Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: Thankful by:Eileen Spinelli

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

My Review:
Oh my gosh! Such a sweet precious book that is sent straight to the heart. With perfect rhythm and rhyme the author has created a most precious book full of thankfulness and how different people are thankful for different things. This book is the perfect book to use to teach your children all about being thankful and it's just in time for Thanksgiving.

This was the ideal book to read to my little 5 year old munchkin right before I introduced him to the idea of a thankful tree that our family makes each Thanksgiving. He enjoyed it and I'm sure your child will, as well. Created specifically for ages 4-8.

Review: Snuggle Time Fall Blessings by:Glenys Nellist

 Snuggle Time Fall Blessings
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Snuggle up with your little one and enjoy all the best parts of autumn together—pumpkin picking, colored leaves, hayrides, and more—with this adorable padded-cover board book. Get ready for repeated readings and lots of hugs!

Carving pumpkins. Fresh baked apple pie. Leaf piles. Jack-o'-lanterns. Featuring Glenys Nellist’s whimsical read-aloud rhymes and Cee Biscoe’s cuddly illustrations, the Snuggle Time Fall Blessings board book will become part of your new autumn reading tradition.

Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, Sunday School teacher or older bother or sister, the little ones in your life will be ready for all the joys fall can bring when they hear …

Let’s go apple picking,
Shake them from the tree.
Round and fat and juicy,
The big red one’s for me!

Snuggle Time Fall Blessings is:

An adorable addition to the bestselling Snuggle Time series, with over 150,000 units sold
Written by Glenys Nellist, the bestselling author of many children's books, including the Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time series
Perfect for bedtime snuggles with a padded cover that fits just right in little hands

My Review:
 I absolutely love the fall season. The crisp cool air and the changing leaves just overwhelm me with goodness. Especially here in Alabama, it is a welcome break after the heat of the summer. This sweet little board book is just perfect for preschoolers. It has short, but sweet wording and verses as to not overwhelm. I loved the sweet sentiment and the gorgeous illustrations.

Halloween is mentioned twice, but the author just touches on it. each verse is centered around something to do with the season. A great book perfect for read alouds.

Review: Double Blessing by:Mark Batterson

Double Blessing
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author and pastor Mark Batterson invites readers to pursue, recognise, and maximize blessings from God.

Mark Batterson provides the tools necessary to inventory one's blessings and participate in double blessing - that moment when a blessing in your life is flipped to doubly bless another.

Batterson believes it's possible to experience more of God's blessing - but that might look different than you would initially expect.The first wave of blessing is that which God gives you: time, treasure, talent.The double blessing, the second movement in this relationship, is our giving back to God by giving to others.

In a day where divine flourishing and godly stewardship has been reduced to a hashtag; #blessed, Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.

My Review:
 In our daily lives, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to see the blessings that surround us. You hear of people blessing others all the time. For example, at the drive thru you will have someone in front of you in line pay for your food. It rarely happens, so that is a blessing and in turn you are suppose to do it for another person. 

 In the book, Double Blessing, the author tries to reason with us this very concept.  Mark reminds us that it isn't always about or even only about receiving blessings but to be one in return is where the real fulfillment is. To me, I tell my kids blessing others is much like what God wants us to do with the love He has shown us--and that is to give it away. Salvation and the act of telling others about Jesus is all about sharing that love with others. Blessings--are just another durative of that concept.

 Double Blessing, is a book that helps with this. The author shows us how to take action and it all begins with us.

A great read!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review: Something Needs to Change by:David Platt

 Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
 While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it "changed the trajectory of my life." Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, "Where is God in the middle of suffering?" "What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?" and "What do I believe about eternal suffering?" Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel--to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.

My Review:
 To be "on fire" for Christ takes on new meaning in the book entitled Something Needs to Change. The author takes his own experiences and the things that he has seen and feels that we need to change the world one sin or misfortune at a time. He also deals with some pretty tough thoughts and questions that are not so easily answered or fixed.

 At this place in the game we can no longer compromise truth and our beliefs for popularity and being comfortable. We need to move with a vigor and purpose like never before. God needs to be spread out and spread further than He ever has been. And you don't have to be a missionary to accomplish this.

 You can start in our own family, your family church or in your community. We can start small starting a food drive for the homeless or maybe just volunteering at your church in different outreach opportunities.

 That is what is so great about God! He offers us many chances and situations to advance His kingdom.

Review: Jesus In Me by:Anne Graham Lotz

 Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Constant Companionship of the Holy Spirit
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
The internationally recognized Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham unpacks key biblical truths wrapped in personal insights to reveal how the presence of the Holy Spirit shapes the daily life of a Jesus follower.

In Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz draws on her rich biblical knowledge as well as her personal story--including her recent cancer diagnosis--to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling. He is a Person who prays for us, guides us in our relationships and decisions, comforts us in pain, and stays by our side at all times. In this seminal teaching, she explores seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit that will revolutionize how you understand and relate to this vital third Person in the Trinity.

As Anne writes, "One of my deepest, richest joys has been discovering by experience who the Holy Spirit is in every step of my life's journey. Each name that He has been given--Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby--reveals another aspect of His beautiful character and has provoked in me a deep love for the One who is my constant Companion...Jesus in me."

Discover how to better love and rely on the person of the Holy Spirit--and embrace how much He loves you.

My Review:
 The Holy Spirit is a foundational part to Christianity and one that may be overlooked a lot. He is very important to our sanity and clarity while living upon this earth. He guides us daily in every aspect of life--we need Him just as much as God or Jesus.

 The author takes us through this teaching showing us every aspect and every goal of the Holy Spirit in our lives. She does in hopes that we become acquainted with the One that can show us life more closely and intimately. Following Jesus requires that we have the extended relationship He offers us through the Holy Spirit.

 The Holy Spirit can affords us many opportunities as a Christian. That relationship with Him will grow us into a Christ follower much more completely than just reading your Bible and praying. Those are also important aspects of the Christian walk but this part of the Trinity is a very important one, as well.

 This is a fantastic guide book in learning so much more about the third person of the Trinity.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Choosing the Best Homeschool Curriculum for Your Best Year Yet!

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Choosing the home school curriculum for the school year isn't an easy task. I'm a veteran home school mom and have home schooled my children for 13 years. Based on that alone I should know "my stuff". But even I have issues each year. I am currently finishing up with my oldest son who will graduate this May. I am also working with my middle son that is in 10th grade and will graduate May 2021. Then there is my little caboose that is currently in 4th grade. I am also a very tired mom that has a small list of health issues that effects our daily schooling life. This year my health really started to show signs of the fact that I can't do everything like I have done in previous years. So, with that being said this mama had to shake things up a bit for my little fourth grader.

 Things are a lot easier for me this year based on the fact that I have two high schoolers that are actively trying to get all their high school credits in, as quickly as possible. So their curriculum I will discuss in a later post. But when it comes to math this year for my little one; I decided to go with an online based math program. CTC Math was going to have to take the place of mom this year because I just simply couldn't devote large amounts of time teaching math to my little one. So we do standard textbook/workbook school, mainly. I usually read my History and Science aloud to my younger elementary aged children and we discuss orally what is being learned. Their math and language arts is usually done by them with mom supervising.

 My little guy is already reading, which just took off the later part of his third grade year. I was afraid that he wasn't going to get it, but thankfully he did right before we ended the school year. We decided to go with:

 Easy Grammar Plus Workbook   -     By: Wanda Phillips
Language/English: Easy Grammar Grade 4

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Math: CTC Math

Abeka Understanding God's World, Fourth Edition   -
Science: Understanding God's World

A Child's Story of America, Second Edition, Grade 4   -     By: Michael McHugh
History: A Child's Story of America
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Bible: We attend church and count this towards our Bible study. But we have been known to do family devotionals, daily. We also, sometimes do personal devotionals where I read to my son or he reads to me.

 Our home school method isn't very involved because my children are eager to begin their day doing their own thing. So we spend the day on chores, instrument practice, playing, and we watch a lot of documentaries. We have always had an eclectic home school. I try to mix and match things together for my babies. If I see something that will interest my youngest we will try it and see where it leads. I usually am a die hard on my core subjects though, especially English and Math.

 So this will be our school year. We only school Monday-Thursday. We begin in mid July and stop somewhere around Easter, and take off for a few months. That is the schedule that works for our family. I hope my thoughts and ideas were of some use to you as you begin choosing your curriculum for the upcoming school year.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: Dear Grandchild, This is Me by:Waterbrook

 Dear Grandchild, This Is Me
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Preserving a family legacy can feel like a daunting task, but this new keepsake journal makes it easy for grandparents to capture memories, wisdom, and stories in one beautiful package.

Being a grandparent is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dear Grandchild, This Is Me--designed for any grandmother or grandfather to complete--will allow grandparents to collect these priceless memories in one heartfelt keepsake.

Special Features:
* Built-in envelopes to stash special, private letters for specific occasions in your grandchild's future.
* A sheet of adhesive photo corners to adhere photographs and special memories throughout.
* Off-the-record questions to prompt fun stories.
* A family tree to track your ancestry.
* Space to share your favorite recipes, or those passed through the generations.
* A world map to showcase your travels.

Within these pages you'll find a place to answer questions that speak to a grandchild of any age from the simple questions about favorite things to deeper questions about childhood memories, identity, and faith. This book will be a tangible way to keep a loved one close at all times.

My Review:
 Did you ever want to know everything possible about your family, but never quite got around to it? Or maybe they passed on before you had the chance to gain all you could from a lifetime well spent? I never knew my dads parents. They knew about me and my grandfather spend time with me before he passed, but he died before I was able to know him. My mothers parents lived to see me grow up but, sadly I feel we ran out of time. I had a lot of questions and still do that will never be answered.

 I feel the sting of that, every day. So when I seen this book, I just knew I had to get it and review and try it for myself. Not that I had an amazing life, but I want my grandchildren to know me a little better. So this product seems to fit the bill.

 Upon opening the book it looks like an ordinary bound book but as you look through the pages you start to see a pattern for your grandbabies to follow that makes it a little different. The book starts from the beginning of your life and gives you space to write what you want to convey. From where you were born to what color your eyes were when you were born. It even asks about my parents and my heritage.

 There is a place for photos, throughout the book. The book then goes on to highlight what you did after high school, defining moments in your life, and the starts of wedded bliss. Not only does this book cover your own family history and legacy it goes on to ask about current even during your life. so it really covers, a lot. There are also envelopes pasted in the book for mementos.

 This book will help me out tons to create something tangible for my grandchildren to hold on to. This is a great gift for Grandparents Day which is in early September and right around the corner.

 A great gift idea!