Hallelujah! It’s Working Again! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #102

Thank you so much for your patience with me over the past two weeks with all the problems my blog was experiencing! You all were amazing and flexible and I appreciate you so much! I am so happy that everything seems to be back up and working, and we are here and ready for a new Booknificent Thursday!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Resources for Moms and Kids to Learn More About the Life of Moses – Freebie and Giveaway!

It would seem that this is the year for our family to study the life of Moses. It began with my reading and reviewing Mesu Andrews’ most recent book, The Pharaoh’s Daughterwhich gives some very unique perspectives and definitely sends you to the Bible to figure out where the author got her ideas.

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Then, Daddynificent and the two older girls were able to get into a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) group here in Malaysia. I think BSF is a wonderful program, especially for homeschoolers like us as it allows my kids to have a classroom-like experience and really teaches them to dig deep in the Bible. I also love that the kids are studying the same thing as the adults! Even though I’m not able to attend right now as the women’s one is too far away to be practical for our family, I love that we can read the passages together as a family in the evening and help the kids answer their questions. Then Daddy answers his on his own later. The BSF groups in Asia run about 6 months behind the ones in the U.S., so we are about halfway through the study of the life of Moses.

So I was really excited when I received an email from Grapevine Studies asking if we would be interested in reviewing their newest study on, you guessed it, the life of Moses! What a perfect way to supplement and add to what we are learning through BSF! Plus, the younger kids would be able to be involved as well!

Grapevine Studies

We think Grapevine Studies is a wonderful Bible study technique in which students/participants work through passages of Scripture and draw stick figures to learn the stories and aid in recall. It is definitely designed with kids in mind, but it is excellent for adults who want to learn the Bible as well! As I’ve said in both of my reviews of Grapevine Studies over at Desperate Homeschoolers (Birth of Jesus and Life of Moses), I would love to see this product being used throughout the world – in homeschools, classrooms, Sunday Schools, Bible clubs, and adult Bible studies in both print-based cultures as well as more oral ones where literacy is not yet a valued skill.

Grapevine Studies was kind enough to send us the teacher’s guide for the Life of Moses study as well as the two types of student guides – one with traceable figures and one with blank spaces for kids to make their own figures. The Life of Moses study has ten story lessons, plus a timeline lesson which is done at the very beginning and two review lessons for a total of thirteen lessons. The ten story lessons are the Birth of Moses; Moses in Midian; Moses Returned to Egypt; The First Plague; Frogs, Lice, and Flies; Livestock, Boils, and Hail; Locusts and Darkness; Passover Instructions; The Exodus; and The Red Sea. These give the students a really good understanding of the life of Moses.

In each lesson, as in all Grapevine Studies lessons, the teacher reads through the passage with the students and then shows them how to draw simple stick figures to represent what happened. At the end of each lesson, review questions are given to make sure that the students have grasped the main points of the passage. There is a memory verse for each lesson as well. Several words are given in each lesson for older learners to look up in a Bible dictionary. Application is left to the discretion of the teacher based on what they feel the Lord leading them to emphasize.

One of my favorite things about the Grapevine lessons is that all of my kids engage with the same Scripture together at their own level. This has been the best method we have found for family devotions. We are able to read big chunks of Scripture aloud together and even the littles listen quietly while tracing the figures on their pages. Here is a picture of everybody working on their sheets.

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And here are some close-ups of their papers. First, the 2-year old’s page:

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Now, the newly 5-year old’s page, which I just loved:

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If you’d like to try out Grapevine Studies before buying, they offer a number of single lessons free as samples. You can find the samples here. I can’t emphasize strongly enough to you how great a way this is for you to study the Bible with your kids!

I’ve also been given the privilege of offering the first lesson from this Moses study as an exclusive gift for Desperate Homeschoolers readers! If you’d like this lesson, just hop over to my review in Desperate Homeschoolers (which looks very similar to this post but has a little more detail for homeschoolers), and scroll down a ways for the download link.

And if you just want to browse and look at all the great curriculum options offered by Grapevine Studies, you can go to their homepage using our affiliate link by clicking here. I’ve said this several times over at Desperate Homeschoolers, and I’ll say it again here: In my opinion, every Christian, regardless of age, should work through their single eLesson on the Gospel and review it at least annually. It is usually only $2.50 (right now, it’s on sale for $2.00!) and can be downloaded anywhere in the world, and it makes sharing the Gospel easy and fun while giving the learner confidence to do so. You can buy the Gospel eLesson at this link. You will need to select “The Gospel in Stick Figures” eLesson from the dropdown menu under the price.

And finally, the giveaway! Please enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $25 shopping spree in the Grapevine store!

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #101

Hello, dear friends! Hope you have had a good reading week! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Book Review: The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima

I haven’t had a chance to post a book review outside of Goodreads in a while, so I’m excited to be posting this one today! (By the way, are we friends on Goodreads? If not, please friend me! :)

Today I want to share with you Annie Douglass Lima’s latest book, The Collar and the Cavvarach.

Collar and Cavvarach review

 

About the Book

Title: The Collar and the Cavvarach | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | Publication Date: May 9, 2015 | Publisher: Annie Douglass Lima | Pages: 337 | Recommended Ages: 10 and up

Book Description: Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Mommynificent’s Review

Wow! I really enjoyed this book a lot. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it because of the cruelty involved in setting the stage of the world of slavery the characters exist in. It wasn’t that anything was over the top or anything; it was just that I knew if I let myself love the characters, it would be painful. I’m so glad I pressed through though and got to know these characters.

This is a wonderful story of unconditional love and sacrifice, full of adventure, danger, and excitement. I highly recommend this book for adults, teens, and even for kids as young as 10. There are a few comments made about how slavery is worse for girls than boys and that girls are sometimes forced to do awful things, but these are said in such a way that I believe the reader will interpret them according to their own experience and they would not violate the innocence of a younger reader. I have already told my 10-year old that she may read it and that I expect that she’ll love it. This is an especially good book for boys as it is full of valor, intense loyalty, and putting one’s life on the line for the sake of another.

I also found this book particularly poignant because, as my husband commented when I told him I was reading a book set in a modern world with slavery, we in fact live in a modern world with slavery. It is hidden well for the most part, but both child slavery and human trafficking are very real problems in many parts of the world and they affect us all no matter where we live. For example, did you know that much of the world’s chocolate is planted and harvested by child slaves in West Africa? Now that I know that, I have a hard time eating chocolate unless I know where it came from.

Anyway, while the author keeps it fairly light, there are a few places in the book where some of the free people deal with their consciences regarding slavery and how they benefit from it even while opposing it on principle. My favorite quote from the book is from one of these places, where a free person is giving a slave a pep talk:

Quote from Collar and Cavvarach

“’…You’re going to show the world that you’re every bit as talented, every bit as capable, and that nobody has any right to look down on a person just because they wear a collar.’

See? he told his conscience. I’m striking a blow for fair treatment of slaves. Or…something like that.

His conscience rolled its eyes and refused to dignify that with a response.”

If you’d like to buy this book, please click on the book cover or one of the titles above and it will take you straight to Amazon. All of the above links to Amazon are my affiliate links. If you click on them and buy the product I’ve suggested or go on to buy something else, I will make a small commission which helps us continue our work here. Thank you!

About the Author: Annie Douglass Lima

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies (highly recommended by Mommynificent and talked about here!), a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #100

Hello, dear reading buddies! Can you believe it’s our 100th party?!

We’ve had an exhausting week this week with very little time for reading, but I finally got a good solid chunk of reading time in yesterday so I feel better! :)

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #99

Welcome to Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com…where book-loving friends hang out together. My husband caught this picture of my oldest daughter and one of her best friends hanging out together this week. It kind of cracked me up. Like mother, like daughter, I suppose.

Book loving friends

I love hanging out with you guys! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Young Avid Readers and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #98

Happy Booknificent Thursday to everyone! I’m so glad you are here. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week.

On the Hunt for Good Books

I’ve been involved in a couple of threads on facebook this week with friends looking for books for kids ages 6-11 who are at a high reading level but aren’t ready for more advanced middle grade themes of even light romance, violence, or dark magic. I’ve started a post and have a list of about 30 books I would recommend, but I’m curious what books you might add to the list. Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and I will be posting my list soon! If you come up with some good ones I haven’t thought of yet, I will definitely credit you in the post.

Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Happy Mother’s Day Week and Booknificent Thursday #97

Hello, dear reading friends and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! I hope you had an enjoyable Mother’s Day weekend and that the love and honor are still flowing! I was particularly touched by Three Books a Night’s post “How To Be An Excellent Mother: a few observations from Little Bear by Minarik & Sendak” which was linked up last week. If you missed it, you simply must check it out! And of course, if you haven’t read Little Bear or have any little ones in your life who don’t know him yet, hurry over to your neighbourhood bookstore or click here to go to Amazon right now and remedy this situation immediately! :)

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Why We Do What We Do and Booknificent Thursday #96

Hello, dear reading friends and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! I read a really interesting article this week about why it’s so important for us to review, share, and talk about the books we read. Even though I’m not sure I agree with everything the author said, I thought it was some very good food for thought. I’d be interested to hear your take on this topic in the comments below. Here’s the article by Melinda Viergever.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #95

Hello, dear reading friends! We’ve had a super busy week and I’m typing this at the very last minute, so I’ll just leave it up to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!