Monday, August 29, 2016

Books that would be required reading if I were a high school teacher

In honor of going back to school (for everyone else that is. I have a bit before my Littles start), I'm choosing books that would be required reading for my students if I were a teacher.

1. The Hiding Place
Basically, all of Corrie Ten Boom's writings, since her family could of stood by and watched. She has a powerful story of forgiveness for those to afflicted her and her sister. I would get a hold of a recording of her to go with the book.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird
For obvious reasons.

3. Emma
Jane Austen is a must. This one would almost be more for the male students, since Mr. Knightley is the opitome of a gentleman.

4. Pride and Prejudice
If one is going to have Austen, then this one is a must too.

5. Little House on the Prairie
Granted, it has been forever since I read this series, but the push to move to wide open spaces is such a huge part of American history.

6. Narnia
Must I explain why I would include this favorite? It would be fun to discuss and see what different readers take away from the series.

7. A Tale of Two Cities
Granted, it's been a while, but this would be interesting to pair with a book about the American Revolution.

8. The Hunger Games
I like discussing futuristic stories and the morals in them. I can see this being a fun series to discuss with teens. Pairing it with some Roman history (gladiators) and it could be quite interesting.

9. North and South
I love Gaskell! This one has a lot going for it, as it shows why unions were needed, as well as the changes the Industrial Revolution brought.

10.The Children
I may be a bit morbid to like Wharton's stories, though this one is a wee bit happier. This is an interesting story that was kind of ahead of its time.

What books would you have in your classroom?

Starving Hearts

Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage.
She yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .
Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.
Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter’s faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

My thoughts: Don't let this book fool you into thinking it is just another Jane Austen knock off, since that would be a disservice to this wonderful debut novel! I thorally enjoyed getting to know the different characters, even having the chance to get inside the villa's head. The historical aspect of this story was wonderful as well. I look forward to reading more by this author!
I received this book from in exchange for my honest review.

Raising a Young Modern Day Princess

Emulating the format of Raising a Modern-Day Princess, authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting seek to help parents and grandparents cultivate strong relationships and encourage the spiritual formation in their daughters using examples, Bible teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and a variety of creative activities that are based on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).

By implementing the ideas in this book, mothers (as well as fathers) will be equipped to understand and guide their daughters through each step of becoming His “princess.” This will include perceiving a daughter’s unique personality and gifts, refining her character through training and discipline, and modeling the attributes of a daughter of the King.

This book is a follow-up to both Raising a Modern-Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) and Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. While the latter book is aimed at parents of girls ages 12 and up, this book focuses on building the Christian character of younger girls.

My thoughts: This book is just perfect for my family, since I have a young daughter who loves anything princess like. This book is amazing! I like how it has a ton of activities to help little girls grasp the fruits of the spirit and their are ways for both mom and dads to get involved. I love the tea party ideas, and especially appreciated the activities to show how kindness has a ripple affect (I've had a hard time trying to explain the importance of kindness to my toddler, so these really helped!). This is an excellent book for parents or guardians of young girls, since it helps teach important lessons. I look forward to getting the book for older girls when the time comes, but I am so thankful that this one is out there for young girls.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Me:a compendium

Inventive, hillarious and joyously colorful, this fill-in journal was designed to help kids capture nearly everything that’s uniquely rad about them. With design-savvy, yet completely kid-friendly illustrations, they’re asked to draw or write about a bunch of interesting things — like what their hair looks like, what their band name would be, what they’d bring to outer space, and how they feel about lightning, lizards and pickles. There may or may not be a place for super-secret stuff inside the book jacket. Whether kids complete their entire compendium on a rainy day, or finish it over a year, it’ll become a treasure to look back on and smile.

My thoughts :I love this journal! I got it for my daughter, though it is a little old/advanced for her. We are still enjoying just looking through it and thinking about the questions! I think this book would be especially fun for elementary and middle school age kids. It would make a great gift!
I received this book from blogging for nooks in exchange for my honest review.

Dear Jane

The plan was to serve a mission, marry her boyfriend, and live happily ever after. But all of that changed when Quinn got a Dear Jane email. Now she's stuck at home with no boyfriend, no job, no major, and absolutely no social life. Will Quinn ever find the path that leads to her eternal happiness?

My thoughts: While I am not LDS, and this book is very much geared toward that culture with it being about a young woman on her mission who gets a "Dear Jane" letter, I still enjoyed the story immensely. The author does a wonderful job of engaging the reader in this story about a young woman trying to live out her faith and dealing with what happens when life doesn't follow the perfect plan that we think it should. She does a great job of dealing with sensitive subjects like suicide and divorce. I would recommend this book for older teens and young adults on up.
I received this book from Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

365 Pocket Morning Prayers

Each morning when you arise, take a moment to talk with God about the day ahead. Ask Him to prepare your heart so that you can be ready to face any challenge that comes your way. 365 Pocket Morning Prayers can guide this time of life-changing conversation and help you express your needs and concerns to God. Don’t worry about what the day will bring. Instead, release your troubles and concerns into God’s care by reading and meditating on the prayers featured in 365 Pocket Morning Prayers. Begin your day in joyful anticipation, trusting that God is in control of your life and wants only the best for you.

My thoughts: This book is the perfect way to get your mornings started right by focusing on a prayer for the day. I love the variety of topics that it covers, praying for church leaders, mentors, second chances, truth, etc. It is an excellent little book to have by one's bed, so it is easy to grab in the morning. I love that it is small and compact, so it would fit nicely in a purse, scripture bag, or backpack. It would also make an excellent gift!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.


Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart! Special Features:

Lay-flat hardcover and thick paper
Hardcover with embossed cover design
Illustrated by Felicity French

My thoughts: When I saw this book, a combination of an adult coloring book and a prayer and praise journal, I just had to jump at the chance to review it! I have enjoyed journaling since I was a teen, and I love coloring books (my husband teases me that I pull out my daughter's coloring books more for me than her.;) I suppose it is only fair that she wants me to share this one!), so this is the perfect combination for me! I love the coloring pages and how the journal side of things gets one to think about specific things you are grateful for. I love focusing on the question for the set of pages while I color! This book would make the perfect gift for Christmas!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.