Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

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Defenders of the Family, by Benjamin Hyrum White; Illustrated by Jay Fontano
2016, 34p, LDS Children's Book
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Defenders of the Family, assemble! God’s magnificent plan for us rests upon the strength of the family. In this engaging children’s book, discover the roles and teachings needed to unite your family, from devoted parents to extended members, all centered on the power of the gospel. Help your children see their families as they can be: incredible, empowered, eternal followers of Jesus.

This book is a fun way to help your children understand the importance of defending the family! The author talks about the importance of families and how we can each become a defender of the family. It's written for children, but is full of great ideas that work for all ages. I thought this author did a great job of simplifying this concept so that even young children can understand it. 

I loved the illustrations--they are colorful and fun to look at, no matter your age! This can be used as a Family Home Evening lesson with discussion on ways to strengthen and protect your own family. So, even though it's a children's book, older children and adults will learn and benefit from it as well!

About the Author:
Benjamin Hyrum White began an epic comic book collection as a boy and always cheered for the good guys like Spider-man. He developed his superpower of dancing and met his beautiful wife Keenan at BYU while part of the International Folk Dance Ensemble. They now live in Utah Valley with their five children where he teaches seminary. Ben enjoys dates with his wife, cheering on sports teams with his sons, and having dance parties in the driveway with his girls. He is also the author of the children’s book “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission.” He has also authored two more books: “10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission” and “10 Questions to Answer After Serving a Mission.”

About the Illustrator:
As a young boy, Jay Fontano loved to watch cartoons on TV and read comic strips in the newspaper. Now he works as an illustrator drawing funny pictures for t-shirts and illustrations for books. Jay and his wife have six children and a dog named Nacho. They live near the mountains in Utah and love to go camping and have fun together. He still watches cartoons and reads comic strips whenever he can.


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