Reading Rainbow: it’s back on Netflix!

My absolute favorite television show growing up is back!! And new episodes are in the making! How exciting is THAT?

 

www.readingrainbow.com
 
According to www.readingrainbow.com, viewers will be able to watch Reading Rainbow Volume 1 on Netflix starting August 1, 2015. In addition, Skybrary will consist of exciting books and video field trips all geared towards encouraging children to read. 

I showed a couple videos about the show and the new app to my son and he’s excited. The app has a free 14-day trial period, then users can choose 1-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription, with respective rates starting at $9.99.

Growing up loving LeVar Burton and this program, I want my son to enjoy it, too. I have a feeling I’m setting myself up for disaster, but we need to test it out before I get ahead of myself.  We will be testing out this 14-day trial and let you know what we think. 

Why don’t you go ahead and try it a all out, too, then we can chat about it in a week or so! 

What is Happiness According to Jesus?

Each day, I’m on a mission to keep myself happy. I eat what I want to eat, I do what I want to do, and I think what I want to think. My faith is with Jesus and I experience blessings on a daily basis. Is that the meaning of life, though? Really? Am I doing what I’ve been called to do?

 

by Bobby Schuller
 
This very interesting and thought-provoking book, “Happiness According to Jesus” by Bobby Schuller, has touched on many of life’s ups and downs, and many things in between. Eighteen chapters of relating scripture to our daily encounters and suggestions on what makes Jesus happy. 

At church this morning, our pastor reviewed a verse that mentions Jesus rejoicing: 

“At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” ~Luke‬ ‭10:21‬ NIV

In other words, the disciples got it, they understood what Jesus wanted them to do and therefore, “Jesus wanted his students to be like him, act like him, walk like him, and talk like him.” (Happiness, p.2).

We go through many emotions, which varies according to our circumstances. I think it’s important to spend more time in scripture, grow closer to God through meditation and prayer with Him. Many of us are lonely in a swarm of people. That loneliness will disappear once we realize Jesus is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. He wants to be closer to you than anyone else you’re physically next to. 

“When the body cries out for intimacy and we give it food, busyness, shopping, or media, these good things become perverse and harmful.” (Happiness, p.55) Without that intimacy with God, we tend to seek that closeness that takes us further from God instead of closer. Sometimes this intimacy replacement becomes an idol for us and that becomes a bondage that can be tough to break from. 

Later, on p. 171, the book continues saying, “If you spend your time looking for only material things, that light will be darkness. But if you spend your life looking for spiritual things and the kingdom of God, your whole body and your whole life will be illuminated with God’s goodness.” 

The basics of this book all ties together beautifully. I recommend it to anyone who desires to please God or are seeking a closeness with God. The examples and suggestions provided are very humbling. 

Do you have what it takes to understand “Happiness According to Jesus”?

Have you tried Bookperk?

As I was briefly browsing my Twitter accounts (@BABookworm808 and @theodene), I came across this app, Bookperk. It appears to be a new app that offers new daily ebook deals. 

  
There’s great features, like you get your first ebook absolutely free! But, a minor downside, you must read the books using the app. Being a Kindle user myself, it just doesn’t make any sense. But I tend to read some books using different electronic devices, like my iPhone and iPad as well as on my laptop. So, I’m flexible. 

After downloading the app, I did find that there are offers to win free books as well. It is pretty fascinating to be a part of this app and I hope to check it out for the next several weeks to observe other fun findings. 

Have you tried this app yet? Any thoughts?

Summer reading programs 2015

We are now in the middle of summer and I just realized I didn’t share about summer reading programs! Here in Hawaii, each state library is nearly done with their summer reading program. This year’s theme is Superheroes! It’s been a blast so far!

Each state library tracks the summer reading program participants separately. So, we have been going to the Mililani and Pearl City libraries. I have also managed to take my son to the summer reading program at Schofield Barracks, which has been fun, as well. Schofield Barracks theme is “Read to the Rhythm”. Both themes offer prizes for reading related to the theme, more or less. We will share what our prizes were when it’s all said and done, so check back in a couple weeks!

My 6 year old and I started the program in week 2, but have been attending every week since. We have gotten many prizes for reading about various adventures from “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek to “Play with Your Food” by David G Detrick, Jr.


 I highly recommend both and everything in between and around these for young children! My son LOVED these!

Usually, he picks a book and we read it together (which really means I read the words and he describes the pictures). But he surprised me with “Where is the Green Sheep?” When he started reading! Here’s a clip of him reading to ME!

My child started kindergarten barely knowing his alphabet and now that it’s over, I’m in shock! A lot can happen in kindergarten! Wow! I was thrilled that soon he will be reading on his own for summer reading and I can focus on my own!

Two weeks left of summer reading! I wonder what other adventures we will go on?

Weeks TWO and THREE of book studies

Week two was last week. I’ll be honest, I had difficulty keeping up on just the Proverbs study with Good Morning Girls and the Psalm 119 study with Love God Greatly. The other two studies (with Proverbs 31 Ministries and Faith Gateway) I didn’t even start yet.

You see, it is quite difficult to read or even blog when I have a headache. And I don’t get your normal headaches that you know triggers like sinus, tension, or migraine. I get those, too. I have had a headache since April 13. It’s one long headache. My physician sent me to a neurologist, who ordered an MRI and eventually medicated me and I’ve even had a occipital nerve block, which seems to have worn off. This headache affects half my head and my eye feels tons of pressure, it’s called hemicranial continua. Anyway, it has hindered my ability to read and to blog.

I wanted to comment on something I’ve noticed thus far with the two studies I have been doing. With Good Morning Girls, Proverbs study, I got their study book. It is only a place to write a scripture study using S.O.A.K. method, which is Scripture, Observation, Application, and Keep in Prayer. This study book is just a blank space with no lines, which is challenging for me as my handwriting changes in size from page to page and tends to go up or downhill as i write. I also have the opportunity to choose which ever scripture in the chapter for the day that I want to use for my journal.

In the Love God Greatly study, there are blogs links emailed three times a week, none of which I’ve actually clicked on. I think i would be more likely to read it if it actually were emailed to me rather than give me a link to it. Another thing about Love God Greatly is that they give you a section of scripture to read and then a verse or two (sometimes three) to use for a S.O.A.P. journal. This is very similar to S.O.A.K. but P is for Prayer and everything else is the same. With this study, I was not provided a book so I used my own notebook. It feels much neater for me to write in a notebook with lines.

I am still very behind in my other book reading and book reviewing. Headaches and fatigue have been at the forefront of my life and it has been difficult to do anything other than the normal daily routines. Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts on what I’ve been going through.

Please comment if you’ve ever been diagnosed with hemicranial continua and how you have dealt with it. I am really getting tired of being medicated myself. Hopefully, I can get some reading done this weekend! We shall see 😉