With My Eyes Wide Open, by Brian “Head” Welch

“Just like a surgeon has to cut a patient open in order to correct what’s wrong, God has to cut into our souls in order to correct what’s wrong with us. He cuts and he cuts until all we bleed is the character and nature of his beloved Son, Jesus. And man, does the cutting hurt.”- Brian “Head” Welch

Brian “Head” Welch is not your stereotypical Christian. He has facial tattoos, dreadlocks, and plays guitar in the heavy metal band KoRn. Yet, this passionate follower of Jesus Christ has been to hell and back and has leaned on his beloved Savior throughout financial catastrophes, betrayal, and a daughter committing self-harm, only to come full circle and re-join the band that he once quit in order to save himself and his daughter.

In this poignant and refreshingly honest memoir, Welch isn’t about to pull any punches. He tells a story that is difficult, sometimes comical, and, most importantly, real, and comes through at the end as a beacon of hope for those who feel there is no saving them and that they aren’t worth being saved in the first place.

I received this book on a Wednesday and had already finished it by Thursday, despite the fact that I have ten children running around the house, because I couldn’t put it down. Welch’s neverending and sometimes raw faith in Jesus Christ is something to behold. Having been through things which don’t even compare to the intensity of what this gentleman suffered, I find myself ashamed that I didn’t always have the total faith in God’s control like I should have- like he did have. 

After I finished the book, I set it down on the table and, with tears in my eyes, took my devotional off the bookshelf, dusted it off, and got down on my knees, praying for forgiveness for neglecting my own relationship with Jesus. The faith of this rock star made this stereotypical Christian take a second look at my dedication to my Lord and Savior.

I fervently recommend this book to anyone- believer or unbeliever. This book has the potential to be life-changing. I am a testament to that fact.


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Light of the Last, by Chuck Black

Imagine being blinded in a terrible accident,only to eventually recover and get your sight back…and then some. Drew Carter, in the third book of the Wars of the Realm Seriesregains not only his vision, but the ability to see otherworldly beings that no one else can see.

Are they aliens? Angels? Hallucinations? No matter what they are, they play an instrumental role in Carter’s eventual attempt to save the United States from a disaster so terrible, it will haunt your dreams.

Author Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical combat communications engineer, uses his military and technical expertise to paint an intricate, realistic picture of what the secret world of the CIA and other offices of intelligence are capable of.

As a lover of science fiction novels, I was immediately drawn to the storyline. What can be a better read than a book about someone who can see into the supernatural realm and still hold true to the salvation message? The action in this novel has a lot of potential to be a page-turner. There is A LOT of military and technical jargon that sometimes had me merely skimming almost whole pages until I got to a “good part.” But that’s just me. There are a great many people who would appreciate the research behind explaining the weaponry and high-tech gadgets abundantly placed throughout the entire story.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the angelic realm, end-times scenarios, and militaristic novels. This novel is the perfect concoction of the three and will entertain anyone with an eye for detail.


(I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are truthful and completely my own.)


Heroes of the Bible Treasury, Illustrated by David Miles

Looking for a great Bible storybook for your children? Look no further!

If your children are anything like mine, they can be a bit restless when it comes to reading Bible stories. Enter Zondervan’s Heroes of the Bible Treasury. This compilation of six “I Can Read” books in one is a must-have for any family with younger children. Written at a Level 2, this book is geared for children who are beginning to read more difficult sentences with help, but it is also a great choice for a family read-aloud.

Every day our family begins our homeschool routine by spending some time in God’s Word. I’m going to admit that it’s been a bit of a struggle to find something that would keep the attention of my wiggly-worms.  Every time I would think I found something that might work, I would quickly discover I was mistaken because my kids just couldn’t pay enough attention to even participate in a short discussion after we were through.

This book was a breath of fresh air for us. It is written in a child-friendly format and the illustrations are colorful and engaging. The children who could never sit still for Bible time began to ask questions, make connections with lessons they learned in Sunday School, and they would ask me to read more.

Now that’s the sign of a keeper.

I received a complimentary book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

Lazy Day Links- 5/14/16

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The time has come for another installment of “Lazy Day Links.” This was my younger children’s last week of homeschool activities, and I.am.exhausted. So, yeah. I’m guessing this weekend will be very lazy for me. 😛

Favorite Blog Posts:

Body Positivity Week??– Beauty Beyond Bones

Why Your Children Annoy You and Homemaking Is Boring– Generation Cedar

10 Homeschooling Non-Essentials– iHomeschool Network

Suddenly, Unexpectedly Homeschooling (You’re Gonna What?!)– My Little Poppies

Am I Doing Too Much? (Ask These 3 Questions to Find Out for Sure.)– More Than a Homeschool Mom


My Older Posts:

Why Should We Homeschool?

Why Should We Homeschool?- Part 1- Safety

Why Should We Homeschool?- Part 2- Personalized Learning

Why Should We Homeschool?- Part 3- Values

Why Should We Homeschool?- Part 4- Freedom of Choice


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Books Worth Reading:

Angels– Billy Graham

A Clear Guide to Revelation– Ross Lyon

This Is My Home, This Is My School– Jonathan Bean (Note: This is a children’s book but definitely worth a mention because it is the only picture book I’ve ever seen written in a realistic way about the life of a homeschooler. I highly recommend this book.)

A Place for Truth– Dallas Willard

Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning– Nancy Pearcey


Well, that’s about it. Enjoy your weekend!

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The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton- A Parody, by John Moe

Ready to get the inside scoop on those emails?

Browse through any recent news headlines, and you’re bound to see a story or two on the infamous emails of Hillary Clinton. Ever wonder what was actually in those emails? Well, you’re about to find out! (Not really. But really. Just kidding.)

I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I started to read The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton. Was it going to be poking fun at conservatives? Liberals? The answer to that is- yes!

I am not exaggerating when I say that this was the funniest book I’ve ever read. Ever. Despite living in a house with ten children running around, I was able to get through this title in one day because I couldn’t put it down. In fact, my older children had to put up with me calling them every five minutes to read them another section that I found to be particularly hilarious.

Besides the tear-inducing humor, I was also really impressed with the fact that the author, John Moe, was able to take such a politically sensitive issue as this and make it so unpolitical, if that’s even possible. Hillary Clinton herself could probably get a good laugh out of this book were she ever to read it. (During her breaks from Call of Duty: Black Ops, of course.) Don’t know what I’m referring to? Read the book! I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are completely my own.*


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Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks- A Booklook Blogger Review

A book of Christian apologetics and evangelism to equip believers to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ

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In a world seemingly out to obliterate any belief in Jesus Christ, if there was ever any time to examine the historical accuracy of the New Testament, it is now. Enter Rice Broocks’ Man, Myth Messiah- Answering History’s Greatest Question, a book providing the evidence for the historicity of Jesus and the inspiration for the new movie, God’s Not Dead 2. Included are rebuttals for the arguments used by many skeptics against Christianity today and solid arguments called “minimal facts” that the vast majority of historians accept as evidence for not only the existence of Christ, but also for his resurrection.

This book was personally a godsend for a woman like I am- someone who has a passion for God and Christian apologetics but who also feels a bit timid about presenting these truths to people who have not yet believed. Besides examining the reliability of the New Testament and looking into the “truths” set forth by the skeptics, Broocks also provides a clear plan for how to approach people with the gospel, armed with the advantage of knowing how to address the common fallacies perpetuated by well-known skeptics that are spread like talking points throughout the world of atheism.

Man, Myth, Messiah is a timely gift to those of us who wish to spread the good news of Jesus Christ equipped to interact with a world gone mad. Reiterating what I expressed before, if there was ever a time for this book, it is now.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

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