ACRBA Tour – Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon

13 – 17 November 2017

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

Is Introducing

 

by Patricia Weerakoon

Publisher: CEP, July 19, 2017

Book Description:

People have been talking about the birds and the bees since Adam and Eve walked the earth. Yet the conversation hasn’t become easier! With so many messages about sexuality, gender and identity around them, our children need a safe space to learn about these topics now more than ever.

Designed for parents and carers to read with children aged 7 to 10, Birds and Bees by the Book has been created to help you to have these conversations at your own pace.

Written by renowned sex educator Patricia Weerakoon, the six books in this set are designed to be read in whichever order suits you and your child. They cover three foundational topics that help children to understand the family structures in the world around them, and how their body and brain are developing as they grow. There are also three extension topics that teach children what is involved in sexual activity, what it means to be a boy or a girl, and how to protect themselves against pornography if they stumble across it.

All of these topics are framed within the Bible’s message that children are unique creations of God, and that sex is a precious gift to be used carefully and wisely in the context of marriage.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/218748624

About the Author:

Patricia Weerakoon is a Sexologist and Writer. She trained in medicine in the University of Sri Lanka.

She is an evangelical Christian. She is married to Vasantha. Her son Kamal is a Presbyterian minister.

As a Sexologist she has translated her passion to bring good holistic sexual health to all people into practical sex education, sex research and sex therapy.

Her writing and speaking brings together her enthusiasm for sex and her love for the glory of God.

The Christian framework of sex therapy she offers has enriched and empowered the sex life of couples and singles.

She has a recognised media presence and is a highly regarded public speaker and social commentator in sexuality and sexual health.

Patricia retired in 2011 after a twenty three year career as an academic with the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Sydney. The last eight years of which she was the director of an internationally acclaimed graduate program in Sexual Health.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

Birds and the Bees by the Book is a 6-book set that covers all aspects of sexuality. The books are designed for parents to read with their children aged 7-10. The statistics I’ve seen quoted from various sources indicate that children are accidentally being exposed to online pornography at a young age. I can understand the logic for why it’s important for parents to discuss issues relating to sexuality, gender and pornography with their primary school aged children.

The books provide a Biblical perspective on the issues in Patricia’s trademark straight forward manner. There are no euphemisms and the correct anatomical words are used to describe the human body. The books explore and address the dynamics of family relationships, brain science, body image, gender, sexuality and the dangers of pornography. The language is clear and pitched at an appropriate level to provide comprehensive information for children.

The set includes Me And My Family, Me And My Body, Me And My Brain, Learning About Sex, Learning About Gender and Learning About Pornography. Recommended for parents who are looking for a helpful educational resource written from a Christian perspective.

Many thanks to CEP for providing a complimentary copy of the books.

ACRBA Tour The Warrior Lord’s Sword by Ray Hawkins

4 – 8 July

is introducing

The Warrior Lord’s Sword

(April 2016)

by  Ray Hawkins

 

 

About the Book:

‘The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword …’That is one of the ways the Bible defines itself. This Devotional takes you into 30 other of its definitions. Your confidence in and appreciation of God’s word will be strengthened as you understand its claims.The author’s hope is that this book will enrich your love for and understanding of God’s unchanging scriptures. For God has expressed Himself within them so you will know Him in a personal way.Scripture is God’s breath in print with power to declare His glory. It is His sword to strike against ungodliness. He has given it to us also to guide, guard and govern our relationship of faith in Him.

About the Author

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

ACRBA Tour Glimpses of Light

2 – 6 May

is introducing

Glimpses of Light

(By the Light Books, 15 December 2015)

Edited by  Jeanette O’Hagan and Nola L Passmore

 

 

 About the Book

Be challenged, captivated and moved by these imaginative reflections on faith, help in time of need, joy in the midst of tragedy, and surprising encounters with God.

During 2015, the International Year of Light, twenty-one authors from Australia and the United States have come together to explore the theme of ‘glimpses of light’—finding light in dark places—through short stories, poems, flash fiction and creative non-fiction.

Glimpses of Light includes contributions from respected and award-winning authors and poets Jo-Anne Berthelsen, Paula Vince, Lynne Stringer, Adele Jones, Jo Wanmer, Jeanette Grant-Thomson and Ellen Carr, as well as exciting new talent.

Profits from this anthology go to CBM Australia, giving sight to the blind.

 About the Authors

JEANETTE O’HAGAN

Jeanette O’Hagan enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in Tied in Pink romance anthology, Another Time Another Place, Poetica Christi’s Inner Child, Let the Sea Roar, Like a Girl.

Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master’s in writing. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends, pondering the meaning of life and communicating God’s great love. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

Website: jeanetteohagan.com

NOLA PASSMORE

Nola Passmore’s poetry, devotions, inspirational articles, and short fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Although she’s a former academic with qualifications in creative writing, psychology, and Christian ministry; she’s found that you can never underestimate the power of friends and mentors in the writing journey.

With ringleader roles in Quirky Quills and the Toowoomba chapter of Omega Writers, she’ll be nagging (oops, encouraging) other writers for some time. She and her husband Tim have a freelance writing and editing business called The Write Flourish.

Website: www.thewriteflourish.com.au

ACRBA Tour Signs in Life by Deanna Nowadnick

7 – 11 September

is introducing

Signs in Life ~ Finding Direction in Our Travels with God

Rhododendron Books (May 8, 2015)

by

Deanna Nowadnick

About the Book:
Signs in Life begins with a late night encounter with local law enforcement. In the harsh glare of a flashlight, Deanna Nowadnick learns the consequences of speeding through a stop sign. Other incidents follow. All are linked to the divine signs she’s encountered in that bigger journey through life.
Deanna shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from her travels with God. Readers will see the signs in life. She might be speeding through a stop sign–yet again!–while you’re carefully navigating a busy street, but we’re all part of a bigger journey, a greater purpose. We’re all part of God’s great story.
As she used to tell her  young sons, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.”
About the Author:

 

Deanna Nowadnick is a native of the Pacific Northwest. When not writing, she serves at the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington State.

Deanna is active in her church, playing the violin and editing the newsletter. She loves to knit, adores chocolate, and most important, enjoys a blessed marriage to Kurt. She’s also the proud mother of two adult sons. Her first book, Fruit of My Spirit, began as a short story for Kyle and Kevin about how she met their father. It quickly became a much larger story about God’s love and faithfulness.

Deanna has just finished her second book: Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God.

ACRBA tour Dynamic Ageing by Ray Hawkins

18th – 22nd August 2014

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

Is Introducing

Dynamic Ageing

(Even Before 1 February 2014)

By

Ray Hawkins

 

About the Book

Discover how to make the ageing experience into an adventure. Join the Lord’s plan for ageing dynamically. Understand why God’s seniors are priceless. God’s grace for dynamic ageing more than compensates for physical limitations.

 About the Author

 

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

ACRBA Tour Dear God It’s Me and It’s Urgent by Marion Stroud

16th – 20th  June 2014

is introducing

‘Dear God It’s Me and It’s Urgent’

(Monarch, October 2013)

By

 Marion Stroud

 

 

 About the Book

‘Dear God It’s Me and It’s Urgent’ provides prayers for private devotion and meditation, or for sharing with other women. Inspiring and challenging they are rooted firmly in everyday life. Topics range from A Bride’s Prayer on the Eve of her Wedding,Reluctant Hospitality and After Chemotherapy, mixing wisdom and compassion with a touch of humour.In a world where people often seem too busy to listen or care God is always available. No appointment is required.

About the Author

Marion Stroud has written 3 children’s books, and 23 non-fiction titles. She lives in Bedford UK the town in which John Bunyan wrote his famous Pilgrim’s Progress. She is a cross cultural trainer for Media Associates International [www.littworld.org] which works to help Christian writers, editors and publishers write and publish culturally appropriate material in the ‘spiritually hard places’ of the world. You can contact marion at www.marionstroud.com

Narelle: My book recommendation can be found at the following link:

http://narelleatkins.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/book-recommendation-dear-god-its-me-and-its-urgent-by-marion-stroud/

Book Recommendation: Dear God, it’s me and it’s urgent by Marion Stroud

Dear God its me and its urgent

Book Description:

Here are soul-building moments for every woman, at every age. These prayers are ideal for private devotion and meditation, or for sharing with other women. Inspiring and enriching, they are rooted in everyday life. Topics range widely, from a Bride’s Prayer on the eve of her wedding to Shopping with a Daughter and Blue Monday. With imagination and care Marion offers prayers for every season. Each prayer is enriched with Scripture and thought-provoking quotations.

Narelle: I enjoyed reading this devotional prayer book. The front cover includes the description ‘Prayers for every season of a woman’s life’ and it sums up the essence of this lovely book. The devotional prayers are divided up into six sections and cover different aspects of a woman’s life, including marriage, children, work, caring, and growing older. Topical issues are covered with sensitivity and include heartfelt prayers that provide direction for women seeking Biblical wisdom.

Dear God, it’s me and it’s urgent is the type of book you can pick up and read in bite size chunks. Or, you can work through it each day over three months. The devotions include relevant quotes, applicable Bible verses, and a prayer that you can pray as you read. I appreciated the wisdom and insights I gained from each devotional prayer. I recommend this book to women looking for a helpful devotional book that provides a focus for their daily prayer time.

Many thanks to Lion Hudson (Monarch Books) for providing a review copy.

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

Available in Australia at Koorong Book Stores

ACRBA Blog Tour It’s Just You and Me Lord by Marion Stroud

19th – 23rd  May 2014

is introducing

‘It’s Just You and Me Lord’ 

(Monarch, October 2013)

By 

Marion Stroud

 

About the Book

Women are most likely to express their deepest thoughts to a trusted friend. At its best, prayer is simply that; a conversation with a friend who is never too tired, too busy or too pre-occupied to listen and respond.

From personal prayers to prayers about family,friends and the wider world, interweaved with Scripture and thought provoking quotes, this inspirational resource helps women of all ages to genuinely connect with God,and build and maintain a strong prayer life.

About the Author

Marion Stroud has written 3 children’s books, and 23 non-fiction titles. She lives in Bedford UK the town in which John Bunyan wrote his famous Pilgrim’s Progress. She is a cross cultural trainer for Media Associates International [www.littworld.org] which works to help Christian writers, editors and publishers write and publish culturally appropriate material in the ‘spiritually hard places’ of the world. You can contact marion at www.marionstroud.com

Narelle: I enjoyed reading this lovely devotional book of everyday prayers for women. The devotional prayers are divided up into six sections and cover different aspects of a woman’s life, including marriage, children, friends, work, family of faith, and the wider world. Many everyday issues are covered with sensitivity, and include heartfelt prayers that provide direction for women seeking Biblical wisdom. Practical applications are provided for women who are praying through difficult and challenging circumstances in their lives.

It’s Just You and Me Lord is a book you can pick up and read in small sections. Or, you can plan to use the book for your daily devotions over two to three months. The devotions include relevant quotes, applicable Bible verses, and a prayer that you can pray as you read. I appreciated the wisdom and insights I gained from each devotional prayer. I recommend this book to women looking for a helpful devotional book that provides a focus for their daily prayer time.

Many thanks to Lion Hudson (Monarch Books) for providing a review copy.

ACRBA Tour From Eden with Love by Ray Hawkins

17 – 21 February 2014

is introducing

From Eden with Love 

Even Before Publishing

By

Ray Hawkins

About the Book

Be taken on a tour of the Majesty of Marriage through 31 days of ‘From Eden with Love.’

Discover the Heavenly mystery underpinning the meaning of the Christian Marriage.

About the Author

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

Narelle: From Eden With Love is another excellent devotion book by Ray Hawkins in his 31 Biblical Devotions series. This book explores the meaning of love and marriage from a Biblical perspective. Each devotion starts with a key verse, which is discussed with references to other Biblical passages and verses, and has a reflection section at the end.

The first devotion starts in Genesis, with Adam and Eve and the Biblical symbolism of marriage. Devotion topics include The Noble Woman (Proverbs 31), The Noble Man (1 Timothy 3) and practical examples from the Bible. The devotions define and explain why God is at the heart of Christian romance and marriage. I highly recommend this devotion book to those looking to learn more about what the Bible says about love and marriage, and gain practical tips for their own marraige and relationship with God.

ACRBA tour: Captured by Calvary by Ray Hawkins

19 – 23 August

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

Introducing

Captured by Calvary

(Even Before Publishers Feb 2012)

By

Ray Hawkins

Light The Dark

About the Author:

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

About the book:

31 Biblical Devotions to meditate on the cross – God’s glory

Be captured by the wisdom, power, grace and wonder of Calvary.

These devotional meditations take you to the heart of the Gospel. They will fill you with awe of God.

They will cause you to bow before the Lord in adoration.

Narelle: Captured by Calvary is another excellent devotion book by Ray Hawkins in his 31 Biblical Devotions series. This book illuminates the essence of the Christian faith and gospel message in a way that is easy to understand. It explores the centrality and significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, refering to verses in both the Old and New Testaments.

Each devotion starts with a key verse, which is discussed with references to other Biblical passages and verses, and has a reflection section at the end. The first devotion looks at creation and the fall of mankind in the context of the cross and God’s promise of a new creation. The devotions consider important theological concepts in the Bible, including Passover, covenants, forgiveness, suffering and glory. Each devotion provides insights into the cross and gospel message, moving all the way through the Bible to the book of Revelation on Day 30. The last devotion on Day 31 challenges the reader to consider their personal cross (Luke 9:23).

I highly recommend this devotion book to those looking to explore the basics of the Christian faith and those who want to gain a greater understanding of the significance of the gospel message.

Many thanks to Even Before Publishing for providing a review copy.