a Prayer Request in the Wake of Tragedy

In the wake of sadness I know that God is in control. But, still the pain is heard to bare.
Earlier today my mom called me with horrible news. My cousin shot and killed himself yesterday leaving a wife and 3 children…a 20 something, a early grade age and a small toddler. I was…I am in total shock…I have cried a lot today…

Although, he is…was quite a bit older than me I still have fond memories of him. So much so that I had considered using his name when naming my oldest son. Ironically my son and cousin were both blessed with the most Ice blue beautiful eyes. There are a few pictures where 30+ years span but they have matching eyes. They were both BEAUTIFUL babies. My cousin was seriously Adorable…he could have been a child model and every company would have wanted him!

My sadness is not only for my families painful loss, but in the fact that a misunderstanding, and the feeling of rejection caused him to think that this was the only way…it breaks my heart more than I can express.

The pain and heartache that suicide leaves behind is so hard to handle.

I would like to ask you to please join me in praying for my Aunt, cousins (his siblings), his Children and Wife. Because Although, I feeling numb and very lost, but I have the Lord, they need Our Loving Lord right now too!

♥Brady♥ I love you…You will be truly missed!

I wish…I just wish it could have been different.

Psalm 36:5

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Book Review – The Beginning Reader’s Bible

This exceptionally illustrated Bible storybook allows children to read the story, pray to God, and grow closer to Him.

Using actual Bible text from the International Children’s Bible® as well as prayers, memory verses, and fun activities, children will love this large format and be engrossed in the intricate detail of the illustrations. Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments are included and stories are accompanied by a prayer for the child to pray, a verse to memorize, and a fun activity to help them grow.

Instead of writing only my review on this Bible story book, I want to have my 6 year old son join in and give his review as well…his input has been added to my review! 🙂

First off, I truly love this Bible, but as a Storybook and this is why…

What I liked:

The books is large and very well made, perfect for small hands

It is very easy to read, and uses actual bible verses. The Story of how God create the earth in in the Beginning Reader’s Bible is the actual text.

The book is beautifully illustrated.

Something that my son and I enjoyed that the stories were more than 3 or 4 sentences. They are actual bible text. He like that this bible and Daddy and Mommy’s bible say the same thing.

Something that we loved was the little info bubbles on each page…containing a memory verse, a fact, a song, or a activity. He love the activates, and the memory verses the best.

My son enjoyed being able to read along with me. He loved being able to read on his own as well! The fact that he can easily grab it a start reading it is a HUGE plus for me and why I am giving it 4 stars!

Ok, so what I wasn’t fond of:

Although the Stories have more than a few sentences, I would have like to seen a bit more substance *note some of the stories were more than one page (this are few, however), I am referring to the other stories that are a half a page*. This is supposed to be for ages 4-8, it seemed to be more of a 3-5 or younger ‘Story Book’ I noticed that my son wanted to hear more, so at the end of each story we usually ended up grabbing our family bible and reading the ‘story’ out of it…which he loved!!

This is more of a “Storybook” than a Bible.

So, with all that being said, All and all I do believe that this would be a great addition to your Childs library. It would also be a great gift for a non-Christian family member or friend with children. Personally I am happy we have this, but we will be getting our son a actual full text Children’s bible.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 15, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400317029 ISBN-13: 978-1400317028
Please note that I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.