Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kindergarten - Day 94 and Day 95

Day 94:

Day 95:

Hunter made a Jesus puppet during school on this day!

This evening was Hunter's car race at CSB. Stephen and Hunter created this car out of a block of wood. They painted it and put weights on it, and Hunter put Batman stickers on it so it was the "Batmobile". He didn't win any races but it was a lot of fun!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kindergarten - Day 92 and Day 93

Day 92:

The sweeties I watch on Wednesdays:

This is Hunter's own hairstyle, which he does when he wants to look particularly handsome!

Day 93:

Our latest 1000-piece puzzle completed:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shovel Ready (Review)

This review is for the book "Shovel Ready" by Adam Sternbergh. This is part of his "Spademan" novels. I had not ever heard of Sternbergh, or "Spademan", but I love a good thriller/suspense novel. One thing that pleased me about this book is that it gave plenty of background eased into the storyline. I knew plenty about Spademan without having to read other books by the author. I liked the story and found it pretty interesting. I did think some of it was odd because obviously the story takes place in New York in another time/dimension. The reader is let in on the fact that there are no movie theaters anymore... no Wall Street anymore... and eventually the reader is told what exactly happened to the state of New York.

I felt that some of the story was confusing, particularly the part about the "limnosphere" and the famous preacher. I also felt that the story was a bit harder to read because there were no quotation marks, so for me it was hard to imagine who was saying what phrase in the conversations, and which statements were thoughts.

It's still an interesting concept and I'm sure most people who enjoy suspense novels would like this style of writing.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

*Not a faith-based novel.*

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Betting on Hope (Review)

Betting Hope Debra Clopton

This review is for the book "Betting on Hope" by Debra Clopton. I have read several of Clopton's books before; mainly her Mule Hollow series. I enjoyed those, and this one really does not fall far from the same style as those books. This book is part of her Four of Hearts Ranch series.

In this book, Maggie Hope somehow gets suckered into a bet with a cowboy, Tru Monahan. She either has to complete the bet or lose her job. Unfortunately, Maggie dislikes all things horse-related, and that is exactly what the bet is zoning in on - her ability to ride horses. Of course as Tru helps Maggie learn how to ride they end up finding out they have feelings for one another. They also both have some secrets that need to come to light before they can really explore their feelings.

I think this is one of those light, easy-to-read books that has an ending that makes you feel good. So if you like that type of book you will enjoy this one.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

God's Super-Apostles (Review)

This review is for the book "God's Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement" by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec. I thought this book was extremely well-written and very interesting. In this book, the authors address the topic of modern-day apostles and prophets.

The book begins with a history of the New Apostolic Reformation and their beliefs about apostles, and then a history of apostles in the Bible. Then the authors delve into the beliefs about prophets in regards to the NAR, and then compares that information to prophets in the Bible. The book continues to compare issues, speaking primarily on spiritual warfare and miracles. The authors put scripture against every belief of the NAR. I have to say I was pretty astounded with some of the beliefs and how they simply do not hold up to scripture.

In the end, the authors concluded that there is not a "list" of churches or organizations in the NAR; it is more of a movement. I was really surprised at some of the authors and churches that were listed as part of the NAR, though - authors whose books I have enjoyed (C. Peter Wagner, Dutch Sheets and Bill Johnson, for example) and organizations through whom I have enjoyed programming at some time in my life (The International House of Prayer and Trinity Broadcasting Network). I am sure that the authors do not mean that every single person in these organizations preach doctrine that is not sound, but I was still surprised.

I thought this book was really informative and I found it very interesting and eye-opening.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Kindergarten - Day 90 and Day 91

Day 90:

Our new favorite game: Angry Birds. No, not the game on your technological device! You actually have to build the tower and catapult the birds to knock everything down. We love this game, even though it can take up to two hours to complete an entire game!!

Our science experiment to learn about evaporation: We filled a pan with one cup of water and let it sit for two days without touching it. We poured it into this measuring cup to see how much water had evaporated into the air - 3/4 of a cup of the water had evaporated!

Day 91: