G. A. Henty’s “For The Temple,” From Heirloom Audio: Review

Our family has loved listening to the audio dramas from Heirloom Audio ever since we first discovered them, and so we were so happy to receive the two CD production For The Temple for the purpose of this review!

With a wonderful original score by John Campbell and Daniel Philpott, we were swept into history as this production swirled around us! I have always said that scoring really brings a story to life.

The story “For The Temple” follows the Jews and the Romans during the time up to the destruction of the temple which was in Jerusalem. In particular, we follow the life of John, the son of a vintner whose home is on the Sea of Galilee. He wants only to live there, and produce the best grapes in Israel, but war between the occupying force of Rome and the Jewish army opposing them are making this an impossible goal for the time being.

John ends up in the Jewish army and has to leave the vineyard behind, as well as his mother and the girl he is planning to marry.

John ends up being something of a legend as a rebel leader, so much so that when he next sees his loved ones they tell him that along with praying for him, they are praying for the great leader John who is making such a difference!

While out for a walk while his men watch the Roman camp, John meets the Roman General and they fight. When John has the upper hand he learns who the man is, and he makes him swear on his life and his gods that he will not destroy the temple. Then John passes out from a head injury. The General becomes his friend and cares for him for ten days before letting him leave.

While recovering after leaving the Roman camp, John stays in a small poor village on the coast of the dead sea. There he meets someone who says they knew the Nazarene Jesus. At this point, John begins to question his beliefs.

When John learns that the Romans are planning to take the holy city of Jerusalem, he leads six hundred men into the city to protect it, not only from the Romans, but also from three zealot groups who claim to be protecting the city but are in reality stealing from widows and orphans and desecrating the holy temple by staining the altar with blood. John must make a difficult decision. But, you must listen to the story to discover how this all turns out!

Along with the two CD production, we received a wonderful study guide. This study guide has helped to guide our discussions while listening to For The Temple with questions under the following headings:

  • Listening Well. Here, your child will be asked about what he has heard or what he remembers.
  • Thinking Further. in this area, he will be asked to draw conclusions from the actions of various characters, or to speculate about the intentions, mindset and personal character of the people in the story.
  • Defining Words. This is an area to aid in expanding your childs vocabulary. He will be asked to look up and learn words specific to the story.

There is also a recommended reading list given which will help parents and older
children who  to know and understand more about the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, Three Bible studies, and two essays which gave us a lot of really good background of the time involved in this story.

As always, I do recommend this audio drama to you, along with all of Heirloom Audios other productions! To read what our family thought of the other productions which we reviewed, please read here.

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For The Temple {Heirloom Audio Reviews}

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My New Instant Pot!

I received a much wanted Instant Pot for Christmas!

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We’ve been having fun putting up meals from My Freeze Easy, where in addition to all of the regular categories there’s now a whole category for the Instant Pot! This time around, we (The Artist and I) put only Instant Pot meals in our menu plan, so as to get used to using this brand new appliance. We’ve now served all five of the recipes we put up, and still have one of each in our freezer.

First up, in 8 minutes we did Meatballs and Marinara sauce.

Here they are, at the end of 8 minutes . . .

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And, plated!

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Next, we did New Brunswick Stew, which took about a half hour.

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Then, we did Chicken Cordon Bleu, cooking time about 20 minutes.

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Next up was French Onion Pork Chops, which were cooked in about 20 minutes.

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Finally, Mushroom Beef Pot roast, which took 55 minutes!

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This is such a great appliance! And it’s nothing like my mother’s pressure cooker, which I was always terrified of. Plus, it has other functions we haven’t even explored yet, like slowcooker, cake maker, rice cooker, steamer, food warmer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, and sterilizer. I will never use the yogurt maker. 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy with this appliance, and very glad I’ve been asking for one!

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Our Batman on His Birthday!

As you can see, he is still all Batman, all the time! As long as he receives Batman things, he is so happy, as you can see!

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M.I.A. Lately . . .

So, many things have happened to keep me away. Let’s see . . . first up was a little mishap which made it realoly hard to use my hand . . .

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Yes, folks, I did this myself, carelesness while using scissors. no, I was not running with scissors. I was trying to cut a tag off of something.

Surgery . . .

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My birthday dinner is waiting until probably the end of January or into February, when I am able to be done healing, and able to chew again.

Then, snowmageddan Albuquerque . . .

We live outside of Albuquerque, but it hit here. I did NOT move to the desert for this, but truthfully, it was gone gone gone in about a day.

And last but not least, my husband in the E.R. on January 2.

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So this, friends, is how my 2018 ended, and my 2019 begain. So, I’m hoping for the year to improve!

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So . . . This Happened . . .

I’ve been MIA here on the blog lately because a “thing” happened. My husband and I were on our way home one evening a few weeks ago, a woman hit us. Nothing broken but the minivan, but I had a lot of deep bruising, and painful (very painful!) issues with my rib cage. I was unable to manage stairs, or even lie down. So for two weeks, I slept downstairs, sitting up.

Here is what my minivan looked like the last time I saw it . . .

We will hopefully have it back by the 20th from repairs.

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Balancing Diapers and Deadlines From Lisa Tanner Writing: My Review

Since I haven’t had kids wearing diapers in a VERY long time, I was unsure about how well the Balancing Diapers and Deadlines course would fit into my current Life. I ended up being glad to have been assigned this course for review, because author Lisa Tanner has made a lot of things much easier to learn! This course is available at Lisa Tanner Writing.

My kids are older, but there are many things it has taken a lot longer than a “normal” family to work our way into a feasible plan each day/week/year. I did learn a lot though, things I really wish I had done differently during their younger years.

Many moms who go through this course might be doing so because they are trying to grow a business while having to also take care of their children. Me? At this time, I just want to grow my blog, have time to focus on ideas, and get them coherently written! 🙂

This course is all text based, withpdf  downloads  to go with some of the lessons. Because it is text based, I found it easier to pay attention to the lessons than I do when doing a video lesson.

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines is an online, eight unit course. The units are:

  • Welcome to Balancing Diapers & Deadlines
  • Building Your Foundation with the Basics
  • Minimize Your Decisions
  • Minimize Your Decisions:The Annual Meal Plan
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Growing a Business with Your Kids Around
  • Boost Your Productivity
  • Closing Thoughts

W#ithin the units, there are numerous lessons which fit in nicely with the unit name. Some of my favorites were:

  • Flexible Routines

This is something I’ve long struggled with. I have special needs children who have trouble with things changing, and would get upset if something we said we were going to do now had to be changed to a different time. I’ll be working with my husband on this one for sure!

  • Plan of the Day

This helped me to see how helpful it would be to sit down with the kids to lay out what our day would look like . . .

  • Plan of the Day Part 2

This is a great lesson for the inevitable times that “the plan” does not work out and needs to be changed on the fly. That has always been a hard one to handle in our home!

  • The 15-Minute Quick Clean

This lesson is just perfect! Not just for me, I think everyone can benefit from it! As I learned from another system long ago (but have definitely strayed away from) You can do ANYTHING for fifteen minutes!

  • Setting Boundaries

This was not what I expected from the title. I thought it would be about setting boundaries with other people in order to have uninterupted work time. It is not about that!

  • You Need Sleep!

Breaking it down, we all need to decide if we are sleeping enough. Many of us are not!

  • You Need Some Free Time!

I struggle a LOT with this one! It’s really hard to carve out “me” time without feeling guilty, or feeling that I am stealing time from my husband and kids.This lesson helped me to know that i NEED to do this, and how to do it.

All in all, I found this course to be great for me in some areas, and not applicable in others. I do think it would be a worthwhile course for most moms, whether they have young children or not, are running a business or simply looking to grow their blog! It is available for purchase at the bottom of this page.

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Balancing Diapers and Deadlines {Lisa Tanner Writing Reviews}

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My Security Ball!

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