Youth Book Review – Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace

blotch book coverElise, a 9th grader from Element youth group, Gracepoint Berkeley church‘s youth ministry, recently read and reviewed a new children’s book by Andy Addis called Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace

Here’s Elise’s review:

Blotch was a very entertaining read and definitely a good conversation starter for young readers with spiritual questions. The story about the boy looking for a way to get rid of the stains on his skin is a very relatable one, and touches on the different ways that people try to hide their sins. The main character in the story, named Blotch, gives a clear picture of the humble seeker, who gets to experience the truth that no matter how much you try to put away the “stains”, or sins of your life, they are always still there. I personally found it fun to read about how the author presented each character in ways I would never imagine. It’s an exciting adventure, filled with creative illustrations, that draws attention and gives much insight to problems many people don’t know how to face, and is definitely a recommended read to young and old readers alike.

Addis includes discussion guides at the end of each chapter. This parable was designed for parents or older readers to have conversations with children about the gospel and to make connections to their own lives. It would be a great book to read aloud during family times. I know Bibliopolis will be buying a copy today!

Here is a video trailer for the book:

Have you read Blotch? Share your experience reading this for yourself, or with a child in your life!

Resource Recommendation: Perspective Cards

Amazingly enough, the summer is fast coming to an end. And as such, we over at Gracepoint Berkeley, as well as throughout our Gracepoint Ministries are gearing up for the new academic year.
One of the highlights from this summer was the relaunch of Gracepoint Training School (sign up for our Fall sessions!), where one of our course offerings is an Evangelism course. Will, the instructor, introduced a great evangelism tool from Cru, called Perspective Cards. I am pleased to announce we have them available at our HB Bookstore.
photo from Cru
Here is the description of the cards from their website:
Many people’s worldviews are becoming increasingly eclectic, while the Christian worldview is becoming increasingly irrelevant and confusing. This can be huge barrier to understanding spiritual reality and knowing God. How can we help those we care for?
Imagine a deck of cards, or a smartphone app, which can guide you through an enjoyable and deeply revealing spiritual conversation. Perspective Cards allows people to share what they believe, explore the Christian worldview, and take the next step on their spiritual journey in an environment where they feel safe. This is the beauty of Perspective.
Have you used these cards before? Were you in the Evangelism class? Share with us your experiences using these cards!

“Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” – Episode 2

Over at Gracepoint Berkeley church, when I meet new college students, they often say, “Oh, you’re the bookstore lady” or the “Bibliopolis lady.” To which I say, yup, because I am. :) For those of you who joined our previous episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables,” you know that some of our churches have book store guys. Today, we journey down the Pacific Coast Highway to lovely Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, whose book table guy this past year has a very Bibliopolis-worthy name.

Kenneth “Biblibalibalopolis” Balibalos is beaming because he sold the most number of books on the Sunday when they launched the Bibliopolis Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! (Do you see anything unusual about this photo?)
While the masculine decor of the book table might not win in the aesthetics department, SB’s book table wins for the most mellifluous/alliterative/tongue-twistery name ever!

Join us for our next episode of Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables!