The Glass Castle – A Schoolhouse Review Crew Book Review

 

I recently received the book The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press for my 15 year old son to read and review. The Glass Castle is an adventure story written for ages 10-15. Girls and boys will enjoy reading this book. This age range is perfect for this book. I think The Glass Castle would make a great family read a loud, too.

 

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}

 

 

The Glass Castle is a hardcover book 251 pages long. It has 41 chapters with most ranging from 2 to 10 pages long. It’s an easy read. My son, an avid reader, finished it in one day. You can read a 35 page sample of The Glass Castle on the website. The book is billed as having the setting of The Chronicles of Naria meets the action from Alice in Wonderland.

 

The Glass Castle by Trisha White and Jerry Jenkins

 

As soon as you start reading The Glass Castle you are thrown into the adventure. The first chapter opens with Avery, the main character, and her younger brother Henry being chased through the woods. This day happens to be Avery’s 13th birthday. She doesn’t make it home for her birthday dinner………. Avery and her brother were kidnapped!

 

In The Glass Castle, the king is worried about who will take over his throne when he dies. His new wife wants to produce an heir. The king’s first wife had a son, but no one, not even the king, knows where he is. His solution? Get rid of all the orphans.

 

Someone, though, has taken all the orphans and has hidden them from the king so he can’t kill them. Right under his nose in his castle. Where they are living and doing the work of the castle, while being held as prisoners.

 

Avery was surprised that new, pretty clothes were left for her to wear, just like all the other kids there wore. She had never seen so many well-dressed kids in one place before. They had plenty of food at every meal, fruit, meats, and milk to drink. It looked like a big feast to Avery. She was used to eating whatever they grew or caught at her house.

 

Avery was separated from her brother, as all the other 13 year old kids were separated from their siblings. Their siblings were being held somewhere else. If the 13 year olds escaped, they would never see their siblings again. The kids were marked with a black star, so if they escaped they would be returned. Or sent to the Forbidden City.

 

Here’s what Zach had to say about The Glass Castle:  The kids are hiding from the adults, someone was hunting them. It’s set in a castle most of the time & in a forest. One of the kids is the heir. No one knows who it is, not even the kid. I liked the part where one kid left the others and didn’t come back. The book didn’t resolve the story, it left you wondering. I recommend this book.

 

The Glass Castle ends with Avery reading her mother’s travel journal. She is surprised to find a key hidden in the back of it. You can imagine how shocked Avery is to discover that the key she found actually fits the door to the tunnels below the castle. She doesn’t open the doors, though. Which leaves the reader anticipating book two of the series!

 

To see what other crew members have to say about The Glass Castle, click below!

 

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}

 

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Can’t Leave Alone Bars Recipe & Gather Around the Amish Table Cookbook Review

I have a great cookie bar recipe to share. Doing a cookbook review is mighty tasty work! It’s very sweet, so you only need a small piece. I think this will be great to take to potluck dinners. It will be easy to keep all the ingredients in the pantry to make these bars any time. Well, except for the eggs. Keep those in the fridge. lol

 

I found this recipe in the Gather around the Amish Table cookbook. Read below for more information about this new cookbook.

 

Can't Leave Alone Bars Recipe

Can’t Leave Alone Bars

1 (16 ounce ) white cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1/4 cup butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

 

Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil. Reserve 3/4 cup crumbs. Put remaining crumbs into 9 x 13 inch pan. Melt butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk together until just combined. Pour on top of crumb crust in pan. Top with remaining crumb mixture by spoonfuls. Bake at 300* for 20-30 minutes.

 

My notes: My mixture wasn’t a crumb mixture. It was more the texture of cookie dough. The sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips make a kind of fudge sitting on top of the cookie. Yum!  This recipe lends itself well to some creativity. Use different flavored cake mixes and different flavored chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, etc.

 

Keep reading to get a great lasagna recipe and to see how you can win a copy of Gather around the Amish Table!

 

I have loved reading this cookbook! It compiles favorite family recipes from Amish and Mennonite kitchens. the recipe contributors also share stories about their recipes and their families.

 

You will find some recipes to use whether you cook everything from scratch or use some prepackaged foods like the cake mix in the recipe above. I have found quite a few recipes that I want to try.

 

Incorporate Amish cooking traditions this fall in your kitchen with Lucy Leid’s Gather Around the Amish Table. Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”

Get your fall baking underway with an Amish baking basket giveaway from Lucy and MennoMedia!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. The winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.

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Israel’s Mission

We all have a God given mission. What is your mission?

 

I recently received Israel’s Mission DVD and the book Israel’s Mission Discovery Guide to review.

Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

 

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The Israel’s Mission DVD features 5 video lessons that are each just over 30 minutes long. These are designed to watch as part of a group, or individually. The Israel’s Mission Discovery Guide has a lesson that corresponds to each video lesson to be completed after watching the video. There are then 5 daily readings with questions to do before you watch the next video. I liked Ray Vander Laan’s teaching styled in the video lessons.

One of my favorite lessons was when he was explaining the tassels on the prayer shawl in Israel at Sinai: The First Great Commission, video lesson number two. I have studied some about the prayer shawl in the past, so I like how he taught about the tassels and the gentile.

 

Filmed on location at these biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:

-Back to the Father’s House – Negev Desert
-Show Them the Way – Timnah
-Prodigal Sons and Daughters – Qatzrin
-Return from the Far Off Country – Jerash
-Welcome Home – Qatzrin
Israel’s Mission is a Bible study that will help you see and understand what God says in the Bible about being a Priest. You will also be able to see how to translate that to the world we live in today.

God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a “Kingdom of Priests,” and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It’s still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you’ll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life – and the lives of those around you – greater meaning than you ever imagined.

 

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Our task as Christians is to bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. How are you doing at welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace? Learn how to work on your task with Ray Vander Laan’s Israel’s Mission, volume thirteen in the That the World May Know® DVD series. Discover the mission that can give your life—and the lives of those around you—greater meaning than you ever imagined. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

Celebrate the release of Israel’s Mission by entering to win the entire That the World May Know® series—perfect for working through with your family, Bible study, or Sunday school class!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • All 13 DVDs in the That the World May Know® series

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced September 21st on the Litfuse blog.

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Until My Name Is Known Book Review

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Until My Name is Known by Sonya Contreras is book one in the  Tell of My Kingdom’s Glory series. Until My Name is Known tells the story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The book opens with Moses returning home and telling his wife Zipporah that God spoke to him at the burning bush.

Until My Name Is Known

 

 

Until My Name Is Known

 

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?

See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.

Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.

 

 

 

I like that Sonya Contreras uses the Bible, archaeological records, and historical records in the writing of this book. Because of the author using these records, you will see different names and places than in other books set in this same time period. In Until My Name is Known you will see what life, was possibly, really like for the Israelites. You’ll see, and understand a little better, what is was like to live through the 10 plagues.

 

The book ends after Moses and the Israelites cross the Red Sea. They watch as Pharaoh and his army are overcome with the waters of the Red Sea moving back into place. The really couldn’t believe their eyes. Was Pharaoh really defeated? Were they really free?

Once they realize that they really are free, they sing a song of praise to the God that delivered them from Pharaoh’s hand.

“The Lord is my strength and my song:

He has become my salvation.

He is my God… And I will exalt Him…”

 

You can read chapter 1 of Until My Name is Known on the authors website.

 

In the back of the book are the author’s remarks, a glossary, a bibliography, and more. I love when books contain this extra information for the reader.

 

Until My Name Is Known is not just a retelling of the same story that we all know. Until My Name is Known is a fresh telling with new archaeological  and historical information. I really liked reading Until My Name is Known. If you like to read Christian historical books, you will like Until My Name is Known.

 

See what others have to say on the Litfuse Until My Name is Known page.

 

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7 Family Ministry Essentials

I recently received 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries (David C. Cook, June 2015) to review.  With decades of ministry experience, Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman capture the guiding essentials of life-changing family ministry in this new book for children ministry and student leaders.

7 Family Ministry Essentials

These seven essentials for children and student leaders emphasize:

The seven essential points covered in the are.

1. Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home
2. Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs
3. Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth
4. Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform
5. Engaging every generation in the gospel of God’s redemptive story
6. Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living
7. Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries

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7 Family Ministry Essentials will equip you with practical steps, inspirational stories, and a biblical foundation you need to be an effective leader.

Here’s a little bit about the authors of 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries.

DR. Michelle Anthony is the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible and theology as well as over twenty-five years of family ministry experience. Michelle and her husband, Michael are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.

Megan Marshman is the director of student resources and production for David C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in Long Beach, California.

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries will change the way you work with, and listen to the children and youth you work with. I like the the book gives ways to work with the parents of the children you work with. Even if the parents don’t go to church themselves.

There are Ministry Assessment sections at the end of each chapter. Each one has three sections: Listen, So What? and Now What? to help you see where you are in your ministry, and what you need to do moving forward.

While 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries is mainly for those in ministry, you will find many ideas and tips that you will be able to use in your home.

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries is now available for purchase.

See what others are saying about 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries.

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Old Fashioned Novel & Devotional Review

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I recently shared my review of the Old Fashioned DVD, and today I’m back to talk about the Old Fashioned novel and devotional.

 

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Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom From My Prairie Community

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The Hutterites are a plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites. Ever since I first heard of the Hutterites a couple of years ago, I have been interested in reading more about them. So when I heard about the Hutterite Diaries, I knew I had to read this book.

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Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. You can find Linda online at: websiteTwitter