Monday, November 16, 2015
My Home Can Be a Holy Place/Girls Who Choose God -- Reviews
Author: Kristen M. Oaks
Illustrated by: Dan Burr
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published: Sept. 2015
FTC FYI: Received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Our homes can become holy places that prepare children to grow up in the Lord (D&C 109:15). This children s picture book tells the story of Lily, a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place by the things she does each day. The engaging illustrations by LDS artist Dan Burr depict Lily s family in various settings that show how children can contribute to the spiritual environment in their home as they say their prayers, work together, read the scriptures, eat dinner as a family, make good decisions, observe the Sabbath day, participate in family home evening, share the gospel, and learn to love one another. Parents will find additional helps and resources to reinforce these concepts on the author s website. These resources are designed specifically to complement the themes presented in the book.
I loved this book. It is absolutely beautiful. It follows Lily through many different church ordinances and church related activities. From Family Home Evening, blessings, family prayer, temple worship, to eating dinner as a family. The illustrations are lovely and perfectly depict the scene. Some of the pages have scriptures or quotes. I especially loved the top of each page that says a simple phrase for each page.
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Authors: McArthur Krishna, Bethany Brady Spalding
Illustrator: Kathleen Peterson
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published: Oct. 2015
Received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi's wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.
With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women's stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.
I loved the first book in this series, Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible. I loved the idea of stories of strong women who love and choose to serve God. This book was especially wonderful as it is stories from the Book of Mormon. From Sariah, to the mothers of the stripling warriors. The illustrations are beautiful and perfectly describe the story from the Book of Mormon it is telling. As with the first book, I love the questions at the end of each story and appreciate the scriptures references given too.
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