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Blogging A to Z – “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm

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This is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z series, which means the letter for today is “C”.  “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm.  But I may change the order I discuss these.

First, we have four children living in our house (or at least they are still my children in my mind since I am their mother).  Our three sons are 22, 20, and 18, and we have a 16-year-old daughter.  So needless to say our home is anything but calm at times.  They fill our home with laughter, love, and noise.  And I know I will miss the noise when they all move out.

Also, “C’ is for charity.  Our family loves to use the King James Version of the Bible, and 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite passages.  Here is a graphic for the last verse of this chapter.

1 Corinthians 13_13 (KJV) 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

And in this final verse, we are reminded that the greatest of faith, hope, and charity is charity.  Of course, charity is the same thing as love. So we need to show love for those around us.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Review and Giveaway for The Baggage Handler

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About the Book

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In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?

Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever.

Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient.

Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive.

Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.”

After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed.

A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around.

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

The Baggage Handler delves into the subject of what baggage we are carrying and how it is weighing us down.  This thought-provoking book will cause the reader to turn inward to find what baggage they might be carrying.

The characters in this book are engaging and the story moves along at a good pace,  I found the story to be worth reading.

Imagine if you were given a choice to either keep the luggage you brought loaded down with large cement blocks or you could exchange it for a lighter, more manageable load with much better items inside.

Even though this is a work of fiction, it provides a look at reality for the reader.  I definitely can say I am glad I read this book.

About the Author

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David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

More from David

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/250255594

Check out David’s Padlet page to follow The Baggage Handler: https://padlet.com/david_rawlings/TheBaggageHandler

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Godly Book Reviews, April 2

Remembrancy, April 2

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 3

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Just the Write Escape, April 11

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Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, David is giving away a finished copy of the book to three winners!!

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

Posted in 2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge, Blogging A to Z Challenge, Charlotte Mason, Classical Homeschool Method, Uncategorized

#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “C” is for Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods of Homeschooling

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Today is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge, so today’s letter is “C” which will be for the Charlotte Mason and Classical Methods of Homeschooling.

Throughout the years, we have used a variety of homeschooling methods, including the Charlotte Mason of homeschooling.  Charlotte Mason believed students should be exposed to high quality living books rather than what she referred to as “twaddle”.  Students should spend time in nature, observing and learning from it.  Nature Studies, Dictation, and narration all play a crucial role in helping students retain what they are learning.  Rather than simply memorizing endless and often meaningless (or at least meaningless to the students), these living books help the subjects come alive for the students and keep their focus and attention.

One of my favorite curriculum choices from my children’s elementary school days was the Trail Guide to Learning Series from Geography Matters.  This selection allowed our two youngest children to work together and explore history from the perspective of literature, science, language arts, and art.  I loved how this curriculum was essentially an open and go curriculum since we purchased the entire package.  You can read more about this curriculum here.

Another favorite site offering Charlotte Mason materials is Simply Charlotte Mason.  This site offers everything about explanations about the Charlotte Mason method, curriculum choices, lesson plans, a lesson plan organizer and more.  So if you are interested in the Charlotte Mason method, check out Simply Charlotte Mason for yourself.

Another popular method of homeschooling is the Classical Homeschooling method.  Classical Education involved three stages:  The Grammar Stage, the Logic Stage, and the Rhetoric Stage.  In the first stage – the Grammar Stage, students concentrate on learning facts, memorizing things and gathering knowledge and information.  The second stage is the Logic Stage where students begin to apply logic to what they already know.  Finally, the Rhetoric Stage is when students apply the skills of wisdom and knowledge.

One popular resource for the Classical Method of Homeschooling is Trivium Pursuit.  You can find their site here on the Internet.  This site offers background information, books, free downloads and more to assist parents on their Classical Homeschooling journey.

An Internet search will provide a lot of helpful information regarding both the Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling and the Classical Method of Homeschooling.  So check them out for yourself.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.