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.

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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. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Their Name is Today *Book Review*

Being a parent in this day and age is pretty scary sometimes. Just the way this world is heading is enough for me to pray that Jesus returns sooner than later! I try to raise my kids to respect their elders, help those in need, and pray like never before. 

I don't even know where to begin with my review of this book. My children were homeschooled until I found a small, private, Christian school that we liked. Next year we will be homeschooling again. I really do miss having them at home with me, and all the hands on fun we had while learning. I love that his description of what kinder was developed for is exactly how my daughter's class is. She would come home and say, "My teacher said my homework is to play." How wonderful is that....none of that writing stuff. They do enough work in class. 

Loved the part in the book when he talked about silence being important to children and that they thrive on it. You know, I have always been a fan of nap times and quiet time in their rooms. They spent that time singing to themselves and looking at books. I agree that it is necessary. It helped not only them, but it was good break time for me too.

Material Child: Such a great chapter! I'm not a perfect parent,but that was one thing we never allowed. My kids learned from an early age that they are not allowed to ask mama or daddy for anything from the store. If it's something we need then we already know to purchase it. I have never (thank the Lord) had to deal with temper tantrums in the store.
 I have seen many parents struggling with their children in that area though. I remember one particular event at a Target store. I had run in to grab a birthday gift and this little boy (looked about 4) was throwing a huge fit. This young boy was calling his mom names and screaming. She gave in and picked something out for him after asking him repeatedly what he wanted. He was not happy with what mom chose and continued with the crying and screaming. She threatened that if he didn't stop that she would put it back. He didn't stop...she put it back...she walked away from the aisle and told him to follow her. She was visibly upset as he stood his ground and continued to scream. I really felt the Holy Spirit at that moment. I approached her and told her that she is doing a great job, she's doing the right thing and don't give in. He WILL learn that mama is the boss. I gave her a pat on the back and she smiled and said she was trying. I usually don't approach people about their kids, but I think it's just what this mom needed to hear right then. 

I may be the only one with an 11 yr old who has no phone or iPad or iPod or iAnything. He hasn't asked for any of those things, but I do not want my children's world to be filled with electronic time consumers. I'm a big believer in uninterrupted family time.

I could go on and on, but I will not because there is not enough room on this page. You MUST read this book! If you have children in your life you should read this book. It is full of wonderful stories and important information that we can all take notes from. I learned a lot attending my mommy ministry classes and a lot of what he wrote is what we were taught. It was good to refresh my memory because sometimes I've found myself not to be as patient with my youngest. She is a lot more different than her siblings, so it has taken me a little longer to see what works for her as far as communication, play, discipline, etc. This book has really helped get my perspective on things back where it needs to be.




About the Book:
Softcover / 192 pages 
“If you want to glean insights into how to raise and influence children to be more compassionate and considerate, more courageous and confident, more independent, secure, and unselfish; if you want your children to be more loving and joy-filled, then get reading!” —excerpt from Mark K. Shriver’s Foreword (President of Save the Children Action Network)

Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name Is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.

About the Author


A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cėsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

Acclaim for the author:

“A much-needed message not only for South Africa, but for the whole world.” -Nelson Mandela, on Why Forgive (one of Arnold’s books)

“In this book we find a message needed today in every part of the world.” -Mother Teresa, from her forword to Sex, God, & Marriage (one of Arnold’s books)

“Written in a way that is easy to grasp…indeed, very beautifully.” - Pope Benedict XVI, on A Little Child Shall Lead Them (one of Arnold’s 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.” VALID IN USA & CANADA ONLY

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me *Movie Review* + Giveaway

I may be a city girl nowadays, but my roots are out in the pasture with the cattle. I grew up spending many days and nights throughout my childhood with my farming grandparents. I love the country life and enjoyed the music we listened to as well.

One reason I wanted to review this movie is because I myself have experienced family members who have suffered with Alzheimer's Disease. It can be hard when you are not remembered by someone who has shared in providing many wonderful memories in your life. I was really interested in this family's story and how they get through day to day.

Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, and Gentle On My Mind are some of the classics that I grew up loving. He had so many great songs we would sing along to. I also love learning about the journey and adventures of folks who have done so much in their lives and continue to achieve great things.

Amazing story to watch! What an emotional roller coaster they are on. Just seeing what Mrs. Campbell has to deal with day to day, God really knew what He was doing when He joined these two together. She is such a strong woman! 

The concert scenes were great too. Sometimes he would go off  on a talking tangent, but he would eventually get back to the song. He always had some great jokes to throw in there. Man, his guitar skills!!! Alzheimer's has not taken that away from him at all. 

You can really see the Alzheimer's taking it's toll in parts of the film. Blaming people for stealing his things, pushing all the buttons on people's doors, and not remembering his children's names. 

This is a heartbreaking yet celebratory film. The fact that he is still able to play his guitar like nobody's business and perform his songs in key is astounding. You can also see the love he has for his wife.


In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

Free Song Download: www.glencampbellmovie.com/redeem

Movie Website: http://glencampbellmovie.com/faith/

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 USA & CANADA

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wherever the River Runs *Book Review* + Giveaway



Such a beautifully written piece of art. Kelly Minter writes about her eye and heart opening trip to the Amazon jungle with such detail that you can picture everything as if you are there.

I have to review this book as I read along so I don't forget anything! This paragraph really stood out to me. The Holy Spirit brought to her attention a young man and a word for him. The word for him was that God saw him and he was going to a great leader in his village. That brought a smile to the face of this sad child. He responded with, "No one has ever seen me before. God sent you to see me." HOW POWERFUL IS THAT?! 

"We may desire deep friendships, ironclad marriages, thriving children, a secure economy, healthy bodies, a trip to Europe- but what we really want is an encounter with the living God. To be loved, known, and seen by Him. We pursue all the other stuff because it's the stuff that tastes, but Jesus is the One who nourishes."



Kelly's story is inspiring! We don't have to take a trip to the Amazon jungle to experience these changes in our lives. We are surrounded by our own jungle daily. I make it a point to help out someone in need if I am able. My children also notice those in need a lot more than they use to. I have so many testimonies of times that God has provided us with the opportunity to be a blessing to others in their time of need. 

As we pack up our house I realize how MUCH we have and so much of it we don't really need. We are happy to fill up bags to donate. In the Amazon and so many other countries (including our own) kids don't have beds to sleep in, shoes on their feet, or any idea where their next meal will come from. We can help with that!

My son's class took a trip this week to a place where they helped pack 200,000 meals for children and their families. That night at bible study he lifted up those children and their families in prayer. That trip impacted him in a good way. He has always been my helper, but this was on a different level.

This can be a convicting story to some. It made me want to pack my bags so I can go help the people of the Amazon. Which takes me back to what I stated earlier. I can help in my own neighborhood, city, state. I don't have to go far to see the same types of difficulties. 

Thank you Jesus for blessing my family so that we may bless others.

GIVEAWAY TIME
Thank you Christian Family for providing this book to review. Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Treasury of Bible Stories *Review + Giveaway*


What a great book! I had so much fun reading these stories to my children. Bible stories are brought to life in the minds of children with "Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times," and wonderful illustrations on every page.



I asked my kiddos what their favorite story is so far and all they keep saying is, "All of them!" We haven't made it through the whole book and we are also skipping around, so once we are finished we shall see if they have a favorite rhyming story.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner's Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children's books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos

Watching and listening to her sister read.

Loving the story!


You have a chance to win your own copy now, but you can also find this book at Christianbook.com and Amazon.

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.”



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2 Review + Giveaway


What's going on Friday Sept. 12 you ask?

Dolphin Tale 2 is coming to a theater near you! Not just that, but its also Homeschool Day 2014!


My daughter actually picked out a dolphin book for her free summer reading book from our public library. She loves dolphins so you can bet she was super excited about this!


My children and I had the chance to check out the Dolphin Tales 2 curriculum. We really enjoyed watching these videos. When I asked my kids afterwards what they thought of the videos and what they learned they surprised me. They remembered quite a bit of it. 
Things like dolphins don't taste food like humans do, and they don't touch with their flippers. They use their nose for that sort of thing. I would have never guessed that!

I have to say, I learned about dolphins from this curriculum more than we ever did at a sea aquarium. I liked that the important points were on the screen so the kids were reading and hearing what he said. That helped the information stick in their minds. 

My kiddos are super excited for this film to come out so we can see it! My 6 yr old stated, "We haven't even seen the first one yet and there's already a second!" So you know what we have to do now. Gotta see the first one before the second one hits theaters. 

Celebrate Homeschool Day 2014 by checking out this movie!

Below are some links to learn more about Dolphin Tale 2 and other great resources.


Checkout the official movie website

Find them on Facebook & Twitter

You also have a chance to win a this promo pack

An awesome Dolphin Tale 2 Tshirt and shades


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. 


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