Monday, October 26, 2020

All of the Parts of Worship Tell the Gospel Story

 


All of the Parts of Worship Tell the Gospel Story
God Made Me for Worship helps kids understand
each movement of a church service

Understanding the different parts of a worship service can be confusing for any young child. One minute everyone is singing loudly, the next everyone is sitting and listening quietly. Sometimes the adults know something that should be said out loud, like, “Thanks be to God!” How did they know what to say? What is communion all about? And why does the pastor raise his hands and pray at the end of the service?
 
Using the vision of Isaiah 6, God Made Me for Worship: Helping Children Understand Church (New Growth Press/October 12, 2020) by Jared Kennedy focuses on teaching kids about the key liturgical movements in a worship gathering, including the call to worship, praise and adoration, confession, assurance and passing the peace, ministry of the Word and sacraments, and benediction and sending.
 
Whether your church is currently able to meet in person as normal, has had to move services outside, or is meeting virtually, God Made Me for Worship will help children understand, and in turn, be able to better participate in worship regardless of the setting.  This bright and colorful children’s book illustrated by Trish Mahoney celebrates how God reveals himself to his people in the movements of worship. All the parts of worship tell the story of the gospel, and since Jesus is the object of our worship, his story of redemption gives shape to our worship.
 
“I wrote this book to give parents a way to introduce their children to public worship. When you think of explaining a worship service, you might say something like, ‘First, we sing. Then, we listen to the sermon,’” Kennedy shares. “But most worship gatherings involve more than music and preaching. When the church gathers, we follow a rhythm—or liturgy—of call and response. It’s like a big game of follow the leader. We hear God speak and then we move in response to him.”
 
Kennedy guides parents to help their kids understand why we’re intentional about worship, encouraging them to engage—not just to manage behavior during a worship gathering, and invites children to respond to God along with the whole church body.

God Made Me for Worship is part of the God Made Me Series which equips parents to have important, impactful conversations with their children, helping them to grow in understanding of God, themselves, and others. Each book in the series contains a special section just for parents and caregivers that provides biblical guidance and offers additional information and resources for talking about the topic addressed in the story.
 
“The book as a whole is designed to teach kids how every part of a church worship service tells the story of the gospel. But God hasn’t just commanded us to worship him when we come to church,” Kennedy explains. “The Bible teaches us to praise the Lord during every part of our day. I’m really excited about how the special section at the end of God Made Me for Worship can be used to teach our kids to live fully worshipful lives not just on Sundays, but every day of their lives.”
 
Greg Brewton, Department Chair of Biblical Worship at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes, “Jared Kennedy has given us a great resource for churches and families to use with children. God Made Me for Worship is a wonderful way to introduce children to the biblical concepts of congregational worship. This is a much-needed book to help our children understand and participate as the church gathers for worship.”
 

God Made Me for Worship: Helping Children Understand Church
by Jared Kennedy, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney
October 12, 2020 / Hardback / Retail Price: $15.99
Print ISBN 978-1-645070-48-1
Religion / Christian Education/ Children

About the author
Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the co-founder and managing editor of Gospel-Centered Family, a ministry that helps churches and families share Jesus with the next generation. He also serves as the Children’s and Family Ministry Strategist for the Sojourn Network, and is an adjunct professor at Boyce College. 
 
He is the author of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, Are You Close to God?Jesus Rose for Me, Jesus Came for Me, and God Made Me for Worship. He has also helped to develop two VBS programs, Proof Pirates and Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet
 
Kennedy blogs regularly at Gospel Centered Family and contributes to The Gospel Coalition, ERLC and He Reads Truth.  He and his wife, Megan, have three daughters.
 
Read more from Jared Kennedy at gospelcenteredfamily.com. He can also be found on Twitter (@jaredskennedy).

 
Trish Mahoney is a graphic designer and illustrator in Seattle where she runs The Mahoney Studio with her husband, Patrick, also a designer and illustrator. They have two children—both budding artists too. Trish illustrated The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible and is also the illustrator for the God Made Me series.
What others are saying
“Parents and grandparents who want to help children understand and enjoy corporate worship will be very grateful to Jared Kennedy for producing this book. In a delightfully simple and engaging way it answers hard questions about what we do when we gather together as God’s people. You could read and discuss this book together many times to unpack the biblical and pastoral wisdom it contains.”
~ David G. Peterson, Moore College, Sydney, Australia; author of Engaging with God and Encountering God Together
 
“This book is a creative way for parents to talk with their children about what we do when we gather in worship. Reading this book together in the family room or at the bedside can help prompt a child to ask, and answer, on Sunday, ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘What are we doing?’ as well as, most importantly, ‘Whose are we?’”
~ Russell Moore, President, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention




Sunday, October 25, 2020

Grab the Baton—Run the Race by B J Bassett

 

Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

            Have you ever been in a relay race?

            Although I don’t consider myself an athlete, others have passed the baton to me, and I must run the race. But I need to start at the beginning of my race with the people who influenced me.

            First is my baby brother, Danny. Although he was eight years younger than me, we always shared a close relationship. He discovered writing while attending high school. Later, when he died while serving in the Army in Viet Nam, I felt like he passed the baton to me, and I picked up my pen, writing to encourage others.

            Karen was another person who influenced my life. I met her in junior high school when I was the new kid, and she befriended me. She was popular, athletic, and smart. Karen wore an I Like Ike button before I even knew who Ike was. She died too young from cancer. I believe she passed me the baton to befriend others as she did me.

            Lastly is my friend, Ruth, who passed away recently. Ruth was a mighty prayer warrior. I feel that she has also passed me the baton.

            I’ve been left a responsibility by those who influenced my life. I only pray I grasp the baton and run the race before me.

            There is a huge need for prayer warriors. Has someone passed on the baton to you? Will you grab it and run the race?

Father, thank You for those You’ve put in my life that influenced me. I pray I’m worthy to grab the baton and run the race You’ve set before me. Amen.

 

 

B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.

 

As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.

 

Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).

 


She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.

 

Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).

 

She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.





Saturday, October 24, 2020

Legacy of Honor and #giveaway!!!!


 

About the Book

Book: Legacy of Honor

Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: Nov, 2020




He’s been raised to carry on the legacy.

After her mother’s untimely death, Emma Monroe’s dreams to become a teacher are dashed. She takes a job as maid and cook at the local Stratton Ranch, where she endures humiliation and hardship in order to provide for her ailing father and younger brother. Only Riley Stratton, her childhood friend and heir to the Stratton fortune, sees her heart. When she’s asked to care for Skye, the young half-Indian girl most family members refuse to claim, Emma finally finds the purpose she craves.

Riley Stratton has it all, or so it seems. Growing up as the youngest son of the rich and powerful John Stratton, Riley stands to inherit a legacy of greatness in the Stratton Ranch. On the surface, his family looks like they have it all, but manipulation, deceit, and an ever-present quest for power leave him desperate for change. Yet his father has made it clear: do things the Stratton way, or face alienation and disinheritance.
As Riley and Emma choose between honor, dreams, and expectations—not to mention the love they can no longer deny—their first steps prove how quickly the situation can spin into danger. When their best efforts threaten the lives and hopes of those closest to them, it becomes clear the decisions they make will change the course of their lives forever.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.

 

More from Renae

I’ve been writing this book for more than a decade!

In 2008, my dear friend and writing mentor, Chip Ricks, shared a book idea with me. Loosely based on her own family history, she wanted to write a story about two brothers—one who chose to live for Christ, the other who didn’t. She wanted to follow that family through the generations, to show the impact of that one choice, on the people who came behind.

She just had one problem. Chip was a brilliant writer, but she wasn’t a fiction writer. “Will you help me write this book?”

Now, Chip was in her 80s at the time. She was a mother, a grandmother, to me in the faith. If she’d asked me to paint the moon pink, I’d have given it my best shot. For several years, Chip and I worked together on several versions of the book. We only ever got through the first few chapters, and we’d change our minds about the characters or the situations. Finally, one day she smiled at me. She said, “You know, Renae. This is your book. I know I whispered the idea to you, but I always wanted you to be the one to write it. I’m getting too old to work on this . . . please take it. It’s your story.”

Soon after, she moved across the country to live with her daughter. We stayed connected via phone calls and Facebook, until eventually, she stopped responding. We lost touch. I continued to write the book—Chip’s book. Now my book. I’d work on it a while, then put it away for several months, even a few years at one point. In 2017, I finished what would become the first final draft. I fiddled with it more, here and there, but I hung onto it until I met Misty Beller, my publisher at Wild Heart.

I submitted the book to her, and she accepted it, right away! Then the editor got hold of it. God bless Erin Taylor Young! She was brutal, in the best possible way. I spent weeks (months?) making the suggested changes, and each one made the book so much better. The day I turned in those final edits to my publisher, I opened up Facebook. There, on Chip’s FB page, was a note to all her friends.

From one of her children.

She’d gone to see her Heavenly Father.

I sat there, frozen, looking at my screen, big fat tears tracking my cheeks. How was it possible that on the day the book was complete, I learned of her death? She was so instrumental in my walk of faith, and in my path as a writer. It was almost like the Holy Spirit wanted me to know . . . this particular journey was now complete.

I hope you enjoy this book, book one in a trilogy, for it is very close to my heart. And I hope you learn from the actions of two brothers, so many years ago, that our choices have an impact on our own lives, and on the lives of those who follow us.

 

—Renae Brumbaugh Green

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, October 16

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 16

The Christian Fiction Girl, October 17

deb’s Book Review, October 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 18

Labor Not in Vain, October 18

Texas Book-aholic, October 19

Genesis 5020, October 19

Vicky Sluiter, October 20

lakesidelivingsite, October 20

Betti Mace, October 21

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 21

ABBA’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 22

Sodbusterliving, October 22

Older & Smarter?, October 23

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 23

For Him and My Family, October 24

Lighthouse Academy, October 24 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Inklings and notions, October 25

Daysong Reflections, October 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 26

Simple Harvest Reads, October 26 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Artistic Nobody, October 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 28

Adventures Of a Travelers Wife, October 28

Connie’s History Classroom, October 29

Pause for Tales, October 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Renae is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10258/legacy-of-honor-celebration-tour-giveaway





Friday, October 23, 2020

An Amish Husband for Tillie (Amish of Pontotoc)


An Amish Husband for Tillie 

(Amish of Pontotoc #4)

Mass Market Paperback – ebook, audio

September 29, 2020




 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lottie's True Love (Brides of Pelican Rapids)


Lottie's True Love 

(Brides of Pelican Rapids #1) 

Paperback – EBOOK

July 12, 2019

by Lisa M Prysock (Author) 

  • Paperback : 305 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1073671151
  • Publisher : Independently published

Miss Charlotte Kennedy, a southern belle from Georgia, has been waiting for her fiancĂ©, Ryan Hill, to return from the Civil War since it ended three years ago. Nothing is the same since he enlisted, promising to return. 

When her cousin, Kitty Gardner, writes to her about a mail-order bride agency in Ottertail County, Minnesota, Charlotte writes to the proprietress, Miss Ella Milton, hoping she might be able to find her a suitable match. She doesn’t expect her heart to stop aching for Ryan, but moving forward with her life has become more appealing than the devastation of the war. 

The last thing Lottie expects is for Ella Milton to match her to Captain Caleb Brooks, a handsome Yankee hero who sweeps her off her feet right from the start. He doesn’t expect her to be so beautiful, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to turn his life upside-down.

When Ryan, the handsome young Master of Bally-Belle Plantation, turns up on the scene in Pelican Rapids alive, suffering from a severe case of Soldier’s Heart and searching for his fiancĂ©e, Caleb may have to enlist the help of some unlikely company to bring his bride safely home again. 

Adventure, drama, history, humor, and sweet romance leap off the pages in this captivating mail-order bride series. Purchase your copy today and enjoy every moment in this Christian Historical Romance novel.


Marilyn's thoughts:   Lottie’s True Love is an amazing post Civil War Mail Order Bride story. Lottie was weary of waiting for Ryan to return after three years when the war ended. With all the devastation and lost at her Georgia plantation home, she followed the advice of her cousin to submit a letter to become a mail order bride. Journeying to Pelican Rapids, MN was a true adventure for Lottie. Her perspective groom, Captive Caleb Brooks, brought plenty of twists and turns to his life along with opening his heart. There were unexpected happenings that led to a chase, kidnapping and more. The history interwoven and tidbits of that era shared at the end of the story by Prysock was enlightening.

 

Even though I’ve already read other books in Brides of Pelican Rapids series, this one is a grand introduction to the series. I look forward to reading all future releases that I haven’t read to date.

 

I received a complimentary kindle book of Lottie’s True Love from the author as a winner on a Facebook giveaway and was under no obligation to write a review. I have shared my own opinion.   








Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Interview with Tori Higa

Thanks for stopping by, Tori. Tell us about the book – a brief blurb:

 

 

 

The Christmas Color is a playful picture book meant to delight children about all things red at Christmastime and how these simple joys and little traditions can remind us of the most important part of Christmas: Jesus.

 

Are any experiences in The Christmas Color based on personal experiences? Did you draw upon any stories or movies for inspiration for the book?

 

The Christmas Color is full of personal experiences that I hope we all can relate to.  One of the many blessings of having young children is that you get to see the world through their eyes and from that you once again experience the joy, wonder and miracle of Christmas.  I tried to depict all of the many festive happenings of Christmas from a child’s point of view.  I illustrated my own children in the book as the two main characters as well as our family dog.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in The Christmas Color?

 

I actually don’t think I would change a thing.  It was such a collaborative effort with the team at Little Lamb Books that I feel like we really explored everything from all angles and left no room for regret.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

I think the hardest part is to actually call myself a “writer”.  I’ve always considered myself to be an artist or illustrator, but writing was a new thing for me.  To have the confidence to say “Yes, I am a writer” takes some time...and an extra dose of courage.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 

I learned that when inspiration strikes, you have to create right in that moment because the moment can be fleeting.

 

Did you have to travel much for research for The Christmas Color?

 

I didn’t have to travel any farther than my own Christmas memories.  And when I was working on the book, I had a heightened awareness of my surroundings during the Christmas season, trying to notice and capture all of the details like smell, taste, feelings, and color.


 

Who was your favorite character in The Christmas Color?

 

Of course I love my kids (who are the boy and girl depicted in the book), but choosing a favorite child is impossible so I will say that the dog was my favorite character.  We named him “Dash” after our own family dog who passed away last year, Dasher, and he became fun for me to incorporate on the pages in unexpected and whimsical ways.  It feels like a bit of a tribute to our beloved Dasher as well.

 

Was there anything in The Christmas Color that you did not enjoy writing about? 

 

Not at all.


Share your bio and links for social media and to buy:

 


I am inspired by my faith, family & friends, coffee shops, people- watching, and all things vintage. I have always loved making art and recently began pairing my hand-crafted pictures with the stories I write to share with young kids. I consider it a high honor to make books to inspire kids and encourage their faith journey. I currently live in California with my husband, two kids, and a puppy named Edie.

 

www.ToriHiga.com

@ToriHigaCreates on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter





Monday, October 19, 2020

Brides of the Wild West


Brides of the Wild West 

Paperback – ebook

August 22, 2020

by Anne Greene  (Author) 

  • Paperback : 200 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8677848346
  • Publisher : Independently published 
  • ASIN : B08GFZKPMN


Two historical romance novellas of love on the frontier.


SPUR OF THE MOMENT BRIDE


By an Award-Winning Author

Heiress Abby Hollister’s Papa demands she stop toying with young men’s hearts and marry within a month or be disinherited. After reading an ad for a mail-order bride in untamed Laramie, Wyoming, Abby makes a list of characteristics she expects for her husband and sets off to claim the perfect mate and secure her personal fortune.

Stage coach driver, Zach Tyler likes his exciting job where he outsmarts robbers and Indians and keeps the stage running regardless of weather, break-downs, and ornery passengers. But passenger Abby Hollister proves to be an unusual challenge. He protects her on the journey to Laramie, but in that town women are as scarce as a bird’s nest in a cuckoo clock, and men go crazy when the beauty arrives seeking a husband. 



TEXAS LAW

1879 – San Antonio, Texas. 

Stagecoach robbers steal the mortgage money from Cat Devine, the rancher’s daughter. Cat’s father hires a Pinkerton detective to restore the money and protect his daughter from the disfigured desperado who threatens to kidnap Cat and take her for his woman.

Travis McGuire, the Pinkerton Detective, is a man to be reckoned with. He faces down a flood, gunfights, and Cat’s father. But can he restore Cat’s sullied reputation?

Cat Devine confronts stage robbers, her demanding father, and gossiping neighbors. But can she resist Travis McGuire, a hero with a heart as big as his Texas home. He’s a man who wears a star and upholds his commitment.


Marilyn's thoughts:   The two novellas in Brides of the Wild West are enthralling with the strong heroines and historical adventures.

 

Spur of the Moment Bride found Heiress Abby more determined than ever to find a groom when her father gave her an ultimatum. I enjoyed her strong characteristics and not allowing any man to get her just for her inheritance. The sparks between Zach and Abby was astonishing as Zach was all about adventure.

 

Texas Law found Cat Devine wondering how to tell her father she had spoke out of turn to her dressmaker. The adventure and ride to find the gang members after robbing the stage coach gave way to twists and turns. The ups and downs, secrets and action lead to an exciting read.

 

Both of these historical romance novellas are well written with complex heroines, heroes, action, intrigue, romance and a faith message.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion. 

 

 






All of the Parts of Worship Tell the Gospel Story

  All of the Parts of Worship Tell the Gospel Story God Made Me for Worship  helps kids understand each movement of a church service Underst...