The Hiding Place ~ Young Reader’s Version by Corrie Ten Boom {Review}

This is a wonderful version of Corrie Ten Boom's story for middle grade and middle school readers!

I’d like to thank Chosen Books/Baker Publishing Group for giving me a copy of The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom in return for my honest review.

In “evil’s hour”, Corrie Ten Boom loved her neighbors. She loved them so much she risked her life and liberty for them. In fact, her extended family did the same–all in the name of Christ.

While Corrie did not lose her life in sacrifice for her neighbors, she did lose her liberty, and she suffered greatly. A number of Corrie’s loved ones died as a direct result of their care for the Jewish people when Nazi troops invaded the Netherlands. Corrie Ten Boom’s living sacrifice is truly inspiring. Her ministry to the suffering–including former Nazi supporters–was a labor of love. [Read more…]

Summer Theology for Kids Ages 2-18!

Fabulous theology picks for kids ages 2-18!

In Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament, the word “Theos” means “God” and “ology” means “the study of”. Theology, then, just means “the study of God”.

We study God by reading the Bible, which is all about Him. We also study Him by committing to study good theology and doctrine, making certain that our beliefs and understand lines up with the whole counsel of God as it’s outlined in Scripture. I think it’s really important to help our kids understand good theology from an early age.

My focus over the past ten years or so has really been on resources that help educate kids in theology, the Bible, and Christian history. I want to share with you a few great resources that you can add to your child’s summer reading to help strengthen their understanding of who God is this summer. Consider reading these aloud, or in tandem, and then discussing them with your kids. [Read more…]

Thomas Chalmers by Sandy Finlayson {Review & Giveaway}

Great Christian biography for older students on the 19th Century Scottish preacher.

I’d like to thank EP Books for giving me a copy of Thomas Chalmers by Sandy Finlayson in return for my honest review, as well as a copy for the giveaway.

Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) was an interesting figure. A preacher in the Church of Scotland, he played an influential role during the Disruption and became the first Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. Chalmers cared deeply for himself and his own career, yet he later came to care deeply for the poor, unevangelized, and cast aside. Even if he had not played such an important role in the history of Scotland and the wider world through his prolific writings and the missionary work he inspired, Chalmers would be a fascinating character study.

Sandy Finlayson has written a biography on Thomas Chalmers (EP Books, 2015) that is a great fit for middle and high school students. The book is a part of EP Books’ Bitesize Biographies series. Mr. Finlayson is the Library Director and Professor of Theological Bibliography at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Unity and Diversity: The Founders of the Free Church (Biography) (Christian Focus, 2010). Incidentally, Linda Finlayson, Sandy Finlayson’s wife, is the author of a number of fabulous books for kids, a few of which have been reviewed here at Thinking Kids: Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word (Biography), Wielding the Sword: Preachers and Teachers of God’s Word (Biography), and Mary of Orange: At the Mercy of Kings (Trailblazers) (all Christian Focus and all excellent). [Read more…]

Give Them Grace ~ Chapters 5-6 {Book Discussion}

Join us for a discussion of Give Them Grace, chapters 5 & 6!

We’re continuing our 3 month discussion of the popular Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (Crossway, 2011) by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson in the Family Discipleship Facebook group. If you missed the discussion of the foreword, intro, and chapter one, you can find that here, and chapters two through four here. I’d love to hear your thoughts—here and on Facebook. Below is the schedule we’re following in the group.

We'll be discussing Give Them Grace May-July 2015. Here's the schedule!

Chapter Five ~ Grace That Trains [Read more…]

Kindness Bible Scripture Memory Verse Booklet {Free Fruit of the Spirit Subscriber Printable}

Kindness Scripture Memory Verse Booklet is a part of the 2015 Thinking Kids Fruit of the Spirit Memory booklet series for subscribers!

Kindness ~ A Fruit of the Holy Spirit is the sixth Scripture Memory Booklet in my 2015 series! This is available in ESV or KJV.

Did you miss the first five? You can download the Fruit of the Holy Spirit Scripture Memory Booklet , Love ~ A Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Memory Booklet , Joy ~ A Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Memory Booklet, Peace ~ A Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Memory Booklet, and Patience~ A Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Memory Booklet now! The first booklet shares Scripture verses that explain how the gift of the Holy Spirit is given, how fruit is displayed and produced, what the fruit of the Spirit is, and how God disciplines and shapes believers so they will bear a plentiful harvest. You’ll also find a schedule for the 2015 Fruit of the Spirit Bible memory booklets there, and an explanation of the intent and purpose behind the series.

This Scripture Memory Booklet is all about kindness. There are nine pages of verses in each booklet, so if you’d like to keep pace with the series, children can work on memorizing approximately 2 pages a week. I think it’s much more important, though, to go at the pace of your child, so feel free to print the booklets, work on the verses a little each day and just move on when your child is ready! The Scripture Memory Verse Booklet for June will cover Kindness. Thanks for joining me for this series, and please feel free to let your friends know about it! You’ll find instructions and the download link at the bottom of this post. [Read more…]