Posts tagged book review
My Kick in the Pants AKA: The Watch on the Fencepost Blog Tour and Giveaway

Friends, I have hit a slump. January and February are difficult months for me. I often slog through them barely able to interest myself in normal life. If it weren’t for the Vitamin D3 I take every day, I’m not sure I’d get off the couch. Surely, it can’t be that bad? Here is evidence: I haven’t written one single book review for almost three months. You know something is wrong with Andrea Christenson when she can’t compose a few paragraphs on her favorite subject!

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Reader, I Need Your Help

This week I received a much anticipated package: a brand new, hot off the presses, copy of the newest edition of the NKJV Study Bible, and, you guys, it is beautiful. I had hoped to have this Bible in my hot little hands before Christmas in order for it to bless someone under their Christmas tree, but I’m kinda liking the idea of starting the new year with a new Bible.

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Spoiler Alert: This isn't a Lottery You Want to Win

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a strange short story. Told in a somewhat matter of fact, mild mannered way, the tale highlights what can happen if we just accept the “normal way of doing things.” It’s the kind of book which makes you stop and think and then wonder about the rest of the story, the why’s behind the actions of the villagers. Which makes it a great short story.

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Make Schoolwork Great Again

Currently, I am writing this in between washing a load of laundry and packing up our suitcases. That’s right, our vacation is over and we need to head home to reality tomorrow. Reality for our family means back to school — homeschool, that is. When I asked for suggestions for #30inNovember, a friend recommended The Way They Learn. Though I’m familiar with the concepts, I’ve never read it. Today, as I’m mentally preparing to head back home, seemed like an appropriate day to change that fact.

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Mom! Phineas and Ferb are Making a Book Review!

There are few cartoons that tickle my funny bone more that Phineas and Ferb. The ways they choose to spend their summer vacation — having epic adventures in their backyard and beyond — and the way Candace is always trying to get them in trouble (“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!”) makes me laugh every time. The icing on the cake? They own a pet platypus. A platypus who is a secret agent.

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A Sweet Way to Spend a Birthday

In case you didn’t know this already, I am writing this post while on vacation with my family. In fact, it is my birthday today and we are driving back to Miami from the Florida Keys. I needed a book that was short and sweet to allow me to be present with my family while still meeting my goal. Truffles From Heaven fit that slot perfectly. Plus, I love truffles. They’re like, one of my favorites.

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Give Me Kindness and Jesus

Okay, confession time. I didn’t actually read the entire Daily Acts of Kindness today. But I have been reading it every morning to my family around the breakfast table. It is not an overstatement to say that we’re glad we have this book. I appreciate that the focus is on our kindness as an outgrowth of our faith walk and our love for Jesus. To me, kindness and Jesus should always be linked.

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Fully Alive

But, I really was curious about the book, because I happen to agree with the premise as stated in the back cover blurb, “Research shows that our emotional, spiritual, and physical health are tightly intertwined. Spiritual difficulties can have physical consequences, and physical illnesses can have emotional and even spiritual ramifications.”

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A Fearless Leader

In the wake of #metoo and during the dawn of a new women’s empowerment movement, it is more important than ever to equip and arm our daughters with truth. I have two daughters and I want them to know and cling to the truths about who they are, what they are capable of, and most importantly where, or better, Who, their strength comes from.

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More Graphic Novels Your Kid Should Read

In my last post I wrote about Real Friends and why you should let your kid read graphic novels. In this post I’m giving you a few of my favorites to get you started.

In children’s literature, a graphic novel is defined as “a book written in the style of a comic book… The format is what makes the story a graphic novel, and usually includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects, and panels.” (Source: Scholastic.com Read the full article HERE.)

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Beneath the Ancient Dust

Can anything good come from Afghanistan? As an American who regularly hears negative news about Afghanistan, I wondered what light Beneath the Ancient Dust would shed on what the true Afghanistan is like. I discovered that, like most things, life in Afghanistan is more complex and nuanced than the local news would have us believe. I also discovered that there is much we can learn from the Afghan people about Biblical truth in everyday life. 

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