Thursday Thoughts: I Believe Too

Thanks so much to those of you who have been joining the conversation in the comments on my post yesterday. I have really enjoyed hearing from you! Thanks for brightening my sick days with your comments! I hope you won't stop ;)

Now I want to share a new children's book with you that we've been enjoying from Deseret Book called
I Believe in Jesus Too by Mark S. Nielsen.

Today I thought I'd just tell you a little bit about it. The first thing I want to mention that I like about it is the art (by Craig Stapley). It really is beautiful and I just love the real expressions on the different children's faces throughout the book.

The book is focussed specifically on Latter-day Saint children and it takes you through several experiences and traditions that children have in common in their lives because they believe in Jesus (such as attending church, singing, praying, reading scriptures, family home evening, etc.), despite the differences in their homes and meeting places around the world.

It's a good level for Talia (who is 6) to read because she can handle most of the words, but the names of countries & the children's names that she is not used to give her a challenge and help her learn. It's also good for me to read to the girls.

I've loved using the book as a quiet picture book during church as well as reading it to my girls at home because it gives me a chance to ask them questions about their own experiences that come as a result of believing in Jesus. It has been a great conversation starter for us. It's also fun to talk about the different parts of the world represented in the book.

I just have to make one note: If you're reading this book, please realize that not all families in Canada live in Cabins ;) (had to get that off my chest.)

Here are a couple of links you might be interested in, if you're interested in this book:
Mark Nielsen's Author Facebook Page
I Believe Too Facebook Page
An Interview with the Author on another Blog
And of course, the I Believe in Jesus Too book page at Deseret Book

I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. As always my opinions are my own!


  1. Looks like a cute book. I love the idea of teaching kids about other cultures. I'll have to check our DB and see if they have it. Also, you totally ruined the image I had of your cute little family living in a small town of Canadian log cabins. Thank you for that. ;)

    1. lol Shatzi, that made me laugh :) Sorry to ruin that image ;)

  2. That's so true - not all Canadians live in cabins! Duh, there are igloos too. I'd say it's about a 50/50 split, wouldn't you? :P

  3. Oh no...writers remorse...I should've gone with igloos. Well, "I Believe in Christmas Too" comes out Christmas 2013. Maybe I can sneak in an igloo for Canada in that one! Thank you for the nice review Heather, I really appreciate it. You have a nice blog, and I am so glad that you and your family enjoy the book. Thanks again!!!

    1. haha :) I love it! You are so welcome, Mark, it really is a great book, you did a great job on it :) And thank you for taking the time to comment on my review- you made my night! :)

  4. Enjoyed reading your review. I found Marks book to be delightful and would add my endorsement to yours! Whether your LDS or not, the message can be enjoyed by everyone!

    1. Hi Becky! I actually did a search for other posts about Mark's book after I posted mine, and saw your interview post with Mark! Actually, I thin I'm going to add a link to that post at the end of mine. Thanks for commenting, Becky! :)


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