This book is #37 in The American Adventure series, but don't worry, you do not need to read the books in order if a particular time period strikes your interest. Reading them in order does have a benefit concerning the books leading up to and following wars because it gives readers a broader understanding of the build up of conflict and the period of restoration following great loss and difficulty.
"The Flu Epidemic" is set in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1818-1819. Not all of the surviving soldiers had returned to the states from WWI yet, and more individuals worldwide had been killed by the Spanish flu outbreak than the number of people killed in the world war. Some other historical events woven into the plot include the killing of songbirds by school children with slingshots and the crash of a low-flying plane in downtown Minneapolis.
These are excellent fictional history books to get any elementary or middle school boy or girl interested in American History. I enjoy reading them aloud to my pre-k through 4th grade sons. These books are wonderful if read in order, but they can be enjoyed out of order or by just reading a single book if one in particular fits a topic you're interested in. They paint a good picture of what life may have been like during different significant events in the history of our nation. This book in particular is dealing with WWI, which was then referred to as "The Great War."
For the sake of time, I will be reviewing this audio Bible without giving much detail on this particular New Living Translation. If you are interested in comparing translations or wonder why I would bring that up from the start, check my review of the NLT Illustrated Study Bible. To the point: I could recommend this as a supplement, but read text along with it, cross-reference, rely on a more solid translation to get your doctrine.
Intro aside, I appreciate that these are CDs and not MP3s. We still primarily listen to music from a CD player or radio at our home. While I can play CDs on my computer, I cannot play MP3s in our CD player so CDs are more useful and versatile for us. You may have noticed this is called a "dramatic audio experience." Fancy terms, but it makes a big difference in listening. There are some audio Bibles that are narrated by a single voice the entire Bible through. The BREATHE Bible is not, hence all the pics of the beautiful people on the front. Multiple voice actors worked together in making this so it is a bit like listening to a movie.
One serious error I believe they've made is to rely on the fact that the listener will recognize and correctly identify the party speaking by the sound of their voice alone. In some instances, they do not tell us who is speaking and we could be left guessing incorrectly. For example, Christ's transfiguration is being described in Matthew 17:1-5. If you were reading a printed Bible, you would have no doubt that in verse 4, Peter is speaking to Jesus. Here are the verses as found in the KJV:
We recently discovered these Midwestern comfort food recipes that have been huge hits! My apologies for the lack of decent pictures, our beloved camera has died so we currently only have a tablet to take photos with. So, don't let the lack-luster photos deter you from checking out these recipes.
Above is a sweet potato casserole with nut crumble that I found on Oh She Glows. We made it for Easter and it was wonderful! I had pondered whether it would be too sweet since we usually eat our sweet potatoes with butter (or Earth Balance for the dairy-free ones here), but it was just enough to be a treat without tasting like it belonged on a dessert table. In other words, you don't have to feel guilty if your son takes (or you) takes thirds or even fourths!
Below is a recipe a great friend brought to my attention. Not only is it versatile, but it cooks in one pan and uses affordable on-hand ingredients. The recipe for Change-Your-Life Chicken is over at The Lazy Genius Collective, which is an affirming and entertaining blog. The little I read made me crack several smiles and feel a little less shame as a human.
I hope you find these savory, allergy-friendly recipes a great addition to your cooking arsenal!
Oasis International, in partnership with several major Christian organizations is launching The African Study Bible- the first study Bible developed by Africans with over 2,600 notes written by 350 contributors from 50 countries over the course of more than seven years. Oasis has partnered with Tyndale House Publishers and Urban Ministries Inc. to host the African Voices Conference from April 10-12 at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Along with thanksgiving and celebration of the ASB, distinguished leaders and scholars from Africa will 30 lectures on various topics including missional theology and the roots of Christianity in Africa.
The African Study Bible has already been released and celebrated in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana. The President of Kenya recorded a video blessing the ASB project. The upcoming schedule of celebrations of its release includes Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa June 4-11, as well as Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria June 29- July 1. Please join me in praising the Lord for bringing this project to completion and in praying for its use to His Glory and for His Kingdom throughout all of Africa and the entire world!
The ASB will be available for sale in the US in May and is being distributed by Tyndale House. It is a resource literally in its own category as there are no other Bibles written from this perspective or with this focus of ministering to the African people. With millions of individuals of African descent living in America, this resource is not only useful for those who live in or travel to Africa- it is very relevant right here in the melting pot of the United States.
Without further ado...
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I am not much of a blog reader. There's only a couple I check on occasion:
Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!