Monday, January 30, 2017

Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk book review

Get the hard-copy of this book, great pictures inside!

500 years later, we knew little about Luther and Katharina’s life as husband and wife… Until now. “This book will hold your attention and open your eyes.” – Rev. Warren Wiersbe #KatharinaAndLuther For all the book details and more from this author check out her web-site at:


The first thing I saw, when I opened the book was her book dedication to her dad "the most Lutheran Catholic I know" I thought I think I am going to like this book, as I have Lutheran and Catholic roots, so it gave me a chuckle!! 

This book is the story of a famous couple most of us know Martin Luther and now we get more of the inside scoop about his wife Katharina, who was a runaway nun (what! shocking!). Who at that time in history would have thought, what an impact these two made to the church and not only that, they are an example of what a marriage should be and represent. "Together, this legendary couple encountered tremendous adversity and preserved n the face of hardship. They experienced joy and grief, triumph and travail in their twenty-one years together. In short, they were human, which means they were flawed and fallible, just like the rest of us." You will read about how their unlikely union happened 500 years ago and just how "chancy" it was, she was a run-away nun and Martin a renegade monk! You will feel for how she was raised and basically given away at a young age, you will cry with them at losing their child, and mourn with her when Martin died. Katharina is a great role-model for us women, she had great dedication to her faith and family. She went through many hard-ships in life, but never gave up! More than that, this book is so well written, the details, the history! Michelle DeRusha, the author, keeps you from putting the book down! Michelle, did her research when she wrote this book! I love how she included so many details (living conditions, marriage customs, childbirth and raising, church history/theology). This book is so intriguing and interesting to read. I don't think I have ever read such a great biography, usually they are kind of dull, but this has life to it! So if you enjoy reading biographies, have never read a biography, or are interested in some church history from one of the most famous couples, you will want to read this book and then add it to your library. We can learn so much from them about faith, love, and life today! I have already decided this book will be future reading for my children in our homeschool!  

This book releases tomorrow, January 31, 2017, so go look for it, you know my favorite book place to shop is Amazon, but it will be at all the major book stores!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly encouragement, snapshots, peek into our week and learning from Repitition

In our school-time we use repetition to learn and I am just realizing how much I need it too! I need to soak in truth, repeatedly! 
My kids get tired of me repeating things, I admit I do too (especially when it comes to discipline), but repetition can be good, an opportunity to hear again, to let it soak in, to meditate on it. Just be wise, make sure it is truth
Paul from the Bible reminds of this in Philippians 3:1-3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh
(repeat, encouragement, thank you JESUS, rejoice, word-writers) 

This week we finished up week 22, whoo-hoo!! Fridays are always a day of celebration here, often times we have donuts or some other special morning treat! AND Friday night is always pizza and movie night, unless there is some special event we need to attend. So important to celebrate the little things in life and I feel completing a week of learning, chores, and life, is reason to celebrate! We need our homes to be a special place. Our homes are not just places to live in, but to do life in and we want our homes to be life giving, to have purpose, but also to have fun and make wonderful memories. If you want to know more about making a life giving home, Sally Clarkson wrote a fantastic book about this in The Life Giving Home, which I read last year and try to revisit often. 

Encouraging Reads: 
Reading is a solitary pursuit. You grab your book, you kick back on the couch, and the hours roll by. But even though reading is a solitary pursuit, it is not necessarily a selfish one. Reading can actually be an important way to love others. Here are five ways to love others in your reading. 
Can we make space for listening and learning and loving, even when we do not agree?
How do I reflect God’s beauty today? This is the question that should be at the forefront of our minds, longing for an answer every hour. It’s what lies beneath all our labels and arguments and definitions — whether you’re a young wife or a grandmother, single or married, eight-years-old or eighty.
Knowing something means nothing if we aren’t letting it change us. We have to start right now. Ask him for help. It will look a bit different for everyone, but try putting aside your own list of things to accomplish today for just a few minutes, and make a spiritual to-do list. 
God loves us so and He wants us to bring EVERY burden and concern and worry to Him in prayer 
YES!!!! Thank you friend for writing this...You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10
Snapshots of our week:
Last Friday morning during our art and Bible lesson, we watched the Presidential Inauguration. Kids made a picture based on feelings from How Artists See Feelings and Bible drawings showing dreams Joseph interpreted.
Last Friday was also a great day to put up our Valentine tree! More LOVE!
Last Saturday was a beautiful sunshine day, some of our pets were also soaking it in!
Afternoon snack and puzzle time! We love our homeschooling freedom at Raising Arrows!
Apparently he had a rough day and isn't sharing the couch, dog life!
We had a couple beautiful winter days, perfect for swinging!
Little man and I walked down to check out our pond and saw some ducks fly off! We are thankful for this view!
This week happy mail, this is cute hat made by a friend!
Another spring like day, we will take it as winter arrived again the next day!
This girl practiced her golf swing and even got hot! Winter in the south!
The kids received some happy mail for Valentine's, we may or may not of had some chocolate on the way to piano lessons!
This Friday's Bible and Art lesson, learning about pyramids and baby Moses.
A beautiful view from my mailbox! Horses, silos, blue sky, and white fluffy clouds! Counting blessings!
Little man helped me with a review, be sure to check it out, also a give-away too
Book review coming soon, thanks to Moody Publishers!
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug review with give-away


I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug, by Caroline B. Cooney is her first children's picture book, though she has wrote several novels. This book is a sweet rhyming story about giving hugs, that all children will enjoy listening to over and over, as my children have! The illustrations by Tim Warnes are bright and vivid, will definitely delight your children's eyes. As an adult I even enjoyed the illustrations and the cute rhyming story about giving hugs! Perfect bed-time story! 

Thanks to FlyBy promotions company, I have one book to give-away to one of my blessed readers! Be sure to leave a comment or like the post to be entered, no later than Thursday, February 2, 2017. I will draw a winner Friday, February 3, 2017

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Grand Rapids, MI--- December 27, 2016---I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online on December 27, 2016. Pre-order opportunities will begin on September 28th.
About the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at

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