Grace & Truths Books - Review

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In what will be my last review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I would like to introduce to you Grace & Truth Books. 

Grace & Truth Books is an online Christian bookstore that has been built around "what will glorify God, strengthen His people in their walk, and call all peoples to find joy in knowing His gospel and following him" rather than being based on "fancy packaging". They offer books on everything from Homemaking to Children's Books to DVDs & Videos  and much, much more. I was very pleased with the selections offered and the quality of those  items. 

I was blessed to be chosen to review Raising Maidens of Virtue (Revised and Expanded Edition)by Stacy McDonald. 

Raising Maidens of Virtue is a Bible study that aims at raising daughters to have a life that will honor God. In today's day and age, this is no easy feat. Darts and arrows are being thrown in every place and in every way towards the young woman of today. Temptations lurk beyond the corners. Having the opportunity to give my daughters the tools that they  will need in life to steer clear of things that will not allow them to walk a Godly path is very important to me which is why I feel blessed to have been able to review this selection. 

Chapters include such topics as "Modern-Day Maidens", "Dwelling in Unity", "I Love Me, I Love Me Not", "A Knight in Shining Armour" and 16 others. The beginning of each chapter begins with a Bible verse and then follows the thought provoking story type devotion. They end with "Share Your Heart" which is all about delving deeper into the word of God and discussing in greater detail what was just read. 

As there are several pages to read in order to study each chapter, it was easiest for me to read first and then let my daughter read it by herself and afterwards discuss what we had read. Sharing our thoughts and insights while reading and studying God's word is a wonderful thing to be able to do together. I like the length of each chapter. There's not so much to read that you can't take all of it in, yet there  is plenty of content that is presented in a way that really makes you want to read more. The questions and selected verses are perfect in that they help to instill the virtues that young women need today. Ones that they will fall back on while growing up to become women. 

This has been one of my favorite books that I've had the opportunity to review! Visit to learn more about this books and all the other that they offer!

Grace & Truth Books
3406 Summit Blvd.
Sand Springs, OK 74063
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Apologia: Journeys of Faithfulness Review

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Journeys of Faithfulness by Sarah Clarkson is a book of stories of life and faith for young christian women ages 12 and up. This 232 page paperback book is available from Apologia for $13.00.

The book is divided into these four parts, with 3 chapters each:

Part one: Mary & Martha
Part two: Mary, Mother of Jesus
Part three: Esther
Part four: Ruth

You can view the entire contents here. A Sample Chapter of Mary & Martha, Chapter 1 Learning to See, is also available. 

Each chapter contains stories of life & faith, a devotional, Bible study, and a Journey Journal. 

I chose to read the entire book myself before reading it with my daughters. I read one chapter every other day but plan on reading one chapter a week with my daughters so we can have time to read the actual passage in the Bible, reflect on the devotions, and dig deep in God's word by studying the Bible verses given for each chapter. I love how several pages are included for journaling as well.

At first, I wasn't sure I would care much for fictional stories of Bible passages but once I started reading, I was drawn in. The author made each story come alive and as a reader, I almost felt that I was there, going back in time. 

One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 12 of Part 4, which is about Ruth. I especially enjoyed reading "Desire of My Heart." Ruth is an excellent example of faithfulness and trusting in God to lead her where she needed to be. This book would make a wonderful addition to any home library! 

Have questions about the book or any other product from Apologia? Use this Contact form or call (888) 524-4724.

Apologia has many other products and curriculum worth checking out. I have been blessed to review several products from Apologia and I haven't been disappointed in any of them!

Activity Bags- Review

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These past several weeks, I've had the opportunity to review the following e-books from Activity Bags

Ages 3-6
e-book $15.00
Ages 3-6
e-book $15.00

Ages 3-6
e-book $15.00

Other available products include Math, Science, Travel, Daily Activity, and the Coordinator Handbook. This last e-book contains any information one might need to coordinate a swap

All e-books are pdf files and contain detailed instruction on how to assemble the activities. Everything that is needed for each fun lesson can fit in a gallon sized freezer storage bag (the zippered type is best) or a large envelope. Most of the activities and games can be used with supplies already on hand - no need to go out and spend a lot of money!

Both Preschool e-bags help to teach and reinforce skills such as numerical and alphabetical order, color, motor skill, hand & eye coordination, matching, sorting, patterns, observation, and puzzles. 

I love the idea of having activity bags. They can be taken to church, the doctor's office, play dates, road trips and more. The possibilities are endless. One of the problems that I can  foresee is the storage of these activity bags. Right now, I have the ones I've assembled in a small storage tote, but as I prepare more and more of them, I might have a slight problem with storage as my space is very limited. It is best to laminate paper and card stock pieces so that they last longer. Right now, I don't have access to a laminator so I actually used clear packing tape on some of the pieces while others I put in a sheet protector. I plan on purchasing clear Contact paper for this purpose in the near future.

Some of the materials needed are things like crayons, fabric, glue, rice, card stock, plastic spoons, plastic canvas, and foam. Other materials are needed, of course, but most of the items are things that I have in my craft/school supply box!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been very ill for over a month. Due to that fact, I had to pick activities that were not as involved. The activites that we did do were very helpful in keeping my 2 and 4 year old occupied while I've been trying to recuperate. The Bean Bag Toss was a big hit and as we already had bean bags on hand, this required no extra work for me. An empty ice cream bucket and a round pool floatie was used as the target. The Boredom Buster was great as well and the kids were very excited to pick their own activity. They both like to dust and sweep and were thrilled when they chose those cards! My little ones love to draw with chalk so the Chalkboard Fun activity was perfect for them. While we do have a small chalkboard that will fit in the bag, my children used the big chalkboard that we have in our living room. My 4 year old used the guide to practice his letters and numbers. My 2 year old tried to copy him and also tried drawing shapes. 

From e-book 2, we did the Bag O Buttons which involves the children sorting buttons by size, shape, and color. Since my youngest is 2 and this might be a choking hazard for her, only my 4 year old participated in this activity. Another activity was the Fruity Puzzles. I opted not to use the puzzle guide for this as my son loves working puzzles and is pretty good at it. He likes to figure things out for himself and did a great job!

From the Reading e-book, I chose the Solving Mazes activity and the Syllables activity which helps children learn words by breaking them up into syllables. 

As I get well, I plan on incorporating more of these activities into our daily lessons. Having everything for each individual activity is great as clean-up is easy and everything is all in one place for the next time we want to use that activity.

I highly recommend Activity Bags! I think they are great!

If you have any questions about the products, visit the Commonly Asked Questions page or email

They can also be reached by calling (303) 288-0948 or by mail at:

Activity Bags, LLC
8090 Downing Drive
Denver, CO 80229