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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

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Declaring Spinsterhood by Jamie Lynn Braziel
Declaring Spinsterhood

Lindsey at GrowingKidsMinistrycom, August 27, 2011

Don't be fooled by the title, this book isn't about Spinsterhood or the single life at all. It's romance novel through and through, with an utterly predictable story-line at that. The classic "I just realized I'm actually in love with my best guy friend" theme makes an appearance again, complicated by the usual distractions: an old boyfriend, a new girlfriend, and meddling family members.

The book reads easily enough and should be a great addition to any romance-junkie's collection. I admire the fact that sex is actually respected in this book, instead of thrown about casually as is the case in most romance novels. As such, Emma, the main character, is choosing to wait till marriage to do the deed. However, she does push it to the limits a few times, sleeping in the same bed with a certain male character on occasion.

Church and family are constructed in a positive light for the most part, except for the constantly intrusive behavior of Emma's mom. Female empowerment is a prevalent theme, brought to light beautifully with aspects such as Emma's thriving bookstore, her newly acquired gun license, her meaningful friendship with Kathy, and even her declaration of Spinsterhood (though this declaration ends almost as soon as it is made).

Though there are a few unexpected twists towards the end of the book, "Declaring Spinsterhood" reads much the same as every other romance novel I've ever perused. However, it is fairly clean and an easy read, so worth a look if that's your preferred genre.
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A Conversation with God for Women: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be? by Marcia Ford
A Conversation with God for Women: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?

Lindsey at GrowingKidsMinistrycom, August 27, 2011

Written in a similar fashion to Jesus Calling, this book is written as if God (and Jesus) are actually having a conversation with the reader. I love the fact that the pages are riddled with Scripture references backing up all that God is "saying" in response to these questions. I would have liked if the notations were at the end of each chapter instead of the back of the book (the actual Scripture verses), but at the back of the book allowed for each Scripture to be written out in entirety without breaking up the flow too much. I like how Ford uses different translations of Scripture, though of course, I do hate the Message.

Ford also uses the voices of Biblical women at times. Though this adds some nice color to the book, I think it would have been better without them.

This isn't a book you read through quickly. Instead, it would make a great addition to someone's quiet time routine. It also would serve as a great reference tool when a women (or her friend) is dealing with a particular issue.

All in all, a great book to add to the collection.

I received this book for free for review from Booksneeze.com
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Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids (Holman Reference) by Landry R. Holmes
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids (Holman Reference)

Lindsey at GrowingKidsMinistrycom, August 27, 2011

In our quest to find some Cool Bible Tools for our Wednesday night Kids' Club, I stumbled
across Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids and man was I impressed! The pages are nice and big (around 8x10),
great for when you want to show the class a certain page or two. The illustrations are colorful and bright, but very
realistic too.

Some of the cool features include maps and reconstruction of Bible-time towns, illustrated charts, pronunciation guide, photography, and easy to understand definitions. Almost every entry provides supporting scripture so kids can read more about a certain person, event, or thing. Lots of entries have extras too -- like a map of Abraham's journeys
next to his name or the descriptions of each apostle next to the "apostle" entry.

This book errs on the side of more information for each entry instead of many entries. It's very complete on the things it does cover, but may leave out a lesser known places or people. As far as I can see, though -- it has everything a kid might be looking for when using a Bible dictionary. It covers all the major things and quite a few obscure things such as Mezuzah and Mother-in-law.

Overall, a really great resource to have, and very reasonable priced. Check out more ministry resources on my
Growing Kids Ministry Blog.
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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Lindsey at GrowingKidsMinistrycom, August 27, 2011

Author Nina Sankovitch has done a marvelous job weaving the books of her year into the stories of her life, demonstrating to readers the power of words and the ability of books to help make people feel connected. Not a quick read, but not necessarily a slow read. Instead, reading "Tolstoy and the Purple Chair" plays out the way most conversations with women do, winding through all kinds of rabbit trails and full of glimpses of Nina's thoughts and personal life.
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Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts by Greg Wright
Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts

Lindsey at GrowingKidsMinistrycom, August 27, 2011

When my wife and I started to consider kids, we were generally told that boys were great and girls were...well the only advice we got was "LOOK OUT". After recently having a daughter myself, I was eager to find a book that could provide some practical insights into being an effective dad. From the start, Greg used the book Daddy Dates as an effective medium to touch on all the issues that I as a new dad started to fret over. Girls face tremendous pressure from media, the social scene, as well as at home, and all I wanted was to be a guide through this rough passage. Even though the idea is simple and spawned from common sense, it is often those small ideas that are overlooked while we search for the great solution. I am grateful that I came across Daddy Dates as it has given me a new outlook on fatherhood. It has also given me the courage to have a real and hopefully impactful relationship with my own daughter. I recommend this book to any struggling or overwhelmed father of girls.
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