Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book Review - The Book of Books: The Bible Retold by Trevor Dennis

I’ve been reading TheBook of Books: The Bible Retold by Trevor Dennis for about a month now. 

The good: 

·         Dennis is a good storyteller, and he retells scripture with a combination of storytelling and Bible quotes.

·         The stories are simple and easy to read.

·         Dennis introduces chapters with well-written summaries that explain the context of the stories.

·         He includes a good balance of Old and New Testament stories.

The bad:

·         It does have a few simple illustrations, but it’s very texty.  The design is not something that will excite preteens.

·         Some of the stories seem to be altered a little bit from scripture.  The first few times I noticed a difference, I just shrugged it off, thinking perhaps I didn’t read the original Bible story very carefully. Then when I reached the story of Ruth and Boaz, I compared the text to scripture side by side.  Not only was the story different, but it was told in a manner I would not want my children to read.  According to the story, Naomi tells Ruth to “Go to where [Boaz] was lying, take your clothes off and lie down at his feet.”  The Bible does say “take your cloak off”, but that’s a very different picture to paint.  I was quite disappointed with that story’s retelling.  That alone will keep me from giving this book to my kids to read.

This could be a good tool for family devotions or Bible classes, but I would suggest you read the stories ahead of time to ensure accuracy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications, in exchange for my honest review of the book.Show More

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sharing MommySecrets on Pinterest

I've been collecting parenting tips on pinterest for a national organization called ParentFurther.  PF has TONS of resources for parents, and they are all free.  You can also follow me on pinterest as I pin ideas for ParentFurther -  I've included a sampling of the pages below, and there are also 2 intereactive boards where you can post your ideas for others to see!

Happy exploring,

Family Fun - an Interactive Board

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Activity Ideas

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  • Summer Fun

    56 pins