Homeschool Crew Review: Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich

My kids are well-versed in the stories of the Bible, but I always appreciate the opportunity to bring those stories to life.  That is exactly what happens in Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich and published by Barbour Publishing.

About Imagine. . .The Great Flood

IMAGINE... The Great Flood
Corey is a ten year old who is happy with his life in Texas, but all of that is about to change.  His father has taken a job in Florida, and the family will soon be moving.  Corey is nervous and apprehensive about the move.

He’s out walking his dog when the dog runs into the woods.  Corey follows, but it begins to rain, and he loses his footing, hitting his head hard.  When he wakes up, he’s in ancient times, and Noah, much to his neighbors’ amusement, has built his ark.  With the help of his sons, Noah is gathering the animals into the ark.

Corey can hardly believe the world that he’s in, especially when he and Noah’s sons run into the Nephilim who do anything they can to disrupt Noah’s sons from their mission and to trap Corey.  Noah’s neighbor, Ardad, tries to help when he is able, but the Nephilim don’t give up in their pursuit.  As the clouds gather, Corey and Noah’s sons have a new foe to battle–Elizar.

Our Thoughts on Imagine. . .The Great Flood

We read this book aloud, though I think PB & J Girl (3rd grade) could have read this by herself.  We read a chapter a day, and often the girls were in suspense to see what the next chapter would hold.  Cuddle Bug loved the adventure and excitement of the story, and PB & J Girl liked hearing the logistics of how Noah’s family got the animals on the ark.  She also wondered whether Corey would ever get back to his family.

I appreciated how this book brought a Bible story to life and the lessons that it offered.  Yes, Corey was scared to move to Florida, but he had his family with him, and if he had faith, like Noah and his sons did, he would do just fine.

This book is written by Matt Koceich, a Texas public school teacher.  (He’s already planned the second book in the Imagine series–Imagine. . .The Ten Plagues!)  We’re looking forward to reading that one, too.

Barbour Publishing

Keep up with Barbour Publishing via social media:




I was one of 75 people to read this book.  To read more reviews, click on the link below:

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}

Crew Disclaimer

What We Ate Last Week, September 9th – 15th, 2017

We had a good, but busy week.  Even though I didn’t really enjoy spending a few hours every day over Labor Day weekend stocking the freezer with freezer meals, I’m so thankful now as we’ve been eating those meals 3 to 4x a week.

Here’s what we ate this week:

This post contains affiliate links.


Lunch–Ack!  I don’t remember
Dinner–Beef and Black Bean Chili (MyFreezEasy recipe from the freezer)


Lunch–Beef & broccoli stir fry
Dinner–Grilled steak, sweet potatoes, cucumber slices


Lunch–Tuna Noodle Casserole, cucumber slices
Dinner–Easy Oven Baked Taquitos, salad


Lunch–Don’t remember!
Dinner–Ham and White Bean Soup (MyFreezEasy recipe from the freezer)


Lunch–Ham sandwiches, chips, cucumber slices
Dinner–Pasta Fagioli (from the freezer)


Lunch–grilled cheese sandwiches, leftover ham and white bean soup
Dinner–Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner, broccoli


Lunch–Macaroni & cheese, cucumber slices, slice lunch meat

Dinner–Mexican Lasagna & salad

Snacks (Frozen to Have as We Need)

Pumpkin Spiced Baked Oatmeal

AIP Biscuits (None of us are AIP anymore, but I got several bags of coconut flour for .99 on clearance a few months ago, so I’m making these biscuits as a side for our soup meals.)

For more menu planning ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday, Gluten Free Menu Swap, and Frugal Family Food’s Facebook page.

Stitches by David Small: A Book Review

Bookworm wants to study a unit on Detroit, so I checked this book out as it is set in Detroit.  I was able to read the book quickly and discerned that it's not appropriate for Bookworm, who is only 13.  However, if he were four or five years older, I … [Continue reading]

Grocery Report, September 7th – 13th, 2017

Over Labor Day weekend, I ended up making 33 freezer meals, and I already had nine freezer meals in there, so now we have 42 freezer meals.  That's great news. This week I bought a 50 pound bag of gluten free oats, which is great news for my … [Continue reading]

Homeschool Crew Review: Carole P. Roman

I love teaching my kids history with living books.  While I loved learning history (still do), the way it was presented in high school--read the textbook and listen to the lecture--was uninspiring and mind numbing.  I don't want that for my kids. … [Continue reading]

My Goals for September, 2017, and an Update on Last Month’s Goals

As I mentioned last month, I know I won't be able to accomplish most of the audacious goals I set in January, 2017 because of the chaos in our lives.  However, I am trying to slowly get back into goal setting.  For right now, I'll do it month by … [Continue reading]

Homeschool Crew Review: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide

As a former English teacher, I love teaching my kids about literature.  Yet, much to my chagrin, they've been less than enthusiastic.  However, both Cuddle Bug and PB & J Girl loved reading The Bears on Hemlock Mountain aloud.  Then, PB & J … [Continue reading]

What We Ate Last Week, September 2nd – September 8th, 2017

This week was the start of our chaotic, busy weekdays because all of our homeschool activities are back in full swing.  To help me manage, I had a huge freezer cooking session over Labor Day weekend. Also, at Costco, I got 100 gluten free corn … [Continue reading]

Grocery Report, September 1st – September 6th, 2017

Are you sitting down?  If not, you may need to be.  This week, I spent over half of our monthly grocery budget!  No, I wasn't buying lobster and caviar.  Instead, I bought supplies to make enough freezer meals to carry us through September and … [Continue reading]

Freezer Meal Session #1 Wrap Up: September, 2017 #OAMC

Our fall is going to be busy, busy, busy.  We'll be attending our homeschool co-op one morning a week, the girls have American Heritage Girls meetings every other week, and Bookworm is volunteering at our church in religious education and the daycare … [Continue reading]