Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, February 21 {with link up}







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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heirloom Audio Productions: Wulf the Saxon {Homeschool Review Crew}

Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again! They bring us another captivating G.A. Henty audio drama, Wulf the Saxon. Henty has long been one of our favorite authors, and Heirloom Audio Productions a favorite resource.
Wulf the Saxon
We received the the 2 CD set, which contains about 2.5 hours of adventure. As always, the main voices we hear in this production are familiar to most of us: Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan); Christ Larkin (Master and Commander); Helen George (Call the Midwife); Jack Farthing (Poldark); Sian Phillips (I, Claudius); and Patrick Godfrey (Les Miserables, Ever After). You will find yourself totally captivated, as did we.

Wulf the Saxon contains castles, kings and nobles, battles, shipwrecks, an assassination attempt, a Viking invasion, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings.

The story takes place around 1065, in England and France. Wulf is a young, 16 year old Saxon landholder, who must learn (through often perilous experiences) to manage his holdings, and gain respect of those around him.

We learn of women who are willing to go to battle at the sides of their men; men who want to avoid harming women and children during battle; the sacrifice of one couple who put the good of their country above their love for each other; and how "fortunate are the few who marry for love."

This is an excellent and entertaining method of learning a segment of England's history.

This seemed to be such a complex story; sometimes it was hard to follow the plot twists, and keep track of the various characters. It is often best for me to listen while I am driving (which makes it great on long road trips); this time I listened while doing things around the house, or even doing a coloring page. I even listened through twice. I think this is one where I'll catch new details with each time I listen. 

My 15 year old listened with me, while putting together puzzles. He enjoyed it; but it's hard for him to express his thoughts.

I look forward to hearing my 18 year old's perspective, when he has a chance to listen, and even my oldest son's. It's hard now to share these stories with them, though. I also have friends who are fans of Heirloom Audio Productions who will really enjoy having a listen.

I hope you will check out these great audio dramas for yourself!
Heirloom Audio Adventure Club
The Live the Adventure Club is a wonderful resource for history buffs, and G.A. Henty fans. You'll find resources and articles, kids activities and games, study guides for each audio drama, history and grammar resources from the 1700s and 1800s (rare old books you can read online), inspiration station, a daily history nugget from during Henty's lifetime, and best of all the library of all the audio productions from Heirloom Audio. You'll automatically have access to each of the volumes you have purchased, with the option to purchase the ones you don't already own. Thus you can either listen online, or download the mp3 file.

I discovered there a word search puzzle for Wulf the Saxon, downloaded it and printed it off for my son.

Previous adventures we've reviewed:
In Freedom's Cause
With Lee in Virginia
Captain Bayley's Heir

We also own:
In the Reign of Terror
The Dragon and the Raven

I hope that someday we can also purchase:
The Cat of Bubastes
Beric the Britain 

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beware of the Hard Heart {a devotional}

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Psalm 95:7, 8.

No man can even once devote his God-given powers to the service of worldliness or pride without placing himself on the enemy’s ground.... Every repetition of the sin weakens his power of resistance, blinds his eyes, and stifles conviction....

The Lord sends us warning, counsel, and reproof, that we may have opportunity to correct our errors before they become second nature. But if we refuse to be corrected, God does not interfere to counteract the tendencies of our own course of action. He works no miracle that the seed sown may not spring up and bear fruit. That man who manifests an infidel hardihood or a stolid indifference to divine truth, is but reaping the harvest which he has himself sown. Such has been the experience of many. They listen with stoical indifference to the truths which once stirred their very souls. They sowed neglect, indifference, and resistance to the truth; and such is the harvest which they reap. The coldness of ice, the hardness of iron, the impenetrable, unimpressible nature of rock—all these find a counterpart in the character of many a professed Christian. It was thus that the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh. God spoke to the Egyptian king by the mouth of Moses, giving him the most striking evidences of divine power; but the monarch stubbornly refused the light which would have brought him to repentance. God did not send a supernatural power to harden the heart of the rebellious king, but as Pharaoh resisted the truth, the Holy Spirit was withdrawn, and he was left to the darkness and unbelief which he had chosen. By persistent rejection of the Spirit’s influence, men cut themselves off from God. He has in reserve no more potent agency to enlighten their minds. No revelation of His will can reach them in their unbelief.

Unbending principle will mark the course of those who sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of Him. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, February 14 {with link up}

 Happy Valentine's Day!





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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Sign of the New Heart {a devotional}

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26.

One of the most earnest prayers recorded in the Word of God is that of David when he pleaded, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Psalm 51:10. God’s response to such a prayer is, A new heart will I give you. This is a work that no finite man can do. Men and women are to begin at the beginning, seeking God most earnestly for a true Christian experience. They are to feel the creative power of the Holy Spirit. They are to receive the new heart, that is kept soft and tender by the grace of heaven. The selfish spirit is to be cleansed from the soul. They are to labor earnestly and with humility of heart, each one looking to Jesus for guidance and encouragement. Then the building, fitly framed together, will grow into a holy temple in the Lord.

The youth especially stumble over this phrase, “a new heart.” They do not know what it means. They look for a special change to take place in their feelings. This they term conversion. Over this error thousands have stumbled to ruin, not understanding the expression, “Ye must be born again.” John 3:7.

Satan leads people to think that because they have felt a rapture of feeling, they are converted. But their experience does not change. Their actions are the same as before. Their lives show no good fruit. They pray often and long, and are constantly referring to the feelings they had at such and such a time. But they do not live the new life. They are deceived. Their experience goes no deeper than feeling. They build upon the sand, and when adverse winds come, their house is swept away....

When Jesus speaks of the new heart, He means the mind, the life, the whole being. To have a change of heart is to withdraw the affections from the world, and fasten them upon Christ. To have a new heart is to have a new mind, new purposes, new motives. What is the sign of a new heart?—A changed life. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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