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Top 3 Tips to Help You READ More

Reading is a hobby that I’ve enjoyed since childhood and my love for books has increased over the years. As a child, I enjoyed mysteries and recently introduced Bear to the Hank the Cowdog series. It makes me smile when he retells the stories I remember from childhood. Even, my younger two love listening to books and learning how to read.

As awesome as reading is, I know it can be hard to find time to do it. Here are three quick tips I implemented to read more.

  1. Make it a family affair by reading a book together or meeting in the same room to read. After you read, encourage conversation by asking content questions. Even younger children can tell you their favorite things, favorite characters, and how the book made them feel.
  2. Turn off the television and put away devices so you can focus. Rather than coming together and watching TV, make an effort to turn off the television and swap that show for a book. Don’t play with your phone or scroll through social media either. By doing this just twice a week you’ll be able to read much more.
  3. Audio books count too! We like listening to books while riding in the car rather than music. We just finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and everyone enjoyed the different character voices. After we listened to the book, we watched the movie and discussed comparisons to the book.

It doesn’t take much to add a bit of reading to your day. Keep including this time and before long, you’ll be finishing books rapidly. My summer reading list is long but you can see what I’m taking on via this YouTube video.

I recently finished Shaunti Feldhahn’s The Kindness Challenge and here are my thoughts on that book.

I also have a list featuring my five favorite family read alouds in this video.

So, what is next on your reading list?

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Get into HOOPLA!

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride in the car while listening to a good book. Yes, as an avid reader I would love to sit down and flip pages, but as a mom I realize that those opportunities are few and far between.  I’m grateful for my local library’s connection to Hoopla, the digital library, and the myriad of books available.

This month we started our new homeschool year and have been enjoying our continuation of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series via Hoopla.  We love the audio versus be different voices excite the children and help the stories to come alive.  Of course, audio books aren’t the only great reads available in this digital library. Our preschoolers enjoy the children’s section and Bear has been really into biographies of his favorite sports icons. 

As a homeschooler using My Father’s World curriculum, I’ve realized that there are several other homeschoolers around us on the same schedule. Oftentimes I need to reserve a book at least a month in advance to ensure I will have it in time for our lessons. If our lessons for a certain unit are delayed I can rarely renew the book because another family has already reserved it.  Thankfully, Hoopla can help with those hard to find or impossible to renew moments. 

Finally, as a professional book hoarder, I’ve been able to stop myself from purchasing every new book I desire. I forgot have fun at used to be to go to the library, find something amazing to read, take it home, read the book, and simply return it.  With the digital options you complete the same process at home, at your office, or at Chick-fil-A while your children play after lunch.  I’m 100% sure that I have so many books in my personal collection that are available at my local library and via Hoopla. I bet my husband is reading this paragraph while calculating all of the money we could have saved.

This isn’t a review post, but a quick FYI to check with your local library and see if they have a Hoopla account. If they do, you’re well on your way to having a vast collection of books LITERALLY at your fingertips.  Use the program and encourage others to do the same because this helps local libraries determine if they should continue their partnership or cancel it. Believe me, you going to want them to continue it. Like, continue it forever.

Happy reading and happy homeschooling, 

Ta’Neisha K. 

Captain Absolutely, a Cool Comic Book!

My son was so excited to receive and review the Captain Absolutely, from Focus On The Family.  This is a fun comic book that features fun characters, scriptures, a great plot, and encourages the readers to stand through adversity.

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In this edition, Captain Absolutely is faced with an opportunity to “defend the truth, justice, and lots more truth,” by battling Dr. Relative’s Lirus amongst other enemies.  Like any comic book this begins with some background which is great to those who are new to the captain absolutely stories.  I enjoy how it initially takes you down memory lane to explain how Captain Absolutely received his powers and why he holds the truth of God so dear.  His ultimate goal is to share the truth of God with everyone because the people need it.  Each time he uses or references scripture, there is an arrow that points to the quote which includes where to find it in the Bible.  We used this to as an opportunity to be the Berean, look in the Bible, and verify if what he said was truth.  This was just another reminder that you don’t always have to go extremely deep when you were using the word of God but our basic conversation, matched with a life that applies scripture, will always give him glory.

Throughout this comic book captain absolutely runs into several characters that are basically a depiction of things that hinder the people on a daily basis.  We learned how to defeat vile attitudes, anger, procrastination, distractions, and a lying tongue along with so much more.  Anytime our hero was faced with a situation he defeated it through God’s word and strength.  There’s also a portion of this comic book in which we learn how to accept the faith of Jesus Christ and understand the purpose of his birth, death, burial, and resurrection.  If your children have not accepted Christ, this would be a great opportunity to discuss your faith in detail with them and answer any questions they may have.  If they decided to accept Christ this moment will be a memorable experience for you both as you walk them through the process of salvation.  Aside from that, my favorite part was the example on how to forgive someone who has hurt you or be forgiven by someone we’ve hurt. “It takes a lot of strength to be truly vulnerable” is the quote that was perfectly placed in this portion of the book.

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Here is what Bear had to say “The Captain Absolutely comic is cool! It is fun to read and during you learn about God and how to trust him through everything. The character isn’t only fighting crime but he’s defending God’s truth and sharing the Gospel. My favorite thing about the book is the more and more people he saves, the more Christians we have to defend the gospel.” Bear, Age 9

Overall I really enjoyed our time with this Captain Absolutely comic book and would definitely recommend it to our family and friends who have children between the ages of 8 and up. Truthfully, I enjoyed reading it because you’re never too old for reminder that you can apply God’s word to every situation in your life. You are never too mature in the faith to remember that “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” (Philippians 4:13)  Our family has been supporters of Focus On The Family for years and both of our children are subscribed to the magazines that they offer.  We are happy to have added this comic book to our collection and I look forward to rereading it with my younger children.

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As always, click this absolutely amazing hyperlink to read additional reviews about this comic book.

Make this week adventurous,

Ta’Neisha K.

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