Psalms-and-Prayers-for...Psalms and Prayers for Little Ones
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Picture Book: 32 pages
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-7369-5725-0
List price: $12.99 hardcover

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

I am thrilled to discover this book of Psalms paraphrased to help young children grasp the meanings of these well-chosen Psalms. Allia demonstrates both her love and understanding of children and what touches their hearts, and her love of the Psalms in God’s Word, as she gets to the heart of each and re-writes them for children’s ears, eyes, and hearts.

Read her paraphrase of Psalm 133:

Isn’t it nice
when brothers and sisters and friends
(even boys and girls who’ve just met)
play peacefully, giggle, and get along?
When children of God
(that’s you and me) share and help each other,
when we are like one, big family,
it’s as sweet as the perfume used to anoint a holy man
or as satisfying as the dew that waters the plants on a holy mountain.
Togetherness is a blessing.

Compare her paraphrase to the text of this passage in the Bible by clicking here. Allia Zobel Nolan’s book would be valuable to parents for family devotions, as well as to Sunday school teachers and church leaders. The passages include Psalm 8; Psalm 23:1-4; Psalm 139:1-16; Psalm 150; and many more. Each passage is followed by a brief prayer that also connects to the passage.

Following the pages that contain the Psalms is a section called “Digging Deeper” with questions about the content in the Psalms, and the answers to the questions. There is also a brief dictionary of key words used in the Psalm paraphrases to increase the child’s understanding.

As a child becomes a better reader and is ready to read directly from the Bible, it would be good to compare these paraphrases with the same passages in her grown-up Bible so she can see the connections as she transitions to reading from the full Bible.

I give this book five :) s out of a possible five.

Purchase on
Allia Zobel Nolan’s website

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation by Jay Schabacker

Purposseful DesignPurposeful Design: Understanding the Creation
Author: Jay Schabacker
Picture Book: 94 pages
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-9896190-0-4
List price: $24.95

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Jay Schabacker has collected and shared a wealth of fascinating facts and beautiful photographs that support the concept of purposeful and intelligent design – which also complement the Genesis account of creation. The material is arranged according to the days of creation.

Purposeful Design would be highly appropriate as a coffee table book. It would be a great discussion starter with friends and neighbors. Although the language might be over the heads of younger children, the pictures will capture their attention and parents who have already read the material can discuss the pictures with their children bringing it down to their level and helping them to see God’s hand at work in the world around them. I could also see this book as a useful supplement to a Sunday school teacher or Bible study leader who is teaching about creation.

What do I like most about this book? The great wealth of information and the beautiful pictures.

What do I like least about this book? There is only one place where I feel the book may depart from the Scriptures. Many Bible scholars insist that it did not rain before the flood of Noah’s time. This author treats the concept of separating the waters as if it were a matter of creating clouds to rain on the earth. I have no hard and fast opinion on this either way, I simply state the way it has been presented in the book. There are so many other wonderful pages that offset this minor issue.

I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5. Purposeful Design can be ordered on or on the author’s website.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Are you watching?

IMG_3191 eclipse 4-15-14Are you looking at the sky this morning during the wee hours? It is 2:20 a.m. in SC and my husband and I are hoping to see the moon turn to blood.

I don’t have much to say yet, but I’m going to go ahead and put this post up hoping I might catch someone in time to remind them to look. I hope my camera will let me catch a half way decent picture of it as well.

The earth will pass a shadow on the moon, but it won’t make it turn black. Instead, it should turn it to a reddish color as the sunlight bends through the earth’s atmosphere before lighting the moon.

Happy watching if you are still up. I will update this post (I hope) if I can get some good pictures.

2:35 so many clouds and few peeks at the moon… Only part of the moon appears bright and the rest is darkened. Maybe when it is all darkened it will look more read.

It sprinkled rain a little bit ago. Now it stopped and I’m hoping and praying for a break in the clouds.

3:45 I’m back inside now. I was able to see it, but I don’t think my pictures will be any good. I’ll try to post one, even if it’s pretty bad. There was too much haze in the sky for me to see it clearly even through my binoculars.

The picture at the top was taken earlier as the eclipse was starting. The dark side of the moon is in the shadow of the earth. This final picture is all I could get out of the blood moon. The moon wasn’t bright enough to shine through the hazy sky between the clouds so my camera could get a decent picture.

IMG_3200 blood moon 4-15-14


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