Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: A boy, A bug, and a lesson in wisdom

Title: The Pirate and the Firefly
Author: Tara Mcclary Reeves & Amanda Jenkins
Category: Kids
Pub. Date: 2/1/2015
Publisher: B & H Kids
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
ISBN#: 143368120x

Based on Psalm 1:1-3:
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
      follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit in each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn't leave him with a good feeling inside.
In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends.
Through it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God's way is the true way to wisdom!
The second book in the Firefly Chronicle series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and applly biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God's Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. The series will address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.

My Review: 
Upon receiving an email requesting a review of The "Pirate and the Firefly" I was sold, so to speak, with this little guy on the front cover. I have some sweet little guys that are all in on this pirate thing. So I immediately sent back a Yes to review. And I am not at all disappointed! From the front cover to the back cover this wonderful book not only is an amazing read, but scriptural, teaches, and very much intriguing book. 

The cover front/back: the illustrations by Daniel Fernandez are so detailed and creatively done.
The inside pages are so delightful, full of life and also detailed and creatively done.
The story line is great. I would say that it is a story for all ages. As a grandma I would read this and give this to all of my grandkids. I had a blast reading this book myself. Some times books like these are just what some of us need to help us to be humble and learn from ourselves.
The authors have put together here an amazing story of A boy, A bug, and a lesson in wisdom that takes you from the scripture adventure to be applied to our children's lives today.

Will not give any thing away the book is 32 pages of one intriguing book.
So for the reasons above I will be giving this a Breath of Life Rating of:

Five Clocks!!!   
Disclosure: I did receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Authors: 

Amanda Jenkins, before life as a homemaker and mother of four, worked in sales and marketing for a number of Christian retailers, as well as in visual communications and advertising. She spent ten years in L.A. alongside her film-making husband, surrounded by plastic surgery and high-falutin’ lifestyles, which is where she became convicted and inspired to write about her struggle with perfectionism. Amanda attended Northwestern Bible College and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Communications. She has taught Bible studies for women of all ages for the past 14 years, and is passionate about communicating truth in a culturally relevant and humorous way. Today, she lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Dallas, and their four young children, including their newly adopted son. She is also the daughter-in-law of Jerry B. Jenkins.

Tara McClary Reeves is a passionate teacher of the joys and challenges that come from being a committed follower of Jesus Christ. She is also a wife, mother, and children's book author.

A graduate of Furman University with a degree in political science, Tara later pursued a Master's in Biblical counseling from Birmingham Theological Seminary while she was the Director of the Singles Ministry for Women at Briarwood Church. In 1998, Tara began dating her husband-to-be, Lee Reeves. Tara believes the two greatest decisions in her life were declaring "I do" when asked whether she wanted to invite Jesus Christ into her heart and announcing "I do" at her South Carolina wedding twenty-three years later.

Today, Tara lives in North Carolina where she teaches a weekly Bible study for women and is the doting mother to teenage twins, Caroline and Daniel, and to "bonus baby," Harrison. She counts it a joy and privilege to daily point her children to the Lord.


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