Monday, July 29, 2013

Are Your Kids Being Deceived by Gay Propaganda?


Good Luck Charlie'Good Luck Charlie' will feature lesbian moms in an episode next year. (Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel)
When you know better, you do better. How can we, as Christians, get our message out that we can be transformed through the power of Jesus Christ? For all you naysayers, I am not going away. We need to get off our blessed assurance, stop running scared and stand up for righteousness. As Scripture teaches, "You love righteousness and hate wickedness" (Ps. 45:7, NKJV). 

Our kids' lives depend on it! As we sit and watch TV, all we see is the homosexual community taking over the airwaves. Why? because they are moving forward and not looking back. They have a game plan, and that plan is to get into our schools and change the mindset of our children, and in turn they, the children, will change the culture.

Let me say this in plain English: The gay community wants to indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society. Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten.

As I read what those amazing One Million Moms did by calling Disney to shut down the airing of lesbian moms on the show Good Luck Charlie, I felt relieved to know we are still fighting for what is valuable. That was a bold move, and I commend them for taking a stand.

However, does something like this have to happen in order for us to get involved with this issue that is polluting our airwaves? Why can't we, as the church, be proactive instead of reactive? 

Read what a parent posted in the comment section of the article "Lesbian Moms Get Airtime On Disney's Good Luck Charlie":

"This is not new for the show. That show has been promoting homosexuality with the kid character for some time. My 8 year old told me about the show, I was shocked and didn't know what to think until my niece was watching the show while my mom watched her and a boy character had a crush on another boy character on the show. We do not have a television by the way. The Lord moved me to get rid of it in 2010."
Really? Don't you see what's happening here, church? The gay community is getting its message across—that change in sexual orientation is not possible—only because they have been given airtime on many TV shows and movies, and the media has had a voice in telling us what is right and true in their eyes. On Thursday, for example, Good Morning America aired a story of a high school coach from Yonkers, N.Y., who came out to his basketball players.

The Bible says in Hosea 4:6, "My people are ruined because they don't know what's right or true" (MSG).
Why are we, as men and women who have been "called out" of this life by the power of Jesus Christ, not recognized but rather are ridiculed by choosing to live by what we believe? 

Well, let me tell you why: It's because we have given in to the lie. 

Remember when the serpent twisted what God really said to Adam and Eve? This is what God said to them: “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead” (Gen. 2:16-17).

But the devil had another plan—to deceive Eve in getting her to question what was said to her by God, making her feel as though God didn't have her best interest in mind. The serpent told the woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil” (Gen. 3:4-5).

Isn't that just like him, to twist what the Word says and cause us to doubt the truth and God? 

Nothing has changed. The devil is still trying to deceive many today, and we as the church have taken the bait, hook, line and sinker. Eve said in Genesis 3:13, "The serpent deceived  me" (NKJV). I'm not even going to discuss the repercussions of that choice and how it has affected humanity today.

The Bible clearly says in Revelation 12:9 that the devil will deceive the whole world. Anything contrary to the truth of God's Word is a lie. Are you being deceived by the gay propaganda?

This in no shape or form is an attack against people. We are to love all and show kindness to all, so don't think this is a license to hate. I am talking against immorality and against a mentality that will bring confusion and harm to our future generations. 

In the natural, the gay community is moving forward. Some churches—not all churches—are embracing this lifestyle. God help them!

We can't remain silent anymore. We, as the church, must unite in our efforts and become the voice God would have us be.

One Million Moms should push for Disney and many other shows to air a show with a person that has left the life of homosexuality. When have we seen this kind of lifestyle being shown in a positive light on Lifetime movies, in secular media, on Capitol Hill, at the White House or on any other television show, for that matter?

Maybe they fear that we can debunk the lies that it's not by choice they live a homosexual life and that change is not possible.

We are the voice of reason, we are the voice of the church and we are not going away.

Janet Boynes is the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, a nondenominational outreach that ministers to individuals questioning their sexuality and those who wish to leave homosexuality. As the author of Called Out, Boynes chronicles her story of living as a lesbian for 14 years until God called her out of that lifestyle.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

FREE Bible Memorization Resources

Pursuing Life Ministries has FREE Bible memorization software

Scripture Typer- free online tools, downloads, and App

FighterVerses.com has FREE resources for Bible memorization

A Kid’s Heart has all sorts of free resources for memorization including online games and activities

A Holy Experience has FREE downloads for memorizing scripture

Bible Universe- FREE memorization tool

Ministry to Children- Scripture with coloring pages

Resource Well has songs, accompaniment tracks, sheet music, and music videos available for free download

The Whole Truth- FREE Bible Memorization cards for download

I Can Teach My Child has ABC Printable Scripture cards

Teen Missions International has Bible memory cards for teens and preteens

Garden of Praise has various resources for memorization

Kid Printables- FREE Memory cards

Mama’s Learning Corner has a FREE Scripture Memorization record printable
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekly Devotion



Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

– Philippians 4:4-7

The word "rejoice" is underused and shunned in today's world. More often it seems people choose to show the opposite of "rejoice" -- to be sad or sullen or to lament their troubles.

Yet, what do we all yearn for -- to be glad, happy, delighted and delighted in life. That is the very definition of “rejoice.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Wouldn’t you like to be around someone who is delighted in life? Wouldn’t it be delightful to “be anxious for nothing?” Those words were written almost 2,000 years ago from the apostle Paul, and yet in 2013, those words ring truer than ever before. It seems the more we have, the more we are anxious for everything.

Have you considered how you appear to others? Do you frown before you smile, turn away instead of turning toward someone? Do you ignore connecting with an old friend or colleague reaching out to you?

Take a chance today -- maybe each day this week -- to share unexpected joy with someone. Do not fear, simply "rejoice" in the life you have and then watch the way the joy you share works on the people around you. “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.” Watch as the tension begins to subside. Listen as they share words that go deeper than the surface conversation. Feel as they embrace you with thanksgiving for showing kindness and watchin amazement as God works in all our lives with the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I lLove Most About Delaney-June



Favorite Quote: " I don't like to listen to that crap music you listen too." This always amazes me mainly because the "crap" music you are referring to is christian themed music. Whats funny about that is how many "christian" bands you like that you try so hard not to. It has reached the point that before you say if you like a song or not you check to see what radio station I am listening too and without a doubt if its not a secular station you will dislike the song. I think you do it to annoy me because I push so hard against secular music. In the end I know the truth so I try not to let it bother me so much, especially when I see you singing along or listening to it in your room. hehe I win!!!! Victory is MINE!! Just joking, had to do it, could not resist. I use to hate country music growing up because me mom loved it and that was all she listened too, but guess what I still remember the songs and sing along now. they stick even if you don't want them too.
What has impressed me most about you this month: You have shown great restraint when it comes to putting down your little brother. You are being more gentle with him and learning to listen and not interrupt him and it makes him feel very proud and special. he loves you and models his life after his favorite big sister. You are impressing so many things upon him that you don't realize and I am glad you are learning to cope better with him and love him more. It is a work in progress but I can tell you are putting forth great effort.
Favorite Photo: You very proudly driving the ATV's at grandpa's.
Scripture Verse: (oh yea this month you get 4 verses)
Ecclesiastes 7:5 “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.”

Proverbs 8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”
Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Song for you: (yep this one is a first)

O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little hands what you do
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little feet where you go
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
There's a Father up above
And He's looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say

Where I hope to see you grow: You are at the age were you are going to have to make your faith your own and not your parents faith for your relationship with Christ to move forward. I pray for you that you will see the damage that is caused by outside secular things when you are not grounded daily in our bible and your relationship with Christ. You are trying hard to stand on your own and be an individual unique from everyone else in your family and in the process you are squelching some aspects of your faith and you are still too young and impressionable to see how it is damaging your character. I keep telling you what you put into your ears will take root and start to live in your heart and come out in your speech and daily living, but honestly you think I am full of it and you wont do that or say that because you know its wrong. I m really relying on God right now to guide your path and take hold of your heart and direct you. I am backing off of my direct approach and trying to go covert on you! Glad you dont read my blog, it will be too late for you when the book comes out, God will have reconqured your heart!! HAHAA (evil laugh) Your liaze fair attitude is driving me bonkers!!!
Favorite thing we are doing this month:

1. Tearing up the North: That's right we once again embarked on a journey to the north to cause havoc as only we can. We got to ride gulf carts around town-something we could never do in any town in Dallas. We rode bikes around the town, played put-put at night and just had a really awesome time visiting family we only get to see once a year. You got to hang out with your cousin Cobie and have some girl time for a while as well. A much needed break away from all the boys!  I really enjoyed sitting with you and talking, even when you were mad at me. I loved watching you bond with all your family and building relationships with them that will hopefully last a life time. You had a blast having a 100 acres of land to run all over and be a kid exploring nature at it's finest. You played checkers with your grandma Marie, games with grandpa, and you got some time to roam and explore on your own as well as with your brothers and cousin.

2. Movies: We finally got to go and watch a movie together at the theater. Something we have not been able to do in a long time. We watched Monsters University-yes it was a kid show, but it was still cute and I enjoyed myself. We don't get to spend lots of alone time together anymore. You are becoming very seclusive and I have to pull you out to do things with me sometimes. I feel like you are becoming Matthew!! Scary I know, right. I know its because you are a teenager and you are figuring out who you are in life and what you are going to look like and what morals and values you will have, but geesh cut your mom some slack and spend some time with me will ya? Otherwise soon the highlights of my blog to you are going to be filled with grocery store trips and how much fun I had dropping you off someplace. :) throw me a bone already!!

3. Hanging Out: We seldom have the opportunity to just sit and chill together without someone else (we wont say who) always being with us. We actually had some really good mother/daughter time this month. We got to color, play Lego's, watch movies, play board games and just hang out for a while all alone. Rarely does this happen anymore. I have tried very hard to make time to be alone with you and it has paid off. We are growing closer together instead of further apart as we were for a few months there. Its good to have most of my daughter back.

What I Love Most About Drake-June


Favorite Quote: " I can drive by myself, you don't have to help me!" This was in response to you driving grandpa's golf carts around his farm. All the other kids got to do it without sitting on momma's lap or having her hold the wheel and you wanted to do the same thing, including operating the pedals!! So we made a deal and I sat next to you and operated the pedals and let you hold the wheel while we were going straight.
What has impressed me most about you this month: How big of a boy you are growing into. You are getting so independent it breaks my heart at times. You pick out your own clothes, get your self dressed, make your own sandwiches, and so much more. You pick up after yourself without making too big of a fuss, you help with cleaning the house. I sometimes miss my little Drakie Bakey days but I know I have to let you grow and become the man God has designed you to be, but it is so darn hard sometimes to watch you ever so gradually push me out of your life in subtle ways that you will never need me for again. My baby is growing up on me
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Favorite Photo: You driving the golf cart!
Scripture Verse: Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Where I hope to see you grow: I have adored watching you learn bible verses and help all the little "babies" in church and talk to your friends about Jesus and pray for the unbelievers, including your older brother. My hope is that you continue to build that relationship and rely on God for your strength and security in life. It warms my hear to hear you pray when you are missing your daddy, sister and brother and asking God to care for them and not let them miss you as you miss them. Your words are so true and innocent and I hope they stay that way.


Favorite thing we are doing this month:

1. Minnesota Trip: We went to our annual family reunion this year and we had a blast visiting with family and hanging out together with your grandparents on their farm. You got to see lots of sites such as Paul Bunyan and Old Blue, the Headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca State Park, and we even visited the Mall of America again were you got to see Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clue's, Sponge Bob and other fantastic cartoon people that you love. We had a wonderful 8 days of relaxation and bonding.

2. Rangers Game: I adore taking you to the baseball games. You get so into them and excited and angry its a joy to watch. You know the great Take Me Out To The Ballgame song and sing along, you dance, you chant, you stomp your feet and do the wave. You just have a really good time. You also ask LOTS of baseball questions, so its always fun when your Uncle Shane tags along to help me field all the 20 questions you fire off each inning as the game goes by. We have yet to catch a baseball, but who knows maybe this season is our lucky one!

3. Hanging out: We did lots of just hanging out around the house. We played card games galore, watched movies, threw every type of ball imaginable around, swam, played board games and just enjoyed being around each other. These are my favorite times when I can just cuddle with you and do simple things. Maybe because I know how fast they are going to slip by us and I want to cling to them now so it will be easier later on to let go when you need me too :( Sad times are coming.

Food for Thought: Resolving Personal Conflict



The Key to Living With a Painful Situation

Although we can be sure that God is always working for our good and the good of others, even through trials and suffering, we will not always know exactly what that good is. In many cases his ultimate purposes will not be evident for a long time. And in some situations his ways and objectives are simply too profound for us to comprehend, at least until we see God face to face (see Romans 11:33-36). This should not diminish our confidence in him or our willingness to obey him, however. As Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law."

This passage provides the key to dealing faithfully with painful and unjust situations. God may not tell us everything we want to know about the painful events of life, but he has already told us all we need to know. Therefore, instead of wasting time and energy trying to figure out things that are beyond our comprehension, we need to turn our attention to the promises and instructions that God has revealed to us through Scripture. The Bible tells us that God is both sovereign and good, so we can be sure that whatever he has brought into our lives can be used to glorify him, to benefit others, and to help us to grow.


Are you living with a painful situation? Is there a situation in your life that you just don't understand why it has transpired in the way it has?

As you trust God with the "secret things," first remember all he has already done for you through Christ. Then focus your attention on obeying his revealed will, and you will experience greater peace within yourself (Psalm 131; Isaiah 26:3) and serve him more effectively as a peacemaker (Proverbs 3:5-7).

**Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 64. Food for Thought

The Master's Quilt: Book 1 of Giants in the Earth


ASIN: B00CD6SH2W | List Price: $0.99| Format: Ebook | Page Count: 252

About the Book: The life of Deucalion Quinctus, Commander of the Garrison under Pontius Pilate, is changed forever by the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, by his sudden love for the beautiful outcast, Esther, and by a bundle of parchments given to him by a mysterious stranger.

Events surrounding the Christos trigger an avalanche which threatens empires–the relentless guilt of Pilate, the frightening ambition of Herod, the uncertain future of Caiaphas, the violent madness of Saul of Tarsus, and the guiding hand of the Watcher, Uriel. Yet, over it all the tenacious love of God weaves a remarkable tale of spiritual power and inspiration.

This compelling historical novel brilliantly pictures dramatic spiritual conflicts in firstcentury Israel; webs of religious and political intrigue that have world powers wavering on cliff’s edge.

My Review: This is the first book in the Giants of the Earth triology which is part of the exciting spiritual thrillers spanning two thousand years. The author of the fabulous book The Oldest Enemy did not let me down in this suspenseful, intriguing and engaging story. From the very beginning you are drawn in and immersed into the time, culture and events that surrounded the people that were involved in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The events of surrounding Christ set into motion an unstoppable force that threatens to collapse multiple empires, leaving a wake of violence in its path. This is a one stop shop for books. There is betrayal, politics, spiritual & personal conflicts about the messiah, and even a great love story between Deucalion, Commander of the Garrison under Pontius Pilate, and Esther, a Jew following after Jesus, mixed into all the drama!

I would highly recommend this book to those who want to learn more about the culture during the times of Jesus and have a love for bible history and mysteries filled with suspense.

My Amazon Review



Bio: Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.
He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Want to learn more: Blog:  http://www.michaeljwebbfiction.com/
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Purchasing links:The Master's Quilt is available at  Amazon.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Juice receipes

Prevention starts HERE. This green juice is the most alkalizing juice! It's filled with minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and powerful proteins. One a day keeps the doctor away!

Ingredients:
    ❤2-4 Large Cucumbers
    ❤Head of Spinach
    ❤Green Kale
    ❤Black Dinosaur Kale
    ❤5-6 Stalks Celery
    ❤Bunch of Romaine
    ❤Watercress
    ❤FEW Dandelion Leaves (Note: if you do not want this to be bitter, leave out the dandelion leaves)
    ❤Juice of 5-8 Lemons
    ❤Optional: Thumb of Ginger

Use your favorite greens. Do not feel that you need to be exact with amounts on the greens. It's the combination of them that matters. Run all ingredients through a juicer, strain, and savor! Happy, healthy, juicing!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sin of Forgiveness

About the Book: 
 
Book Information: Publisher: CrossLink Publishing (2013) ISBN:  9781936746354 Page Count: 168

 Today’s “forgiveness” does just the opposite of what forgiveness is meant to accomplish – put another way, secular forgiveness causes more harm than good. The one forgiving is never made whole again, while the sinner is left in the same wretched condition. But true Christian forgiveness brings a blessing to all. We are to forgive, but it must be according to the example and teachings of Christ. Anything less is a sin.

My Review:

This book gave me some mixed feelings while I was reading it, so much so I found my self reading many chapters 2-3 times just to make sure I really understood what the author was trying to convey. His message is not theologically sound and is severely lacking the spirit of love that Christ  was about, but I understand what he is attempting to say. There is nothing wrong with letting the Bible speak for itself, as it should,  but he quotes too much of it without expounding on the passages in order to make it clear how and why he is citing them, making his technique seems unorganized and rhetorical at best.  

Although I agree that the person seeking forgiveness should repent first, I don't feel its a necessity to forgive them. To restore the relationship, yes, but not to forgive. I have  often see others as well as  myself say “I’m sorry" or " I'm sorry, forgive me?” but either didn’t truly mean it or keep living/acting the exact same way and it is heartbreaking. I feel this is the point Mrkvicka is trying to show that we are aiding Satan by not really fighting against his hidden “tolerate other’s differences” mindset that the secular world would have us believe we need to do so that peace and love may endure. When we don’t fight against darkness, we are aiding and embedding it, thus sinning through forgiving the unrepentant at heart and minimizing what Christ has done for us. Although I still feel we are called as believers to forgive even if someone does not repent so Satan cannot use that as a strong hold against us in our lives I still believe that not forgiving someone hardens your heart, turns you bitter and cold  and then your prayers will not be heard by God. You squelch the spirit in you by holding onto wrongs people do to you.Yes, I believe we should be 100% unapologetic and unwavering in Gods law, but we are called to love with grace and mercy in our hearts and I feel the author is ignoring this aspect of Christian life.
 
I would not recommend this book. The message is not theologically sound and lacks the true spirit of love we are to have as believers in Christ. Also, it contains both spelling and homonym errors, and is full of contradictions, and inconsistencies.

My Amazon Review
My Goodreads Review

Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr.About the Author:
Edward Mrkvicka is a lay minister and counselor, and life-long Bible student. His religious writings have been awarded Best Christian Book of the Year, Best Christian Study of the Year, named a National Best Book Awards finalist, and a winner in the Christian Choice Book Awards. He has also been awarded the prestigious Faith Writers Seal of Approval. His efforts on behalf of families, understanding adultery, and the devastating effect of divorce on children have earned him a United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.


You may get your copy of  The Sin of Forgiveness at Amazon. Be sure to visit the author’s website at Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr. for further information and some great ministry.Sharing the redeeming passion of Christ through Christian Book Marketing.

Disclaimer:  : I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ripples Along the Shore by Mona Hodgson



About the Book: 
Caroline Milburn's husband didn't return from the Civil War. She moved to St. Charles to live with her sister's family, but thinks it's time to come up for a change. She was a school teacher before she married and California is advertising for teachers. Buddy Cowlishaw worked as a scout on two wagon trains before the war. He hadn't planned to go west again but receives a generous request that he command a caravan of wagons going west from St. Charles. When Caroline decides to apply for a teaching job in California; she attends a meeting chaired by a wagon train master and is dismayed to discover he doesn't allow single women-widows included-to join the train. Can she convince him that God's plan is bigger than his fears?

Story Locale: St. Charles, MO, 1866 


My Review: 

War widow Caroline Milburn arrives back in St Charles, Missouri not really wanting to return to her sister's home. Yet for a widow, there's not much else for her. She enjoys her friends in the quilting circle, but her heart longs to start over. Former Confederate officer, Garrett Cowlishaw, has captured her attention. Especially since he's leading a wagon train west. Caroline longs to be a part of the train heading west, but it seems impossible for a woman alone. Will she get her fresh start?

Ripples Along the Shore by Mona Hodgson  is the third novella in the Quilted Hearts Series and I was happy to be able to read it since I enjoyed the others.  What I did not like about the book was the way it seemed to end so abruptly, almost as if the romance was a "oh, I forgot to include this" write in job. It really left me with a bad taste for the whole book because of how fast it ended. The other thing I did not greatly enjoy about this book is that it cannot stand easily on its own. To really know the characters and the story for this book you needed the other 2 to support it.
What I did enjoy about this book was finally seeing who was going to be heading west on the wagons and who would stay behind. Something I had been looking forward to since starting this series by Mona. The characters are of course likeable and well rounded. You find yourself drawn into their story and their past troubles, worries, etc. I loved the message Mona included in her book of how God is making Quilts in our lives, patching things together for us into something beautiful.

Read Chapter 1 Here
About the Author:
MONA HODGSON is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, and The Bride Wore Blue. Mona's writing credits also include nearly thirty children's books, including Real Girls of the Bible: A Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest, and The Princess Twins and the Tea Party. One of Mona's favorite things to do, besides writing or eating dark chocolate, is to speak at women's retreats and conferences. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.

Author Residence: Cottonwood, AZ
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to write a positive review, only to express my thoughts and opinions, which I have done. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Prairie Song: A Novel, Hearts Seeking Home Book 1

About the Book:

The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new. 

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home? - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307731166#sthash.wA2qe1zT.dpuf
The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 
 
Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new. 

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?


The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new. 

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home? - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307731166#sthash.wA2qe1zT.dpuf
My Review: The first book I read of Miss Hodgson was Twice A Bride,and I was very disappointed, but the author redeemed herself in my eyes with The Quilted Heart Stories (Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore) and I have been a fan since. I adored reading the first book in this great historical romance Hearts Seeking Homes Series by Mona. The characters in this book are characters that were first featured in Mona Hodgson's The Quilted Heart Stories, but the book does great as a stand alone giving enough background to get you up to speed without dragging it out.The characters each have fabulous stories that hook you in and have you either loving them or despising them. Prairie Song is a very moving story the many elements going on within it from overcoming addiction, loss of a loved one,  grief, and the pain it brings to a family, and forgiveness. I really enjoyed the way these elements were weaved together in the story while pointing towards Gods redemptive powers. I would recommend this book to lovers of the old west, Mona and historical romance lovers alike.

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About the Author

Married forty years to her leading man, Mona from Arizona lives in the Southwest where trees have arms instead of branches, rock yards replace lawns, and salsa takes the place of ketchup. When Mona isn’t writing or speaking at a women’s event, she’s playing Wii games with her Arizona grandson, spending time with her mom, picnicking, chatting on Skype with her grandchildren in Africa.
Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, Christian women’s retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. She holds professional memberships in American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Women Writing the West, Christian Author Network (CAN), and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).


Disclaimer: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

Over the last twenty-five years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and four historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=108368#sthash.2hZ9g7Wp.dpuf

Over the last twenty-five years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and four historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=108368#sthash.2hZ9g7Wp.dpuf
Over the last twenty-five years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and four historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=108368#sthash.2hZ9g7Wp.dpuf

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Indoctrination

 This book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.

About the Book: 

The following is an excerpt taken from the book, Indoctrination, written by Colin Gunn. 
This particular excerpt was written by Geoffrey Botkin, an international traveler, political consultant, and veteran filmmaker.

Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. – Proverbs 22:28
Anyone who attended public schools knows that history is a boring mass of confused, causeless, and meaningless names and dates. At the end of the 19th century, a group of committed men determined that history must go. Here is why.

In the 20th century, the country was put on a dangerous course by social engineers who were immediately satisfied with the outcomes, especially the mind-slaughter. They were not out of to make men better and smarter. They were out to create small men who would accept a new smarter. Complicity of Christians made these ideas widely acceptable.

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My Review:

This book centers on why we need to draw our children away from the public school system and the limited education they receive there that contradict the word of God and begin home educating them.It reminds us throughout that we are called out in the Bible to teach and educate our kids in the truth. Guiding them with strong biblical values and a purpose in life that points to God, not a random cookie cutter public school education.

The book is comprised of numerous letters that basically say the schools have their own objectives and they are not in the best interest of our children and yet we are relying on the state to raise your kids even when we see our kids have no direct purpose in life.I hate to say it but the book seems to have no real organization to it and at times came across as pretty repetitive, which made it difficult to read for any length of time.

There were some chapters that I enjoyed reading and found insightful. Dumbing Them Down was basically about how teachers are not able to teach anymore. They are forced to stick to a ridiculous schedule to make sure they prepare students to pass one test that determines their whole future in the public school system. It sickens me.Drugging Them Up really hit me hard. My kids were in the public school system and my son is a typical rambunctious boy, but several times over the course of a year i had meetings with school officials to talk to me about getting him on medication to help him sit still and pay attention. What really do you expect from a 6 year old when you take away play time, P.E. and every other means of releasing energy that they have and still expect them to sit down,be quit and keep their hands to themselves? Our education system seems to be drawing closer to a military boot camp.

Even though the book was a little dry and redundant at times it still was a good read. It was informative, engaging, personal and well researched.  I would recommend this book to parents who are considering home education for their children, those who are currently home educating but questing if it is the correct path and also for those who maybe question why you are homeschooling such as friends and family.

How are you being salt and light? How are you expanding Gods kingdom with your children and in your family? Are you training them to be a witness to Jesus Christ? 

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child up in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."


Disclaimer:  This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from New Leaf Publishing

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Science4Us Review



Science4Us can be used as a complete science curriculum or a summer science  supplement; and I’ve been given the opportunity to try it out for 30 days in exchange for a candid review. My review will be my own opinion and based on how the online science program worked for our family, so be sure to check back.

Atom and Eve

About the Book:

Set several years in the future, sixteen-year-old Ricky Romanello, a college freshman, is playing basketball when he collapses and winds up in a coma sirring from a powerful flu that hits the U.S. population causing deaths and a dramatic slowdown in the economy. Research scientist Dr. Mandy Fox has been developing an anti-aging drug that she believes could eradicate the flu. Ricky becomes one of the test subjects. But Ricky and others soon discover that an unintended side effect of the new drug and vaccine has catastrophic consequences for the entire population.

My Review:

This was a fascinating sci-fi novel to read. It was fast paced and kept you engaged the whole time. We used this book as a read aloud for part of our kids home education and I knew it was a hit when they asked if I had other books by Jeff! What more can a mom want then kids who have a desire to keep reading? Jeff does a marvelous job of touching on some great issues that this country has faced and may face in the future as well, such as a female president, gender politics, pandemics, new strains of viruses, and creation of new drugs. I thought the author did a wonderful job of introducing new characters and giving us good detailed background information on them, although at times he did go a little too in depth.

The group discussion guides and teacher guides were a blessing to me. There are so many differnt issues in this book that it was nice to have a guide to start from and expand on as new questions from my kids came up.

My daughter I think liked the book the best simply because the "women rock" and get to do all the things I tell are mainly for boys. I may never hear the end of it now. My sons were a little disgusted at times by how easily everyone seemed to except the gender role change and how God did not design men and women the same and was not to be tampered with. They felt it was simply not realistic and would never be allowed to happen so easily with no uprising.I was not a fan of the rape scenes and how underplayed they were and how there seemed to be do damaging effects to the raped individuals, but they acted nonchalantly about it instead. 

I know some might say the book is sexist, but as a Christian I believe firmly in the gender roles and this book caused issues with me in that regard. God designed each gender uniquely and equipped us with certain duties that I believe we are to follow, not because women are unequipped to do a job a man can or vise versa, but because that is how our Creator designed it. Gender-bending issues I feel are one of the top issues we are facing now. With so many fathers abandoning their children boys are being taught to be men by women who are not equipped and this has left us with a very feminine male population who are confused about their roles in society and the home. Its a tough issue to tackle and this book gave us some great discussions around our house into that issue.

Overall I would recommend this book, but only if you have a solid foundation built into your children of proper, biblical gender roles and you are prepared to answer ALOT of questions regarding sexual abuse. This well-written novel has an intriguing plot as well as memorable characters. Although a Ya novel with a lead character who is 16, there are enough other characters, and underlying themes that are provocative and important for teens and adults to consider, that this novel should appeal to adults as well as teens alike.


Class Discussion Topics or Projects
Class Discussion Topics or Projects (From Classroom Discussion Guide provided by the publisher, Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. Copyright 2013 by Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint granted.)
1. One of the social and political hypotheticals in the novels is that there is the first female presidential candidate in the United States, Kendra Martin. Looking ahead to the 2016 election, do you see this as a possibility? Why? Why not? Why do you think there has not yet been a female presidential candidate or president in the United States? What other Westernized nations have had or currently have a female president? (Some examples are: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil since 2011; Park Geeun-hye, President of South Korea since February 2013; and Cristina Fernandez, president of Argentina since 2007.) Do you think their gender was a factor in how they ruled or currently rule their nation? Why? Why not?
2. The lead character in
Atom & Eve is 16-year-old Ricky Romanello. Ricky gets a flu that is a new strain, without a cure, and soon it is proving fatal. Research other flu epidemics and pandemics in history, such as the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Bird Flu of 2004, and even in current events. What aare some of the major pandemics in history? What were the causes? What is the process of testing new drugs to prevent or cure new strains of flu? How is that process that the government follows the similar or different to the way the new drug is tested out in Atom & Eve?

3. The novel is “set in the near future,” which puts it in the category of “sci-fi.” Do you ever think about what will be different in the future? Will there be different about cars or planes or how we get around? What other novels set in the future have you read? Does this novel motivate you to read other novels set in the near or distant future? Why do you think a novelist uses the literary device of setting a novel in the future rather than writing about what’s going on in the present or even the recent past?
4. A key theme in Atom & Eve is how the drug to cure or prevent the pandemic flu starts to have gender-bending consequences as boys and men become more like girls or women and girls become more like boys. Do you think there is the possibility of someone inventing such a drug? What traits do girls have that boys might actually benefit from? And what traits do girls have that boys usually lack that might actually help boys? How much of how the different genders act and look is genetic and how much is environmental or social?
5. Have you ever thought of writing a novel? If you were to write a novel, what genre do you think you’d want to write it in? sci-fi? Romance? Adventure? Mystery? What might you write about? Who is your favorite novelist and why?
6. Who is your favorite character in Atom and Eve? Why?
7. Who is your least favorite character in Atom and Eve? Why?
8. What questions would you like to ask the author of the novel, Jeff Yager?


Discussion Questions
 1. The very first line in Atom and Eve is this quote by the author: “Men and women will never truly understand each other until they switch roles and view life from the other’s perspective.” This is a primary theme and leads us to wonder how we would react to such changes.  Have you ever thought about what it might be like if you were born as the opposite sex to what you are now? 
2. A key theme in Atom and Eve is how the drug to cure or prevent the pandemic flu starts to have gender-bending consequences. Do you think there is the possibility of someone inventing such a drug? What traits do men have that women might actually benefit from? And what traits do women have that men usually lack that might actually help men?
3. The novel is “set in the near future,” which puts it in the category of “sci-fi.” Why do you think a novelist uses the literary device of setting a novel in the future rather than writing about what’s going on in the present or even in the recent past?
4. Who is your favorite character in Atom and Eve? Why?
5. Who is your least favorite character in Atom and Eve? Why?
6. One of the social and political hypotheticals in the novels is that there is a female presidential candidate in the United States, Kendra Martin. Looking ahead to the 2016 election, do you see this as a possibility? Why? Why not? Why do you think there has not yet been a female presidential candidate or president in the United States? Do you see that changing in the near or distant future? Why? Why not?
7. Have you ever thought about how drugs are tested or approved by a government? What did you learn about how that process occurs in the novel that you think mirrors or contradicts what really happens? How long do you think it usually take to get a new drug or vaccine tested and approved by the federal government?
8. If you were the author of Atom and Eve, are there any characters you would have depicted differently, or plot points that you would have changed? Why?
9. If you could ask the author a question about his novel, what would it be?
10. Find the scene and dialogue you like the most in the novel and pair up with someone else in the Reading Group to act out that scene for the group. Let’s discuss those characters, the scene, and the dialogue. Why did you pick that particular scene and dialogue out from the novel?
11. The author uses the device of beginning each chapter with a quote from someone famous. Do you like that device? Why? Why not? What is your favorite quote? What other novels or nonfiction books have you read that use that same literary technique?

Author Photo - 1About the Author:Jeff Yager grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and now resides in Clearwater, Florida. ATOM & EVE is his first novel.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review. The views expressed are my own.