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booksthatspark's podcast

Discussing books that spark imagination, emotion questions, and conversations with our kids. Using books to create teachable moments for life lessons and discipleship.

Dec 28, 2021

In this updated replay of an episode from two years ago, Dave and I discuss Bible translations and what ones work well with children. Of all the books that spark conversations with our kids, the Bible is the most important one. 

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Dec 21, 2021


The holidays can be especially hard for families who are longing for a child or who have lost a child. In this episode, we take time to talk with Deb Gruelle about her new book Aching for a Child.

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Dec 14, 2021

Do you need some Christmas gift ideas? What's better than preparing for the New Year by finding a devotional for your kids and for your family to read together? 
In this episode I share some devotional books that are unique and will challenge kids of every age to follow Christ more closely. 

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Dec 7, 2021

In this episode we continue the interview with Robynne Miller. We discuss some life-changing books that will help our kids be prepared to engage with people, love and respect others, and to go when God leads. 

We also discuss how you can make a difference in a writer's world. 

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Nov 30, 2021

In this episode, which is part 1 of my interview with Robynne Miller, we discuss all kinds of interesting things about the world of Little House on the Prairie and Robynne's books.

Be sure to join us next week for part 2 when we'll discuss some important books and topics impacting our world today.

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