Book Review: Water and Weather

Water & Weather: From the Flood to Forecasts

By Tom De Rosa and Carolyn Reeves

Water and Weather is a concise thematic unit study supporting a biblical perspective. Tom De Rosa, a creationist and experienced science educator, along with Carolyn Reeves, also a science teacher with a doctorate in science education who is currently writing and providing educational consulting, did a wonderful job on this book’s content. It is written with both the teacher and student in mind. It has twenty investigation chapters along with a glossary of relevant terms. The home school parent and teacher will not find it difficult to organize the content as it is all written out on page five in How To Use This Book. Bloom’s taxonomy of teaching is definitely incorporated into throughout all lessons from defining to evaluating.  Each investigation has the teacher engage the student in actively realizing the information for more than words on a page. In chapter one, students will design their own fossils after learning about how God created the dinosaurs and physically measuring them out on the floor to determine their size. Afterward, they will answer investigation questions to summarize the information.  There are countless numbers of activities that can stem off of these investigations. The authors created some wonderful text and activities that will kick off a multiplicity of ideas to discover. This book has more than the typical water cycle and weather content. I am impressed with the range of content and vivid pictures as well. The book is inexpensive and can be purchased with a matching journal and teachers guide each only for $4.99. You will be pleased with this book.

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This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for a book review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Book Review: Sinner’s Creed- A Memoir

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The story behind the lead singer of Creed -Scott Stapp

A very real account of what a child of God goes through and overcomes. Scott’s memoir is full of revealing detail that some would never want to expose of their personal life. The situations he found himself in from childhood to adulthood are very relatable. From childhood to high school he included situations that many of would hoard and allow to fester in bad attitude and behavior with only the excuse of blaming their past to live on. His personal experience was full of failing moments, hard times and hard lessons. I appreciated his transparency. Actually, I had a hard time putting this book down because I felt as if I had someone waiting on me to finish a conversation. I was intrigued with his perseverance to move forward to realize who he was based on where he had come from and what he had experienced. Only the strongest individuals are able to conquer their past and push forth to the future. This intriguing book doesn’t just include his story it also entails family photos. His wife and children play a major part in his life as for many. He also included his CD and lyrics. This is a story of God’s impact on the life of one of His children working on overcoming this world by grace and through forgiveness. As I listened to the CD I had the pictures of his life running through my head because I could see what I had read and what he experienced in order to get to those lyrics. If only we could all put words to our experiences as he does. We would all be better for it I am sure.  I was excited to review this entire package. I enjoyed it all!

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Book Review: Raising Boys By Design

 

By: Gregory L. Jantz PhD and Michael Gurian with Ann McMurray

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This book carries wonderful insight about the way boys think.  As a mother of three girls and only one boy I never realized how different I needed to raise him. Being fair amongst my choices in raising him, I know now does not mean being equal among them all. According to Gregory L. Jantz PhD and Michael Gurian he needs a whole different type of upbringing than the way I raise my girls. I am seriously glad I received the insight because I did not know until I read this book the reason my son could not handle more than one task at a time or why when he was upset he would rather go to his room and think it out alone instead of working it out with someone.

Some of the great features about Raising Boys By Design are that the text contains a timeline for boys from birth to adulthood and their use of technology with do’s and don’ts for each age group, it contains advice about creating technology free rooms, Internet filters and cell phone use. All of the previous prefaced by the effects that “time on the screen” have on his developing brain.

The amount of information on developing boys is so immense that I felt there is too much to grasp in one sitting. Using this book as a reference and revisiting the information is helpful and will be a good idea in taking the information as needed after reading all the way through to get the basics. One particular favorite part of mine was “8 ways to help boys processing emotions.” It went through different tactics to help your boy express themselves safely in physical and verbal ways.

It made a big difference to approach my son in such different ways that appeal to his thought process. We knew what we wanted to have as an end result for his character development and moral standing; therefore this book came in very handy for imparting it in a way to make a better connection with him.

 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.


Book Review: Fierce Women

By Kimberly Wagner

41aqeTc+uYL__SL500_OU01_SS130_The Power of a Soft Warrior is the subtitle of this book and it is right on. She gently challenges women to do what they can to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home and heart allowing the husband to focus on his walk with the Lord and lead his home without conflict or unnecessary emotional obstacles.  (If you are offended… you know it’s true..lol)

I felt a bit coddled and then again pushed forward at the same time. I always find it amazing when I feel like an author is “reading my mail” through a book. I want to be beautifully fierce, some people say I already am (fierce that is) but honing in on how to be righteously fierce, now that is a whole other story. Every day I read this book I had a nice chat with Kimberly and God joined us! She touches on so many topics that bring reality to your thoughts, hopes, dreams and disappointments, clarifying your mind and heart to not dwell on preoccupations that are stealing your time and distracting you from where you are supposed to be on the way to where you are going.  Pride, fear, loosening the grip of things we are holding on to, being appreciative, and working on those unfulfilled dreams are just hitting the surface of where she goes.

Kimberly Wagner if you read this, thank you for pursuing the righteous walk that will break down doors, bring walls crashing down, and free an innumerable amount of women!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Moody Publishers, in lieu of giving my opinion in this book review.

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Book Review: Children’s ATLAS of God’s World

by Craig Froman

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BIG                BEAUTIFUL                 COLORFUL                  ORGANIZED                       INFORMATIONAL…

These are all words that describe this amazing text.

Just opening Children’s ATLAS of God’s World, I was already enthralled with the Introduction and Table of Contents! How many times can you say you have stopped to REALLY read the introduction? You will with this one! Vivid pictures unfolding the country’s culture, natural habitats, architecture, and more fill each page. I did think that some of the pins that locate historical landmarks may have been placed in the general area for some of the maps, possibly a little off, on only one or two points compared to more detailed maps, but the content on the pins and the information expressed were on target and beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings.  On the corner of each page there is an entire globe with highlighted land area demonstrating where each country is located.  In another area of these pages are the “World Heritage Sites” listing important and interesting places to seek out on the map. I have always enjoyed the meaning of the flags as well and had fun discussing these with my students.  Overall, I have to say that the vast array of integrated subjects included in this book make it a wonderful resource for a parent or teacher.  I read about religion, culture, geography, literature, authors, sports, food, music and more. I enjoyed this book very much!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group, in lieu of giving my own opinion in this book review.


Book Review: So Long, insecurity: teen edition

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By Beth Moore

My Daughter and I absolutely loved this book. It has the best topics that keep mom and daughter feeling hip and up to date without crossing over on each other’s territory, lol!  My daughter read it the first day we got it, and well, consumed the entire book.  I asked my daughter to write her thoughts as she read the book and these are her words:

Day 1: It’s like Beth Moore can read my mind! She knows exactly what I feel like!

I LOVE how she puts all her thought and chapters in a biblical teen magazine.

Her quizzes, advice, and biblical input really bring the book to life!

Her advice on boys is thought changing! By just reading the first three pages it’s like, I GET IT       NOW!!!

It’s been 2 hours… I can’t put this book down!

Day 2: I enjoy reading not only her writing but also the verses that joins writing them and makes the book.

Isaiah 43:1-3 is my favorite verse, thanks to Beth Moore I found it.

I hope she make MORE of these books! They are awesome and I was really drawn to it.

I felt that the topics of discussion were right on target. Chapter Five discusses how to overcome difficult situations and gives a “how-to” list that I could have used at that age for sure! I especially appreciated the subject of effectively using your calling. I believe the pressure to measure up should submit to the prize of following your calling. Equally as important are the topics of jealousy, competition, and BOYS!! Moore covers all of these in the coolest way! I am glad she did! And, I ditto my daughter’s comment up above, “I hope she make MORE of these books!” They will definitely be on my shelf with three daughters!!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion in a review.