I am always looking for good, clean books I can read to my kids and give to my family. Our local church bookstore is now closed, so its hard to find out what is new and exciting. I love to check out the bookstores when I am in Utah and Idaho to see what is new, so I thought some of you might be too. Here are some new things (LDS books and movies) I am loving or excited to try out.
My Home Can Be a Holy Place (Book and CD) by Jenny Oaks-Baker. The book is inspirational and encouraging for kids to read. The music includes hymns, such as “Love at Home” and “I am a Child of God”.
Our homes can become holy places that prepare children to “grow up in the Lord” (D&C 109:15). This children’s picture book tells the story of Lily, a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place by the things she does each day. The engaging illustrations by LDS artist Dan Burr depict Lily’s family in various settings that show how children can contribute to the spiritual environment in their home as they say their prayers, work together, read the scriptures, eat dinner as a family, make good decisions, observe the Sabbath day, participate in family home evening, share the gospel, and learn to love one another. Parents will find additional helps and resources to reinforce these concepts on the author’s website. These resources are designed specifically to complement the themes presented in the book.
When I’m a Missionary by Merrilee Boyack:
Lacey and Julian’s brother has just returned from his mission, and they’re excited—excited that he’s home again and excited to learn how to be missionaries themselves. With help from their older brother, parents, and extended family, the children practice some of the skills and habits they will need as full-time missionaries. From dressing appropriately for church to serving others and from daily scripture study to learning basic skills for cooking, cleaning, and even sewing buttons on clothing, they discover how preparing to be a missionary can start with the things they do every day. Follow the adventures of Lacey and Julian as they discover the challenges and the rewards of missionary service and learn all about becoming great missionaries.
Hold On: A Modern Tribute to the Music of Michael McLean by Various Artists
Eric Robertson, a popular producer in Provo, has brought together an impressive list of talented vocalists to sing on new, fresh productions of classic Michael McLean songs. The vocalists include some of the top names from the burgeoning Provo music scene, including Elaine Bradley, from Neon Trees, and Ryan Innes, one of the top contestants on NBC’s The Voice. Eric grew up listening to Michael McLean songs and still feels a strong connection to them. This album is an effort to pay tribute to those songs and produce them in a way that will speak to a younger generation of LDS youth.
Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival. Rated PG-13 for thematic situations involving violence.
On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes … what do you see?
Lane Speer is a sixteen-year-old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. Only a year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father’s death, her mother remarries a guy that Lane hardly knows. Worst of all, he is a Mormon. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt, who takes Lane away to a Bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, Lane tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with the death of her father.