Champions in the Wilderness: Fifty-Two Devotions to Guide and Strengthen Emerging Overcomers By Bob Santos

Champions In The Wilderness is a wonderful devotional that leads the reader through the difficult stages in their life and into a deeper relationship with the Father, helping us to overcome the many challenges we face and emerge victorious in our Christian faith.

Well-written and simple to follow, this book helps the reader to rely on God and His promises in every situation. Some of the many topics covered include seeking wisdom, having a proper spiritual foundation, learning to hear God’s voice, and planting our faith firmly on our hope in Christ’s salvation. It also deals with the issue of doubt and double-mindedness, explains the difference between faith and wishful thinking, shows the importance of forgiveness, and teaches the reader how to find rest, purpose and security in their life. Continue reading “Champions in the Wilderness: Fifty-Two Devotions to Guide and Strengthen Emerging Overcomers By Bob Santos”

Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius

A quote from the book:

“Today the scientific method is practiced worldwide, but it is still ignored by many individuals and institutions outside of science. This is true, for example, of many conservative politicians in the United States” Continue reading “Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius”

The Family by David Laskin

One family, three fates. . .

Intrigued by rumors of a shared ancestry with an infamous villain, David Laskin uncovered the stories of his family’s past- only to discover that the truth was far more interesting.

“The Family” follows the story of two brothers, Avram and Shalom Tvi, who grew up in Volozhin, the sons of a devoutly Jewish Russian who painstakingly hand-copies the Torah.

As time passes, the two brothers part ways, making their futures with their own families. Avram’s daughter, Itel, joins the Bund (a socialist Jewish workers org), becoming the leader of the group and falling in love with activist Wolf Rosenthal. Due to threats of arrest from the government, she moves to America, and is followed soon after by her parents and all but one of her brothers, Chaim, who makes aliyah to Israel. Continue reading “The Family by David Laskin”

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #10: Showdown At The Alamo by Josh Greenhut

Meet Flat Stanley, boy adventurer, who, due to an unfortunate incident with a falling bulletin board, had been reduced to only two dimensions. But being 1/2″ thick can have it’s advantages, too!

In the 10th book of the Worldwide Adventures series, Flat Stanley and his friends explore the state of Texas, and have more than a few adventures along the way. . .

This is a very cute book that teaches kids not only geographical and historical facts, but also grammar and the importance of friendships and helping each other. What better way to teach kids than with a funny character like Flat Stanley, who gets into the most ridiculous predicaments due to his unfortunate circumstances.

I chose to give this book only 3.5 stars, however, because I felt there were more than a few places where the author got a little off-track from the story line, where parts of the book just don’t seem to “fit” or seem a little disjointed. I feel like better editing would have solved this problem, or perhaps adding in a few more pages with smoother transitions. Over all, however, this is a great book that young kids would love! Continue reading “Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #10: Showdown At The Alamo by Josh Greenhut”