The Pray-ers: Book One “Troubles”: My Review


At exactly the right time in my life, i was given the opportunity to read and review the book The Pray-ers/Book 1 Troubles, published by CTM Publishing Atlanta and authored by Mark S. Mirza.

For well over a year now, we have been learning in our Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer meeting about how to be a more effective prayer, and one thing I have definitely learned is that there is never going to be too much to learn on this topic! For that reason, along with the fact that i have always been an avid fiction reader, I was very excited to get a copy of this book.

The author Mark S. Mirza has written over three distinct time periods: Bible era, the 1800’s at the end of and during the post Civil War, and modern era.

He has created fictional demons and angels with names to further the story, and we see how they interact with humans throughout the three separate time periods. One thing I enjoyed, which others may not, is that the novel jumps back and forth between the eras. I like seeing how they end up weaving together, myself. My favorite era, however, has to be the 1800’s in Georgia. The main human character in this era is a traveling preacher convicted by The Lord that this is where he needs to be, even though he is a northerner. His name is Alexander Rich, and he is a friend of a real person in history, Dwight Moody. I also love how he makes very clear that the demons KNOW that in the end they will lose the battle, so all they can really do at any time is to attempt to ruin a believer’s testimony. I like that angels are interacting to strengthen believers, and that the book shows how the main characters ask for help, and deal with temptations and regrets.

There are small footnotes throughout the story giving Biblical references having to do with certain parts of the fictional story, as well as a reference section at the back of the book.

Mr. Mirza has a very strong conviction against giving any respect towards satan or his demons, so he chooses to NOT capitalize their names at all. This is actually not something I had ever given thought to before, but am doing so now.

I will warn you right now that this is not a quick, light work of fiction. It comes in at 372 pages, and although it is a novel, it is also a heavy (though important!) subject. I am dealing personally with a need to pray more, and harder than I have ever had to before, and though I don’t necessarily agree with EVERYTHING in this book, I’m pleased to recommend it to any adult or mature teen who would want to improve their prayer life.

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Help Teaching Pro Subscription . . . My Review

We have found a wonderful resource to add to the education of our children! We were blessed with a one year subscription to the Help Teaching Pro Subscription from

Having only recently discovered that one of our boys “Mr. Loquacious” MUCH prefers to use worksheets, workbooks and the like along with some online resources, this was a timely blessing. This particular child has always been a reluctant learner, so this awesome site will be great for him!

The Help Teaching Pro subscription is just FILLED with material, enough that I really doubt you could run out within your one year subscription! It has resources from early education through grade 12, and for this review we are concentrating primarily on elementary resources.

There are many categories that you can look through, and they are extremely well-organized so that you can search both by grade level and subject!  Here are just a sampling of what is offered:

  • Early Education


  • Math


  • English/Language Arts

  • Science


  • Social Studies
  • Worksheet Makers
  • Printable Game Makers

And so very much more!

I discovered that we could create word search puzzles, which is a huge seller with “The Batman.” He just loves them, and always has, ever since he learned how to do simple ones years ago.

They are also happy that I can use Help Teach Pro to create crossword puzzles! This is a fun way to work on words they are struggling with.

There is a test room in which you can assign your students to go and do a test, and you can monitor their performance, however, the student will need his or her own email address so that you can send them a link to what you wish them to do. We aren’t using that portion of, since my kids are not on email and we don’t really do testing.

There are many lesons your child can view, from linked outside websites. They will generally include a video, questions and answers, and a test. They will find these covering science, language arts and math.

At this time, there are over 550 lessons you can assign. However, rather than doing this I thought about what we were learning at a given time and looked for worksheets, games, and the like that would complement the things we were already learning about. This is a method that seems to work well for our family. offers a free sign up for those who would like to try it before purchasing. Even with the free membership you will get a lot, but really, at only $24.95 per year I highly recommend the Pro subscription. It can be used for multiple students, and you will receive much more content.

Again, this is an extremely worthwhile subscription, and I feel very blessed to have been able to review it. We will use this quite often over this next year!🙂

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A Dog And His Boy

“The Batman” meeting Shiloh, who is now his therapy dog . . .


Watching TV . . .


Bonding . . .


Bedtime  . . .


Oh wait! THIS is proper bedtime!


Training Class . . .


Graduating from beginner training class!


Now he thinks he’s a big deal, and allowed to take my spot on the couch!



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Notebooking PagesLifetime Membership: My Review

Our family has been very blessed with the chance to review the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership, which was generously provided to us by

I am not even going to pretend to be unbiased in this review. I am unabashedly in love with Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership! So far, I have not been able to find ANY topic that you would not be able to use with this product, and have discovered every topic under the sun that you CAN use it for! There are thousands of resources available, from those which are specifically topical, to those which are not, and could easily be used for any topic you want to use them for. They are not “cutsie-cute” like you might see for just young children, and so they can be used all the way through high school. The designs are simple but beautiful, and they are for the most part designed in black ink, which will save on ink.

Notebooking Pages is published by homeschooling Mom Debra Reed, who created this product to help her own homeschool, and now wants other homeschools to benefit from all her work in coming up with this. I can tell you right now, I’ve tried to come up with notebooking pages on my own, but wasn’t able to. and now, I don’t have to! Let’s take a look at the personal notebooking story by Debra Reed herself:

Notebooking is not like filling in workbooks or hurrying to finish a textbook by the end of the year (and we all know that if we PUSH to finish, there is not going to be much retention of learning.) Instead, it is almost like scrapbooking what they are learning, and then having a completed book that the student himself or herself has designed! It is not only a record of what they have learned, but is also a memento to keep, and look at often, thus cementing that knowledge into their brain.

Some of the positive things that notebooking does:

  •  Gives your student the ability to study topics more deeply and intently based on what interests him or her.
  • Not having to be confined to a curriculum’s scope and sequence
  • Allows the student to soak up important and interesting information while studying, along with gaining discipline in doing so.
  • The student will not only get the knowledge, but record his or her personal thoughts on what they are learning.
  • Eliminates studying and memorizing arbitrary facts for testing.
  • They will learn to love learning as they find purpose in study and make connections with what they are learning.

As I said above, there are SO many things to use in the Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership!

I’ve had “The Artist” looking through the topics, and of course his first choice was dinosaurs and anything natural science, so at some point he will be doing that. Right now, though, we are preparing to follow a notebooking across the USA unit study series published by a fellow blogger, in which she actually used the USA package from Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership. We are very much looking forward to doing this, especially when she get to our own state!

Meanwhile, we will be using other pages, and groups of pages, to cover whatever interests us, along with pages that may go along with something we are already studying. I encourage you to check out this product, and if you aren’t quite sure, you can download a 600 page sampler for free. But don’t blame me if it makes you jump right back over there and order the Notebooking Pages Life Time Membership!🙂

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Beric The Briton . . . My Review

For the past several week, we have had the perfect thing in our house to be reviewing, and at the perfect time, too! We have been blessed to once again review an audio production from Heirloom Audio, this time, the most recent production, Beric The Briton.

When I said above that this was perfect timing, I meant it! The Lord provided this, something we could review without my having to do any direct teaching at a time when I was recovering from two major surgeries and in hospital stays, and then an out-patient procedure when something went wrong with the second procedure! Therefore, my boys were able to  have something they could listen to while I was resting.

This is the fourth production that Heirloom Audio has done of one of The Extraordinary Adventures of  G. A. Henty, and every one of them has been just wonderful!

Beric The Briton takes place during the time of ancient Rome and the Emperor Nero, and is full of non stop action, enough even for my boys! This package came as a two CD set, running about two and a half hours in total.

Some of the stars of this production are:

  • John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings)
  • Cathy Sara (Downtown Abbey)
  • Tom Baker (Dr. Who)
  • Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart)
  • Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, King Lear, as well as other Heirloom Audio Productions)
  • Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War)

Beric, a son of a Chieftess in Briton, is fighting against the occupation and rule of the Romans over his land. He leads his men and continues to fight until being captured and taken to Rome. After this Beric learns about the Christian faith and he decides to become a believer, even though this was an extremely dangerous time for those of the Christian faith. At one point, he even defends a young Christian woman who is put in to face a lion because s will not renounce her faith, and Beric defeats the lion!

All in all, this is a very exciting story, especially for the boys. I also believe girls will enjoy it just as well, since it is not just boys who love action and adventure, is it!

As a part of our review package, we were given the following (as a part of the Family four Pack):

  • The double CD set
  • Beric The Briton MP3 Set
  • Beric The Briton E-Book
  • Official MP3 Soundtrack
  • Study Guide & Discussion Starter
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Inspirational Verse Poster

And other things.

Please click below for a short look at this production:

The provided study guide is something we chose not to use this time through, because as i said above, I just couldn’t go through it with the boys. However, as always the guide gives so much in extra learning! There is a biography of the author, G. A. Henty,. There are questions and vocabulary words for each section of the story, as well as listening well and thinking further questions. The study guide also offers activities such as recipe, internet links for tours, pictures and the like.

I highly recommend Beric The Briton, along with all of the Heirloom audio productions!

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