Two Book Reviews (I loved them both!)

I signed up for the blog tour for The Peter Potential, but there was some complication and it didn't come in time for the blog tour. But I have it now and have had a chance to read it and I have to say, it really, REALLY touched me.
The Peter Potential by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman is a smaller, gift-sized book. It took me about half an hour to read it because I read it slowly. On purpose. It felt loaded and I didn't want to miss anything.

I have long loved Peter, the apostle. I relate to him. I often feel his insecurities and I often feel filled with great faith. But then I mess up and feel like a failure.

This book is so beautiful, so full of faith, so hopeful and so affirming that it brought tears to my eyes. I loved it. I loved the way it described Peter and his potential and how that relates to me and my potential. This is a wonderful book to give a as a gift or to keep for yourself. Or both. I know I'll be reading it again and again.

The other book I read is a children's book, mostly aimed at girls, but with valuable lessons for all of us, no matter our gender or age. It's called Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, with illustrations by Kathleen Peterson.

I loved the format of this book. It began a story of a woman from the Bible, then explained her choice. Then it finished the story, telling us what she chose. Finally, it posed a question to the reader to prompt us to think about what we would choose to do in similar situations.

I'll admit that when I first saw the book, I wasn't completely sold on the illustrations. Don't get me wrong. It isn't that I think I can do better because I certainly can't. I just didn't love the style of the artwork. But as I read the stories and looked at the pictures in the context of the stories, it really grew on me.

This is a wonderful book and I look forward to sharing it with my children and eventually, my grandchildren.

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