Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review: Rumble! Zap! Pow! Mighty Stories of God

I received the book Rumble! Zap! Pow! Mighty Stories of God and was anxious to begin reading it to my kids. My goal for this review was not to review it for myself, but from my kids perspective. That did not quit work out. The reason being is this: they really liked the book, but I felt it lacking in many areas.

For the reasons they liked it: it was filled with short, colorful stories with cool actions/games to do at the end. But that is where anything of value ends for me with this book. I found the watered down version of Bible stories to be more harmful than helpful. I am afraid we lose many of our children later in life because we make the Bible so kid friendly and cartoon like that once they get older it just seems like another fairy tale they grew up with. So, it is my opinion that this book, though tries and has the right intent, actually might hurts your children in the long run and cause them to doubt the truth and reliability of the Word of God later in life when the actual Bible does not line up completely with the stories they were taught as kids.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, September 20, 2010

An Attack on God's Gifted

As I was reading in my Bible this morning, I came across Daniel 1:3-4  And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;  (4)  Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

When I came to this point, the Lord spoke to me about this and shed some new light on it for me and gave me a different emphasis. I find it interesting, and telling, that the king did not want the children of Israel that were ugly, weak, ignorant, and with no common sense. He waned the best that Israel had to offer. 

This is significant to us today because I believe it reveals the method of attack today by Satan: the world and Satan wants to go after God's gifted. When tempted of Satan (as Daniel and his three friends were later in the chapter with the kings meat and drink), we often think we are worthless to God. But just the opposite is true. We have a lot of God-given potential, and Satan wants to do whatever he can to stop it. The next time you are tempted to sin and stray from the Lord, realize it is the devil trying to lure you away from God and your God-given potential to do great things for the Lord. We would also do well to remember this as we minister to other Christians who are living in sin. They too, have potential to do great things for God. Stan realized it, but do we?