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.

See the book here on the New Leaf Publishing Master Books webpage.

This book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.


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


Book Review: Homeschool Mom’s Bible

Devotions by Janet Tatman

 

It feels awkward to review a bible. Of course, it’s going to be amazing! I am going to focus my review on the supplemental devotions within the text. The first thing that tantalized me about this bible book was the cover. It’s just cute. A home school mom is usually into creativity because they work from home making our children’s education as interesting as possible. The devotions that Janet Tatman wrote throughout this King James Version Bible are wonderful. I was already following the Daily Focus devotional from Alpha Omega Publications but I was pleasantly surprise when I found out that she put her devotional writings into this bible as well. I was a bit disappointed when I opened it and there was not a bit of color on any of the pages. The front cover sets you up for wanting more of scrapbook type looking pages on the inside but after overcoming the initial black and white disappointment, I realize the text itself was probably going to be colored up by my highlighters anyway. I am enjoying this bible and am glad I received it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com 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: Why Diets Don’t Work: Food Is Not the Problem

By Joyce Tilney

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The forward and endorsements in the front of this book were already a huge set up for me to expect a lot from the text. Alta Hatcher, from my hometown crowd in Dallas, Texas, Christ for the Nation’s Director of Healing Ministries was one of the endorsers. The second was from London, England, Seed Time and Harvest’s Linda Patton. They both gave a real matter of fact spiritual endorsements that reveals tidbits of information you will find throughout the writing. Tilney also comes recommended by men of God:  Dick Mills, Edwin Louis Cole (one of my favorites), Billy Joe Daughtery, and Robert Garrett Jr.

Reading the book is just as the introduction stated, “This is not another diet plan, it’s a battle plan!” If you have ever had to deal with eating disorders or bad eating habits, as I have, reading this book is a battle in itself because you have to deal with yourself in a very real way. As you read, you cannot ignore the valuable confrontation with the reality of your physical and spiritual situation. Reading through it Joyce put into words what I’ve always felt in my spirit about eating. She illuminates thoughts with plenty of scripture that show God’s heart about why? of our circumstance. She includes many encouraging notes and personal stories that lighten the load off your mind and spirit. She concludes the book with a battle plan that guides you through getting your physical and spiritual body in order. Not only that, but she includes a chapter summary at the end that includes the scriptures and thought process of each chapter. She ends the book with spiritual food for the walk, spirit man, soul and body. Another nugget is her recommended reading list. I will definitely be looking into those. You won’t mind turning this book into a crash course to improve yourself.

Thank you to Book Crash for providing this book for review. 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

 


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.


Book Review: Homeless at Harvard

By John Christopher Frame

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All I can say is Wow! I loved this book! It took me back to a time I was taking a research class for my undergraduate degree and did a group project about the homeless. The only difference is that John Christopher Frame went ALL THE WAY!!! You will not be able to put this book down if you like to feel like you are right in the midst of what is transpiring within the text. I truly felt as if I was standing right there, smelling, feeling, seeing every detail that he experienced as he dwelt among the Homeless at Harvard. I really had no idea, to what extent he was going to go during the summer he decided to dwell with them. But I felt every ounce of discomfort he went through to fit in. I did however from my own experience know he was going to come across all kinds of characters with a wealth of wisdom and experiences behind them. The spiritual outlooks that come from his friends George, Neal, Dane and Chubby John are real life overcoming views on how to overcome struggles, whether you have a roof over your head or not. I hope you take the time to enjoy this book as much as I did. I would LOVE to see this story played out in a movie!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com 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: Cassie & Caleb

Cassie and Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design  By Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt

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What a wonderfully pleasant book! You will enjoy this book from the Plants and Pillars Series. Taken from the book, The Plants and Pillars series teaches children fundamental truth in a fun and interactive way. Based on Psalm 144:12, the text really helps build up your child.

Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt did a fabulous job at putting together a devotional type book that allows parents and children alike to touch on several topics with scripture and stories.  They have a wonderful letter to the parent, teacher, or grandparent stating the five goals they have for children through their book, focusing on Holy Spirit, drawing nearer to the church, and loving the word of God. Following this letter you will find suggestions for using the book, which as an educator and mother, I LOVE! I am always looking for new ideas and the description of using a “first catechism” was great. I had only experienced the idea of first catechism when I was a “non-practicing Catholic” Ha! Hunt and Hunt explain that it is simply a question and answer method of teaching which has been used for centuries to disciple children and adults.

Each chapter has a unique topic to discuss with children from marriage to doing things as unto the Lord. At the end of the chapters there are discussion questions, reading assignments, and prayer starters. I really enjoyed sharing the chapters with my child.  We talked about things we had never spoken of before. I think you will enjoy it also.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am
disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16,
Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in
Advertising.”