Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles #1) by Rashad Jennings | Juvenile Fiction Review

Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles #1) by Rashad Jennings

The Coin Slot Chronicles #1
Rashad Jennings
Juvenile Fiction

Eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has a problem. Two of them, actually.

The Tolley twins: bully brothers who are making Arcade's move to a new city and fitting in at his new school even harder. They expect him to do their research papers for the fifth-grade career expo's theme: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Trouble is, Arcade doesn't even know his own answer to that question.

Then at the library, Arcade's favortie sanctuary, a mysterious woman gives him a golden arcade token necklace that grants him a unique gift. A gift that allows him to time travel to different points in history and even into his own future--from standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the dugout with Babe Ruth to hanging on for dear life on the back of a bucking bull. Together with his sister, Zoe, and a small circle of friends, Arcade has a whole new set of problems on his hands. And an even bigger mystery to solve. 

The question for Arcade is no longer, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's, "Who is the rightful owner of the magic Triple T Token . . . and where will we end up next?

My Thoughts

If you have a middle-grade reader that also happens to be a boy then you need to take a look at this book. Arcade and the Triple T Token has a lot to offer for the reader. Arcade Livingston has just moved to a new town and is starting a new school so obviously the story deals with what it is like to be the new kid. It deals with bullying and some creative ways to handle it. It has a bit of time-travel which adds to the excitement. And it also has an element of mystery. What else could you want?

This story is well-written and as an adult I thought the pace moved along quite well. I think it will easily hold the attention of a young reader. It definitely has the slant of appealing to the boys but I think girls would enjoy the story too. 

My favorite part is that of Arcade Livingston himself. He's a bit on the nerdy side (he loves the library for heavens sake!) but somehow he makes being a nerd cool. One of the biggest take aways for the story is to learn to be comfortable with who you are. I think that's such an important lesson especially at this age.

I'm looking forward to the future books in this series. I think the second installment comes out in September 2019 so you don't have too long to wait. 



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The Wonder That Is You by Glenys Nellist | Children's Book Review

The Wonder That Is You by Glenys Nellist

Glenys Nellist
Children's Book

"It felt as if the world stood still
The day my dream came true,
And all creation paused to see
The wonder that is you."

Every parent dreams of celebrating the arrival of their new child. This heartwarming picture book captures the moment that dream comes true.

Filled with tender emotion and joy, The Wonder That Is You is the perfect way to tell your little one how much they are loved.

The Wonder That Is You by Glenys Nellist

My Thoughts

Some children's books are written especially for children. The words and illustrations are designed to capture the attention of the child as the parent reads to them. Other children's books are written with the momma in mind. The Wonder That Is You was written for the mommas. The precious message goes right to the heart of the new mother expressing all those beautiful hopes and dreams that we have as we cuddle our new little one.

If you purchase books for new baby gifts, this one needs to be on your list. It is beautifully illustrated and the verses are tender and touching. It will be a lovely gift to the new momma over and over again as she reads the book to her sweet new baby. 

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Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father by Louie Giglio | Christian Life Review

Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio

Christian Life

You are
chosen
loved
prized
wanted
believed in
by a perfect Father

In Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio invites ut to understand the character of God in a life-changing way: as a perfect Father who wants you to live under the waterfall of His blessing. You see, God is not the bigger version of your earthly dad. And He's inviting you to walk in freedom as His loved son or daughter.

Forgiveness is not a free pass for the person who has wounded you. Forgiveness is rooted in Christ's love and justice.

My Thoughts

I knew what this book was about when I picked it up. I knew it was going to be about our earthly fathers as well as our heavenly Father. I thought I was ready to read it. But I wasn't. I read the first chapter, cried my eyes out, and promptly tossed it on the coffee table and walked away.

But that book just kept calling my name. So I picked it back up and read some more. I cried a little more and put it back on the coffee table. After this second reading session I knew I needed to finish it. I knew I would find healing in the end but I also knew it would be like ripping a band-aid off. And it was.

My earthly father was a flawed man. He hurt me deeply but God showed me how to forgive and move on. Louie Giglio's writing took me through that journey again and it was tough but it was so worth it.

If you have a father, and we all do, you need to read this book. Even if you have to read it over a period of time like I did you should. Being able to see your relationship through the lens of your heavenly Father puts things in perspective.

I found this book to be a hard read but worth every tear. We all have a longing for a good father and this affirms that He's already there just waiting for you to come to Him.

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The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker | Devotional Book Review

The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker
Devotional

The remedy to ho-hum, not-again, "Do we have to?" family devotions

Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they're often . . . boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?

These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions--they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.

My Thoughts

My first thought after reading this book was, "where in the world was this when I had a house full of kids?" This is seriously one of the best family devotional books I have come across. 

The stereo-type for family devotions is somewhere along the lines of the family gathering in the living room with dad reading aloud, mom shushing everyone, and the kids squirming or zoning out. Not with this book. One of the devotions has you visiting a funeral home! If that doesn't get your kids attention I don't know what to say.

There is so much that I like about this book. It's very creative but still contains impactful lessons. The prep is minimal so it doesn't become a great burden to do the actual activities. I also like that it could be used in several situations. Of course it is designed for once a week family devotions but what about each night of summer camp? Or choose a few for a small group activity. 

The little by-line on the front of the book says "52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget". I think that's true but I also think as an adult these activities will leave a lasting impact as well. I recommend this to all the parents. I'm sending a copy to each of my kids to use with the grands, you should too!



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