Book Review: Prized!

Prized!  Your Journey as His Daughter by Noelle Toscano

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I picked up Prized!  Your Journey as His Daughter for my thirteen year old daughter but it seemed to have started off in a somewhat gloomy way to me. Maybe the author is assuming that all teenage girls feel inadequate. Surely most do, but, after reading the introduction (I am referencing the middle because the first and last paragraphs were great) I think she was talking to me more than my daughter.

Most of her stories were pleasantly applicable to me coming from experiencing the 80’s.  For the older crowd it is relatable and contained many memory triggers from jelly shoes to Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon references. Yet, that confused me because I could not tell who her target audience was from the introduction and the first chapter. On the back cover she relates the message:

“The teen age years bring some of the most difficult experience that life has to offer… Prized!  Your Journey as His Daughter is filled with relatable stories, helpful tips, and the truth of God’s Word that will offer inspirations as you navigate the wonderful world of dating, making and maintaining healthy friendships, learning to understand and relate to parents, dealing with superficiality and realizing your full potential as God’s beloved Child.”

Toscano includes a touching section on her autistic son and motherhood. Though I found this to be a wonderful addition to her book, this is not teen content, a least not a younger teen. It’s just not significant to what most are going through right now. I did however, for future reference, think that chapter five on dating is good for her reading. The author made many wonderful points and suggestions. I also thought that she gave great advice on how to pray for your parents and use self-control with body language.

Again, the content is great for adults; I totally got it, I just don’t see her talking to a teen as her listener throughout the entire book.  I know some teens may have to deal with some harsh changes that girls tend to go through during the teenage years, so this book may be perfect for them.

I loved the points she makes, and even the title, but the summary on the back should not mention this to be a teen book which does encompass younger teens, rather, in my opinion for women mothering teens to impart Tuscano’s information as it begins to apply to their teen’s lives.  I truly enjoyed it myself. Maybe I misinterpreted the reference to teens in the summary on the back cover but I wouldn’t give it to a younger teen. Despite that, it was enjoyable to me and I encourage you to read it.

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Book Review: The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years

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I applaud Erin MacPherson for her writings. I really enjoyed this book. It is funny, practical, fulfilling, and full of good advice. Though it is not for all types of schooling moms in that it specifically deals with public (or you can apply to private) school information, it is not a “how to” on specifically getting through the “homeschool” grade school years. Despite that, the biblical references are wonderful. I also enjoyed that it was a conglomeration of several writers telling of their experiences.

Every so often there are wonderful tidbits called, “Time-Out for Mom” where she shares wonderful prayers for those times that you cannot seem to put it into words. Along with the time-out sections are “From the Principal’s Corner” giving sound and biblical advice from Ellen Schuknecht, her mom.

I loved pages 108-109 where they connected how we communicate with specific scriptures. Using these in conjunction with one another lays the truth of God’s Word on a child’s heart and in my point of view gives them the ability to follow Him and not a parent because “we say so.” The small list includes encouragement, guidance and counsel and got me thinking about how many other ways to communicate God’s Word in simple forms making it more understandable.

Another great chapter (10) is “The Christian Daddy’s Guide to Starting School” which includes stories from a few “panelist” expressing their experience in this area. I found the stories bringing quality information and humor to the reading.

This book is written with so much practically simple school prep advice that as an experienced mother and educator, I thought I was going to find it uninteresting. I was so wrong. There is so much more involved in this book, from writings from other people to biblical advice that I could not put it down. I would think this is one book I would claim to be as a “pick it up more than once guide” You definitely will want to revisit this book.

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Book Review: Heaven’s Lessons by Steve Sjogren

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Heaven’s Lessons: Ten Things I Learned about God When I Died by Steve Sjogren is definitely a book that should not be judged by its cover.  I am always intrigued with stories of NDEs or near-death experiences, mostly when they line up with biblical writings.

This book was a wonderful reminder of how God carries us through our biggest problems and being that Steve Sjogren died on the operating table for seven minutes, I would say his testimony has some strong backing.

Surprisingly enough, the majority of this book was about life lessons one gleams on from escaping death and realizing what is important in life. It is a pleasant, modern-time read and I enjoyed it. His main topics are living in a spiritual world, realizing how big God is, how success works, who God especially enjoys, quitting, healing, overcoming, fear, and thankfulness.  There is a bit of humor in each chapter as Mr Sjogren brings his witty stories to life. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a funny book. It really captures the seriousness of dealing with life with a “cease the day” type theme. He encourages us to live with a near death experience type mentality without actually going through the traumatic experience. I appreciated his insight. You won’t be disappointed.

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