Monday, September 26, 2016

See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey



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Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.




By completing the information on this page, you're automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don't miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!



Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club



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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.




Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nestle Splash (Review)

I recently got some fun stuff to review from Influenster. I received a box that included a bottle of lemon-flavored Nestle Splash water, a straw, some cool yellow sunshades, and a nifty beach ball! I felt ready for summer even though the weather was starting to cool off some!

I immediately donned my sunglasses, stuck my straw into my Nestle Splash, and started to enjoy. I did share the drink with my kids because they love trying new drinks. I am trying to drink more water throughout the day, and I always have to flavor my water to make it more bearable! I loved the chance to try a water that already had flavor included. I will say, honestly, that lemon wasn't my favorite flavor. It was a bit too much flavor for me. But I can't wait to try one of the other flavors next! I typically enjoy berry-flavored drinks, so that will be next on my list. But definitely, this helped me guzzle my bottle of water much faster than if it were just plain water!

Like I said, I did receive this product at a discount for my honest review, but this is my honest opinion of the drink.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Commit to Bring Your Bible to School October 6

Celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.







By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.




You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!




Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey



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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.




Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Delilah (Review)






This review is for the book "Delilah: Treacherous Beauty" by Angela Hunt. This is one of Hunt's "Dangerous Beauty" novels. The other two are "Esther" and "Bathsheba". I have to say that I have never read either of those books, but after reading this one, I have got to get my hands on the other books in this series!

In this novel, Angela Hunt takes the story of Samson and Delilah and she adds a bit of background to the story. She uses the small portion of the story that we know from scripture, and she adds a bit of historical fiction to make the story come together. I have to say that this story was brilliant. I love how she was able to string scriptural and historical references into the story to make it seem like it really could have happened. She added a bit of perspective from Samson that included his weakness for women, and the perspective of Delilah who was mistreated and abused, and brought them together in a way that you just won't be able to put this book down.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more by Angela Hunt in the future.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 2, 2016

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts (Review)



This review is for the book "God Gave Us Thankful Hearts" by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I will be honest. We have almost every book in this series that Lisa Tawn Bergren has created ("God Gave Us...") and our family absolutely loves them. I am never disappointed with the books.

In this book, Little Pup, a fox, is bummed because he knows that winter is coming and that means hibernation time is close. His mother encourages him to think of things to be thankful for in every season. When Little Pup complains about poison ivy, his mother tells him to be thankful he knows how to avoid it. She teaches him to focus on the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't.

This is the cutest book as Little Pup's mother and father take him through the things that seem to be disappointments and help him turn them into blessings. It's really a great lesson for all of us! I highly recommend not just this book, but any of the books in this series. They are fun to read and they teach great lessons in a really simple way.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

No Way Out (Review)



This review is for the book "No Way Up" by Mary Connealy. I have read several of her books in the past and always enjoyed her stories and characters, so I was looking forward to this book. This is the first book in her Cimarron Legacy series, so she really set a foundation of who the characters are and set up future storylines in this book. In this book, Chance Boden, the owner of Cimarron Ranch, is trapped in a rock avalanche at the very beginning of the story. His outcome is not too grim, but he makes sure to bring his three children together to discuss his will in case anything happens to him at the hospital. His will states that they all have to come home and live on the ranch for a year. The siblings aren't too happy about this, as they all have lives of their own to attend to.

They do honor their father's wishes, but then one of the ranch workers, Heath, discovers that the avalanche may not have been an accident after all. Thus begins an adventure of the siblings and Heath working together to figure out the truth about the avalanche. Throughout this journey, Heath begins to fall in love with Sadie, one of the siblings. He knows a future may not happen because he is a lowly ranch hand, but as we all know, feelings weigh more than societal rules!

This book is full of adventure, romance, and mystery. You aren't sure who to trust throughout the book. Connealy does a great job of making the story interesting, the characters interesting, and like I said, setting up future storylines. We have to find out what's going to happen to the other two siblings in the future! I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Service Tails (Review)



This review is for the book "Service Tails" by Ace Collins. In this book, Ace Collins puts together story after story of canine heroes. The dogs in this story are so inspiring and so smart and so dedicated! I cannot believe some of the things that dogs did in these stories.

There are stories of people who are blind, whose lives are changed after a service dog enters their life. There is a story of a lady with Alzheimer's whose life changed drastically after bringing home a service dog. Stories of dogs who sense when their owner is about to fall. Stories of dogs who sense when their owner is about to faint. Even a story about a dog whose owner fell and the dog brought him the telephone to call 911!

After reading these stories I have a much higher regard for service dogs. I had no idea the things that they have the ability to do and learn. If you have ever been a reader of James Herriot, you will thoroughly enjoy these stories. I am going to read them with my children so they will also have an appreciation and understanding of what these dogs are capable of.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


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Dreams & Visions (Review)



This is a review for the book "Dreams & Visions" by Jane Hamon. I will admit that I usually read these type of books with a bit of skepticism. But I really enjoyed this book about dreams and visions.

In this book, Jane Hamon does a great job of discussing dreams and visions as they occurred in the scripture. Then she goes over the three different types of dreams as she sees it: spiritual dreams which are inspired by God, natural dreams which are simply produced by the natural processes of a person's mind, and false dreams which are demon inspired. She spends a great deal of time going over each of these different types of dreams and how you can know which category your dream falls into. She also discusses praying about interpreting dreams so you can truly understand them. For example, having a dream where you feel urgent about someone in your life may mean you need to pray as an intercessor for them. Having a dream where you are drowning may mean that you are putting too many burdens on yourself and you need to re-prioritize. Dreaming about loved ones who have passed away may mean you haven't dealt fully with your grief.

Hamon admits that she can't just lay out a list of dream interpretations, since a dog in my dream could mean a companion; a protector, but a dog in your dream could be frightening and on the attack. She gives a general idea of what certain things usually mean in dreams, based on what they mean in the scriptures. For example, a fountain or a door may mean Christ. A thief might symbolize Satan.

I really enjoyed this book. It definitely made me more aware of my dreams and I will be paying closer attention, as I have always been someone with very vivid dreams.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Starving Hearts (Review)





This review is for the book "Starving Hearts" by Janine Mendenhall. This book is part of the Triangular Trade trilogy. This is actually the first book in the series, so the timing is perfect to start this series. In this novel, there is a wide range in regards to the cast of characters. The plot really revolves around Annette Chetwynd and Peter Adsley, but both of their families are a huge part of the story, and so is a seedy character, who readers first meet as Steven Likebridge. Likebridge also has a following of characters that are important to the story. All of the characters are unknowingly intertwined throughout this novel. It seems that Annette and Peter are meant for each other but are destined to keep crossing paths - and not in a good way. Things just are not working out for them to be together. Unfortunately, because of the times, there are so many rules to follow and proper ways of doing things, that it just isn't happening for them.

This story has so many twists and turns, times when you think there is no way for the "good guy" to make it through, deceptions and romance, and everything you could want in a classic historical romance novel. I highly recommend it for fans of the genre because it will keep your attention and you will definitely enjoy it. I look forward to reading more by Mendenhall in the future!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Starving Hearts Janine Mendenhall

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When Death Draws Near (Review)






This review is for the book "When Death Draws Near" by Carrie Stuart Parks. This is one of her books involving the character Gwen Marcey. I had not read any other books by Parks before reading this one and I had no trouble following along or learning the characters. She did a great job with that.

In this novel, Gwen, a forensic artist, is asked to come to a small town in Kentucky to help solve a job of finding a serial rapist. While she is there she gains a second employment opportunity, going undercover in a local serpent-handling church. What follows is a spiderweb of figuring out the local politics, not knowing who to trust, and being threatened every way that Gwen turns.

By the last third of this book, I had a white-knuckle grip on the book and I couldn't have put it down if I tried. I was cringing. I was sweating. I was anxious. It was crazy! I haven't had a similar response to a mystery novel in so long I can't remember! I have GOT to read more by Parks in the future, especially her Gwen Marcey novels. I definitely recommend this book if you like a lot of suspense and details that will make you squirm.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


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