Phone Tree Review|I AM by Diane Stortz

I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz


About the Book: “Show your children how much God loves them and cares for them by learning about who He is. This beautiful book teaches the many names of God-and the many reasons we can trust Him. Forty names and titles of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are explained and shown through Bible stories, along with application for the lives of children. I Am will help children develop an understanding of God’s character so they can learn to trust Him more.

This book includes 40 of the names and descriptive titles for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as shown throughout the Bible. Each story features Scripture verses, a prayer, and a short section about that name and its significance in kid-friendly language that children can comprehend. For example:

Jehovah Tsuri: the God who helps me
Jehovah Rophe: the God who heals me
Immanuel: the God who is with us
Rabbi: the God who teaches me

This wonderful introduction to the many names of God will help your children get to know God as all powerful, loving Savior, Healer, Creator, and so many other ways that show He is completely awesome and trustworthy.”

Phone Tree Review: Absolutely outstanding! I love this resource. It is colorful, informative, and engaging. The illustrations are so modern, and the whole book layout is quite stunning. Everything is so appealing that you will quickly find yourself wanting to go from page to page just to see the wonderful work. Not only that, the content is so rich.

I genuinely adored the stories, the descriptive titles associated with God, the pronunciation guide, the affirmative statements about the LORD, the Scripture references, the prayers, the present day application scenarios, and the “learn more” and “what happened next” additions.

Rating: 5 super deluxe golden stars *****
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Christian
Special Comments: This resource should be in every church library, children’s bible class and, home that exists. It is a great tool to reference and work with. I believe kids will be more than excited to learn from this book. I would love to see a workbook, video and/or affirmation calendar to go along with this project.
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review



Trading Vices (A Vice is Still a Vice), Scenario #1

 Many people walk around, struggling silently with vices. They try, if at all, to deal with those vices without drawing attention to themselves, however, more often than not, something seeps through the cracks and a weakness or wicked flaw can be observed by others.

Some Hidden and Obvious Vices:











The Christian who has to deal with an unwanted vice wars with herself. She battles her cravings, her desires, her longings, her addictions, only to realize that she can do nothing without the help of someone much stronger. Alone, she will continue to be lost, but with God, all things are possible…especially when it comes to overcoming a vice.

Where Real Life Meets the Word of God: 

Trading Vices…What Do You Have to Say About the Matter?/What Does the Bible Say About All of the Issues?

Scenario #1: A married, Christian woman is unfaithful to her unbelieving husband. The husband discovers his wife’s infidelity. Although the infidelity is not physical in nature, rather it is emotional, it has shattered the trust between the partners. The couple decide to stay together, however, believing that divorce is not an option for them. In retaliation for the unfaithful act committed by his spouse, the husband decides to reconnect with an old female friend via Facebook. The wife struggles with this greatly. Instead of talking with her husband or seeking out professional help, the woman turns to drowning her sorrows in a harmful substance.  She approaches you, as her dear Christian friend, to counsel her and advise her on what to do. Is there a message of forgiveness, hope, redemption, and/or deliverance that can you can share?

What do you have to say about the matter?

What does the Bible say about all of the issues?

(A Special Phone Tree BSG Post on Overcoming Vices)

#beanovercomer #allthingsarepossible #turntoGod #reallifemeetstheWORD

The Phone Tree Book Club|Kingdom Woman (Day 6/7)

Kingdom Woman – Doing Life (Thoughts on Her Personal Life and Family Life)



“In your personal life as a kingdom woman, it is essential to note that in the good things of life, you should try not to lose the important things…How you schedule your time, as well as your resources, reveals what is truly important.”

“Pruning. Pain. Passionate pursuit of God. All three lead to bearing fruit in the life of a kingdom woman.”

“When you are within your prescribed role, God is free to flow His kingdom blessing both to you and through you.”

“A kingdom woman operates and aligns herself under the comprehensive rule of God without fear. If you will align yourself under God and honor Him in light of the distinct functions He has established within marriage and the parenting role, you can expect to experience God in unprecedented ways.”

Scripture Reflection for the Kingdom Woman: Psalm 37:3-5

Encouragement for the Kingdom Woman & the Aspiring Kingdom Woman: Never busy yourself with the cares of life so much so that you cannot partake of the presence of the LORD. Each day that you are given should be a testament to His goodness. Exalt Him in all things. Delight in Him. Praise Him with joy and gladness. Experience Him anew in every moment, and share that lesson with all who will hear.

A Faith and Family Book Review|Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

Title: Thankful 

Author: Eileen Spinelli

About the Book: “Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.”

Phone Tree Book Review: Thankful is a brilliantly done work that does an amazing job of showing what being thankful is all about. With simple words and playful illustrations, it invites readers to appreciate and reflect on the many countless ways that blessings can be seen. Families will love this book.

Rating: 4/5 ****

Recommend: Yes

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review by the publisher via the Book Look Bloggers program in exchange for an honest critique. I was neither expected to submit a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review. The words I have expressed are my own. 

Raise Up This Child

Dearest Father,

Raise up this child so that he might know and revere You. 

Raise him up that he might stand for what You stand for. 

Nourish him that he might be strong for You, willing to confidently go and profess Your name to the masses. 

Gift him with the ability to see Your vision and to execute Your plans.

Grow him in the ways of knowledge, wisdom, insight, and understanding. 

Remove all fear from his life and rid his path of ungodly obstacles that mean him harm. 

Raise him up to not only recognize Your voice, but also to heed Your voice. 

Help him to discover You in all things and to be in awe of Your touch of grace on all creation. 

Raise him up to be a holy man of God, a faithful follower of Christ and a Spirit-infused student of the Word.

Guide and instruct him on the ways of pure and true worship and praise.

Cover him with Your love and let that love from You extend outward.

Raise up this child so that he might not back down from the fight ahead of him – a world gone chaotic, where bad is perceived as good, where ideals are traded for idols, and where the voices of the depraved strike out against any and all things that are in line with Your truth.

Raise him up to witness to a generation and people who need hope, have lost hope, and are constantly praying to You about the hope found in Christ.

Teach him about the blessing of surrender. 

Grant him with a heart to serve and to give and live like Christ.

Raise him up! 

I speak this over every child, in every family, in every place, in every circumstance. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Recommended Scripture Reflection: Psalm 23

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A Faith and Family Book Review|Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Title: Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Author: Sarah Young

About the Book: “Jesus Loves You and Is Always With You

From bestselling author Sarah Young, Jesus Calling for Little Ones reassures toddlers and preschoolers of Jesus’ never-ending love. Devotions are written as if Jesus is speaking directly to your child’s heart—showing that Jesus knows us from our head to our toes and is always taking care of us. Along with adorable illustrations and a durable format, this is sure to be a treasure for your precious little ones.”

Phone Tree Review: Jesus Calling for Little Ones was an enchanting book that did much to nourish the tender hearts of God’s special, little angels. I adored the colorful illustrations and found the simple words to be soothing and encouraging. Overall, I thought that the author presented the content in such a way as to draw children closer to the word. 

My children gave a thumbs up with a smile rating to this book. 

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: Family 

Status: G (Basic, 2-4)

Read Aloud: Yes

Opportunity to Discuss/Go Further: Yes

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. I was neither compensated nor expected to submit a positive review. 


3 Reasons Why Scripture Memorization Is So Nourishing for Children

1) It feeds their minds.
2) It fills their hearts.
3) It influences their spiritual growth and integrity.

Get started reading, studying and memorizing Bible verses with your child today. Allow the Word of God to influence them (and you) more than the world. 

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