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I’m not a sports fan, but I know who Tim Tebow is. If I didn’t, I do now. This book gives us glimpses into the man and WHY he is who he is…I really enjoyed this book. It is intended to be read slowly, by homeschooled kids. As a homeschooling parent, I needed to see if it was acceptable for my kids. I believe that it is better suited for 14-17 year olds. The book gives a lot of questions to help kids look into themselves and define their character. Tebow shares personal stories from his own past and talks about his own choices- some good, some. It so good. The book reads easily and draws you in. The only complaint I have is the use of several translations of scripture. I would have preferred consistently there. Overall, a good book. I will recommend it for other homeschool parents AND parents of teenagers who like sports. Any kid who looks to sports figures as a role model would benefit from this book. 

I was given a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review .  All opinions are my own. 

I just finished reading Is The Bible Good For Women? by Wendy Alsup I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading it again.. Should you read it? I’ll share some information and let you decide for yourself.

First, an excerpt from the back cover…

In this fascinating look at God’s work of redemption from Creation to today, Wendy Alsup explores questions such as:

* How does God view justice and equal rights for women?
* What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
* How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women?
* How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today?
* What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models?
* How does the Bible explain the Bible to us?

Second, my own “two cents” .. for what they are worth..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Right off the bat, I was convicted as I read “file folders of stories” from the Bible. I had never really thought about the fact that when we, as Christians, categorize each book or story into a file folder for future reference we miss out on the connection between the stories. She followed up this information with an example – The Scarlet Thread – and how it moves throughout the Bible.

Alsup goes through the Bible pointing out women in the Bible and their stories. She talks about the instructions given to women and the laws regarding women, including the instruction regarding sexual ethics. She covers arranged marriages, and western values, as well as protection from abuse. I love how she goes from Old Testament to New Testament pulling scriptures that are often used by modern day feminists to sh gow how the Bible is bad for women, how it is degrading and demeaning towards women and shows how much respect and dignity women are actually given in the scriptures.

I wish I had flipped through the book before I started reading it. There are discussion questions for each chapter in the back of the book. I can’t wait to read it again, with the intention of answering the questions. There were a few points that I am not sure I agree with Alsup, but as they are mostly denominational differences (presbyterian vs baptist, etc. ) I am not addressing those in this review.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Calling all Moms….

Walking with God in the season of Motherhood

This is a great devotional book for moms at any stage of motherhood.  The book is set up to be read over 11 weeks with 5 days of reading for each week. Each day takes no more than 15 minutes to read and reflect.  I have found myself discussing the days with others, so that in reality, I spend much more time thinking about the words.

Practical advice with relevant stories, real life experiences that remind you that you aren’t alone in this parenting journey.  Reminding us that God trusted us to be parents and giving us insight into what HIS idea of parenting is.  We don’t need to look to others for validation as SuperMom, we need to let go of the idea of being perfect and seek God’s approval..

 

Ego Altared.

Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel is a great book.  I have come to have a love hate relationship with his books.  I love to read them and always come away closer to God. AMEN!!  I know that’s his goal.  But my toes hurt..  every time..  Altar Ego is about “Becoming Who God Says You Are.”  I admit, I like saying I want to be the person God wants me to be, but I don’t always want to A) trust God to help me be that person  or B)Accept that that person is better than the person I think I want to be.   Groeschel addresses insecurity, inadequacy, and more..     One of the things that I appreciate about all of Groeschel’s books is his honesty.  He admits that he still struggles with doing the right thing sometimes.  He admits that he depends on his wife and friends to help him be strong and be bold.   “Bold actions are born of bold beliefs”.. .. I’m a valuable child of God and I know who I am..  It’s time for me to be BOLD..  What about you?

 

You Can’t Make Me [But I Can Be Persuaded]  by Cynthia Tobias.

I have read several books dealing with the subject of the strong willed child or SWC as Tobias calls them.. Why?  Because I have 3 of them.  If   you have a SWC you have probably had those days that started and ended in tears.  Those days that when you sat down and thought about the cause of the tantrums you realized they were unnecessary.
This book helps you identify SWPeople in your household.  It’s not always about the SWC.. The book also talks about strategies for dealing with the issues, working WITH your SWC instead of against them.

There are tips for dealing with your own issues, when to back down, when to hold strong, when to ask for help, and even how to bring out the best in your SWC.

A book I will read again and again, if I get it back from the friends i have lent it to.

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group as a part of their Blogging For Books program.  The book was free, but there is no other compensation for my opinion.

Trouble with Cowboys?

I’m a huge fan of Denise Hunter and love the Big Sky Romance Series.. The Trouble with Cowboys focuses on Annie.. Annie’s horse training advice column; Annie’s Sister – college, child, relationships; and Annie’s horse training. The primary issue that weaves throughout the story is Annie’s distrust and dislike for yep, you guessed it: cowboys.

Enter Dylan..  A cowboy with a need for a horse trainer and eyes for Annie. As they try to work together when Annie’s advice column changes from horse advice to love life advice, it gets entertaining. Denise Hunter has a way of making you feel like you are in the room with the characters.  I really enjoyed the fluff conversations, as well as those that were tougher on the characters.

 

I received this book courtesy of Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.  All words and opinions are my own.

 

I love this book!!  As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for new books for my daughters.  I recently had the chance to review When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall.  I am going to put the book up for a Christmas gift, but can’t wait to read it to my daughters. 

The book goes through different parts of the body, with a child questioning what God was thinking as he created them.  I know that my five year old daughter will relate to each question and probably add her own questions.  The story is told with a lot of rhymes, making it fun to read.  The illustrations are mostly fun, and creative.  There are a few illustrations that show negative actions by the child.  I will use these as opportunities for more discussion.  While I would love for a book about God’s creation to be all positive and happy things, the reality is that kids are not perfect.  I hope the illustrations give me a chance to talk about how God also knew we would make mistakes, but that didn’t keep him from creating us.     

I hope my daughters love this story as much as I do.  I will be looking for other books by this author.

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

This is a beautiful book.  The format is easy to follow.  The devotional topics are helpful, and relevant.  I can’t wait to see how completing the devotions changes my perspective on my relationship with my husband.  That said, It wasn’t what I hoped for.  I found the devotionals to be ones that i will love, but i haven’t convinced the husband to participate.  I don’t fault the authors for that, but i didn’t find it as “husband friendly” as I expected.  While I am expecting to gain from truly completing the devotions, I still haven’t found THE devotional that my husband and I will actually do together..

I recieved this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.

The Blessing

This book has taken me a while to review.  I honestly forgot that I was supposed to be reviewing it.  I have read it over and over.. Reading bits and pieces at a time, going back to the beginning and starting over.    I really enjoyed the concept of the book.  I love the fact that they acknowledge that our children are our children even after they leave home and they still need “blessing” from their parents.     Unconditional love and acceptance are what every adult hopes for and looks back on their life to see if they had it.   This book gives us guidance on showing our children “the blessing” and making sure they know they are blessed.  The book also gives us biblical examples of blessings and lost blessings.  I know I will continue to be blessed by this book and I hope that it strengthens the blessings I pass on..

Where are the Secrets?

Money Secrets of The Amish.. The title promises to let us in on secrets that help the Amish community to thrive during a less than prosperous economy. While I enjoyed reading the author’s stories about what she learned from the Amish and the money saving techniques she began implementing in her life, I didn’t see any major revelations regarding savings. Maybe that’s the point, that the Amish life is just simpler and if we simply our lives, we wouldn’t need any major financial secrets.

It’s an interesting book to read, and has some sound financial advice.

I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.