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.

You can enter to win your own copy of this book!

"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.

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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 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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I received a link to review this movie from Fly By Promotions. The review above is my opinion of the movie.