Teaching School is a Scream! Confessions of a Career Substitute By Judy Woods-Knight – A Book Review


Teaching School is a Scream! Confessions of a Career Substitute
By Judy Woods-Knight
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
The Art and Challenge of Creating a Win/Win Teaching Situation

Using a memoir writing form Judy Woods-Knight tells of her experiences as a career substitute teacher. Her book “Teaching School is a Scream! Confessions of a Career Substitute” is filled with practical advice, lots of humor, and actual classroom experiences.

Judy’s enthusiasm, optimistic spirit, and subtle sense of humor help her face the uncertainties, and hassles so often prevailing in contemporary classrooms. Judy tells of the excitement and challenge “of daring children to cooperate and have real fun learning.”

In her preface Judy talks about the reasons she chose to become a substitute rather than having her “own classroom and all the benefits that go along with a full-time job.”  She goes on to develop some of the advantages for anyone who may be in the process of change or in the early stages of preparation for a career in teaching.

In a natural and logical progression Judy offers recommendations for creating a “Tool Kit” as well as back up plans for your first day as a substitute. She then moves into Part 1 of the book which is filled practical ideas for dealing with unforeseen dilemmas, with humorous and heartwarming stories, and with those unexpected miracles that bring joy and hope back to the classroom.

The final sections of the book deal with hands-on suggestions and illustrations for defusing problems and preventing disasters; she concludes with dozens of resource ideas and valuable suggestion for making learning fun.

Whether a Regular Classroom teacher or a Career Substitute you will resonate with Judy Knight’s heartwarming stories, real-world examples, and fun loving sense of humor.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Robert D. Reed Publishers
P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411
978-1944297077, $ 12.95, 2017, 136 pages
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Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard – A Book Review


Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind

By: Jacquelyn Sheppard

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

How the Body Affects the Mind and the Mind Affects the Body – A Plan for Redesigning Body, Soul and Spirit”

In her book “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” Jacquelyn Sheppard sets out to establish the concept that emotional, mental disorders and other addictive behaviors are directly related to diet.  She provides a “roadmap” for anyone looking for answers to two questions:  “Why am I the way I am? What can be done to change my Life?”

The book is made up of four parts. Part one deals with below the surface issues of emotional, mental, and addictive behaviors. Part two looks at surface issues; facing daily decisions and finding solutions to negative behaviors. Part three helps the reader understand addictions and look realistically at the impact of chemicals on everyday life. Part four provides strategies for redesigning body, soul, and spirit.

Jacquelyn’s writing reveals sensitivity to the examples of shepherding in Jesus’ teaching and a spiritual tone that resonates with the reader, establishes rapport, and builds confidence in her assumptions.

Sheppard’s extensive research often challenges generally recognized and more traditionally accepted interpretations of mental and emotional issues. Her meticulous chapter end-notes provide the reader with substantial suggestions for additional reading which confirm her conclusions. Her work is endorsed by professionals in the fields of medicine, education, and clergy.

I found Jacquelyn Sheppard’s “Silent Takeover – How the Body Hijacks the Mind” to be immensely interesting and vitally informative. Highly Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768409246, $ 16.99, 2016, 254 pages

Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks by G. Prick Vennebush – A Book Review


Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks

By: G. Patrick Vennebush

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411

978-1934759486, $ 11.95, 2010, 120 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Dose of Healthy Humor, Laugh Out Loud Jokes, and Knee Slapping Fun

“Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks” is a collection of funny jokes. Some are written for kids under the age of 10, some for preteen, others for teens or young adults, and still others for an adult audience. For the greatest effectiveness the appropriateness of time, place, and audience of the joke must be kept in mind. G. Patrick Vennebush has arranged the jokes in “Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks” accordingly, by level of difficulty, from the youngest math student to an advanced math major, or the professional mathematician

The selections range from daffy definitions and pertinent puns, to one liner, and graphic jokes. I especially enjoyed the sections titled “Same Question – Different Answers” and “Professions.” The book is must read for math instructors, home school parents, math tutors, and other math fanatics.

Patrick Vennebush is recognized for his leadership in managing online projects for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He promotes the idea that the use of humor can be a valuable resource for teachers to stimulate learning, elicit attention in the classroom, for breaking the ice in presentations, and a source of injecting humor into social conversations.

“Math Jokes4 Mathy Folks” is endorsed by university math professors, elementary, middle school, and high school math teachers, and award winning authors. Highly acclaimed fun entertainment for all ages.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills
By: Gary J. Green, PhD
Dog Ear Publishing
4011 Vincennes Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46268
978-1457540998, $19.99, 2015, 190 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Biblical Principles for Christian Teens to Cultivate, Empower, and Embrace -Leadership Skills and Abilities for Success

“Empowering Young Christians – Developing Bible Based Leadership and Soft Skills” is a self-help book for Christian teens to develop a successful life and to fulfill the life that God has planned for them. Dr. Cary Green leads the reader into a self-awareness, communication, and values and priorities within a structure of: Readiness, Relationships, and Results.

Each chapter is filled with practical advice, hands on exercises to help the reader determine their goal, develop their skills, and discover God’s guidance for the future. Examples from the Scriptures reveal essential characteristics that will empower the reader in areas of integrity, professionalism, attitudes, balance, synergy, prioritizing, problem solving, and accountability.

The book is organized for ease in reading, in understanding adaptation, and application. The material is presented in ways that make it relevant and age appropriate for contemporary youth.

Dr. Green is an educator, author, speaker, and life skills coach, highly recognized for his teaching and mentoring. In the church setting, Dr. Green has taught and mentored youth in the Sunday School and youth programs.

“Empowering Young Christians” is unquestionably, stimulating, motivational, and inspiring. Highly recommended as “must reading” for teens, their parents, and mentors.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith – A Book Review


Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences

By Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

978-1434709073, $ 15.99, 2015, 246 pages,

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Strategic Blueprint for Passing on Your Faith to Your Children

“Pass It On – Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences” is divided into three parts and provides guidelines and suggestions for:

  1. setting up a program for “building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.
  2. Providing rites of passages for individual sons and daughters for each of their thirteen years in school, kindergarten through their senior year of high school.
  3. Encouraging finishing strong and crossing the finish line.

Each chapter parallels the child’s age or year in school and incudes suggested rite of passage projects or themes for laying a foundation of faith. Age appropriate topics from generosity, friendship, preparing for adolescence, and intimacy are included. These suggestions are creative and doable; the authors also encourage the reader to add to the list or to improvise the details.

I found the suggestions dealing specifically with what you need to know about your child at each age: physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, especially helpful and practical.

“Pass it On” is written for parents. It is an important resource and can be of benefit to family counselors, student leaders, (professional and lay). The book is highly endorsed by youth educators, pastors, and student ministry leaders.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

7 Family Ministry Essentials – A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries – A Book Review


7 Family Ministry Essentials – A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries

By Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman

David C. Cook, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

978-0781412971, $ 15.99, 2015, 236 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Practical Steps for Energizing Children’s and Student Ministry in Your Church

Dr. Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman introduce guidelines for Family Ministry Leaders in the church in an assessment of their current educational programs in light of lifetime faith transformation, a Biblical foundation in an environment of authentic culture change, through exemplary discipleship. They challenge the reader to consider the essentials presented in their book “7 Family Ministry Essentials – A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries.”

The scripture based principles or “ministry essentials” are presented in a logical progression with important ministry assessment exercises provided to help the reader implement theory into live action. They describe the mission of the church as a healing and redemption ministry to the brokenness around us; equipping the community for a ministry of family support.

The authors are knowledgeable, articulate, and unswerving in their passion to implement authentic culture change in children’s and student ministry.

Their work is endorsed by well-known and highly respected Christian leaders.

“7 Family Ministry Essentials” is a book for Christian ministry leaders concerned for and committed to empowering the family as the most important force in the task of spiritual formation of a lifetime faith for a new generation.

A copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Straight A’s Are Not Enough – Breakthroughs in Learning for College Students


Straight A’s Are Not Enough – Breakthroughs in Learning for College Students

By: Judy Fishel

Flying Heron Books, 516 SW River Point Drive North, Stuart, FL 34994

978-0990611202, 2015, $ 17.95, 314 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Strategies to Enable You to Strengthen, Process, and Implement Your Learning Skills

Award winning teacher, Judy Fishel, packs an amazing amount of invaluable content, instruction, and counsel in her book “Straight A’s Are Not Enough – Breakthroughs in Learning for College Students.” In Part One Fishel introduces new research on how we learn. Part Two brings together concepts for strengthening learning skills. Part Three discusses strategies for mental processing, and Part Four talks about important skills essential to building your future.

The format, straightforward presentation, reader friendly format, and Judy Fishel’s authenticity and writing style all combine to motivate and enable the reader to discover or rediscover the enjoyment of learning and challenge them to take charge of their own education. It will also help professional educators to pass on these learning strategies to their students.

“Straight A’s Are Not Enough – Breakthroughs in Learning for College Students” is a book that should be on the reading list of every high school and college counselor. I highly recommend that parents peruse the book; then present a copy to their high school senior on or before their high school graduation so they can take advantage of the summer months to read, assimilate, and begin to apply these principles and strategies

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.