This Week’s Favorite Online Reads

Here’s a sampling of some of the online reads I enjoyed this week:

{MINISTRY/LEADERSHIP}

Top 25 Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Needs to Read by Dale Hudson

5 Practices to Build a Healthy Team Culture by Tru

Volunteer Care & Empowerment (#CPC15 Conference Notes/Resources) by Frank Bealer

Leaving Sunday Behind by Christina Embree

{SOUL CARE}

6 Ways to Control Your Calendar So It Doesn’t Control You by Tim Stevens

One Word That Will Make You a Better Children’s Ministry Leader by Dale Hudson

{FAMILY MINISTRY}

Hope and Help When Home is Broken by Brian Haynes

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I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I did.

Did you read something this week that inspired or encouraged you? Share it with me so I might check it out, too!

lifecounts

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous–and how well I know it.

Psalm 139:13-14

Last year, my children (ages 16 and 13) attended the March for Life rally in Washington, DC.  I was so proud of them–their desire to attend and brave the frigid temperatures and snow, all to make a stand for life, which is precious in the sight of God.  As I watched the rally online, I was awestruck at huge number of people (estimated at 500,000) standing up for the unborn.  I was reminded of how precious children are to God and how each and every child is valuable.

As a Children’s Ministry leaders, may we never forget that every child who shows up for our weekend and weekday programming matters to God.  Children from traditional homes and children from non-traditional homes.  Children from the suburbs and children from the inner city.  African-American children, Asian-American Children, and Caucasian children.  Children born in America and children born in a foreign land.  Rich children and poor children.  Children with special needs children.  Well-behaved children and misbehaved children.  Prodigal children. Children born to teen moms.  Children born to a single parent and children born to two parents.  Adopted children, abandoned children, orphaned children.  Well-educated children and uneducated children.  Children who come to church in a fancy car or SUV, by taxi cab, by bus or by foot.  Thin children and pudgy children.

Every child matters.

This is one resource that I could not wait to share with you.  The title alone was enough to capture my attention.

About the book:
 
 Love Letters from God
Official Website: www.glenysnellist.com
For children ages 4-8
 
“I had so much fun making the world! But do you know the very best thing I made? It was you!”
 
What child doesn’t love to receive mail?  In this heartwarming lift-the-flap picture book, children can open and read their own personal mail from God as they experience some of the best-loved stories of the Bible.  As each captivating story unfolds, children will eagerly await the opportunity to open the envelope and read God’s message of love written especially for them. They will also delight in the final envelope that encourages them to write their own personal letter to God.
What I Liked:

This storybook is unlike any other I’ve ever read – and I have read quite a few.  Each beautifully illustrated story begins by using very kid-friendly language to explain Bible truths. Each story ends with a related Bible verse (from the very kid-friendly New International Reader’s Version) that is a promise from God and a love letter from God to the child.  I love that the love letter begins with Dear ________ to personalize to the child reading it.

Even the title of the Bible stories were unique, such as “Noah Needs His Nails (Noah’s Ark) and “The Lions Who Lost Their Lunch (Daniel in the Lions’ Den).  And as crazy as it seems, I love the book’s size.  It’s perfect for an older child to read on their own as well as the perfect size for a parent to read to their child – the child would have no problem seeing the pictures or opening the love letter flap.

What I Think Was Missing:

In my opinion, nothing was missing.

My Recommendation:

This book should be part of your family’s storybook library.  Glenys has graciously offered to give a copy away to one of my readers.  Enter to win a copy by emailing me at kidminspiration@gmail.com.  Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Monday, January 26th.

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About the author:
 Glenys Nellist headshot
Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England.  Her stories and poems have been published in children’s magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children.  Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David. For more information, visit www.glenysnellist.com.

 

 

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.