Review and Giveaway: Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!

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rufusryanRufus and Ryan Go to Church!
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Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Published by: Ideals Books
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About the Rufus and Ryan series
Rufus and Ryan is a new series of books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic little boy, and his stuff monkey Rufus. Basic Christian and church concepts serve as the foundation of the series, with an additional focus on character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan’s voice as he teaches Rufus about the concepts he is learning himself. Each story is about 150 words, using age-appropriate vocabulary and themes.

About the Author
Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the Illustrator
Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Giveaway ends Thursday, October 10th at 11:30pm.

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last book you read, or your favorite part about going to church, or anything related to faith…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

Bonus: FlyBy Promotions has shared a Top Ten Tips for Introducing Your Child to Worship.

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on our review of RUFUS AND RYAN GO TO CHURCH.

The New Job

Earlier this month, I officially started the part-time Contemporary Service Music Director position at church.  It’s something I’ve been already doing on a volunteer basis and something I love, enjoy, and have a passion for.  My desire is to see our church worship without reservation, totally abandoned to Him.

To arrange this, I had to make adjustments in the schedule of my day job.  I started working 9-hour days on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so I can take off Tuesday mornings for weekly church staff meetings.  Thursdays are going to be long days for me as I’ll get into work early and then have worship practice at night.

Since I started the music director position, it seems somewhat the same in terms of  putting the music together and all, but there is a whole lot more in terms of communication and looking to God and His Word for insight.

Of course, my other “job” is being a daddy to two amazing girls and a husband to an awesome wife.  I don’t think I can ever thank my wife enough for what she does around the house and with the kids.  I am truly blessed that God has provided me with such a wonderful partner to share life with and I pray that I can be a blessing to those God puts in my life.

– Norm

Going to the Chapel

Okay…not really the chapel…but we went to church today…all of us…for the first time since Emily was born. Norm led worship last week, so he had to be there, but for 3 weeks we stayed home and watched the live streaming video online. But we did it today.

Melody had still been going through her strange anxiety thing before Emily was born, and since we hadn’t been to church in so long, we weren’t sure how she would react. We did get there a little late. Norm took Emily to service with him. I stayed for a bit with Melody, but she seemed to be enjoying her time with the kids coloring at the table. I told her, “Mommy’s going to church. I’ll be back to pick you up later.” She stood up and said, “Daddy?” and looked for Norm. “He took Emily to church already.” Then she just went to the play area to play with the other kids.

I hope she’ll be okay next week…and that this anxiety thing will dissolve on its own. I think she’s okay just because we haven’t been giving her as much attention anyhow, and she’s had to be more independent lately. She was fine to go with her friends, especially since she hadn’t seem them in such a long time.

Poor Emily was introduced to everyone with her newborn acne at its peak (I hope). She just slept the whole time.

– Joyce

Uncommon Rhythm Section Instruments

At church, you usually see the band playing the usual guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums.  Here are some other instruments (I wish our church would use) that would go great in the church setting:

Cello – This stringed instrument would work well in place of a bass for slow/acoustic type songs.

Djembe – Great portable percussion instrument for acoustic type songs when you can’t carry around a full drum kit.  This African drum is very popular in drum circles and is often used as the primary instrument.

– Norm

Separation Anxiety

It’s funny because there’s an article in the current issue of Parenting magazine about this subject. So just when you thought your child skipped the whole separation anxiety thing, they freak out one day when you leave to go somewhere. What? But you’ve been to this church nursery, and you’ve seen these people who take care of you for almost a year!

This was the scene at the church 2 weeks ago, and then again last week. Melody had a total meltdown after I left her during the 1st hour. We usually don’t go to 1st hour because she’s just getting up, but she got up early and so I dropped her off. She’s not too familiar with the caregivers there, but it has NEVER been a problem before. So apparently, when I went to talk with the Children’s Ministry director, Carol, Melody was just crying and crying. It also didn’t help that she wasn’t feeling well. I figure it was just a combo of all those things…waking early, don’t know the caregivers, and being under the weather. But then she did it again the past week too. She saw me leaving like I usually do, and she would not let me go. Anyhow, I was relieved to read the article which talked about how as children move into a new stage in life, they sometimes do this. I think they said that all children go through this, but some just express it more than others. Well, I left her there crying, and she was still sobbing when I came back. We’ll try again on Sunday I guess.

We’re actually at the library right now, but Norm took Melody in to do storytime so that she can have some time away from me, which she’ll need to get used to once the baby is born. I’m sure she will be a great helper and will love the baby, but she’s had Mommy all to herself for 24 months so far…and at 27 months will have to share. I already know that she will demand some kind of attention from me, because I can see how she looks at me when I’m playing with my nephew Baby Sam.

Storytime is almot over, so we’ll be off to visit “Too-Too” (what Melody calls my brother Eric because in Chinese he’s called Kow-fu, but she can’t say her Fs)…if he’s awake. =p

– Joyce