Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Beginner's Guide to Talmage {Deseret Book Review}

Do you wish you could read (and understand) the writings of James E. Talmage?

When I told my husband I would be reviewing a book about the writings of James E. Talmage he just told me "Wow, good luck with that."  I'm not gonna lie...Talmage can be hard to read!  The man was incredibly smart and his writing can often be one step ahead of my reading level!  But--I've always wanted to read Talmage.  I've tried, unsuccessfully in the past, to get through Jesus the Christ but, I've just never made it.

Now, check out this new book from Deseret Book!  It is called A Beginner's Guide to Talmage by Calvin R. Stephens.

Instead of Talmage's full books this handy guide is made up of excerpts from his writings arranged topically.   With an introduction giving the reader some info behind the writings of Talmage and a great Life Sketch section that gives you some interesting historical data behind the man himself this new book has a common sense approach to reading Talmage.

Sections/chapters are:
1.  The Plan of Salvation
2.  The Godhead
3.  Jesus the Christ
4.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ
5.  Mortal Probation
6.  Satan is an enemy to God and Man
7.  The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times
8.  Church Government
9.  Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel
10.  Missionary Work
11.  Scriptures
12.  Responsibility of the Covenant People

Each chapter has pulled references from the Articles of Faith, Conference Reports, The Great Apostasy, The House of the Lord, Jesus the Christ, The Parables of James E. Talmage, The Story and Philosphy of Mormonism, and The Vitality of Mormonism

Each reference gives a subject heading to help the beginner like me have a better idea of what subject in that section I am reading about.  Voila!

The actual writings of Talmage have not been diluted in any way...the book has just been rearranged to allow for easier study!

Do you want to study the writings of James E. Talmage too?  It's easy to get your own copy!

A Beginner's Guide to Talmage retails for $13.49 as a paperback or $11.99 as a Bookshelf eBook on

Disclaimer:  A hearty THANK YOU to Deseret Book for proving a copy of A Beginner's Guide to Talmage free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

A First Look at our New House...

Here is a 1st look at our new house.
 The walls were painted a very, very, yucky brown color. 
 Kayley's mural.
 This deer came with the house.  He is starting to grown on me.  LOL.
The house is pretty small and we will have to have a massive garage sale in order to downsize but I'm pretty excited about it.  We discovered that whoever lived here before us (renters!) had a dog that completely TORE up the panty.   They obviously locked the poor Pooch up in there.  Holes in the walls that that been very poorly patched, chew marks on the door, pee stains on the walls, etc.   I didn't do as well taking some "before" pictures so we could see the "after" but hopefully when we get a little more moved in I can post more pictures! 

The Classical Historian History Game {Mosaic Review}

Ever since we took the plunge and decided to try a year of Classical Conversations I have been in intrigued by the Classical Method of homeschooling.  We have enjoyed focusing on memorizing our "hook dates," events, math and Latin tables.  I'm shocked at what Kayley has learned this last year.  (Maggie too!)   So, we had this chance to review a Medieval History Memory Game from The Classical Historian and we are totally loving it! 

The company The Classical Historian was founded by John and Zdenka De Gree.  John realized there was a great need to help children think independently and critically after serving in the public school system for many years.  Zdenka realized fun games that taught history didn't seem to exist.   Thus The Classical Historian was born.  Their products " promote independent and critical thinking through open and thoughtful discussion of history...[and] teaches through games and creative curriculum."   You can read more about the De Gree family on their About Us page.

We had a lot of fun playing the Medieval History Memory game.  It is recommended for ages 3+ and even Maggie (with a little help) was able to get several matches.  The cards are colorful and super sturdy.  Played traditionally, like Memory - the person with the most pairs wins the game.  Each game card features a famous person, place, monument, artifact, event, or symbol.  As the child makes the pairs it reinforces what they have already learned or encourages them to explore and discover what that card is all about.


You can also play this game in Categories to learn geography and association skills.  Place the 4 Category tiles at the top and then place all the other tiles under the appropriate category.  (This was a little too advanced for us)

Like I mentioned earlier we just completed our first cycle (Ancient History) of Classical Conversations.  We are moving into Medieval History this year and this game will compliment our studies PERFECTLY solidifying those "hook dates" in our brains!

The Medieval History Memory game retails for $14.95 at    

Thank you Classical Historian for letting my family enjoy such a fun product!!  Don't miss it, Classical Historian also offers a ton of other products for all ages including a complete history curriculum.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...