Review: Make Room

Title: Make Room: a child’s guide to Lent and Easter Author: Laura Alary Illustrator: Ann Boyajian Published by: Paraclete Press Price: £10.39 (Amazon) Good for: Families with children age 3-10 years old wanting to introduce them to the Easter story focusing on the transforming nature of the story Best bit: The book is written with … Read more

Toys to tell the Easter story

I’m a big fan of using toys to tell Bible stories. Since the Easter story is one of the hardest to share with children, using toys is one way we can make it more accessible. One of the great things about using toys instead of a book is that you get to tell the story … Read more

Chalk home blessing for Epiphany

This is a traditional activity used to mark Epiphany, the day when we celebrate the wise men visiting Jesus. It’s really simple: all you need is some chalk, and you write the following letters and numbers over your door as a prayer asking God to bless your home. This year (2022), we’ll be writing: 20 … Read more

Ten years ago I helped make the best books I’ve ever made

Ten years ago I help make the best books I’ve ever made: the Held in Hope series. At the time I was working for Christian Education, and Paul Nash contacted us to ask if we could work with them to produce a book for sick children. I went to visit him at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital, … Read more

Ten fun easy ways to do family praise

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There’s nothing quite like family worship, is there? Or is it just a bad word in your home? Many psalms start with the words: A Psalm of David, and the word ‘psalm’ is a translation of the Hebrew word ‘mizmor’, meaning a poem set to notes (ie a song!). It comes from the root word … Read more

The secret place

I vividly remember the first time I started to understand what it meant to ‘dwell in the secret place’. I was drinking coffee with Sarah her kitchen while her three children played in the room next door. As we were chatting, Starzie, her three year old ran into the room and grabbed my arm, saying, … Read more

Review: Out of the shadows

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Title: Out of the shadows By: Lisa Haskett Price:Hardback: £6.99 Published by and available from: Lisa’s website Good for: children age 7-11 Best bit: Lovely contemporary pictures with a great story about becoming confident Worst bit: There are a lot of words on each page, meaning that it will work better for children age 7+ although … Read more

Review: Dangerous Journey

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Title: Dangerous Journey – The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress By: John Bunyan’s words selected by Oliver Hunkin, illustrated by Alan Parry Price:Hardback: £12.99 Published by and available from: Lion Good for: children age 7+ up to younger teens, plus adults wanting an abridged version (me!) Best bit: Cleverly edited words from the original story written by … Read more

Exploring the Bible together experiment week #2

This is the second post about an experiment in intergenerational Bible study. After last week, I asked both families in our ‘group’ (mine and one other), to have a chat about how it went, if they liked it and if they’d like to do it again. The consensus was ‘yes’, so we applied our learning … Read more

Making and using mini-books in your faith at home

I might be a little addicted to making mini books! They are so cute and so quick and very satisfying to make. Saying that, if I were looking to make one for each child in a group of ten or more, I would definitely call in some help! I have two main ways I like … Read more

Grieving with children

Last week a tragedy happened in a town near us when two young boys were killed in a hit and run. One mother whose daughter knew the boys contacted me asking if I knew of any resources to help them. As it happens, we’ve had a family bereavement this week, as my Grandad died at … Read more

Review: Deborah and Jael

Title: Deborah and Jael Author: Lucy Rycroft Illustrator: Beth Aulton Price: £6.99 Published by and available from: The Hope-filled Family Good for: anyone with children age 3-10 years old Best bit: lovely rhyming story-portrait of two Bible women, lovely pictures too Worst bit: occasionally the rhyme feels a little forced, but my children didn’t notice, … Read more