22.8.17

ALL SAINTS Movie

The following is a promotional review and giveaway post for the inspirational movie ALL SAINTS. 


ALL SAINTS arrives in theaters Friday (8/25/17)

ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. The film delivers an incredibly relevant and timely message of faith, hope, community and the power of the church. ALL SAINTS stars John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, “Northern Exposure”) and Cara Buono (“Stranger Things”, “Mad Men”, PAPER TOWNS).


Read this great Guidepost interview with actor John Corbett who plays Michael Spurlock.

"Love your neighbor.” We all know we’re supposed to do it. But who exactly is our neighbor? That was a question that was asked of Jesus in the Bible and as illustrated in His answer—the Parable of the Good Samaritan—our neighbors are everywhere we look. And equally important, we are to show God’s love to our neighbors.

John Corbett is on the cover of the August Guideposts magazine, and shares his heart for ALL SAINTS. “I’ve learned, like the priest I play in ALL SAINTS, that when God sends a suggestion our way, the best thing we can do for ourselves is say yes.”

Beloved comedian Chonda Pierce plays Ruth, one of the members of a small church that appears to be in its final days. Opening in theaters nationwide August 25, ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of a church that provided much-needed hope to its community. As Chonda says, “it's the church being the church.” Tickets are now available, so invite a friend or bring a group to see ALL SAINTS.

It was a simple assignment for a first-time pastor: close the doors of the tiny church and sell the property. But then, Karen refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—arrived on the church’s doorstep. Check out this powerful scene from ALL SAINTS featuring John Corbett and Nelson Lee, and then see the movie when it opens in theaters  Friday!" 

Image provided with permission by Sony Pictures

Genre: drama
Rating: PG
Run time: 1:48:00
Recommended ages: 10 and up


Visit the website for more movie details:  

https://www.allsaintsmovie.com 
Download and use this discussion guide and student discussion guide.

Disclosure: Tickets to view this movie will be provided to this blogger. They are also providing the giveaway prize of two free Fandango tickets to the winner. No  other compensation was provided. Opinions shared are that of myself and my family.   

Giveaway details: Giveaway ends 8/23 at which time the randomly chosen winner will have 24 hours to reply to the winning notification email. 



Enter the giveaway for a chance to win - 2 FREE tickets to see ALL SAINTS in theaters by commenting below. Watch the preview linked above and then share in a comment below who you would enjoy watching it with. Bonus entry-- in a second comment share if you follow A Glimpse of Our Life and All Saints Movie on social media. Please share about this giveaway, too! 
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21.8.17

Quick Answers to Tough Questions Book Review


Masterbooks has been a family favorite publisher of quality books for years. We just read their brand new book, Quick Answers to Tough Questions by Bryan Osborne and Bodie Hodge. 





This 88 page book can be quickly read, but it is packed full of answers so it deserves lingering over. This book clearly teaches just what the Bible say about evolution and creation, from the viewpoint of Biblical authority. 



This book makes you ponder things such as what exactly was the root of the erosion of Biblical authority in America. Other viewpoints are also explained, as well as pagan roots in some beliefs. Each of the main chapters above are further broken down and clearly explained. The sub-headings on page 64, for example, ask more questions including science vs the Bible, missing links?, origin of life?, and more. 



"This bending, editing, and manipulating of the Word of God is a failed attempt to make it bow to he word of fallible, finite, sinful man." 

This isn't feel-good easy reading. It is thought provoking, and some questions are tough. "If the Bible cannot be trusted when it talks about history, why should anyone trust it when it speaks about salvation?" Why indeed? 

This book lines up with my personal belief that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, 100% true. 

I recommend this as a resource for anyone growing in their faith. It can be used to help you answer questions as well as to teach.

Disclosure: a download of this ebook was provided for this review. A positive review was not required. This is my honest opinion. 
Jennifer



19.8.17

Scripture and A Snapshot



Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12 
     My new phone has some great camera settings according to my son, but I'm still learning about them. Walking around the farm yesterday morning I saw these lovely flowers still blooming on my Powpow's bushes. More tiny buds are there, too. Without even looking too closely you can see holes in both the flower petals and the leaves. But there is beauty still, even in imperfection.

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Altar Egos DVD

The following is a promotional review and giveaway post for the inspirational movie Altar Egos from Bridgestone Media Group.


If you need to laugh a lot, watch this movie. It is funny, but it uses humor to illustrate some all to common sad truths. Suggestions of simple things such as paint color (I've heard of disagreements over carpet color) can contribute to church splits if the root causes are not addressed. This comedy portrays one pastor's unique method of relating to his church.

Our family enjoyed watching it; laughter was needed. My son was the first to notice one of the actors from another family favorite--Moms Night Out. "He killed Mama." My son had all positive things to say about this movie: "It was hilarious. Good plot. Good resolution. He didn't give up."

Desperate to see their church grow, Pastor John (Robert Amaya, MOM’S NIGHT OUT, COURAGEOUS) and wife Betsy (Erin Bethea, FIREPROOF) do the unthinkable and change their church Christmas pageant. Flabbergasted, elderly choir director Mary Margaret (Sallie Wanchisn) leads the choir to boycott. Facing termination, Pastor John resorts to disguising himself as an old man to bridge the generation gap, win over Mary, and lead the choir back to the church. When he discovers that the wounds run deeper than he first suspected, Pastor John must learn to love the unlovable or risk the ruin of his church and family. Also stars Victoria Jackson (SNL).

Genre: comedyRating: MPAA: NR; Dove Foundation: “Dove Faith Friendly”, “Suitable for all ages”Run time: 88 min.Recommended age: kids and adults

Visit the website for more movie details:  https://www.altaregosmovie.com
And watch this preview!

Disclosure: A screener/DVD of this movie was provided for this review. They are also providing the giveaway prize DVD to the winner. No other compensation was provided. Opinions shared are that of myself and my family.

Giveaway details: Giveaway ends 8/28 at which time the randomly chosen winner will have 24 hours to reply to the winning notification email.

Enter the giveaway by watching the preview linked above then sharing in a comment below who you would enjoy watching it with. Bonus entry-- in a second comment share what is your favorite family friendly movie.
Jennifer


14.8.17

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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My grandad was a master gardener long before that became an official title. He was the best gardener I've ever known. He shared his knowledge freely, and he tried new things. We inherited his farm, but sadly, I did not inherit his green thumb. But I keep trying new things.

About a year ago, I first saw a friend share about a garden tower. It seemed too good to be true. Then she shared pictures of her kids planting and very quickly harvesting first lettuce and then more.

Have you seen the Garden Tower 2? It's pretty amazing! 


Disclosure: As an affiliate for Garden Tower, if purchases are made through the links I share, I will receive a commission. This is disclosed freely.
Jennifer


12.8.17

Scripture and A Snapshot



Set your minds on things above, not things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 

     My mom and I used to stare at the shapes in the clouds and make stories about the things we imagined as she drove me home from school. This weekend, I've been challenged to look up. Some things we deal with are so temporary, both tangible things as well as circumstances. Eternity is so much more important; refocusing has helped me to remember that. 

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10.8.17

Math Essentials

The following is a review of No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

We are planning to start our back to school routine next week, but with reviews like this we got a jump start on some subjects during the summer. 


As reviewers, our family has had the opportunity to try a lot of different curriculum options. Some have become favorites. All three of my children have different interests and even different learning styles. Despite that, this No-Nonsense Algebra curriculum has worked for all of them! There are not many other lessons that I can say that about. 

We first reviewed No-Nonsense Algebra in 2012 with my oldest daughter. Her little sister used it next, and now it's my son's turn. As their mom, some subjects are just wonderful to teach. Math, however, has at times been a struggle. This book comes with a code to access the accompanying online video lessons which take that stress away from me for algebra lessons. As my children have grown, they have become more independent with their lessons. No-Nonsense Algebra is set up in such a way to promote that independence.   


The first video lesson options from their home screen

an example of a problem explained with the whiteboard in a video lesson


Since we first tried this over five years ago, every time someone has asked for a recommendation for high school algebra, my response has consistently been "No-Nonsense Algebra." 

Richard Fisher, the author of the book, is also the online video instructor. He clearly demonstrates problems step by step as he explains them.





This book is reusable. As problems are written out and completed on separate paper, the book remains clean for repeated use, in our case for younger siblings. The author even suggests that students write out the example problems that are completely done in the book to aid their understanding of the process. I emailed the company about using this after it sat on our shelf a few years, and can tell you that their customer service is wonderful.

My daughter stated that these lessons are easy to follow. She found the video lessons "very helpful and needed." "It was one of my favorite algebra books." (Yes, we did try others.) "It was clear, understandable, and straightforward." 

Now it is my eighth grade son's turn to use this curriculum. (He previously used the geometry book from Math Essentials and enjoyed the lessons.) I know! That still amazes me, too. I involve my children and the participate with me in the selection process for our crew reviews. My son asked me for this book! We did think it would be a revised version, but the book we received for this review is still their 2011 first printing. Obviously it did not need to be improved! 

So, this summer, my son started using No-Nonsense Algebra. He will absolutely be continuing these lessons until he completes this book this school year. 

Some of the initial content was review for him, so I didn't make him complete all of the exercises when he already clearly understood it. We quickly made it to "new" content for him. I'll walk you through one of his lessons. In the book, lessons begin with an introduction. Key concepts, helpful hints, and tips to remember are shared. The second section of each lesson is examples. Problems are demonstrated and even explained in the book, step by step. Although I shared how I am having my son work toward more independence, I stayed with him as he read through those sections. At times he gave me that sideways grin I love and simply told me he did not understand. But then I played the videos. Each video is approximately 15 minutes (some less) and they clearly demonstrate the lesson. The next part of the lesson in the book is a set of exercises for him to work through. Some of these are challenging, but with each lesson just two pages long the quantity was manageable, typically 14-18 problems. The last section of each lesson was a set of just four review problems. I'm not rushing my son through these lessons, rather hoping for mastery more than speed. He is learning. Each chapter ends with a more comprehensive review. A final exam is included, too, to use upon his completion of the course.



I recommend No-Nonsense Algebra to every algebra student. My only complaint is that they do not offer a book and video lessons for Algebra II and other advanced math courses.  

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9.8.17

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Greek 'n' Stuff

The following is a review from Greek 'n' Stuff  with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.      

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! -level 3 set is a Biblical Greek Worktext. My daughter used this and wrote the following review. 


There are eight levels to choose from. Given the choice of level 2 or 3, I decided to start with level 3. There is a quick review of the alphabet at the beginning, and then the book moves on to teaching basic words and sentences. 

This is a 36 lesson workbook. Each lesson covers approximately 4 pages. The teacher book recommends that younger students complete one page a day, although older students can certainly do more. There isn't a lot of explanation in the student workbook for each lesson, but the teacher book goes into greater detail. The teacher book even includes the same appendix, minus the flashcards. 

I found this curriculum to be written mainly for younger children, but that doesn't prohibit it from being useful for older students. I enjoyed the simplicity. This workbook was written in 1994. I think it is a great starting point. At the beginning there is a quick intro (10 pages) of Greek alphabet review, and then the lessons get gradually harder. 


I used the course as the instructions suggested, mainly copying assignments into my notebook for practice. There are flashcards included in the back of the book, which can be taped or glued to index cards. I chose to copy them straight onto index cards as extra practice. We also got a cd which goes along with level three and level four. Just listening to the cd is great practice, and is perfect for knowing if you are pronouncing words correctly. 


This 
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! A Biblical Greek Worktext curriculum recommends using an interlinear Bible as a learning resource. I found a free interlinear Bible online. 


Lessons include drawing pictures of Greek words, circling correct answers, writing out letters and words, filling in blanks, puzzles, and saying words aloud. There are pronunciation guides for each word and letter.

The appendix was very helpful. Every time I turned to it, I found something helpful that I hadn't seen before. One of the things I used the most was a chart of the Greek alphabet. The chart included columns for capital and lowercase letters, the name and pronunciation, and an example of a word in English with a similar sounding letter or sound. 



 

Compared to other language curriculums that I have used in the past, this one was very simple, straight forward, and easy to use. I like how it combines many aspects, such as reading, writing, drawing, and listening into each lesson. I think this would make it very easy for children to use, no matter their learning style. Basically, its a fun and simple way to learn Greek, and is great for any age. I'm looking forward to being able to incorporate the knowledge I'm gaining from this curriculum into my Bible Study. 

A little commentary from mom... That ends my adult daughter's review. The workbook is designed for younger students, so my daughter chose to complete extra practice (and write much smaller) in a notebook. This isn't exactly how the program is designed. The material was presented in a way that was easy to follow, and I was encouraged to see her learning a language that I don't know. How wonderful if she can one day read a Greek version of Scripture with understanding! 




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5.8.17

Scripture and a Snapshot



The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44


     We watched a tiny spotted baby deer cross the country road on our way home this afternoon. So precious! My son took this picture for me. He took a few; this was just one of my favorites. He told me "It's like a little miniature flower garden inside the flower." There is so much beauty around us. 

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July Glimpses

Our July was a very hot and busy busy month. I've tried to leave more white space on our calendar in August before our mid month back-to-homeschool routine begins, but it is quickly filling up.

Our whole family was part of the Galactic Starveyers VBS at our church. We've been on the road since then so not back to church a lot since that week, but still it feels so much like we are part of the community there now. That is such a good feeling.

We finally cleaned our pool and the kids got in it a few times. There are still frogs around it in abundance. Did I mention that it is right outside our bedroom window? We go to sleep to the sound of frogs and wake up to roosters crowing. We finally found a new home for three of them and have one more claimed but not yet picked up, so the crowing isn't quite as bad as earlier this summer. Even with the extra farm noises, it's still peaceful.

Pears are ripe! We cooked them in the Instant Pot this year instead of hours in the crock pot. Yummy! We also learned how to make Pavlova and tried homemade noodles again. We are planning to try make ravioli soon. We still have an abundance of fresh eggs. 




All of that together helped it to feel like summer is finally here.

This week we had our homeschool group kick-off meeting. Already! Are you ready for back to school? I am not.

I learned, again, what a gift it is when friends pray. It means much more than anyone being able to relate to my situation. Prayer to God our Savior is powerful and effective. Jehovah Rapha, God our healer, hears our prayers. 
Our back-to-school shopping was minimal. Cleaning out my office earlier this year made it visibly clear just how many supplies we have in abundance. I bought a few new notebooks, and my daughter picked out a planner. That's it!

We ended the month with a super fast road trip. My husband purchased a 75 year old tractor four states away and is now making plans to restore it.



We stayed with my cousin and her family half-way, both there and back, and were spoiled with good food and a great though very fast visit. I always love my cousin's recipes. This time she taught me how to make pancake muffins. I tried yesterday but they weren't as good as hers-- regular pancake batter baked in muffin tins, topped with either cinnamon sugar or chocolate chips. I'll try again; the kids like them.

On the blog:
In a "ten days of" series with friends, I share a little about how we incorporate homeschool with life.
Some of our favorite summer reviews were the Adventures of Rush Revere booksDoctor Aviation the Timeline Trio, and ACTÍVA.
And don't miss this giveaway for a CD from Nichole Nordeman! Enter here this week for a chance to win!


Memorizing:
Many of my Scripture and a Snapshot posts use verses I'm learning.

Currently I'm learning this passage from Hebrews which I also chose for our school focus for this coming school year.



My oldest daughter designed a doll that she plans to sell but wants to make more for keeping and sharing first. I cut some doll patterns on the laser and am continuing to experiment with cutting fabric. My youngest daughter has been making bracelets. She made one for herself that spells out HOPE in morse code and one for me with PEACE. My son is learning to make paracord bracelets. His next challenge is figuring out just how to wrap the ones that can easily pull apart to use the cord.

In the Cuts by Laser shop:
Thank you so much to my friend April who has been helping update our website. Check it out:  http://www.cutsbylaser.com

We made quilt templates and are now trying to meet the challenge of packaging very large flat items.

New from Lilla Rose/prettyhair:


If you know I dream of the beach, you may can guess just how much I love the new seahorse design of our August flexi-of-the-month Athena. I can't wait to see mine! These are limited this month only and while supplies last.
Jennifer