Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My youngest has been wanting his own bible for a while, so I was more than happy to try the "My First Hands-On Bible." Now, keep in mind that this bible is apparently geared toward preschoolers. The original review request said ages 2-7. Since Adam is 8 years old, but a slow reader, I thought it might still be appropriate for him.
As it turns out, he loved the stories and pictures, but the hands on activities were a little too young for him. They made him feel like a baby. Still, I could see how a preschooler would absolutely love them.
When Adam and I first sat down to read this, he immediately requested that we read the story of Noah and the Ark. "It's my favorite bible story," he explained happily.
At certain points in the story it would indicate that you should stop and do an activity. For the story of Noah, the activities included rubbing and clapping your hands to sound like rain, asking the child what animals were pictured on the page and what sounds they make, walking like an animal, and rocking back and forth like you were in a boat. A little too babyish for a seven or eight year-old, but perfect for preschool or kindergarten.
I really liked that the stories came with what they called "The Jesus Connection." This is a way parents can help the kids connect the story to Jesus. In the Noah story, the Jesus Connection said, "Noah saved the animals by putting them on the ark and God sent someone to save us - Jesus!" Being able to bring Jesus into the old testament is helpful for kids and adults alike, I believe.
At the end of each story, there are suggestions for other things you can do, like playing safari and looking for animals who might have been on the ark, or playing with a boat during bath time and pretending it's an ark.
Each story also includes a "Let's Talk" section,which was helpful even for older kids. In the Noah story, it indicated we should talk about something that is hard for the child to do (like building an ark while everyone made fun of him was hard for Noah to do).
I think "My First Hands-On Bible" is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners and would make a great bible curriculum for homeschool or even a Sunday School class. Adam and I will continue to use this to read bible stories and make our "Jesus Connections."
"My First Hands-On Bible" is published by Tyndale and sells for $16.99. You can get more information here.
I am a MamaBuzz reviewer and I have been provided a complimentary copy of My First Hands-On Bible for review. I am an honest reviewer. My reviews are my own opinion and are written only by me.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
|My niece makes Betty Crocker Molasses Cookies while my Catahoula Leopard dog observes.|
I love fall. It's my favorite season. I love fall food. Pumpkin pies, turkey, stuffing, pecan pies, cranberry sauce.... all those things that we only eat at one time of year. This year, I got to try a new "fall" dessert. Molasses cookies!
Betty Crocker and My Blog Spark sent me a package with Betty Crocker's new Molasses Cookie mix, a cookie sheet, an apron, and a cookie mixing spoon. I have been very busy with work, homeschooling, and trying to remodel the trailer, so my niece was sweet to make them for me.
I really didn't know if I would like molasses cookies or not but I have to say, these were delicious! They were soft, had a good texture, and tasted like a spice cookie. In fact, they tasted homemade. I felt that these were really good cookies to have come from a quick mix.
And you can enter to win the prize pack pictured above - the very same one I received. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. That's it! I'm all about simplicity!
The winner will be chosen at by random number generator on Sunday, October 30. Good luck!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Five dollars for a wooden sword from the gift shop and the kid thinks he can hold his brother at sword-point....|
|Adam observes some Revolutionary War items on display.|
|Revenge... Justin locks his little brother up.|
|An old wagon.|
|An actual canoe used during the war.|
Nancy and her boys, my 19-year-old niece, my little Adam, and myself all had a great time and learned a lot. Only 16-year-old Justin was bored to death and didn't enjoy the trip. Teenagers....
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.
Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.
Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. And two of her inspirational fiction books were chosen by Library Journal for their top picks in 2003, and 2005. One of Lynn's novels has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by her relatives, Alice volunteers to stay for two weeks to help the librarian, Leslie McDougal.
But the librarian turns out to be far different than she anticipated--not to mention the four lady librarians who travel to the remote homes to deliver the much-desired books. While Alice is trapped in Acorn against her will, she soon finds that real-life adventure and myster--and especially romance--are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Wonderland Creek, go HERE.
MY REVIEW: I really sympathized with the heroine of "Wonderland Creek." Well, at least in a couple of ways. Alice always has her nose stuck in a book, as have I for most of my life. And Alice moves to a small town that doesn't have the "luxuries" that she always thought of as necessities, as I have recently. Although her attitude toward the country people irritated me at first, I realized that I sometimes have that same attitude. But just like Alice, I have become more and more used to the country, and can even say I love it! As for the book itself (no more talking about me, lol), it got off to a slow start but picked up and kept my attention until the end. Recommended!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Squeezed betwixt-and-between all this, she read romance novels by the truckload and even wrote a couple of her own. While those unpublished manuscripts rested on the shelf, she founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products that would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities.
After a few short months of running her publishing company, Gist quickly discovered being a "corporate executive" was not where her gifts and talents lie. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.
Eight months later, she sold A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers. Since that debut, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, three RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.
Her latest releases, Beguiled, Maid To Match, and Love on the Line are now available.
Gist lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-eight years and their border collie. They have four grown children. Click here to find out the most up-to-the-minute news about Dee.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Love on the Line, go HERE.
MY REVIEW: I never miss a Deeanne Gist book, and "Love on the Line" is one of the reasons why. It has that excitement and adventure that I love, while still keeping it's great Christian values. The heroine was ahead of her time as an advocate for animal rights. And though she wasn't a feminist, she also wasn't afraid to live on her own until the right man came along - no matter how long that took. "Love on the Line" is a must-read!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
|Justin gives Snowball his evening bottle.|
My "adoptive" parents in our new little country town have more than 20 goats, but this little guy was left motherless when his mother passed away. They took to feeding him by hand. "Snowball," as he is called, is turning into a lively little guy. But because he has been hand-fed since he was born, he was always allowed to run around the patio and yard instead of being in the goat pen. This means he spends his time with the dogs, begging at the door and running and playing with the canine species. And I do believe he thinks he is a dog.
But if you think little boys love playing with dogs, you should see them playing with goats that think they're dogs!
|A sword, a shield, and a... dragon?|
|Snowball watches while Adam pretends to drive the golf cart.|
|"Stay where you are or I'll run you through, you dastardly dragon!"|
Friday, October 7, 2011
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.
She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories?
Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes the strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow. Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to heal the past and ultimately to embrace love?
If you would like to read the first chapter of House of Secrets, go HERE.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, is living in her parents' Dawdi Haus. Her estranged "English" husband, injured and helpless after a car accident, has reluctantly come to live with her and their young daughter during his recovery. Can their marriage recover, as well? Is there any possible middle ground between a woman reclaiming her old-fashioned Amish lifestyle and thoroughly modern man?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Mercy, go HERE.
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