Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekly Giveaway! The Prophecy

If horror/Christian is your genre, this is the book for you. Sorta like Stephen King meets Left Behind. Plus angels.

Leave a comment to enter to win, and the winner will be chosen December 5.

Here is my review of the book.

Winner for Kabul24 and Mistmantle and assorted chapter books

Kabul24 goes to Caren, thanks to the random number generator.

The chapter books from the previous week go to Briana, the only entrant. I currently have about 30 books for Briana. Briana, I am home tomorrow morning before 11:00 am. Call me! My house is full of your books!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

John, Paul, George and Ben

by Lane Smith

I am very fond of the books Lane Smith has done in conjunction with Jon Scieszka like Squids will be Squids and The Stinky Cheese Man. I was hoping this one would be as hilarious. Unfortunately it was not. It does teach us just a few facts about our founding fathers in a silly way, but it's not funny enough to counteract the false facts and resulting confusion it creates.


Monday, November 22, 2010

In the Shadow of the Ark

As a Christian I have very strong beliefs about the truth and validity of the Bible. I believe in the historical accuracy of the Bible. If you do not agree, that's okay.

I was very dismayed at the portrayal of the account of Noah's Ark in this book.  I often read books that take liberties with history as far as the unwritten parts go, but this book goes even farther and directly contradicts the Bible in at least two very major points.

If you know me personally you know that I am often fuzzy on the details of things that I have read. Not so with this book.

The two areas that the book directly contradicts the Bible are as follows.

A.  The protagonists are not Jewish but come to the area where Noah is building the ark only to find that he's doing a pretty terrible job. Luckily the father of the protagonist is a shipbuilder and so he sets everyone straight. Sorry, but as a Christian I believe Noah was inspired by God to build the ark and that he knew how to do it correctly with God's help.

B.  (Spoiler) At the end of the book we find that there was a human stowaway on the Ark and also in another ship. I firmly believe that the account in the Bible is true and that there were ONLY 8 humans saved in the flood: Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives.

Because of these major discrepancies I cannot recommend this book.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Woman in the Wall

Have you ever been so scared of people that you wished you were invisible and could live apart and separate from them? This intriguing story of a young girl in that situation is good for teenagers or adults.

Recommended for 13+.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weekly Giveaway! Kabul24

This heartbreaking story of humanitarian Christians taken hostage will give you a new insight into Afghanistan as it was in 2001, before and after 9/11.
Leave a comment to enter the giveaway. Winner will be chosen randomly on November 27.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Her Mother's Hope

by Francine Rivers

This is the first part in a series of at least two books by Francine Rivers. It is historical fiction in that it is loosely related on her own mother and grandmother's lives.

Although I have a huge stack of books to read right now, when I picked this up at the bookstore it got moved to the top of the stack. I have loved Francine Rivers' books since I was in high school, and this one did not disappoint at all.  Taking us from Switzerland to California, the book does a good job of showing why relationships can sometimes be very strained even when love is present.

I know someone who has book #2 and will be borrowing it from them ASAP.

Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


by Henry O Arnold and Ben Pearson
ISBN 978 15955 50224

Kabul24 tells the story of 8 humanitarian Christians who lived in Afghanistan around 9/11. They were taken hostage and lived for months in uncertainty as to whether they would ever get home to their families.

While this book was sad and hard to read at times because of the events depicted, it was also a good story and gave me insight into a historical event that I didn't know anything about.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Homeschooling for the rest of us

How your one-of-a-kind family can make homeschooling and real life work

by Sonya Haskins
978 0 7642 07396

I was really impressed with this book. The author spent a lot of time researching and writing chapters that are well-thought-out and well-balanced.  If you have ever considered homeschooling (or are homeschooling) or would just like some more ideas for how to enrich the time you have with your children, this is a good book for you.

Some of the chapter topics include:
pressure, perfection, and progress
developing positive relationships
the socialization question
routines and schedules
extracurricular activities, support groups, and co-ops
the art of academics
nurturing your child's heart
living in a  (very) messy house
dealing with relatives
homeschooling on a budget
the special needs child at home
following your own path

Basically every question one could ask about homeschooling is answered in a balanced, non-judgmental way, from a Christian perspective.

A lot of the things were pretty simple, commonsense ideas, but the fact that the author took the time to lay it all out in such a respectful reasonable manner was very nice.

I was also impressed with the attitude that she shares. Don't worry if you have a very laid back approach or if your approach is very structured. There is information here for everyone.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to BethanyHouse publishers for providing this book free to review.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winner for beginning to read books

Briana has won the beginning reader books! Briana, we really need to get together so I can give you these books.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Weekly Giveaway! Selected Chapter Books

This week we have three picture books.  One is an edited version of "The Secret Garden," and we also have "Urchin of the Riding Stars," a Mistmantle book.  The last one is "The Day of the Pelican."

These would be good for a 5th grader or older.  Hope you enjoy!

If you would like to be included in this giveaway simply comment here and we will randomly choose a winner on November 14.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Weekly Giveaway! Selected Picture Books Part 3

This week is another set of very interesting little picture books.  They are from our church library.  We have included: "The baby born in a stable," "Noah and the Ark," "The rainy day adventure," and "Questions kids ask God."  We hope you like them!

If you would like to be included in this giveaway simply comment here and we will randomly choose a winner on November 20.