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I’m Giving Away a Children’s Book! A Baby Believer Counting Primer: Review & Giveaway

I’ve got another book for one of you! Well, not you really … but a special kiddo in your life.

Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer arrived last week, and my girls were so excited!  We receive a new children’s book every month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (uh-maze-ing program! I sure hope your state has something similar!), so when an extra book came this month, they were pumped to open up their mail.

It’s not a secret how important reading for children’s development and success. The hardest part is deciding which books are best to read to them, right?

My answer to that dilemma?

There’s not one book or group of children’s book that are best. I say read ’em all … any you can get your hands on, read it to your kiddos. I especially like books that teach children about faith, trust, God or Jesus, love, identity in Christ, and so on. So today I’m giving one away! Just in time to toss into an Easter basket on April 16th!

Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer is a counting book that introduces some important concepts and facts from the Bible. I love the sturdiness of this little book. When you have a 15 month old that throws EVERYTHING (this includes phones, iPads, brushes, shoes … anything she can pick up, she will throw.), sturdiness is a must. The illustrations and colors are my favorite part of the book – they hold mine and the kids’ attention, and explain the written words well.

 

My only problem with this book is a few of the concepts counted seem slightly elevated in for children at the age where they are just learning numbers and how to count. However, on the flip side, I don’t think introducing Bible basics can ever be done too early. I just wouldn’t expect an extremely young child to fully grasp some of the words or concepts of each counted item. (Examples: 8 “Beatitudes” and 5 books in the “Pentateuch.”)

But who am I to judge, right? I’m a mere adult, and this is a children’s book. *wink*

So I had McKenna (7) read it to Meda (3) and then write her own quick review, as well. Below is what she said (verbatim) about it:

“I liked how you put the number of the chapter and it went with the words. Example: 10 Commandments. I loved the illustrations of this little book, especially the color choices. The colors really stand out. I love the sturdiness of this book. This book would give me an introduction of the “Bible” as a young child. The book is AMAZING! Seriously, it’s AMAZING!!! What stood out to me the most in this book was definitely the color. Sorry, I just can’t stop talking about the COLOR!!!! Oh, and Meda keeps asking me if you are done yet and then she says “I want to text NOW!!” Overall, I think that the book is outstanding. I think that’s all I have to say. I loved the book. Thank you.” ~McKenna (age 7)

So there you have it. According to McKenna, this book is “AMAZING!!” (By the way, McKenna was uber jazzed to “blog” with me and type on my computer. Maybe I’ll have her join me again soon.)

So, without further adieu, let’s give this sucker away! The giveaway ends Friday night, and I’ll be posting on my Instagram and Facebook the winner.

To enter the giveaway:

  •  Subscribe to my emails. (Pst! You’ll also get a copy of my free ebook! #winning)



  • If you already receive my emails, simply leave a comment with the title of your favorite children’s book growing up below. (If you are just subscribing, you are welcome to leave a comment as well!)
  • Tweet, comment and share on social media for additional entries into the giveaway! Make sure to tag and follow me on Insta, FB or Twitter so I can know you shared!

Good luck, friends!

What I Learned about Life From the Club

I’m a dancer. I danced and cheered most of my younger years and even taught some cheer and dance classes throughout college summers and after graduation. I just have always loved to dance. So naturally, that’s my inclination whenever I hear music. In fact, I’m sitting in Starbucks right now swaying to The Chainsmoker’s Closer in my earphones as I type this. (The corporate FedEx employee sitting next to me sipping his fancy latte is judging me like a champ. But whateves … 😉 )

Once I was old enough to frequent bars and clubs (Gasp! Yes, I did this often.), my main goal in going there wasn’t to drink, but to hang out with friends, listen to music and dance.

I remember one night a certain friend came with me, but refused to get on the dance floor. She was embarrassed because she didn’t consider herself to be a great dancer. So I shared with her my dance club wisdom, a golden nugget of information I learned almost immediately after reaching the appropriate age to frequent dance clubs.

Nobody is watching you.

They are too worried about themselves and their own moves to care about yours.

Now that I’m not visiting the club anymore, but instead am jumping around my living room to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (if I happen to have enough energy), I realize this rule still applies to everyday life.

People are too wrapped up in their own next move to worry about what your’s looks like.

This goes for most situations and scenarios.

Think about it … and think about yourself too. How often are you thinking about what others are doing more than your own actions or how those other people’s situation affects you?

I venture to say, probably not too often.

Okay, okay … to say that all behavior is self-directed would be mis-leading, however, even charitable acts and thoughts tend to have a self-altruistic motive. Personally, I know I receive emotional rewards when I help other people. I love the look on someone’s face and the feeling I get when I have been a help to someone. Even though something was done for someone else, there is most often a self-motivated reason behind it.

For the record, I think this is okay … it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I believe Jesus rewards us with these emotions when we help others.

The only person who truly loved selflessly was Jesus. He is the only one who authentically cares about what you are doing.

So why is this important and why is it a good thing?

Because we can finally let loose. We have nothing to prove, my friend.

Things you hear from others and things they do are almost always self-motivated and should not be taken personally. Things you worry about doing but hold back because they might think you’re crazy should be something you go for.

We can get off the sidelines, get on the floor and dance. We can stop hiding behind our perfectly organized homes, our perfectly-shot Instagram photos and our perfectly obedient kids.

Walk up to that other mom in the park and strike up a conversation about why your kiddo decided to eat dirt at the playground again. Invite her over for coffee despite the fact you’ve run out of cream and sugar, then post a picture or video of your kids on social media playing around the mountains of laundry on the couch and on the peanut-butter smeared floors.

We have to risk exposure before we can feel free and enjoy the music of life.

People crave authenticity, so do that for them. And above all, do it for yourself. Because it’s in the messy, non-perfect moments that we get to experience the authentic relationships He has perfected for us.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, (Psalm 30:11)


Jennie Allen’s new book, Nothing to Prove, released TODAY, and I have a copy to give away to one lucky winner!

All you have to do it follow the 3 SIMPLE steps below.

1) Comment below with your thoughts on this post or the idea of “Nothing to Prove.”
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Good luck, everyone! A random winner will be picked on Friday!! (I’ll comment below with the winner and share on my Facebook page & Instagram.)