Book Review: Worth Living

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Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy by Mary DeMuth 

          I would argue that there is a larger percentage of women who feel worthless than worthy of love.  The ability to speak honestly and transparently about it creates a safe haven where walls can come down. Half of the battle is allowing oneself to be vulnerable enough to heal.  Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy does just that! Mary creates an atmosphere in her reading where one can be honest with oneself. The reading is deep and meaningful as one begins to relate and revisit past and present issues. Without doing this there is no overcoming. There has to be a release of emotion for complete healing and restoration and the question platform Demuth creates at the end of each chapter makes it a bit easier to do just that, realize, release and restore from past experiences.

      Worth Living touches on many aspects of overcoming worthlessness including the realizations of being loved, appreciated, strong, secure, beautiful, chosen, destined and redeemed. Chapter after chapter she reminds us of God’s unfailing word and selflessly expresses her hurtful past experiences in order to open the door to guide us through our own. I commend her for that. It is not easy putting yourself out there. I highly recommend this book to anyone needing redemption or witnessing to others about it.

        I received a copy of this book in pdf form from Mary DeMuth as part of a blogging review program. Every opinion expressed is my own.


Curriculum Review: Money Wise DVD Set

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Money Wise by Chad Hovind

 

Biblical Principals of Work and Finance

 

Moneywise is a 3 DVD Series with 14 lessons on what God says about money. The creators of this DVD set introduce the series with several promises of exciting interactions and visuals within the 13 week series of Moneywise lessons. Do they deliver? Yes!

 

Chad Hovind approaches the lessons with vivid visuals and interesting historical content. As an educator, I enjoy the fact that he is not only including facts about how to organize finances but rather shared and integrated a Biblical view of managing money. Although the content may be difficult for uninterested students, it is full of valuable information supported on the web through Godenomics.com.

 

As he progresses through the lessons Hovind lays out one opportunity after another to create connections between the Bible and prosperity. He begins with, Godonomics-What The Almighty Says About The Almighty Dollar, continued with, Godonomics and the Marketplace-Whistle While You: Work, Profit, Lead, Rest, Give, and finishes with, Common Sense Godonomics and the Wisdom of Solomon: Whistle While You: Manage, Spend, Serve and Give Freely.

 

There is so much information in this series you will want to go over it more than once.

 

 

 

I was given a free copy of this product through MasterBooks.com in exchange for my honest opinion. I wasn’t required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review by LG

 


DVD Review: Theo V3: God’s Heart

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What an honor to be invited by FishFlix to review a Christian Children’s DVD. I was so excited when FishFlix sent Theo: Teaching Children God’s Word which includes God’s Heart: Lesson 7- Justification, Lesson 8- Adoption, and Lesson 9- A Day in Prayer. I invited all of my children (ages 4, 10, 14, and 16) down to watch the DVD for the first time because my desire was to hear their reactions. I was surprised that my fourteen-year-old son stayed to watch the entire three lessons. My three daughters and my son truly enjoyed the animation and my youngest was laughing throughout the three lessons. She also covered her eyes when Jesus was on the cross and when I asked her what she was doing she said, “This is so sad, Jesus is dying!” This created an opportunity to discuss what he has done for us and plant that seed of awareness.

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The animated characters were cute and spoke with accents. There are two mice with  “Laurel and Hardy” type of personas and a child-like character, which are adorable and likeable. Theo, the main character and narrator, has a pleasant grandfather type feeling to him and speaks eloquently. The vocabulary words used within the lessons as well at the theme to the lessons are well worth discussing with family after viewing the lessons. The DVD comes with lesson guidance in booklet form inside the cover of the DVD to help parents or guardians.

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Aside from my children enjoying Theo Children’s DVDs, I was very pleased with them as well. The lessons were sound and expressed God’s love, grace, and relationship with us. I would share these within my classroom as much as I would at home. As an avid viewer of Christian material for my home and class I also enjoyed scrolling through FishFlix.com. They have a large variety  of material and reasonable prices. I look forward to review more DVDs from FishFlix.

 

 

 

This DVD was sent to me by FishFlix in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Book Review: The Mineral Book

My family and I are always interested in rocks and rock forms. We actually love looking at and collect rocks. We examine them everywhere we go. We pick them up and are VERY excited if we find some in bright colors. Needless to say, we were excited about The Mineral Book by David McQueen. He did a wonderful job on this book.

My favorite characteristic in this book is the level division of the information. A parent or teacher can turn to any page and level the discussion or activity based on these leveled sections within the book’s pages. Each chapter begins with a mineral focus at level –two understanding. The pictures are vibrant and would be a perfect match if paired with real samples. The text includes the mineral focus, chemical formula, Crystal system, hardness, luster, and streak for each mineral, which could lead to so much fun investigation. Definitions, bible integration, and fun facts also fill the pages.

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Integrating health, science, geography, art and math were easy with the facts included in this book. I have yet to be disappointed by a Wonders of Creation production. You can also find The Ecology book, The Archaeology Book, The New Astronomy Book, The Cave Book, The Geology Book, The Fossil Book, The Ocean Book, and The Weather Book.

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Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.

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The title of this book thrilled me. I wanted to be able to capture my family in pictures but I just don’t have that naturally creative eye to look out for objects or views that make the picture come out just right without Photoshop. The first two chapters have the titles Setting Yourself Up for Success and Developing a Photographer’s Eye, respectfully, and have great starting pointers for the amateur photographer.

The wonderful thing about this book is that the reader can flip through and see what the author is talking about in her writing by just looking at the pictures. My favorite part was “8 ways to discover color, line, shape, and texture” on page 20. Developing a photographer’s eye helped me so much. Just the fact that I acquired the ability to see other photographs or scenes with the “eye” the author is talking about, excited me.

Another point of interest for me was capturing moments in our families life that I had never thought about capturing. Normal outings, everyday life, such as Saturday mornings, and photographing pets, were not on my top photo moment list. I was in the habit of taking out the camera during holidays or birthdays and if the dog just happened to be there, then he was in the picture.

Point being, if you are a photographer, you probably take these ideas as a given but some without experience, trying to capture a few pleasant moments, can use this type of information and training. I appreciated the simplicity of the book. I will definitely use these tips in the coming years of picking up my camera.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Reviewed by LG


Top Five from Masterbooks!

Masterbooks has put out some great book this year and I have been a VERY happy camper as part of the Moms for Masterbooks blogging team. I received the privilege of reviewing these books and have a copy of some amazing creations. Hence the reason for this particular blog, I am putting together my favorite five for the year!!!

 

This was a very difficult choice as I have enjoyed several of the books as much as my children have loved them. I put together my list based not only on my personal reaction to the books but my children’s as well. I categorized them by how much we all liked them to get the top five. SO, here we go…..

 

Number 5 is …. It’s Not Greek to Me DVD !

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This was a fun curriculum for a beginner in Greek. We had a fun time Greek into our days and learning from the videos. This was more me than my children because this is really for more mature students.

 

Number 4 is …. Galapagos Islands !

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I really enjoyed this book, also for a more mature student. As we flipped through the pages, the children thought the book had great pictures and took interest in the stories behind the studies. A great resource for those studying creationism.

 

Number 3 is …. The Flood of Noah !

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This is a most interesting book about the story of Noah. We all enjoyed the historical accounts from around the world marking the similarities and differences in the legendary story of the arc.

 

Number 2 is …. BUGS !

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This by far, had to be one of the most amazing books of the year! We all agreed that there is not denying a wonderful creator had to be behind these amazing creatures. We had so much fun oohing and awing at the bugs illustrated in this fabulous work. You will not be disappointed either.

 

And Number 1 on our favorites list is (can I get a drum roll please!) ………………………………….. 44 Animals of the Bible!

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What can we say? LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! We really enjoyed this book. The book brought the animals to life for my children and they had a wonderful time looking at the pictures and reading about them. I had a great time showing them the biblical references and for animal lovers you just can’t beat it!

We hope you enjoy looking up these great works and enjoying them with your family as well!

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 All these books were free from the Masterbooks program- Moms for Masterbooks blogging program. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Book Review: 44 Animals of the Bible

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Written By Nancy Pelander Johnson

Illustrated by Lloyd R. Hight

Nancy Pelander Johnson did a wonderful job in including the animals she did in 44 Animals of the Bible. From common to uniquely named creatures, the animals she included were all illustrated beautifully by Lloyd R. Hight and interesting to my children. The biblical references were also a wonderful addition as the King James Version (KJV) is always a great starting point in comparing scriptures as differing versions change vocabulary a bit. We like the KJV but always compare other versions in order for the children to understand and compare in terms that are more modern.

Each animal description received full-page descriptions with details for each animal highlighted as well as the scripture reference for the child to read or turn to on their own. Together, a parent and child can take the animal explanations to another level by integrating current information on each animal and creating science and social studies lessons from each. Researching the globe to find the existing locations of our animals was a highlight of our looking through the pages and researching where they are currently found. This book has many issues to be discussed and investigated in reference to animals and their bible correlations and will not be a disappointment to a children’s book lover.

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Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.