Book Review: Confessions of a Church Kid: Honest Thoughts on Finding God and Becoming Myself

Confessions of a Church Kid: Honest Thoughts on Finding God and Becoming Myself
Confessions of a Church Kid: Honest Thoughts on Finding God and Becoming Myself by Elyse Murphy

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a cute little book, but I DNF’d it. The blurb say it’s a “cheeky memoir” about this girls experiences growing up as a church kid, and while I appreciate her basic concepts and moral lessons about being yourself and relying on God, it was a little too “cheeky” for me. Whatever that means.

It was cliche. It was a little shallow. No new or deep ideas about Christianity or what it means to part of a church. There’s all these cutesy little aside comments to the reader that got on my nerves. Continue reading

Book Review: Looking for God in Harry Potter

Looking for God in Harry Potter
Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this in-depth analysis of the Harry Potter books, specifically tying together classic Christian themes and symbols. The author has become an expert on Harry Potter and gives lectures at B&N University. He also has a degree in Classical Languages and Literature, so you know he really knows what he’s talking about!

At the time this was written, only the first 5 HP books had been published, so the author also speculates, sometimes with funny results, about what he thought might happen in the final two books. I wish that there were a newer edition of this with thoughts on the final books.

The book begins with a personal story about the author reading HP to his children, and tells how many people in Christian communities have bad-mouthed the books in the past. He addresses concerns some Christians might have about HP enticing children into actual witchcraft, and very thoroughly disproves that notion! He uses Scripture, classic story-telling tools, and quotes from HP to show how the HP books actually give a very clear picture of a Christian world, a loving God, and the everyman’s search for purity through Christ. Continue reading

Book Review: DragonSpell

DragonSpell
DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much! The magic and dragons and quests are just perfect, but the best parts are the spiritual themes and wisdom that run through the book. There is such a depth and beauty to the writing, and I was so pleased with the echoes of Christianity!

Kale is a young slave-girl who is mysteriously drawn to dragon’s eggs. She is sent on a quest to retrieve a valuable egg from an evil wizard, but her mission is not as straight-forward as it seems. Although she has help along the way, Kale is sometimes unsure whether she can trust her new friends, and tensions run high as the group learns to rely on one another in sticky situations. Continue reading

Book Review: The Gingerbrood

The Gingerbrood
The Gingerbrood by Brent Vernon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough about how much I love this book! The story is perfection itself; I laughed and actually cried a tiny bit and I really cared about those cute little ginger guys. This book puts me in a Christmas mood! Those little gingerbread men are so full of courage and resourcefulness and spunk. I just loved seeing them run for their lives and outwit the hungry people trying to eat them.

The ending was absolutely beautiful! It is rare that I see so delightful and meaningful an ending in a simple children’s book. And all in rhyme too! The rhyme is exactly right, telling the story in a fun and lyric way. (And I’m picky about poetry and rhyme.)

I cannot get over how bright and gorgeous the illustrations are! It really draws you into the story, and makes you love the characters. Each little guy in the gingerbrood has their own personality, their own little voice. They are so adorable!

I can’t wait to read this book out loud to some little kids!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher/ author in exchange for a free and honest review.

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Holiday Children’s Book Gift Recommendations

 

Victoria @ A Hermit’s Progress: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxjNYl3oyiIarerhymiNsUg
Books Mentioned and Where to Buy Them:
Child of Promise: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989775321/
The GingerBrood: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gingerbrood-Brent-Vernon/dp/0983163839/
The GingerBrood website:http://brentvernon.bigcartel.com/product/the-gingerbrood-new
The Twelve New Days of Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/The-Twelve-New-Days-Christmas/dp/097081951X/
God’s Word: http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Word-Making-Him-Known/dp/1596388595
Prayers Works: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433688697

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October REading

Minion Book Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2vjeGKMv-U
Frankenstein Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JUxl5411AM
Curious Incident of Dog in Nighttime REview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV0qM8z2aHw
Novels and Nonsense: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUfP0El1vakyfkkXbyJwy0Q
Brunette Bibliophile: https://www.youtube.com/user/Just4Teens2012/featured

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September Reading

This is the video in which I mispronounce every author’s name! Stay tuned for bloopers at the end!
Ex Libris: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPgU4bvvAPh1wRYDvdQia1Q
60 Second Book Review- Conspiracy 365: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Q_y4H3k-o

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Children’s Picture Book Reviews

What was your favorite picture book when you were a child? Leave me a comment!

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Children’s Book Batch Review

Pat the Gnat and The Broken ChrysalisPat the Gnat discovers...Angels, Marigolds, and Zebras: A journey through the alphabetFast FreddyWhat A BraggerThe Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival

I have read and reviewed these five children’s picture books, and loved them all! These would be perfect gifts for any child aged 4-8.All of these have positive Christian messages, beautiful illustrations, and original and interesting stories! Happy REading! Continue reading