Tim Tebow’s “Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters” ~ a review

We are huge fans of Tim Tebow‘s at our house.  We’ve always appreciated his integrity, humility, and example.  And we especially loved that he was homeschooled, and that his family spent time on the mission field!  So when we found out that he had a new book that sounded as though it were right up our alley, we were so excited!  Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters is Tebow’s new book written just for homeschool teens.  We received a free copy to use and review in our homeschool.

 

 

What is Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters?

Co-written by Tim Tebow and A.J. Gregory, this book is a 36-week devotional that is perfect for teens, especially those in high school.  It’s divided into weekly devotionals, where Tim shares from the Bible and his own experiences (both positive and negative) in a friendly manner that teens will easily relate to.  The book is divided into these four sections:

  • Know Who You Are
  • Don’t Sweat It; God’s Got It
  • Others Matter
  • Live Bigger

Each chapter begins with a key Bible verse, then Tim shares about a variety of topics (“You + God = A Winning Team;” “It’s Not All About the Don’ts;” “Look Who’s Watching;” “Listen and Learn;” “God’s Got a Plan;” “Show Love, Show Jesus;” and thirty others.  Next, sections entitled “In Your Own Words” gives students the opportunity to journal as they answer questions about their own struggles and successes, their relationships with God, and their own hopes and dreams.  The chapters close with “Something To Think About,” a quote or a few sentences to help them continue to think on what they’ve learned or experienced with God or others as they move forward.

My own thoughts about Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters

I am so impressed with this book.  I absolutely loved it as I read through it in preparation for this review.  Tim’s words are so helpful and encouraging, yet absolutely based on the truths of the Bible, presented in ways that teens will both enjoy and learn and grow from.  He shares about his own successes, yet is honest and open about the challenges he faced.  He talks about going from the highs (like being drafted for the Denver Broncos) to the lows (being traded to another team, and then traded again to others) and what he learned himself from those struggles.  I believe that Tebow was a strong man of faith before those experiences, yet God has clearly used them to grow him deeper in his own walk.  And he can articulate those experiences in ways that will encourage teens.  Everyone’s not going to be a Heisman Trophy winner; but everyone will face a challenging situation and needing to depend on God that much more deeply.

Teens experience a LOT in their high school years.  It is such a time of enormous emotional, physical, and spiritual change with teens varying in the highs and lows they walk through.  But I believe that Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters would be fantastic for all teens who’d like to learn more about God, their own identities, and the ways they can walk through both good times and challenging times.

I loved this book; and I think that both homeschoolers as well as teens who attend public or private school will be encouraged in both their lives and their spiritual walks.  I absolutely recommend it!

More on Tim and this great new book:

If you’d like to see more of Tim and hear about this book, click on this video link and you can hear more in his own words as he’s interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford.

You can also download the first chapter of Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters by clicking on free chapter 1 download.

And in closing, I just have to recommend this great book again.  If you’re looking for an inspirational devotional/journal for your teen, try Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters!

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

 

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Art, Coloring, and Cursive? My Review of THE ART OF CURSIVELOGIC

Readers of the finchnwren blog might remember that we’ve reviewed CursiveLogic’s quality curriculum before.  Designed for both children and adult learners (even those who’ve never written in cursive before), their handwriting lessons are logical, understandable, and easy to follow for both instructors and learners alike.  Now, CursiveLogic has an incredible new product that I’m very excited to tell you about: The Art of CursiveLogic.  CursiveLogic sent me a free sample of this gorgeous new book to review.  And yes, it’s as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the cover!

 

Cursive Logic’s unique method…

is something that is designed to help students understand the way cursive works, and to be able to reproduce cursive letters successfully, based on these precepts:

  1. Grouping letters together by shape:  Instead of teaching each letter alone, CursiveLogic teaches about groups of letters which are shaped in similar ways
  2. Teaching a group’s letters in “strings”:  Students learn to connect letters together right away as they work on the letters in a group
  3. Using color to “code” letter strings:  Students are helped to remember the letters in a grouping because they’re all in the same color
  4. Mnemonic phrases to teach letter groupings:  Students learn rhymes for each string so that they can remember how to form the letters
  5. Students are encouraged because even by the end of the first lesson, they can write real words by using the CursiveLogic process

(You can read about our experiences with CursiveLogic in my review at this link.)

Now, CursiveLogic has taken these methods and incorporated them into a combination cursive writing program AND a gorgeous art coloring book!

For anyone who’s loving the current wave of coloring books for adults…

and would also like to practice or learn cursive, The Art of CursiveLogic is a truly beautiful and effective purchase!  (You can preorder this book via the link in the previous sentence; orders are expected to be shipped in May 2017.)

Adults or teens who need to practice their cursive, or really who’ve never actually learned cursive, will love this book.  CursiveLogic employs its effective teaching process (listed above) to enable students to practice and learn cursive quickly and logically.  The Art of CursiveLogic has the additional bonus of providing not only coloring pages (that are real works of art themselves), but coloring pages which incorporate cursive letters in them as part of the decoration.  It’s pretty astonishing!  You can see in the picture above a segment of the page I colored.  It’s from a decorative artsy page featuring a quote from Vincent Van Gogh.  (You can also tell that he’s being featured on this page because of the swirly nature of the drawing, CursiveLogic’s take on “Starry Night.”)  You can see that, tucked in among and actually becoming part of the art itself, CursiveLogic’s cursive letters are everywhere.

How I used The Art of Cursive Logic

I know that I can always work on improving my handwriting.  But really…as an adult/wife/mom/homeschooler/art teacher/reviewer, where I am going to find the time to work on my cursive?  Probably nowhere.

But.

When I received the sample of The Art of CursiveLogic, I absolutely fell in love.  No, I may not have time to sit down and purposely work on my handwriting.  In my leisure moments, that’s probably not what I’m going to choose to do.  But sitting down with my colored pencils and other art supplies, to create art using an astonishingly beautiful coloring book that will also help my handwriting?  That’s a definite yes!

As I mentioned before, we’ve done a few reviews for CursiveLogic.  I have the highest respect for the company and the work they do, and the way their curriculum really does work with students of all ages.  So when CursiveLogic offered to send me a sample of The Art of CursiveLogic, I was happy to try it out for them and share what we thought with our readers.  I knew to expect excellence.  But I didn’t expect to get truly blown away by incredible art coloring pages that I, myself, could use and delight in!

The sample book that CursiveLogic sent me has their time-tested instructional pages for the cursive alphabet.  But it also has 4 coloring pages that are designed around a particular quote plus a bonus one on the back inside cover that’s design-only.  (Obviously, the complete book will have many more than that!)  The coloring pages are fairly intricate (meaning that you won’t complete it in one sitting, perhaps) but all use cursive lettering as part of the art.  Both the art and the quotes are uplifting.  I always came away happy and encouraged after working on a page!

I’ve only used my colored pencils in The Art of CursiveLogic, and they worked well.  The paper is high-quality and accepts color quite richly.  You might be able to use oil pastels as well.

 

Where can you find The Art of CursiveLogic?

Simply click through this link The Art of CursiveLogic to find the preorder page.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I have loved this so much that when someone asked what I’d like for a gift for International Women’s Day, I told them that I wanted The Art of CursiveLogic!  So I’ll also be receiving the complete copy of this fabulous coloring book when it’s sent out this May!

I’m so excited.  In the meantime, I’ll just be working on finishing the other coloring pages in my sample book!

I’m happy to recommend The Art of CursiveLogic to you.  (Clearly!)  If you’re:

  • an adult who loves to color and would like to practice cursive writing at the same time;
  • or if you’re a teen who needs handwriting practice;
  • or an adult or second-language learner who’s learning English cursive for the first time;
  • or you just love to color amazing art;

…then you’ll want to check out CursiveLogic‘s The Art of CursiveLogic!

 

 

You can download a free coloring page here…

by clicking on this Share The Art of CursiveLogic link and sharing on Facebook.  Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to download the bird coloring page to print and color.

Enjoy!  –Wren

DISCLAIMER:  From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

 

 

H is for Happy: Blogging Through The Alphabet

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet!  My friends Amanda from Hopkins Homeschool and Annette from A Net In Time are co-hosting Blogging Through The Alphabet.  This week’s letter is H, and I’m sharing a super-fun book/journal that beautifully exemplifies H…for Happy!

 

 

I received the most charming book to review that is just the ticket for getting ourselves into a happy frame of mind.

 

Karen Salmansohn’s fabulous new journal, Instant Happy Journal, is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside.  Its subtitle is “365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy.”  More than just an empty book with pages to be filled, it’s designed to actually enable its writers to, as the old song goes, “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

And how, actually, does Salmansohn do this?  She has created a journal with a blank page for each day of the year.  But, the pages aren’t completely blank.  Instead, each one has what the author calls “happiness prompters.”  It’s a wide variety of quotes, lists, thoughts, and information that will cause the user to stop and think, and to purposely call to mind things about each day that are good.  Or happy.  Or joyful.

In the journal’s foreword, Salmansohn mentions a study done at the University of California. Study participants were divided into three groups, and given three different assignments.  The first group was to write once weekly about 5 good things they were thankful for.  Members of the second group wrote 5 irritating things that had happened in their days.  The third simply wrote down five random things that had occurred.

 

 

Overwhelmingly, the first group (the ones who wrote things they were thankful for) noted that they were happier and that they looked forward more to good things in their futures.  Perhaps most surprisingly, they experienced more improvement in their health!

I was particularly interested in this book because I can see that it is and will be a very useful tool for me.  I’ve always been a pretty positive person.  But, difficult struggles in the past few years have really had an affect on my outlook.  I would love to be more grateful and more thankful for the blessings I have.  What a cool way to record these…at night after the day’s events, or in the morning as I recall the neat things of yesterday.  And then, there’s a wonderful record of all those very good things, any time I might need a lift!

Karen Salmansohn’s Instant Happy Journal is beautiful to look at, full of amazing prompts for your writing, and is, I think, something that will enable users to think about GOOD things. It’s a joy!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

Lots of other amazing bloggers have written cool posts about their takes on the letter H.  Click on the Blogging Through the Alphabet button below to check them out!

The Fabulous New Kwik Stix Thin Stix ~ My Review

The Pencil Grip, Inc. produces some of my most favorite art supplies, which we have adored using in our home.  Recently, they sent me their newest version to review: the Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk.  I’m so excited to share our thoughts and art results with you!

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What are Kwik Stix, anyway?

If these amazing art media are new to you, you really will want to know all about them!  Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks which can be used in any situation that the artist would normally use regular paint.  The paint sticks roll up and down (sort of like a glue stick, but with paint instead of glue!) and have a cap which helps keep the paint moist when not in use.  They are safe to use for children from ages 3 and up.

Best of all, you get all the benefits of paint without the mess!  You don’t need paintbrushes, water, painting smocks, or all the other equipment you’d normally need for a paint adventure.  All you need are the Thin Stix and something to paint on!  In our home, we’ve used everything from art journals, to canvas, to stock card, to regular paper, and more.  (Read on to learn about our newest discovery!)

The 12-pk we received contains the following colors:  white, yellow, orange, red, pink, lime green, green, light blue, blue, purple, brown, and black.  Unlike the regular-sized Kwik Stix, which are shorter and chubbier (which enables little hands to hold them well plus provides a nice thick line when painting), the Thin Stix are longer and thinner, measuring at 5 1/2″ long with a 1/2 wide paint tip.  They apply paint that’s both rich and vivid, which a variety of surfaces take well.  The Thin Stix glide smoothly across the page and are just a pleasure to use.

You can read about our experience with the regular-sized Kwik Stix in Metalix and Neon, which we tried and loved last fall.  We used them as we did an art study of Pop Art and two of Vincent Van Gogh’s master works, and they were just incredible!

 

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 Kwik Stix’ Thin Stix are wonderful for:

  • Art Journals

Since we’d used our Kwik Stix beautifully for artist study when we reviewed the Neon and Metalix versions in the fall, I wanted to try the Thin Stix for different types of projects.  This time, my son and I used them in our art journals, which have a thick, creamy, textured feel to the pages:

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You can see some of that texture in the tulips picture above, which took the Thin Stix paint quite well.  The paint dried quickly (Kwik Stix’ paint sticks are designed to dry in about 90 seconds), so there was no ending up with paint on my hand from working in a small surface.  I was also able to layer additional color over the tulips to add a bit of shadow and shading; you can see the orange I applied on the left side of both the red tulips and the yellow ones.  This was a free-hand project; we just decided what we wanted to draw and went to town.  Fun!

  • Coloring books

I’m sure you’re familiar with the whole coloring-books-for-grownups movement that’s been so popular lately.  I have a couple of those, and my newest one seemed that it would be perfect for my new Thin Stix!  Because coloring books have more lines that you’ve got to work within, I imagined that these Kwik Stix, which have a narrower tip, could work well within those margins.  I was pleased with the outcome!

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  • Art lettering

Recently, I’ve been venturing into the world of creative lettering.  I started with some calligraphy in the fall and, last week, tried a new font that starts with a big penciled letter with space inside.  After you have your outlined letters, you take a fine felt-tip marker and doodle inside the spaces.  Then, the doodles become the letters.

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I thought I’d add some paint and color to my recent word doodle BRAVE.  I used the Thin Stix to make the colors pop.  Actually, this is a photocopy on card stock of my original doodle.  The Thin Stix didn’t smear the copy at all, just slid right over it!

 

  • and even Bible journaling!

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It occurred to me when we received the Thin Stix that they might work well for Bible journaling.  One challenge with Bible journaling is finding art media that doesn’t bleed through the thin Bible pages to make the other side unreadable.  I’ve wanted to use paint for awhile in this journaling but have limited myself to colored pencils and felt-tipped markers, just because of the thin pages.  I not only loved the way the Kwik Stix brightened up my drawing, I was astonished at how little they showed up on the preceding page!  (You can see the back side in the photo below on the right.)

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Really, your own imagination and the sky are the limit!

 

ks-thin-stix-pic-3A few more thoughts…

My son, who’s a 9th grader, really liked the new Thin Stix a lot.  He says that they are more accurate, and he likes them even more than our original ones.  (No doubt due to the thinner tips!)

So…who would enjoy these fabulous new Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk?

  • Parents with little ones
  • Homeschoolers
  • Art teachers
  • Bible journal aficionados
  • Any kids, from toddlers all the way up to high schoolers!
  • Basically, anyone who loves working with quality art tools

We love them.  Honestly, every time we have gotten a new set of Kwik Stix paint sticks, we have fallen more in love with the company.  I regularly make art on my own, and I teach art at our local homeschool coop.  But I also like sitting down with my son to create, whether we’re working on an artist study project or just sitting down to play with creating.  It’s a high value for me, because it gives the two of us time for great side conversations.  I also find that creating art is healing, encouraging, uplifting.  Just the process of it builds something in your soul, I believe.  So having our amazing Kwik Stix products, especially our newest Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk, makes creating art so easy and so mess-free.  Plus, in addition to all these great reasons to create, you also end up with beautiful artwork that it’s a pleasure to display!

We happily recommend all the Kwik Stix art media, and especially their newest Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk!

 

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Where can you purchase Kwik Stix Thin Stix?

Kwik Stix Thin Stix at Amazon
Other Kwik Stix products by The Pencil Grip, Inc. at Amazon
The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kwik Stix on Pinterest
The Pencil Grip, Inc. on Facebook

Enjoy!  –Wren

Disclosure:  From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Another Amazing Game from Chara Games: 3 Seeds

We’ve been so fortunate to receive another cool game to review from Chara Games.  You might remember our fun with Chara GamesCommissioned, earlier this fall (you can see our Commissioned review here).  This time, we were introduced to and played 3 Seeds, and I’m excited to share our experiences with you!

 

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What is Chara Games?

Chara Games was created by Patrick and Katherine Lysaght back in 2014.  Their goal is to provide amazing Christian gaming opportunities for families, with tabletop games.  The name of the company, chara, comes from Biblical Greek and means “unshakeable joy.”  Just the emotion we want to create with our families in not only our daily lives together, but our fun times and activities!

 

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Our first experience with Chara Games was with Commissioned, the tabletop board game focused on the growth, trials, tribulations and joys of the early Christian church.  We were so impressed with our Commissioned gaming experiences, and couldn’t wait to try out 3 Seeds.  Although the games are extremely different (a board game vs. a card game), our experiences were equally as amazing!

 

What is 3 Seeds?

 

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3 Seeds is a quick, fun card game for 2-5 players, ages 12 and up.  It takes about 30 or 45 minutes to complete a game.  In 3 Seeds, each player starts with a different crop card (Resilient Raspberries, Attentive Avocados, Limber Lettuce, and so on), drawn from the Crop deck.  Each player has a color-coded 3 Seeds pack (with a matching color game cube playing piece), which contains cards that are played on the crop card, in the categories of Time, Money, and Labor.  Each crop, in order to be harvested, requires a certain number of these cards played upon it (by any of the players).  Event cards can be played on the crops with a number of outcomes on them, such as Harvest Bonus, Time Bonus, Wild Seed, Crop Swap, etc.  Harvest cards are applied when crops are completed, and add a point value to the players’ crops.   Points are tallied on the numbered scorecard, and each player moves his colored cube (matching that player’s 3 Seeds cards) along as crops complete.  The game is finished when all crops are scored and the Crop stack is empty.  Total points are added up for each player and added to their totals, and the winner has the highest overall score.

 

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How we played 3 Seeds

We’re a 3-person family, so we followed the instructions for 2-3 players (removing the Crop cards with a 4 in the corner).  We played at our dining room table.  There is plenty of room on a tabletop (or even an ottoman) for game play.  My husband, 14-year-old son and I played together.  The first time we played, we kept out the instruction booklet and referred to it off and on, but we got the hang of the game really quickly.  The person-to-person play moves quickly, and it’s exciting to watch what we play ourselves and what the other players do.  Each player tries to complete his own crops, but helps the other players complete their own (which everyone then receives point value for).  The Event cards and the Harvest cards add extra excitement and intrigue to play.

 

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My husband LOVED it.  He particularly loved adding up the point values when crops were completed.  He says, “I liked the mathematical aspects of it.  And, it was fun and easy to play.”  My son enjoyed it too.  When we played it the first time, he loved it immediately.  Later on, as a matter of fact, one night when our choice of family activity was either a favorite movie or something else, he said, “Let’s play 3 Seeds!”

 

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I’m the gardener in the family.  So the game’s subject matter (planting and harvesting a crop, along with everything that goes into that)  is automatically interesting to me.  I love the silly aspects of the plant names and descriptions.  I love that it’s easy for everyone to play.  While it does have a competitive element, it’s also very cooperative.  I found that it was a wonderful way for us to hang out together, compete in a gentle way, and master a new family favorite!

In this day and age, sometimes families with full schedules have to really be purposeful about spending quality time together in non-electronic or non-techy ways.  Of course movie nights are fun (and we are a family that really loves movies), but if your goal is to have fun while the family is really interacting, board and card games are a fabulous way to go.

And Chara Games has provided the perfect vehicles for family fun, with both 3 Seeds and CommissionedThe games are very different, yet both are quite incredible.  We both admire and fully support (and recommend!) Chara Games, and we’ll be avidly watching for any and all games they produce in the future, while continuing to enjoy the ones we have!

 

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Where to find and purchase 3 Seeds

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you’ll be thrilled!  Chara Games is selling 3 Seeds there, and you even have time to get it before Christmas!  Just click on Amazon 3 Seeds and you’ll go right to the game page.  It’s the perfect stocking stuffer OR family gift!


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Visit Chara Games at their social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharaGames/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharaGames@Charagames

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

DISCLAIMER:  From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Make Your Bible Journaling Amazing with this Bible Journaling Kit~A Review and Giveaway (Ends 12/7)

**Congratulations to Ken O, selected as the winner of the Bible Journaling Kit!”

I have just had the opportunity to be creative with the neatest product!  FlyBy/Propeller Consulting, LLC sent me this Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire to review.  It has been so fun to integrate into my Bible journaling and has really inspired me!  Best yet, you have two ways to enter for a chance to win your own kit!

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What is Bible journaling?

I believe that there has been a true resurgence of the creative arts lately in America.  You can see this even at the grocery store, where you can see neat coloring books with incredible drawings just waiting for you to fill in with color.  This creative expression has found its way into Bible study and devotional times, as individuals have taken art into the white spaces of their Bibles.  Lettering, drawing, painting, and stickers all bring verses or ideas to life with vibrant color.

Publishing houses are even creating Bibles that have margins or pages especially made for Bible journaling.  I am blessed to own several Bibles for my own reading and Bible study; but I was given a Journaling Bible (published by Crossway) which I use for journaling.  You can also use a plain journal.  All you need are colored pencils, ink, and whatever else you might like to use to color and illuminate verses.

And why would you want to write or draw in your Bible anyway?  To make special note of meaningful verses.  To help you remember those verses.  To express creativity with the words of life that the Bible contains.  To use art time to create something that inspires your spirit.  I’m sure there are more reasons…those are just a few that I came up with!

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What is in this Bible Journaling Kit?

This kit has everything you need to get started with Bible journaling!  (Except your own Bible or a journal.  You’ll need to provide that.)  All of these art supplies are neatly boxed in a sturdy blue slipcase:

  • 8 colored pencils which twist to advance
  • A felt-tip archival pen
  • 3 sheets of 24 sticker tabs
  • Alphabet stickers (4 sheets of two different fonts)
  • Clear stickers with inspirational phrases and symbols (4 sheets of these, too)
  • A plastic protector mat with 8-inch ruled lines on one side, and wavy borders on the other
  • A lime green zippered case to keep all your supplies (it even has a strap to slip around the cover of your Bible)

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I am pretty new to Bible journaling.  I have a Pinterest board that is devoted to Bible journaling ideas.  And I have that Bible that’s made just for journaling.   I also have a TON of art supplies (we love doing art in homeschool and I teach an art class at our local coop).  But somehow, prior to receiving this Bible Journaling Kit, I just hadn’t quite been able to make the jump INTO Bible journaling.

It turns out that having the right supplies can make all the difference!

One of my favorite verses, Psalm 20:7, reminds me of a special time I spent in Russia.  So my first experience with this neat Bible Journaling Kit was to illustrate that.  I chose the famous Russian landmark, St. Basil’s Cathedral, for my drawing.  I pulled up a picture of the cathedral online and drew it free-hand (in pencil, of course!).  Then I used the twisty colored pencils from my kit to draw it in.  I was pretty excited that I had all the colors I needed!  After I colored everything in, I used the felt-tip pen to highlight and outline.  Last, I wrote in a phrase from the verse.  (I clearly need to work on my lettering some more!)

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Next, I was reading my Bible one day and ran across this verse:  “But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy and her people to be a gladness.” –Isaiah 65:18.  I loved that!  There are many places which are wonderful to visit, but how many of them were actually created to be a joy?  I knew I’d found my next verse.

I didn’t freehand this one but used outlines from a coloring book that I own, that I thought really communicated the idea of an Israeli city.  Again, first I used pencil, then the twisty coloring pencils, then outlined with the felt-tip pen.  (I still need to work on my lettering!)  Then I wrote a phrase from the verse and, at the bottom of the page, the verse address.

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Wren’s Ideas for Bible Journaling:

First of all, don’t be discouraged if you think you’re not creative or you don’t know where to start!  ANYONE can do this.  Do an online search for “Bible Journaling.”  Browse Pinterest.  There are some amazing ideas out there to get you started!  Then, get (or win!) your supplies.  Then, jump in!  You can see below that I’m doing a heart for my next journaling project.  It’s coming along, slowly but surely.  🙂

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Here’s a process which has worked for me that you can try, if this is new or seems overwhelming to you:

  1. Think of a verse that you love or that is meaningful to you.
  2. Brainstorm; what images do you think of when you meditate on this verse?
  3. Practice.  Draw those images on printer paper.
  4. Trace or draw in your Bible or journal with pencil.  (Unless you’re a super-confident artist, in which case, you can just draw already!)
  5. Color in your drawing.
  6. Find a font you like to letter a phrase or the address for your verse.  Print it out, place it under your page, and trace.  Color it in!
  7. For interesting definition, highlight your colored drawing with a black felt-tip pen.  It really makes things pop!
  8. Now—enter my giveaway.  Maybe you’ll win this cool set of Bible journaling supplies!

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Enter here for a chance to win–two ways!

First, you can enter here via my Giveaway Tools entry form.  Just click on the pink link below, which will take you to my Giveaway Tools form:

Entry Form for Bible Journaling Kit

In addition, the publisher is also giving away 5 Bible Journaling Kits!  Just enter via this link for your chance to win:

http://bit.ly/BibleJournalingKitGiveaway

Where can you purchase your own Bible Journaling Kit?

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBibleJournaling
Amazon: http://bit.ly/BibleJournaling
Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/BAMBibleJournaling
Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling

Enjoy!  –Wren

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Charming Children’s Book from the Hobans: “Charlie the Tramp” Review & Giveaway! Ends 12/6

**Congratulations to Laurie N., the winner of this giveaway!  She’ll be receiving a copy of Charlie the Tramp from FlyBy/Propeller Promotions!**

 

I have the most charming children’s book to share with you today, and a giveaway of your very own copy for you to enter!  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions kindly sent me a hardback copy of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s book, Charlie the Tramp, republished by Plough Publishing House for its 50th anniversary!

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I’m sure you are familiar with the Hobans’ other wonderful books for children:  Bread and Jam for Frances or A Bargain for Frances, about a little badger girl and her crazy adventures.  In Charlie the Tramp, we meet a different animal; little Charlie, a beaver, who is certain that he wants to be a tramp, not a beaver.  His adventures are no less interesting than Frances’ are, however.

Charlie’s loving family (his grandfather, his dad, and his mom) are surprised one day when Charlie informs them that when he grows up, he wants to be a tramp.  “A tramp!” the adults say.  His father and grandfather talk about the good work they’ve always done as beavers…but Charlie is drawn to the life he imagines tramps have.  And, he’s particularly keen on the fact that tramps don’t have to learn how to do beaver work, like chopping down trees, making dams, keeping sharp teeth.  No, tramps get to carry sticks with their belongings tied up at the end of them.  They get to sleep outside in beautiful weather.  They just get to tromp around and have a good time.

charlie-pic-2This is the life, Charlie thinks.  Dad and Grandfather tell him that they’ve got lots of little jobs for him to do.  But those little jobs just sound like work to him!

Charlie is ready for an adventure.  So he asks permission to sleep in a field.  His parents agree, so he ties up some Fig Newtons and Good-and-Plenties in his kerchief on his stick, and heads off.  Belatedly, the men remember wanting to be tramps when they were beaver children.  Mother says that all men “…want to be tramps.”

Charlie’s adventure…and the discoveries he makes while he is camping out about what he is really meant and designed to do…are gently and beautifully shared.  And of course, there’s a lovely reunion at the end of the book!

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Charlie the Tramp is a departure from many books available for children today.  Charlie’s parents trust him to come to a good conclusion, without hammering home the truths he’s actually going to discover.  It’s a sweet story (even if parents will want to remind their children that outside of the Hobans’ characters’ worlds, kids won’t safely trudge off to be tramps and sleep outside wherever!).  And it’s a story that parents can use to remind kids that they are designed by God for important work that is just perfect for them, as well as deeply satisfying, to do.  Lovingly illustrated by Lillian Hoban and penned by her husband Russell, this is a book that would be a lovely addition to family libraries.

And you can win one for your own family!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools link below, by clicking where it says “Entry Form.”  That will take you to the entry page.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 on December 6.  Blessings!

Enjoy!  –Wren

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.

Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.”

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:  http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/charlie-the-tramp

AMAZON:  https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Tramp-Russell-Hoban/dp/0874867800/  

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.