‘God’s Crime Scene for Kids’ Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Book Review : Chasing Secrets

 

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Chasing Secrets is the latest in the Elite Guardian series from Lynette Eason.  In the past I have shared my thoughts on Always Watching and Without Warning, two books in the series that I thoroughly enjoyed.  These books stand alone just fine, but they also weave together with overlapping characters as well.

I have enjoyed all the books by Lynette Eason.  She writes an action adventure story with some light romance.  In this particular story we get to know Haley Callaghan in depth, and find out that her history holds lots of secrets.  When Haley was a young girl her family was savagely attacked resulting in her nanny running with her, trying to keep her alive.  Fast forward to the adult woman, she has little memory of her life before she and her “mam” were on the run.

As a member of the Elite Guardians, a group of highly trained women who are hired as body guards to famous people, she constantly finds herself proving her worth.  Haley is very qualified to watch her back, but when people seem to be trying to kill her, she has to balance protecting others and protecting herself.  Haley is also a woman who is always watching out for others more than herself, and this quality endeared her to me.

I loved the story, the action and the drama parts of it.  This book, like all of Ms. Eason’s are great summer reads, they are fast paced and move along very well.  I always enjoy her stories, and even my teenage boys enjoy them.  Once again, a clean story with great moral lessons taught throughout.

NOTE: I received a copy of Chasing Secrets at no cost.

Book Review : Fault Lines

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Fault Lines is a novel by Thomas Locke (AKA Davis Bunn).  This is the third book is a series that goes beyond this book, and oh my!!  This book starts on page 1 and you will not want to put it down, even after it is over!

This is one of the fastest paced books I have read!!  I did not read the first two books in the series but feel like it is ok, I do not think I missed much, but I want to read them and plan to get my hands on them as soon as I can!!

I absolutely loved the characters, every one of them!  The main character Charlie Hazard is the perfect hero, selfless, competent, handsome and committed.  The heroine Gabriella is highly intelligent, sensitive and needs Charlie.  The two fit together perfectly, however little to no romance is in this story.

The main theme is psychology and it was very thought provoking!  I can’t go into too many details because there are so many twists and turns you just want to read it yourself!!  The book is clean and safe for young adults (teens) and I know my boys will love it, but I want to let them start at the beginning once I get the other two books.  There is a fourth due out, and you can bet that I will be reading that one too.

I have read other books by Thomas Locke including the Emissary and Merchant of Alyss – he is an author that we all enjoy, he writes amazing stories with strong characters and a page-turning plot!!

I HIGHLY recommend Fault Lines if you are looking for an amazing action story that you will not want to set down!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Fault Lines at no cost.

Texas Brigades (Pt 1) : Waterfowl

Last week my youngest boy and I were able to attend the Texas Brigade Waterfowl camp.   I was a huge fan of Brigades before, but even more now!

IMG_4092These camps (there are 8) are all over the state of Texas.  First, they are leadership camps, second they are conservation camps.  I have loved these camps for 3 years, since my oldest attended his first : Rolling Plains Bob White Brigade.

Each camp is 5 days, and yes you drop off and normally go home.  Your son or daughter are there with a committee of leaders who are fully investing in training and mentoring them.  The leaders are amazing and some of the best in their fields.

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The structure for the camp is that there are small groups of 5-6 cadets (first time camp attenders), led by a Assistant Leader (a returning cadet) and an adult.  For Waterfowl, the groups are flocks, Bob White the groups are coveys, Buckskin the groups are herds, and so on.  I was honored to be a flock leader for 5 cadets this past week.

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There were so many amazing parts of my week (despite the lack of sleep, too much food, and hormonal teenagers).  I thoroughly loved getting to know my flock members and watching them transform throughout the week.  They bonded together, encouraged each other and each were pushed well outside their comfort zones.

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My very favorite part was watching my most challenging child become a young man.  I tried not to be too close or in his space.  I wanted him to find himself with his own group.   He did.  He was not under the shadow of his older brothers here, since no one really knew them, they were meeting him.  He figured out what he was good at (Plant ID for one) and he did an amazing job.  He was one of the first youth to try to give his silver bullet, and kept at it until he earned the coveted trophy : his paracord necklace with a waterfowl band on it.

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He did not shy away from anything (that I saw) the whole week.  Over everything, I delighted in seeing him come into his own.

Since we have been home he has written a thank you note that far surpassed anything he has ever written!  I asked him once to write it, and he did without another request.  The note was to the person who taught the majority of the plants, since he won a book for scoring the best on the plant ID test.

Next, I asked him if he wanted to make a video to talk about his experiences and what he brought him – the next thing I knew he had his stuff out and was practicing.
Did this camp change him?  So far yes.  So far I see a young man in the place my boy was before last week.

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The boys will be sharing their experiences in upcoming posts, this summer someone attended Bob White, Bass, Waterfowl and Buckskin, so there will be lots of insight in the weeks to come!!

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