Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom {Homeschool Review Crew}

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom 

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Are you a homeschol mom?  Overwhelmed by homeschooling?  Listen up because there is help for you momma; there is help for the harried homeschool mom.  I’ve recently had the chance to review a help for the harried homeschool mom and I want to share about it with you.  Homeschool Rescue created by Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has created this resource just for the homeschool parent who isn’t sure what they’re doing anymore!

 

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom

 

About This Resource

This course is made for the homeschool parent.  In particular it is written to be a help for the harried homeschool mom with a vast age of children.  With this course comes lifetime access to the facebook group and materials.  There are five modules to work through with each module containing several different lessons.  It is self paced so you can work through at your own timing.   A unique aspect of this program is that it is only available for sale at different times during the year as the creator wants to have time to work with each group of people coming through.  She’s available through the facebook group and support to help and guide people through the program.

Because this is only for sale for limited times so the classes can get the most help I want to let you know it is open for enrollees now!  Mid May through June 1 you can sign up to go through this course yourself.  The class will run June-July but remember you get lifetime access to the information.  The course price is currently set at $97 that lets you into the modules and the facebook group.  If you’d like the VIP access which gives you the one on one coaching and support that is a slightly higher number.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

 

A Closer Look

The first module is titled Triage Your Homeschool.  As a nurse I am very familiar with triage and what that means.  Surprisingly though, I had never thought of applying the knowledge of triage to my homeschool or to my home.  Basically this module is your starting point to take stock of where you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there.  It will teach you how to determine what is the most important to you and what makes you driven and then work with those to help you form a plan.

Module Two is Time Management Systems and Organization.  This is my favorite module.  I find it really hard to say no sometimes to outside activities.  Mainly I’m an introvert but I want my children to have all the opportunities they can.  Newsflash!!  They don’t need it all.  Trust me.  None of our kids do.  I’m working this summer on pairing down what we do outside of the home so we can be more flexible for the fun things.  Fun is important.  Also this module talks on organization and with 12 people, two huge dogs, and four cats in a 1100 square foot house, I can use all the organizational helps and hints.

For Module Three we step into Curriculum Planning and Organization.  This is a great module to be going through right now as most people are ending a year and starting a new one soon.  For me, we school year round and our curriculum change up happens in January because that is when we have the most time to focus on a switch.  It’s my husband’s work slow season(he’s self employed) and we’re not gardening plus it’s not so nice the kids want to be outside all the time.  There is a section in this about classrooms.  We don’t have a classroom, so if you don’t either take note that even this section has relevance to you.  So don’t skip it!

On to Module Four!  Module Four delves into Setting Students up For Success.  This seems like a no brainer.  We all want our kids to succeed.  Otherwise why would we homeschool?  But we may not be going about it the right way.  This is where I’m at.  For me I see myself coming back to this section over and over and over again.  It chats about consequences, reward systems, mastering the follow through, and training up our children.  Oh my.  This is so hard guys.  We all know training our children is a full time job in and of itself.  For me the follow through each and every time consistently is the hardest part.  With ten kids and a baby still nursing it’s so easy to just tell them what’s going to happen and then not get up that exact minute to do it because I’m putting a baby down, but then I forget to finish that follow through.

The fifth and last module is all about Teaching Older Children/Students.  My oldest is only 12 right now so I haven’t really gotten into this module that much.  I don’t consider her an older child yet as we’re not into junior high or high school studies.  This module works on study skills and time management(which I will start working with her on soon) as well as talks on teaching teens.  I’m still in denial that my child will be a teenager next year.  Give me another month of denial until she tells me she’s hit that half birthday and I may have to kick myself out of my world of denial.

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Bonus Materials

We all love bonuses.  This course offers you several bonuses that I wanted to talk about.  I’ve mentioned the online facebook group just for members of the course which is amazing but there is  more!

I love the printable mom planners.  It’s so hard to find free ones that have all I want on them and I’m horrible and creating things myself so this was amazing for me.  

Along with the printable mom planners are academic planners for teens which I have not accessed yet but probably will be using for our next school year.  And to go along with this are to do lists for your children.  I am a lover of to do lists for me but hadn’t really used them with my kids before.  We are now!  I love knowing that they know what is required of them for the day.  Because they have this knowledge I also know when they are just choosing to let their personal desires and natures get in the way of what they should do.  This opens up areas for character training which is also covered in the modules.

You also get personalized support through emails.  Not many courses will offer this to you so make sure you take advantage of it if you need it.

Our Thoughts

I’m a seasoned homeschool mom.  Or I like to think I am maybe.  But I can definitely relate to the mom who needs help.  I’m a harried mom half the time.  There is always so much to get done and I felt that my schedule needed a revamp.  For some reason adding in baby #10 this past year just really threw me for a loop.  Maybe it was my health taking a quick downward spiral or the time that I worked outside of the home the fall before.  Whatever it was my home and our homeschool were suffering.

I was excited to start this program.  I have to admit I haven’t been able to work through the entire course yet.  What I have worked through is really good and helpful though.  This is a wonderful course.  I see it helping veteran homeschool moms and new homeschool moms alike.  It’s well done and very informative plus interactive.  The facebook group is a great place to chat and ask other moms opinions of things related to the course that you’re just not sure about.  It’s also a good place to share your own story and ask questions about how you’re implementing the changes.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue
I’m greatly recommending this program.  Because you get life time access you can come back and revisit the modules as you reach different milestones in your homeschool and may need to revamp things.  There is help for the harried homeschool mom ladies and the future looks bright!

Learn More

Interested in what you’ve read?  Want to learn more?  Check out all the other reviews linked up over on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page.  You can also find Only Passionate Curiosity on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, and google +.

 

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The Secret Bridge {Homeschool Review Crew}

The Secret Bridge

Homeschool Review Crew

I love to read!  I’m sure you have noticed that by all the book reviews I post on here.  Recently I received a copy of The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing through the Homeschool Review Crew.  Find out what I thought of it below!

 

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

 

About the Book

This book is gorgeous for one.  I know looks shouldn’t matter but this book cover is so pretty.  It’s definitely one I’d pick up and look at in a book store.  After looking through the website all the books from Lamplighter Publishing are this way.  Their goal is to create “Christlike character one story at a time.” 

The Secret Bridge is written by Amy le Feuvre in 1899.  It’s 272 pages long and even for that length it’s a quick read.  I’m not sure that I would allow young children to read this book.  Maybe an age limit of 11-12 or so, but that would have to do with their mental capacity and not just their physical age.

A note.  Any profanity or questionable content in the original works is removed or phased out of the copies that Lamplighter Publishing offers for sale.  This is one of the ways that they ensure they are promoting their values and not taking people away from God but rather drawing you closer.  The company was started in 1994 by Mark Hamby and now offers over one hundred and thirty titles.

 

The Secret Bridge

 

My Thoughts

I loved the book cover.  The book also did not disappoint.  We get to travel back in time and meet a great character.  Bridget Channing.  Her father dies leaving her penniless and alone in Ceylon.  Can she survive?  What will happen to her?  She sales to England and on the voyage she attracts the attention of Godfrey Bullingham.  Determined to make her own way and not rely on pity or charity Bridget wants nothing to do with him.

Once in England Bridget finds out that the uncle she was to stay with has also passed away and she is now without a place to stay.  What should Bridget do?  Godfrey offers her marriage and with no other options she accepts.  

Now Bridget must find out what she is to do.  How does she go on?  She’s quiet and shy and due to this she hasn’t many friends.  She self professes as not believing in Christ.  But she shocks even herself when she turns to Christ and learning how she should act and behave as a new bride.  Her example?  Why the Bible of course!

Throughout the book we’re challenged to grow closer to Christ.  To await him as a bride awaits the bridegroom.  I think our young girls can get great character training and enjoy deep thoughts while reading and processing The Secret Bridge.  While reading it I found myself thinking and digesting little morsels and thinking in ways I might never have thought before.

Find out More

Find out what other reviewers thought of The Secret Bridge.  All reviews are linked up on the Main Blog for the Homeschool Review Crew.  So many different readers are sure to take away many different take aways.  You can also find Lamplighter Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +

 

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Online Art Classes {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Art Classes

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I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again.  I’m not an art person.  Drawing is not my strong point at all!  In fact, I’m horrible at it!  That’s why I’m so thankful for reviewing these online art classes from ArtAchieve.  We received the Entire Level 1 online subscription.

 

ArtAchieve
 

An entire Level of online art classes for my kids to use.  Level 1 is geared towards ages 5 and up or people with little to no background in drawing.  This would be me!  And this also encompasses all but one of my school age children.  My three year old is able to do some of these as well even though she is under the age level.  She’s also not the best at it, but it’s the fact she tries that is the best!

I do want to mention that some of the lessons will also list individual age ranks and such.  So for the level one Owl lesson it says for 2nd grade and up.

 

Online Art Classes

 

About the Program

ArtAchieve offers four levels to their online art classes.  They are progressive so Level 1 is the easiest and Level IV is the hardest.  The art supplies needed are easy to obtain and don’t cost large amounts.  Classes are easy to follow and explained well online.  

Some of the lessons contain what is called a Cross-Curricular Connections.  This is additional information that can be used to learn about the object of the drawing lesson.  Such fun!  It allows you to add in and make this a unit study almost.  Literature, history, geography, and music are included in most of these.  As a Charlotte Mason and unit study loving homeschool mom I’m all for these!

 

online art classes

 

Our favorite lesson would have to be the Welsh sheep because we loved all the extras and using this as a unit study.  Plus, we raise sheep so it was close to home for us too.

Though our favorite was the sheep we really enjoyed all the Cross Curricular Connections included with the Owl lesson.  Owls are so fun to learn about and now we can’t wait to the weather to warm up and stop raining so we can go look at them up close!

 

online art classes

 

Our Thoughts

My kids love arts and crafts time.  Even though they love it, it’s still something that I struggle with getting into our days.  Mainly because I’m not good at it and it’s messy.  Thankfully these online art classes don’t require a lot of clean up or prep work.

 

online art classes

 

As you can see from our attempts at the lessons my kids think it’s great fun!  I love watching them learn about art and growing in their art skills.

I enjoyed that he says to be silent while you draw.  Also that it’s okay not to like everything you’ve done.  To me this teaches that if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well and also that no one is perfect all day everyday.  I love being able to teach some life lessons during school.

online art classes

 

online art classes

 

My youngest who worked on this program is 3.  Obviously, she did not do these correctly or even close to correct.  But she had fun and she is learning about lines and curves while using the program.  Also history!  And music appreciation are amazing things to be learning at age 3.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the other levels of the program or what other reviewers of Level 1 thought hop over to the link up on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  All the reviewers are linking up their reviews there and indicating which level it is so that it’s easier to tell which might interest you.  You can also find ArtAchieve on facebook, twitter, pinterest, google +, and instagram

 

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The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum

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Are you looking for a new Bible curriculum to use in your homeschool?  Check out what we’re using!  We’re using Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History®.  The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum is DVD based.  

We’re not huge into using DVDs or computers in our homeschool.  But this course is amazing and we’re loving using it.  In our homeschool we use Bible in all things.  It’s not a subject all it’s own but a part of all the subjects as well.  By using the Gospels homeschool curriculum I’m enjoying learning more about the gospels with my children.

 

The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum

 

About the Program

This gospels homeschool curriculum is geared towards ages 5th grade and up through adult.  It’s a Bible study geared at Christian families on a whole.  My children ages 6-12 watched and enjoyed these.  My older children got more from the curriculum than the younger ones obviously but they all did get something from it.  To go with the DVD series is a study guide.

There are nine hours of viewing on the DVD series.  Plus the study guide.  As you go through the program you’ll meet the guide.  Dave Stotts is your guide through the series as you journey through the gospels.  He’s engaging and fun as he brings the Bible and history alive.  

Within the nine hours are 18 thirty minute episodes.  You can use this as a weekly Bible study or simply go through it at your own pace as a gospels homeschool curriculum on a more daily basis.  

But what are we studying?  In this series you’re going to be studying the places and locations that are visited by Jesus in the Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  You travel and learn and wish you could walk on those spots yourself!  Or at least I did.

Episodes

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape
Episode 2: The Announcements
Episode 3: Jesus is Born
Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up
Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry
Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee
Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles
Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority
Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount
Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
Episode 11: Jesus Travels North
Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem
Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
Episode 14: The Last Supper
Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus
Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus
Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus
Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

On top of these episodes is the study guide.  It gives you extra Scripture passages to read and study as well as a brief summary of the episode.  Plus there are questions.  The questions are thought provoking but not so difficult that the kids can’t understand and come up with good answers.  Sometimes I find myself amazed at what my kids are able of comprehending and how they view things.

Our Thoughts

We loved this.  I decided to use this as a full course.  Because it does cover Bible, archaeology, history, and so much more it is very easy to use this as more than just a Bible curriculum.  The study guide that comes with it is amazing as well so I haven’t had to add much to it.  There are over 50 places to visit and learn about.  To me it’s amazing all the places that can still be visited today that Jesus stood and lived.

We love this!  I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible and history at the same time.

Our use of this program was mainly doing two episodes a week plus working through the study guide.  So on Monday we’d watch an episode, Tuesday we’d work through the study guide for episode one, Wednesday would bring us episode two, and Thursday we’d work through study guide for episode two.

Drive Thru History

 

 

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the Gospels homeschool curriculum and Drive Thru History® please visit the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  There you will find all the reviews linked up.  Feel free to read what all the different reviewers are saying about this curriculum.  You can also find Drive Thru History® on facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.  

We’re excited to check out the other programs offered by Drive Thru History.  The American History and Ancient History sound like they’d be right up our alley.  Also offered is a series on The Holy Land.

 

 

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Homeschool Reading Made Fun {Homeschool Review Crew}

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Through The Homeschool Review Crew

Homeschool reading made fun is easy using Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) from Apologia Educational Ministries.  We received this new curriculum to review through the Homeschool Review Crew and can’t wait to share our thoughts with you.

 

Apologia Educational Ministries
 

We actually are a houseful of readers and love to read here.  But, sometimes I wonder how much of the books my kids are comprehending.  I wanted to make sure that they are reading not just for enjoyment but for content also.  That is why when I saw that Readers in Residence was offered as a review item this semester I jumped at the chance!

About the Curriculum

This new program and Volume 1 specifically is geared towards grades 4-6.  I am using it with two of my children who are in grade 5 roughly.  As far reading level they are definitely above their grade but again I’m not sure that they comprehend everything they read.  We’re loving this program though.

Prior to starting this curriculum your child should know how to read and be reading well.  They should be reading at a 4th grade level at least.  If your child is older but has special needs or is a slow reader they could definitely use this program as well. 

Primarily in Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) your child is going to learn how to read for comprehension through activities and reading assignments.  

 

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Two books are included for this curriculum, an all inclusive student book and a teacher’s guide.  I love that the student book is spiral bound as that makes it easier to flip the pages and use it without breaking the binding.  The teacher’s book contains all the answers and helpful hints that you’ll need to help your child go through their workbook.

Skills to be targeted and learned through this curriculum:

  • identify and understand figures of speech(hyperbole, metaphor, etc)
  • build up their vocabulary
  • use context clues to decode meanings of unfamiliar words
  • pay attention to and note how writers use punctuation and the others elements of writing 
  • make inferences
  • recognize literary elements that are used to create fiction and nonfiction
  • understand the author’s crafts, intentions, and choices

Our Thoughts

As I mentioned above, this curriculum is geared for grades 4-6 and my two fit in there nicely.  Both love to read and were excited to get to read books for school.  We do a lot of free reading and read alouds instead of just assigning books to be read.  

There are three books that we get to read with this curriculum.  Sarah, Plain and Tall is the first book to be read.  You do need to read these in order and work through them in order because they build on what your child is learning.  We already had this book in our cabinet so we were ready to go!  I did get a second copy from the library as I have two children going through this.  I also bought a second student workbook.

The other two books to be used are Charlotte’s Web and Because of Winn Dixie.  My kids have read all of these books prior so they weren’t overjoyed at reading them again.  As we worked through the workbook pages to go with Sarah, Plain and Tall though they realized that they had missed out on details and facts through the book before.  They had read the book just for enjoyment and didn’t take in everything.  Studying the book with questions actually made them focus and comprehend so much more.  

I personally love this curriculum and what my children are learning.  My children are really enjoying it as well.  I can see this continuing to be used in our homeschool and us going on to purchase the other volumes.  Homeschool reading made fun and full of learning is what this curriculum amounts to.

Learn More

To find out what other review families thought of having homeschool reading made fun with Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) please visit the main Homeschool Review Crew blog review page where all the reviews will be linked up.  You’re sure to find a schooling style that correlates with yours to see how it works in their school.  Also check out Apologia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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American History Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

American History Study

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As we’re working through our school year I decided that we needed to add in more history.  Who can go wrong with history?  It’s a favorite subject of ours and we really haven’t covered a lot of American History lately.  Enter Memoria Press to the rescue.   We received two products from them to review that pertain to American history; 200 Questions About American History Set and The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Set.

 

Memoria Press
 

I was so excited when these came in the mail.  My kids gave me a look though.  I think they saw more work for them and less excitement.  That didn’t last long.  They soon were over at the box with me asking questions and wanting to know if they could take parts and read them.

About the Curriculum

Since we received two sets let’s talk briefly about each.  Both sets are meant for grades 5-8.  I think this is spot on and have been using them with my two who are doing 5/6 grade work.  Now the cards that come with the 200 Questions about American History Set are super fun and all my kids love looking at those.  They’re all learning so much just from reading and chatting about the cards.

Now about 200 Questions about American History Set.  It is a great set compiled of the teacher guide, student book, and the flashcards.  We have loved working with this set.  Created to work with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic this ties in very well.  It can also be used with The Story of the World Volume IV.  We use The Story of the World as well but are only in book 1 so can’t tell you how well they work together.  I can say that there were some questions in here that I didn’t know so this is a very thorough course!

 

200 Questions About American History Set Grades 5-8
 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic is also a set.  It comes with a text, teachers guide, and student guide.  This is the newly revised second edition. The text you receive is a combined version of the books by H. A. Grueber.  Memoria Press edited and combined them for this current text.  This covers the start of America with the Native Americans up through 1898 and the Spanish American War.

Both sets work together and provide great coverage of American History for your student.  The student books are meant to be used by one student so additional student books for additional students.  They’re easy to purchase through Memoria Press and shipping is fast. 

 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set

 

Our Thoughts

My kids loved this.  We’ve used other Memoria Press products before and have loved them as well but this is our first time trying out their history.  

As a way to add the younger kids into our school we would read aloud our history portions for the day.  The text by Grueber is not dry and dull so they all loved to listen and learn.  Without doing the actual questions my other kids are learning a lot about American History too.  Sometimes I would do a few of the questions that weren’t too difficult with the younger ones too outloud. 

We loved learning more about American history and loved all the mapwork.  No map comes with this, but normally homeschoolers have a plethora right?  We used one that I had on hand so we could map American expansion.

I have found as a parent that we’ve thoroughly covered some time periods and not as thoroughly others.  My husband and I met reenacting the Civil War.  I’ve been doing this since I was 7, so obviously my children have grown up doing it as well and know a lot about that time period.  They don’t know as much about the Colonial time period so I’m glad to have these two resources that thoroughly cover this period!

Learn More

Learn more about the two American History sets we received as well as the other Memoria Press products that were up for review by going to the Main Crew Review blog and checking out all the reviews that are linked up.  You can also find them on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest

 

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The Mark of The King {Litfuse Review}

The Mark of the King

by Jocelyn Green

 
The Mark of The King
 
About the book The Mark of The King:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj

 
About the author of The Mark of the King:
 
 
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg;Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
 
 

My thoughts:

I have read the works of Jocelyn Green that center around the Civil War and LOVED them.  So I knew that I loved her writing.  When this book arrived I knew that I wanted to read it and read it quickly.  I was not disappointed.  This book is amazing.
 
Travel back in time.  I’d never even heard of this!  Forced marriages so you could get out of jail and go colonize a new world.  I personally don’t think I’d have chosen hardened criminals for this but I’m guessing the king just wanted people over there.
 
Anyway back to the book!  Julianne is an intriguing character that you can’t help but be drawn towards.  She has great strength and makes the most of her lot in life.  Being a gifted midwife she can’t practice since she’s imprisoned for killing a mother.  Well, she really didn’t kill her but you’ll have to read the book to find out!  Then she marries a man she doesn’t know, travels across the ocean, and sleeps in the mud and rain.  Such fun!  But it gets better!  Her brother is supposed to be in this new land.  The brother she raised and loved and nurtured like a mother would.  Will she ever find him?
 
And what about this husband?  Can he be a good man or is he bound by his criminal past?  Will she be able to hide the mark on her or will the world find out and make her an outcast again?
Oh guys!  This is suspenseful and full of good plot twists and characters.  I love the little girl she gets to mother and the complexities of her character.  I love her relationship with Marc-Paul and lets not even get into her brother.
 
Definitely one I’m keeping on my shelf to reread!  Well after it comes back from making the rounds of all my avid reader friends. 
 

Control Girl {Litfuse Review}

Control Girl

Litfuse Review

Control Girl
 
About the book Control Girl:

Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control.

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don’t match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God’s, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.
 
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.
Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

About the author of Control Girl:
 
Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She’s been published by “Family Fun,” “MOMsense,” “Focus on the Family Magazine,” and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. “Control Girl” is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.
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My thoughts:
 
I can honestly say that I have control issues.  I know I do.  Control is something that I want to have over my life and what is going on in it.  Control is also something I really and truly rarely have if I think hard enough on it.  As I’ve worked through this book and the Biblical examples I’ve been challenged.  Challenged to let go of my need to be in control.  God truly desires and is ultimately in control of our lives no matter how hard we struggle to take that control from Him. 
 
Do you struggle with a need for control? I think this would be a great study to use with women of your church.  Or work through it on your own.  Personally I feel it would be good to work through this with someone you can talk with.  Someone you can chat and talk over the things you’re reading and how you can apply them to your life.
 
Keep your Bible handy.  I prefer a King James Version.  Others like different versions so make sure you have your preferred Bible handy to look up the verses and stories being told.
 
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Home to Paradise {Litfuse Review}

Home to Paradise

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Home to Paradise
 
Home to Paradise is the highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
 
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community-especially to marry.
 
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
 
 
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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I was a little left out feeling because I haven’t read the first two in this series.  But that didn’t affect the overall story.  Just made me wish I’d taken the time to track down those first books first!  I loved getting to know our Amish, not so patient wants to rule her own life and destiny and wants it all to happen now, Rose Anna.  And then there is John.  He pretends he’s loving his running around time, but he’s really not.
 
After a few scrapes with the law and deciding the partying life isn’t for him, John spends his hours at home.  All alone and tired or being alone he helps out his brothers when he can.  Then he lands his dream job of working with horses and befriends the elderly man who owns the farm.  As he repairs his relationship with Rose Anna and learns about himself he grows closer to the farm owner and the horses.
 
Rose Anna is getting impatient with John to wise up and realize he wants to be Amish and wants her to be his wife.   Will she take matters into her hands? Or will she allow God to have his way?  
 
This is a great Amish fiction title and I loved watched the characters develop and grow.  The story does have a few unexpected turns and twists though.  Ever heard of an Amish horse breeder who is friends with an attorney?
 
 
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The Elusive Miss Ellison {Litfuse Review}

The Elusive Miss Ellison

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The Elusive Miss Ellison
 

About the book The Elusive Miss Ellison:

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.
That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother-who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.
 
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
 
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.
 
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
 
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.
 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author of The Elusive Miss Ellison:

 
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.
 
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My thoughts:

I adored this book.  To me it’s written in the style of the Bronte sisters.  A good strong heroine who can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  Who then has to learn how to allow her heart to have a voice as well.

Poor Miss Ellison.  I loved her character.  She’s worked so hard to make herself the doer.  The one who cares for the poor and unfortunate because she knows no one else will, certainly not the landed gentry who are supposed to do this.  After all, they own the houses the poor live in, the ones that are crumbling.

Then she meets that new landowner.  The new master of the village if you will.  She’s already got her mind made up about him though.  He’s horrible, he’s arrogant, he’s only out for a good time and spending money.  And of course, he will never care for these people.  Mainly because he and his brother caused the death of her mother.  Something she’s never been able to let go of much less forgive.

Such a wonderful book.  Well written.  It flies when you’re reading it.  I loved getting to know Miss Ellison and making her my new friend.  And of course there is some suspense and danger as well.  And you get the chance to love and hate the same character but at different times.  I won’t give away the ending but I will say Miss Ellison, sweet Lavinia, learns a lot about herself and who she is.  That may have to do with a side of the family she’s never known or it might have to do with who she is inside.  I’ll let you find out whether she’s rich in money or love or both!!

 

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