Kindergarten resource day to the library

Yesterday was resource day again for my son’s kindergarten class. Instead of the usual Pokémon books, he decided to pick a book about the Marines. His friend in his class often puts a bug in my son’s head about the military.  And since we live near three military bases, we have many neighbors who serve in the armed forces. 


My child actually showed me a picture from this book he borrowed that his friend in class says is his grandfather and uncles. This book in particular was published in 2009 and it has many images on the beach. As it is totally possible that pictures may have been used from a base nearby, the likelihood it’s his friend’s grandfather is a bit far-fetched. However, there is the potential it could be true. The person in question in this book has a dark shadow on his face, so realistically, it could be anyone. But how do you explain that to a 6 year old?

Even as a mother who knows very little about the military, just thinking about boot camp for 12 weeks sounds crazy. Yet there are hundreds and thousands who do so every year, I can imagine. It also gave me the thought to tell my 6 year old that if he ever joins the military, I want to live with him and help him care for his family. He didn’t seem to like that thought!

Surprising as it is, my kindergartener really can have interests in things other than Pokémon! Here’s to more learning about the world outside of Pokémon!

Book Review: Rungle in the Jungle by Robert Logan Rogers

Playful rhymes of creative creatures who together devise a plan for all in the jungle to race for a mile. As many of the creatures decide to join the race, the sly and deceitful snake does so as well. The snake also threatens the other creatures, bringing fear among them. But when the race actually starts, will the creatures overcome their fears?


For a debut, this is amazingly written and illustrated. The rhymes are easy to follow, except for my inability to anunciate properly while reading to my 6 year old. I happened to trip over words several times, using imaginary words, then realized I didn’t read the words right and the actual text sounds so much better!

My 6 year old son says he likes the book and wants to add it to his collection. His favorite illustration is the image of the snake who rolled down the path with its tail in its mouth, rolling as if it were a tire speeding down the road. The picture has lightning streaming out of the eyes of the snake. He thought that was the coolest part of the book.

Personally, I thought it was a long story at first, but I was very drowsy the first time I attempted to read it. As I read the story to my son this evening, he was actively engaged and curious what would happen next, especially after the cunning snake was introduced. At the end, he excitedly exclaimed, “I like this book!” 

Rungle in the Jungle by Robert Logan Rogers published with the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) on February 22, 2015. The author’s website offers t-shirts, posters, and copies of the book. Illustrated by Rachel McCoy, who is educated in arts and skills. You can find a copy of Rungle in the Jungle on CreateSpace for $16.95.

Change of pace

After many fairly intense books of deep and thought-provoking books, I’ve decided to take a short break and read something of a different genre. It’s a different speed and intensity, yet interesting enough that I’m totally engrossed as I read.

I’m coming to the conclusion that I would love to get paid to read. Ha! I’m not even sure that’s possible, but if like to try my best to accomplish this. My goal in life: make a living by reading books and reviewing it, promote it a bit, and share how each book affects me as a woman, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a mother, a wife, a step-mother, a friend. The emotions I go through, what stories remind me of, and just sharing how the words in each book comes to life for me.

In my past reviews I only touched on how the book inspires me. But I’m noticing that just like friends, a book can affect your daily living and behavior. It affected my language toward my 6 year old and I caught myself, totally in shock that I did that.

As I carefully pick a new genre to read and review, do you have any suggestions of a writer you enjoy reading? Or maybe a book you absolutely love and I can find for free?

Book review: Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs 

In a recent scroll through available books to read and review in NetGalley, I came across a book cover and title that caught my attention, Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs. The blue cover with an airplane, a train and a rickshaw caught my eyes and I was very curious as to what this book was about. If you think about it, there really aren’t borders when we can travel with these modes of transportation.


Not realizing what I was really signing up for when I downloaded Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs, I simply started reading. At first I thought maybe this author was taking a trip and explaining how we can bring Jesus to this area. Then, I started getting a better picture that this a book where the reader can see how Christianity is already in these locations, but with some reservations and persecution as a believer. 

The author, Chad Gibbs, takes the reader through several countries I would not picture to have Christian believers. But I was proven wrong and learned  new things about most of the countries beliefs. Each location has a history of why sharing the gospels is difficult and challenging. I also learned that sometimes our preconceived notions about some countries are entirely wrong.

As I read through Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs, I was taken to countries I don’t see my ever going to. It brought me out of the comfort of what I know and introduced me to life as a Christian in countries I only dream of. From Brazil to England, Russia to Uganda, Japan to Australia, China to Israel, India to Turkey, Chad Gibbs takes you to many corners of the world, if earth truly did have corners like it was once believed.

“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.” ~Revelation‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ ESV

Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs tells me as the reader that every nation and tribe and language and people are slowly getting reached! While some of us will never get the chance to visit this amazing countries, a few of us will. This book gives future visitors a idea of what to expect when you get to some of these countries as well as how to potentiality fund such a voyage.

Set to release on March 31, 2015, Jesus without Borders by Chad Gibbs is published by Zondervan and available on Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.