If I were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”

To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.”

Then I’d get organized.

I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

Paul Harvey, 1964

Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids Fun and Faith-Filled Stories By Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard

Book Description

Have you heard about the birthday sleepover where Will forgot one very important item? What about Survivor Day—a special day at camp when the kids are given a really big challenge? Or did you hear about the ski trip when 2-Mama and Bella got lost and everyone learned a big lesson . . . ? Well, cozy up and listen close, because you’re about to hear all these stories—and more!

Full of mostly true-ish stories from the Duck Pond comes Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Korie Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, have partnered to bring you hilarious and heartwarming stories that demonstrate valuable lessons and family values. Whether it’s the importance of being prepared, working hard, or relying on God when you’re scared, the Duck Dynasty gang has a story for you!

Featuring lively art and solid moral lessons, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids will illustrate these ideas in fun, engaging ways. Cuddle up with your kids, and laugh together as you read about the silly antics of America’s favorite family—and talk about how the same principles are true in your life too.

Sometimes the silliest stories can teach us the most important things about loving others and being kind. With its fun illustrations and sweet messages, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is the perfect way to share these truths with your children.

My Review:

This is a nice book for kids.  It is filled with trueish stories from the Robertson family.  After the story are three sections relating to it.  “What Does the Bible Say?” is usually one or more scripture verses tying into the teaching point of the story. Then there is“Let’s Talk About It” with questions about the story and one question for the readers to apply to their own lives. “Duck Commander in Action” provides “steps to put into practice the biblical application of the story.”

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  Your kids will like and if you are a fan of Duck Commander you will like it.

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Seasons of an Amish Garden Four Stories By Amy Clipston

Book Description

Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way.

Spring Is in the Air

As the young people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plant a garden in memory of their friend, Katie Ann begins to worry that her older brother, Ephraim, is dating her best friend. What if she somehow loses them both? But Christian, a new boy in the community, also works in the garden—and falling for him may be exactly the distraction, and lesson, that Katie Ann needs.

Home by Summer

Clara Hertzler is surprised when Jerry Petersheim, her old friend, comes to the garden to drop off his younger sister—especially because Jerry has been gone for years, and now seems to be living as an Englisher. As the friends get to know each other again, Clara pushes Jerry to examine why he abandoned his Amish beliefs. Will Clara help Jerry renew his faith in God, and will they find love beneath the summer sun?

The Fruits of Fall

Tena Speicher has come to live in Bird-in-Hand after her fiancé left her for an English woman. When a homeless veteran comes to the fruit stand one day and asks for food, Tena is not sure how to respond—but Wayne intervenes and offers to let him stay in the barn. Afraid to trust Englishers, Tena must learn, with Wayne’s help, that everyone is a child of God and deserving of kindness.

Winter Blessings

Ephraim and Mandy have dated for some time and now have plans to marry. But after a series of unexpected events and misunderstandings, they wonder if they should go their separate ways. What will happen when their friends at the Amish garden conspire to bring them back together?

 

My Review:

Four stories yet they all continue each other as one book.  Amy Clipston has tied together 4 great short stories around this one garden. Readers will once again visit Bird In Hand and see how this Amish community comes together to honor a friend’s late husband. You will even  be able to revisit Hank the cat from Amy’s previous book in an Amish Christmas Love!

I really enjoyed reading these stories. They are so easy to read, with similar characters in each story. The theme through each of these stories is that of caring for others, helping others, working together and having faith.

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A Seat by the Hearth An Amish Homestead Novel By Amy Clipston

 

Book Description

Priscilla Allgyer knows that the past can never fully be left behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?

Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she’d left behind forever—along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.

As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, unexpected engagement.

After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them—but Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.

 

My Review:

 

Amy Clipston just keep writing better and better books. You’ll love the characters as they are well developed and relatable. The characters face hardships that many readers face, which makes the characters real and the plot amazing.

There were a few things I didn’t expect to happen in this book but that just made me love it even more when they did. The author takes serious issues and shows how they are present across the board. Here, we are dealing with abuse, both emotional and physical, and it was just really surprising to see it show up in an Amish community…it’s not something that I would think would happen there…but she shows that they have serious faults as well.

I recommend reading the first two books in the series to familiarize yourself with the characters and the community.  I’m pretty sure you will love all of them

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The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones By Kathie Lee Gifford

Book Description

God, will You show me The gift that I can give As I grow and love And learn how to live?

Help your children discover that they don’t have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful board book is durable and will hold up in the most active homes.

The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones is a heartwarming story from Kathie Lee Gifford of how children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick, or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again.

Kathie Lee Gifford is a trusted voice who feels like a friend for countless people. With her strong faith, enthusiasm, and playful writings, she appeals to young hearts and empowers them with the message that no one is too young or too small to share their gift with others.

 

Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter, and author. She is best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and she’s currently acting as the three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb. Gifford has authored three New York Times bestselling books.

My Review:

I will be sending this book to my granddaughter a middle child.  It is a decent book for kids reminding them that they are important and unique.  It has helpful suggestions of what they can do to help others even though they may be small.  The illustrations are cheerful and colorfully drawn.  This is a good book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas By Sarah Young

Book Description

Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas uniquely teaches the Christmas story to your children by starting at creation and sharing that Jesus has always been present and that God has always had a plan for Christmas. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book with foil and glitter on the cover.

Teach your children the story of Christmas . . . starting from creation! In Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, children will discover that God always had a plan for Christmas.

Christ was chosen before the world was made.

—1 Peter 1:20

The Christmas story began long, long ago. Before the angel Gabriel told Mary she would have God’s Son. Before the shepherds saw the angels and before the wise men saw the star.

Even before the sun and the moon shone for the first time, before the first cows ever moooed and the first monkeys ever climbed! Before Adam and Even took their first walk in the Garden of Eden, God had a plan for Christmas.

From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save his children. That plan was Jesus!

Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas is a beautifully embellished jacketed hardcover with foil and glitter. Curl up with your little ones around the Christmas tree with Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas.

My Review:

From the author of the Jesus Calling devotionals comes he story of Christmas starting at Genesis.  A good background of the story of Jesus, telling of his earthly lineage and of the fact that before time He was.  The illustrations are simple yet colorful, the book jacket has glitter.  This is a good book for your young reader.

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Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel By Copenhagen Publishing House

Book Description

Winter is an exciting fun time of year for little ones, and Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel will help children thank God for all His wonderful wintry gifts. The soft art, touch-and-feel elements, and sweet message will appeal to the cuddliest little ones, making this the perfect holiday gift!

Little polar bear spreads joy and cheer to all the winter animals. He shares his thankful spirit with all he meets and leaves smiles and cuddles behind him. Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel is a great way to enjoy all the coziest aspects of winter with your little one—and

thank God for the beauty and fun of winter.

 

My Review:

This is a small board book with cute little animal pictures.  The story is short and sweet as little polar bear visits the other animals sharing warm winter cuddles.  Inside the body of each of the cubs is a soft patch material for your little one to feel.

This book is cute and will be fun for your little one.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Cow Said Neigh! Picture Book A Farm Story By Rory Feek

Book Description

From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.

The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!

With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.

This delightful picture book is sure to be read time and time again.

My Review:

The pictures in this book are nice and colorful and writing is in rhyme.  The letters on the page are large.  But the story is a nonsensical story about a farm where the animals all want to be something else.  There is no sense to the story as it ends with the farmer also deciding to be something else.

I would not recommend this book and give it a 1 out of 5 stars.

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ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible International Children’s Bible

Book Description

Show your little princess what it means to truly be a daughter of God with the beautiful Golden Rose Princess Bible. This full-text International Children’s Bible® (ICB) is written at a third-grade reading level, so it is the perfect first step for young readers ready to read and explore God’s Word on their own.

The ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible is a complete Bible in the easy-to-read ICB translation children can read and understand, and includes many special features to help encourage growth and study. Little girls will love to explore the fully illustrated Bible story pages tucked throughout the text, as well as the many key highlighted verses. This Bible also includes a dictionary and concordance, making it a wonderful tool for study.

The ICB Golden Princess Sparkle Bible comes with a dazzling cover with shimmering design and lots of sparkling glitter, all highlighting the beloved princess theme. You and your little princess will love the thirty-two pages of full color insert that dive deeper into some of the most beloved Bible stories!

Every little girl is a princess in God’s eyes, and this glittery Bible packed with great features is truly fit for royalty!

My review:

The illustrations in this Bible are colorful and attention getting.  The text is easy to read.  This children’s Bible is written at a third grade level and has a golden shimmering cover.  Your little princess will love reading the Bible from this children’s Bible.

I give it a 5 stars out of 5.

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Amish Celebrations Four Novellas By Beth Wiseman

Book Description

The Gift of Sisters

Hannah and Elizabeth are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday—a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn’t be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Elizabeth is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Elizabeth reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

A New Beginning

Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be baptized. But when Noah decides to enjoy one last night of his rumschpringe a few weeks before the ceremony, he does something that causes Rebecca to reconsider his proposal. As Rebecca and Noah navigate the turn in their relationship, Rebecca must learn to forgive Noah or abandon her dreams of marrying him. If Noah won’t forgive himself in time for the baptism, his guilt could cause him to run from his love for Rebecca and leave his community behind.

A Perfect Plan (previously published in An Amish Wedding)

Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester pops the question on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. But everything begins to fall apart as Chester works to build a house for his new bride, only to have one disaster after another occur. Can true love take this couple through the challenges that threaten their union, or will they begin to doubt that they are on the right path, the one God has chosen for them?

A Christmas Miracle

Mary is twenty-seven years old and already has five young children. Married to her husband at age eighteen, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood, and exhaustion and frustration are sending her into a downhill spiral as the holidays approach. Too proud and ashamed to ask for help, Mary’s situation begins to take a toll on her marriage. But when an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriend Mary, showering her with wisdom and advice, she must choose to accept help, learn to cope with her situation, and ultimately find the true meaning of Christmas.

My review:

Each of these stories is short enough to read in one sitting but deep enough to leave you mulling it afterward.  Each of these stories celebrates something; birthdays, holidays weddings, baptisms.  The stories are heartwarming and filled with joy.  This is a novel you will enjoy.

I give this book a five out of five stars.  Bethe Wiseman spent the time developing the stories and gave each a good ending.

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