13 February, 2017

The Story Travelers Bible Will Take Kids On A Ride Through 85 Bible Stories.

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.





*About the Book*
Join Lana, Munch, and Griffin on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Holy Land and learn about the stories, cultures, people, and places of the Bible. High-quality illustrations, engaging sidebars, and scripture passages draw kids into the narrative. The Story Travelers Bible teaches kids that the Bible is more than just a bunch of tales told by parents and Sunday school teachers, but the Bible documents God’s work in and for His people from the beginning of time. The Story Travelers Bible will take kids on a ride through 85 Bible stories.







*My Review*
This is such a great way to introduce the Bible & to Jesus! My 7 & 5-year-old LOVE this book. They both love Lana, Munch, & Griffin.

My 7-year-old is still learning to read, but she is able to read most of the words. This Bible is full of colorful illustrations, & contains 85 Bible stories. 

"The Story Travelers Bible" is full of fun facts, passages to think about, & Scripture to memorize.

12 February, 2017

You Don't Have To Be A "Control Girl" | Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*About the Book*

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God's, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.
Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

*My Review*
This was a book that I NEEDED to read. I suffer from anxiety(and have my entire life), and I feel like I HAVE to be in control of situations. After reading "Control Girl" by Shannon Popkin & learning about the control issues Eve, Sarah, & Rebekah faced, I am learning to surrender the control I crave! I know that the Lord is in control of my present and future.I am still learning to let go, surrender control over to the one who is IN control, and live free!!!

*About the Author*

Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by "Family Fun," "MOMsense," "Focus on the Family Magazine," and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. "Control Girl" is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.
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Shannon Popkin's 'Control Girl' Blog Tour and Prize Pack Giveaway



Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you're exhausted? Shannon Popkin's debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon's blog.

That's So '90s Pop! | A Fill-In Activity Book

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



*About the Book*



Join Britney Spears in a maze searching for the necklace she once thought the old lady dropped into the ocean. Join Mandy Moore for a Candy-fuelled adventure in her green VW bug. Color in the scorching tattoos on Nick Lachey's rippling biceps. All this and so much more to be discovered within the pages of That's so '90s Pop, a fill-in activity book featuring a bevy of beloved musical pop stars from the late '90s/ early '00s.












*My Review*
 I grew up listing to Britney Spears, N'Sync, and the Backstreet Boys to name a few...so I was excited for this book to arrive. Now that it's here and I've had time to look through it in person, I can't say that I am all that excited about this book.

I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time recognizing who some of the pop stars were, & some were obvious. I even made my husband try and guess who some of the people were. The drawings could have been done so much better than they were. 

All in all the book is okay, I suppose. The activities like the mazes, word searches, & connect the dots were fun, but this is not a book that I would go out and spend money on.


Pop Stars Include:

·         The Spice Girls
·         Backstreet Boys
·         Britney Spears
·         N Sync
·         Christina Aguilera
·         98 Degrees
·         Mariah Carey
·         TLC
·         Mandy Moore
·         Enrique Iglesias
·         Destiny’s Child
·         Jessica Simpson
·         Macy Gray
·         Alanis Morisette
·         Aaron Carter
·         Usher
·         Lil’ Kim
·         Pink
·         Blink 182
·         Los Del Rio
·         and more!

11 February, 2017

Eat What You Love Diabetic Cookbook: Comforting, Balanced Meals

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and person with diabetes who loves to cook, comfort foods are always my top choice. Eat What You Love Diabetic Cookbook offers delicious recipes that fit into a healthy eating plan for people with diabetes… Food should and can be enjoyed, and these recipes get a big thumbs-up from me―and from all my guests. 
―Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, Diabetes Lifestyle Expert at DiabetesEveryDay.com and author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies






*My Review*
I actually got this for my(husband's) 77 yr old granny. She has recently moved in with us because her health is declining and we refuse to let her got anywhere else. She has Diabetes, & hates the thought of eating what we've all grown up to know as a "diabetic diet".

After flipping through this book, I have found TONS of recipes that sound amazing and I wouldn't mind trying myself. I plan on making a breafast, lunch & dinner from this book next week. Of course I won't tell her it's from a diabetic cookbook unless she tells me that she likes the food, and then I will politely show her the book and let her see for herself. 

Now that she is with us, we plan on keeping her around for as long as we can...and eating the correct foods is one step we plan on taking.

I recommend this book to anyone who has diabetes, or even those who want to eat healthier. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Taking control of your diet is an important part of managing your diabetes, and you can do so without sacrificing the delicious comfort foods you love. According to the Mayo Clinic and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, making wise food choices is one of the most significant ways to avoid long-term problems caused by diabetes. Eat What You Love Diabetic Cookbook is the only diabetic cookbook that gives your body what it needs and your taste buds the comfort foods they really want.
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Lori Zanini specializes in providing guidance to clients facing serious health concerns, namely those with diabetes. She has helped thousands of people improve their lives through her science-backed, holistic nutrition approach.
With her Southern roots and nutritional expertise, Lori’s created this diabetic cookbook to show you how easy it can be to prepare comforting meals using whole foods that taste great and keep your diabetes under control. In Eat What You Love Diabetic Cookbook, you’ll learn how what you eat affects your body and how to create a balanced plate without feeling limited.
    • More than 100 recipes in this diabetic cookbook offer options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert including favorites like Breakfast Tacos, Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chicken Pot Pie, Cherry Cobbler, and more
    • Helpful icons display which foods fulfill the requirements on your plate―carbs, protein, and veggies―and detailed nutritional information ensures you’re meeting your current diabetic needs
    • “Complete the Plate” tips with every recipe suggest pairings to create a balanced meal using any of the combinations in this diabetic cookbook
Eat What You Love Diabetic Cookbook will empower you to make responsible food decisions while enjoying the delicious comfort food you crave.

No One Expected Barley To Have An Encounter With The Messiah

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*About the Book*


He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley's eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before.

Barley's story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver's home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

*My Review*

"The Dog Who Was There" by Ron Marasco tells the story of Jesus' crucifixion but from the viewpoint of a dog. There's not a whole lot of details as most of the story takes place before Barley, the dog, encounters Jesus. Barley witnesses Jesus' walk with his cross to Golgotha and the crucifixion.


Barley has an interesting point of view and is a good storyteller. If you can't handle the descriptions of violence towards animals might want to steer clear of this book, since Barley doesn't have the best or easiest life. 



"The Dog Who Was There" is an easy & quick read. This is a unique take on a timeless story. I wouldn't suggest younger children read it, but it would be good for teens - adults!


Click HERE to learn more or to purchase a copy

*About the Author*



Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, "Notes to an Actor," was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, "About Grief," has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare's sonnets. He has acted extensively on TV-from "Lost" to "West Wing" to "Entourage" to originating the role of Mr. Casper on "Freaks and Geeks"-and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie "Illusion," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on "Major Crimes." He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.


05 February, 2017

Kari Jobe "The Garden" CD Review + Giveaway! #TheGarden, #FlyBy


KARI JOBE “THE GARDEN” CD



Grammy nominated Kari Jobe is the premiere female worship leader in Christian
music. Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem
“Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone," Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to
record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the
church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and
hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.

*My Review*
I absolutely love Kari Jobe & all of her previous songs that I have heard. She has an amazingly beautiful voice. When I received the email to review her newest CD(released yesterday, Friday, 3, Feb 2017)...I KNEW I had to email back and say that I wanted it.

The CD arrived VERY quickly & I started listening to it right away & everyday since receiving the CD. All of the music on the CD is so soothing. Lately my days have been hectic with juggling homeschooling my 3 girls, working from home & going to Culinary school. I have been playing the CD on low while I work from home & during my morning quiet times.

I could easily listen to this CD at night to relax and fall asleep easier. I love it & am thankful that i had the chance to review it.




Purchase a copy of "The Garden Here ----> http://smarturl.it/thegarden?IQid=blog

*GIVEAWAY*

In the comments below, tell me what your fav Kari Jobe song is! You will be entered into the drawing for a copy of Jobe's newest CD "The Garden".

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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.




Kari Jobe's Bio
It’s said for everything there is a season. Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. One by one, we experience these seasons throughout our lives. Our souls grow dark and weary in the thick of winter, and just when we think we can’t endure another cold night, we recognize the first signs of spring. Slow and unexpected, welcome shades of green break through the frozen ground. Sometimes our Creator uses His own creation to remind us that even amidst winter’s chill He is always at work. For it’s in the unseen where life’s most beautiful moments take shape. Worship leader Kari Jobe knows this to be true in her own life, and on her fourth album, The Garden (Capitol CMG), she invites listeners to drink of the wellspring of hope she’s found in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

Jobe has earned the right to speak from experience. She’s become a trusted friend to listeners throughout a career that includes more than 1 million albums sold, a GRAMMY® nomination, multiple Dove Awards and praise from the New York Times. She’s amassed 173 million career streams and is the most-followed female CCM artist on social media with a following that exceeds 3.5 million. Beyond the stats, Jobe’s timeless songs have carried countless listeners to the feet of Christ over and over again. Her voice has become a soundtrack to people’s lives, and The Garden is well-equipped to bring healing in the midst of pain.

While The Garden planted the songwriter back in the studio following 2014’s critically-acclaimed live recording, Majestic—which won a GMA Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year—the new album is also rooted in a series of personal transition and remarkable grief for the singer and her family. In the past two years, Jobe married her husband Cody Carnes and moved from her hometown of Dallas, Texas, to Nashville, where the couple bought their first home and had a baby. With due dates three months apart, Jobe and her sister, Kris, were excited to be pregnant at the same time. Yet, in the midst of happy life changes, heartbreak struck. Seven-and- a-half months into her pregnancy, Kris gave birth to a stillborn daughter, James Ivy. Jobe, four months pregnant with her son at the time, was devastated.

“It just shattered my heart. It was so, so hard,” Jobe shares. “It wrecked me—just the weight of unanswered prayers. I was trying to walk in peace when I didn’t feel peaceful and find my rest when my spirit didn’t feel rested.”

Aching for her sister, Jobe was simultaneously anxious for the safety of her own child. On February 18, 2016, a healthy Canyon Carnes entered the world. “It’s hard to celebrate life, but to be grieving with your sister,” Jobe admits, adding that knowing Canyon’s name ahead of time gave her strength through the remainder of her pregnancy after the loss of her niece. “God gave us his name even before this whole thing took place,” she says. “Canyon means a deep ravine for water to flow through. Canyons are formed through storms, so the fact that God gave me his name was so peaceful to me… I was thankful He gave me his name for that season.”

While the birth of her son was undoubtedly a milestone to celebrate, her sister’s loss weighed heavy on her heart. Yet, a reminder of God’s kindness came in a surprising way. As Jobe held Canyon in her arms, she stood looking out the kitchen window of her new home. And there in her backyard, she glimpsed the first signs of spring. When she and her husband purchased the house, a garden that resided on the property was
overgrown; and though they knew it needed to be tended, they were advised to wait and see what it produced.

The result was a breathtaking bounty of harvest. That day, Jobe made her way through the garden—a stark reminder of God’s faithfulness in all circumstances. Looking up, interwoven in the archway, she couldn’t help but smile as she saw what only God could produce: thick, green ivy lacing its way overhead, immediately reminding her of her niece’s namesake.

“Ivy is the most resilient plant there is. It can grow in the harshest of climates; it can grow in the harshest of situations,” Jobe explains, adding, “I’m standing in this garden. There’s ivy growing, and I just started to realize, ‘God, You’re moving in a way that is different than what I asked for, but You are moving.’ He’s at work and doing things we can’t see.”

The experience yielded the title track for Jobe’s new album and fresh healing for her soul. “Those seeds were planted years ago for it to be the way that it was that day for me, because it wasn’t just last year that they planted all this beautiful ivy. That took years,” she observes. “Something in my spirit started to rustle. Life was coming back. What felt dead in my heart was starting to wake up. It was like I’d been in this place of being numb in my walk with the Lord, but something just started blooming in my heart.”

Her unanswered questions began to grow into songs. As Jobe declared God’s goodness over her own
circumstances, He began to transform her heart. “These raw things were coming out of my mouth, so I just started writing,” she shares. “I Will Sing,” written while she was still pregnant, became the first song she penned for this album. Jobe spent the next several months pouring out her emotions one track at a time, collaborating with friends, and eventually recording half of the album in Redding, California, and the other half in Nashville. She and her husband wrote together frequently, and Cody adds vocals on numerous tracks. In addition, Jobe co-wrote with acclaimed songwriters, including Jacob and Amanda Cook of Bethel Music, Brooke Fraser Ligertwood, Ben Fielding, Jason Ingram, Mia Fieldes, Martin Smith and Josh Silverburg, among others. In addition, she covered two songs that she claimed in the midst of loss: Jesus Culture’s “Miracles” and Elevation Church’s “Here As In Heaven.” Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Bryan and Katie Torwalt), who helmed Majestic, produced the project.

While songs like “Fall Afresh,” “Heal Our Land” and “Closer to Your Heart” reveal congregational anthems like many of the offerings that have defined Jobe’s career, most of The Garden’s 14 tracks speak to hope in the midst of loss, peace in the midst of uncertainty and God’s presence in the midst of pain. “Oh The Power” vividly recalls another garden where suffering took place, the Garden of Gethsemane. “Jesus went to a garden in His last moments to have intimacy with the Father. It was like He wanted to be surrounded with something that reminded Him of when there was no sin and there was no separation from God,” Jobe says, referencing the garden where mankind began—in Eden. It’s a heavenly space she hopes to invite listeners into with her new album, which, on a sonic level, feels like an overarching narrative backed by a sweeping cinematic score, meant to be savored from start to finish.

“The garden is true intimacy with the Father, and it’s a place where He intended for us as humankind to be surrounded with His creation. There’s life in things that He’s created,” she offers. “I want to lead people into intimacy with the Father. It’s something that’s so important as we walk through stuff in our lives.”

Today, Jobe and her family continue to discover restoration through glimpses of God’s goodness. “The healing that He’s been bringing to my family and the way that He’s met us in our pain, it’s made me realize how many people are going through really intense pain and disappointments and trials,” Jobe offers. “There’s a lot of people who have lost babies or family members out of traumatic experiences. My eyes have been opened to that in a whole new way.”

She’s also viewing her platform in a new light since giving birth to Canyon. “I feel more of a maternal instinct now in my worship leading, even declaring things over people,” she shares, adding, “At the end of the day, my favorite thing now is just to be on the floor playing with blocks and reading books. Nothing else really matters. If I just became his momma and a wife, I’m fine with that. I just feel more settled than I’ve ever felt in my life.”

In the time leading up to The Garden, Jobe has experienced both indescribable joy and unimaginable pain. Life and death, side by side. Yet, through it all, she’s found God to be inextricably faithful because she’s learned to trust the Gardner and the beautiful, unseen ways He tends to our hearts.

“Everyone who’s seen something grow out of the dust realizes God was up to something in the midst of pain and questions. He never promised that it would be easy or that it would be pain-free, but that He would never leave us or forsake us,” Jobe offers, adding, “I’m more aware of His presence than I think I’ve ever been. God has surrounded us with things that will be life-giving if we take a moment to realize it. God’s always at work in our lives. He truly does go before us and prepares the way for the journey ahead.”

02 February, 2017

Fancy Nancy The Musical

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this CD free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations.




Fancy Nancy the musical is so much fun to listen to! My two younger girls would listen to this CD 24/7 if I let them. We usually listen to it everyday. Its such a fun, upbeat CD. 

I've even caught myself singing & dancing along to the songs with my littles. 


Control Girl Giveaway with Shannon Popkin

Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you're exhausted? Shannon Popkin's debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon's blog.