Monday, January 12, 2015

Every Boy Needs A Hero *Movie Review* + Giveaway



This is a very heart warming movie about the importance of father and son relationships. According to the movie's website, out of 24 million children in America, 1 out of 3 live in biological father absent homes. These are staggering statistics!

                         

About the Movie 
"A man who left his town and his family behind returns to a town full of broken relationships, and is determined to make things right. In attempt to win back his son through the game they both love, he forms a little league baseball team designed to involve both fathers and sons in a common effort. In addition to mending his own relationship, he begins to turn the heart of a father in prison, and transform a town."

Malachi 4:6
"He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse."

A father leaves home to make a better life for his family. He returns 7 years later when his wife is dying of cancer. His relationship with his college aged son is broken. The father then realizes he made a big mistake all those years ago. He comes up with a great plan to coach baseball with his son.

This movie does have some moments that are unrealistic, like releasing a father from prison to watch his son play a game of ball. It has great moments too! I love that the coach brought a failing team with absent fathers together getting their fathers involved. It really made me think about my own relationship with my kiddos. 

I am at every event they have. I am their personal cheerleader. What about in the day to day though? "Mom look at this!" "Can you get this for me?" Am I too wrapped up in my own work? Why must I always tell them to wait, and then they have to remind me because I was so busy I forgot. The years are passing by. They are quickly getting older. I need to make more time NOW while my thoughts on things still mean the world to them.

I recommend this movie to all families. It is a MUST SEE! You can find it at your local Family Christian store or here on their website.

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Product Detail
Dove family approved for all ages
Run Time: 94 minutes
Not Rated

GIVEAWAY TIME
This movie was received for review purposes from Family Christian. The review above are my opinion only. Giveaway in US only

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Love Letter From God *Book Review* + Giveaway





About The Book
In this story, the author supposes what God might say in a personal
 letter written to a child. The unconditional and unlimited nature of God's love is revealed through simple and lyrical language. Rich and textured illustrations, along with heart-shaped die-cuts, will make this uplifting book a family favorite. It is a great message for little ones on Valentine’s Day, or for everyday inspiration. Love Letter from God will remind children of God’s eternallove and how He demonstrates that love through everyday miracles and by the wonder of His presence. Thanks to the colorful and touching illustrations of Laura Watson, children will also learn how to appreciate their own individuality and how to use their unique gifts to be a blessing to others. 


My kids really enjoyed reading this amazing children's book. I loved it! This is the  new book that my younger children want me or big brother to read to them daily. The pictures are colorful and capturing. The 1 yr old I take care of loves all the cutouts on the pages. She decided those are fabulous in helping her turn the pages. 

This love letter reminds the children that God is always there with them. He will always love them no matter what. The goodness and mercy they show to others is a partial reflection of Christ. All very important things that I know I don't want my little ones to forget.

About the Author

P. K. Hallinan has been creating books for children since his wife first asked him to write for their two boys more than 30 years ago. Today Hallinan writes uplifting stories about holidays, relationships, and life values. “When I started this project, I felt that God told me to ‘Just let children know how much I love them.’ So I asked Him to speak the words Himself, through my heart, and I would put them to paper. And I believe He did this. This book’s message reinforces the presence of God in a child’s life by showing how God manifests Himself at every moment of every day,” said Hallinan. 

You can get more info on their website here.

There's a SPECIAL this month ONLY

For the month of January, every book from www.idealsbooks.com with the word “Love” in the title will be 20% off! Be sure to Search “LOVE2015” for a complete list of books!

GIVEAWAY TIME
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” US & Canada ONLY

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wisdomantics Bible Game





"HALLELUJAH!" he shouts from his throne....IF you get the right answer on the first try. How well do you know the book of Solomon? I must tell you that this was super fun for our family! Tuesday nights are family game night for us and we were super excited to have a new game to play.

About The Game:
Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment. Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more!



                         

The game says it's for ages 12 and up probably because of some things that come up from the book of Solomon, but our 5,7, and 11 yr olds played with us and even guessed some right answers. Everyone was shouting Hallelujah! 


Getting started!

Helping sister count her Blessing cards.

Not only is this a fun family game, but such a great way to memorize scripture. My kids attend AWANA Clubs so some of these verses they already knew and had memorized. It's so exciting to get it right on your 1st try! Do not fret...if you get it wrong, the other players get to more chances to get it right ;). We did not use the online printables, but we will next time! The Question Tracking sheet is very important. It will prevent you from clicking on the same question twice.

If this sounds like a game you and your family would enjoy check out their official website for more info.


GIVEAWAY TIME
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope *Movie Review* + Giveaway


I am a big animal lover so this was an emotional film for me. Pit bulls have a bad record here in the states. We hear the argument time and time again. Nobody should ever own a pit bull or they're great family dogs. What do you do? What are your thoughts? 

To me it's not even about the breed of the dog. If you love your animal they will love you back. This story happens to involve a pit bull. Which is why I brought up that specific breed. 

Donna suffers a great loss, but she turned this tragedy into something good that other animals will benefit from for a long time. A truly outstanding story of strength and courage.

About the movie 
Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.


About Susie
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on Aug. 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner's newborn baby. Her owner became violent--She was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn't enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead.
Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her 2 months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association's American Hero Dog this year!




                    

Get all the info you need at Susie's Hope website. You can also make donations to their charity.

GIVEAWAY TIME
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Gospel of John *LUMO PROJECT*

ABOUT THE FILM: 

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. 
FOR EVERYONE. 

 A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels. The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

I had the pleasure of viewing the Gospel of John. I had the option of watching the narrative in KJV, NIV, or Spanish. This was so powerful to watch. The book of John really comes to life. I know this is just about the 4 Gospels, but it would be great to have this visualization and narration for every book in the bible! There's so much emotion. It's not like any other biblical piece I've seen before.

I really enjoy reading the book of John. It begins with the witness and affirmation of John The Baptist. It concludes with the death, burial, resurrection, and post-resurrection of Jesus. We can't forget all the miracles that Jesus performed so that we would believe.



THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 


You can watch The Gospel of John just hit Netflix on December 1st so make sure you go check it out.

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Thank you to FlyBy Promotions and LUMO PROJECT for this review opportunity

Monday, November 17, 2014

Growing Up Social *Book Review* + Giveaway

About the Book

-Softcover
-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)

Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they've been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.


We all know things are so different from when we were children. We always wanted to be outside. Saturday morning was my only TV time. We loved listening to the radio though. Kids today can operate a tablet or an iPhone before they're 3 yrs old! My how times have changed!!! 

This book is full of information about our children's development and the infamous SCREEN. They go through the A+ skills of Affection, Appreciation, Anger Management, Apology, and Attention. This is referred to as the A+ Method for Relational Children. 

Some of what I read confirmed the way I do things with my children. Then there were things I read where I can see where I slacked and wasn't consistent in certain areas. I know I was more strict with my first child compared to how I am with my youngest. I am in the process of changing the way I approach things with the younger one. Mr. Chapman also touches on the 5 love languages. 

"Nothing in life is more important than knowing how to build positive relationships with people and God. If you equip your child to build positive relationships, it affects their future business, marriage, parenting, emotional and spiritual well-being."

I highly recommend this book for every family. It may change your family for the better. Check out their official website.



About the Authors

    Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.




Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today ShowThe 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

GIVEAWAY TIME
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” US & CANADA ONLY

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Lifelong Love *Book Review* + Giveaway

We've all read marriage books. We all want a marriage where we feel connected, loved, cherished, and supported. I know for myself I don't always FEEL that way. Most of the time I do, but this book opened my eyes to some truth that can help my hubby and I move forward on our path of oneness. 



About the Book
Hardcover / 316 Pages 
Discover how to live out a sacred marriage. You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. you long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools? In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others. Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives your the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.

I always read the books' synopsis and think oh yeah, this will be an amazing read. I get about 2 chapters in and can't go on. It's all blah blah blah to me. This book was the opposite. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I've been having discussions with my married friends. As I read, I would think how this chapter would help them, or thank God because in this chapter it explained exactly what I was dealing with. I love books that I can personally relate to.

My husband and I got married and had this plan. He was going to pastor and I would be his helper. I sure was looking forward to getting out of the southwestern desert, that's for sure. As the years passed by his calling changed. He told me his new calling would be leading a bible study small group study here on the military base. Whaaaaat!? How can he do that to me? I have plans you know! Well, apparently God had other plans and they are much better than mine. Being a part of the ministries on base have given me purpose again. When I travel through the spiritual desert I'm blessed to be surrounded by my military family. This has also turned into my calling. Again, we are on that road of oneness.

I want to quote so much of what I read that really spoke to me. In the beginning of the book you read about how your spouse is not just your spouse. That is God's son or daughter you are married to. God is not just your father, but also your father-in-law! "We must be for our spouses as God is for us." Lord, help us see the burdens and hurts of our spouses. Let us not be consumed by our own burdens and hurts. 

The "D" word (divorce) is never in our vocabulary. We agreed to that long before we got married. We realize we are stuck with each other...remember those vows? We have to communicate. I pray the Lord will help me in this area. I never want to cause disagreements or frustrations. You know, keep life light and fluffy...but life just doesn't operate that way 24/7. 

At the end of each chapter are some reflection questions and a prayer. Wonderful prayers!

I pray that my husband and I will continue to seek the Lord in all we do. We can do all things through Christ. Much more than we could ever do on our own. Thank God for his grace and love.




This is truly a wonderful book! I want to give it to my friends and pastors! 

Make sure to take a look inside at Amazon.com

Check out the official website for this book.

About the Author:
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books, including The Sacred Search, have been translated into over  a dozen languages and together have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married thirty years and have three children. 

GIVEAWAY TIME
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. VALID IN US & CANADA