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  • Item #: 041409
    ISBN: 9781414362458
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    Looking for a quality devotional for your daughter, but struggling to find the right one? Devotionals for teens are great, but she just isn't quite ready for some of the discussion points, yet the devotionals for elementary ages are too simplistic? This daily devotional may be exactly what you are looking for. Beginning with a "Dear God" question, this book provides scriptural answers to the real questions, about a real God, that the young girls in your life are asking. Questions like: "Dear God. How do I know that the Bible is the true Word of God?" or "Dear God. Why are we supposed to keep ourselves pure?" are answered with insightful responses and NLT (New Living translation) verses. Scripture index included. Leatherflex cover. 372 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 011566
    ISBN: 9781893103108
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    There are some events in history that could be forgotten because they're simply unimportant and have no bearing on the past, our present, and our future. However, there are other events in history that should never be forgotten. One of those is WWII and the cause of it—Adolf Hitler. Understanding the life and psyche of Hitler is paramount to our freedom in our society so that another Hitler should ever rise again. Albert Marrin has captured the life of Hitler from his early years in Austria to his eventual defeat and death in Berlin. Hitler traces the life and times of this man in an easy-to-read format, giving the reader the most pertinent information. As citizens of a free world, it is vital that we educate ourselves about the thoughts and lives of the tyrants in history so that another Hitler will not come to power. 249 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 296731
    ISBN: 9781606829936
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       I think everyone has wondered from time to time about their place here on earth – “Who am I?” and “What am I doing here?” Many times we measure ourselves using the world’s standards, which can lead to a poor self-image and other negative effects. Natalie Dorso has written this thorough study based on realizations in her own life. She had spent her teen years trying to answer life questions using the world’s guidelines, forgetting that the important thing for her, and all of us, is who we are in Christ. This study is divided into three important areas: Who am I in Christ in Relation to Sin? Who am I in Christ in Relation to God? Who am I in Relation to Other People? Throughout the study, readers are asked to read passages of scripture (KJV), look at its meaning, and then do some thinking and writing. This book is more than just a read through; it offers practical study and application for the reader’s life and situation. Sections titled “Put Off,” “Renew Your Mind,” and “Put On” are your opportunity to answer questions and write out your thoughts – based on Ephesians 4:22-24. “Put Off” is an opportunity to confess and get rid of your sin, ask forgiveness of others (if needed), and cut it out of your life. “Renew Your Mind” is based in God’s Word – it is here that you memorize and meditate. The third section, “Put On,” is your opportunity to swap out bad behavior for good and be held accountable. For students in junior high and high school, this study might be very helpful as they strive to find where they fit and who they are… in Christ! 176 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060413
    ISBN: 9781632203168
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    Have you ever wondered why some people love science? While many of us find science challenging, others view science as a thing of beauty, as their eyes are opened to the intricacies of something perceived as usual or typical. Reasons abound why scientists love science, and as parents, these qualities are things we can develop in our children (and ourselves!). Science loving men and women share that realizing there is no such thing as a dumb question allows them to discover answers to many untested theories and ideas. As a scientist you are tasked with finding the answer for yourself rather than someone telling you the answer to your questions. In addition, science works step by step to get answers, which not only promotes investigative thinking but also prepares children for adulthood. But alas, enough of the benefits of Science for young people!

    Written to engage children in the sciences, this book provides over 100 hands-on activities to give you a whole new way to look at something you think is quite ordinary—enabling them to see it in a whole new light. Providing six sections called Inspirations , areas of study include: yourself and other humans, inspirations from the supermarket, inspirations from the toy store, inspirations from the drugstore, inspirations from the hardware store and inspirations from the stationery store, these activities use easy-to-find items making this a practical resource for home and school. A sampling of the diverse activities includes discovering your blind spot, making your own cold cereal, extracting DNA in the kitchen, slinky sound waves, soap vs. detergents (yes, there is a difference!) and much more. Materials list and step-by-step instructions and suggestions are included as well as scientific discoveries and historical tidbits. Detailed index offers 3 divisions: index by subject, index by discipline and index by challenge level. This book may quickly become your favorite 'go-to' resource to bring science alive! 192 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 059836
    ISBN: 9781613746820
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    In your deepest imaginations, have you ever considered how to best protect your homestead from ancient (and not so ancient) invaders? Your home is your castle and engineer/author, William Gurstelle, author of Backyard Ballistics, has developed a defensive plan to protect the people and possessions you love most. With a quick intro and general safety guidelines, each chapter looks at historical events and situations before providing you with clear, step-by-step instructions, diagrams and photographs for creating a fully-fortified home. Topically, you will learn about Genghis Khan and the Mongols, while learning to build a catapult, a crossbow and a smoke bomb; Attila the Hun while devising a hidden book safe and palisade wall; Alexander the Great-making a bullet proof shield; as well as many other defensive devices. The author also explains the science behind many projects, making this a valuable supplement to your history or science curricula or an appealing father-son project book as they strive to defend their home at all costs against the invading hordes, and learn just a bit more about ourselves, our history and the sciences! 168 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 059835
    ISBN: 9781613749494
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    Understanding and appreciating nature begins with immersing ourselves into the environment in which we are most familiar. Whether in the city or suburbs, seaside or countryside, we all have the opportunity to develop a love for nature through the study of birds. This beautifully illustrated book will inspire you through graphics, hands-on activities and observations. Topically, children will learn how to create a bird journal, identify feather shapes and field marks, beaks and feet marks, migration, and the variety of food eaten by birds. A sampling of the 30 hands-on activities includes making bird feeders, drawing birds, measuring (your) wingspan, creating a territory map, designing a poster and numerous observation activities. Adding to the value are a glossary of terms; common and scientific names list; recommended online resources and a 2-page teacher guide with extension activities. A perfect resource for introducing Nature studies or for complementing a bird unit study. 108 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058402
    ISBN: 9781492352860
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    From the moment you pick up this book - if you're a Christian homeschooling mom – you'll know that this woman has a message for you, or rather that God has a message for you through this woman. Whether it's debunking the lies we tell ourselves (you're the worst example of a homeschool mom) or it's confronting the traps we all face (comparisons, etc.) you sense immediately that Tamara Chilver has walked this path ahead of you and can give you the message you need at that moment. And, interestingly, the message is simple – God's grace is sufficient. He has called you to this task. He will provide the ____ (fill the blank: courage, time, rest, finances, creativity) to bring it to glorious completion. You'll need this book; you'll need this message; if not now, then sometime soon. Keep it close! 81 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 058367
    ISBN: 9781594710995
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      You can’t judge a book by its size! This small, unassuming book by the late Henri Nouwen is packed, cover to cover, with a concept that will really make you think about your role here on Earth.

      This book closely examines Matthew 20:22 - “You don’t know what you are asking, “Jesus said to them. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” What does it mean to “drink the cup?”

      Nouwen breaks drinking wine down into 3 steps – holding, lifting and drinking – and talks about what each step really means. Holding is examining ourselves and looking critically at who we really are – skills, abilities, shortcomings. He compares the cup to life, Jesus gave his life (blood) for us, so it is not only our life, but that of others as well. Lifting the cup is sharing and joining with others – being able to be honest with each other and work together for the good of the Kingdom and life here on earth. Drinking the cup is fully trusting God and embracing unconditional love, being ready to deal with the consequences of living as Jesus did.

      Henri Nouwen uses stories from his own life as he explains the process of holding, lifting, and drinking. This is a quick and interesting read – only 123 pages – that might help give you a new perspective on a life worth living. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 056729
    ISBN: 9781591866176
    Retail: $19.99
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    For many of us, nature studies have extended beyond the exploratory lessons and have become an extension of our lives. Immersing ourselves in nature fills us with a greater appreciation for our created world-the perfect balance in which every living plant, organism and creature intertwines.

    Designed for nature enthusiasts, this practical book provides month by month projects for the entire family. Each chapter begins with a region by region check list which corresponds to the USDA plant hardiness zone map (included for those of us who may be unsure of the zone in which we reside). Each month provides a wide range of projects and wildlife activities which allows you to pick and choose those that best fit your family. Instructions for projects are given clearly in a step by step format and many key steps are illustrated. A sampling of projects includes: building a bat box; making a mini-pond; building a simple toad sanctuary; building a butterfly hibernation box, plus many others. Abundant beneficial charts are included, for example: identifying bird eggs by nest position and color/dimensions of egg; identifying spider webs; and directories of wildlife plants/shrubs for gardens. The most exciting aspect of this activity-based book is that you do not have to have access to acres of land. Your own personal wildlife preserve is achievable whether you measure your yard in acres or feet. Nearly all the projects contained in this book are small scale and require only a few feet or yards of land. Beautifully illustrated, this book will please the discerning nature lover in all of us. 160 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 052199
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    Whether you are new to homeschooling or a little further along in the journey and feeling a bit out of step, this insightful book shares vital principles for a successful homeschool journey. The author, a veteran homeschool mom of a child with learning challenges, provides practical wisdom that has application to every homeschool family. The first section looks at our children and how we can best meet their needs at home, including a brief discussion on learning styles, multiple intelligences, wanting the best for our children, sheltering, having goals for our children and what it means to be a caretaker to our children. The second part brings focuses on taking care of mom in three vital areas: caring for ourselves, as teachers of our children and marriages/family life. This succinct book contains practical tips and pearls of wisdom for your own homeschooling journey. Cardstock cover. 41pgs Deanne

  • Item #: 048711
    ISBN: 9781771471558
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  • Item #: 037416
    ISBN: 9780984831326
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    One of the most fear-provoking tasks we face as the parents of high school students is teaching quality writing. We want our young people to be able to communicate well with the written word but often find ourselves overwhelmed at the thought of teaching composition mastery. Written to empower parents, this indispensable resource takes the uncertainty out of teaching basic and advanced essay writing. Beginning with a philosophy overview, the author outlines the course goals which include: greater quality of compositions with specific identifiable objectives, use of clear and objective rubrics to teach and evaluate student writing, and a sole focus on writing expository essays to provide consistent academic purpose. The author then walks through developing a semester long course, the importance of using rubrics, and assigning grades.

    In part 1, Basic Composition, Essential Skills and Qualities, the five paragraph essay is overviewed with a focus on clear content, coherent progression and elegant prose within the essay. Rubrics showing unacceptable, acceptable and excellent summaries in these areas are included along with a checklist for students. Part 2, Advanced Compositions for College-Bound Students, expands on the five paragraph essay and covers Literary Analysis, Research Papers, and the Researched Argument. Once again, crucial background information is provided to equip the parent for success. Checklists and Rubrics are again included. Sample essays give students and teachers models for success. (I do want to mention that the sample research paper essay lists Wikipedia as a reference. Other sources discourage the use of Wikipedia as a valid reference as it is considered an open, editable source.) While it does not include creative writing skills, this course could be done part of each high school year and a creative writing course taught the other semester.

    Also included are tips for timed essays, college application essays, resumes and cover letters, and writing for publication. Helpful appendix offers recommended resource list, blank templates and more essay supports. pb, 213 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
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    When my sisters and I were younger, there weren't many things that could beat Dad reading to us. Although Dad worked full-time and didn't spend much time with us in the classroom, he always tried to work in reading before bedtime. The Little House books, Beverley Cleary's books, and other "classics" were always entertaining to hear aloud, even though most of us had already read them for ourselves (maybe it was Dad's voices). Author Jim Trelease was also a dad who read aloud to his kids because he enjoyed it, and because his father had read to him when he was a young boy. One day, almost by accident, he stumbled onto several realizations: most children are rarely or never read to; children that are read to tend to become livelong, avid readers; and children who don't read or are never read to often lag way behind in both their reading and verbal skills.

    The product of his investigation and research is this title, first published in 1979. Its initial purpose was to educate parents and teachers on the impact that reading aloud to children can have, as well as to suggest some excellent books for reading aloud. Now in its 7th edition, the Read-Aloud Handbook serves the same goal, with a few updated features for today's parents and educators. This hefty guide contains a lot in just ten chapters! The introduction and the first chapter make the case (very loudly!) on why parents should read to their children. The following chapters address the when's, what's, and how's of reading aloud, offering advice on the stages of reading aloud, as well as some do's and don'ts. The fifth chapter discusses Sustained Silent Reading (not lacking in most homeschools, I'm sure!), and why it naturally complements reading aloud. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of libraries, what we can learn from the successes of the Harry Potter phenomenon and Oprah's book club, the limitations of using the Internet for reading or research, and how to help the television occupy a healthier, less time-consuming place in the readers' lives. The last portion of the book, about 120 pages in length, is the "Treasury of Read-Alouds". The Treasury is helpfully divided by type of book. For "Wordless Books" and "Predictable Books" (those with sentence patterns repeated often enough to be predictable to readers), recommendations are given in a list form. For recommendations on reference books, picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, anthologies, and fairy/folk tales, the featured books are listed alphabetically, and include name of author, publisher, copyright date, # of pages, what grades the book is recommended for, and a short synopsis of the storyline. Yes, there is definitely a lot here for your mind to chew on! His list of recommended books offers a great place for parents and children to start, while his informational chapters are engrossing, and adults will find them very readable as well. While I would suspect that the percentage of homeschool parents who read to their children is probably already higher than those who do not homeschool, this volume offers any parent interested in beginning to read aloud to their children an excellent place to start. - Jess

  • Item #: 028632
    ISBN: 9781590527696
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    Josh Harris' book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye has been the subject of debate and controversy since it was first published in the late 1990's. Some people, it seems, just can't get past the bold title. "What's the matter with dating, anyway?" they say. Or, "What's so special about courtship?" As Josh himself would say, "Courtship, shmourtship." The point of I Kissed Dating Goodbye isn't about what term we use to define a romantic relationship. The point isn't that couples should only ever interact in group-settings and never spend time alone. The point, quite simply, is our attitude about relationships. Are we looking to God's word for guidance in romantic relationships, or have we allowed ourselves to be influenced by what is culturally acceptable?

    In this thought provoking video based on his best-selling book, Joshua Harris presents three messages emphasizing godly attitudes of selflessness and sincerity in pursuing a relationship with someone of the opposite sex. In this video version of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Harris' sense of humor and sincerity shine through even more clearly than they do in print. Although much of the material was not new to me, as I had read the book already, this video held my attention from beginning to end.

    In part one of the DVD, Josh discusses love as defined by God – self-sacrificing, placing the other person's best interests above your own desires. Part two focuses on maintaining purity in an age of compromise - not through a series of rules, but out of genuine concern for the other person as a brother or sister in Christ. Part three is all about trusting in God, waiting on his timing, and allowing him to bring you and your future spouse together in his perfect way, at just the right moment. Interspersed throughout the messages are a number of "breakout sessions," short segments wherein Josh digs deeper into the subject at hand, "on the street" interviews – eye-opening segments highlighting opinions on love and sex held by average people, a powerful dramatization of Josh's dream "The Room" as mentioned in his book, and encouraging testimonies from real men and women living by the principles of I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

    Bonus material includes two messages by Harris, now a pastor at New Life Covenant Church in Gaithersburg, MD. These messages were inspired by Josh's second book, Boy Meets Girl, and offer solid biblical and practical advice especially for those transitioning from friendship to marriage. Whether you are currently in a relationship or simply planning for the future, this DVD will inspire and bless you as it did me. I think you'll find Josh's non-judgmental, non-preachy style to be encouraging and uplifting. ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 025747
    ISBN: 9781589976245
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    Media decisions are a part of the life of today's Christian family. And making God-honoring decisions can be a challenge. Some families have opted to "unplug" in an attempt to deal with the situation. Others would prefer to use these decisions as training ground for living "in the world but not of the world." If you're among this latter group, here is help. Bob Waliszewski is director of Plugged In Online, a website devoted to providing detailed and trustworthy information on today's entertainment. With an emphasis on heart attitudes (of both ourselves and our children) and a focus on starting with foundation-building principles, in this book he gives practical advice and encourages families to commit to a Family Entertainment Constitution. 196 pgs. pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 014911
    ISBN: 9781885767660
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    Just as words are a gift from God, so the skillful poet has gifts for readers. This slight paraphrase of what Suzanne Clark says in the introduction to her book is an insight as to how she approaches poetry. She begins with God, the source of all language from the first, and an ideal place to launch ourselves into the world of poetry. The first two chapters of her book look at noticing and naming the sights, sounds and smells around you. Each chapter builds on the last as you progress through metaphors and other figures of speech; sound and rhythm; sonnets, stanzas, white space and planned freefalls; types of poems or genres; voice and diction; and reading, writing and revising. Poets see things with a different eye; they do more than observe details. The exercises throughout the book help to instill that concept in budding poets and encourage it in those poets who already have some experience. They teach how to "hear the roar on the other side of silence." Exercises also contain the more down-to-earth side of poetry: rhyme and rhythm, meter, stresses, diction, experiments with different genres, and, of course, revising. A teacher's section has more exercises and writing projects to promote creative thinking. Examples of poetry and poetic style are taken from writers such as Shakespeare, Dickinson, Dante and Frost, with some writings from the author's own students. The final chapter is a compilation of poems, some of which appeared as examples in the text, and can be used for more practice in analyzing or simply for your own enjoyment. As one chapter title says, with a tongue-in-cheek Star Wars reference, "Metaphors be with you!" ~ Zach

  • Item #: 004116
    ISBN: 9780618233786
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    If you enjoy David Macaulay's detailed, illustrated tours of architecture in Castle, Cathedral, or Pyramid or how he visually explains the intricacies of machines in The Way Things Work, you won't want to miss this book in which he explores the just-as-impressive world inside the human body. Even if you think you have no interest in the subject, you can't help but be drawn in by the detailed and imaginative illustrations, some of which resemble detailed anatomical drawings, and others with whimsical "takes" on the various systems such as comparing the blood vessels to a theme park ride where oxygen molecules jump on and off of red blood cells. The 7 chapters explore cells and tissues, breathing and the circulatory system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the immune system and the reproductive system (quite tastefully done, I might add). Each page is dominated by Macaulay's lively colored pencil illustrations displaying body structures from a variety of imaginative viewpoints. After you pore over the picture, a paragraph or two on explains the inner workings of the subject. I love the illustrations of enlarged body structures with a small walkway or railing in the foreground where people are standing and staring. These define the book as a whole rather well; it's not an anatomy atlas or encyclopedia. It's a very visual tour through the systems of the human body that shows readers "how it works" and what those amazing systems at work inside of us would look like if we could really shrink ourselves and take a field trip. 336 pgs, hc. - Jess

  • Item #: 001493
    ISBN: 9780764212642
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      A guide for finding your OWN mothering style. Sometimes we get good (and bad) advice from all sides as well as a whole host of expectations from ourselves and the people around us. What we, as mothers, need to find is the mothering plan that works for us and gives glory to God. These authors, Melinda and Kathy, provide a roadmap. Each chapter, from the welcoming beginning to the ending admonition to depend on God’s power, will mentor you toward that plan. Full of practical advice as well as continuing reference to God’s Word (periodic “Lovin’ Spoonfuls”), each chapter ends with a set of questions (Stirring Your Thoughts) and a call to application (Let’s Get Cookin’). 205 pgs, pb ~ Janice