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Hail and Art


In getting things caught up around here I’m combining two posts into one.  On March 23, 2011 we had some severe weather move through our area.  I love severe weather – thunder, lightening, hail, tornadoes – my husband and I used to chase the storms before I became pregnant.  He chased long before he met me but I’ve always loved storms, during tornado watches or warning as a child when my mom was forcing us into the basement I wanted to be outside watching everything.

I have never seen a tornado and I’m saddened by the destruction they leave behind.  There is a thrill that runs through me though by watching storms whether on T.V. or on my porch.

Here is the hail we got last week – nothing too big but the yard was white with hail if that gives any indication of how much hail fell.

I’ve posted before about Hannah’s ability in art, she really enjoys it and currently we are using ARTistic Pursuits (a wonderful, inexpensive art curriculum and can even be done independently).  Her latest lesson was making pottery.  It was a bit challenging since the paper bowl she was using kept collapsing and in the end we realized she made it too thin which is why there is a hole in the bottom of the finished picture.

Otherwise she had fun and learned some skills for working with clay – which is good as there are more to come!  Bethanne is working with the same curriculum just at the begining of the book whereas Hannah is toward the end.

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6 Pence Productions (review)


Tired of T.V. and movies taking away your child’s imagination well then 6 Pence Productions has what you need to revive that lost art of imagination.  Started by a busy mom of 4, Lynn Llewelyn Penny, who had the idea that children would enjoy hearing audio tales produced and performed by children for children.  At this time there are three different choices to choose from, The Fairytale Collection, Princess Reform School and Fairytales and Fables (available at Target).

Most of us are familiar with “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and the “Princess and the Pea” but unless you’ve heard it the 6 Pence Productions way you haven’t heard anything.  On the Fairytale Collection CD you’ll get “Three Billy Goats Gruff’,”Cinderella and Friends”,”The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Three Little Pigs meet the Big Bad Wolves” and “Princess and the Pea”.  The total running time is 57 minutes and the whole 57 minutes is wonderfully occupied with only your child’s imagination limiting them as their minds conjure up the images to go along with the stories.

Princess Reform School comes on two CD’s with two acts and 6 scenes for that princess in your life.  Again, the only thing that limits your princess is her imagination – these don’t have to be listened to exclusively by girls but my son didn’t find this nearly as exciting as the Fairytale Collection.  My daughter’s however did enjoy it and it’s geared for ages 6 to 13. 

Like any audio theatre your mind is the key to what you ‘see’ while listening to the audio and only things that can hinder that is your brain and how the CD is produced.  If the CD is terribly done and there is a lot of ‘feedback’ the experience will be terrible, however that is not the case with these CD’s.  Wonderful production with no extra background noises and clear audio with each actor or actress enunciating the words makes these a pleasure to listen to even if you are 32 years old.

If you’d like to get a feel for how these audio theatres sound like you can listen to a sample on the 6 Pence Production’s shop, which will give you a good taste of what the stories entail and sound like.  The Fairytale Collection sells for $14.95 and Princess Reform School sells for $19.95 or you can purchase The Fairytale Collection on iTunes.

**I was given these two CD’s by 6 Pence Productions in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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God's Wisdom for Mothers compiled by Jack Countryman


About the book from BookSneeze:

God’s Wisdom for Mothers was created to give timeless wisdom and guidance for Scripture meditation and application with 11 categories (62 subjects) pertaining to motherhood. Topics include God’s Wisdom with Children, God Delights in Mothers Who . . . , God Walks with Mothers Through Heartache, Adversity, Worry, and many, many more. Included are pages at the back for prayer lists and personal study notes.

This book is a spiritual pathway to help every mother become all she can be in the eyes of God and her family.

My Opinion:

As a mom there are times when I often want a specific Scripture to guide me or inspire me in my walk as a Christian and also as a mom and wife.  I know the usual ones like Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 but what about impatience or coping with change?  I’m so glad that I was able to read God’s Wisdom for Mothers now I can just look up a subject that is close to my heart and find an applicable Bible verse that I can then meditate on.

In the Kindle version there is no pages in the back to write down prayer requests or notes but this book is still very useful in giving me Scripture that I can find quickly.  All Scripture is taken from the New Kings James version of the Holy Bible and if you prefer KJV or another version you’ll be able to quickly look up the verse that spoke to you.  I really like how the categories are split up such as ‘God Delights in Mothers Who Are….’ or ‘God Teaches a Mother How to…..’ as it really does help in knowing that God desires our walk to glorify Him by using His Word.

**I was provided a Kindle edition of this book through Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Reading Program


Ahhhh……the smell of books!  My name is Sarah and I’m a bibliophile, and I hope to get my children hooked as well.

All of my children love to be read to or read on their own, even if they can’t actually read and they want me to listen.  I do.  I’ve always enjoyed books (I’m one of those people who cannot stand a creased spine and don’t sit any drinks or food on top of my books either!) and I’m always carrying around one or two, and now with my Kindle I have literally hundreds of books in my purse……but there is nothing like a real, physical book.  The smell, the touch, the story……………………..

Our homeschool group participates in the Usborne Reach for the Stars reading program and this has been their 3rd year in it and each year gets better and better.  Hannah’s goal was to read 1000 minutes (the minimum was 300) she fell short by only 70 minutes – she’s already revving up for next year!!  The other two did surpass the 300 minutes but didn’t quite make it to 400 minutes.  In exchange for all this reading, the children collect sponsors and however much they get is how much they get to pick out in books.

Each child got enough sponsors to get 8 books!  3 X 8 = 24  My only stipulation is they must select at least one educational book – and with Usborne’s fun educational books that isn’t a problem.  Suffice to say I’m well on my way to creating 3 more bibliophiles…..

These are the children recieving their books and award certificates:

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TOS Crew Review: Classical Academic Press; Song School Latin


Vendor Name:  Classical Academic Press

Vendor Contact Information:  CAP Contact Us form

Name of Product:  Song School Latin

Price of Product:  SSL Bundle (includes the teacher text, student workbook, CD, Latin monkey match game) $64.95 ; SSL student text $22.95 ; SSL teacher’s text $22.95 ; Latin monkey match game $24.95

Other products available:  Latin For Children A , Latin Alive , Spanish for Children , and more from Greek, to logic to Bible!

Some may wonder why would I ever want to add one more thing to our school day, and why would that one thing be Latin?  Well, I’ll tell you why – I’ve discovered Song School Latin!  This is a wonderfully delightful curriculum for teaching your kindergartner through 2ndgrader simple Latin, such as greetings, terms for body parts, family, food, animals and more.  I know that more than likely we won’t be asked “Quid agis?” but if we do my children will be able to answer “Sum optime“!  There is so much more to the why of learning Latin, such as the root words for our own English language.

I was mainly focusing this curriculum on my 6 year old daughter who seems to have a penchant for learning other languages especially when put to music.  She has been enjoying the music and even though she doesn’t like the handwriting practice in her work book rarely complains and practically begs to do her Latin.  My other two including the 9 year old and 4 year old are picking up the words and phrases as well, maybe one day we will be able to enjoy some great Latin literature?

The whole curriculum is supposed to be used over a 31 week period – our schedule goes something like this:

  1. Monday – go over the words or phrases for the lesson, listen to the song(s), do one workbook page
  2. Tuesday – review words, listen to the song(s), do a workbook page
  3. Wednesday – review words, listen to the song(s), do a workbook page
  4. Thursday – review words, listen to the song(s), do a workbook page
  5. Friday – (if I have chosen to do school this day) review words, listen to the song(s) and do any other workbook pages that we didn’t finish during the week.

There are built in review weeks so that the parent doesn’t have to worry if the child is grasping and remembering the previous lessons, and the more the child listens to the songs the more they could retain.  Included in the teacher’s manual are extra worksheets, for a regular lesson it could be 1 extra page and for reviews there could be 2 extra pages.  These are allowed to be reproduced as long as they aren’t being resold, used in more than one class room or for working into another game.  All answers are included in the teacher’s manual, so you’ll have a quick reference if you need it.

The student workbook includes the phrases for the lesson, the song lyrics and the pages the student will be doing through out the week.  Decorated with cute graphics, including the Latin monkey, it makes for an enjoyable time even for a child who doesn’t enjoy workbooks or handwriting.  The Latin monkey match game is a fun way to help the child grasp what they have learned so far.  There is a Latin word on one card and an English word on another and the child must match the right words or phrase together (and for the parent who may not remember as clearly the answers are on the card in tiny print, also useful for the child to self check).

There is also more to look at on the Classical Academic Press’ free resource page including documents on how to teach Latin and why to teach Latin, among other free resources to check out before buying or to use after buying.  You don’t have to take just my word for it you can visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog to see what others on the Crew think about Song School Latinor one of the other Latin curriculums Classical Academic Press has to offer.

**This is a TOS Crew Review.  I was provided the Song School Latin curriculum from Classical Academic Press in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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MamaBuzz Tour: TheraBreath (review and giveaway)


I think everyone has a concern that their breath may stink when they go out or start a conversation – I know I do – so when I had the chance to the review TheraBreath brand I was excited.  TheraBreath was designed to provide a way to solve bad breath and a bad tasting mouth (I myself am making no medical claims, however TheraBreath does offer a gauruntee on their products).

I was given three products to try and the first is the toothpaste – which has been specifically designed to target the bacteria that cause bad breath.  I was a bit skeptical at first since you are supposed to use this on a dry brush, I much prefer to use a wet brush but for the sake of the review I followed the directions.  I must admit I was very pleased (my children still can’t get over the dry brush thing and they haven’t used it) even the flavor was pleasant, not overwhelming or too strong like most other toothpastes on the market.  The toothpaste sells for $10.50 for a 4 ounce tube and it does not contain alcohol, saccharin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or Benzalkonium Chloride.

The next product was the oral rinse, this is to be used in conjunction with the toothpaste and for best results be used twice a day.  I did not follow all the directions on this one, meaning you’re supposed to rince twice – one as a swish and the second as a gargle.  I’ve never been one to gargle as it’s too easy for me to swallow whatever it was I was supposed to gargle.  This has a very mild mint taste and does not burn – which is great if you’re sensitive to that.  It does contain baking soda and while I did know that I couldn’t taste it, but I also do brush with baking soda on occassions for whitening power.  This sells for $10.50 for a 16 ounce bottle and like the tootpaste does not contain the following: alcohol, saccharin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or Benzalkonium Chloride.

The next was the TheraBreath mouth watering lozenges which sell for $13.00 for a 100 piece box.  These are wonderful!  I don’t normally enjoy orange or citrus flavors but combined with the mint it made for a very mild taste which was perfect for me.  Since there is no regular sugar it is approved for diabetics which is also a great thing for myself.  I did allow my children to try these and while my oldest does enjoy them the other two thought they were “hot”, meaning for their senistive mouths they had too much mint.  I like to carry a couple in my purse at all times.

The other item of interest to me is that the ingredients used in most of the products are natural – there are no artificial sweetners like splenda, aspartame, etc which can have harmful and unpleasant side effects.  The use of natural sweetners like sorbitol, xylitol and rebiana is an excellent form of sweetner without being bitter or unpleasant.

**This is a MamaBuzz Review.  I was provided TheraBreath products by the TheraBreath company in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

Giveaway Time!!!!

This is open to U.S. residents only and adults ages 18 and over.

One of my readers will win 1 tube of the above mentioned toothpaste AND 1 bottle of the above mentioned oral rinse.

You must do #1 first before doing the other entries

To enter do one or more of the following and leave a seperate comment for each one before April 11, 2011 at 12 noon EST

  • Visit TheraBreath and tell me what product you’d most like to try and why.
  • Follow TheraBreath on Twitter.
  • Follow TheraBreath on Facebook.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Leave me a link to your tweet.
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect, Blog Frog or both (see left side bar)
  • Like my blog on Facebook (see left side bar for Networked blogs)

Again this open to U.S. residents ages 18 and over – winner must respond within 48 hours or they forfeit the prize and another winner will be choosen

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LitFuse tour: The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello


About the book:

Everything’s going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . ..

That’s what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who’s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.

But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh’s vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship’s security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh’s forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.

Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-perpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be such a jerk after all.

And that’s only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.

Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.

About the Author:

Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her website. www.sibellagiorello.com

You can purchase the book on Amazon.

For a limited time you can buy the first book, The Stones Cry Out, for your Kindle for $2.99.

My Opinion:

Having never read Sibella Giorello’s books before I was intrigued and so I began the book, no knowing anything about the author or previous books.  Sometimes that is the best way to begin a book by an author you’ve never read and that was the case with The Mountains Bow Down.  I was hooked from the first word, well maybe not the first word, but you understand what I’m saying – I hope.

I’ve longed to visit Alaska, yep I’m odd, I love the cold and snow and mountains.  Even while embroiled in the pursuit of truth, the reader gets a glimpse of what God’s majesty looks like in Alaska – the true last frontier.  The book was fast paced and if I didn’t have other people and things to do I probably would have read through the book in less than a day, it was so action packed that I felt I was going to miss something if I put it down.

Having read this book I look forward to getting the other ones to enjoy as well.  I even enjoyed how Raliegh dealt with the annoyingness of an Aunt, a mom who is losing her mind, and a crazy friend of the aunt.  We all have a few odd balls in the family – and I found myself chuckling at some of the stand offs between Raliegh and those she is traveling with. 

**I was provided a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

Sibella’s celebrating the release of The Mountains Bow Down with a blog tour, a Cruise prize pack worth over $500 and a Facebook Party! Don’t miss a minute of the fun.

 

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • A $500 gift certificate toward the cruise of their choice from Vacations To Go.
  • The entire set of the Raleigh Harmon series.

To enter click one of the icons below. Then tell your friends. And enter soon – the giveaway ends on 4/1! The winner will be announced at Sibella’s Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on FB April 5th, 2011! Don’t miss the fun – prizes, books and gab!

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About the Facebook Party: Join Sibella and fans of the Raleigh Harmon series on April 5th at 5:00 pm PST (6 MST, 7 CST & 8 EST) for a Facebook Book Club Party. Sibella will be giving away some fun prizes, testing your trivia skills and hosting a book chat about the Raleigh Harmon books. Have questions you’d like to chat about – leave them on the Event page.

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LitFuse Tour: Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver


About the Book:

Getting God’s Love from Our Heads to Our Hearts
 
You believe that God loves the world…but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you.
 
For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.
 
In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.
 
Love is calling your name.
 
Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves. Bible study and Leader’s Guide available here. http://www.joannaweaverbooks.com/books/lazarus-awakening/

About Joanna:

Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. These two books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, German, Korean and more. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances include: The Harvest Show, At Home Live With Chuck & Jenni, Midday Connection, HomeWord, and Janet Parschall’s America. She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But Joanna’s greatest joy is found in being a wife and mother and her role as a pastor’s wife. For more information about Joanna, please visit her website. www.joannaweaverbooks.com.

You can buy the book by visiting Amazon.

My Opinion:

I have not finished this book yet, however what I have read has been wonderful – as has been Joanna Weaver’s other books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  I was really happy that she hasn’t sold out to the “well I’m Christian so everything should be happy and right, no sickness, tempatations, etc” crowd that is permeating the ‘Christian’ churches today.

I just get a warm feeling when I open Lazarus Awakening and begin reading the words of wisdom that come straight from Scripture.  I struggle with love and how others percieve me, and yes that even means my Heavenly Father at times.  I often doubt how He can really, truly love such a messed up person – one who has sinned and continues to do so – but I know deep down He does it’s just getting my head and heart around that knowledge at the same time and remembering that!

I believe that this book will have life changing properties as Joanna Weaver, weaves (no pun intended! well maybe a little) together her understanding of Scripture with guidance from the Holy Spirit and makes us want to just believe in our Father’s true love for us, even when we feel no one else does and even when we doubt the Lord’s love.

**I was provided a copy of this book through LitFuse Publicity tours in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

About the Contest:

Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!

In Lazarus Awakening Joanna writes about getting God’s love from our heads to our hearts. We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God? Lazarus Awakening explores the tale of the third follower – Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus. We never hear him speak, we never see him serve. The only thing of any significance that Lazarus did was to die. And yet, the Bible is clear. Jesus loved Lazarus. And He loves you and me as well. Lazarus Awakening looks at different aspects of the story we find in John 11. We learn what it means to be a friend of God and begin recognizing the tombs we spend far too much time in. Find out more here.

 One grand prize winner will receive:

    * A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
    * Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World
    * Having A Mary Spirit
    * Lazarus Awakening

Joanna will also select two additional contest entrants to receive copies of her trilogy. Enter soon by clicking the icons below and then tell your friends. Hurry the contest ends April 16th. The winner will be announced on Joanna’s blog on April 18th.

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TOS Crew Review: BigIQkids


Product:  BigIQkids

Price:   Free however if you want to get more options and experiences on the site there is a premium program available.  Visit BigIQkids for more information.

To Purchase: BigIQkids

Age Range:  6 years and up

BigIQkidsis not a software so there is nothing to download and take up space on your computer.  This is just one thing that I really like about this program – with little storage space on our computer space is at a premium.  The site provides learning, not teaching, the site ‘remembers’ what your child has done and reacts accordingly to their level of knowledge.  It is recommended that that children spend 20 to 40 minutes a day doing the various learning activities available.

The programs that are available on the site are:

  • spelling
  • math
  • U.S. States program
  • vocabulary
  • online spelling bee and game
  • online vocabulary game
  • eBook series
  • K-5 vowel program

All these programs are very interactive and the online spelling bee and vocabulary game shows your child their rankings within their own state or even world wide.  My 6 and 9 year old daughters had the chance to use this program and it has quickly become a favorite.  Easy to get set up and get started, children can be up and doing it themselves within a matter of minutes.

This is a great way to supplement and make learning fun during the school day.  Working it into the school day or even using it as a way to sneak in an educational award for school work well done is an excellent to get the children stronger in the program areas as well as in their everyday learning and life.

**This is a TOS Crew Review.  I was provided a premium account from BigIQkids in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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FIRST Tour: Nine Days in Heaven, A True Story by Dennis and Nolene Prince


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card authors are:

 

Dennis Prince

and

Nolene Prince

 

and the book:

Nine Days in Heaven, A True Story

Charisma House (March 1, 2011)

***Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Book Group | Strang Communications for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dennis Prince, after working for nine years as a lecturer in civil engineering, attended Bible college and in 1976 assisted in planting a thriving church, the Christian Resource Centre, in Melbourne, Australia. Today he concentrates on Bible teaching and writing.

Nolene Prince earned a bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in singing, and after teaching school music also attended Bible college. The Princes live in Melbourne and have three married children and three grandchildren.

Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Nine Days in Heaven relates the vision of twenty-five-year-old Marietta Davis more than 150 years ago, where she was shown the beauties of heaven and the horrors of hell. Told in modern language, the book contains poignant quotes from the original vision, as well as biblical teaching points and testimonials from individuals whose lives have been impacted with this vision during the past 150 years. Pull-out quotes from the original vision are included, as are short testimonials from readers whose lives have been impacted by this vision. Teaching points and biblical comments appear throughout the chapters.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Charisma House (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616382082
ISBN-13: 978-1616382087

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

The Angel of Peace

“What is happening to me?”

The thought exploded in my mind as I reeled at the sight of the bottomless deep beneath me.

“Am I dreaming? Am I dead? Am I alive?” A thousand questions raced through my mind as strange unidentafiable objects floated around me. I blinked, trying to clear my vision, but it was like a wild dream, with no familiar point of reference to which I could anchor my sanity.

“Help me! Help me!” My cry erupted from my deepest being as I gazed in despair at the endless, trackless space around me and struggled in vain to return to the security of my country, my home, and my family.

A brilliant light appeared far above me. Like a giant star, its shaft of light thrust back the gloom as it steadily descended. My whole being was bathed in a glorious glow.

Gingerly I moved closer as it resolved itself into the most magnificent being I had ever seen. On her head was a crown of clustered jewels of light. In her left hand she held a simple cross. A saber of light was grasped in her right hand, and as she advanced toward me, light streamed from it and touched me.

Instantly a whole new world of sensations filled my being. Fears and uncertainties were swept away, and I was filled with an overpowering desire to go with her. Yet, paralyzed with awe and wonder, I could only stand and stare. Oddly, all my mind could think of was, “What is her name?” But as I stood there gaping, she spoke.

“So, Marietta! You would like to know who I am?” She smiled. “I am the Angel of Peace.1 I have been sent to show you what happens to humans when they leave this world. If you would like to know the answer to this question, follow me.”

My mind was racing. How did I get myself into this? What had I done to bring me to this alien place?

L

For a long time before this I had wrestled with the great questions of life. A few things had become clearer as I had tossed them over and over in my mind, and I had reached a number of simple conclusions. These were: chasing money and fine things can never make you happy; relationships can let you down (no one is perfect); and many religious traditions are unreliable.2

As I had looked around me, I could plainly see that many people were unhappy and were craving peace. I had thought long and questioned hard, trying to learn about the human soul and why it behaves as it does. The more I had thought about these things, the more I realized that I could not find the answers by myself. I passionately wanted answers, especially to the biggest question of all: “What happens to us when we die?” But I was unable to reach any satisfying conclusions. So it was, in the midst of this turmoil, that I found myself here on this strangest of strange days.

While laboring to determine the nature and tendency of the human soul . . . my vision closed to the outer world.

It had all begun slowly and gradually. I had progressively become less and less conscious of the physical things around me. My inner self seemed to become stronger and somehow more aware. The objects in the room—the walls, ceiling, and furniture—turned to shadows and finally disappeared altogether. I then found myself in this amazing new world with the extraordinary experiences it brought me.3

Since returning, I have had many people ask me what happened. I have tried hard to tell them, because that is why I was shown all these things, but I struggle over the task. There is simply no way on earth to fully describe the things beyond earth. Our words even spoil the beauty and perfection of the heavenly things that are out there.4

For human utterance mars the beauty
and perfection of heavenly speech . . .

But I must complete the task I have been given, so I will try to describe what I saw. All I ask is that you who are reading this will look beyond my woefully inadequate words and try to see something of the true power, the graphic beauty, and divine glory of the things I saw.

L

“Follow me,” said the angel, “but before you do, look back and see yourself.”

I looked far below through the dark misty space and finally made out my motionless body. Gathered around me were my worried friends calling to me and frantically shaking me, trying every possible way to wake me, but without success.

“This is the human view of life,” said my angelic guide. “Look at your family. They love you and grieve for you. Every human goes through troubles and heartbreaks, and ultimately death. But the true picture of what happens after that is hidden from them.5

“Look out there at the world’s teeming millions. They are full of hope, ambition, and troubles. Then finally, death arrives. All of them are afraid of death. It is a ruthless destroyer and cuts life short. Generations come and go, one after another in rapid succession.”

Timidly I asked a question. “I know I am young and don’t know much, but I have been thinking a lot about these things. One day all these people will die. What happens to them? Do they have a place to go to? Can you take me to them? Can I go and be with my loved ones who have already died?”

I waited for her answer. I realized how incredibly much I wanted to know it. For so long this question had haunted me, day and night. Unable to share it, I had buried it deep inside me where it went round and round, the answer always elusive. Now, unexpectedly and remarkably, this Angel of Peace stood before me, sent from the next world. I was on the brink of a monumental discovery, one that would at last settle these issues that had plagued me.

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the Word of God

Angels are “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). There are frequent references to angels in the Bible. (See Psalm 91:11; Acts 12:7; Hebrews 13:2.)

“ … many religious traditions are unreliable.” Marietta speaks here of powerless forms of religion. The apostle Paul warned of these in 2 Timothy 3:1–5: “ . . . having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (v. 5). Churches must demonstrate the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit—not just good works done in the name of God.

Visions are a part of the Christian experience—not always plentiful, but not rare either. Paul described a similar experience to that of Marietta in 2 Corinthians 12:2–4 (see also Acts 2:17):

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.

“… our words even spoil the beauty and perfection . . . ” Marietta’s story is not unique—a number of books record similar visions of heaven. Many of the authors make this same comment—human words cannot do justice to the splendors of heaven.

“ … the true picture of what happens after that is hidden from them.” God’s concealment of eternal things is related to His plan for us to be free, created in His image, like Him. We have a genuine free choice to choose God or to reject Him, to choose good or choose evil. We are free from the pressure of overt promise of reward—or threat of punishment.

 My Opinion:

I did enjoy this book, even though I don’t believe in a separate infants Heaven or different levels such as for those who claimed to be Christians but in fact were not.  I know this was written in a time when church clergy weren’t  real helpful in getting others to understand the Gospel and I know this was one woman’s account of when she believed she was taken to Heaven for 9 days and spoke with both Jesus and His angels.  However, I also know that Satan can work through people’s unconscious mind and can even use Scripture that he twists.  While the girl who did have this vision did go on to live out a Christian life – I can’t say I agree with everything that was written, and God’s ways are not our ways and we can’t even beging to figure them out.

The authors who re-wrote the book from the original said it comforted them when they lost two children, of that I have no doubt.  As a mom who has lost one and maybe two more – this book didn’t comfort me in the way it may some.  I think it depends on your interpretation of Scripture and how you see this book as you read.   Overall a good book but like other books I wouldn’t take it as literally a view of Heaven.

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