June 2015 Posts

Kid Talk Tuesday: Celebrate July 4th with Imagination Station!

This week’s kids post comes from kids team member Christine Showalter.

From all of us at Tyndale, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Independence Day!  In celebration of America’s birthday, we invite you to check out three books in The Imagination Station series about the American Revolution: The Red Coats are Coming, Captured on the High Seas, and Surprise at Yorktown.  Christian parents and teachers will appreciate the historical facts as well as the biblical worldview training their kids and students will absorb.  Kids will appreciate the excitement and tension of an America at war with England, and in some ways, with itself.  These books help bring history to life and are sure to be great summer reads for your kids!

 

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The Redcoats are Coming!

The first of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution, The Redcoats Are Coming follows Patrick and Beth as they assist the revolutionaries by waking up the sleeping citizens of 1775 Concord before the Redcoats come. In this adventure, the cousins meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. They help smuggle musket balls, sound the alarm that the Redcoats are coming, and deliver a secret message to Paul Revere. Along the way they learn that most of the revolutionaries leaned on God’s direction and even pastors helped in the cause.

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Captured on the High Seas

British warships battle with American privateers in this high sea adventure. Cousins Patrick and Beth have landed on the Royal Louis in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Cannonballs fly and swords slash. They’re captured! Now they face even more dangers. Will their new friend James Forten be sold by the British into the West Indies slave trade? Or will they all be sentenced to the overcrowded prison ship floating near shore where scores of prisoners die from filth and disease? Patrick and Beth help plan a daring escape as they witness firsthand the deeds of brave heroes who fought to make America the land of the free.

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Surprise at Yorktown

Travel two centuries back in time to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washington’s ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they can’t escape?

Kid Talk Tuesday: Raising Warriors – Guest Post by author Teri McKinley

This week’s post is from author Teri McKinley.

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As I write these words I feel the sweet kicks of a baby boy inside my belly. Like most first time parents my husband and I dream about who our son will be. Will he have blond hair like us? Will he have a reserved and gentle personality like his daddy? Or will he be outgoing and energetic like his mama? In my joyful anticipation, I pray for him daily.  As I ask God to intentionally shape his character, there is one request that has become so strong, tears stream down my face every time I pray it. Lord, give my son courage to stand for You. Let him be a warrior for Your Kingdom.

It seems that growing threats rage daily against Christians around the world. Each week brings a new set of fears. I am overwhelmed by this battle, not knowing how to fight. But as I feel the movement of life inside me, I am reminded that God is in the present and the future. I have realized that my greatest contribution to His Kingdom just might be raising a man who fearlessly fights for Him. It sounds like an ambitious task, but I believe that God can equip all Christian parents to succeed in this duty.

So how do we do it? How do we raise mighty men and women who will fight courageously for our King? As I ponder this I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the Philippian church. Reviewing his encouragement to the Philippians gives us three practical ways to teach our children to be courageous.

1. Lead by Example

One of the best ways we can train our children to fight for the Christian faith is to model the fight well. Paul’s greatest battle was suffering, but in it he became a skilled warrior. He showed the Philippians how to suffer well, using his imprisonment to share the gospel with the entire Roman imperial guard (Philippians 1:12-13). He was courageous in the face of persecution, knowing that God would be glorified no matter his earthly fate: “Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1:21).”

Just as the Philippians looked to Paul as an example, our children are looking to us. Do they see us standing up for Christ in a way that honors Him? Do they know that we hold this world loosely because our treasure is in heaven? Our children will learn to be courageous Christians if they see us fighting ahead of them.

2. Steep your Children in the Gospel

Our children’s hearts are more likely to be penetrated by the gospel if we constantly surround them with the Word of God. Paul didn’t have the ability to teach the Philippians out of the completed Bible, but he wrote letters to reinforce truth. Even in his absence, he washed them in the gospel, reminding them to grow in love and discernment and become pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10). Paul continually pointed the Philippians to Jesus and told them to live their lives according to His example (Philippians 2:5-10).

How are we doing in washing our children with the gospel? Do they desire to know more about the Bible? Do they understand who Jesus is to the best of their developmental abilities? Our children have to know Who they’re fighting for if we want them to stand firm in the fight. A personal attachment to the King creates the most loyal soldiers.   

3. Prepare your Children for Battle

Finally, we can encourage our children to be Christian warriors by preparing them for battle. Paul never hesitated to tell the Philippians they would face war. “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had (Philippians 1:29-30).” He warned that they would face persecution and told them how to face their opponents. (Philippians 1:28).

Are we preparing our children to face the war or are we trying to protect them instead? We never want to instill fear in our children, but rather help them see that they can face all situations courageously because of Who fights with them. With confidence we can remember that the battle is ultimately the Lord’s. Let’s honor Him by training up men and women He will use for His fight. It may be the greatest thing we ever do.

Fiction Sale for all formats!

We are excited to share with you two major sales going on right now with some of our fiction books!

First, for e-book lovers you’re going to want to check out this great list of e-books that are on sale until June 27th.

Get these e-books from your favorite e-book store for only $4.99 this week (click the link the find your favorite vendor):

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The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

Firewall by DiAnn Mills

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

For those of you that still love the touch, feel, and smell of a real paper book, don’t worry, we have something for you to get excited about!

Our summer fiction sale at Tyndale Direct is in full swing! You can get 50% a ton of fiction titles by your favorite authors, plus you can get free shipping on orders over $35!

Click here to check it out and browse.

Or click on your favorite author to find their books that are on sale and more!

Chris Fabry
Cathy Gohlke
Rene Gutteridge
Susan May Warren
Allison Pittman
Dee Henderson
Randy Alcorn
Janice Cantore
Lyn Cote
Randy Singer
Candace Calvert

Faith that Sticks Craft Challenge – Post #2

We sent some incredibly creative people some sticker packs and told them to create a one of kind craft to share with our readers. Our second guest blog comes from Missy Rogers! You can find the sticker pack she used here – click here

I received 6 sets of stickers to make a project with.  This was a challenge at first but once I got going I knew just what to make. In order to use all of them I made a Summer Adventure Journal and Scrapbook for my family.  The stickers were summer themed which made it easy for me to choose the activities for the book.  I then had to figure out what I could do with the 9 “Words of Encouragement” stickers. This is when the project became True to its name, the faith that sticks summer project.  You will see how when you read about parts 2 and 3.  There are 3 parts to the book.

 

Part 1- Pages 1-70:

       This   part has 35 summer activities for your family to choose from.  You can choose to do one whenever you like throughout the summer.  Each activity has spaces for 5 pictures or notes to save in memory of the activity.

 

Part 2- Pages 71-72: Joy

            This part is all about choosing to refill your own Joy so that you can share Joy with others. Taking time for yourself each week through the summer.

 

Part 3- Pages 73-88

            For this part I used the remaining 8 “words of Encouragement” stickers. For 8 weeks during the summer you can choose a different “Word of the week.  Each word has a short note with bible verses you can look up and ideas for activities to go with the lessons.  They also have 4-5 spaces for Pictures or notes from the activity.  

 

There are also extra cards to write notes on that can be slid into the photo slots. As well as miniature blank calendars that you can fill in your word of the week or adventure activity plans.

 

 

 I would like to say Thank You, To Tyndale. I enjoyed this project. I will enjoy teaching my children the lessons I created using the Words of wisdom.  I have to admit we have already started and completed some of the projects. I just could not wait for the one on page 55, Invite another family over for a water battle.  We had a blast and there was not a dry child the entire day. J

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