Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Beginner's Bible - Timeless Children's Stories - A Review and a Giveaway


About the Book:
The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.






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Now Updated with New Artwork





My Thoughts:


I am delighted to receive this revised Beginner's Bible for review. I am thankful to be able to add this book to my children's collection. Many people will recognize the cover at first sight.  The Beginner's Bible has been a childhood favorite for almost 30 years.  

The book is designed for children 6 and under and the creators/publishers have kept this in mind.  The cover is hard cardboard.  The pages, although not cardboard, are thicker and glossier than standard book print.  

The illustrations are captivating, not only with the vibrant colors, but also the facial expressions.  Both the humans and animals have such intriguing expressions, ranging from surprise to joy to disgust.  I enjoyed flipping through the pages and glancing at many of the illustrations.  

The illustrations are geared to the younger audience in terms of content as well.  While there are several pictures depicting the plagues on Egypt, such as flies swarming,there is no picture for the plague of the firstborn son in each Egyptian family dying.  For the crucifixion of Jesus, the picture only shows Jesus' body below the waist and Mary's hands are covering his nail-driven feet. 

The amount of topics and Bible passages covered is impressive. There are more than 90 stories, split evenly between the Old and New Testament.  Each story states where the passage is located in the Bible.  The 23rd Psalm is a must-see.   A read through of this Beginner's Bible would be a wonderful introduction to many of the most well-known events of the Bible for the preschool and younger elementary ages.




GIVEAWAY: On January 7th, I will choose one reader to receive their own copy of this fantastic children's book.  Just leave a comment on this review or on the Facebook post.  Residents of the continental U.S. only.

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or 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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Monday, December 5, 2016

Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD Review and Giveaway


I have loved listening to Amy Grant for decades.  So I was super excited when I learned that she had a new album out...and a Christmas one at that.  Yay!  I have been listening to the CD in my car on my way here, there, and everywhere.  There is nothing like beautiful Christmas songs to help boost my Christmas spirit.

The album contains some familiar songs that Amy has given her own style to, as well as some Amy Grant originals.  

My Thoughts:

This CD track list is meant to cover the breadth of emotions people feel around Christmas time...from joy and eager anticipation, to loneliness and sadness.  Some of the songs are uplifting, and some are a tad bit of a "downer."  But that is what Amy intended.  She wanted to reach out to everyone during Christmas time, and meet her fans right where they are, no matter what they might be feeling.  The songs are very mellow and low-key, a little guitar here, a little piano there.  I can almost imagine Amy Grant sitting on a bar stool in a little cafe, playing the guitar and signing while customers sip on tea.  This would be a good CD at the end of a very stressful day, when you just want to put your feet up and close your eyes and the let music carry you away.  Or perfect for at a dinner party, when you want to have background music but don't want your guests to have to shout over the carols.  

Did I enjoy it?  Well, I am listening to it right now as I type this review.  :)

Have a listen for yourself with “To Be Together” on Youtube.

Would you like to purchase the CD on iTunes?

Track List
  1. Tennessee Christmas (4:27)
  2. To Be Together (4:10)
  3. Christmas For You And Me (3:03)
  4. Melancholy Christmas (3:02)
  5. December (3:29)
  6. White Christmas (2:23)
  7. Joy To The World (3:08)
  8. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (3:24)
  9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside [feat. Vince Gill] (3:14)
  10. Christmas Don’t Be Late (3:16)
  11. Still Can’t Sleep (3:11)
  12. Another Merry Christmas (2:22)
  13. O Come, All Ye Faithful (3:07)
Album length: 13 tracks: 42 minutes, 16 seconds


GIVEAWAY: On December 9, I will choose one reader to receive their own copy of this CD.  Just leave a comment on this review or on the Facebook post.  Residents of the continental U.S. only.

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

BONUS:
All Amy Grant fans are being asked to upload videos of themselves surprising loved ones for the holidays to social media.  Use the hashtag #TNChristmasSurprise.  Those chosen will be part of a compilation video that Amy Grant will share on her large social media outlets!








Saturday, October 29, 2016

Parenting - 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family...A review and a giveaway

by Paul David Tripp

A Review and a Giveaway




ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.  Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy. 

Mr. Tripp covers 14 gospel principles which can be applied to parenting. 
1. Calling
2. Grace
3. Law
4. Inability
5. Identity
6. Process
7. Lost
8. Authority
9. Foolishness
10. Character
11. False gods
12. Control
13. Rest
14. Mercy



My Thoughts:

I am so thankful that I accepted the offer to review this book.  I knew that I would be out of town a good chunk of the time, and that finding the time to read and review this book might be challenging.  But something about the title and the description was intriguing.  So I accepted.  And I am so glad that I did.  Mr. Tripp's parenting book isn't what I expected from a parenting book.  It isn't like so many of the other parenting books that I have read.

I have had so many ah-ha moments during the past few weeks.  It is as if a burden is being lifted off of my shoulders.  I am seeing parenting in a whole new way, through God's eyes.  Of what He expects from us, and what He doesn't. 

He does expect us to take parenting seriously.  Of course He does; He has entrusted us with precious treasures.  But He has never expected us to be miracle workers.  It is not our purpose to change our children, to make and mold them into perfect little people.  We can't do that, no matter how hard we try. Changing the heart is God's work, not our ours.  We are to lead and correct and point them to Jesus.  Jesus takes it from there.

We are to show grace, lots and lots of grace.  Not one parent is or ever has been perfect.  So why do expect that our children should be?  They will never be perfect; they are works in progress just like we are.  And we should show grace, just as God shows grace to us.

We mustn't take our children's offenses personal.  So many are guilty of comments such as, "How could you do that? After all I've done for you."  Mr. Tripp points out that for the most part, children sin, just because they are sinners.  Not because they purposely set out to irritate you or embarrass you or get back at you.  They are just sinners, plain and simple.  And as such, they will mess up...a lot.  Just like we do.  Show grace and show love and keep nudging them back to Jesus.  There are rarely overnight triumphs; it a journey and we must be faithful.

Mr. Tripp also points out the dangers of finding your identity in your children.  You shouldn't take too much of the credit when your child does well.  And you also mustn't take too much of the blame when your child fails.  God doesn't give a child to parents so that the parents can find their self-worth in their child.  We are stewards; taking care of God's children.  I am so grateful that He has entrusted me to be a steward of these precious children in my life, and I want to be found faithful.

Mr. Tripp has helped me to see parenting in a way that I haven't thought much about before.  It is a freeing concept, taking away some of the huge burden that parents often place on themselves, a burden that God never intended for them to carry.


Would you like to purchase a copy of this book?  Here is the link from Amazon. 

FlyBy Promotions has graciously offered me one copy of the book as a giveaway.  Please leave a comment here or on Facebook for your chance to receive the free copy.  I will randomly select one comment on November 1, 2016.


“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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I am grateful to FlyBy Promotions for sending me a copy of this book for review purposes.  My opinions are my own. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.













Monday, November 25, 2013

Coming Home for Christmas - A DVD Review and Giveaway

Norman Rockwell presents...
Coming Home for Christmas (Home is Where the Heart is)








Available at Wal-Mart for $14.99
Not Rated 
87 Minute Run-time


Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon


COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven't been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home... the only problem is someone else lives there now.
The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!
Who is Norman Rockwell?  Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s. 


Our Thoughts:
This is a very cute family Christmas movie.  Yes, it is  a bit corny and a bit predictable. Most family Christmas movies are.  Still, it is a "wholesome feel good" kind of movie.  The movie reminds us to never give up on love and family.  It also confirms our  desire to have our family gather together during the holidays and the importance of family traditions.


One lucky reader will receive a copy of this DVD, courtesy of FlyBy Promotions.  Just leave a comment on or before November 30, 2013.  I will choose one comment at random.
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.