Monday, October 12, 2015

"Unafraid" Devotional Review

*Disclosure:  I received a copy of the following book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.

About Unafraid:
A 365-day devotional that will encourage and help readers overcome the fear that consumes, disturbs, and paralyzes them.

To live without fear is one of the most challenging goals you can make in your life. Fear lurks in the deep recesses of the human heart and surprises even the most mature Christian. 

There are over 400 instances in the Bible of God telling His children to not be afraid. If repetition of a matter has anything to do with importance, God decided this was a big one. But rather than being a command or admonition, the tone spoken in turn by God, angels, and disciples is compelling and encouraging, like a parent comforting a fearful child. 

In UNAFRAID, Gracie Malone brings light, a touch of humor, stories, quotes, prayers, and encouragement to everyone who is fighting to trust in the only One who can take their fear away.

My Review:
 I hate to admit that I tend to be a fearful person.  More so now as a parent than I was 10 years ago.  I have a tendency to worry and over-analyze situations constantly.  I don't want to be that way and try to give up that worry and fear knowing that God is in control, but I haven't been too good at it.  

Because I tend to be fearful, I have really enjoyed reading the devotional, Unafraid.  It's been a daily reminder that God is in control and I really have no reason to fear.  I love that it's set up to read each day of the year, with scriptures and examples or stories.  It's been an easy devotional to read and, at times, truly brings peace to have the reminder of God's control over all situations.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Unafraid!  It's a devotional that you'll be happy to delve into each day. :-)

Buy it!
Unafraid can currently be purchased at for $13.60 (Hardcover) or $9.99 for the Kindle edition.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home" DVD Review

*Disclosure:  I was provided the following DVD in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.

About When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, “a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love” (Common Sense Media). Jack and Elizabeth leave Hope Valley and rush back to the city of Hamilton when they learn that Jack’s brother, Tom, was involved in an automobile accident… with Elizabeth’s sister, Julie! But Tom and Julie are hiding something about the incident, a deceit that puts Jack and Elizabeth at odds with their families… and with each other. Their trip is further complicated when Tom and Julie endeavour to run off together – via train this time – and Elizabeth’s father offers Jack a job – an offer that puts Jack and Elizabeth’s fledgling romance in peril yet again.

Take a look at the trailer:

My Review:
Another great When Calls the Heart DVD!  My kids and I had a movie night to watch this and absolutely loved it!  I don't know how they can keep coming up with new and intriguing episodes, but they do and they do it well.  Heart and Home added some new twists to the show and the kids felt like we were left hanging at the end. We were so anxious to know what happens next that we had to go online and watch the trailer for the next one.  The trailer wasn't enough.  We still can't wait to watch how things play out for Jack and Elizabeth in the upcoming DVD! :-)

Be sure to catch When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel if you have it.  If not, check into seeing it another way or buy the seasons.  You'll be happy you did!

Buy it!
When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home can currently be purchased at for $8.83

Monday, September 14, 2015

"The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden" Book Review & GIVEAWAY! (9/23) #BIGGESTSTORY #FLYBY

*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.

About the book:
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2015)

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heave and new earth.  With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.  

About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.  He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do SomethingThe Hole in Our HolinessCrazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word.  He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan. 

About Don Clark:
Don Clark is an artist and the cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine.  He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits.

My Review:
The Biggest Story was definitely the most interestingly portrayed Bible storybook I've ever read.  It isn't laid out story by story, but as one BIG story (in chapters).  I absolutely LOVE the idea of it and think it's neat to see the major story of the Bible told in this way.

The illustrations in The Biggest Story are very colorful and fun to look at as well.  I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading because I kept trying to see how the colorful pages related to what was being read.  I just love how the pictures beautifully fill the pages of the entire book.

I read this to my children, who are 8 and 9 years old, before bed over a couple of nights.  They're pretty good listeners but, unfortunately found some things confusing.  The one thing that they both agreed confused them was Jesus being referred to as the 'Snake Crusher'.  I think they tend to associate Jesus with love and joy and the name 'Snake Crusher' sounds kinda dark or mean.  They kept thinking that the 'Snake Crusher' was a bad guy that was coming!

All-in-all The Biggest Story was a wonderful book to read to connect all the little stories of the Bible into the major message.  I would highly recommend this book to everyone young and old! :-)

Buy it!: 
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Uncommon" DVD Now Available at Walmart and Family Christian Stores

*Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of the following DVD in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.

About Uncommon:
When the students of Rosewood High School lose their theater, music and dance departments due to budgets cuts, they create their own. Struggling to find the right script, music & choreography the students get advice from an uncommon source; the Bible! Each student becomes uniquely influenced as they discover that God takes them personally. Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production by exploring the diversity of parables taught in the Bible.

Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens fight against political correctness to defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform.

Will months of constant bullying by the establishment defeat the production and dismantle their faith?

Armed with expert legal counsel and unexpected help from Christian music’s finest, these teens realize what it means to be…UNCOMMON!

To learn more about the movie, Uncommon, visit the official website:

Take a look at the trailer:

My Review:
Uncommon is a very enjoyable movie.  It takes you through some ups and downs in a handful of high schoolers' lives where they ultimately put their faith in God and stand up for their beliefs.   It was neat to see teenagers having the courage to stand up against school leaders.   I don't want to give away the ending....but God wins! ;-)

I'd definitely recommend picking up a copy of Uncommon!  I think it's a great film to watch as most kids are heading back to school.  It may encourage them to be more open about their beliefs this year if they've been holding back. :-)

Buy it!
Uncommon can currently be purchased at Wal-Mart for $16.97 or Family Christian Stores for $19.99.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

First Day of School 2015

The kids are back in school today.  Morgan was looking forward to it, but Blake was a bit uneasy.  He got up three times after being put to bed to talk to me, then was up again around 3:30 AM.  (The super early wake-up had partially to do with our schedule the last 5 months, but that's another story.)  Morgan was eager to be up and get ready to go.  Despite a crazy schedule over the summer, she went to bed easily at 8:00 and was up at 6:30 like school had never let out for the summer.

Getting back into the morning routine was a bit tricky for all of us.  The kids forgot that they're not allowed to watch TV on school mornings. (They have a tendency to forgo getting ready if they do.)  I kept getting distracted by everything needing to be done and almost forgot to make them lunches.  Hopefully it all smooths out in the next week or two! :-)

 Morgan ended up with the teacher she wanted.  She had actually had her in Kindergarten, so she had no problem going into class and getting settled when I dropped her off.  We typically give hugs and have a little routine when I drop them off, but we were a bit out of sorts this morning with the rain and it didn't happen.  As we were walking down the hall towards Blake's class, he reached over and gave a quick hug before we got to his room...most likely realizing we had forgotten to do it.  I had to laugh at how quick he was...I'm pretty sure he didn't want anyone to see... ;-)

No phone calls from the school yet, so I'm guessing it's going well!  I'm praying for a great first day and wonderful school year for the kids and teachers! :-)

I put a couple collages together last year to see how Morgan and Blake have grown each year of school. I don't plan to update them this year, but if you'd like to stop by and check them out, click here.  (I can barely stand the cuteness!  Where did those little ones go?!)

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