Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ishtar's Odyssey A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide

About the book:

A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham's Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families, Ishtar's Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there's much to see, do, and learn in this world that can't be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.

Arnold Ytreeide's family advent devotionals have become a much-loved Christmas tradition, enjoyed by multiple generations. With over 100,000 in print they include Jotham's Journey, Bartholomew's Passage, and Tabitha's Travels.

So excited to continue the tradition this year with Arnold Ytreeide books! We have read all three previous works a couple times each and have loved them each year. We got away from it here for a couple years and excited to be including my little ones in this great journey! I love how he intertwines the books, so that my older ones remember some of the past characters and get excited to hear about them again!

Still time to pick up your copy for Advent. Start a new tradition, and share this great story with your family. This book will leave them wanting more each night as you walk with Ishtar through his search for the newborn king!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

ESV Men's Devotional Bible *Review & Giveaway

                 English Standard Version (ESV) Men's Devotional Bible

What better gift to give this holiday season, than the gift of God's word? Nothing! This is an absolutely beautiful Bible that would be perfect for the men in your life. No flashy colors, bling and blitz. This is a sleek, mature, sophisticated Bible that the men in your life will love to carry to work, church, and to share with the world.

The ESV version, I have found, to be an easier to understand version than KJV, or NKJV. I also like having a variety of versions around for deeper biblical study and comparison. The ESV is perfect for the new Christian to learn and understand the Word geared at their language level. It also it great for those who have been in the Word for years, because it flows so smoothly and is easy to memorize.

The devotions are geared for Men. Devo's that relate to the scriptures. The devo's are placed right in the Books of the Bible. There are additional devotions at the end of the Bible. 

The only down side of this Bible is that the headings are in a gold color, which doesn't give it enough contrast to the white background. My husband said that it made it more difficult to read the titles and headings like that. It does give it a refined look, but for those who might need 'reader glasses' it made it a little bit hard on the eyes. The chapter numbers are also in gold, making it harder to find your location.

About the ESV Men's Devotional Bible:
Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man's heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man's walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men's Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God's Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces. 

- 365 brand-new devotions
- Brand new book introductions
- 14 brand-new articles
- Dictionary of key terms
- Ribbon marker
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
- Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board) 

“What is more important to the family, to the church, and to the surrounding culture than men who love Jesus and love his Word? I am excited about any tool that gets men into God’s Word, because the more a man knows God’s Word, the more he’ll come to know and love the God that the Word reveals. It’s not hard for me to recommend this tool that makes the Bible more accessible to men.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

About Crossway:
The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God's Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God. 

Enter to win a copy of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Blue Ribbon Awards from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards

The votes are in!! See what the Review Crew chose as the best of this years review products!

The bold type winners are ones I personally reviewed and the link will take you to my review!

Favorite Reading Curriculum: Reading Kingdom
Great online reading program for beginners

Favorite Writing Curriculum: Institute for Excellence in Writing

Favorite Vocabulary Program: Dynamic Literacy
Increase your vocabulary+

Favorite Spelling Program: Institute for Excellence in Writing: Phonetic Zoo
Excellent spelling program!

Favorite Grammar Program: Institute for Excellence in Writing: Fix-It! Grammar

Favorite Penmanship Program: CursiveLogic
Really a superb way to learn cursive, even for your older children

Favorite Literature Curriculum: Progeny Press
Favorite History Curriculum: Home School in the Woods
We did the Middle Ages and Loved it! I also purchased Old Testament Bible to use right now.

Favorite History Supplement: Heirloom Audio Productions: In Freedom's Cause

Favorite Science Curriculum: Visual Learning Systems

Favorite Science Supplement: Ann McCallum Books: Eat Your Science Homework
Fun, additional science for younger kids

Favorite Math Curriculum: CTC Math
Still use this with 3 of the kids!

Favorite Math Supplement: SimplyFun
Favorite Christian Education Curriculum: Grapevine Studies

Favorite Christian Education Supplement: Brinkman Adventures

Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum: Middlebury Interactive Language

Favorite Fine Arts Product: Maestro Classics

Favorite Elective Curriculum: Apologia Educational Ministries: Field Trip Journal

Favorite Audio Drama: Brinkman Adventures

Favorite Video:
I reviewed Do You Believe? Excellent film!

Favorite Preschool Product: La La Logic

Favorite Elementary Product: Star Toaster

Favorite Middle School Product: The Critical Thinking Co

Favorite High School Product: Writing with Sharon Watson
I really like this for my high school student. It did have a bit more reading than he would prefer, but I loved it!

Favorite College or College-Prep Product: Freedom Project Education

Favorite Parent Product: Koru Naturals
Great skin care products.

Favorite Planning Product: Apologia Educational Ministries: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner
Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed: Homeschool Planet
My personal all time favorite of the year!!

Best Online Resource: Super Teacher Worksheets
Excellent value for such an huge selection of worksheets!

Best e-Product: Home School in the Woods
I agree with this one!

Just for Fun: USAopoly
Great games!

Kids' Choice: La La Logic

Teens' Choice: YWAM Publishing
My teens picked Brinkman Adventures which is also missionary related.

All Around Crew Favorite: Institute for Excellence in Writing


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