Do You Believe? Experience the Power of the Cross DVD Review

Do You Believe? Experience the Power of the Cross DVD Review -


There have been several well made faith based films in recent years that I’ve enjoyed watching.

It seems to me that they mostly “preach to the choir”, but that’s not necessarily always a bad thing. I don’t think Christians should see these as an evangelism tool, but I do think they can be encouraging and prompt a healthy examination of our own faith. I know I’ve had some great discussions with my older kids about different aspects of our faith brought up by these movies. So, when I had the opportunity to review Do You Believe? from, I took it. The description and cast list for this film had me intrigued, and I thought it would be a good one to watch and discuss with my teens. [Read more…]

Family Discipleship: Lent, Easter, & Passover Traditions

Lent, Easter, and Passover

As we enter Holy Week, I thought I’d share some of our favorite family traditions and resources.

These are some of our family’s favorite devotionals, storybooks, crafts and recipes for celebrating Lent, Easter, & Passover. [Read more…]

Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

I’ve written often about the importance of teaching our kids about their spiritual heritage.

Being familiar with the major historical events and important figures in the history of the church helps them understand how we got where we are now, and feel that sense of heritage and connection with fellow believers in the past. This, along with communicating the concept that the Bible is one cohesive story of God’s plan of redemption, are things I consider absolutely crucial.

Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers are a valuable tool in this task. The publisher describes the series this way:

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

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Live: Your life with Christ by Rebecca Manley Pippert

Live: Your life with Christ by Rebecca Manley Pippert encourages those who have doubts, & lays out very clearly exactly what the gospel is, why it matters, & what it means for our life right now - A Review from Home With Purpose

My husband and I have led small group Bible studies for years.

Over time, I’ve gotten a sense of which studies work well and which don’t. When I heard about the new LIVE, GROW, KNOW series from The Good Book Company, I knew I wanted to take a look at it!

LIVE, GROW, KNOW is a new three-part DVD-based series designed to be the “What Next?” and the “How to?” Each session includes Bible study; DVD or downloadable presentations from global evangelist and best-selling author Becky Manley Pippert; guided discussions; and filmed testimonies. It’s perfect for nearly believers, ‘baby’ believers and older believers.

I received the DVD, participant guide, and instructions for downloading the leader’s guide, for the first of the three sets,  LIVE: Your life with Christ. LIVE delves into what the Christian life is like and how we remain in Christ in five sessions: [Read more…]

Questions Christians Ask: Can I really trust the Bible?


I’m always on the look out for solid, biblical resources on different theological topics to discuss with my teens.

The Questions Christian Ask series from The Good Book Company is just the kind of thing I’m looking for. These little books cover common questions about our faith like: “How will the world end?”, “How can I be sure?”, and “Why did Jesus have to die?”, thoughtfully, thoroughly, and biblically.

I just finished reading through the newest title, Can I really trust the Bible? and other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks, by Barry Cooper. This volume discusses the Bible’s claims about itself, how the Bible is unique compared to other ways God speaks to us, the consistency of the text, how we got the canon, and more.

Here’s the publisher’s description of the book: [Read more…]

Under Drake’s Flag: A G.A. Henty Audio Adventure

Under Drake's Flag: A G.A. Henty Audio Adventure

I know I’ve said it multiple times, but I’m saying it again: our family really enjoys high quality audio dramas.

They’re fantastic in the car, at bedtime, and in various other situations. Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a collection, and everyone from the high schooler to the kindergartner has their favorites that they don’t mind listening to over and over. Still, we’re always up for something new too.

So, I was excited when we received a copy of Under Drake’s Flag: The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from Heirloom Audio Productions to review. We’ve long been fans of Henty’s novels, and this audio drama is based on one of them. Henty, who wrote in the late 19th century and was nicknamed the “Prince of Storytellers”, was known for his exciting, historically accurate adventure stories with strong Christian themes. [Read more…]