Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Produced by Little Crew Studios
"Pilgrim's Progress meets Little Rascals" in this fun action/adventure movie featuring an all-children cast. Shot in Oregon's picturesque Willamette River Valley and accompanied by an original score recorded live by the FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague©, The Runner from Ravenshead is an allegory about finding refuge and rest from the metaphorical wardens we face in life.
After a daring escape from Ravenshead Prison, Sam finds herself in worse trouble trying to outrun the relentless wardens. But help is on the way - kind of. Henry, janitor for the City of Refuge Guide Service, is unexpectedly thrust into the line of duty when all the trained guides are called out on other missions. As he sets out on his long-awaited first assignment, he gets more adventure than he bargained for. Will the enthusiastic but awkward amateur guide persuade Sam to trust him before it's too late.
"This movie was made by the Steege family. All of the actors in the movie are their children, which is such a unique way to make a movie. I had the pleasure of meeting this family in person at a home school convention and enjoyed visiting with their eldest, Amelia, who was very well spoken at age 9. My daughters crack up watching this movie and have viewed it over and over. This is a fun one for family night, especially if you have children or grandchildren under 10, that all can enjoy. Good, clean entertainment that can also open up a discussion about our walk with Christ or salvation." --April
Genre - Action/Adventure Family/Children
Length - 81 Minutes
Monday, September 13, 2010
We also would like to add several missionary biographies for young and old alike.
Tell us your favorite titles and we will try and take a look at them. We love recommendations! Thank you in advance!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
One example from the book really grabbed me as we have a 4 year old struggling in this same area.
You want your children to develop the habit of prayer during times of temptation. Imagine a four-year-old who becomes angry with siblings over every offense, real or imagined. You want to accomplish more than adjudicating the conflict of the day. You want him to turn to God in prayer when he is tempted to be angry.
Have this converstion with him in the morning.
"Today you may be tempted to be angry with your sister. When you are tempted, I want you to come to Mommy and I will help you pray to God for grace. God can help you when you are tempted to be angry."
If your young child can learn to come to you to lead him to the throne of grace to find mercy and help in his time of need (Heb. 4:16), he will learn how to go there himself in the years to come.
Today, I applied this in our home. Strife was seeming to reign amongst our brown-eyed girls, so instead of reacting all frustrated and berating my kids with their errors, I gathered them together and prayed over them. I told God that we needed His help today to be kind and patient as it seems to be harder to do today. We do not want to be angry and impatient with each other, but we are a family that wants to show love to each other. Refocusing with prayer with them really helped to stifle the rivalry and brought unity into our home and reinforced the idea that we need God's help to change our behavior. It also proved to be a quick reminder when that impatience wanted to rise again by just saying, "Remember that we want to show kindness to each other." And they replied, "Oh, yeah."
This is just one tidbit that I learned from Instructing a Child's Heart. It will definitely be one that I will recommend to others.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Spiritual Power Of A Mother by Michael Farris recharged and renewed me for our homeschooling journey. Moms will find WONDERFUL, MUCH NEEDED support and encouragement as the author points moms to God in the context of everyday life. Realizing that homeschooling is an incredible discipleship tool, mothers who do so “are sowing the fields that will produce a crop of freedom-loving citizens who are essential if America and the free world are to survive,” the author states. He brings up many issues that concern moms (from clean houses-or not so clean, to hard days, graduation and beyond), helps adjust perspectives and reminds moms of the rewards of homeschooling, as he gives realistic examples from his own family’s 21 years of homeschooling.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Even before we arrived home from the CHOIS convention in Idaho (which we truly enjoyed being a part of), there was an encouraging email from a lady we had met at the convention sharing how much she enjoyed visiting and encouraged us to check out Lamplighters audio dramatizations as we both love their books.
Most recently we were hosted by a wonderful homeschool family in order to attend the OCEAN convention in Portland, OR. This family did not know us, but heard we were looking for a place to stay and offered their home to our whole family and our dog! Our girls had great fun with their children and we enjoyed what little time we had together in wonderful fellowship. You have encouraged us in hospitality to strangers. Thank you for blessing us.
There are more stories like this that I could share, but I will end with sharing an email that we received just yesterday (used by permission, of course.) The amazing part is how God knows just how and when to encourage us. To see His hand in our lives is so reassuring and uplifting.
From Jenny to Books on the Path:
My 7 year old son has a favorite genre--mysteries! I thought we had exhausted all of the wholesome children's mysteries available. After searching our library today, I asked the Lord to provide decent, God-honoring mystery books for him. I was thrilled to receive your email tonight, introducing us to the Farm Family Mystery Series! God has been so faithful to answer the little prayer that I whispered to Him just today in our library.
If you don't mind, I'd like to share one more thing with you...last week at the library, my son found a book from the Clue Jr. series. We hadn't seen this series before, but he and his siblings enjoy playing the older board game--the one where children solve which pet ran off with the missing toy. I was so disappointed with this little book, because the children in these stories blame and accuse each other of the "crimes" at hand. There's no biblical love represented--believing all things, hoping all things. Just right off the bat they accuse their closest friends when something comes up missing. In these stories they need to solve which club member is lying. That's the mystery! No thank you!
I was pleased to read that the Farm Family Mystery series contains positive and loving interaction between its characters. You don't know how much this means to me. We try to be so careful about what we put in front of our little ones. I know that many people call this "sheltering" my children, but I've come to the realization that the word "shelter" is a good Bible word. Never is that word used negatively in Scripture. David cried out for it! It is used to describe our Lord. The Israelites held frequent festivals, building booths or shelters to celebrate God's protecting them in the wilderness. I love knowing that I can provide this same comfort and security to my children--heaven knows they cry out for it, too, only they aren't always willing to admit it. :) I think of our home as a little greenhouse, sheltering and protecting the little buds that sprout up around us. They're simply not ready to be out and among "the elements."
I've loved reading the books that I purchased from you at the Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference. After browsing the conference wares, yours was the only booth from which I purchased books. I brought home with me Housewives Desperate for God (I had been searching for this book for 2 years now), Pocketful of Pinecones (I had been searching for this book for several years, as well; I so enjoyed Mrs. Andreola's, A Charlotte Mason Companion), Hinds Feet on High Places for Children (I've tried for years to order this from CBD, but it's always out of stock), and one of Nancy Wilson's books--its title now eludes me.
I was also thrilled to see the Elsie Dinsmore series on your site. I have 4 year old twin daughters who will most likely enjoy the doll and book series in a few years. I've been somewhat disappointed with the turn that American Girl has taken in recent years with political correctness and promoting the secular agenda of tolerance among the American people. Why can't our little girls just have dolls and read stories about the dolls themselves? Dolls don't need to hold protest rallies. They need to have tea parties!
Thank you for your time. And have a wonderful 4th of July weekend with your 3 brown-eyed girls!
Thank you, Jenny, for taking the time to encourage us. It truly does mean a lot! Thank you to all who have taken the time to visit with us at a conference or correspond through email or quietly purchase a book or two from us or host us in your home for that matter :)
Oh, and we purchased a few of the Lamplighter audio dramas at the OCEAN conference, listened to one and a half on the way home, got home and our 6 year old begged to finish it. We had been driving all day, but we all wanted to hear how it ended, except for our 4 year old who had fallen asleep in the truck. We came in the house, brought in essentials, and had to gather around and listen to the rest of the story. So, as you have probably figured out, we love the audio dramas that were recommended by that one customer and now they will be on our website. (As soon as we can find some time to upload them.)
God bless and thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Our second conference , Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference, was a bit stressful as we loaded up our books in the back of our truck and hoped it didn't rain for the short drive to our local convention. Guess what? It began to rain. Thankfully we had a tarp to put on to protect everything, 15 minutes away from our destination. Next, we bought a canopy.
And our most recent convention was 4 hours away. We were feeling pretty good as we had packed the day before and just had a couple of things to load in the morning. Goal: to leave by 8 am, we were only 30 minutes behind schedule. We were happily driving along when one of our girls needed to visit a rest stop. As we are getting back in the truck, I double-check that we grabbed the final box of very important items. To our disappointment we had overlooked that bin. What was in it? Do we need to turn around? Well, our cashbox was in it and I am sure there are other important things, but can't remember. So, we turn around. This would be no big deal, but we had already driven one and a half hours!!!! So now, we are 3 hours behind schedule. Three hours!!! As we arrive home, pick up the bin, we realize our tablecloths were in there as well as our business sign and things we would have really missed. This just means that we will have to rush our set-up when we get there because we have to be open that night for the conference. Thankfully, thankfully, my parents drive up to meet us there and pick up our little girls for the evening and our dog. Without them meeting us there, we would have been really behind schedule. So, lesson learned lately is Checklist, Checklist, Checklist!
This latest conference was Christian Heritage. Last year we attended as attendees, this year as vendors. The heart of family discipleship is so prevalent with the speakers, volunteers, leadership and the families that attend. I would say that what we enjoyed the most was meeting the people who stopped by our booth.
We had many little girls coming by as we were holding a drawing for the last Elsie Dinsmore doll that Mission City Press had before they closed their doors. When we finally drew the name, the girl was not present, but someone knew her and they tracked her down. She had been sleeping and they woke her up so we could present the doll to her and take her picture. It was exciting and sad at the same time as there were many disappointed girls. I wish we had one for all of them. It was so sweet later as a young girl stopped by and was wondering if we had found the winner. I told her that a girl had won and thanked her for entering and I was sorry they all couldn't win. She said, "I am happy that she won!" That really touched my heart.
The winner was a sweet girl named Rebekah!
Monday, April 5, 2010
What does it mean to have Family Fellowship and how does one work fellowship into the home? How do parents establish the proper balance between obedience and fellowship and how can papas gain fellowship with their children? How does mama manage the keys to a joy filled home and what are the roadblocks to fellowship? Here's your chance to gain some godly and practical wisdom on the subject.
We are blessed to know this REAL family who REALLY works this stuff out in their REAL lives-ordinary people who not only talk about Family Fellowship but actually DO family fellowship-making them extraordinary folks to me! I am inspired, encouraged and strengthened a little more for my journey of parenting each time I get to spend time with this family and I can't encourage you enough to read this book, on your journey of figuring out Family Fellowship to the glory of God!
Friday, March 5, 2010
(Book Review by Dramagirl)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Women! Moms! Daughters! Here’s a WONDERFUL book for you! Have you forgotten where joy can be found in the everyday, mundane life of helping children, runny noses, diapers, mounds of laundry and endless cooking? Are you a daughter chaffing at the dull and uninteresting way life seems to be going for you, as you grudgingly help your mother in the daily routine of family life? Is there restlessness in your heart about the unending effort and sacrifice as a wife and mother? Does home making seems so commonplace, the bearing of children so ordinary? Read on, friend, if any of these things have crossed your mind, for you and Mother’s Margaret have some things in common! This wonderful story of a young woman's journey from discontentment to understanding joy in everyday life is tops on my list of great books for women, moms and girls. Margaret sees her godly mother sweetly spending her life for her family, yet perceives it to be slaving away for a husband and family, utter drudgery, being tied down in a servant- like existence as a wife and mother. Walk a ways with her and learn what she learned in this very readable and heartwarming story that could easily change your heart!
Every family should read this book. The pages of Home-Making carry inspiration and hope for a harmonious Christian household! Do you need a vision for beautiful family life along with a better understanding of what the Bible teaches on roles and relationships in the home? Then Home-Making is for you. The duties and responsibilities of each household member are set before the reader as Bible based wisdom, and you’ll walk away from this book with a new or renewed desire to faithfully live out your part in making your home a better representation of God’s truths.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Statistics show that if we leave the discipling of our children to the church, many of our children will not walk with the Lord when they are older. Most youth today do not even have a grounded biblical worldview.
How does one get started? What is a biblical worldview? How do I disciple my children? Check out the books below. They are outstanding resources that will help you gain a greater vision in shepherding the ones God has entrusted to you and how to get started. These could be a life-changing gift for your family or someone you love who has children or has a heart to impact children for Christ.
"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Disciple Like Jesus for Parents
by Alan Melton and Paul Dean
The church is losing over two million children every year and they are not returning. What can parents do about this? Jesus showed us the way. Immediately following three years of making disciples, Jesus commanded us to do the same. Disciple Like Jesus For Parents offers practical, creative ways to make disciples of your children. Learn how His approach can transform your family into the image of Christ and allow you to enjoy the great blessings of children.
"Get your highlighter ready. This book is an easy-to-read, enjoyable, truth-filled book. I hope to pass this book on to many parents, whether they homeschool or not, because this book urges us on in discipling our children right where we are at. Then God will progress us as we grasp the vision for our family and children. I love this book!" April, Books on the Path
Family Driven Faith
by Voddie Baucham, Jr.
Family Driven Faith equips Christian parents with the tools they need to raise children biblically in a post-Christian, anti-family society. God has not left us alone in raising godly children. He has given us timeless precepts and principles for multi-generational faithfulness, especially in Deuteronomy 6. God's simple command to Moses to teach the Word diligently to the children of Israel serves as the foundation of Family Driven Faith.
"Voddie Baucham has written an insightful and convicting book challenging parents to prioritize the spiritual development of their children. Only read this book if the salvation and sanctification of your children is of the utmost importance to you." Tony Evans, pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas
Bold is definitely a word to describe this book. Voddie unashamedly promotes homeschooling and the re-thinking of youth groups. His practical tools for beginning to disciple our children are extremely useful. He explains what a Christian biblical worldview is and how to begin teaching our children these truths. This book is not for the faint-hearted.
Two other great books that we have previously written about in this blog are Everyday Talk and Training Hearts, Teaching Minds. For those reviews, please click on their titles in the category menu. Two more wonderful tools!
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Friday, February 12, 2010
Have you ever read a book and wanted to shout, “yes, yes, YES!” Ok, well, maybe you don’t love reading as much as I do, and maybe you don’t get that excited about something like… a book! However, to discover what happens when marriage meets grace, clearly defined and explained, rooted in Biblical truths and all within less than two hundred pages…who knows, you might be the next one saying “YES!” This must read book is unquestionably one of the best ever on marriage! (Can you tell yet that I REALLY like this book???)
Doesn’t everyone want a Love That Lasts? From good marriages to failing ones, this transforming book stands to make an incredible difference in them all. With humble honesty this husband/wife-authored book offers hope for a Love That Lasts in a way that leaves a deep and lasting impression on the reader through the true-life experiences shared therein. I think many of us don’t truly understand what the gospel means to marriage-this book clarifies that important concept. Impact your own marriage, the marriage of a friend or the marriage of newlyweds with this fantastic book!
p.s. Makes a great wedding gift!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
All this detail to introduce an autobiography that I just read called Castaway Kid. This is a true story of a boy who had to grow up in a children's home, always wishing for a family to call his own. You will need some tissue as you read this book, but He does find the Lord through his heart wrenching young life. I am recommending this book for you if you want to gain a greater understanding for those children who have hurts and wounds from such tremendous rejection of living without a mother or father to call their own. Maybe God has put these children on your heart to serve them in some way or maybe He is leading you to adopt.
We hope to gain more wonderful books on adoption. If you know of any to recommend, please let us know so we can preview them. This issue is obviously close to our hearts. We hope to write a book someday sharing our stories of adoption with our 3 brown-eyed girls. If ever we doubt that there is a God all we have to do is remember and look at our children and stand in awe at God's handiwork in bringing them to us to be their mom and dad.
Another review of Castaway Kid..
"Mitchell's life story is written in a way that draws you in and makes you want to go ahead and read the next chapter each time you finish one. Yet
it does not feel as if it is embroidered one bit. He simply tells you the
plain truth of what happened in his life in a very direct way. We are allowed time to linger with the feelings he experienced, the good and the bad, but mostly the mixed and confused. We feel the bewilderment that he
felt as he tried to understand things that just did not make sense. The story is unbelievable at times, although we don't doubt for a second that it indeed happened just as written. Many who have felt pain in their formative years will relate very well to this story, even if it was not the same kind of pain. Mitchell then takes us through his spiritual evolution, once again, in a very straightforward way. There is nothing sappy about it. He finds the only kind of faith that will help a troubled
adolescent. The real kind. In a few very short and simple episodes he asks the biggest questions that can be asked, and finds the kind of answers that an angry kid, (or angry adult), can sink his teeth into.
Ultimately the author finds reconciliation and peace, and the reader will too." -by Alan M.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Young man-call yourself to a higher standard with Thoughts For Young Men.
Parents-call your sons to a higher standard with Thoughts For Young Men.
The Bible speaks specifically to young men (Titus 2:6) and the words of friendly exhortation in this booklet pack a powerful punch, helping the student of Truth fix his eyes on Jesus. Author Ryle points out that young men have the ruinous inequality of strength, disproportionate to their wisdom as he proceeds to address: reasons for exhorting young men, dangers of young men, general counsels to young men, special rules for young men and encouraging conclusions for young men. Thoughts For Young Men, a must read book for young men, can be read and re-read!
There were spots that seemed slow, but abruptly therein was a nugget, so thereafter I read with greater caution. His theme reminded me of Paul E. Billheimer’s Don’t Waste Your Sorrows, as both writers passionately plead with the Christian to understand there are great purposes in the every believer’s life, quite beyond their own story. Other Christian writers have sounded a similar call such as Max Lucado and John Eldridge
Below are a few samples from Don’t Waste Your Life I have added to my journal for more reflection:
*Begin to treasure Christ and here gain an aptitude for Joy in Him
*I am Your Treasure and Your Great Reward—embrace all His Promises; more pleasure in His Presence; gladness in the present taste of glory. . .
*Quiet peace along the path He chooses for us with its pain, being satisfied that nothing comes to us in vain
*”I am hungry above all to pass this present test of faith and to have a deep restfulness in the goodness and power of Christ. I am hungry to enjoy His name being esteemed as others see my demeanor, my integrity and give Christ glory. That is a wonder not a wasted life” (p. 149)
Pastor Piper writes of his regularly assessing his own life- thus assuring the reader this is not a new topic for him, and he heeds his own word, a sober subject aligned clearly with the Word. In my view he succeeds in sharpening the vision, and bracing the reader to change course if need be to avoid wasting his life.
(A review by Jane a.k.a. Mom and Grandma)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
No dinner clean up needed for this meal! While not a crock-pot recipe for tonight’s dinner, A Father’s Stew cooks up a great challenge-will you take it? Stephen Beck explains both the importance of Biblically integrating family, work and ministry as well as how to blend them together to be a sweet savor to God. The time spent reading this short, straight to the point, scripturally sound book will reward you hundred-fold with a clear understanding of how the life ingredients of family, work and ministry create A Father’s Stew.
This book is GREAT for dads, super for young men preparing for marriage and family and also a worthwhile read for those discipling young men in life issues (including moms of sons!). This is on the "to read in a few years" list for my son :)