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Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool

Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool

Karen DeBeus

This book is not really about social media per se, but more about our hearts in a world that continues to push us to be more like it. Everywhere we turn, social media is screaming at us and showing us pictures of what we should be. Slowly, gradually, we start following the world and trying to bring God with us, rather than letting God lead us and then bringing the world with us!

There are the desires that creep in and take my focus off of my true purpose in homeschooling. You know what I mean— when the focus becomes all about finding the best curriculum or filling up the schedule with the most extracurricular activities? Or how about decorating the perfect homeschool room? Or the hours spent online searching what others are doing, while neglecting your own time with the Lord? These are all things that have become an issue with me, and I am sure with others, especially as social media grows.

I have often thought about those early homeschoolers who had no Internet or fancy curriculum but truly sought the Lord in their decision to homeschool. I admire them so much! They weren’t busy showing off their schoolrooms or their kids on Instagram; they were deep in the nitty-gritty of daily homeschool life when homeschooling wasn’t even mainstream. They weren’t spending hours on Pinterest, but probably hours in the Word.

This book will challenge us to get back to the basics and fully rely on God. Pinterest and Instagram and all the other media out there are certainly not bad in and of themselves, but we do need to be aware of our hearts when using them. We must not let those things rule our standards. Only God should rule us.

Will you join me as we get back to the basics? Will you join me as we endeavor to be real with each other because we need each other? Will you join me as we focus on what God wants for our homeschools and not what the world says is success?
Will you join me as we pursue Real Homeschool? Not a picture-perfect homeschool, but a real homeschool –where the rubber meets the road and it sometimes gets messy –and we work together through those messes…

And then it gets beautiful…oh, so beautiful…because God is right there with us. He is working through our families on this real homeschooling journey.

God has called us to this beautiful journey…and the perfect picture is the one where He is leading every step, guiding us, and our eyes are fixed solely on Him.

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Chasing Sunsets (The Cedar Key Series Book #1): A Cedar Key Novel

Chasing Sunsets (The Cedar Key Series Book #1): A Cedar Key Novel

Eva Marie Everson

Sometimes you get a second chance at your first love

Kimberly Tucker’s life hasn’t turned out the way she thought it would. While her ex is living it up, she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her two sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim plans a respite at the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key. As she revisits the long-forgotten past, she discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and sometimes you do get a second chance at love.

Let yourself get swept away to an island retreat of warm tropical breezes, sandy beaches, and the most glorious sunsets you can imagine.

“In Chasing Sunsets, Eva Marie Everson takes her readers on a beautifully written journey through one woman’s unexpectedly altered life. The convincing cast of characters and lovely imagery had me wishing I could pack my bags and run off to Cedar Key.”–Jennifer Erin Valent, author, Fireflies in December, Cottonwood Whispers, and Catching Moondrops

“In Chasing Sunsets, Eva Marie Everson tells a poignant story of grace, second chances, and the depth of a family’s love. I rooted for sympathetic and lovable Kimberly Tucker through every page. Thoughtful, romantic, and warm as a tropical breeze. Highly recommended.”–Julie Carobini, author, Fade to Blue

Eva Marie Everson is a speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken and This Fine Life. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. Eva Marie lives in Florida.

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The Decision (Fairfield Amish Romance Book 8)

The Decision (Fairfield Amish Romance Book 8)

Susan Vail

#1 Bestselling Author Susan Vail brings you another sweet Amish Romance.

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

When tragedy strikes, not only does Bethany’s whole life change, she learns that everything she thought she knew about her life was wrong.

After Bethany’s life is shattered by tragedy, Mark is the friend she needs to put everything back together.

With Mark’s support, Bethany explores all the possibilities for her new life, but in the process, their budding love may be forever severed as Bethany explores her new-found freedom.

This book is a sweet, clean, Amish romance novella. It is a complete story, but it is also part of the Fairfield Amish Romance series. Be sure to read them all, in any order!

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Great Lives: Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication (Great Lives Series)

Great Lives: Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication (Great Lives Series)

Charles R. Swindoll

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication

Was he the sleek-and-trim, funloving animated man in The Prince of Egypt or the handsome, strong-hearted, superstar played by Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments?

The most likely answer is “neither.” The Bible gives a much more accurate picture of the Moses God used in such remarkable ways, Charles Swindoll paints a portrait of the biblical Moses in this fascinating look into the heart and mind of Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication.

Swindoll gives us straight facts based squarely on the truth revealed in God’s Word. He also fills in the fine-line details of Moses’ life with emotion and feeling, because Moses, like all of us, was a human being with faults and frailties. And finally, Swindoll helps us apply the lessons of Moses’ life to our own daily dilemmas.

When you face your personal Red Sea test, will you be prepared? Your decision to go forward in life instead of retreating will be bolstered by your having studied the real Moses of the Bible?the Moses who tried to decline his assignment from God; the Moses who dazzled Pharaoh; the Moses who received the Ten Commandments; the Moses who was sometimes disobedient and weak; the Moses who was the greatest leader of God’s people in all of history; the Moses of faith and selfless dedication to his God.

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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others

A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others

Karen Ehman

Great hospitality isn’t about gourmet food or gorgeous décor (what a relief!)

When it comes to hospitality it doesn’t matter what size your house is, how it’s decorated, whether or not it’s spotless, or what you cook or don’t cook. The secret to making guests feel comfortable is more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your home.

A Life That Says Welcome helps you make others feel refreshed, rather than impressed, in your presence. It’s packed with inspiring tips on how to

decorate well on a budget
make the most of your space (no matter how small)
be prepared for unexpected company
create delicious, simple dishes your guests will enjoy

You’ll be encouraged to not only open your home but to open your life as an avenue for God’s love everywhere you go.

“Karen’s book offers a good background in hospitality and today’s form of entertaining as well as excellent ideas on how to put theory into practice.”-Emilie Barnes, author, speaker, founder of More Hours in My Day

“Karen’s practical strategies will help you open your heart and your home to whoever God sends your way!”-Jill Savage, executive director of Hearts at Home

“If you’ve ever longed for someone to demonstrate what it means to truly make your house a home, then your prayers have been answered.”-Lisa Whelchel, bestselling author of Creative Correction, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me, and Taking Care of the “Me” in Mommy

Karen Ehman is a speaker for Hearts at Home and the coauthor of the popular Homespun Gifts from the Heart and Homespun Memories for the Heart.

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What Is the Father Like?: A Devotional Look at How God Cares for His Children

What Is the Father Like?: A Devotional Look at How God Cares for His Children

W. Phillip Keller

Come Away to Rest in God’s Care!

Too often we feel trapped in life’s hectic pace. Or bewildered by loss and hurt. Or stuck in a dryness and complacency of soul. We are too hurried to sense the one thing we most need ? the love of the heavenly Father that transforms all it touches.

How do we experience the tender, challenging, renewing love of God–a love that dares us to come away from the world long enough to know the soul-refreshing touch of Life?

What is the Father Like?

Phillip Keller, one of the most beloved devotional writers of our time, leads us from the parched ground of daily life into the spiritually green pastures of the Father. He calls us to a place where we can once again

• hear the gentle, calming, assuring guidance of our Shepherd rise above the confusing noise of earth
• experience the safety and protection of the Almighty
• enjoy His peace, in place of fear, anxiety, and inner turmoil
• know the gift of His intimate presence.

If you have longed for inner strength…fullness…purpose…come and meet with the Father, and listen to His heart!

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The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child's Life

The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life

Scott Turansky

Nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

In this book you’ll learn how to:

Identify character qualities to address problems
Build internal motivation
Transfer responsibility for change to the child
Teach kids to be solvers instead of whiners
Use creativity to teach your kids spiritual truths
Avoid the “boxing ring”
Envision a positive future
And much more!

With these strategies you’ll be able to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, and punishment, you’ll learn how to identify heart lessons to teach your child and implement them in practical ways.

The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principles that use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. When parents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life. Instead of asking, “What’s in it for me?” they learn to ask, “What’s the right thing to do?” You’ll soon see how a heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater, lasting change.

The daily interaction you have with your children can impact them for the rest of their lives. With these fifty heart-based strategies, you’ll develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and gain perspective, greater motivation, and confidence that you’re moving in the right direction. As you envision a positive future for your children, they’ll experience hope and direction and you will too. Start applying these principles today!

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He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World

He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World

Richard Stearns

God sees the poor as blessed. Rich and Reneé Stearns show us why.

We often separate ourselves from people who are different from us, sometimes even intentionally. This book is a great reminder of all the things we share in common—hopes, dreams, heartaches—and most important of all, it reminds us that He walks among us. All of us. This book offers great perspective from our brothers and sisters around the world.

Rich and Reneé Stearns have traveled the world visiting the most poverty-stricken habitations imaginable, and they’ve discovered an amazing and common occurrence among the people who live there: joy can be found no matter how dire your circumstances. He Walks Among Us is a 90-day devotional giving readers an up-close and personal view of Christ in the lives of mothers, fathers, and children who have so little, yet are so rich in His spirit and love. Christians who are interested in or committed to missionary outreach will encounter the transforming power and courage needed to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Spiritual lessons include: The Choice to Believe—No Matter What; Our True Identity Is in Christ; Discovering Joy in Unexpected Places; Having Unshakable Hope in the Power of God; Our Circumstances Don’t Define Who We Are; We Become Transformed When We Invest in Others; and Remaining Faithful to Your Calling No Matter the Obstacles.

He Walks Among Us features the award-winning photography of World Vision® photographer Jon Warren.

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Come to the Table (A SouledOut Sisters Novel Book 2)

Come to the Table (A SouledOut Sisters Novel Book 2)

Neta Jackson

Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea.

Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church.

Her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore. The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small.

But not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest supporter just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look past the surface does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”

“. . . the plot and characters remain fresh and vibrant, shining spiritual truth from each page.” —Romantic Times TOP PICK for Stand by Me

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Back in the Saddle: A Novel (Double S Ranch)

Back in the Saddle: A Novel (Double S Ranch)

Ruth Logan Herne

The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Forget Me Knot (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 13)

Forget Me Knot (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 13)

Hope Callaghan

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Forget Me Knot is Book 13 in the Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Series

BONUS – RECIPE INCLUDED!

When Belhaven, Michigan businessman, Brian Sellers, goes into a coma after being hit in the head during a robbery, friends and family rally by his side, not knowing if he will survive.

His fiancée, Andrea Malone, is thankful he’s alive but her joy soon turns to heartbreak once she realizes Brian doesn’t remember her or their loving relationship.

Seeing their friend’s pain, Gloria Rutherford-Kennedy and the Garden Girls come up with a crazy plan to help save the day.

Things go from bad to hilariously worse when two of the women compete to see whose “forget-me-not” homemade concoction can bring back Brian’s memory faster.

With the cold-blooded robber still on the loose, will the girls be able to jar Brian’s memory and save the wedding or will Andrea lose the love of her life?

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Dating, Dining, and Desperation (Dear Daphne series Book 2)

Dating, Dining, and Desperation (Dear Daphne series Book 2)

Melody Carlson

Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

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