Friday, August 28, 2015

The Time Garden

I'm trying to color a couple times a week just to relieve some stress and unwind.  So when I saw this book to review - I was so excited!  This book is a journey - a little girl's journey into a cuckoo clock.  As she enters, she is taken to other worlds and sees things she's never seen before - all in coloring book fashion.  I loved the adventure - coloring while I was exploring.  And I'm off to purchase the sequel!  What a great way to color, unwind, and have an adventure - for adults and children alike.

The author, DARIA SONG is an author and artist from Seoul, Korea. Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Song has a master’s degree in fiber arts and has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She spent five years of her childhood in San Francisco, California, before returning to Korea, and the sense of wonder and mystery that comes from living in  a far-off place inspired The Time Garden.



*I was sent a copy for review on my blog by the publisher.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's a Seashell Day

Dianne Ochiltree's It's A Seashell Day is a new picture book that will be a fun read for our little ones - both for those who can make it to the beach and those who have never seen a beach!  It's a clever story of a mom and son who head to the beach for a day.  They see shells, count them, explore with them - all great ways to talk through a day at the beach with your child.  The illustrations by Elliot Kreloff are perfect for this book too.  The textured look and feel give this book such great character.  I would highly recommend this for reading aloud or storytimes alike!


*I was given a book by the publisher for a fair and honest review on my blog.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Radical Together

David Platt has hit another one WAY out of the ballpark.  This book focuses on the problems within the
Church today.  Platt hopes, through his book, to unite the church with a gospel-centered vision.  He has crafted this around six very short chapters -

1.Tyranny of the Good: The worst enemy of Christians is good things in the church
2.The Gospel Misunderstood: The gospel that saves us from work save us to work
3.God is saying something: The Word does the work
4.The Genius of Wrong: Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people
5.Our Unmistakeable Task: We are living -- and longing -- for the end of the world
6.The God who exalts God: We are selfless followers of a self-centered God

Platt uses real life examples he has run into during his years in ministry and in his own life to challenge us to be the difference and make the change in our churches today.  Great book!


**I was sent a copy by the publicist for an honest review on my blog.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

This DVD - Patterns of Evidence:  Exodus is a MUST SEE.  I am not normally a documentary fan - but this movie actually had parts where I forgot I was learning.  Not only is it an intriguing subject matter, it is also a splendidly well-done film.  The quality of the filming, the animations and even down to the reenactments - it's solid!   For years, many have set out to prove that the Bible is purely stories - a myth, even.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question, "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?"  And he tackles this from the basis of scientific debate.  It is based on a 12 year journey around the world to answer questions on the validity of the Bible.  What they find is amazing - for those that need that physical proof to believe - you are shown tombs, artifacts, houses, etc. that give proof for the existence of these Biblical places.  The DVD is narrated by Kevin Sorbo and there are interviews with leading archaeologists and even appearances by Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.  Do not miss this fascinating look at history!



Releases on DVD August 4, 2015 
Run Time:  119 minutes
Special Features:  Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
      Behind the Music
      From Film to Book
      Additional Books and Resources
      Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
      Trailers 
Genre:  Documentary 
Rating:  NR

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Friday, August 07, 2015

This is Not a Test

If you have not heard Tobymac's latest album  - This Is Not a Test - RUN out to listen!  This is a fabulous upbeat album that captures a wide audience.  In our house - it's enjoyed by adults, teens AND preteens.  I'm not personally a rap fan, but this one switched it up just enough that I enjoyed it.  One of my favorites is "Love Broke Thru" - a catchy and one that runs through my mind often since I've listened to it. I also love "Beyond Me" - a fun song that is being played on our radio station often right now.  And don't miss "Undeniable" - a great reminder that God is beyond what we could ever imagine!  Love it!


Visit the official website
It's on iTunes




About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 
#THISISNOTATEST
#FLYBY



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Apologetics Study Bible for Students

I get quite a few requests to review items on my blog - some jump out at me and some don't.  This one, however, was one that I truly hoped I'd make it on the blog review team.  The Apologetics Study Bible for Students is one I wish we'd had when my boys were younger.  One of my sons has been deep into theology and apologetics since he could read - he just devoured anything on these topics and he would have thoroughly enjoyed this Bible as a reference tool he could sink his teeth into!  The articles in the Bible (120 of them) are written by some of today's leading Christian thinkers and they deal with some of the big questions - Homosexuality, Yoga, New Age Movement, Cloning, Gambling, Scientology, Rape and Incest and more.  The articles are thoughtful and well-written and give our teens some great topics to ponder.  The Bible is created to be appealing to teens - both the design and layout.  We also thought the Twisted Scripture articles were great!  These are written to discuss topics that current religious movements use to twist Scripture and go against historic Christian teaching.  This is another area where we want to strengthen our kids' faith in the world in which we live.

The other thing we loved about this Bible is the resource library of videos online.  There are videos still yet to be added - but some there already as well that answer the tough questions in video format - you can stream them or download them OR even share to social media.  I was excited with the quality of the videos and the topics they covered.  http://www.apologeticsbible.com/video-archive/

Don't forget to enter the Confident Faith Sweepstakes while you are surfing - this is a great contest when you can win a Bible, mini apologetic library or even a trip!  https://app.promo.eprize.com/confidentfaith/

ADDED BONUS - I was told I could give away a copy as well here on my blog!  So - you get an entry for commenting below.  AND leave a separate message for each social media platform you share this giveaway on and you will get additional entries.  Winners will be chosen on August 7!



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 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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

More Chronicle Books!

Sometimes you just need a new board book - I hear you!  Well I have a few new ones that crossed my desk today that I think you will enjoy.

Friends and Trucks by Sara Gillingham are adorable board books.  The baby in these books is playing with friends - experiencing all different activities throughout the day - but what sets these books apart is the spinning head on the baby - you can make him/her sad or happy depending on what you'd like.  How fun to interact with you little one with these engaging books!



Two others that you will enjoy sharing with your little ones are Who's There?  and  All Shook Up by Alain Crozon.  Both are colorful books with flaps - you can turn each page and have your child guess what is hiding under the flaps.  These are fun and the illustrations are hilarious as well. 



Lastly, a picture book for the older set - The Bear's Surprise by Benjamin Chaud.  This is a book that will provide HOURS of entertainment.  The illustrations are so intricate that you want to look over and over to see what you missed the first time.  The cut outs in the pages also make for a fun way to read/guess with your child what will happen next.  AND the author has given you questions right in the text to get you talking and thinking as you read.  This would be a super title for a circus theme as well - and sometimes those are hard to find.



I was sent these titles by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Passport2Purity

I have heard for some time now how great Family Life's Passport2Purity program is for families.  When I was given the chance to review the program - I jumped at it.  I love the whole concept - time away with your preteen to talk through tough topics like sexuality and purity.  We need that and often don't make the time to do it with our kids.

The kit comes with  a CD Set, a travel journal, and a tour guide.  It is so well laid-out that a parent can really spend very little prep time to make the weekend a success - prep is important, but I wanted to encourage parents that it won't be a huge effort that will bog you down.  You walk through the tour guide page by page and pre-view the videos they feel the parent should view ahead of time to be ready for the weekend.  The weekend is laid out so carefully - I love the time set aside for fun activities and yet, they do give you a great timeline of how to effectively get everything accomplished within the time frame.  All of the parts of the kit are updated and not only look modern, but even the DVD's are well-done and will appeal to our teens.  Having a tool like this is such a blessing.

Our daughter is a bit young for this and we have not used it yet, but I can not wait to spend this time together learning and growing.  I highly recommend this easy-to-follow way for parents to guide their children into sexual purity.

 

I was sent a copy of the kit for review by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chronicle Books

I got a couple of Chronicle Books today that I really HAD to share!

Swan by Laurel Snyder is one of those beautiful books that I think any young child will be entranced by.  The illustrations by Julie Morstad are amazing - the soft colors and intricate designs are stunning.  The story, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova, is one that is not well-known, and possibly not one that young children may be drawn to, but I think when they find this gem, they will open a world they didn't know existed.  Our young dancers and ballerinas will LOVE it as well!



Kate Messner has written Tree of Wonder that is a delightful story about the rainforest and how many animals can live in one tree - the Almendro Tree - in the rainforest.  The illustrations, by Simona Mulazzani, are colorful and yet realistic.  And on each spread, you can see the number of animals or insects housed in that one tree all displayed visually as well - it puts 1,024 leafcutter ants right into perspective.  Great new picture book on the rainforest - welcome addition.



I was sent both of these books, by the publisher, for a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Never Say No

Mark and Jan Foreman have written a book called Never Say No:  Raising Big-Picture Kids.  I can tell you that this couple KNOWS their stuff.  They are all about having a relationship with our kids - not just getting them to behave.  Their book is full of useful, practical ways to encourage your kids to be creative, imaginative, and cultivate their unique gifts.  It's all about bringing the love and nature of God to the world and that's what they focus on in parenting as well.  Their advice is tested and has been successful with their two boys - both singers in the group Switchfoot.  I encourage you to pick this one up - it's WELL WORTH the read!



*I was sent a review copy by the publisher for a blog review.

Plumb CD - Exhale

The new Plumb CD - Exhale - is one that I unabashedly recommend and KNOW it will be enjoyed.  I did not find ONE SONG on the entire album that I did not love.  These songs just sing of hope and thankfulness - you can tell that her life now is one of surrender after her complete brokenness and healing experienced when she wrote a previous song, "Need You Now".  Her sound is strong and full of vibrancy as she pours out her heart through song.  I am thoroughly enjoying this CD as I know you will as well!



I was sent a copy of the CD for review purposes by Propeller/FlyBy Promotions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chronicle Books Newest Titles

I got a Chronicle Books box - ALWAYS a good day!
And I wanted to share a few of the goodies with you!

How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
Simple, Step-by-step teaching kids how to read a book!  Fabulous, funny and yet right on their level.  The illustrations are light-hearted and fun as well.  Step 1 - Find a story, Step 2 - Find a reading buddy, Step 3 - Find a cozy reading spot - couldn't agree more!!

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This is an author combo that time and time again writes and illustrates books that are endearing and make kids smile.  This is a simple story of what we wish for - either for our kids or for each other.  It is certainly not a story to read aloud in storytime, I don't think.  But one to cherish together, side-by-side, and talk about as you go.  It would also make a lovely coffee table book or gift for just the right friend.

Beach House by Deanna Caswell and illustrated by Amy June Bates
Here is a book that makes you feel sure you've been transported to the beach!  I love this - it's told in rhyme which is fun and different - the simplicity and flow of the words tied in with the amazing illustrations give the reader a beach experience all from the comfort of home.  I think this would be a fun read-aloud and one kids will explore all on their own again and again.



**I was sent preview copies of these books from the publisher for honest reviews of the titles.

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