"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Drive Thru History®- "The Gospels"~ Review

Hello again dear readers. I’m back to share another product review with you. Have you and your family had a chance to read through all the Gospels in the New Testament? I know I for one have read through them many times. Through regular reading and study of scripture I’ve come to understand there is always something new to glean from God’s Word no matter how many times you have read any of the scriptures. Getting the chance to review Drive Thru History®'s- “The Gospels” helped my family see the life of Christ in a whole new light.
Drive Thru History
Drive Thru History The Gospels


Drive Thru History The Gospels

We had heard of Drive Thru History® before but had never had the opportunity to watch an of their video series. All I thought it was is a man taking a drive to different places talking about important things in our history. Well there’s more to it than that and I’m happy the opportunity came for us to do this review. We finally got the chance to see what so many others liked about these video series. The first thing I (we) learned is that the name of that man driving around is Dave Stotts. He is the host of Drive Thru History®. He has traveled many places in the world to uncover the history behind the people, places, and events that has shaped our world and the Christian faith. His newest project Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is what I want to share with you in this post.


Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is the story of Jesus that is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It comes packaged with an outer sleeve/jacket. Once you take off that sleeve you will find what my son says looks like the front cover of the hymnals you find in the back of the church pews. It has a hard cover and feels nice and sturdy. From there you will open it up to find three DVD’s. Two are in the front and the third one is in the back. There is an 118 page study guide included as well. On the back cover where the third DVD is located is a sample map of Israel.

DTH- The Gospels study guide

The three DVD’s all have six episodes. Each episode is 30 minutes long. All together they total 18 episodes and 9 hours of video content. Some of the things covered in the episodes are the history, birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The episodes are very fun and humorous. We did not find anything boring about them. Although there are moments Dave Stotts was silly, he was serious enough for real learning to happen, and he explains the content very well. The age range for the video series is 5th grade through adult. As you can see this is something that can be enjoyed as a family.

Drive Thru History lesson

Each week part of our daily curriculum we do is some Bible study. My son had already been learning about the Gospels when we received Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”. This was a perfect addition to what we were covering. Each week we watched up to 5 episodes. Dave kept us so engaged that it seemed the time would fly right by. We found ourselves wanting to watch more and more. Next we opened the study guide and would do a recap with the summary. Then I would pick a few question from the discussion questions for us to go over. There are also some scriptures to read at the bottom of the page. We would reflect on what we already knew through our own studies and anything new we had learned from the episode.

DTH- Lesson

Throughout the study guide is some beautiful high quality photos and artwork. They are displayed on glossy paper. We have always talked about how nice it would be to visit the Holy Land someday. Since we haven’t been able to go, it was great looking at all the detailed footage and tourist attractions throughout the videos. With all of the high quality graphics we saw, I can see why this set costs $89.95. It does not look low budget or something they just threw together.

I could tell my son was fully engaged and learning a lot. He even mentioned how cool it was that we were watching the last few episodes (which covered the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ) the week of Palm Sunday, and Good Friday that led up to Easter Sunday. That brought it all home for us. Watching the last episode was bittersweet. We just didn’t want it to end. It is truly a blessing to be free to learn history through a Christian worldview. Not only would “The Gospels” be great for using as part of a homeschool curriculum, but it would be great for Sunday school or a small group study as well.

Thanks again readers for stopping by and reading to the end. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew had a chance to review Drive Thru History®- "The Gospels" as well. Click on the banner below to read their thoughts about it.

The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews}

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Bible Jigsaw~ Review

Hi dear readers. After a long, busy, or hectic day all I want to do is have time to sit back and unwind. How about you? What do you do when you find you just need time to relax, ease the tension, or take a break from things? I for one like things that are calm and soothing. That is why I am excited to tell you about a product I had the chance to review that has been just the thing to help me settle down at the end of the day.

Planet 316

Planet 316 is a company that seeks to develop fun, interactive games and lessons which are infused with faith and family values. They “aim to creatively communicate the message of Jesus Christ to people across the globe” by providing faith-based learning in the form of computer games.  Planet 316 wants to help the whole family have experiences where they can connect with each other. In Proverbs 17:22 it says “A joyful heart is good medicine…”. They are providing a way for that to happen through their Daily Bible Jigsaw. It was exciting to get a chance at doing my first app review and a Bible Game at that.

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

The Daily Bible Jigsaw is a free puzzle game app you can play on your iPhone/Android, iPad/tablet, or on your PC/laptop as a Facebook game. There are several ways you can get access to this game. It can be downloaded and played through these platforms:

* Google Play (Android devices)
* Apple App Stores (iOS devices)
* Facebook (Mac or PC computer web browser- works best on Chrome and Firefox)
* Facebook Gameroom (PC computer…Facebook’s new PC game platform)

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316
 
I did not know if my son was interested in playing daily jigsaw puzzles so I had already planned this would be all mine to enjoy. To get started I went to Google Play to download the app to my Android phone. I really don’t like having more than one game app on my phone because they seem to take up too much space. I made an exception to do this review. I also opted not to play this on Facebook. For one I don’t like using Facebook on my phone, and two I don’t like playing games on Facebook because of how they seem to make my laptop act up. For review purposes Planet 316 added 500 free puzzle coins (worth $39.99) to my account to help me get their full puzzle experience. Once the app was installed I was all ready to let the fun begin.

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

I logged into the game using my email I used to download it through Google Play.  Once the game loads up it shows a new puzzle for the day. You get to play one puzzle a day for free. I like that I get a reminder on my phone to play each day. There were times I got so busy that I forgot all about the puzzle and the reminder really help. Next I hit the play button and 30 pieces of a puzzle comes up.

I noticed the game comes with some neat features. On the left top is a box with the amount of coins I have to use. These coins can be used for a variety of things like the assist tools located next to the coins. I’ll explain more about these in a moment. Beside the tools is a clock. This shows how much time is passing by as you are working on the puzzle. Another note about the coins. You can use your coins to play achieved puzzles (from previous months or days you missed), or you can earn free coins through rewards (mentioned below) and by watching short promo ads.

The assist tools featured are the rotate, guide, sweep, magnet, and edges. These are not free to use. They will cost you some of your coins. I tried them all at least once but found two to be my favorite ones to use. The rotate tool automatically turns all your pieces around in the right position for you. The edges tool takes away all but the edge pieces. This helps you be able to get your frame put together first. Once you put on the last edge piece all your other pieces appear back on the board. From there you can finish up your puzzle. There is also a power piece that lights up all shiny for you to connect with another piece. If you connect it in time you earn a free coin.

I love the background music that is played. It’s a soft instrumental that just soothes your soul. When you have completed the puzzle to reveal a picture that is so colorful and pretty. The fanfare and scripture just makes you smile. Next you click to continue where you get to see your time. There is an option to share your completed puzzle with Bible verse on Facebook but I don’t use that option. If you hit a new record you will be awarded. Awards are for things like you hit a new score in how fast you completed a puzzle, or you hit a new record in how many puzzles you have completed. At the end of each days free daily puzzle you will see your calendar for that month fill up with a puzzle piece letting you know you have completed that days challenge. I started out solving my puzzles in under 5 minutes. Now I can do them in under 3. Woohoo!

Games like this are my favorite types to play. I look forward to my daily puzzle fix. Other than one small issue, I had a great experience with the app. Customer Service emailed me back with an apology and solution and even added a few extra coins to my account for my troubles. Another thing I also loved was that no one else in my home wanted to play "my" game but they did notice the soothing music. I have noticed my son and hubby listening in while I take a moment to play. They have even commented on how calming the music sounds. Thanks to Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316, I now have a daily jigsaw puzzle addiction! As always thank you readers for stopping by to read my review. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew had a chance to review Planet 316’s Daily Bible Jigsaw as well. Click on the banner below to read their thoughts.

Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Acquit~

Word of the wk 4


Previous Words of the Week:
Abstemious
Abridge
Abed

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday~ 4/19/17


 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Abstemious~



Previous Words of the Week:
Abridge
Abed
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