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  • Item #: 072742
    ISBN: 9780936163680
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  • Item #: 072741
    ISBN: 9780936163673
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  • Item #: 049272
    ISBN: 9780781413602
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    ISBN: 9780936163666
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  • Item #: 035020
    ISBN: 9780802410177
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    This book is a fairly quick, accessible introduction to Islam. It also contains information to help us understand Islamic cultural patterns and suggestions on how to interact with Muslims without offending them, but to help them understand the love of God in Christ. Compared to the book Unveiling Islam, this book has fewer personal stories but more side-by-side comparisons to Christianity and the Bible. However, these direct comparisons are very understandable and less theologically intense than the book Answering Islam. ~ Jerry
  • Item #: 005418
    ISBN: 9780781444590
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    I became a Christian two years before we began homeschooling. What I noticed about homeschooling Christian families compared to other Christian families was that the homeschooling families were more likely to take the whole of God's Word to heart. They seemed to understand that the Bible would really change your life if you took it seriously. In that same spirit, Jackie Perseghetti has written these devotional books to challenge the young Christian to learn and grow. The format of the two books is identical. Caution: Dangerous Devotions covers all the books of the New Testament. Each devotion is based on a chapter or group of chapters from a particular book. Each section begins with an overview of the book. The devotion begins, appropriately, with prayer. Much of the devotion is a summarization and explanation of the text from the Bible. A key verse is then studied. The final part of each lesson may be a "Danger Ahead" (sin to avoid), "Thinking on Your Feet" or "Crossroads" (decision to make), or "Skill Time" (a skill to practice or an important verse to memorize). Helpful historical or cultural tidbits are sprinkled throughout the pages. Altogether, you get 103 New Testament devotions.
  • Item #: 064800
    ISBN: 9780972740104
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       To fully understand the future of mankind, we must examine our heritage. Or as one author has written, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” As one who had limited Western Civilization education, this introduction is one of the most straight forward and readable resources I have reviewed.

      Beginning with a foundational understanding of the definition of civilization, the book is divided into four sections. In the first, The Mediterranean World, we examine the need for transportation, diversity and plunder; the economic, religious, and political life of early civilizations; early empires (Assyrians, Babylon, Persian); Ancient Greece; the Roman Empire and Christianity. Section 2: The Middle Ages examines the fall of Rome, rise of Islam and Western Europe; Feudalism; the spread of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church, the Crusades; scholasticism of Thomas Aquinas and others; and the rise and growth of European cities: England, France and Spain. Section 3: The Early Modern Era surveys the Renaissance; the Protestant Reformation; the Advancement of Science; and exploration and trade. The final Section analyzes the ongoing battle between traditional Judeo-Christian faith and the new faith in naturalism. From the battle for human minds and hearts, he describes the momentous battle for political control with a historical look at the political catastrophes of Romanticism, from Rousseau to Marx to Hitler. Finally, he examines the battle for economic control from the Industrial Revolution to Socialist Mentality.

      The author takes seriously his predefined task, “to describe the institutions, politics, commerce, religion, and arts and sciences of past civilizations in an effort to discern the values, beliefs, and ideas which served to shape those societies” prior to examining the commonly held, yet erroneous viewpoints that contributed to the collapse of historic civilizations. The detailed index and chapter study questions (without answers) make this a valuable resource for teens and parents alike. 415pgs, HC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 060615
    ISBN: 9781414393476
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  • Item #: 072739
    ISBN: 9780936163659
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  • Item #: 060694
    ISBN: 9780764210570
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    This step-by-step response to life’s important questions is from best-selling author and theologian Norman Geisler. The 13 chapters systematically cover truth and how it impacts life, God, miracles, the New Testament, Jesus, and Christianity in comparison to other religions. The author digs deeply (but in an understandable and concise way) into 10 essential questions of the Christian faith. The book is designed to offer clear evidence for such topics as the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, and Jesus’ resurrection. Simple, useful charts reinforce points. For example, I found the chart comparing five Biblical statements to views from other major religions extremely useful and succinct. This apologetics book will help you defend your faith and would be great for new believers too. NIV scripture. 5.5” x 8.5”, 237 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 005572
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    While new homeschool curriculums crop up fairly often for history, science and language arts, it's a rarity that a new homeschool health program is developed! Author Michele Spadafora has done an incredible job in pulling together this easy-to-use, thoroughly Christian P.E. and nutrition course that incorporates weekly lessons in "faith, fitness and fuel." It's an 18-week course that includes three segments on each of those "building blocks" per week, with tests included after every 3rd or 4th week and lots of helpful and inspiring video content as well. Scheduling works most naturally if you do health three days per week for one semester. Each week includes three topical reading segments (each about two pages in length), questions for the student, space to write goals for all three areas for the week, and space to journal about the week. "Faith" reading assignments focus on a biblical message, typically a goal that we could all work towards in our relationship with the Lord. These include: giving God control, replacing stress with peace, prayer, worship, loving others, serving others, making disciples, and more. Scripture references are sprinkled throughout the text, and several questions typically follow the reading. "Fitness" readings focus on the practical and include the benefits of exercising, frequency of exercising, warm-ups and cool-downs, proper form, weight loss basics, core strength, exercise gear, etc. "Fuel" readings focus on nutrition, like eating portions and proportions, understanding food labels, the importance of breakfast, avoiding sugar, the importance of whole grains, eating healthy snacks, avoiding diet mistakes, understanding eating disorders, and more. Readings on fitness and fuel typically do not have questions for the student, but are always followed by a space to write a goal for the week. The tests are fairly short and made up entirely of multiple-choice questions (an answer key for these is included at the end of the book).

    The video content is one of my favorite aspects of the program. It not only allows the author to "talk to" the student via video, but it also provides a way to demonstrate proper exercise form, workout ideas, or cooking technique. There are 32 short videos that complement the content in the book, and prompts to view them are found at the end of the readings. Students are also directed to several "Burst" videos throughout the program. These videos are about ten minutes in length and, just like the name suggests, these offer short energetic workouts to get the blood pumping. These are also found on the author's website. A DVD is also included with the book which features three full-body workouts, each about a ½-hour in length. The workout routines are fast-moving, yet simple enough to follow along with and feature upbeat Christian music from a variety of contemporary Christian artists. No fancy gear is required; while exercise bands make an appearance in several of the workout videos, and weights and exercise balls are discussed in the book, most fitness routines do not require any equipment. Whether you use the routines included or your own fitness program, the student is asked to work out at least three times a week, outside of specific assignments from the book.

    This easy-to-implement program would be perfect to do together as a family. The readings are fairly short and easy for students at different ability levels to understand. Technical details on nutrition and fitness are kept to a minimum, and the fitness routines and exercises will appeal equally to girls and boys. Compared to a full-year health course, you won't find nearly as much content on the human body or physiology here; the emphasis is truly on practical knowledge and motivation to stay fit. It would make sense to incorporate the nutritional information into the whole family's diet as well. The text is designed as a consumable, but if your students all write in their own journals or notebooks, you could use the text as a family. Christian families will especially appreciate the emphasis on building your faith while you build your physical endurance. 171 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 068995
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      Presenting money tips and strategies for Christian families, Pastor Chad Hovind uses Biblical principles to teach a deeper understanding of money management. Teens (and parents!) will learn biblical principles and insights to understand God’s view of money, and practical ways to avoid debt, build savings, spend wisely and give with grace. Concludes with simple guidelines for life and work to restore purpose and meaning to your life through managing finances to the glory of God. The Money Wise DVD is a combination of the previously released presentations Godonomics and Whistle While You Work. Total of 14 lessons that are 30 minutes each. 3 DVDs. Recommended resource for Master Books Intro to Economics:  Money, History and Fiscal Faith. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 065601
    ISBN: 9781882514267
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    Read the story of William Tyndale's life told in story format. From his childhood to his death, William Tyndale was intrigued by history, fascinated by family stories, and was taught to love God. He translated the New Testament and part of the Old Testament before he was put to death in 1536 for his work. He wanted all people to be able to read and understand the Bible an admirable goal. This 160-page book tells his story as if you were there with him. Joyce McPherson, the author, engages the reader with people from William's life, their stories, and their influence. Get to know William Tyndale and his real-life story.

  • Item #: 068998
    ISBN: 9780892217137
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     Understanding the economic crisis facing our nation is imperative to making wise decisions with our day-to-day financial choices. Providing a historical perspective on money and the federal reserve, author Jerry Robinson takes us on an eye-opening journey through America’s debt, the retirement crisis and the danger of excessive consumerism. He introduces strategies for restoring personal, financial security for your future through wise investments, creating income streams for today and retirement, and strategies to protect your finances. Includes appendices with additional information on inflation, financial freedom, and reader FAQs. Adults and teens alike will glean tidbits to secure a future free of financial burdens. Recommended resource for Master Books Intro to Economics: Money, History and Fiscal Faith. Christian content. pb, 317 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 031133
    ISBN: 9781591280781
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    Rhetoric! Does the very word strike fear, confusion, or disinterest? It's really much more than "effective communication," although that would be the modern so-called equivalent. But classical rhetoric refers to thinking skills and an understanding of classical literature as much as it does to speaking skills. This course offers students the opportunity to gain a solid grasp of what rhetoric is and how to master the art. There are 31 lessons (3-7 pgs each) which teach each aspect of classical rhetoric, giving examples and providing diagnostic questions. Sidebar quotes from classical works on rhetoric illustrate and augment the lesson. Passages from these classical works are listed as suggested reading assignments. A writing exercise and review questions conclude each lesson. Two questions permeate all of the lessons: 1) How does classical rhetoric intersect with Christian faith? 2) What does classical rhetoric mean in the modern world? Students can use this book in two ways – either as a stand alone course used over one semester or as a companion to historic rhetoric texts for a full year's course. This course will especially be appreciated by students pursuing a Classical Education or, maybe more so, by ones who did not. I would recommend using this before your first college-level course. 157 pgs. pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 062382
    ISBN: 9781936768660
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     As parents, we have the tremendous opportunity to share God’s truth and the Gospel with our children! The subtitle for this devotional is Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. These 78 weeks (a year and a half’s worth!) of in-depth, yet straight forward devotionals require a minimum each day. Organized by week, you’ll find units of 5 daily devotions: days 1-4 chronologically study the Bible. The books focus on key biblical elements that connect the whole message of the Gospel in a concise and manageable way. Day 5 diverges from this pattern to study related writings from the Psalms or prophets. Each weekly unit opens with an object lesson or themed questions. The simple items used for this lesson are listed at the beginning. Day one begins with Picture It, to help introduce the family to the week’s theme. Each day, read the passage from your own Bible, and then Think about It (a brief read-aloud passage to help understand the passage), Talk about It (three group questions with brief answers) and Pray About It (unscripted suggestions for prayer). As you progress through the week, you will be asked to remember previous days’ readings and also to apply them to your lives.

    Old Story New covers the New Testament. About half of the devotions discuss the life and ministry of Jesus. The second half covers the church and living like Christ (Acts and epistles). Includes brief instructions for how to use the devotionals with preschool, grade school and older students.  

    I so appreciate the succinct treasure this is: theologically rich, yet comprehensible; simple, yet doctrinally sound. Another unique feature is that occasionally children are cued to ask the parents questions. The approach here is that we are all on a spiritual journey to becoming more like Christ (rather than “the parents know it all”). Use these excellent devotions to start your homeschool day or study as a family in the evening. By the same author as Gospel Story Bible (#062680). 7.5” x 10.5”, 418 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

     

  • Item #: 008791
    ISBN: 9780890511787
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    From Eratosthenes to Wernher von Braun, this volume looks at the exploration of our planet. The high-interest vignettes and tales of discovery include references to God and faith, where applicable. I hadn't realized before reading this book that rocket scientist Wernher von Braun was also a committed Christian. I also understand a little better now why, despite the fact that Eratosthenes virtually proved the Earth was a sphere, people clung to the belief that the Earth was flat.

  • Item #: 065417
    ISBN: 9781930749245
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    Written by a Jewish Christian, Zola Levitt, this booklet provides perspective and explanation on the symbols and steps of Passover. In addition, the Jewish perspective clarifies Gentile interpretations of Communion and Easter. Relaying the components of the Passover meal as his father had directed it, Levitt evenly discusses the first Passover (from Exodus) and modern celebrations and how these point to our Savior Jesus as the Passover lamb. While helping us connect with our Jewish neighbors, this booklet will expand and clarify our understanding of a key event in biblical history and the Christian faith. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 007874
    ISBN: 9780983350569
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      In case you haven’t noticed, much of the English-speaking world is in the process of abandoning the Christian faith in favor of the humanist world around them. We’re not surprised to learn that students coming from the public schools are in this category but, stunningly, the percentages are not much better for those coming from Christian schools. Only homeschoolers are showing a difference in that trend. Why? It seems they are more likely to have received a more foundational education in Christian worldview. This easy-to-use course from Kevin Swanson and Generations With Vision will help ensure that your children have that same, secure foundation under them as they mature into more interaction with the world. Designed as a self-study course for 5th – 8th graders, there are ten (ten weeks) well laid-out lessons--each providing text, memory verses, and follow-up activities, including vocabulary. Lessons cover who God is, where everything came from, ethics, your community, the family, the church, the civil government (and what good civil government is), and good law. Answers are in the back. This workbook is consumable and non-reproducible. 160 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 043972
    ISBN: 9781845501075
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    This small guide is intended to be used by Muslims who want to learn more about true Christianity. It corrects many of the inaccurate assumptions and views numerous Muslims have about Christianity and outlines the true, basic beliefs held by Christians. It covers what Christians believe about God and the Bible, beliefs and practices, common misunderstanding about Christianity, corrupted views about Christian Scriptures, frequently asked questions about Christianity, and what it means and how to become a true Christian. Though intended to be read by Muslims who are curious about Christianity, Christians themselves could also benefit from the guide by understanding views that Muslims have and learning how to share their faith in a way that Muslims can relate to. Written by Malcolm Steer, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, this book gives a concise explanation of the basic beliefs of Christianity and attempts to clear up misconceptions Muslims might have. 62 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 049121
    ISBN: 9781433514722
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    This brightly colored, oversized (12"x9") children's book is sure to delight! Through the use of simple language, charming illustrations, and the alphabet, young children will learn about 26 heroes of the faith. Beginning with Augustine and including church heroes such as Anne Bradstreet, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, St. Patrick, Charles Spurgeon and many others, each person's accomplishments are summarized on one page in language children can understand. Additional information about each person and explanations of illustration details are found in the back, enabling parents and older children to learn even more about these important men and women. 34 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 071863
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  • Item #: 041880
    ISBN: 9780972089036
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    This may be my new favorite worldview book. Author J.F. Baldwin compares worldviews to the characters of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Frankenstein's monster represents all other worldviews which believe man is innately good. Jekyll and Hyde represent the Christian worldview which believes man is born in sin. Christians, members of the "Hyde" crowd, must know what they believe and what sets Christianity apart from other worldviews. The author gives a brief overview of different worldviews in understandable language, so that even the beginner can understand this complex topic. Interesting real-life stories are used to drive home the different lessons. He discusses blind faith, good works and selfishness in relation to all the worldviews. Does your worldview require you to be selfish and look out for number one, or does it call you to show mercy and live a selfless, sacrificial life? This book will cause you to ask questions about things you see and hear in the world around you; moreover it will help you understand why you believe certain things. Are you most like Frankenstein or Hyde? 271 pgs, pb – Donna

  • Item #: 037270
    ISBN: 9781589971295
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    Lisa Whelchel, homeschool mom and radio and television personality, understands the importance of taking care of mom. Moms do for everyone, and they often times suffer burn out as a result. This book gives easy-to-follow suggestions on how to build your own MomTime group. The book is divided into 3 sections. The first section tells you how to start your group. There are 4 key elements of a MomTime meeting: friends, food, faith and fun. Suggestions are included on how to organize all four components. She even offers topics for the faith portion of your meeting. The second section of the book holds 12 weeks of conversation prompts for use with the group. The third (and very important) section is full of recipes. There are 12 weeks of recipe and menu ideas to use at your MomTime meetings. Another fun part of your meeting comes from playing games, and a list of game suggestions is included at the back of the book. The author likens MomTime to "a play group for moms." This is a 60-page hardcover book which includes a DVD hosted by Lisa Whelchel. You'll join Lisa as she invites you into her home and introduces you to the four main ingredients of successful MomTime. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 060820
    ISBN: 9781433549373
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    Using the Bible, history and other source documents, Kevin DeYoung offers good information for Christians on the topic of homosexuality. The content is written in an uncondemning fashion, but still calls it “sin”.

    The book is presented in two parts – “Understanding God’s Word” and “Answering Objections.” The first part takes you back to Genesis and creation, to Sodom and Gomorrah, through the laws of Leviticus, and to the New Testament and Paul’s words on the subject. Knowing God’s Word and what it really says should be the foundation for any Believer. The second part of the book addresses more contemporary objections on the topic of homosexuality. Appendices spend a short amount of time addressing same-sex marriage, same-sex attraction and the church’s role in this controversial arena.

    The bottom line is faithfulness. We as Christians are to be faithful and spread the good news of the Gospel to everyone: “We need truth. We need grace. We need Jesus.” The Bible tells us that sin is “changeable, redeemable, and wondrously forgivable.” 158 pgs, sc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 502369
    ISBN: 9781628562194
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    When you think about Daniel of the Bible what are your thoughts? Think about his bravery and courage in adverse situations, think about his faithfulness, think about a man who realized the importance of prayer and faithfulness. What is it that made Daniel iconic, and wouldn't you like to be like him? The Daniel Dilemma walks you through Daniel's life and the first six chapters of the book of Daniel, breaking it down into small portions and explains each passage as presented. Daniel was a man of integrity and he set himself apart from the pagan culture in which he lived by being obedient to God. His faith allowed him to withstand the pressure and be courageous even unto the possibility of death.

    This book is designed to teach and help us understand and apply what Daniel knew to be true. We need to stand and not be afraid in the face of adversity. We need to be like Daniel, lion-like in our faith and devotion to God. 214 pgs., p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 025025
    ISBN: 9780060652920
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    C. S. Lewis had a remarkable talent for using the English language, and when he was given the opportunity in 1942 to explain the Christian faith on air with the BBC, he began something that is still benefiting people more than sixty years later. The 33 talks that have been compiled into this book are Lewis's explanation and defense of those points that are common to nearly all Christians, on various topics: law, the invasion by Germany, the "cardinal virtues," morality and psychoanalysis, forgiveness, faith, the three-personal God, the new man, and many others. Easy to read and understand, the simple language has not dumbed down the content - it still stimulates the mind. This is a helpful book for any number of situations. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 007690
    ISBN: 9781563221040
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    Whether you are just starting a relationship with Jesus Christ or you are a long-time believer with unanswered questions about your faith, this book can help.  With a simple layout and easy-to-follow text, So, You're a Christian guides you step-by-step through the process of spiritual growth.  In this honest approach to understanding Christianity, author Christine Painter does not condescend or belittle believers who "don't have all the right answers."  Instead, she urges the reader to answer each question truthfully, and offers scriptures and practical suggestions for improving areas of weakness.  This comprehensive, 205-pagework book offers guidance for nearly every aspect of Christianity, and would be ideal for use by youth groups or as a study guide for a "new believers" class.
  • Item #: 048619
    ISBN: 9780842353083
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    It's a fact: as a whole, children in America are becoming increasingly less and less literate in knowledge about the Bible and especially the true gospel of Christ. In Romans, Paul says that "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" – who will your children hear the Word of God from? Former Christianity Today editor V. Gilbert Beers has put together this collection of 365 Bible stories, not with children in mind, but for you as the parent. This resource will help you see the Bible chronologically as a whole, beginning with Creation through the Early Church. With a clear view and understanding, you'll then be able to more effectively recount truths to your own children, helping it to come alive in their own lives as they grow older. Please note that in the chapter on Creation, Beers is undecided as to whether a "day" represents 24 hours or not. If you don't want to overlook this point, use it to spark discussion of your own views. 400 pgs., pb. –Chad

  • Item #: 059015
    ISBN: 9780310724926
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    Prayer is such an important aspect of the Christian faith, and we need to teach our children in language they can understand. The Circle Maker for Kids is intended for little ones, ages 4 and up, and illustrates beautifully what faith and prayer can do. The story is about Honi the ancient rainmaker – Honi believed that God could hear them and declared, "The same God who made the thunder will make it clap. The same God who made the clouds will make them rain." There was a yearlong drought in the land, and the people turned to Honi for help. Honi prayed within a circle he had drawn on the ground until God answered his prayers. The people learned by Honi's example of fervent, bold prayer and began to encircle every part of their lives with prayer.

    I am part of the prayer ministry at our church, and have been encouraged as I hear people talk about the power of prayer and the things they have seen God do. Children need to learn at a very young age that God is there with them and for them, and that prayer is their tool for communication with God. This 32-page, hardcover book would be a great gift to a little one in your life. ~ Donna