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Get to Know Mary


Another great biography for kids, Get to Know Mary by Nancy I. Sanders, didn’t disappoint. Although less is known about Mary than about many other Biblical figures, Nancy Sanders does a great job of painting a picture of who Mary was and what life was like for her. This book talks about the life of Mary, the Annunciation, Mary’s family (including Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist) and Mary’s engagement and marriage to Joseph. It recounts the Savior’s birth. It gives an overview of the culture that existed when Mary lived, including the town of Nazareth, their faith, holy days and other things that help you picture the setting that the Christ child was born into. The book also talks about Christ’s life and death, how Mary dealt with raising the Messiah, and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

I really liked this book. Like Ms. Sanders’ other biographies for kids, this one has a timeline of Mary’s life, a glossary, selected bibliography, source notes and student resources. There are plenty of stepping-off points for further study! This book had color maps, archaeological facts and Scripture references as well.

I am anxious to see the next biography that Nancy Sanders has written for children!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic


I love Nick Vujicic and find his story incredibly inspirational, so I was eager to read his new book, Unstoppable. I finally got the chance when it was released in paperback (I was given a complementary copy by Waterbrook Press in exchange for this honest review). In Unstoppable Nick addresses many issues of our day. The back cover of the book lists: “personal crises; relationship issues; career and job changes; health and disability concerns; self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions; bullying, persecution, cruelty and intolerance; imbalance in body, mind, heart, and sprit; [and] feeling out of control.”

I’d advise readers to choose the chapters that they feel apply to their circumstances and read those first. I didn’t use this approach and found myself feeling bogged down in topics that didn’t pertain to me. When I got to the chapters that did address issues that I face, I was extremely moved by the wisdom and comfort found in Nick’s words. Many of the issues are unique to Nick’s target population (youth and young adults) but most of us would readily admit that we’ve faced one, if not many, of these issues regardless of our age.

Nick didn’t disappoint. I am humbled by his sage advice…wisdom beyond his years. He is a shining example of Romans 8:28. All things do work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Once again, Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms or legs, has proven that there is no disability too great, no obstacle too insurmountable, no challenge too big, to stop the Lord from accomplishing His purposes in us if we submit to His will for our lives.

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