What is JacketFlap

  • JacketFlap connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults. The site is updated daily with information about every book, author, illustrator, and publisher in the children's / young adult book industry. Members include published authors and illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, publishers and fans.
    Join now (it's free).

Sort Blog Posts

Sort Posts by:

  • in
    from   

Suggest a Blog

Enter a Blog's Feed URL below and click Submit:

Most Commented Posts

In the past 7 days

Recent Posts

(from Quiverfull Family)

Recent Comments

MyJacketFlap Blogs

  • Login or Register for free to create your own customized page of blog posts from your favorite blogs. You can also add blogs by clicking the "Add to MyJacketFlap" links next to the blog name in each post.

Blog Posts by Tag

In the past 30 days

Blog Posts by Date

Click days in this calendar to see posts by day or month
new posts in all blogs
Viewing Blog: Quiverfull Family, Most Recent at Top
Results 1 - 25 of 191
Visit This Blog | Login to Add to MyJacketFlap
Blog Banner
Christian and children's book, music, and movie reviews, contests etc. Thoughts on homeschooling, Christian family living, gluten free food, homesteading and more.
Statistics for Quiverfull Family

Number of Readers that added this blog to their MyJacketFlap: 2
1. The Growing Quiverfull Family Movement In America

In a world that expects women to go on birth control and fight for a position in corporate America, there has spawned a movement of Christian women who are finding joy and value in being a stay at home mother. Not only are they thriving as stay at home moms, but they also are not falsely dictating the birth of children by the use of manmade birth control methods. These women are having as many children as God wants them to have, with the belief that God will never give them more children than they can handle.
Unlike most patriarchal aspects within Christianity, the growing Quiverfull family movement is female-centered and spearheaded by women following the scriptures and the wishes of God. Quiverfull women believe that the modern feminist movement leaves them with more work, less satisfaction, and with a strained relationship with God. These women view children as a blessing, that motherhood is a blessing and that the most important thing that they will ever do, after their wedding, is to raise strong Christian children who become adults. Changing the world will happen from a woman’s womb and by teaching children in the way of the Lord.
The growing Quiverfull family movement also requires that Christian men step up and become leaders of their household. Only a strong Christian man can head a Quiverfull home and provide for his wife and children. It is the man’s role to ensure that his family is acceptable to Christ and a family’s value start with the father. Scripture tells us that children are our heritage, that they are a blessing, that a man with a quiver full of children can stand up to his enemies (both in the forms of man and Satan) and that a man should be proud of his wife to bear as many children as possible.
Multiple Children

Big Family

This movement is about everything that is opposite that the sinful world teaches us. This lifestyle tells us to remove our ego, to not put ourselves first, but to put the Lord first, to put our husband, wife and children first. This movement is the perfect medicine for a sick world that desires to control the American family in all ways. It is a movement that will create an army of spiritual soldiers for the Lord so that his will is done on earth and in heaven.

The post The Growing Quiverfull Family Movement In America appeared first on Join the Quiverfull Family Blog.

Add a Comment
2. Finding His and Hers Wedding Bands

Congratulations on your engagement! Let the decision-making Olympics begin with choosing color themes, venues, photographers, caterers and unique matching wedding bands.
The wedding bands will be a constant reminder of the vows that you took to honor your other half for eternity. It is the reason that precious stones, such as diamonds take a center stage in wedding bands and engagement rings.
Many couples take the idea of being wed to another level by purchasing customized matching wedding bands. It is a common practice and increasingly includes a variety of fine metals to make the wedding bands uniquely the couple’s own.
Unique Wedding Bands that Match

Matching Wedding Bands

Uniting Beauty With Good Design
When creating luxury custom bands and rings, the couple needs to keep several keys in mind. Consider the overall wardrobe, tastes proportionality, and personality into account. Choosing something that is lovely but completely outside of the couple’s usual comfort zone might challenge them to wear the rings. It needs to be a statement of love they can comfortably and happily wear.
Instead, look at the rings relationally. How will they appeal to both parties? Will it suit both personalities, wardrobes, and even the scale of their fingers?
Metal Bands
When considering the final design of the rings and bands, it is vital to look at the metal that will play host to years of wear. It needs to speak your hearts’ desires.
In the land of custom wedding bands and rings, many couples swing far and wide from the traditional yellow gold and venture into black gold, titanium, and platinum very often.
The wear and tear are a serious consideration when purchasing any piece of jewelry that needs to last an entire lifetime. For instance, the band might seem luxurious if you have never bought 24 karat gold. Once you wear it, it will start scratching, and can bend a lot more easily than lower karat varieties. It is the most expensive because it is pure gold. And, yet, that is what makes it malleable and delicate.
Consider strength as well as visual appeal. Platinum and titanium are like the diamonds of the metals. They are immensely strong and hold up well over time.
The same goes for gemstones. Many love to mix and match diamonds with a stone that speaks to their style. As was the case pre-1900’s, grooms purchased gems to match the qualities of their wife-to-be. Tanzanite is less expensive than say sapphire, but is also weaker and may chip or break. Tanzanite is less expensive, yet uniquely beautiful, but may not keep up with a partner in life who is clumsy, and overly active.
Still others choose to rely more on decorative metalwork, inscriptions, and less on gemstones when they design their breathtaking wedding bands and rings. Choose wisely and enjoy the statement of your relationship you create.
Some couples write their vows. Others choose their rings. Whether the conventional cannot deliver on how you feel, or does not suit your personality, you might want to consider designing your unique matching wedding rings.

The post Finding His and Hers Wedding Bands appeared first on Join the Quiverfull Family Blog.

Add a Comment
3. The Benefits Of Online Homeschooling

The internet has not only made the world like a small community but also improved the standards of living, especially where education is concerned.   Anyone today can enroll for online classes online with an overseas college or university, and be able to graduate (get certifications) without necessarily setting foot in a physical class.  Young children can also enroll for a homeschooling virtual classroom and be able to learn everything that pupils/students in physical classes learn.
Homeschooled Children

Children in Home School

One of the best things about online homeschooling is the fact that, students get to take practical quizzes, hand over assignments, as well as chat with fellow students without ever leaving the house. Some of the benefits of online homeschooling are:
1.    Sharing perspectives:  The online platform makes it easier for students to participate in discussions on certain topics through chat functions and discussion boards.  The good thing about this is that each student can follow /review the proposals and ideas put across, then evaluate other opinions at hand.  It will facilitate a solid foundation for learning.
2.    Accessibility to instructors:  The online portal provides an additional avenue for students to get in contact with professors and teachers.  Should a teacher’s hour’s conflict with a student’s schedule, the student can always find time to access the instructor.  Another added benefit of using the online homeschooling feature is the fact that, there are many helpful web-based programs (especially math) that students can use to learn.
3.    The sense of equality:  Some students may feel neglected in the traditional class setups where the teacher can only monitor a few students at a go. Some teachers also find it hard to keep track of all students as the number is overwhelming for him/her. Nonetheless, online homeschooling makes it easier for tutors to communicate directly with all students. Another added benefit to this is that shy students find it easier to share their ideas without fear of embarrassment, as it usually happens in traditional class setups.
4.    24/7 accessibility to course materials:  Online homeschooling provides a convenient learning timetable where students can choose when to start learning. Some students may work best in the morning hours, in the evening, and some late at night. Whatever time the pupil feels comfortable learning, he/she can log on and start learning right away. Unlike in traditional setups where there’s a specific timetable that everyone need to follow.
Other advantages that come with homeschooling include accessibility to many learning resources, and the opportunity to explore more.  You, however, need to identify/find a good tutor or teacher to enjoy the benefits of online homeschooling.

The post The Benefits Of Online Homeschooling appeared first on Join the Quiverfull Family Blog.

Add a Comment
4. Finding Out How To Start Homesteading Today

If you have a desire to get into homesteading, and you want to figure out How to Start Homesteading Today, your best bet will be to look online. There are many different resources out there for you, and you can figure out what you need to do to get started. You can read blogs, look at photos and watch videos on the subject.
Some people have started out homesteading without much help. They have just done it on their own and learned along the way. They have probably made mistakes, and they will take what they learned and teach others so they can avoid them.
Other people have learned a lot themselves and have been working to create a homesteading lifestyle work for them. They then create websites and videos to help other people learn as well. You should start your search by looking at blogs to see how real people are living the homestead life.
Through these blogs, you will be able to learn How to Start Homesteading Today. You should take notes and follow qualified links by respective blog owners. Make sure to look at their photos. That will allow you to learn more information and start your journey.
Videos can help you understand what they are talking about and can even show you a glimpse into their lives. It’s helpful because watching someone do something is more impressionable than reading about it. Look for tutorials about anything you need to know.
Once you have done a bit of research on homesteading, you will need to start planning. Make notes of everything that you need to do and anything you would need to buy. Make sure you talk to your spouse about this if you have one so that you are on the same page about your future.
After you make a plan, it is time to start buying everything that you need to get started. You also will probably be wanting to get rid of a lot of things. Take the time to either sell or donate your unwanted items.
If you know anyone personally that has started this life you can always talk with them. They can give you tips and any hints that you need to get started on your journey. That can be very helpful as well.

The post Finding Out How To Start Homesteading Today appeared first on Join the Quiverfull Family Blog.

Add a Comment
5. CSFF Tour: Numb by John W. Otte

NumbI really enjoy sci-fi, but I don’t enjoy sci-fi featuring aliens for the most part. Aliens schmaliens. Don’t get me started!

Ahem.

Thankfully, John W. Otte has penned Numb – a stand-alone sci-fi tale that takes place in a post galactic imperalism/expansion, but sans aliens! Woohoo! As a nice bonus it also includes some faith-based themes of dead religion vs. a life lived by the direction of the spirit. Sort of a reformation-persecuted church in….spaaaaaace. But less corny than that, trust me.

Crusader is a church-sanctioned assassin. The Ministrix says kill, he does. It’s all for the good of his soul and helps him work towards alleviating an ever-presence sense that he’s not right with God. Or so they tell him. Thankfully he’s pretty much immune to feelings, both physical and emotional (hence the book title) because of some church tinkering. That is, until his feelings go ablitz and a mission goes wrong when he fails to eliminate target Isolda Westin. It’s a wild dash-and-chase ride after that, full of political maneuverings, action, and grit.

It’s probably too gritty to make it as a mainstream CFBA-style read, hence the Marcher Lord Press imprint (man, I love those guys). There is some true-to-the-story action and violence, but the language is clean, and the male-female character interactions are squeaky as well.

It’s SO nice to be able to read sci-fi without scanning for humanistic/evolutionistic tendencies and Otte delivers. Good fun read, recommended!

Check out the book here on AMAZON (Kindle and Hard Copy available)!

Check out the other CSFF bloggers on tour and see what they have to say!

Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Shannon McNear
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Faye Oygard
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White

Add a Comment
6. CSFF Tour: A Draw of Kings (The Staff & The Sword #3) by Patrick W. Carr

drawofkingsI’m fussy when it comes to fantasy.  My first genre-love when it comes to reading, but after becoming a Christian I totally stopped reading for a time.  After a few years I was able to start reading again, but selectively.  I had to use discernment and hedges for myself to keep my heart stayed on Christ.  Thankfully, Patrick W. Carr’s is one fantasy series that I can recommend without reservation (and without making disclaimers and warning notes!)  When the third and final installment in the series – A Draw of Kings - came in the mail, I cried.  Really, I did.  The story got off to a bit of a bumpy start with A Cast of Stones, the first novel (my review here).  Our main hero was entirely unlikeable and it took a while for him to journey through an incredibly authentic process of change and maturation.  After reading The Hero’s Lot (book two, no review yet) it was bookish love, all together and entirely.  So, book three, I couldn’t wait to get started!

Now, it’s always tricky to review second and subsequent novels in a series for fear of giving away plot points in the earlier books for new readers.  What can I say?  We see a lot of the princess Adora in this book, making her a much more real character.  We also see more Liam than we normally do, which is nice – he still seems like a distant figure in many ways.  Sadly though, we don’t really feel Errol as much in this book as we have in others.  That being said, it could simply be that there is a lot going on.  What with all the diplomatic missions, church reformation, exotic voyages, political machinations, war, and demonic beings – times are busy in Illustra!

After finishing the series, I can say that the story isn’t as much of a pure parable as I thought it might be.  It does deal with the themes of sacrificial love, redemption, the struggle between the forces of darkness and of good played out on a human scale, but it isn’t a straight across parallel like you find in some Christian fantasy.  I’m good with that.  While it is definitely an adult-level fantasy, and includes some war and violence, the romances are tender, sweet, and for the most part, chaste.  There are a few kisses (three-four?), but that’s througout the entire series.  I’m thankful for that, it means my fantasy loving children will be able to read it at earlier ages once they can handle the political alliances and battle scenes.

Now, I have to admit, series finales are tough to write, and A Draw of Kings wasn’t my favorite of the series, that would be book two, The Hero’s Lot.  Still when all is said and done, the series closed well, and I recommend it highly as a favorite Christian fantasy series of mine.  I’m keeping my books on the shelf!

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM OR CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

A Draw of Kings is on tour this week with CSFF, so don’t forget to read what other bloggers have to say!

Gillian Adams
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Mike Coville
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Shannon McNear
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Audrey Sauble
James Somers
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Jill Williamson

Add a Comment
7. Support a Homeschooling Missionary Family: Get Copywork!

Our family has been personally blessed by the work of the Carriers and their faith-based parenting resources at Values Driven Family.  This homeschooling family is also involved in church planting and support in Kenya and they need to renew their license to minster there.  It will cost $6,500, and they need to raise funds!

They have put together a bundle of all their e-resources on parenting and homeschooling and pulled together a great group of free e-titles as free bonuses - all for $10.00 from March 10th-16th!  The Carrier’s titles are worth almost $70 and the bonus titles are worth more than $70!  Pretty good deal, AND you get to support their ongoing work in Africa!

CPVS-HWT3ACsmWe’ve been blessed by the opportunity to contribute one of the  free bonus titles: our full length  copywork book (worth $4.95) from our family business – Bogart Family ResourcesCopying the Poems: The Voice of Spring – HWT 3-A This title is our beginner level of Handwriting Without Tears-style cursive.  It includes the complete text of three well-known poems and four scripture passages that focus the heart and mind on the delight that God brings to the hearts of man-kind when new life springs forth from the earth He has created. Includes 25 lessons with three full poems and KJV Bible verses in HWT-style cursive.  Features regular 3/16?, two-line style; line-by-line models; pictures to color; and room for drawing.

Please take a look and consider supporting the ongoing work of this homeschooling family of ten in Africa!  You’ll be getting a great deal on their edifying resources (and some great homeschooling resources) at the same time!

Add a Comment
8. Book Review: God Gave Us Love Boardbook Edition by Lisa Tawn Bergren

godgaveusloveboardGod Gave Us Love was first reviewed here in its hardcover format, you can read the full review here.  It is also available as a chubby, glossy board book for younger audiences.

This edition of God Gave Us Love is slightly more concise, having had some of the text and illustrations removed.  Upon first reading it, I had a difficult time finding the deletions and condensations, but I pulled out my hardcover and compared.  I actually think that the removal of some of the more complex sentences and the shortening of the story makes this book more accessible for shorter attention spans, the hardcover is a bit draggy at times.  Most importantly, the heart of the original message is clearly retained: loving others when they behaving in ways that make them hard to love (with a special application for younger siblings and family relationships).  God’s love toward us through the gift of His Son is also included in a general way (no sacrificial death and resurrection are present here).

As I stated in my original review, the lengthy and detail of the text may still be over the heads of the board book audience it is intended for, but Laura J. Bryant’s tender watercolors of bears hugging is hard for my 3-year-old to resist.  If you’d like to explore this title, I think I’d actually choose the board book over the hardcover, even for older children (say 3-5 year-olds).  It moves through the main points more quickly while maintaining all the warm fuzzies Bergen’s God Gave Us series is so well known for.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM!

Add a Comment
9. Book Review: Passport to the World: Your A to Z Guided Language Tour by Craig Froman

passportworldPassport to the World is a unique journey around the world based on languages. Opening with an account of the tower of Babel where the world’s one and only language was split into a wide variety of language families, the book then goes on to cover one language and a focus country for each letter of the alphabet.

There is a map-based table of contents in the front identifying all of the included languages and focus country names with page numbers. English is assigned to Australia, Cherokee to the United States, Welsh to the United Kingdom, Xhosa to South Africa, and so on. Clearly, the assigned country isn’t the only place these languages are spoken, nor is it the only language spoken in that country, but again, the focus is on language groups and not as much on geographic divisions.

If you’d like a list (and can’t guess from the flags on the front cover – don’t worry, I don’t know them all either!) we have:

Armenian in Armenia, Bengali in Bangladesh, Cherokee in the United States of America, Dutch in the Netherlands, English in Australia, French in France, German in Germany, Hebrew in Israel, Icelandic in Iceland, Japanese in Japan, Korean in South Korea, Lithuanian in Lithuania, Mandarin in China, Norwegian in Norway, Oriya in India, Pashto in Afghanistan, Quechua in Bolivia, Russian in Russia, Spanish in Mexico, Turkish in Turkey, Ukrainian in Ukraine, Vietnamese in Vietnam, Welsh in the United Kingdom, Xhosa in South Africa, Yoruba in Nigeria, and Zulu in Swaziland.

The inside cover of the book includes a ‘real’ passport book that your child places a sticker of a passport stamp in once she has made a visit to each country (stickers at the back of the book). She can date the stamp with the date she read each country’s entry.

Each language is given a two-page spread featuring the demographic facts of the country it is being associated with in the book. A colourful picture a child (or children) from today who speak the language is included beside a map of the country, an image of its flag and other photographs of interest (a special favorite here is the picture of someone in traditional or historical costume). Facts on currency, special foods, interesting facts about the language, other languages in the country, geography tidbits, etc. Are also given on each spread. My children’s favorite parts were always the ‘Speaking’ section where the same four words were given along with a pronunciation guide: hello, goodbye, thank you, and peace and the part of the page where a proverb originating from the culture was given.

The back of the book comes with “Country Facts at a Glance” section, giving demographics for population, life expectancy, literacy, square miles, internet users, and monetary unit for each country for each comparison. It also includes two quiz pages for practicing the names of the flags of all the countries and identifying them based on their shapes. A page of resources for learning about and caring for children in other countries around the world is also included at the end of the book.

We’ve used this book as a free exploration resource in our homeschool, just having it available for the children to enjoy (and oh, they have enjoyed it!) The pictures of other children their ages, the exotic languages and foods, the different types of money, it’s all been so engaging and intriguing. The glossy, visual appeal of each country’s two page section has really drawn them in.

My oldest daughter has loved this book! I think the key that has really kept my oldest coming back for more as she moved through the book is the passport and stickers. I only wish I could buy additional stickers and passports for it for her younger siblings. While she was reading through it, she would approach me on a daily basis to try out her new vocabulary words, show me pictures of the children, and tell me about what she was learning.

Passport to the Word has been a lovely, language-centred jaunt around the world that focuses not as much on a unifying theme as it does on a unifying format.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM OR CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

Add a Comment
10. Book Review: Scholastic Children’s Atlas of Canada

atlasofcanada

The Scholastic Children’s Atlas of Canada is a fantastic early-elementary atlas.  The clear, large-font type paired with full color illustrations and interesting topics make the work accessible and engaging.  It’s a good thing this title is a hardcover, because my children love looking through thet wide range of maps and fact charts available.

Please be aware that this work IS deliberately simplified for new atlas users.  Special features include a section on maps and atlases (how to use them, how they are developed etc.)  The atlas places Canada on the earth in reference to major geographical features and other continents, gives an overview of the country, a chart of First Nations regions and a pictorial timeline of European settlement to the present before devoting a four page section to each Canadian province.

Each four page spread includes overviews of the province, facts, flora, fauna, special geographic features, and other interesting tidbits, including each province’s emblems and important industries.  The most interesting aspect of the atlas is that the first map given for each province is adorned with illustrations for the type of landscape as well as plants and animals that live in the province.
The second map is a more typical flat map but it still includes illustrations for types of industry and shows varying development levels based on the size of buildings (small houses represent smaller towns, skyscrapers for large cities, parliament buildings for capitals etc.)   These illustrated maps really make the provinces come alive for young readers.  Being simplified it only includes only the major cities in each provincial spread and has no index.  The book closes with some basic facts and demographics about Canada in a two page spread.  It does have a very simple one page terminology listing at the end of the book.

All in all, we’re delighted by this first foray into Canadian geography.  This accessible and visually engaging volume will provide a splendid starting point for exploring our large, diverse contry.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM!

Add a Comment
11. CSFF Tour: Martyr’s Fire (Merlin’s Immortals Series #3) by Sigmund Brouwer

Hey!  CSFF is touring Martyr’s Fire this week, the third novel in the Merlin’s Immortals Series.  It’s written by Sigmund Brouwer, and the man has series writing chops (love his spec-fiction most of all), so you know it must be good.  If this post sounds exciting, go ahead and jump in with the first book in the series, The Orphan King.

Now, here’s the sad news.  I haven’t read it in time for the tour!  I’ve had sick children for the past two weeks in rotation, a desperately ill and teething 11-month old the past few days, and we’re still in the midst of heavy renovations.  Oy oy!  What’s a Christian-fantasy loving momma to do?  Quicky hit the other CSFF blog members on tour?  Yep, that’s what I’ll do!!

First, the synopsis!

“Posing as a beggar, Thomas escapes Magnus after fifteen men, who are calling themselves the Priests of the Holy Grail, arrive and take control of the castle through wondrous acts and apparent miracles.

With the help of his longtime friend Gervaise, Thomas sets out on a journey that leads him to the ancient Holy Land. Unaware that Katherine and Hawkwood are watching over him, Thomas is tested in his beliefs and comes face to face with the ancient power that the Merlins and Druids have long been searching for.”

Now, if you’ve ever read through a few CSFF tour posts, the one stop you need to make is Rebecca, her reviews are ever so thoughtful.  She probes beneath the surface of the writing, being a writer herself.  Don’t miss her review here.

Next, we have Megan at Blooming for Books.  She focuses on how this is the third in a series of four (she has a cover for the finale) and has found a podcast where the author speaks about the book.

Lastly, don’t forget to read Phyllis Wheeler’s review over at The Christian Fantasy Review.  I’ll quote from her review, “There’s a steampunk flavor, with techno explanations for apparent miracles that fool the gullible populace, alongside herbal potions and poisons that give the enemy druids their power.”  THAT is why I’m excited about this series.  Fantasy, set in the middle ages that doesn’t devolve into sword and sorcery.  Apparent sorcery – yes.  Actual sorcery – no.  And thank God for that.

You can buy this release over at AMAZON.COM in print or for KINDLE or you can buy a copy at CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

You can find the rest of the CSFF bloggers below, have fun!

Red Bissell
Beckie Burnham
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson
Rachel Wyant

Add a Comment
12. Curriculum Update

I recently updated our curriculum choices page. You can find what we’re doing for our K, 1st, 2nd, and 5th students. With increasing numbers of children and a house in renovations, we’ve moved to mostly independent materials and it is working SO well! I started the move last year with my oldest (then in 4th) and tis year the switch is working well for all our children. We’ve never gotten more school done, or done it more consistently!

So check it out! What are you up to in your home schools this year?

Add a Comment
13. CSFF Tour and Book Review: A Cast of Stones (The Staff & The Sword) by Patrick W. Carr

Errol Stone is something of a misfit in the village of Callowford.  His fondness for drink the driving force of his life, the only kindness he’s shown comes from a reclusive (and somwhat irregular) priest.  When a church messenger offers him a rich sum to deliver a message to the afore-mentioned priest, he gladly accepts, only to find himself fleeing for his life and swept into a web of political intrigues as the tme to choose a new King draws near.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t certain about A Cast of Stones (I often reserve judgement on new series) – I had my discernment antennae up about the reader’s art where stones are carved and drawn to determine the truth.  However, never fear fellow readers who avoid occultic practices by the good guys!  These stones are akin to lots in the Bible, because the king has no successor, the next king must be chosen by casting stones that can only be created and read by those with the ability to do so.  The importance of the lack of an heir becomes more pronounced as the book progresses.  Not only is this king a political figure, he’s also the descendant in a sacrificial line, and vitally important to spiritual shields that stand around the kingdom, providing it with protection from evil forces.

Carr draws a fine line with Errol, he truly is almost completely unlikeable for a good third of this first title in the series.  His character development is then truly authentic, slow-paced, and believable.  His fellow companions in his hero’s journey are portrayed vibrantly as well, making for interesting travelling partners.  When their paths diverge and the point of view passes back and forth, both of the plot streams are equally enjoyable.

Now, I have to admit (and this is to your advantage) – I’ve already read the second in the series, The Hero’s Lot,  and I can confidently say that Carr is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine!  This excellent epic fantasy series from Bethany House (God bless them for continuing to publish Christian fantasy novels) includes a classic hero’s plot arc, political intrigues, exotic locales, and of course, a certain amount of romantic tension as well.  We are also treated to hints of a burgeoning reformation in a spiritual system that closely mirrors the bureaucracy and power-mongering of the Middle Ages Catholic church and force of darkness at work to manipulate politics for their own ends.

Essentially – I cannot wait for the third book to come out!  Draw of Kings, I long for you!  (Slated for release in January 2014!)

Best yet – the Kindle version of A Cast of Stones is free right now and the ePub version is as well – go get it!

It’s also available in print at AMAZON.COM and at CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

Don’t forget to visit my fellow CSFF bloggers and read their thoughts as well:

Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Rachel Wyant

Add a Comment
14. Book Review: Three Decades of Fertility

Moms who have surrendered their fertility to the Lord often walk a lonely path.  With decades of anti-child culture behind us, it’s a rare and precious thing to find older women who can truly encourage and mentor us through trying times as we deal with the real-life issues of bearing and raising many children for [...]

Add a Comment
15. Book Review: The Candle Classic Bible by Alan Parry

We adore storybook Bibles here – I’m reluctant to admit how many of them I own!  So I was excited to take a peek at The Candle Classic Bible which I received to review.  The Bible includes 365 stories from the scriptures, both Old and New Testament, and the readings are divided into 365 short selections, [...]

Add a Comment
16. CFBA Tour: Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Harvest of Gold  River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2013)  by  Tessa AfsharABOUT THE AUTHOR: TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, [...]

Add a Comment
17. Trim Healthy Mama Before and After: 32 lb. Weight Loss

I have a secret.  I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I’ve lost 32 lbs. over the past 14 weeks by following the way of eating laid out in Trim Healthy Mama.  This isn’t a formal book review, I just want to share my story with you. I’m the mother of five children so far, [...]

Add a Comment
18. CFBA Tour: The Judgement Stone by Robert Liparulo

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  The Judgment Stone  Thomas Nelson (May 14, 2013)  by  Robert LiparuloABOUT THE AUTHOR: Former journalist Robert Liparulo is the best-selling author of the thrillers Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, Deadlock, and The 13th Tribe, as well as The Dreamhouse Kings, an action-adventure series for young adults. [...]

Add a Comment
19. CSFF Tour: The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

This week CSFF has been touring The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer.  I love Brouwer’s writing, and I’ve indulged in it a few times, and it doesn’t disappoint here.  I haven’t had the time to write up a full review yet – perhaps the fact that 4 out of 5 of our children have come [...]

Add a Comment
20. Clearing Out the House

When we moved last year we had a LOT of things to go through before we could fit all of our belongings into our refitted school bus.  We drove and slept in the front part of the bus, and all of our belongings had to fit into the back part of the bus.  It’s a [...]

Add a Comment
21. FIRST Tour: 52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads: What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship by Jay Payleitner

We have four daughters so far, so this is an important book for us! It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief [...]

Add a Comment
22. Buying Used Cars

This post brought to you by Insurance Hunter. All opinions are 100% mine. The first car I bought was used.  The first truck I bought was used.  The first van I bought was used.  The school bus we used to move to Nova Scotia from Alberta was used.  And finally, the van we bought when [...]

Add a Comment
23. FIRST Tour: 10 Questions Kids Ask About Sex by Bill and Pam Farrel

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason [...]

Add a Comment
24. FIRST Tour: Moms Raising Sons to Be Men by Rhonda Stoppe

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason [...]

Add a Comment
25. FIRST Tour: What Happens When Young Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst and Hope TerKeurst

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason [...]

Add a Comment

View Next 25 Posts