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.