Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Can I Just Hide In Bed 'til Jesus Comes Back by:M. Bolton/C. Ditchfield

 Can I Just Hide in Bed 'Til Jesus Comes Back?: Facing Life with Courage, Not Comforters
About the Book:
Depression, fear, a sense of unworthiness, and unfulfilled dreams can make women retreat to their beds--figuratively and literally--and refuse to face life. Yet most of the time, hiding in bed makes matters worse. Who needs emotional bedsores? Authors Martha Bolton and Christin Ditchfield gently show women how to climb out from under their emotional bedcovers, face their fears and doubts, and step into the lives God has planned for them.

Can I Just Hide in Bed 'til Jesus Comes Back? faces down the fear, depression, and unfulfilled dreams that cripple many women to the point of wanting to crawl in bed--for the rest of their lives. Compiled as a collection of short, mostly humorous and warmhearted stories, it offers readers practical, concrete steps to help them move forward when they are ready. Essays are interspersed with special humor features such as "Top Ten" lists, while "Whenever You're Ready" sections offer Scriptures, journaling questions, and practical suggestions for "putting your feet on the floor" and "taking a few steps forward." The book addresses four themes:
Facing feelings of fear, anxiety, discouragement, and depression
Facing people and relationship issues
Facing the pain of grief and loss
Facing life--and getting yours back

My Review:
 The devil has a way of getting to us like no one else can. He plays off our own fears and anxieties and then uses it against us. Depression is a great way to get his job done for him. Many times I find myself staring down the whoa is me way. It's just easier to give in to it all. The authors know this all to well and they have included a collection of essays to get you through some of the darkest days. 

 The essays touch on a number of different ideas, situations and theories. But I feel like the author hit it dead on. Its sometimes hard to hear what God tells you to do and then actually follow through with it. Forgiveness is difficult and that is one of the things that the book touches on. But having had to go through the process several times. I completely understand. And the authors are right we have to be obedient in the end and the beginning not just somewhere in the middle.

 A great book with a lot of lessons in it.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always the Sharkest DVD by:N Circle Entertainment

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest
**Disclosure** This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from N Circle. All opinions are my own. 

About the Book:
Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. Join Angie and friends as they learn and explore a variety of science topics from a shark s sense of smell to plants and pollinator s roles to radioactive decay to DNA and more! While visiting one of Kent s relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with very big teeth! What will the Secret Lab Kids do? Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show just how fun science can be!"


My Review:
 N Circle comes up with some really great story lines for their very educational but fun DVD's. My kiddos love them and this recent release is one of their favorites. They love all of the Thomas Edison series. This one in particular is all about a big shark.

 But no matter if its about sharks there are some fun things that go on in Thomas Edison's Secret Lab. Young Angie and her friends discover a lab that Thomas made years prior. The coolest thing about this DVD was Von Bolt. My boys enjoyed it so much!

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Review: The Cat In the Hat: Knows A Lot About Camping DVD by:N Circle Entertainment

Cat In The Hat Special Feature: Knows A Lot About Camping
**Disclosure** This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from N Circle. All opinions are my own. 

About the DVD:
It's the first day of Summer Vacation and The Cat in the Hat whisks Nick, Sally and Fish off on the greatest great outdoor camping adventure ever! Our gang gets back to nature as they hike through the Fickle Fern Forest, camp out overnight, trek over Mt. Weewobble and canoe down the Tickle Drop River... just in time for Fish to meet up with his family for a grand reunion. Along for the ride are Little Cats A, B and C, who discover there's wonder in nature once their electronic devices are powered off! Nick and Sally help keep the Little Cats out of trouble, while Fish tries to keep his jacket pressed and the mud out of his fancy fishbowl... all while getting up close to some of nature's most awesome sights, and learning how best to respect them. After being lulled to sleep under the stars by a chorus of animals, the morning brings Everyone agrees it really has been the Greatest Great Outdoors Adventure Ever!

My Review:
 I love the fact that N Circle Entertainment can keep us updated on The Cat and Hat and his latest adventures. As always he has a few partners in crime--Nick and Sally. These two kiddos are always up for an adventure and this time it is all about camping. The fun of the outdoors proves to be more of an adventure than any of them anticipated. The Cat In the Hat: Knows A Lot About Camping DVD is the perfect DVD for a summer camping trip!

 We can learn so many things just by being up close and personal with nature and creation that is around us that on most days we overlook. The whole crew is invited along on this adventure and it really proves to be a great and fun time to be had by all.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Mandisa: Out of the Dark Album by:Flyby Promotions

About the CD:
Coming off her most successful album ever, Mandisa has returned with an all new studio album, Out Of The Dark. Her previous album, Overcomer, produced an RIAA Gold single, garnered 2 Grammy Wins, and has sold over 320,000 albums. After the success of Overcomer, Mandisa fell into a deep depression, isolating herself from friends, family, and music. But now she is emerging from the pit of depression with a new album and a new outlook on life. Leading with the hit single, 'Unfinished,' Out of The Dark is filled with songs of hope, resilience, & reminders that God is still working, no matter the circumstance. The new album also features guest artists TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, and more.

With more than 1.4 million records sold, the American Idol album is a voice of encouragement and trust to people facing's life's challenges all around the world. Mandisa's previous album, Overcomer, debuted #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and featured the smash hit single of the same name. That album awarded Mandisa with 2 Grammy Awards and unprecedented media exposure, performing on Good Morning America and singing the National Anthem at a televised NFL game. This spring, Mandisa joined TobyMac on his Hits Deep Tour, hitting arenas all across the country.

My Review:
 Mandisa!! You are back, girl! Bigger and better than ever! After her long awaited departure I can breath a sigh of relief because my girl is back. Her words and lyrics are always an encouragement to me. My daughter and I love her and we love what she stands for. God is greatest in the middle of ALL things and this CD is scorching hot with "God" all up in it.

 Mandisa stepped away for a short time to hopefully regain her footing in her personal life and professional life. I am so glad she is back now because her words are as sweet as honey and she is a great encourager and inspiration. Interested in looking further into purchasing this album, you can at this link. It releases May 19th.

 On her latest, Out of the Dark she has included 15 tracks as well as 3 bonus tracks. Her latest release from the album Unfinished is a perfect beginning for this long awaited album. Its blend of beautiful worship style music with the get at lyrics that has made my Mandisa experience the best. A beautiful album featuring some old favorites such as Kirk Franklin and Toby Mac make this album a hit! Look below to enter one for yourself.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: The Berenstain Bears: 5 Minute Inspirational Stories by:S./J. Berenstain W/Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories: Read-Along Classics
About the Book:
The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Read-Along Stories is the perfect companion for young readers at bedtime or anytime. With classic stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, join the Bear family and all their friends in Bear Country as they learn how to be good friends, how to play fairly, where to find courage, and much more. This oversize padded storybook is sure to become a lap time favorite for Berenstain fans, both young and old, as they read these stories in 5 minutes.

Stories included are:

The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree, The Berenstain Bears God Loves You, The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors, The Berenstain Bears’ Faithful Friends, The Berenstain Bears’ Biggest Brag, The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage, The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers, The Berenstain Bears Get Involved, The Berenstain Bears’ Gossip Gang, The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Home, and The Berenstain Bears Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple.

My Review:
 This copy of The Berenstain Bears: 5 Minute Inspirational Stories could replace all of your other Berenstain Bears books. It is a collection of 12 different stories that I have listed above. The Berenstain Bears have been around for ages. It is a great feeling knowing that my children and grand children will be able to enjoy them as much as I did as a child.

 The Berenstain Bears have literally tons of books and they teach great character building activities. There is not one story that will not hit home with you and your family. The Berenstain Bears are a lovely family and I love their Godly example.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: Jesus Loves Me! A Sing Along Book by:Gynux

 Jesus Loves Me
About the Book:
Read or sing along with your little one’s favorite song! Jesus Loves Me pairs sweet, snuggly illustrations with the text of the familiar children’s song. This newest board book in the beloved Sing-Along series also features a padded cover perfect for little hands, and is sure to delight children and parents alike.

My Review:
 Most people know the classic children's Bible song, Jesus Loves Me. Well now you can sing along or read along in this precious book. Filled with the cutest woodland creatures and the precious words to the classic song now your child can learn this Bible song. In classic soft Bible board book form perfect for ages 4-8. This book is a great gift especially for birthdays or for a baby shower. It retails for $8.99.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: The Beginner's Bible: Noah and the Noisy Ark by:Zonderkidz

 The Beginner's Bible Noah and the Noisy Ark
About the Book:
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.

It’s time for Noah’s big adventure! A rainstorm is coming, and Noah needs to build an ark and find two of each animal to keep warm and dry inside. This retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark will take little ones from building a big boat to seeing a rainbow in the sky after the storm. Featuring brand-new art from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible, a die-cut format, and a beautiful foiled cover, parents will love sharing this board book with their children.

My Review:
 Can you imagine Noah and his family in a big closed in smelly boat with a bunch of different animals? I'm sure sleeping was a distant memory for this family. My kids like hearing me make animal sounds as we read together each night.

 Noah had a very exciting life from the time he was told to build a boat to avoid a catastrophic flood to the point and time he and his family arrived on land. Or what about his family being able to repopulate the earth. He had an important adventure ahead of him preordained by God, himself. What a lucky guy!

 In Noah and the Noisy Ark, we learn just what God intended for Noah and how it all came to be and the special reminder God gives us all in the end. A fantastic retelling of this classic Bible story.

 This very cute illustrated board book has a handle for your little ones to easily take it from place to place. It is intended for ages 4-8 but can be read to or gifted to younger ages. A great read aloud at bedtime!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.