Resurrection Cookies

Originally posted on Heart Treasures:

Last year, I posted recipes for two types of Resurrection Cookies and how to teach your children the resurrection story through baking. You can read that post here. This year we are only going to make the following recipe which is the less complicated of the two types. This is a great & unique way to teach your children about the resurrection!

RESURRECTION COOKIES

Ingredients:

Large Marshmallows

Crescent Rolls (uncooked)

Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture

1. Wrap an uncooked crescent roll  around most of the marshmallow–leaving one side of the marshmallow exposed.

~~The crescent roll represents the tomb and the marshmallow shows that the tomb is not empty.

2. Roll the crescent roll/marshmallow tomb in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

3. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake according to crescent roll directions.

~~Read the resurrection story (using a Children’s Bible or book on your child’s level).

5. As they bake; the marshmallow will…

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Dauntless

This book by: Dina L. Sleiman is the first book in the Valiant Hearts series. Valiant Hearts features strong females in traditionally male roles. In the case of this book, Lady Merry Ellison is somewhat of a Robin Hood figure. She leads protects a group of orphaned children who were forced from their homes and now live in the forest. Rumors spread and they become known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Her skills with a bow and arrow as well as secrecy allow her to provide for her friends. When she is captured by Timothy Grey, a childhood friend who thought she was dead, she realizes that her heart is torn between her life now and what it could have been. Timothy starts to question his loyalty to the throne when he encounters Merry and her “ghosts.” In an effort to try to protect them, he accidentally puts them in more danger.

The story of Robin Hood is one of my favorite legends (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves has been my favorite movie since I was 13 years old). I was drawn to this book first by the beautiful and unique cover. Then when I realized it had a Robin Hood type theme I knew I had to read it! It has action, suspense, emotion, miracles, and a hint of romance. The characters are believable and diverse. Merry is conflicted about whether or not God truly exists. Her spiritual struggle is apparent throughout the book yet her faith is deepened as the storyline continues. While reading, you can tell that the author researched the time setting and culture. She explains some of her writing decisions in her historical notes at the end of the book. The book is marketed as teen fiction but I am 32 and absolutely loved it! I think any teen or adult who like medieval settings will fall in love with this book!

I am really looking forward to book 2 in the Valiant Hearts series: Chivalrous. It will feature Gwendolyn Barnes, who wants to be a knight, in a Camelot setting! It is due to be released in September 2015!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Bethany House provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Seven Signs That You Need to Read Another Book

Alysa:

LOVE THIS POST!!! These are absolutely legit reasons for reading!

Originally posted on Bethany House Fiction:

Readers, we face a dilemma: not everyone understands our love for books. You know it’s true. There are those skeptics who will look askance at the piles of books on our coffee tables and say things like, “Didn’t you just finish a novel by that author?” or “Don’t you think you have enough books already?”

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In case you have experienced this, you might be wondering if you really need to start another book. Well, I’m here to help. Here’s a handy list to help you evaluate that very question.

You know it’s time for you to read another book if…

One: The last book you read ended too soon. Or if it ended sadly or—hopefully not too often—throw-it-across-the-room badly. Or if it ended on a cliffhanger and the sequel isn’t coming out for a year. Or if it ended at all.

Two: There is housework to be done. As anyone…

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The World Needs More Love Letters

This book by: Hannah Brencher is actually not a book for reading. Instead it is a collection of All-in-One Stationery and Envelopes. Each page is both a lined page to write letters and an envelope. Simply tear out the page, write a letter, fold the page in half, moisten the glue strip and fold it over the letter, write the mailing address, and add a stamp! Then it is ready to send to the recipient! There are 40 of these pages and 40 sticker seals. On the inside covers, there are 40 suggested ideas for what to write in your letters. Some romantic, some to friends or family members, and some for personal reflection.

11083667_10206252238373997_159468354260121296_nI absolutely love the idea of the letter and envelope in one page. It is a  neat concept for stationary. There is nothing on the pages that distinguishes them as love letters so they can be used for any type of letters that you want to write. However, I was very disappointed with the colors and patterns used on the pages. The three main colors choices are salmon, yellow and grey. The designs in my opinion are ugly. I honestly do not know why these colors and designs were chosen for “love letter” stationary. I hope that more of these books are created but with much better color choices and designs to choose from.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Crown Publishing Group provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Liar, Lunatic, or LORD

As we enter the Easter season, we reflect on the greatest sacrifice ever made since the beginning of time! Jesus came to us; both God and human. He lived a sinless life, showed us by example how to love and minster to others, became our sin as he died on the cross, and conquered the grave when he was resurrected. Unfortunately, there are many who still have not experienced the life-changing gift of salvation that God has offered. Most people recognize that Jesus lived as a teacher and prophet but many deny that Jesus is God. One of my favorite authors is C. S. Lewis. In his book, Mere Christianity, he states the following:

41w67GRujWL“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him; ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

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May we remember who Jesus truly is! May we honor Him as Lord and Savior of our lives! May the Fruit of the Spirit grow and thrive in us so that the world will see Jesus in everything we say and do! Jesus is Alive!

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Redo Your Room

This book from: the editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls’ Life magazine is subtitled: “50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do In A Weekend.” The purpose of this book is to inspire girls to be creative and unique while designing their room. It includes ideas, advice, project & craft instructions, photos, etc. The chapter titles are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Shape Your Space
  • Chapter 2: Get Organized
  • Chapter 3: Sculpt Your Style
  • Chapter 4: Smarten Up Your Study Space
  • Chapter 5: Dress Up Your Bedroom
  • Chapter 6: Wake Up Your Walls
  • Chapter 7: Cute Up Your Closet
  • Chapter 8: Glam Up Your Vanity
  • Chapter 9: Everything Else
  • Chapter 10: Make It Yours

Other than the publisher and editors, there is nothing specifically Christian about this book. This book seems to be geared to the pre-teen age, however, there are great ideas for girls of any age (or moms who will be designing for their girls). The design ideas are definitely not childish. I love the simplicity of the projects and the step by step directions that will make it easy for girls to actually do it themselves. I really liked all of the photos but I was hoping for more photos of complete room designs. There are a few but most of the photos are of specific crafts or projects that do not really give the big picture of a complete room design. Most of these crafts and projects could fit into any type of room design if the right colors and patterns are chosen. Some of them may need parental help and guidance depending on the age of the girl(s). I wanted to read this book because my 8 year old daughter wants her own room. This summer we are planning on allowing her to move into our office space. Part of the room will still be used as office space (desk, computer/printer, bookshelves) but we will allow her to have most of the space for herself. I think that this book will give her some ideas on how to make the space her own. And there will be some fun summer time activities for us to work on!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Deadly Echoes

This book by: Nancy Mehl is the second book in her Finding Sanctuary series. Sanctuary is a small, quiet, town which was founded by Conservative Mennonites. Now the town smoothly combines the modern culture with the simpler Mennonite ways. Sarah is the school teacher at the local Christian private school. She finds out that her sister Hannah is murdered and that she will now be the care taker of her niece Cicely. Her sister’s murder is eerily similar to the murder of their parents that occurred 20 years ago. There were white orchids found at both murder scenes. The Kansas City Police Department does not seem to be taking Sarah’s concerns seriously. Sarah and Paul, the deputy of Sanctuary, both try to uncover the mysteries and start to realize the danger they could be in because of their digging. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to help Cicely work through the trauma of loosing her mother and learns how to difficult it is to be a parent. Sarah fully relies on God to help her through the trials she is facing and leans on the help of her Christian friends.

I have not read the first book in the series but this book seems to be a stand alone story. Although, there are some references to what I assume was a storyline to the previous book. I was attracted to this book because of the murder mystery theme. I am a huge fan of crime dramas on tv and the suspense genre of books but I found this book moved way to slow for my taste. I also thought that it was very predictable. It is labeled as a Romantic Suspense, however, there was barely any romance or suspense. I also felt that some of the reactions and responses throughout the book were somewhat unrealistic. For example, Sarah was consistently calm, never showed anger, and barely seemed to grieve (except for the initial shock) even though her sister was murdered. She did show frustration and did grieve a little bit but everyone I know who has lost someone they love go through the stages of grief (denial, anger, denial, depression, acceptance) in various ways and intensity. Once Sarah gets over the initial shock she jumps straight to acceptance. There is a constant Christianity theme throughout the book which for some people is a good thing but could come across as preachy or overwhelming to others. For me, this book was boring (and I am not really persuaded to want to read more of this author) but I know several people who would love it.

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Gathering Shadows, Finding Sanctuary Series #1
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