I was imagining a Chicken Soup for the Soul style devotional book and that isn't want I received. Once I moved past my preconceived notions about what to expect, I found myself delighted and read quickly through the entire book in a short time.
Robert Petterson's book is described as "90 Devotions on Seeing God's Hand in Unlikely Places" and that is a very accurate depiction. Ancient and modern stories, set all around the world are told taking up an average of 2 1/2 pages each. Since the pages are just shy of 5x7", it takes only a few minutes to reach each devotion. I, however, found them fascinating enough that I had a hard time putting the book down.
While at first I felt a bit put off by it, I truly appreciated Petterson's selection of stories to include. Many of the stories would not at first glance seem to have anything to do with faith, religion, or spirituality. This is just the point, I believe. If we are paying attention, God is everywhere. There are no events in history He didn't attend!
While this book had less action and/or suspense than some of the others in the series, it kept my interest and the interest of my children ages 5-10. The way that relationships are depicted is very easy for children to relate to and ask questions about. My kids say things like, "I know someone who acts that way!" or "How come some people do/say that?" They can see the main characters struggle with how to respond in various scenarios, but reason and sound moral choices end up prevailing.
This book touches on the fear of losing a loved one. A relative tests positive for TB and is sent to a sanatorium to heal. The young girl has heard that sanatoriums are where TB patients are sent to die, so she is reluctant to talk about the matter, write to the patient who has gone away, and secretly fears the entire process. Eventually, she opens up and asks a relative, who is a trusted source of medical information, about sanatoriums and her fears are lightened. No parts of this book were too intense for my young listeners, but it is always a good idea to read ahead if you are planning to present the book to particularly sensitive children. For someone who may have lost a close relative to illness, for example, this book may trigger many emotions.
These are excellent historical-fiction books and we'll be sad when we've finished the series. I highly recommend them as my kids are more apt to learn about history when it's made to seem real and lifelike to them. Also, the subject matter is chronological and it helps my children to see how earlier events in our nation's history have shaped the nation as new challenges arrived.
These are excellent fictional history books to get any elementary or middle school boy or girl interested in American History. I enjoy reading them aloud to my pre-k through 4th grade sons. These books are wonderful if read in order, but they can be enjoyed out of order or by just reading a single book if one in particular fits a topic you're interested in. They paint a good picture of what life may have been like during different significant events in the history of our nation. This book in particular is dealing with WWI, which was then referred to as "The Great War."
For the sake of time, I will be reviewing this audio Bible without giving much detail on this particular New Living Translation. If you are interested in comparing translations or wonder why I would bring that up from the start, check my review of the NLT Illustrated Study Bible. To the point: I could recommend this as a supplement, but read text along with it, cross-reference, rely on a more solid translation to get your doctrine.
Intro aside, I appreciate that these are CDs and not MP3s. We still primarily listen to music from a CD player or radio at our home. While I can play CDs on my computer, I cannot play MP3s in our CD player so CDs are more useful and versatile for us. You may have noticed this is called a "dramatic audio experience." Fancy terms, but it makes a big difference in listening. There are some audio Bibles that are narrated by a single voice the entire Bible through. The BREATHE Bible is not, hence all the pics of the beautiful people on the front. Multiple voice actors worked together in making this so it is a bit like listening to a movie.
One serious error I believe they've made is to rely on the fact that the listener will recognize and correctly identify the party speaking by the sound of their voice alone. In some instances, they do not tell us who is speaking and we could be left guessing incorrectly. For example, Christ's transfiguration is being described in Matthew 17:1-5. If you were reading a printed Bible, you would have no doubt that in verse 4, Peter is speaking to Jesus. Here are the verses as found in the KJV:
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