The people who represented World Gospel Mission at Hannah’s memorial service gave us this book, Tear Soup. It is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one, or who knows someone who is grieving. It spoke volumes to me, but it’s short enough (and has enough pictures) for the boys to benefit from it too!

tear soup book

 

I FINALLY finished Miracle at Tenwek, so I can officially recommend it! It’s helpful to know the heritage of our new home. 🙂

Miracle at Tenwek

I think we’ve had this book for a while, but tonight was the first night that I read it. It was Jacob’s choice, and I think it spoke much more loudly to me than to him! It’s The Donkey who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul. The point is to do whatever job God gave you to the best of your ability. As I’m freaking out about ALL I have to do before we move, I needed to hear this message.

donkey book

This Christmas season Aaron and I are reading a great Advent story. I thought I’d recommend it and the CD that shares the same name. The book is Behold the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey. If you get it right away, you’ll be able to catch up to finish by Christmas. The CD is Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson. It is by far our favorite Christmas album ever!

Behold Book Behold CD

So, I’m way too pre-occupied with getting ready to go to Kenya to keep up with monthly recommendations, so I just changed the title of this page. 🙂

Here is my current recommended resources. It’s a collection of books for children. Both Noah and Jacob received salvation after reading one of these books! I can’t guarantee that will happen when you read them to your children, but they are very good books.

September 2012 

And the Book of the Month is On Being a Missionary by Thomas Hale. I finally finished this book, so I can finally recommend it! It’s a book that World Medical Missions gave us to read as part of our training. It’s a great read if you are considering a cross-cultural mission trip, but it’s also great for every Believer to read. It really challenged me on many levels. Enjoy!

August 2012

Well, the August Book of the Month is not only late but also not a book….I think you’ll enjoy this CD though. I got it at Ten Thousand Villages in Whitehall, but you can find it online at a variety of stores. Our favorite song is the second track because it is the Kenyan song. It’s nice to hear natives speak Swahili! Enjoy.

July 2012

One of my goals for the summer is to teach myself and the boys a little more about Kenya. I found this book and it has given us some basic information about Kenya while we review the alphabet which is also important for the boys. It also has recommended resources and fast facts in the back of the book. Hope you enjoy it as you help your children learn more about the world outside of the U.S.

June 2012

Another month is underway, so I guess I should update this page. To be honest, I haven’t finished any of the adult books that I was reading when I wrote the May book of the month. It’s not that I’m not reading. Against my usual one book at a time rule, I am juggling 3 books. Fortunately, they are all educational, so it’s not like I’m getting the plots confused or anything!

This month, I’m featuring one of my favorite books of all time. I probably use it everyday as a mom. It’s Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book.

Dr. Leman is hilarious. This book is a quick read and it will help you understand your kids, your friends, and everyone you come into contact with. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!

May 2012

Drumroll please…Here is the first Book of the Month.

I chose this one partly because many of you have shared that you’re teaching your kids more about Kenya since they’ll know some one who lives there. I hope to help you locate some resources. Plus, since Noah is officially done with kindergarten, we will have more time to focus on our African culture lessons. This is a book I found that will help us learn how to count to 10 in Swahili. Most of the people that we will converse with on a daily basis will speak English, but the most common language is Swahili. Noah and Jacob are excited to learn another language. I think counting will be a good place to start. 🙂

I also like the pictures in this book. Although many cultures are represented in the Lehigh Valley, I find that my children are sheltered from many of them. My intentions are to find books that will show them some of the sights they will see and to provide opportunities to make their (inappropriate) comments at home. Hopefully, this will lessen the culture shock that they’ll experience and prevent at least some of the embarrassing comments they’ll make about how people look and talk and dress, etc.

Enjoy!

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