|BUYER’S GUIDE OCTOBER 2014: OUR PICK OF SOME OF THE LATEST CHILDREN’S, YA AND NICHE BOOKS|
|Written by Christine D. Johnson|
|Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:31 AM America/New_York|
Action Bible, Duck Commander brands expand
Master illustrator Sergio Cariello is back with the Bible’s creation story in an all-new graphic novel, The Action Bible: The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation (9780781411424, $12.99, softcover, David C Cook), for kids ages 9-12.
Releasing Oct. 1, this animated story of the beginning of time takes readers to the Garden of Eden, meeting God walking there and seeing Jesus, the Word, active in creation. Readers see Lucifer betray his friend, Michael the Archangel, and how Adam and Eve fall into Lucifer’s trap.
Cariello teams up with Caleb J. Seeling, a columnist for arts magazines and Examiner.com on The Story of Creation, the first of four volumes.
Willie and Korie Robertson’s son, John Luke, of A+E’s Duck Dynasty family teams up with novelist Travis Thrasher on four fiction books for readers ages 8-12 from Tyndale House Publishers. Titles in the Be Your Own Duck Commander Boxed Set (9781414398174, $29.99, October) also are sold individually for $9.99 each.
After a few chapters in each book, readers can choose to go down different paths in the Duck Commander world—each filled with humor and life lessons. The individual titles are: Willie’s Redneck Time Machine; Phil and the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca; Si in Space; and Jase & the Deadliest Hunt.
CATHOLICS, WAKE UP!
A retired veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Romero is an author, theologian and director of religious education at a parish north of L.A. He believes that Catholics are called to radically live their faith. In Catholics, Wake Up! Be a Spiritual Warrior, he aims to jolt believers out of their spiritual lethargy and challenges them to show up to claim every situation for the Lord. Romero says that believers are to be spiritual warriors who triumph with God’s strength in life’s difficulties.
THE DIDACHE BIBLE
The Didache Bible presents extensive commentaries on all books of the Bible based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Bible includes the complete Scripture text using the Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition. It features a 6-by-9-inch trim size, 27 full-color maps, a glossary, topical index and apologetic explanations to common questions about faith.
WOULD YOU BAPTIZE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL?
Guy Consolmagno, SJ; Paul Mueller, SJ
Pope Francis posed the question in this book’s title to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the church. Authors Consolmagno and Mueller—scientists at the Vatican Observatory—often hear similar questions. In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? …And Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory, they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason such as how to reconcile the Big Bang with Genesis and what really went down between Galileo and the Catholic church. With humor, the authors explore these questions and more.
BEDTIME BIBLE STORIES
Going beyond Bible stories, this colorful book challenges children ages 5 to 8 to stop and think about the meaning of each story recounted. More than 180 stories are drawn from the breadth of Scripture—from “In the Beginning, God” of Genesis 1 through heaven’s tree of life in Revelation 22—and are illustrated in full color. Bedtime Bible Stories is compiled from the Barbour series with sales of nearly a half-million copies.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
Angie Smith; illustrated by Breezy Brookshire
Best-selling author Smith offers a new storybook collection of women from the Bible, retold for girls ages 6-10. In For Such a Time as This, her attention turns to 40 women from the Old and New Testaments, including Eve, Sarah and Hagar, Esther, Mary Magdalene and Gomer. Summaries at the end of each story highlight an attribute of God to be learned from the story and offer thoughtful reflections for parent and child.
JESUS DETECTIVE: A PUZZLE SEARCH BOOK
Peter Martin; illustrated by
This picture-search puzzle book offers 17 illustrated scenes of events from the life of Jesus. Young detectives are invited to find answers to the questions posed on each page. Some puzzles involve looking for details of everyday life, while others highlight things that happened in the Bible stories. Visual learners may find Jesus Detective particularly appealing.
SECRET KEEPER GIRL PAJAMA PARTY
Secret Keeper Girl Pajama Party is a mom-daughter study for 8-to-12-year-old girls and their moms. More than 300,000 moms and daughters have experienced Secret Keeper Girl Live! The Pajama Party Tour, created by the author. Moms and daughters can enjoy an evening of giggles and games—and also find opportunities to open up about concerns tweens have like drama with friends or what she thinks about boys along with her friendship with Jesus. The games, recipes, lessons and discussion questions Gresh provides are geared for a group or just for mom and daughter.
SURPRISE AT YORKTOWN
Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
In Surprise at Yorktown, readers will travel back two centuries to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washington’s ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they can’t escape?
TRUTH DARE, DOUBLE DARE
This all-new companion to the best-selling devotional Truth and Dare challenges girls to put their faith into action. Truth, Dare, Double Dare is a fast-paced, real-life daily devotional for girls ages 8 to 12. Each day of reading includes a few Bible verses, an exploration of what they mean and ways tweens can apply God’s truth to their lives. It includes journaling prompts, fun quizzes and relevant messages for tween girls.
Quién es Quién y Dónde Es Dónde en la Biblia 2.0 (WHO’S WHO AND WHERE’S WHERE IN THE BIBLE 2.0)
Stephen M. Miller
Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible has sold more than a quarter-million copies. Now, the revised and expanded edition is available in Spanish. This A-Z magazine-style dictionary features insights about more than 500 of the most important people and places of Scripture.
A YOUNG MAN’S GUIDE TO DISCOVERING HIS BIBLE
Best-selling author George encourages young men to know their Bible, what it says and make it their personal guide for all of life. Along the way, he also offers ideas for Bible study and practical application. The young women’s counterpart by Elizabeth George is also available.
FREE TO BE ME
In the teen edition of the best-selling title Becoming Myself, Eldredge challenges girls ages 15 to 18 to learn to believe God’s truth about their beauty and worthiness. Age-appropriate examples and stories encourage and equip readers to embrace what God says about them and His dream for their lives. Practical and interactive elements, including helpful hints, questions and advice, end each chapter.
Sadie Robertson with Beth Clark
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson—star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson—opens up about herself and the values that make her family what it is in Live Original. Robertson lives by a list of simple principles—think happy, be happy, dream big, shake the hate, do something and many more—that have led to personal and spiritual growth and have helped her relationships flourish.