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How You Can Fight Human Trafficking: Over 50 Ways to Join the Fight

Through God’s Grace Ministry

If stopping Human Trafficking is something that seems impossible, this book is the key to get you started. Susan breaks down the complicated steps of advocating for children who have been victimized and breaks them down into everyday actions anyone can take.

Lynn Young, LCSW
Director, Local Orphan Care Initiative, Saddleback Church

If your heart has been broken by the stories of the victims and you have been asking yourself, “What can I do,” then this book is exactly what you have been looking for. It is the product of close to 100 conversations with victims, Homeland Security, the police, community and faith leaders, NGO’s, conference speakers, social services and people just like you who are working on this issue. In this groundbreaking book you will learn how to empower anyone, including yourself to join the fight against the cruel exploitation of children and adults. This 230 page book contains many resources, like where to find training manuals for professionals such as teachers, health professionals and attorneys. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. We need to take a stand and end it.

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How To Introduce Music To Children: Early childhood learning principles and methods

Martin Pecar

This book is suitable for early childhood educators to teach music and movement.

Darwislim

Do you love children? Do you love music? If “Yes”, then this is a book you should read!
Early childhood learning is extremely important for later development. Music is the universal language and is also deeply connected with emotions. This is why quality introduction to music in early childhood is very important.
The book describes principles and proven methods of how to introduce music to children. This approach is focused on children, which are 3 to 6 years old, and do not play an instrument yet. However, their musical skills are developed in an optimal way in order to allow them to play any instrument after the completion of this music introduction training.
The book describes the basic learning proces, as well as methods how to develop the child’s voice, the sense of rhythm and melody, and also motoric skills.
This book is inteded primarily for kindergarten educators, which can improve their musical activities in the classes. However, also parents can find a lot of useful information regarding how to implement the pricniples of early childhood learning. The learning process should be done through play, through various musical activities, which develop certain musical skills. You will find descriptions of such musical activities, along with suggested instruments you should use (bells, claves, whistles, drums, etc.). It will help you to conduct musical classes in kindergartens, or have fun while developing your child’s potential.
The book tries to be concise, giving short and simple answers, allowing you to implement the suggested activities as soon as possible. However, if you want to explore deeper, you are invited to visit our website www.EduMusica.es, where you will be able to find additional resources, like videos with examples of some musical activities, or more in-depth explanation of the principles and methods.

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Aundy: (A Sweet Western Historical Romance) (Pendleton Petticoats Series Book 1)

Shanna Hatfield

Aundy, 21, is a feisty character with plenty of common sense and courage. She deals with life as it comes.
She accepts a mail-order marriage proposal and leaves Chicago for Oregon. She is pleasantly surprised when she meets Erik, a farmer of 39 with a kind manner and clearly very good intentions of being a good husband to her. As the book description says, she very quickly becomes a widow and the start of the book is very sad.
She decides to work hard to keep the farm in Erik’s honour and faces several hurdles, from men who won’t work for a woman to threats and attempts to drive her out.
She is helped by her neighbours, the Nash family and develops a bond with Garrett Nash, the son. She never wants to marry again, convinced that she brings only bad luck.
The story is centred around their growing feelings for each other and the people in the community, with plenty of events and turns to keep the plot interesting.

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Desperate to better her situation, Aundy Thorsen agrees to leave behind her life in Chicago to fulfill a farmer’s request for a mail-order bride in Pendleton, Oregon. When a tragic accident leaves her a widow soon after becoming a wife, Aundy takes on the challenge of learning how to manage a farm, even if it means her stubborn determination to succeed upsets a few of the neighbors.

Born and raised at Nash’s Folly, the family ranch, Garrett Nash loves life in the bustling community of Pendleton as the 20th century approaches.

When his neighbor passes away and leaves behind a plucky widow, Garrett takes on the role of her protector and guardian. His admiration for her tenacious spirit soon turns to something more. He just needs to convince the strong-willed woman to give love another chance.

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Courageous Teens

Michael Catt

This book hooked me in the introduction with the line “Unless the people of my generation take the time to equip you, our young people, with spiritual courage, the church is always just one generation from extinction.”

There are 4 sections and 10 total chapters. Each chapter has questions at the end and each section has a recap page. These would be really useful in a group setting.

The first section “Courageous Faith” is about learning to trust God. It uses a lot from the life of Abraham to teach. It encourages teens to find what motivates them and to find courage regarding facing a future that we don’t always plan for our selves. It uses the examples of Esther and Joseph.

The second section “Courageous Leadership” is about a personal relationship with God, finding courage to lead and be a humble hero. It used Joshua and Moses as some of the examples. I like the inclusion of Gideon here. That’s a study in learning to be humble and let God have all the glory!!

The third section “Courageous Priorities” is about doing what’s right. This is probably the hardest lesson for teens. So many are pulled in so many directions. It’s good to ground yourself in your faith and let that be your guide. Examples are Elijah, Martin Luther and Moses. The chapter on facing persecution is, I’m afraid, going to be more and more relevant to teens. The Biblical example is Stephen.

The final section “Courageous Influence” is about taking what’s been learned so far and using it to reach others. I like that this section uses modern examples as well as Nehemiah and Paul. The chapter regarding mentoring has really touched my heart and given me a desire to reach out to the youth in our church.

This is a powerful book, with a powerful message. I cannot wait to hand it to one of the youth group leaders at church and suggest that this be the Spring Bible study.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

A. Looby

Courageous Teens is a student-focused presentation of Courageous Living by Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer of the hit film Courageous.

Catt brings fresh insight to “stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe . . . (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to my heart.”

Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more.

Best-selling youth market author Amy Parker arranges the heart-stirring material into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence. Discussion questions are also included at the end of each chapter.

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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

Angie Smith

I “met” Angie through her blog just a few short weeks after the death of my 15 year old daughter Rachel on April 28, 2009. Angie’s journey is intimate, transparent and one that glorifies Him. This book is for anyone who has lost a child, I will be sharing it with some mother’s that share our loss. The “Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy” is just that a dance… a dance with the ONE longs to comfort us. I too am an “injured dancer, and yet one who wants her life to bring glory to the one who allowed sorrow and joy to dance at all.” Thank you Angie for sharing Audrey with us and yes she is changing the world. I know that she has changed me!

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In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth. Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. I Will Carry You tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope—to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.

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What Happened to My Little Girl?: Dad’s Ultimate Guide to His Tween Daughter

Nancy N. Rue

Over all, if you’re a dad of a tween daughter (or daughters, like me), this is an excellent handbook. If I could do so, I’d have this with me at all times. Next time my daughter bursts into tears or rolls her eyes at me, I can whip out the book, flip to the right page, and know EXACTLY what I need to do… or not. Don’t want to get the “DAAAAAAAD!” voice, either.

In any case, the last chapter of the book, as I mentioned above, gives me hope. Jim Rue was not a model father either (something that gives great credibility to the advice of the book, learning from mistakes), but the letter that he shares from his now 30-year-old daughter tells all fathers that, no matter the screw-ups, as long as your daughter KNOWS you love her and you do your best to show it, she appreciates you and that you tried. God can redeem even the major faux pas of the past.

Robert A. Martin

Dads, finally a guide to your tween daughter! This companion book to the FaithGirlz novels, devotionals, and Bibles, focuses on four tween issues – appearance, body and mood changes, girl politics, and authenticity.

Let tween expert Nancy Rue, and her husband, Jim, guide you in helping your daughter live as a girl-child rather than a mini-teenager. Empower her in spiritually sound behaviors as the rate of aggression rises among tween females. Show your daughter how to not only avoid but take a stand on the twisted parts of her culture such as peer abuse, shallow consumerism, and an unrealistic sense of entitlement. Give her alternatives to the toxic media, and encourage her to become part of something bigger than herself through charitable, God-centered activities. Learn to model the growth of a deep, personal connection with God, which makes all of the above not only possible, but probable.

In the midst of a world saturated with poisonous role models, it is possible to raise your daughter to be a respectful, confident, God-centered, young woman.

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One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces

Ann Voskamp

Bestselling author, Ann Voskamp delivers another inspirational journal that is not only a page-turner, but a helpful compassionate guide on how to once again smell the roses that we so often don’t have time for as we become so wrapped-up in our daily lives, that become filled with everyday stress of life’s commands and demands. She gently walks us through our own hectic lives, reminding us of drama, debt, and irritating issues that seem to control every moment as we are reminded to re-evaluate and what to focus on to give us rewarding peace and tranquility. The author paints a colorful portrait of several reflections, while we focus on how to be thankful in helping not only ourselves, but others as well. Ann Voskamp conveys the importance of not changing your life entirely, but teaches us the key elements to happiness and peace of mind as we think in a more positive frame of mind. This spiritual guide enlightens the world in which we live, and teaches us how to dwell more on the simple things that continue to bring joy and pleasure. There are interesting topics for reflection on this delightful leap of faith in a more enjoyable atmosphere. I have read the work of this author before, and she does not disappoint on a mission of healing and pure inspiration that makes you feel good as you see the light in her perspective of happiness, not only for yourself, but for others as we begin to appreciate the beauty of so many things that exist that we haven’t seen before. A heartwarming, comforting, enjoyable read. This is a book that I’d read again-and-again, especially on those occasions that I may need an uplifting spirit to guide the way. Highly recommended, and a great gift idea to family and friends, who enjoy inspiration!

Geraldine Ahearn

These sixty reflections, each one like a singular tree, invite you to take wing into a forest of graces. Glimpses of grace that will lead you into your own lifestyle of Christ-focus and communion. Into how your desperate need of Him every moment is wildly met with His extravagant love for you. As practical as profound, this devotional offers real life transformation with intentional space to begin the radical habit of thanking God for your own one thousand gifts.

The endless grace of our overflowing God, it’s meant to be experienced directly. The most important thing is simply to begin.

Pick up a pen and this book — and change your life. Take the dare to fully live!

God’s just waiting to bless you with the greatest gift of all—more and more of Himself….

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A Day in Dogtown

Mark J. Asher

I had no clue where this book was heading, but once I started the book, I could not stop reading. This is exactly what I thought life would be for all dogs. I read this book with tears in my eyes for not only the sad but for the happy parts. I can not wait to share this book with other friends and their children. Thank you for letting us know what Dogtown could really be like for our dogs.

Patricia Ali

Ten year old Courtney Cromwell’s favorite person in the world isn’t a person, it’s a dog. Theo, her lovable chocolate Lab, has been her faithful companion since she was born. But now, as a result of the Great Recession, Courtney’s world is unraveling. Her father has been unemployed for a long time and the bank is about to foreclose on their home. Soon her family will be moving into an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs. Heartbreakingly for Courtney that means Theo won’t be able to come along.

After unsuccessfully trying to find someone to take the old dog, Courtney’s parents decide to take Theo to a no-kill animal shelter as a last resort. But when the day of reckoning arrives something completely unexpected occurs. It ends up leading Courtney on an extraordinary journey, which teaches her important life lessons and makes her understand that a dog’s love is forever.

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The Big Picture of What God Always Wanted

Charlie Boyd

The Big Picture of What God has Always Wanted came along at the perfect time in my home! At four and five my kids have been asking a lot of questions about God and the Bible and while I know I what I believe, it’s not always easy to articulate to kids that young.

I remember as a kid that heaven and God were so out of reach to my understanding. As soon as I read the Note to Parents and Teachers at the beginning of this book, I had found a great tool.

The illustrations are great and help the kids to see the kind, gracious picture of Jesus that we want them to have in their head. It also brings to life Bible stories they have become familiar with and gives them a visual to go along with what they are already know.

What I really appreciated was the sections at the end like “What About You?” that applies what was read to kids on their level. It’s not always easy to find the words so this was beyond helpful to me. There is also a glossary that breaks down for kids big scary words in terms they can comprehend.

The Big Picture of what God has Always Wanted is a priceless overview of the Bible for little ones and would make a great gift this holiday season!

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Did you know that what God has always wanted is for you to become one of His friends?

More than a children’s book, The Big Picture of What God Has Always Wanted is for parents who care deeply about passing on a legacy of faith in Christ to the next generation – parents who invite children to “ask Jesus into your heart.” But what does that phrase really mean? And is it biblical?

Author Charles F. Boyd has found that when asked, many children don’t understand that this phrase is symbolic. Seeing this disconnect between a grown-up’s metaphor and a child’s understanding, he writes here to help children understand the simple Gospel message: God desires to live in friendship with the people He created, now and forever. Boyd also shares the big-picture story of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

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Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home Book #1)

Cathleen Armstrong

I loved Lainie. When she discovered that she was in a situation that she didn’t like – rather than staying to try to change her boyfriend – she packed up and left. Something I think not a lot of young girls would do. Especially ones that didn’t have anywhere else they could call home. When she arrived in Last Chance, she was cautious, but she was not afraid of work. She was a good person who had just not had a perfect life.

Like the people of Last Chance, this book was warm and welcoming and presented the gospel in a very laid back way. For them it was just a fact of life – something they lived every day. They did not need to rub your face in it. Now don’t get me wrong – Last Chance had some characters that weren’t living the life they should, and even had some Christians whose heart was in the right place even if what came out of their mouths sometimes wasn’t.

I thought it was a very strong debut novel and will happily read whatever Cathleen Armstrong comes out with next.

K. Herbrand

The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie’s comfort–especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is increasingly drawn in to the dramas of small town life. An old church lady who always has room for a stranger. A handsome bartender with a secret life. A single mom running her diner and worrying over her teenage son. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little hick town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

Cathleen Armstrong pens a debut novel filled with complex, lovable characters making their way through life and relationships the best they can. Her evocative descriptions, observational humor, and talent at rendering romantic scenes will earn her many fans.

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Lost Melody

Lori Copeland

It was very easy for me to relate with Jill King. Her dreams crashed in a subway accident in the previous year. She loves Greg Bradford and wants to support him as he runs for political office. As she deals with the past and begins moving forward in her relationship with Greg and in her life, she experiences a terrifying dream. She isn’t sure whether she is going crazy but knows she has to tell people of her beloved town of the pending danger.

The authors do a great job giving you the back story while moving you forward at a good pace. The interactions between characters is very believable and rings of what life would be like for Jill after facing the lost of her dream life to have it replaced by a recurring nightmare.

This book caused me to pause and take a look at how I would react if I were Jill or if someone close to me were Jill. Especially in the United States we tend to be very cynical and closed minded to things we don’t understand and are quick to label someone as a “nut job.”

This is a wonderful story of love and commitment and in stepping out of one’s comfort zone to take a risk. At the end of the book the authors give you a website you can go and read the original ending to the story. I would encourage you to do that only after you read the published ending. I read the alternate ending last night and I’m still not sure how I would have reacted if they ended the story with that ending.

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The beautiful piano sitting in the corner of Jill King’s apartment begs to be played. For over a year, it has sat untouched, ever since a terrible accident shattered Jill’s ambition of becoming a concert pianist. The ragged scar on her left hand is a cruel and constant reminder of the death of her dream.

But another dream is about to come to life—an unexpected, horrifying dream that will present Jill with a responsibility she never wanted. And choices she never wanted to make.

Hundreds of lives depend on Jill’s willingness to warn her small, oceanside town in Nova Scotia of a nameless, looming disaster. But doing so could cost Jill her reputation, jeopardize the political career of the man she loves, and ruin their plans for a future together.

The fate of an entire community hangs in the balance as Jill wrestles with the cost of heeding one still, small voice.

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The Courtship

Gilbert Morris

I loved this whole series. I do feel that Morris sometimes wraps up his stories a little too quickly, leaving out much of the process we see in real life. But for those who love to read about past eras, especially the 1920s and 1930s, this series is definitely a winner.

Janice E. Beck

Lanie Freeman and her siblings have survived the Great Depression without their father. They are convinced that he has been unjustly imprisoned.

Lanie’s strong-willed sister, Maeva, runs away to Los Angeles to find the one woman in a city of thousands who can prove their father’s innocence. Nothing Lanie says can deter Maeva from her mission.

Even as her family seems to be unraveling, Lanie’s dream of writing becomes a reality. Lanie is on the verge of becoming a published author. Amid the excitement, she still feels a deep longing for something more, a yearning for love, a home, and a family of her own. When two suitors propose, it does nothing to quiet her heart.

Lanie resigns herself to leave Maeva’s safety and her father’s future in God’s hands. But can she trust God to show her the right man and the right plan for her life?

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