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I haven’t done our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” lately but here’s this week’s review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Geronimo Stilton Reporter #3: Stop Acting Around. New York, NY: Papercutz, October 8th 2019. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for another adventure of the mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his family and friends?  This is the book book in the latest series on Geronimo Stilton called “Geronimo Stilton Reporter.”  I actually like Geronimo Stilton from the publisher Papercutz more than from Scholastic!

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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

I am fascinated with history and the history of Asia, including that of China.  Besides the books below readers might want to also check out my reviews of The Beautiful Country and the Middle KingdomRedeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China by XI Lian, Midnight in Peking by Paul French, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China by Timothy Brook, God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, and .

 

Gordon Kerr. A Short History of China.  Harpenden, UK: Pocket Essentials, September 1st, 2013. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to learn about China in a concise summary fashion?  This book would be for you.  This title is a part of the “Short History” Series published by Pocket Essentials and I thought the 160 page was a reasonable length for a survey, especially considering that there are thousands of years of Chinese history.  I felt it fulfilled the criteria of what I was looking for, of a general introduction to the various Chinese dynasties, which I needed to know and understand as a historical foundation so I can read other books on the history of China in a better informed matter.

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.  I’m grateful for the publisher allowing me an electronically copy to read and review before its published next week!

Andrew Wilson. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 3rd 2019.  36 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read a good children’s book for young ones to understand sin and the need for God’s grace?  This is an excellent book for that!  The author told this story in a way that kids would relate in terms of the kinds of sins that would happen between siblings and at home and certainly my daughters felt they could identify with the main character Sophie.  Yet the story also point towards God’s grace to be forgiven for sin!  That’s quite an accomplishment for 36 pages for a children’s book on such a serious topic.  I recommend this as I have a hard time finding good Gospel books for kids that is serious about sin and serious about Grace.

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A weekend non-fiction reading review!  Something timely in light of V-J (Victory over Japan) day yesterday!

Jack “Dusty” Kleiss.  Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway. New York, NY: William Morrow, May 23rd 2017. 312 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What is it like to hear the account of a pilot who made history in World War Two?  This book gives us a taste.  The author N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss was a naval pilot who fought in the battle of Midway.  Midway was the naval battle that changed the direction of the war and the tide was turned against Japan.    Kleiss didn’t just take part of the battle; he was one of those pilots who actually successfully bombed Japanese ships and carrier and directly contributed to the strategic defeat of Japan.  This is his story and the story of the men he served with.

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Kenneth N. Taylor. Everything a Child Should Know about God.  Leyland, UK: 10Publishing, May 2014.  196 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Want to find a book that’s helpful for young kids under seven to understand more about God and Christ?  In this book Kenneth Taylor who is a recognized children’s writer and founder of Tyndale House Publishers explains in kids-friendly language the essential Bible truths for children to know and understand.  Overall I think I would commend him for doing a good job!  I enjoyed reading this book to my daughters at night before they went to sleep.

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Now for something fun and educational, a review…fitting too since as Christians we are concern about justice.

Elizabeth A. Murray. Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company, January 1st 2014. 12 hours, 18 minutes, 7 seconds.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you interested with forensics science as it really is?  In these lectures produced The Teaching Company forensic anthropologist and also Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University Elizabeth A. Murray delivers 24 fascinating lectures on various aspects of forensics science both in terms of what forensics science do and also its history.  Every lecture is interesting in its own right!

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Philip De Courcy. Help! I’m Anxious. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, December 3rd 2018. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you struggling with anxiety?  This booklet is a helpful biblical counseling booklet addressing the topic of being anxious.  It is a part of Shepherd Press’ “Lifeline Mini-books” series.  Having this as an evening devotional with my wife I found this particular title edifying and helpful and in the near future I want to explore other titles in this series.  Author and preacher Philip De Courcy did a good job with this one!  I also plan to use this as a recommended resource for my pastoral counseling ministry.

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