Look and Find Books & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Growing up I remember spending hours with a Where's Waldo or I Spy book. They were great during car trips (we had many long car rides). As a result I've collected a good amount of these look and find style books for my kids.

A yard sale find has become one my oldest son's favorite right now - Disney's Cars Look and Find.

Look and Find: Disney's Cars (Look and Find (Publications International))
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The books are great because there isn't much to read, but there is a list of things to look for in the busy picture - like the characters from the story. The first page is an introduction to Radiator Springs, and you are supposed to look for the characters who live there, like Doc Hudson and Mater.

We have a lot of fun finding the different objects requested on each page. Plus we get to talk more about what we see in the pictures, which doesn't always happen in a regular book. 

I also love these books because they are easy for little kids to read on their own, as the story isn't the point, but the interaction with the pictures are. It helps kids feel like they can read a book on their own, come with stories as they search for different things and it gives them a great sense of accomplishment when they finish the book having found every little picture. 

Do you use this style of book with your kids? Do you find them entertaining? 


And now it's time to add your posts!  What have you been doing recently when it comes to reading? What have you been teaching your kids about reading? Any books you wish you had time to read this summer but the time is running short?  Seriously, anything about reading and books I want to hear more about! 

Please post directly to your book/reading post. Try to remember to link back or include the button (the link is on the side now) so that others can join in on our fun. Let's try to find as many book lovers as we can!


Real-Life Discipleship

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Real-life Discipleship - Equipping Disciples Who Make Disciples

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Jim Putman

Discipleship is one of the calling of Christians that is full of questions and confusion. I will admit it was never one of those things I figured would be on my list. I mean that is why other Christians do.

Then I started serving in the high school group at church and realized I wasn't just serving, I was dipping my toe into discipleship. And that was as a scary realization.

So first point, realize that every single Christian is called to be a disciple - Just look at Matthew 4:19, And He said to them, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men."  Sound familiar? Yep it's a call for all followers, not just the original disciples.

That being said, this is a manual that is essential for Christians as they realize this call is meant for each and every one of us. Let's be honest, as soon as this realization hits, the next thought, is how in the world are we supposed to do that?! And that is where this manual comes in.

Second point, this is a serious manual study. It will take at least the 12 weeks set up in the contents. And I recommend having this as a class taught by a seasoned disciple within your church, because again this is a topic that is difficult to swallow.
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All that being said, here's what the manual focuses on: Finding the way to disciple to others no matter where they are in their level of Christian maturity. A great amount of time is spent making sure the stages of maturity for a Christian are understandable. I would quickly say that it is easy to know that not every Christian is at the same point in his or her walk, but that doesn't mean they don't need to be discipled, or be discipling someone else.

The above wheel is the break down of the different levels and it is really the heart of the study. Realizing that each Christian is in a different place allows for understanding of what their needs are. Those needs have to be met before that person can mature into the next level. If you are in a group of spiritual infants, or children, this study will be too much - but if you are in the young adult or parent category, think about this next time the question about discipling others comes up. 

Personally this was great because it helped to show me where I stood in my Christian life, and what I need to do to keep moving forward. There are so many practical steps in growing yourself, and how to guide others through their growing process, that I feel this is a great manual for those times when Christians feel like the call in front of them is just too overwhelming. 

Going into the fall, I figured that there might be groups looking for a great study for the new school year for their study groups or small groups, and this could be a great option. Well maybe I should be more specific, this study would be great for leaders in a church, or serious study groups, as it is full of heavy discussion points. If you decide this is something you are interested in, I'd love to hear from you. Or if you have been part of this study, please let me know what you thought of it. Did it help you? Was it just overwhelming? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Theodore Roosevelt Quote

Monday, August 13, 2012

The credit belongs to the man 
who is actually in the arena, 
whose face if marred by dust and sweat and blood; 
who strives valiantly; who errs, 
who comes short again and again, 
because there is no effort 
without error and shortcoming; 
but who does actually strive to do the deeds; 
who knows great enthusiasms, 
the great devotions; 
who spends himself in a worth cause; 
who at the best knows in the end 
the triumph of high achievement, 
and who at the worst, if he fails, 
at least fails while daring greatly, 
so that his place shall never be with those 
cold and timid souls who neither 
know victory nor defeat.
~~ Theodore Roosevelt

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