Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Books To Believe In With Zondervan {Plus THREE Chances To WIN With THREE Different GIVEAWAYS!!!}

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If you take a moment to read a little bit about Our Southern Style, I'm sure you'll find it's no secret that my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. I feel so blessed to have this relationship with God as the foundation of all that I am, and all that my family and marriage is built on and also blessed to live in a place where I'm blessed to share how this relationship and my faith has changed my life. I pray daily for my own kids that they will discover the freedom I've found in God but ultimately, I know it's a decision they have to make on their own - and one they should make on their own. I also know that as a parent, it's my job to steer them towards what is true and good and to give them their own foundation of faith to build from. We are a family who cherishes story time and believes in the endless benefits of reading. I received the items, pictured above, from Zondervan, at no cost, to facilitate this review, and I'm thrilled to share with you a selection of books for building the faith of your children this year!

The Berenstain Bears

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Growing up the Berenstain Bears were always one of my favorite books. In fact, I still have many of the same titles that now have become some of the most requested bedtime stories for my own children. Aside from getting to revisit these wonderful bears myself, with topics like, the importance of family, eating healthy, treating everyone with kindness, I love that I get to read my children stories that teach them important values and attitudes.

  God Bless Our Country

 Just in time for Memorial Day, the Berenstain Bears are reminding us all of what it means to live in a country where we are free. We are a very patriotic family and we talk with our children quite frequently about honoring and supporting our current troops as well as remembering and honoring the ones who have given their lives for our freedom. This book was a great tool in helping them understand a little bit more about the Memorial holiday. Plus, they loved the extra Berenstain Bears stickers!

  The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the Bear cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. Features 12 full-color stickers.  In the newest Berenstain Bear Living Lights 8x8 title, the glorious fourth has arrived and the Bear family is busy decorating with flags and bunting. Brother, Sister and Honey are anticipating the big parade and all the fireworks but aren’t really thinking about the true meaning of the day. But Mama and Papa make sure the cubs know just how much Bear Country is blessed with a quick lesson about the first Fourth of July. - Zondervan Product Description

 Click HERE to order The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country for $4.99

  The Berenstain Bears County Cookbook

 Cooking is a way of life for Our Southern Style and my daughter, Eva quickly adopted this cookbook as her first official cookbook! Filled with tons of kid-friendly recipes, this book makes it easy and fun to get kids in the kitchen! Having a hardcover makes it great for a gift for any child and I love that this ensures Eva will be enjoying this cookbook for years to come. She loves that now in her Mom's library of cookbooks, she has one of her own!

  Check out The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook and cook with Mama Bear and the rest of the Bear family using these 40 kid-friendly recipes including breakfast, lunch, main meal, and dessert that are sure to please the entire family. It’s The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook! Bear lovers everywhere are sure to find favorite recipes for fun food in this new kid-friendly, cookbook--ranging from Bear favorites that use honey and berries to pie, a delicious stew, and even some Berenstain favorites like Jan Berenstain’s famous green lasagna. Featuring breakfast, lunch, main meal, and dessert recipes as well as kid-friendly cooking tips such as food and measurement conversions, this is sure to become a go-to cookbook for delicious and fun recipes kids can cook with an adult - Zondervan 

Click HERE to order The Berenstain Bears' County Cookbook for $12.99 WIN IT!

Berenstain Bears Giveaway

One reader will win this Berenstain Bears' Book Bundle.  The giveaway will end June 4, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Winner must be able to provide a street address for shipping. Prize package cannot be mailed to a PO Box. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Spring Into Reading

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Who doesn't love the joy and newness that comes with Spring? After what seemed like the longest and coldest winter yet, our family has been rejoicing in the new songs of the birds and all the beauty of the trees and flowers returning to our home. Zondervan has a wonderful collection of books that highlight the wonder of Spring and the miracle of life and creation.

  Bunny's First Spring

 If you have young children then you have probably had to answer the question, "Mom?" "Why do all the leaves fall in Autumn?" "How come everything turns so brown in the winter?" This adorable tale quickly and wondrously explains why seasons change and highlights the joy of the return of Spring. Even as an adult, I still marvel at the way God even uses creation to speak to the reasons for the changing of season in our own lives. This book as become a family favorite!

  When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope.  But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying.  In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth. -Zondervan Product Description.

Click HERE to order Bunny's First Spring for $15.99.

  Only God Can Make A Kitten On to the next most popular question of, "Mom?" "Where do babies come from?". This delightful book talks all about the mysteries of creation and the message of understanding just how special life and the life of each individual really is. My children always love thinking about how the same God who created the animals they see, and the stars that twinkle, also made them to be just as treasured and this story brings that to truth to life.

  Only God Can Make A Kitten, written by award-winning author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by bestselling artist Laura J. Bryant, follows a conversation between a mother and child as the child repeatedly asks "Mama, who made . . . ?" In the end, children learn that God is responsible for everything in creation—including kittens! - Zondervan Product Descriptipon. 

 Click HERE to order Only God Can Make A Kitten (Hardcover) for $12.99

  Little Bunny's Bible

Little Bunny Bible

What a better way to introduce the Bible to your youngest children than this adorable Little Bunny's Bible! As soon as our box of books arrived my youngest son, Levi, age 2, couldn't wait to pull this fuzzy bunny out of its case! This "first Bible", with its durable pages is perfect for toddlers and would even make a great gift! We have several Beginner Bibles in our home so my kids were excited to put this special book away for a new cousin who we will be welcoming to the world and our family sometime this coming Fall.

  The Little Bunny’s Bible is a soft, cuddly Bible that children age 2-5 can call their own.  Throughout this plush-covered book, little ones learn that they’re loved and cared for by God as they hear about God’s faithfulness in stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  With sweet, rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this soft and cuddly character storybook Bible is sure to become a classic with preschoolers. - Zondervan Product Description

 Click HERE to order the Little Bunny's Bible for $15.99

  Spring Into Reading Giveaway

One reader will win this Spring Into Reading Bundle.  The giveaway will end June 4, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Winner must be able to provide a street address for shipping. Prize package cannot be mailed to a PO Box. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Share The Love

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Last year my oldest daughter finally got what we'd been praying for, a best friend. The girls quickly became very close and share just about everything with each other. It wasn't long before Mariyah came to me and said, "Mom, I don't think Alexis knows anything about God, I don't think anyone has ever told her about Jesus. How do I talk to her about God? Mariyah and I talked about showing other's God's love through our words, and actions, and relationships and prayed together that God would open a door and give her an opportunity to share her faith with someone who was so very important and special to her. It wasn't 24 hours later, Alexis had come over to work on homework with Mariyah after school and shortly after Alexis went home, Mariyah came bounding down the stairs with a huge smile on her face. "Guess what Mom?" "God gave me an opportunity to tell Alexis about Him!" " I had my Bible on my nightstand and Alexis asked what it was". Long story short, Mariyah shared with her friend about her own relationship with God, shared some of her favorite stories from the Bible and answered some of Alexis' questions about who God is. Now we pick up Alexis almost every Sunday for church. How do you help encourage your kids to share their faith with their friends?

  NIV Gift Bible For Kids

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This simple Bible is perfect for first time readers and has such a bright attractive cover. This selection also comes in a handsome blue color for boys!

  The NIV Gift Bible for Kids is the perfect gift for graduations, confirmations, and other special achievements. The bonus content explores the teachings, ministry, miracles, and parables of Jesus, as well as life in New Testament times, enhancing and enriching the reading of Scripture. Features include: • Words of Christ in red • Presentation page • Bible dictionary concordance • Book introductions • Presentation page for personalizing and gift giving - Zondervan Product Description

Click HERE to order the NIV Gift Bible For Kids for $16.99  

Case For Grace For Kids

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 Lee Strobel has always been fantastic at taking the basics of faith and putting it in a way that makes sense - I am so excited to see he is adding books for children and teens to his projects. Case For Grace For Kids is the perfect book to pair with their NIV Gift Bible For Kids!

  What does “grace” really mean? How can God’s grace impact your life? How can you experience grace every day? This new book by New York Times bestselling author, Lee Strobel, shows how God’s love is for everyone—no matter what. Through stories of everyday people whose lives have been changed, you will discover God’s love and the power of forgiveness. You will experience God’s amazing grace and be able to share it with others - Zondervan Product Description

Click HERE to order Case For Grace For Kids for $7.99 (currently on sale for $6.39)

  FaithGirlz Redo Your Room: 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do In A Weekend

Redo Your Room  

 I have a preteen in my house and it is so very hard sometimes to get her to read. In fact, when I told my kids to be on the lookout for the mailman to come with a big box of books, my oldest made it clear, she didn't have much interest in any additional reading. When the box arrived and the kids began looking through our new Zondervan library, Mariyah's eyes fell on the Redo Your Room book and quickly snatched it up. "Please! Please Mom can't this be my book! I've always wanted a book like this!" Instantly, she was ready to read! She quickly hightailed it up to her room to begin looking through pages and pages of fun projects for her to work on to make her room "so cool". Redo Your Room is like Pinterest for Preteens and my daughter can't get enough of it. This book truly is the perfect book for the upcoming summer months when kids are out of school and looking for things to keep them busy!

  Whether you’re looking for an all-out room redo or a few new tricks to brighten up your space, Faithgirlz! has tons easy how-tos and quick DIYs that'll morph your room into a true expression of y-o-u. Give your walls a burst of color (even without a bucket of paint!)  and turn your fave pics and keepsakes into inspiring art. These floor-to-ceiling secrets help nix those piles of clothes decorating your space in favor of awesome add-ons, like mini murals and a magical ribbon chandelier (psst: we won't tell anyone it took you a half hour to whip up). Redo Your Room is packed with cute and crafty ways to add pop to your domain. You'll learn how to make even the tiniest spaces into pretty places to sleep 'n' study, and clever ways to keep it all looking adorable. And the best part? You can make over your bedroom without going broke. - Zondervan Product Description

Click HERE to purchase Redo Your Room: 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do In A Weekend for $12.99


Share The Love Giveaway

One reader will win Case For Grace For Kids and a NIV Gift Bible For Kids. The perfect opportunity to win a giveaway and share your faith by sharing your win! Who would you give this prize to?  The giveaway will end June 4, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Winner must be able to provide a street address for shipping. Prize package cannot be mailed to a PO Box. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

  Only God Can Make A Kitten final

Our Southern Style had such a great time sharing so many stories of love and faith over the past couple weeks. Zondervan has such a huge selection of books, Bibles, and gifts there is without a doubt something for every reader in your home and gifts for every occasion!

 Check out Zondervan online HERE! As always, shipping is FREE for any orders over $25!

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Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment of all the above giveaways is the responsibility of Zondervan, and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Winner's must have a valid street address to ship the prize to. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.


  1. You are never too young to learn about patriotism - THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY would be perfect!

  2. Would also like to have Littlr Bunny's Bible. Looks like a great book for toddlers.

  3. My favorite Berstein Bears book is "Keep the Faith".

  4. I would love the own "The Day Is Waiting" book!!

  5. I would share this prize with my son and his friends!! We would have lots of reading fun!!

  6. I would love to add Kindness Counts to our library! So important to teach kindness to your little ones.

  7. I would love to add the give thanks book!

  8. My favorite is The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule!

  9. I would share this prize with my daughter.

  10. My favorite Berenstain Bears book is The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

  11. I’d like the Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids for dd!

  12. I would share these with my dd and nieces!

  13. I’ve loved Berenstain Bears books for a long time! I see several new ones – ‘THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND A JOB WELL DONE’ looks great!

  14. I used to buy all their books when my kids were growing up. I like theTHE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE FORGIVING TREE.
    Sherry Compton

    Sherry Compton

  16. I'd share this with my grandkids.