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Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Friends, and Fun

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Today is day 6 of the Blogging A to Z challenge – so the letter of the day is “F”.  “F’ is for Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.  Faith plays a major role in our family’s lives.  Before our children were even born, they were prayed for, and after they were born, we dedicated them to God.  We have been blessed through the years to have faithful family members and friends who have walked along beside us.  Even with moving around thanks to the Army Reserves we have been able to stay in touch with our family and friends thanks to email, the Internet and Facebook.

Facebook and the Internet have also provided an amazing community of like-minded believers for me no matter where we move.  We have made incredible friends through our years in the military.  Even though miles may separate us, the memories and friendships are some that will last a lifetime.

Our family loves to have fun.  We enjoy going to places like Busch Gardens in Williamsburg as well as spending time with family and friends.

So what does the letter “F” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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Posted in Audio Dramas, Faith, family, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Review of Heirloom Audio’s St. Bartholomew’s Eve

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I love adding Christian audio drama to our family’s listening time, and so I was thrilled to receive the 2-CD set of St. Bartholomew’s Eve from Heirloom Audio for our listening pleasure.  For many years, we have enjoyed spending time listening to audio dramas either on the radio or on CDs or from digital downloads.  Heirloom Audio Productions excels at creating family-friendly dramas based on the books by G.A. Henty.  These books capture the hearts and minds of our family.  The stories, actors/actresses and music provide an incredible combination for capturing your family’s imagination.

Heirloom Audio always does a remarkable job of producing engaging and entertaining audio dramas the whole family will enjoy listening to either at home or while traveling.  The dramas are primarily designed for children ages six to sixteen, but our entire family enjoys listening to this type of Christian audio drama. Our family personally prefers listening while traveling as it breaks up the monotony of any trips we take.  The two CDs provide over two hours of listening entertainment.

St. Bartholomew’s Eve opens with G.A. Henty meeting two young men who have slipped out of a church and plan to do some exploring.  The one boy wants to show his cousin some sights.  G.A. Henty reminds the boys about those individuals who died in the past so the boys could have the freedom to worship God.

The story then segues into the tale of an English boy and his French cousin in 1567.  The English lad has come to France to help support the Huguenots.  Because the Huguenots have ties to John Calvin, upon whose ideas the Primitive Baptist Church which is our church affiliation, our family felt a certain kinship to this story.  From the opening through the difficulties encountered by Francois and Philip to the death of one of the two, the story kept our interest the entire time.

Another portion of the story that really drew our family in was the discussion of the young child who Philip and Francois rescue.  They become concerned about whether a Catholic Frenchmen who comes to their aid can be trusted or not.  This led us to have a discussion about those individuals who provided assistance to the Jews during World War II.  We discussed how being of a particular faith does not necessarily make individuals untrustworthy or evil.  Many individuals during the time of the St. Bartholomew Massacre provided assistance to the Huguenots even though they were Catholics.

The St. Bartholomew’s Massacre took place during the reign of King Charles IX under the influence of his mother, Catherine de Medici.  The assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris set off a massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.  It seemed eerily similar to the deaths of the Jews during World War II.

In addition to St. Bartholomew’s Eve, our family has also had the privilege of reviewing, Wulf the Saxon, In the Reign of Terror, and Captain Bayley’s Heir.  You can check our reviews by clicking on the titles.

You can find Heirloom Audio on social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram at @HeirloomAudioOfficial.  You can also check out their “Live the Adventure Club.

So if your family enjoys radio drama, check out St. Bartholomew’s Eve from Heirloom Audio  for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Teach Sunday School’s Books of the Bible-at-a-Glance

In my daily Bible reading, when I come to a new book in the Bible, I reach for my Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School to give me an overview of the book.  As the wife of a Primitive Baptist Elder (preacher), I am always on the lookout for new Bible study and reference materials.  I love finding new and useful products for myself and our children.  So when the opportunity came up to review this downloadable product, I was thrilled.  Having a PDF file makes it easy to easy to either print out enough sheets for the family or to view on a tablet in a program like iBooks.

Teach Sunday School offers a wide variety of products suitable for busy Sunday School teachers and Christian parents.  From lessons plans to Bible printables to Bible crafts, there is something suitable for everyone.  On their website, it states, ”

Teaching the Bible Should be a JOY, not a CHORE.

Discover our Turn-Key Lesson Plans & Resources that Make the Bible Come Alive for Kids of all Ages!”

I love this statement about teaching the Bible being a joy rather than a chore.  Throughout the years, I have always been on the lookout for Bible materials that capture the interest and attention of our children.  Now that our youngest is almost 16-years-old, our needs are different.  The  Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School suits our family’s needs perfectly.  With three sons ranging in age from 22 to almost 18, I want to be sure I have a firm grasp on the books of the Bible.

Each book of the Bible has a one-page reference sheet.  For this review, I printed out the pages in black and white for economic purposes.  However, if I had a great color printer, then I would have defnitely preferred to print them out in color.  I used these pages as a stand-alone product just to give myself a good background on all the books of the Bible.  Because my husband always recommends starting in the New Testament that is what I decided to do.  Here is a picture of my Bible and the page for Ephesians.  I love how the page breaks down the major points of the book, which makes it easy to follow along.  In this case, Chapters 1-3 Paul provides encouragement to believers and refers to them as “adopted sons” of God.  I love this picture of being chosen by God.  Then in chapters 4 and 5, the sheet addresses how believers need to put on the  full armor of God.  This is one of my absolute favorite passages in the Bible to read and visualize.

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I also love how Teach Sunday School lists several of the most famous Scriptures for each book.  In the case of Ephesians, Ephesians 6:12 and Ephesians 2:10 are presented.  Because our family uses the King James Version of the Bible, I am going to quote it here in the King James Version –  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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I plan on our sons and daughter going through the sheets with my husband and I to build on their Bible background and knowledge.  After all no one can ever spend to much time learning the background of the books of the Bible.  Regardless of the ages of the members of your family, I feel everyone could benefit from these sheets.  For younger students, it could give them a basic background of the Books of the Bible, while older students and adults could use the sheets as a springboard for deeper studies.  The summaries can be used on their own or along with whatever Bible study your family uses.

You can find Teach Sunday School on social media including:  Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

So if you are looking for Bible summary sheets, Sunday School lessons, Bible printables or Bible handouts, check out Teach Sunday School for yourself.  If you are looking for Bible summary sheets about the Books of the Bible, check out Books of the Bible At-a-Glance for yourself.

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31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy and Faith- Day 3

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Today is day 3 of the Write 31 Days challenge where I am writing about Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy and Faith.  Today’s Scripture is John 15:12.  Again, I am taking it from the King James Version.

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So what is going on in your world today?  I would love to hear from you.

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Posted in Apologetics, Bible Studies, Faith, Home School Review Crew Posts

Review of Forensic Faith For Kids and Case Makers Academy from David C Cook

 

With a son who has had aspirations to become a police officer, books and other items relating to forensic science and detective work draw my attention.  For the past several weeks we have been learning how to be detectives with the Case Makers Academy’s Forensic Faith for Kids provided by David C Cook. I felt like this would be an excellent experience for our younger two, who are both in high school.  Because our son who may desire to work in law enforcement, I felt like this was a perfect match for our family.

David C Cook offers a variety of Biblically based resources around the world.  Millions love their products, and those products have been translated into 150 different languages while being distributed in 170 different countries.  Through the years, our family has frequently used their Sunday School materials at churches we have attended.

The Case Makers Academy offers a wealth of resources to be used with  Forensic Faith for Kids.  This group of products is an excellent way of teaching apologetics by examing crime scenes with a real detective.  Families have the opportunity to watch videos, complete training activity sheets, develop their very own Academy Notebook, and utilize the Adult Leader Guide. All of these resources are available at the Case Makers Academy link.

The recommended age range for Forensic Faith for Kids is ages 8-12.  Even though our children are 15-years-old and 17-years-old, I was sure they would find enjoyment in these products.  We decided to read the book out loud, and then my goal was for the children to complete the activities on their own.  This book is one book of a series of three currently.  I have to say our family enjoyed the book.  I wish these had been around a few years ago for our second son.  Detective J. Warner Wallace and his wife provide an engaging look into cold cases with a twist where a group of friends.  I love how there is also an adult version available, so parents or other older individuals in the student’s life can participate as well.

Readers follow Daniel, Hannah, and Jason as they work to solve a case involving a puppy who mysteriously appears.  Along with reading the book, families can visit the Case Makers Academy to complete additional activities about what they have been learning.  For example, for Chapter 7, the students fill out a note sheet about what we should say.  The students get to answer open-ended questions as well as complete fill-in-the-blank questions.

 

Forensic faith is a way of examining the world around us and finding God’s handiwork.   This book and the academy allow children to investigate God’s Existence while finding out the truth about God.  This Christian book for kids does a remarkable job of pulling the reader in and capturing their imaginations.  Our family loved how the authors pull the reader in as though he/she was present and participating in the story.  Throughout the book, there are side boxes with informative information, questions, and Scripture passages to refer to, we decided to answer these orally rather than having everyone writing them out.  It led to more in-depth conversations.

Another thing we loved about this book and online academy was the way everything was tied up at the end.  But throughout the story, clues and evidence was obtained by the group. Even though it appeared like many times the answers they were getting led to more questions, by the end of the book everything came together about the puppy.    We also loved how the authors made it clear everything happens in God’s timing rather than our timing.  Here are some pictures of a few of the Academy pages, Leader Guide pages, and the Academy notebook sheets.

 

I love how at the end of the Case Makers Academy, there are certificates and even a badge to print out.

 

You can find David C Cook on social media on Facebook, by clicking here.

Teaching young children about apologetics can be a daunting task, however, Forensic Faith for Kids and Case Makers Academy provided by David C Cook does an excellent job of reaching children on their level.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

 

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