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I Love God's Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God's Creation [Paperback]

Mr Michael Carroll , Caroline Carroll

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Fun Devotional 11 April 2010
By A. Schoessow - Published on Amazon.com
We read this book as a family devotional every night after dinner.It was slightly over my kids heads (Ages 4.5 and 2), but they still seemed to enjoy it. I think that Treyton (my 4.5 year old) mostly enjoyed it for the jokes at the end of the devotional (they don't all have jokes and on the nights there weren't jokes he was thoroughly disappointed). But even now he will still grab the book and ask me to find some jokes for him (even though he doesn't "get" any of them) it is pretty funny.

When I received this book, I was thinking it was going to be too "green" for our family. We love our planet and we have taken many steps towards being more earth friendly but we are not fanatical in this area, and we don't plan on becoming fanatical either, so I was preparing myself to be bombarded with all the things we were doing wrong that we should change, while knowing full well we weren't really going to do many of the things in the book. Surprisingly that wasn't what we got at all.

This book does a great job emphasizing that we can't do it all but that just doing one thing makes a big difference. This was something that Treyton really "got" out of this book and I was pleased with that. It also gave small practical ways to be earth friendly that kids really could be a part of.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love God's Green Earth 18 April 2010
By Bro2ice - Published on Amazon.com
I was sent a copy of I love God's Green Earth by Michael and Caroline Carrol to review as a part of a blog tour. This great new book is a devotion book for kids who love God's Earth and want to take care of it. The devotion book is filled with fun facts, jokes, Scripture lessons and activities all designed to help kids learn how to take care of God's Green Earth. The book is broken down into 90 days. Each day has a section that has a lesson, a connection, a fun fact, and what you can do. For the blog tour I was asked to review the lesson from day 18.

Day 18 The Strongest Storms on Earth

This lesson is about Hurricanes. The Scripture for the day is Job 37:15-16 It talks about how God is in control of everything including storms like hurricanes. This particular story was about Hurricane Katrina and the effects it had on earth. It also talked about what happened to the wildlife and how the pelicans were affected by the storm.

The Connection: It connects hurricanes and other natural forces and shows how God is mighty and powerful in everything. Proverbs 30:4 is the verse used.

What Can I Do? Reflect on God's Power

Fun Fact: This part was interesting it shared how meteorologists name the storms.

The Joke: What did one hurricane say to the other hurricane? - you will have to read the book to find the answer!

Our Action Step-

One of the chapters was on taking care of God's creation. So we filled a bunch of bird feeders to feed all the birds that have come back for the spring.

***Disclosure*** I was not paid for this post. I was sent a copy of the book for review purposes. Thank you to Tyndale for the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching our children to care for the earth 17 April 2010
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
When I began thinking about who to approach this review, I thought I needed to address creation, evolution, and intelligent design. But, I've come to feel now that isn't the place for me to start.

Last year, we began a Bible study in our small group on the book of Genesis by Tim Keller. His Bible Studies, by the way, are my favorite by far of any studies I've ever done. I was looking forward to the study because I knew I'd been avoiding the discussion of creation and evolution and resolving what I felt about new earth and old earth theories. Much to my surprise, Tim Keller didn't address any of these things. Instead, he made the point that what we should be focusing is on what God did say in the Word--which is what really matters. Sometimes we get very caught up and distracted from what the Bible says by giving to much attention to trying to figure out what God doesn't state explicitly in His Word (ie. about creation). This study set my heart at ease and reminded me that there will be things that I don't understand and trust that I will not understand--because I am not God.

But, I suppose that's enough of my rambling! I hope it explains where I'm coming from. I'm reviewing i (heart) God's Green Earth by Michael and Caroline Carroll. It is a new devotional published by Tyndale for kids 6-11 years old.

When I opened up this book, I loved the introduction. I resonated with what the authors shared. It was right up my alley! I was excited to read this book.

The first time I read it when it arrived I was only excited about the introduction. I had read things out of order, picking and choosing random entries. That was a bad choice on my part.

I had my mind made up after that first reading, but couldn't articulate what I didn't like it. So, I just picked the book up and started at the beginning instead. I started to see past the very minor things I didn't like and see how this devotional does explain exactly what I want my kids to know and think about taking care of this world! The devotional entries build upon each other from the beginning to explain why we should take care of the earth (and they even explain what an ecological footprint is in the first 10 entries). There are 90 devotional entries in all.

For each entry, there is a Bible verse, devotional entry, connection to the verse, jokes or interesting facts and something you can do to care for the earth. I like all of the parts except for the something you can do for the earth. There are 2 things I wish the authors had done with this part. 1) I wish they had simply used the word "pray" rather than "relay your thoughts" about talking to God. I understand they were staying with an R theme, but for some reason, it just rubbed me the wrong way. I suppose it's because it reminds me of the way a lot of "new age" cults express the idea of talking to God. When I read it to my children, I will use the word Pray instead. 2) I wish there had been more practical, physical suggestions of things that my kids could to do to take care of the earth. Outside of those two minor issues, I enjoyed all the other parts of the daily devotions. The jokes were fun and silly and I like the facts. They are opportunities to talk about the world we live in and ignite their curiosity about God's creation.

I am impressed with this book and I do really like it. I've read several devotions and a lot of them are just okay--good, but if you're only buying 1 or 2, they aren't what I'd recommend. This devotional addresses a very special issue. As a homeschooling parent, I think it's perfect for integrating into your science curriculum when you teach your children grades 2-6 about caring for the earth. I look forward to doing that next year! My daughter at 6 years old is still a little young for it. I think that it would be best for 6-11 year olds (6 year olds if they have older siblings).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More of a Teaching Tool than Devotional 13 April 2010
By Casey Stertz - Published on Amazon.com
Michael & Caroline do a great job of making this book interesting for children. The book teaches kids how to take care of the Earth that God had created. The fun facts are interesting along with some of the cool websites and other activities that kids can do. The book is very kid oriented (the pictures, page layouts) and the length of each devotion is the perfect length for kids. However I felt the book was more of of something you would use as a training tool than something as a devotional.

Each page has a new devotional for the day. While I like the layouts of the page, I didn't care to much for the content in the devotions. Don't get me wrong some were good, but some were really stretching what the verses were saying. Some I feel didn't even go a long with the verses at all. The end of the book had some useful resource.

On a whole I would not recommend this book to others as a devotional for children, but as a training tool if this is something you are interested in teaching your children.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of reviewing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute eco-conscious book for kids 5 April 2010
By Shawn Ann - Published on Amazon.com
I Love God's Green Earth is a cute little book to help your children learn about going green and feel as though they are helping out. Although my son is too young yet for reading, he's always on the lookout for ways to help out and is already eco-conscious and reminding us that we can recycle paper and other things by making stuff out of them.

I love that the book has fun facts, jokes, and activities for the kids in it. It's a little more spiritual than I had expected and would have liked, but it's still a great book for the kids to learn about being eco-friendly and if you are a spiritual family it will also help with their scriptures.

This book was a review copy sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers.

Reviewed by Shawn Ann from Shawn Ann's World.
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