’t share all the answers in this book (although he does share some), the stories he tells will minister to the hearts that are aching with these questions; the hearts which have suffered loss of some sort; or those even undergoing challenge or trial.

I was so encouraged by this book.  I decided to use it during my morning devotional times and read parts of or entire chapters along with my Bible reading.  That was so encouraging and just perfect for me (although really, you could certainly enjoy this book at any time of the day)!  Max Davis is a fantastic storyteller with a journalist’s eye to accuracy and fact-checking.  He tells these astonishing stories of ways God impacted people’s lives, then shares truths that will bless and encourage the reader.  You must pick up a copy of this book.  It will remind you of the goodness of God, His desire to care for His people, and His great love for us all–and for you–Individually!

And now, you can enter to win your own copy!  (U.S. entries only, please.)  Giveaway closes 12/26.  Best wishes!

Now, you can enter here to win your own copy!

Just click on the pink “Enter here” below!

Enter here!

 

And, if you’re not the winner of this book, you can find it for purchase via this link at Worthy Publishing, at When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette,  for $15.99.

More on Max Davis:

Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

Enjoy!  –Wren

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

A Few of Our Favorite Things Christmas Giveaway! Ends 12/22/16

Good morning!

Finch and I have some very special gifts we’d like to bless one of our readers with, in this giveaway!

 

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In A Few of Our Favorite Things Giveaway, one blessed reader will win the following:

  • Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas, the story of a blogger, mistaken identity, and romance, all served up at Christmastime
  • A Christmas Story CD from Point of Grace, with 14 beautiful Christmas songs
  • Bath & Body Works’ Vanilla Bean Noel body lotion
  • Koco nail polish, in “Married to the Mauve”
  • 2 Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer bottles, in Cherry Almond Shortbread
  • A pair of fuschia knit gloves with gray stripes

We’re so thankful for each and every one of our readers.  We wish we could bless every one of you with Christmas goodies, but we’ll have to settle with gifting one special reader.

Enter here!

Just click on the pink link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools form where you can enter.  The giveaway closes on December 21 at 11:59PM.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

Win a gift bag of lovely greeting cards from Paper Doll Greetings! (Ends 12/14)

My amazing and creative friend Julie is the artist behind Paper Doll Greetings, and just in time for Christmas, she has provided a collection of beautiful handmade cards and a mini-journal for one special reader to win!

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What is Paper Doll Greetings?

It’s my friend Julie’s Etsy shop, where she sells her handmade, beautifully created cards, journals, and mixed media art!  Each card and journal is handcrafted from the most beautiful papers, ribbons, and ephemera.  They make incredible gifts for your loved ones—or ways you can bless yourself!

 

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Beautiful cards and a mini-journal, all handmade (and some, hand-painted!) by Julie herself.  One winner will receive:

  • A blue mini-journal, beautifully inscribed with Psalm 20:4
  • A “note of support card,” decorated with satin ribbon and roses
  • A “journey” card, illustrated with Judges 18:6
  • A beautiful floral birthday card, with gold lettering and a green satin ribbon
  • A lovely blank card with die-cut and ribbon decoration

Just enter here!

This giveaway closes on December 14 at 11:59P.  Just follow the pink link to the giveaway form below to enter.  One winner will be selected and notified at the close of the giveaway.  Best wishes!

Enjoy!  –Wren