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review 2020-06-25 04:00
I AM Review and GIVEAWAY!

About the Book


Book:  I AM

Author: Diane Stortz

Genre:  Juvenile nonfiction, Bible stories

Release Date: 2016

Creator, Comforter, Healer, Friend. God’s names tell us who He is, what He is like, and what He does. This beautiful book covers 40 of the Bible’s many names and descriptive titles for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, including Jehovah Jireh, The Lord My Shepherd, Immanuel, Rabbi, and I AM.
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. As they develop understanding of God’s character and His love for them, children will grow to know, love, and trust the great I AM more and more.
“Those who know your name put their trust in you.” –Psalm 9:10

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About the Author


Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

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You can often guess someone’s age by considering their name. Diane, for example, was popular in the 1950s, so . . . that tells you something about me.

But God’s personal name? Well, it’s ageless. Just like Him.

When Moses met God at the burning bush and received the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt, he wasn’t exactly thrilled at first. He peppered God with questions, including, “When I tell the people that I met you here and you gave me this assignment, they’re going to want to know your name. What should I tell them?”

The Israelites had just about forgotten who the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was.

But God hadn’t forgotten them. Not at all. God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. . . . Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

I AM WHO I AM. I always have been. I will always be. I will never change.

Choosing a book title is rarely easy, and choosing a title for this book about the names of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit took a long time. I couldn’t be more grateful to the Tommy Nelson publishing team who developed and settled on the title I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God.

My prayer for every child who reads this book and every family that goes through the book together, and for myself: May we all grow mightily in our understanding of who God is and our relationship with Him! As Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name put their trust in you.”

My Review


From the moment I first opened Diane Stortz’s “I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God”, I knew that it was going to be spectacular. If you can, I recommend getting the hardcover version because the embossing on the front cover and the sparkling waves just can’t be conveyed on Kindle. There is a nice blue ribbon bookmark inside, as well. All of the pages are in full color and are gorgeously illustrated with figures and scenes that will appeal to young readers. The format is well-executed, with the book divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. For the former, the name of God is given in English and then Hebrew, with a pronunciation (which I found very useful), such as The Lord My Rock (Jehovah Tsuri), and for the New Testament, with a few exceptions, the English name is given, such as the Good Shepherd. This is followed by a Scripture verse and Bible story, noting which chapters of the Bible the story comes from; a key point; a What Does It Mean section that connects the story to kids’ experiences today; a brief prayer; other Scripture verses that explore the same theme; and a short What Happened Next paragraph that explains how God is working and how this story ties into the following one.

For a medium-length children’s book, “I AM” is a respectable compendium that highlights many of the main stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Some of those which are not directly focused on, such as Noah’s ark, are told in the What Happened Next sections. This is not a substitute for the Bible, nor is it meant to be, but rather a supplement that allows kids and their guardians to connect some of the many names of God with familiar Bible accounts. I learned new Hebrew names just reading it myself as an adult! Because it is a children’s book, the stories are naturally toned down and do not include all of the mature details, but they still demonstrate conflict and how God fights for us, as with David and Goliath and Daniel and the lion’s den. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to young readers and to families who are able to read it to their little ones.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


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To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away  the grand prize package of signed copies of all three I AM books!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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review 2019-10-12 03:11
Book Review: God Gave Us the Bible
God Gave Us the Bible: Forty-Five Favorite Stories for Little Ones - Lisa Tawn Bergren

I know some parents might be seeking an excellent book for their children. Are you seeking a way to identify Gods story to little one? Well this book, God Gave Us the Bible as a few favorite stories. It a good one and well done.

The stories are brief but mean full. They may allow the children asking some questions about the bible or the meaning of the story. This book retains characters that display this though animals with a Mama bear and a few forest animal kids. I like this concept and could understand it. The stories are not in depth of the Bible, but it gives the children or animal kids in the book to ask about a b meaning of a word or prase. Mama explains them try to provide them an answer that they would understand.

The pictures are effectively put together. I enjoy looking them, and they did tell the story. I was able to read this book in one sitting. I had to take a break when I was going an appointment. I finished the same day as I started it. If I did not have to go any where and launched this at home, I would completed reading it in one sitting.

This book does teach you some lessons and the story of Christ though the eyes of little cubs. Parents should think to put this on their bookshelves for their children or grandchildren. Good for children of juvenile readers.

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review 2019-08-21 00:13
Book Review: Night Night Bible Stories
Night Night Bible Stories: 30 Stories for Bedtime - Philip M. Parker

Night Night Bible Stories is a collection of stories for children. Parents can read them a story from this book each night. It good for parents and grandparents a like. The book is done well. I enjoyed each story and it understandable for children.

It was able to understand it better then reading the bible itself. It got stories from the old testament and some for the new testament. It broken down into these two parts. Though they flow together nicely in this one book.

The picture are done well. I really got the story behind each one with the pictures. The words and phrases were done well. I was really enjoyed them prase that chance with each story that you read. Some of the stories I got and knew well. I also got new stories I have not known or did not remember. It was really well done for me to understand and read.

Children will be able to grasp the stories being read to them and later be able to pick up the book and read themselves once they have learn to read. This book is worth having for young readers and parents. You can give it as a gift if you want or keep it yourself or for your children or grandchildren. Each story is different but they are written well. The easy to read and simple as well.

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review 2014-12-09 20:14
Bible for Kids
Bible For Kids: A Collection of Bible Stories for Children Complete (Over 60 Illustrated) (With BONUS Over 100 FREE Fun-Filled Follow-Up Activities) - Fiona Wesley

When I was growing up, I had a kids' Bible and a kids' Book of Saints, and they were two books that I would look at often. The pictures in both were beautiful and I liked the stories, though at the time I didn't know just how much they meant to my religion and would effect my life. When I was asked if I would be interested in checking out this Bible for Kids, I decided that, since I loved mine so much as a child (and still have it), I would go ahead and check it out - and share it with the kids' during story time.


I was kind of put off by the cover. I understand why the author did it that way, but at the same time, it is very busy and didn't really pull me into the book like I feel a cover should do. I did, however, like the pictures that were used inside the book. They were beautifully done and the kids liked them too.


I enjoyed the forward, the personal story that the author shared with us about her background with reading, Bible stories and bedtime. I always like when an author shares a bit of themselves and their lives with the reader, letting us know why they chose to write this kind of book, where they got the idea from, etc.


The stories that the author chose to include in this book are well done. They are written so that a child can understand the story and sometimes even relate. Each story includes follow-up questions and activities that you can do with the child to help them to understand what they have read.


When I sat down with the kids to read these, they asked for more than just one story and found some of the activities exciting and fun.


Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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review 2013-11-17 11:43
More accurately Old Testament stories of boys and girls
Bible Stories of Boys and Girls - Jane Werner Watson

While they refer to this book as containing Bible stories, it really only contains a collection of five stories from the Old Testament. However I suspect that the term Bible Stories suggests that this book is aimed at young Christians (or the children of Christian parents) as opposed to Jews, though since the stories are only Old Testament Stories it could also be targeted towards Jews (and a more appropriate title could be Jewish Stories of Boys and Girls).

This book actually dealt with the story of Joseph really well, and in a way that many Christian teachers seem to neglect. I have heard somebody suggest that there is nothing bad said about Joseph, however I would have to suggest that that is not quite true. Note that when you read through Hebrews 11 that there are a list of people in what is considered the Great Hall of Faith. Sure, Joseph appears in that list, but so do a number of others who were not the best examples of morality (such as King David who had multiple wives, and murdered a friend so that he could marry his friend's wife, as well as covering up the fact that he had committed adultery with her).

The thing with Joseph is that the bible at first paints him as being a rather immature and spoilt brat. Okay, the fact that his father considered him a favourite and lavished him with gifts didn't help, but the fact of the matter is that he would flaunt that around his brothers. Further, when he had a dream that his family would be bowing down and worshipping him, he ran off and told his brothers – who responded as can be expected – they beat him up and threw him down a well, which resulted in him spending the next twenty years as either a slave or a prisoner. Mind you, the dream did end up coming true, but many of us seem to picture Joseph as suffering the indignity of prison through no fault of his own, when in reality that was not the case – he was proud and thought quite highly of himself, and what happened in that period was that God humbled him and in humbling him, and in Joseph no doubt repenting of his proud ways, God in the end exalted him.

Mind you, I am not suggesting that what happened to Joseph is going to happen to all of us, even if we are suffering either through the results of our actions or not – God had a special purpose of Joseph, just as he had a special purpose for many of the other characters in the Old Testament. However, the plan of the Old Testament has come to fruition in Christ, which means that we have entered another stage of human history, a stage where the story has expanded to encompass all of us, and the ultimate goal has changed because humanity has been redeemed, but now it is a patient wait until the time when we will enter glory.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/767760038
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