The Story Travelers Bible: A Book Review

While I went to church every week growing up, and I also attended a Catholic school through 6th grade, reading the Bible was not something that was emphasized.  I want my kids to have a greater understanding of the Bible and to learn the stories in the Bible at an earlier age.

One book that I recently discovered that helps bring Bible stories to life for younger kids is The Story Travelers Bible created by Tracey Madder and illustrated by Tim Crecelius.  This book is so fun!

About The Story Travelers Bible

This 354 page book includes 85 Bible stories.  But each Bible story is woven around the story of three kids, Lana, Griffin, and Munch, who are attending a Vacation Bible School.  They find a red minibus and step inside only to be transported back to Biblical times where they observe the Bible stories as they happen.

What We Loved About The Story Travelers Bible

Each page is so visually appealing.  Even young children who can’t read yet will be captivated by the pictures and the design.

My youngest (6 years old) found it much more interesting to read the Bible story as a story rather than reading directly from the Bible itself.  She also loved that there were additional facts and details included in the sidebar.  For instance, in the story of Adam and Eve, there is a long sidebar that gives facts about Mesopotamia.

There are also other sidebars throughout the book that give additional information:

Think About It!  This section gives a Bible verse and then expounds on it.  For instance, in the story of Noah, there is the Biblical verse Genesis 6:13-14 – God said to Noah, “Build a large boat from cypress wood.”  Then, the section below talks about Noah’s faith.  He was not living near any major bodies of water, but he still had faith and built the boat.

Park Here!  This section gives a Bible verse for your child to memorize.

Build Your Faith!  Character development is the focus of this section.  In the story of Jacob and Esau, the Build Your Faith section focuses on being kinder to friends and siblings and apologizing for any transgressions.

Overall, the girls and I loved this book.  In fact, we’ve put our religious curriculum on hold to use this for a few months as our religion.  This book is an excellent way to bring Bible stories to life for young kids.  The sidebars enrich the book and bring a deeper understanding to the stories.

I highly recommend this book!

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in return for my honest opinion.

Grocery Report, 2017: Week 12

I bought some of these groceries the day before my surgery, and the rest my husband bought.  Next week, he’ll be on his own as I still can’t drive or walk on my foot.  I have a feeling he’ll do better than me, so maybe we can eek by this month under budget.  Fingers crossed.

Details of Our Grocery Reports

One of my goals this year is to lower my grocery bill and be more cognizant of my spending.  I spent a lot of my Christmas break watching YouTube videos of bloggers who have an uber frugal grocery bill each month.

Let me be clear–that’s not what you’ll find here.

Our family of 5 chooses to eat mostly organic produce and grass-fed and pasture-raised meats.  I’m Paleo, my daughter is semi-Paleo, and the rest of us are gluten free.  Everyone except my husband is dairy free.  We also don’t eat beans because we’re currently intolerant to them.

My husband and I set a goal to keep our monthly grocery budget in between the USDA Thrifty and Low Cost Plan.  That is currently $784.70 for the thrifty plan to $1,058.30 for the low cost plan.

Even though our monthly grocery expense is our highest expense after our house payment, I’m choosing to share it here for two reasons.

First, I’ve scoured the internet for grocery reports from people who follow a Paleo diet or a specialty diet due to food allergies and intolerances, and no one seems to be sharing.  I’d love to know what others on particular diets buy and spend when it comes to their groceries.

Second, I want to hold myself accountable so that we don’t go over our budget.  Plus, I want to find new places to buy my groceries that will help reduce our overall cost while still letting us buy the best food for our bodies.

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This is what we bought this week:

US Wellness Meats – $119.86

After this order from US Wellness Meats, I’m stocked up on meats for the first few weeks after surgery.

Vitacost – $31.31

We don’t have much in the way of quick foods for breakfast at our house since we can’t/don’t eat cereal or oatmeal.  I found some Brown Rice Farina on clearance at Sprout’s several months ago, and the family liked it.  When Vitacost ran a 20% off sale, we stocked up.  It will be easy for my husband and mom to make while I recover from my surgery.

Costco – $53.20

They were giving out samples of corned beef.  Bookworm really liked it, and when I asked the price, the man said, “$5.99.”  At that great price, I snatched one up, but at the register I realized my mistake–$5.99 a POUND!  That was a costly mistake, but the family did like the corned beef.

Sprout’s – $16.22

Pederson’s – FREE

Bookworm wrote Pederson’s Natural Farms to tell them how much we love their Paleo-approved bacon, and they sent him all these treats as a thank you!

Fry’s – $18.22

Natural Grocers & Sprout’s – $29.19

Total for the Week: $268

Week 11 Total: $182.34

Week 10 Total: $437.61

February Total: $1,068.39

Week 9 Total: $281.39

Week 8 Total: $238.48

Week 7 Total: $235.91

Week 6 Total: $312.61

January Total: $1,060.06

Week 5 Total: $75.69

Week 4 Total:  $132.29

Week 3 Total:  $684.53

Week 2 Total:  $115.50

Week 1 Total:  $52.05

 

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