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One Christmas Bear (a Children’s Book) Review & Giveaway

Christmas is a fun time of year to read stories to the grandkids.  We are busy creating our collection of themed books.  My grandson loves to be read to from a variety of different books.  Recently, I had the opportunity to review a cute little board book called One Christmas Bear by Anne Vittur Kennedy.

About The Book

Follow the merry adventures of a polar bear and the artic animals as they enjoy winter fun! From crunchy candy canes and frosty snowballs to friends to play with and a family to love, your little one will enjoy counting God’s wonderful gifts.

With beautiful illustrations and simple, rhyming text, One Christmas Bear is perfect to help little ones learn to count, and wonderful for families to enjoy together. Count the Blessings of Christmas! Follow the merry adventures of a polar bear and the artic animals as they enjoy winter fun! From crunchy candy canes and frosty snowballs to friends to play with and a family to love, your little one will enjoy counting God’s wonderful gifts. 

Our Thoughts & A Giveaway

This really is a cute book with bright and colorful illustrations.  It kept my two year old grandson’s attention as we learned to count the many blessings God has given to us.

Would you like to win a copy of this book for a child you love? To enter, just follow this link.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the FrontGate Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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Kutless “Alpha / Omega” CD Review & Giveaway

Yet again, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to review a new CD by a group that I have been familiar with for a long time.  Kutless has debut their new album, Alpha / Omega, and I was thrilled for the chance to review it and share my thoughts here.

About Kutless

Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do” and “Carry Me To The Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.

With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

My Thoughts

I was so excited about this album because many of the songs on it I am very familiar with. Here is a listing of songs on this album:

Your Great Name
Strong Tower (Reprise)
King of My Heart
Cornerstone
You Are Love
Great Are You Lord
Your Love Awakens Me
Shepherd of My Soul
Give It All (I Surrender All)
No Wonder (Roar of the Rugger Cross)

When we first put the CD in the car, my son asked to listen to King of My Heart because we hear it on the radio all of the time and we sing it in church quite often.  It did not disappoint. While the style is different than what we are accustomed to, it was a great break away from the norm.  I am in love with so many of the songs in this album, but two of my favorites that are new to me are Sheperd of My Soul and No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross).

Sheperd of My Soul is a soothing ballet about the Good Shepherd and how He is always with us.

Nothing shall I want, nothing shall I fear
Lord, I know that You are near
You can make me still, You restore my soul
Lord, I know that You are near

Shepherd of my soul
You will never let me go
Because of You
Because of who You are!
In the valley low
There’s no fear that I’m alone
Because of You
Because of who You are!

No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross) is a song that immediately put my thoughts on Christ and the price He paid on the cross for me.  It really is no wonder that we call Him Savoir and sing His praise!

I see my savior
With love in His eyes
His body broken
With no sin to hide

I see my Jesus
Eyes blind with blood
His face is crimson
His cry is love

No wonder we call You Savior
No wonder we sing Your praise
Jesus, our hope forever
You made a way, You made a way

The Giveaway

The good folks over at FlyBy are offering one of my readers a copy of the new album by Kutless, Alpha / Omega.  To enter, just follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below.  This contest is open to readers in the Continental United States only and will end at 9PM (PST) on Sunday, December 3rd.

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 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.

 

Kutless Alpha / Omega CD Giveaway

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Rick Warren’s “God’s Great Love For You” Review & Giveaway

I love finding new children’s books to add to my collection.  Although my own kids are grown (for the most part), I continually add to my growing collection of children’s books that I’ve been storing up for my grandkids.  One new book we’ve had the opportunity to review is God’s Great Love For You by Rick Warren.

God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

I love the cute and colorful illustrations in this book.  The are cartoonish, yet realistic and are bright and catchy to little eyes (big ones too!).  As there are just a few words on each page, this is the perfect bedtime story to remind little ones that God’s love is with them at all times.  The recommended age range for this book is 4-8, but my two-year old grandson really enjoyed it.  Here is my grandson Eli enjoying this book with his daddy.

Would you like to win a copy of God’s Great Love For You for a little one that you love?  To enter, just leave a comment and tell me what story you like to read to your kids or grandkids at bed time.  I will draw a winner at random on Tuesday, November 21st at 9PM (PST).

“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 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.
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Introducing “The Stray” – A Family-Friendly Movie

 

When my kids were little, we enjoyed going to the movies to watch shows that provided wholesome family feelings.  We also loved gathering on the couch to rent the latest family feature film. My kids aren’t little anymore, but as a Nana to two little ones, I am continually on the hunt for movies I can enjoy with the grandkids.

New in theaters this month is The Stray.

It is a movie about a stray dog who saves a family in more ways than one.  Here’s a little synopsis:

“Pluto” comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, who are on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) is a career-driven workaholic who is neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Chuck, Saved by the Bell: The New Class) is at her wit’s end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it? In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the “wonderdog” manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog – he’s a guardian angel.

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.

This precious movie isn’t yet playing near me. I am hopeful that it will do well enough to open in more theatres. But if not, I may take a small drive so that I can enjoy it with my grandson.

Here’s the official movie trailer for you to enjoy!

Do you want to win 4 tickets to see The Stray with your family. You can enter to win here.

The Stray is sure to be a delight for the entire family!

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Jeremy Camp “The Answer” CD Review & Giveaway

I’m wrapping up a spectacular month of new music and giveaways with Jeremy Camp’s The Answer CD. My husband and I have been Jeremy Camp fans for a long time, beginning with Carried Me, The Worship Project. I actually think my husband was rocking out to him before that. This new album did not disappoint!

Here is what Jeremy says about this new album:

“What’s been amazing about The Answer is that all of the songs were inspired by just being present,” Camp shares. “There was no song where I was sitting there and had this epiphany when I was writing. In every writing session, any idea literally just came in the moment. I was praying the whole time, ‘Lord, give me opportunities to combine these things that You are doing in our hearts.”

I was most familiar with the song, Word of Life as it’s been playing on my local Christian radio station. This song is catchy and really helps you to remember that God’s Word is life and that when all else fails, it is there to bring hope and comfort.

Word of life
Speak to my weary heart
Strengthen my broken parts
Lead me to Your open arms
Word of truth
Illuminate all these lies
The enemy speaks inside
In freedom I will rise

‘Cause You called me out from the grave
So I can live like I’ve been changed
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in
Your word of life
(Your word of life)

Here is the the story behind the song, Word of Life:

 

Another song I love on this album is Never Stopped Loving.  This song talks about God’s love for us, how it will never end. No matter what we do, how we turn away, God continues to chase after us. He will never stop loving us.

You kept on calling my name
through all my darkness and haze
even when I had fell apart
You held me close to Your heart

when I had gone astray
how You would chase me
how You would chase me
when I was so afraid
You would embrace me
You would embrace me

You never stop loving
never stop loving me
You never stop loving
never stop loving me

Here is the song video for Never Stopped Loving:

My husband’s favorite song on this album is Awake O Sleeper. Not only are the lyrics powerful in this song, but the music tone is very Blue Grass, which my husband loves!

do you hear the Lion roar
wake o sleeper
stand with me we’ll fight the war
wake o sleeper

your suffering will come again
and never fall away
unless we trade our many comforts
like the ones who bled for grace

and there will be a day
my God will come and put me in my place
my God I know You’ll call my name
You will not turn away

Overall, I, along with my husband, really enjoyed this album. There are a lot of songs that cause my faith to rise up and say, “No, I will not believe the lies. I will stand on the promises of God.”! We are actually hoping to catch Jeremy’s The Answer tour in Stockton next weekend! So excited!

If you’d like to purchase this album, you can buy it here.

The Giveaway

The folks over at Flyby Promotions are graciously offering one of my readers a copy of The Answer. All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions on the giveaway widget below. This contest is open to readers in the Continental United States and will remain open until 9PM on on Friday, October 13th.

Jeremy Camp The Answer CD

 

“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 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.