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  • Item #: 006106
    ISBN: 9781591280163
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  • Item #: 006108
    ISBN: 9781591280118
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  • Item #: 066175
    ISBN: 9780990552901
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  • Item #: 066176
    ISBN: 9780990552918
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  • Item #: 066178
    ISBN: 9780990552925
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  • Item #: 066177
    ISBN: 9780990552932
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  • Item #: 009472
    ISBN: 9781932012965
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    Not long ago I joked about founding ACLAH – a support group for moms whose Adult Children are Living at Home. That's because I'm in the fall season of my life – that precious, and undoubtedly too-short – time when my children are adults but not totally gone from our home. As my joke implies, there are challenges in this time period – but then there are challenges at all the others, too. I remember being a mother of three young children and wondering how to get everything done without a good night's sleep. I remember the busy, busy homeschooling days. Sally Clarkson also knows those challenges intimately. And by sharing her thoughts and heart about each "season of a mother's heart" she helps us to recognize both our own hearts and to deepen our dependence on God. This book was first written over a decade ago when Sally was just beginning to realize that homeschooling moms need to be affirmed in their decision to homeschool and to be validated in the curious lifestyle they have chosen. Now, revisiting the book, she's wiser, more experienced, just as perceptive, and still committed to bringing encouragement to homeschooling moms. I think you'll want to take this book in small doses – savoring each page as the heart-felt sharing of a good friend. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049412
    ISBN: 9780452295605
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    Full of first person experiences – all of them touching our soft mother-spot – this book is about finding yourself at odds with the medical community and learning how to fight for your autistic child. While it relies more on testimonies than on research, it provides hope in what it suggests as well as providing courage for bucking the system and for implementing strategies – i.e. diet and others – that are nonmedical. The author, Jenny McCarthy, herself a mother of an autistic son, provides tools as well as hope. The final pages list resources and doctors who provide DAN (Defeat Autism Now!®) interventions. 246 pgs. pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 066179
    ISBN: 9780990552949
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  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
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      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 062161
    ISBN: 9781609990541
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    You have chosen to play a vital role in your children’s lives. Be encouraged! This hardcover gift book is an update of the Daily Devotional Calendar from Charlene Notgrass. The entries (one for each day of the month) are based on Titus 2:3-5, the godly characteristics for older and younger women. We are flawed, she asserts, but that truth can either discourage us or we can be encouraged that problems have solutions and God lovingly responds to us. Charlene takes an older woman encouraging a younger woman approach throughout, using the first few pages to explain her heart. Then, each very brief devotional speaks directly to the homeschool mom’s heart, exhorting her to teach and live the eternal, with the day’s single Scripture verse written at the bottom. What will absolutely strike you first are the vibrantly detailed, high definition, full-color nature photos, which draw the connection that we are to grow day by day, tending and nurturing our soul and the souls of our children just as nature does. Make this a beautiful gift with long-lasting results. 8” x 8.25”, 45 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 063900
    ISBN: 9781441319487
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      I come from a family of cooks and I have a collection of many of their recipes. Our Family Recipes Journal is a wonderful way for you to write your recipes and pass them on to family members. This 6” x 8” book is divided into appetizers, soups/salads/sandwiches, side dishes, main courses, desserts, beverages, and more recipes, with room for 10 of each type. Between each section is a clever quote like this one by Calvin Trillin (American journalist), “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” At the beginning of each section is an index page for making a list of recipes found there, and each recipe is afforded 2 pages with a place to write the title, number of servings, prep time, the source of the recipe, the ingredients and instructions, and wraps up with the writer telling why this recipe is special. Helpful information is found in the first 10 pages of the book, such as: measurement equivalents, storage tips, cooking hints, microwave use, and more. A pocket inside the back cover offers space for recipe cards, clippings, etc. Give the gift of food that can last for generations!! 144 pgs, hc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063650
    ISBN: 9780801015878
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    In our Christian walk, we need reminders that a great cloud of witnesses have gone before us and have actively lived out their faith. This collection of short biographies shows the personal battles, victories and losses of fifty women heroes of the faith. Each story spans the individual’s life, highlighting the similarities to modern day struggles, and demonstrating that we also can, through Christ’s power, victoriously follow Christ. Some women may be more familiar, such as Corrie ten Boom, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Mother Teresa; some may be not as familiar such as Faye Edgerton or Margery Kempe. Organized chronologically, from 1000 AD to the 21st century, the biographies include women from all walks of life, denominations, cultures and races who lived out their faith as ministers, human rights advocates, authors, prisoners of war, martyrs and educators. 6” x 9”, 377 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 042401
    ISBN: 9781683440697
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  • Item #: 036879
    ISBN: 9781607100065
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    See inside the body with x-rays, MRIs, microscopes, diagrams, photographs, and drawings as well as a number of 3D pop ups. Explanations are simple to understand but detailed enough to be interesting to older children too. Topics include the senses, brain, bones and muscles, breathing and circulation, digestion and growth. Children can learn how small bumps on our tongue enable us to taste, how electrical signals travel throughout the body and send messages to the brain, how the heart pumps blood throughout the body, and many other functions in vivid colorful detail. Pop-up, hc. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 065159
    ISBN: 9780802413796
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      Let’s be frank. Some of us are natural born “BFFs”-you know, the woman who makes a best friend at every women’s event she attends. Others—the rest of us—find women’s friendships awkward and challenging. The reality is this mom thing is hard: personally and on our marriages. In this book, Jill Savage presents a compelling vision for women’s friendships with a variety of ideas for finding and building relationships. Interwoven are stories and friendship assignments to help you build friendships that will help you thrive as a mom. The included Scripture references and prayer exercises will help you feel more confident in loving a friend through difficult challenges.

      Thankfully, we are not alone on this journey. Find your sense of belonging through mom-friendships and experience the wisdom and the spiritual and emotional (among others!) health benefits that quality friendships offer. Your family will thank you! 53 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007490
    ISBN: 9781883934026
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    By popular demand, we are including this classic in our catalog. Karen Andreola has revised the language somewhat to make it easier to read but has retained the flavor of the original writing. First published in the early 20th century, the book exhorts young girls to maintain high standards of character. Each of the 33 short chapters address a virtue (such as obedience, sincerity, responsibility, and purity) or a situation to be encountered in life (like boyfriends or choosing a career). The book could be read and discussed by mother and daughter together, or you may want to let your daughter read it on her own and answer questions as they come up.

  • Item #: 024069
    ISBN: 9781594747311
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    16 stories about the childhoods of our presidents, as well as 44 facts, one per president. Learn about how Ulysses S. Grant was a natural born horse rider, how Franklin D. Roosevelt's over-protective mother gave him a single day of freedom to do whatever he wanted (and how he never told anyone what he did!), or how Calvin Coolidge once sneaked a donkey into a classroom at his school! Written by David Stabler and illustrated by Doogie Horner, 215 pgs, hc. – Laura

  • Item #: 015644
    ISBN: 9780060007676
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    Although we could never fully comprehend the horrors of the Holocaust, stories such as these open our eyes to the inhumane treatment many received at the hand of Hitler. This is the story of how Jack Mandelbaum, who was twelve when he was taken by the Nazis, survived Hitler. Based on historical fact and Jack's memories, you learn about the Holocaust as you follow his story; the invasion of his home, being torn from his mother and brother to work, moving around from death camp to death camp working, fighting to stay alive in diseased and starving conditions, and ultimately, his liberation. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 020847
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    When we added the AVKO Sequential Spelling program several years ago it was because we had received countless requests from our customers. Since then it has consistently garnered strong positive feedback and rave reviews. In this book, the author of that program, Don McCabe, provides not only his autobiographical information but also the process whereby the AVKO program and methodology was "discovered". The book's lengthy subtitle - a dyslexic tells how luck enabled him to learn to read and how his blissful ignorance and stubbornness enabled him to discover an easy, common sense way to teach other dyslexics to read and write - pretty much nails the contents. If you have a student with language issues - almost any language issues (and the definitions for dyslexic are just about that vague) - then you will find help and hope in this book. The author's personal story - from birth to near death - is told in a very readable, tongue-in-cheek manner. Throughout his story he points to the life experiences that illustrate a particular principle or insight. However, if you don't want to know his story, the author helpfully points you to the particular chapter where you can find out what dyslexia really is and how you can best "identify," "treat," or "prevent" it or to the chapter where you will find the most information for actually helping a dyslexic student. You can expect to find the same practical, word family and pattern approach to language that characterizes Sequential Spelling as well as a wealth of educational experience and expertise. 288 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 043991
    ISBN: 9780310421054
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    Making the decision to homeschool our children is often one of the most complex decisions we make. Although much has changed since I began homeschooling nearly 20 years ago, often times there is still a sense of "going it alone" or even a misplaced sense of reproach that comes from the multitude of 'working moms' resources. Prepare to have your spirits lifted and your encouragement cup overfilled! This insightful Bible written by and for the homeschool mom is sure to encourage and edify you in your calling. Within the pages of this NIV Bible, you will find 365 daily readings designed to inspire and personally encourage the heart of the homeschooling mother. Each reading begins with a Scripture reference, followed by the short devotional and a guided prayer. Devotional readings are a compilation of daily email devotions entitled Daily Focus from Alpha Omega. A topical index and additional note pages for your personal thoughts are included. Based on the 2011 NIV. Black letter edition. HC. 1514 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 067779
    ISBN: 9780553511260
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      Jacob Tibbs is a cat, and the runt of the litter, to boot. He lives on a ship with his mother (Mrs. Tibbs) who has a stellar reputation as a ratter. Their adventure across the Atlantic in the 1840s is exciting! The story is about Jacob’s world, including the sailors on board the Melissa Rae. While this makes for a great family or classroom read-aloud, there are some topics to note: death of people and animals, talk of slave ships, someone with scars on their back, scary storms and rats. It’s a must-read for animal lovers, especially those of us who love our cats. Did you know ship cats could predict the weather? By author Cylin Busby. 266 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 040960
    ISBN: 9781603425780
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    Know where your needle is at all times! Be safe and take your time! Remember that nothing has to be perfect! These are the authors' rules for children learning to sew for the first time. Color photos and clear directions make this one user-friendly book and a good choice for visual learners. Starting at age 5, you can teach your children to make basic stitches used in several simple project ideas. First they make a basic sewing kit and practice stitches, then they get to make a pin cushion and original stuffed toy. Later they can make a skirt, modify a t-shirt, even repair old clothes and toys. This book seems easier to use than some of our others that have more elaborate directions or projects. Age appropriate for little kids and non-sewing mothers. It may not be pretty at first, but it will be original and hopefully encourage future sewing enthusiasts! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 000753
    ISBN: 9781534414273
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    "Many, many years ago, in Sorrento there lived a boy named Giovanni who had no mother and no father. He dressed in rags and begged for his food and slept in doorways. But he was happy, and he could do something wonderful. He could juggle." This is how the old French legend begins. This clown who made people smile his whole life is sure to make you smile as well! Your heart will be warmed with the miracle at the end of the story as Giovanni does his last performance before a statue of Our Lady and the Christ Child. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator, and he has painstakingly reproduced this old story as close to its original telling as possible. Accompanied by Renaissance-inspired watercolor paintings that are full of vibrant color and cartoon-like characters. – elise

  • Item #: 006701
    ISBN: 9780486498799
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       Given the opportunity (or necessity) of studying Mark Twain’s writings, one will easily conclude their timelessness. Here, in this collection of speeches, his humor is also supremely evident. Consider this short excerpt from a speech on “Woman – An Opinion” given in Washington D.C., January 11, 1868: “. . . . look at the mother of Washington! She raised a boy that could not tell a lie – could not tell a lie! But he never had any chance. It might have been different if he had belonged to the Washington Newspaper Correspondents’ Club.”

      Twain’s opinion of women leads off this collection, and one easily moves from one to another. Granted, Twain was a master actor and performer. Reading his speeches can never compare with experiencing one and yet, the humor comes through. You can almost hear the pauses for effect (sometimes supplied by the hearer/collector). Some of what he has to say would give us pause in our present culture (his notes on smoking, for example), but there are underlying nuggets of truth encased in wit that make it all worthwhile. This collection (a Dover thrift edition) includes 56 enjoyable speeches. 169 pgs. pb

    ~ Janice

  • Item #: 045285
    ISBN: 9781587611148
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    This book covers many holidays, special occasions, rituals, and traditions within many religions and in many parts of the world, and makes for an interesting read and a real education on different cultures. The discussion of each topic often includes variations that one might find, and, of course, the origin or history of the tradition. Topics are organized by seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. You'll find traditions that are well known in the American culture at large, such as Easter, Independence Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, wedding cakes, and even Super Bowl Sunday. You'll find some that may be a little less known such as Purim, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice. And you'll find some that are obscure for most of us here in the U.S., such as Maslenitsa and Vesak, and customs in China for when a baby is born. Not only will you travel the world, but you'll also get some creative ideas, such as what to do after the Thanksgiving meal, or ideas for making Mother's Day special. Besides educating us and our children, reading a book like this can remind us to savor life and stop going through the motions. 272 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 009908
    ISBN: 9780544339095
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    Our understanding of autism continues to evolve. Once considered “infant schizophrenia,” this brain disorder affects a child’s ability to communicate and develop interpersonal relationships with others. Engagingly written, this biography introduces us to Temple Grandin, a scientist and professor who overcame countless obstacles to use her extraordinary mind to revolutionize the livestock industry. Includes information on autism, bibliography, additional resource lists, and index. Photographs and black & white illustrations; sc, 149 pgs.

      Temple was believed to be “retarded” and “mentally ill” by her father, but her mother recognized her abilities and felt that given the right support and education, Temple would accomplish much. Fueled by this belief, her mother found in-home care and schools to provide her daughter the instruction and care she needed. Thriving under this love and support, Temple overcame great struggles and accomplished remarkable success both personally and professionally. Well written, this book would make an excellent family read aloud for discussion. In fact, I encourage all families to read it. Children on the autism spectrum will be reassured that their temperament and struggles are “normal,” and everyone will gain a greater understanding and appreciation for children on the spectrum. Occasional references to church attendance. No doctrinal teaching. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 053688
    ISBN: 9780615519487
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    Written specifically to the Christian parent, this book engages the reader through 25 meaningful letters which offer a heartfelt appeal for homeschooling. Beginning with the premise, homeschooling is the most effective method to pass our faith to our children; Pastor Durham makes an impassioned plea for parents to prayerfully study both the Old and New Testaments regarding the education of their children. Divided into three sections, the letters in this book focus on the Biblical arguments in favor of homeschooling; essential information for understanding education in America today and scriptural guidance for beginning the homeschool journey. The letters are designed to be read slowly and thoughtfully-studying the applicable Bible references as they appear.

    In the first section, Pastor Durham takes time to define various educational options available to Christian families. Strong Biblical evidence is presented giving the reader a judicious foundation of homeschooling. The second section further expands on the homeschool imperative through a historical perspective of education (which may surprise you!) and the detrimental effects of humanism in today’s educational system. Also tackled are the frequently considered troublesome questions that deal with socialization and sheltering of children. Finally, section three reaches out to parents with practical letters concerning Biblically based home-education. In this section, the letters provide a starting point for home education, and there are separate letters written to Christian fathers and mothers about their important roles in the home school. Fathers are to be nourishers, protectors and upholders of the family. Christian mothers are encouraged in their role as mothers and workers in the home. Also addressed are children as he explains why their education and upbringing may be different than others along with the Biblical blessings available to them through their chosen educational path. Within the pages of this book, Christian parents will find a thorough treatise on the homeschool discipleship movement. 207 pgs, pb. Deanne

  • Item #: 044574
    ISBN: 9781932236095
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    You know you're holding an unusual book when it's endorsed by talk show host, Dr. Laura; Senator Elizabeth Dole; professional hockey player, Mario Lemieux; and singer/songwriter Bono. What could they possibly agree on? Manners! This delightful and deliberate education in all things pertaining to good manners – respecting mother and father, using words wisely, table manners, washing and dressing, caring for the elderly and sick, getting along with others, in school, good sportsmanship, writing letters and invitations, church, weddings, and funerals, kindness toward animals, and respecting our country – is taught through a wonderful anthology of engaging stories and poems punctuated with the author's gentle summations. No dull list of dos and don'ts here. The broad selection – some well-known; some from long-forgotten personages; and some contemporary – is similar to Book of Virtues but there is more application especially geared to a younger audience. 390 pgs, hc ~ Janice

  • Item #: 001469
    ISBN: 9780425099698
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    Fifteen year old Josh is facing trials that seem far removed from our time, but were very real to many people during the Great Depression. He has a deep love for music and is very talented, and he and his friend Howie find an escape when they play together. However, they only get to practice some days after school, for times are hard and Josh's family was forced to sell their piano to pay for food and other necessities. After Josh's father loses his job, his depression turns to anger, which he often directs at Josh. Between his mother ironing clothes all day and Josh delivering papers for three hours every morning, the family has barely enough to keep themselves fed. After an especially hurtful fight, Josh decides to leave home, and he and Howie quickly form a plan to travel around as musicians. Josh's fragile ten-year old brother, Joey, hears of their plans, and he is determined to accompany them, despite Josh's firm objections. An unforeseen tragedy strikes the trio, and their lives are changed forever. This hardship sparks a deeply moving trail of tears, shame, guilt, sickness, responsibility, and struggle to survive.