Thursday, May 06, 2010

To Do's

I am a list maker. I feel that when I can cross something off a list, I've accomplished something. The problem with being a list maker is that the lists can often get out of hand. Or you have 10 lists on the go...and then you lose one...horror! These days my lists are cropping up everywhere...on the fridge, on the stove, kitchen table, desk at work (many), beside my bed. I'm losing track of my lists, so I'm trying to condense them. But when I do that, I get so discouraged at the length; I could probably take it to a publisher and have it bound as a book! These days my lists are mostly comprised of things I need to do to wrap up here at the church, prepare for Pre-Field Orientation, and prepare for departure in August (how many bars of soap should I take with me?). I am continually praying that I stay focused on what I need to do, as I'm quite easily distracted. I know that everything will come together, I just don't want to leave anything until the last minute (which is what usually happens to me!). A few more details are coming together, but as it looks right now, I'll be finished at the church at the end of June (although away for a large part of June), back and forth between Sylvan Lake and various points in Alberta/Sask for the month of July, and then leaving for Costa Rica mid-August. Some days I'm still in disbelief that this is actually happening...fully relying on God' strength!!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Book Review: If I Could Ask God Anything by Kathryn Slattery

As a Children's Pastor, I sift through alot of resources for children and families, and along with parents, I strive to present the Bible and theology to kids in a way that is easy for them to understand and enjoyable, not drudgery. If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids by Kathryn Slattery is a book that tackles the hard, and sometimes amusing questions that kids have about God, the Bible, church, and personal faith. This is not a small book that regurgitates the same old questions and answers. Slattery answers about 180 questions, including "Why couldn't Jesus just stay on earth forever?", and "Can I believe in science and still believe in God?". Some of the more humorous questions are "Why do some Christians put fish-shaped symbols on their cars?" and "Help! What should I do when I think a church service is boring?". I really liked the fact that each question is answered in a page or less, in a manageable way for kids to read and understand. Slattery consistently brings kids back to the fact of God's love for them personally and encourages kids to read their own bibles to see the answers for themselves. This book is also suitable for a variety of denominations as well as both Catholic and Protestant faiths and it would be a great resource for family discussions. It is full of practical suggestions for bible reading, journalling, prayer, and service. I did find the title of the book slightly deceiving, as it states "for kids". The reading and comprehension level for this book would be best suited for older elementary and "tweens", however younger children would definitely enjoy this book if they read it with a parent. And I must say that even as an adult, I loved this book!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for sending me a review copy of this book, through their Book Sneeze blogger book review program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review of this book.