Home School Book Review

     If you love to read, check out the Home School Book Review weblog at http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview .  Reviews of nearly 2,500 books, mostly of literature for children and youth, have been posted there.  You can use the search function to see if a specific book has been reviewed or to find books by your favorite author. And you can look at books according to different categories.  Also, you can leave comments about the books or the reviews.

     Some of the books reviewed in October, 2012, include the following:

Oct 21st, 2012: The Warrior Twins
Oct 19th, 2012: Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats
Oct 18th, 2012: Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas
Oct 17th, 2012: Polycarp: The Crown of Fire
Oct 16th, 2012: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Oct 15th, 2012: Respect and Enjoy God’s Creation
Oct 15th, 2012: The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale
Oct 14th, 2012: The Dog Show
Oct 13th, 2012: The Magic Christmas Carpet: 25th Anniversary Edition
Oct 12th, 2012: When School Bells Call, A True Story: Farm Life Series, Book 2
Oct 10th, 2012: The Cats of Roxville Station
Oct 9th, 2012: Sounder
Oct 8th, 2012: Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pub and Other Unexpected Places
Oct 7th, 2012: The Black Pearl
Oct 6th, 2012: Azima and the Magic Jungle: Second Edition
Oct 3rd, 2012: Healthy Foods from A to Z

     Each month, we give a “Book of the Month” award to the best book that we read during the month.  The “Book of the Month” for October is:

Polycarp Crown Of Fire (Torchbearers)

Polycarp: The Crown of Fire by William Chad Newsom.

     Runners up were The Warrior Twins by Maria Briere, Sounder by William Armstrong, and Azima and the Magic Jungle by Michael Phillips.

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table of contents from Nov., 2012, issue of Biblical Homeschooling

BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING is a free, monthly, e-mail newsletter of general interest, encouragement, and information for homeschooling Christians published by Wayne S. Walker, a gospel preacher and homeschooling father living in Salem, IL.  For more information, you can contact him by e-mailing  wswalker310 (at) juno.com.   Anyone who desires may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/ )

     Here is the table of contents from the November, 2012 (Volume 15, No. 4) issue:

1. THE GOSPEL SONGS OF ELISHA ALBRIGHT HOFFMAN

By Wayne S. Walker

2. CHRISTIANS SAVAGELY BULLIED

By Rebecca Hagelin (May 11, 2012)

3. PATHETIC DAN SAVAGE

By Brent Bozell (June 22, 2012)

4. THE TROUBLE WITH MULTICULTURALISM

By Cliff May (June 21, 2012)

5.  MUSEUM VISIT REVEALS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTIES WITHIN DARWINISM

By Marvin Olasky

6. SCHOOL DISTRICT’S OUTREACH TO HOMESCHOOLERS—A TROJAN HORSE

By Dee Black, Home School Legal Defense Association (June 27, 2012)

7. THE MIGHTY ACTS OF THE LORD

by Wayne S. Walker

8. THE APOSTLES IN JAIL (Acts 5:12-23)

By Wayne S. Walker

9.  TRAINED TO BE A HOMESCHOOL MAMA

by Gena Suarez

monthly meditation from the Oct., 2012, issue of Biblical Homeschooling

     Here is the monthly meditation from the October, 2012 (Volume 15, No. 3) issue of BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING a free, monthly, e-mail newsletter of general interest, encouragement, and information for homeschooling Christians edited by Wayne S. Walker, a gospel preacher and homeschooling father of Salem, IL  (for more information contact wswalker310 [at] juno.com).  Anyone may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/ .

Monthly Meditation

10. THE ETERNAL FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD

by Wayne S. Walker

     “Oh, give thanks to the LORD!  Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (Psalm 105:1).  Psalm 105, by an unidentified author, emphasizes God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel throughout their history, especially in the promise to Abraham, the Egyptian bondage, the ten plagues, the Exodus, and the wilderness wanderings.  However, the first six verses express the proper response of a people who “give thanks to the Lord” for all that He has faithfully done for them.

     “Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!” (v. 2).  One of the most noticeable ways in which we can praise God is to sing to Him.  David arranged for singers in the temple that his son Solomon would build in order to praise God.  We also are to be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in [our] heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).

     “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!” (v. 3).  There are numerous examples in the Old Testament of those who gave glory to the name of God and many encouragements for others to do the same.  One way that we give glory to God is by being willing to suffer for His sake.  “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16).  The American Standard Version reads, “let him glorify God in this name.”

     “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!” (v. 4).  Men like Noah, Abraham, and many others were blessed greatly because they sought the Lord in their lives.  Jesus promises us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

     “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth” (v. 5).  One of the things which God constantly encouraged Israel to do was to remember His goodness, and when they failed to do so, they strayed away.  Sometimes we too stray into sin.  “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).  Let us dedicate our homeschools to the praise and glory of our Lord who is eternally faithful.

Old Allensburg, OH, school, now Allensburg Church of Christ (Highland County)

Allensburg Church of Christ

     Allensburg, OH, is located in Dodson Twp., Highland Co., OH, on U. S. Hwy. 50 nine miles west of the county seat of Hillsboro.  It was platted on Oct. 28, 1838, and named in honor of William Allen, U. S. Senator from Ohio.  The Allensburg School was District 6 in Dodson Twp.  On Feb. 5, 1939, the Allensburg Church of Christ (Christian) began meeting full time in the vacant one-room school which has since become the center of the current structure.  Several additions including a basement have been made over the years to enlarge the auditorium and provide classroom space, the latest of which consisted of offices and more classrooms in 1999.  The modern address of the location is Allensburg Church of Christ, 7105 Abernathy Rd., Lynchburg, OH 45142.   I am familiar with the area because this is my home county and I call Hillsboro my hometown.

http://allensburgchurchofchrist.com