Book and Product Reviews

Family Board Games Reviews
Our Favorite Family Board Games: From Candyland to Dominion, Classic to Modern
Today we get to break down all sorts of awesome board games new and old alike. These are all games that we have played, often times for years, and they have many memories attached to them. So without further ado, here we go in no particular order: a list of games with some form of…
The Well-Read List
One of our sons has severe dyslexia and didn't read well until he was eleven. Once he got to high school, he realized he'd missed reading a lot of the books his brothers had read. He asked his adult brothers to make a list of the books they thought someone ought to read to be truly…
Christian Health Care Sharing – After Several Years and Claims
A few years ago, we got a very upsetting letter from our insurer - our rates were going up to $2500 a month, which was literally impossible for us. Several friends have received similar letters this month, so we thought it was time for an update on our experience with a totally different system. For several…
A New Writing Curriculum for Elementary Students
Congratulations to Erica of Arizona! Rachael and Davis Carman, owners of Apologia, have been friends of ours for many years and we just couldn't be happier to see all the new products they are releasing! The latest giveaway in our new website celebration is a two book set of their brand new Writers in Residence…
Celebrating our New Website!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jodi from Vermont, who won the Apologia American Literature set! We are delighted to be launching our new website! Our eldest son, John Calvin Young, has been working on it for a long time - to make it more mobile-friendly, easier to use, and more attractive. He's a developer for RoleModel Software and…
Young Messiah: Not for His Young Followers!
A movie based on the life of Jesus as a child? Sounds like a fun, sweet family outing for the Easter season, especially since reviews say the movie represents Jesus as the virgin-born Son of God. Our friends, Steve and Jane Lambert of Five in a Row, though, saw it last night and came away very…
Movie Review: Risen
Clavius is a veteran soldier, tribune of the Tenth Legion, serving as Pontius Pilate's fixer and go-to man. The announcement, “Tribune, Pilate summons you,” starts many interviews that end with the dismissal, “Take care of it.” The prefect is beset by zealots during the Passover festivities, and the Emperor expects to find order—“Or—der...” he warns…
The Good Dinosaur -or- The Not-So-Good Dinosaur?
“They stole our story!” I told someone the first time I saw a trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The stunning shots of a human boy playing with a little dinosaur are firmly impossible in the standard evolutionary narrative—the dinosaurs supposedly died out eons before humans appeared on the scene, so theories of historical human…
Five Ways To Optimize Your Christmas Budget
A lot of us are watching the budget very carefully this year. What heartless elf put open enrollment for health insurance right before the holiday season? (If it's giving you pain, check out what we did.) And rich or poor, if you have a large family (like ours) you naturally look for ways to make…
When You Find That on Your Husband’s Phone
It's the conference season, so we're all over the place speaking and talking to people. It's an honor to hear their stories and to be invited into their lives. It's also heartbreaking, sometimes. We think the hardest part is talking to those whose marriages are in trouble. The grief is palpable. They look broken, injured,…