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Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus – A Review

Have you, or someone you know ever had a crisis in faith? Ever wonder if what the Bible says it true? Do you have those who like to argue with you, asking for “proof” and not just faith? If you have answered yes to any of these, you need to spend some time watching Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney, who happens to be from the same state of Minnesota as myself, has spent 12 years looking at evidence, researching and as he puts it, being a reluctant participant in this journey to bring this film to us today.

About the author/filmmaker/producer

Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.

About the film

  • Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
  • Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
  • It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
  • The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.

What I Thought

I have grown up, like Tim, with my faith in the Bible. I have believed that what is written there is what is true. But as I watched this film, my eyes were opened to other viewpoints and evidence pointing to these viewpoints. This is not always easy to see, or hear, but sometimes we need to do just that to build our faith.

Tim has talked with many experts in many fields of study as he worked on this film. We see a lot of evidence for all sides all of which is true in its own way. When Time comes to a time when someone tells him the Exodus did not happen during this time period you say it did, he looks again.

I really enjoyed listening to David Rohl, and agnostic explain with very solid information, that we may, in all honesty be looking at the wrong time period for when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. If this is true, we have been looking in the wrong time period for all the other evidence as well.

During this film, I was presented with so much information. I never knew of some of this information, and never thought about others. I was challenged to look at other opinions and listen to their findings. I had to hope to see if Tim could find someone to prove what I believe from the Bible.

I went into this film thinking that I would be listening to facts and proof of what I already knew from my faith. I did not know I would be challenged as much as I was. Am I mad about this? No! In fact, I was pleased to have spent the time being challenged. I loved looking at the facts, and still having my faith lead me to what I want to believe.

Who do I think needs to watch this? Um, everyone! I am serious, no matter what your belief may be, I think you need to watch this. But you must make sure that you watch this with an open mind and heart. You will hear many opinions. You will want to argue some of them, and praise others. In the end, you will come away with a lot of new knowledge and the opportunity to still believe what you want.

I have viewed this film before I would allow any of my children to watch it. While it challenges many aspects of what we believe, it also shows us proof as well. Maybe it points us to a new time, maybe we didn’t look in the right area the first time. I love that we have all the views, all the different forms of evidence. Because of this, I will have no problem letting Moe Man watch this with us and ask questions. However, I will wait a few years before the younger three see this. I want them to have a firm grasp on the Bible before I bring too many opinions their way.

If you are interested in this film, which I hope you are, you can grab your own copy right here. Also, if you use the Promotional Code MK1 you will be able to get $3 off at checkout. I really feel this is a film that needs to be in every house, one that everyone should see at some time in their life. I hope you take the time to check it out for yourself!

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Captain Absolutely ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Action, character, comic book, ethics

There are a few times when we get a new review item when I don't get to see it. When Focus On The Family sent us Captain Absolutely, I had a whole 30 seconds before the book was torn out of my hands and never to be seen of again, unless it was in the hands of Ray Ray!

Action, character, comic book, ethics

This book is unlike any other I have had the chance to review in a long time. This is a comic book, and this is the main reason why Ray Ray snatched it from me in the first place. This is something he loves, comic books. This is not a boring book about some dull thing he has to learn about. This is something that has grabbed his 8-year-old boy attention as interesting. So, no matter what you hear me say in this review, please do not tell him this is meant to teach him something!

Captain Absolutely Defending Truth, Justice, and Lots More Truuuth! Battle Against Dr. Relative is a comic book, but it is a book. The pages are glossy picture book quality and with just over 100 pages, there are a lot of adventures put it in here!

Action, character, comic book, ethics

When we start reading, we are taken to the library in Metropolitanville, a city where anything goes. This is not a good sign. After a nuclear explosion, librarian Josiah King has found himself in the room with the banned books of the city. He realizes that all the books in the room are the same book, just different versions and they are all titled The Bible. After spending the night waiting to be rescued and reading all the Bibles in the room, Captain Absolutely is ready to save the city with the word of God.

Captain Absolutely takes children on adventures of epic proportions. They learn to defend truth and justice and to stand firm in their faith no matter what the world throws at them. But instead of learning this in a boring workbook style, they get to have fun with the comic book!

Ray Ray didn't need to know what the story was about, the pictures and comic book style pages drew him in right away. Once drawn into the book, the adventures kept him there. Each two-page fold has a simple adventure with a new lesson. Each adventure also has a bible verse or two quoted on the page. This was a great thing to see, how simple it was to mix it in and make it fit into the storyline. Just like how we should live, with the Word fitting simply into our daily lives.

Action, character, comic book, ethics

At the end of the book, we meet the main characters. We learn a little about them, including their worldview. And in case you were wondering as you were reading, you will see which of them stared in The Adventures in Odyssey! We also have a section called Big Questions. This has a question to ask after each adventure. And these are not simple one word answer type questions.  These are deep questions like "Why can't you scare people into following God?"

I love finding great quality books for the kids to read. This was one of those gems that I would not want to be without! A quality, adventure filled, action packed, bible based book that we love, now that Ray Ray is willing to share it with us after finishing it in two days!

Captain Absolutely {Focus On The Family Review}

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Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Falling in love with history can be a hard thing to do. Finding the right resource to allow you or your children to fall in love with history makes a huge difference! Moe Man loves history. But just reading it is no fun all day long. We found and fell in love with Drive Thru History® for his Ancient History lessons. So when we found out Drive Thru History® had come out with an 18 Part Miniseries on the Life of Jesus of Nazareth, we were thrilled!

Learning about the bible is a great thing, but having a video course that will bring you on location is a blessing for our visual learners in this house! Drive Thru History® – "The Gospels" brings the history before Jesus, his birth, his life and his death alive to anyone who wants to watch it.

For this review, we received 3 DVDs and a study guide all wrapped up in a book that reminds me of a bible. The DVDs themselves, are regular looking DVDs, and if we had not already fallen in love with Drive Thru History®, I would have thought just that. The study guide is not what I was thinking. This study guide is like a picture book that one would want to sit down and flip through, not be forced to learn something.

Now, these basic looking DVDs that are the main part of this product, these are not basic DVDs. These DVDs are so full of beauty and wonder. Full of information and excitement. These DVDs brought us into the life of Jesus, and made the Gospels come to life for every one of us who sat down to watch.

The three DVDs contain the 18 episodes. They are:

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape

Episode 2: The Announcements

Episode 3: Jesus is Born

Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up

Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry

Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee

Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles

Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority

Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount

Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee

Episode 11: Jesus Travels North

Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem

Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem

Episode 14: The Last Supper

Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus

Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus

Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus

Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

Dave Stotts takes us on location for these episodes. He talks to us the whole time, not the camera, not the "audience", but to us! The way he looks at the camera, makes it appears he is looking through the camera and holding eye contact with us. This draws us in and makes us want to listen.

Not only does Dave look at us when talking to us, he talks to us in a way that we understand. For some people, the bible can be confusing or boring when it comes to the dates and history, but when Dave talks, we understand. Not just mom and dad, but Moe Man all the way down to Ray Ray and Little Miss fell in love with listening to Dave talk to us.

The pictures and videos that we are shown are just, beautiful. And even that word does not describe what they really are. You feel like you are right there, on location. You can see and hear everything around you. If you had smell-o-vision, you would be able to smell everything. Something or someone is always moving on the screen, this kept the eyes on the screen and when we had our eyes on the screen, we were listening, and learning.

Now, on top of these wonderful, eye catching, bring you to location DVDs, we also had the study guide. For each episode, the study guide gives us a summary, five great discussion questions, readings from the bible and a small side road that brings just a tidbit of information forward from the episode. Not only that, but the pictures in the study guide are just as beautiful as the DVDs!

There are many ways for you to use these DVDs. You can focus on one a week or more. I really wanted to spend time during Holy Week watching the videos of Holy Week as our study for that week. When your family falls in love with the DVDs, it is not hard to watch them daily.

My one hint, as with any video that you decide to show your family, make sure you preview it first. Episode 16 is The Crucifixion of Jesus. While the bible tells you what happened, watching it can be something different. This episode starts off with a warning. You learn about the crucifixion, you see pictures of the beatings Jesus suffered, and there is an actor portrayal of the beatings and Jesus hanging on the cross. This was hard to see, even for me. We decided that Little Miss and Baby Girl did not need to see this. Ray Ray and Moe Man had the option to walk away as needed, but they were both so transfixed in seeing the story they had heard many times before. This one episode gave the boys a new respect for the true meaning of Easter. (Please note, all our kids have watched zombie shows, you MUST preview this episode and decide what would be best for your own children.)

After this episode, it was so nice to spend the time learning about the resurrection. Showing the kids the location of the tomb, the rock and making it more than a small stone, brought it to their attention the real power of what happened during the resurrection.

We may not have gone to the Holy Land, but after watching these DVDs, I can tell you, that I will never again feel the same of the life of Jesus. I feel as though as I had been there, without the cost of travel. I felt goosebumps many times while watching. I was not the only one. Everyone in our house have a new outlook on the Gospels, a new respect (which I didn't think was possible) for all that Jesus has done for us.

If you are looking for a way to bring the story of Jesus alive to your family, I would tell you to watch these episodes. If you wanted to spend time on location to where our Lord was born, lived and died yet cannot afford it, I would tell you to grab these episodes. If you want a one on one tour guide who will guide you through The Gospels, you NEED these episodes. I was thrilled with Drive Thru History® for our history lessons, but The Gospels has gone far and above what I thought they would. They opened my eyes and heart. For that I am thankful!!

The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews}
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Daily Bible Jigsaw ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Our family loves jigsaw puzzles, but finding a new one every day and not just any old puzzle, but a Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316, has made spending time in the bible and relaxing a little more fun.

Daily Bible Jigsaw is an online jigsaw puzzle app that is family appropriate. You can find this app for your Android devices in the Google Play Store, iOS devices in the Apple App Store, on Facebook with Mac or Pc (Chrome and Fire Fox work best) and in the new Facebook Gameroom.

There are no requirements for this. Hop on, solve the puzzle and enjoy the bible verse at the end. If you want to, take it a step farther and find that verse and use it as your bible study for the day. This is what I found to be of great use for me!

Each day I would hop on, I had this on my iPad, with 500 coins (value $39.99) given to me to review all the aspects of the app, and work on solving the puzzle. I loved trying to solve them with no help, but my time was not as great as it could have been. There are tools to help you with that, if you want to use them.

There are 5 tools to help you with the process of putting the puzzle together. These include:

  • Rotate
  • Sweep
  • Guide
  • Magnet
  • Edges

Of these, rotate, sweep and edges are my favorite. These tools do require the use of coins for them to work, and they make the process of putting the puzzles together much faster, especially if you are competing times with your friends on Facebook.

Rotate simply rotates all your pieces to the way they need to be to complete the puzzle, Sweep, will move them all off the puzzle board, so you won't lose any under the puzzle as you are putting it together. Edges, well that one is easy, it shows you just the edges first. Magnet is a tool that will attract a piece to where it belongs and guide gives you a glimpse of the final picture, like looking at the back of the box.

When you connect your account on Facebook, you can:

  • Challenge your friends
  • See the high scores
  • Play a weekly tourney
  • Share the puzzle pictures and sayings.

I did not connect on Facebook, but with these fun things, I may have to, eventually.

I really enjoyed being able to sit down once a day and do an uplifting puzzle, either to start or end my day. There is a nice calming music that plays in the background, unless you are like me and you hide the game from the kids, so you are always turning it down!

Since this is a daily puzzle, you have access to the puzzle of the day for that day only. Once you move into the next day, you have to use coins to fill in your missing days on the monthly calendar. This didn't happen often, but I love having everything complete, so this was one of those things.

And yes, even though I wanted to keep this for myself, I shared it with the kids. This was just as fun for them as it was for me. Giving them access to the coins was a no go, this momma wanted to keep them for herself!

If you are busy looking for a fun puzzle app that brings the bible to you, look no further! Don't take my word for it, there are plenty of other reviews from other Crew Members right here for you:

Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}

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Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ O is for

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet with Annette and me. We are having so much fun as we travel through the alphabet with everyone! I am enjoying quite a few of the series that I have found! That is one thing I did not do this time was to pick a general theme…other than homeschooling! I am surprised by the themes have appeared and I think next round through the alphabet I may have to do that!

This week I want to talk with you about obedience. Merriam-Webster defines obedience as a: an act or instance of obeying b: the quality or state of being obedient. While we need to teach our children obedience, we also need to remember that we need obedience to God, our Father in Heaven.

Teaching your children obedience is a very important skill. They must learn to listen and obey. This is a skill they will need all their life, and could very well save them one day. Living in the world, we must all obey so that we don't have chaos every day. There have to be some set of rules and we must all obey them. Teaching our children this early on with a set of rules in the house, will prepare them for outside our front doors where there are many other rules they are told to obey.

The art of teaching children obedience can come in many forms. There is the simple act of telling them what rules they are to obey and enforcing that with rewards and/or consequences. But you can also grab books and play games. This makes it fun to learn, and everyone can agree to that!

We have found some great books that we love to read and of course discuss after we are done reading. One of our favorites is The Pokey Little Puppy. This has been a book I remember from when I was a kid and love reading it to my kids. My kids have always been in love with the Berenstain Bears, finding The Berestain Bears and the Trouble with Chores was a great book for our house, and a lot of it rang true with the kids!

However, the most important book to teach your children about obedience is the Bible! This essential book has many stories of obedience in it. Don't know what I am talking about? What about Noah and the Ark? Noah questioned the idea, but was obedient to God. Jonah and the whale. Yes, poor Jonah, decided he knew better than God and didn't listen, and was swallowed up by a whale! These are stories that your kids can relate to, and will help them in understanding that it is not just you who wants obedience, but God also. It is stated in Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

Going from the Bible over to Character Studies. I have found a few that focus on Obedience. Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler has a great, yet simple bible study on obedience. Over at Not Consumed, they have a wonderful bible study on obedience called, Because I Said So. There are two versions of this, the Jr Version for ages 4-6 and the Youth Version for ages 6-14. Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker has a great family study on A Heart of Obedience. This is a five-day study that works great with the Trust and Obey Hymn study she provides for free!

But it is not just the kids who need to remember obedience. As adults, we also need to remember obedience to God and the rules he has for our lives. Some days we don't want to, some days are hard, but just as we teach our children, so should we learn the art of obedience towards our Father in Heaven. What better way to teach obedience then to demonstrate it ourselves.

What is your Letter O post about? I would love to read it, all you need to do is share it below!

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Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

There is something that I look for in a book. I want to personally pulled into it. I want to feel like I am there in the story with the characters. I want to be able to see and hear what is around me. Peggy Consolver – Author has done just that for me in Shepherd, Potter, Spy – – and the Star Namer.

We have all heard the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, we know of the journey that the Hebrews were on and the challenges in their way. We know of the falling of the walls of Jericho, but have you heard it told from the eyes of spy of Gibeon? In this book, I looked at this whole journey of the Hebrews in a new light, one that I am glad I was able to look through and won't soon forget!

We are taken to the life of Keshub, a young shepherd boy. We see how diligent he is with the keeping of his flock. He see how diligent he is in the learning of his sword drills. We even see the kindness of him as he befriends the camp bully and the amount of love and compassion he has as he befriends and saves the life of the son of despicable king.

Not only is he is shepherd for his family, Keshub is also the son of a potter. Not just any potter, but one of the best in the whole area. His work is loved all around as the family is told by a caravanner who brings the family's potter around to trade. This same caravanner warns the family of the approaching Hebrews.

Now Keshub and his family must make a decision. Are they going to flee like the refugees? Or are they going to stay and stand their ground. This decision is also harder now that they boys of the camp have witnessed the falling of Jericho's walls as they spy on the Hebrew camp. Keshub's father is full of trust to the Star Namer. The Star Namer knows the heretofore and the hereafter. As Keshub continues his spying, he is beginning to wonder if the Star Name is the same as the Hebrew God.

The end of this story had me smiling from ear to ear. I loved the way it all worked out. I feared for Keshub and his family, but by the end I was happy for them and their outcome!

Peggy Consolver – Author

While this is a great story to just sit down and read, Peggy Consolver also made a study guide to go with this as a separate purchase. You are able to take this wonderful book and make it even better by turning it into a unit study! Peggy has given us a great list of resources that can go along with this book and the study guide.

I was thrilled to read this book. I was touched with this book. I felt myself growing in my faith while I was reading. I loved that this was a biblical history story that was made into a story that brought the characters alive.

Want to see what others thought of this? Check out the other reviews of the Homeschool Crew right here:

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver Reviews}

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Manhood Journey Bible Study ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I have a secret for you. One that you cannot tell anyone. Are you ready? I am about to write a review for a product from Manhood Journey & City on a Hill, but I did not use it at all. I barely even touched it!

How in the world am I going to write a review on something I didn't use? Well I am going to write the words my husband has told me after he used Manhood Journey Father's Starters Kit with Moe Man. So, while I did not use this product, it has been used in our house!

Manhood Journey is a non-denominational yet Bible based approach to building up young men.

The Manhood Journey Father's Starter Kit includes;

  • 1 on 1 Discussion Guide full of points and activities for fathers to use with sons
  • DVD of the introductions for the six modules
  • 10 Maprochures to track your journey
  • A Group Discussion Guide to lead a small group
  • A FREE copy of Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You

There are six modules available for your father and son team. They include, Embarking, Manhood Myths, Working Well, Leading Lessons, Standing Strong, and Clean Hearts. This journey of six weeks is that of Embarking.

This program is a great open and go program. This was perfect for my husband, since I told him this one was on him and I would only be the one writing the review.

There are 6 chapters in this module, they include 1. Preparing for the journey, 2. Setting out on the journey, 3. Relying on the compass, 4. Seeing guidance along the way, 5. Encountering others along the way and 6. We have embarked.

Each chapter is broken into four parts for the week, building our relationship, knowing God's words, serving others, and talking with God. The 1 on 1 guide will help the father in the picture work through each week, giving the bible verses that will help to open dialogue, even giving tips and examples of what to say after reading.

Daddy was excited to have something to do while he is healing after his surgery. What he didn't know was how much he was actually going to love the bonding time he had with Moe Man.

Now quick history recap, Moe Man and Daddy are brothers. We adopted Moe Man when he was 7 years old, and he has never met his biological father. Daddy grew up without his father present, but had a great example with his grandfather. This journey was needed for these two men, for them both to grow, which I saw every week!

Daddy really enjoyed reading the 1 on 1 Guide and being able to use this to open up dialogue with a teenager who doesn't want to talk. He found that this helped him build patience, which made working together on projects so much easier and more fun for both of them.

Daddy and Moe Man spent time making this while talking about their journey.

While reading through the guide before sitting down with Moe Man, Daddy found things that helped open his eyes and broaden his perspective on fatherhood. This led to him being more in tune with all the kids, not just Moe Man.

As soon as Moe Man finishes his current book, I look forward to having him start Wise Guys. This book is a great way for another guy to talk to your son about finding wisdom from the men around them. This book will help them take what they are learning from their journey, see what others have learned and know that they are not alone. Sometimes with guys, they need to hear it from each other to really believe it.

This was a review that I did not know we needed as much as we did. I knew I wanted to have the guys in the house try it, but I didn't beg for it. I left it up to God, and he made sure it came to our house at just the right moment. If you have boys in your house, you need to have the Manhood Journey in your house as well. I am excited to see where this takes the guys in my house, and look forward to when Daddy starts this with Ray Ray as well. This is one product that we will continue to use and actually look forward to using!

Check out the reviews of these other members of the Homeschool Review Crew right here:

Manhood Journey Father's Starter Kit {Manhood Journey & City on a Hill Studio Reviews}

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B is for Bible ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet #ABCBlogging

Welcome back to the second week of Blogging Through the Alphabet which I am co-hosting with Annette from A Net From Time. You can see all my previous posts right here. This week we are focusing on the Letter B.

The Letter B can be a bunch of different things, from books to balance and behavior, but today I want to talk to you about the Bible! To our family, the Bible is a key part of the homeschool day. If we don't have Bible at the beginning of our day, it is noticeable through the entire day. But with multiple ages, and different learning styles, how do you have one bible study, or do you have multiple?

Family Style Bible Study

There are a lot of family style studies that will adjust for the different ages so that you can use one study for all your kids. One that we spent some good time using is Pryor Convictions Media, Acts, Part 1 and 2. This study was perfect when we needed it. Right away in the Introduction of these books, we are told that we should not "dumb down" the bible to the child's age. This was hard for me, but I loved the results that I would see from Little Miss all the way up to Moe Man. Within the 5-day schedule we are growing in the word, working on memory verses, map work, fun games, arts and crafts and digging deeper for the older students. They have many different books to pick from and each one seems just as great as the last!

High School Bible Study

While trying to find just the right program for Moe Man, I found the Bible Road Trip. This can easily be fit into a whole family style learning, but in our family, this is the one Moe Man loved the most. The list of extra materials to go with this program is larger than I would like, but watching my son work his way through the bible and seeing him get to know God better, is worth it to me. I set aside more in the homeschool budget for bible than I do for anything else, and this is why.

Elementary Bible Study

For that younger age where coloring is the key, we love Picture Smart Bible. You simply work through the books of the bible and color. This was a fun way to learn the bible with a friend who joined us. This was something we did once a week, and are still working on it.

Draw your way through the Bible

If you are looking for something that is a little more daily, we love the Grapevine Bible Studies. This is one of the first bible studies that the kids fell in love with. I remember Ray Ray learning how to draw "people" and finding stick figures all around the house, each one telling me a new bible story.

While I don't have a bible study plan for Baby Girl yet, I love letting her pick videos from and seeing her love on them. This is a great way to get her mind thinking about God. Knowing that she is present in all the other bible studies that happen in this house, along with watching these videos, makes me know that she has a good base starting and I love knowing this. Not to mention that we love to use videos from here to help the older kids with their lessons also.

What is it that you use for your bible study? I love hearing about new ideas and having a backup for those moments when something just isn't working.

Are you joining us in Blogging Through the Alphabet? Are you looking for more great posts about the Letter B? Check out the linky below and add your own or stop by and show some more love to the other bloggers!

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The Beginner’s Bible from ZonderKidz ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Even the littlest in the house need to have their own bible. To have your own bible is your own passage to the stories and adventures in the bible. So, what do you do for a first bible? We love having The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz available at our house.

What It Is

The Beginner's Bible is a hardcover, colorful book with over 500 pages. Each of the pages includes color pictures and the pages are a heavy paper, perfect for little hands. While this is not a bible in the same sense as mom or dad's bible, this is filled with numerous and timeless bible stories. 

Each of these stories is at the perfect length for young, busy minds. The words are written for a young mind, yet are filled with all the details needed to tell the story. Under each title, you are given the bible reference for the story.

How We Used It

This year for Christmas, we wanted to make sure everyone in the house had their own bible. While this is recommended for ages 4-8, we opted to give this to Baby Girl instead of Little Miss. Baby Girl loves to sit and listen to stories, so this seemed a great choice for her.

Little did we know, but everyone in the house loved reading this to Baby Girl! Little Miss even sits and tells the story based off of the pictures. And the pictures allow for this to happen!

With the new year upon us, we wanted to make sure that bible was the part of everyone's day. We want to make sure that 2017 is a year where we build our foundation even stronger. Having this bible for Baby Girl was a great start to keeping this goal!

There was no real plan for how to use this bible, we just sat down to read it. That is how it should be. Every day we would read at least one story out-loud. We have found favorite stories, in fact each one of the older kids has a favorite they pick out to read. This gives Baby Girl her chance to get in her daily bible time as well!

What We Thought of It

We loved this bible. Everyone loved this bible. The length of the stories is perfect, the pictures tell the story themselves and are full of color. Every story that is of major importance is here. This is the best beginner's bible and is rightfully named so. 

While I know this bible will not be the forever bible, I am glad to have the bible that is perfect for this stage in life! The Beginner's Bible is what we needed in our house for Baby Girl, and Little Miss. This bible helps bring the stories alive for them, and is a great introduction to the bible stories they should grow up learning and loving!

If you want to hear more about The Beginner's Bible, hop on over and check out these other reviews!

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(A Review) Logos Trading Post and a Giveaway!

I was sponsored by Logos Trading Post to review their product and am excited to share my experience as well as an awesome giveaway! All opinions are mine alone. For more information please read my full disclosure.

Christmas time is quickly approaching. Where do you go to grab your Christmas gifts? Do you run up to the local mall and grab the newest "it" item? What kind of meaning does that really hold? Or do you go looking for some good, meaningful Christian gifts?

I remember growing up and going to the local Christian book store with my mom. We would spend hours in there, checking out the books, and gifts. I remember spending my time finding books, a comfy spot and getting so hooked in the books that I just had to have them for my own!

Now that I have grown up and heading out to buy presents on my own, I love to keep looking for Christian gifts for those who I buy for. This is something that I love to do, and I found the jackpot when I found Logos Trading Post.

Logos Trading Post has numerous gifts that are great for those you love, or for yourself! They have items like Christian rings, mouse pads, coasters, home décor, DVDs and even bookmarks. Oh, the bookmarks!

I was lucky enough to get one of the bookmarks, and I was surprised at how beautiful it really was when I opened the package! The bookmarks are made in Turkey, yes Turkey. Turkey is where all those gorgeous handmade rugs are made. Can you picture them? I can, every time I look at the bookmark. This simple little bookmark is like a small piece of a rug that was made especially for me!

I received the yellow, Proverbs 3:5-6 bookmark. This was a verse that spoke straight to my heart. It is funny how He works like that. This was something that I need to remember and have had a hard time remembering. Only now I get to remember every time I open my bible.

I have loved having this bookmark in my bible. Opening my bible every day and seeing this bookmark has made me slow down and think about this verse every day. Who doesn't want to think about trusting the LORD every day?

Are you still looking for that perfect gift with the meaning that you want to give? Head on over and check out all that Logos Trading Post has to offer! After you have done that, check back here and enter yourself into this super awesome giveaway!

Logos Trading Post Gift Set Giveaway!

We're giving away a gift set including a Necklace, Logos Pad, Bookmark and Coaster set worth $46! To enter, simply fill in the Rafflecopter below.

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Not only do I have a giveaway for you, but if there are some things you want from Logos Trading Post and you just can't wait, you can get 25% off your order with the code 25BMED and FREE shipping for orders over $40!

Are you local to me? Do you live in East Central Minnesota? Guess what, you don't have to wait! Logos Trading Post has an office centered in downtown Mora, MN!

What is your favorite item from Logos Trading Post? I can't wait to add more to my collection!

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