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Glory Days by Max Lucado

I received a review copy of this book from Family Christian.

Glory Days by Max Lucado

Can I let you in on a little secret? I never intended on reviewing Glory Days. I had too much on my mind and plate, so I had planned on skipping this particular book this month, but the Lord had a different plan in mind. The book was already on its way to me, so I knew that I was meant to read it. While I am normally a fast reader, this book took me a few weeks to read because I honestly needed to digest the information within. I needed to hear and apply what was written within the pages. The Lord knew what I needed and went over my head, so to speak, to make sure that I received the book at a time when I needed it.

Glory Days takes readers on a journey through Israel’s trek to the Promised Land. It goes over trials, triumphs, epic fails, and amazing victories. It breaks the various phases of the Israelites’ (including individuals like Joshua and Caleb) journey into small bits and applies the concepts learned to our lives today. Their struggles and victories are not unlike our own today. Using scripture, Max Lucado encourages us to embrace what can be if we truly put the Lord and His purpose for our lives before our own desires.

There are too many sections that spoke to me to list them all, so I’ll just type of few of quotes that really stood out to me over the last few days of reading.

“You’ll never have a problem-free life. Ever…. All people have problems. But not all people see problems the same way. Some people are overcome by problems. Others overcome problems. Some people are left bitter. Others are left better. Some people face their challenges with fear. Others with faith…. You’ll always face problems. But you don’t have to face them in the same way. Instead: Immerse your mind in God-thoughts. Turn a deaf ear to doubters. Set your mind to a holy cause.”

“Consult God in all things. Call on Him for great things. And bring extra sunscreen, because the day of victory will last long into the night.”

I think we all need reminders now and again that God’s got this and we need to trust Him. He never promised us an easy life, but He did promise to always be there for us. For me, Glory Days was a great reminder when I needed it. The Lord provided encouragement in an unexpected way.

Review: Giants – Legends & Lore of Goliaths

I received a copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of this review.

Giants Legends and Lore of Goliaths

Giants: Legends & Lore of Goliaths is an interactive book featuring historical accounts of giants from the Bible as well as tales of giants from legends around the world. It has beautiful images and fun facts. Flags from various countries lift up to reveal stories of giants. Pull tabs display accounts of creation, the flood, and giants. The Biblical account of David & Goliath is given in a fold-out 4-page spread. Readers will learn of other giants in the Bible as well as giants from around the world. It’s quite an interesting book featuring both fact and legends of giants throughout history.

The book is geared towards elementary aged children, but I think most ages will find it interesting. It’s a great starting point for discussions about various legends and points of view in different cultures.

Giants - Biblical story of David and Goliath

Book Description:

PERHAPS MYTHOLOGY CONTAINS MORE TRUTH THAN WE REALIZE!

The word “mythrdquo; has come to mean “fictionrdquo; in our minds, and so some people take Bible accounts, Aesop’s fables, and Greek myths and place them all in the same category. But what if some of the old legends are true? Rather than dismiss these narratives, perhaps we should investigate them. In this case, the world is filled with giant legends that speak of heroes and wars. In this highly engaging book of giants you will discover

  • Unique glimpses into the ancient accounts of giants from around the world
  • What does the Bible say about giants?
  • Full-color artistry developed in an interactive format with fold outs and flaps, booklets, and more!
  • A spectacular center spread stretching 4-feet across!

It is fascinating that the ancient world agreed on many aspects of the Bible, one of these being that early in the history of mankind, a race of violent, yet intelligent giants walked the earth, were destroyed by the Flood. Through historical records, the pre-flood and post-flood worlds are reconstructed, with giants re-emerging in and around Israel, and you’ll see one more reason that the Bible can be trusted.

Giants - footprint feature

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (July 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890518645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890518649
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 12 x 0.7 inches
  • Retail Price: $18.99

Staying Hydrated: Glass Water Bottle Options

Recently, thanks to receiving some discounted glass water bottles and a tumbler to test out from 3 different companies, I’ve gotten hooked on glass water bottles.

Testing out different glass water bottles and tumblers

While glass water bottles aren’t exactly practical for hiking or other outdoor activities due to the higher probability for breakage, they are great for normal, everyday activities. I personally like the flavor of water and other beverages out of glass better than out of metal or plastic.

Simple Eleven Insulated Glass Tumbler

This 15.2 oz. tumbler from Simple Eleven is an insulated (double walled) glass tumbler that is watertight and features a beautiful bamboo lid. The fine mesh tea infuser is removable. It comes with a neoprene sleeve for extra insulation. It can be used with both hot and cold liquids.

Because the tumbler is tall, you need to either 1) have a large glass of tea or 2) turn the tumbler upside down to steep the tea in the hot water. The design of the tea infuser does allow for the tumbler to be turned upside down without tea leaves getting into the water.

The double wall feature does allow for handling of the tumbler when it contains hot liquids. The neoprene sleeve adds a little extra protection. Unfortunately, the tumbler does not do a good job of retaining heat for an extended period of time. The tumbler works well for use at home, but not so much for commuting. My husband’s coffee cooled off within 25 minutes of pouring it into the tumbler.

You do need to remove the entire lid for drinking which could be a concern for those who commute, but it’s fine for those who aren’t drinking on the go. The opening makes it fairly easy to clean the tumbler.

Estilo Glass Water Bottles

These 16 oz. glass water bottles from Estilo come in a set of 6. They are watertight and feature a stainless steel cap. They are a nice alternative to using plastic water bottles. You can see a wave in the glass on these bottles which can cause a slight distortion when you look through the glass.

These are just basic sturdy glass bottles that have a gasket seal in the stainless steal screw-on caps. I like the set of 6 as it allows you to fill up water bottles for the day and put them in the fridge to make sure you’re drinking enough water. They are also good for making personal bottles of juice or lemonade.

The opening makes cleaning more difficult than the wide mouth water bottles, and you may have difficulty adding ice depending on the size of your ice cubes. I just put the bottles in the fridge, so I didn’t really need to add ice.

I would like to see silicone sleeves available for these bottles. These water bottles also come in an 18 oz. size.

Calibre Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve

My go-to 18 oz. glass water bottle right now is this one from Calibre because it has a large, thin silicone handle that allows me to carry it easily while on crutches. You can remove the entire lid for cleaning and filling. The flip-up top features a soft silicone drinking area that seals when closed to provide a leakproof lid.

The silicone half sleeve looks fun while providing a little extra protection for the glass as well as a more secure grip on the water bottle. The silicone sleeve can be removed for cleaning, if needed. The bottle has a wide opening which makes for easy cleaning and filling.

Earth’s Catastrophic Past by Andrew Snelling

I received a review copy of this 2-volume set to provide feedback based upon are use of the product.

Munchkin plans on studying geology and biology with a focus in paleontology in college, so this 2 volume set was of great interest to her. She’s had some experience with the topics due to taking classes through AIG, so I was curious as to what she would think of the books.

Earth's Catastrophic Past by Andrew Snelling

Here are her thoughts on the Earth’s Catastrophic Past Volume 1 & 2 by Andrew Snelling:

The first volume states and meticulously answer many common questions including how many animals were on the ark, what happened in the creation week, and how long the flood lasted. It’s an overview meant for someone looking to get a good understanding of the earth’s past from a Biblical worldview. It can be redundant at times. If an individual already has a good understanding of the topics, they may find the first volume to be on the dry side.

The second volume is technically advanced and provides good resources for more in-depth study of the topics. This volume is meant for someone who wants a deeper understanding of the topics and assumes a solid grasp of the basics.

Both volumes suffer from formatting that looks less than professional at times. Personal preference would find the footnotes at the end of the chapters rather than taking up large portions of the pages. It would be helpful if the illustrations, graphs, and figures were placed next to where they were referenced as constantly having to flip back and forth between the different places can discourage readers from viewing the material.

Dr. Snelling quotes a variety of different individuals when proving his points rather than just relying on his own studies and works. Both volumes are overall interesting and cover a broad range of topics while still remaining coherent. The 2-volume set provides are great deal of information started from the basics and continuing to in-depth coverage of the topics.

This 2-volume set is definitely a good resource to have on hand for someone who is interested in the history of the earth from a Biblical worldview.

Project Truck: Safety Gear

I received some safety gear – FSL Patriot Electronic Earmuffs – free from the company to provide feedback on their use. While they are great for the shooting range, they are also perfect for use when working on the project truck.

Every time we start to make real progress on Munchkin’s truck, we seem to have things happen that put it on hold or back in slow mode. After my injury, the progress slowed downed considerably. Once Munchkin and Daddy both started back up with school, well, progress was virtually non-existent. There isn’t a lot of time for large projects, so they continue on with little things here and there as time allows.

FSL Safety Gear - Patriot Electronic Earmuff

One of the larger projects that can be done a little at a time and doesn’t require huge sums of money is rust removal and prepping the truck for body work and paint. Whenever you’re working with paint and rust removal, it’s important to make sure that you’re using the proper safety gear.

Paint stripper – even the more eco-friendly stuff – is caustic. I forgot to get a regular paint brush and tried using foam brushes to apply the paint stripper only to have the paint stripper eat right through the foam brushes. It was rather amusing, but it did drive home the importance of making sure we were wearing safety gloves and a mask for the fumes.

Once the paint was basically off, it was time to put the safety mask back on as well as the mechanix gloves. Since Munchkin was going to be sanding and grinding with power tools and the process can get very loud, she put on the earmuffs to protect her ears. She says she doesn’t want to have hearing issues like Daddy. **grin**

The FSL Patriot Electronic Earmuff (affiliate link) provide great ear protection while still allowing you to hear what is going on around you. The electronic earmuffs use AA batteries which makes battery replacement easy because we always have them on hand. They have good volume control with an easy to use knob. The foam on the microphone is a bit thin, so you do get a little wind noise when the volume is up. The earmuffs fit comfortably over the ears and padded headband adjust easily to the head. The earmuffs are fixed, so the headband must be on top. The one big negative is they don’t collapse like some earmuffs, so they take up more space in storage.

Daddy likes the electronic earmuffs as it allows him to hear better while protecting his hearing. He said they worked nicely while grinding the surfaces. He was goofy and walked around with them on – testing out how well he could hear things with them on. He gave them two thumbs up except for the wind noise that he experienced at times.

Having safety gear while working on the project truck is important. Having proper ear protection is critical to preserve the already decreased hearing that D has and to keep Munchkin’s hearing at a solid level.