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Fun giveaway!


FedEx showed up today and I ran to the door hoping it was the mysterious gift hubbs sent me for our anniversary – 7 wonderful years and counting! Alas, not my anniversary present, but instead the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook – almost as exciting. Not much can compare to a mystery gift, but this comes awfully close! I wanted to post a picture of the book, in its pretty package with orange shreds as packing filler, but it seems that some dwarf has run off with my camera. Wait – scratch that. It seems that my dad has reclaimed his camera.

If you’ve been following Mudlark Tales for long, you probably know what I checked out first. Yep! I looked up seizures and was pleasantly surprised. They talk about all the major issues, giving special attention to anti-seizure medications. Then I looked up all sorts of things – multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, vitamin D deficiency, ADHD, asthma (which has some really cool graphics for explanation), and vaccines, to name a few. Don’t be fooled by the mommy-blog take – this is not just for moms. The handbook covers birth to aging, including information on death and dying, DNR orders, and everything in between. It also has really helpful illustrations of the body, which I’m sure will come in handy as the kids get older and we talk about what the brain looks like or why ear tubes helped Little Man’s ear infections.

I can see how this would easily become my at-hand reference for everything health-related. Not only does it cover all the essential information about most any ailment, it also has good references for proper nutrition and even using nutrition to combat illness.

Let me forewarn you, it takes a purely scientific stance on autism and ADHD. Autism, it says, is not caused by vaccines. The rise in ADHD diagnoses could be due to a rise in occurrence or over-diagnosis. I happen to like people that stick to scientific studies, and stick to their guns without apology. Overall, it is very thorough, reader-friendly, and the helpful text boxes are a quick key-in to helpful information. Thanks to Merck for sending me a manual to giveaway to one of my fabulous readers – a $39.99 value!

So, here’s what you need to know. To enter, leave a comment about how you usually find information about health – do you google? call your RN sister? consult a magic 8 ball? actually ask your doctor? You can also enter by tweeting about the contest @kcozonac, or get an extra entry by reposting on your blog. Winner will be randomly chosen on Friday at noon, EST, by one of those randomizer thingys. And because I’m paying the shipping on this, I’m afraid I can only open it to residents of the US or Canada.

Oh, dear. An ESV Bible Giveaway.


Boomer in the Pew is giving away an ESV Bible. A calfskin ESV Bible. Coincidental seeing as how I tried (and failed) to find an affordable ESV to bring to Moldova. You can register for the drawing here, just remember that I deserve it more than you. Wait! No, now I sound like my 3-year old. Didn’t Jesus say that last would be first? Well then, may I be last.

Our Covenant God-Chapters 3 & 4


ocg.gifWelcome to our discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur.  Thank you for bearing with me over the last few weeks.  I know you don’t need me to encourage you in reading this wonderful book, but I truly love our discussion time.

Here are a few questions I’ve prepared to get us started.  Please feel free to share what you wish from your reading, not simply responding to my minimal questions.  So, here we go.

Chapter 3:

God obligating Himself to man.  Have you ever thought of grace in those terms before ?

Have you ever thought of grace as a result of covenant?

Have you ever thought of the story of Noah to be a picture of God carrying you through the storms, in the safety of the ark?

Chapter 4:

Karath beriyth.  How solemn is this compact?

Have you seen the unconditional reality of the covenant that God has made with His beloved?

Eager to hear your thoughts.


Popping In!


I’m popping in here at Mudlark Tales (thanks, Kath) to let you all know that…

1. Yes, I’ve completely dropped the ball over the last 2 weeks of our read-along of Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur. I have no excuse other than to say that there has been lots and lots of life happening round the Everyday Mommy House.

2. I have not thrown in the towel and will be posting our discussion this Wednesday.

My apologies for leaving y’all hanging out there and my thanks to Kath for allowing us to meet at her place. See you Wednesday!

Everyday Mommy

Read along


I’m participating in a read-along hosted by Everyday Mommy, and I want to invite you to join in. It’s just starting, so you have plenty of time to get the book and join in. We’ll be reading Our Covenant God by Kay Arthur. It’s all about the covenant God makes with us and it’ll sharpen your understanding of the Word remarkably. It’s a wonderful way to gain a better understanding of His grace and how incredibly much He loves us. Join in and be encouraged.

“Heaven” by Randy Alcorn


I was just over at Everyday Mommy, and she’s got a great post about God’s protection.  Head over there and read the comments. It’s a deep topic. It reminded me of this book that my husband’s reading, and I can’t wait until he finishes so that I can take it and read it. He shares with me little tidbits of it now and then, and it’s truly mind-boggling. It challenges my theology. It challenges my world view.

He begins the book with a quote from an English vicar:  When asked by a colleague what he expected after death, he replied, “Well, if it comes to that, I suppose I shall enter into eternal bliss, but I really wish you wouldn’t bring up such depressing subjects.”  I think that’s how a lot of us think of it though – we’re so concerned with our contentment and happiness this side of eternity, we don’t really consider what comes next. And in the grand scheme of things, there are tons more books and sermons out there on hell than on heaven. Our view of heaven tends to be incomplete, misguided, and often purely incorrect. I wish I could quote for you some more from the book, but hubby has it at work with him now. The point is, the New Testament talks quite a bit about heaven but we don’t listen. The topic is so central to our faith, and yet most of us (myself included) don’t get it.

So as soon as hubby finishes it (and it’ll be a while – it’s a Thick Book, and the type you have to really stop and think about as you read), it’s mine next. When that does happen, I’ll be sure to update you about how it’s changing my view. Anyone out there read it? Want to share your thoughts?