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Review and Giveaway for Haven’s Fire

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About the Book

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Book: Haven’s Fire

Author: Dena Netherton

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: April, 2019

When Dade re-emerges from the wilderness and settles in Seattle, intent on establishing a powerful cult following, Haven, Petter, and Jesse must protect their new friend, Thea, from his evil plans.

Haven Ellingson has been stalked, kidnapped, and beaten by Dade. After her escape, he continued to torment her through threats and constant pursuit. Again she was able to break free, thinking the man had finally perished.

But he’s back, now intent on destroying the life of another young woman and countless, misguided followers.

And Haven is having none of it.

Sometimes you hide from your attacker; sometimes you stand and fight.

 

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

Haven’s Fire is the third installment of “The Hunted” series.  In this installment, Dade is back pretending to be Father Michael and seeking to create a cult of followers.  We first meet Thea at the beginning of this third book in her father’s funeral home as a young girl.  Her father has her hide in a casket and pretend to be dead.  In the meantime, bad men come to get her father.  As they take her father away, they set fire to the funeral home.  Thea manages to escape but carries those memories with her.  Years later, Thea and Jesse meet in Seattle at the college they both attend.

This book includes adventure, Christian beliefs, cults, evil and more.  It is definitely a book worth reading, but I definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series first.  Without the first two books, you may find yourself lost and wondering what is going on in this story.

About the Author

Deana Netherton

Dena Netherton has always loved the thrill of suspense-filled fiction. One day it dawned on her she could actually put down on paper her own action-packed stories and life-threatened characters that had been knocking around inside her head for decades.

When she’s not writing, Dena loves to play piano and guitar, read good books, spend time with people, and hike the Cascade Mountains.

Dena is active in her church as a musician, leader in Women’s Ministry, and director of a women’s prayer ministry. She also volunteers at a Crisis Pregnancy Center.

She and her husband live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Find out more about Dena’s books through her website and newsletter: denanetherton.me

 

More from Dena

Haven’s Fire is the third and final installment of the suspense trilogy, Hunting Haven. In the first book, Haven’s Flight, I introduced Jesse, a teenaged boy, living with the delusional Dade Colton and his common-law wife, Mama. He’s a sweet and handsome young man, but just like Haven, he’s a victim of the two abusive adults who keep him imprisoned in a remote mountain cabin, far from the influence of church or friends or schools. He puts his life on the line to help Haven escape from Dade, and as I was writing the book, I fell in love with his courageous, unselfish character. So I vowed that I would give him a bigger role in the third book. (He’s still secondary in book two, Haven’s Hope.) And since Jesse wasn’t destined to be Haven’s love, I knew I had to find a girl for him, someone worthy of him, but someone who was dealing with her own dark past. In Haven’s Fire, we get to see Jesse, now a student living in Seattle, struggle to forgive Dade and Mama for the abuse they dealt out, and to help his girl, Thea, escape the dangerous leader of a cult who is bent on controlling and abusing her. In this suspense-filled book, it will take all of Jesse’s new-found faith, his prayers, and the support of Haven and her friends to rescue Thea from walking blindly into a world of intrigue, deception, and even, murder!

 

Blog Stops

A Reader’s Brain, April 20

Carpe Diem, April 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 23

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 24

Blogging With Carol, April 24

Godly Book Reviews, April 25

Multifarious, April 26

For Him and My Family, April 27

Texas Book-aholic, April 28

Rebekah’s Quill, April 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

Through the Fire Blogs, April 30

janicesbookreviews, May 1

Inklings and notions, May 2

The Becca Files, May 3

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dena is giving away a grand prize of a $75 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Review and Giveaway for Thirty Days Hath from Chautona Havig

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About the Book

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Book: Thirty Days Hath

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance

Release Date: Revised edition, Feb 26, 2019

Blind Dates Are for Wimps!

At least, that’s what Adric Garrison thinks.
Can you blame him? Thanks to his sister and brother-in-law, Adric is about to embark on a year of month-long, chaperoned, blind dates. Awkward.

He didn’t ask for it. But Adric still finds himself living what seems more like a bad TV reality show than a new life in Fairbury.

Once an ordinary (if prematurely gray and vertically challenged) guy, Adric is now Fairbury’s newest “most eligible bachelor,” and dreams of permanent bachelorhood loom on the horizon. Will he call it quits before the year is out, or will one of his “girls of the month” change his mind?

One man, twelve women, one happily ever after.

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

Several years ago I made the discovery of an amazing author who was able to capture my heart, my imagination, and my desire to read all in one incredible book.  From the time I started reading my first book by Chautona Havig, I was hooked.  So when I was given the chance to review “Thirty Days”, I knew I had to do this.

Imagine being a Christian and trying to discover the one God created for you.  But then, add the idea of a Christian version of The Bachelor (kind-of), only with the added involvement of preachers and only one person at a time.  Then add in the crazy idea of spending one month immersed in getting to know that one person under the supervision of a chaperone.  That is the premise of this book.  I found the idea intriguing.

With the help of Adric’s sister and her husband, twelve women are selected to see if in the course of a month they can win his heart.  With he addition of chaperones, everything is kept within proper boundaries.

Some of the women I have to say I was glad to see leave, like the pink Cadillac driving, Mary Kay selling initial subject.  She was much too-overbearing for my taste.  But as the story progresses, other ladies enter the scene, but can one win his heart, that is the question you will have to read the book to find out.  You see, I hate spoilers and therefore, and therefore I hate being the one to spoil a book for anyone.

I will leave you with this, Chautona Havig does a marvelous job of taking the idea of “The Bachelor” and giving it the perfect Christian spin to make a book that is impossible to put down until you know how it ends.  So check it out for yourself.

About the Author

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Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona

A Silent Truth No One Admits: Blind Dates Are for Wimps

Maybe I’m not the one to talk. After all, I never dated. Not really. My best friend in high school was a guy. We went to the movies. We did things. Still, we were just great friends.

I had what might be considered one date in Lubbock, Texas in 1987. Maybe. I didn’t consider it one, but I suppose the guy might have. Maybe.

Then I went from best friends with the guy I’ve been married to for 30 years to engaged in the span of a few seconds after what might have been a rhetorical question. He’s under orders not to tell me if it was. After all, he’s the fool who went on to say, “I do.” Just sayin’.

Still, in the first decade of the 21st century, I discovered a new “thing” in reality TV. The Bachelor. Though I tried watching it, I couldn’t after a while. It started out reasonably clean, but then it devolved into cat fights, spit-swapping sessions, and drama. Oh, the drama.

But one aspect intrigued me. The focused attention to finding the girl. What if Christians did that? What if we stopped playing the silly game of “pretend we’re not in this to see if you’re someone I could put up with for the next fifty or sixty years…”? Oh, man. What if the church rallied around its members and helped without pushing.

Trust me, you don’t want to push too much. You may discover that the people you’re pushing just get together and talk about it. Laugh at your antics. Mock the ridiculousness of it. Not that Kevin and I ever did that back in the day or anything. (Check out that story HERE.)

That “what if?” spurred an idea.

Sister churches. Chaperones. Not a couple of weeks in a giant house somewhere, but a whole month of real living with someone, day in. Day out. And again, with that chaperone to avoid that “appearance of evil” thing. If you could spend that much time with someone, seeing warts, virtues, best and worst sides… well, maybe you might just be right for each other.

At the least, you’d have a good idea if you even wanted to find out. That’s a healthier and quicker start than two or three months of a date here or there and hoping you’re seeing the real person. Right?

I created a character and ran with it. From giving him less than Hollywood good looks, to an anger problem and a blue-collar job, Adric had lots going for him… and not so much!

Then I tested it out. Acid test. I signed him up for eHarmony.

No, really. I did.

For the record, apparently short, prematurely graying mechanics with anger issues are a hot commodity. It took hours to get it set up, but man there were many women out there for him… supposedly.

And to this day, my Gmail email (that I never use) still says adricgarrison@gmail.com. No joke.

For what it’s worth, Adric learned one very difficult lesson that year.

As I’ve already confessed. I’ve never been on a blind date. I doubt anyone would even consider that I’ve been on a date. Still, after writing this book, I know for one thing. Blind Dates Are for Wimps.

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Godly Book Reviews, April 17

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Inspired by Fiction, April 19

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Rebekah’s Quill, April 22

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Aryn The Libraryan, April 23

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Lots of Helpers, April 24

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A Reader’s Brain, April 25

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Inklings and notions, April 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 27

The Becca Files, April 27

Real World Bible Study, April 28

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae, April 28

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Thirty Days Hath, book cozy, and a $25 Starbucks gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into to the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

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Review and Giveaway for Uniquely Common

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About the Book

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Book: Uniquely Common

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: April 4, 2019

Steel sharpens steel, but will its sparks ignite unfailing love?

Instead of living a pampered life on the civilized east coast with a new husband, rejection compels Christina Adams westward with her widowed brother and his two daughters. Harboring ulterior motives, Ethan Cord, the man her brother hires to accompany the family, is more a match for her, and he appears almost perfect, but how could she possibly trust her instincts about him when she’d been so wrong about her previous fiancé? Will her past ruin her future?

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

What if you were engaged to someone and he broke the engagement off in order to marry someone else.  Your brother and his two daughters whom you live with are leaving to travel west.  So the only real choice is for you to travel with them.  This is the situation Christina Adams finds herself in, with the added twist of her brother and his two daughters trying to play matchmaker between herself and Ethan Cord.

From the moment the two meet, I wanted the two to fall in love.  During the pages of the book everything from card games to dancing to shopping and more happen.  The story moves at a great pace and the two daughters add to the story in the form of meddling (done lovingly) and more.  The only character I have to say I did not like was the horrible ex-fiance who had the nerve to break up with Christina through a letter.  On the other hand, that break-up allowed Christina to find the man God planned for her to be with all along.

The idea of traveling west in prairie schooners does not excite Christina but in the course of getting to where they will begin their journey by finding a wagon train to join up with, Christina and Ethan find true love.

This is the first book I have read in this series, but now I plan on starting at the beginning and reading all these books.  While the book is Christian fiction,  it does not slam that in the reader’s face, instead it is done in a way that brings the reader along on their journey.  So check this book out for yourself.

About the Author

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Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling novels—over forty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

I’m so excited about this year’s Lockets and Lace story! I’ve fallen in love with its characters. Asher and his sister Christina, his girls Samantha and Patricia, and his friend, Ethan Cord is certainly a man’s man though he has a checkered past to overcome.

His wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with two little girls, then when his parents pass, too, what’s to tie Asher Adams to New York?

His younger sister Christina is about to be settled into her new life, married and well cared for, so there’s nothing holding the wine merchant back from his dreams of owning a vineyard in the Napa Valley. He decides a new life in the west is the best thing for him and his daughters.

Then at the last minute, the family is turned upside down when the rogue engaged to Christina dumps her and calls the wedding off. Asher’s already sold the brownstone. She suddenly has nowhere to go and no one to watch over her if he leaves.

She never wanted to, but he insists her only choice is to go with them, accompany him and her nieces and make her new life in California . . . and he knows the perfect man for her, too!

One thing I love about this book is that as it draws to its end in Saint Joseph, Missouri, a new young woman is introduced, Remi, and her book—my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story REMI—continues with the Adams family and segues into a new romance!

I hope readers will love that as well, praying my story gives God glory!

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, April 23

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd CornerApril 24

Splashes of JoyApril 25

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 28

BigreadersiteApril 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 29

For Him and My Family, April 30

Texas Book-aholic, May 1

janicesbookreviews, May 2

A Reader’s Brain, May 3

KarenSueHadleyMay 4

Inklings and notionsMay 5

The Becca Files, May 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

Grand Prize $50 Amazon Gift Card

1st Place – Print copy of UNIQUELY COMMON

2nd place – eBook copy of UNIQUELY COMMON

3rd place – Choice eBook of Caryl’s FORTY+ titles!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

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Review and Giveaway for Beauty in Hiding

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About the Book

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Book: Beauty in Hiding

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Book 2 in the Beauty in Flight series:

Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in prison if anyone connects those two dead men to her.

Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.

Jack Rossi isn’t sure what to make of his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something’s not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they’re trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.

Derrick, Harper’s ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.

Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If Harper can’t trust Jack with the truth, she may lose more than just this glimpse of true love. She may lose her freedom—or her life.

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

Beauty in Hiding, the second book in the Beauty in Flight series, pulled me into the story from the moment I started reading.  The storyline is believable and the story moves along at a good pace.  Jack’s kindness and generosity make him the perfect landlord for Harper and Red who are on the run.  Red’s dementia adds interest to the story for me since my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s prior to her death.

This book provides suspense because Harper and Red are on the run because Red’s grandson was trying to murder him. Harper discovered this, along with two dead bodies and is trying to keep Red and herself safe.  Jack sees the genuine love between the two but still feels like something is off.  Yet, he still attempts to provide assistance as much as he can.

Derrick demonstrates true evil.  He is willing to do whatever it takes to get his grandfather’s money, including committing murder.  He despises the fact that Harper knows his true nature and wants revenge against her.

If you like a book with adventure, generosity, and intense scenes check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Robin Patchen

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

 

More from Robin

I was raised in a Christian home. Our parents took my sister, my brother, and me to church every Sunday. They taught us right from wrong, but eventually, kids have to make their own choices. In my case, I chose wrong for a long time.

Don’t misunderstand: I was always a pretty nice person. I wasn’t a thief, and I didn’t kill anybody, but I made a lot of bad decisions. Sinful decisions. I discovered that one bad choice often led to the next and the next until I was trapped in a life of my own making with no idea how to get out.

But God… two of my favorite words in the English language.

God had a different plan, and He pulled me out of the muck and changed my life. He showed me that I was not the person I’d been acting like. He showed me who I was, and He taught me to walk in the truth of my identity.

Harper Cloud isn’t me, not at all. First of all, she is tall and blond and drop-dead gorgeous. More than that, her choices are nothing like mine was. But she’s in the same boat I was. Thanks to a series of bad decisions, Harper was in a hole, and she didn’t know how to get herself out of it. She used drugs to quiet the condemning voices and told herself lies to make herself feel better. Someday, she told herself, she’d get her life together enough to go home to her parents. Because she couldn’t go when she was a mess. She couldn’t go until she’d done something they could be proud of.

Thanks to a bad choice in boyfriend, Harper not only didn’t go home, but she also ended up in prison.

Harper’s story begins two years after she’s released. It’s the story of a woman desperate to be free of her past, clinging to hope when there’s every reason to despair, and desperate to believe what she’s been told about this Savior, Jesus Christ.

Harper will learn about love and redemption and salvation in the course of the three books that make up the Beauty in Flight series. That is if she can survive the danger that seems to follow her wherever she goes.

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Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 13

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Through the Fire Blogs, April 14

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Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

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Lights in a Dark World, April 15

Through the Lens of Scripture, April 16

Among the Reads, April 16

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 16

Godly Book Reviews, April 17

Living Life Free In christ, April 17

Remembrancy, April 18

Just One More, April 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

Emily Yager, April 19

Reader’s Cozy Corner, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

Daysong Reflections, April 20

Carla Loves To Read, April 20

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Just the Write Escape, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 21

EmpowerMoms, April 22

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Maureen’s Musings, April 23

Bigreadersite, April 23

A Reader’s Brain, April 23

Real World Bible Study, April 24

The Lit Addict, April 24

Older & Smarter?, April 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 25

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 26

Pause for Tales, April 26

The Becca Files, April 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and the entire Beauty in Flight Series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway!

 

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Review of Techie Homeschool Mom’s Famous Artists Online Unit Study Volume 1

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Today I want to introduce you to the tech-based learning discovery experiences of the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1) from Techie Homeschool Mom.  The unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom are designed to integrate multiple subjects across multiple age levels.  This online unit study incorporates, information, activities, along with creating original artwork.  The online unit study is meant to be self-paced.

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Beth Napoli, of Techie Homeschool Mom provides resources designed to guide learners in this ever-changing digital world.  From historical figures to famous artists to specific time periods and more, Techie Homeschool Mom has something for everyone.  These studies are designed for mid=elementary school children through middle school children.  Even though our daughter was outside of these age ranges, I still felt this product had something to offer our artistic daughter.

This online unit study provided an excellent amount of videos, text, audio files and more to help keep my daughter’s artistic mindset interested.  Once we were able to login to the course, the first section of the course provided detailed instructions on how the course was structured, how to used emaze (required to create an online digital art gallery.  Emaze is an additional site that is required for this particular unit study.  The instructions provided in the course made it easy to complete this task.

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Once we were set up with emaze, our daughter quickly moved into learning about what is art.  Then the course moved into information about specific artists and their time periods including Leonardo da Vinci, John James Audobon, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, and  Salvador Dali.  The one thing I loved about this unit study is that it is meant to be self-paced.  So if your student wants to take off on rabbit trails, they can do so easily.

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Our daughter had to do a parody of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  She turned the Mona Lisa into a Medusa look-alike and I think she did a pretty good job.  However, when she found out I had shared the drawing with her father, she seemed to be rather surprised that I had done so.  Her brothers who saw the drawing thought she did an excellent job and were immediately able to recognize what she had done.

For each artist, our daughter had to create a word document in the program of our choice to record her thoughts and information regarding the Artistic Movement, the artist, artwork of the artist along with recording the information about the artwork.  One thing I liked as a parent is that students are given links to go to in order to find the artwork and information.  The videos are primarily contained within the online unit study, so children are not just wandering around the Internet without guidance.  I feel this material presented is age appropriate with the exception of the nudity.

If our daughter was younger, I would have previewed the course and the materials before allowing her to complete anything.  Because our daughter is 16 and I wanted to watch the materials with her, I decided to just have her begin the course.  If I had found anything objectionable, I would have either marked the section complete or found some way to minimize the information.

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My one caution about this particular course is that it does contain nudity.  However, this information is clearly stated at the beginning of the study.  Parents are given the option to preview the lessons before their student completes them and have the ability to opt-out of any lessons they do not feel are appropriate for their child.  So with that stated, I definitely feel this course is one that should be done with parental supervision.

This course is self-paced meaning there is not a particular schedule to follow.  So I let our daughter work on the course at her own pace.  So we have completed through the Impressionism period.  For the Impressionism Period, I realized too late that we did not have the materials we needed for the project, so we just used what we had on hand and will go back later to do it properly as described by the course.

Here is a sample of one of our google docs of information.

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Here is our daughter’s Mona Lisa parody.

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Here is the link to a video of our daughter’s online art gallery.

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All in all, I have to say our family is very pleased with the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1) from Techie Homeschool Mom.  So check it out for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing other products from Techie Homeschool Mom including the Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study, the Ancient Greece Online Unit Study, the Ancient Rome Online Unit Study, the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1), the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 2), the Solar System Online Unit Study, and the Famous Inventors Online Unit Study .

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Review and Giveaway for A Life of Creative Purpose

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About the Book

Book: A Life of Creative Purpose

Author: T.H. Myer

Genre: Christian non-fiction

Release Date: Revised edition released in December, 2018

What might be sabotaging your uniquely gifted contribution to the world around you?

Discover the obstacles and barriers standing between you and your God-given purpose. In this revised book, you’ll learn how to identify ways to strengthen your calling that’ll encourage you to confidently operate in the gifts and talents that God designed you to do. Through the lens of T.H. Meyer’s own journey, you’ll recognize the universal struggle in embracing your whole person as she encourages you to live a life without regrets.

For the individual reader looking to examine more deeply their life purpose or a group seeking to collectively spur each other toward their God-given gifts, talents, and life. This book can be used as a 12-week, 6-week, or 4-week study guide, with exploratory questions at the end of each chapter the assist you in listening to God’s voice and revealing your unique purpose, path, or direction.”

Endorsements

”A wonderful exploration, but not only for readers to look inwardly, but to also look around at others, at where our lives are at, and mostly upward toward God’s design and dreams for our lives. Love it!”– Cindy Coloma, best selling and award-winning author of over 15 books

”You’ll come away from this wise and insightful book with a clearer understanding of how you are uniquely gifted to contribute to the world, and why it’s imperative that you honor your creative calling.”– Michelle DeRusha, author of Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runway

”TH Meyer looks at the glass ceiling the world has placed between ‘creatives’ and ‘non-creatives’ and shatters it. This those who have felt they are not creative, too timid, or simply too late to the life they were called to live, Meyer says, ‘Pish-posh.’ She delivers on her promise to help people embrace uniqueness, explore boldness, and encourage faith.”– Amy Young, author of Looming Transitions: Starting & Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service

”In her book, A Life Of Creative Purpose, Tammy Hendricksmeyer [TH Meyer] is a trusted mentor, offer ing us the tools we need to step completely into God’s design for us as individuals, and as members of His body. Her relatable stories coupled with scripture inspire and ignite a renewed passion for pursuing not only our own creative callings but even more, her words stoke the fire in our hearts for the Giver of these gifts.”

– Kris Camealy, author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight Of Waiting

”A Life of Creative Purpose is a fantastic resource filled with thoughtful questions, stories, and Scripture each designed to awaken us to God’s unique purposes for our lives. It is well-written, thoughtful, and engaging, an invitation to embrace our own eternally significant creative purpose.” – Cindee S. Re, author of Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

”In her book, A Life of Creative Purpose, TH Meyer masterfully blends personal stories with wisdom from Scripture to reveal the importance of creative purpose (even if you think you are not creative.) The thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter will help you discover (or uncover) and embrace the unique way God has made you and inspire you to step into a life of purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.” – JoDitt Williams, author/artist of Delight in the Word of God: A Devotional Coloring Book/Journal for Adults

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

A Life of Creative Purpose provides incredible insight into living a creative life.  The book is part memoir, part encouragement, and part inspiration.  T. H. Myer does an excellent job of combining personal experience, Scripture, and journaling to discover your calling and live the life God has called you lot live.

So if you are looking for a book to help you discover the path God has called to you follow, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Tammy Myer

T.H. Meyer enjoys sunsets, porch dates with her husband, and Sonic tea. Her family built a home on their Texas farm in 2011 where their two mini-Australian shepherds share the couch and ice cubes from the fridge. Tammy is a Purpose-Focused life coaching strategist who authored A Life of Creative Purpose and co-authored A God of All Seasons. She is a mother to three beautiful kids and grandmother to one. You can find her at her website: www.thmeyerauthor.com

More from T.H. Meyer

A Purposeful Life & the One Thing that Trumps Fear

Most of my life, I’ve been afraid of failure. However, I might’ve been even more afraid of success. For too many years, I was immobile because of the magnitude and pressures, or vulnerability, required to do what God had called me too, paralyzed me.

I’ve written a lot about this. I even originally named my blog, The Art of Fear Not. I decided on that title because God always told His people to not fear just before sending them into battle.

Armies Against Us

Even though His people were informed that they’d win the skirmishes, most times they were still afraid. I can’t say I blame them. They were up against sword-wielding armies that were willing to cut a man down and spill blood.

We may not have the same scenario, but we don’t need the threat of hand-to-hand combat to experience fear. Our own thoughts can attack us with feelings just as real a danger. I know mine did.

The enemy uses fear to hide us or blind us from our God-purpose. He’d prefer to lock us up and throw away the key. The enemy attempts to bully us. His demonic realm would prefer to rip out our vocal cords or cut off our hand from writing or burden us with every insecurity until we began to believe our worth was lower than the dirt itself rather than seeing us live our God-given purpose.

But bear in mind, when you’re in bondage, suppressed, oppressed, silenced, or held back, it also holds back blessings too—our blessings through your God-given contribution of gifts and talents.

Fighting Back

Several years ago, I decided to tackle my own issue with fear, head on. I looked in the mirror and met with God on my internal mess. And I also asked questions like, “Was it me or God who wanted to do a such-n-such thing? And if it’s God, why am I hamstrung with fear?”

After spending time in prayer, and laying down a good dose of self-preservation, a clear path emerged. I then decided I’d follow wherever it led. Not that the path was open and wide or easy for traveling. No, this was more of a narrow thicket where I couldn’t see ‘round the next corner—making the journey less about self-reliance and more about placing one steady foot in front of the other.

Don’t get me wrong. Fear didn’t entirely flee on this trek with God. There were times it tried to gore me like daggers from a thorny locust. But instead, I chose to trust and move forward anyway.

I fought back too.

A Warrior’s Call

During that time, anxiety would creep in only for me to replace it with intercession. I meditated on scripture. I bombarded my mind with worship music and reflected on His beautiful handiwork in creation.

I took opportunities to reverse fear into faithful action. I’m sure the devil didn’t take kindly that his demonic attacks turned into prayers, worship, and a yielding to the sword of the Spirit inside my heart. But that’s what fighting does—the good fight—positioning myself for a (God) purposeful life.

But oh how we also need to be each other’s champion for freedom too!

Power & Purpose

I continue to be amazed at the power of prayer. Prayer moves mountains, y’all. And sometimes those mountains are skyscrapers inside us. I’m not perfect at prayer or even at instantly returning to it, but when I finally do—why did I wait so long?

When we receive God’s wisdom, we become bold like lions, warriors ready to rise above insecurities, frailties, or fear and charging into battle in order to advance His kingdom.

I want to live in obedience to Christ, despite trepidation of what it might require of me.

Which also means, I need the Holy Spirit to help me get over myself.

Truth That Sets Free

We all need each of you. We need you to press into your God-purpose. Except, we don’t want to be something you’re not. You should be exactly what God’s called you to be and nothing more. No pressure to run off and save the world.

None of us in this Body of Christ are too small and Lord have mercy, none are too big and important either.

Instead, we pursue our God-purpose whether it’s raising our family or speaking on a stage. Or writing a book called, A Life of Creative Purpose.

And let’s not allow our muddied past to undervalue our worth inside God’s kingdom. I’ve done that. I once disqualified myself for many of God’s ministries because of condemnation and shame. Learn from my mistake.

Truth be told, the spirit of fear is afraid of you—afraid of the Spirit inside you, the same Spirit that sets you free.

Courage Rises to the Top

The enemy knows your God. The ruler of this world attempts to draw away your attention with clanging gongs, hoping you’ll never notice how big God really is.

Scripture says that God’s perfect love casts out fear. And that means, we have to first let God love on us, receiving it. Once we do that (& never stop), courage rises to the top.

Let’s make this a year where we pay attention and live with more intention.

God’s gifted you beautifully unique.

Don’t grow weary of the fight.

What might God be asking of you? How might He be challenging you to change or step out or persevere this year? What are your biggest struggles or hurdles right now?

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 18

Real World Bible Study, April 19

Mary Hake, April 19

Multifarious, April 20

Artistic Nobody, April 20 (Spotlight)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 21

Godly Book Reviews, April 22

Just the Write Escape, April 23

A Diva’s Heart, April 24

Cathe Swanson, April 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 26

Texas Book-aholic, April 27

janicesbookreviews, April 28

A Reader’s Brain, April 29

Inklings and notionsApril 30

The Becca Files, May 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.H. Meyer is giving away a grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card and a copy of A God of All Seasons!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

Posted in Homeschool Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Review of Stopmotion Explosion and their Stop Motion Animation Kit

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With the Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, my son was able to create his own Lego animation.  For as long as I can remember our youngest two have enjoyed creating things and making up their own stories.  So when our family had the opportunity to review this product, I was thrilled.  The Stop Motion Animation Kit can be used to make your own Lego Movies and more.  From stuffed animals, clay creations, Legos and more, this product offers the opportunity to make your own movies using animation.  Our 18-year-old son was excited to get to try this product.

Stopmotion Explosion offers the opportunity to animate and create almost anything you can imagine.  The Stop Motion Animation kit comes complete with Stop Motion Camera, Quick Start Guide, CD, and a seventeen chapter guide to assist you in your creations.  The Quick Start Guide includes instructions for installing the programs on Windows and MACS or even doing a mobile installation if you do not have a CD drive. how to focus the camera and additional information including a Q&A section.

Our son had to use the download since he does not have a CD drive for his computer.  He was really pleased to see that in addition to the CD, all of the software was available on the website.  It made it easy for him to get started.  He found the download quickly and easily.

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I have to say I feel the Quick Start guide provides everything you need to start creating quickly.  The 17-chapter book provides assistance with everything from how movies work, to creating stories, to building sets, cameras, lighting, composition, animating and more.  Our son only used this book when he had a question about what he was doing.  I feel it would be a fantastic book for someone who truly wants to dive deep into animation as opposed to someone who just wants to have fun.

When friends of our family heard about what we were doing, they offered to come and provide assistance to our son.  Their imaginations took flight and over the course of two very intense days, they captured a lot of pictures.  Here are some pictures of them working on the first day.

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Here are pictures of them working on the second day:

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From backdrops, lighting, figures and everything in between, the four had a great time working together.  However, we learned a very valuable lesson too late in the game for us:  make sure you back up every single photograph your family takes.  Otherwise, when you are ready to create your masterpiece film, you might find your file with all of the pictures has been corrupted and completely unable to be recovered.    This unfortunate event meant our son had to start completely from scratch.  However, I have to say I am still proud of the video he created.  You can click on the graphic below to watch the animation.

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Our son felt the book was very informative as a source for providing information.  I did not require him to read it in its entirety. From what he did see, it seemed to be well-written and the writers obviously knew what they were writing about.  However, he felt the actual program itself is very basic, and he would like to see a program that offers more options and choices.  He also felt it would be great for this to not rely so heavily on outside software, such as him using a third party program to actually create the movie itself.  He tried using the actual software to make his movie, but upon viewing it, the movie was not exactly what he had created initially.

Your creators set up scenes using their desired objects (in our case LEGOS),  and then take a series of pictures with them in various positions.  Next, the pictures are either turned into a movie using the included program, or you can upload them to a movie maker program of your choice.  From there, you can add sound effects and more.  One complaint my son had was the desire to be able to have more than one sound effect at a time.

Overall, I have to say we were pleased with this product.  However, I think my son would have enjoyed it more if he had been doing it simply for fun rather than having a deadline to meet for his creation.  I think having multiple people working on the animation could make the picture and staging part go faster.  So if you are looking for a product to do animation, you should definitely check out Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion for yourself.

You can find Stopmotion Explosion on Social media on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew have also been using the Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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