Friday, September 22, 2017

Matthew West: All In CD Review and Giveaway!!

By: Melissa Baker
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Matthew West is such an inspirational musician. Every song in this album seems to have bits and pieces of his testimony. He encourages the listeners to get out of their comfort zone and really live their lives. We can't just simply exist. Our lives should be lived to the fullest and that is exactly the message behind this album. The songs on this album really hit you in the heart. They are so relatable and touch you right where you are. Several of these songs really spoke to me and have given me the motivation to truly be "All In". God has made us to be more than just spectators sitting on the sidelines, watching our lives go by. In every area of our lives, we need to give it our all and fully be there. Through these songs, you will be inspired to be all that God has called you to be. So... are you "All In"?

About the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

Social Corner:
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo

If you would like to purchase this album, you can do so here: http://capcmg.me/Allin?IQid=flyby

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence- Exodus: DVD Giveaway!

By: Melissa Baker

I have recently had the privilege to view Patterns of Evidence- Exodus. The filmmaker traveled around Egypt and the middle east, looking and searching for hard, physical evidence that what the Bible says, is in fact true. I found it interesting how they showed many places that they went to gather evidence.  It was really neat to see all the places that were mentioned in the Bible. There are a lot of pictures and video of the Holy Land, which really kept my attention.  In his first trip to Egypt, he could not find any evidence of The Exodus. He then went back a second time and spoke with different people who are also researching the same thing, some of which say there is evidence and some who say there isn't. He realized he needed a new approach to finding the evidence he was searching for. He spoke with Bible Scholars, experts, archaeologists, and many other people. This was a wonderful look into the facts and history of the Bible. This documentary is well done, very informative, and gives great detail as to their findings. A bonus feature DVD is also included that has features such as meeting the cast, behind the music, and more. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who would like to learn more about the story of Exodus, or even to someone who doesn't necessarily believe that what the Bible says is true. 


About the author/filmmaker/producer:
Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.
About the film:
·         Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
·         Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
·         It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
·         The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.


View the trailer or get more information here: www.patternsofevidence.com

**I am offering a discount code for my readers who purchase the documentary. You can use the code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price, which retails for $19.95! It's a great deal!!**

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mandisa: Out Of The Dark- Giveaway!


I am so excited to announce that, if you don't know already, Mandisa's new album is now available! It is so inspiring! As you listen to this CD, I can almost guarantee you that at least one of these songs will hit home with you. I know several of them did for me. I have struggled with depression in the past, so I really understood where she was coming from and what she went thru. There are some upbeat songs as well as really touching ones. My three sons even enjoyed listening to it. I highly recommend everyone going out and buying this album. You will not regret it! I have included some links to a few videos that I know you will love, about Mandisa and and the new album. And don't forget to enter to win a copy of the CD, just click on the giveaway below. Enjoy!

MANDISA OUT OF THE DARK CD

Acoustic Video for "Unfinished”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 

You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463


AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Once Upon a Time Bible and Storybook Bible


I have have had the privilege to read and introduce my kids to the Once Upon a Time Bible and Storybook Bible. My 3 year old preferred the storybook the best and my 6 year old loved the Bible.

The storybook Bible is filled with colorful pictures and the wonderful stories of the Bible that we have all heard and love. Every story begins with Once Upon A Time and ends with a Happily Ever After ending. I truly enjoyed reading the storybook to my sons. I would recommend the Storybook Bible to younger children who are just learning about the Bible but children of all ages will benefit from it and enjoy it.
The Once Upon A Time Bible is in the New International Readers Version (NIrV). There are several pictures throughout where it tells about specific stories. This sparked my sons interest because it's not just all words and reading. It helped him to visualize what is happening, which I find crucial in studying the Bible. Kids are visual beings and if they can see it or visualize it, it is more real for them so they can better understand what they are reading. I would recommend the Once Upon a  Time Bible to children who are able to read.

Official Website:

• With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
• The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes
• Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!
• What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.
The Storybook Bible utilizes even more of the captivating art style and beautiful narrative to tell the major stories of the Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/once-upon-a-time-storybook-bible) , and the Holy Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-hardcover & (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-imitation-leather) includes the full-text of the bestselling New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation, and highlights 6 great stories of the Bible in full-color tip-in pages.  (there will be 6 stories, and each story is told on 4 illustrated pages.)

 Available where books are sold!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug!- Giveaway!!


I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug is such a cute children's book. My son adored it. The book takes you on a journey of hugging all different kinds of animals. The colorful pictures are sweet and I enjoyed reading this to my son. We love giving bear hugs in our home and this book fits right in. I would recommend this book to children up to age of 7 or 8.  

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Grand Rapids, MI--- December 27, 2016---I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.
Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.
I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug are available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online.
http://www.carolinebcooneybooks.com/images_new/photos/ph_caroline_new_220px.jpgAbout the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.


http://lovedbykids.com/site/assets/dContent/265/image.pngAbout the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at www.ChapmanandWarnes.com

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.


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




Journal the Word Bible- Review and Giveaway!!



I have recently had the opportunity to dive into the Journal the Word Bible. I really love this Bible. It is large print, which is always a plus.  And there is plenty of space in the margins to journal or write notes as you study the Word. I have recently started journaling as I read, and this Bible allowed me to do just that. The quality of this Bible is excellent.  I would highly recommend this Bible to anyone who wants to get into God's word and be able to journal as they study. 

About the Bible:
NKJV Journal the Word Bible and KJV Journal the Word Bible  (Thomas Nelson, September 2016) is a new, sturdy hardcover Bible that we are presenting to bloggers this month. Each page has lined spaces on the left or right margins of the text and leaves ample room to journal or draw outside the text as you read. It's a great way to practice the concept of creative note taking. By taking notes as you read the Bible it can help you to center your mind on certain words or verses to better remember them. 

Complete with an elastic band around the Bible for holding down pages as well as a ribbon marker, it allows you to creatively express yourself everyday with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. This single-column edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God's Word and enhance your study.

Journal the Word Bible is excellent for personal use or for someone else. It can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside!

It's perfect for Bible art, studying, or reflecting on your thoughts while reading the Bible. Plus it will lay flat when you hold it in your hands or set it down on the table.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Beginners Bible- Giveaway!



My son absolutely loves his Beginners Bible! He is 3 years old and this is his first Bible. I gave it to him as a Christmas present, and he has been "reading" it ever since. The colorful pictures really get his attention and the stories of the Bible always intrigue him. Even my 6 year old son has enjoyed it. I think it is more appealing to any child under the age of 7, although the content is for anyone of any age! It's an amazing way to teach them the important stories of the Bible. And it keeps it interesting for them so there attention does not wander. It is loaded with wonderful encouragement for young ones and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants their toddler or young child to have a Bible of their own.

About the Bible
    The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

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Social Corner:
    Official website:  www.TheBeginnersBible.com
Trailer / book trailer (if applicable): http://bit.ly/2aZoqnN
Link to Amazon (reviews appreciated): 


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