Book Review: Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders

_240_360_Book.1266.coverMy son had an interest in reading the other books in the series after he checked out the last review that I did, Get to Know Paul.  I decided to go ahead and do the reviews for them and he can read them after me.

I am always happy and excited when my kids want to read, let alone when they want to read something that will teach them about Jesus!

This book has some very handy features in it for my son also.  Like word definitions for words that he might not understand or know yet.

I really like the maps that are included in these books!  They are extremely helpful for my son to understand the area of the world that he is reading about.

Historical photos are also included of some artifacts and other items.  Along with some more current photos of the lands.

These books are a wonderful addition to any homeschool Christian library. I highly suggest these books for young readers. Not only will the information save their lives one day, but it also brings knowledge that may be used to help others save their lives also.

**DISCLAIMER I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

DanielleSimpleFBS

Make Up in August

I do not wear make-up that often.  Just for certain occasions.

I would like to try some new colors and new ways to wear those colors.  Instead of the same ole, same ole.

Welcome to Make Up in August.  I am going to wear make-up every day of the month, or try to, that is my goal.  Hopefully I can use enough combos between colors and techniques to do something different each day. 

Would anyone like to join me?  I would love some credibility!

I have started a Pinterest board to give me fresh and tons of ideas!  Check it out here!

 

DanielleRuby

Book Review: Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders

_240_360_Book.1267.coverI was a little bit disappointed when I saw the reading level of this book.  I was not aware that it was for a little bit younger kids than my own. 

With that said, it’s still a great book.  My son is just above this reading level, which is listed on the back cover as RI 2.1, RL 2.3 and RI 2.5.  He looked the book over and thought that it did look interesting enough for him to read anyway.  It will be added to his pile of books to take on our vacation next month.

My daughter, who is 11, said this was way too young for her.  She also said it’s too boring and school-like.  But she did express an interest in reading the Mary book of this series. 

I have read through this book and think that it is a very good choice for young readers to introduce them to Bible people.  The book has photos and illustrations through out, to make sure and keep the interest of readers.

Definitions of words are included for many and added as an extra decorative box on some of the pages.  The word is also highlighted in colors through out the book when there is a definition that accompanies it.

This book has sections on Bible heroes, extra unknown or maybe known facts and many other little things spread through the book.  I really like how well everything is explained.

I would definitely recommend this book for those of you with younger readers.  The whole series would be excellent additions to any homeschool, or home, library.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Samantha Sanderson On the Scene by Robin Caroll

_225_350_Book.1207.coverThe second book of the Samantha Sanderson series was another great Christian fiction for young ladies today.

This would be the second book that I have reviewed of Robin Caroll’s and I have to say the consistency between the books was perfect.  I enjoyed the characters and the story line.

If you know of a young lady who could benefit from reading a mystery book that will grab her attention, and at the same time teach her some morals and values, these are the books to get!

I am saving this book on my kindle so that my daughter can read it after she finishes Samantha Sanderson on the Scene while we are on a vacation next month.  With the driving time that we will be doing, she will have plenty of time to read.

I really think she’ll like this book just as much as she already likes the other one.  We will definitely have to keep our eyes open for new Samantha Sanderson books to come out, that’s for sure!  It’s really hard to find good books that will teach our children the Christian values that some of us really want to instill in them.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal

Adobe Photoshop PDFIn today’s world, the word Muslim tends to bring fear to many people, especially Christians.  What many people do not understand, is that there are Muslims out there that are not against Christians.

Naeem Fazal was a Muslim, raised in Kuwait.  His story that he honestly unfolds through the pages of his book, is one that can help us as Christians to understand the Muslims and maybe even at times, help to bring them to Jesus.

I don’t want to give away Naeem’s story.  You definitely will want to read it yourself.  However, I do have to touch on some important points.

I have read many times that Jesus often presents himself to Muslims in dreams.  I find that so interesting.  Naeem explains in his book what that meant as Muslim.

One particular instance in the book that I will remember because it may one day prove to be useful to me, is sharing Jesus with a Muslim.

Naeem explains that using Jesus to lure a Muslim into Christianity creates a problem.  Telling them that Jesus is the son of God can immediately turn them off in your conversation.  This is because saying that God has a son, is akin to saying that God had a wife.

Instead, Naeem turned to using sin as an example.  Muslims understand sin.  They pray five times a day and fast at Ramadan because of sin.  Muslims also believe in the tie of sacrifice, the shedding of blood and sin.  Read a few words out of Ex-Muslim to understand this better.

…The bigger the sacrifice, the more sine and for more people it could atone.  So I asked him, ‘What kind of sacrifice would be big enough for the entire human race?’

‘Only a God-sized sacrifice,’ I said in answer to my own question.

I knew I had his attention then.  ‘Forget about Jesus being the Son of God for a minute.  Think about him as the Lamb of God.  That’s who Jesus is, man.’

It’s my belief that stories like Naeem’s can be used to help us bring Muslims to Jesus.  He wants them to be brought to Him.  He loves them as He loves us.  It’s our witnessing that brings others to Him.

Naeem’s book tells how it ‘s important to live the life of a Christian, and not just act it out.  Doing church things is good, but having God alive in your life, every day is what is important.

I definitely recommend that others read this book.  What a wonderful story that Naeem and his family have shared.

**I have received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

DanielleLeigh2

Book Review: Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder

9780770434793_p0_v4_s260x420I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book.  Since I decided to open up and attempt to use the sewing machine that I have, easily sewed myself a purse out of an old sweater, I decided that sewing may be a good direction that I can take my small business.

When I saw this book on the list to review, I had to get this one first!  I am so glad that I did.  It will be such a big help in the future as I learn more about my sewing machine and sewing.

This book covers machine and hand stitching, and includes information each stitch technique.  There are wonderful photos included that make it very easy to see what she is trying to explain.

Vasbinder also covers areas like tools and equipment that will you likely come across on your sewing journey.

The binding is nice and strong so this will be a great book to refer to over and over while you are sewing.  I also really enjoy the colors of the book cover, as it seems very relaxing and homey.  Those are what sewing makes me think of anyways.

I definitely recommend this book for all beginner sewers, as well as seasoned sewers.  It will be worth the time, effort and price that you have to put into it!

**Disclaimer**  I got this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion in review form.

DanielleLeigh1

Another New Adventure!

brendaYesterday morning I woke up to a couple of things that startled me, and one forced me to make a tough decision.

The first incident was the post letting me know that the trip to Nashville, with 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control, was canceled.  This was a huge bummer for me!  It was the first big family vacation that I was planning and actually saving money for.

The second, was finding out that 1MMAGC had to split from the group that was made AmMo-PAC.  Now I know nothing about organizations and such.  But whatever the issues are, these two can not be partnered.  With that decision being made, we were told that we had to choose.  We could not hold our positions with 1MMAGC if we chose to volunteer with AmMo-PAC.

This was where things got a little more upsetting for me.  I have loved being with 1MMAGC and have grown attached to some of the people in the organization that I work with.  However, I have a yearning to understand, be in the know, and be involved in the political aspect of everything, which is what AmMo-PAC will be covering.

So after learning all of this, I weighed my pros and cons.  AmMo-PAC came out the best.  It seems to me that a lot of pieces of a puzzle are falling into place and I have to go with that.  I am starting school to get a Bachelors in Political Science and Public Administration, so that seems to align with each other.

I spent a good portion of my morning praying about this also.  When I had finally made my decision, I felt really good about it.

That alone tells me that I made the right decision.

While I am sad to leave my positions behind at 1MMAGC, I am excited to see where this new trail will lead.  And I didn’t have to leave 1MMAGC all of the way.  I am still able to volunteer as a boots on the ground volunteer.

The family trip I can deal with also.  We can plan our own, or wait and see what is in store with AmMo-PAC.

Want to know about AmMo-PAC?  The website it still under construction, but you can see a little bit.  We also have a Facebook page that you can follow to get more information.

danielleleigh

My New Adventure in Life

avatar_doll_1As if I really need more adventures, right?  I mean, really.  I currently volunteer for 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control.  I am a wife.  I am a mother.  I am a small business owner.  I am a backyard farmer.

But there will soon be another title to add to that.  I will be a full time student!

I was being urged to go back to school to broaden my job search options.  As I was talking with the counselor, we came up with teaching, because that is something that I enjoy doing.  But as much as that sounds fun, I really can’t see myself teaching.

I was told to gather information that I would need to start school for a teaching degree.  As I was doing that, I ran across another program that really excited me!  I’m talking, got me giggly and antsy kind of excited.  Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration.

Not only will this help with my work at 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control and the new organization we have started branching from there AmMo PAC, by giving me a broader understanding of organizations and politics.  This will also give me a better understanding of politics, which I have been wanting for some time, many more job options when I have the degree and who knows where I can take that!

Anyone who feels like covering me in prayer, it would be greatly appreciated.  This is a four year degree, so it will be a strain on the family a tad.  But it will be something that benefits us greatly in the long run.

I have applied and am starting financial aid.  I should start June 2!

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Prayers and Their Power

22I wake up in the morning and have chores to attend to.  The cats, all five of them, are waiting ever so patiently for me to feed them.  The three in the house wind around my feet as I prepare the water for my coffee.  The other two that like to spend nights outside, will come running to the door as soon as they hear me.

The ducklings hear me attending to the cats and start peeping to let me know that they are ready to eat also.  I finish preparing my coffee in my French press and get the ducklings food out.  I let them out to eat while I finish and wait for my coffee.

It has become my habit to go straight to the computer and start earning my Bing rewards and my Swagbucks.  Both are going to help me pay for a trip that I’m taking next year.

While I am doing those, I read my devotions, Bible and a Christian book.  Lately, prayers have been a huge thing that I have been reading about.  I blogged last Saturday about The Power of the Word.  I wrote about how prayer has recently touched my life and shown me so much.24

For the past two months, I have been reading prayers for the kids.  I’m sure many of you have heard the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian.  I have the little book that goes along with that, with all of the prayers included, called The Power of a Praying Parent Prayer Book.  I started with reading that little book, saying a prayer each morning for the kids.  I then re-read the book and said the prayers each day.  One chapter per day gave me one prayer per day.  After that book, I read the little prayer book again.

I have covered my children in prayer the past two months.  I read these prayers aloud, even if I have to be quiet so I don’t wake them, in the early morning while sipping my coffee and earning Swagbucks.

Now let me explain why this is relevant to you, or why you should care.

I have always known that prayer had power.  Growing up in churches, you learn that.  (I hope.)  I have even had my share of answered prayers.

For example, I vividly remember a day when I stood with my kids in Safeway.  Only a few dollars to spend.  I had said a prayer to God to ask him to show me what I could get with my few dollars for dinner.  As I stood in the middle of an aisle, pondering what to get, an older woman walked up to me.

She had tears in her eyes and explained to me that God told her that I needed help.  She had gone through the line already and as she did, she grabbed a Safeway gift card.  She handed me that card and told me that God told her to do it.  We hugged and I thanked her and silently thanked my Heavenly Father.  The amount that she gave me wasn’t a huge amount, but it bought us dinner, milk and she told me to buy the kids a candy.

Now explain to me.  If God is not real, how in the world would that happen?  Ever?

27See, I’m not a stranger to prayer.  But….here’s what I am a stranger to.

Seeing the power of Bible verses being read working in the lives of my children.

Driving in the van yesterday, the kids and I were talking, as usual.  Amanda told me that she has recently felt like she should be praying more.  She has stopped to take the time to tell God that something is pretty, or just to thank Him for something.  Another thing that she has started is praying when she wakes up.

My son then adds, that he also, has felt the need to pray more.  Imagine how my heart soared to hear this!  My prayers that I have been saying in the morning are working!  Some of those prayers ask for my children to want to feel closer to God and have a strong relationship with Him.

28Seriously, what more can a mother ask for than for her children to have a wonderful relationship with our Heavenly Father and Loving Creator?!

It’s really amazing!

I have also witnessed, just this past week, an occurrence that I was able to use prayer during the situation and it worked right then and there.  I won’t get into any details because those are not important.  But someone I love was getting into something that I think is steeped in demonism.  I prayed right there for that person to feel guilt for being even a little bit interested.  Within 30 seconds, that interest was cut off and moved onto something else.  I thanked Him once again as I sat there in awe.9774

The next goal that I have is to find Bible verses to pray over my daughter and a specific issue that we are going through.  And I just bought The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian yesterday at Goodwill.  I have read that before, but I believe I got it from the library.  I want the prayers here on my shelves to read each morning like I do for the kids.

I challenge you to try this.  Find some Bible verses, or prayers that are already written, and start your own prayer legacy.  Bible verses for different topics are easy to find.

Tomorrow morning, as I enjoy my Starbucks Breakfast Blend cup of coffee, and delve into my prayers for my children, I will think ahead of the many blessings that are to come.  Prayer hasn’t always been an easy thing for me, but you know the saying, “Practice makes perfect” and that works the same for praying.  The more I pray and learn how to pray defensively, the easier it gets for me.

I’d love to hear your prayer results!  If you already have a wonderful story to share, I’d also love it if you shared it with me!  Until next time, many blessings!

danielled

The Power of the Word

21The last couple of months have brought me deeper into Spiritual warfare study than ever before.  I’ve read about the subject a few times.  I have books on my shelves on the subject.  But I’ve felt the need to dig a little deeper lately.

A couple of months ago, I had an experience, like no other.  I’ve only shared this experience that I had with my husband.  I have not spoken the words aloud to anyone else.

I’m not going to get into what happened now.  Just know, I did not get harmed and nothing out of the ordinary happened.

But the experience showed me that I needed to toss aside my lax attitude about my Spiritual warfare and start taking active control of it.

So, I did what I do best.  Found all of the books that I could read about the subject and uploaded all that I had to my Kindle.  I also read a book that I have on my shelves called A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Sherrer & Garlock.

I have since decided that I need to be a lot more disciplined in my prayer life.  My prayer life needs to be more active and more ongoing.  Naturally, the next step is reading all about prayer.

I have come across the idea of a prayer closet.  I’m really drawn to this.  I am going to convert my closet in my bedroom for this.  I’m really excited about it!  It will be part of my Operation Spring Clean that I have currently going on.

In my research, I am trying to teach myself new ways to use the Bible in prayer.  Using verses out of the Bible is very powerful.  It’s the Word of God!

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11

By practicing this, I am also bringing the blessing to my children.  My son has a time at night most nights getting to sleep, and then resting well once he’s asleep.  I wrote down a Bible verse for him that is adapted to fit him.  When we say our prayers at night, he repeats this verse.  He told me the 2nd night that we did this that he believes it helped him sleep the night before.  I silently thanked God.

By doing this, I will also hopefully, memorize more Bible verses. That is something that I have not ever enjoyed doing.  But I need to have some of those verses ready to use if needed.

Praying is the most powerful tool that we have.  Who wouldn’t want more alone time with our precious Heavenly Father anyway?  The more I pray, the more I am finding it easier to pray.  I guess it’s like anything else.  Practice makes perfect.

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