Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PERSECUTED *A Book Review* + Giveaway

About The Book:
The Question Is Not IF Attempts Will Be Made to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When....

The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option--putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.

OK, I must tell you....I requested to review this book because there's nothing like a good, suspenseful mystery. I also didn't know if I was going to like it. Politics and government are the last thing I really wanted to be reading about. 

I was hoping to receive this book in time for my 1500 mile trek back home to visit my family in IL. Well, it didn't make it and I thought the review needed to be posted by July 13th. What day did I return you ask? The evening of July 12th. So I tell my hubby that I will be locking myself away to get this book read before midnight on the 13th. 

I finally decided to check my email between chapters, and wouldn't you know that it's not due until July 18th! What a relief...so here I found out I had more time, BUT I couldn't stop reading! This story had pulled me in and I couldn't turn away. I had to know what was happening next.

Politics will cause people to do some pretty disturbing things. I would have never imagined John's "friend" would even consider something like this. After I read this story I watched the trailer for the upcoming movie, and I am looking forward to seeing it. Right now it won't be showing at a theater within 50 miles from me...Booo. I hope that changes. The writer left it open in case something else should happen to John and his family, so maybe there will be a sequel to this story.

I really hate giving away all the goods to the story in my reviews so you really must read it yourself if you want to know everything! 

About The Author:
Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of Offworld and The Dominion Trilogy . Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina. Visit Robin's website...www.robinparrish.com

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered *TV Show Review*

The new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods. 
The show airs SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark

I had the privilege of reviewing an episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered and I LOVED it! I can't help but get excited about something that is safe for the whole family to watch. It really is hard to find wholesome television shows these days. I can watch this with my kids and not worry about it. It incorporates scripture in the dialogue between characters and in it's theme.

I thought this episode was so cute. I used to work in the field with developmentally disabled adults so this one really touched a special place in my heart. The actor and actress that the letter concerned did such a great job with their characters! I wish I had Hallmark Channel to see the upcoming episodes! 

I also LOVE the fact that The American Bible Society has a bible study that goes along with each episode! Am I the only one excited about this? There's some great family study time right there!

This incredible series even incorporates scripture in its themes and in the conversations between characters.  In FACT, The American Bible Society has built a bible study to go with the seriesSign up for that here:

A seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered. YOU MUST SIGN UP! You'll be glad you did.


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If you have the Hallmark Channel I really hope you get a chance to watch this series and experience the biblical teachings involved.

Thank you Flyby Promotions and Hallmark Channel for this opportunity to review this show.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Alone Yet Not Alone *Book Review* + Giveaway

Faith, hope, bravery, and survival. This was a beautifully written story that I couldn't stop reading! I love to read anything that is based on true events, and the older in history the story is the better. This book did not disappoint. When I first received this book I gave it to my almost 11 yr old son. He read the first couple of pages, but wasn't really interested in it yet. He said he'll read it later, so I will return to this post and add his comments and thoughts on the book after he does that.

This story is for younger readers ages 8 and up.

About the Story
Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek Massacre.

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hole firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.

My Thoughts
It's 1755, war is brewing, and they are just going about their day to day lives. These families had no idea things were about to change so drastically. 

The strength and courage that Barbara had were a blessing from above. God really can get you through the toughest of times as long as you believe. It takes hope and faith in what God can do. He got these girls through many adversities. 

Regina, her younger sister, had been put with another tribe years earlier. Barbara could only pray that her sister would continue to put her faith in the Lord as well. 

Barbara and 3 other captives attempt to escape. Her past attempt had failed and if she was caught death would be her punishment. I found myself hoping it would all work out for her and her friends as I read.

This book is full of adventure and Christian values. They were alone without family surrounding them, yet not alone...Praise the Lord!

I just really look forward to seeing this movie when it comes out.

The feature film will be released in theaters June 13th 2014!

About The Author:
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their three children.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Must Have Marvin *A Book Review* + Giveaway

About Must-Have Marvin!
"The second title in the Shine Bright Kids series, Must-Have Marvin! teaches children that people are more important than things. Marvin loves new things—he especially loves finding the latest, greatest, most awesome new things! Soon Marvin finds himself focusing on a new robot that he wants, to the exclusion of his friends. He lets them down when they need his help and nearly loses their friendship. Through a chat with a wise neighbor and a second chance to help, Marvin learns the important life lesson that people are more important than things."

Written by Christy Ziglar
Illustrated by Luanne Marten
Hardcover with jacket, 32 pages
ages 4 to 8 

About Shine Bright Kids:
Choose Right. Shine Bright.
"The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a framework to teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance."

My kiddos range in ages 4-10, and they really enjoyed this story. They had me read it 3 times in a row. It has the children looking for a star on each page. The choices that Marvin makes determines how the star will look. This created great discussions for my children and I. I liked that Marvin had to use his own money to purchase what he wanted. My youngest is still learning that she can't always have what she wants. Especially when she has spent all of her money. The even greater lesson in this book is that "stuff" can't make you happy. Family and friendships are more important.

Author Bio
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series.

Illustrator Bio
Thanks to her first-grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten  has been drawing, painting, and sketching ever since. She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach that brings her characters to life.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

God's Not Dead: Movie Review

This movie is sooooo good! Just imagine, what would you do if your teacher or anyone else in your life told you to denounce God, or say He doesn't even exist? Would you stand up to them? Would you give in and go with the crowd? 

I just love how Mr. Wheaton presented his case on the reality of our God, who is very much alive.

Man, that professor annoyed me....at first. I was really rooting for Mr. Wheaton to put him in his place. Ok, I had a love/hate thing going on with a few of the characters. There were quite a few surprises in the story line. Talk about some tear jerker moments! You need to have your tissues readily available. 

I don't want to say too much because you really do HAVE to see it!

Kudos to the writers of this film and the actors/actresses. Can I just say that it is such a time to rejoice when a person gives their life to Jesus! We can know for a fact that God is NOT dead. It's your choice as to whether you want to accept Him or not. As a young girl, I really thought God hated me because of all my losses. What did I do that was so bad? Why am I living in Hell on earth? All questions I'd ask myself at the age of 10. To find out that Jesus loves me and died for me...what a life changing experience. God was with me when I went through those things. He gave me a life I never could have dreamed up! He brought people into my life so that I could be the mother and wife He wants me to be. God 's not dead...He's ALIVE!

This movie hits theaters March 21st! Make sure you have a chance to see it.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Marriage You'vs Always Wanted "Book Review" + Giveaway

About the Book:
"You can picture the perfect marriage in your mind, but re-creating it in reality doesn't come easy. Trusted counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman reasons that the most sought-after ingredient in any marriage is true oneness. In The Marriage You've Always Wanted, he presents expert wisdom and common sense methods to establishing that true unity on emotional and practical levels. Discover the wit and insight that makes his worldwide presentations and marriage conferences so popular. Are you trying to change your spouse? Do you know what it means to really love someone? Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage? Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page."

Many of you may have read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. He has done it again with another wonderfully written book for the married couple. The Marriage You've Always Wanted is a pretty quick read, but it's best to take your time and answer the questions after each chapter. I would recommend that the husband and wife read this book together also. 
Am I a football fan? Not really, but it makes my hubby happy. I support him supporting his teams. I do get some good BBQ out of it :).
I personally got some great information from this book. There's a great chapter on communication entitled "Listen to Me!" He talks about our different communication personalities. Now the question is, are you the "babbling brook" or the "Dead Sea?" I think my hubby and I have a pretty great marriage, but after reading this book I do see where we can become even closer and more open with each other. This book can really benefit any and every marriage. 

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As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.

Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.

Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ergonomic Pen + Giveaway

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I feel like I am constantly writing! It does cause pain as well. I used to think I had arthritis, but my doctor assured me I'm too young for that. In to my life comes this ergonomic pen

I have a callous on one of my fingers where the writing utensil always has rested. I've probably been holding my pen and pencil wrong my whole life! Why didn't anyone tell me? Once in awhile I think I grip my pen too tight as well. My hands get sore so much I have to put down the pen and shake my hands around, loosen my phalanges. Since I've been using this comfy pen, I haven't noticed that pain at all.

I gave one to a friend of mine and she shared some things I didn't even think of. She's one to roll her writing utensil back and forth between her hands. She said that the UGLEE Pen was a perfect little massage for her hands. She said the grip took care of all the little pressure points in her fingers and palms.

I think this is the perfect pen for anyone who spends a lot of time writing. All my administrative friends...here you go!

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