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Chase: A DVD Based Bible Study Review

For a while now, I’ve desired to participate in a Bible Study on the life of David, to study the man who was after God’s own heart.  I was thrilled when I was contacted and asked to review a DVD based Bible Study by Jennie Allen on the life of David. (Thomas Nelson 2012)

Chase – Chasing After The Heart of God is an up close and personal look at the life of David.  Jennie Allen is a real, down to earth Bible teacher, and as I viewed this study in my own living room, I was drawn in by the very relational aspect of this study.  It’s not as meaty as I initially thought I wanted, but it gave me just enough to draw me in and leave me wanting more each week.

About the study:

We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

A man after God’s own heart… As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us.

The lessons in this study are simple yet deep and very interactive, offering Bible study, stories, and projects to dig into Scripture and deeply engage the mind and heart. God has carved out a space in each of us that only He can fill. So whether you are running from God or working your tail off to please Him, David’s journey will challenge your view of God.

God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.

Each week there is a short but deep DVD based study on the aspects of:

  • Identity
  • Obedience
  • Belief
  • Repentance
  • Surrender

This study is perfect for a group of girlfriends, sitting around a coffee table, in an intimate setting, or it can be used for a larger group. What I loved most about this study were the conversation cards used each week to spur spontaneous and authentic discussion.  The questions are meaningful and intimate and gives everyone the chance to share their hearts on the topics being discussed.

Overall, I really enjoyed this study.  Jennie Allen has a way of drawing you in with her beautiful heart to teach the Word of God, and the videos are well done.

If you would like more information about Chase, view the trailer for the study below.

You can purchase this study at Amazon.comChristianbook.com or from Barnes & Noble.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this study from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

 

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The Utter Relief Of Holiness: {Book Review & Giveaway}

Holiness.  It’s a big word with a lot of meaning.  It’s something every Christian strives for — to be holy, as He is holy. Yet, if we were honest, how many of us actually believe that holiness is something that we can really achieve this side of heaven?

When I think about the word holiness, what comes to my mind is:

living a life without sin
walking blameless before the Lord
living right side up in an upside down world
doing good and being good 

But I am learning that I have this holiness thing all wrong.  I cannot achieve holiness without His help.

I was excited for the chance to review John Eldredge’s book, The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us From Everything That Plagues Us.

It may seem strange at first because most folks don’t think of holiness as an utter relief. Hard perhaps, boring if we’re honest, necessary like flossing, a level of spirituality we might attain to one day. But a relief? Look at it this way: Take the things you struggle with and ask yourself, ‘What would life be like if I never struggled with this again?‘ It would be an utter relief. An absolute utter relief. The Utter Relief of Holiness.

This book is s a must read for every Christian.  It starts off slow, but it picks up when the author explains the connection between holiness and wholeness.  After explaining why we need to be whole in order to be holy, the author does a great job of taking the reader on a journey of learning simple but effective prayers in order to break spiritual strongholds which keep us from experiencing His fullness. While reading this book, I was forced to really look at the sin in my own life, as well as those broken pieces of me, and ask God to begin the healing process so that I can experience the fullness that He intended for me.

Overall, this is a great book that will change your life, if taken seriously and the tools given are put into practice. For more information about The Utter Relief of Holiness, visit the author’s website.  You can also watch a book trailer here.

The Giveaway

I am offering one of my readers a chance to win this amazing book.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post and let me know what holiness means to you.  You can earn one (1) additional entry for each of the following:

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*Be sure to leave an additional comment for each of the above. 

I will draw a winner randomly on Friday, March 8th at 9PM.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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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Time4Learning Curriculum Review {Adventures in Homeschooling}

I was presented with the opportunity to review Time4Learning for 30 days.  As a homeschooling mom who works full time, I decided to give this a try, as I am always looking for ways to keep my 7th grade daughter engaged in learning, and allow her to work independently as well.

Time4Learning is a convenient, online homeschool curriculum that combines education with interactive fun. Animated lessons, interactive activities, printable worksheets and detailed reporting make the learning system a top selection of the Homeschool.com “Top 100 Educational Websites” list, year after year. Here a list of the benefits of Time 4 Learning, taken from their website:

  • Online Curriculum for
    PreK to 8th Grades
  • Access to 3 Grade Levels of Lessons
  • 1,000+ Student-Paced Multimedia Activities
  • Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies
  • Interactive, Project-Based Activities
  • Detailed Reporting for
    Easy Record-Keeping
  • Lesson Plans & Teaching Tools for Parents
  • Lessons Correlated to State Standards

My Daughter’s Thoughts

Overall, my daughter enjoyed the program.  She felt it was easy to use, easy to navigate and the lessons were interesting enough and within her ability to complete without a lot of parental interaction. She enjoys doing work on the computer and loves the interactive lesson formats.

My Thoughts

As a busy homeschooling mom who works full time, I thought this would be a great way to supplement what my daughter was already doing.  We decided to focus mainly on Botany lessons provided through the 6th grade Science module.  Choosing 6th grade material is not uncommon for us.  But for some, this could be a down fall.  Time4Learning does not currently have 7th or 8th grade science material or 8th grade social studies material.  If you have students in those grades, they would have to work out of the 6th grade module. I did find the material sufficient, especially as a supplement.

I liked the fact that I could track my daughter’s progress.  However, lesson planning left a lot to be desired.  I would like to see a way where the system could share with the student the lessons assigned by the parent for a day.  My daughter was only working in one subject, so it wasn’t a problem.  But the system allows the child to pick the lesson and the activities.  For a child who has trouble staying on task, this could be a problem.  I had to make sure, even with one subject, that I wrote down what my daughter had to do in her planner, otherwise, she may have forgotten.

The best thing about this curriculum is that it allowed my daughter to work independently, when I couldn’t be with her.  I would recommend Time4Learning to homeschooling families as both a comprehensive curriculum, as well as a supplemental resource. We enjoyed it enough to continue on with a paid subscription ($19.95/month) for the remainder of the school year.

*I was provided with a free 30-day trial to Time 4 Learning in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Father of Lights {Review & Giveaway!}

I love spending the first moments of each day with the Lord in prayer.  Before I go about my day, I ask God to use me to shine His light to others so that they might see Jesus. Although I always let Him know that I am willing to “go where He goes” and “say what He says”, most often I just get up and go, and trust that God would bring me to the ones who need to encounter Him.

I was recently given an opportunity to review Father of Lights, and came face to face with a man who did not take a step before God told him where to go.  I was speechless as I watched him travel the world and share the gospel with those whom others might consider “impossible to reach”.  He spent the first part of His day in prayer, asking God to show Him where He needed to go, and who he needed to talk to.  This man was confident in who He was, and what God had asked Him to do. He went where God sent Him, and no where else.

He walked with boldness, fearlessly and full of faith as he trusted that God would guide his every step and protect Him along the way.  Guru’s, gang members, witch doctors and muslims all gave their hearts to Jesus because of a man who trusted God for His every step.  This man, like Jesus, was full of compassion and chose to love these individuals to Christ, instead of calling out their sin.

I was deeply moved and compelled to truly be the hands and feet of Christ to a lost and dying world.

About Father of Lights
FATHER OF LIGHTS chronicles the journey of filmmaker Darren Wilson and his team as they fearlessly travel the globe, far from the daily existence of the typical evangelical believer in the West. By thoughtfully documenting the stories of extraordinary believers and candidly filming miracles, visions and other supernatural occurrences, Wilson engages viewers in modern day examples of the true nature and character of God.

Wilson gives honest access to his own spiritual questions as he tackles the religious misconceptions he has struggled with throughout his life.  “I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is. To answer this question, we had to peel back the many layers of religious garbage that has been passed onto him through generations. That He is angry. Vengeful. Wrathful. And in general, that He doesn’t like you very much. The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine.”

You can find out more about the film here:
Website: http://fatheroflights.wpfilm.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fatheroflights
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wanderdarren/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/wanderlustproduction

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, one of my readers will win a copy of Father of Lights.   To enter to win, just leave a comment letting me know how you share the light of Christ each day.  This giveaway will remain open until 9PM (Pacific Time) on Sunday, November 25th.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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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God’s Heart For You: {DaySpring Review}

I don’t know about you, but I often need to be reminded of how God feels about me. I love His Word, for it reveals His heart for me.  To know that I am loved, accepted and forgiven are truths that I must fill my heart with on a daily basis.

I was so excited to receive a God’s Heart For You 365-Day Perpetual Calendar and gift book to review from DaySpring.  With the flip and turn of every page are words that point me back to the heart of God, and how He feels about me.

Hey you,
the one wondering if you’re enough,
if you’d be loved if anyone really knew you–
turn your heart this way for a moment,
then lean in and listen close…
Acceptance?
You’ve got it.
You don’t have to look any further
then the hands of the One who made you,
the heart of the One who loves you.
You’re welcomed, held,
cherished just as you are
and encouraged to grow into all that you’ll become.
So hold your heart and head high;
look the world in the eyes and say…
“I’m His.  I’m loved.
I’m already accepted today.”
-Holly Gerth, God’s Heart For You

I don’t know know about you, but when I read this, my heart swells.  I am reminded that no matter how I feel, or what I am going through, that I am loved, exactly where I am, and for who I am, today, forever and always.

Both of these items would make wonderful gifts, not just for those you love, but for yourself, the One He loves.

*I received these items free from DaySpring in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions given are my own.