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.


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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This book was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


Reader View: There’s something missing in our classrooms – The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View

Reader View: There’s something missing in our classrooms – The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View.


Book Review: The Answers Book for Kids

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answers-book-for-kids-6For the curious at heart, The Answers Book for Kids, Volumes 5 and 6 by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge are perfect. Small enough to port around and in full color these books are going to fill your child’s mind with answers to the most asked questions about Space and Astronomy and the Tower of Babel and the Ice Age, respectfully. For the not so curious these two volumes will open eyes to new thoughts and biblical concepts that have not been discovered by young and old. Creating teachable moments, the books can be read all the way through by the book connoisseur or one question per day for those that like to think things through at a steady pace. The pictures are created with fully illustrated mixed media art on the left side of each page and include a child engaging in a picture relating to the topic at hand along with the question asked. These pages include the child’s name and age creating a relatable connection for the young reader. The right side of the page spread has the answer to the questions starting with the scripture reference. The scripture is completely written out so there is no lag in connecting to the answer. Afterward, Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge put forth their summary of what the scripture says and personal commentary on how the scripture can be interpreted or explained. Volume 5, Space and Astronomy, also includes some charts titled Yearly Meteor Shower Dates, Table of Planets and the First 5 Dwarf Planets, and a succinct glossary of definitions to expand on. Finally, each page ends with a Bible icon that will allow for further research on the topic.  The books are enlightening to say the least. As I read them, I was introduced to inquisitive questions I had not thought of before and their interesting answers. Ken and Bodie have created a valuable and fun resource for our children to learn how God created the universe.

Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge have also written these volumes:

Vol. 1: 22 Questions on Creation and the Fall

Vol. 2: 22 Questions on Dinosaurs and the Flood of Noah

Vol. 3: 22 Questions on God and the Bible

Vol. 4: 22 Questions on Sin, Salvation, and Christian Life

Click here for  a Preview of the Books: http://www.nlpg.com/downloads/dl/file/id/522/answers_book_for_kids_vol_6.pdf

These books were forwarded to me by New Leaf Publishing Group as a reference for reviewing the books. My opinions are my own.


Book Review: God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu

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God In My Everything is broken into five parts:  Rules, Roots, Relate, Restore, and Reach out. All of these components are illustrated in a tree type graph showing the basis of his writings throughout. This is great for the visual person to refer to and see the components all working together. All of the content is based on his life and what he has replicated from the monastic lifestyle. He does not set out a “diet” type life method to legalistically follow but rather a concise suggestion list on methods that have worked for him in all the different areas he talks over. My favorite and most needed section is Shigematsu’s writing on “Roots” including structuring your Sabbath, prayer life and nourishing your soul through sacred readings. He also discusses several other facets of our everyday lives and how to bring the balance into all areas.  He includes areas in the book for writing your reflections after reading his questions to sum up the points of each section. I see this as being useful in a bible study. Another interesting section lies within the wealth of references in his Notes section.  I love tapping into the background information that good authors are reading from.  I don’t believe any one book is the answer to all of our desires for balancing our lives but we must take the information and make use of Shigematu’s discoveries in this reinterpretation of how to live a more holistic and fulfilling life.

About the Author: Ken Shigematsu

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Review By Laura Galindo

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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


Book Review: My Mama & Me

By Crystal Bowman, Teri McKinley

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The CUTEST BOOK EVER! I wanted to eat this book up! (lol, not literally) The pictures are so pleasant and sweet. The illustrator, Phyllis Harris, did an absolutely wonderful job! It has a scrapbook feel to it and the characters are so brilliant. I feel as if that should mean something since my husband is a fine artist and I have seen my share of not so great looking art and book characters! I was very pleased with how engaging each page was. The separation of the sections helps a parent get right to the point of need. The wonderfully written devotions in rhyme followed by the “Our Prayer” section and the “Fun Idea for Mama and Me” made each topic enjoyable. I recently had a surprise baby after seven years and I forgot how delightful it is to sit with your toddler and enjoy that precious time that soon escapes you. Crystal Bowman has several books and each one looks very interesting. I had not been exposed to her writings until now and I am SO glad that I have! This book was a true blessing to read as it is the beginning of a long journey of teaching my baby girl to read, pray and devote time to God. All contributors to this book are truly gifted!

I originally requested this book from Tyndale Publishing Company in order to share time with my toddler but when my seven year old saw it she wanted to eat it up too! We quickly put together a project explained in the book. She made her own crown and was style’n all day!

                       

Would you like a free copy of this book? Tyndale sent me a gift certificate to give away! How would you like to share this book with others? Comment below to enter the random giveaway!

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale publishing company’s 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