Sunday, December 23, 2012



This is my favorite picture of Mary with Baby Jesus. It is called "Kissing the Face of God".
Although it is important that he came; don't forget WHY he came. May God bless you during this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time 4 Learning

I had the opportunity to review Time 4 Learning with my 3 boys(ages 6 and 10) for the last month. First I want to say that we have home schooled for the past 9 years and have never tried an online learning system. I found out about Time 4 Learning a few years ago when I was searching for some math help for my son with Autism. Since then, I have occasionally gone back to the site and have debated with myself about trying it. When I was given the opportunity to try it for free I couldn't pass it up.
This online interactive curriculum is available for Pre-K through 8th grade and covers main subject areas(math, language arts plus extensions, science and social studies). The curriculum includes animated lessons, interactive activities, reviews and quizzes and even printable worksheets. It has automated grading, lessons plans and detailed reports that tract the students progress (this makes it ideal for homeschooling). It could be used as a total curriculum, or as a supplement.
We actually tried it for grades 1 and 2. I loved the fact that we could still access one grade below and above the target grade. For example: if you are  using grade 2 you can still access grade 1 and grade 3 activities. This is perfect for those who need more review or can move ahead in one area. We had no trouble accessing the site. We were able to access it 24/7 with no delays or problems.
The animated lessons themselves were idea for visual learners. I have 2 with special needs and they are visual and kinesthetic learners(hands on); so personally I would choose to use it as a supplement curriculum. Although the lessons were animated my 2 special needs children seemed to gaze off during some of the lessons; which made it difficult to complete some activities and questions. I actually used my base curriculum and then let them get on certain activies that related to what they were learning that day. The activities are so engaging that most children could go it alone. If it is the child's first time or you have children with learning difficulties it would be wise to sit with them for guidance. The activities correlated perfectly to what we were learning.
My kids favorite thing about Time 4 Learning was definitely the playground. A parent or teacher could set the timer for the child to complete activites for a certain amount of time before the playground would open up to them. The playground is full of fun and educational interactive games and activities. A playground timer can also be set so they don't go overboard.
We have decided to continue this program with one of  my boys, because of his math struggles. This program has already benefited him in a continual review of his base learning and he actually enjoys doing math with Time 4 Learning .
I recommend this product as a total curriculum or supplement to any homeschooling, after school or school classroom. It is only $19.99  a month with no contract of any kind. You can cancel at anytime and you have full 24/7 access to the program; not to mention 24 hour email help and phone call support from their customer service. It's worth trying at least for a month. If you have a child who is struggling especially in math or language arts, want to continue education through the summer months or want a stress free no hassle homeschooling education this program is perfect for you. I only wished we would have tried it sooner.    
*I was given a free month of Time 4 Learning in exchange for my honest review of their program.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski

Cookbooks are generally not that exciting for me, but I absolutely loved this one. First of all, let me start off with how humorous this book is. Each recipe has a crazy name to emphasize its taste or ingredients. Such names include: Shrimply Irresistible, Do the Chunky Chicken, Tickle Me Elbows, or Everybody Loves Raysins. The authors also add in some of their own food humor throughout the book. I never thought I would laugh so much reading a cookbook. Besides, look at the title; I think that says it all.

There are over 325 different recipes in this collection divided into14 different categories. I love the fact that every other page has a picture of the dish. I don't know about you, but I love visually seeing what it is I am about to make. Scattered throughout the cookbook are recipe tips, nutrition nuggets, and other usual and interesting tidbits. Every recipe has a calorie, fat, protein, carbohydrate....count.

I have already made a few recipes and from this book and they were delicious. I found the recipes easy to read and very accurate in detail. I appreciate the fact that there are healthier recipes, some gluten free and vegetarian dishes( for my budding 13yr old vegetarian). I plan to make many more recipes from this book. Definitely a worthwhile cookbook .

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nebador: The Test by J.Z. Colby

The book Nebador is a science fiction adventure book that is geared toward young adults. The author, JZ Colby, has even pre-faced this book by writing to young readers the importance of thinking on your own and how young people today can be the heroes of the future. Being a science fiction novel, the setting is far off in the future but the people have regressed to the era of castles and cottages. The main character is a stranger to the land, so the reader also gets to experience the customs and people of this medieval kingdom as a visitor.
In learning about this city and the culture, you can see how different classes of people treat others and how these classes already categorize a visitor based upon first impressions. The various characters throughout the story, from slave to king, show how their position in society usually predetermines their mannerisms. This book shows the main character and other individuals who do not stay within the society’s placement.
The chapters are only a few pages in length which made it easy to stay involved in the storyline. This also helped in reading the book because you would go on to read the next chapter since it was only going to be a couple of pages in length. The accompanied book for notes, questions, and illustrations was helpful in explaining the chapters and characters. 
On a negative note, I must add that this book does have language and some questionable topics; so I most definitely do not recommend it for children or junior high ages. I caution parents to read this book first before you allow your teenager to read it.
This book is book 1 of the First Trilogy which includes books 1-3. Trilogy 2 includes books 4-6. You can go to the Nebador web page and check out all the books which are available in print, kindle and audio.
*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Would you...Read me to Sleep? by George E. Edenfield

"This is one of those books that really gets a parent right in the heart. "
My first impression: First of all, look at the cover, adorable. My favorite thing to do with my kids are read to them. My 3 boys and I share a story every night at bedtime. Then, my 13 year old daughter and I read together. The pictures in this book are beautiful illustrations of oil paintings by Alyson Harris. They flatter the storyline very well. Each picture contains a Golden Key, so this makes the book more interactive to children(who am I kidding? I loved looking for the keys too).

What is it all about: Well, I can't tell you everything; it would ruin the story. But I will tell you it is about a father and his daughter and how they shared story time with a special Bible story book every night. The girl learns about a Great Treasure and the Seven Golden Keys. Time progresses, the daughter grows up and the father grows older. The book ends with another reading of the story book, but with a twist.

 What did I think: As a parent who constantly reads to her children, I loved it. I even choked up a little(what can I say? I'm a mother). Not only did it tell a wonderful story to children, but it  spoke to parents as well. Cherish these times with your children; what better way to share Christ with children, but through stories. It is time well spent!
I was confused about the golden keys though, the book never states what they are. I assumed they are the 7 Bible stories mentioned, but I didn't feel that was clear. Maybe I am just dense, but all in all it did not affect the overall message and effect of the book.

Recommendation: This is perfect for children of any age, parents, grandparents, or gift for new parents.

*The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Bookcrash in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time 4 Learning

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Your Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by John Hergenrather, Tom Vail, Mike Oard, and Dennis Bokovoy

Whether you are planning a trip to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton or you just want to learn more about these great national parks; this guide is perfect for both. 183 pages hard back spiral bound full of gorgeous pictures, history and facts on many fold out pages. This book is a complete guide to these unforgettable parks and will give you all the information you will need to know for a wonderful visit. This book was written by the authors to give the reader a look at the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks through God's eyes.
I personally have never visited these parks but after reading and studying this guide would love to make a trip someday with my family. Since we weren't actively planning a trip, we used this guide for our homeschooling education. Reading about the wildlife, plants and natural wonders made it feel like we were really there. Since it was written from a Biblical perspective I enjoyed the references to creation and just the natural beauty of God's design.
I recommend this for anyone planning a trip to the Yellowstone or Grand Teton, those who just want to learn more about these national parks, those studying creationism vs. evolution, schools or home school groups, or just nature lovers.

*A review copy was sent to me by Master Books a division of New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review*

The One Year Be-Tween You and God: devotions for girls by Sandra Byrd

When I opened up the package for this one; I was immediately drawn to it because of the cover. Its gorgeous blue color, with beautiful raised designs and leather like feel(much like a real Bible); made me think"my daughter will love this". It was so appealing I had to admire it for awhile before I actually opened it. When I did open it I was not disappointed with the inside either.
Inside you will find one year of one page devotionals    for girls in the tween years(ages 9-12 depending on the child). Each devotion is marked with the month and day, a Dear God question, a one page devotion, a verse, and a how about you section(encouraging application). Verses are taken from the NCV, NIV, and NLT.
I really liked the briefness of the devotions especially for this age group, but I don't feel the content was jeopardized because of it. I felt it was packed full of wonderful topics that pre-teen girls deal with daily, and it is definitely a worthwhile book for any girl this age.

*This review copy was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review*  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Great for God: Missionaries who changed the world by David Shibley

When David Shibley wrote the introduction to "Great for God", he gave a great summary of what this book is all about. 23 different individuals, all coming from different parts of the world, ranging from the 1700's to the  21st century, both men and women who all had a strong desire to do great things for God. David Shibley does emphasize that these people were imperfect, still human, just ordinary people with a resolve to glorify God in their lives.

The stories of each of these individuals can be read as a personal study, a small group Bible study, or even for family devotions. Each chapter begins with a thematic title, the individuals legacy or great thing they did in the name of our God, and a quote from the individual.

The last chapter gives an encouragement for the reader to go out and do great things for God. The author gives twelve characteristics that each of these individuals possessed that links them all to accomplishing greatness for God. I like how the author also gives a few warnings in attempting to do great things for God; such as, it is a definite way to get Satan's attention, you will defy the status quo so you will surely have enemies, and especially the warning to not place "ministry" over family or win the whole world in the process of losing your children.

This book was a great read and I would definitely recommend it for high school age or older, even a small group Bible study.

*This book was sent to me by Master Books , a division of New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch

If you are sentimental like me, the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" is on your must see Christmas movies every year. It always reminds me of real life with its problems, delights, and daily moral decisions. That was why I was so intrigued when I picked up this book written by Bob Welch.

This book has a total of 52 lessons that can be learned from the movie. Each lesson starts with a quote or moment from the movie. Then a basic rundown of what happened in that scene mixed with how we can apply that lessons to our lives.
This is a christian book and each lesson has applicable scripture and spiritual implications.

I didn't realize how many lessons could be learned from this movie and felt the author did an excellent job in utilizing moments of the movie with everyday life. I completely enjoyed this book and felt it could be used as a devotional as well as in group discussion. I plan to pass this on to a friend who is crazy about the movie, and know she will definitely enjoy and benefit from this book.

This would make a great Christmas gift, book club read, devotional, or church group discussion book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, September 3, 2012

Teeny Tiny Tina Books by Rosemary Evans

I am super excited to share the next set of books for review. When author Rosemary Evans contacted me about reviewing her books I didn't know what to expect, but when the books arrived I was impressed with how she had packaged them in colorful tissue paper and stickers of her main character of Teeny Tiny Tina the tooth fairy. Lets start with a short description of each book and then I will give a summary of my overall impression.

Teeny Tiny Tina the Teeny Tiny Tooth Fairy
Slip into a tiny magical world with Teeny Tiny Tina the tooth fairy and discover right along with her; that being small is not necessarily a bad thing. Tina's sisters are bigger and have fun being tooth fairies, but Tina feels small and insignificant. She soon learns that small or big she can accomplish great things and help others. 

Teeny Tiny Tina and her Teeny Tiny Pet
Join Teeny Tiny Tina in her second book where she learns a lesson from her pet cat-a-pillar Kat. Tina learns that Kat will be changing soon and won't let Kat out of her sight. She soon learns that change can be wonderful and is nothing to be afraid of. 

The Little Princesses Magical Party
Princesses Abrielle and Annelise have a wonderful life in a castle where they play dress up and have tea parties, but they wish they had friends to play with. They decide to give a party for all the girls in the kingdom. Come with them as they display kindness,sharing and gratefulness to all the girls; and learn that every girl is a princess. 

The Adventures of the Little Prince
Little Prince doesn't think he wants to be King, he just wants to go on an adventure. Along the way he meets many different types of people in the kingdom. He displays kindness, bravery and unselfishness and learns that he would make a great king after all.   

I can not begin to rave about these books; in fact they plan to go into my permanent collection and be passed down to my grandchildren one day. I liked them all but my absolute favorite had to be Teeny Tiny Tina  The Teeny Tina Tooth Fairy. The storyline of each one is simple enough for young children to understand. Each book has a lesson or character trait to convey to the reader and does a wonderful job describing it in true storybook form. At the end of each book is a breakdown of the character trait that all but one book display in rhyme. I adore the illustrations in each book. Bright, vibrant and fairytale like; my kids and I spent hours looking at all the details. These books are a wonderful collection for sharing Christ-like character traits to children. 
I recommend these books for ages 3 and up (how high depends on the 12 year old loved the books). Please check out Teeny Tiny Tooth Fairy online. Each book can be purchased there at a reasonable price and there are other products available that complement the books as well. 

*These books were given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.   

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma

Tired of tripping over laundry lying all over the floor? Sick of dishpan hands? Want to teach your kids a sense of responsibility? Or want to have your family more unified by doing their part?
Join author Kay Wyma and her five kids as they conduct a one year experiment to decrease their sense of entitlement and teach a sense of responsibility. This book has 12 chapters, each chapter has one task the family undertook for that month. Each chapter consists of their personal experiences, lessons they learned, and  ideas for implementing the task   Tasks include topics such as: employment, laundry, bathroom, kitchen, manners and many more.
With 4 kids and a world that constantly teaches our kids that they are entitled; this book was refreshing to read. As a christian family it is very important to us to teach our children about self-sacrifice and service to others. What better place to start than at home with our families.   I did alto of laughing as Kay shared some of her family's experiences throughout this process; and just imagined what my kids would say once we start our cleaning house.
This book is great for any family who is just starting out with young kids and even those who have older kids.
Families, single parents, grandparents acting as parents, parents to be, bible study, and church ministries would benefit greatly from this book.
 *This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Asher of Bethlehem by Howard Rodney Jones

I have heard the Nativity story many times, including many fictional versions; but I have never read quite a story as Asher of Bethlehem.
Where: Bethlehem
When: During the birth of Jesus
Who: A beggar, his best friend and the birth of a child
What: God's Provision
This 119 page book is a simple read for preteen-teens. This is a fictional account of the birth of Jesus. Using a historical and biblical account of this time period the author gives the reader an account of the nativity through the eyes of one of Bethlehems teen beggars Asher and his friend Medad whos parents own the inn that Joseph and Mary come to. The main theme throughout this book  is "God will Provide".

What I liked: I felt the author did an excellent job in representing the time period in which this event took place. His description of Bethlehem and its people gave me a greater understanding of the possible characters and their roles during one of the world's greatest events. I loved the twist of an outsiders, a beggar in fact, viewpoint on Joseph's, Mary's and Jesus' stay while in Bethlehem. It was great to imagine if there had been such characters at Jesus birth that their lives would have been changed forever and that God would provide for them.

What I didn't like: Personally I believe that the wiseman did not see Jesus in the stable but a year later in fact. I realize to make this particular storyline work the wiseman's presense at the stable were required. They were an integral part to the ending of the story. That being said, overall  it did not affect the story or message at all.

Would I recommend this book? YES 
A great read for teens or adults, this book would be great for personal enjoyment, book reports, supplement to any bible curriculum or christmas study as well as character studies.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Awesome Science: Explore Meteor, Crater and Petrified Forest

Description: How do meteors, craters and the petrified forest back up the Biblical Worldwide Flood? Join 14 year old Noah Justice in this 30 minute DVD as he explores meteors, craters and the petrified forest and shows how they are evidence to a biblical worldwide flood. Beautiful video footage of the Petrified Forest National Park, Tepee formations, and a meteor crater in Arizona; along with other historical picture documentations of studies done on craters make this DVD visually stimulating. A well written and given presentation by Noah Justice appeals to young and old alike.
My Opinion: I absolutely loved the whole biblical application and use of scriptures throughout the video. A short presentation of salvation was also included. I would recommend this video for Middle Schoolers and up(alot of the scientific terminology and explanations would probably be a tad boring for the younger set). Overall, a wonderful presentation of scientific facts for the proof of Noah's Flood. I look forward to watching more awesome science videos in the future.
My Kids Opinion(12 year old): I liked this video and learn many things I never knew about petrified wood and craters. My favorite thing was when I learned about the only man buried on the moon(watch the video to find out if you don't know who I am referring to). Noah was a great host and the added blooper reel was hilarious. It helped me alot with being able to defend my belief and the truth of the flood in the Bible.
Summary: A wonderful addition to any homeschool or Christian school science curriculum. Make sure to get the Study guide along with the video(full of review questions and activities).

*This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. This book can also be purchased on

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle

Are you a stargazer? Do you want to learn how to be one? This book is the perfect guide to exploring the night sky. Written in a christian perspective and full of beautiful photography; The Stargazers guide to the night sky will help you discover and explore celestial wonders like you never have before.
This hardback 240 page book is divided into 12 chapters which includes the best ways and times to observe the planets and stars, picking out the right telescope for star gazing, star charts and more. Any new or inexperienced astronomy lover can find detailed information on what, where and how to find and observe God's celestial creation. This book would be great for personal or educational purposes. Although there is no age appropriated designated, I would suggest a high school-adult level; possibly junior high depending on the student.

What I liked:  My favorite thing about the book was the detailed guide to picking out a telescope that works for you, star charts that tell you where and when you can find them, and the absolutely gorgeous photography throughout (I could spend hours just looking at the pictures). We are personally going to use this book as an addition to our Astronomy curriculum for homeschooling this coming year.

What I didn't like: There really is nothing negative I can say about this book. I wouldn't consider this a complete astronomy curriculum, but it is a fantastic book for basic astronomy and information  and tips to appreciate the beauty of God's universe.

*This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

34 weeks of 4 lessons each of American History for High School Students. Topics include American Indians, Pilgrims, Colonial Life, Revolution, Constitution, Reform, Slavery, Revival, Civil War, Immigration, Reconstruction, West, World Wars, Vietnam, African American History and War on Terrorism. Each lesson consists of a lesson summary full of historical facts and pictures and an assignment/s. Included in the back of the book is a glossary of terms for words found in bold throughout the book. Also the Timeline found in the back will be beneficial to you as a quick resource.

This would be best used in a private/homeschooling atmosphere. Although if you are are a history buff or want to supplement your high schoolers education with history from an anti-Christian perspective then you might want to get this book. This book is stated as High School level but could easily be adapted for middle schoolers as well. If you are considering using this as a source for an elementary history study I would not recommend that. You would have to do alot of dumming down and change the assignments all together. But your middle or highschooler would definitely benefit and learn from it. The book is designed as a 5 day lesson with 4 lessons from the student text and the final lesson being an exam covering weeks chapter(which I assume is found in the teachers book which I have not reviewed).
What I liked: Short yet complete lessons with appropriate extended assignments
What I didn't like: Although the lessons were short some of the vocabulary was too advanced. Lessons 29-34 are comprised of 1950 to present day...which leaves out alot of history during those time periods.
Would I recommend this book: yes...but I would supplement with something else for  history during 1950 and on time period.  

* This book was sent to me by Master Books- A Division of New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. 


Friday, June 22, 2012

Combine beautiful real life photography, baby snow monkeys, and the Bible and what do you get? A great children's book that not only teaches them about God's wonderful creatures, but also gives them biblical truths about God's design for families and his promises to us.
This book has received the Christian Choice Book Awards and is one of a series of the Fun Adventures Wildlife Books by Tim Ostermeyer. Pages consist of real life animal photography, educational facts, scripture verses,  and a fun story line. Follow the adventures of Snuggles the snow monkey as he travels over the Japanese Alps with his parents. Read about how he learns about the wisdom and care of his parents, if man evolved from monkeys, and what the Bible has to say about spiritual truths.
My favorite part about this book was that it was in a story form which made it more conducive for the attention span of a younger child. The real life pictures of cute baby animals made the story very warm and inviting. I was able to read this to my 4 children ranging from ages 6-12. My younger kids loved the story and photos and my older child enjoyed the educational facts and scripture application. It even spurred us to look up more about snow monkeys on the internet.
There really wasn't anything negative about this book. If you like animals and want to teach your children Biblical principles, then you have to read Snuggle's Japanese Alps Adventures.
Check out Tim's other books at
*I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Crash  review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tender Warrior by Stu Weber

Tender Warrior should be on the shelf of every father and/or husband. This book is like a mirror for each man to examine and  challenge himself in their role as provider, warrior, teacher, and friend to those within and outside of the home. Stu Weber writes in a way that relates to all men who want to be a real man to their wife and children. Each chapter is very relevant to every man, whether newly married, a new father, or someone with a few years already under their belt. At the end of each chapter, there are questions that are good for self-evaluation or could even be used in a study group discussion. If any individual or group is wanting to do a biblical study of the definition, characteristics, and examples of a man, then I recommend reading this book.  

*This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A is for Adam: the Gospel from Genesis by Ken and Mally Ham

I have been wanting to review this book for awhile. This book was the stand up flip chart version. I loved being able to place it on the table and flip each page as I read it. This also allowed us to stop and talk more in depth on each page without having to hold it open.
At the beginning of the book is a quick one page reference to each page. Each page presents the Genesis account in alphabet form from A-Z. The text rhymes and the illustrations are colorful and child friendly. On the back of each page is a reference for the next displayed page. It includes the text, bible facts, discussion questions, lets remember truth, visual vocabulary, and a suggested activity. This could be used in a traditional, homeschool or church setting.
We personally used this as a Bible Unity Study in our homeschool and spread it out over several weeks focusing on one or two pages per week.
Wonderful asset to anyone wanting to teach children a true account of Genesis in a simple and active way.
*This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

The Day the World Went Wacky by Janine Suter

This book is a truthful, yet funny look at Genesis 3. The illustrations are engaging and humorous. The rhyming text tells the account of the Garden of Eden, Sin  and its affect on the human race. It gives children an explanation for pain, death, anger and etc..But it also gives them the hope of salvation.
Children love to ask why and mine are no different. For years I have been asked Why? Why do we do things wrong? Why do bees sting? Why are people mean to each other? This book answers these questions in a biblical and fun way for children.
We used this along with several resources from answers in Genesis and some of Ken Ham's books. It answered all my children's questions and gave us a chance to talk more about sin and its affect on our once perfect world.

*This book was sent to be my New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers:The Gospel by Joey Allen

This preschool series gives children a simple but truthful look at faith. The Gospel book in the series is a small hardback(good for little hands). Each page has a colorful illustration, short explanation and Bible reference.It relates salvation to a child's level and helps them understand God's love and his promise of heaven to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.
This book could be read in one sitting or used as a daily devotional with the children in your life. Other books in the series are the trinity, the scripture and the mission.
Personally I used this as a daily read to my younger kids at night. By moving slowly through the book we were able to have deeper discussions on the truths presented on each page. My children have already professed salvation, but we were able to expound more on their faith and God's promises to believers.

*This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  

Olympic Games:from ancient times to present by Charlene Notgrass

 What is the history of the Olympic Games? What does the Bible teach about athletic competition? With the London Olympic Games 2012 close at hand this 40 lesson study would be a great way to teach all about the ins and outs of Olympic competition. Each lesson is an average of 30 minutes long and is completely interactive with activities for each. Included throughout the lessons are Bible Study, History (with many historic photographs),Geography,Physical Education,Sports, Vocabulary,Grammar Activities,Puzzles,Review Questions,Answer Key.The ebook version of the study is reproducible for the purchasing family, but the print books are not reproducible. This resource is appropriate for christian schools, homeschool or personal use. 
My favorite thing about this study was the written activities with every lesson. Since I have children with attention problems this gave them something to do with their hands as well as learning about history at the same time. This could easily be a stand alone study, but we chose to also supplement library books, videos and Internet resources along with it. More importantly I was impressed with the Biblical aspect; the verses and biblical application was perfect for our family(I love to put everything we learn into a biblical perspective and this study helped me do that). As suggested in the study we plan to hold a Family Olympic Games this summer to add a fun hands on ending to what we have learned. 
This study is available through the Notgrass Company at
Make sure to check out their other resources as well.

*This pdf study was sent to me by the Notgrass Company in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Slim Kicker

Ok! So this one is not an actual book, but its still pretty cool. The creator of this website contacted me and asked if I would check it out and mention it on my blog. This is more than a weight loss site. You are able to keep track of nutrition and exercise, but enjoy challenges that earn you points and then reward yourself. This site makes being healthy fun. You can join challenges individually or with a group and earn points and set your own rewards(for example: night at the movies, dessert, get hair done...). You can do it on the website or download as an app.
   First off, it was very simple to make an account. Let me break it down by pages.
 Page 1 Dashboard- You will find recent member comments and a quick look at your own challenges and points.
 Page 2 Nutrition- You can track your food(broken down by calories,protein, cholesterol, fat, sugar and so on). You can also record some of your favorite recipes and even share them with members
. Page 3 Body- You can add exercise routines to this page, keep track of exercises and weight loss.
 Page 4 Achievements- You can join current challenges, create your own and view your achievements.
 Page 5 Groups- Here you can create your own group or join one of the many current groups(they say weight loss is easier when you have support)
 Page 6 Friends- You can make friends with other members and use them for support or even compete against them
 Page 7 Blog- Get up to date information to help you with your diet, fitness and overall wellness.

  This is a wonderful fun tool to help you slim down, exercise and become a healthier you. Most importantly its FREE. Go on over to and start looking and feeling better.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue

This is one book in many of what is called "The Lily Series". These wonderful books geared to girls ages 9-12 talk about issues that face our daughters on a daily basis from the world. With influences from the world about their appearance; it is refreshing to find a fun series that reminds our girls that true beauty is from inside.
The Beauty book was very easy for my 12 year old to read. Topics in this book included hair, skin, puberty, clothing and more. Each chapter included discussion, relating Bible verses, check yourself questions, just do it and talking to God about it.
Parents could read this book with their children and discuss it more thoroughly or girls could go through it alone. The Q and A format reviews the given material and how to apply it individually.
Overall, I loved the books contents and presentation. What a great way to introduce girls to the changes happening inside as well as outside. This book helped my daughter, who is surrounded by girls concerned about their appearance, remember that God created her as she is and that true beauty stems from the heart.

*I was sent a copy of this book from in exchange for my honest review.

The Big Book of Animal Devotions by William Coleman

Learn fun facts about animals and nature; while learning about biblical principals we can apply to our own lives. There are 250 one to two page devotions about God's amazing animals. Each devotion is short enough for the youngest child; as well as filled with interesting animal facts for the older ones. Each devotion as Bible verse, review questions and a biblical application. This devotion book could be shared as family, read by an older child on their own, or used in homeschool or church setting.
What better way to help us understand about a God who loves and cares about us than through his love and care of his animal creations.
On a personal note this book has been great for our use in nightly devotions as a family and goes along well with our homeschool study of animals. These devotions have led to many more extended discussions on God's relationship with his human creation as well.
No wonder God used so many examples of animals in the Bible to teach us lessons about himself and us. We have a lot in common the animals and us;. after all we have the same Creator.  

*A free copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Creation as retold by Janice D. Green

A wonderful retelling of  Creation. Each page includes a beautiful quilt illustration with a summary and verse for each day of creation. The verses are paraphrased, but would appeal well to younger children.
This book would work well for families, churches, small groups or christian education. A simple yet accurate description of the creation of our world. There is also more detail about Adam and Eve and when sin entered into the world through their disobedience to God; as well as the consequence to them and future generations.
At the end of the book there is a note to parents encouraging them to talk to their children about their belief in God and his work in creation and our daily lives.
I was most pleasantly surprised with the family activity...a Bible Quilt. I didn't even realize the illustrations were quilt blocks until I read the family activity. There 8 quilt block illustrations that can be used to make a creation quilt of your own. What a wonderful activity for a family or group project.  More detail about the quilt can be found at
I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to teach a young child more about the days of creation. We homeschool, so on a personal note we plan to supplement this book into a creation unit study and make a creation quilt of our own.
Make sure to visit to find out more about the author, the book, quilt and more fun stuff.

*The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Bookcrash; in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sticky Paws Raccoon Gets Caught Red-Handed by Mycol Ray Wisenbaker

 Ever child loves to read stories about animals; especially to one who gets himself into trouble. No animal does that better than a raccoon. The author picked the perfect animal, circumstance and surroundings to portray a power message about the consequences of taking something that doesn't belong to you.
Sticky Paws can't resist the farmers red juicy apples. But one things stands in his way, Shep the German Shepherd. Just like a raccoon he proves true to nature; he is going to get those apples one way or another. The story ends with a wonderful message of honesty.
My kids thought this book was funny, and laughed at Sticky Paws antics. They even grimaced when Shep the German Shepherd caught him red handed with the apples and nodded their heads in agreement when he paid the price for stealing in the end.
This book could be enjoyed by ages 4-12. Wonderful opportunity to discuss stealing and honesty with any child. My kids and I even made up an alternative ending if Sticky Paws would have done the right thing.  
*this book was sent to me by Dorrance Publishing Co. in exchange for my honest review

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson

Do you want to teach your children Christian character qualities by using real life examples? Hero Tales uses 45 different readings using real life stories of people like Menno Simons, David Livingstone, Amy Carmicheal, George Muller and more; to explain character qualities such as courage, compassion, joy and etc... Each biography also includes a verse and thought provoking questions. These are perfect for ages 5 and up and could be used in a homeschool setting or as family devotions.
*This book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. 

King of Glory by P.D. Bramsen

"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King I tell you."
-from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

The author starts off his book with this quote which emulates the whole theme. "He's the King!" A wonderful tool for children and adults alike. Experience the the story of the prophets with 70 different scenes. This book covers the King from the beginning of the world in Genesis; to his return in Revelation. Each scene consists of a beautiful illustration with a page of story. I love the use of scripture throughout each scene. Not only a wonderful view of the Bible, but a great way to share God's plan for his people.

Caution: a few scenes may be a bit much for the younger set. Great for use in Sunday School, Christian Schools, homeschool or personal use.

* I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Matthew 6:33 Piano Teacher by K M Logan

Do you have a passion for music? Can you play the piano? Do you love teaching others? If you do this pdf book is a must read. Grounded on Matthew 6:33 this book answers questions about teaching piano for the glory of God.

This book is divided into 4 main parts: 1. Preliminary questions- Do I want to do this? Am I qualified? Advantages and Disadvantages and more
2. Business Aspects- what you should charge,expenses, marketing and more
3. The Piano Studio- type of lessons, kinds of students, where should I teach from and more
4. Appendixes- affiliates, recommendations and more

I found this book clear and concise. My favorite thing about the book was the author's use of Bible verses throughout the sections. By sharing her knowledge and personal experience; she was able to answer questions for those who might be considering  teaching piano.

On a personal level my 12 year old daughter has been taking piano lessons for about 4 1/2 years now; and we have actually been discussing a future career in teaching piano. When she gets a little older I plan to have her read this book. It will be a great tool in helping her decide if she wants to pursue a future in teaching piano and how to go about it.

This book is idea for personal use, homeschooling, or coursework. Anyone currently pursuing or considering a music career should definitely read it.

This book can be purchased from the following links:

*A pdf copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I can choose by Ann Elizabeth Higgins

This is a wonderful way to persuade your kids that Mommy or Daddy knows best. In this book a child is shown 2 choices: to do what his parents said or not too. When the child chooses not to do something there are consequences(example: not wearing a raincoat and they get wet); when the child chooses to do what his parents say the result is good(example: wearing the raincoat and staying dry). Several situations are given in this book but most of them are typical things that parents remind their kids of on a daily basis.
The text is simple and the explanation is clear to the child. The illustrations are simple yet complimentary of the topic.
This book would be good for ages 2-6 or for kids with special needs.

*this book was sent to me by Dorrance Publishing Co. in exchange for my honest review

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Me? Obey Him? by Elizabeth Rice Handford

This 95 page book is great for those who are getting ready to be married or who are already married and struggling with submission to their husband.

At first I felt a little intimated at the thought of reading a book I knew would speak to my heart. Because I love my husband and because I love my Lord I decided to give this book a try.

This book includes the following chapters:
 1-Why did God command a wife to obey her husband?
 2-What do the scriptures say about a wife's disobedience?
3- Does God really mean what he says?
4- Are there any Bible examples?
5- Don't I have any rights?
                                                                               6- But what about the problems?
                                                                               7-How to enter in: unconditional surrender
                                                                               8-The far reaching consequences

The author uses lots of Bible references to support the lessons in the book, along with Bible and personal examples about submission. In my opinion this book is a must for those engaged to be married and would be a great resource for premaital counseling.
This book can be purchased at Sword of the Lord Publishers.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Then Sings my Soul Book 3 by Robert Morgan

Sing His Praises. This is what this book is all about. The book is divided into several categories which include Biblical, German, Medieval and Contemporary songs. Part 1 of the book gives you the history of Hymnody. Part 2 includes the hymn (with music), and a one page summary on the history of the hymn. Part 3 gives you the hymn(with music) and a hymn story of 6 well known hymns.
This book is great for music teachers, worship leaders, pastors,pianist, performer or any music enthusiast. I personally love it as a devotional. This is Book 3 of the series, but can definitely function by itself.

This book was sent to me Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. If you are interested in becoming a book reviewer for Booksneeze please visit their website at    

The Mouse in our House by Louise Watson

This short 29 page kids book about the antics of mouse in a families house is perfect for the kid who always brings some animal home to his parents and asks to keep it as a pet. The family in this house discovers the mouse and finds a way to make him a permanent part of the family. This is a nice reader style book for 1-3 grader. There is some rhyming text although not with every line. The illustrations are simple and cute. I love how the author described the characters in the beginning of the story as not sure to be excited or afraid of the sight of the mouse. I can relate to this, as a person with rodent phobia. But in the end the mouse finds a perfect home.
This book was sent to me my Dorrance Publishing Co. in exchange for my honest review. If you interested in being a part of their book review team please visit their website. This book can be bought for $8 at their online bookstore.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Homeschooler's Book of Lists by Sonya Haskins

Over 250 lists, charts and facts making it easier to plan and organize any homeschoolers curriculum. A wonderful resource to look up information quickly. Topics include history, math, science, geography, art, religion and more. Book is divided into subject categories with a handy chart at beginning of each subject area that includes the chart name and page number. Information is listed neatly and is easy to read. 
I personally love this resource. I find it a great supplement to our homeschooling curriculum. I have been able to pick it up many times and answer questions right on the spot (even quicker than it would be to look up the information online). This is the perfect addition to any homeschool as well as a great handy resource for any teacher or parent with inquisitive kids.
*This book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What is Heaven Like? by Bevery Lewis

  1. Have you every wondered what Heaven was like? Has your child ever asked you questions about Heaven? If so this is a great picture book that you can read to your child and answer some of those questions. This is a great tool especially for a child who has lost someone they love and wonders what life in Heaven is like. With beautiful illustrations and appropriate verses on each page you can share the wonders of heaven with that special child in your life.
The only thing I think could have been different about the book was the fact that the salvation message could have been alot clearer ("I know alot more about heaven now..Its God's promise to all of us").  Maybe if the boy in the story would have stated that he was saved or it was made clearer how to get to heaven.
Overall a good book to start a thought provoking conservation with your child.

This book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Monster Mix-up by Victoria L Johnson

Have your kids ever mixed you up into their crazy adventures. This story is about how one mom paid back her two monster trapping boys. This is a cute and silly book about brothers who are positive a monster is coming down the hall to their bedroom; so they set a trap to capture it. But when they do they are in for a big surprise. This book was based on a true story about the author and her boys.
The rhyming text and illustrations were perfect for my boys of 5 and 8. We loved the surprise ending and laughed for awhile about it.  A great book to share with your kids and enjoy the funny things they drag us parents into.
I received a complimentary copy of The Monster Mix-up as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. Visit the Dorrance Publishing Bookstore to buy this book.