Pursued to Eternity – A Book Review

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Books take you on adventures. You can travel to different worlds within the words of a book. Pursued to Eternity by John Riley is a book that takes you from the days of the dinosaurs to the eternity God has for us.

For this review, I got a paperback copy of the book. There are 17 chapters and about 150 pages. Pursued to Eternity is John Riley’s first book. He also has an Apologetics Creation vs. Evolution course available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

While the actual storyline of Pursued to Eternity is fictional, the challenges of evolution in our world and the survey of apologetics and bible verses are true. This book will take you on an adventure that you will not soon forget.

We first meet two brothers at the beginning of the book, 1 Christian and 1 Atheist. We see how they have some family issues when they get together, as one could imagine. But, as soon as we meet them, we are taken back into time.

We get to meet two families alive during the time of the Hebrews and Moses. We see that even during this most difficult of times, people were listening and learning and turning their hearts to the one true God.

Back to the present and the two brothers we first met. The Christian brother is a science teacher at a local high school where evolution is taught and not to be argued or discussed beyond what the lesson plans say. Some of the students were not happy about this and started discussions off of school grounds.

These discussions lead to a website built by the students without any help from the teacher. Sixty-eight questions about Creation vs. Evolution were on the website. These questions… were great! Not only do these questions question evolution, but they question why some may not ask more about evolution. How blunt can you be when you ask, “Are some scientists hesitant to criticize evolution because they may face demotion or job loss?”

As life goes on, both brothers end up working together in Egypt. During this time, we see that God is pursuing the atheist. God seeks to pursue all of us; we just need to open our hearts to see that. While in Egypt, we see the past connected with the present in an extraordinary way. I don’t want to give it away to you.

There are deaths, there is money, and there is God. And the pursuit of the atheist in this book was a victory for God.

I could tell you the whole story; it was that good. But if I did that, why would you need to grab your own copy? And I think you need your own copy. I loved that this book, while fictional, was also very real. These are topics and challenges that are faced every day all around the world. I could relate to many of these challenges, as I have encountered them as a Christian. I feel more prepared to defend the Bible and my belief in the one true God after reading this book.

I wasn’t the only one who read this book. Check out 24 other reviews right here.
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Everybody, Always for Kids – Book Review

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“By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:35

My goal with raising my children is to show they love God by their actions to others. Bob Goff makes it easy to show love, always in the book Everybody, Always For Kids.

What It Is

We got a hardcover copy of the book and a five-day lesson plan of ways to bring the book into our daily lives. The book contains 40 chapters. Each chapter is a new story about how Bob brings love into what he does and shares personal stories about how these worked for him.

The five-day lesson plan picked out five of the stories and had different teaching points, questions to talk about, and ways to make this happen in your life.

How We Used It

There are different ways that you can use this book. You can just read it one story at a time and in order. You can read other stories that seem to fit what you are learning about or dealing with in life at the moment. You can follow the five-day lesson plan and build off of the ideas from there. You can have your kids read the stories, or you can read them aloud together as a family.

We decided to start with the five-day lesson plan. We followed the lesson steps in the lesson plan. We would ask a question first, read the story related to the lesson, ask questions as we were reading, and finish with an activity. After using the lesson plans, we used a similar style while reading the rest of the stories.

What We Thought

The book was a beautiful hardcover book with colorful pictures. The stories were fun to read aloud, and everyone enjoyed listening to me read them. 

My kids loved listening to me read these stories and found it easy to relate to them. It was easy for us to find some new ways to show we are Christians by our actions every day. This book is a beautiful way to learn how to show love in your everyday actions, from being patient to seeing past things and into people’s hearts.

We will be reading these stories over and over again. They are a great reminder that loving everyone isn’t that hard at all.

There are other families who have had a chance to use this book in their homes also. Check out their reviews right here.

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The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever! – Book Review

This year has been a year of making new traditions. So many times we can not or should not do what we love to do. I thought this would be a great time to start a new Christmas tradition with the kids, and Little Miss had actually mentioned doing the same thing before I got the email about this cute book.

I was thrilled to review The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever! by Jennifer Hill and Mary Walker from Side Door Communications. Check out what we thought of this book!

What Is It

This is a hardcover book with beautiful color illustrations on the pages. Through this book, we are told the story of how this family came up with the idea of a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve.

The story is told in a rhyming way that made it really fun to read. We also have the birthday cake recipe, because this is no ordinary cake. Every ingredient in the cake has a meaning and a purpose. *One note, for those who have children who believe in Santa, this book does not say anything to change their minds. This just brings the focus to Jesus.

Not only do we get the cake recipe, but we also have access to fun activities and free printables to go along with the story.

How We Used It

We sat down as a family and read this book one afternoon. The kids loved the pictures and the story was very intriguing. We loved the meanings behind each and every part of the cake and the party that they threw for Jesus.

After we read the book, we decided that we wanted to make the cake for our friends and neighbors. However, this year we are not doing a party as we would like, we still wanted to spread the message that this book carried.

Instead of making a cake, we did cupcakes (easier to carry and deliver). Also, I did not have the right cake mix or the chocolate chips, so again we improvised and used food coloring to make the white batter red. This kept the message for what we wanted to share.

Instead of making one angel for the cake, we did multiple angels to go on each plate we were delivering. Once everything was ready, we went out and brought the cupcakes to each house. We did not just drop them and go, we told the story behind the meaning of every aspect of the cupcakes.

What We Thought Of It

My kids loved this book. They also fell in love with making the cupcakes and sharing the story about Jesus’ birthday and the meanings of the different aspects of the cupcakes. By doing this activity of sharing what we learned, my kids are beginning their journey as disciples of Jesus. While the houses we went to already know and believe in Jesus, this was a great way for my kids to start talking to others about Jesus.

This will surely become a family tradition that we will do every year. We look forward to doing this again, and the kids actually want to do the sharing with others we didn’t get to with our first batch of Jesus’ birthday cupcakes. We were even told that one of the angels we shared made it to the top of a Christmas tree to remind the family of what we brought to them (and not just the cupcakes!).

If you are looking for a new tradition for this holiday season, I highly recommend grabbing this book and sharing the story of The Best Birthday Cake in the History of Ever!

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Letters from Katie Luther – A Book Review

While I was growing up, I was raised Catholic. After branching out on my own and finding a church that allows me to think for myself, for the most part…as long as it follows the bible, I have come to learn more. One of the things I have learned more about is Reformation Day. Because of this, I was super excited to review Letters from Katie Luther by Shirley Casemier from Reformed Free Publishing Association.

Letter from Katie Luther Book Review

What Is It

Katie Luther, Katherine von Bora Luther, the wife of Martin Luther, is the main character of this book. We follow her through letters that she wrote to her friend Ave (ah-vay). While this is not an actual biography, the story itself had a lot of thought and research put into it to make it as accurate as it could be.

The book itself is a paperback book ($14.95) with just under 100 pages. There are a few random black and white photos spread throughout the book to show you some of the places that are being talked about.

Through the letters, we learn much about the life of Katie and Martin Luther. As a new (ish) learner of Reformation Day, Katie’s letters really helped me to understand more about the background of Martin Luther himself through his wife writing to her friend.

How We Used It

While I had all the intentions of reading this to my children to teach them about Reformation Day, and I still do plan to do this, I have claimed this book as mine for the time being. I can relate to Katie. I was Catholic, I “escaped” from that and had my eyes opened. Not only that, but I could relate to Katie dealing with her husband’s “sickness” or mental health issues. I have been dealing with this on a daily basis.

So, for this review, I have been reading the book myself. I have been laughing and crying with Katie and Ave. While I have been enjoying this book, I can tell that it is also written for older children. That is why I have no issue with reading this aloud to my children.

What We Thought

Oh my! That was my initial thought. This was a book I could not put down once I started reading it. The writing made me feel everything that was being described. I could feel the feelings Katie was going through, even without previous experience. I laughed, I cried, I yearned to know more. Even though I know the ending, I still yearned to know more about the daily life of this family.

This is a book great for any family that wants to learn more about Martin Luther and his family. The struggles they faced and the way they relied on God through it all. Breaking away from the “normal” is not easy, but having faith in the real God to guide you through will give you the strength to go on your path. 

If you are looking for a good read this month, one that will lead up to Reformation Day, you will want to grab your own copy of Letters from Katie Luther.

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Anyone Can Homeschool ~ A Book Review

Anyone Can Homeschool

With the times that we are facing, many parents are now wondering about homeschooling. Along with thinking about homeschooling, comes the doubts and fears, trust me, I had them also! If you are in the middle of trying to figure out what you want to do with your kids this school year, or if you have doubts about homeschooling, you will want to check out this review of Anyone Can Homeschool!

I have been homeschooling for over seven years now. But, every year, I still have doubts. Am I doing enough, am I doing too much? Are my kids missing too much? How can I teach them when I haven’t gone to school to teach children? All of these questions are taken into account with the book Anyone Can Homeschool by Nicki Truesdell. I was given a preview of this book for my review. What I share now is my honest opinion.

Anyone Can Homeschool

What Is It

For my review, I was able to read chapters 1-5, 11, and 13. There are two parts to this book. The first part contains chapters 1-10, the second part contains chapters 11-16. The chapters include topics such as Rethinking School, Home Education on a Budget, Special Needs, Chronic Illness in the Family, Getting Started, and The Struggle is Real. All of the topics cover everything that would hold you back from homeschooling and helping you see how able you really are to homeschool your child.

Nicki takes us through all the myths on why you can’t homeschool and she breaks the brick wall. From the first chapter I read, I was hooked. Reading the preview of the book calmed my fears and reminded me that I was doing the best for my kids. Right away I was taken with the statement “Home education is freedom. It’s freedom to set your calendar, choose the curriculum, begin and end your lessons on your own schedule, and decide what’s working for your child. It is the freedom to change up methods and materials when the need arises. It’s the freedom to be the parent, all the time.”

And that leads me to another point. We are the parent, we raised our kids from birth. It was us that taught them to walk and talk. How are we not able to teach them after that? What changes that all of a sudden we are not able to teach our own children? If we taught them to walk and talk, why can’t we teach them to read and write? This is exactly what Nicki talks about in the first chapter. She proceeds to talk to us, I tell you that she talks to us, because that is what it feels like. I feel like she is sitting down and talking to me as I read her pages.

Anyone Can Homeschool

What Did I Think of It

I love how it feels like I am sitting down to a cup of coffee with Nicki as I read the pages. She is so honest about what she is sharing. Her words are like that of an old friend. This gave me encouragement just as it will anyone who is thinking of homeschooling and thinking they can not do it.

This book tackles all the questions you may have as you think about homeschooling. It helps to calm the fears of new homeschooling families and quenches the doubt of veteran homeschooling families who have done this and still worry.

If you are thinking about homeschooling and have doubts, you will want this book. If you have been homeschooling and have doubts, you will want this book. This book will help with all doubts that homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike have.

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7 Feasts: Finding Christ in the Sacred Celebrations of the Old Testament – A Review

Over the last couple of years, I have begun digging deeper into the bible, and finding good bible studies is sometimes hard. I had the chance to review 7 Feasts: Finding Christ in the Sacred Celebrations of the Old Testament written by Erin Davis. I had the chance to interview her, but today I want to share what I have thought of this study.

What Is It

7 Feasts: Finding Christ in the Sacred Celebrations of the Old Testament is an 8-week Bible study. The book is a paperback book published by Moody Publishers. Each of the 8 weeks starts off with a short introduction to the week followed by 5 days of study.

This is not a study of the Gospels or the well-known books that have been studied in many different ways over the years. The 7 Feasts Bible Study focuses on the 7 sacred celebrations that were given to the Israelites in Leviticus 23. We learn how these feasts/celebrations point to Christ in the future. 

Each day, we have Scripture readings, questions, and teachings. There is plenty of space for notes and answering the questions. There are about 5-10 pages for each day, but there is also a lot of white space for you to fill in with answers and notes.

The teachings are easy to understand but allow for deeper learning. This makes it easy for anyone to understand. If you are new to bible studies, you won’t have an issue understanding. If you have been doing bible studies for a while and want to dig deeper, you can do that also!

What I Thought

This was a mommy item to review. I loved having this option available to me! The binding of this book made it easy to lay open and get my notes in. I loved that I was able to do this on my own, but that there was also an option for group questions at the end of each week.

I loved all the white space in the study. This gave me plenty of space for taking notes. I am a notes girl when I read or learn something new that I don’t want to forget, I have to write it down! 

I was nervous about doing an Old Testament study, I am not going to lie. Before this bible study, I never really thought there was much I could learn for my daily life in the Old Testament. However, Erin tells it like it is in the study introduction. There are 66 books in the Bible if we look at those books as puzzle pieces to knowing God, we need to know all 66 pieces to get a complete picture of God.

Erin makes learning about the feasts in Leviticus easy and able to do. I have connected so much about the Old Testament to the New Testament and into right now. This has been a breath of fresh air and a great study that I am glad to have taken part in.

If you are looking for a good bible study that will connect the puzzle pieces of the bible for you, 7 Feasts: Finding Christ in the Sacred Celebrations of the Old Testament is the study you are looking for!

Quick Answers to Social Issues – A Master Books Review

We are in some troubling times. There are lots of things happening right now across our nation. When given the chance to review Quick Answers to Social Issues from Master Books, I was happy. this gave me a chance to learn more about the social issues that we are facing with a biblical viewpoint.

I was given the digital copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Quick Answers to Social Issues by Bryan Osborne covers topics such as Life Issues, Equality Issues, Marriage, Sexual & Gender Issues, and Environmental Issues.

Each of these “main issues” are broken down into other issues. Each issue starts off with a little box with Bible References. Since we know that the Bible contains God’s words, this is a great way to check and see what God has to say about each of these issues.

This was an easy to read book. I was able to upload it to my Kindle and read it while on the go…because when am I not on the go? While I love having a physical book in hand, I was very impressed with the quality of this eBook! The color and layout were perfect on my phone. It is a great book!

While I said this was an easy book to read, it is also DEEP! The issues that are brought up in this book are VERY relevant. As a Christian, I knew what I was supposed to know, but this book helps to bring to light the why. It gives me the background, the history of why. It gives me confidence to state what is right and why it is right.

The one chapter that really caught my eye right now was the chapter on Racism. This is BIG right now. We don’t need to go into the why of this, we all know it. But this chapter helps to remind me the one thing I already knew, the one thing I am teaching my kids. We all come from one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve. We are all one blood. I wish I could share this whole chapter with everyone, because this chapter is important.

I have to say, if you are struggling during this time in our history, the one thing you need is this book, just for this one chapter. If you don’t know how to explain everyone as equal to your children, you need this book for this chapter!

The book ends with some great ending points. The conclusion was second favorite to the chapter on racism for me.

I recommend this book to every Christian and non-Christian. This is book that needs to be in the hands of everyone during this time that we are in.

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Dory Fantasmagory Tiny Tough – A Book Review

Dory Fantasmagory Tiny Tough Book Review

My kids love books. That is no surprise. They love all kinds of books. Recently it was Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we had a lot of fun at our local library going on a hunt for doublins and taking Pirate selfies. It was no surprise they fell in love with Dory Fantasmagory Tiny Tough as soon as we got our hands on it.

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“The fifth adventure in the enormously popular Dory Fantasmagory series takes on the tried-and-true theme of childhood friendships, and turns it on its head, Dory-style.

When her big sister Violet has friend trouble at school, Dory tries to come to her rescue. But Dory’s active imagination takes over, and she is sure that Violet’s lost treasure (a friendship bracelet) has something to do with pirates. In search of the treasure, Dory meets up with a real pirate crew and finds that a pirate’s life is harder than she thought. At sea, Dory longs for her imaginary friend Mary. But Mary has gone off with an exciting new friend of her own and Dory is crushed with jealousy. Just when things can’t get any worse, Dory’s old enemy, Mrs. Gobble Gracker shows up and Dory’s ocean adventure takes a surprising turn.

There’s a ton of treasure in Dory’s fifth adventure as Dory mixes in pirates, pals (real and make-believe), and her own imagination into one wild and wet free-for-all.”

This cute little chapter book is recommended for ages 6-8. Each page has cute little drawings that go with the words on the page. While the cover is a beautiful color picture, the inside is just black and white, which keeps the distractions to a minimum.

Dory Fantasmagory Book Review

Little Miss is 8 now, and just getting into chapter books. She has fallen in love with this book. Now she wants me to get the first 4 in the series for her to read. She loves that the pages are simple to read. The words are not too big or too small for her reading level.

The storyline is a great one for kids of this age. We see how Dory can be picked on by her older siblings when she is the annoying little sister. At the same time, they can see how the family can pull together and have a great time also. I enjoyed sitting down on a lazy Sunday and reading the whole book in one day myself. It was funny, cute, and all over good.

This is a great book for kids that uses imagination and encourages your kids to do the same.

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The Curse of the Werepenguin – A Book Review

Have you heard of a Werepenguin? No? I hadn’t either until we got the chance to read The Curse of the Werepenguin from Penguin Random House. We received an Advanced Reader Copy of the book for our review.

About the Book

All orphan Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria sends for Bolt, he wonders if he’s getting closer to finding his long-lost parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn’t get any worse . . . until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn’t get worse– nope, wait, they get a lot worse. With the help and hindrance of a plucky girl who just might be the world’s greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can’t stop cackling, Bolt’s on a quest to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest–and funniest–middle-grade novel you’ve ever read.

About the Author

Allan Woodrow is the author of many books including The Pet WarClass DismissedUnschooled, Field Tripped, and now, inspired by Dracula, old werewolf movies, Young Frankenstein, and an odd affection for fish sticks, The Curse of the Werepenguin. When Allan isn’t writing or noshing on breading-coated seafood, he’s often presenting to schools, libraries, and conferences. You can learn more about Allan at allanwoodrow.com.

What We Thought Of It

This was such a fun book to read. It was easy for me to read aloud to the kids. We had a great time laughing at the silly parts. I would caution you that this is about werepenguins, and while it is funny, there are some intense/scary parts that younger kids would not enjoy.

Being a middle school book, it is recommended for ages 8+. There are 352 pages. These pages are broken down into four parts and 49 chapters. The chapters are short and easy to complete, which makes reading it that much easier! There are a few cute cartoon-like drawings in the book (which is the Advanced Reader Copy, so this may have changed for the final printing).

If your kids love a fun yet weird book, this is the one you will want to grab! It just became available for sale today! Grab your copy right here:

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Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors – A Book Review

I am always busy it seems like. I have so much going on with the kids and my husband’s health. Some days I just feel like I am not doing enough to raise my kids in the way that God wanted me to. I feel like I am messing them up more than preparing them for a future. Jami Amerine must have read my mind when she wrote Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less Than Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind of) Great Kids.

What Is It

This is a 200-page paperback book with 17 chapters. There are two parts to this book, Part 1: Relent and Reprieve and Part 2: Reward and Receive. Between these two parts and the chapters, you will read about the biggest parenting lie we often believe, why we need to seek the Bible and the wisdom of spiritual giant, why we can’t make our kids love Jesus, how to rest in our identity as daughters of a perfect Father, and so much more.

Each chapter starts with a page with a quote on it. I really enjoyed this page and spent some time just sitting and pondering on this quote. The chapters are nicely written and on topic, and the pages are clean and uncluttered.

What I Thought Of It

I loved reading this book. It was like sitting down and talking with a friend. I was able to read this while raising my own kids. I could pick it up and set it down without feeling like I had to start over. I was also able to read this while spending time on the treadmill. It was not hard to read and get information out of while still being busy with those kids I am trying to raise.

I am thrilled to have had the chance to journey with Jami Amerine. To laugh with her and to cry with her. I really did feel like a friend was helping me through the tough times I have had to go through. And knowing that someone else has done the same while still moving forward, even on sticky floors, has helped me to slow down and think of my house as sacred ground.

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