2 LDS Children's reviews... The Holy Ghost & Blessing the Nephite Children by Catherine Christensen, Jane Delve, and Jay Fontano (Blog Tour Reviews)

The Holy Ghost: Discovering Your Extraordinary New GiftThe Holy Ghost
Discovering Your Extraordinary New Gift
by Catherine Christensen
Illustrated by Jane Delve
LDS Children's Nonfiction
Paperback, 80 Pages
September 1st 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Get to know the Holy Ghost, from baptism on! This engaging book provides fill-in-the-blank stories, coloring pages, and other fun activities for your kids to help get them ready to receive the Holy Ghost and rely on Him for the rest of their lives. Come to understand and feel the Spirit, one of the greatest gifts from God.

EXCERPT
This incredible gift, if you know how to use it, will change your life forever in wonderful, amazing ways. It means that you are never alone, ever. But how do you use this special gift? The Holy Ghost does not have a simple "ON" button. It can take time and practice to hear and recognize the Holy Ghost talking to you. But this book can help you figure it out!

   
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My Review

THE HOLY GHOST: DISCOVERING YOUR EXTRAORDINARY NEW GIFT was a fantastic, well-organized, creative book that I highly recommend for children who are preparing for or who have been baptized! I couldn't recommend this more!

What I loved about this book was that it was so engaging. It includes a variety of different activities from scripture searches to puzzles, to drawing spaces, etc. Right alongside each activity was a principle or truth being taught and learned. It was simple, yet powerful. I also loved that it guides the reader and lets them learn on their own in some ways. It held my son's interest for over an hour and even though he didn't do everything (he skimmed or would flip pages to find what he wanted to do and then would go back to other pages). I loved that he could pick a page here and there, that he didn't have to go in a specific order. The illustrations were also fabulously done.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! This is one of the best spiritual activity books I've seen!

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

Blessing the Nephite Children
Blessing the Nephite Children
(Baby Book of Mormon Stories)
by Catherine Christensen
Illustrated by Jay Fontano
LDS Children's Nonfiction
Board Book & ebook, 20 Pages
August 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Snuggle up with your kids and learn about Jesus's visit to the Nephites. This colorful board book is perfectly designed for little fingers and small attention spans. Experience the beauty of Christ's personal love in the Book of Mormon with your little ones and come to see the ways the Savior reaches out to them today.

 
  
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My Review

BLESSING THE NEPHITE CHILDREN was a very simple and sweet board book. It sums up in a few pages the story of Jesus visiting with the Nephites and, specifically, their children. The illustrations were well done and engaging, with an overall theme of Jesus's love for all children.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors & Illustrators


Catherine Christensen graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and editing. She worked in her dream job acquiring and editing books before switching to her other dream job of full-time mother. She is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and has lived most of her life in England. She currently resides in Springville, Utah, with her husband and daughter.



Jane Delve has been painting her whole life, starting out small with jobs as an illustrator for a local newspaper and as a muralist for a local children's nursery. She studied art, design, and animation at a college in London and later at the University of Wales. Since then, Jane has mostly painted on commission, specializing in stylized family portraits on large canvases. She has also illustrated the children's book Emily's Perfect Christmas Tree and will be teaching local art workshops this summer. Jane and her husband Ben have three children and live in Bridgend, Wales.

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Hi. I'm Jay Fontano. I am an illustrator. I love to have fun and like to make people laugh. I love watching movies and cartoons. I enjoy spending time with my family camping and hiking in the mountains near our home. My wife and I have 6 children and a dog. I grew up in Utah, Hawaii, and Nevada. I attended school at BYU and also studied character animation through AnimationMentor.com. I am determined to help others enjoy the journey of life. If my art makes you smile, laugh, or simply feel good- I feel like I'm doing something right. I hope you enjoy what you see.



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