Monday, November 13, 2017

God's Great Love For You

God's Great Love For You
Written By: Rick Warren

Book Overview:

God’s Great Love

Created the entire universe 
  And everything in it 
Including you.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

My Thoughts:

This was simply a beautiful book.  I enjoyed every aspect of this book from the words to the pictures to the soft colors. Simple and to the point yet profound and timeless message. It was great to remind my boys of the powerful message that God loves them.  I liked that it talked about things that God has done for us.  The illustrations are soft and warm and compliment the great message within the pages of this book.  I would recommend this book to somebody with young children.  It would be great for young children because they have a shorter attention span.  I must confess, I find myself picking up this book and reading through it. 

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review from FlyBy Promotions but my opinion of the book was not hindered by that fact!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Matt Redman Glory Song

Glory Song 
Matt Redman


Matt Redman is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and author. His songs have been a source of inspiration to me and encouragement.  This world can be a cruel place to live in. Music allows us to feel those emotions that we try to bury.  I eagerly unwrapped this CD and listened to it on my way to pick up my boys.  Each song was captivating in its own way.  This CD has 13 tracks, some featuring other artists. I think my favorite song from this CD was Gracefully Broken.  It talked about surrender and pouring out our hearts, our lives and embracing the fact that its all about His power at work in us. I would recommend purchasing this CD, it would make a perfect gift or even a simple measure of self care.  
I received this CD in exchange for an honest review from FlyBy Promotions but my opinions are my own.  


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bless Our Gramps & Gran

The Berenstain Bears 
Bless Our Gramps & Gran

Written By Mike Berenstain


Book Overview:

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.
It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.
My Thoughts:
I have many fond memories of my great grandma reading me Berenstain Bears books when I was growing up. I have always been fascinated by the stories but when I received this book to review I decided to dig a little deeper.  I read through the book and it filled my heart with happy memories. I decided to learn more about Stan and Jan Berenstain.  I was fascinated by the fact that Stan Berenstain was blind in one eye, yet created these humor filled cartoons.  By the world's standard he could not see, but yet he saw more than some people who have perfect sight. Some people can see and some people have visions. I think those with visions see some things so much clearer. This particular book is part of the Living Lights series.  I love the layout and the colors and the story, great book.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers, but my opinion is my own!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories
Written By: Jean Fischer

Book Overview:
Share beloved Bible stories with your little one!
Snuggle up close and imagine the animals entering Noah’s boat two by two, David standing before Goliath with just a slingshot, or Jesus blessing the children. These Bible stories will capture young hearts as they learn about God’s great love.
With classic Precious Moments® illustrations, simple Bible verses, favorite Bible stories, and fun rhymes, Little Book of Bible Stories will help introduce the power of God’s Word to your precious children.
My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book.  I am a big fan of precious moments.  I remember when I was young receiving a precious moments coloring book that I still have to this day.  Something about precious moments has always calmed my soul.  Reading the bible stories was refreshing.  I do think this would be great in a toddler Sunday school class.  The stories are short enough to hold the attention of a two year old while also getting the main idea across. 
I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review from Book Look Bloggers but my opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence Exodus

Patterns of Evidence Exodus



DVD Overview:

The film describes numerous findings, including possible archaeological findings of evidence of Hebrew habitation in ancient Egypt, and new historical findings as to the timeline of the events of Exodus, as well as contemporary events in ancient Egypt. It also describes some existing artifacts and documents from Ancient Egypt which have been the subject of debate amongst experts for a number of year

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed viewing this DVD.  It challenged me to think a little deeper on something that I have read through a few times and find to encompass a foundational truth.  It was fascinating to hear several different accounts and points of view.  Even people who were not believers still pointed to physical remains and such that proved the events from the bible actually happened. A few parts of the documentary gave me chills to see these archaeologists who clearly state that they are not believers but then continue and explain that what they see in the ground is proof that the bible is true. Israel did exist. I got a little lost in the time lines towards the end.  I enjoyed watching it but I feel like I need to watch it again to really soak it all in.  After all, this was a 12 year journey condensed into about 2 hours!  

This DVD was provided in exchange for an honest review by FlyBy Promotions but my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unlock Your Dream

Unlock Your Dream
Written By: Philip Wagner

                                                       Book Overview:
Life Can Be Hard.
Dream Anyway!


“God gave you a specific desire, an assignment to complete, and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives... Our greatest pursuit will be that dream.”   —Philip Wagner
 
Your dreams are calling. Will you answer?
 
We all dream. The capacity for dreaming and pursuing those dreams is a gift given to every individual. But many people cannot even begin to describe their dreams, much less figure out how to bring them to fruition in the face of frustrating obstacles, distractions, and setbacks.
 
In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

Why Are You Really Here?

This question reveals the deepest longing of the human heart—a desire for meaning and significance. We recognize that we are on this earth for a purpose. Discovering that purpose is our life’s work and the key to unlocking our greatest dreams.
 
With contagious passion and humor, Philip Wagner blends biblical truths and real-world insights to invite you to:
 
* Reach beyond the ordinary to find the extraordinary gifts God has given you
* Disentangle yourself from lesser goals and embrace a God-size dream
* Navigate inevitable setbacks, disappointments, and distractions
* Build the ultimate team to energize your dreams with support and encouragement
* Discover your true calling and forge a unique path to an adventurous life
 
Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional—no matter your background or your life’s current season—it’s never too early or too late to uncover your God-given purpose and move boldly in the direction of your dreams!

My Thoughts:
I find it interesting how God works and is in all the details of our life.  I have been trying to figure out what my purpose is and what I should be doing with my life. I read this book about dreams and liked a part in the book about how sometimes it is about helping somebody else achieve their dream.  Part of achieving our dream may very well be making somebody elses dream comes true. I was encouraged by this book.  I also found it fascinating that another book I am reading at the same time is also about God sized dreams and achieving what seems impossible, but only with the help of God.

I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review through the blogging for books program but my opinions and thoughts are my own. 

God Bless My School

God Bless My School
Written By: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated By: Steve Whitlow

Book Overview:
God Bless My School, the next book in the bestselling God Bless line (with more than 450,000 books sold), introduces young children to all the exciting things that school will bring. Perfect for starting daycare, preschool, and kindergarten, this padded board book helps children view school as a fun, cool place to go.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book with my boys before they returned to school.  It was a nice reminder to stop and pray for the upcoming school year, for the teachers, for the time at school and their friends. I enjoy my boys being home with me over the summer break, this book provided a nice transition for us as we thought about them returning to school.  My boys are older, they are 10 and 6 but they both sat and listened to this story more than a few times before it was their first day. This would be great for younger children starting school.  



I received this book in exchange for an honest review from booklookbloggers program, but my opinions and thoughts are my own! 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Voice

Voice is defined as the sound produced in a person's larynx and uttered through the mouth as speech or sound. The definition of voice has such a technical feel to it but when you think about what somebodies voice can mean to you....well, it feels that these words are not adequate to express the way some sounds produced in a person's larynx and uttered through their mouth can reach some inner part of your soul.  We can all think of a time when somebody said something and it really meant a lot and stuck with us.  Just this weekend I was recalling happy family memories, times over summer when we would go to the beach after dinner and play until the sun went down and then go to Dairy Queen for an ice cream on the way home. Or when we would go to St. Augustine and walk down St. George Street and get a sweet treat. I was thinking about my dad singing Philadelphia Freedom to me on the way to school just about every morning.  I was thinking about times he would tell me that he was so proud of me and I rolled my eyes and said 'yeah, yeah, yeah'....Some times I think I would give up anything to just go back in time. I know that the stroke my dad is living through, and how it has changed all of us has been for the better in most regards, even if it took a lot of pain and tears to get to where we are today, even if it dumped us upside down and tossed us about and made us more clearly define and appreciate one another...and see who would weather the storms with us - people I thought would always be there, well I guess when our ship hit turbulent seas they took the life boat and left us to weather the storm on our own.... there are days....when I just don't understand why.....there are days that I miss my dad.  I am grateful he is still here, don't get me wrong....anyways....I was going through and cleaning out my computer, getting rid of old songs I don't listen to anymore and burning pictures to DVD when I came across a few old sound clips from my dad. The odd thing about the timing is that my husband just cracked his phone screen and my sister has a phone she isn't using that he could use, she was upset by a glitch in the Verizon network that cost her one of the last voicemail from my dad before his stroke....so while this might not have been personalized for you Becca, in the name of lost voicemail I hope this sound clip brings a smile to your heart through the tears that are bound to leave your eyes while listening. There are a few more sound clips, but since YouTube won't let me just upload music, I need to find more pictures.

p.s It 's hard to believe that doctors said my dad would never speak again.  While these are old sound clips, he is certainly speaking today....and still singing!