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!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

kids' visual study bible

kids' visual Study Bible

Overview:

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy looking at different bibles.  Every night we read to our boys from the bible.  We are reading through the bible with them but it will take more than one year!  When this bible arrived in the mail we decided to use it for our nightly reading. I liked how it gave an overview of each book of the bible at the beginning, listing things like who wrote the book, what it was written, what we learn about God in that book, etc. Throughout the book they provide short summaries of verses in the margins and life time lines or maps and even some pictures. My ten year old really seemed to enjoy the facts along the margins. I would recommend this bible. 

I received this bible in exchange for an honest review through the book look blogger program, my opinion is my own. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

10...

June 16, 2007 at 7:01 p.m Seth Alan entered the world. 

I had no clue how my life would change, how he would make me a better person.  Growing up there were some things I said I would never do....I said I would never get married.  I said I would never leave home.  I said I would never have children.  Somewhere along the journey I realized I better be careful what I say I will never do because everything I said I would never do I have done....

Today my boy turned 10.  I am not sure how time has passed so quickly.  I remember him always holding my ear to go to sleep when he was little.  I remember having to walk down the aisle of microwaves every time we went into a store.  He knew them all by name.  I remember him watching youtube videos about what to put in a microwave.  I remember him carrying a play microwave around everywhere.  I remember him saying my contractions for Ivan looked like sandcastles on the monitor. I remember him being fascinated with Curious George and able to recite every episode from memory. I remember when he started school. I remember when he lost his first tooth. I remember when he faced his fears, when we overcame his fears. He absorbs so much and is able to recall facts that I have long since forgotten. He is very literal. He is a rule follower. He is confident and proud.  He excels in school.  

He is a pretty awesome kid.

You only turn 10 once and I wanted this day to be special for him. I was thinking about trying to do 10 special things and if somehow they could incorporate the number 10 then that was an added bonus. This is what we came up with --

- He woke up to a decorated living room and singing Happy Birthday to him.
- I made him a shirt that had 10 on the front and #DoubleDigits on the back
- We went to his favorite park 
-We went to the Donut Shoppe and put candles on a donut!
- We went to the candy shop and picked out 10+ pieces of candy.
- We gave him a small gift at 10 a.m
- He wanted a 10 piece chicken nugget meal from Mc Donalds for lunch. 
- We went bowling after lunch - 10 pins...he got a few spares!
- We went to Adventure Landing when Dennis got off and got 100+ tokens (10x10)
- We had pizza and a family movie night.
- I made him a 10 layer cheesecake for dessert.
-Before bed we gave him a list of 10 things we like about him.  Ivan, Dennis and I all worked on it together and Seth read it aloud before he went to bed. 

I want him to know that we love him.  I want him to know that he is special.  I want him to know that he is one of a kind.  I want him to know that there is nobody else like him in the world. 

A few pictures from our day---

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Never Give Up

Never Give Up
Written By: John Mason


Book Overview:

Everything worth doing is going to have some obstacles. Some people look at setbacks as evidence that whatever it is they've been striving for just wasn't meant to be. But according to bestselling author and master motivator John Mason, the moment most people give up is the moment of their greatest opportunity.

In this inspiring book, Mason gives readers fifty-two keys to never giving up on their dreams. He shows them how to ask the right questions when they are on the verge of quitting, how to avoid unnecessary trouble, and how to keep their energy level up in the face of setbacks. Whether readers are building a business, a family, a portfolio, or relationships, they'll find the strength and motivation to go on, break through, and claim the prize.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this book.  I liked the fact that it was easy to read through.  It is broken down into 'nuggets' and can be read from front to back or can be read randomly.  There were some points that really made me stop and think but overall it was a very light read, nothing too heavy that got me feeling too entrenched in my thoughts. It was refreshing and uplifting.  There were several little quotes that I wrote down for reflection at a later date.  I think this would be a good read for somebody struggling with depression because it isn't overwhelming to too deep but it is uplifting and encouraging.  I recommend this book! One of my favorite quotes from the book, "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." (Ellen Goodman)


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