Monday, August 22, 2016

The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose

This book was part of our poetry study in our Core A curriculum from Sonlight.

Really, what can I say about this book? It's Mother Goose and the more I read Mother Goose, the weirder I think it is. This book is fine for a Mother Goose anthology with lots of poems and rhymes to teach from. The pictures are also fun and colorful. The kids really enjoyed reading them and laughing at the absurdity of most of them.

I'll give it 4 stars because my kids liked it and it was a very full book of nursery rhymes, though I personally did not care for it because I don't like this kind of thing.

Monday, August 15, 2016

I Heard Good News Today

This book was part of our history and culture studies in our Core A curriculum from Sonlight this year.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is a compilation of stories about the Gospel going into the World, or at least that's what it's supposed to be. There are some great stories about well known missionaries, early church leaders, and other unknown missionaries and how they worked in different ways and different areas to bring the Good News to people who had never heard.

Sadly, there were a lot of moralistic stories in here as well or just stories of good works with no connection to the Gospel at all. In a book called "I Heard Good News Today" I would expect all of the stories to be about sharing the Gospel or how the God protected them in taking the Gospel, but about 25% of the stories had no mention of Jesus, the Gospel or God. I did not understand why they were there and found myself having to change things that were said because they were moralistic.

On the whole the book is OK. I would recommend it with caution.

Because of that I can only give this book 3 stars.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Murder On The Orient Express

I read Murder on the Orient Express as my 5th book in the Back to the Classics Challenge this year, for the category of Classic Detective Novel.

This is one I have been wanting to read for quite sometime, and I am so glad I did! Agatha Christie writes very clearly and knows how to tell a good story. I really enjoyed the character development and how she went about divulging the information from the characters. It was very enticing to follow and watch the story unfold. It definitely had me thinking and wondering what was going to happen. The end wasn't a total shock, but was a bit surprising.

I highly recommend this book. 5 stars for this Detective classic.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Hundred Dresses

This book was our last read aloud in our Core A curriculum from Sonlight this year.

I really liked this book and the lessons that it teaches about loving others, not standing up for those who are weaker, and fighting the battle of right and wrong inside. It was a great book to talk about what really loving your neighbor as yourself looks like. It was also an excellent book to discuss pride and false assurance of what is going on. It shows, too, the dangers of idolizing people because of money, status, clothing, etc.

The book focuses on a couple of girls at a school, one foreign who is made fun of and others that seek to make fun of her. One of the girls in on the fun wrestles with how they are treating Wanda in the book, especially when she is missing from school.

The conclusion is a bit odd, in my opinion, but for a kids book, it is an easy and simple read with much to discuss about Christian principles and character.

4 stars for this kids book.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Product Spotlight #9

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How would Kitchen Cloths/Kitchen Towels help you around the kitchen?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Surrender All

All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior 
I surrender all

This hymn has been sung for at least a couple centuries and often holds a place in the hearts of Believers. It is often sung as a hymn of invitation in services that have a special time of response. As we sang this at church on Sunday in our normal sing time, it really hit me. Do we mean this? Do I mean this?

I shared last month about the song "All I Have Is Christ" and the deep in pact that song is having on my life. This beloved hymn is doing the same, especially this week. I'm am anxiously awaiting the birth of our 7th child and I can tell you this past week as been fretful, anxiety ridden and demanding for God to bring this baby NOW because it's what I want. It has made me angry and ill-tempered as well as stressed out. Singing "I Surrender All" on Sunday reminded me I have no right to demand anything of God because I have surrendered all of my life to Him and I am to trust His best for me.

This doesn't mean that I cannot ask and cry out to Him in my struggles. But my asking should be done in a posture of humility, Thy will be done.

Jesus, give me the grace to fully surrender every aspect of my life to You! How much I need Your grace and love to fill me as I wait. Help me to live for You in the power of the Holy Spirit while waiting and asking in humility. Let me be Your hands and feet no matter my circumstances.

What do you need to fully surrender to God today?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Les Liasons Dangereuses

I read this book as my 4th in the Back to the Classics Challenge in the category of "A Classic Which Has Been Banned or Censored".

I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I read this book. Perhaps I was expecting it to be more like Lady Chatterly's Lover that I read last year, but it was quite different. I liked that it was written in the style of letters. It's just fun to read from all perspectives in the first person. But since it was written this way, it takes a bit to understand what is really going on. Thankfully even to get to the point of understanding what is happening is not dull, but since it is written in letters, we do not have all the details one would have from a narrative. Thankfully it is enough for this book.

I'm not really sure what to say about this book. I've taken a couple of days to reflect on it because I can't say I liked it, but I didn't dislike it either. In the introduction, it says that this book is shocking, but honestly there is nothing shocking about it. In fact it's an excellent look at how depraved humanity really is in some respects and yet how much grace God gives in others. I like that it is evident what is happening without graphic details. But sometimes the language of the day makes you wonder exactly what is meant by "x".

So I dislike all of the lies, deception and complete desire to corrupt that comes from 2 of the main characters. I dislike the blatant stupidity of characters that are clearly not that stupid. I dislike that there is no distinction between love, lust, infatuation, etc by characters who clearly are smart enough to know the difference and that love is used to excuse many things that happen throughout the book.

What I do like is the clear battle between flesh and spirit, though not done in an overt way. I like that work has to be done and not everyone simply gives into their feelings just because they want to (though some of them do). I like that those who are seeking to corrupt are brought to justice, but sadly, those directly effected by their corruption are also brought to ruin. There is not any sign of redemption for the others involved, which I realize may be true in life, but often times redemption is present, especially for those who are seeking God.

I think another thing that personally struck me in this book is how easily I could have been any of these characters, not only the innocent, but those who do the corrupting. For me it was a great reminder of how much grace God has given me to not be those people who merely seek the pleasure of the flesh, but seek after God and His ways and the true pleasure that following Him brings.

This is one that falls into I cannot say I recommend, but would say not to read either. You have to know yourself. On a light note, some of the "love letters" written could be a great lesson for men today who don't know how to express their feelings. But again, I can't say I would necessarily recommend the whole thing.

With all of that I would probably give this book 3 stars.