Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Foundation In Christ



Dr. Neil T. Anderson is the founder and president emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries. He has written several bestselling books on spiritual freedom, including Victory Over The Darkness and The Bondage Breaker. I am always looking for new books and resources to further my knowledge in Christ. I use the bible as my main resource but I also like to read other books to get someone else's point of view. Your Foundation in Christ by Dr. Neil T. Anderson is a wonderful addition to my library. I was very thrilled to get the opportunity to review this book published by Bethany House.

I love to study the bible. Every time I crack it's pages open I learn something new. My eyes are opened to new aspects of God's love for us and my faith is renewed. Your Foundation in Christ is all about deepening the roots of our faith in God. We are so connected to God that we were not meant to live without Him. Dr. Anderson asks the question, is your faith rooted in enduring truth or the world's ever-changing messages? He answers these questions as well as how to determine one from the other.

The book is divided into six sessions. Each session has five parts. There are bible verses that go along with each session and part along with daily readings. It is more like a 10-minute bible study that you can do each day. It is a great addition to your current quiet time with the Lord. I try to add one book other than the bible to my daily reading during my quiet time. Usually, it is one that can further my faith and knowledge in the Lord.

Each part has a key verse, key point, a quick explanation of the subject, and a few questions to see what you obtained. I really enjoyed this book. I got a lot out of it and highly recommend it to anyone looking to further their faith in God. To make sure that you are rooted in the Word of God and not the world around you.


Blessings,


Kristy

This book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Food: A Love Story



Normally, I wouldn't have chosen such a silly book to review. But, my husband is a huge Jim Gaffigan fan. We have seen some of his shows on Netflix before. So, I chose to review this book for my hubby. He also has other books out. Food: A Love Story is hilarious. I could not put it down. The chapters are very short (between 1 and 4 pages long). Jim Gaffigan is a comedian who loves food. He makes fun of food and makes me laugh because I love food.

Here is a little about Jim Gaffigan:

JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian, actor, and bestselling author of Dad is Fat. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children.

Here is a little about the book:

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.” 
 
Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

I will be honest, the book is more of a "bathroom reader". It is a very quick read and will make you laugh out loud. I actually snorted a couple of times. There are a few swear words (not the really bad kind) mixed in. It is not that bad though. This book is appropriate for adults only in my opinion. There are lots of funny little sayings throughout that you will find yourself saying to others. 

Blessings,


Kristy

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschool Family

Well, the newness has worn off from the first day of school. The books are worn a bit and the school room is a little scattered. Yes, we are in the grind of the daily homeschool. My boys, the ones who are doing school this year, are 4 and 6. One is pre-k and one is in between K and 1st. We are having a blast.

Ducky is 4 and he is learning to spell and write his name. It is so funny to watch him form the letters. I usually have him color a few pictures and put the first letter of his name at the top. Hey, it's a start.

Bear is learning to read. Wow! It is so amazing to watch him grasp a letter concept and the sound. It is truly one of the most awesome things I have ever done.

This is what our homeschool day looks like:

8am- everyone is usually up and fed by this time.
8:30am- Mommy does the dishes and puts a load of laundry in the washer.
9:15am- Monkey (my 19 month old) goes down for a morning nap.
9:30am- school is in session and we start by saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning and we listen to classical music..
9:35am- Bible time (this involves a weekly memory verse and bible reading with a discussion afterward).
9:45am- Leading Little Ones To God (the boys LOVE this book).
9:55am- Ducky begins his assigned work (usually a picture and handwriting book) and Bear starts his phonics lessons.
10:15am- Ducky is done with his small lesson and watches an educational video or does puzzles while I help Bear with his work.
10:15am-11ish- Bear and I work on his Math, Science, language arts, and phonics.
11am- Monkey is awake by now so we put away our work for the morning (he can get into everything!).
12pm- lunch time
12:30pm- outside free play time (if it's rainy they play legos inside).
1pm- Monkey takes another nap and I read aloud to the big boys.
At this point, the big boys have what I call "quiet time". They can choose a movie to watch or read a book. They can also choose to take a nap. Whatever they choose has to be "quiet". Mommy does blogging, reading, laundry, chores, etc.
5:15pm- dinnertime
After dinner, we may have some school work to catch up on or just free time.
6pm- baths and winding down time.
7:15pm- read aloud time and bed time.

This is what our day looks like. Yes, there are days that some of this stuff does not get done. There are also days that we do a lot more than what is listed. One Friday a month we go to the library and then have lunch at Nanny and Poppy's house. They love this special treat. We also do one or two field trips a month. This month we will go to the pumpkin patch and we already went to our local historic district over the weekend. We love having picnics there. Also, just wanted to mention that we use Queen Homeschool for our books (math, science, language arts). We are using 100 Easy Lessons for our phonics. I have random workbooks that Ducky uses from time to time. I get those from the Dollar Tree.

What do you use for your curriculum or what do you highly recommend?

Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, October 13, 2014

The River by Beverly Lewis



I absolutely love Amish fiction. Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors for this genre. She has a new book out called The River. I am so glad I have the opportunity to review it. You can learn more about Beverly Lewis HERE. She has written many Amish fiction books and is very knowledgeable about the Amish lifestyle. She grew up near an Amish community in Lancaster.

The River is a story about two sisters who left the Amish life when they were younger. Their parents are having a big anniversary party and they are invited to attend. The other siblings miss them and don't understand why they left. There are a lot of unresolved issues for the sisters including the death of another sister when they were children. Tilly and Ruth want a future with their family involved but their pasts may not allow it.

Here is what the back of the book says:

"Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?"

I just adored this book. There are a lot of issues discussed including mourning the loss of a loved one, redemption of past relationships, and healing of lost souls. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction. It would be a great addition to anyone's collection by Beverly Lewis. Her books are always a delight to read.


Blessings,

Kristy
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blue Ribbon Baking From A Redneck Kitchen



I have an obsession with cookbooks. I can't have enough of them. I read them for leisure and fun. So, when I saw Blue Ribbon Baking From A Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson I was so excited! The foreword is by Jeff Foxworthy so I was even more thrilled. I am a fan of his work so I thought this would be a fun book. I was right. There are so many wonderful and yummy recipes to try. I actually tried the Pumpkin Pie Bread on page 199. The consensus says "yummy", "delish", and "can I get some more".

Here is a little about the author Francine Bryson:

She is from Asheville, NC where she loves to bake for her family. She has been in many baking competitions including the American Baking Competition. She has won many awards for her yummy treats and decided they needed to be written in a cookbook (for which I am grateful).

Here is some info about the book:

"National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’s The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Known for her down-home Southern charm and sass (and for successfully pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon), Francine now shares her sought-after recipes and tips in her very first baking book."
 
“Here are the recipes and tricks I was taught by my Great-Granny, Granny, Nana, and Mama—the women who schooled me on the ways a Southern woman keeps a kitchen—and that I learned from twenty-plus years of competing on the baking circuit. Now you can bake up award-winning pies such as Upside-Down Apple Pie, fluffy Biscuits Like Nana Made, and irresistible treats like Soda Pop Cake and Classic Southern Lemon Bars—all so good they have made the rounds with the ladies at church, the bridge clubs, supper clubs, and mom groups for generations.”
--from the Introduction

Here are some photos from the making of the Pumpkin Pie Bread: 





I did add a cream cheese frosting to the bread because..well, I just love cream cheese frosting. She did not call for that and you most certainly can eat it without the frosting. I absolutely love this bread. My mom came over to my house today and I gave her and my (very picky) step-dad a piece. They asked for the recipe it was that good.

I highly recommend this wonderful little gem of a cookbook. It is so cute and very home-y.


Blessings,


Kristy

I received this book from Blogging For Books for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Game Changer Review


We are HUGE Redskins fans in my house. Hail to the Redskins!! So, when I had the opportunity to review a book written by their current QB Kirk Cousins I was thrilled. I know he is a man of God but reading his book has given me a new perspective. He gives God all of the glory for his talent and fortune. He recognizes that without God he would be nothing and nobody. He doesn't shove his faith down the readers throat. He just gives you his personal story and how God was weaved throughout his entire life.

Here is a little about the book:

"Record-setting quarterback for Michigan State University and draft pick of the NFL's Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins pens an accessible and compelling collection of life principles for readers young and old. With engaging stories from his award-winning career, Cousins illustrates core biblical concepts while encouraging good choices, and, in the process, readers get an inside look at high-stakes football as well as the personal and highly motivating reflections of a much-respected athlete.
Now in softcover, Game Changer is a great pick for parents, coaches, athletes, camps, FCA groups, and family explorations. It is not a self-glorifying biography or a sterile collection of dos and don'ts, but rather a dispatch from a real Christian life-with all its ups and downs-lived under the bright lights of college and professional football."
He shares his own personal stories of trials and triumphs and how God got him through it all. I highly recommend this book. Kirk Cousins shares his heart and is a wonderful role model for any young man (or woman). He is a great guy to look up to and he puts God first in his life. 

Blessings,
Kristy

This book was given to me by Book Look Bloggers  for review purposes. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Treasury of Bible Stories {Review & Giveaway}


Who doesn't love a good children's bible? We have quite a few in our collection. You see, people give them to you when you have three little boys who are eager to learn more about Jesus. So, when this new book was up for review I quickly jumped on board. Treasury of Bible Stories (by Kelly Pulley) was written for children ages 4-8. That works out perfectly since my oldest 2 boys are 4 and almost 6 (he insists I say that!).

One of my favorite features of this book is the rhyming aspect. As a young girl I loved to write poems. I only wrote poems that rhymed. I don't know why but I love when things rhyme. So, for me, this was a major score. The second wonderful thing are the beautiful illustrations. My boys are very visual learners. If they can see a picture of what I am reading they comprehend the information better. We are currently using this as our bible reading for our homeschool. They are enjoying the stories and are gaining a deeper knowledge of Jesus through this wonderful and sweet book.

Here is a little about the book:
"Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!"

Here is a little about the author:
"Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area."

There is also a video about the book on YouTube:

If you think your family would like a copy of Treasury of Bible Stories please let me know by commenting below. I will be giving away 1 copy to a reader. Giveaway ends on September 23, 2014. 

Blessings,


Kristy

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