Feb 132016
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

While searching for gardening ebooks this morning I came across some books geared towards kids.  A further search revealed even more books.  My kids often ask me to read something to them from my Kindle.  Currently the only ‘kids’ books I have are 50 Famous Stories Retold, which we use as a part of school, and a book on feelings.  Not exactly an extensive list of choices.

A lot of the books below are fairly simple and short, sometimes that is exactly what you need. A few are longer and have more details.  When you click through the link you will be able to take a look inside the book.   That will give you a good idea of what the rest of the book will look like.

Animals

Bugs and Insects Kingdom : K12 Earth Science Series: Insects for Kids

Its A Bugs World: Scary and Spooky Bugs: Insects for Kids – Entomology

Book of Scary Creatures on the Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Blue Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Orange Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Crustaceans, What & Why? : Preschool Science Series: Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids Pre-K Books

All About Elephants

Bees Like Flowers

The Amazing Animal Superbook

Geography

3rd Grade Geography: Why Does it Rain?: Precipitation Weather for Kids

4th Grade Geography: North and South Poles: Fourth Grade Books Polar Regions for Kids

5th Grade Geography: Seas and Oceans of the World: Fifth Grade Books Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in the Middle East: Middle East Travel Guide for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in South America: South America Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore North America (Most Famous Attractions in North America): North America Travel Guide

Around The Globe – Must See Places in Africa: African Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore Southeast Asia (Most Famous Attractions in Southeast Asia): Southeast Asia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Canada (Most Famous Attractions in Canada): Canada Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Italy (Most Famous Attractions in Italy): Italy Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Australia (Most Famous Attractions in Australia): Australia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Germany (Most Famous Attractions in Germany): Germany Travel Guide

Natural Sciences

Why Does It Happen?: Oceans, Seas, Lakes and Rivers: Oceanography for Kids

Space

Let’s Explore the Moon: Moons and Planets for Kids

About the Milky Way (Our Home Galaxy) : 3rd Grade Science Textbook Series: Solar System for Kids

101 Facts… Solar System. Space Books for Kids

History

Grade 2 History: Wayback Machine For Kids: This Day In History Book 2nd Grade

4th Grade History: Ancient Civilizations: Fourth Grade Books for Kids

4th Grade History Book: Mayans and Incas of South America: Fourth Grade Books Ancient Civilizations

5th Grade American History: American Presidents: Fifth Grade Books US Presidents for Kids

5th Grade Us History: Famous US Inventors: Fifth Grade Books Inventors for Kids

5th Grade US History: Famous US Authors: Fifth Grade Books American Writers

6th Grade American History: Founding Fathers and Leaders: American Revolution Kids Sixth Grade Books

Science

Famous Scientists and What They Did : Pre-K Science Series: Scientists for Kids Preschool Books

Five Human Senses, What & Why? : 3rd Grade Science Books Series: Third Grade Books

Grade 1 Science: For Curious Kids: Fun Science Trivia for Kids In Grade One

Phonics

Grade 2 Phonics: Better Baby Speakers: 2nd Grade Books Reading Aloud Edition

Music

I Love Music: All About Musical Instruments Then and Now: Music Instruments for Kids

Misc.

Let’s Explore the Construction Site: Construction Site Kids Book

Things That Go – Boats Edition: Boats for Children & Kids

Feb 062015
 
Things as They Are; Mission Work in Southern India
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**This book is written on Christian missions.  As such, there may be opinions you do not agree with.  Please keep any comments respectful.
It is not often that a reader is given a glimpse into the daily reality of mission work, as it is written in Things as They Are Mission Work in Southern India by Amy Carmichael.  It is not all pretty singing and beautiful sunsets.  Sometimes it is getting dirty, being disliked by whole villages and coming to term with the knowing any additions into the Family of God means loss and heartache in this life for those who make the decision.
Another aspect to mission work is learning to live like those you are ministering to, instead of expecting them to take on a foreign sense of reality.  What may look to us like frivolous decorations or a historic symbol, to someone from another culture it may look like idol worship.  “You face (it) and pray.  Is that not the same as we do?”  Overcoming this miscommunications can be near impossible at times, and make the work of missionaries vastly more difficult.  Yet, it is something many of us do not give a second thought to. Are our outward actions causing a stumbling block for others?
I have heard the name “Amy Carmichael” but did not know much about this amazing lady till reading this book and looking up more information afterwards.  Here is a brief description of the author, from Wikipedia:
Amy Wilson Carmichael (16 December 1867 – 18 January 1951) was a Protestant Christian missionary in India, who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur. She served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.”
Just as the title suggests, this book is a review of sorts, giving the reader insight into the mission work in Southern India.  The geographical distinction is stressed and explained in the book.  Just as there are differences in the regions of our country, so are there in India, with various customs and religions being more ingrained and mainstream in the various locations.  The rural/urban difference also has an effect there, as it does here.
The beginning pages of Things as They Are Mission Work in Southern India explain how the book came about and how it was written. Something that was not explained, but I surmised from first hand experience, was the source of such strange names which made it difficult to understand at first.  Rather than writing the Indian name of various people, the name where translated into English.  In various Asian countries it is not uncommon to have someone name Blessing or other descriptive name.  Some even have a nickname in addition to their traditional name, as it may be hard for foreigners to pronounce.  Once I realized this was the case, the beginning sentences made a lot more sense.  🙂
Something else I have experienced was the feeling of darkness and a dislike for being in a foreign temple.  While on a missions trip, lasting over a month, I took time on the way back to the states to stop and visit another country (and friends there).  Wanting to sight-see and visit various cultural sites, some friends and I visited a Buddhist temple.  The colors were bright, the designs intriguing, and the setting as a whole was quite open and bright.
Normally I would have visited such a place and taken in the various differences in culture and religions, leaving with photos showing a beautiful aspect of another country.  This time, though, I could not help but feel a sense of something not being right and an ache for those there.  It also showed me how easily it was for us to view our ‘religion’ the same way, relying on signs and actions instead of actually worshiping God.  If we read the ‘right’ book or say the ‘right’ prayer, then we will be okay.  I came away that day no longer having any interest in visiting another temple, but also having a deeper sense of what it really means to have a personal relationship with God, rather than a shallow outward one.
How does this relate back to Things as They Are Mission Work in Southern India?  The actions explained may seem like they were not all ‘that bad’.  However, it is what is behind them that is the true issue.  Amy Carmichael gave a sense of the behind-the-scenes of the religion surrounding them, the barriers that had to be overcome, and at time glossed over the details as they were too dark and disturbing to share.
Not only did I gain a new sense for how things were, and may still be at times, but also how much we underestimate the Father of Lies and how easy it is to blind our eyes to what is really happening.
This is a heavier read than what I might normally attempt, but do not regret doing so.  If you have the chance to sit and read through this, I would greatly recommend you do.  Some of the information is dated, but the themes and battles are relevant still today.  I also appreciated the rebuke given for those of us who would rather enjoy our comforts and offer to pray, yet never really get involved in the battle.  It is easy to get wrapped up in our little lives, not wanting to venture out into the harder places.  It makes me think about what excuses I have been using, or if I am doing enough where I am (because of maybe really not being able to go at this moment).
Jan 162015
 
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The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright was a book another blogger had posted as being a free Kindle book and who’s title made me curious.  It is not often I read a book without knowing something of what it was about, but I took the plunge and tried it.
The first page had me a bit confused and I put it down.  Yup, gave up before passing Page 1. It happens at times.  Many time I trudge through chapters before giving up, or all the way to the end and decide it was a waste of time.  I do not have time to do that now, so I stopped and read another book.
A few weeks later I tried again, this time determining to make it at least to the end of the first chapter before declaring it a book I was not interested in.  This time what I found was completely different.  The story so much caught my attention (after the first page) that I could not put it down.
As the stranger entered the hills, it was obvious he was not from around there.  At first, the people were a bit weary of the stranger with the unknown past, but soon he won his way into their hearts, becoming The Shepherd.  Just as the people of the hills were not sure of him, he was not exactly sure what he was doing there or what he was looking to find.  As time progressed, his former life became only a distant thought … till a friend appeared unexpectedly.
Not only was it a great story, but it also made me reflect on some of my actions.  Do I let my setting restrict myself?  Am I making the excuse of not being able to be happy with where I am because of what might be ‘out there’?  Am I making judgments about people without actually knowing them?  While this is not a devotional or religious book by any means, it is a great story that develops its characters and draws you in.
Once to the end of the book, I took a look at the beginning of the book, including when it was published.  1907!!  That’s right, this book is over 100 years old.  Never would I have guess it, as the language was timeless. The plot seems fairly simple in the beginning, but Harold Wright did a fanatstic job of unfolding it as the pages progressed.  In the end you have a complex, full-bodies story that would be a best seller today.
The Shepherd of the Hills has also been the basis for several films and a television movie, as well as an outdoor play.  (This I found out only after reading the book.)
Sep 092014
 

Free E-Book of Superfood Breakfast Recipes

 

Good morning, my wonderful Readers!  I opened my inbox this morning to find this wonderful deal, a FREE ebook containing 10 Superfood Breakfast Recipes.  As you know, I love trying new recipes.  Breakfast is not often a meal I try new recipes for, as we have gotten into a groove.  For Raspeberry Coconut Quinoa, though, I will probably make an exception.  🙂

  • Gluten-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Vegan-friendly

And delicious, too boot.  What more could you ask for?

To get these recipes, click 10 Superfood Breakfast Recipes and enter your email address.  That’s it. Simple and easy.

Have a great morning!

 

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Mar 232013
 

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

I am able to read these on my computer, even if I didn’t have a Kindle.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

Vegetable Garden Pest Control

12 Best Herbs For Flavor + How To Grow Them: Includes Recipes!

12′ x 16′ Chicken Coop Garden Shed Instructions and Plans

 DEFENSE GARDENS

Starting a New Garden (VOL. 1): How to Transform Your Yard and Patio Into Beds and Container Gardens (Growing Organic Vegetables at Home)

 

How To Grow Tomatoes: Tips for Big, Juicy State Fair Winners And Growing Tomatoes That Humiliate Your Neighbors

Feb 272013
 

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

If you do not own a Kindle it is still possible to read these on your computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

 

VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR FOOD PRODUCTION AND SELF SUFFICIENCY

 

Raised Bed Intensive Garden: How To Build One For Self Sufficiency

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN BEDDING PLANTS-For Fun And Profit!

How to Start a Home Based Business Selling Seeds

Organic Vegetable Gardening-Seed saving-tips and techniques ( series of doctor garden )

Organic Vegetable Gardening-best Beginner’s Manual-step by step. (from series of d”r garden) (from series of doctor garden)

Container Gardening Made Easy

Growing Herbs Indoors : Your Guide To Growing Herbs In Containers For A Vibrant Indoor Herb Garden

Raised Bed Gardening: 3 Books bundle on Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds

Grow your own food

Organic Vegetable Gardening pests- learn all the simple Techniques For Organic Pest Control In Your Garden (series of doctor garden)

Container Gardening

 

Raised Bed Gardening Planting Guide – Making The Most Of A Raised Bed Garden

Lilacs A to E (Lilacs A – Z)

Lilacs F to L (Lilacs A – Z Coffee Table Books)

Roses A – Z (A to Z Nature Photo Books)

 

Roses and Rue

Tulips A to Z (A to Z Nature Photo Books)

Courageous: A Novel

 

Nov 142012
 

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed. (Sometimes these change by the hour.)

I do not own a Kindle, but am able to read these on my computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

Growing Tomatoes - Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The Home Gardener For Great Tasting Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes – Growing Tomato Plants, A Useful Guide For The Home Gardener For Great Tasting Tomatoes

Growing BBQ Spices in a Garden (Specialty Garden Series)

Growing BBQ Spices in a Garden (Specialty Garden Series)

Gardening Basics (Gardening Basics For Beginners)

Gardening Basics (Gardening Basics For Beginners)

Feeding Wildbirds with Garden Plants (Specialty Garden Series)

Feeding Wildbirds with Garden Plants (Specialty Garden Series)

Landscaping for Repelling Deer (Specialty Garden Series)

Landscaping for Repelling Deer (Specialty Garden Series)

Magical Gardens

Magical Gardens

100 Easy Recipes In Jars

100 Easy Recipes In Jars

 Dad, Dog and Fish

Dad, Dog and Fish

35 Slow Cooker Christmas Recipes - Happy Holiday Meals for Your Slow Cooker

35 Slow Cooker Christmas Recipes – Happy Holiday Meals for Your Slow Cooker

Circle Of Friends 25 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Circle Of Friends 25 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Simply Pumpkin: Fifteen Recipes

Simply Pumpkin: Fifteen Recipes

Pressure Cooker Recipe Book: Fast Cooking Under Extreme Pressure

Pressure Cooker Recipe Book: Fast Cooking Under Extreme Pressure

 Country Crock-Slow Cooker Recipes (Delicious Recipes)

Country Crock-Slow Cooker Recipes (Delicious Recipes)

American Traditions: German Dinners for the Holidays

American Traditions: German Dinners for the Holidays

 

Nov 082012
 

Here is an ebook that is currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the link below the picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the book, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

I do not own a Kindle, but am able to read these on my computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

Castaway Kid (Focus on the Family Books)

Castaway Kid (Focus on the Family Books)

Great book.  Cried almost all the way through it.  Can’t recommend it enough.

Got this book two days ago and had trouble putting it down.  It has absolutely nothing to do with gardening.  I came across it by accident while searching for gardening books to share with you all. I’ll share more about the book in a review at the end of the month.  However, I fully recommend ‘buying’ it today.

Oct 182012
 

Reading is what I would love to be doing right now. A blanket on the front porch swing with a book I started last night sounds like heaven.  Instead I am currently drying zucchini, processing tomatoes (or beginning to so I can finish them tonight), doing the laundry, researching cameras, and thinking about what I want to do with the jalapenos I have.  It is currently nap time, so I for sure have 2 hours of quiet to do what I want to do.

So, with all that, I am going to post some free ebooks from Amazon.  If I can’t read them, then at least I can save some to read later.  Maybe you will have time to read through some today.  If not, do like I am and save them to read later.  Doing it this way has created quite the library of reading material for me to choose from.

Here are some ebooks that are currently $0.00 on Amazon right now.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

I do not own a Kindle, but am able to read these on my computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

Oct 032012
 

Here are some ebooks about birds that are currently $0.00 on Amazon right now.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

I do not own a Kindle, but am able to read these on my computer.  Go here to download the free application that will allow you to do the same.

This selection is a bit more technical, or academic, than the last posting of free ebooks.  At least one was printed mid-century (in the ’20’s), so it is more of a historical read than some of the newer  options out there.  However, if you are into ornothology, you might still enjoy it. 

Wild Birds in City Parks Being hints on identifying 145 birds, prepared primarily for the spring migration in Lincoln Park, Chicago

 

A Check-List of the Birds of Idaho

 

Territory in Bird Life

 Children’s books:

 

Child’s Book of Water Birds

The Miracle of the Birds of Peace