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Free Christian Audio Book And Ebook

This month’s free download from christianaudio.com is an audio book of A.W. Tozer’s classic, “The Pursuit of God”.

During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940’s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit Of God. He wrote all night, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. When the train pulled into McAllen, the rough draft was done.

From the preface of the book:

Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.

“The Pursuit Of God” audio book is free for the month of July only, account sign-up required.

Prefer to read the book? Download the text of “The Pursuit Of God” at Project Gutenberg:

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer



11 Frugal Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Number 1 Dad

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Dad happy on Father’s Day. Give Dad a gift from the heart -make him something or do something for him!

Here are 11 frugal gift ideas that will make Father’s Day special for your Dad:

1. There’s an old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” -so why not cook something special for Dad? Make his favorite dish, a special dessert or even breakfast in bed.

2. Make a personalized BBQ apron. Pick up a plain canvas apron at Hobby Lobby (or another craft store) and decorate with fabric paint -children can add their handprints and a personal message such as “#1 Dad”. This idea can also be used with plain T-shirts or BBQ mitts.

3. Create a themed gift basket. Does Dad like to fish? Fill up a pail or fishing hat with hooks, sinkers, lures, bobbers and fishing line. Is Dad a carpenter? You could fill a nail apron with a new tape measure, carpenter’s pencils, chalk and a small tool or two -perhaps a chisel or hammer. For more gift basket ideas, check out 15 Creative Gift Basket Ideas For Men.

4. Give Dad a framed family photograph in a homemade picture frame.

5. Make him a photo album, scrapbook or collage.

6. Clean Dad’s car or truck.

7. Compose a poem or write Dad a letter telling him how much he means to you.

8. Create a CD of his favorite music or some old radio shows. The Internet Archive’s Old Time Radio section has a ton of old adventure series, mysteries, westerns and more -all of which can be downloaded for free.

9. Does Dad like to read? Homemade, laminated bookmarks would make a nice gift.

10. Clean out the garage or shed.

11. Make Dad a homemade card and fill it with some love coupons full of thoughtful things you can do for him (like some of the to-do ideas above). Don’t have time to make your own love coupons? Check out the Father’s Day Love Coupons on my Free Printables page.

A couple more Father’s Day posts you might be interested in:



    Free Christian Audio

    Have you all heard about BlueBehemoth.com?

    BlueBehemoth.com -Providing a large-scale, cost-effective download venue for customers of all ages, featuring trustworthy, downloadable audio and video content for the Christian family.

    They have music, films, sermons, audio books, home education resources  and much more -plus they also offer free products each day!

    Today’s freebie:

    Preparing Sons for Marriage and Life Purpose —From the conference album “Building a Family that Will Stand” -Christian men need to make dramatic changes in their lives; changes which reflect a biblical re-examination of the way our fallen culture approaches family, work, finances, education, citizenship, etc. The goal of these conference tapes is to encourage men to see “the big picture” of biblical manhood.

    Most of the products are large files, so if you have dial-up internet service you may want to download them overnight. If your download is interrupted, you may redownload it within three days. Please see BlueBehemoth’s FAQ for more information.



    Free Audio Story: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    This week’s Living Books for the Ears program from HomeschoolRadioShows.com:

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain -a delightful half hour audio adaptation of Twain’s classic story which was originally broadcast on My Favorite Story, a syndicated radio program that aired in the late 1940s.

    This week’s program also includes an audio of the classic children’s story “Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With the Circus” by James Otis.

    These programs are in MP3 format and will be available through Monday, June 7, 2010.

    Blessings and happy listening,


    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling page.

    Homeschool And Education Freebies For Shakespeare’s Birthday

    William Shakespeare

    Today is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death, so today’s resources are for learning all about the bard and his works.

    First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day a great collection of links for free ebooks, maps, quotes and more:

    Happy 446th Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! -We’ve collected a handful of great online Shakespeare resources for you to bookmark and keep handy when studying the Bard. These sites are a treasure trove of Quotes, Maps, Pictures, Factoids, Biography, lots more cool stuff about Shakespeare and his works.

    CurrClick has three free resources for studying Shakespeare:

    Copywork: Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays (PDF format)-Quotes from Shakespeare’s most well-known plays for copywork, recitation and discussion. Includes:

    • Article on recitation by Charlotte Mason
    • Article on transcription (copywork) by Charlotte Mason
    • Lined copywork pages
    • 30 pages of the greatest quotes from Shakespeare

    Why Share Shakespeare -If you are considering Teaching Shakespeare, or are wondering what the big deal about Shakespeare is, this little booklet will answer many of your questions. PDF ebook.

    Much Ado About Nothing -MP3 audio of Much Ado About Nothing from the Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare collection.

    Activity Village has some free printables:

    William Shakespeare Printables
    -Notebooking and coloring pages. PDF format

    Here are some ideas for a unit study on Shakespeare from Steward Ship:

    Shakespeare Unit Study Ideas -Suggestions for getting started, suggested books, list of plays, things to learn and activities to do.

    Finally, Speak The Speech is “a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online” and they have quite a collection of Shakespeare’s plays:

    Speak The Speech Audio Recordings (MP3 format) -Twelve plays for your listening pleasure:  The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, and King Richard II. Includes texts of each play plus a listing of casts and crew.

    Shakespeare Resources That Are Not Free But Very Inexpensive

    CurrClick: Shakespeare Lapbook & Mini Unit -Includes a timeline of his life and work, some classic quotes, pictures to introduce the Kings and the Queen that Shakespeare cared about, and a few of the characters in his plays. For younger children. Price – $ .50

    CurrClick: Understanding Shakespeare Unit Study -Learn who Shakespeare was, explore the times in which he lived, read his works-and discover why he is known as the greatest playwright who ever lived. Unit Study contains explanatory content, online resource links, book suggestions, 6-8 lesson plans and 2-10 worksheets. For grades 3-12. Price – $2.50

    CurrClick: William Shakespeare Notebooking Pages -For grades 4-8. Price – $5.00

    CurrClick: William Shakespeare Super Pack
    -Lapbook, copywork and notebooking pages for grades 4-8. Price – $10.00

    Shakespeare On The Radio -50 MP3 recordings on CD of William Shakespeare’s works and other related shows from old time radio shows. Price – $5.00

    “Shakespeare For the Ears” Home Study Course Collection -From Homeschool Freebie of the Day, a huge CD collection of audios, stories, study guides and much more -for learning all about Shakespeare. Only available until midnight tonight -April 23,2010- at a special price of $19.95.



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

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    Free Classic Children’s Songs

    Homeschool Freebie of the Day has some classic children’s audio for us today:

    Fun & Music Down on the Farm (mp3 audios) –First up is a jolly version of the classic children’s song, “Oats, Peas, Beans”; then a visit with “The Little Crooked Man” (of the Mother Goose rhyme) with his crooked cat and crooked mouse; a journey with “Uncle Don Down On The Farm”, and finally we’ll stop in for a delightful concert put on by a little mouse and a whole menagerie of barnyard animals.

    These audios are hosted at HomeschoolRadioShows.com, so they should be available through next Monday.

    You can find even more classic children’s songs at Kiddie Records Weekly and in the archives of Children’s Records & More.



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

    Free Music: Old Grand Ole Opry Recordings

    Free Grand Ole Opry Recordings

    Are you a fan of old country, bluegrass and gospel music? If so, you may want to check out some old recordings of the Grand Ole Opry:

    Grand Ole Opry Recordings (MP3 format) -These recordings are from the 1940s and 50s and feature such artists as Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, a very young Minnie Pearl and many, many more. There are over 50 shows that you can download individually -or get the entire collection in a zip file.

    Would you like to watch an old Grand Ole Opry TV show?

    FreeClassic TV: Grand Old Opry April 28, 1956 -Hosted by Carl Smith. Guests include Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs, June Carter and others. Show is almost an hour long and is available in MPEG4* and Ogg Video* formats. Files are very large**.

    *The free VLC player will play MPEG4 and Ogg video formats
    **I checked the MPEG4 file and it can be paused during downloading. If you’re using dial-up internet, try the free Orbit Downloader which allows you to pause and resume downloads.

    More Free Old Time Country Music

    The Carter Family: Wildwood Flower
    (MP3 format) -A classic, recorded on May 10th, 1928.

    Pie Plant Pete: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane -From 1929, Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) was an early country music performer. Download MP3 or listen online.

    The Coon Creek Girls: Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood (MP3 format) -The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female Appalachian string band, song was recorded about 1936.

    Obed Pickard: Sally Goodin -Recorded in 1929, Obed Pickard was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers. Download MP3 or listen online.

    Blessings and happy listening,


    Homeschool/Education Freebies: Paul Revere

    Paul Revere's Ride

    Today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day are about the famous ride of Paul Revere -which happened 235 years ago this Sunday, April 18th:

    Listen My Children -A great half hour audio story about Revere’s life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952. Also included is a PDF “Listening & Discussion Guide” that accompanies the audio program plus an audio reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” as performed  by the great actor, Frederic March.

    (These free resources are hosted at Homeschool Radio Shows, so they should be available through next Monday.)

    Learn More About Paul Revere

    The Paul Revere House -Website of the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Site includes a brief biography of Paul Revere, information and images of his home, activity pages and articles for children, a “Virtual Midnight Ride” and much more.

    Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution -Multimedia presentation about Paul Revere’s ride

    Paul Revere’s Ride – April 18, 1775 -Full text of the Longfellow’s poem and audio reading (listen online or download mp3 file)

    Paul Revere’s Other Ride -Story about Paul Revere’s ride to Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 13th, 1774

    Paul Revere Listening/Comprehension Lesson
    -This lesson introduces students to Paul Revere with a short listening/reading passage and worksheet activity. Printable pdf, for grades 3-6.

    Apples For The Teacher Paul Revere Coloring Sheet -Interactive, may be colored online before printing or print and then color

    Paul Revere Coloring Page from Crayola -May also be colored online or print and then color



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

    Homeschool/Education Freebies: Learn About Plants Ebook, Boy And His Dog Audio Story, Marsupials Unit

    Today’s freebie from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is a classic primer on plants:

    THE FIRST BOOK OF PLANTS by Alice Dickinson (PDF ebook) -Today’s resource is this wonderful illustrated chapter book primer on plants -how they work, how they grow, how they reproduce, different types of plants, experiments you can do, and much much more. Lots of great illustrations too. Highly recommended!


    Homeschool Radio Shows has a wonderful dog story to listen to:

    "The Biscuit Eater" is about "good for nothing biscuit-eating little beagle" who wasn’t expected to amount to much… but the faith of two young boys bring out the best in him. It is a great "boy and his dog" story by Mississippi author James Street, which was made into a movie twice.


    You can learn about Marsupials with a free theme unit from SchoolExpress:

    SchoolExpress Newsletter for the week of April 4th, 2010 –This week we have a free unit titled "Marsupials". It will be available through April 10.

    Also, new worksheets will be added to the Phonics category for the next several weeks. Eight short vowel letter a worksheets were added to the free worksheet area last week.



    Blessings and happy teaching,



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

    Homeschool/Education Resource: Free And Low-Cost Old Time Radio Shows For Presidents Day


    “Mr. President” was an old time radio show that aired in the 40’s and 50’s about events in the every day life of American presidents. To challenge listeners, the identity of the President in each episode was not made known until the end of the show.

    The Internet Archive has quite a few episodes of “Mr. President” available as free MP3 downloads:

    Old Time Radio Programs, Mister President –Download individual episodes of approximately 7mb each, or the whole collection of 29 episodes, which is 54mb.

    (If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.)

    Don’t have time to download all those shows? Would you like more episodes? Check out OTRCat.com:

    Old Time Radio Catalog: Mr. President –CD of 75 episodes of  “Mr. President” in MP3 format, only $5 plus shipping. Must be played in a computer or special MP3 player device.


    These would make wonderful supplements to your American History studies –and a great resource for your “audio learners”.





    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.