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BOOK REVIEW: The Character Builder’s Bible by Agnes and Salem de Bezenac

Posted November 20, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Agnes de Bezenac, Salem de Bezenac / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: The Character Builder’s Bible by Agnes and Salem de BezenacThe Character Builder's Bible by Agnes de Bezenac, Salem de Bezenac
Published by Tyndale House Publishers on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Bible Stories, Christian, Christianity, General, Juvenile Nonfiction, Religion, Religious, Values & Virtues
Pages: 248
Source: Tyndale House Publishers

The Bible is so much more than a collection of stories.It is the overarching message of God's love for us and a practical guide to daily living. So often our littlest children hear these stories but miss out on how to apply the principles to their lives. The Character Builder's Bible highlights core character traits that the Bible teaches and suggests fun, practical ways to live out these truths so that little minds can understand. Each Bible narrative is told simply, is tied to a positive attribute like obedience or humility, and is followed with a real-life example of how kids can apply the lesson in their own lives.

Featuring 60 Bible stories with colorful illustrations, definitions, and memory verses, The Character Builder's Bible will show your little ones that God's Word is relevant to their lives and will help you instill biblical character in their hearts.

Before we even talk about the stories in the book, those illustrations!  Oh my grits and gravy they are precious and engaging and amazing and I fell in love with this book through the illustrations.  The rest of it all helped as well but good gravy yes.  I feel like the quality of the art invites the child into the stories and intended truths that are portrayed, giving them access to dig deeper as well.  Not only were they precious and inviting but the cultural diversity in each picture also invited deeper understanding and another way to share with a child means to embrace the character traits found in this book, especially when not everyone lives in a culturally diverse location.  Small farming towns in the Midwest aren’t known to really have a great sense of diversity.

I appreciated that the table of contents was broken down by old and new testament as well as the individual that was featured in the story.  I do wish however that there was also a break down of stories by the character trait they embraced.  Sometimes you want to spend more time on a certain trait and hunting through the book with a Minion sitting with you isn’t quite the thrilling experience I am portraying here.  I appreciated that Bible verse references were given so that the it was easy to incorporate those verses into the story from the translation of parental preference.  I even loved the little extras.  The comics that furthered the story, and the definitions with extended information on character traits.

Moo settled herself in with the book for an afternoon and with a lot of help with words read to herself.  Her favorite part was the pictures and said it was ‘totally 5 fingers Meme’.  Goobie was also drawn into the pictures and enjoyed having the stories read to him. He was more hesitant with the idea that the ideas were relevant to him and I got of ‘I don’t know Meme, you choose’.  That’s pretty normal around here.  He is one that likes to take an idea and ponder on it and ruminate and then out of the blue will come to you with questions or statements.  He’s a 5 finger rating as well.  Squirt well, she’s two.  She looked at the pictures, didn’t want to settle down for a story time and just grinned at me.  She kept coming back to look at the pictures however.  I think with time it will be a blessing to her as well.

This little household found the book to be a blessing that will be returned to time and time again as the Minions grow up and grow in maturity and the character traits take on new meaning.

The Character Builder's Bible: 60 Character-Building Stories from the Bible

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About Agnes de Bezenac

Agnes de Bezenac

Agnes is an author and illustrator for children’s books, and has 10 years of experience in tutoring Kindergarten and Elementary grade children.

About Salem de Bezenac

Salem de Bezenac

Salem has been producing music and film scoring since 1997, gaining experience in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

BOOK REVIEW: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Posted November 16, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Victoria Bylin / 0 Comments

Have you ever read a book you really liked but somehow just didn’t bond to?  I mean the book is so well written with amazingly complex characters and a plot that keeps you engaged.  A book that you couldn’t put down it was just that good.  But you don’t bond with it.  Perhaps I’m just romanced out.  Time to switch up the genres again or something.  This book was amazingly well written.  Even the secondary characters had depth and complexity.  There were multiple lines of plot and love stories and couples and it all worked and danced together so brilliantly.  But I just didn’t bond with it all. This story is about so much more than just Mia and Jake.  It really starts with Lucy and Sam.  Lucy is Mia’s baby sister that she raised through the hard years, who is happiness and light and spontaneity with directly juxtaposes Mia’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

BOOK REVIEW: A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

Posted November 14, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Amish Homestead, Amy Clipston / 0 Comments

A young Amish volunteer firefighter who lives and breathes his family dairy farm and the fire station.  A young Amish woman who works in her family’s restaurant and lives and breaths her family life.  Two broken families touched by grief.  And two young people who find themselves falling in love with grief and baggage and an obnoxiously annoying inability to actually communicate with each other in a way that makes sense and helps them move forward through all that is life instead of moving them backward.  I loved them, I cheered for them, I virtually smacked them and at times I simply despised them.  They were both completely selfish and drowning in self-pity that manifested in different ways.  They both had, and still have, a lot of growing up to do.  Despite the conflicting emotions I’m still completing rooting for them. ‘A Place at Our Table’ tells the story of […]

BOOK REVIEW: Bibleman: Say Goodbye to the Grand Duchess of Greed by B&H Editorial Staff

BOOK REVIEW: Bibleman: Say Goodbye to the Grand Duchess of Greed by B&H Editorial Staff

Posted November 13, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in B&H Publishing Group / 1 Comment

I personally, had very mixed feelings about this story.  The illustrations were bold and colorful and the Bible truths told in the story were solid.  I felt a little like they were glossed over and that the situation in the story itself wasn’t overly relateable for younger children.  Even Moo, at 7 couldn’t relate to the girl in the story.  It’s geared for younger children preschool to 2nd grade.  However, phone cases and matching wallets and understandings of fundraising isn’t on her radar yet. That being said greed is constantly all around us from the greed we feel coveting what others have to the greed to have what we think we need.  Teaching that to your children in hard when even adults struggle with greed. Munchkin, in his worldly wisdom of 9 read it several times to himself but didn’t have a lot of input to add.  He liked the […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

BOOK REVIEW: The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

I’m just gonna say it.  I really have a few mixed feelings about this book.  I loved it, I wanted to love it and I kinda sometimes maybe didn’t get it.  Singe and Rune are an interesting couple with a great family and backstory of their immigration.  I get that the meat and potatoes of this book is their time in Minnesota but their opening at home and their voyage to their new life felt disjointed and rough.  Uncle Einar and his wife Gerd (Gird?) are both just ginormous jerks.   It has to be said.  They don’t want family to come help them and settle this new land with them.  They want warm bodies to do all the things all the time.  I was a bit confused with Gerd/Gird as well.  Her name is spelled one way in all the synopsis I found but differently in the book itself.  […]