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Three Things Thursday

Trying this again – the last time it took me almost a whole day to figure up what I wanted to write, but I also had three children who needed my attention and weather that was allowing me to go in and out to hang clothes on the line, that isn’t happening this week as there seems to be a chance of rain all this week – but at least the weather is cooler the next couple of days.

1.  I’ve been reading a lot!  I made my 2014 reading goal 200 books and I’m at 120 books right now on Goodreads (feel free to add me as a friend or follow my reviews).  I can’t help passing up good deals on books, like the other day when we went to a branch library and they had some paperbacks for sale: 6 for $1.00 or $0.25 a piece – well…….if you force me……I found the Four Seasons series (books 1-4) by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman, two Robin Jones Gunn books, 1 Linda Lee Chaikin book (there were two but I’d never read her before but I may go back and see if they still have the 2nd book – hey, it’s only a quarter!) , 1 Robin Lee Hatcher book, 4 Melody Carlson books plus a book on iguanas for my son = $2.50.  I also finished the Tyndale Summer Reading Program today, well as soon as my newest links are approved – then I can choose a free book!  I can keep reading and for every 5 books that I submit a review to in three places I can get a free reward book.  There is still time to join in just click on that link above in the last sentence.

The stack of books we found at the library (some are for my oldest DD to read)

 

2.  I’m going to begin planning a book swap with my daughters at one of the library’s we use, this will help them with service hours for American Heritage Girls as well as help us unload our old books and get some ‘new’ books into the house, not that we need help with that but these will be free.  We’re going to plan it on the same day that the village has their farmer’s market so hopefully we’ll get a good turn out – for every book a person brings in they’ll get to chose that many new books to take home.  Depending on the turn out we may have to limit the number people get to take but I’m hoping we’ll have enough that everyone will get a ‘new’ book for every one they bring in.  The girls will help set up the tables, which I hope to do by genre or maybe not!  As people come in the girls will count their books and hand them a slip of paper with that number written on it – so if they bring 5 their paper will say 5 – one daughter will man the door while the other daughter will put the books brought in on the tables.  Any books not swapped out at the end will be donated to the library for them to either shelf or to sell at their twice yearly Friends of the Library book sale.  I’m really hoping we’ll have a good turn out!

3.  My son is going to be turning 8 this weekend (won’t say too much as I’ll have a special post for him) and wow!  I still him as a baby but even though some days he can be a hand-full, he’s all boy, he has my heart.  He still loves to sit on my lap and be held, be read too, and he still gives some great, sticky kisses!  We’re really going to be focusing on reading with him this year – as I’d love to have him reading by the end of the year.  Our assessor said there may be some audio disconnect as he knows his letters, their sounds and can write his letters but reading – sounding out the word and putting it together is proving to be a frustrating concept to him.  She gave me some ideas to try so we’ll be trying those this school year, which starts on Monday.  I can’t believe that 8 years ago I never knew what I’d do with a boy and now I love being a mom to a son – he truly brings great joy into my life – even on those days that he cries over the injustices of a video game!

 

Son in our old backyard digging with a stick.

Leave me some comment love – what book are you reading this week?  Or what’s on your night stand?  I’m always looking for more great book recommendations!

 

 

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CWA Review: So Much the Better by Megan Means #grow4christ #cwareviewcrew


About the Book:

So Much The Better is a chapter book for upper elementary but has also touched the hearts of all ages. The feedback the author received on her book, inspired her to get this message out to the world. So, she took the challenge and created a website and social media links to help get the book’s message out to the world on-line. She also created a Curriculum Companion to the book which is offered for free on her website. It includes 21 lessons on character building that are taken directly from the book to help children become their best selves and inspire them to be great leaders.

The story is about a small lion named Ari. As a small cub, Ari’s life is secure and safe. He plays and rests in the warm sunshine wit h his pride. One day this peaceful existence changes abruptly. Ari is taken far away from the other lions finding he is alone in unfamiliar surroundings. Ari is lost and without hope until he encounters help from Eliezer, a golden eagle who befriends him. Together they begin the long journey back to his homeland with many challenges to overcome. Upon his return Ari thought his quest had come to an end, but he realizes now, it has only just begun.

 

You may purchase So Much the Better on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 

 

 

About the Author:

Megan Means has a passion for children’s literacy and wants every child to have a love for books and reading. Megan desires to inspire children to become their best selves and to be leaders who make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. Megan’s fondest memories are of the years when she home-schooled her children and the many adventures they had along the way. Today, she continues to write and would like to create a sequel to her story So Much The Better.

Learn more about Megan at Smashwords, her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

Having read Megan Means’ first book, So Much the Better, has left me wanting more – this is a beautiful story filled with an allegorical story of being lost, going through the darkness and all that that entails, and then finding yourself in the light surrounded by love.  While not a story of Salvation, this story does lend itself to resisting evil temptations from those things that seek to devour us and to destroy us and this is a great way to show children how if they stay on the right path, with Christ, they too can find the light and that all things do eventually work out for the best.  This chapter book is short, just 80 pages, and after reading it myself I’d have to say I’d feel it was best for an older child who can look for the meanings behind the words, if I were to read this to my younger children I’d have to stop and do explaining as I read and I think then some of the story would be lost.  That being said the book isn’t distinctly Christian – but as a Christian I read the book through that lens and was able to see what lessons my children would gain from this book used beside the Bible to instill character that God wants from us all.

 

Megan has also created a character companion curricula to go along with the book, which is free on her website simply by signing up for it via your email – at this time I’m having trouble getting it to open on my Windows8 computer.  If you’d like to learn more about the curricula visit her website – the curricula does include Scripture verses for memorization, which is a great way to tie in the Bible to the book and I appreciate that.  The book could be used by any parent though, no matter their religious or non-religious preference, as I think we can all agree we want our children to grow up with strong character and be able to go out into the world and change it for the better – for me that includes making the Lord part of our lives.  The chapters are short, two to three pages at the most – which is great for both a strong reader and for the struggling reader – and since it’s short it won’t feel like it’s taking forever to finish, it took me about 2 hours and that includes frequent stops to the calls of “mom”.

 

As the story begins Ari is just a little lion cub still under the care of his mother and the lionesses when a storm comes blowing Ari into another area, far away, he meets friends along the way – an old badger, a colorful bird whose song is often stifled by the ‘bad’ birds, an eagle and others.  Eventually, making it back to his pride, he finds his mother gone and the pride a pitiful pack of skinny, fearful lions whose land is being overtaken by the leopards, until Ari finds his courage and strength and seeks to make an alliance with the leopards.  Filled with character through out the book including how much we all need relationships, children will enjoy the many animals that fill the book and while there are no illustrations even the youngest child should be able to make up pictures in their minds with the vivid details that Megan incorporates into the story.  This will be a book I’ll be using in conjunction with the curricula during our upcoming school year and beyond with all three of my children.

 

If you’d like to read what other bloggers had to say please visit the CWA Review Crew Page.

 

 

 (c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Litfuse Publicity: Penny Wise (Book 3 in the Windy City Neighbors series) by Neta and Dave Jackson #grow4christ #bookreview


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About the Book:

PENNY WISE (Book 3 in the Windy City Neighbors series) introduces us to yet another family in “the neighborhood”-the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those “good things” feed into a series of crises that affects the whole family. Something’s gotta change! PENNY WISE is a contemporary peek at an urban family wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. The series employs the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels,” each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters’ lives become intertwined with their neighbors and affect one another. Welcome to Beecham Street-a typical, isolated American neighborhood that is beginning to come out of its shell . . . for better or worse.

 

 

 

You can purchase a copy at Amazon or by visiting Dave and Neta’s site.

 

About the Authors:

 

Neta and Dave Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta’s award-winning Yada Yada Prayer Group series and their forty-volume Trailblazer series. They live in the Chicago area, where this novel is set.

 

You can connect with them at their website and on Facebook.

 

My Opinion:

If there ever were authors that I’d recommend that doesn’t revolve around Amish fiction, Dave and Neta Jackson are who I’d tell you to read, seriously, they are that good.  I’ve read all the Yada Yada series, SouledOut Sisters (Stand By Me and Come To The Table), Lucy Come Home and The Windy City Neighbors series with that being said next to read is the Harry Bentley and the House of Hope series (as of this review I have also completed the Harry Bentley and the House of Hope series too).  The Jackson’s write what are called ‘parallel novels’ meaning that all the books interrelate to one another on some level so Yada Yada feeds into the House of Hope series and Harry Bentley (see their website for which order to read this in) – just like our real lives run parallel to others, at the same time you’re doing dishes another friend may be out feeding her goats while another is reading a book to a child – and at some point our lives intersect with one another.  Before I began Penny Wise, I ran to the library and grabbed books 1 and 2 that I hadn’t read yet and I’m glad I did, while they could stand alone it helped to read these in order – while these are Christian fiction books I will mention that there were two instances that I counted the use of the word p**sed, when one of the characters were angry, so just a warning.

 

I sort of knew what was going to happen before Michelle figured it out, what with the extreme fatigue, sensitivities to smells and aversion to food – anyone who has been pregnant before will be like DUH! you’re pregnant – but not Michelle, there is one scene that she and her husband are having marital relations and she uses her protection, so they are actively trying not to get pregnant.  Their lives are running full steam ahead and stress is the norm with both working different shifts, volunteer, school stuff for their children then summer activities, and church obligations so it’s just stress related, until Michelle goes to the dr.  This is the part of the book that angered me, Michelle, a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center contemplates having an abortion, no one will know since she hasn’t told anyone!  I can understand the feelings of being overwhelmed, in her 40′s she and her husband are ships passing in the night and she has teenagers, but the thought of aborting your child.  These feelings may have been very strong for me right now as I’m struggling with figuring out why God would give someone a child who doesn’t want one but yet I’ve yet to have another after almost 8 years!

 

With that being said, the Jackson’s books aren’t ones that one can read and then put aside and forget, they make the reader think and they may even uncover some feelings that may not feel so good.  Like me, being angry with Michelle – of course when tragedy strikes their family she realizes then just how precious life is (even working as a post abortion group leader, doesn’t truly hit home) and she finally tells her husband who is shocked at first but happy.  I must say despite my feelings I really enjoyed this book and read it through in 2 days, would have been quicker but I wasn’t feeling good and I would definitely recommend it but be sure to read the series in order so you know what is going on!  I’m really looking forward to book 4, Pound Foolish, which is about a homeschool mom and her husband and two children.

 

If you want to read what others thought, please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

 

 

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Illuminate – Junior Dance Company….. #dance #grow4christ


 

 

My girls who have been dancing since they were both around 5 years old, have always wanted to do something BIG with their dancing – my oldest is waiting for the day she can join YWAM’s (Youth With A Mission) Performing Arts team so she can use dance to spread the Gospel.  My middle just wants to “do mission work” – so it seems she’ll go wherever there is a need.  That said – when we found out this year that the dance studio we’ve been going to these last several years were going to begin a junior dance company, both girls were ecstatic!   Saturday was the day – they woke bright and early to be at the studio by 8:50a.m. to try out until 11a.m. then the waiting began……

 

Saturday night…….

 

 

Sunday………..

 

Monday morning around 6:30a.m. I checked my email and hurried to wake the girls up……

 

 

They are part of the Illuminate – Junior Dance Company which will run through May 2015.  My son is now eager to try out next year – he’s going to be taking the boys hip-hop class on top of karate!!

 

 

I’ll be setting up some fundraising to help offset the cost of the fees, there will be performance fees for both girls, costume expenses, travel costs and such.  If you help during our fundraising please know you’ll be helping my girls in doing their part through the dance company to spread the love of Christ to those who watch them.

 

Our first fundraiser will be Scentsy!  You can find the event on Facebook or ForeverYoung (click on the drop down menu and select shop for Bailey Dance Fundraiser)

 

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BookLook Review: Mary (Get to Know Series) by Nancy I. Sanders #grow4christ #bookreview


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About the Book:

Chosen by God, Mary was more than the mother of Jesus. She was a hero of the Bible. She said “Yes!” to God. Learn about Mary and her exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in Israel and be a part of Jesus’ life on earth. Mary – part of the Get to Know series – will teach you everything you need to know about this young woman whom God used to do great things!

You can purchase a copy at Zondervan or on Amazon.

 

My Opinion:

I’ve been enjoying reading and reviewing the new Get to Know series from Nancy I. Sanders, you can see my Jesus and my Apostle Paul reviews, and recently I received Mary as well.  Mary is probably one of the most well- known women in the Bible, she carried the Lord in her womb, is called blessed among women but yet much remains a mystery about the young girl who carried the Christ child.  How old was she really?  Some speculate 13 to a little younger to even a little older.  We don’t know.  What happened to Joseph, her earthly husband, after Jesus is found in the Temple?  Was she a widow?  Could Joseph be an invalid and no longer able to travel about.  Much speculation revolves around Mary – including how much we should or should not revere her.  Obviously, she was very blessed but she is not the way to Heaven or our Salvation or even our mediator – all these titles belong to Christ alone.  So I wanted to see what Nancy I. Sanders had to say about Mary and her life as a Jewish woman, who was betrothed to Joseph but found herself a virgin pregnant by the Holy Spirit carrying the Messiah BEFORE her official marriage!  Whew!  Not sure I could handle the stress but Mary is so sure, so seemingly calm that she is like okay, let’s do this!  I have to wonder did Mary know while still pregnant that in just a few short years what would happen to her Son?  As a mom, I’d have to think that God wouldn’t give that much detail to her, although it does seem that she recognizes how important this boy is.

 

Nancy begins by describing Mary’s familial line, that of the house of Jacob and goes up through Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension – all with beautiful, full colored illustrations that bring that time period to life. Most of us have been taught that the wise men appeared in the ‘barn’ where Jesus is freshly wrapped in linen and bring Him gifts – although if you read further in Scripture it states that Jesus was a child, probably old enough to walk, and thankfully that is what Nancy presents to her readers, an older Christ child when the wise men visit Him with their gifts.  I think the only real issue I had with the book is the mention of Jesus having brothers and sisters – whether He did or didn’t doesn’t negate His Salvation – but there is nothing in Scripture that supports the brothers or sisters mentioned as being biological siblings – my interpretation is that they are Brothers and Sisters in belief and why if He did have siblings why did He put Mary’s care into the hands of another man?  However, this doesn’t make or break the book – as the mom I was able to discuss our family’s personal belief in relation to what we read in Scripture – but again if Mary did have more children, I’m perfectly okay with that but we have to be careful when we start saying Scripture says she had more children – I think it’s quiet as to whether the brothers and sisters are biological or spiritual – it’s not something the Lord wants us hung up on.

 

Like the other two in this series it’s a short and fast read, at 110 pages – I read it in about an hour – but it has quite a bit of information on the culture around Mary as she was living as a Jewish woman under Roman rule – which had to be fraught with some trepidation.  Good for a younger child, I’d say around 5 and up through adults (I learned some neat information too) would enjoy this book.  The illustrations keep the younger child’s attentions and it may have the older child or the adult seeking questions and finding their answers in the Bible.  This one is also aligned with the Common Core Standards – so it could be used for the public or private school child who needs to watch out for these things now.  As with all books written by man or woman as the case may be, weigh it against Scripture and you’ll know what is truth and what is chafe and be able to sift those apart – this is a great little book to introduce one of the important women in Jesus’ life and in the Bible.

 

 

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For Love or Loyalty and For Love or Country (Books 1 and 2 in the #MacGregorLegacy series) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor #bookreview #grow4christ


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About the book:

For Love or Loyalty is the story of a highlander seeking revenge, but when the bargaining price becomes too great of a moral sacrifice, he must find a way to reverse his deeds and save the woman he loves.

Malcolm MacGregor vows to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. When the opportunity arises, Malcolm decides to use Duncan’s daughter as the bargaining price. Lauren Campbell is the perfect answer, until she begins chipping away at the bitterness in Malcolm’s heart and changing everything. Her bold faith and forgiveness ignites guilt he would rather avoid and a love he doesn’t deserve.

Lauren Campbell never expected to discover such a caring and protective man behind the façade of Malcolm MacGregor’s fierce reputation. When they arrive in America, things turn against them, and Lauren finds herself in a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma of freeing the rest of his family or rescuing Lauren, but time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle.

 

You can buy the book on Amazon.

 

About the book:

At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue “Hugh” Morgan puts her under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call “War Woman.” She’s more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra’s unshakeable faith in God.

When Tyra saves his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh’s honor, faith, country, and love are all on the line. Can he risk it all to gain everything?

 

You can buy this book on Amazon.

 

About the Author:

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & social media marketing.

Both her debut novel, Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews. Highland Blessings won the Holt Medallion Award for Best First Book and she has had reviews appear in USA Today Book reviews. Jennifer’s work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

 

You can learn more about Jennifer and her books on her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Goodreads.

 

My Opinion:

 

I’ve heard of  Jennifer Hudson Taylor and even have one of her books on my e-reader that was free awhile ago, but I’ve never read it, and I’m sad to admit that – especially now after having read For Love or Loyalty and For Love or Country.  At first I didn’t think  I would like For Love or Loyalty – it takes place after a raid on a small Irish village for tax collecting and some people are wounded or killed and the call for revenge goes out – I know I didn’t like Malcolm, a fiery, Irishman bent on revenge for his family and I definitely didn’t think I’d like rich, do-gooder Lauren even after she was kidnapped by Malcolm.  That is the job of a good author though, to make the reader either love or hate a character and then have them do a complete about face and realize that changing their idea of said character is okay and right.  As quickly as the story begins on land, we are quickly transported to a ship that is sailing for the New World, and the ship is faced with storm and sickness as well as many other quandaries like romance.  Malcolm and Lauren begin to have feelings for one another and while they still would try to deny it, no one who has two eyes and a brain could deny the love that emanates from these two unlikely traveling companions.

 

I won’t give too much more away but I will say I was caught up in this book quickly and was so glad to have the second on hand to begin right after because I was dying to know what happened to the MacGregor family now that they were in America.  I will issue a small disclaimer about For Love or Loyalty, as most of you know I tend to disclose if I would let my 12 year old daughter read this, and I’d have to say no at least right now.  Someone (I won’t say which character) becomes an indentured servant and is later sold to a brothel, now no scenes are described but it is mentioned as an act of humiliating new women they are devoid of clothing, and there is violence against the new women.  That being said even with no detailed scenes I wouldn’t let my 12 year old read this.  I was not offended in reading it as it’s part of the unfortunate history of our country within indentured servant-hood and slavery – but it would be disturbing for a younger reader, no matter how mature she is.  So that brings me to say a few words about the second book, For Love or Country.

 

I’m honestly not sure which one I enjoyed more, although book 1 did seem to have more action, book 2 was still not without it’s own merits.  Set a few years after the first, we once again visit the MacGregor family as Malcolm and sons are home for a brief visit during their service in the American Revolution.  Tyra, does her own thing in regards to helping America win her freedom from the British, but not before a British officer is brought to her parent’s house, wounded, by an ambush of American Indians.  Both mother, daughter and son still at home, help him regain his health but he feels himself being pulled towards this young woman and her family but is torn between his duty to love and the duty he feels he owes his mother country.  Again, I don’t want to give too much away and give spoilers, but the twists and turns had me celebrating the victories and heartbroken at the losses – and I’m not just talking war here.

 

Alas, I must also give a word of caution because I also would not let my 12 year old read this one, it’s fairly easy to read this alone although it’d make more sense to read book 1 first, either.  While Lauren does disclose her sale to the brothel, it’s because her daughter was almost raped twice by British and she wanted to let Tyra know to never hide that kind of thing and should in no way feel guilty.  This one too was a fast read and I’ve enjoyed both of them and am eagerly awaiting book 3, For Love or Liberty which comes out November 2014 and I can only hope that it’s a continuation of Tyra and Hugh’s story and how everything eventually turns out – complete with the underlying current of faith, love and family.  If you enjoy historical fiction that shows the struggles that come with faith, love and every day living then these two books will be enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

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New Leaf Publishing: Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne #grow4christ #bookreview


About the Book:

UNDERSTANDING THE OMNIPOTENT GOD… WHO ASKS QUESTIONS OF US

Why would God ask anyone a question? We ask questions when we don’t understand. Yet, the Creator of the universe who spoke all that we see into being asks questions. Unimaginable power and wisdom are already His. As strange as it may seem to us, the Bible is filled with questions God asks. He is not the one who needs answers – these questions help us to understand both God and ourselves.

Delve into the answers found by Job, Adam, Cain, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and others
Examine our fundamental assumptions about God, human nature, relationships, origins, and purpose
Learn about godly character and God’s transforming message

Find a powerful supplement for family worship, Bible study, and personal devotions in the Questions God Asks. Stop demanding answers from God and begin answering the questions He asks of us.

 

You can purchase at Master Books, a division of New Leaf  Publishing Group for $9.99.

 

 

About the author:

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. The author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Israel has written a regular column for the Home School Digest and Brush Arbor Revival Quarterly magazines and is the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net. He is a homeschool father of seven and his newest title, The Questions God Asks, is due out Spring 2014.

 

You can learn more about Israel and his ministry at his website, Family Renewal and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

We ask God questions all the time, questions such as “why did so and so have to die”, “why did my house burn down”, or “why can’t I have more children” and on and on – but what if, as Israel Wayne, has done, God could question us?  What would His questions be?  Most of us are probably thinking, I don’t want to know what questions God would ask because then I’d be expected to give an answer!  Yep, coming up with an answer to God’s questions can be a scary prospect indeed.  Some may also be thinking, well how in the world can Israel Wayne think of things that God could ask, isn’t that like him playing God?  No, no it isn’t – because he isn’t answering for him and the questions that are discussed in the books are questions like Where Were You, Where is Your Brother, What Are You Doing Here, Is My Hand Too Short and more, there are in fact 19 chapters dealing with questions that God could technically ask us and then Israel goes on to give a topic such as Where Were You is Origins-Job and then Scripture to back up what he is going to begin to expound upon.

 

This book is a relatively fast read,  however I do urge you to take your time as you read and really think about what you’re reading – because most of the chapters have some hard hitting Scriptural back up and may even make one squirm in their chair – think of it as the Holy Spirit is convicting you.  That being said I’m in no way elevating the author, nor is he, taking his word over the Word of God – no in fact there is so much Scripture that if you’re familiar with the Bible some of it will be rote to you – other times it’s Scripture with a dose of real life interpretation.  As with anything from man, make sure to search over the Scripture and pray over what you’re reading, so that no matter who it’s from or what it’s about, you will not be lead astray.  I think my most favorite chapter is the fourth which is the one titled Where is Your Brother which is sub-headed with Relationships-Cain, I think the am I my brother’s keeper quotes to be one of the most mis-quoted Bible reference – up there with the whole don’t judge thing.

 

Having been dealing with family stuff lately I think that is why this one is so hard hitting for me and I like the quote, “We must, of course, recognize that we can’t control or be responsible for the actions of others.  We can direct our own thoughts and actions, however, to ensure that they reflect the heart and character of our Savior.” (location 316 of 1502; Kindle e-book)  This isn’t even about me, but also in how my children treat their siblings, and also how we treat others in the public – whether they are Brothers and Sisters in Christ or not, we should always be representing our Savior.  Even though I say chapter four is one of my favorites, if you open up the book on my Fire you’ll see many highlighted areas because all of Questions God Asks had something to do with me, with my life, and how I respond to God and glorify Him – I know I’ll be re-reading this book from time to time.

 

 

To see what other bloggers thought please visit the New Leaf Publishing Group’s blog.

 

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History, Choo-choos, and family #grow4christ


 

My sister in law and my nephew were in town recently and so I invited them to go with us to Carillon which is a park with historical buildings and other historical artifacts, including choo-choos AKA trains.  My nephew is 3 and he is adorable – seeing his face light up at some of the sights was so awesome.  We met them down there on July 3rd, packed a lunch which we had to eat in our cars as it was raining off an on all day, and I didn’t want to lug our huge, no wheels cooler all the way to the back of the park to the covered picnic tables.  We gave my nephew his birthday gifts, which were late but at least we were able to give them to him in person, instead of mailing them.

 

My three with my nephew in front of the train engine. The highlight of my nephew’s trip….well maybe one of the highlights.

 

All of them sitting at the table in a caboose. I miss cabooses. Do you remember them at the end where the man in an engineer cap would wave?

 

One of the two bridges we crossed.

 

Remember how I said the train engine was one of my nephew’s favorite parts – well this had to be the next – him and my son playing in the drinking fountain.

 

This is the one house we’ve never gone to before – it’s the Shaker house.

 

The top floor in the Shaker house.

 

All of them on the carousel.

 

My nephew ringing the engine’s bell. He really liked this too.

 

My son with one of his tinker toy creations in the play area.

 

My SIL and middle DD posing.

 

Well I have more pictures but I’ll leave you with what I’ve posted – we had such a fun time with them – my children love their little cousin and their Aunt and spending time with them is a blessing to be valued.  Hopefully one of these days we’ll get to visit their turf – there is a living history museum where they are that I need to get my children to that I enjoyed as a child.  I hope you enjoyed sharing our visit that we had with our family.

 

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Green Egg Media: Power Bible Volumes 1(From Creation to the Story of Joseph) and 8 (the Light of Salvation) #grow4christ #bookreview #giveaway


About the book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!

In the exciting first volume of the Power Bible series, From Creation to the Story of Joseph, read about how…
- Out of the darkness, God creates the heavens and the earth.
- He creates all living creatures, and creates man in His own image.
- Adam and Eve disobey God’s one rule to them and are driven out of the Garden of Eden.
- Meet Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph and a host of other characters and read about how it all began.

 

You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.

 

About the Book:

The Power Bible is a ten volume series that presents the Bible in a comic book format which appeals to all ages. From Genesis to Revelation, the Power Bible tells the truths of God’s Word in a fact-checked, fun-to-read format that kids will want to pick up again and again!
In the spell-binding eighth volume of the Power Bible series, The Light of Salvation, read about how…

- Jesus and His disciples continue their ministry as they travel through Judea performing God’s miracles and delivering His word.
- Many people are moved by the miracles and teachings of Jesus and come to follow Him as their Savior.
- The Jewish leaders begin to feel threatened by his popularity, and come up with a plan to kill Jesus.
- Jesus concludes His earthly ministry by sharing His last supper with the disciples and putting into motion God’s plan to save the world by giving His own life.

 

You can purchase a copy for $14.99 at Green Egg Media.

 

The inside of Volume 8, The Light of Salvation or better yet, Take a Peek

 

 

My Opinion:

 

I was contacted by Green Egg Media to see if I’d like to do a review of a copy of the Power Bible, having not heard of them or the Power Bible before I went to their website and looked around and then I called my children over and asked them if they’d like me to review a copy of this Bible.  When I showed them they all three said, most definitely yes, and when I emailed Green Egg Media back to let them know I’d like to review the 1st volume they also offered me a second – so wanting to make sure I got a bit of the Old Testament and the New Testament I also asked for Volume 8.  They’ve been given the Moms Choice Award, and I can see why these are easy to read – in fact if your child struggles with reading these may help them as the words are few and are simple for ease of use and the cartoon figures make it engaging and fun, they won’t even know they’re reading!  Volume 1 is 208 pages and measures 10 by 7.3 by 0.5 inches and Volume 8 is 196 pages and measures 10 by 7.2 by 0.1 inches.  Both volumes have thick paperback covers that can withstand many openings and closings and thick pages that are meant to stand up to children using them repeatedly.

 

I read through both of these Bibles in a matter of just a few hours, that is how easy of area they are so while even my oldest, fast reader will enjoy them (she likes the kind of cartoon art that is used to illustrate) as will my non-reader and my not so strong reader.  There is something for everyone in this Bible – whether adult, child or child at heart – this will have you reading the Bible in a way that is easy to understand but in no way takes away or add to the original Scripture.  Children aren’t only reading the words but they are experiencing it which means they will linger over the illustrations AND the words allowing them to learn more and really feel what the Scripture means for them.  The engaging form that the Power Bible uses is really a great way to instill Biblical truths, if you can’t be reading right then like if you’re driving, then the Power Bible can occupy a child(ren) in the backseat, even if they can’t read the pictures can speak to them.

 

Overall, I’m very impressed with the Power Bibles I received and I hope to add the others to the collection – the Old Testament sets which are Volumes 1-6 sell for $89.90 and the New Testament set which comprise Volume 7-10 sell for $59.90 – is a great deal especially if you’re looking for something that will have a life long impression and could be a wonderful gift for a birthday, holiday or even a baptism.  These are just really awesome and all three of my children ask to read them or have me read aloud to them as they gather around to look at the pictures – I need to have a copy for each of them so they don’t fight over the copies we do have!  I’m thankful to have had the chance to read and review these because it’s rare to find a Bible like these that impart God’s Word using His Word without diluting it and making it worthless, thank you Green Egg Media for making the Power Bible available.  Be sure to check the Family Fun tab on the website for free coloring pages, verses of the week, power packs and activity pages to have even more learning fun in God’s Word.

 

 

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BookLook Review: Apostle Paul (Get to Know series) by Nancy I. Sanders #grow4christ #bookreview


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About the Book:

Apostle Paul – part of the Get to Know series – is a unique biography about Paul. Focusing on the life and character of this Biblical hero, using color photographs, maps, and other visual resources to tell the whole story, young biography fans will come to learn more about this man of the God, his writings, his impact on the early church, and the role he plays in history. Featuring a bibliography and scriptural references throughout, this is sure to become a favorite for young readers and for first book reports.

 

You can purchase a copy on Amazon or at Zondervan.

 

 

My Opinion:

 

I recently introduced you to a book in this Get to Know series by Nancy I. Sanders that introduced children to Jesus, and so when I had the chance to get another book in the series I wanted to see what Apostle Paul’s book was like. This book is set up just like the Jesus version so it was another quick read for myself but I could see me taking a few days to read this aloud to my children as we went over all of the information and even look up the stories such as Paul’s missionary journeys and his accounts of being an eyewitness to many of the historical happenings.  A Bible sandal will give children information about a Bible hero, a picture of an eye denotes and eyewitness testimony from some such as Josephus, a jar lets you know that there is a fun fact about history, and a scroll gives an opportunity to learn some new words that may be unfamiliar to children.  These are great little tidbits of information, especially great for the old child who may want or need more information about what it is they are reading.

 

There are 12 short chapters which include beautiful full color illustrations, four color maps and of course a short writing about the boy who was named Saul, his persecution of the Christians, his conversion, missionary journeys and ultimately his death.  Also included is a timeline of Paul which includes what was going on in the world at the same as things were happening to and around Paul, a glossary of all the words covered through out the book, a bibliography, source notes and student resources.  All of these are great if you want to expand on something with your child or if like me, you’re thinking of how you could turn this into a unit study in your home school.  This book is 120 pages but even at the shortness of the book, it’s big on information and I can see children of multiple ages enjoying this.  Like, Jesus, this one also makes note of it’s alignment with the Common Core Standards so if you need to know that it’s there.

 

Overall, I think this book is great in introducing one of the Apostle who was so vocal in his conversion and faith in Jesus from one who was a Pharisee and looked for new ways to persecute and get rid of the early Christians.  We need to understand the facts around our faith and knowing those who went before us so that we could learn about God and His Son are pertinent.  So, for those wanting an in depth look into a man that was instrumental in spreading the Gospel message before there was even a Bible, as we know it, then pick up this book and begin a journey in what it took to spread Christ’s message so that it continues to burn bright today.

 

 

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