Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Welcoming Brandi

Thanks for joining us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! We have formally changed the Linkup start time to Mondays at 9 a.m. E.T.

 

With great pleasure, we’re introducing our newest host, Brandi:

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Hi, I’m Brandi, a desert-dwelling homeschool mom who loves to devour fiction and chocolate. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and have been homeschooling for about 15 years, if you count pre-school. While much of my reality is spent homeschooling and homemaking, I love to add a little whimsy to my life by gardening, decorating, creating, and dreaming up fantastical tales. I recently self-published my first children’s book on Amazon and hope to one day spend my time writing novels.

In my blog I love to chronicle my family’s life, store my thoughts, share my faith, reminisce days gone by, compile yummy recipes, reveal nifty tips, talk about topics relating to health, and write about all things homeschool.

And as with everything in my life, including blogging, I do it all for the glory of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I’m super excited about joining the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup as a co-host since I LOVE all things literacy related. Plus, I’m looking forward to getting to know the other hosts and you, the faithful #LMMLinkup readers, too.

If you’d like to drop by and say hi, you can find me at my new WordPress bloggy home, Brandi Raae: Living Between Whimsy & Reality.

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Next week we’ll formally introduce Leah, but if you want to go ahead and meet her, check out her contact information underneath our brand new graphic, designed by Brandi.

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Bookmark Freebie

by Carrie at My Book Boost

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Carrie’s cute bookmark attracted a lot of readers. Be sure to check it out and download your own copy today.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Our Secret to Scripture Memorization as a Family

By Imperfect Disciples

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Scripture memorization is an integral part of our home and homeschool. We love the support from AWANA Club, but Scripture tunes are certainly valuable tools!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Exciting Changes

Literacy Musing Mondays is a vibrant community of bloggers who celebrate reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more! We are excited to announce some exciting changes. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing two new hosts focused on assisting us grow into an even more dynamic community.

We will also change the release of our linkup to Monday mornings. Stay tuned for the specific time.

 

Meet-Your-Hosts-3

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

My Teacher For President Book Review

By Carrie at My Book Boost

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With the ugliness and nastiness of this year’s election, this post is a fresh breath of air. I really wish the Presidential election this year was like this book portrays it!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 Resist or Redeem: The Power of Halloween Street

By Lydia at Journey of the Word

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Lydia’s timely post won my vote this week because of the loving manner she uses to tackle a difficult issue. She backs up her position with Scripture.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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The Three Most Inspirational Books + Child Sponsorship

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So far this fall is shaping up to be one of the best ever in terms of reading. I’ve had the pleasure of reading not one but three truly inspirational books that were all written within the past five years.

Running for My Life

By Lopez Lomong

Lopez Lomong, runner and the United States flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has one of the most inspiring life stories of any athlete. From the rags of a Sudanese lost boy to the riches of the American dream, Lopez has truly seen the gamut. His story transports readers from the horror of a rebel kidnapping, to scrambling day-to-day for survival in a Kenyan refugee camp, to the fulfillment of his Olympic dream and his partnership with World Vision to make life better for those in his home country.

Kisses from Katie

by Katie Davis

Not content to sit in the lap of privilege all her days, Katie Davis headed to Uganda where she opened her heart and home not only to the fourteen girls she adopted but also to the whole village as well. Founder of Amazima Ministries, her energy and commitment to helping the poor is tireless.

More Than Rivals

by Ken Abraham

My ancestors have hailed from Tennessee for generations and I’ve grown up hearing the tales of racial turbulence in Nashville during the period of desegregation. The true story of former NBA players Eddie Sherlin and Bill Lignon and their interracial friendship that inspired the integration of two high schools in Gallatin, Tennessee gave me a truer understanding of the racial turmoil in which my parents grew up. The inspiration came in the way two humans moved beyond race to inspire others in their communities to mutual respect and acceptance.

Inspiration is life-changing only when it leads to action. God prepared my heart through these stories to bring me back in touch with an old friend who sits on the board of a ministry in Ethiopia called Gospel and Grain. I am a huge fan of this child sponsorship program that provides nourishment and support to some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in this impoverished country.  My children have been blessed to begin praying daily for their new sponsored child. If you are looking for a way to bless the least of these, consider sponsoring one of these dear children still waiting for sponsorship.

**This post contains affiliate links to books that have inspired me. If you purchase through the links, I will earn a small commission. Thank you.

Please share about the books that inspire you in the comments.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup

 

Welcome to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

 

Meet-Your-Hosts-3

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Sometimes We Want Results Now…and That’s Not How Parenting Always Works

Need some encouragement in your parenting journey. I know the title sounds far from encouraging, but read to the end. Fill up on this central truth :By ourselves, we are not mom enough, but with God, we can do all things.”

My Favorite Post of the Week:

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5 Things More Valuable Than Sharing Our Opinions

By Angela at No Ordinary Days

God’s truths are nonnegotiable, but our opinions certainly are! Angela reminds to us to let all that we do be done in love!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Final Friday Family Faves: September 2016

How’s your family reading this month? Ours has run the gamut from the inspirational to the funny fiction to the serious lecture.

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Once again Hunter (Daddy) has chosen a lecture course instead of a book. He highly recommends lectures from The Great Courses series for any adult desiring to self study. Economics was his most recent fave.

Leslie (Mommy) has read three phenomenally inspiring books that I’ll be posting about next week. Instead of duplicating here, I’ll share my favorite children’s book instead. Until a few weeks ago, I had never actually read Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet by Carlo Collodi. Far surpassing the Disney cartoon movie, the original delights young readers while subtly teaching them the moral values of hard work and obedience to parents alongside the once-stubborn marionette.

Archie (9) is part of a Newberry Award book club at our local public library. The students kicked off the club by reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. A Chinese spin on The Wizard of Oz, it’s a sure delight for readers of all ages.

Grace (7) chuckled her way through The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. I love how this hilarious short novel teaches a powerful lesson without a child even knowing it!

Grant (2) fell equally in love with all four titles in the Thomas & Friends My Red Railway Book Box. These simple board books will delight any vehicle-loving boy. Caution: Older siblings may tire of reading A Crack in the Track or Go, Train, Go! after the one millionth read! Parents: You’re just thankful your child loves books, right?

What books did your family love this month? Please share about them in the comments.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Farewell Gayl


We begin this week’s linkup by wishing co-host Gayl Wright a fond farewell. She is headed in new directions with her writing, and we strongly encourage you to use the links below to visit her blog and let her know how much you appreciated her as a host.

On to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

Would you like to host the #LMMLinkup? Please let me know at theforeverjoyfulhomeschool [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in learning more about what hosting entails. Please keep the mission of our linkup in mind when you contact me. We celebrate all types of family-friendly literacy with a special focus on literacy that draws us closer to Jesus Christ.

 

Meet-Your-Hosts-3

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Who doesn’t love a free book? Thanks, Tehila, for highlighting such great freebies!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 Homeschool Moms Speak Up About the Benefits of Homeschooling

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By: Michelle at homeschool-your-boys.com

 As a homeschooling mom, it’s always encouraging to see the benefits of homeschooling played out in families from all walks of life. I wish some of my non-homeschooling friends would read this post to better understand why we do some of the things we do.
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Blogging for Christian Growth

We’re so glad you joined us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! Beckie Lindsey brings us a great guest post today about how blogging has positively impacted her spiritual life. I pray you will be blessed!

How Blogging has Made Me a Stronger Christian
By Beckie Lindsey

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Heart pounding, my finger hovered just above the enter key of my laptop. I drew in a deep breath and clicked “post”. That was almost two years ago and yet I still go through some of the same angst before publishing a blog post.

I started my blog because I have fallen in love with God and His word and desire to share my journey in hopes of inspiring others. When I began writing Spotlight, I never imagined the blessings and trials that I would encounter—and yet it is both that have made me a stronger Christian. Here are a few reasons why.

Teaching Means Learning Double

“To teach is to learn twice over.” ~Joseph Joubert

Every post requires research and study of scripture. Blogging has made me a better student of the word as I teach to others what I have learned.

“Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.” Luke 6:40 NLT

I’m Accountable to My Readers

Research shows that putting a goal in writing along with sharing it with others increases our success by 85 percent. Since my major goal is learning and putting into practice scripture, blogging is a huge benefit to me in my spiritual growth.

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24 NLT

Support and Prayers from Others

I cannot express how grateful I am for the support of other writers and Christians. I’ve gained a large community of some wonderful encouragers and supporters whom I’ve also learned a great deal from.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

Trials—It’s Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Blogging means making myself more public, and with that have come some difficulties. I have also noticed an increase in spiritual warfare. These issues have occasionally made me want to put a halt to sharing with the World Wide Web, but I know that God has used the trials to strengthen and grow me.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT

Even though my heart still pounds just before hitting “post”, the pluses of blogging far outweigh the minuses. Don’t you agree?

Beckie is a wife and mother of three grown children and two adorable cats. She is thoroughly content with a cup of coffee, a piece of dark chocolate, and a great book. She serves in music and women’s ministry at her local church. Her passion is to encourage others to not only know the truths of the Bible but to experience them personally and practically in everyday life. Beckie is a freelance writer and blogger. She has been published in newspapers, online sites, devotionals, blogs, and magazines. She is currently co-writing a Bible study as well as a YA Christian/supernatural novel. Connect with Beckie on her blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

First, let’s

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Everything Is Possible

A favorite quote that Joanne shares from this inspiring book is :

Where will your path take you if you decide to push yourself to do what you were meant to do? Where might you find yourself that you never dreamed possible?

Be brave. Dream big. Have faith. And don’t be scared to look down. The view is pretty spectacular.

 

Joanne inspires too by sharing this sweet review. Be sure to check it out.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

The Eternally Valuable

Practice of Becoming a Minimalist

By Tehila at Women Abiding

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Tehila gives a great perspective on how “stuff” can influence our lives. Often I think about how many activities I cannot do because I am straightening stuff I don’t necessarily need. (And I am by no means a hoarder!) I have been blessed as I have applied some of these principles in my own home.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Also congratulations to the winner of our Back to School PayPal Giveaway: Jessica Miller.

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

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Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

 

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: In Honor of September 11

Dear Literacy Musing Mondays Friends,

As we gear up to enjoy great books, writing samples, homeschooling tips and devotions this week, let’s pause for a moment to remember those who died fifteen years ago in the September 11 terrorist attacks and to celebrate the heroic acts of those who served.

As a community, you bless me with your great resources weekly. This week, rather than picking a single favorite post, I’m featuring your best posts on September 11 and God’s grace, as well as some other resources I have found helpful. Read, remember, and reflect.

Blessings,

Leslie

Feature #1

Book Review: Triumph Over Terror by Pageant Wagon Publishing

According to the review, Triumph Over Terror, chronicles Chaplain Bob Ossler’s five tours of duty in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. I’ve added this to my to-read list!

Feature #2

How to Trust God in Difficulties by Ifeoma Samuel at Purposeful and Meaningful

While not specifically about the terrorist attacks, Ifeoma gives solid, biblical advice on how to trust God in the midst of tragedies.

Feature #3

Remembering 9/11 With Your Kids: Patriot Day by Mary at Not Before 7

Superb roundup of resources for teaching children about this tragic day using developmentally appropriate books, video clips, and more.

Feature #4

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

My son has long been a fan of this series, but I had him hold off on reading the September 11 book while he was younger. At almost 9 years old, I decided this September 11 was the year for him to read it, and I’m glad I allowed it. I appreciate how Tarshis explains her reasoning behind writing about such a tragedy in a special section as well as her own personal experience in an international airplane on that fateful day.

**This post contains an affiliate link to a book I love. If you purchase through the link, I will earn a small commission. Thank you.

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Looking for ideas for fun fall activities. This post at Our Unschooling Journey has some great ideas.

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

[bctt tweet=”Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! ” username=”Maryandering”]

 

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A Heart Most Certain Review + Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup

Nothing gets me more in the mood to celebrate literacy with my blogging friends than a good book. Melissa Jagear’s newest novel, A Heart Most Certain, was remarkably thought-provoking and action-inspiring. If you’re looking for fiction that breaks out of the lightweight category, check this one out. Jagears delves into difficult issues such as the Christian’s duty to help those less fortunate regardless of what sin may mar his or her past, hypocrisy, and redemption.

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Synopsis:

Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that his mother is the moral society’s president. Lydia’s first task as a moral society member–to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town–seems easy . . . until the man flat-out refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs–and hearts–truly align.

What I liked:

  1. The plot line captured my attention. I was as stuck to the story line as Winnie the Pooh to his sticky-yet-delightful honey tree.
  2. Jagear’s used Lydia’s fictional story to inspire readers to help those in need, no matter the personal cost.

What I disliked:

  1. Early on, I jumped to some wrong conclusions about Jagear’s portrayal of the church. As the plot turned, she took great pains to show the reader that even if hypocrites exist in a church, we should still rejoice in the genuine Christ followers and celebrate the church. Nevertheless, I was unable to fully recover from my initial negative impressions.
  2. Character development was a bit weak. Many characters were too black-and-white. She also introduced a few characters with intriguing personality traits that did not serve to further the plot.

Overall Star Rating: 4/5

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers  in exchange for an honest review.

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On to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

Have you entered our back-to-school giveaway yet? On Labor Day, we’ll be celebrating school by announcing the winner to our $30 Paypal Cash giveaway.

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Who Actually Has Time to Homeschool for 6 Hrs/Day?

Homeschooling doesn't take as long as you think!

Have you thought of homeschooling, but worried about finding the time? This article by Shelly Sangrey makes some interesting points to encourage those on the fence to take a second look at homeschooling. Be sure to check out this informative article..

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Froggy Goes to School Book Activities

By Lisa at Syncopated Mama

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 Froggy is one of my favorite little characters, and I love the creative activities Lisa prepared. All her posts feature the most delightful photos of the outcomes of her family’s handiwork. Don’t miss her post!
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

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Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup + $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway Reminder

Who’s going to win our $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway? Maybe you!

Please link up your best posts about about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and anything else literacy-related then enter to win some back-to-school cash!


 

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Scripture Prayers for Your Homeschool- Part 1

By Suzanna at Wonder-filled Days

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This post is short, but packed with power. Praying for our children’s learning is essential. I hope you take time to hop over and look at the post. I know it will bless you.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

The Power of Learning to Write with Saltiness

By Amy Hagerup at The Vitamin Shepherd

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God wants both our speech and our writing to be seasoned with salt. Amy highlights how our blogging can make a difference in the lives of our readers. Check it out!
Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[bctt tweet=”Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! ” username=”@Maryandering”]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

 

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