100+ Best Middle-Grade Books of All Time

ArynFamily, Children's Bookshelf, Christian Fiction, Young Adult (Age 12+)16 Comments

Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle-grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle-grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: Tthe best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle-grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. Moral lessons discovered, … Read More

45+Unique Bookish Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read

ArynFamily, Children's Bookshelf13 Comments

Kids who love to read get to experience some of the most amazing adventures! From exploring time and space to character traits and emotions, bookworm kids have a head start in life. As parents, you want to do everything you can to help, from reading to your child to supplying them with a variety of good books, right? Sometimes though, we need to add to the books. (gasp yes, I admit that books are not everything!!) Whether you want to get them more interested in reading, or more interested in being active, I think I’ve found some options that will … Read More

44 Best Book Games & Bookworm Games To Play Now

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Welcome, fellow fun-loving bookworms! I have some Fantastic Book Games to share with you today!! Some are classic bookshelf games, and then there’s the wonder of bookworm games and word games to play with friends and family! These games keep us enjoying words, while engaging and playing with our friends and family, so I try to keep several of these available at all times. Pretty Book Games For a Nice Bookshelf I got the idea for this collection from visiting my brother. He has a shelf of cool classic games, but they look like Really Nice Books on his orderly … Read More

Fun Bookish Merch: 115+ Best Bookish Gifts To Make Your Favorite Readers Happy

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Bookish Goodies: open book floating on a brown background, with magic dust sparkles

Welcome to the book lover’s paradise! If you are looking for the perfect bookish gifts for your favorite reader, start here. With wide variety of bookish items, it’s like a treasure hunt. If you’re ready, come along with me. I found myself going on a hunt for the best bookish merch around. I put my favorites together for you to enjoy! I have to admit I had way too much fun putting this together! Whether your favorite bookworm (or book Dragon) loves teas, coloring, apparel, blankets, beach towels, bookends, or some other type of bookish goodies, chances are, you’ll find … Read More

Don’t Blame the Mud: Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation

ArynFaith, Children's Bookshelf, Family11 Comments

There’s nothing more important (or intimidating, it seems like) than teaching kids about sin and salvation. If they don’t understand what sin is, why would they want salvation? And there’s a difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge for sure! We can know something with our heads, and not accept in into our hearts. I have a book to share today that might just help with teaching kids about sin and salvation on a very practical level. Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation I found this book to be simple and relatable. Teaching kids about sin and the guilt that … Read More

Top 10 books that Show Christian Fatherhood at its Best

ArynFamily, Christian Fiction, Christian Nonfiction23 Comments

Christian Fatherhood, Biblical Fatherhood is not automatic. There is work and Sacrifice. Failure and fun. Hope and prayers and perseverance. Knowing what that actually means and seeing what it looks like in today’s world go a long way toward making Christian Fatherhood possible. So let’s review what the Bible says about Fatherhood, and then check out some great books with good Christian dads!  The Biblical Definition of a Father I would say the biblical definition of a father, a good one at least, has to begin with some of the more general instructions to all believers: 1 John 4:7 NIV — Dear friends, let … Read More

Big Picture Perspective: What is Your Focus?

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Question for you: What is your Big Picture Perspective? What is Your focus on, the central theme that effects Everything? Well, what is your Focus on? Which Choice, Decision or Event rules your thoughts and life? Is it that Mistake in the past? You know the one. That thing you said or did, that you can’t believe you were that thoughtless. Or that time that the other person’s mistake left you scarred. Whether it was Physical, Emotional, Mental, or Spiritual, it still hurts! Or Maybe, you’ve dealt with the past, and the Big Picture perspective you have is a bit narrower. The mountain of dishes, laundry, chores, … Read More

How Are You Leaving a Spiritual Legacy?

ArynFamily, Christian Nonfiction, Faith31 Comments

Are you being intentional about leaving a legacy of faith for your kids? Living your legacy in front of your Grandkids? Leaving a spiritual legacy is a priceless gift that takes intentional effort! My Mom, Granny, and 2 Great Grandmas were there when I was baptized at age 17. These ladies have been very intentional in leaving a spiritual legacy for me and my brothers and cousins. The impact is Huge. Their faith in hard times, and their daily habits show us just how living your legacy looks, which will have an impact for generations to come. And family memories, … Read More

Just for Mom: 21 Days of Joy Devotional

ArynFamily, Christian Fiction, Christian Nonfiction, Faith8 Comments

21 Days of Joy celebrates moms in a short story #devotional

One more Celebrate Lit Book Review for you, 21 Days of Joy, a short story devotional that is pretty much unforgettable!     About the Book Title: 21 Days of Joy Author: Kathy Ide Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional Release Date: April 1, 2016 Tour Dates: April 28 – May 11 Oh, the joys—and struggles—of motherhood! 21 Days of Joy honors mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position. Whether you are a mother, have one, or know one, these heartwarming fictional stories will touch your soul and help you see that … Read More

How To Improve Mood and Attitude by Meal Planning

ArynFamily, Health and Fitness29 Comments

Food for Mood and Attitude

Inside this post: How to Improve YOUR FAMILY’S Mood and Attitude, free printables, and a limited time Menu Planning and Recipe Bundle Special! Hey, have you noticed that your kids are often more agitated (or agitating?) around 4 PM? Or your husband is cranky at 11.30 on his day off? or, just maybe, You’re out of sorts yourself at 2 in the afternoon? When was the last time they (or you) had eaten? What had you eaten? There are so many things that contribute to attitude and mood. Environment. Stress level. Sleep (or lack of sleep). Chemicals (in and around us). … Read More