Thursday, December 18, 2014

What's in the Bible? Vol. 4 Review and Giveaway


What’s in the Bible Vol. 4: Battle for the Promise Land is the latest of the What’s in the Bible series that we have had the opportunity to review. And just like the others, we loved it! In this fun-filled DVD, Phil Vischer, Buck  Denver and the whole cast of puppets teach their way through the first three books of the Historical section of the Bible: Joshua, Judges and Ruth.

The DVD has two episodes on it...

Finally, the Promised Land! Covers Joshua and tricky questions about fighting and killing in the Bible.

Cycle of Misery Covers the time of the Judges and the Bible’s romance story - Ruth!





The DVD is about 50 minutes long. Just like the VeggieTales, the What’s in the Bible movies are full of catchy songs and simple lessons that even my three year old understands.
While I’m talking about ages… my 12 year old asks to watch these shows often. I enjoy them too. So really there is no age limit to these movies because they’re great for all ages!

Some things I really like about this particular volume:

1. Like all the movies in the series, it explains our need for a savior and how to go about knowing Christ.

2. Phil does a great job of explaining the biblical reasons why it was okay for the Israelites to take the Promised Land back. (deals with stealing and killing)

3. Call me crazy but I quite enjoyed the popsicle stick puppet segment about Ruth. It cracked me up.

We have watched Volume 4 several times now and the kids pick up something new each time. The fact that my two and three year olds excitedly run into the kitchen to tell me all  about this movie tells me that Phil Vischer and the team are doing something right!

We love, love, love the What’s in the Bible series.
 
Right now they are on sale from Family Christian for only $9.97 (normally $14.99). Any of the volumes would make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Things for teen girls {a Family Christian review}

You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

10 Things for Teen Girls by Kate Conner is surprisingly not a book I would want my 12 year old reading. Yes, I know that she’s not technically a teen but she’s close enough. Although the book is entitled to teen girls, I believe it to be more suited for young women, like late teens (18-19) and early 20s.

Within the first ten pages you encounter topic like:

Men like to look at women.

Men like to look at women. Even married men. Even happily married men. Even good, kind, respectful, stand-up men. Even Christian men. Men are hardwired to enjoy women… Women are beautiful and men like to look at them.

You think you don’t want guys to stare at you but that’s not true. You just don’t want the wrong guy to stare at you.

When the right man looks at you (to be clear, the right man is the man you marry), you walk a little taller, feel a little more beautiful. When my husband compliments my appearance, I feel secure in my relationship- secure in myself.

Because Kate writes the book with the voice of a married woman, I have a hard time believing my daughter would be able to connect with the author and relate to her situations in the book. That being said, this book is a good one for the older group of ladies I mentioned above.

The book is filled with many witty, humorous tales from college and life in general. And she has some great pointers about social media and the damage it can cause.

Facebook doesn’t cause drama; people cause drama.

Facebook doesn’t isolate you; you isolate you.

Twitter doesn’t suck your time; you waste your time.

Twitter doesn’t make anyone narcissistic; it gives people an outlet for displaying their previously existing narcissism.

I believe that social media (like almost every other thing) is neutral. It isn’t innately awesome or innately terrible; it is what you make it.

The degree to which you overshare is the degree to which everyone else will butt in… It is with social media as it is with all of life. You have to take the good and leave the rest.

Kate offers much good advice on topics like drama, procrastination and taming emotions.

To get control of your emotions you must continually check them against two things- 1. Truth 2. God’s Word.

Maintaining good character is an important topic to Kate and she give excellent insights into it.

Your community is on the witness stand, your behavior is the evidence and the verdict is your reputation.
How true is that??

my bottom line

I believe his book would be an excellent one to give as a graduation gift to any lady headed off to college.

It is well written and fun to read once you can get passed all the talk about men looking at women and sex. While I don’t agree that the book is exactly great for teens, it is a good one for young women.

 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

For Such a Time as This {a Family Christian Book Review} PLUS Giveaway



Isn’t that cover beautiful? When I opened the package containing this book, I caught my breath. The simple beauty and grace displayed on the front cover is carried throughout the book. For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible, Retold for Girls was written by Angie Smith and illustrated by Breezy Brookshire.

Watch the video below to hear from the hearts of both the author and illustrator.




Together they have definitely created something that not just young girls will love but their mothers too. I enjoyed sharing this book with Julia, my 12 year old. As homeschoolers, she has daily Bible work that she does. We also have family devotions. This book is something that she and I could sit down and read and discuss together. Just us girls.
I have reviewed many books for children in the past year, and this has been my favorite to share with my daughter. The characteristics displayed by the women in these Bible stories are the same ones I hope to cultivate in her and that God would continue to cultivate in me.
As they discussed in the video, the "He", "Me", "She" parts of each of the stories take this book from story time to learning and bonding time. Learning about women of the Bible and what they did, whether small or big, and how it was noteworthy to God shows us (girls) that we are much in His eyes. He takes care of us and cares about the little things.
I was so tickled to see her sharing these stories and pictures with her little sister.

This 256 page gem offers 40 stories about different women from the Bible. It is recommended for girls ages 6-10 but I believe this is good for girls 4-13. Even if the little lady can’t read yet, this would make a great read aloud.

For Such a Time as This retails for $14.99 from Family Christian Stores. (Hint: they always have a coupon available!)
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Tenth Avenue North's Cathedral CD Review



So, I went to my favorite Family Christian Store today to pick up Tenth Avenue North's new CD, Cathedrals. Can I just say how much I love going in there? Each and every time I walk in, I'm greeted with smiley welcomes. The manager saw me standing by the Tenth Avenue North Cds and came over for a chat.

He told me all about an upcoming concert here in Indiana. Apparently Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective Experiment have teamed up with Chris Tomlin to form the Love Ran Red tour. How cool is that?? The tour will kick off in February 2015 in Florida and be here in Indy on March 8th!! I'll have to find a babysitter to watch the three littles so my husband, the two big kids and I can go!! Maybe I’ll keep it a secret and surprise them all? Hmm, I'll have to think about it.

Julia, my 12 year old, was overjoyed when she realized I was purchasing the CD. Her favorite song right now is No Man Is an Island. Each time it comes on the radio, I hear a quick, “Turn it up Mom!!”





We listened to the CD and enjoyed each song. There is a great mix of encouraging, uplifting songs and some others that are PERFECT for morning worship time. I love to have worship music playing in the background while I do my morning Bible reading and study; this CD will be great for that. It’s fast paced songs also make it a good option to pop in the CD player while cleaning house.


Cathedrals features the following tracks:

No Man Is an Island
Stars in the Night
Iesu, Dulcis Memoria (Feat. Audrey Assad)
Cathedrals
I Need You, I Love You, I Want You
The Spark
Heaven's Sound
Stay
We Won't Numb the Pain / Fire
Closer
All the Earth Is Holy Ground

I was able to grab the CD for a cool $6.99 thanks to the 30% off coupon that came in the flier this week. If you don’t have that coupon or get the fliers, no worries. There’s always a coupon on the Family Christian website that can be used online or printed to use in-store.

Both the Cathedrals CD and MP3 bundle retail for $9.99 or you can purchase individual songs (in MP3 form) for $1.29 each.

There is also a Deluxe Edition which features three extra songs. It is available on CD for $13.99 or MP3 bundle for $11.99.

The three extra songs are:
For Those Who Can't Speak (Feat. Derek Minor and Kb)
 
Just Getting By
 
Forgive Me
 
I highly recommend Tenth Avenue North's Cathedral CD to anyone on the hunt for great music. And at such a great price, it would be an awesome stocking stuffer!!
 
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 These opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Susie's Hope DVD {a Flyby Review} and Giveaway


 
about the movie
 
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 neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna rescues 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. Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
 
the trailer



my thoughts

I'm not one for sad movies and avoid them at all costs, which is why I was conflicted about agreeing to review Susie's Hope. The poor bandaged puppy on the cover deterred me from watching it for more than a week. I kept picking it up, starring at the bandaged puppy and putting it back down.
When Julia (12yo) realized there was a new animal movie in the house, there was no more chance of avoiding it. She loves all things animals- especially movies. We sat and watched it together and to my surprise, Oscar (15yo) made his way over to the couch to join us.
The movie definitely has its sad parts but the overall message is that of encouragement and hope. Both children really enjoyed it and have wanted to watch it again.

The movie it totally family friendly and has great morals. It runs 105 minutes long.

about Susie

Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 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. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
 

Check out Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Lumo Project: The Gospel of John {a Flyby Review}



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


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.
The trailer




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 when we encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles 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, 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. 

My thoughts

I was given access to an online screening of The Gospel of John in exchange for my honest review. The film is 2 hours, 40 minutes long- much longer than I thought would be. I watched it alone because I wasn't sure exactly how child-friendly the film would be. I would approve the film for children ages 10 and up.

The Gospel of John is wonderfully done. I love that the film is the gospel of John. The entire book of John is narrated word-for-word as it's found in the Bible. You can pick from three different versions of the film: NIV, King James and Spanish. I watched the NIV.

The landscaping and actors are exactly what I envision in my mind when I read my Bible. I was truly impressed. Watching it makes you really feel like you're experiencing His life first-hand; I got goose bumps more than once.

If you close your eyes while the film is playing it sounds like a dramatized audio Bible. You can hear the market, the goats, people walking and talking together. And when you open your eyes it's like what you were imagining has come to life and is now on the screen in front of you. It's amazing. I've already added The Gospel of John to my list on Netflix and look forward to watching it with my children. I look forward to seeing the other three gospels when they come out.

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iDisciple App {a Family Christian Review} Plus Giveaway


For months now each time I walked into a Family Christian Store the associates would tell me about an app for my phone (tablet, PC, MAC) called iDisciple. Admittedly, I did want to try it but thought I wouldn’t use it much so I always said, “Maybe next time”. Well, as fate would have it, I was given the chance to review iDisciple as a Family Christian blogger.

At first I thought it was just an app to get sermons on-demand and maybe some daily devotionals. Man was I wrong! With iDisciple, you can access sermons from your favorite preachers (audio, video and text), receive daily devotionals, read the bible (in your choice of version) and of course listen to your favorite genre of commercial-free Christian music.



I have used the app to listen to sermons or an encouraging speaker while I get ready in the morning, listen to music in the car when my favorite Christian station fades out, and I’ve even begun carrying the phone (or iPad) around the house with me while I do the daily chores.

I love, love, love that that all the content in my app is completely personalized to me and what I like/need. When you first sign up you fill out your profile to tell the app what you want/like/need to see in your feeds. You can pick which devotionals you receive each day and much more to make your iDisciple app truly personalized.

With iDisciple you have two choices… you can sign up for a Free Account (with limited daily access) or Subscribe for only $4.99/month, which includes a free 7-day trial. Did I mentioned that you can have it on up to 5 devices? I have it on my computer, phone, tablet and my daughter’s iPod- all for just $4.99 a month.

As if that’s not a great enough deal, starting on December 5th, every purchase of an iDisciple membership from a Family Christian store will gift Military Service Members with a subscription to iDisciple and a Military BibleStick from Faith Comes by Hearing.

This is so awesome for many reasons! The Biblestick is military approved and can be worn while in uniform. Thousands of soldiers have asked for this and are on a waiting list.  You can help by buying a membership to iDisciple

You can also give the gift of spiritual growth with an iDiciple Gift Card. I’m thinking stocking stuffer!! iDisciple truly could be the gift that keeps on giving. It has a feature called Refer a Friend. When you refer a friend to iDisciple, 20% of their monthly net subscription fee will be contributed each month to your Giving Account, so you can donate to your favorite non-profit. How cool is that??

The app is available on Android and iOS systems.
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