Category Archives: NonFiction

The Edge of the Divine – Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine

Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine is Sandi Patty’s story.  The story of how she allowed God to change her life.  She was overweight, and stressed out with so much going on in her life.  She was having health problems, and knew that her life must change.  After seeking council from her family and her Dr, Sandi decided to make a life change.  Diet, exercise, forgiveness, and the lap band all played into the changes made in Sandi’s life.

Sandi is very open in her book about her past, and the things going on in her life right now (or when the book was written).  She tells of some sin issues the Lord has helped her with and given her strength to overcome.

The book is all about keeping your eyes open for the times where the Lord is going to make a change in your life (kinda like a threshold to a door way).  Sometimes you can see it before, sometimes after.  About how we are moving and allowing the Lord to work in our lives!

Congratulations Sandi, on your hard work!!  I know that you put a lot of work into your weight loss!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in NonFiction


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How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning – Carol Barnier

How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning

Carol Barnier

*From the back of the book

Which child is yours?  The super-wiggly? The highly charged? The focus-challenged? The impulsive? The spirited? The passionate? 

However you define the qualities in your special child, it’s obvious that the methods used to teach quite, compliant children don’t work for these energetic or just plain distracting kids.

. . . .

Direct those wandering thoughts and bodies into educational success with:

  • Creative reproducible activity aids that you’ll want to use right away
  • a phonics program where every lesson is a quick game kids love
  • instructional games, manipulatives and motions that will help you work with, not against, your child’s learning style
  • math strategies that make even a workbook fun
  • many more effective, fun solutions to the daily dilemma, “how do I teach my child tomorrow?”

My thoughts

First of all, let me say that I have 5 children, and I’m only officially homeschooling one (but working with two more, and playing with the others).  And my oldest is a mild version of the super-wiggly, highly charged. . .  so this book will help us, but we are by no means dealing with ‘on top of the refrigerator’ energy.  Second, I heard Carol Barnier speak at our local homeschool convention, and knew that some of her ideas would really help us out, so I went and bought it.  Many of her speaking ideas are in the book, just with a bit more detail. 

The book has lots of ideas for helping with learning, but all are very ‘mom intensive’, so get ready to work!!  Most can be reused, but all will take time to set up. Lots of tips to make games that help make learning fun and actually happen!

I liked the chapter “I can’t take him anywhere” where she talks about how energetic children multiply the energy of the kids around them! (Mine does that, even just with siblings, which is why we tend to keep a tight rein on energy levels)

There are 13 different pages that have reproducible pages (some of them are two pages to one activity) but they are all activities that she talked about in the book.

If you have a distractable child, then this is a good resource for you.  not all of it will be useable for everyone, but I’m sure you will find something to help!!

*Note:  This book was purchased by me, and Carol Barnier, Emerald Books, and have no idea who I am.  This review was written because I wanted to 🙂

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in NonFiction


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The Hands on Bible – and a GIVEAWAY!!!

The Hands on Bible – NLT


Tyndale sent me the Hands on Bible to review.  It is a complete bible with descriptions in the margins that help young readers understand more of the time frame and some customs in Bible times.   Many of the side margins give ideas for sharing Jesus with friends and family, in ways that young people can do. It also has about 8 activities for young people and a friend to do.  Best for 8-13 year olds. 

There are Introductions to each Book with cool facts and info from that book. Hands on Experiences with ideas  of things to do.  Bible Bios with info about people in the bible, written as if it were straight from them.  And Hands-On Bible activities (see the give away at bottom for more information).

This Bible is great when you are looking for extra ways to help explain points to kids, but I think it would be distracting for regular use.  I particularly liked the information in the side bars!

Two possible ways you can get this free!!

1. Leave a comment on this post telling who you would like to share this bible with and I will randomly draw one winner on Friday July 23. The winner will recieve a certificate good for a free bible which they must take to your local christian book store.  (US only, the winner will be responsible for any taxes and please remember to leave a way for me to contact you)  Enter before Noon Friday and I will have winner posted sometime before 5 pm Friday!!      

Using, the random winner is number 1.  thearcherfamily.   I will contact you to get you your gift certificate!!  Thank you for entering!!

2. Go to this will also show you a few pages on the inside.  you have until Aug 16, 2010. 

*Note Tyndale sent me a copy of Hands on Bible for my family and a Bible certificate to be given away.  All  reviews on this bible are my own opinion, not those of the publisher or writers of this bible.


Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Books, Children's, NonFiction


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Potty Training 1-2-3 – Gary Ezzo

Potty Training 123

What Works, What Doesn’t and Why

Gary Ezzo

A book designed to . . . you guessed it, Potty train, this book gives:

  • helpful advise on how to get started – tools and general guidelines
  • timing – are you ready, is your child, is the rest of the family, ect
  • incentives – they recommend food which I struggled with, but ‘input=output’.  They also give suggestions on which food treats might work the best.  Another thing that he recommends is a cheering section (grandpa and grandma, a favorite aunt or uncle, older siblings.)
  • when to give the incentives – rewarding more for ‘clean and dry’ than for ‘going’

The book is short, and detail packed, easily readable in one night, or snuck in over a few lunch breaks. 

With 4 children (3 of which I have potty trained)  I have to say I like this book!  I did not use it with my first, I just guessed (it took him forever to get it).  With my second I bought the book after a false start, and we had a bit of a problem, but he got it soon after I restarted with the principles of the book. With our third, I had already read the book, but I reread it, and jumped in excited to get it done fast!!  We were accident free in about a week.  (there were occasional accidents, but about 1 a week, so I would consider that accident free).  I will soon (July or August probably)  be training our fourth, and I am only waiting until then because baby makes 7 and I don’t want to false start with him.  I don’t anticipate problems, and I am excited to work with him (even more excited to save the money that his diapers cost, and only need to purchase diapers for the new baby).

** Note:  This review is being done because I want to.  It was a book I purchased a while back (3 years ago) and have used with 2, soon to be 3, of my children.   No one has paid me to write this review.  I would highly recommend this book.  Good Luck!!

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Posted by on June 4, 2010 in Books, NonFiction


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Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe – Todd Wilson

Lies Homeschooling Moms BelieveTodd Wilson

Todd Wilson

With Homeschool Convention season around the corner, I’m sure that at least a few of you will meet Todd Wilson.  My husband and I met him last year at our homeschooling convention, and he had us both laughing at ourselves (really me) and the things that homeschooling mom’s feel. 

With a section of “Lies” and a section on “Truths” this book tells us that what we are thinking, we aren’t thinking alone 🙂 

Just a few of the “Lies”, Everyone elses kids are better, everyone elses home is cleaner, everyone else can do it all, every other mom loves homeschooling (and more)  Each section goes through the lies and shows us, why they are lies with cute little comics to help you laugh even more!!

Backed with some “Truth”, You are not alone, God gave your children exactly the mother they needed (struggle here), You can’t do it all, Those perfect homeschooling families are not real.

I love how Wilson gives you permission to be your own family ( I don’t need to grind my own wheat & bake my own bread, nor do I need to have all of my children playing a musical instrument by the time they are 7, playing sports.  . . if it works for the whole family.  The Lord calls people to homeschooling, and He gives us each different abilities.  My job as mom is to do what the Lord wants of me, not what ‘all the other homeschooling moms’ are doing!! 

If you want to laugh at just a few of Wilson’s comic’s check out his encouragement cards

*Note: I got this book at a Homeschooling Convention last year, and really needed it, laughed and cried my way through it.  Todd Wilson has no clue who I am, or that I have written this review. I have not be paid by Todd Wilson or


Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Books, NonFiction


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Happily Ever Laughter – with Ken Davis

Happily Ever Laughter

Ken Davis

with Jeff Allen, John Branyan, David Dean, Chonda Pierce, Kendra Smiley, Daren Streblow, Bob Stromberg and others.

A fun little book made up of a bunch of short stories (30 Chapters) and none of them are more than 6 pages long.  There is no real rhyme or reason 🙂 just fun stories that make fun of the problems we encounter in marriage, and help us to see the humor in the problems (cause if your married, there are going to be problems. . . . come to think of it, if you are in any kind of relationship, there will be problems 😉 )

This little book is perfect for the diaper bag or purse, or to leave in the car.  With it’s really short stories, and bursts of humor, you can get through one or two (sometimes more) while you wait for those appointments.  And if you set it down for a week or a month, you won’t be at a loss, because they are all independent stories. 

Of course, I found some of the stories to be funnier than others (probably because I related to them so much)  but they are all tasteful stories that come from the adventures of marriage!! 

I Review For The Tyndale Blog Network

*Note: This book was provided free to me, by the Tyndale Blog Network so that I may review it.  Tyndale Blog Network, Amazon, nor the author have paid to write a review that was positive or negative. All opinions are my own.

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Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Books, NonFiction


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Plan B – by Pete Wilson

Plan B

Pete Wilson

 Plan B is book to help you understand that God’s plans are not ours.  The author gives advice for staying open to what God has for us, and reminds us that we won’t always understand the “Why”.  The book is mixed with Bible stories and stories of people who Wilson knows, as well as personal stories. 

Wilson talks about why we don’t want a Plan B: because we want to be in control, and if we are in Plan A, we are in control. 

The book ends, not with a promise or guarantee that life will get better, but that if you allow Him too, God will be beside you in each of your “Plan B”‘s.

Personal thoughts on the book.  I think that it was a good book, but as someone  who has not gone through big ‘plan b”s it is a bit hard for me to relate, but I have gone through many, many, many small and medium plan b’s and  can see examples of how I did relate to those given in the book.  (Some I could have handled better)  I had  a hard time sitting down and reading this book, probably because I prefer fiction, but I’m trying to train my brain to read a variety, so I got this one.  I think this book would be good for someone experiencing a big plan b, and really anyone who might end up going through one (um. . . all of us??).  Lots of quotes and scripture verses used throughout.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Books, NonFiction


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