Monday, April 2, 2012

Homeschool Mosaics - One More Thing on the Plate - Come Check it Out!

Well, by now my readers have been seeing a lot of buzz about something called Homeschool Mosaics.  Let me tell you a bit more about it.

A short while ago some of my homeschool blogger friends kicked around the thought of how we all have our own strengths and weakness, gifts and talents.  One friend commented that we should figure out a way to share all of this "wealth" with other homeschooling families.  One thing led to another, someone said something about perhaps creating a blog, we all circled, put out hands into the middle and said "Go!"  This is a great team of ladies with a lot to say about a lot of things.  Hopefully readers will find something useful, encouraging or even humorous.  Homeschool Mosaics is intending to be a blessing to the readers.  Go check it out - you know you want to!

As for my part ...
On the 13th of each month I will be putting up a post known as The Book Lady's Top 10.  The topic will be different each time.  I will be listing my top 10 picks for books on different topics.  Hopefully you'll find something there that you need or were not aware of.   I'll be telling a little bit about each book too, and I'll be sharing some other links and resources along the way.


You can also check out what's happening on Homeschool Mosaics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or RSS feed.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Perfect Pet For Peyton - Book Review and Giveaway

A Perfect Pet for Peyton
Gary Chapman
Rick Osborne
64 Pages
Geared to younger children - great read-aloud book
$16.99 list price
Available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Parable and other bookstores.

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This is a beautifully illustrated and imaginative children’s hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne.  The storyline is about a set of twins who want pets for their birthday--"perfect pets" just for them.  Readers will find four-color illustrations (with a hidden insect on each big picture) by Wilson Williams, Jr. that make this story fun.  Based on Gary’s highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells a story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language.

This is a sweet book which will show your children how each person has a different way of communicating and receiving love.  This is a great read-aloud which will surely
be read again and again.  I love the illustrations, storyline and educational aspect of this book.  And, of course, finding the insect on each page is added fun!  If you've read and liked The 5 Love Languages this will probably be a great way to share the ideas with your kids.


Now,  mentioning fun, I also get to give a copy to one lucky person.  Just leave me a comment here on my blog for an entry.  I will draw a winner April 3rd.  For an extra entry leave a separate comment about your thoughts on The Five Love Languages.  Good luck and Blessings to all who enter!

(FREE interactive APP with in-book experience COMING SOON to the AppleApp Store.)

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  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.”

Hey Heather, you're the winner of this great book!  Send me your address so I can get this headed your way!  Blessings!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Christian Contours - Biblical Worldview - Book Review

Christian Contours
How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and the Heart
Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN 978-0-8254-3673-4
Religion/Christian Life/Apologetics
Edited by Douglas S. Huffman
240 pages
Click here for more information or to purchase this book.

What is your worldview?  For that matter, what is a worldview?  What shapes and molds who you are?   

Recently I received a free copy of Christian Contours - How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and the Heart to read in order to provide this review.  Let me tell you a bit about this interesting and convicting book. 

"What does it mean to think and live like a Christian in the midst of competing worldviews?  Christian Contours answers this question by considering the Bible's view of reality.  The authors show how to construct, internalize, and articulate a biblical worldview that will enable Christians to be critical thinkers in a diverse culture.  Intended as an introductory, worldview course for college students, this work includes annotated guides to books, organizations, and resources for developing a biblical worldview." (quoted from the book cover)

Christian Contours is a compilation of writings which is split into two parts, each of which contains 4 chapters of material by different authors such as Randy Nelson, Douglas S. Huffman, Walter Schultz and several others.  The chapters end with a Summary and a set of Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

Part 1: Worldview Thinking and the Biblical Worldview includes:
  • Chapter 1 - What is a Worldview?  Randy Nelson
  • Chapter 2 - Is There Just One Biblical Worldview?  Douglas S. Huffman
  • Chapter 3 - What is the Relationship of Worldviews to Truth?  Walter J. Schultz
  • Chapter 4 - What is the Biblical Worldview?  Paul Kjoss Helseth & Douglas S. Huffman
Part 2: Worldview Thinking and Personal Responsibility includes:
  • Chapter 5 - How Do We Handle Disagreements Between Christians Regarding Worldview?  Daryl N. Aaron
  • Chapter 6 - How Do I Maintain the Biblical Worldview When I See That I Am Inconsistent?  Mark H. Muska
  • Chapter 7 - How Can I Live the Biblical Worldview in a Culture That Does Not Share It?  Ardel B. Caneday
  • Chapter 8 - How Can I Share My Faith and Encourage Others to Adopt the Biblical Worldview  James G. Raymo & Dale R. Hutchcraft
These thought-provoking chapters are followed by a Conclusion, two appendices, a Bibliography, a Scripture Index and a Subject and Person Index.  (Appendix A includes A Comparison of Worldviews.  Appendix B includes a list of Christian Professional Organizations.)

This book discusses what a "real" Christian worldview is and why it matters.  The authors of Christian Contours present clear information which allows a reader to think through and develop a sense of their own understanding of what it means to be a "faithful disciple of Christ with both heart and mind".

Douglas S. Huffman, the Editor of Christian Contours, is a Professor and Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is coeditor of God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God and editor of How Then Should We Choose? Three Views on God’s Will and Decision Making.

What I Thought:  This book really made me think about what a Christian worldview really means in my life.  There are parts of this book which I found somewhat convicting and challenging.  The discussion of worldview in relation to "truth" made me stop and think through how I perceive ideas, media and other things around me on a daily basis.  I also felt challenged to examine whether I was living up to what I say I believe.  I was encouraged by the writings about sharing my faith and my worldview.  This is a book full of practical information which could guide a lot of meaningful discussion.  In fact, there are questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter.  I would definitely suggest this book for an introduction to worldview, and the book is definitely college-level reading.  Mr. Huffman has a done a great job in putting this book together.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  Thoughts and opinions presented 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.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Homeschool Mosaics, What's That?

Just wanted to share something with my readers in anticipation of something great!!  Several of my favorite homeschool blogger friends and I are launching a website called Homeschool Mosaics.  The site will go live April 2nd and will have a different writer with a different topic each day.  You'll probably recognize some of the writers and their blogs.  Stop by the new Facebook page, "Like" the new page, and watch there for more information.  I think you'll love the site, but, of course, I am biased.  Blessings!

Check out the Facebook page here .

Friday, March 16, 2012

Trained in the Fear of God - Review - Kregel Book Tour

Trained in the Fear of God
Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective
Randy Stinson and Timothy Paul Jones, Editors, 2011
Kregel Academic and Professional
304 page, Paperback
ISBN 978-0-8254-3907-0
Order directly from Kregel here.

Are you looking for a better understanding of family ministry?  Are you frustrated with the options available at church for your family?  Do you work in family ministry at your church and struggle with where to go next?  If you answered yes to any of these questions this book may be for you.

Trained in the Fear of God is a resource for church leaders and pastors, adults involved in family ministry and anyone else who desires to understand the how and why of their church's programming structure.  This book discusses how churches have moved to age-specific youth ministries and why that focus should shift to a more multi-generational holistic approach.

Trained in the Fear of God addresses the concept of parents being ultimately responsible for teaching and discipling their children.  Another layer of responsibility is also discussed which involves the church as the larger "family".  Filled with a lot of scripture and great examples, this book is encouraging, convicting,  and educational.

Stinson and Jones share the thoughts of 17 scholars and practitioners to provide a biblical and theological foundation for moving to ministry to and by families.  Some practical examples and implementation ideas are provided in addition to the foundational material.  The contributing scholars included Albert Mohler, Robert Plummer, Bruce Ware, and James Hamilton and others.

I found this book to be easily readable and understandable.  I now know and understand more about why so many churches split up parents and children during their services.  I also agree with the suggestions to put more emphasis on family/parental responsibility in teaching children rather than relying solely on the church.  I've noticed the shift in a lot of churches today in teaching whole families in a service rather than pulling them apart, and I strongly encourage readers to try to move in that direction.  It affirms the parents, follows scripture, and helps families grow in knowledge together.  This compilation of church history, scripture and suggestions would be a good "required reading" resource for family ministry workers to share some perspective on why things don't always have to follow in the "we've always done it this way" rut.

This was not a quick read, however, since there is a lot to think about and process in the pages of Trained in the Fear of God.  That said, it was worth the reading time.

I received this book in exchange for a candid review.  I did not and will not receive further compensation.  Comments and opinions are my own.  I was not required to provide a positive review, but I did like this helpful book.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

WWJD? - The Woodcarver - DVD Review and Giveaway

The Woodcarver-- 
Restoring Their Faith in God and in Life
Faith & Family Films
Nasser Group North
90 min. - PG
ISBN - 883476080789

Find this and other family movies at Christian Cinema 

Do you remember those bracelets and necklaces that everyone wore that said WWJD?  This movie revives that old question in a new inspiring story.

"Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life."

Matthew's life turns around and just keeps getting better as a result of a promise to always ask himself "What Would Jesus Do?" before making any major decisions.  As he shares with his parents this simple promise a change begins in their hearts too.

Pondering on this WWJD story:  This was a wonderful new take on an old question. 
This is a great family movie.  Tackling the story of a broken home is not new, nor is the WWJD question.  With so many broken homes in our country today, it was refreshing to see this family come together.  The actors did a great job of bringing out the emotion of the situation, and John Ratzenberger was very convincing.  Having never seen John in anything this serious, I was very impressed with the sensitivity he conveyed as Ernest.  The simple storyline in this movie is very powerful.  I'm thankful I watched The Woodcarver and look forward to sharing it with my friends and family.

One way I can share The Woodcarver with you:  How about another giveaway?  Yes, one lucky reader can win their very own copy of this DVD in a random drawing of entries on March 18, 2012.  If you'd like a chance to win all you need to do is simply leave a comment here that you're interested. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.”

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Winners Are ...


Trish won The Guardian Duke giveaway, and Pamela won the Vineyard LIVE CD giveaway.  Congratulations Ladies!  Please leave a comment with your mailing address.  Comments are moderated rather than automatically posted. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

K5 Learning - Informational Review

K5 Learning
Online Reading and Math Program

Kindergarten - grade 5
888-281-2145 (toll free)
K5 Learning
510 - 4438 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6R 4R8

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Recently I was offered a 6 week trial of K5 Learning to provide a review.  Due to computer issues I was unable to access this trial, but I would like to tell you about this program that several people I know find really useful.

K5 is an online reading and math enrichment program for children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade which contains a personalized program of over 3,000 interactive multimedia tutorials and activities.

Finding Out More:

Free 14 day Trial  - no credit card required
Free Assessment 
Sample Lessons
Intro Video

As part of your free 14-day trial, your child will receive a free online reading assessment, a free online math assessment, and access to the complete K5 program including Reading, Math, Math Facts and Spelling. 

K5 students start with free online assessments in eight key reading and math skills. K5 then uses this information to personalize your child’s learning program to correspond with their skill level.  Children work through the skills independently and at their own pace.

Free parent reports regarding your child’s free reading and math assessment are available immediately.

K5 reading and math skills assessments cover:

5 Key Reading Skills:

•Phonemic Awareness  •Phonics  •Sight Words  
•Vocabulary  •Reading Comprehension 

3 Key Math Skills:

•Numbers and Operations  •Measurement Concepts  •Geometry 

That's right, this program tailors itself to your child's skills and needs.  What more can you ask?  If you think this might be a good fit for your children why not try it for free and check it out?


What Does It Cost?

Monthly subscription: $25 for first child  - $15 additional children. 

Annual subscriptions: $199 for first child  - $129 additional children.

Disclaimer:  I provided this review without compensation.  Comments, opinions, and observations are my own.  This review is informational only--I was unable to access the trial, through no fault of the company or the program.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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