Book Review: The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years

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I applaud Erin MacPherson for her writings. I really enjoyed this book. It is funny, practical, fulfilling, and full of good advice. Though it is not for all types of schooling moms in that it specifically deals with public (or you can apply to private) school information, it is not a “how to” on specifically getting through the “homeschool” grade school years. Despite that, the biblical references are wonderful. I also enjoyed that it was a conglomeration of several writers telling of their experiences.

Every so often there are wonderful tidbits called, “Time-Out for Mom” where she shares wonderful prayers for those times that you cannot seem to put it into words. Along with the time-out sections are “From the Principal’s Corner” giving sound and biblical advice from Ellen Schuknecht, her mom.

I loved pages 108-109 where they connected how we communicate with specific scriptures. Using these in conjunction with one another lays the truth of God’s Word on a child’s heart and in my point of view gives them the ability to follow Him and not a parent because “we say so.” The small list includes encouragement, guidance and counsel and got me thinking about how many other ways to communicate God’s Word in simple forms making it more understandable.

Another great chapter (10) is “The Christian Daddy’s Guide to Starting School” which includes stories from a few “panelist” expressing their experience in this area. I found the stories bringing quality information and humor to the reading.

This book is written with so much practically simple school prep advice that as an experienced mother and educator, I thought I was going to find it uninteresting. I was so wrong. There is so much more involved in this book, from writings from other people to biblical advice that I could not put it down. I would think this is one book I would claim to be as a “pick it up more than once guide” You definitely will want to revisit this book.

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: Gods at War

By Kyle Idleman

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Have you ever wondered why you haven’t received your spiritual breakthrough? Is it possible that we are worshipping the wrong god? Kyle Idleman breaks down the various gods that seep into our lives and quietly take over as we unassumingly hand over our power. Pastor Idleman is a Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. I have seen him on TV and read his other book Not a Fan. He breaks down the different gods that we are so easily susceptible to when we aren’t consciously applying the Word to our lives. Food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievement, romance, family and “me” are the chapters that he includes as he clearly delivers his message on breaking down these true joy and blessing stealers. I enjoyed Gods at War. It is an easy read that help will help us swiftly but gently realize that taking a look at yourself is vital to moving forward in peace. Anyone who is wondering what they might be missing in order to do so will realize that it is worth the search within to appease our jealous one true God. He is worth every moment of any cleansing effort we make in fasting from anything that would try to separate us from the life He has for us.

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: A Child’s Introduction to Tea

Children's Specialteas : A Child's Introduction to Tea by Patrick, Michele Pollard published by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. Hardcover

I recently had the opportunity to review the book A Child’s Introduction to Tea by Michele Pollard Patrick. She is a “tea time” and social graces educator and director at Children’s Specialteas, a program she founded, as well as a consultant teaching proper social behavior. Patrick currently resides in Maryland.

I chose this book to review because I enjoy having tea parties with my close friends and have recently introduced tea time to my own daughters. In today’s rugged American culture everyone could use a tutorial in social graces. A Child’s Introduction to Tea proves to be very informative. There were tools on her table I have not even considered including during my tea times. This book goes through the tools and table necessities for a good and proper tea time that she refers to as tea impedimenta. I enjoyed that the book did not over explain in the area of these tools and descriptions of uses but I would have enjoyed a bit more inclusive information on tea time. It would have been nice and educational to have some of the health benefits of certain teas talked over or even some behavioral tips on how to handle oneself at a tea party, ex. no slurping, sit up straight, napkin on the lap etc.  I suppose that too much information  can be overwhelming to include in a book about tea time instructions but considering the 27 pages included mostly one or two sentences each, there was plenty of opportunity to include more thorough information since she probably has so much information to share based on her experience.

My final thought on this book is that even though the book had clear illustrations that were understandable, the visuals left a lot to be desired especially for a tea time book. Tea time is considered pretty, elegant, and formal. Some colorful pages instead of what looks like pencil sketches for the visuals would have been a way to capture the eye and make the book more tempting to open more than once.

Overall I enjoyed the book for the more detailed information I received about what to include on the tea party table.

 

 Purchase or review the book here: A Child’s Guide to Tea by Michele Pollard Patrick

 

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