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!


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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! 
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