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God of Refuge for Parents

When life gets tough,    I am your hiding place. I’m near when you call upon Me in truth.    I’ll protect you from trouble, Surrounding you with songs of deliverance. Give Me all your worries    And watch Me sustain you and your…

A Nonfiction Picture Book-Otters Love to Play

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall Otters Love to Play written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Meilo So is a picture book about—you guessed—those adorable little clowns of water ways, otters. It was published in 2016 by Candlewick Press. The…

Nonfiction Picture Book-Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? was written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published it in 2014. The ISBN is 978-0-544-10580-5. I don’t like writing reviews when a book…

Between the Lines-Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall In the spirit of back-to-school I’ll be sharing reviews about several nonfiction picture books over the next few weeks. They’re not only wonderful for kids to read at home for pleasure, but great tools for…

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

Guest Post – Jason Joyner

Jason Joyner’s new release Launch is book one of the YA Rise of the Anointed series published by Little Lamb Books. It is available at online bookstores and book stores across America. Gifts By Jason Joyner We are all given gifts. The Father of lights gives…

Picture Book Review-A Rock Can Be

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. A Rock Can Be… written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija was published in 2015 by Millbrook Press (of Lerner Publishing Group). Salis presents very basic information about rocks in a matter-of-fact way….

Picture Book Review-Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Another picture book (almost) review by Jean Matthew Hall Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars is a nonfiction picture book plus more.  It was written by Christiane Kump Tibbits and illustrated by Linda Garrow. It was published by Northwords Press in 1996. Sadly Northwords Press…

For Moms & Dads Who Serve Our Country

  With honor and appreciation to the Moms and Dads who serve (or have served) our noble country in uniform. I thank you. What greater example of patriotism can your children ever see?   From The Poet Patriot  WE STAND Through the pledge, through…

The Father Effect

For the dads who are struggling with their role, please watch this short film. It is 15 minutes long, but it has the potential to change your life–and the lives of your family.   If it speaks to you, or if you think it…

Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside…

12 Principles of Parenting

“The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.”        Matthew 7:25 HCSB The most important “career” we will ever pursue is that of being a parent. Over my…

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