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.

 


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: Galápagos Islands

By Dr. Purdom

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A book for all ages, I found this book to be very pleasing. All the pages were thoroughly yet succinctly written by many special contributors. Great names like John C. Whitmore, Todd Charles Wood, Nathaniel Jeanson and many more used profound expertise to share their information in a way that readers may admire God’s creation. The inclusion of material in this text which these biochemists, ecologists, and geologists present brings scriptures to life. This, along with in-depth information about Darwin’s discoveries and how they compare and relate to God’s word are captivating to say the least. The vibrant pictures of wild life in their natural habitats captured the attention of my second grader while the text just added to the amazing pictures for my teens. Another wonderful thing I like about this type of non-fiction book is the wealth of information located in the back of the book. The ability to learn about and be introduced to like-minded individuals, as these scientist and authors, is priceless for anyone who is seeking out more resources in learning about science and God’s creation. The ending includes references, articles, DVDs and websites used within the writings which students can use for more research. You will also find a very inviting presentation encouraging you to look up the book Grand Canyon by Master Books, which seems just as appealing as Galápagos Islands. Definitely a must have for your library.

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Book Review: Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

By Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez

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Including contributors like R.C. Sproul Jr, and Ken Ham was no mistake! This book will make a huge impact on you asking, “As Christians, We must ask ourselves this: What is our standard for determining how to train our children? “The content is heart breaking, frustrating, yet, inspiring and helpful. I have been in the public and private sectors of education as well as teaching in all grade levels before going into administration and currently owning my education center and this book expresses my very frustrations with our system and why I chose to break away. There is not a lack of resources to tap into with this book in your hand. We don’t want cookie-cutter kids that think life is all about faithless knowledge and average futures! Tap into Indoctrination to understand why homeschooling nurtures the mind, body, and soul more than any classroom ever will. You will also be encouraged to do something about education as Chuck LaVerdiere prompts you to challenge what you read and verify the sources. If you are ready to put your big boy pants on, this book will open your eyes to what’s really going on in our education system. It may just change your life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, New Leaf Publishing Group, for reviewing it. 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: The 21 toughest questions ..

By Alex McFarland

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This is going to sound weird but I really like the feel of this book. Literally, I don’t know what kind of paper they used on the cover but it feels great. I am not a big eBook reader. I love the feel of the pages, cover, and a physical book in my hand. This book was especially comfortable. I don’t think I have ever mentioned the feel of a book in my reviews but there you go! The 21 toughest questions your kids will ask about Christianity and how to answer them confidently is a true help when it is hard to explain with wisdom filled answers. Alex McFarland put a wonderful resource together. As I began reading this book I decided to use it as a devotional for my children. I approached the 21 questions and supporting information as a mini-lesson.  You cannot read it to the child like a straight out devotional but rather plan the conversation out. Being an educator I appreciate the organized manner in which he lays out every topic, with key concepts, supporting scriptures and quotes, incorporated stories, common questions, and fill in the blank conversation starters to help get some interaction going instead of lecturing the questioning party.  He didn’t call the fill-in-the-blank section conversation starters but that is how I used them. He also includes in the” Key Concept” area a simple and quick “Hope-Filled Answer” that allows for a get-to-the-point answer when you need a quick one. This is not a one-time read type of book for parents; I believe it is a resource you can share with your child through all of their growing stages revisiting the answers as they grow in maturity.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale. All
opinions expressed are my own.


Curriculum Review: The Ecology Book

by Tom Hennigan and Jan Lightner

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If you are looking for a VERY colorful ecology study, The Ecology Book by Tom Hennigan and Jean Lightner is the place to start! “Full of Life” is an equivalent description for this book.  Each chapter starts with a three leveled lesson, helping the educator use the book with vertical alignment in mind. It is specifically leveled 1-3 for students in 5th through 11th grades. The levels are also color coded and that differentiates learning to challenge students of all levels which are useful even within the same grade.

It also uses intelligent vocabulary and the 5W’s to lead students into interesting insight and classroom conversations. I loved the eco-friendly information found throughout the text.  My students enjoyed learning from the pages and implementing the 5W’s in each section through games and other activities.  The stories included are inviting and short enough for quick studies or can be expanded upon.

The God-centered lessons are refreshing and so incredibly valuable in a schooling system that leaves everything up to big bangs and evolution.

The beginning of the book is great as you go through each chapter of information but it also has a great ending: Step-by- Step Recycling Process, Tips for doing good science experiments, Simplified ecological sampling methods, and a fulfilling glossary and index.

My only constructive criticism is that in some chapters it leaves you wanting more. I am not so sure that is a bad thing! That being said, it could have also included some direction as to where research resources could have been looked up.

I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


Book Review: The Genius of Ancient Man – Evolution’s Nightmare

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The Genius of Ancient Man – Evolution’s Nightmare, By Don Landis, General Editor with Jack Hole is a good resource for students in high school or higher who are seeking out proof in support of creationism. I believe this book has in-depth content on why we cannot discount information that contradicts the evolutionary theory. There is just so much historical content and proof that will give any person reason to reconsider evolution and receive the divine nature of our being.  Content from timing and sequence, advanced technology, music and art, and more are included in this encyclopedia type book. There is also insight into some cultures from around the world, astrology, horoscope and stars. Each chapter includes biblical perspective through scriptures, timelines, and historical content that connects to biblical accounts. The author also enlightens as to how man has counterfeited Gods creations by distorting their real purposes.

This great reference book challenges evolutionist to face the proof and Christians to realize “why” they believe, as they see the scriptures line up with God‘s perfectly placed clues. I would caution, as the book does, that there is very detailed and at times graphic information involved as well as dark but truthful descriptions of cultic spiritual practices. Adult or parental guidance may be necessary as clarity or discussion may help in guiding  less mature audiences through some of the content. Make sure you live in strength of the divine truth before digging in!

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This book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. Master Books provided this book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.

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