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Friday, 13 November 2009



I had the opportunity to review two wonderful books, God Is With Me Through The Night and God Is With Me Through The Day. These books were written by Julie Cantrell, a certified speech-language pathologist, with years of experience helping children develop communication skills. Julie currently writes for Princeton Health Care System and FNC, Inc.

I loved both of the books, they contain beautiful stock photos and the wording is simple. The books are very similar, but I really appreciated God Is With Me Through The Night. I'm partial to deer, so I was drawn to the cover. Also, because I think it is in line with the author's goal. The author wrote the book for her daughter, who was afraid of the dark and suffered from nightmares. Ms. Cantrell's intention was to not publish the book initially, but to create a story that would let her daughter know she was safe and she wasn't alone at night. Ms. Cantrell stated, "When her friends would sleep over, they all enjoyed the book and wanted me to print copies for them. Then the neighborhood kids asked for copies."

The story lines in the books are simple. She's used beautiful photos of baby animals expressing their fears and loving pictures of baby animals with their mommy assuring them they are safe at night and during the day to engage the child's attention. The books are useful in building the child's faith in God as well.

Ms. Cantrell conducted research and with data to support the design of the books, and a gut instinct that families would enjoy reading the book again and again, she decided to move forward with publishing. The books are receiving positive feed back from parents and children.



My 2 year old grandson gets excited when he sees the books. I've read them every day since I've received them. He's partial to the God Is With Me Through The Day book. I believe he finds the color of the cover stimulating and likes the puppy on the cover. I love that the author expanded her idea to include the fact that children face fears during the day as well. I believe we will get a lot of mileage out of these books. Another plus is that they have a hard back cover. I found one with little sticky finger prints. My grandson loves pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast, so guess who was the culprit. A damp cloth easily removed the breakfast remnants.

Ms. Cantrell wanted our readers to experience these beautiful book too, so we're offering a set to one of our readers. They will help guide your child through their fears and let them know they are not alone and they will be protected and loved. Here's how you could win: Leave us a comment on one of your child's fears or visit Ms. Cantrell's blog and read her tips on how to help your child with their fears. Leave a comment on how you think Ms. Cantrell's tips could help you.

You can also find activities to go along with the books on Ms. Cantrell's blog, Julie's Journal.

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This give away will end December 14 at mid-night. Give away is open to US Resident 18+ only.



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