How to Set Goals with God’s Grace and Favor

ArynFamily, Christian Nonfiction14 Comments

Okay, so this is a little hard to write. I’ve been ‘in church’ since well before I was born. But in over 30 years, I was still childlike in understanding God’s grace and favor. I’ve had the Sunday School answer, a simple, childish acceptance, which is great, but we’re called to a combination of childlike faith and spiritual maturity. (Matthew 18:2-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 6) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But now I’m excited. Every time I do learn the Biblical or historical meaning of a word, I find my Bible reading time so much richer. It’s something … Read More

100+ Best Middle-Grade Books of All Time

ArynFamily, Children's Bookshelf, Christian Fiction, Young Adult (Age 12+)16 Comments

Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle-grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle-grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: Tthe best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle-grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. Moral lessons discovered, … Read More

44 Best Book Games & Bookworm Games for Word Lovers

ArynFamily9 Comments

Welcome! Today is #ChristianBooktober, Day 15, and I have some Fantastic Book Games to share with you today!! Some are classic bookshelf games, and then there’s the wonder of bookworm games and word games to play with friends and family! If you’re just joining us, this is a 31-day writing challenge, and I’m doing as any good Libraryan would, and we’re covering everything Christian Book Fun! So far, we’ve had everything from Biblical fiction to Bible studies and Futuristic Romantic Suspense… and of course, some Fantastic Bookish Goodies! There’s even a collection of ideas especially for kids who love to … Read More

The Royal Life: Lessons in the Book of Esther

ArynFamily31 Comments

We get to revisit the book of Esther today! Twice in one year, but totally different, too. Remember when I reviewed Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia over the summer? I explained then that I had the unique privilege of doing both a sermon series at church And preview a Bible study on the book of Esther just before reading that fun novel? Well, this is it! I am so happy to introduce you to Aminata and the first Bible study in the Girls of Excellence series ??? Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther What if you could unlock … Read More

Don’t Blame the Mud: Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation

ArynFaith, Family11 Comments

There’s nothing more important (or intimidating, it seems like) than teaching kids about sin and salvation. If they don’t understand what sin is, why would they want salvation? And there’s a difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge for sure! We can know something with our heads, and not accept in into our hearts. I have a book to share today that might just help with teaching kids about sin and salvation on a very practical level. Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation I found this book to be simple and relatable. Teaching kids about sin and the guilt that … Read More

2 Of The Best Stories About Colors for Believers

ArynChildren's Bookshelf, Family21 Comments

As far as stories about colors go, there are a lot of solid options out there. But I was recently given 2 brand new children’s books about colors through Celebrate Lit, and Wow! You are not going to want to miss these books. If you have: kids 10 or younger, these are for you! any imagination, these are for you! A love of Narnia, these are for you! Sweet Stories About Colors Books make learning fun, and I can still remember a few sweet stories about colors from my childhood. Books that stand out in my mind were more than … Read More

Naaman’s Servant: The Beautiful Faith of a Child

ArynFaith26 Comments

Naaman’s Servant girl has a difficult story to tell. There’s hardship and tragedy in the opening scenes. But whether she was 9 or 16, Naaman’s maidservant is an inspiring role model of faith! ?This post has a giveaway? ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I may make a small commission if you purchase something through one of the links. I received an advance copy of Moriah’s Wings from Celebrate Lit. While I am grateful for that, it doesn’t affect my reviews. All thoughts are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.   … Read More

Here’s 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

ArynFamily7 Comments

5 simple steps to financial freedom, really? Financial freedom is a dream for some, a reality for others, and seems completely impossible for many. Slavery to debt, comfort, “more” etc, means we don’t have the freedom to be generous, or obey God when he asks something of us. But God designed it so we don’t have to be slaves of money! To have freedom is possible! With that (and some legalese) here is today’s Celebrate Lit book review. ? Please note that I received an advance copy from Celebrate Lit, though all thoughts are my own. I have also included affiliate links … Read More

Growing the Faith of a Child With Great Books

ArynFamily20 Comments

Growing the faith of a child in your care is such a privilege. I truly hope you are considering the eternity of the kids around you, and spending time nurturing and growing that faith! Roman’s 10:13-15, 17 … “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: … Read More

Behind The Scenes in her House of Dreams

ArynFamily3 Comments

Open book, L. M. Montgomery Biography

House of Dreams. Anne Shirley had one. It was safe, happy, filled with love and laughter, heartache, Jesus and joy. I have spent a lot of time with her there in her House of Dreams. The Anne of Green Gables series has been one of my all-time favorites since I was 8, I believe. It has never failed to shock me when I meet someone who has never read them. (But it’s becoming more and more common that people have no idea what I am talking about here!) We all have a House of Dreams, real or imagined. Maud’s imagination … Read More