Monday, September 18, 2017

IMAGINE The Great Flood

IMAGINE... The Great Flood
IMAGINE The Great Flood  by Matt Koceich Book Review
     There's not many book Jacob likes to read but he started reading this one without being

repeatedly asked. SCORE!!! Every now and then he would tell me some of what he had

read and that made me REALLY want to read it. I waited until he went to bed to snag it and

started reading it to find myself, an adult, unable to put it down. The recommended age for this

Bible adventure are 8-12 years old but Jacob's 18 and I'm ....we'll just say adult.

     The Imagine series is written by Matt Koceich, a schoolteacher and a missionary. He has added

some great clean Christian reading for children with his Imagine Series. His Imagine Series

books are published and available for sale by Barbour Publishing for less than six dollars


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Barbour Publishing
   
  Knowing the title was IMAGINE The Great Flood I assumed water was involved but I wasn't
expecting the great flood to be the one involving Noah's ark. A modern day 10 year old Corey
becomes part of save the animals 2 x 2 team after hitting his head. Corey is having to move from

Texas to Florida because of his father's job.He's having a hard time adjusting to the changes about to

happen in his life even with his moms talks and love. Before blacking out and waking up in

Mesopotamia  2400 B.C. a trip to the park with his mom and dog are all he can remember. Upon

waking he  meets/helps Noah's sons gather the animals for the ark which is not always an easy task.

Things and people he endures while in Mesopotamia come back as comforts and helps Corey cope

with the move to a new state,school,neighborhood and new friends.

     Jacob liked the book so much before he finished the first chapter he was asking me if we could

get the other books in the Imagine series. YES!!!We both keep talking about the giants called

Nephilim and how scary they must have been to Corey.I loved the way Matt wrote this book so that

it could be understood as things in life today are also connected to how life was in the past life. Corey

even tells the brothers that he knows what he's read in the Bible.

     Jacob was happy how Corey ended up back in current time with happiness and more

understanding that God has plans for all of us even if we may not like them at first. I felt like a proud

momma that he got this from reading this book.Jacob is a special needs young man so anytime he ask

for more books to read ,an actually reads them, I get excited.

So What Did We Think?

     Absolutely loved the way you get pulled into the story while reading. Jacob and I both liked that

it wasn't a long drug out read and we couldn't predict what was going to happen after reading a

couple of chapters. When we first saw we would be reading and reviewing

IMAGINE The Great Flood  we both thought it would be a book about a flooded river, town or a

great storm of recent not about Noah's Ark.

Recommendation?

     Both he and I would recommend adding IMAGINE The Great Flood to your library today.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Unauthorized Review


UNAUTHORIZED
When my sister started telling me about the Homeschool Review Crew she started with "There are
games to review." Well that's all it took to get Jacob on board to do the various reviews and that's
pretty much all I keep hearing about. "When are we getting to review a game Mom?" so I was excited
when Chara Games gave us the opportunity to receive and review Unauthorized. This is a
strategic Christian game that is fun for all who play. Having three boys in our family equals ALOT of
board games and card games in our house. Unauthorized is a great card game that can go anywhere
with you to be played.
Unauthorized is suggested for players 12 and up and 6-12 players per game. This is a great game for
large families, a group of friends, youth groups and/or homeschool groups. The game only takes
between 30-45 minutes to play which is some good quality time to get unplugged
and interact with friends and family. The game is designed with the concept of role-playing in the
world with an underground church. Every game has a police officer and a pastor while every player is
assigned a role with specific abilities.
UNAUTHORIZED
 The objective is to sway all the players to support
the church or the state which is determined by the 'experience cards' and can change a players
loyalty unexpectedly during the game. During the four rounds of play the game can go any way
quickly. Keeping their supporters out of jail and getting the majority of loyalties is the churches
goal while the state is trying to destroy and crush the church. For the church to win they have
to have a majority of the group loyal to the church and at least one person NOT in prison. The
state wins if the church doesn't reach its goal.
What's Included

Rule Book
Role Cards
Dealer Reference Card
Player Reference Card
Experience Cards

The Rule Book is easy to read but I had a hard time wrapping my head around the written directions

(that's a me thing) so I watched this video.

Unauthorized is by Chara Games which was founded by Patrick and Katherine Lysaght in 2014 to

design and publish Christian themed games.

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Where Can I Get It?

Unauthorized is available for purchase through Amazon and at game stores for a very reasonable

price.

What Did We Think?
We  thought it was a good game to play with a group. We lost power during Hurricane Irma for a day
so we gathered up our hurricane snacks,drinks,flashlights and Unauthorized for a little fun. Our
youth and children are going on a camping trip in a few weeks so we will be taking Unauthorized to
introduce to our group. Excited to see what God has in store for them.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Is There Anything Better Than Candy?Box Tract

Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
It's that time of year....cooler weather,leaves changing color and Halloween.We have Trunk or Treat

at our church every year so I was excited about reviewing these Halloween tracts from

Let the Little Children Come. Is There Anything Better Than Candy?Box Tract is a great way to

share the gospel with children of all ages. These cute little pumpkins can be assembled easily by kids

so how you give them out can be assembled(with a little treat inside) or unassembled. There are

assembly directions on the sheet that are easy to follow even for me.
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract



Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Each flap on the inside of the pumpkin tells of God's love and how  He sent Jesus to save

us and the steps to be with God eternally then  the last flap has a prayer to pray. Each flap is a

different color.

Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
These tracts are available from Let The Little Children Come in packs of 20 for $15.95
and there's a discounted price the more packs you buy.
Let the Little Children Come Halloween Tract
So I will be handing these out at our Trunk or Treat but they could be used in Sunday
School classes or even street evangelism.I know some adults that would be thrilled to
receive this and you never know something as cute as a little pumpkin may be what
leads them to the Lord.
What Did I Think?

I love it!!Would and have told many friends and church family about this awesome product.
I was given a pack of 20 to review but also received a cool little pouch with samples of other
products they sale and they have some pretty awesome things.
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Some Thoughts

It's been over a week since Hurricane Harvey left it's mark on Texas and then Louisiana and my emotions have been all over the place. We have some personal ties with Texas after traveling there and attending Hydro Camp a few years back. I also have classmates from Florida that call Texas home so there have been a lot of prayers and worry. All of our Hydro friends and my classmates are SAFE and that's what mater because material things CAN be replaced. Many tears have been shed as I've watched the flooding, rescuing and volunteering and feeling of helplessness I feel about being able to help. Prayers are always needed and I CAN do that.


Jacob's wanting to go to Texas to help and I've told him if that's what God has for him to do it will happen in the mean time there are other ways he can help. He's been very "quite" and kinda staying to himself so I'm giving him his space. I'm blessed that he has a servant spirit. Yes as his mother at first I thought "I can't  let him go off to Texas" but then God laid it on my heart the if He has that plan for Jacob I have to be willing to have faith that he'll be fine. I will admit God has been "bopping" me with things a lot lately and I'm glad.
We've gone to Jubilee at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church the past 3 nights and a calming feeling has come over me every night listening to great music and preaching. This was Jacob's first revival and he really liked it.
So as you say prayers please remember the victims, rescuers and volunteers in Texas and Louisiana. There's another hurricane brewing out there so as we brace for its hit keep the east coast in prayers for safety. Hope everyone has a blessed day.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

BIC® Velocity® Max Mechanical Pencil Review

We have had the opportunity to receive two BIC® Velocity® Max Mechanical Pencil free for use and review.I saw the pencils when they arrived and since then Jacob has taken claim to them. He's used mechanical pencils since about the sixth grade and swears by them. After using the  BIC® Velocity® Max Mechanical Pencil he has said he doesn't want any other pencils.
They have a wider eraser for those dreaded mistakes.Jacob was impressed with the lead not breaking,which is his usual complaint.These are sold in 2 pack with extra lead at local stores or online at various sites.Go try these awesome pencils or get some for the kids.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

“PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS” Movie Review


PATTERNS of EVIDENCE EXODUS

Movie Review



            When offered to review Pattern of Evidence Exodus I was very interested since
 I’ve grown up in church and studied the Bible all my life. This film is Tim Mahoney’s first full feature documentary film and it took 12 years to develop. It took a scientific approach and investigated the events of the biblical Exodus. Tim like myself had heard and read all the stories in the Bible but decided to look for material evidence that the stories in Exodus were in fact true. Many movies make me walking away wondering where the filmmaker got his story from but Tim leaves me wanting to dig more into the Bible to understand what has been shown and uncovered.
            This movie won 13 awards in 2014 and includes interviews with some of the top experts in archeology and Egyptology. To me that was interesting to hear and see artifacts that backed up the Bible when there are so many people trying to call it false. The way Tim has done this film lets the viewer make his own decision without being preached at or having Christianity shoved down their throat. There are supplemental resources associated with the film which include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.

What Did We Think?
            My 18 year old son and I thought it was a little to long to watch in one viewing, a lot of info to take in, so we broke it down and watched it in two viewings. The film was very well put together and got some interaction from my son with some facts he knew before they were presented. Very impressed with him. Had a little trouble reading some words when the movie was comparing the time line but overall we really liked it. Great addition to our collection. If you would like to watch the trailer for this film before buying click on www.patternsofevidence.com and then the  store site is https://store.patternsofevidence.com/collections/movies





                                                                

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Everyday Cooking by Everyday Homemaking

Everyday Cooking


I'm the cookbook queen in my family. Yes I have an obsession with cookbooks and when I start

looking at the different recipes I think "Oh that looks good and I can make it" but honestly it probably

never gets tried. Great intentions get slammed down with LIFE! After saying that I was thrilled to get

the opportunity to review Everyday Cooking offered by Everyday Homemaking. I received a

downloadable e-book free to check out and yes cook some of the recipes. I assumed it would be

like all the other cookbooks I've got but boy was I surprised.

Vicki Bentley is the author of Everyday Cooking and it was created as she homeschooled her

children. Being a mother, grandmother and foster parent to many she has been very involved in the

homeschool world.

What It Is

It's not just another cookbook.....it's so much more. There are tips to prepare some food and store for

later in the week to make getting the meals on the table a little easier and less stressful. There's not

really breakfast recipes but ideas instead. Sometimes you just need an idea of something

to change breakfast up a little. There are tips through out the book that I found helpful and

interesting. Included are listed substitute ingredients such as Sucanat with honey for sugar which

I thought was great for anyone who uses this book, no guessing if it can be done and how much

to use. There are pictures at the end of the book of the different utensils used for the recipes. There

are recipes for the stove,oven,slow cooker, pressure cooker and yes even the Instant Pot. The

recipes are very clear how/to cook with each method. There are several pages at the end of

each section for notes in case you want to remember something you did.


Table of Contents
Preface ............................................................................................. 4
Introduction .................................................................................. 7
Timesaving Tips .......................................................................... 7
Breakfast Ideas ............................................................................ 9
Appetizers and Dressings ....................................................... 11
Bread and Grains ........................................................................ 23
Main Dishes & Soups & Sides .............................................. 51
Desserts & Snacks .................................................................... 103
Homemade Vanilla Extract .................................................. 137
Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Pantry Helpers ................. 139
Basic Measurements and Helps ........................................ 143
Meal Planning and Shopping Hints ................................ 145
Sample Menus & Menu Planning Masters .................. 147
Basic Cooking Skills Checklist ............................................ 152
Basic Kitchen Accessories ..................................................... 155
Kitchen Equipment .................................................................. 156
The Tortoise and the Hare ................................................... 163
Pressure Cooker Tips and Favorites ................................ 169
Index of Recipes ....................................................................... 189
Index of Practical Tips .......................................................... 192

What I Thought

Well I LOVED IT!!!I would definitely recommend. I made the Chocolate No Bakes and

my boys were fighting over who was going to get the last one. SCORE!!

Chocolate No-Bakes
These are just like I remember from the elementary school cafeteria! Wherever you do this, be sure your
surface is protected or the waxed paper will melt (as in On Your Table—voice of experience; I now put
down several sheets of newspaper first).
In heavy saucepan, combine:
½ c. butter ½ c. cocoa
½ c. milk 2 c. sugar (or Sucanat with honey)
Bring to boil; reduce to medium and gently boil to just over soft ball stage (to about 236
on a candy thermometer, or about 2½ to 3 minutes. Do not under-boil or they will not set
up). Remove from heat and add:
3 cups oats (I use regular, “old-fashioned”)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 heaping tsp. peanut butter
[opt.: 2 Tbsp. wheat germ, some raisins, etc.]
Mix well. Drop by Tablespoon onto waxed paper or parchment or silicone mat on protected
surface. Cookies should harden in about 15-20 minutes.




I also tried the Chocolate Covered Toffee but I didn't have a candy thermometer and I got in a

hurry and distracted which you can't do when making candy. Not very pretty but it tasted good after I

reheated the mixture the next day but the chocolate is not on the top instead it's ALL chocolate.

You can purchase Everyday Cooking (print version)  for $19.99 or e-book  is $15.99. I received

an email from Vicki with something special for my readers:

 I am offering 10% off The Everyday Family Chore System and/or Everyday Cooking (print or e-book) through Labor Day! The code for your readers is TOS10books --they can apply it to as many books in their cart as they'd like, but they do need to shop first, apply the 10% discount code last. (Sorry -- eccentric cart function) Expires Sept 5.

So hurry over and get your cookbook and check out Vickie's other books.





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