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Saturday, April 29, 2017

God Cares For You!


     There have been times in my life when I have felt like no one really cared for me.  I have felt alone. I have felt disappointed.  I have felt unworthy.  Have you ever felt this way? I think we have all been through these feelings at one point in our lives. 

     Before I walked with my Savior, these feelings were frequent.  I never felt unconditional love until I really knew the love of the Father.  Even when man fails to love me, He is there to show me a love that is never failing.  Even when I fail Him, He is there to remind me that He loves and cares for me.  I don't have to do anything but receive His love.  It is not based on my works or good deeds. It isn't taken away because I mess up.  It is truly unconditional and everlasting.  
  
     Many people expect us to do things for them, then they give us affection.  God is not like that. He doesn't make us perform.  He just loves us freely.  How awesome is that?!?!  He loves us so much that He was willing to give His only Son to die for us. He wanted to make a way of salvation so that if we believe, we can spend eternity with Him.  He just wants a real relationship with us.  

      I am filled with joy when I think of God's amazing love and grace.  If I didn't have His love, I would be a very sad woman.  See, things of this world will never bring us true joy.  Even the love we receive from people is not enough for our soul, but the love of Christ is enough.  It fills the empty places in our hearts.  It gives us hope.   

     Even though I still have days where I feel like some people do not care for me, I have the promise of God's never ending love.  He cares for me!  He cares for YOU!  He will always be there. All we need to do is love Him, spend time with Him, and accept His infinite love.




Friday, April 28, 2017

Let's Talk About Self-Control


 The Bible refers to self-control as temperance.  This word means to control one's self.  If you can master this character quality, you will be well on your way to mastering the rest.  To live a life as a Christian, we must have self-control.  We must say no to our fleshly desires and yes to the Holy Spirit.  In order to live a life pleasing to God, we must exercise self-control. Satan uses our lack of self-control to tempt us in certain areas into doing what he wants us to do.


Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.  ~ 1 Corinthians 7:5

     Our children must learn to control themselves.  In order to be obedient, they must say no to what they want to do, and yes to the orders they have been given.  Temperance is the key to unlocking all the other character qualities.  If you can teach your children to control their bodies, mouths, and minds, the other character qualities will be much easier to develop.


     The only way to teach self-control is by exercising it!  One way you can teach self-control is by having your kiddos sit and listen to you read.  Do not allow them to play or get up and run around.  Tell them to sit quietly as you read to them.  Another way to teach this quality is to have everyone sit down to dinner and use their best manners.  Explain that dinner will be a time to practice listening and eating like little ladies and gentlemen.  One fun way to teach this quality is  the Quiet Game.  Have all the kids sit in a circle on the floor and tell them whoever can sit and be quiet the longest will win.  It is always fun to have a treat for the winner too :)  Treats can be extra computer time or a simple cookie.   These activities teach your children how to say no to their own wills and desires.  It is a hard trait to develop because our flesh cries out to get it's way, but it must be established early on.  How can our children say yes to the Holy things of God and no to their sinful desires if they are not taught how to control themselves.

      Today, I encourage you to look for those little moments to teach this character quality.  I am praying for everyone who are reading these posts.  Praying for guidance and wisdom.


 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”


     Our family has enjoyed watching Drive Thru History® for years.  We love their Ancient History and American History shows and were very excited to be picked to receive and review Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”.  

     When they arrived in our mailbox, the kids were smiling from ear to ear.  I have to say that I had a little smile on my face too.  I knew that these videos were going to teach us about Christ in a fun yet informative way.  


     The set includes:

  • 3 DVDs that holds 18 wonderful episodes that last about 30 minutes each

           Episode 1: The Historical Landscape
           Episode 2: The Announcements
           Episode 3: Jesus is Born
           Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up
           Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry
           Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee
           Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles
           Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority
           Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount
           Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
           Episode 11: Jesus Travels North
           Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem
           Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
           Episode 14: The Last Supper
           Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus
           Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus
           Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus
           Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

  • An 118-page study guide that is beautifully illustrated and in a hardback cover
  •  A dust cover for the set
     In each episode, you will learn about the life of Christ.  From His birth to His death and resurrection, the journey that Dave Stotts takes you on is such a blessing.  You will get to visit where Christ walked here on earth.  Over 50 different sites are visited in these amazing videos.  

     My children couldn't wait to watch each episode.  We used these as our Bible class and I had a hard time getting them to watch only one a day. I love the fact that these shows are educational yet fun to watch. They incorporate truth with some humor and that is always a great combination to teach children of all ages.  The study guide gave us some great discussion questions to go over after each episode.  It started some really wonderful conversations between our kids and us.  The study guide also shared what chapters of the Bible should be read with each lesson and that made incorporating the Bible into our study much easier.  

      As I watched my children grow spiritually and learn as they watched these shows, my heart was filled with joy.  When we went over the discussion questions, I could see how much they were gleaning from this experience.  When you can bring the Bible to life like this, they learn so much and it helps the accounts found in scriptures become more real to them.  I believe these types of series can be life changing for young people.  God can work in their lives and hearts as they watch.  

      I encourage you to check out all the Drive Thru History® products, but especially the Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”.  It's important for parents to help their children learn and understand the scriptures and these DVDs are a wonderful way to help you in that endeavor.  


     If you would like to read more reviews of this amazing series, please come on over to Homeschool Review Crew website.  I always like to read honest and informative reviews of products I am considering for our home.  

     Have a blessed day and God bless you!



     


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Daily Bible Jigsaw


     Our family loves to do puzzles.  It is a fun and relaxing activity.  We were all happy when we found out we were picked to review Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316.  It is such a fun way to do puzzles.  You can use the app on your phone, computer or tablet. All you need is a few moments of free time.  

     There are currently 4 platforms where this app can be used:

    We chose two of the platforms to try; Facebook Gameroom and the iPhone app. The app itself is free to download and you get one free puzzle a day,  but there are token coins you can purchase in order to play other puzzles or to use the little helps during your puzzle play.  I enjoyed using the Edges help. For 2 coins,  it would just show the edges of the puzzle first to allow you to put those into place before adding the middle pieces to your game.  

     Some of the other helps were: 

  • Rotate- it will rotate all the puzzle pieces for 2 coins
  • Guide- shows you the completed picture without the Bible verse added
  • Sweep- pushes the unconnected pieces to the edge for 1 coin
  • Magnet- attaches 2 random pieces of the puzzle together for 1 coin
    

    I love listening to music while we put puzzles together and this app didn't disappoint me in this area. I found the music during game play to be very relaxing.  It was soft and calming.  Most games have music that overwhelms you, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear very sweet tunes being played while you worked on putting the puzzles together. 

     We had a lot of fun putting the puzzles together each day we found time to play.  It was great seeing the beautiful pictures come together then reading and sharing the Bible verse that went along with the puzzle.  What I loved most was the reason these puzzles were created and that is to help spread the Word of God.  Planet 316 is a company that wants to bring God's Word to all ages and all people.  What a great way to share the Bible!!!

     The main reason we chose to use the Facebook Gameroom is so that we could share the lovely puzzles with our friends and family.  After finishing the puzzle each day, it will allow you to share the finished image on your Facebook home page.  I had quite a few likes on the beautiful photos I shared from the game.  The Bible verses were uplifting and encouraging.  I always like to share positive material with my Facebook friends.  

    
     If you would like to connect with Planet 316 on social media, here are their pages: 

     
     I encourage you to give this puzzle game a try. It will not only give you some time of relaxation, it will inspire you to share God's Word.  

     Invite your children to play with you. You will enjoy spending time together and it can open up lines of communication as you work as a team. Each moment we can spend together is precious and taking time to play games as a family is time well spent.  You will be making memories that last a lifetime.   

     If you would like to read some more reviews of this app, please come on over to the Homeschool Review Crew website.  

     May God bless you!!!




Monday, April 24, 2017

Let's Talk About Diligence!




Diligence is defined as careful and persistent work or effort.  As Christians, we need to accept each job as though it was a special assignment from the Lord.  Everything we do should be done with excellence and with a good attitude.


   
     God wants us to remember that everything we do should be done as we are doing it for Him, not men.  As parents, it is important that we teach this principle to them.  They need to understand that each chore they are given, or task they are assigned, must be done for the glory of God.  We must teach them to have good attitudes while they perform these jobs.

     If you children have a tough time doing their chores, make it a point to read these verse with them each time they begin a chore.  Gently remind them that God wants them to do their jobs quickly, effectively, and with a smile.  Tell them how God is watching them, and how He loves to see them being diligent in the little things they have been told to do.  I find if my children see me doing my daily activities with a good attitude and a happy disposition, they follow my example.  They get to work without murmuring or whining.  If I am having a bad day, and I don't feel much like being cheerful in my duties, they tend to act out and grumble about everything I ask of them.

    We need to be diligent in reading God's Word in order to have the right attitude towards life.  God will show us how we are to behave, and he will guide us in teaching our kids how to act also.  God is the ultimate example of the best parent.  He directs us, but it is up to us to choose to follow His plans.  We too have to remind ourselves that we can teach our children, but ultimately it is their decision to obey and be diligent in what tasks they are given.  Don't feel like you are a failure as a parent if your children do not learn these behaviors right away.  BE DILIGENT in your training and pray for your child every day.

    "The lazy Christian has his mouth full of complaints, when the active Christian hath his heart full of comforts."  
~ Thomas Brooks

Friday, April 21, 2017

Let's Talk About Attentiveness

     


     Today we are going to be talking about Attentiveness.  Before we can teach our children to be attentive to our voice, we need to be sure that we are listening to our Father's voice.  There are many ways to listen to our Savior's voice.  We can do it by reading God's Word, praying and just taking the time to hear from Him.  In order to be good parents, we must be continually asking our Father for his guidance and support.  He is the ultimate example of an awesome father.

     Children need to learn to be attentive to our voices so they can learn to be attentive to the Lord's voice as well.  Our kiddos need to know that when we talk, it is very important for them to listen and really hear what we are saying.  As you start attentive training, it is good to have your children repeat what you have said to them to be sure they were listening with an attentive ear.  Do you want to know a little secret of mine....When I really want my kids to hear me... I whisper.  It gets their attention very quickly.  They know that if mommy is whispering, she wants them to listen very carefully.

     A fun way to start teaching in this area is to play a game of Simon Says.  It is a game that makes them listen with intent.  They need to know when to do something and when not to in order to win.  Have fun with it.  You can even use Simon Says during clean up time or during bedtime routines.  They will enjoy spending time with you that is relaxed and fun instead all about getting something accomplished.  You will feel better too.  No yelling :)

Attentiveness begins by asking God for a hearing heart.

Here are some great FREE PRINTABLES on Attentiveness!














Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Readers In Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth)


     For a couple of years, my precious little girl struggled with reading.  We tried many different avenues to help her learn to read.  I was frustrated. She was upset.  It wasn't an easy time for us. 

     THEN, one day it was like a light bulb went off.  She finally understood all the things we had been going over. All those phonics lessons and memorizing sight words paid off.  She was a READER!!!!  I think I cried a dozen times that day.  They were tears of joy.  My girl was no longer struggling in this area.  She went from reading stage 1 books to reading full chapter books in a short 6 months.  

      You can imagine how excited we were to be picked to receive and review Apologia Educational Ministries new homeschool reading curriculum Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) by Debra Bell.  We love learning fun and educational ways to study books. 



      This curriculum teaches our children how to really dive into the books they read.  They are taught how to comprehend and understand what they are reading. It has a very unique way of guiding them through the process.  

      The All-In-One Student Text and Workbook is a great resource to walk you through how to examine a book from cover to cover.  The six units include:
  • Unit 1: Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Unit 2: On Your Own Historical Fiction
  • Unit 3: Charlotte's Web
  • Unit 4: On Your Own Animal Fantasy
  • Unit 5: Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Unit 6: On Your Own Your Choice
      You will have to purchase the three books mentioned above in order to have them on hand for the unit studies.  We already had two of them so that worked out well for us.  

     Right away, my daughter loved this study.  She loves a good mystery and looking for "clues" to find out how to tell what a book is about was fun for her.  I loved how excited she was to learn how to become an expert reader.  

     


     As a planner, I really appreciated the daily schedule that came included with the student text. The schedule is for 32 weeks total, and I think it works out just perfect for the amount of work that needs to be completed.  During our review time, we were able to get through the first 6 weeks of the schedule as we worked for 5 days a week instead of the four that are recommended. The student work is broken up into modules then sections, and as you can see from the schedule above, you usually complete 1 to 3 sections each day. After you complete an entire module you will go through a checklist and you will be giving points based on how well your child completed each item on the checklist. This will help you see areas that may need more work before moving on. My daughter, who is in fourth grade, didn't have any problem finishing her daily schedule and didn't feel overwhelmed at all.  



     I asked Hope what her favorite part has been so far, and she said it was making the cover of her own book that she will be writing. She looks so happy with her idea.

     This curriculum is good for kids who need help with reading comprehension or children who would like to be able to better understand books they will be reading throughout their lives. It will help them build larger vocabularies.  I feel this will help Hope be able to get a better grasp on what she reads in God's Word, as it teaches ways to study the text, characters, and meanings behind the words on the page.  I feel teaching how to study is an important part of educating our kids.
   
     If you would like to read some more great reviews of this product, please come over to the Homeschool Review Crew website and see what others have to say.

     Have a blessed day!!!!

     


Friday, April 14, 2017

Help For Your Child That Fidgets


    We have a very active twelve-year-old son.  He has a hard time sitting still and is constantly fidgeting with everything within his grasp.  It can be very trying for us to get him to focus.  

     Recently we had been looking into getting him a cube that is good for children who fidget. They can be pricey, but it seemed like a good fit for him. We were so blessed to find one at our local $5 & Below store.  

     The minute he took it out of the box, we knew he was going to enjoy having it.  What really impressed me was the fact that he didn't touch anything at the grocery store that day.  Instead, he focused his attention on the cube.  He keeps it in his pocket and when he feels the need to fidget, he pulls it out and it keeps his mind and hands busy.

     The cube has 6 different sides with different activities.  


 
     The Pros of this little toy:
  • Keeps his hands busy when we are out and about
  • Keeps him focused as I teach or as he is listening to online classes
  • Seems very durable and well built
  • Small enough to place into his pocket
  • He can use it anywhere 
   
    The Cons:
  • Can get a bit noisy when he clicks it over and over
  • Will irritate siblings if they are in earshot of it all day long


     


     I was happy to see this have such a positive effect on him.  I am glad that we found something that is helping him to concentrate.  There are days that I see him struggling and it hurts to see him like that.  I feel anything we can do for him is worth any price or effort on our part.  

     Do you have a child that fidgets?  How do you help them to focus and keep their hands to themselves?  I would love to hear from you. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Do This In Remembrance of Me


     During my morning devotions, I read through Luke 22. This chapter of the Bible talks about the Last Supper.  During this meal, Jesus tells the disciples what He is going to do. He talks about the sacrifice that He will make. Even though they do not fully understand it, they know He is teaching them something very important.

     I always tear up when I think of the sacrifice that Jesus made for me.  As Easter approaches, I tend to get more emotional. Just imagining what my Savior did for me makes me want to do everything I can to serve and obey Him.  

     In our churches today, we remember what Christ did for us by taking communion.  It helps to remind us of the tremendous things that He endured in order to make a way of salvation for all those who believe on Him. I don't think I have ever taken communion without tears streaming down my face.  I can't help but think about what He went through that day.  The pain, humiliation, and separation he must have felt. I have to stop right now to say;  "Oh Lord, thank you for Your body that was broken for me.  Thank you for Your blood that was spilled out for me."  

     As I sit here writing this, I am crying.  I am also reminded of the song by Steve Green called Broken and Spilled Out.   

     Jesus gave his own life that we might one day live in eternity with Him.  All we have to do is BELIEVE.  


      Do you know He loves us even though we fail Him?  The grace and mercy that He pours out on us every day are so great. How can we show our gratitude for His amazing grace?  We can show it by obeying His Word. We can show our gratefulness by turning from our sins and living lives that are pleasing to Him. We can share Him with others. We can love on others just as He does. He is so good to us.  

      

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Web Design {CompuScholar, Inc.}


     My son, who is a Junior in high school,  was excited when he heard we were chosen to review the  Web Design course from CompuScholar, Inc. CompuScholar was previously known as Homeschool Programming. 

      He loves to learn all he can about computers. Web design was one aspect he had not studied before.  I knew this would be a good fit for him. 

     


     So what is required to begin this study:
  • A student that can:
          1. Use a keyboard and mouse to select and run programs 
          2. Navigate application menu systems
          3. Can interact with their operating systems
          4. Should be able to load and save files on hard disk
          5. Should be able to use built-in operating systems.
  • A computer that has internet access


      Right from the start, my son told me he liked the ease of use.  It was not difficult to sign in and the website was easy to navigate.  This is important for students.  They need to be able to log on and go right to the lesson they are on for the day. 

     The course covers these topics: 

     For a complete course syllabus and planner, you can visit the link posted on the web page Web Design.

      Before doing this review, I sat down with my son who is doing this course and asked him to give me a list of pros and cons.  I was pleasantly surprised to see his list.  There were many pros, but not one con.  Here is what he listed on his list:

  • The course is very informative
  • Everything is explained step by step
  • It is simple to use.  You don't need an extensive background in computer to use this course
  • The tests and work are easy to complete as long as you read the text and watch the videos.
  • You don't need a high-powered computer to run the program
  • He loved how they taught you to file exploring and organization
  • He liked the fact that they frequently reminded you to backup your data
  • He said this course was much better than any other ones he had checked out before
     As I went over the website, I too found it easy to navigate. I liked the fact that you can pick exactly what chapter of the course you want to study for the day.  If you are already proficient in one area you can choose another chapter.

  

     Along with Web Design, CompuScholar also offers other courses like Digital Savvy and Java Programming.  These are just a few of their wonderful online classes.  If you would like a full course overview and more information on how this works,  you can visit their site CompuScholar, Inc.  

   Each course has a list of prices with two types of subscription plans being self-led or teacher-led. They also allow you to choose the monthly or yearly plan. My son, because of his grade and age is following the self-led option.  I like the fact this site offers two options for families. I love the flexibility!

    CompuScholar has a wonderful and informative website, but they also offer some great knowledge on their Facebook page CompuScholar Homeschool and on their Twitter account HSProgramming.  I also enjoyed watching some of their videos on their You Tube Channel Homeschool Programming, Inc.


    I encourage you to check out this site if you want to obtain better computer skills or if your child is interested in Computer Science. These courses are great for junior high or senior high students, but if you are an adult that would like to learn more about these subjects it is wonderful for you too.  I know I have learned quite a bit from watching my son take his classes.  

     If you would like to read some other reviews on this product and others from CompuScholar, Inc., please come on over and check out the Homeschool Review Crew website.  




     

Friday, April 7, 2017

Our Homeschool Calendar


     When we began homeschooling 19 years ago, I was very rigid with our schedule.  I would try to follow the calendar of the local school district.  I didn't realize how much frustration it was bringing to our home until I read an article on being more flexible with your homeschooling calendar.  

     It was like someone took the blinders off. Could we really have a more relaxed agenda? Could we take days off to do family activities? The answer was YES!!!!  That day was a turning point in our homeschool.  

      I was excited to read about the 6 weeks on, 1 week off schedule.  It was a perfect fit for our family.  It took the pressure off of me and the children.  Our homeschooling days became more peaceful. We had something to look forward to and it made our household less stressed.  

      Here are our reasons we loved this set up:
  •  During our week off, I would have time to catch up on household chores.
  •  We could schedule family outings around our week off. 
  •  It gave us time to relax after working hard for 6 weeks. That 1 week off, made a huge difference in attitudes.
  •  It gave me a week to make out our assignment sheets for the next 6 weeks. 
  •  We felt more in control of our schedule.

     The only negative to this schedule is a shorter summer break, but honestly, summer breaks were always too long anyway.  After 7 or 8 weeks off, my kids were bored and looking for things to do. This new schedule gave them intermittent time off during the entire school year where they could have fun and not have time to get bored with their toys/games.  

     Lately, I have been reading about some new schedules families are trying like 4 weeks on, 1 week off, or 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off.  I am happy to see homeschoolers finding what works best for their family and not worrying about what others are doing.  It's important to find your niche.  I feel it makes for a happy home.  



     What schedule works best for your family?  I would love to hear some different ideas.  
 

     

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Purposing To Honor Your Marriage



      Lately, I have been seeing more and more people becoming very selfish.  They do not want to serve others. They want to please themselves first and foremost.  This way of thinking can be detrimental to a marriage.  If we only think of ourselves, our marriages will more than likely fail.  

     The dictionary defines honor as highly valuing something or someone, or to regard with great respect. Our spouses should feel the honor we have for them. They need to know how much we value and cherish them. We must show them with our words and actions. 

     One of my favorite verses that Paul writes about marriage is this: 


     In these verses found in Hebrews 13, Paul is talking about the sacrifices that please God.  So that tells me that God is happy when we honor our marriages.  He will bless us for being obedient to His Word.  

     So what does honor in a marriage look like on a daily basis? I think it is all about priorities.  We must set out to put our spouse's needs above our own.  Our mates desire to know how much they are loved and cared for.  It's up to us to figure out how to show them.  

      Do you know your husband or wife's love language?  Do you know how to fill their love tank?  If you can not say yes to both of these questions, I encourage you to get The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.  This book will help you to identify what your spouse needs from you in order to feel loved, honored, and respected.  

     I feel the most important way to show honor to our marriages is to recognize that you entered into a covenant. This covenant is intended to be a lifelong relationship.  When you took your vows, you promised before God, your spouse, family, and friends to always be together and to love each other unconditionally.  If we place a high value on these promises, we will be able to withstand the storms of life.  

    How will you purpose to honor your marriage today?  

     
     

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Faith As Small As A Mustard Seed


     In my daily Bible study, I have been reading through the book of Luke.  As I read Luke 17, this verse really spoke to me. 



      After reading this verse several times, I realized that true faith in our Heavenly Father can cause great things to happen in our lives.  Do we realize how tiny a mustard seed is?  A typical seed is about 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter.  That is so small, yet faith that small can cause BIG things to happen.  

      If we put our faith in God, He can use us in a mighty way.  He will take our little offerings and use them in a magnificent way.  He wants us to have a pure faith, one without doubt and unbelief. That is all it takes to make a huge difference.

    So how do we increase our faith?  




     When we study our Bible and spend time in prayer our faith is increased.  The more time we invest in learning God's Word, the more our faith will grow.  There a few ways to gain knowledge of the scriptures.  We can read it, listen to it on our devices, and purpose to get all we can when we hear it preached.  Christian devotionals are also a great way to obtain understanding of His Word.  

     I know I want to have a faith that can move mountains like Jesus spoke about in Matthew 17. I want to make a difference.  I want God to be able to use my life to glorify Him.  I don't want others to see me.  I want them to see Him.  I must work on having Mustard Seed Faith.  

     The area I need to work on most is having faith that God will take care of things out of my control. I am a person who wants to control everything, so this is a hard one for me.  Letting go is so difficult, but I am working on it one day at a time.  

     What areas do you lack faith?  Are you ready to have God use you in a mighty way? 

     

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer


     I was intrigued by the cover of this book right from the start and was delighted to be chosen to review  Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver - Author.



     Before reading a new book, I like to study a little bit about the author.


    Peggy Consolver is not only an author. She is a wife, mother, and teacher of God's Word.  She enjoys instructing others how to dig deeper into the Bible. Her experience from visiting lands mentioned in the Bible and being involved in an archeological dig gives her the knowledge she needed to help us visualize the setting of this book.  She isn't just describing an area that she has never visited.  The little details make the book come to life. 

     The story is about a young shepherd boy from Gibeon named Keshub whose family are potters.  It is set back in the days when the Hebrews were just coming out of the wilderness and beginning to conquer the lands that God had given to them. The family of Keshub fears that their land is next and begin spying on the Hebrews.  They believe they need to find a way for their land and family to be spared. 

     While this book is fiction, there is history weaved throughout it.  We see Biblical stories shine through as we read the adventures of Keshub's family and friends. I enjoyed seeing the faith that grew in the "Star Namer". This is the name they gave to the God of the Hebrews. This family saw the many ways He was helping the Israelites, and were amazed. They had heard many stories passed down from their ancestors and thought the God they were hearing about, may be the very one from these accounts.  

     If you love to read the Old Testament, you will enjoy this book.  It takes you on an adventure that is unlike any I have read before. Peggy's writing is so detailed.  You feel like you are right there.  I can't really describe how well she brings you into a period of history that is rarely illustrated in this way.  I love books that capture your imagination and explain scenes in vivid details that you can easily picture in your mind. 

      In my opinion, this book is best suited for high school students and adults.  It is 375 pages and requires a high level of comprehension.  In the back of the book, there is a group of discussion questions that can be used for personal use or for a small group.  These questions allow you to internalize the lessons found in the book.  You can compare what Keshub went through to what you go through today.  

     The book also has a companion study guide called Digging Deeper Into HIStory.  Along with the study guide, Peggy has listed a few wonderful research links and maps of sites where the book took place.  These links are very informative and I suggest you take a few moments to look them over as you consider buying this book.  



     If you would like more information about this wonderful book you can go to their Facebook page, Peggy Consolver or visit their website Digging Deeper with Peggy.  We also have some more great reviews for you to read over on the Homeschool Review Crew site.  

    Have a blessed day!