Jun 142016

artherlightWe are a game-playing family, so I was excited to hear about a new Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is a Biblical allegory story!

Meet The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance.

I let my son be the one to build a character and enter the world, and “Arty” was born.  He had the fun of choosing a gender, customizing his appearance, and picking a name (within their funny steampunk guidelines).  Then he was off into the world.

There is an introductory episode, which can be played for free to try out the game.  This has tutorial quests, teaching you about the way that the game is played, the important characters that will be part of your life, and the setup of the city where you will be based, as well as the overall story-line.  This part of the game may not be particularly enthralling, since you haven’t gotten into the meat of the adventure yet – but hang in there!

artherlight 2Once you unlock (purchase) Episode 1, you can really dive into the fun.

You receive quests that help guide you on your overarching goal to restore the Great Engine, which will defeat the evil Lucky and disperse the sinister fog.

Your mysterious guide through the entire game is The Scarlet Man – none other than a representation of Christ!

One of the fun things about a MMORPG is that you are playing live, online, in real time, with other people.  You can coordinate a group with real-life friends, or just team up with others your meet in the game.

As a parent, I appreciate the emails that are sent out periodically (triggered by where your child is in the game), allowing me to understand what he is encountering, and make sure he’s making the Biblical connections.

Episode 1 is based on the story of Abraham and Sarah, and additional content is being developed that continues following the Biblical narrative.

My son had this to say:

I really like that you can chat with other players – get help when you need it, and help them.  It’s really fun to play – not too hard (frustrating), and not too easy (boring).  My favorite part is unlocking new areas and exploring, and I like fighting the Automatons.

I would definitely recommend this game to other parents looking for a way to turn “screen time” into something more valuable.

Disclosure:I received a complementary sample of the content of The Aetherlight from BuzzPlant in the hope that I would mention it on my website and/or in social media. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe may be good products/services for my readers. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Jul 102012

I wanted to share with you about an adorable little book that I won in a giveaway from Father Geek (read his review here) – Nerni Invents Clock.

Nerni the gnome loves to invent things, but when she invents an intelligent clock, things don’t go according to plan! Nerni Invents Clock is a picture book designed to be read to 0-4 year olds.

Or, of course, for slightly older kids to read themselves!

The language is simple, and repetitive in a pleasant way. The artwork is likewise very simple and uncluttered. The story is very creative, and the characters are cute. It’s just plain fun and appealing.

My kids really enjoyed the story of Nerni and her clock, and there is much imaginary gnome play after each time it’s read.

You can pick up a copy for your little gnomes on Amazon:

And now Todd Edwards has a new book out for Nerni fans – Nerni’s Ingenious Inventions!

This is a bit longer book, with four separate Nerni tales:

Mice Trouble
Cold Tea
Flying Goblin, and
Og’s New Roaster

It is intended for a slightly older audience, with the author suggesting reading it to your 2-5 year old.

As adults, we found these stories to be pleasant enough, if not quite as engaging as the original. The language and artwork were the same delightful style at the first book, making it fun to read.

The kids were delighted, and the alliterative phrase “Gnome named Nerni” (which is repeated in each story) must have been chanted a thousand times…

Now one of our lucky As For My House readers will win an autographed copy of Nerni’s Ingenious Inventions, and another will win an autographed copy of Nerni Invents Clock, directly from the author!

I received a copy of one book for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone. Todd Edwards is providing the prizes for this giveaway, shipped directly to the winners.
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Dec 132011

(A follow up to my earlier post, Advent Begins!)

NOTE: If you haven’t started an Advent activity yet, I’d still recommend grabbing a copy of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands (it’s only $4.99!) — there are a couple of great options for condensed schedules that let you get in all the most important elements.

We are on the full 24 day schedule, although we have fallen a couple of days behind. I am hoping/planning to at least get/stay caught up to within one day, so that we can finish on Christmas.

The kids have had a lot of fun cutting, coloring, gluing, and painting.

Most of the projects have been fairly flat, so it was simple to just glue them onto pages for their Advent Books. Some required a bit of creativity… And tools.

Luckily, I have a handy helper. Wolf took two of the contour clothespins and sliced them down into four flat “person forms” (plus some scrap). These were then gleefully decorated as Mary (Day #5) and Joseph (Day #9).

These turned out to be the kids’ favorite projects so far.

We’re having a great time reading through the story of Christ in child-size bites, and the crafts have been enjoyed by all – even the craft-phobic mama.

May 052011

[By Nick]

The Fight of Our Lives, written by Dr. William J. Bennet and Seth Leibsohn, is a book that everyone in America needs to read. It calls Americans to remember that what we are fighting is radical Islam, something we’ve allowed ourselves to forget.

Bennet and Leibsohn cite numerous examples of how we have blinded ourselves to what we’re fighting, despite the fact that every terrorist blows himself up screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’ They mention the difficulty of finishing the book, since new attacks and evidences of our willful blindness kept occurring while they were writing.

However, none of this is what makes this book vital. The best thing about this book is the lack of bigotry. You could easily expect that a book describing how we need to realize that what we’re fighting is radical Islam would be full of anti-Muslim sentiments and bigotry. It isn’t. William Bennet and Seth Leibsohn present clear pictures of the problem and solution, without a trace of misplaced anger.

To sum up, you need this book. Yes, you. And you. Everyone in America, or anywhere else, really, will benefit from reading it.

I received this product free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
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 Posted by at 10:01 am
Apr 132011

[Post and photography by Nick]

We were gardening yesterday, and I got a little trigger-happy with the camera.

This is our garden.


These are the first strawberries our plant has produced.


This is the first corn sprout we’ve seen.


This is the first lettuce sprout.


This is our mixed onion and garlic patch, with the bush beans visible through them.


These are our black-eyed peas, with the onions visible behind them, and my sister visible behind them. I like the forest effect the onions make.


These are our potatoes.


This is another onion forest picture, with the strawberries visible behind them.


So, here’s some of my photography. I’ve done most of the pictures of the garden, and just wanted to show some of my more superfluous pictures.

 Posted by at 1:19 pm
Sep 122009

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Jewel with her drawing of “Jesus, the Cross, and His Tomb”
Hello, I’m Jewel Holley. (Actually I’m Wolf, typing for Jewel who is not quite ready to type.)

This is my first time to blog.

J.H. (Jewel is fond of her initials, and can even write them…)

Jesus died on the cross. I just wanted you to know that. I think this is very important.

Jesus died for our sins. I just wanted you to know that too.

He wanted to see me and He knew I wanted to see Him.

We’ve been to a lot of churches before and now we go to a new church called Wayside Church. We go on Wednesday and Sunday. You can come to see us at church anytime.

Jewel is four years old and wanted to blog about something. I just transcribed her words, and read them back to her for final approval.

She entertains us with songs and stories that she makes up about Jesus and the crucifixion and resurrection. So, I guess it’s kinda’ natural for her first blog to be about this.

I will be ready to type for her in the future. Please, let her know that you want to hear more from her!

 Posted by at 1:36 pm