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Resource for Parents and Teachers Dealing with Bullying
by Lisa M. Hendey
We hear all too frequently about the devastating escalation of “bullying” in today’s society – young lives destroyed forever, families ripped apart, and a pattern of violence that seems to be ever increasing. Concerned parents and teachers need to be informed about recognizing and dealing with bullying, and a new book from authors Patricia Gatto and John De Angelis provides a great resource. <more...>

Ella Mae the Courageous Cheerleader
Reviewed by Carl Caton
Ella Mae the Courageous Cheerleader is a faith-based children's book written by Stephanie Cameron. Based on a true story, this book tells the story of an enthusiastic cheerleader who loves the sport and genuinely tries to do her very best. But as we know, bullies often try equally as hard to tear others down. Ella Mae courageously perseveres, "meeting their mean with kindness in turn" - a kindness that can only come from the 
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I Cannot Tell a Lie
Reviewed by Jenny Bryans
I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ruth Thompson is a faith-based children’s book written to convey a lesson about lying (duh) and the wonderful benefit of repentance. Jody is a seven-year old girl who inadvertently breaks her mother’s antique cookie jar while getting an afternoon snack. Out of fear, Jody chooses to not disclose this
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A Trio of Advent and Christmas Books to Share with Your Family 
By Lisa M. Hendey
With the approach of Advent and Christmas season, I look forward each year to sharing favorite Christmas books with my children and discovering new classics. This year, I'm happy to share three new family Christmas books with you and your family. <more...>

Artist and Mother Shines God's Light in Her Work Artist
  By Lisa M. Hendey
Imagine the blessing of being able to glorify God through the gift of art - wife and mother of six Melissa Dayton is living this blessing through her new endeavor, Pearls of Grace Fine Arts. Dayton, an accomplished artist, has set to work creating and making available high quality prints of her inspired religious artwork. A visit to Dayton's web site at www.pearlsofgracefineart.com is indeed a treat to both the spirit and the senses. <more...>

Believing in and Creating Christmas Miracles 
Book Review - Hannah's Hope by Karen Kingsbury Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
During our annual Christmas break from school, the boys and I typically take a lazy afternoon in pajamas and share a special Christmas book. As they've grown older, we've evolved from picture books to lovely inspirational novels. Our selection for this year will be Hannah's Hope by the inspiringly prolific Karen Kingsbury.<more...>

Fiction Meets Spirituality and Science
by Lisa M. Hendey
Kevin McMahon is first and foremost a teacher, family man, and a deeply spiritual person. In his spare time, he has written and published two books. Kevin’s writing came to my attention when I heard him speak recently at a writing conference. Although his topic related to the process of print-on-demand publishing, it was the fascinating subject matter of his novel Garments of Skin: A Genomic Apocalypse, Book 1 that caught and held my attention.
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Big News from Bethlehem
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
Around my home, we frequently speculate on how Jesus might have been received had He been born into today’s culture. You can bet your mistletoe that Jesus’ birth might have been covered on CNN if the right media source been tipped off in advance.
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Viewing the Journey as the Reward in Sports and Spirituality
by Lisa M. Hendey
Whether you are a gifted athlete, a weekend warrior, or one who simply enjoys reading the Sunday Sports section, you will enjoy Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul (St. Anthony Messenger Press, January 2004, paperback, 137 pages) by Dr. Susan Saint Sing. Saint Sing, a gifted athlete and inspirational coach, shares her own story of tests and triumphs as she shares her thoughts on the important connection between mind, body and soul inherent in all play. <more...>

Getting to Know God in Nature and Everyday Life
by Lisa M. Hendey
I have been struck in recent days by the many images of our beloved Pope John Paul II in his younger, more active years, actively skiing, hiking and pursuing outdoor activities. One relatively recent photo shows him reclining amidst a grove of trees in deep prayer. <more...>

Review of Biscuit Storybook Collection
by Sherri Allen
How can children's book publisher HarperCollins improve Alyssa Satin Capucilli's Biscuit series? By offering 10 of Biscuit's most endearing stories in one book. That's exactly what they've done with the "Biscuit Storybook Collection." <more...>

Book Review: Adventures of Little Fox
by Alyice Edrich
The Adventures of Little Fox is not only a heartwarming book filled with valuable life lessons, it’s a book filled with adventure! Through each captivating page, children learn what it’s like to be a fox—how they bond, how they hunt, how they protect themselves from predators, how they learn to watch out for human hunters, and how they live. They even learn the importance of passing down family values and family history. <more...>

Families on the Move - A Book Spotlight
by Lisa M. Hendey
Author Marion Knell recently published her first book Families on the Move: Growing Up Overseas and Loving It! The 192 page softcover book was published in June 2003 by Kregel Publications and offers practical advice for families considering raising children abroad. I recently interviewed Marion Krell about her book and the process of becoming a published author.  <more...>

Forbidden - An Author Interview with Wilma Wall
by Lisa M. Hendey
A war is on between two bitter and powerful enemy nations. A brave young man, persecuted at times because of his ethnicity, steps forward to defend his new homeland. A young woman finds herself conflicted over her love for this soldier, due to the fact that her own community objects to the war and fears those outside their own culture. Can the relationship survive <more...>

Create a New Tradition this Christmas – Give Jesus a Gift from Your Family
 by Suzanne Middendorf Arruda & illustrated by Betina Ogden
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
It’s never too late to begin a new family tradition, especially one which emphasizes the true meaning of the Christmas season. With her book A Stocking for Jesus (Pauline Books and Media, September 2003, paperback) author Suzanne Arruda shares the inspiring story of one little girl who remembered what Christmas is truly all about. <more...>

A Great Gift for Any Special Girl in Your Life
by Lisa M. Hendey
How to Help Your Hurting Friend is the type of book I wish someone would have given me when I turned thirteen. Granted, life during my teenage years was much less complicated than what today’s teens face – but some of the basic issues confronted by a young lady never change. Susie Shellenberger has <more...>

Learning That It's Better to Give than to Receive
by Lisa M. Hendey
We've all heard the saying "It's better to give than to receive," but for children this can be a difficult lesson to learn. In Mrs. Twiggenbotham Goes to a Party, Mrs. Twiggenbotham teaches her granddaughter Felicity first hand that "God's greater joy is in giving."  <more...>

Children’s Author Creates New Family Classics
by Lisa M. Hendey
I love the joy of discovering new authors and sharing them with my children, both of whom love to read as much as I do. One of my new favorites, although she’s been writing for years, is Mary Quattlebaum, author of the beautifully illustrated Family Reunion (Erdman’s, February 2004, hardcover, 32 pages) and the wonderful Jackson Jones chapter book series. A classic storyteller, Quattlebaum takes a little “poetic license” in the beautifully illustrated Family Reunion. <more...>

Seeing the Miracles that Lie Beyond Pain 
by Lisa M. Hendey
We all know people who have survived seemingly insurmountable tragedy. We wonder at their strength, their ability to continue living through circumstances that would stop most of the rest of us dead in our tracks. For these types of individuals, one common denominator is frequently faith, which can often be an inspirational stepping stone for others. <more...>

Teaching Your Child to Read: Part One
by Tom & Shelley Cooper
One of the biggest milestones in our children’s education is when they learn how to read. You’ve probably asked yourself, “When is the best time to teach my child to read?” You can research this until you are blue in the face, but the answer is really very simple. You’ve already started, because from the moment your child is born, you are teaching him. We talk to our babies. We read to them. We sing to them. We recite silly little verses while we change their diapers or put them in their car seat. We hug and cuddle our children. We play with them. We laugh with them. We read to them.  <more...>

Book Review: Stupdendous Dodgeball
by Alyice Edrich
The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco is a must read for every pre-teen in the country. Not just because it’s a cute story filled with wonderful insight into the lives of circus people, but because it’s a book about finding one’s own niche in the word, believing one deserves better than life’s circumstances, standing up for oneself, and really, it’s about standing up for others when they’re too afraid to stand up for themselves. <more...>

Humorous Message Promotes Importance of the Bible for Kids
by Lisa M. Hendey
On the surface, hot tubs, red Kool Aid, iguanas and shish-kebabs may not seem the perfect enticements towards promoting Bible reading for young children, but a reading of Andy Holmes newest book <more...>

Helping Children Learn of God’s Special Plan for Their Lives
by Lisa M. Hendey
Most of us search for purpose in our lives, and children are no exception to this. In the new book Duncan Carries a King authors Dan Taylor and Damon J. Taylor introduce the character Duncan the Donkey. Duncan feels lost and useless, unable to ascertain his purpose in life. He looks around him and sees the friends he grew up with pursuing meaningful jobs that make a difference. <more...>

Legacies and Adventures Teach the Importance of Pursuing Your Dreams
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
Many parents want to teach their children the importance of identifying and pursuing their dreams and the value of a strong faith in God. In the new book Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus author Dr. Mike McGrew and illustrator Marnie Saenz Litz share the story of St. Brendan and his legendary voyage to North America. <more...>

New Treasure Teaches Children Morals, Values and Manners
by Lisa M. Hendey
In her new book, The Bramble Thicket (Gypsy Hill Publishing; February 1, 2004) author Deborah Thomas has given parents a treasure which they can share for years to come with their children. This 83 page hardcover is about eight Bramble Thicket bears™ who embark on a journey to find a new home.  <more...>

Firestorm - A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense
by Lisa M. Hendey
Drug dealing, terrorism, and smuggling are not typically the images that come to mind when you hear the words “Christian Fiction”, but in Firestorm (Kregel Publications, July 2004, paperback, 560 pages), author Jeanette Windle captivates readers with a tale of
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Author Interview - Mommy Come Home
The New Trend to Tradition: Bringing Up Your Own
by Lisa M. Hendey
In her new book Mommy Come Home, author Sandra Gillmore strongly advocates the role of “full-time motherhood”. Some may disagree with the book’s premise that mother should eschew career and stay home with children (in lieu of day care or even dad or a relative providing in home care). <more...>

New Fantasy Series Captivates Young Readers
by Lisa M. Hendey
Fans of the Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia series have a new resource to share with the younger readers in their families. Ohio author Alan St. Jean recently released the first volume in his planned trilogy, Aidan of Oren: The Journey Begins <more...>

Fiction for Young Readers Encourages Service and Faith Formation
By Lisa M. Hendey
Hand your child a book that combines the elements of community service, the benefits of a solid faith formation, and the challenge and rewards of adapting to life’s ever-changing nature. Author Erin MacLellan delivers all this and more with her engaging first novel, Run from the Nun!  This action-packed mystery, aimed at readers ages 9 through 13, finds its central character Kara adapting to life at her new Catholic school. Spiritual themes abound in this fun book - you’ll want to read along with your kids. 
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A Special Friendship for Your Child
by Lisa M. Hendey
In her newly released book, Jesus I Feel Close to You  author and art teacher Denise Stuckey employs images from a child’s everyday life to help emphasize the importance of a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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An Easter Treasure for Your Family
by Lisa M. Hendey
Certain books hold a special place in the heart of any parent, and on the family bookshelf - The Jesus Garden: An Easter Legend <more...>

A Barrel of Fun - Book Review
by Lisa M. Hendey
Rarely do you crack the spine of a book put out by a religious publisher and find yourself giggling out loud, but this was my recent experience while enjoying A BARREL OF FUN (Kregel, April 2004, paperback, 224 pages), the latest from British co-authors J. John and Mark Stibbe. <more...>

 

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