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Monday, February 01, 2016

Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



I was very excited to be selected to review Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids. I have a 9 year old daughter and this sounded like something she would enjoy. Happy to say, she really does enjoy these devotions. They are written in an easy to understand format that kids can easily grasp. I would even say it helped me several times because of the writing. Sometimes, I learn the most from things meant for children. I can grasp it when it is simplified.

My daughter and I have been reading them in random order. Whatever strikes our fancy is what we read. My personal favorite so far has been #106 - Keep Holding On. "Hold on to this hope that I've given you. Let it make you strong," were the two sentences that just about sucker punched me. My daughter didn't realize it, but I had been going through a time where I didn't even realize that I had some feelings of hopelessness. The corresponding verses helped me see that hope abounds and that God was sending a lifeline to me through a children's devotional book. Wow!

I think Rebekah's favorite devotion so far has been "My Love Goes on Forever." It has one of her favorite verses to go with it. Psalm 136: 1-3 ~ "Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. Hi love continues forever. Give thanks to the God over all gods. His love continues forever. Give thanks the the Lord of all lords. His love continues forever." And she has always found great joy in knowing that God has loved her from the foundation of time, before she was even born, and will continue to love her to the end of the ages. That's pretty powerful. 





About Jesus Today: Devotions for KidsJesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Hardcover: 368 pagesAge Range: 6-10 years 



About Sarah Young: 
Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  



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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. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

PASSION: Salvation's Tide is Rising CD Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the music in order to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Have you heard of the Passion Movement? I became aware of the original Passion album that had some favorite artists of mine plus others that were up and coming--and really excellent. The music was very annointed and helped me to worship outside of church. I started becoming a Passion album collector. And now, the newest one is here, Salvation's Tide is Rising. (Releasing Jan. 29, 2016 - check it out on iTunes.)

As the title suggests, much of the album is about salvation. The messages are incredible and most of the songs on this album brings a new tenderness in worship that hasn't been present in previous albums. I really like all of the songs on this one, but my overall favorite is Christy Nockels' "Your Grace Amazes Me" because the lyrics are so meaningful to me. "Jesus, Your Grace, it changes me...what else could I say, what else could I do? I stand in awe. I stand in awe of You." That's my life summed up in a few sentences. 

Right now, you'll find the album playing pretty much non-stop during my day. And I'd like to give you the opportunity to have this album. See below for the entry form and your chance to win a CD. 


This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.  Release Date is January 29, 2016.  

Track List:
1.  Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill 

About Passion albums:
Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like "Our God", "Holy Is The Lord", "How Great Is Our God", and "God Of This City".  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single "Even So Come", which went Top 5. 
About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA. 

Enter to win a copy for you:
Thanks to the Passion Movement, I am able to give away one copy of this CD to someone who lives in the United States or Canada. Enter below and good luck!

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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. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

To me, nobody tells the Christmas story as well as Linus. Enjoy!


And from our house to yours, Merry Christmas. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

ESV Men's Devotional Bible - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the Bible in exchange for my honest review. 



Although I'm a woman, I was excited to receive and share this new Bible with my husband. He's not really found a study Bible that he has really liked. There were several things about the ESV Men's Devotional Bible that he really liked. He thought the introductions to the books of the Bible were well-written for men. The introductions were insightful to him. He also liked the articles found throughout. They are written by well-respected men of faith and address topics that matter to men today.

The ESV (English Standard Version) was new to us. It's a literal translation. There were parts that we really liked because it made so much more sense than other translations. At other times, it wasn't our favorite version because it wasn't the 'familiar' words. There are pluses and minuses to every version so it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment.

I think Sean looks forward to using this for years to come. It's well constructed and should hold together for a long time.

About the ESV Men's Devotional Bible:
Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man's heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man's walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men's Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God's Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces. 
Features:
- 365 brand-new devotions
- Brand new book introductions
- 14 brand-new articles
- Dictionary of key terms
- Ribbon marker
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
- Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board)
Retail Price: $34.99

About Crossway:
The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God's Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God. 


Would you like to win a copy of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible? 

Enter below for your chance to receive a copy. Open to residents of the US and Canada. 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, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MercyMe It's Christmas Album at Pizza Ranch - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the CD in exchange for my honest review. 




It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! I don't know about you, but each year, I'm trying to spend less time in the 'hustle and bustle' of the season and spend more of it focusing on the 'Reason for the Season'. I have also tried to simplify something each year to make more time (and memories) with my family. 

One way I've chosen to simplify is to buy similar gifts for groups of people. I used to always try to make homemade gifts for each person on my list. But that puts a lot of stress and pressure on me to get things done and I end up feeling crabby about my gifts instead of them becoming an expression of my love for the other person. 

I now try to look for an inexpensive gift that has meaning. I've found my 'go to' gift for this year. It's the new MercyMe It's Christmas CD found exclusively at Pizza Ranch restaurants or online at the Pizza Ranch WebsiteYou will find me stuffing stockings with this CD and giving the CD (along with a gift card) to our teachers. Then they can have a night out and great Christmas Music to listen to. Win-win for everyone.

If you purchase a $25 Pizza Ranch Gift Card, you receive a copy of the CD for free. Otherwise, it's a steal at only $5 per CD plus tax. The Mercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  

"We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.” 

About Pizza Ranch:
Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.  “We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our guests,” said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This project extends the brand’s essence to a new dimension beyond our four walls and into their lives. It’s a new kind of way for us to relate to our loyal fans.”
As I've mentioned in the past, my children ask to go to Pizza Ranch because there is Christian music playing. My daughter and her friends got to go to lunch there with the Youth Pastors for doing daily Bible readings. We've come to find Pizza Ranch to be our go-to place when we need something a little more special than fast food. 

Would you like to see what songs are on the CD? Here's the list:
1. Newborn
2. Christmastime Again
3. Sleigh Ride
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5. Hold On Christmas
6. A Holly Jolly Christmas
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain (My personal favorite!)
8. Do You Hear What I Hear
9. Our Lullaby
10. Joy
11. O Come, O Come 
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
13. O Holy Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
14. Silent Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
15. Joseph’s Lullaby (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch) 

And now the most important question - who would like to win a copy of the MercyMe Christmas Album?

Enter below for your chance to win a copy of the CD for youself. Entries open for those in the US and Canada. 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, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.






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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 with Giveaway

Disclosure: I was allowed to preview this movie in order to give my honest opinion and feedback.



Any VeggieTales fans in the house? I' so happy that Phil Vischer is back with Buck Denver (of What's in the Bible? fame) and a movie. Galaxy Buck starts off with some fun space references that adults will catch and love. When we realize Buck is firmly planted here on earth, Buck has dreamed since he was a little boy of doing big things for God. But how can he do that if he's busy sending out tote bags? Wait until you see what happens next? 


Lots of humor and fun action to keep kids (and adults) of all ages entertained. We had so much fun watching this episode and can't wait to see what Buck will be up to in the next video. Wait until we learn about "the rule of love." I can't tell you how terrific this show was. The message was timely for my life and even my one child who usually poo-poos Galaxy Buck sat right down and was drawn into this show. 



Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a must-see for all ages, from VeggieTales creator PHIL VISCHER! Kids will enjoy Buck Denver's latest adventure with his friends from What's In the Bible? and parents will appreciate the humorous nods to Star Wars and Star Trek.  More importantly, Phil Vischer's gifted teaching delivers a clear message to kids and adults about God's love and purpose for our lives.  Galaxy Buck communicates important Biblical truths that will add to everyone's faith foundation, whether a life-long Christian or a new creation in Christ.

About the movie: Buck Denver has a simple dream - to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God's love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn't have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain's license.  He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don't go at ALL like he imagined!  If he's doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything - even our dreams! Run time: Approximately 40 minutes 

Want to see a preview of the trailer?





Would you like to see Galaxy Buck for yourself? Enter here to win a copy of the DVD.




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

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Biggest Story - Book Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



My family knows I'm a bit of a book collector (borderline hoarder according to the hubby). Children's books are my main passion. I've read so many hundreds of books to my children and they have become like members of our family. I have trouble parting with children's books because of the wonderful memories associated with reading them. We did a quick count at one point (before I started downsizing) and realized I had more children's books than some small town libraries.

When I heard I could review a new Christian children's book, I was all in. And the book is incredible. The illustrations grabbed me and drew me in. The first several times I sat down with the book I didn't actually read anything, I just looked at the beautiful pictures. I discovered there are so many things going on in some of the pictures that I had to keep studying to find all the elements. Look at the illustration below. Absolutely beautiful and amazing. (There's also a video that brings the illustrations to life - take a minute to watch it.)



Reading it was another delight. As explained in the notes to parents, Kevin DeYoung wanted to tell the story in the Bible as one larger story. He felt that often we only know certain stories in the Bible like Adam, Moses, Noah and we view them as disjointed stories not connected. He wanted to connect the stories together as the Bible is one book. I thought he did an excellent job of transitioning from one story to the next while always making the point that Jesus fulfilled a lot of promises and prophecies given from God. The message is clear and my kids enjoyed reading it as much as I did.

Keep reading to find your own opportunity to win a copy for your own home or head over to Amazon to purchase the book.






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.




Who wants to win a GIVEAWAY?!?!
I know how much my family has enjoyed The Biggest Story. I'm thrilled that I get to give away a copy of this book to a reader of my blog. Please enter using the Givewaway Tools form below and good luck!


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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Movie coming of 90 Minutes in Heaven Book - Review and Giveaway #HopeLives

Disclosure: I was provided a copy to the book and a sneak peek at the opening scene of the movie in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Do you ever wonder what happens after you die? Do you think about heaven or hell? What if you could hear about one person's experience in heaven...would you want to hear it? Well Don Piper has this story for each of us. I was able to read the new version (the movie version) of his book 90 Minutes in Heaven. I found that it wasn't the fast and easy read I thought it would be. There's a lot about Don's life before and after his time in heaven. Don was killed in a car crash in 1989 and went to heaven for 90 minutes. When the prayers of another pastor brought him back to life on earth, he had a long recovery and is still coping with being in heaven, then back on earth. While none of us really wants to die, once we are in heaven with all the glory of the Lord and Jesus himself--who wants to come back?

In this highly introspective and thought-provoking book, we look at Don Pipers life before and after being in heaven. We also get to glimpse what he saw from the outer gates of heaven while he was there. It is hard to read at times and difficult to absorb all that is going on. That doesn't make it a bad read, but it did slow me down because I was being more introspective myself. 

The 90 Minutes in Heaven movie releases in theaters next Friday, September 11. I got to watch the opening scene and it looks like it's going to be an awesome movie. The opening sequences held my attention and left me wanting more. I can't wait to see it. Check here to find theaters near you.



About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  

About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.  

About the book:
Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

I'm so excited that I get to give away a copy of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven to one lucky reader. Please enter using the Giveaway Tools form below and good luck!

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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.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Nichole Nordeman's new CD - The Unmaking - Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the CD in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Nichole Nordeman just released her newest CD, The Unmaking. I can't tell you how excited I am. First of all, she's an incredible musician and her music touches my heart. It speaks to me where I am in my life and the interviews I've heard show how genuine and real she is. On the new CD, I can't stop listening to the song "Name." Be sure to check it out. Love the catchy tune and the words. I find myself humming and singing this song all the time. The entire album is terrific...but this is the one song that I love the most.

Be sure to check out Nichole's album and enter below for your chance to win! I respect Nichole Nordeman so much as an artist and a woman of faith. Her heart shines through her lyrics and I can't tell you how much I enjoy listening to her music. If you haven't heard her before, check out her YouTube VEVO Channel and let the music wash over you. 


About the new album The Unmaking:
"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman 



About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. One lucky winner will receive their own copy of Nichole Nordeman's new CD The Unmaking.

Rules:
One entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor (Propeller/Fly By Promotions) in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Winner must reside in US or Canada.
Winner has 24 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen.
I wish everyone the best of luck. I hope whoever wins loves the CD as much as I do.



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.

Friday, August 07, 2015

TobyMac - This is not a Test CD Release

Disclosure: I was given a download of this CD in exchange for my post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Who likes TobyMac? Can I get a Woot Woot?!?! We are big TobyMac fans in this house and have seen TobyMac several times in concert. It's always amazing that the energy in the live shows comes through in the CDs. I had the opportunity to listen to the newest album, This is Not A Test, before it was released. (And if you preorder at iTunes, you'll get 4 bonus tracks.) Trust me - you're going to love it!

I found the album to be full of driving rhythms and both tunes and lyrics that stuck in my head. I would find myself humming parts of songs for days after listening to them. Certain refrains were in my head. I love it when good, solid, Christian music gets stuck in my head. I know that posibive message and influence helps keep me looking forward with hope. 

Not sure I can pick a favorite song off the album. Of course, I loved the title track, "This is not a Test." But "Backseat Driver" and "Beyond Me" were also often on my repeated playlist. My kids have other favorites off the album ("Like a Match" and "Lights Shine Bright"). My favorite moment was when we were listening to the CD on my phone on our way into church. Our youth pastor (and big fan) pops her head out of the youth room and says, "That sounds like TobyMac...but I don't know that song...and I know ALL his songs." She knew that his new album was coming and was so happy for my kids. They even sing some TobyMac during youth church services. 
  
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."   

This Is Not A Test  (Deluxe Edition) Songs: 
1. Like a Match
2. Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
3. This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
4. Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
5. Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
6. Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
7. Move (Keep Walkin')
8. Love Broke Thru
9. Beyond Me
10. Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
11. Undeniable
12. Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
13. Fall
14. Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
15. Like a Match (Garcia's Remix) 

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Putter's Pride in Denver Area #Review and #Discount

Disclosure: I was given free passes in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 




Putter's Pride is a fun-loving miniature golf haven in the big city. We were staying downtown in the concrete jungle of Denver when we discovered this little gem. You see, my family loves miniature golf. They thrive on it. They seem to instinctively understand where the 'sweet spot' will be to best hit the ball into the hole in minimal strokes. Meanwhile, I struggle just to make it through the front 9 before I quit. I do not find the sweet spot and I seldom feel like I have control when the ball goes in the hole. It's luck and a few prayers. 

But the rest of my family, the Fearsome Foursome, absolutely LOVES mini golf. So they thought Putter's Pride was a really fun treat. It has many of  the usual features of mini golf, but a few bonus items that really made their time even more fun. 

I think the second favorite hole was the dinosaur hole. I'm not sure the hole was so difficult as lining up this shot. (I mean camera shot, you know.) Keep reading to find out about the favorite hole. 



The kids (both the big kid and the little ones) had such a fun time that we decided to keep on golfing. They were having so much fun I had to talk them into pausing for lunch. 


Debating the best way to play the hole.

Nathan has a look of fierce determination.
He's going to make--that--shot!

The hardest course has the best 18th hole. It's an outhouse. You have to try to get the ball in the toilet bowl. Crazy funny. we couldn't stop laughing. And of course, I didn't get a good shot of it. Let me tell you it is worth the trip to see and play on the outhouse hole. It was our favorite hole at Putter's Pride. 


Overall, we had a terrific time at Putter's Pride and look forward to visiting the Denver area and this course again. Be sure to get your discount coupon which is good for birthday parties as well. Receive Buy 1 Round Get 1 Round FREE Or 20% Off Birthday parties. Can't beat a deal like that!!




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Challenger Sports - British Soccer Camp Week in Review

Disclosure: I was provided a free camper registration in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Rebekah had a busy week last week. She was so excited to get to particiapte in the Challenger Sports - British Soccer Camp. What a whirlwind week it was. Challenger brings in soccer coaches from England (we had two from London and one from Yorkshire) to coach the kids. Rebekah said she learned a lot about better dribbling and ball control/footwork. I noticed that having a different 'coach' gives her a different perspective and that these coaches focused on some different skills than her season coach.

To keep the kids motivated and having fun, they are put on a "World Cup Team" for the week. Rebekah was on the Cuban team (Go Cuba!) Different activities and homework gave the team points and at the end of camp, one team was awarded the World Cup Trophy. Last week, at our camp, France won. Congratulations to the French team from camp.

Monday they received their soccer balls (included with the cost of camp) and were told to decorate and bring every day.
Tuesday, Rebekah won for the most decorated ball.
Wednesday was "Wacky Wednesday" and they dressed crazy.
Wacky Wednesday
(Note she is wearing someone from our
home's boxer shorts...they were clean.)

Wacky Hair for Wacky Wednesday
More Wacky Wednesday Participants
For Thursday, they learned 3-4 fun facts about their country.
Friday, they brought their country's flag to camp. (Prizes for largest, smallest and most creative.)
PLUS - Friday is Fun Day Friday so they did lots of games during camp which culminated in a big water fight.

Water Fight Rules

Coaches get ready to take the 
first wave of water (poor things)



Coaches don't get mad...
they get even. LOL!
Here's my video of the water fight - I crack up everytime I watch it. Listen to Coach Katie scream as someone hits her with ICY cold water. 

Here's what I saw as a parent:
  • I had a child excited to go to soccer camp (when she's not always keen to go to soccer practice). 
  • I had a child with a soccer ball between her feet and who started practicing moves again each night. 
  • She is still doing drills almost every day. 
  • She had fun, got exercise and brushed up on her skills before fall ball starts.
  • She even learned some fun information about other countries and got to ask coaches from England about their home country. 
  • Did I mention how much fun she had? 
I wasn't sure if going through the Challenger Sports - British Soccer Camp was something that we would find valuable. It was so much more than just a skills camp. There was a lot of teamwork taught, integrity on and off the field reinforced, and they had fun while learning the skills. It is something she thoroughly enjoyed and looks forward to doing again next year. 

Notes from the coaches at the end of one of the days of camp. 

There are still camps available both in Omaha and around the country. Even some rual Nebraska towns will have camps in August. For more information and to register, please visit the Challenger Sports website. In various areas around the country, they also have fall and spring ball. 


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