Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Christian Parenting Handbook - reviewed by Mandy

Raising kids is a huge responsibility.  Raising them to serve and love God in a fallen world is an even bigger job.    The Christian Parenting Handbook, written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN,  is a great resource to have to help parents along in the journey of raising kids for Christ.  This book's chapters were 50  heart-based strategies for all the stages of your child's life.  This is definitely a book to read with a highlighter or journal to be able to read the high points over and over.
 The author's goal was to share the importance of more than just behavior modification, but rather addressing the heart of the issue of the incorrect behavior.   The author states that "Biblical parenting is a commitment."  I couldn't agree more.  Some days the job gets tough and we all need the reminder of the importance of what were doing and of the goals that we have set.
One of the chapters that stood out to me was a good example of how the author help us to see how an behavior problem should be addressed as a heart issue to help the child learn a spiritual truth. It is a  reminder for parents not to give in to manipulation.  We've all seen examples of children who are told "no", but in the end the parents end up giving in to the child anyway.  Children aren't dumb and they know what buttons to push to get their way.  "Being able to accept no as an answer is a spiritual skill all people need to learn.  A lot of temptation is out there, and children need to learn to say no to themselves in order to stay within appropriate boundaries."
The authors are quick to note that every child is unique and what works for one may not work for another.  All parents need to seek God and pray for wisdom, grace, and strength to raise children for Him!
I enjoyed reading this book and marked several pages for great quotes and things to think about!

*This book was given to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.*



Friday, May 10, 2013

Can't Wait Willow - reviewed by Mandy




Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR; Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

"...sometimes you need to learn to say no to little things that are good to end up with a big thing that is truly great!"

That is the lesson that Willow learns in this well - written, beautifully illustrated children's book.  My two children, 9 and 6, could easily relate to the tough choices that Willow has to make.  What child can resist the playful melodies of an ice cream truck? :-)  My children quickly picked up on the lesson that the author was pointing out.

The author, Christy Ziglar, niece to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, shares a quick note to parents at the front of the book, giving suggestions on how to reinforce the lesson taught in the book.  There is also a website with coloring pages, family ideas, etc... using the characters from the book.

Monday, May 6, 2013

American Phoenix - Book Review

   American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook is the story of John Quincy & Louisa Adams during the War of 1812.  It revolves around the "exile" that John Quincy received because of his outspoken political views.  It seems that John Quincy had spoken out in support of Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act.  Because of this, he had been forced to resign his U.S. Senate seat in 1808.  And as a result, we was appointed by President James Madison as the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. Petersburg, Russia.  It was basically exile to a place far away from Washington, D.C.
   The book is extremely well researched.  The must have spent an amazing amount of time putting this book together.  The historical facts represented in the 450 pages of American Phoenix are massive and many are not to be found in normal history books.
   To give an honest review of this book, which I always do, I must share what I didn't like.  Unfortunately, I did not find the reading very exciting or interesting.  I am a history buff.  I love it.  I like to learn about the lives of the Founders of the best nation in the world.  But when I first picked up this book to read, I immediately found myself disappointed.  I guess I was expecting it to read like a novel rather than a history book.
   This is meant to be no offense to the author.  I will keep this book because it is a great book.  It's just not one that you can pick up and read for easy reading.  My opinion is that the story seemed to get lost in the sidetracks of the book.  And while some of them were interesting, the story took too long to develop.
   Overall, I give this book a 2 out of 5.  I love a book that is true to history, and this one is.  I also love a book that is easy to read, no matter what the subject, and this one is not.  I am glad I have this book.  I would recommend it to those who are interested in the almost unknown story of John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa.  For those looking for a history book to read as a form of relaxing, this is not the book.
   I would like to thank   www.booksneeze.com for allowing me to review this book.  I would also like to thank the author for her diligent research.  It really is good to know that there are still folks out there who are interested in the people who found and died to create the United States of America.

God Bless,

Marcus

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unique Review - Magazine Subscription!


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The great people at FlyBy Promotions gave us this great opportunity to get a free magazine subscription in exchange for reviewing the magazines.com website.

The site was easy to use and the savings were huge, especially the Mother's Day deals going on right now!  Unbelievable savings - I saw as much 88% and 90 % off !  They have a huge selection with helpful search options to help you find the perfect magazine.  You could search by occasion (wedding , graduation, housewarming, etc...), personality ( hobbies, etc...) or by recipients (teens, men, etc...).

The only drawback for me is that when you click to order the magazines, it tells you that in purchasing the subscription you are also signing up for automatic renewals where they will just charge your card when it's time to renew. However, you can opt out of automatic renewal by call the 1 800 number for customer service after you place your order.  My preference would be that they would send you an email reminding you that it's time to renew and ask if you would like to do the renewal.  But, on the other hand, I do know that it would be handy for those who would like uninterrupted enjoyment of their favorite magazine without the hassle of remembering to renew.

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