My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting Review

CSM Publishing sent me a copy of Mr. Steve Murrell’s book, My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting. I know Mr. Steve Murrell is the founder of Every Nation Churches and Ministries but aside from that, I had no idea what to expect. As I know that this book deals about parenting, I gladly took the book and read it.

I thought this book would be like other parenting books filled with how-to or strategies in raising godly children but I was pleasantly surprised that the approach was quite different. The whole book dealt mostly about the heart of parents. Mr. Murrell used his personal reflections and stories to help me search through my own heart as I read every chapter.

The book is subdivided into 3 parts which includes History, Heart and Home. History is filled with stories of the Murrell family. It allows us to take a glimpse of the personal attempts at parenting his 3 sons at various stages of their life and ministry. The chapters also showed what it was like to raise American children in the Philippines.  Heart includes discussion about God’s heart, the children’s heart and the parent’s own heart. The bulk of this part focuses on the heart of the parents. There is a lengthy discussion about the roles of parents and the proper attitude of parenting. What really caught my attention was the deadly diseases that can undermine efforts of parents. Legalism, compromise, favoritism, passivity and idolatry were all discussed clearly. Every issue is dealt with specifically. Home discusses discipleship issues and leadership development. All parents are reminded that discipleship and leadership development starts at home. At the end of the book, as parents, we are reminded that our ultimate goal is to please God and we can do that as we discover the heart of parenting.

I personally think this book can be a good book to read with fellow parents. There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter. Questions that will help you deal with heart issues and challenge you to take necessary actions.

I would recommend this book for parents with children ages 10 and above. The issues you will deal with as you enter the more challenging tweens and teens phase are mostly discussed in this book. It is a handy book that you would want to read as you enter the more exciting season of your parenting life.

After reading this book, I hope that I am challenged to become more authentic as a follower of Christ and a better influencer in the life of my children for Christ.

 

 

 

Tuttle Publishing’s Easy Mandarin Chinese Review

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Easy Mandarin Chinese by Tuttle Publishing is a complete language course which focuses on daily practical conversations. It is best for those who are traveling to a Mandarin speaking country or those who wish to understand the basics of the language. It comes with an Audio CD of the lessons being spoken by a native Mandarin speaker to guide the student as he learns about the language. Mandarin language is spoken in many Asian countries and this is being taught through the PinYin or english pronunciation guide.

This book has 20 Chapters and the topics include greetings, introducing yourself, going shopping, eating, making a phone call, feeling unwell, geography, riding to the airport and farewell. It even has a glossary section where the common words are listed in pinyin with their english meaning.

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In the beginning of every chapter, there is a comic section where you see the characters talking in pinyin and in english. Then the dialogue is written again on the first page of the chapter. The lessons are written down in english in the grammar notes section. Then for application, the pattern practice follows plus the exercises. There is an answer key at the end of the book.

It is a very easy to use language book and very straight forward. My son and I have been going through the book for the past month now and we’ve been going slowly so he remembers the words he’s been learning to speak. This is very helpful as we only want to tackle basic and common phrases. Even for a non Mandarin speaker, Easy Mandarin Chinese is easy to follow and understand.

Hopefully, at the end of our school year, my son will be fluently speaking basic Mandarin so he is ready for our future travels!

For more information about this book, you may check Tuttle Publishing website and Tuttle Publishing FB page.

The Marc Pingris Life Story Book Review

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When we heard that CSM Publishing has published Marc Pingris’ life story in a picture book format,we were interested to read about it since we watch PBA and he is one of our favorite players. So when CSM Publishing gave me the opportunity, I was excited to read this story with my son.

img_9545The story book is written in both Filipino and English. Allowing parents and children to read the story in 2 languages. The artwork is beautifully done and visually enticing for children. The story is told in first person point of view, making the story even more relatable and exciting.

What made this biography different from other story books is that there is a section where you will be asked a reflective question about your own life. This is a good opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from the life of Marc Pingris.

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Indeed, there are several life lessons that I discussed with my son, specifically about not giving up and persevering to reach his dreams in life.

This is a good picture book to add to your book collection specially if your child loves sports.

For more information, please contact CSM Publishing through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CSMPublishing/, website at http://www.csm-publishing.com or  Twitter at https://twitter.com/csmpublishing

Diary of a Tokyo Teen Review

Tuttle Publishing‘s Diary of A Tokyo Teen is written by a Japanese-American girl who traveled solo to Tokyo from the USA before her 16th birthday. Written and drawn by Christine Mari Inzer, this is a graphic novel and travelogue of her experience in Japan as she visited her grandparents in this fascinating country.

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The exciting adventure started in Kashiwa where her grandparents live. Then she visited her favorite fast food chain which can’t be found in America, Mos Burger.

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She also introduced her cousins and the trendy teenagers you can see around the area.

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Christine traveled to Harajuku and this was what she experienced!
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Kyoto was her next stop where she shared her experience with the trains, food and the sights around her. Eventually, she found what she was looking for!

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Her family eventually arrived and they traveled to Tokyo to see more of Japan. The famous Hachiko, Japanese Ramen, sushi and Japanese culture were all featured as well.

The book is filled with personal photos, thoughts and illustrations that made the book feel more like a personal diary yet it is educational as the readers experience what it is like to travel in Japan.

This book has 128 pages and is paperback with flaps and almost the size of a letter sized bond paper. The good quality white paper used gave the illustrations the attention and the focus it deserves. The fonts used were very much like hand printed letters giving it personalized effect. Colorful and inviting, this book is ideal for children, teenagers and  young adults who want to experience what Japan is really like.

I enjoyed reading this and wasn’t surprised that my 12 year old daughter loved it too! Here is what she thought about the book:

“I really, really enjoyed reading the book! It had tons of colorful illustrations and photos. I enjoyed the book a lot because it’s fun and easy to read. I love the way the author showed me what Japan is like. It’s really funny, but at the same time you can learn new facts about Japan. I’ve read a lot of books about different countries, but I think this is one of the best! :)”

We were just talking about visiting Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and this book came! Is that a coincidence or what?

Get a copy of this book from Tuttle Publishing. Since 1948, Tuttle Publishing has been the premier publisher of English language books on Asian culture. They have books on a wide range of topics; including Asian culture, literature, architecture, gardening, cooking, martial arts, origami and crafts, travel, health and wellness, spirituality, and fine art for a worldwide audience. For more information, please visit their website, www.tuttlepublishing.com.

The Kindred Chronicles : Between Two Worlds Review

A few months back, I was blessed to have received a copy of The Kindred Chronicles: Between Two Worlds by D. A. Chan. Haven’t been able to do much leisure reading for quite some time, I was excited to dive into the world of Chris and Elline. As I was being drawn to their world, I find the story as mysterious and fast-paced. The time jumps on the first parts of the book added excitement and the introduction  of the kindred people welcomed me a whole new world of fantasy and action.

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This book is recommended for young adults who crave for a fast-paced and new breed of society. It has elements of a love that we all long for and an attitude of heroism that we all desperate need. Looking forward to reading the next books from The Kindred Chronicles from D.A. Chan.

This book is available through Amazon’s Kindle and also in paperback form.