Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teen Girls Review

 Reflect, respond, and grow closer to your heavenly Father. With hundreds of journaling prompts and plenty of space for notes, art, and doodles, the NIV Journal the Word™ Bible for Teen Girls provides a place to capture your thoughts while reading Scripture. Journal your feelings, dreams, and hopes. Create art, color, and doodle. However you wish to creatively express yourself, engage with God’s heart and get to know the One who knows and loves you.

  • Hundreds of thought-provoking questions for teen girls to reflect on and respond to
  • 8-point type size 
  • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Words of Jesus in red
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
My Thoughts:

Today, I’m going to tell you about a journaling Bible for teen girls. The design on this Bible is appealing and should be to most teen girls. It’s a hardback Bible with an imitation leather cover. The cover has a shimmering gold background with a flower design on it. The flowers are beautiful pastel colors like two tones of pink, orange and greens. The flowers look like roses. The outside is stunning. I already know the most important part is the inside the cover as it contains the word of God and it’s pretty amazing!

The gilding on the Bible is pink. The ribbon is a darker pink color. I hope you like pink! The headings are also pink. The scripture guide words at the top of the Bible are also pink. The words of Jesus are also in pink! The Bible looks more mature then most Bibles for this age group I have seen. If that makes sense! Its classy looking and most teens wouldn’t need to transition to a more adult version Bible as it doesn’t look childish. Actually, I think this Bible could be appealing to grownups.

The font is nice and the 8-point print size is easy to read. The Bible does lay out flat when you have it open. The Bible has a presentation page along with an index at the front of the Bible. None of the books have an introduction page. At the back there is a Table of Weights and Measures and a Subject Index.

The format is a single column with the margins on the edges of the pages. The margin is a decent size for adding notes or for adding your own art if you like to do that. The page thickness seems a bit thicker than most average Bibles. However, it will bleed through with some medians.

Throughout the Bible there are 465 “Thought Provoking” questions and all in pink.

My only complaint is that it doesn’t have maps or an introduction at the beginning of each book! This is a full size Bible and no maps or introductions! So maybe I’m old school and like the maps and freshening my memory on the historical background of each book.

Overall, this is a lovely Bible that I think it should appeal to many teens. A few other color choices would be nice if you have teen who isn’t so thrilled with the color pink-like a blue or green. I did see one other color choices available and it has a different cover design. The gilding looks white but, the inside looks the same.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

So Great a Love by Kristie Wilde Book Review

So Great a Love is the second book in the Joyful Creation series. It explores various attributes of God’s love for us using examples from His creation, and is designed to be read to small children and inspire conversations about God and His character in a way they can relate to. Full color pages, with realistic illustrations, take viewers deep into the animal’s world, while the simple text guides readers along.

About the Author

Kristie Wilde is owner of Wilde Art, an artwork, illustration, design and publishing business in Sonora, CA. Watercolor is her medium of choice with a realistic style and whimsical tendencies, which delightfully enliven this educational little children's book, Made for a Purpose. This is the first book in her "Joyful Creation" series. Mrs. Wilde blends her experience as an artist and illustrator with her experience communicating educational concepts while working with the interpretive department for the U.S. Forest Service. Kristie uses these skills and her expertise in Photoshop to manage projects from concept to completion.

My thoughts:

I reviewed the first book in the series Made for a Purpose awhile back and loved the book.  I was excited to see the second book in the series.

I love good quality children’s books that show our children Gods love. I love the illustrations in children’s books especially when they are done well.

This is a paperback book with 24 pages. The reading level is around 4-7. The layout is on two pages with full colored illustrations covering both pages. The illustrations are very detailed and very realistic. Your child will love exploring each page with all the detailed treasures to find. Everything from a honey bee to a birds feather being blown away in the wind. The words are only a sentence or two which is perfect for kids in this age range.

The best part of this story is that all the pictures are tied to a scripture verse. Each page has a few words on it. An example is-“He wants to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks.” The illustration is of a hen gathering her chicks.  The scripture reference is from Matthew 23:37.

At the back of the book is a section, “Scriptures” This has 10 scripture references from the book.

This is a delightful book that I would highly recommend. This would make a wonderful gift for someone little in your life. A perfect bed time story to remind our children how much God loves us.

You can purchase this book at Amazon.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Strataca Field Trip

Last month we went to the Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Bug has been studying Geology this year in science and it seemed like a perfect field trip to enhance her learning of geology.

This is still an active salt mine today. Salt was found in 1887 in Hutchinson, KS. The Carey Salt Mine was opened in 1923. It's hard to believe that they remove over 500,000 pounds of salt each year. Most of it is used to de-ice roads today.

We went down an elevator 650' below the earth into the mines. Going down the shaft it was pitch black, you couldn't even see your hands in front of you. We also had to wear hard hats.
 Salt, Bug couldn't believe that salt was this large.

We explored the cavern learning about the mining process. We watched several videos on what day to day life was like down in the mines. They had several videos of the extraction process of the mines. We learned about and seen the machinery.
 Little Man was reading the information to his sister. He takes good care of his big sister. Geology is Bugs next favorite obsession with Entomology at the top of the list!
 The kids enjoyed touching all the exhibits.

 We took a ride into the mines that was active in the 1940's and 1950's. We learned that what goes into the mines stays in the mine. Nothing comes back up.
 We also learned about the air flow,mine hazards, and nuclear waste.
A collapsed portion of the mine shaft. Which we were told is very uncommon in a salt mine.
 Another reminder of what comes down in the stays down in the mine. I don't want to even think of what happens to the waste. There are trash piles that showed items made in the the 1920'- up till the 1960's.
 This was Little Man's favorite part seeing all the movie costumes.

 Companies store important documents down in the mines also. My husbands company also stores paperwork that they send yearly to the mines.
 Another interesting item down in the mine.

This was an intriguing field trip. Bug walked away with a lot of salt rocks to add to her collection!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Andi Lassos Trouble and Andi to the Rescue by Susan K. Marlow Book Review

I’m excited to share with you the next two books in the Circle C Stepping Stones Series. My daughter is even more excited and couldn’t wait till I finish reading the books so I could hand them over to her.

I know I tell this story every time I review any of the books from Susan K. Marlow. I can’t help it because many years ago my daughter came across Susan K. Marlow’s books at the TPA Homeschool Convention in Wichita, KS. With a horse and a girl her age on the book cover she was pretty excited and that was the beginning of her falling in love with reading.

We have read every book in all of the series and she would happily tell you that she loves them all. If you’re wondering about more of the books you can see that there are several series for all ages.  

Circle C Adventures for ages 9-14

Circle C Milestones for ages 12+

Goldtown Adventures for boys 8-12

Andi Lassos Trouble  is book 3 in the series:

When the Circle C ranch decides to host a rodeo competition with two other ranches, dozens of cowboys are eager to prove they're the best riders and ropers in the valley. But they're not the only ones who want to show off their skills--Andi aims to lasso her way to the prizes, even if big brother Chad says the contest isn't for kids.

The roundup is meant to be a time for food, fun, and friendship. But before Andi can prove she's got what it takes to be a real cowgirl, the day turns dangerous. Will a friendly rodeo turn into a range war between ranchers and sheepherders? Can Andi and her family keep their neighbors--and themselves--safe?

Andi to the Rescue is the 4th book in the series:

This is so embarrassing. Andi's teacher, Miss Hall, is sick--and Mother is the substitute teacher. What will Andi's friends think?

But it turns out embarrassment is the last thing Andi needs to worry about when two outlaws kidnap Andi and her mother after school in a case of mistaken identity! They can't even tell the kidnappers a mistake has been made without putting themselves in even more danger.

Now they're being held in a remote cabin until Mother can teach the man in charge how to read--and he's willing to go to any length to make it happen. Andi must escape and find help. But can she lead a rescue party back to Mother before the outlaws take their new teacher--and disappear forever?

My Thoughts:

Andi Lassos Trouble  has 12 Chapters with 106 pages. The book starts out introducing “New Words” which introduces new vocabulary that your child may not be familiar with. At the end of the book there are “History Fun” which explains some history behind the book. In Andi Lassos Trouble it explains the rodeos in the later 1800s.

This story moves along fast. A fun tale of Andi preparing herself for an upcoming rodeo that is going to be held on the Circle C Ranch. Andi wears out Taffy by working her to hard lassoing sheep and cattle. Andi invites her sheepherding friends to participate in the rodeo. Andi’s sheepherding friends are about to create more problems with the cattle ranchers at the rodeo. Can the rodeo continue on peacefully.  

 You can also download an activity guide.

Andi to the Rescue also has 12 Chapters and 106 pages. New Words are introduced and the History Fun talks about Black Bart, a Gentleman Outlaw.

Andi needs to be brave and learn to trust God in a difficult time. Andi and her mother, Elizabeth are mistaking for Miss Hall the local school teacher and one of her pupils when they are kidnapped. If their identity is found out they could end up in a worst position.

After several weeks being held in a shack, Elizabeth knows that they can’t be kept their over the winter with the captors. Elizabeth sends Andi on a daring mission to escape to go and get help. 

An activity guide is available on the website.

Book 1: Andi Saddles Up-available
Book 2: Andi Under the Big Top-available

Book 3: Andi Lassos Troubles-available

Book 4: Andi to the Rescue-availabie

Book 5: Andi Dreams of Gold-summer of 2018

Book 6: Andi Far from Home-summer of 2018

I’m not going to give away any spoilers so I suggest you get your own copy. I love Susan K. Marlow’s books. They are wholesome, teach Godly character, and are fun and entertaining.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from Kregel Publication in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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