Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Story of Easter Book Giveaway

The Story of Easter (Tommy Nelson) presents the story of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem to His resurrection using passages from all four gospels and other New Testament passages. Each section of the story is shared in a two page spread. The illustrations clearly depcit the content for non-readers with facial expressions of the characters giving clues in each section. A statement or question follows each step of the journey encouraging interaction between parent and child.

A pictorial collection of events can be found at the end of the book for children to retell the story in their own words. What a perfect opportunity for children to share the heart of the gospel!

I was thrilled to find a DVD included with this book. Sunday school teachers and parents will enjoy the coloring sheets and short trailers perfect for this season. The collection of printables is perfect for varying levels of abililty.

While my children have outgrown picture books, I'm certain this one would have been in our home library. Want it in yours?

Leave a comment below including your favorite part of the Easter story. Be sure to leave your email address. One lucky winner will be chosen on Friday morning to recieve this lovely hardbound edition with DVD.

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Thomas Nelson has provided this book free of charge through BookSneeze. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Blitz: Homeschooling for the Rest of Us

After working in a homeschool bookstore and teaching workshops to new and experienced home educators, I am familiar with most books on the subject. Sonya Haskins offers grace and encouragement to families previously intimidated by homeschooling perfectionism.

Chapters address common themes including schedules, socialization, and academics and offer a variety of suggestions to meet the needs of a diverse population. Single parents, families with specials needs, families with multiples and creative households will delight in the freedom to design a productive environment that meets their specific needs.

I especially appreciated Haskins focus on living a lifestyle of education. Everything we do with our children enhances their ability to develop academic, social and life skills. Homeschooling for the Rest of Us appeals to all styles of teaching from classical to unschooling, organized to random, storytellers to list makers.

We all want the best for our kids. Learn how to create a vision statement for your school and build a curriculum and structure that is both comfortable and academically sound. Thank you, Sonya Haskins - you give us hope!

This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House publishers. The opinions expressed in this review are my own under no pressure or compensation by the publisher.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Read It~Share It: Rediscovering God in America

The homeschooling mom inside me was thrilled to receive my copy of Rediscovering God in America through Thomas Nelson's Blog Review program. Newt and Calista Gingrich guide readers through each monument and building in Washington DC noting the influence of Christianity on the founders of our nation.

Beuatiful photographs grace each page with descriptions and quotes from original source materials making it both a resource and a conversation piece. I was especially encouraged by numerous quotes from Presidents, Supreme Court justices, and other leaders pointing to the belief in a sovereign God who guides our nation. "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." John F. Kennedy

Rediscovering God in America will encourage you to patriotism and faith in what God can do. I challenge you to read this for yourself and share it with your children.

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Read it ~ Share it: Miss Match

Any novel that features a coffee cup on the cover draws my attention. Erynn Mangum knows how to to entice the coffee-lover into the world of Lauren Holbrook, star of Miss Match.

Lauren's career in photography brings her in contact with families, business people, and singles from all walks of life. But her real devotion surfaces as she matches her friends with prospective mates. Just like Yente from Fiddler on the Roof, Lauren discovers that our assumptions about the perfect match are often wrong.

Mangum uses peripheral characters to emphasize Lauren's quest. The reader discovers that Lauren wants what all women want - true love.

While Miss Match and sequels, Rematch and Matchpoint, are geared toward twentysomething readers, this fortysomething reader enjoyed the lighthearted style of each story. The protagonist reminds me of Jane Austen's Emma, innocently compassionate in her intentions to see her dearest friends happily married. Ah, to be young again.

After comsuming the Lauren Holbrook trifecta, you will be happy to know that Erynn Mangum offers a new series, also with coffee on the cover, the first entitled Cool Beans to be released next month.

Read It~Share It... and in this case smell the aroma of French roasted espresso beans with a dallop of real cream on top!
Disclosure: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as a part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR, part 255: "Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising."