Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Liberating Truth by Danielle Strickland

Genre- NonfictionThe Liberating Truth

The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women by Danielle Strickland

Published by- Monarch Books

Copyrighted- 2011

Number of pages- 160

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $12.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-019-7

Is the church helping woman and children and supporting them when they experience violence?  Are we as a society doing enough to protect women and girls?

The Liberating Truth shows through stories told to the author how women have still not been liberated and Jesus would want them to be.  Reading this book will show you how the Bible has been misinterpreted, how much time Jesus spent and said about women, and how society can help women.

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author- Danielle Strickland and her husband are officers in The Salvation Army in Canada.  They have two young children.





My thoughts-

I thought this book gave a tall order to fill, to change how women and girls are treated around the world.

I did agree with Danielle Strickland that politics, denominations, and hearts need to be changed about the way women are treated, but I don’t share her more liberal views of marriage, like that the person who knows more about the subject should make the final decision. 

In a marriage I believe that the husband should always have the final say if an agreement can’t be made.  I also believe that once there are children in a marriage, the wife needs to stay home while the kids are young, to give them the best start in life.  Today the wife can always have a job on the internet if the family needs money.

I would recommend this book to all who want to learn what Jesus thought about women and girls and how we should treat them as Christians.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Liberating Truth by Danielle Strickland for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From the Garden to the City by John Dyer

Genre- Christian Life/Social Servicesimage

From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2011

Number of pages- 192

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2668-1

Is technology good or bad?  What role does technology play in the Bible?  These questions and more will be answered by John Dyer

In From the Garden to the City, John Dyer has used Bible verses and quotes from experts in their fields.  You will learn from this text how we need to use the technology for God, so it doesn’t enslave us.

John Dyer has both personal and professional experience with technology as the director of Web Development at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has published articles in Collide Magazine and Christianity Today.  John Dyer also has a blog called,  This is his first book.

Excerpt from the book!


John Dyer

My thoughts-

I have really enjoyed reading this book.  I have several blogs, cell phone and a television in the house.  My husband and children also enjoy the technology we have, so as a family we need to notice how technology affects our relationship to God.

I have learned a lot from this book about how God has always provided us technology.  Some of that technology has given clothing for Adam and Eve, knowledge for building the ark, and tools for making Jesus’ cross.

My favorite part of the book is the last chapter, “Recommendations,” where I learned the five steps on how to best use technology.

  • Valuation- Use Scripture to evaluate technology and ourselves to find the strengths and weaknesses
  • Experimentation- Try using or not using different kinds of technology
  • Limitation- Know our boundaries with technology, so we can still live our Christian values and lives
  • Togetherness- Make sure we make time to see others face to face without technology
  • Cultivation- Help those who work with technology to do it for Christianity

I would highly recommend From the Garden to the City to everyone so we can learn to view technology from God’s point of view, through scripture, and apply it in our lives.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received From the Garden to the City by John Dyer for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Visual Latin: Lessons 1-10


Product: Visual Latin: Lessons 1-10

Contact Information:

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Shelton, WA 98584

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Age Appeal: Nine and up

Format: DVD with PDF’s

Price: $30.00

Don’t know Latin and want to learn?  Then pop in this DVD and press play.  Each lesson has around ten minutes of video with corresponding PDF worksheets.  Each lesson broken down into: grammar, sentences and reading.  In the reading section is divided into: reading, comprehension and translation.

This DVD contains:

Introductory Lessons

  • A. Why Study Latin?
  • B. Latin Then & Now
  • C. Stuff You Should Know about Latin

Lessons 1 to 10

  • 1. Being Verbs Basics | To Be and Not to Be
  • 2. Being Verbs Basics | Predicate Nominative and Adjectives
  • 3. Gender | Boy Words and Girl Words
  • 4. Singular and Plural | E Pluribus Unum
  • 5. Declensions | Meet the Cases
  • 6. Adjectives learn to Agree with Nouns
  • 7. The Case Files | Nominative and Genitive
  • 8. Counting to 10 in Latin
  • 9. Active Verb Basics | Indicative Mood
  • 10. The Case Files | Accusative

The instructor, Dwayne Thomas, has been teaching Latin for 15 years.  As you watch the videos you can see his passion with his jokes  and humor.  And the joy as your children can learn independently from him.

Video of Our Favorite Part of Each Lesson

Our Experience:

I think Latin is one of those important languages to learn to help improve your English vocabulary and more easily learn other foreign languages. 

The PDF videos and worksheets worked very well for us.  We would were not working on the rest of our school work at the time of this review, so we were able to concentrate on learning one lesson a day.  We did take more time on the more difficult lessons, like trying to learn the declensions.

Since C is just learning how to read she concentrated mostly on learning from the video, but we did work on the worksheets together.  B had a lot of fun learning from the videos and working on the worksheets by himself.  It was fun watching their eyes grow bright as they were able to figure out the answers to the questions.

Our favorite part was the translation section of the video.  We had fun listening to Dwayne Thomas read the passage and repeating after him.  We thought it was great that the passage we were translating were Biblically based.

What I Liked:

  • How B and C are eager to learn how to speak, read and write Latin.
  • As you are learning the parts of Latin grammar, you are also learning English grammar.
  • How the lesson worksheets complete the lessons by reinforcing what is learned on the video.

What I Disliked:

  • The casualness that the instructor sometimes had during the lesson.  One example would be, when the phone rang and he ended the lesson to answer the phone.

What B (boy, age seven, officially in second grade) Liked and Disliked: I liked it.  Some of the lessons were tricky and some were funny.  Some of the worksheets were tricky, like lesson five about declensions.  Declensions are going to be hard to memorize.  There are five declensions to memorize.

In one of the lessons, Dwayne Thomas, the instructor, was talking on the phone.  In another lesson he said the shopasaurus, became extinct because he bought so many things there was nothing left to buy.

I think Visual Latin: Lessons 1-10 is good for kids my age. 

What C (girl, age five, kindergarten) Liked and Disliked: I don’t think Visual Latin is good for kids my age.  The worksheets were hard, because of the reading and writing. 

Mentioning Snuffleupagus and shopasaurus in the videos was funny.  I liked the videos because some were funny and that helped me remember the lesson.

Please go here to learn more about Visual Latin and how to order it for your family.

I would highly recommend Visual Latin. For more reviews go to “Because Mom Said”.

Disclaimer: I received Visual Latin for free for an unbiased review through Timberdoodle Co. All links were current when posted.

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