Where I share my love of books with reviews, features, giveaways and memes. Family and needlepoint are thrown in from time to time.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Mailbox Mayhem (Oct 11 - Oct 17)

Bison roam the Black Hills of South Dakota

In My Mailbox is hosted Sundays at The Story Siren.  Mailbox Monday's host for October is Avis at She Reads and Reads. Please visit these posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!

This isn't so much a book - as it is a movement - The Life Book Movement.

Founded by The Gideons International as an innovative strategy to reach high school students with God's Word, The Life Book Movement works through churches and their students to saturate high schools with God's Word. The Life Book Movement is best described as a week-long mission trip in which high school students get the opportunity to offer the gift of The LIfe Book to their classmates during school.

The Life Book’s unique design engages searching high school students with the truth of God’s Word as they are introduced to Jesus Christ. Using an interactive format with honest student comments and real-life questions in the margins, readers are drawn into the only story that can change their lives forever.

Working through local churches, The Life Book Movement provides free copies of The Life Book to Christian students to give to classmates during school. Because it is legal for students to distribute religious literature in public schools, this unique approach provides an opportunity for churches and youth ministries to get God’s Word in the hands of every student in every high school they serve.

With Saturations scheduled throughout the United States, the end goal is to eventually place God’s Word in the hands of 17.5 million high school students. (From www.thelifebook.com)

by Laurie David

The Family Dinner is a practical, inspirational, fun - and of course, green - guide to the most important hour in any parent's day.  It's chock full of:
  • Over 75 kid-approved fantastic RECIPES
  • Tips on teaching GREEN values
  • CONVERSATION starters
  • GAMES to play at the table
  • How to rescue the family dinner after DIVORCE
  • Ways to express GRATITUDE, and much more.

by Chuck Fischer

Charles Dickens's Classic A Christmas Carol has been a yuletide favorite for more than a century and a half.  Now this heartwarming fable of the true meaning of Christmas, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, is beautifully re-imagined in dramatic paintings by artist Chuck Fischer and brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster.

A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book invites you to experience Dickens's beloved tale in an entirely new way.  With an animated Scrooge, a towering Ghost of Christmas Future in a bone-chilling graveyard, a finely crafted Victorian tableaux, every spread will delight and dazzle.  The complete text of A Christmas Carol is reproduced in five illustrated keepsake booklets; an introductory booklet provides a biography of Dickens and a note on the enduring appeal of this timeless story.  A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book will brighten the holidays for young and old.

by Rusty Whitener

Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life. . . Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.  Admired for his contribution to the team, Rafer turns everyone's expectations upside down, bestowing a gift on Zack and his teammates that forces them to think -- is there more to life than winning or losing?  And what is this thing called grace?

by Judy Parkinson

Strike while the iron's hot and bone up on the origins of your favorite expressions.

Cat got your tongue?  Well, for Pete's sake, use this collection of colorful expressions to enrich your everyday speech.  This book spills the beans on our best-loved euphemisms and most curious sayings, explaining their fascinating origins and the remarkable stories that surround them.  It rounds up the usual suspects -- the catch phrases, quotations, and expressions that keep our language flourishing -- and makes them easy to find in a convenient A-to-Z format.

Did you know that. . .
  • The expressions all that glitters is not gold and apple of the eye have each been in use for more than a thousand years?
  • To bark up the wrong tree comes from the sport of raccoon hunting?
  • Embarrassed parents can thank the songwriter Cole Porter for the euphemism the birds and the bees?

What books found a home with you this week?


Mary said...

The Dickens is a pop-up book! I love those :)

RAnn said...

I got The Family Dinner. I've only quickly perused it, but it isn't exactly what I expected. What do you think?

bermudaonion said...

Isn't A Christmas Carol gorgeous? My whole family oohed and aahed as we looked at it. I bet The Family Dinner is a good one too!

Serena said...

Love the shot of A Christmas Carol...and love the mailbox photo you used...hilarious.

Alayne said...

Looks like you got some inspiring books! Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Aisle B said...

A Christmas Carol is beautful and always a favorite for the Xmas season.


Here's my mailbox on Aisle B

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Looking forward to your thoughts on The Family Dinner. Always looking for ways to connect with the kids at dinner time. Enjoy!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Books? You got books? I'm too busy drooling over the bison in your header!

Cathy said...

I love books like Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas. Enjoy your books!

avisannschild said...

Spilling the Beans sounds super fun! Enjoy all your books!

Mystica said...

Looks such a nice mixed bunch of books. The Christmas Carol and the Dinner book sound very good.

Elizabeth said...

Love those buffalo - Spilling The Beans sounds good. ENJOY!!

Looking forward to reviews.

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