Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible Review



The NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible is an invitation to get caught up in the story of Scripture, as history, poetry, and prophecy come to life on pages designed for people who love a good book.
Perfect for both devotional and extended reading, the beautifully designed NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible features the exceptionally readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface in an elegant single-column format. Premium, high-contrast paper, classically sewn lay-flat bindings, and an innovative approach to chapter and verse markers combine to create a distraction-free reading experience you’ll want to return to again and again.
Features include:
  • The New King James Version, known for its literary beauty and trustworthy accuracy
  • Single-column layout, designed for optimal readability
  • Beautiful Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • Classic slipcase for protection and display
My Thoughts:

I have reviewed a lot of Bibles and I have to say that this one has had the most unique layout that I’ve seen or used. It’s meant to be distraction free Bible for just reading. I will go into the details about the layout in a bit.

The Bible I received is a beautiful two tone leathersoft cover. The main color is a rich black with the outside corners and thread in a brown color.  The center of the Bible has a lovely emblem stamped in the middle. The Bible looks very classy. The Bible comes with a gray slipcase. I love the slipcase that so many Bibles are coming in today. The slipcase is great for storing my Bible in and I like that it stands up while storing without getting bent up. 

I really love the two satin bookmarks that I can mark my place as I like to read both in the Old Testament and New Testament every day. I love attached bookmarks that don’t fallout.

The paper feels like it may be bit thicker than the standard Bible paper. The edges are gold gilded.  The Bible lays out flat on the table while you are reading it. The font is the NKJV with the Comfort Print typeface with a 10-point size.

The Bible does have the Books and page numbers listed in the front of the Bible.The layout is a single column and it’s not the single column that I consider unique. Its more the standard features in most Bibles’ aren’t there. It doesn’t have the bold chapter numbers as the chapter numbers are a smaller number in the margin. Each verse isn’t numbered and it numbers every 5th verse. The Bible doesn’t have book introductions but, rather it has quotes from famous authors like C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, John MacArthur, and other well know authors. There are also no maps, weights and measures, no glossary, or word index. There are no references to other scriptures that pertain to that particular verse. Also no foot notes at all. It’s very minimalist on each and every page.

I love the idea of a minimalist ideal and some of the Bibles out there can be a bit distracting with all its footnotes, commentary, and devotionals in them. It’s not that I don’t like having a good study Bible as there is a time and a place for a study Bible. I think if I had to choose a Bible for reading without all the distractions I’d prefer a Bible that has the chapters and verses labeled. I like the scripture references in the footnotes are in the center margin so I can look up similar scripture. I also like the maps in the back of the Bible.

Don’t get me wrong this is an amazing Bible for just sitting down reading if you’re not concerned about the items I mentioned.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Wordless Wednesday


The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel Rosenberg Book Review I



Everything he learned to protect our president, he must use to take out theirs.

With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

My Thoughts:

Joel Rosenberg knows how to draw you into a story. The Kremlin Conspiracy is full of intrigue and suspense in this political thriller. If you’ve never read any of Joel’s Rosenberg’s novels you are missing out on a great story teller.

I love that the story is very realistic and some of the characters shadow some of our modern day political men and women with world events that are or could easily be tomorrow’s headlines.

Rosenberg comes at the story from a Biblical worldview without using foul language or indecent situations. All of his books are that way. However you will have some suspenseful gun battles that people die and get hurt.  

The main characters are Marcus Ryker and Oleg Kraskin. Both of the characters are complex and very realistic individuals. Their lives are about to intertwine in a way neither one of them ever expected.

Marcus Ryker is a hero, former US Marine, and a former Secret Service to the President of the United States. His life is changed when several unexpected events that change his life that leads up to suspense of the story. Marcus is also a believer and a man of faith.

Oleg Kraskin a lawyer in who just happens to be marries the president of Russia. The president, Luganov is thrilled to welcome Oleg into his family. Oleg finds his career options a dream come true working with his president and father-in-law. What goes on behind the closed doors of the Kremlin are terrifying to Oleg and after years of seeing is presidents real motive he knows that he has to do something to prevent a nuclear meltdown from happening.

The story builds up developing the story and characters for the most part of the book. The last part of the book is non-stop action that will leave you having a hard time putting down the book. It leaves you with a huge cliff hanger and knowing that you have to wait till the next book in the series to see what happens to Marcus and Oleg.

I received a free copy of this product from Tyndale House Pulbishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Yom HaZikaron Israel's Memorial Day

Monday, April 16, 2018

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

When I first began homeschooling I thought it would be so easy finding a science curriculum. It was more difficult than I imagined finding a science curriculum that met my requirements for K-6. I wanted a full year science curriculum that was in-depth and Biblically centered with creation. What I found frustrating was that several other Biblically centered science curriculum's didn’t have quality experiments to go along with teaching about God’s creation with younger kids. The ones that did where secular science curriculum. Finally, I was told introduce to ApologiaI've been hooked since on Apologia.

I love it even more when I can teach a topic in science without knowing a lot about a specific topic. Apologia makes me look and feel like I’m a pro that is one of many reasons I have been using this science curriculum for several years. For the last several weeks we have been doing Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology in our homeschool.

Apologia graciously sent me physical products for the purpose of this review:



Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to be used with kids from K-6. I feel that 7th graders would benefit from this also. This will appeal to kids from all learning methods. There are lots of hands on activities that make learning human anatomy fun. 

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text has 14 chapters. Each chapter is dedicated to a certain topic on the human body. Chapter 7 for example is “Life in the Blood” and covers 20 different topics pertaining to the blood. Throughout the chapter there are several “Try This” that has activities & experiments to support the concept you are learning about.This is great for hands on learning and my kids love the activities. At the end of each chapter you have an experiment which is a much more detailed experiment than the “Try This” activities.

The textbook is colorful and has several illustrations on each page. This is a complete science curriculum that has everything you need to learn about the human anatomy and physiology. The only thing you may want to purchase outside of the curriculum is a lab kit. At the front of the text book there is a list of supplies needed for each lesson broken down by lesson. The majority of the items are basic household items.

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology can be used independently with older elementary kids. I like being able to stop at the segments and discussing them. I also like that when I’m reading it out loud I understand the activities and experiments better to talk about them more. Honestly, we do a bit of both in our homeschool. Some days my 12 year old son has to work independently on science. There are experiments like taking a tape measure and measuring out 20’ to get and ideal how long your intestines are. Other experiment we do together with his sister who is also working through this curriculum.

There is even a link for Book Extras that give you additional information outside of the text.



 
Both books are spiral bound notebooks. The Junior Notebooking Journal has a larger space for writing for younger children. The activities also require less writing. There are several fun coloring pages throughout the journal. The content is the same in both notebooking journals with the exception that the Junior Notebooking Journal is created with younger children in mind.


The Notebook Journal has a suggested schedule that has you doing lessons two day a week with completing the course in 28 weeks. It’s also easy to implement doing 4 or 5 days a week. It’s just a suggested schedule that you can adjust it to fit your schedule. They also remind you that you don’t have to do every task in the notebook journals. This is a consumable book and you will need one for each student.

Fascinating Facts-this goes over many facts that the lessons information you can add to the journal. The Junior Notebooking Journal may have more diagramming parts with less writing. The diagramming will include more clues to help out younger students. The other journal will have more writing activities for the topic.

 Each lesson has a “More to Explore” in which you can do more research. An example is in Lesson 8 would be “What does the Bible Say about the Heart?”, “Find your resting heart rate”, “Make a human heart out of clay”, “Heart dissection” and “Writing a Story”, and even some book suggestions.  Depending on which Notebook Journal you are using those activities will vary. The Junior Notebook Journal has all the same material in the lessons its just more lower elementary or children who may not write as much. Both have mini books, scripture copywork, crossword puzzles, and several other hands on projects.

The back of the journal has all the blank templates you need for completing the projects. 

If you put the notebook journals side by side you can see some of the differences. 
 The copywork activities both have the option of either print or cursive. The Junior Notebook Journal has wider space to copy the scriptures. While the other Notebook Journal is appropriate for older kids.
 The top is the Junior Notebook Journal and already has the assignment drawings available while the bottom one you need to add your own diagram in which you can copy from the diagrams on the right of the circles.

The left side is the Junior Notebook Journal and has some hints to help you label the eye parts.  


Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD is Jeannie Fulbright speaking and is the entire textbook in audio form. The words aren’t all verbatim to the textbook as some of the words may vary. That won’t inhibit your child following along in the textbook with the audio. This is a great way for younger children to feel some independence and a great way for older kids who are struggling readers or even disabilities. I like that she reads slowly and clearly to follow along. Your told what page your own and what segment to follow from the text with.

How did I use Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology in our homeschool?

For the last several weeks we have been learning a lot about the human body. My kids love that we have learned about the history of anatomy and Physiology in the ancient world also. I love that we are constantly reminded of what an amazing God we have throughout the text. I love the quality experiments and the fun activities.

I used the suggested schedule loosely. We typically worked 3-4 days a week on science. On the fourth day we did all the experiments and activities together. I liked that I could glance at the schedule and see what went together in the notebook journals and the textbooks and it helped me plan what I needed for the week. Whether you follow the suggested schedule or not. It's helpful putting the activities together quickly.


We mummified apples testing out several types of mediums to see which substance would preserve the apple the best.


We made an edible cell to learn about the different parts of a cell and had to identify each part of the cell. 


Little Man learned how to read the labels on products we eat and count the calories.

We discovered about our skeletons, muscles, tendons, our teeth, salvia, liver, intestines, and so much more.

We read the textbook together most days. We worked on all the activities and experiments together. We would stop after segments and discuss the topics together.

Some days they had to work independent while I had other task that I needed to take care of. My 12 year old son is very independent and he had no problem working independently. He worked on the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal by himself and I helped him find the correct templates and was available when he needed me.


My 15 year old daughter has a lot of special needs and really struggles with reading. On days that she needed to work independently I would set her up with the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD and have her follow along in the textbook. I love that this gave her the ability to complete science with minimum assistance from me. I always try to gently push her to work independently to build up her confidence. She liked that she had an option to continue on in her lessons and not have to wait for me. We still came together to do the experiments and activities together. Usually I do all the experiments at the end of the week. It just works better for my family to go back and do them on one day. Some of the "Try This" experiments depending on what they entailed determined whether we did them immediately or at the end of the week..

My daughter didn’t use the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal. This is actually a great fit for her ability but, her arthritis has been really flared up and I try to keep certain task to a minimum with her.


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