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Living History Field Trip #grow4christ


I wanted to do some fun stuff with the children after the few long weeks we had so I set up a field trip to a nearby living history working farm, usually we just go as a family but I thought it’d be fun to do a field trip with other homeschool families.  So on May 16 we set out – as you can see it was cold that morning (we usually don’t need hoodies or jackets that late into May) and it was drizzling, however it was still fun.  We had to set out and find treasure chests filled with some hands on items and a card that each child took a turn reading to find out about those items.  Only 1 wasn’t found, not sure if it just wasn’t put out or what but no one in our group could find it.


All three of my children, the oldest is reading about the outdoor oven where bread was baked. Little did we know it was real bread and I picked it up and there was mold! Yuck.


My middle daughter reading at the smoke house – where the family would dry their meat to preserve it.


Getting ready to open another chest at the farm house (unfortunately the homemaker wasn’t home so we couldn’t go in)


Trying out one of the games at the farmhouse’s treasure chest.


My son getting the treasure chest down from the outdoor oven.


We then stopped at the country store where the children picked out some penny candy and then we headed back to the car to eat our lunch because we were cold and hungry and set off for home.  We’ve had some big weather shifts so far this spring.  You can learn more about Carriage Hill Farm and what it has to offer by visiting the website.


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Bethany House Review: Silenced (Book 4 in the Alaskan Courage series) by Dani Pettrey #grow4christ #bookreview

About the Book:

Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed How Wrong.

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again–but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Kayden’s climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.


You can purchase a copy at Baker Publishing Group.


My Opinion:

Talk about reading books out of order, I’ve yet to read book one in this series but I’ve read book two, Shattered and book three, Stranded and now book four – and what a thrilling read!  I’m really going to have to get book 1 and read it but even with not reading that one this whole series could really stand alone although there is some mentions of activities that happened in the 3rd book but it isn’t absolutely necessary to read them all in order as Dani gives the reader a little information so your caught up but not too much information that will bore the reader who has read all the books.  I was hooked on this one from the first page – even though I don’t quite get the fascination of extreme sports or why someone would want to climb a mountain – this book just sweeps you up and makes you feel as if you can feel the clean air as you climb the side of the mountain and the fear of finding a dead body when you reach your destination.  The poor McKenna family just doesn’t seem to be able to avoid crime and death even on the eve of a wedding there is murder afoot and the McKenna family with the aid of friends set out to find out who did it.


I could have probably gone without all the ogling Kayden and Jake do over each other – there were a couple of times that Kayden was admiring Jake’s physique and vice versa – and while there is romance in the story I could have done without all of that.  Even with that being said I still thoroughly enjoyed the entire book but I won’t be handing it to my oldest daughter to read anytime soon.  I’m really hoping that there will be a fifth book in the series – I’d love to see all the McKenna children get married and of course hunt down those bad guys that need caught – who knew there were so many murderers and criminals in Alaska?  If you enjoy a good, clean mystery/suspense story then this is definitely one to add to your summer reading list, or if you want a romance you’ll find that too along with a good dose of faith and belief in the God who cares for each of us.  Whether you buy it or whether you get it at your library grab a copy and I think that you’ll enjoy Dani Pettrey’s characters as much as I have come to enjoy them.



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Litfuse Publicity: Moms’ Night Out by Tricia Goyer AND Moms’ Night Out and other things I Miss Devo by Kerri Pomarolli #grow4christ #bookreview

About the Book:

Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.


Purchase your copy at Tricia Goyer’s website.



About Tricia Goyer:


USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and Lead Your Family Like Jesus (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.


Connect with Tricia on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.




My Opinion:


Okay, no matter how much I enjoy Tricia Goyer’s books (search my blog, you’ll see) I was a bit skeptical about this book, because, for me I don’t need a “moms’ night out” – I’m simply not a mom who needs a break from my children.  That isn’t saying that there are days where I’m frazzled and worn out but I still wouldn’t want to be away from them if I had the choice to stay in and be with them.  That said – I’m so glad I read this book!  Yes, I’m glad.  It had me laughing out loud – not that a high speed chase should be funny but Tricia can make it funny – I’m looking forward to taking my children to see the movie.  As I read I would laugh and then find myself having to read segments out loud to my children and my 12 year old is like “that’s just crazy” which is her way of saying she thought it was funny.  The only warning I have is there is one bad word, my husband disagrees, he says c**p isn’t a bad word but I digress but again my children hear worse things than that in the grocery store so it wasn’t something that is going to break the bank.


The night out begins to go downhill once the reservations for the restaurant aren’t for this Saturday but for next Saturday – take that as a warning when making a reservation – and so it all also begins the hysterical nature of what happens when moms’ just try to get a break.  I love when one of the dads have to explain who Mama was and why she ended up dead – a bit gross but so funny and when the pastor’s wife ends up in a jail cell.  Things that normally wouldn’t be funny come to be funny and tickle the funny bone in ways you wouldn’t think should be funny.  While I pass on most of my fictional books to friends and loved ones this is one that I don’t think I’m even going to be able to loan out because it’s going to be one that I’ll re-read again when I need to laugh at life.


About the Book:

As a Mom, couldn’t you use a good laugh?

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie Moms’ Night Out, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.

Whether you’re running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it’s Monday (again), you’ll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath . . . This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There’s never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.


You can purchase your own copy at Kerri Pomarolli’s website.



About Kerri Pomarolli:

Called Hollywood’s “God Girl,” Kerri Pomarolli is an accomplished actress, comedian, published author, Christian speaker and veteran of television—with credits that include 29 appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central.


Connect with Kerri on Facebook, Twitter and at her website.



My Opinion:

Who said devotionals have to be completely serious all the time?  With Kerri Pomarolli this devotional will have you in stitches with her real life funny antics including her family and herself – and right up the alley of the whole Moms’ Night Out theme.  With such titles as Nutella Binges, McDonald’s Cheeseburgers Are From God, Princess Mentality, and many more you’ll find yourself laughing as well as shaking your head about the truths that God reveals to Kerri and us through the everyday chaos of being a mom.  I even read some of them aloud to my children because even though they were great for me there were some that hit home with the little people in my life as well (with the exception of the ones about birth and the marriage bed) – they aren’t all devotions though there are some top ten lists which are just some light humor to give you a chuckle on those days when you think you can’t, but really need a laugh.


It’s not all fun though, she includes a Scripture verse that correlates to that devotion and at the end there are moments to think about, which are two simple (or maybe not so simple) questions about what you think – gives you a moment to get serious and think about what God is doing in your life as a mom and maybe even see the humor in our life when things aren’t all fun and games, like right now with all three of mine fighting. I’d love to give a copy of this devotional to all my girls friends as I think sometimes, as moms, we take ourselves too seriously and that can hurt not only us but our children and we need to learn to laugh – even the Bible tells us how great laughter and joy is.





About the movie:

The Moms’ Night Out film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (EVERBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE MIDDLE), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).





Please be sure to stop by the Litfuse Landing Page for Moms’ Night Out and the Litfuse Landing Page for the Devo to see what other bloggers thought about both of these books.



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USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer has written the novelization to the much-anticipated movie, Moms’ Night Out. Don’t miss this hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

And, look for the companion devotional written by comedian Kerri PomarolliMoms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.

Tricia and Kerri have teamed up for the “No More Frumpy Mommy” challenge.


Moms Night Out Tricia Goyer Kerri Pomarolli

Motherhood can sometimes seem like survival of the fittest. Every day brings its own troubles, and by the end of the day, you’re spent. Between school, soccer practice, cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner, putting away dishes, and keeping your kids from going at each others’ throats, the last thing on your mind is getting away for an evening. If that’s you, you’re invited to take part in Tricia and Kerri’s No More Frumpy Mommy challenge.
Tricia and Kerri will choose 10 winners to receive a Fandango gift card to see Moms’ Night Out, as well as copies of Moms’ Night Out (the book) and Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss. One grand-prize winner will receive $200 to put toward her own moms’ night out or her own moms’ night out “ride” (getting her car detailed and cleaned).
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Fashion! #grow4christ @AHGnews

I’ve written before about our wonderful girls group we are in, American Heritage Girls, and as we’ve wrapped up our year (well officially in June for the awards ceremony where my oldest will receive her Explorer level award) I thought I’d share what the girls did back on April 27th.  Two of the girls who are sisters and the only two in the Pi/Pa group until September organized a fashion show for our troop and also invited our sister troop along as well.  The theme was the color spectrum and the girls did not disappoint – one brother also participated – my son wants to participate next year! The colors ranged from white, black and all those in between it went really well.


If you want to read the posts I’ve done about our troop I’m adding a page to the right so they are easy to find – maybe it’ll give you ideas for your troop.


This is my 9 year old daughter – she chose pink. Her dress has smocking across the top, cap sleeves, she is wearing her pink Crocs, her pink floral quilted purse as well as a pink Hello Kitty watch.


My lovely 12 year old daughter who chose black – her black dress is short sleeve with an inset on the bodice and falls just under her knees. She has accessorized with her black Converse high tops and her black cross body backpack purse.


I cannot believe another year of AHG has come and gone and can’t wait till next year – I’m moving up to the Pi/Pa leader – bittersweet as my 9 year old is staying behind as an Explorer but it’ll be a fun year.  After the fashion show was the board of review where my 12 year old had to share what she learned and do a little interview/conversation to earn her level award – she’ll be getting that badge in June.


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Litfuse Publicity: I’m Nobody The Lost Pages by Alex Marestaing #grow4christ #bookreview

About the book:

We’re all broken on this side of heaven, but we can make beautiful things from the pieces. Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott . . . and definitely not fall in love. It’s all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb’s parents think he’s losing his mind, as always, but he knows they’re wrong. Something’s going on outside — something strange, something terrifying . . . something beautiful.


Read the EPIC Award nominated novel that critics are saying is “fresh”, “powerful” and “unlike anything” they’ve read. In a world full of anxiety, I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages is a triumphant tale of faith over fear and one that kids and grown-ups of all ages will love. (A London Book Festival Honorable Mention Winner)



Purchase you copy on Amazon.


About the Author:


Alex Marestaing loves to create. He’s written for media outlets such as The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and The Los Angeles Times and has authored three YA novels. His latest, I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages, recently won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival and was nominated for a 2014 Epic Award. Though he spends most of his time imagining ideas for the youth market, he’s also written for faith based publications and has covered his favorite sport, soccer, in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad. When Alex isn’t writing or speaking at conferences, you’ll most likely find him hanging out in California with his wife, three kids, and Milou, his dog.


You can connect with Alex on Facebook, Twitter and his website.


My Opinion:


Okay, this book was way out of my comfort zone mainly because it deals with paranormal activity – Emily Dickinson is sending Caleb notes from beyond the grave and of course since he is afraid of going outside and has serious OCD tendencies his parents think he is mentally ill.  As I said this isn’t my usual type of book but I thought it looked interesting and since it’s better than other books targeted at young people today, there is no teen killing teen, no sex, no cussing and so on and for that I’ll rate it very high.  The book did keep me turning the page and kept me in it’s grip because the characters seem real and the suspense builds making me wanting to read more.  Caleb is homeschooled by his mother who seems to spend most of her days in her room – so it seems there isn’t much schooling going on, this is another negative for me as that isn’t the typical homeschool family and most would be getting their son help for his paranoia.


Even with the couple of issues I found I liked the overall premise of the book, we are all broken in some way this side of Heaven, whether it’s mental illness, chronic pain or whatever – we’ll only receive complete healing when we ascend into Heaven.  I can’t be sure if this was supposed to be written from a Christian or secular worldview so teens on either side will enjoy the fast pace of the book.  Would I be okay giving this to my 12 year old daughter to read?  Probably, only because she knows ghosts aren’t real and that while spirits do roam they are sent from Satan so she’d be okay with reading this as she has a high discernment level – it’s better than some of the books that are currently being raved about among teens right now.  Overall, it was a light, fast read that was a break from my usual genre’s and definitely a break for the adult geared Amish fiction I usually tend to read.


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I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program and Cookbook by Sarah Wilson #grow4christ #bookreview

About the Book:

Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn’t realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change.

What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar–both the obvious and the hidden kinds–soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit sugar too:

* follow a flexible and very doable 8-week plan
* overcome cravings
* make food you’re excited to eat with these 108 recipes for detox meals, savory snacks, and sweet treats from Sarah Wilson and contributors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Curtis Stone, Dr. Robert Lustig (The Fat Chance Cookbook), Sarma Melngailis (Raw Food/ Real World), Joe “the Juicer” Cross, and Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)

I Quit Sugar makes it easy to kick the habit for good, lose weight, and feel better than ever before. When you are nourished with delicious meals and treats, you won’t miss the sugar for an instant.

“When I quit sugar I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid. I don’t believe in diets or in making eating miserable. This plan and the recipes are designed for lasting wellness.” — Sarah Wilson


You can purchase your own copy at Random House.


My Opinion:


I’m always on the look out for a great book that has common sense and health at it’s core and with Sarah Wilson’s (who has several other books to help you kick sugar from your diet) 8-week detox plan there is no reason to put it off anymore.  I will admit that I have a huge sweet tooth – sugar, white bread, Coca-Cola, are my downfalls and that has played a part (but not the sole reason) for me having to deal with diabetes which I know with diet change can reverse itself – but I’m also lazy when it comes to my food.  The first part of the book is the plan – it’s 8 weeks and it’s not going cold turkey, although if you’re like me, it will probably feel like cold turkey.  Sugar is something none of us need and it’s created an unhealthy society and one that is obese and fighting the diseases that come with obesity.  Week 1 is focusing on cutting back, that’s it, cutting back – I get headaches if I go cold turkey off sugar so I’m glad this more of a step down program.  Each week has a new topic, even one that most doctors would set their hair on fire from reading, eat fat – not this “low fat” craze that has made more of even more fat (Sarah includes a lot of scientific research to back it up) and helpful tips as well as which recipes to use in the book – such as how to read a food label and crunchy-nut cheesecake.


There will be a time that you can add back in sweets, note that I did not say sugar, but sweets – like Stevia can be used to sweeten your sweets.  There are some fruits that are off limits and Sarah will explain all about that and why to avoid and if you can’t avoid them eat only in small amounts.  I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet because I don’t have some of the ingredients on hand, like brown rice syrup or cardamon seeds and I can’t eat eggs so I have to work on tweaking certain aspects or finding another recipe all together.  My one and only pet peeve about this book is when it’s mentioned as to whether or not it’s Paleo (it’s Paleo friendly and also has some vegan/vegetarian substitutions) she mentions something about this being how “our hunter-gatherer ancestors did 10,000 years ago”.  However, even with those two things (all the eggs) and the whole cave-man issue this is a great book to have on hand and get your body off sugar in a way that doesn’t force you off at day 1 and to not recognize the temptations (thankfully Sarah recognizes that we’ll be tempted and gives a lot of encouragement to go on).




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Tyndale Review: The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow with Cindy Coloma #grow4christ

About the Book:

An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.


You can purchase a physical copy or e-book copy at Tyndale House Publishers.





My Opinion:


What grabbed me and pulled me in when I requested to review this book was it’s poignant cover – Minka’s twisted and aged hands holding an old picture of a woman intent on studying the infant on the chair next to her – something deeper than the description spoke to me and made me want to read this book.  Minka’s life was one of hardship and loss – loss of her father early on, then later her innocence, and so on – working on a dairy farm from the time she was old enough to carry a bucket deformed her hands as her tiny, forming joints were called into duty that was beyond their years.  Minka longs for an education at the public high school in town but her step-dad and her mom need her to work with them on their dairy farm but there is one bright spot in her life – that of the sewing club and that is where Minka’s story picks up, eagerly waiting for her mom and sister to get to the pickup truck so she can get home grab the cookies her sister baked for the sewing club’s picnic and put on her dress that she sewed herself.  If only……


If only Minka hadn’t gone to that sewing club picnic, if only she hadn’t taken a walk with another girl friend, there are many if-only s in Minka’s life but as she learned you can’t undo the things that are done one can only move forward and try to cling to a life that in some ways seem surreal.  Follow Minka from her life at a home for girls in trouble, and her return to her home without a baby in her arms and only her, her step-dad, mom and her pastor in her home town know that she is a mother.  A mother who did not get to nurse her child.  A mother who won’t be able to comfort a cry in the night.  Kiss a boo-boo.  Watch her get married.  Minka writes for years even after her 2nd child, the first with her husband, is born as she realizes she’ll probably never get to see her baby, the one she had to give up, this side of Heaven.  One day she whispers a prayer and wonders if God hears it.


I won’t spoil the whole story for you – but I shed many a tear as I read Minka’s story of love, loss and ultimately closure – Cathy LaGrow spent much time doing meticulous research while she wrote this book and it seems in a way as if Minka is writing her own story, her sorrows, her love comes through the pages.  This type of book wouldn’t be complete without pictures, black and white and the modern colored ones – including the one shown on the cover of Minka ignoring the camera and looking at the baby she won’t see again.  I think the only thing that would have completed the story is to hear what happened to other girl that Minka was walking with that fateful day – I like to hear the after stories of all those involved – but regardless my mind thinks that they wouldn’t have talked about it and probably would have avoided each other given the culture of the time.  A story of loss, betrayal, love and ultimately a forgiveness and an answered prayer.



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National Center for Biblical Parenting: Culivating Responsibility; Parenting Wisdom for Ages 9-12 by Dr. Scott Turanksy and Joanne Mill, RN, BSN with Julia Raudenbush #grow4christ

About the book:

The later elementary age years are one of the greatest times to build responsibility in children. It’s a heart transformation that takes place when parents use other tools than behavior modification. Sometimes though, bad attitudes, disrespect, and a lack of cooperation can muddy the waters. You’ll want to learn from the experts how best to navigate these years. Your children are making significant developmental leaps in their cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Understanding how best to help children through these years is essential.

You will learn
• How to build spiritual values that will last forever
• Ways to address homework, mornings, and bedtimes
• Tools for developing internal motivation in your child
• Practical suggestions for advanced social development
• How to have an age-appropriate conversation about sex
• How to provide tools for anger management
• Specific strategies for bad attitudes and disrespect
• and much more

Busyness often gets in the way so having concise, practical tools will help you get it all in to equip your child to handle adolescence with success.


You can purchase a copy at Biblical Parenting.


About Dr. Scott Turanksy and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN:

Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN are the co-founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Their heart-based approach to parenting is revolutionizing families. Turansky and Miller are also the co-founders of Biblical Parenting University, providing parents with easy access to parent training through online courses.

Scott Turansky is a full time pastor of Calvary Chapel Living Hope in New Jersey. He and his wife Carrie have five adult children and three grandchildren.

Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse, working at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She and her husband, Ed, have two grown sons. Joanne also works full-time leading the National Center for Biblical Parenting.


About Julia Raudenbush:

Julia Raudenbush is the mother of four children. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a certificate in elementary education with a minor in psychology. Before becoming a mom, Julia taught in the classroom for several years. She now tutors and teaches writing workshops. Julia has served in ministries to both children and moms at her church. She and her husband love being outside with their family, enjoying the lake and woods near their home.





My Opinion:

I’ve had the pleasure of reading another book put out by the National Center for Biblical Parenting also written by Dr. Scott Turanksy and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN titled The Christian Parenting Handbook – if you read that review you’ll see that I really liked it and did learn a lot and still need to implement a lot of the ideas into our home with that being said there is a new series out called Parenting Shifts and it has eight other books that span the ages of birth to 26 years with more help that is targeted at the age you need to focus on.  I was given a copy of Cultivating Responsibility: Parenting Wisdom for ages 9-12 and while I have a 9 year old and a 12 year old I found a lot of what was being said in this book being relevant to my 7 year old son as well.  Often times it is easier and keeps more peace in our house if I just do what needs doing instead of taking the time to teach and train the children how to do things on their own and this book reminds me, that isn’t how responsibility is created or to make it stick.


This isn’t just about doing the chores, taking care of their bedrooms but it goes above that and into relationships with others such as compassion for others, anger management, conflict management but also about the responsibility of taking care of their bodies through hygiene, church, spiritual training and much, much more.  Each chapter is a bit sized chunk which is great for busy parents who don’t have time to devote to a book on each of these subjects but also want to know how to help their child take responsibility for their life and their actions.  I’d say it took less than 5 minutes for each chapter and as you read decide if you want to read through the whole book first and begin implementing the ideas or if you want to do it a chapter at a time, it is truly a resource that you can make work for your family – which is so great, as today, many children and even adults do not want to take responsibility for their actions or their life.


So whether you need some guidance in what you can be doing to instill godly character into your newborn or how to make sure your adult won’t come boomeranging back to your house, these books cover each of the stages we’ll encounter at some point in our lives as parents.  Some of the situations may only pertain to those children who are in a brick and mortar school but most of it is good and geared towards parents who are also home educating their children and just need a bit more support in how to lovingly guide them to a relationship with Christ and so that as parents we can make them aware of how to grow into their selves through each stage of development.  I truly recommend this and the entire set of the Parenting Shifts books if you’re looking for a Christian and Biblical outlook on training children in the way they should go.



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


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Educents – 10% off and FREE shipping!

Have you heard of Educents?  I hadn’t until I went to the homeschool Convention in April and it’s a really neat way to save money on educational materials to use in your home.  Educents isn’t just for homeschool families but it definitely can help us out too.  I’ve got a special offer for my readers – if you’d like to purchase from Educents you’ll get 10% off plus FREE shipping (this has never been offered before)!  Some of the deals are 3D Game Design Course, Elementary Science Curriculum from New Leaf Press, Life of Fred Elementary books – and more.  Some are downloads and some are physical products and there are also freebies that you can take advantage of as well.


Use this button or go to the Educents website, order and enter the code found in the button and you’ll be on your way to an extra 10% off and free shipping.

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Kregel Tour: The Miting by Dee Yoder #grow4christ @KregelBooks #bookreview

About the Book:


Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and…most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home.

In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined.

The miting–shunning–that will now be Leah’s unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?


You can purchase your own copy at Kregel Publications or where other books are sold.


My Opinion:


At one time I put the Amish on a pedestal and then I came to realization after having stayed with a New Order Amish family that they are humans just like us and they have issues too, making them Amish doesn’t keep them from sinning or being human – no matter how simple their lifestyle appears.  This is one of those books that while true to what the Amish believe also shines a light into some places that we ‘English’ ignore when we put the Amish on some sort of pedestal – sexual abuse within a family, thinking that being Amish ‘may’ get you into Heaven but one can’t be sure of their Salvation and if they are then they are guilty of pride.  My heart went out to Leah while I read this book, struggling to be the good daughter and do what the Amish elders want her to do but also knowing that the Lord is moving in her life and is giving her the hard questions which no one wants asked, let alone answer and also to be a good friend to Martha even though she is walking on the path of destruction as well as trying to find herself – so much for a 17 year old to endure.  I’ve never read Dee Yoder before and I must say this book makes me want to seek out even more of her writing because it really hit home for me – what price are willing to pay to follow Christ?


Thankfully there are no in depth descriptions as to what Martha suffers at the hands of her step-brother, Abner but with the way she was treated in the Community made my blood boil and I’m so glad that it was fiction even though this does occur both in the ‘English’ world and in the Amish, where unfortunately the victims are not likely to get support or the help they need.  I don’t want to give too much more away because that will spoil the book but I must say that by the end, while it wasn’t all rose-colored, my heart was happy for Leah even though it ached for some of the other characters that I encountered – and I must say that even with some heavy subject matter it was a great book that pulled me in from the first page and for that I’m grateful.



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


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