Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rasmus and the Vagabond *Book review* + Giveaway


Rasmus and the Vagabond is very popular in Sweden with the title Rasmus pa Luffen. This is just one of the timeless classics written by author Astrid Lindgren. I'm sure you heard of Pippi Longstocking.

About the Book
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits.
Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

I had the pleasure of reading this story, originally written in 1956, to my children. Rasmus lives in an orphanage and has his daily chores. He hides from Miss Hawk whenever he can. He's not a bad boy, but he does get bored with the same old day-to-day. His little friend Gunnar says they always pick the girls with the curly hair. That leaves Rasmus a little distraught. He begins his plans to run away from the orphanage. 
He eventually runs into Paradise Oscar and the adventures begin.

Such a great book for your family's library.

About the Author



Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Roadmap Genesis *Movie Review* + Giveaway



About The Film

Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.

When Filmmaker Nolan Leibovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.
He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.

Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Lebovitz traveled across the United States. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society. 

The whole time I'm watching this documentary I'm shaking my head at the way the world is today, and nodding my head about all the truths these men and women were sharing about the Book of Genesis and how it is still relevant today. 

One of the gentlemen in the film stated that Genesis means more when we are the creator, like when we have children. It is all relevant today when you read it with that approach. There is a whole new perspective on the words written down. We should all use Genesis as our roadmap!


Lebovitz touches on topics that are valid in today's society such as faith, family, environmental issues, racism, and our relationship with God and the people around us.

This would be a great video for pastors to share with their congregations. I really enjoyed this film.

Don't forget the #RGChallenge

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEAM US Marriage Together *Book Review* + Giveaway


The truth is I saw it had a forward by Gary Chapman whose books I love. That's originally what got my nose in the book. It was hard to get into at first because my mind is always scattered, but with a deadline approaching I had to do some of my fancy speed reading while still getting that knowledge into my brain. Such wonderful information packed into this semi-quick read. I love the title....TEAM US...That's what marriage is...a team!

About The Book

What are you agreeing to when you say "I Do"?
When a couple promises "I do," they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. "Life Together" becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that's the plan.

But then real life sets in. With it comes disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn't intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic "we" can slowly revert to "you" and "me." Before long, the couple's left wondering what happened to their team spirit.

Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. The author shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment and exercise grace on a daily basis.

This isn't your typical "therapeutic" marriage book. It's filled with insight, humor, and relatable circumstances. I love the little blurbs on the pages by husband Ted. It's great to have the hubby's input when speaking about marriage. We are wired differently, after all. What comes to mind after reading this book is DO NOT GIVE UP! With God, all things are possible, including a lasting marriage when you think all hope is lost. IT'S NOT!!! You are a team! Sure, we don't agree on everything and it takes work. A LOT OF WORK!! It also takes the whole team! Not just the wife changing how she treats situations and frustrations. It's important for the husband to be intentional in his day-to-day interactions with his wife as well. 

My husband and I were friends for 4 years before we even got married. Which means I was loved and pursued, but also "one of the guys" if you know what I mean. We are great friends still, but I've had to remind him in the past that I am his wife too! Heck, he should be feeling pretty blessed that God gave me to him. OK, maybe that's a little overboard ;). But he should! 

I really loved the chapter about conflict. I am like the author there...I avoid at all costs. We used to be so proud of ourselves in the early years of our marriage because we got along too well! Never an argument or disagreement. He would give in and let me be right and vice versa. Well, some years later I realized how unhealthy our marriage was. We NEVER dealt with things that bothered us because we wanted to be that couple that was always happy :). We worked through it, but I can tell you that I hate confrontation still. I shared with a friend that sometimes I get so upset that I get emotional and the tears fall and maybe I just don't want to appear weak in his eyes. Not that I would, but in my mind that's what I think. Or maybe it's because I grew up in a family of yellers. My parents fought and ended up divorced. Maybe some of that is branded into my mind. I really need to give that to God if that's the case. God's giving me the guts to be stronger when it comes to conflict resolution in person. I have a wonderful husband and I wouldn't want to trade him for the world. God is helping us and we are growing in His knowledge every day.

Read The 5 Love Languages...both of you. Discover what your love languages are so you can be successful with your intentional living and loving. That's a great starting point.

This book also touches on being a team when children are added to the equation. Life really does change when you add a couple miniature humans to your everyday routine. 

We must remember that our marriage is not a Hollywood movie. We don't have a prewritten script that will make everything instantly better. It takes real work. We have choices to make every day. My husband and I came from divorced families so from the very beginning we told each other that no matter what we are together forever. When you take out that option it's like you HAVE to work it out because there are no other options. I know I would not be married if God hadn't placed this man in my life. I had a rough upbringing and I despised all the lying, cheating, evil men that roamed the earth. When I gave my life to Christ He changed me and delivered me from those crazy thoughts. So yeah, I'm grateful for the guy He gave me. I need to be careful, not to take advantage of him though. We know we're stuck together, but it's not OK for us to get complacent either. 


"Team Us" Official Book Trailer from Ashleigh Slater on Vimeo.

"Finishing your marriage story well is definitely within your reach, no matter what your history tells you"



Geez Louise! This book brought up so many things! I recommend it to everyone! I'm going to stop rambling and you need to enter this giveaway!

About The Author
Ashleigh Slater is a writer and editor passionate about seeing marriages at every stage thrive. As the founder and editor of the popular webzine Ungrind and a regular contributor at Start Marriage Right and www.iBelieve.com, The Time-Warp Wife, and For the Family, she unites the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage couples. She has almost 20 years of writing experience and a master's degree in communication. Ashleigh and her husband, Ted, have been married for more than a decade. They have four daughters and reside in Atlanta, GA. Check out her blog HERE

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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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